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  • Arnold Palmer: An American Legend and His Beverage

    Posted on July 18, 2014

     

    When the summer weather turns downright steamy, nothing else quenches the thirst or pleases the taste buds like icy cold lemonade or iced tea. Except for one thing: lemonade AND iced tea mixed together!

     

    That there beverage, folks, is known as an Arnold Palmer, named after the American golfing great by the same name. Legend tells that Palmer was overheard in a country club restaurant one day asking the bartender for a drink made of half lemonade and half iced tea. A nearby patron told her server, "I'll have an Arnold Palmer, please."

     

    It may be the world's easier drink to make: just mix equal parts of lemonade and iced tea, sweetened to your liken. Or, if you prefer a kick in your Arnold Palmer, spike it with your favorite bourbon to create a "Tipsy Palmer" (I promise your secret is safe with me!)

     

    I've always admired American ingenuity, which is why I offer several products made in the USA to help you enjoy your Arnold Palmer or any summer beverage: my Collector's Copper Cup, Timeless Copper Thermos, Classic Tin Cup, and even my Great American Flask. All help to keep your summer sipping cool and refreshing--whether on the golf course or in that backyard hammock.

     

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  • The Origins of Father's Day

    Posted on June 14, 2014

     

    Tomorrow, millions of dads across the USA will celebrate Father's Day--adding another tie or coffee mug (or, if they're lucky, a made in USA Jacob Bromwell product) to their gift collection. Although the holiday was signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1972, the day's origins actually stretch back much further than that.

     

    Sonora Smart Dodd conceived the idea of a day that recognized fathers back in 1910. Dodd's father was a Civil War veteran and single parent who raised Sonora and her five siblings in Arkansas. When Sonora heard a Sunday sermon about Mother's Day in 1909, she told the pastor that fathers deserved a holiday honoring them as well. She suggested her father's birthday, June 5, but the pastors didn't have enough time to prepare a sermon, so the day was pushed to the third Sunday of June.

     

    It took a long time to catch on. A lot of folks considered a day honoring fathers to be somewhat of a joke, and it was also criticized for its commercial tie-in with retailers. But by the 1960s, the day was being recognized and today it is celebrated in just about every country, with some name and date variations here and there.

     

    Father's Day makes me think of my own pappy, a hard working rascal who taught me everything that I know, especially the importance of making quality, American made products! From all of us here at Jacob Bromwell, we wish the pops out there a very happy Father's Day!

     

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  • Happy National Cheese Day!

    Posted on June 5, 2014

     

    June 5th just happens to be one of my favorite "holidays"--for it's National Cheese Day! I'll never forget the first time I savored my first taste, a tangy slice of hard cheddar at Old Joe's general store in Hagerstown, Maryland when I first started my journey to Cincinnati. Back when I was a much younger chap, cheese was a real treat. That's because up until the mid-1800s in America, cheesemaking farms were mostly found only in the New England states and along our country's eastern coast. I wasn't until 1831 that Wisconsin saw its first cheese factory open for business.

     

    Why not celebrate the day by slapping a slice of gouda on your burger patty, piling shredded pepper jack or cheddar onto some nachos, or melting some brie to enjoy with crackers and grapes? There's also my personal favorite: the good old fashioned grilled cheese sandwich!

     

    And if you're looking for a beautiful made in the USA item to slice and dice your favorite variety of cheese, look no further than my Old Country Cheese Board, hand cut in one piece of American maple and accompanied by a cheese knife. At 14" X 11" it's just the right size to tote along to BBQs, picnics and other gatherings and guaranteed to make any event cheesy--in a good way, of course.

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