February 2, 1997 |
Leave the Dramamine home. And most of your makeup, too. For this French-river cruise, what you'll need is a bit of muscle, a spirit of adventure, and a bon appetit. This is no luxury barge; it's a soft-adventure vacation for all who have ever yearned for their own boat - what Crown Blue Line calls "self-skippered cabin cruisers. " You pilot the boat; you determine your itinerary. Your reward is a chance to savor the pristine countryside of France at the laid-back pace of 5 m.p.h.
March 29, 1993 |
More than a half-century ago, the club members sealed a bottle of Hennessy cognac in a glass canister and vowed not to open it - not until all but one of them had died. The last man, they said, would have the honor of toasting his departed comrades and remembering them to a world that had changed many times over since they went to war in 1918. One hundred and eight veterans of the "Great War" formed the Last Man's Club at American Legion Post 38. They have held dinners every year since 1940, their numbers dwindling.
December 24, 2015
Makes 1 serving 1 sugar cube 2 to 4 drops Angostura bitters 1/2 to 1 ounce cognac or other good-quality brandy (optional) 3 ounces chilled champagne (may substitute other brut-style sparkling white wine) Twist of lemon peel, for garnish 1. Chill a champagne flute. 2. Place the sugar cube in a small cup; let the drops of Angostura bitters (to taste) fall on it, so the cube is soaked. 3. Add the cognac or brandy, if desired (to taste), and the bittered sugar cube to the flute, then top with the champagne.
January 20, 1995 |
EVERMORE, EVERMORE, QUOTH THE STEALTHY STRANGER Like a stealthy raven out of a misty night, a mysterious stranger wearing a dark coat and fedora swooped down on the Baltimore grave of Edgar Allan Poe yesterday morning to once again mark the poet's birthday. Four hours after a midnight dreary, the stranger deposited a half-empty bottle of French cognac and three white roses on Poe's headstone. Since 1949, a stranger has marked Poe's birth on Jan. 19, 1809, with a half-bottle of Martell cognac and roses.
September 14, 2012
B UZZ: Hey, Marnie. I was in a bar last week and the guy next to me ordered some fancy rum that came in a snifter. What's up with that? I thought those were just for cognac and brandy. Marnie: There are cheap rums out there, Buzz, that are great for mixing into cocktails. But there are great rums for slow sipping, too. If it was served in a snifter, chances are that was a premium aged rum from the Caribbean or South America. Buzz: Aged rum, huh? They couldn't sell it fresh?
November 12, 1986 |
At 86, Thomas P. Kaas of Pottstown was alone yesterday with a bottle of cognac dating to the end of World War I. The bottle, shaped like a French army canteen, has belonged to Kaas for three weeks, ever since a pact made by 25 World War I veterans from the Pottstown area ended with the death of fellow infantryman Harry Ginther at the age of 90. The 25, all members of the George A. Amole post of the American Legion in Pottstown, paid...
July 20, 1987 |
No one who was there is left to savor the cognac. The last member of the Last Man's Club is gone. Thomas P. Kaas Sr., of Pottstown, died Saturday at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. He was 86. The 69-year-old bottle of French cognac, shaped like a French army canteen, was inherited by Mr. Kaas last October, resulting from a pact made by 25 Pottstown-area veterans of World War I who called themselves the Last Man's Club. The bottle became his property when fellow infantryman Harry Ginther died in the same hospital at age 90. Mr. Kaas and the others were members of the George Amole Post of the American Legion in Pottstown.
December 10, 2009
This recipe by Brother Victor-Antoine d'Avila-Latourrette, author of several cookbooks, published in Madeline Scherb's "A Taste of Heaven: A Guide to Food and Drink Made By Monks and Nuns" (Tarcher, $15.95) Scherb suggests using caramels from Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey in Dubuque, Iowa. These caramels can be purchased online at trappistine. com. BROTHER VICTOR'S PEAR CLAFOUTIS 3 eggs 1/2 cup sugar 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 1/2 cups whole milk 2 tablespoons Cognac or pear brandy 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 6 ripe Bosc pears, peeled, halved, cored Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg 12 to 14 vanilla caramels, unwrapped 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
September 16, 1987 |
Tomorrow night, when 1,600 guests sit down to celebrate the signing of the Constitution at the black-tie dinner at the Civic Center, they will participate in the Thirteen Toasts ceremony, a tradition that began 200 years ago to encourage all the states to ratify the Constitution. But as the glasses are raised, six of the eight wines (plus an after-dinner Cognac) will be French - not American. Pourquoi? You may well ask. It's true that in 1787, American wines were so horrific that many of the Constitution framers preferred imported wines.
April 12, 1987 |
Each April since 1940, John Barron has joined with members of Haddonfield's American Legion Post No. 38 to pay tribute to fellow veterans and to give a toast to comrades who had "gone west. " Last Monday night marked 70 years to the day that the United States entered World War I, and Barron and three of the other oldest members of the post gathered as usual with younger veterans to mark the occasion. This year, however, the festivities at the Silver Lake Inn in Clementon had special meaning.