In this episode we learn about the history of nutmeg and the Banda Islands in Indonesia. Per usual, white people show up and ruin everything. Unlike most of our stories, however, there’s a somewhat happy ending.
Melissa blows everyone’s mind in Episode 20 by introducing Aimee & Kate to Milk Punch and the process behind making it- a drink that sounds disgusting but is actually delicious. Aimee, meanwhile, shares the history of American Cheese, and a dish that sounds disgusting, and is disgusting: Cheese Supper Dish.
In this episode, Aimee and Kate are still salty over Melissa’s prank from our bonus episode (A Very Not Safe For Work Christmas). The two quickly forgive Melissa over several glasses of delicious mulled wine and Aimee fills everyone in on the history of advent calendars.
In this episode, Melissa mixes up the most delicious eggnog the dishes have ever tasted. Together, they explore the history of eggnog, and Aimee reveals what we all already knew–that the founding fathers were lushes. At some point Aimee starts an argument about human lactation. Promo for Boos and Spirits (you should check them out!) included during the break.
Melissa mixed up a #DrunkDishCocktail for this episode: The Drunk Dish Maple Sour. While Aimee and Kate enjoyed the libations, Melissa teaches us what makes a cocktail sour. Afterwards, Aimee shares the story of the Great Maple Syrup Heist of 2012 (our most recent bit of food history we’ve covered) and convinces the other two dishes of the existence of a Maple Syrup Mafia.
In episode 15 we discussed all things Halloween! We at Drunk Dish all agree that Halloween is the best time of year, so to honor it we discuss its pagan roots, modern day celebrations, and the food that the holiday has inspired over the years. Melissa commits to trying “soul cakes.” We learn how bobbing for apples started as a match-making game, and we enjoyed the “La Llorona” cocktails that Melissa mixed up for us. We share ghost stories and, Aimee brands the skeptic of the group – Melissa – as a “Scully.” Listen below or on your preferred podcasting platform.
In Episode 09 we discuss how the favorite food of Leslie Knope built America. The legendary history of waffles in America usually starts with Jefferson, but we explore the real back story and how Thomas Jefferson owes most of his culinary reputation to a slave named James Hemings (read more about him here). Aimee and Kate continue to not shut up about Hamilton and Melissa laments how not funny this episode is.
During the recording of this episode, we made The Bourbon Brunch and gagged our way through it. Break audio is “It’s almost breakfast” from Portlandia Season 8. Outro music is “What’d I Miss” from Hamilton performed by Daveed Diggs.
Listen on the link below, or on your preferred platform. Check out our research notes at the bottom of this post!
This episode, we learned so much from the James Hemings Foundation, so please consider checking them out and supporting them in any way you can.
Regional Dishes: Minnesota
In this episode, Kate, Melissa, and Aimee start their journey exploring regional food. As a short-lived resident of Minnesota, Aimee dives into the history and lore around both the Ju(i)cy Lucy and Hotdish. All three try on horrible Minnesotan accents. Melissa brews up a delicious cranberry concoction known as a “Minnesota Goodbye.” Kate finds a new band name, and Aimee reminds us all that food is radioactive and will give you cancer. Listen below, or on your preferred podcasting service.
Hopefully by now you’ve listened to Episode 2 (listen on Google, iTunes, Spotify, or Pocket Casts), or at least read our recap of it. If you want to try our Ouzo Martini for yourself, try out Melissa’s recipe below!
In a martini shaker, combine all ingredients with 1/2 cup of ice. Shake and strain into 2 chilled martini glasses. Garnish each glass with a slice of lime.