You know the old expression, pick your poison? Well, in addition to our two cups of java a day, we pick The Poisons of Caux: The Tasters Guild by local author Susannah Appelbaum, the paperback edition of which hits books stores today!
The second installment of The Poisons of Caux trilogy continues 11-year-old Poison Ivy’s quest to fulfill her role as the prophesied “Noble Child” and rescue good King Verdigris from a deathly illness. In the first book, The Hollow Bettle (Knopf, 2009), Ivy defeated the evil King Nightshade, good King Verdigris’s usurper, an evil man with a taste for poisoning the oppressed masses. Those with money in the land of Caux are forced to hire Tasters, lest their next bite of food be their last.
Book Two finds Ivy, along with her friend Rowan, an outcast Guild-trained Taster, racing to save King Verdigris while avoiding those in power who seek to destroy her. When Ivy’s exposed to a deadly weed that transports its victims to a dark realm, she’s not sure if she’s strong enough to battle her way back.
The wonderfully inventive world of Caux is full of of strange and mysterious characters living in a magical world where good and evil, beauty and decay battle for the soul of Caux.
The series has been met with wonderful reviews and a large and diverse fan base. The November issue of Booklist said of “The Taster’s Guild”, “Here is an imaginary place to stand alongside Harry Potter’s world, replete with tasty villains and true-hearted heroines, and a worthy next step from Kate DiCamillo’s Tale of Desperaux or Brian Jacques’ Red Wall series.”
Although the books are written for young adults, this is one of those series that appeals to both kids and adults. The depth of the story and the literary artistry will hook you no matter your age.
We are excited to announce that Susannah will be coming to HCT early in the fall for a book signing. Stay tuned for more details!
It’s August and we don’t know about you but we’ve just about exhausted our cache of exciting BBQ recipes. It’s time to rev the steaks and burgers up a notch and we know no better way to do that than to add some java to the Que.
Give these recipes a shot and let us know how they were. If you have any other ideas please post them in the comments- we’d love to hear how you’re doing your queing this summer!
Coffee Barbecue Sauce (adapted from Chef Micheal Lomonaco)
Use this delicious sauce as either a marinade or finishing sauce on pork, beef or chicken
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup brewed espresso or strong, dark coffee
- 1/2 cup cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped, about 1 cup
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
- 3 fresh hot chili peppers seeded
- 2 Tbs hot dry mustard mixed with 1 tablespoon warm water
- 2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tbs ground cumin
- 2 Tbs chili powder
Place all of the ingredients in a small pot and simmer over medium heat. Lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Allow the mixture to cool then puree in blender or food processor. The sauce can remain covered in the fridge for up to two weeks.
If dry rubs are more your style give this recipe a shot:
Coffee Dry Rub: Best used on pork shoulder, beef brisket or other large cuts. We are listing the ingredients in parts as it will vary depending on the size of the cuts you are preparing.
- 3 parts coffee
- 2 parts brown sugar
- 1 part ground cumin
- 1 part chili powder
- 1 part ground coriander
- 1 part cocoa (unsweetened)
Lightly oil the meat and cover with the rub. Allow the meat to stand for an hour or so to maximize the flavor.
In other HCT news, if you read this blog last week then you know that Tim and Donna’s daughters Katie (11) and Madison (8) competed in the SOS4KIDS triathlon this past Sunday. We are very proud to announce that both girls did wonderfully. Madison, who was competing for the first time, finished 2nd in her age class.
Katie, who has competed in the SOS several times before, was in the older division for the first year. Her swim portion was great and she ran a 7 minute mile however, the bike portion of her race was something out of a comedy of errors. Having trained the day before Katie arrived at the race on Sunday with a flat tire. How was it that not one of the other 115 other riders had a patch kit? Well, it may be a statistical anomaly but it’s true. And the bike shops in New Paltz are all closed on Sunday as well. Suffice to say that Katie did get on her bike but getting her there involved a whole slew of nail biting last minute maneuvers, a good dose of team work and a little divine intervention. We’re mighty proud of our Triathletes!
Photo courtesy of: Smokercooking.com
Do you remember back a month ago or so when we were all wondering when the rain would stop and the warm weather would kick in? Well, with a heat wave knocking on our door it may be hard to remember being fed up with rain. However, we remember it and we’re pretty grateful for it right about now because without that long, cool, wet spring the raspberry bushes at Donna and Tim’s place wouldn’t be heavy with the gorgeous red fruit. And, by extension we wouldn’t be able to bring you our delicious homemade raspberry tarts. So, stop in and enjoy the tartlettes while they, and the raspberries, last.
If you’re lucky enough to be lousy with raspberries yourself and have frozen all you can bear to and have canned enough jam to feed a small army we have a suggestion for you and it’s one that just very well may make you very popular come Christmas time.
Take 16oz of raspberries, washed and hulled, 12oz sugar and 3/4 of litre of a spirits. Whiskey is the traditional way to make a cordial but the clear spirits such as gin, white rum and vodka are nice because they take on a gorgeous berry color.
Sterilize canning jars in hot water then pour the liquor and berries in. Seal and shake well.
Store in a cool, dark place. Shake the jar(s) every day for a month. After that for the next two months you can shake just occasionally. Try to keep them standing for a minimum of three months before using.
When you are ready, strain the liquid through cheese cloth, muslin or a very fine strainer – you don’t want any seeds or bits of fruit to sneak through. Bottle the liquor in a clean and sterile bottle of your choice. Wrap it with a bright ribbon and wish someone you love a very Merry Christmas.
By the way, don’t throw those drunk berries out- enjoy them over ice cream or any other way you can imagine but go easy on them, they can pack a mighty punch! Cheers!
You very well may have celebrated our Nations birthday with apple pie, hot dogs and BBQ but if you really wanted to fly the patriotic colors in historically accurate fashion you would’ve been quaffing cups of coffee.
Many of us know the important role that tea played in the American Revolution but what many of us don’t realize is how important coffee was. Following the events of the Boston Tea Party, when gangs of colonists dumped a full cargo of over-taxed tea into the Boston Harbor, coffee became not only the preferred drink but the patriotic one as well.
As the Revolutionary War picked up steam, so did coffee houses. They quickly became the preferred meeting place of the newly formed Continental Congress. The most famous was the Merchant’s Coffee House in Philadelphia, it was there that the Declaration of Independence was first read aloud to the public.
America is defined by its connection with coffee. There’s a good reason we arrange to meet friends for a cup of coffee not afternoon tea, we are expressing our independence and autonomy. So, carry on America, fly the colors and have a latte!
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photocredit: Our Flag
The Purple Princess has arrived at Hudson Coffee Traders. Straight from her home in the La Paz region of Honduras she brings with her a luscious, bright crispness and fruity notes of dried plum and pear.
No, we haven’t started selling fruity smelling dolls for the Pre-K set. We’re talking about our new micro-lot coffee from Counter Culture, Finca El Puente.
The brain child of husband and wife team of Marysabel Caballero and Moises Herrera, Finca El Puente earned the nickname Purple Princess when Peter Guiliano, co-owner of Counter Culture Coffee, first met her in the cupping room of a contest. The name stuck.
This prize winning coffee has placed at the top of every coffee contest it has ever entered and enjoys an unrivaled winning streak. Revered for its silky body with well balanced notes of blackberry, blackcurrent, dried plums, white grape and pear the juicy body of this coffee will have you at Hello.
The Purple Princess owes her sultry sweetness to many factors. Grown at a high elevation in a dry and dusty region amidst pine trees ( a rarity in a tropical climate) the beans are fed by pristine natural springs. The beans are then exposed to an experimental post-fermentation soak developed by Moises. They rest underwater for 24 hours following fermentation and washing in a special tank. In side by side tastings, every coffee produced in this manner had overwhelmingly better response than those that were not. The contribution of Marysabel’s warm and funny nature can’t be downplayed in the development of this wonderful coffee either.
Bright, fruity and seductive, the Purple Princess just may heat your summer up a bit more.
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You know that we here at HCT are always ahead of the bell curve and we like it that way. And, we rarely brag about it. Until today that is.
You may remember our blog post BACK TO IT waaaay back in January when we talked about the health benefits coffee has to offer. Well, it seems the mainstream media is just catching up to us now. There’s been a veritable rash of articles lately extolling the benefits of coffee. Okay, well truth be told those articles are being written because a rash of new studies have just been released but allow us our little fantasy on this won’t you?
A few weeks ago brought news of a Swedish study linking coffee consumption with a reduction in the risk of developing a certain type of breast cancer. The researchers found that post-menopausal women who consumed more than 5 cups of the mighty bean juice were 50% less likely to develop Er negative (non-hormone responsive) type breast cancer than non- coffee drinkers.
More recently a group of Harvard researches announced in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that coffee consumption actually reduces a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer. Add this to the studies linking your daily joe with a “decreased risk of gallstones, type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease, as well as lower rates of disease progression in liver cancer and ” you’ve got enough ammo to keep the coffee haters at bay for a long, long time.
Now here’s a caveat: we’re not recommending that you start drinking five cups or more a day to keep disease at bay but just in case you’re like a lot of people and think of your coffee as a vice, keep these studies in mind and enjoy!
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photo credit: mattb4rd’s