RedState's WaterCooler! Friday, 21 July 2017 - Open Thread - Chapter 3 "Cooking up Conservatism"



Switchel Modern – attribution: joliphant

These were the days [c. early 1800s] of John Randolph, Henry Clay, William H. Crawford, John C. Calhoun, Daniel Webster, Silas Wright, and their predecessors, with old Davy Crockett lurking around in the background. Everyone drank strong drink.

On hot days—all summer and spring and often in winter (although perhaps they drank apple cider tonic in the winter)—a great bowl of switchel stood in the center of the Senate or the House. This was liberally ‘flavored’ with Jamaica Rum. Members paused in their great speeches—those that yet ring through the ages perhaps—and going up to the great bowl, dipped deep. Sometimes they paused glass in hand, to emphasize a telling sentence; sometimes they orated glass in hand and then drank deep and again stalked back majestically to their place with switchel under their belts. –  Old Farmers Almanac, 1964.



(5) ounces Ground Ginger
1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
(2) ounces Maple syrup/Agave/Honey/Sugar
(1) ounce lime or lemon juice
(1) quart water


  1. Combine ginger and water bring to boil allow to cool.
  2. Combine other ingredients bottle and allow to cool.
  3. Served chilled with a mint or cinnamon garnish.



Scripture Cake – attribution: me

“You can find the ingredient mentioned in the passage that follows it.”
* KJV unless otherwise noted.


1/2 cup Judges 5:25 (last phrase)
1 1/2 cups Jeremiah 6:20
(3) Isaiah 10:14
(2) cups 1 Kings 4:22
(2) teaspoons Galatians 5:9 (NASV) (if unsure, refer to its definition)
(1) teaspoon ground Proverbs 7:17
(1) teaspoon ground 1 Kings 10:10 (hint: mace or nutmeg)
(1) teaspoon ground Leviticus 11:7 (tricky)
1/2 teaspoon Leviticus 2:13
1/2 cup Isaiah 12:3
(1) tablespoon Proverbs 24:13
(1) cup Song of Solomon 2:13
(1) cup Song of Solomon 2:5 (ESV)
1/2 cup Numbers 17:8


  1. Blend butter, sugar, spices, and salt into a bowl.
  2. Beat egg yolks (set egg whites aside) and add to mixture.
  3. Add baking powder and flour.
  4. Add water and honey.
  5. Put fruit and nuts through a food processor, add to bowl.
  6. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.
  7. Pour mixture into a bundt pan.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for one hour.

Makes 18 servings. 252 calories.

Serving Suggestion

“This was a fun recipe for our Bible study group. I sent a verse or two to each member, and they brought the item. We prepared the cake together re-reading the verses. Everyone enjoyed it.”

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