Christmas had been celebrated in the city since colonial times, but it was once a time to fire guns into the air and drink.
Once a year, nutmeg goes from unsung hero, to center stage, providing an indispensable seasoning to holiday staples from eggnog to pumpkin pie.
According to an article in the August 19, 1900, New York Sun, down on Wall Street “the brokers themselves got to buying ice cream sandwiches and eating them in a democratic fashion side by side on the sidewalk with the messengers and the office boys.”
Today’s clever cocktails wouldn’t fly in yesteryear’s newsman bars.
The roasted nuts seem humble compared to the finer fares offered by today’s mobile vendors, but their history is as rich as their distinct aroma.
We really liked this piece on corn in the weekend’s Times from their Connecticut section — hey, it’s part of our foodshed, right? — in…