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International Coffeehouses: Americana

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Campground Panorama from the 1930s

David Berry. Gasquet Campground Panorama, 1930's. June 11. 2007. Retrieved from on January 10, 2018. Licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

Americana Definition from Merriam-Webster

US Grunge Flag by Nicolas Raymond

Nicolas Raymond. US Grunge Flag. April 9, 2012. Retrieved from on January 10, 2019. Licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

Definition of Americana 


1: materials concerning or characteristic of America, its civilization, or its culturebroadly : things typical of America

2: American culture

3: a genre of American music having roots in early folk and country music

Selected American Cultural Databases

Americana Art

Thomas Cole New England Scenery

Thomas Cole, American; 1801-1848 North and Central America, North America, United Sta. New England Scenery. 1839. The Art Institute of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Nickerson Collection, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 1900.558, Web. 20 Apr 2018.

poppy and rose

Anonymous, American, Artist. Aster, Poppy and Rose. 1840. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, M. and M. Karolik Collection, 1976.703, Web. 20 Apr 2018.

Crate Label for Frisco Brand California Vegetable

Anonymous, American Stecher-Traung Litho Co. (printer), American, active 1934--1955. Crate Label for Frisco Brand California Vegetables, Merril Packing Company, Salinas, California. ca. 1934–1955. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment Fund, 1994.103.45. Web. 20 Apr 2018.

Painting Sir Charles, Alias Willie Harris

Barkley Leonnard Hendricks, American. (1972). Sir Charles, Alias Willie Harris. [Painting]. Retrieved from

Times Square by Susan Meisel

Meisel, Susan. Times Square. 1977. The Freedman Gallery at Albright College, Alex and Carole Rosenberg Collection, Web. 20 Apr 2018.

Americana by Lady Pink and Smith

Lady Pink and Smith. (1997). Americana; detail, detail. Retrieved from

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Music: Stephen Sondheim

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Recipe for Apple Pie

apple pie


Serves 8

  • 1 recipe pastry for a 23cm pie
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons plain flour
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g dark brown soft sugar
  • 8 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 220 C / Gas mark 7. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, caster sugar and brown sugar, and bring to the boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.
  2. Roll out the pastry to line the bottom of a 23cm (9 in) pie dish. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with strips of pastry to form a lattice design. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the pastry. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.
  3. Bake the apple pie 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Continue baking the pie for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft. Serve apple pie with ice cream or custard.

Apple Pie Tips

To check the doneness of the pie filling, insert a knife into the centre of the pie. If it meets with little or no resistance, the pie is done.
If the pie is not quite done but the top or edges are becoming too dark, loosely cover the top of the pie with aluminium foil to shield it from the heat.
If you want to add shine and sparkle to your apple pie, thin 4 tablespoons of golden syrup with very hot water. When the pie is done, brush the thinned syrup over the top of the pastry. You can add granulated sugar or demerara sugar at this time. Return the pie to the oven for 2 to 3 minutes to let the glaze dry and set.
Once the pie is done baking, let the pie cool to room temperature before slicing to allow the pie filling to set.

Recipe retrieved from

American Film & Music Databases