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  1. Past hour
  2. Home made liver and mushroom pâté with chia seed crackers.
  3. The preceding discussion made me think (a) that it would be fun to make my own sodium citrate and (b) that experiment would further delay any attempts at working with the stuff. I bought a package of sodium citrate and today, finally -- yes, it really has taken this long -- had time to play with it and the Melty Cheese Calculator. I love ham in macaroni and cheese, and we had leftover ham that I'd set aside for that purpose. I used an American cheese with onion and garlic, recommended by my DIL; milk was the liquid. I used the calculator to get the appropriate cheese consistency: 300g cheese, 300g milk, 12g sodium citrate. Heated the milk and cheese, threw in the sodium citrate, stirred until it all melted, and added to the cooked macaroni and ham. After baking until the dish was browned and bubbly, we ate. This was a success: quite tasty, and easier than the roux method!
  4. What sprang immediately to my strange mind was the New Yorker article about David Karp "The Fruit Detective" https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2002/08/19/the-fruit-detective I miss our apples. Interesting varieties. Hard for me to purchase apples these days.
  5. heidih

    Dinner 2019

    Plus not the "tang" - at least for me
  6. You may be interested in this.
  7. Today
  8. blue_dolphin

    Dinner 2019

    I'd compare it to feta but a bit more dry and dense
  9. Ann_T

    Dinner 2019

    I wasn't hungry so I made Moe something that I knew he would like more than me. Mexican Grilled Shrimp Cocktail. I love local spot prawns but have never cared much for shrimp.
  10. Even with the burned bits cut off the bread suffered a pervasive charcoal note.
  11. My store had both; they sold out of the dog ones the first day they were on offer.
  12. robirdstx

    Dinner 2019

    https://www.cheese.com/cotija/
  13. I employed many guys from Michoacan and there is a large ex-pat population here. As I noted in another topic I only do from local farmers or gifted from neighbors. The trendiness is annoying but money talks especially in empoverishd places.
  14. heidih

    Dinner 2019

    Mexican fresh and crumbly Even our 99 cent store sells it. Gotta love LA
  15. heidih

    Pop Tarts

    - same concept but more interesting to me - Along these lines - what were those ropey one called - "Danish Go Rounds"
  16. Count me "in" the al fresco crowd. I a noise sensitive so an enclosed space can be overwhelming. Of course being in a very temperate cliate it is easier. I also like shared plates. I am more "a bite of this a taste of that" than a plate full of "x" girl.
  17. Margaret Pilgrim

    Dinner 2019

    Looks super. Tell me about cotija cheese, please. What other cheeses can you compare it with? I think it isn't a "melting" cheese.
  18. It's quite true. Not only are the cartels taking over the avocado industry in Michoacán, the environmental impacts are significant. Water use, pesticide use, burning the forests to clear for new groves--it makes buying avocados seems like a betrayal of one's principles. In theory, forest trees are not allowed to be cut without the appropriate permit, but we all know that this is a law more ignored than followed. Once a forest burns the law says it must not be replanted for 20 years. If you believe that I have a bridge you might be interested in. Many of us have our own trees or know someone who does, which solves that particular problem, but for the rest of the world it's a different story. We see truckloads of young men returning from the avocado groves--they stand up in the bed of a pickup--and they are all smiling. Avocado harvesting pays very well, well enough that these guys quit their jobs in construction or other useful occupations to make 500 to 700 pesos a day picking avocados, much more than any builder can afford. Our Spanish teacher's son was recruited and did it for a couple of weeks, but quit when he was told he had to carry a gun in case a rival gang attacked. He said the money wasn't worth it. He's now in university, studying agriculture. The real pity is that when one drives to Uruapan, the center of the industry, the roadsides are lined with nurseries selling young trees. There are thousands of them of all sizes, which makes me wonder who's buying them and where they will be planted. These trees are grafts, with Hass trees grafted onto Criollo (the local less desirable variety) rootstock. Criollos are suitable for our altitudes so the resulting plant is hardier and able to produce a crop at 7200 feet. I only buy avocados from the people in the mercado selling from a 5-gallon bucket, the product of their own trees, if I don't get them from a neighbor. We used to have a tree but it got diseased and we had to take it out.
  19. On Netflix, watched it a few weeks ago. Very sad. I don’t buy avocados anymore...not that we ate a lot of them...maybe 5 a year. https://readysteadycut.com/2019/10/04/recap-rotten-season-2-episode-1-the-avocado-war-netflix-series/
  20. robirdstx

    Dinner 2019

    Farfalle with Hot Italian Sausage and Spinach; topped with Cotija Cheese
  21. scamhi

    Dinner 2019

    pork and green bean stir fry. topped with a teaspoon of Laoganma Spicy Chili Crisp
  22. Mexican Cartels are fighting to control the booming Mexican avocado business. The article is from the Los Angeles Times. Hopefully, you won't encounter a paywall. "Inside the bloody cartel war for Mexico’s multibillion-dollar avocado industry" I love avocados and guacamole. I remember when the US Avocado industry fought to prevent Mexican Avocados from entering the US. The "pro" argument at the time was that increased competition would cause the prices of avocados to drop in US grocery stores. History has shown that didn't happen. Turns out the US grocery stores who sell the avocados ended up the winners, but that's another story. By opening the US borders to Mexican avocados, it started a bloody power struggle to control the Mexican Avocado industry. How does your guacamole taste now?
  23. blue_dolphin

    Breakfast 2019

    My former boss advised following this maxim: "When traveling, eat early and eat often," when on business travel. @Duvel may be following the corollary that applies to drink ,
  24. Kim Shook

    Pop Tarts

    I would definitely try these. I think they've missed an opportunity, though - they need to make one with peanut butter filling. Those PB filled pretzel nuggets are super popular.
  25. Yesterday
  26. JoNorvelleWalker

    Dinner 2019

    Last night: Ottolenghi's eggplant with buttermilk sauce -- with the substitution of Momofuku ranch for the buttermilk sauce. Followed by almost the last of Jose Andres' bouillabaisse. OK bread, but not good bread.
  27. As did I. Can't wait to see what's new.
  28. @Toliver Thanks, I sprung for Rose's book.
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