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Post in Breakfast 2019
bagel sandwich
 
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Post in A short tour of the Ozarks food history
Later that night we are all feeling pretty full, but I was getting antsy and saw a bowl of poor kumquats sitting around drying out, so i took over the kitchen and made kumquat moonshine marmalade. I used my patented technique of removing seeds (cut, pinch, twist) and then just made a straightforward marmalade finished with the moonshine we were gifted at the talk the night before.

Then because I was still antsy I made a lemon curd which I worked into an ice cream base, and then we made a fresh bowl of lemon cream ice cream. I finished it by making marshmallow fluff and then topped it with the marmalade. It was pretty good.
 
The next day I drove over to Little Rock, which is a gorgeous drive btw, to the Little Rock Central Library which houses a rare documents collection for the Ozarks. My primary goal was to lay hands on the oldest known cookbook from the Ozarks, but the visit turned out to be far better than I imagined. By searching their database for Food, Hunting, Game, Crops, etc, I was brought out all sorts of documents. Here's an old envelop...I love the penmanship of the time.

And the oldest was this one from 1822. The writer was homesteading in a very rural area. The letter talked about interactions/trading with the indigenous people, and learning to hunt, and such.

I was amazed that I was allowed to touch the actual documents. They had a person standing behind me the whole time but I was allowed to remove the paper from the sleeves to examine things more closely. This letter talked about the hunting and fishing in the area, which gave me a good sense of what meats they valued.

and finally they brought me Chicora's Help to the Housekeeper. I was less impressed with the book than I expected but still some important stuff. I've been told this was the last book to use paragraph instructions for recipes instead of list format.

Here are some standards of Ozark cuisine:

This page is a bit more intersting

Two things to point out. First is eel. Yes, we have eel in our state rivers. No one that I've found so far is catching them for food, but they were in the olden days. The second thing to note is halibut. No, there are no halibut in local rivers, but interestingly my historian friend on the first day had already explained this. He said that it was common for immigrants from other areas to come to town and make their favorite recipes using local ingredients, and in many cases the name would stick throughout time. The other thing I learned is that trout, which are raised all over the area, were introduced in the 1950s, but did not exist prior to that. Largemouth, spoonbill, drum, suckers, goggle eye and perch would have been common prior to 1950.
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Cheese Fondue
Around Christmas time, for the past four years, my boyfriend and I have made it a tradition to make a cheese fondue at home. While the fondue always results in something that is quite good, we can never seem to get the consistency right. In the end we usually end up with a pretty soupy concoction and a huge lump of melted cheese at the bottom of our fondue pot. We just can’t get seem to get the liquid ingredients and the cheese to unite and form a wonderful, smooth, creamy mixture. Are we not keeping the fondue on a sufficiently high temperature? Or is it just a matter of not stirring the mixture long enough over a steady heat? Please advise…it has been four years and while our relationship has improved…our fondue has not.
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Post in International Potato Chips
I hope dredging up an old thread topic is not frowned upon, but I just tried some Quillo Fried Egg flavored Potato Chips, from Spain, so qualifies as international flavor.   Picked them up on whim at World Market.  They taste Just Like fried eggs to my palate.   I like them.  $3.99 a bag, smallish bag.  The other flavors stocked were White Truffle and Spanish Ham.  I'm planning my return trip to grab those for a try.  I still have a coupon. 
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Post in Your Daily Sweets: What Are You Making and Baking? (2017 – )
It was the Old Russian New Year this week, so we celebrated with Russian party food and fortune-telling.
 
As I'm forbidden from making the classic dishes, I was relegated to dessert, booze and chiromancie.
 
I dug out the old standby, the Medovik I put together a few years ago with help from the many fine minds here at eGullet, but played around with the presentation a little to make it more wintery.
 

 
I used pine honey this time, though, so the honey flavour was a lot more pronounced.  
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Post in Trader Joe's Products (2017–)
Two TJ's items that may be of limited interest

 
The 2016 Hillersden New Zealand Pinot Gris is a very acceptable, food-friendly, white wine for $3.99.  It's surely a limited-time offering but worth snagging if you see it and enjoy such wines.
The Bloom Avocado Honey is a local product to my area and the Bloom website says their honey is being sold at TJ's in Southern California.  The 16 oz jar was $7.99.  The label says it has subtle hints of avocado.  I can't say I can taste avocado specifically but it has a definite savory note and quite a deep color. 
 
They also had lots of the Organic Brown Rice Treats that @MelissaH learned were being discontinued.
I forgot to look for the pancake bread. 
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Post in Cooking with Six Seasons by Joshua McFadden
Grilled Eggplant with Tomatoes, Torn Croutons and Lots of Herbs from Six Seasons p 236

The eggplant was nice but those tomato were the star of the show.  
 
I let some chickpeas sit in the vinegar/tomato juices mixture in the mixing bowl and added them to my plate so I could call this dinner. 

The recipe says to let the dish sit for a few minutes to let those same juices soak into the croutons.  I gave half of them the soak time and added a few more crispy ones at the end. I prefer crispy.  
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Post in The Hot Sauce Topic
I just grabbed this on a whim at the local Hispanic meat market. It really is wonderful. Tastes of avocado, chile and lime. A touch of garlic and salt.
What really interesting is all of the kids and Mrs. Meshugana all said it reminded them of something from India. No one could place it exactly...

Post in Dinner 2019
Inspired by @shain's photos from last week, I made kachapuri yesterday.  Meaty one for my nephew
 

 
Proscuitto and egg for my niece
 

 
The adults all had plain egg and cheese
 
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Post in Chocdoc takes her heart back to San Francisco
Green Champa Garden 
 

Veggie rolls 

Veggie pad Thai

 
Larb
 
 
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eG Cook-Off #68: Citrus Fruits
Last Fall we debuted our Apple Cook-Off and we were not disappointed.  From Gravensteins to Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Braeburn, Northern Spy and Pink Lady, we presented you with Apple Springrolls, Apple Butter, Apple Tartlets, Roast Pork with Apples, Apple and Chestnut Stuffing and a concoction of Apple Juice, Apple Cider and Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey.   (Click here http://forums.egulle...cook-off-index/ for the complete eG Cook-Off Index).
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Post in The Soup Topic (2013–)
Lentil soup. Crispy noodles. Lemony gremolata.
 
 
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Post in Dinner 2019
NYE dinner with cousins and friends. 
I brought Brined and Roasted Almonds from Six Seasons and a variation on @JAZ's Sweet & Spicy Walnuts using the Baharat from Shaya.  
The Tuscan Grape Bread from Diana Henry's How to Eat a Peach that I made previously and was less than thrilled with was thinly sliced, toasted and served with some Pt. Reyes Blue. 

 
I also made the Collard Dolmades with Sweet Potato Yogurt from Deep Run Roots.  Photo from a previous post:

 
My cousin made the Broiled oysters with arugula purée and Champagne sabayon from the New Year's Eve menu in The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook
 
 
At this point, we moved over to the dining room and my Champagne consumption increased so no more photos.  From the same Silver Palate menu as the oysters, my cousin made the Spinach & Bacon Salad with a warm Champagne Vinaigrette and the Nutted Wild Rice to accompany broiled lobster tails with garlic butter.
After a break, dessert was homemade lemon buttermilk sorbet and Christmas cookies. 
 
                                                          
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Post in Food funnies
From my refrigerator filter cartridge package so still food related!
 

 
 Let’s not mince words.
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Can someone please tell me how to make good espresso?
I usually take 30 gms of coffee beans (ground) and a cup of water (200 ml) with a temperature of 90 degrees C to make my Espresso. But the thing is, the bitterness is so strong and the taste of the espresso is way off. I have experimented with different combinations. For example, I tried with 25, even 22 gms of coffee beans. But, I always missed out the ideal combo. I usually stir it for 20 seconds, not more. And, I use the frothing wand that is common in espresso machines to steam my milk. I don't know how long we are supposed to steam though. But, for me, it won't take more than 10 seconds. I don't know when I will be able to make an ideal espresso. Can someone please help?
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Post in Challenge: Cook your way through your freezer (part 2)
Pulled a bag of odd pieces of pork side rib left over from another BBQ in the spring.
Marinated with hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, 5-spice powder, soy sauce and sat in the fridge from yesterday.
Roasted in the oven while I worked in the garden. Steamed gai lan then quickly sauteed with ginger and drizzled with oyster sauce.
Supper was good!
                                                         
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Post in Lunch 2019
@liuzhou, I love congee, but never think to make it.   Yours looks so good. Comfort food. 
 
Moe wanted something on NY Day  to hold him over until dinner.   
 

Fresh baked bread just out of the oven so I made him a little snack of buttered baguette
olives and Prosciutto.  
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So my wife and I finally made it to the new incarnation of Kopitiam.  We went there once when it was in the old space, which was basically a closet with 4 counter stools about 2 feet from the register and were underwhelmed, but now that they have moved into a much larger space in the LES and have received TONS of great press, we decided to give it another try.
 
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Post in Secrets of the Butcher
@Smithy
 
they talk about 12 breeds of pigs
 
then this :
 

 
also
 

 
they also have several pages on cured hams of the world . 13 types  2 pages on bacon types , two pages on lard !
 
they failed to mention any cured hams from the USA, so the book is not perfect after all
 
after studying the book , you might eat less meat , but much better meat for a given budget.
 
I have a visit to the Galloway's on my to do list , and have given up on veal for Blanquette du Veau .
 
win some, loose some.
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Post in Baking with Myhrvold's "Modernist Bread: The Art and Science"
Sourdough with Pressure Caramelized Rye Berries
 
I love pressure-caramelized rye as an inclusion for sourdough. I think this loaf was particularly successful because of a very long cold proof, 48 hours in the refrigerator. Also because I ate it without letting it cool all the way down, which I guess makes me a bad person. It was among the most flavorful loaves I've ever produced.
 
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Post in The Greatest Fork in the World
I need to show you the greatest fork in the world for stirring large batches of mashed potatoes after adding the milk and butter. It's a beauty - solid and heavy. My mother used it for the same purpose.
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Post in Starting a high profile new restaurant (after closing another)
Sounds like you would like my grits special today - Fitz's (a local company) root beer braised lamb neck grits with smashed fried potatoes.
 
In other news...fingers crossed everyone...
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Post in Chinese Vegetables Illustrated
竹 (Mand: zhú; Cant: zuk1) is one of the world's most beautiful plants and definitely the most useful. It is used for so many things. It's a building material - people make houses from it. It is as strong if not stronger than steel and is used as scaffolding across China, but especially in Hong Kong.  I look around my home and see this plant  everywhere. I have clothes made from it. The pen holder on my desk is made from it. You can even buy computer keyboards and mice made from it. It is made into paper.
 
In the kitchen,  it is even more apparent. Chopping boards, brushes, rolling pins, bowls baskets, serving dishes, mats, chopsticks, toothpicks and more.
 

The only thing here which isn't bamboo is the metal hanging ring on the left.
 
And we eat it.
 
I am of course,  talking bamboo.
 

 
There are over 1,400 different species but we mainly eat the shoots of only a few. Phyllostachys edulis and  Bambusa oldhamii in particular.
 
In Chinese the shoots are 竹笋 (Mand: zhú sǔn; Cant: zuk1 seon2) often abbreviated to 笋 (Mand: sǔn; Cant: seon2).
 

Bamboo shoots
 
Bamboo shoots contain a cyanogenic glycoside that produces cyanide in the gut, so must be prepared correctly by thorough cooking. The shoots are boiled, then peeled and sliced. These can then be stir fried along with other ingredients.
 

Peeled shoots
 

Sliced and peeled sweet bamboo
 
The bamboo pictured above is referred to as 甜笋 (Mand: tián sǔn; Cant: tim4 seon2) or sweet bamboo. It is sold preprepared in many supermarkets and just needs frying.  
 
Winter bamboo is harvested around November to December. I haven't seen it yet this year.
 

Winter bamboo
 
Bamboo is also pickled and is an important ingredient in Liuzhou's signature dish 螺蛳粉 (Mand: luó sī fěn) Luosifen - river snail noodles.
 
The leaves of bamboo plants are used in the kitchen, too. The are used to wrap various foods, especially 粽子 (Mand: zòng zi; Cant: zung3 zi2), sticky rice dumplings.
 

Bamboo leaves
 

Zongzi
 
The canned bamboo shoots available in many overseas Chinese or Asian stores are unknown here. In fact canned goods at all, are rare.
 
This is the whole of the canned goods section of one of the city's largest supermarket.
 

L: Luncheon meat; R Canned fish
 
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Post in Dinner 2019
Happy New Year!!!!
 
I hope every one had a great NYE.  We never go anywhere--and I like it that way.  Can't get a DUI going from the kitchen to the bedroom (well, not normally, anyway).
 
On to the food.
 
This is venison stew that I made the night before (2018 thread is closed so I'm posting here)
 

 
For NYE we wanted a bit of everything....
 
Deviled eggs and pimento cheese
 

Salad

Oysters

Shrimp

Excellent cheese

Boudin balls

And foie gras
 


 
Now, I'm off to google all the lucky foods you're supposed to eat on New Year's Day.  I already have my Rancho Gordo black eyed peas soaking.
 
After the year we had last year, I'm not taking any chances in the luck dept lol.
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Holiday gifts.  What food/drink related gifts did you get?
I'll start:
 

 
Wow!
 

 
More Wow.
 
 And a turkey carcass. I tell you life is more than good.
 
 
 
 
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