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Gifted Gourmet

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  1. http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/greenest-college-cafeterias-4608093 Things have changed considerably from the days when my vegan daughter was a student at Tulane in New Orleans ...
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    Schmaltz (i.e. Chicken Fat, Goose Fat, etc.)

    Use it to fry things -- onions, greens, meat, eggs, potatoes, etc. ... cooks like butter but has some bacon-like flavor qualities ... You can deep fry in it too ... home fries, french fries, latkes ... But, I use it in my traditional chopped liver and in my matzo balls .. it adds "depth" of flavor ...
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    Cheese (2008– )

    Wikipedia entry
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    Cheese (2008– )

    source Redstone Robust perhaps -- formed in a wheel and finished in a special curing cellar near the Wisconsin River. It's a semi-soft, washed rind goat cheese, hand washed for 60 days to produce a red-orange rind with a creamy white interior and hardy, robust flavor. Very unique.
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    Olive Oil Questions, Options, Favorites

    If you want actual product names for the best and fruitiest olive oils there are some here: a Spanish brand, Columela (*est. $16 for a 17-oz. bottle), citing its "fruity flavor and excellent balance." Columela finishes slightly ahead of a more expensive Spanish entry, Nunez de Prado (*est. $30 for a 16-oz. bottle), as well as the significantly cheaper Greek import Terra Medi (*est. $11 for a 17-oz. bottle) ... Good Housekeeping, puts its money on the Italian import Monini (*est. $10 for a 17.9-oz. bottle), calling it "the perfect all-in-one oil, with a lightness that's also surprisingly rich and complex." ... positive comments about Colavita -- a widely available, mainstream, supermarket brand -- to merit inclusion in ConsumerSearch Fast Answers. Cook's Illustrated praises this extra virgin olive oil for its "full-bodied and bold flavor," Men's Health likes its "dark-green color" and it's a particular favorite of olive-oil enthusiasts ... If you're not comfortable with Colavita, a good, widely available alternative is Da Vinci Pure Olive Oil (*est. $7 for a 17-oz. bottle). In its 2005 roundup of plain (not extra virgin) olive oils, Cook's Illustrated put Da Vinci ahead of Colavita, calling it "the most like good extra-virgin olive oil," and Da Vinci also finishes on top of the magazine's 2005 roundup of extra virgin oils (partly for its "rich, deep and beautifully green" color) ... and, finally, there is this: writer Susan Westmoreland recommends Whole Foods 365 Extra Virgin (*est. $5 for a 17.9-oz. bottle): "The house brand of the Whole Foods Market chain has an intensely robust olive taste -- and a much lower price than most top-grade oils."
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    Olive Oil Questions, Options, Favorites

    a really excellent resource ... another article on this topic ...
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    Fruit Caviar recipes?

    I am assuming that you are referring to this type of thing: fruit caviar descriptions, etc. apple caviar recipe
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    Atlanta for a quick trip

    I actually had the opportunity to eat at both Watershed and JCT Kitchen in the same week when I had guests in town who wanted to try upscale southern cuisine .. both places offer quite a combination of old and new south cooking ... Watershed was not up to par because Chef Peacock was out of town .. many dishes were oversalted and the shrimp and grits lacked shrimp ... Watershed photos JCT Kitchen was wonderful, however, and my guests immediately were very pleased with all of the food we had there ... JCT Kitchen photos
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    Kosher Chocolate

    this link ... will offer you a myriad of kosher chocolate types of all sorts ...
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    Kosher Chocolate

    Just a bit more information on the topic of kosher chocolate: the Nibble ... article and it is true that one of the best sources would be a local, orthodox presumably, synagogue ...
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    Carmel, Pacific Grove, and/or Monterey

    Personally, I have just returned from California and loved everything about Nepenthe in Big Sur! The views of ocean and mountains are superb and the food was wonderful ... http://www.flickr.com/photos/96683394@N00/3027805572/
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    Creating Tasting Menus

    More discussion on home tasting menus can be found here
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    How does freezing kill parasites?

    When thinking about my ceviche, gravlax, sushi prep after reading this topic, I located some rather interesting information on the topic: freezing: does it kill parasites? What freezing doesn't kill, I understand, is bacteria ....
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    Confused about Haroseth

    Just call it chunky applesauce ... works for me ...
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    Jewish Holiday Centerpieces

    The best centerpiece I ever made for fall was this one for Thanksgiving ... I love combining fresh fruits, vegetable, and flowers ...