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  1. Surely it depends on the ambient temperature of your home, how ripe the produce is when you procure it, how long you will store the item(s) and and what other storage options (wine fridge, cellar, etc,etc) you have. At a minimum.

    Some apples are good storage apples, some aren't. Some improve with storage.

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  2. My Monday night beach picnic group is up and running.  We meet at 7:00 pm on Monday nights and walk down to the beach for an informal picnic.  We all just bring what we have on hand and share.


    The food has to fit in a large tote bag with the blanket, wine, and a few glasses and utensils.  Ideally it is pre-portioned or is easy to portion on site.  I usually make enough for 6-8 people. I have a day job so things that can be made ahead and don't involve elaborate preparations are ideal. 


    I've looked at Anna N's "Meeting friendly snacks to bake"  http://forums.egullet.org/topic/147440-meeting-friendly-snacks-to-bake/  for baking ideas. 


    What can you suggest?

  3. I can only repeat what others have said: I'm stunned at this sad news and so sorry for the loss of sucha vibrant and generous person.

    My condolences to Ellen, PJ and the rest of his family.

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  4. I agree with others that it is very easy to cook polenta so there's no value in buying the pre-cooked stuff.

    However you have a package of cooked polenta, so you may as well use it. It is good fried or grilled with something savory and saucy on it. Think of cornbread if that's something you are familiar with. To me pork, chilies and polenta sound like an excellent combination.

  5. Longform has some pretty interesting food articles:

    Longform Culture - Food

    For example the most recent one, from New York Magazine, is called "When Did Young People Start Spending 25% of Their Paychecks on Pickled Lamb’s Tongues?"

    Opening paragraph:

    On the Tuesday before we meet, Diane Chang sends me a list of places where she wants to eat in the coming week. Here it is, in alphabetical order: ABC Kitchen, Abistro, Bhojan, Bianca, Cafe Katja, Char No. 4, Coppelia, Cotan, Diner, Eisenberg’s, Han Joo Chik BBQ, Henan Feng Wei, Marlow & Sons, Schnitzi, St. Anselm, Sun in Bloom, Tanoreen, Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar, Vinegar Hill House, and Wondee Siam. For our dinner, she eventually settles on Wondee Siam II, on Ninth and 54th (but emphatically not the original Wondee Siam, on Ninth and 53rd).

  6. Alternatively:

    "Champagne, in victory we deserve it, in defeat we need it"

    W. Churchill

    I've seen that attributed to Napoleon

    My favourite Champagne quote:

    "My only regret is that I did not drink more Champagne." Lord Maynard Keynes, on his deathbed

    One more food quote:

    "Show me another pleasure like dinner which comes every day and lasts an hour." Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

    OK this is the last one:

    "Eggs, I have found, have much in common with small boys. If they are hurried, overheated, or overbeaten in the beginning, they tend to turn on you, and no amount of future love and concern can right the wrong." Irene Chalmers, The Confident Cook

  7. Thanks janeer.

    I know nothing of southern cooking but luckily I discovered that epicurious has a whole section devoted to hosting an Oscars party including menus and recipes. Chocolate Cream Pie is there.

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