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  1. You're welcome. I really enjoyed the book as well...it's a fascinating period, just at the cusp of New World foods beginning to arrive.
  2. ...another cookbook drawing from the Converso experience. https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/12/22/789864201/trove-of-recipes-dating-back-to-inquisition-reveals-a-familys-secret-jewish-root
  3. Really? Middle school always has that "Lord of the Flies" vibe to it...
  4. https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/01/the-math-of-brewing-a-better-espresso/
  5. My sister's hubby is a trucker, hauling seafood from Yarmouth NS to distributors in New England. Amusing to speculate if your salt cod had left the country on his truck. When I was a kid we would get "CARE packages" a couple of times a year from Newfoundland, which always included a few big, shingle-like whole salted cod from my grandparents. I always looked forward to those arriving, because it meant homemade fishcakes (not that those really belong on this thread, but...).
  6. My mom's a big fan of their chocolate, and stocks up on it after the major holidays when it gets marked down.
  7. Has it improved? I tried it 5 or 6 years ago, and found it crazy-making. Ordinarily I make my list on a whiteboard over the course of the week, and it takes me maybe a total of 5 minutes. OOM "simplified" that to about 45 minutes, and using it in-store was a trial as well.
  8. chromedome

    Breakfast 2020!

    Most things sold by weight include both metric and Imperial measurements, but the price/lb will usually be the (physically) big number and the price/kg or price/100g will usually be the smaller number on the sign. Packaged goods often have odd weights or volumes (3.89 litres, 397 ml) because that's what a US-sized can or jug translates to. I can't answer for everyone, but I think most of us are fine with Celsius temperatures in the weather forecast, but think in Fahrenheit for baking. Our measuring cups are usually labeled in both units, so you can pour 1 cup or 250 ml of liquid with equal facility (they're almost, but not quite, the same). Brochures at Canadian car dealerships will express (ahem) mileage in terms of how many litres of gas it takes to drive 100 km, but I have to mentally change it to mpg. Speed limits themselves are always in km/h, and I doubt many of us mentally convert to mph. I know I don't. People are still measured in archaic units of feet, inches and pounds. When you ask after someone's newborn baby, you'll be told a birth weight in pounds and ounces. Some of these archaisms can be quite durable, of course. I've seen Americans use the phrase "in for a penny, in for a pound" and it's been a year or two since you broke from the UK.
  9. A followup to this cropped up in my news this week: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/tareq-hadhad-canadian-citizen-1.5427390?cmp=FB_Feed_CBCMain
  10. No, I think it's a pretty universal last-resort method to find what you're looking for.
  11. My GF spotted those products on Amazon the other day. She's keto-ing, so I suspect there'll be some in our not-too-distant future.
  12. chromedome

    Breakfast 2020!

    I'm an oatmeal guy. The most satiating of the cereal-type breakfasts, according to the limited clinical research that has addressed the subject. In my case, I use steel-cut oats and add a handful of raisins (they plump nicely as the oats cook) and a generous sprinkle of cinnamon. Not the way my Scots ancestors would have done it, by any means, but it works for me. Sometimes I'll add a spoonful of yogurt or some additional fruit to the bowl.
  13. Alberta only, ground frozen veal from The Italian Store has been recalled for E. coli: https://www.inspection.gc.ca/food-recall-warnings-and-allergy-alerts/2020-01-13/eng/1578959926811/1578959932803?utm_source=r_listserv Also Alkanater brand tahini, possibly national, for salmonella. https://inspection.gc.ca/food-recall-warnings-and-allergy-alerts/2020-01-14/eng/1579039733281/1579039739334?utm_source=r_listserv
  14. That, to me, is a "killer feature." I don't know anyone else who cares, but I'm the guy who lunges for the "cancel" button before the last few seconds tick off. My hearing is none of the best, but that piercing beep grates on my nerves. I've had a couple of microwaves in the past that cut the chirp when the door opened, and it was my favorite thing about them.
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