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  1. My parents were from Boston, and although I was born and raised down here, the salting watermelon thing was not a thing until I was about 8 and at a friends house and they insisted I try it. I still salt my watermelon every once in a while...when I think of it!
  2. I am going to sprinkle a bit on a fresh berry (garden has ooodles) and see if I can taste why the 'avoid salt' label. I am curious that way. I would pair that salted butter caramel with apple or banana (bonafee pie)
  3. I have double cross referenced this book a hundred times and I've seen the inconsistencies you mention, but I still consider it a valuable reference...mostly for inspiration when I find myself with something unfamiliar. You are totally correct with the editing- it would be a nightmare, still I think they should use this as the core for something with an easier cross index (or just better cross checked) and split the food from the cuisines and the seasons.."Spring" is listed. Why? Seasons are listed under the individual flavors. If spring has a particular flavor, I'd say it was grass. I think I'll pick more strawberries tomorrow and throw some salt on them for the hell of it and see if I get a coffee reaction.
  4. Ha! pistachio's are listed compatible under strawberries..this book tends to lean to particular likes of the chefs that they are quoting per subject. I am not dissing this book, I use it all the time for ideas, but I think I should have been a cookbook editor.
  5. That's the kind of combination that I thought they were implying...like there was a chemical thing with the two items that was simply incompatible. l always add a pinch of salt to sweet things to kind of define the sweetness so I added the salt as a matter of course. It really didn't do anything to throw the flavor off so I was at a loss to explain the reason for it. Otherwise the 'Flavor Bible' is a great resource, just sometimes a little wonky? btw, I Blinged and googled and oddly all I found were 2 conversations about how strawberries served with salt and pepper were so refreshing. I am always finding these little cookbook mysteries!
  6. I was making a strawberry sauce for shortcake yesterday and just did some sugar, lemon, a of bit of vanilla with half the strawberries (quart) chopped and cooked for a couple of minutes and then added some cornstarch and the other half (sliced) of the berries and brought back briefly to a simmer then cooled. Before taking off the heat, I threw in a quarter teaspoon of salt...I considered balsamic but already had the lemon juice for acidity. Thinking to ramp it up, I consulted the Flavor Bible. No surprises with flavor combinations but a new category labeled "Avoid" with a single element...salt. Why? I tasted it and it was fine, not sweet enough so I added a little honey. Now it's perfect. But why would one avoid salt with strawberries?
  7. I can see the mustard and pork. IDK, this mix of sage and cinnamon might bring the same result. I hope so.
  8. Well, I have all I need to give it a shot. Will share results after I poll my tasters (but you know polls...) BUT I do not think I'll mention the sage. There's only one who would be able to identify it anyway. 2 tablespoons can be a lot of sage, and I still can't see it with cinnamon, but I've tried much stranger combinations that turned me into a believer. Life is short so I'll give it a go. I do like the cheese crust idea, may have to double that one.
  9. blue_dolphin, I can't get through the paywall- drives me nuts that I pay so much for that paper and can't access it via computer without paying more! I just googled apple pie-gouda-sage and got an article about her new (sept.) cookbook, and the recipe is there!!! Surprise! she does use cinnamon! Would never have thought. Here's the link- https://www.freep.com/story/life/food/recipes/2018/09/30/sister-pie-detroit-lisa-ludwinski-cookbook-recipes/1383199002/ Thank you for looking that up, I appreciate it.
  10. I was born and raised in the south, but my parents are from Boston. Cheddar cheese was a must for them. I love it with ice cream too, but have moved more toward cheddar as I get older for less calories. Maybe that's why this recipe struck a chord with me- I think mom and dad would have loved it. I just don't know what to do about the sage. Agree the WSJ article is a good one. The recipes seem concise and well written (down to psi almost!) and I am anxious to try the cranberry. I'll make both crusts and we'll have the cranberry for Thursday and some variant of apple- will definitely do the cheese crust but maybe leave out the sage unless I get inspired. Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and thanks for replying.
  11. This weekend edition (Nov. 17-18, 2018) of the Wall St. Journal has a wonderful article by Lisa Ludwinski of Sister Pie in Detroit. I love how it's written with so much respect for her teammates and obvious love for both her coworkers and customers. I am going to try the cranberry for Thanksgiving, but want to use up some apples I have too and am intrigued with her version- aged gouda grated and added to crust and sage rubbed into the sugar in the filling. Unfortunately, while there is a recipe for the cranberry pie, there is not one for the apple beyond the above mentioned tweaks. Sage is not listed as having an affinity for apples in 'The Flavor Bible' but apple is listed (not boldface) under sage. Cheese and sage share an affinity (although aged gouda isn't one listed...) so I am trying to figure out what other flavors might be added. I'm not seeing the traditional cinnamon here. I'm thinking honey and lemon (or orange?), but feel like it needs a spice- dried ginger? I'm doing the crust today which I think is brilliant even if I leave the sage off the sugar, but am curious as to how to make that filling so that it compliments the sage. Any ideas?
  12. yes! roast, then simmer them down with a little oj, apple juice, cider...just something fruity and make a plum sauce. Great on pork ribs. google a recipe for a starter batch but I use whatever I have on hand to get a carmalized fruity viscus sauce that will stick on meat finishing up on the grill. star anise is a must and I always use ginger (fresh but dried will deliver as well) and whatever sugars I have on hand. have a mouli ?
  13. Very interesting. I would love to try the bread, and I totally understand your compulsion with it. If I can find the flour, I will try a loaf, am very curious to the taste.
  14. thank you! It shut me out when I tried the recipe the first time and was looking on line...that was last year? but the taste made me want to do it right, so I carried on.
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