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Nancy in Pátzcuaro

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  1. Oh, dear God. We can end this thread right now--nothing could be worse than this. I think it's the deviled ham that did it for me. Or the Worcestershire sauce. I especially like the way that 18 donuts will serve 6-8, which works out to 2 or 3 donuts per person. Is it possible to eat 3 of these?
  2. Thanks for that interesting link. It points out that our ancestors, due to necessity, developed techniques to use the wild (and then domesticated) plants in their environment. Not just meat, which in most eras of human existence was a "luxury" item--wonderful when you could get it but not an everyday thing--but everything edible. Most folks were vegetarian most of the time. Must have been a lot of experimentation going on, some of which ended badly. Who was the first person to eat an artichoke, which is after all not much more than a jumped-up thistle? Why would you even consider it as edible? I suspect many things become edible if you're hungry. The other reason it's interesting to me is that my husband's name is the same as another ancient wheat, one with more chromosomes than eikorn. We've always wanted to grow it but have never had the time, resources or property to do that.
  3. When we bought our house, along with a lot of furniture I inherited a full set of Emeril cookwear. Sturdy, heavy as hell, with a thick copper pad sandwiched between the stainless base and the pan body, and entirely satisfactory. My husband prefers non-stick cookwear so he can scrub away to his heart's content, but I think he's remembering the bad old days of nonstick pans. In any case I'm not going to replace the Emerils, even though the high-sided saute pan (I guess you could call it a chicken fryer) is almost too heavy for me to pick up one-handed. Depends on which hand, of course. I also still have some of the old Revereware but I usually don't use them. The only one I use is a tall saucepan that works well for popcorn. And then there's cast iron. Three skillets, a wok (don't ask), a dutch oven, and a comal (griddle) that I use constantly. It lives on the stove.
  4. I buy 3 kilos of oats at a time and have no trouble using them up. Do they go stale? Do they get moldy? We've just started the rainy season, when the humidity is routinely over 60% even when it's not raining, so if there's any place where oats would mold it would be here. Oats don't seem to go off in any way. I always include them in breads, and given that we eat oatmeal for breakfast about once a week we finish the 3 kilos and have to go back for more. (We have a wonderful bulk store in Morelia.) And I also use 2-3 tablespoons in the blender for our smoothies. So if you use oats in that way, in bread and oatmeal breakfasts, I'd say stash them away in a "cool dry place."
  5. When we moved from Florida to Colorado, my father quickly discovered that there's a reason they call them the "rocky" mountains and that the pole hole digger he brought from Florida was useless. When we lived in Salida (7200 feet with 14,000 foot peaks to the west (beautiful views), I used to say when we were (trying to) plant a tree that we were digging up a buried civilization. Big rocks down to China. Now that we live on the top of a hill in Pátzcuaro I've discovered that we must live over a former pyramid, not that we're digging up artifacts or anything like that. Just more big rocks. My sister and brother-in-law used to live in Iowa, and when they wanted to make a rock garden they asked us to bring rocks from Colorado. Yes, there are big rocks to remove when we want to plant something other than a seedling, but we can pretty much garden year-round. It gets a little brisk in December-January, but I've had tomatoes that have lived for a year or more before I pulled them up. Our biggest problem is the rainy season, when we get too much rain. So I can't complain much beyond minor grumbling.
  6. I have a real problem with people who claim an "allergy." In the past I had an "intolerance" to wheat, caffeine and red wine (sad to say), but I never claimed it was an allergy. Over time I became able to eat wheat again (thank goodness) but I still avoid caffeine and I've lost my taste for red wine (though I expect I could drink it without a problem). I still remember a New Yorker cartoon of two women walking, and one of them said, "I don't know what gluten is, but I'm avoiding it." Unless you have celiac disease, you can eat gluten. In my case it made me uncomfortable, but I don't call that an "allergy." True allergies are serious, sometimes life-threatening (peanuts, shrimp in my mom's case), and not a joke. One shrimp would have sent my mom to the hospital. I have to commend you, Patti, for your restraint. I don't think I would have been so generous. Turns out you can live without caffeine. Makes it so much easier to wake up in the morning.
  7. Aha--that may be the answer. I honestly don't know which subscription level we have--my husband did the ordering several years ago. I'll check it out--thanks for the responses.
  8. Please excuse me if I rant for a second. I am awfully tired of clicking on a New York Times recipe, only to discover it's behind a paywall. We have a digital subscription, and a few years ago I grudgingly paid a separate fee for the crossword puzzle, but I'm annoyed that many (most) of the recipes I'm interested in are unavailable. I wonder if those same recipes are available in the printed version, in which case I feel discriminated against. Digital subscriptions free the company from the costs associated with printing and distributing the print version, not to mention what happens to the paper when it's discarded. Has anyone else bumped up against this annoying problem?
  9. O Possibly, but this is mezcal/tequila country, not rum (unless it's in rompope). Granted, they're both made from sugar cane, so I suppose they are roughly equivalent in the outcome of consumption. Mainly a roaring hangover and a brutal headache. Not my cuppa.
  10. I know people have their favorites, but I'm always happy to see a horse that has been overlooked win the Derby. Determined little guy. Apparently he wins when he gets out in front--won't let any horse pass him. Now, I've been sorry many times, to be sure. (Remember Carry Back? Smarty Jones?) Medina Spirit wasn't completely overlooked--he went off at 12:1, after all, which is better than most of the rest of the horses--but it was a surprise. I have my concerns about Baffert, though.
  11. Is it just me or did she pour a whole lot more than 2 oz. of bourbon in that glass? This is made worse by the fact that I don't like bourbon, but yikes-- Drink one of those and you will be over the legal limit!
  12. I guess the only way to get Azufrado (I misspelled it) beans is to go to the coast of Nayarit right now. We have been there at most times of the year (not summer--too hot) and have watched the progression of crops being harvested, the fields cultivated, and then replanted with the next crop. Watermelon was the last crop this spring, and the fields were being prepared for corn and probably after that for beans. Quite the agricultural region. Glad to hear that Steve found them the same way we did! And oh, what watermelons! They were everywhere alongside the roads, piled up for sale, and in trucks being hauled away.
  13. We just returned from the coast of Nayarit, where they sell a yellow bean called Azufado. Anybody heard of it? Nice bean, cooks up creamy and tasty. The harvest had just finished and there were signs all over offering it for sale. I haven't seen it anywhere else.
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