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  1. From the photos of the item on Amazon (currently unavailable for purchase), it looks like the promotional item might indeed have both Gif and Jif on the labels. One of the Amazon images is a little video that appears to show a jar turning around to show both. Edited to add: it also includes the text, "Limited edition jar with double-sided JIF/GIF label."
  2. This is more about the label than what's inside the jar but I'll put it here anyway: Jif is rolling out a limited-edition peanut butter to settle the debate over the pronunciation of 'GIF' once and for all. I didn't realize there was ever a debate about this but if anything can be settled once and for all with a jar of peanut butter, I'm all for it!
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    Dried Hominy

    I have also cooked that hominy. I soak overnight and cook for 2-3 hrs. I find it pleasantly "toothsome," a bit denser than the canned stuff but not at all tough.
  4. Jim Core's Kale and Andouille Jambalaya from Shaya After cooking on the stovetop, this recipe tops the jambalaya with some schmaltzy panko and browns it in the oven. I toasted the schmaltzy panko in a skillet and sprinkled them over my bowl.
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    Breakfast 2020!

    Hot multi-grain cereal with gingery pears, topped with toasted walnuts, diced candied ginger and a drizzle of cream The pears were the Poached Asian Pears with Black Peppercorns from Everyday Korean. I used half poaching liquid/half water to cook the oatmeal.
  6. This web page says that Sally's cookbook, Six California Kitchens: Sally Schmitt’s Stories & Recipes From Over a Half-Century of California Cooking will be published by Chronicle Books in 2021.
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    Lunch 2020

    What is SV roe? Google did not help me.
  8. I just edited the original post to add a link to this short video:
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    Breakfast 2020!

    Caramelized Onion, Coconut and Egg Curry served over Caramelized Onion and Jeera Rice, both from Meera Sodha's Made in India. Grilled Broccoli with Chile and Garlic from Ottolenghi on the side. Per the recipe, the eggs are supposed to be folded into the sauce before serving, but I wanted to see the pretty yolks.
  10. If anyone's going to be in or close to Santa Barbara on the weekend of March 13-15 (Friday - Sunday with a few extras on Monday), check out the events being offered as part of the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience. While her name does not appear in the title, there are a lot of Julia Child-centric events. All kinds of stuff from dinners to classes to a downloadable guide to Julia's favorite places in Santa Barbara county. List of events by date I'd like to catch the special advance screening of Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy the upcoming film and contemplating what else I might fit in without blowing my budget!
  11. Indeed. The whole picture reminded me of my grandmother in the kitchen, wearing an apron, sitting in a chair pulled up to the kitchen table and cutting apples or peeling potatoes with a little paring knife. 💕
  12. When I was getting a weekly CSA box, I was often inundated with greens of all sorts, attached to roots like beet, turnip and radish) or on their own like chard, collards, etc. I would wash them, blanch or sauté to cook lightly, give them a rough chop and freeze them in a zip lock bag so I could break off what I wanted to use. I don't know if this would be as good as what you get from wilting the fresh leaves directly in the soup but it's worth a try in the chez @rotuts laboratory. Two other options to consider in the bagged section. Trader Joe's sells a "Power to the Greens" salad mix consisting of baby kale, baby chard and baby spinach. I believe that would be tastier than the plain baby spinach and I've found it can stand up to a quick sauté if you don't manage to use it all up which is good because the baby chard in particular seems perishable. TJ's also sells baby kale on its own. It's flat leaves, not curly. This stuff keeps quite well in the fridge (better than the above mix) and can also be sautéed for a quick cooked green. It may be sturdier than you want in your soup but it might be worth a try.
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    Breakfast 2020!

    Today's breakfast was the Warm Squash and Chickpea salad that I shared over here in the Salad topic.
  14. Nice article in today's LA Times about the woman who started and ran the French Laundry restaurant for 16 years with her husband before selling to Thomas Keller in 1994. Before that French Laundry, there was Sally Schmitt’s French Laundry Can't wait to see her cookbook when it comes out! Edited to add this short video:
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    Salad 2016 –

    Warm Squash and Chickpea Salad with Tahini, adapted from Moro and included in the Food52 Genius Recipes cookbook. Recipe available online here. Based on comments from others who found this mushy or bland, I crisped the chickpeas, slivered the onion and pickled it lightly in lime juice, tarted up the dressing with a good bit of extra lime juice and added a little roasted sesame oil to boost the tahini flavor. This was apparently conceived as a lettuce-free salad but I served it on curly endive.
  16. This looks like a study for one of the very commercially successful artist Thomas Arvid's super-realistic wine paintings like this one.
  17. That takes me back - when we were kids, mom used to give us buttered saltines for a snack all the time.
  18. Agreed! I store my homemade pita in the freezer and reheat them at 275°F on steam-bake for 3 min and they come out as soft and pillowy as when first baked.
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    Breakfast 2020!

    Escarole Salad with Crispy Pimentón Chickpeas and a Runny Egg from Melissa Clark's Dinner Changing the Game I crisped the chickpeas in a skillet rather than in the oven and used a boiled egg instead of fried. Also, the recipe calls for 2 teaspoons of sherry vinegar to 5 tablespoons of oil. That's not enough. I used 2 T vinegar.
  20. I'm going to make the kale & andouille jambalaya from Shaya. Just realized that I'm out of the Massa Organics brown rice I'd like to use so I put in an order. We'll see if it makes it here in time.
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    Being a non-member, I never realized that I could have!
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    Breakfast 2020!

    Philips grilled asparagus topped with Shaya's salmon roe ikra and a boiled egg A decided improvement over yesterday's glass of green glop!
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    Lunch 2020

    Fried Chicken Liver Po'Boy with Mint and Asian Pear from Everyday Korean This photo fails to show how delicious this was. Should have taken one of those mid-bite close-ups but I couldn't stop eating 🙃 The combination of gochujang mayo with the lightly pickled slaw of red onion, Asian pear and fresh mint was so good. I kept opening up the sandwich to add more!
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    Breakfast 2020!

    I do have a Fried Chicken Liver Po'boy planned for a late lunch, does that help? 🙃 Was going to move it up to breakfast but the livers were still too frozen and in need of a buttermilk bath so I took pity on the poor avocado.
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    Breakfast 2020!

    A glass of green glop for my breakfast today. Or maybe I should channel Gwyneth Paltrow and call it Goop? The Avocado and Cardamom Smoothie from A Modern Cook's Year seemed like a reasonable way to use up a too-ripe avocado. I added some tofu to the mix to boost the protein. Not bad, though I will be more diligent about my avocados in the future. A lovely avocado should not come to this end.
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