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  1. On 5/5/2022 at 12:44 PM, gfweb said:

    You never know if the writers didn't add that for drama.

    Look at the stink Jerry West is making over a similar thing

    I've read her autobiography.  He was very conservative and they were very liberal.  So their relationship was very strained, and my impression was that they interacted as little a possible (but never so far as to shirk familial duties).  So I found it a bit surprising that they'd show him staying with them for more than a few days.  But within the context of the series he was in and out of there pretty quickly.


    I think that's sort of the overall sense I get from this series.  Not entirely accurate, but generally true to the theme.

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  2. 'Influencer' seems to be a term that's escaped from the marketing corral.  Madison Avenue types started identifying Youtubers with a broad reach and approached them about being spokesbeings because they were in the position to influence people.


    At that point Influencer=Money.


    Now everyone (of that ilk) wants to be an influencer. And the use of the term is shameless.


    [edit]There are now Influencer Awards.  Big, loud, EDM Award Ceremonies....

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  3. 41 minutes ago, chromedome said:

    No, I expect I'll also stick with my Brita for home use. :)

    If it proves practical and scalable it could save a lot of lives in parts of the world where waterborne illnesses like cholera are still public health crises, though.

    So could sous vide.  Maybe not for Cholera. I don't know about that.  I'm not qualified. 


    But for eGulleteers,...I dunno,...maybe sous vide is a little more relevant?

  4. 16 minutes ago, Sid Post said:

    I'm looking forward to a trip to a town at 45 minutes away to go to a Kroger store and buy some of the pasta so highly recommended here.

    The Kroger website appears to have a 'ship' option if you buy three or more.  Oddly, it's cheaper than the in-store price (before shipping I assume).

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  5. Since brown sugar is just sugar with molasses added, I figure it's just as easy to keep them separated until use.


    I just need to find a suitable squeeze bottle to store the molasses in since it's quite messy to work with.  I think a Plochman's mustard bottle would work great, but I dread the sound of the scream that would result if my wife unwittingly put molasses on her hot dog.

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  6. I'm pretty proud of this adaptation of King Arthur Flour's Oatmeal Cookie Recipe.  I liked the result and thought it would be easy to convert it into a chocolate version.  But I also found that the texture was similar to what I wanted in a chocolate chip cookie.  It worked with surprisingly minor changes and is now my go to.


    I did eliminate the brown sugar and added molasses and more white sugar because I've grown tired of stocking brown sugar that tends to go hard.


    Mix well everything up to and including the egg.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix 'til combined.  Refrigerate for best results.  Bake at 350F on parchment for 12-16 minutes depending on size and desired doneness.


      Oatmeal Cookie Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Chocolate Chip Cookie
    Butter (softened) 4T 57g 4T 57g 4T 57g
    Shortening 1/4C 50g 1/4C 50g 1/4C 50g
    Sugar 3/4C 150g 3/4C 150g 3/4C 150g
    Molasses 1T 6g 1T 6g 1T 6g
    Vanilla 1t   1t   1t  
    Cinnamon 1 1/4t          
    Nutmeg 1/8t          
    Cocoa     2T      
    Salt ½t   ½t   ½t  
    Vinegar 1t   1t   1t  
    Egg 1   1   1  
    Baking Soda 1/2t   1/2t   1/2t  
    AP Flour 3/4C 85g 3/4C 85g 1 1/4C 135g
    Quick Oatmeal 1 1/2C 142g 1 1/2C 142g    
    Chocolate Chips     ½ pkg (6oz) (optional) 170g ½ pkg (6oz) 170g


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  7. 19 hours ago, Sid Post said:

    Any comments on Colavita versus De Cecco versus Kroger Private Selection?  Those are the main "premium" brands in the <$4 range that I have reasonable access too (reasonable quantity, reasonable shipping, or reasonably close).



    I think I'd rate the Kroger Private Selection above the De Cecco.  I've bought the latter before and, while better than generic, did not lead me to repurchase.  The Kroger brand however was an immediate winner.  I haven't tried the bucatini but the spaghetti and fettuccine are permanent staples for me now.


    Now I need to figure out a use for 2 pounds of generic spaghetti I still have in my spaghetti canister.

  8. I guess I'm doing both ends of the spectrum this year.  My grape vines finally yielded enough grapes for 7 bottles of wine  I plan on opening a bottle on New Year's Eve, so I don't know yet if I have a decent wine.  This is a pretty small batch so I needed some smaller bottles for secondary fermentation.  A couple of 96oz apple juice bottles were just the ticket. 


    But then I had to do something with the apple juice.  So I made some hard cider.  The results were quite okay.  I've never had any hard cider before so I don't have any comparison.  But I like it at least as well as domestic beer.  I've done a few more batches since with cheap apple juice and doing things like carmelizing the sugar, adding yeast nutrient and adding pectic enzyme to clarify it.  I highly recommend it for someone wanting to try out home fermenting.


    The thing is, you don't need a $30 kit.  At minimum, you need a bottle of apple juice ($0.99-$1.50), and part of a packet champagne yeast ($0.70-$1.40).  A little more sugar will raise the ABV to the normal 5-6% for hard cider (the champagne yeast is happy to eat table sugar).  Yeast nutrient is not necessary, but is cheap.  So is the pectic enzyme.


    I suspect that what this brewsy company is doing is packaging some or all of these cheap ingredients into a packet and charging $30 for it.  I might be wrong, but I don't see anything more than that in their ads..


    ETA: My local home brew shop takes reservations in the fall for many varieties of proper grape juice for wine.

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  9. 13 hours ago, weinoo said:

    People - if pasta was meant to be this shape, with weird varying thickness, don't you think it would've been 'invented" in Italy and been in use for a long time?





    Eva from the Pasta Grammar Youtube channel seemed fine with it even though it wasn't Italian.  And if you've watched their videos, she's very, very Italian.


    This is an excellent example of how you can understand a cuisine but put your own spin on it,  If you can do that AND impress the purist (e.g. Eva), you've accomplished something.

  10. I know many people here may make their own bagels, but I've never really thought it was common among the general populace.  Still, my ALDI has 'Everything Bagel Seasoning' despite having a limited selection of other herbs and spices.  This suggests that it's a pretty good seller and hence, that there are more bagel makers out there than I would have imagined.



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