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  1. Today's find: From 2010, finalist for the James Beard Foundation Book Award and the IACP Cookbook Award, Robert L. Wolke's "What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained" Kindle Edition $2.99US The recipes (not sure how many) illustrate chemical properties and why things work the way they do in cooking/baking. I am a US Prime member and the price you see may vary.
  2. "China to suspend pork imports from third Canadian firm as dispute with Ottawa deepens" Smithfield Pork was purchased by a Chinese company in 2013. And here China is importing even more pork? I realize it's a stupid question but how much pork do they need? The other question I have is what the hell is ractopamine and who thought leaner pork would be a good thing? Seriously? I like fat in/with my pork products. It adds an unctuous level of yumminess that I'm not going to get from, say, a chicken. Give me a fat porker any day over a skinny one. Keep your ractopamine to yourself, bub. The article says ractopamine is commercially called Paylean. So does the US allow Paylean in our pork products? How much of it is too much of it? Ho do we find out it's even in our pork? Does it have to be listed on an ingredient label? Or why not? So many questions!
  3. Currently snacking on Roasted Garlic Triscuits. Now I am jonesing for a nice slab of cheese or sausage to go on top. Next time, I guess...
  4. @andiesenji just used a blender for her homemade mustard in the eGCI class on Basic Condiments. Click here.
  5. Toliver

    Dinner 2019

    Sounds like something @andiesenji would do (meaning a smart and efficient thing to do).
  6. Toliver


    My mom's secret for her coleslaw (and for her potato salad) was to add celery seed. She would put a small amount (a teaspoon, maybe?) in the palm of her hand and rub her hands together over the mixing bowl of coleslaw or potato salad. She said this would "awaken" the flavor in the seeds. Then she would blend it in.
  7. Toliver

    Dinner 2019

    That reminds of this recipe (click) from Food Network (Emeril has a version of this recipe, as well). I thought the shrimp was a little fussy and thought just the corn bread crab balls would be great by themselves. You could leave the crab out (can you tell I like cornbread? ).
  8. Well, that's the difference. It's ".com" (US web site) versus ".ca" (Canada). We should harangue Amazon to make the prices sync up.
  9. Didn't want to start another discussion just yet, but this year's Amazon Prime Day is rumored to be one month away (it's rumored to be July 17). Anyone make a shopping list yet?
  10. This has been previously posted (about 2 years ago). It arrived in my BookBub email and I am posting it again in case someone missed it the first time around: "Momofuku Milk Bar" Kindle Edition $2.99US There's a recipe for Corn Cookies printed on the Amazon info page for this cookbook. I am a US Prime member and the price you see may vary.
  11. Toliver

    Food recalls

    Two for one today: "246,000 pounds of frozen [El Monterey brand] breakfast wraps recalled as they may contain small rocks" Small rocks? Details and product info here (click). "Winco Foods, LLC. Recalls Frozen Red Raspberries Because of Possible Health Risk" Highlight of the state names is from me. Product code/details can be found at the link above.
  12. Books live on whether their authors do or do not. This cookbook was originally published in 2009. Ten years after the fact I bought it because buying it at a reduced sale price supports my endeavors to not spend a lot of money on cookbooks. That it supports Mr. Rosengarten was not a determining factor in my decision to make this purchase.
  13. Here in southern California a Berliner or Berlin doughnut is a glazed doughnut (without a hole) usually covered in a chocolate glaze or frosting and filled with vanilla custard. If you Google it, you can see it is also used to describe pastries with a jam or jelly filling. Your pastries look delicious!
  14. Yes, this. If a grape disease sweeps through the vineyards of Napa, all of the plants will succumb. Bye bye wine. It was sort of the same with avocados. There was one "Mother" tree (that gave us Haas avocados...not those "fake" Bacon avocado pretenders ) and all Haas trees were propagated from this Mother tree. That tree died a couple years ago. Which means all future Haas trees have to come from a 2nd generation (or further down the genealogical line) tree. Who knows what changes will manifest in these new Haas? And you can riff off this discussion and talk about bananas and the fungus that's killing the current banana species off. The bananas our grandchildren will be eating will be a different banana than what you and I eat today. It's happened before and will continue happening unless planting methods change.
  15. Two found this morning with well known names: "Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood: Stories and Recipes to Share with Family and Friends" Kindle Edition $2.99US Use the "Look Inside" feature and scroll down to see some of the recipes. Also, there's a recipe from this cookbook included on this cookbook's Amazon info page. David Rosengarten's "It's All American Food: The Best Recipes for More than 400 New American Classics" Kindle Edition $2.99US Use the "Look Inside" feature and scroll down to see quite a few recipes from this cookbook. I am a US Prime member and the price you see may vary.
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