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3 minutes ago, heidih said:

Nice gift. I really enjoy a lightly sweetened orange olive oil cake

 

I haven't cut in to it yet as it is still warm but it smells a bit of lemon?

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A totally different angle:    In these days of sequestration, limited exposure to outside experiences, what is the protocol for offering food to people outside your bubble?    We don't consume food cooked outside our home, aka any kind of take out.    How do you offer food to others who may be similarly restricting their food?

 

Reason for asking, we made peach ice cream today and considered taking a pint to neighbors down the hill.   We know they are being very conscientious about exposure.    We worry that even if we express our understanding and general agreement of their concerns, they might feel the need to accept and the toss it.

 

Thoughts?

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Not the food itself but if ya may have contaminated in a short window before gifting.  I have seen the spray analyses - shocking. So  I just let the gifting impulse go for now esp here in a hot-bed. But that is me.

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31 minutes ago, Margaret Pilgrim said:

A totally different angle:    In these days of sequestration, limited exposure to outside experiences, what is the protocol for offering food to people outside your bubble?    We don't consume food cooked outside our home, aka any kind of take out.    How do you offer food to others who may be similarly restricting their food?

 

Reason for asking, we made peach ice cream today and considered taking a pint to neighbors down the hill.   We know they are being very conscientious about exposure.    We worry that even if we express our understanding and general agreement of their concerns, they might feel the need to accept and the toss it.

 

Thoughts?

 

After a while of not sharing, I've been giving out popsicles again.  I ask in advance and say that I completely understand if they'd rather take a rain check on a future batch.  I'll usually text a photo of the pops and ask if they'd like some.  We coordinate a masked hand-off via text. 

I wouldn't surprise anyone by showing up at their door or dropping off an unexpected package. 

A lot of my friends are scientists and understand this is a respiratory virus so contracting it through food isn't an enormous risk. 

They've all eaten my food before so they trust that I'm using appropriate kitchen hygiene. 

I've been sticking to cooking my own food and haven't done any take-out either, saving my splurges for indulgent ingredients.  I wouldn't hesitate to accept reciprocal offers of food from friends.  Especially peach ice cream!

 

Bottom line:  If the choice you offer is now or later rather than yes or no, I think you'll avoid having anyone accept and toss.

 

 

 

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You can give away canned stuff:  jams, preserves and so on. That food has been pasteurized (or sterilized) inside the jar, so the risks are infinitesimal. If people are skeptical they can sanitize the outside of the  jar before opening it.

 

 

 

Teo

 

Teo

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We had a little family bbq yesterday and my sister surprised me with this

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I’m a spice fiend and cant wait to eat it!  I do have some Lao Gan Ma, will try them side by side. 

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Bodega Red Potatoes are back from the brink of extinction! Our neighbors are gardening in a small lot my husband and his siblings own out at Dillon Beach. He gifted us a few potatoes he grew from heirloom seeds purchased at the Petaluma Seed Bank. The best potatoes I can remember eating! Just a lumpy looking brown potato, but the inside is pristine white. I parboiled them, cut them into large chunks and sautéed them in butter until there were a few crispy bits. Incredibly good. But then I do like potatoes.

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In service to truth telling my husband says they are actually red. My sense of color must be altered, since the sky in the west is now red. It must be throwing me off. In so many ways. My SIL sent me a long article from the Press Democrat (local paper) about the Bodega Red. Long story short, one guess is that a South American sailor jumped ship in northern CA with a couple of Bodega Reds in his pockets. But there is a definite movement to bring them back. All good!

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