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Botulism outbreak linked to Ohio Church potluck

No. Rice cooling at room temp does not provide an anaerobic environment for botulism. It provides an ideal environment for bacillius cerius, another killer.

Botulism outbreak linked to Ohio Church potluck

I would toss them.

Apr 23, 2015
pikawicca in Food Media & News

Botulism outbreak linked to Ohio Church potluck

You're not going to get botulism poisoning from jam.

Apr 23, 2015
pikawicca in Food Media & News

Botulism outbreak linked to Ohio Church potluck

Botulism is unlikely in a casserole.

Apr 23, 2015
pikawicca in Food Media & News

Botulism outbreak linked to Ohio Church potluck

My guess would be home-canned green beans.

Apr 22, 2015
pikawicca in Food Media & News

Restaurant Smearing

Current policy allows restaurant owners/managers to respond.

Apr 22, 2015
pikawicca in Site Talk

An alternative to sumac?

It's not at all.

Apr 19, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking

An alternative to sumac?

No. This is not at all a good sub.

Apr 19, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking

Wedding reception food/questions. Professional input welcome....

Check with all of the food purveyors and see if they are willing to share billing with other food providers. I do not know any caterers around here who would do this. There are liability and other issues involved.

Apr 18, 2015
pikawicca in General Topics

Kosher Maple Syrup

No. Most maple syrup producers do not add fat to their syrup. Where did you get this crazy idea?

How do you pronounce "berebere" and what is it used for?

I've always heard bear-bear-ee

Apr 17, 2015
pikawicca in General Topics

Clueless moderation?

Probably, and perhaps they're not North Americans and don't "get" a lot of what we post?

Apr 15, 2015
pikawicca in Site Talk
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Do French people drink foreign wines?

IMO, many of them are, especially lower-priced wines. Spent 2 weeks in Bordeaux last year and thought I would lose my mind, the wines were so good. Never had that feeling in Napa.

Apr 15, 2015
pikawicca in Wine
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Clueless moderation?

Not saying it's anyone's fault, just trying to understand what's changed.

Apr 15, 2015
pikawicca in Site Talk

Clueless moderation?

It has sufficed in the past.

Apr 15, 2015
pikawicca in Site Talk

Clueless moderation?

I know, but my flags seemed obvious to me, e.g., disparaging remarks about political candidates. I just ticked the "other" option.

Apr 15, 2015
pikawicca in Site Talk

Clueless moderation?

I'm not trying to offend, but it seem as though CH is being moderated, in part, by non-native speakers. I've come across a number of posts with obscene references, political pandering, etc., that I've flagged with no response from the mods until I explain why I've flagged them. I've left many unflagged, and they remain. What gives? There also seems to be a cultural disconnect, with political "gotchas" being allowed to remain.

Sushi-grade fish necessary?

As far as you know. Raw salmon poses a risk to humans. Not nonsense.

Apr 13, 2015
pikawicca in General Topics

QUICHE! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (April 2015)

It was quite tasty, but needed more salt, so I sprinkled coarse sea salt on it. I would make this again, nice use of ramps.

Apr 11, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking

QUICHE! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (April 2015)

First ramps of the season were available at the farmers' market this morning, so grabbed a bunch and decided to make quiche. Made pesto with the leaves. Minced the bulbs and stalks. Blind-baked a butter crust. Sprinkled on the ramps, poured on a mixture of
2 eggs beaten with about 1/2 c. cream. Dotted with dollops of the pesto and baked. Looks pretty, have yet to eat it.

Ketchup on Eggs? Not in my House!...Yours?

I always have a bottle of HP on hand. Became addicted years ago when I was on a riding instructors' course in Somerset. All of the meat was barely edible, so we doused it in HP.

Apr 09, 2015
pikawicca in General Topics

Ketchup on Eggs? Not in my House!...Yours?

Ketchup and Worcestershire mixed with the yolk of an over-easy egg. I've been doing this my whole life; got it from my mother, who got it from I have no idea.

Apr 08, 2015
pikawicca in General Topics

Substitute for cheese?

Having spent 2 years as a vegan, and exploring every sub for cheese, I have one thing to say: It doesn't exist.

Apr 03, 2015
pikawicca in Cheese
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Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

Apr 03, 2015
pikawicca in General Topics

Starting Dinner Early

Yes, I would hash this out in counseling before proceeding with the wedding.

Covering a HOT roasting pan with heavy duty foil...?

I use a folded dish towel to crimp the foil.

Apr 02, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition!

Ma Baseema. Haven't cooked from it yet, but it looks promising.

Bowl + Spoon, not so much.

Apr 01, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking
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UK Substitute for corn syrup

I've been using Lyle's Golden Syrup in place of light corn syrup for years. Much prefer it.

Apr 01, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking

Best Risotto in Venice, Verona?

I first had risotto at La Sosta, in Brescia (sadly, north of where you are going to be), many years ago, and several times since. It remains the best I've ever had. Don't know whether it was partially cooked ahead or not, but I don't really care, as it was heavenly. Obviously, tourists do not have access to "competent home cooks" while traveling in Italy, so finding a restaurant that does risotto well is the only option.

Mar 31, 2015
pikawicca in Italy
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Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

The Western Hemisphere's largest desalination plant is set to open in Carslbad (just outside of San Diego) next year. Price tag? $1 billion.

Mar 30, 2015
pikawicca in General Topics