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Halloween and Pumpkins in Colonial America

cut down the christmas tree farms and grow more corn?

27 minutes ago
paulj in Food Media & News

Halloween and Pumpkins in Colonial America

This was Virginia? What did those farmers grow before - tobacco?

The article said, that while pumpkin was popular in colonial days, by the 19th c it had fallen out of favor. Now its main culinary use is pie - and most of us use canned pumpkin for that.

The other hard/winter squashes are just another vegetable for most Americans.

27 minutes ago
paulj in Food Media & News

What The Heck Is Up With All This "Chipolte" BS?????

Who are you going to believe, the spelling or the dictionary?

\ˈtər-mə-rik also ˈtü-mə- or ˈtyü-\
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictio...

about 1 hour ago
paulj in Not About Food

Halloween and Pumpkins in Colonial America

Why do you use 'clogging'? Are they displacing better produce? Or worse, displacing people who cultivate something else?

about 11 hours ago
paulj in Food Media & News

Halloween and Pumpkins in Colonial America

That article glosses over the overlap between pumpkin and hard squashes. The first picture looks rather like a turban squash. Libby can's Dickenson pumpkin is a variety of C. moschata, a species which includes squashes like butternut and crookneck. Closely related is Cucurbita maxima, which includes buttercup, hubbard and kabocha (my favorite).

about 11 hours ago
paulj in Food Media & News

Synthetic Food?

Pre-industrial food wasn't perfect. As a minor example I recently bought a box of freekeh from Grocery Outlet. You may have encountered it years ago in Turkey. It's green wheat that has been fire threshed (burned, and the unburned green kernels sorted out). This box was from Turkey, and still has black specks. More annoyingly it had stones which were hard to distinguish from the cracked grain - until bitten.

Modern agribusiness has given us grains and legumes that are so clean that we don't bother picking them over.

I grew up in a 3rd world country. I recall my parents pasteurizing the milk. Boiling our drinking water. Cleaning vegetables in an iodine solution. Never eating green salads. Sifting freshly cracked wheat for whole wheat flour. Drinking bottled sodas and mineral water at restaurants instead of ice water.

about 11 hours ago
paulj in Food Media & News

Synthetic Food?

Just bought an 8oz jar of chipotle flavored Just Mayo from Fred Mayer (a Kroger store). Price was in the $2 range. Just had a small sample, so can't say much about the 'mayo' qualities. The spice level was pretty mild (nothing like the LKK Sirachacha mayo).

about 11 hours ago
paulj in Food Media & News

What’s So Bad About ‘Natural’?

Is there a difference between 'artificial chicken' and 'imitation chicken'? How about vegan products made to look or taste like chicken meat?

http://beyondmeat.com/products/beyond...

about 12 hours ago
paulj in Food Media & News

What’s So Bad About ‘Natural’?

But one chilled with a blast of cold air does?

Unless the chicken is live and kicking when you buy it, it has been processed.

about 22 hours ago
paulj in Food Media & News

WHICH PART OF THIS FRIDGE IS THE COLDEST?

In mine, plain like yours, top back is coldest. If I let things sit back there undisturbed for several days they tend to (partially) freeze. This is closest to the cold air vent.

In a modern no frost fridge, there's enough forced air circulation that the 'heat rises' convention may not apply.

1 day ago
paulj in Cookware

Hamburger and mashed potatoes?

http://www.seriouseats.com/2013/08/ta...
A review of mayos, that included MW
"Despite its low ranking, many tasters actually praised its flavor in their comments ("Tastes like a dill pickle!" "I like it, the vinegar-sweet flavor cuts the fat"), indicating that while perhaps not the ideal asparagus dip or on-its-own snack, in other applications it might have a good home."

There are 2 issues - how is it thickened, and how is it flavored. True mayo is an emulsified oil; the flavor comes from some sort of acid, and to a lesser degree the oil, eggs and spices.

MW depends on a starch, as did boiled dressing, and all of the reduced-fat mayo dressings. Flavor, according to that test, is both sweeter and tarter. That's not a bad thing when used as seasoning for a salad like coleslaw. I don't use straight mayo in my slaw.

I haven't tried mayo in mashed potatoes, but I suspect it acts just like oil and lemon juice. I have used olive oil as the main liquid in mashed. And I heard of using buttermilk. So mayo could work. MW, on the other hand, might nudge the mashed potatoes into a warm potato salad direction.

1 day ago
paulj in General Topics

Sweet Jesus: Whole Foods No Longer Getting Brillat-Savarin Due to FDA?!

OP's cheese can be either raw or pasteurized

http://www.gourmet-food.com/french-ch...

1 day ago
paulj in Cheese

Sweet Jesus: Whole Foods No Longer Getting Brillat-Savarin Due to FDA?!

Report on 10 cases in Switzerland in 2005 from tomme cheese:

http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewA...
"Eight cases were in older immunocompromised patients who became ill with bacteraemia (three deaths), and two cases were in pregnant women who had septic abortion. .... Patient interviews quickly revealed that a locally made and distributed soft cheese (known as ‘tomme’) was the food source responsible for the outbreak."

Another 2005 European report:
http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewA...

http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewA...
2010 outbreak attributed to ‘Quargel’ cheese

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/20/bus...
2010 NYT article on dangers of listeria in artisan cheese making.

2 days ago
paulj in Cheese

how to see full site on a tablet

I have a ASUS Memo, Android 4.2 7" screen.

2 days ago
paulj in Site Talk

Sweet Jesus: Whole Foods No Longer Getting Brillat-Savarin Due to FDA?!

Further down they link to a document for people 65 and older.
http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIlln...
There they focus on people with certain chronic conditions, or a weakened immune system (over 75).

2 days ago
paulj in Cheese

what do you cook your pancakes on?

For a large cooking surface it is hard to beat an electric griddle. The heating element can be shaped to match the cooking surface. Think aluminum spreads the heat. And the non-stick surface is almost mandatory since bare aluminum does not season well.

Well, there is the restaurant alternative - a thick steel plate with a good dispersed heat source below. But that's impractical for most home cooks.

2 days ago
paulj in Cookware

Unsweeted cream of coconut

Yes, I use water as the cooking medium (and to hydrate the starch), and add the cream to taste. As it comes out of the can the cream appears to be half fat (coconut oil), which will add flavor and richness, but isn't going hydrate the rice or tapioca.

For black sticky rice, the traditional method is to soak it, then steam it to cook, and add the coconut at the end (or even at serving time).

2 days ago
paulj in Home Cooking

FREEZING BAGS OF MILK > SEEKING INSTRUCTIONS/ADVICE PLEASE

It is easy to find references to UHT milk in Europe, for example this Italian brand, Parmalat:
http://www.parmalat.it/latte-e-prodot...

While I didn't dig into it in any detail, it looks like irradiated milk is distrusted, even in Europe. Could it be that irradiated milk was accepted several decades ago (e.g. in the Atoms for Peace days), but has now been replace by UHT?

Sep 28, 2014
paulj in General Topics

FREEZING BAGS OF MILK > SEEKING INSTRUCTIONS/ADVICE PLEASE

How full are the Canadian bags? With a carton there's enough headroom, and flex in the walls to allow for the expansion of the ice. On the other hand, a full glass jar can crack in the freezer. A bag might be ok, but I'd be cautious the first time.

Sep 28, 2014
paulj in General Topics

Unsweeted cream of coconut

This is the higher fat version of canned coconut milk, the kind most commonly used in Thai style curries.

It can be used in place of milk in puddings, for example rice or tapioca pudding.

Sep 28, 2014
paulj in Home Cooking

FREEZING BAGS OF MILK > SEEKING INSTRUCTIONS/ADVICE PLEASE

This poster has also asked this on the Montreal board. Milk in bags is a Canadian thing.

Sep 28, 2014
paulj in General Topics
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what do you cook your pancakes on?

A carbon steel crepe pan (on an electric coil burner).

Sep 28, 2014
paulj in Cookware

Hamburger and mashed potatoes?

How about a Carls Jr Masher, burger with mashed potatoes and gravy inside?

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/b...

MacD tried this a couple of years ago in China
http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2...

http://www.brewtownburgers.com/menu/
The Gravy Train
Burger topped with mashed potatoes smothered in our rich beef gravy served open faced on brioche bun — $8.95

http://www.stubbsbbq.com/the-pit/ever...
This Steak and Potato Burger combines all my favorite flavors of a fancy steakhouse dinner: a juicy, seasoned burger topped with creamy homemade mashed potatoes and a robust mushroom gravy!

Sep 27, 2014
paulj in General Topics

Hamburger and mashed potatoes?

Milanesa
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milanesa
is commonly served with fries, even in Mexican restaurants that serve rice and beans with other meats. However the Texas equivalent uses mashed and gravy. Steak-frites is another common meat and fries association.

Sep 27, 2014
paulj in General Topics

Hamburger and mashed potatoes?

Bee Wilson's Consider the Fork has a chapter on grinding and mincing. With preground and sifted foods (meat, sugar, flour, etc) and 'kitchen robots' (Robert Coupe) we don't appreciate the work wives, daughters, servants and slaves put into chopping and grinding foods in the past.

Sep 27, 2014
paulj in General Topics

how to see full site on a tablet

People have been complaining about the large font on the mobile version that Chow sends to most tablets. My guess it has to do with how the tablet's browser identifies itself. The layout meant for phones does not work well on a larger 7" screen (especially in landscape orientation).

Sep 27, 2014
paulj in Site Talk

Hamburger and mashed potatoes?

Sep 27, 2014
paulj in General Topics
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how to see full site on a tablet

Depends on your browser.

Chrome, under the 'settings' menu has as 'request desktop site' option. Unfortunately the choice does not stick from one viewing to the next.

The Android 'Browser' also has that setting, which does stick. So I use that for Chow, while I use Chrome for most other browsing.

Orientation also affects viewability. On my 7", landscape is best for full site.

Alert: artificial sweeteners

http://theness.com/neurologicablog/in...
"The Science Magazine article points out that the study was published in a basic science journal, and that a clinical science journal would probably have been much more critical of their clinical speculations."

Often the popular reports are based on materials put out by the university PR department. Reporters often don't read the primary article.

Peer response to research like this typically appears a year or more later. Blogs might speed things up, but the detail reactions come in papers that take time to write and review.

Sep 26, 2014
paulj in Food Media & News
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Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

Funny thing about that 'shoved down my throat' stuff - I wouldn't know about it if I wasn't following this thread. Somehow my ordinary browsing of CH topics misses most of this shilling.

Sep 26, 2014
paulj in Site Talk