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Has sour cream changed over the years?

On a recent visit to Portland, OR, we had several meals at Deschutes. I had a bowl of soup with a dollop of sour cream that was not only delicious but had so much flavor that a tablespoon or two flavored the whole bowl of soup. Somewhere in my past, I enjoyed such a taste. Has sour cream, like apples and malted milk, changed over the years?

Sep 16, 2012
joiebell in General Topics

What Goes with Swiss Chard?

Though I've never used the stems, I will after reading the comments above. I do not blanch the greens, just steam them for four minutes in the water that remains on them after washing along with garlic and balsamic vinegar for 4 minutes. This is a wonderful vegetable for home gardens. It's also a nice accent plant for the flower garden.

Apr 15, 2011
joiebell in Features

Lower end Scotch tastes

It's important to note that there is no right or wrong answer here. I prefer an Islay single malt every time (especially Laphroag) and have for over 40 years but I have friends who are much better "tasters" than me who prefer other malts. For a reasonably priced blend, I like Teachers, though a well respected friend had me try some Black Grouse. For just a nudge up in price, I must say I'd buy the Grouse for a party of whisky drinkers. I gave my brother-in-law a 1.5L of Cutty a year ago for his whisky drinking friends. He still has 1/4 of a bottle left but has gone through 4 bottles of Dewars.
I guess his friends feel the same way about Cutty as I do-- it's not very flavorful compared to Dewars. You should just keep sampling until you find one or more that you like.

Jul 30, 2010
joiebell in Spirits

Peanuts in soda?

First of all, the RC (coke as a substitute) had to be pulled from an ice water vending machine. It took a good tug to get it out. If it slipped back in, you lost your money unless you could convince the vendor of your honesty. We never put a whole sleeve of peanuts in-- only about half. Tossed the rest in the air one at a time and caught them in our mouth. Finished up with a moon pie if we had picked up enough deposit (2 cents) bottles to go for a feast. Once a month or so tried a Vernors ginger ale to see if its taste had changed since the last time we tried one.

Mar 19, 2010
joiebell in General Topics

Corned Beef and Cabbage with Horseradish Cream Sauce

Back in the olden days we used to buy corned round of beef roasts and preferred them to brisket. We haven't been able to find a corned round roast in ages; doing our own will take care of that. My question though is what part of the round should be used or if it matters.

Mar 06, 2009
joiebell in Recipes