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How long does balsamic vinegar last after it's opened?

I have a few bottles of very nice aged balsamic that I opened, but would tend to stick aside and save for something good that never really happened. Each of the bottles has been open 2 or 3 years, one was opened 4 years ago.

Can balsamic go bad? I know it's aged in barrels before it's bottled, but it's my understanding that is different and not the same as after it's bottled then exposed to light and air. The balsamic was aged 15-25 years before it was bottled, and was very expensive. I don't know why I never considered dining alone to be good enough to enjoy it, but there you go.

Does it degrade and spoil?

Jun 30, 2012
Suzanne in General Topics

"Best " White Beans: Tarbais?, Cannelini?, Great Northern?

They are different varieties of beans. I think the only thing they have in common is they are both white, lol.

Cannelini beans are Phaseolus vulgaris
White Runner Cannellini beans are Phaseolus coccineus

Cannellini beans are small, while White Runner Cannellini beans are very large.

Cannellini beans are annual plants, while the runners are perennials.

If you haven't tried white runner cannellini beans, you should definitely go for it! They are unbelievably good :)

Jul 15, 2011
Suzanne in General Topics

Super delicious mail order ice cream that's not $12 a pint?

I don't have a suggestion for you but I had never heard of Jeni's Ice Cream before and checked out their website. I then bounced over to Amazon to order her cookbook. So I'm just here to thank you in advance for ruining my diet, lol.

Jul 12, 2011
Suzanne in General Topics

The 'best' imported olive oil..

I recently discovered an olive oil from Australia that was very good IMO called OliVaylle.

Though to be honest, I'm trying to get away from imported foods and excessive food miles and am looking towards California for olive oils. I think it's hard to beat McEvoy Ranch.

Jul 12, 2011
Suzanne in General Topics

"Best " White Beans: Tarbais?, Cannelini?, Great Northern?

The best white beans I've had in my life were white runner cannellini beans from Rancho Gordo. Though they are not cannellini beans. But they are white :) The flavor is so naturally good that I ate them from the pot without a speck of seasoning. Tasted like baked potatoes. My second favorite would be gigantes beans for texture and flavor.

Jul 12, 2011
Suzanne in General Topics

What was your favourite childhood concoction, which you now think is disgusting?

What a fun topic! Though it sure did bring up a disgusting memory! I used to love to slice hot dogs and put them in a pan with ketchup and piccalili relish and boil till the hot dog slices plumped.

But I guess it beats what my own mother fed me... Slices of spam, baked in the oven and topped with a brown sugar and mustard mixture. It was good at the time.

Dec 20, 2009
Suzanne in General Topics

Just how long will canned roasted red peppers last?

I was cleaning out my cabinets and found two cans of roasted red bell peppers that I had forgotten about. They have an expiration date of August 31, 2009 and I believe were canned 2 years prior to that. That's not too far behind us, but I'm still a little uncertain of anything past date. The cans look fine, and are TASTE brand which are fantastic. Do you think they are ok?

Dec 18, 2009
Suzanne in General Topics

maple syrup candy? soft like maple sugar on outside, hard in the center

When I was a kid, about 40 years ago, we had a neighbor who had a housekeeper that made maple candy. I still remember it - It was about the diameter of a biscuit and about a half inch thick. I don't know if she used a biscuit cutter to cut it from a slab or if she poured it into molds. Probably the latter.

The outside looked like maple sugar, grainy and almost crumbly. But if you broke it in two, you'd see that the sugar gradually changed so the inside became clear like brown glass. It wasn't hard like hard candy, it was brittle and could be chewed easily.

Has anyone made maple sugar candy and would know how to achieve this?

Btw, I've bought maple candy and it's always sugary throughout, not hard in the center.

Nov 10, 2009
Suzanne in Home Cooking

Best pasta sauce in a jar?

My top 3 favorites are Il Mulino Pomodoro sauce, Scarpetta Arugula and Tomato sauce, and Dress Italian Sweet Cherry Tomato sauce. The first is a restaurant brand and it really is the closest I've had to real restaurant sauce in a jar. It's thin, but loaded with flavor and tastes slow cooked. The other two are thicker sauces and again are so packed with flavor that they are addictive and nothing else compares. The Dress Italian in particular looks like a jar of crushed cherry tomatoes, it's so loaded with them.

Oct 25, 2009
Suzanne in General Topics

What kind of bean curd is this? Driving me crazy!

I've never been able to press regular firm tofu and really get it firm. But there is a baked tofu put out by Wildwood natural foods that is so dense and firm that it's like slicing into cheddar cheese. It's the only tofu I really like. Wildwood offers their baked tofu plain or seasoned. Maybe this is similar to what you were looking for?

Oct 25, 2009
Suzanne in General Topics

Corn Pudding for Thanksgiving

Our family favorite is from Ina Garten, called Sagaponack Corn Pudding.

Oct 04, 2009
Suzanne in Home Cooking

Interesting way to use honey?

Nice! Do you use buckwheat honey? There is evidence that buckwheat honey before bedtime is as effective as cough medicine for children. I like the idea of warming it with cinnamon, I'll try that next time I give it to my little one :)

Sep 26, 2009
Suzanne in Home Cooking

One Meal in Asheville

Tupelo Honey Cafe. I go there often and every meal is a winner. I even love their brussel sprouts lol. You can check their menu on their website

Sep 26, 2009
Suzanne in Southeast

What's best for calorie counters visiting Asheville?

I'm planning to spend a week in Asheville next month, with the goal of healthy eating and exercise. The hotel has a fitness center, and Asheville is made for walking. I've been there many times before, but have never gone with the intention of carefully choosing my meals so I can lose a pound or two. The food there is so good and there will be temptations, I'm sure! I'm familiar with the food at Early Girl, Tupelo Honey Cafe, and the Laughing Seed. Their menus are online, so I can plan out my week. Btw, I prefer vegetarian style meals but will eat seafood. Can anyone suggest any restaurants that might cater to those of us watching our waistlines?

Thanks :)

Jan 29, 2009
Suzanne in General South Archive