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Photo-less not-Friday: what did we do before plastic was invented??

Sunday, February 21st, 2021

summary: we’re shirking our responsibilities; reflections; still staying at home; reading, reading, reading, reading; bread cookbooks galore; why do we need all that plastic wrap? …an entry for Photo-less Fridays; I’ve always read a lot. In fact, one of the things I heard most often as a child was, Are you up there reading again? […] Continue reading »

ISO unsweetened 100% pomegranate juice

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

summary: importance of reading ingredients lists; advertising gimmicks; frustration at the grocery store; pomegranate 100% juice blend vs. pomegranate juice drink; Pomegranate juice contains higher levels of antioxidants than most other fruit juices – Mandy Ferreira, Medical News Today | Fifteen health benefits of pomegranate juice, 21 January 2019 Since the middle of last March […] Continue reading »

Why are we still wrapping cheese in plastic?!

Wednesday, October 21st, 2020

summary: plastic and cheese do NOT go together; how to wrap cheese: in wax paper or parchment paper or even aluminum foil, anything but plastic; plastic wrapping is very bad for cheese, especially Emmental, Fromage de Chaumes, Cheshire Cheese, Stilton, and Epoisses; plastic wrapping destroys Epoisses; [C]heese often comes in plastic, but cheese is also […] Continue reading »

Editors’ Choices for Cookbooks

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

beginning month 6 of staying at home; books are my friends; thank goodness for the public library; brief review of “Samarkand” by Caroline Eden and Eleanor Ford; ridiculous recipe conventions; water is so an ingredient; reluctance to change from measurements by volume to metric weight; art directors’ decisions based on looks rather than content; going […] Continue reading »

staying at home: more ranting about yeast

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

summary: empty shelves and once a week supermarket shopping; one-way aisles; viral fatigue; commercial yeast is still in the toilet paper category; differences between active dry, instant, and rapid-rise yeasts; needless additives; ranting and raving again; where IS all the yeast? bread making ingredients – photo from April 2007 For a long time, I have […] Continue reading »

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