Tag: Food and Drink

Stopping Cold Turkey

 

If you’ve read my most recent post, you know that I have a still-undiagnosed medical condition, which is not life-threatening but painful. And I’m discouraged by the delays of the medical system to move things along. So I’ve decided to take my health into my own hands.

I’m stopping cold turkey. Favorite food and drink, that is.

If the diagnosis comes out as I suspect it will, @kayofmt has had the same condition. And she has kept it in remission, even though they say it is incurable. Her remedy: cutting out coffee, chocolate, alcohol, tomatoes and citrus fruits, and drinking organic raspberry juice. That’s all. The Mayo Clinic confirms most of her choices.

Calling All Pasta Lovers, Everywhere!

 

Anyone who’s worried about carbohydrates, please take a step back.

Three cheers for the “Pasta Grannies” YouTube channel, and for the old ladies who show us how it’s done. It’s a really good look for social isolation, and for nourishing, filling meals during a time of trouble.

As someone who’s had a manual “pasta” machine for years, as well as the KitchenAid mixer attachment for the same (OMG, the lasagne made according to their recipe is out of this world), I find this refreshing, original, and fun. I do recommend the purchase of good pasta flour (sometimes available on Amazon), and following the directions as given.

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Labor Day, in the USA, is a creation and celebration of the American worker. It stands in stark, deliberate contrast to May Day, the international “workers” day, the center of the communist calendar. I have, once again, hung out an American colors bunting, with white stars in the blue band. The first Labor Day celebration […]

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Group Writing: Sometimes, You Should Eat All the Butter

 

Ripe mangoes in combination with grilled sun-dried salted fish is one of the most popular Khmer dishes served when the weather is heating up. That is because we consider mangoes and fish as cool food. According to Khmer traditional medicine, an offshoot of Indian ayurvedic, food is divided into two groups, warm and cool. Warm or cool in terms of the food’s internal characteristics, not its physical temperature. When we eat warm food, it has a heating effect on our bodies, while cool food adds a cooling effect. So, when the temperature is heating up, we eat cool food to cool us down. 

 

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My questions for you today are simple. Where is the best-tasting coffee in the world grown? What are the best beans? What is the best roast? Do you like dark or light or (perish the thought) blonde? Is it worth purchasing coffee which is grown in the foothills of the Himalayas and harvested bean by […]

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Brandy: The Brown-Eyed Beauty of Distilled Spirits

 

Brandy is the brown-eyed beauty of distilled spirits, the one from whom you can never quite get away, despite her flawed and fugitive nature. What I like most about brandy is what I like most about people: the almost inexhaustible versatility.

The Dutch didn’t invent brandy, but the name comes from a Dutch word: brandewijn — or brandywine — which means “burnt wine.” Most (though not all) of the world’s brandy comes from wine. And yet it’s significant to note that brandy can be made from any macerated fruit or fruits: apples, for instance, or pears, or apricots, or cherries, and many other things as well.

It’s not precisely known when in human history people discovered that we can convert food into alcohol through the process of fermentation. It is ancient. A strong argument can be made that the first distilled spirits were horse-milk brandies, whose alcohol was separated by freezing water out of the fermented horse milk during those long Mongolian winters (i.e., it was cold distilled, not heat distilled).

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Seawriter Book Review Champagne’s effervescent story told Posted: Saturday, June 11, 2016 10:00 pm […]

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There are two brief windows — between cold and hot, and again between hot and cold — when life in New England is a taste of heaven. One of my greatest pleasures this time of year is sitting on the porch on a Shabbat afternoon with a book and a drink. Especially a drink made […]

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