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    Eggplant Cooking Tip!

      Eggplants absorb a good deal of oil during frying, but salt can help to minimize that.  Slice your eggplant in the way you intend to cook them (into rounds or lengthwise), then place them in a strainer.  Generously sprinkle with salt, and let them stand for about an hour.  Rinse well and pat dry with paper towels right before frying.

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    Quotable Food Quotes

                “Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.” Hippocrates   “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” George Bernard Shaw   “Too eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” La Rochefoucauld   “A man cannot have a pure mind who refuses apple-dumplings.” Charles Lamb

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    Marketplace in Paris

    My friends, Dan and Fran Rycerz recently returned from Europe, and shared this photo of various fruit at an outdoor marketplace in Paris, France. I love the beautiful colors!  We should all eat ‘colorful’ food everyday…not just fruit. Enjoy the photo.  Thanks, Dan and Fran.

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    Zanzibar, the Spice Island

    This past summer my friend, Jeannie O’Neill, spent a month in Africa.  She was nice enough to share these photos.  One is a dish from Freddy Mercury’s in Stonetown, and the others are of an open market. Zanzibar is part of the United Republic of Tanzania, in East Africa.  It is the most widely known of the spice islands.

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    Baked Beans! The perfect Summertime side dish!

    Since its summertime and we all are barbeque-ing, or picnicking, I just thought I would share my recipe for baked beans.  Easy to make, they go with almost anything, and everybody loves them.   Enjoy!   1 Can each of:  Great Northern beans, Kidney beans, Butter beans, Black beans 1-2 medium white onions. minced ¾ pound diced bacon 1/3 cup ketchup ½ cup brown sugar 1 tablespoons white wine vinegar 1 teaspoon dry mustard   Discard ½ the liquid from the beans.   Bake in Dutch oven or casserole dish @ 350° for one hour covered.   Then cook uncovered for one more hour.

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    Sur La Table Easter Specials!

    That great store, Sur La Table,is having an Easter Special through April 12th!  Click on the link on this page (on the lower right of this article) to peruse, enjoy, and purchase! Sur La Table – Easter Collection Basket Full of Goodies.  Charming décor, gifts and bakeware help fill the home with delightful treats for an extra special Easter day. Expires 4/12/09.

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    What is “Smoke Point”?

    Smoke point refers to the stage at which heated oil reaches its limit and starts to smoke.  After that point, the oil is no longer useable for cooking because it will make food smell and taste unpleasant.   An oil’s smoke point is determined by how it was processed and the additives that it contains.  The oils with lower smoke points are generally unrefined.  The higher smoke point a particular oil has, the better it is for frying.   The following are approximate smoke points for different types of oil:   Sunflower;  390 degrees Sesame Seed, Olive and Corn;  410 degrees Canola;  435 degrees Grape seed;  445 degrees Soybean, Safflower and…

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    A Favorite Quote

    Here’s a quote from the very, very funny writer Erma Bombeck, who made so many of us laugh everday back in the 1970’s (the olden days!). She was brilliant. “It is ludicrous to read the microwave direction on the boxes of food you buy, as each one will have a disclaimer: “THIS WILL VARY WITH YOUR MICROWAVE.” Loosely translated, this means, “You’re on your own, Bernice.” – Erma Bombeck

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