When you’re the son of a preacher, your childhood Christmas mornings can be rushed & stressful. So our Christmas breakfast tradition was not a leisurely meal at a heavily-laden table but a Sara Lee butter streusel coffee cake from the freezer aisle at Piggly Wiggly. There is almost no Sara Lee butter streusel in the cold north, as far as I can see, so after years of frustration and deprivation I was forced to try to make one myself, with help from @thekitchn. Verdict: pretty close, and a damn sight better than Entenmann’s. (There is a Baudrillardian lesson in here somewhere, but it’s Christmas, so ctfo)
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“[T]hese already lonely shifts on security became strange silent vigils in which she sat in a corner with a spiral-top notebook, occasionally writing out questions to me and taking tiny sips from a bottle of Angostura bitters.”
My first encounter with bitters was not in a cocktail.
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Looks to me that the all-powerful Segway lobby got a specific exemption in the new electric bike crackdown for their “self-balancing, two non-tandem wheeled devices designed to transport one person by means of an electric propulsion system”
Imagine a world in which every delivery bike bearing congealed meatballs and quarts of pho is replaced with a Segway and you’ll have a new standard for horror.
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“”When the cow leaves, the rotation changes to all row crops: no need for oats or hay, less ground cover, soil erosion increases, no chores for kids, input costs increase, income decreases, off-farm work, fewer farmers, weakened family, community downgrades.””
– Dick Thompson, quoted in a workshop on sustainable pork production at the Young Farmers Conference 2013 at Stone Barns
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Grateful for our patient birds, our helpful neighbors, our hardworking crew, and the fruitfulness of our fields. Happy Thanksgiving!
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“Even more in Spain than elsewhere it seemed to be the tradition to stuff sick people with heavy food. At Lérida, the meals were terrific. Breakfast, at about six in the morning, consisted of soup, an omelette, stew, bread, white wine, and coffee, and lunch was even larger—this at a time when most of the civil population was seriously underfed.”
– George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia
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Live oak with Spanish moss at Middleton Place; chef Andre Chiang microwaved big thatchy bunches of the moss to get rid of the mites in advance of serving it at @McCradys in Charleston. Less clear is how a chef might get rid of the sense of foreboding and dread history that seem to soak these plantation trees. Pretty sure microwaving isn’t enough. #rawchs
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Food for Thought | The Aesthete:
I’ve admired Bill Telepan for several years, since I found out about his involvement with Wellness in the Schools. I met him briefly the first time we volunteered at a Wellness fundraiser. He was standing outside chatting on the phone, pausing to greet the chefs who came to help out. He was cheerful and energetic. He was also—he told me with a laugh—getting knee surgery the next morning.
Here’s a terrible picture of a vegetable garden he made in a defunct grease trap:
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A tribute to M&Ms rendered in end-of-season garden vegetables #success #meltsinyourmouth #limabeans
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