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How to eat well during a recession
How to eat well during a recession

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A new show I just discovered about food in various cities. It's funny and doesn't focus on drama or people yelling at each other (unlike just about every other food show out there right now).

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There's an awesome idea. I'd like to be able to keep an eye on my brisket with my watch.

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Barn2Door is a new website to help connect people to their food straight from the farmers. They're opening in a few weeks but if you use my link you'll get $10 off your first order.
https://www.barn2door.com/refer/5mrm9

Your wine grape trivia for the day...

In Croatia there is this grape called Crljenak Kaštelanski. When Hapsburg Austria ran the place they took some cuttings and put them in the Imperial Nursery in Vienna, and from there were sent to a horticulturist in Long Island, who sent some vines out to Califoria, where Italian immigrants working the gold rush appreciated the grape’s sturdy, robust style and planted them with enthusiasm, only to abandon their vineyards when the gold rush fizzled out.  These vineyards, and their mystery grapes, were then rediscovered years later with the post-prohibition wave of California winemakers.

Since they didn't know what kind of grape they were they made up a name - Zinfandel.  Back in Croatia the Crljenak Kaštelanski grape was crossed with the Dobričić to make what is possibly Croatia's most famous wine grape - Plavac Mali. I'm going to investigate this summer.

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edX is offering a free course in the Ethics of Eating from Cornel. 

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o more Grade B maple syrup. They're now going to give maple syrup names like "Golden Color and Delicate Taste" or "Amber Color and Rich Taste" as if someone couldn't look at the color and figure that out. My new category will be "Very Dark Color and Strong Taste".

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Whole Foods, you aren't helping the ignorance surrounding Sweet Potatoes. You correctly label Garnets and Jewels as sweet potatoes (as they are) and then label the Hannah as a yam. Above is a sign that describes somewhat correctly the difference between a sweet potato and a yam so it looks like they almost researched it before putting up the signs. 

Just in case you're curious they're all sweet potatoes. We have no commercial crop of yams in America and I'd bet that most people have never seen one before. If you question this just look at the box they came in, by law they have to say what they really are (usually in small letters).
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It's time someone does something.

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Cash and Carry had full brisket for $2.29/lb so I figured I'd take advantage of the situation. Winco has smokehouse spice blend (very similar to McCormick's Smokehouse maple in flavor, but not texture) for $4/lb. Most spice blends like McCormicks sell for $16/lb on sale and I've seen it as high as $24/lb. So I have $20 worth of meat and spice that will go in an offset smoker with hickory in a bit. Sometimes tonight it will be ready.
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I'm headed out to listen to Michael Pollan speak at Benaroya Hall in Seattle tonight. Should be interesting.
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