Sunday, January 29, 2006

Bread from Levain from my EBBP3 Box

Just out of the oven, a country loaf made from a levain received from Petula, my Euro Blogging by Post sister from Italy. I received a wonderful box filled with candies, torrones smothered in chocolate; 2 bars of dark rich chocolate for use in cooking something truly memorable; a tiny Italian cookbook written in French; chamomile tea and a wonderful chatty letter written in very good French, because Petula doesn’t speak English “so good,” such a wonderful box of goodies.

My thanks to Johanna, the Passionate Cook, for hosting this edition of EBBP.”

Monday, January 23, 2006

Fresh Eggs

Eggs fresh from the henhouse can’t be beat. Their yolks are rich in color and sit high in the white; not like old eggs that spread out across the bowl and have little color to recommend them.

If, per chance, you have found an egg you are not sure is fresh, float it in a bowl of water. If it sinks below the surface of the water line to the bottom of the bowl, it is fresh. If it bobs on the surface, either horizontally or vertically, break it into a saucer and smell to see if it’s fresh before using.

The color of an eggshell is not an indication of one egg being better than another, i.e., brown over white. All eggs would be white if not bathed in a shower of dye or not as they are laid. Different breeds of chicken lay different colored eggs. Shell color is not a reflection of fertility or quality. Allowing your chickens to run free and to scratch among your plants for bugs and seeds will insure that you have the most nutritious eggs.

Store your eggs in a cool place. Sitting out at room temperature, except when in preparation for use as an ingredient, will shorten their keeping quality and appearance.

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Sunday, January 15, 2006

The War That Made America

The War That Made America begins this Wednesday evening on PBS. Several of the actors who bring such authenticity to their roles are reenactors and provided their own "kit" and accoutrements. Let my 18thC world come alive for you this week - history as you've never seen it.


Friday, January 06, 2006

12th Night Ball

It's that time of year, the end of the winter holidays. Old Fort Niagara's 12th Night Ball is Saturday night, January 7th.

In New Orleans and Montreal and Paris 12th Night will be celebrated as Epiphany or Three Kings Day, January 6th. Part of the celebration will be the cutting of the King's Cake, a gallette du roi, made of frangipan and puff paste. To those of you lucky enough to find the fève in your piece, enjoy being king or queen for a day!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Nominee - Best Theme - 2005 Food Blog Awards

Dearest readers and friends,

Thank you so much for your nomination again in this year's 2005 Food Blog Awards category for Best Theme. I am very honored and pleased. Please cast your votes here. My competition is stiff and each competitor is worthy of the honor.

A special thanks to Kate Hopkins, The Accidental Hedonist, for hosting the competition. Her efforts inspire us all!
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