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Tip of the Week: Steel your cookery
Stainless steel remains a kitchen favorite for flatware and pots. It has crossed over into appliances and outdoor grills, replacing porcelain.
The material is famed for its durability and rust and stain-proof qualities. Not all stainless is alike. Check for quality grade codes (the combination of chromium and nickel).
Stainless in 18/10 and 18/8 grades is best for kitchens. This is the classic Type 304. About 70 percent of stainless is this grade. Heat-treated 18/8 will hold a sharp edge and is used in knives. Other grades, sometimes found in cheaper products, do not offer the strength and corrosion resistance of Type 304.
-- Canton Repository
Easy recipe: Sweet Mango Lassi
Lassi is a refreshing drink that has its origins in India and Pakistan.
4 cups mango nectar (can be found in health-food stores and some grocery stores)
2 cups full-fat plain yogurt
2 cups chilled milk
1 cup sugar
Mix sugar with the mango nectar until dissolved. In a separate glass or bowl, gradually add the milk to the yogurt.
Combine the two mixtures and serve in a tall glass with a straw. Makes 6 servings.
Did You Know?
A New Jersey man backed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest filed suit against Denny's for having too much sodium in its food.
Food in the News: Women’s voices help tomatoes grow
A study by Britain’s Royal Horticultural Society found that women’s voices sped up the growth of tomato plants compared to men’s voices.
According to wire reports, the organization held auditions in which men and women recorded passages that were then replayed to tomato plants over a month-long period. Last month, researchers said they found that tomato plants grew up to 2 inches taller if they were read to by a female voice.
So if you’re looking for large, juicy tomatoes for your next salad or sauce, you might want to reconsider who tends the tomatoes in your garden.
What is the unleavened bread customarily served with many Indian meals?
Answer is at bottom of column
Wise to the Word: Tutti-frutti
Despite being the name of an 1888 chewing gum and a 1955 Little Richard song, tutti-frutti has roots in fruit desserts.
It is an Italian term for “all fruits” and originally meant a preserve made with various diced fruits. Thanks to the magic of artificial flavorings, it later became an ice cream along with a number of gums and candies. Adams Gum rolled out the first chewable model.
-- Canton Repository
Number to Know: 104.2
Calories in 1 cup of red or green grapes. – calorielab.com
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“Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States” by Andrew Coe
Today, there are more than 40,000 Chinese restaurants across the United States -- by far the most plentiful among all our ethnic eateries. In “Chop Suey,” Andrew Coe provides the authoritative history of the American infatuation with Chinese food, telling its fascinating story for the first time.
Coe traces the history of the Chinese in America. He shows how the peasant food of an obscure part of China came to dominate Chinese-American restaurants; unravels the truth of chop suey's origins; explains why we still can't get dishes like those served in Beijing or Shanghai; and much more.
The book also explores how American tastes have been shaped by our relationship with the outside world, and how we've relentlessly changed foreign foods to adapt to them our own deep-down conservative culinary preferences.
From the Beer Nut’s Blog
A couple of years ago, I started keeping track of all the American beers I have ever had. I originally put the list together because I had an idea for a beer column and then figured I’d keep adding to it.
Now, I am on the edge of hitting 1,500 different American beers. My list is broken down by state and by brewery; for example, I have had more than 350 beers from Massachusetts.
I’m stopping at the liquor store tonight, and I’m purposely going to try to find something brand new to try.
To read more from the Beer Nut, visit http://blogs.townonline.com/beernut/
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