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Layered Treats – S’mores and Rice Krispies

There are many layers of history for the ingredients in this  S’mores and Rice Krispies® recipe! – Chocolate has been around for more than 2000 years. Sweetened chocolate didn’t appear until Europeans discovered the Americas and sampled the native chocolate drink, which was bitter. They added sugar, and by the 17th century, chocolate was a fashionable drink. – Marshmallows were originally a plant based product that was used for centuries for medicinal purposes. When the plant sap was replaced by gelatin in the late 1800’s, today’s marshmallow was born. In 1927, the Girl Scouts Handbook came out with a recipe for ‘Some More’ which quickly became ‘Smores’. – Graham crackers are made from Graham flour, which is named after it’s inventor Sylvester Graham who began making them in the 1830’s. – Kellogg’s Rice Krispies® debuted in 1927. Their Rice Krispies Marshmallow Treats® recipe was first advertised in 1940. It became a popular food for mailing to service people abroad. Here is how you put all these things together to make this layered treat! You’ll need: …

How Local is Local? Test Case – My Carrots

The movement to eat locally grown food can be relatively easy, or impractically hard, depending on how strictly you follow it. Kris Vester, president of Slow Food Calgary, describes a locally grown organic product as one that is grown locally, is free of pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers and is produced in a way that does not use fossil fuels or any other matter that may affect the environment for future generations. This definition made me think about the carrots I just harvested from my garden. Geographically, they are as local as you can get. They are free of pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers. I didn’t use fossil fuels to put the seeds into the ground or get the carrots out of the ground. But what about the seeds themselves? How did the seed company grow and harvest them? How were they transported to the stores where they were sold? I used a fossil fueled vehicle to go buy the seeds and bring them home. The Car Guy used a fossil fueled vehicle to pick …

Chocolate – Here Today, Gone Today!

In the beginning, the Lord created chocolate, and he saw that it was good. Then he separated the light from the dark, and it was better. – Unknown – Strength is the capacity to break a Hershey bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces.” ― Judith Viorst, Love & Guilt & The Meaning Of Life, Etc – After about 20 years of marriage, I’m finally starting to scratch the surface of what women want. And I think the answer lies somewhere between conversation and chocolate. – Mel Gibson – Chocolate: Here today …. Gone today! – Unknown – For more Quotations about Chocolate, visit this post at The Quippery. Post 474

Draw Something! How to Make S’Mores – Traditional and Super Simple

TRADITIONAL S’MORES Ingredients: graham wafers marshmallows chocolate bar or Nutella Technique: First, the ideal marshmallow cooking stick must be found, and then whittled to the exact right point. The stick has to be brandished like a sword by a child (or someone who is child like) for a few minutes, until some mom says, “Put that stick down before you poke someones eye out!” In the meantime, someone has to build a fire. Probably a number of someones – the paper bringers, the match finders, the log splitters, the kindling scroungers. Then there is a discussion of how best to stack the paper, wood and kindling. Once the fire is off and running, the ritual of telling stories, adding more wood, and poking the fire with a big stick, has to take place. When mom says, “Put that big stick down before you burn up the forest!” it is time to get out the marshmallows, and find the very pointy sticks again. Once a marshmallow is skewered, they are slowly browned until they are golden …

How to Make a Simple Nutella Dessert

There are many Nutella Desserts, but none is simpler than this! Ingredients: 1 jar Nutella hazelnut spread Equipment: 2 extraction tools – a spoon and a rubber spatula Directions: 1. Open the lid of the jar. 2. Use your spoon (size optional) to scoop out the Nutella. 3. Put the spoonful of product directly into your mouth. Enjoy! Repeat until your conscience tells you to quit, or you don’t feel so good any more. 4. Switch to the rubber spatula when the jar is nearly empty. Nutrition: Nutella has NO artificial colors or preservatives and is a source of Fiber, Calcium and Iron. It does, however contain oodles of sugar and saturated fat. Conclusion: I really like Nutella, but because foods like this are going to migrate directly to my hips, I agree with the following observation: Nuts just take up space where chocolate ought to be. – Author Unknown – Do you stock Nutella in your pantry? What is your favourite way of eating it? Post 464

Molson Canadian Beer Fridge – The Beery Best of Canada

Happy Canada Day to Canadians everywhere! The website ‘Beer Canada’ mentions these statistics about beer: Canada has many competitive advantages in making world class beers: proximity to malt barley, large fresh water supply, educated workforce and more than 10 million local beer drinkers.   Per capita consumption of Canadian and imported beer was 63.34 litres per person based on total population. At the provincial level, consumption is highest in Newfoundland at 77.32 litres per person. Beer is Canada’s most popular adult beverage and the Canadian beer industry continues to hold an impressive environmental record. On average 99% of beer bottles were returned in 2015. Post 431

Contemplating Sardines

The Curmudgeon at Large is compiling a Cookbook and one of his first selections is a menu that incorporates the nine food items that will help you to prevent a heart attack. He says that one of the foods is the Sardine. I can’t remember the last time I bought a tin of Sardines, but the thought of oily fish packed tightly in a tin made me curious about the current status of sardines in the world of the gourmet. Taking that one step further, what would be a sardine-wine pairing?  (Wine is also on the Curmudgeon’s list of heart healthy  foods) . The first web site that addressed this question was on a Chowhound discussion forum – What to drink with four year old sardines?  Apart from the suggestion that it might not be good to eat a tin of sardines of that age, the pairings included Maalox, Pepto-bismol, beer, sherry, and several white and red wines. From there, I clicked on the link to The Society for the Appreciation of the Lowly Tinned …

Some Blue Things at my House

The WordPress Photo Challenge this week is titled Mine. I don’t have any photos of land mines, or strip mines or mine shafts, so I took a photo of something that I think of as Mine. This blue glass is mine. I have two others just like it. The fourth one got broke. It is my water glass, and I use it every time I want a glass of water. It makes the water look very blue, and I like that. I used it once for milk, but blue milk is wrong. There is no known navy-blue food. If there is navy-blue food in the refrigerator, it signifies death. – Erma Bombeck – Blue food – there aren’t many things I would eat that are bluish in colour, so when I looked in the fridge recently and saw that the Pickled Garlic had turned blue, I was ready to throw it out. But it wasn’t Mine to throw out, because The Car Guy was the one who pickled it. I checked on the internet to …

How to Lose Weight – The Strawberry Diet

I lost 2 pounds last week. I’m not sure where they went, but I won’t be sending out a search party to find them. How did I do it? I’m going to claim it was because of my Strawberry Diet. It I had an ounce of Entrepreneurship in me, I would write another book about this diet (I’m not the first person to eat a boatload of strawberries and write about it). But the procedure is so incredibly simple, and I’m all for the free sharing of ideas (and Garage Sale Stuff), so I’m going to tell you my secret. First, you need a bargain hunting husband like mine who bought a very big container of strawberries from Costco because it was so much cheaper than a small container at the grocery store. Then, you need him to wash and hull and chop them all up for you.  My spouse also came home with one good size watermelon which he also cut into bite size chunks.  Since he doesn’t really like strawberries all that much, …

Macro Photo – A Study in Scarlet Wine Dregs

Don’t be alarmed! This isn’t a photo of blood, but I did think it was interesting that the quotation below discusses scarlet, and in this photo the scarlet ran over a colourless object. No more clues – what is this a photo of? There’s the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it. – Holmes, in “A Study in Scarlet”, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The photo is a close up look at dried wine in the bottom of a wine glass!   Quotes about Wine: The Quippery – From the Vintners Cellar

One of These Veggies is Not Like the Others

One of these things is not like the others, One of these things just doesn’t belong … – Words and Music by Joe Raposo and Jon Stone – You will recognize this ‘One of These Things‘ song if you spent any time watching Sesame Street. My photo today is going to demonstrate this song, so go ahead and start humming. First, I’ll explain why I chose these four items – they are roughly cylindrical in shape, and they are all in my kitchen right now. One of them, however, is clearly different. Have you chosen which one? My pick is the mystery vegetable – the white one that looks a bit like a fat parsnip. But it isn’t a parsnip, and I really don’t know what to do with this newcomer to my kitchen. There is a disconnect in our house between the food that is purchased and the food that is cooked and served. This is to be expected, I suppose, when the buyer is one person, and the cook is the other.  Most …

Line Up the Usual Suspects – Gingerbread Men and Pyrogy

We decorated the Gingerbread Men on Boxing Day. In Canada, Boxing Day is December 26th, and at The Red House, it is the day that we normally cook The Wokadoo. And just what is a Wokadoo, you might ask? Many years ago, one of our young nephews was having trouble saying, or perhaps even remembering, the word ‘turkey’. But he was sure, when the bird was still alive, that it made some sort of noise and he was equally sure the sound was ‘cock a doodle doo’. But again, he couldn’t put his finger on that word exactly. The very best he could come up with, was that the bird I had in the oven was a ‘wokadoo’, and that is what I have called a turkey ever since. It was an Open and Shut Case. The Confectioner had no trouble identifying the culprit who was making off with the Candy Canes… ____________________________ This year, however, we didn’t cook a Wokadoo, opting out for a ham instead. A ham is quick and simple, and compliments …

How To Make Breakfast More Fun

I went to a restaurant that serves “breakfast at any time”.  So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance. – Steven Wright – While there are many interpretations of Breakfast, I’ve chosen to photograph the food I eat most mornings! I start with the exact right bowl. It has to be the correct size – not too big and not to small. More importantly though, it has to have a happy group of animals dancing around the rim. This one has horses, camels and elephants – quite appropriate because I bought these dishes when we lived in the Middle East! I put some fruit in the bottom of the bowl. I used bananas, but some times I use an apple, or an orange or some berries. This is the dangerous part of making breakfast  because I had to use a sharp knife to cut the bananas into the exact right thickness.  Like the bowl, the bananas can’t be too big or too small. Next, I added some cereal. I used granola  with whole grains, fruit …

How to throw a Beer Tasting Party!

I always do my best thinking over a glass of beer. Two heads are better than one. – From the Best of Bridge – Now and then I like an icy cold beer. Not a whole icy cold beer, because it is never icy cold when I get to the bottom of the bottle or glass. I just like the first few icy cold ounces. One of my son-in-laws, perhaps (but highly unlikely) thinking of his mother-in-law’s fondness for those first few cold ounces, devised an ingenious way to taste the beers of the world without having to drink an entire bottle of each. He hosts a Beer Tasting Party. He invites lots of people, and assigns each couple a country. The guests buy a half dozen or so bottles of beer that  represent that country. They pre-chill the beer, and when they arrive at the party the bottles are nestled into coolers of ice that are set out on a long table on the patio. Each person is given a glass with his or …

Why I Choose to Be a Carnivore

When it comes to whether to eat meat or not, humans fall into two very firm camps – the Herbivores or plant eaters (vegetarians), and the Omnivores who eat meat and plants. There is a third camp, the diehard Carnivores, who would prefer not to ever see a veggie on their plate. But even they probably have the odd beer or potato chip, which puts them back into the omnivore category. There shouldn’t be any debate about food preferences. Each to their own, I say. But herbivores seem intent on defending and promoting their choice. They really shouldn’t be surprised by the sometimes irritated responses they get in their blogs and forums. As my daughter used to say, “Don’t poke a tiger”, or in this case, don’t tell a carnivore not to eat a steak. Many people choose a vegetarian type diet because they think it is Healthier. There is no doubt it will be healthier than a ‘cheeseburger and fries every day’ diet. But there is no evidence to say that a vegetarian diet …

Eggs are Eggs-actly Complex and Interesting

A Hen’s Egg is a pretty interesting thing. Fragile enough to allow a baby bird to peck through it, it is also strong enough to protect the contents because it employs the arch. (Egg layers knew about arches before humans did…) The shape of an egg is very complex. It isn’t a circle, it isn’t an oval. It is quite simply egg-shaped. Which makes it very hard to draw. A circle shape is pretty easy to construct with a simple compass. An oval is harder to draw, but at least it has two lines of symmetry. But an egg – well there isn’t even a simple bit of mathematics to describe the profile of an egg, much less draw one. I did find the equation for a Cartesian Oval, and it looks like this: 4a²m²((c-x)²+y²)-(a²+m²c²-2cm²x+(m²-1)(x²+y²))²=0 Math was never my strong suit, but I think maybe the “=0” part means this equals an egg… No, probably not. All this math made me think of a Calvin and Hobbes Cartoon by Bill Watterson. Calvin asks Hobbes for …

Bloggers that Post Once a Day

Happy April Fools Day, all. When we were kids, we called it April Spruce Cake. Our misinterpretation of the intent of the day was based, I guess, on our hope that there was something more to it than a few lame jokes. Totally unrelated to the day: WordPress has a Post-a-Day Challenge called Daily Post. The idea is that WordPress Bloggers post something every day, thus building a community of people who want to be more active writers, bloggers, and creators. While I admire those who can do this, I’m not sure I can keep up with doing a daily post. But it is something I am willing to try. I’ll have to find something much interesting and creative in order to post once a day. Unfortunately, I have yet to come up with the right thing. Others have, though, and here are some of the ones I’ve found. Maybe they will inspire you to start a blog of 365 things too. Or maybe you will think of something very creative that you think I …

Houses, Photos, Cupcakes, Smoothies

House Names When we lived in England, most of the houses in our neighborhood had a name, and the name had nothing to do with the owners surname. It was often neatly printed on a sign posted near the front of the property, or on the house near the door. Our house was called ‘Dorian’. A few blocks away, there was a house called the ‘Wolery’, which I thought was very inspired. ‘Wolery’ is of course the name of Owl’s House in the Winnie the Pooh stories… In Aberdeen, Scotland, homeowners took sign making one step further. Many homes had transom windows over the front door, and the house name was etched into the glass. Very nice. We used to live in a small town in Alberta, and every house was referred to by the last name of the people who lived there just before the current residents. If our name had been Smith, and the previous owners were Jones, then when we moved into the Jones house, we were known to live in ‘The …