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  1. I did a little more research and crisp=dry, so I went to my provincial liquor store and asked for a crisp white, preferably from Italy, and something like a Langhe. And I told him I was making ossobuco with it. He suggested a pinot grigio. And I ended up with a bottle described as: "The Gabbiano Pinot Grigio is a sunny straw-yellow color. Floral notes caress the nose, with nuances of pear and honeydew melon. Citrus flavors are evident on the palate delivering complex flavors of green apple, orange and faint lemon. The mouth feel is lively and full in structure created by the excellent har
  2. I feel the same way sometimes, especially given the quality of most of the produce found in the Canadian prairies.
  3. Is that pajeon? I think it looks very tasty!
  4. I searched for Langhe. My provincial liquor stores have none, but a couple of the private wine stores carry possibilities. Only 6, ranging from $24 to ~$60, but I will go and chat with them. Maybe I can find something similar.
  5. Unfortunately, alcohol consumption is contraindicated with one of my meds. I could still maybe have a bit, but from past experience, I probably won't. If I had some creme de cassis I could make a kir, though. I really like kir and would risk negative effects for it. Creme de myrtille would be good, too Or maybe I could make a wine jelly for dessert. I really like wine jelly too. I was reading about using red vs white for this, and decided on white this time around since I'm not using tomatoes. The red will be used with the tomato one whenever that happens. I considered making the r
  6. May 29-June 7, TIFF, Tribeca, Sundance, Venice, etc. have banded together to hold a virtual film festival on YouTube. In addition to short and feature films from around the world (some premieres, some not), there are also videos of talks and interviews from previous years' festivals. Viewing is free, but it is a fundraiser for UNICEF, WHO (which could use the money right now), MSF, etc. so donations are encouraged. https://www.youtube.com/WeAreOne And further information and the viewing schedule here http://www.weareoneglobalfestival.com/
  7. If you were going to make osso buco, what kind of wine would you use? White, crisp... Medium body or light? Any particular varietal? From any particular region? Should I just use a dry marsala since I don't really drink wine, so whatever leftover wine there is will probably end up wasted?
  8. My mom's 90-something-year old aunt lives in a personal care home in Maryland. A couple of the residents had Covid-19, so her daughter, against everyone else's wishes, took my great-aunt out of the home a couple of weeks ago. A couple of days ago, my mom's cousin was found dead in her apartment. My great-aunt, who is bed-ridden, could not contact anyone, and hadn't realized her daughter had died. She had no idea what was going on, only that she was seemingly alone, hungry, and frightened. In an O. Henry-esque twist, my mom's cousin had Covid-19, which she thought was "just a bad cold
  9. Last week, a teenager told me I had really pretty hair. Today, a woman asked my mother if I was her granddaughter. it's nice to know people think I'm still a young person with really pretty hair.
  10. How old is your breville? Mine is between 8 and 10 years old, I think, and it also recently began crapping out. The on-off button works fine, but sometimes, the defrost or convection functions will randomly turn on and off, even if the oven itself is off. And when that happens, the display light stays on, and the unit makes beeping sounds every time one of the functions turns on or off. I was looking at the CSO everyone has raved about, but it is a fair bit smaller than the breville, and then none of my quarter sheet pans will fit in it. I pretty much use my toaster oven exclusively now a
  11. Non-essential businesses in my city started re-opening on Monday. The list of businesses that can open vs businesses that must stay closed is a little odd. Hair salons, massage therapists, libraries, restaurant patios, and museums are OK. Estheticians, dine-in restaurants (other than for take out), and movie theaters are not. I have no idea how crowded places are, yet, as I haven't ventured out much. I got stuff to do, and getting Covid isn't one of them (I'm kind of joking. Around my area, the risk of transmission is quite low, as there are currently only 37 active cases in the entire provinc
  12. Looking at your cookies, i realize that I've of the reasons mine fall apart pre-bake is because mine are too thin. I must make them again with this new found knowledge in mind.
  13. Korovas with chopped orangettes are even more delicious than with chocolate, but chopped chocolate-covered orangettes are good, too.
  14. The average weight of a large egg is 52g. If you weigh out 26g for half an egg, everything works out fine, so no need to weigh the full egg every time. (From my baking days in Japan, i still remember that 1 cup sugar is 200g and 1 Dorie Greenspan cup of flour is 136g, but that's on the high end. Most recipes suggest about 120g for one cup flour. I think.)
  15. Really good with poached fish or chicken.
  16. Almost every manual can be found online these days. I think the most recent appliances I bought only have online manuals.
  17. Unfortunately, no bacon in the house! Just Chinese sausage, and that has to be served with rice an egg (over easy or sunny side up).
  18. Main - pancake with aged cheddar cheese (in the middle, so it gets nice a gooey) Dessert - pancake with blueberries, blackberries, and chopped toasted pecans. I feel I covered all the food groups with this one.
  19. Series ending of Schitt's Creek. I love this show so much and don't want it to end ☹️
  20. Actress and activist, of complications related to pneumonia (not related to COVID-19). If you think you don't know who she is, she was also once married to Donald Sutherland and is the mother of Kiefer Sutherland. And she's the daughter of Tommy Douglas, under whom socialized medicine was introduced to Canada. https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/shirley-douglas-dies-at-86-1.5522758
  21. If you have young children, here's a short video of Justin Trudeau's message to children about the coronavirus and its impact on them, all done through Lego. It's really cute, and very well done, I thought. https://twitter.com/walsht/status/1246879073650999297?s=09
  22. I don't know anyone who has had it or who has been tested, but my province has so far been relatively unscathed. I say relatively as since the first case was diagnosed, "only" 204 people have tested positive with 13 people hospitalized, and of those 13, seven are currently in intensive care and two have passed away. Also important, 17 people are considered recovered. Our first case was announced on March 12, and by March 17, my department was asked to work from home, and by the following week, the staff in every area of my workplace was told to work from home. I feel very fortunate t
  23. Wild Assam Pepper, known as pipli, raru hamang and a host of other names is wildcrafted in the tropical forests of India. The taste is smoky and very tingly, with a citrus peel aftertaste and much less piquancy than black pepper. Wild Assam pepper is a true pepper, closely related to long pepper and familiar black pepper. It has been used in seasoning and Ayurvedic medicine for millennia. https://bradyweber.com/wild-assam-pepper/ Seems more easily available in Europe, but https://www.flavourfields.com/assam-peppercorns
  24. My mother says thank you! And then she added, "but it will be different!" Uh, yeah, but you asked for substitutions! Plus she has never followed a recipe without making changes, so I'm not sure why she's stuck on matzo. Mothers!
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