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  1. Oh goody, another blatherskiting, bunkum post about one's perceived state of restaurant affairs. Seriously, Burger King = Have it your way!
  2. http://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2016/06/who-really-cares-about-the-oxford-comma/487475/ I do. I care. I care for the sake of the clarity, flow, and musicality of prose. I care because words matter, punctuation matters, and there is no other logical position besides being pro-Oxford comma. I care because I like jokes about my parents, God, and Stalin. (Actually, in that case, the joke only works if you take out the Oxford comma, which I refuse to do on principle.) Some people, apparently, disagreeincluding those who follow the APs style book, which is most traditional newspaper reporters. I am prepared to do battle with these foes. This Friday, June 24, at 3pm, we will host a live video debate on our Facebook page: me vs. readers / internet riffraff, on the topic of the Oxford comma. Besides its merits, which are clear, the following questions may be considered: Oxford comma or serial comma? Best Oxford-comma joke? . . .
  3. I finally tested my thesis and it looks to hold true. Follow these steps:1. Put a sheet pan in the oven. 2. Turn oven on to 350f. Once the oven reaches temperature, let the sheet pan 'cook' at least 15 minutes. 3. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add individual pieces of bacon turkey to the water and blanch for at least 1 minute. 4. Place turkey bacon on paper towels and blot dry. I did four pieces and noticed anout 1 teaspoon of fat floating on the water and the water was very cloudy. 5. Place turkey bacon on the sheet pan and bake for about 10 minutes. 6. It'll take about 10-15 minutes to get a good crisp after it comes out if the oven. I used Butterball Turkey Bacon as my test. The result was a feathery, almost efferessent 'crunch', not your solid crunch like pork bacon. It was a curious thing that the turk bacon curled up in the short sides rather than at the ends like pork bacon. Anyway, I hope this helps.
  4. Great piece about him retiring on 60 Minutes last Sunday. His retirement lasted a week. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/05/19/morley-safer-dead/
  5. Another cheapskate marathon, Tuesday, May 3. All bottles between $8.99 and $19.99. Free shipping in purchases of four or more bottles. 7AM to midnight EST.
  6. Their fifth anniversary is tomorrow and they're running a marathon starting at 9 am PST. I've bought some decent stuff there lately. Lastbottlewines.com
  7. Really Nice!

    Billy Paul

    Reunited with Mrs. Jones at 81. http://www.newsweek.com/me-and-mrs-jones-singer-billy-paul-dead-81-451873
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    Autopsy report today at 3 cst
  9. Try blanching the turkey bacon for a minute and then cook it on the flat top. It should crisp up better. The blanching will help remove excess fat that keeps it from browning. I just looked up some turkey bacon nutrition labels and up to two-thirds of the calories is fat.
  10. Update: Evolution is now 3 / $9. I cleaned them out. Also bought Lioco Chardonnay 2011. I bought this from the winery for $25 about 2 years ago. Bought it from PW for $3.99. The provenance seems okay as the fruit is there and the after taste is long. I need to stop here almost daily to see what they have.
  11. Evelyn, if I ever give a concert, PLEASE don't buy tickets. And just to cover all the bases, don't come to Chicago. A similar thing happed to me regarding Harry Chapin. He was in town for a concert and tickets were still available the day before. I figured I'd see him the next time he's in town. Didn't happen.
  12. Barbara Richards, who founded Paloma Vineyard in Napa Valley with her husband, Jim, and created one of Californias finest sources of Merlot, died of complications from a stroke Monday. She was age 83. Barbara was a dedicated farmer who tended the couples 15-acre vineyard at the top of Spring Mountain for three decades. Gracious and humble, she could often be found driving her ATV through the vines, armed with pruning shears on one hip and a revolver for the rattlesnakes on the other. She was Paloma, her son Sheldon Richards told Wine Spectator. Together, Barbara and Jim proved what Merlot could achieve when planted in the right location and meticulously farmed. Within seven vintages of bottling their first Merlot, the Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 2001 scored 95 points. It was named Wine Spectators Wine of the Year in 2003 and remains one of Californias elite Merlots. Born in California, Barbara met Jim in Okinawa, Japan, while they were serving in the U.S. armed forces during the Korean War. Later they lived in Midland, Texas, where Jim worked as a petroleum geologist, and shared a love of gardening and fine wine. In 1983, the couple decided to pursue their passions, buying a property on the top of Spring Mountain to start a small vineyard. For the first decade, Dad stayed in Texas and paid the bills and she worked the vineyard, Sheldon said. The couple planted Merlot on the steep tree-lined ridge, having acquired a taste for versions made by local vintner and friend Dan Duckhorn, along with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The first few growing seasons were a wash, producing little fruit. Despite fears that the grapes were planted at too high an elevationthe vineyard sits more than 2,200 feet above the valley floorthey stuck with it. And quality picked up as the vines matured under Barbaras watchful eye. Barbara had the green thumb. She was tenacious when it came to thinning the Merlot in the more vigorous portions of the vineyard. The Richardses sold their grapes to Duckhorn and Pride Mountain Vineyard, and bottled some under their own label. Besides Merlot, they also produced Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. In 2000, ready to stand on their own, they built a small winery with Jim as winemaker. They were modest despite their success. While they could have demanded more for their Merlot, they chose to slightly increase the price from $45 for the 2001 to $57 for the 2011. For Barbara it was a matter of fair pricing. I think $57 for a bottle of wine is high enough. You drink it and its gone forever, she told Wine Spectator in 2014. I just want to make a living. Barbara continued to guide the winery after Jim died in 2009. Their son Sheldon took over as winemaker. Through it all Barbara cared for the vines, maintaining the standard of quality Paloma had set early on. She also personally greeted wine lovers who braved the windy drive up Spring Mountain, inviting them to taste in her home. She is survived by her son and grandsons Jace and Caston.
  13. Lucky you. We'd been waiting for release emails from a favored wine maker, son of a friend who has seemingly found his niche. Kept checking the website where finally they announced that every wine was sold out. Before club or public release. Well, okay, Go Tegan! But we'd still like a few bottles a year. i know... I was waiting for my Scarecrow allocation email. It finally came this week only to find I got shutout. Arg!
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