Monthly Archives: August 2014

Week 6 chocolate tasting results

I noticed that I forgot to post the results of our sixth weekly chocolate tasting. From our wiki: Once again, one of our “reference” chocolates took top honors: the Jelina Noir 72% that we had previously tasted back in week … Continue reading

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Other people’s recipes (sort of): Cherries & cream pie

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As I discussed last weekend, the cherry pie I made used less than half of the cherries I had bought. So of course I had to make something else with cherries (I didn’t want to make the same pie twice … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Libertarians don’t make everything better

From Andrew Wheeler’s “Antick Musings”: A friend of mine is fond of saying “everything’s worse with libertarians” — it’s cruel and reductive, and definitely not true universally. But there’s a certain kind of libertarian, particularly here on the Internet, who … Continue reading

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Where does chocolate come from?

In our chocolate tastings, one of the matters we’ve discussed at some length is where chocolate comes from. Cacao is a tropical tree, native to Central and South America, but that region now produces only a small fraction of the … Continue reading

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Did someone ask for more recipe pointers?

Another three cookbooks’ worth of interesting recipes: Deborah Krasner, Good Meat: The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat Lora Brody, Chocolate American Style Dorie Greenspan, Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Hermé Not to worry: I’ve almost run out of … Continue reading

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Week 5 chocolate tasting results

This week’s chocolate tasting was a tough one, compromised somewhat by low attendance and a very similar set of chocolates. My summary from our wiki: With only six participants, abd seven very similar products, it’s difficult to name a clear … Continue reading

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Nutrition information for high-test chocolate

As I’ve noted before, good chocolate can vary quite substantially in its nutritional value, as manufacturers adjust the ratio of cocoa solids to cocoa butter, even when keeping the overall percentage cacao the same. Taken from the CSAIL Tasters wiki, … Continue reading

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Other people’s recipes: Sweet cherry streusel pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds

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It’s been a long while since I’ve made an actual pie — I think it would have to have been a pumpkin pie, some year around Thanksgiving. But earlier this year I bought The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book … Continue reading

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Other people’s recipes: Chef Aniceto’s summer vegetable soup with sausage and green lentils

It’s been too long since I last did a serious recipe post from my queue, so this weekend I did two! First, I made a cherry pie, and then after that was done, I made Chef Aniceto’s summer vegetable soup, … Continue reading

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Week 4 chocolate tasting results

Yesterday we held our fourth weekly chocolate tasting. This week’s theme was “Taste of Somerville”, and the local products were widely panned. My summary of the results: This tasting was a bit of a challenge for the panel; Shirley described … Continue reading

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