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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Recipes and Food (Message 1616150)
Posted 15 hours ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
There's the Red Devils food cake:


The more common name for the cake you have posted is "Red Velvet Cake". A red velvet cake is minimally chocolate - with recipes for this cake sometimes calling for as few as 2 Tbsps of cocoa powder... which is next to nothing in a batter. That bright red color in your picture typically comes from use of lots of red food dye. Some recipes for a more "natural" red velvet cake might call for the addition of beet juice.

A typical "Devil's Food Cake" is not just a chocolate cake. It is a chocolate cake with a mildly reddish hue, due to the use of cocoa powder interacting with buttermilk (and sometimes baking soda) to make that color. Devil's food cakes are not deeply chocolate, although they taste more "chocolatey" than Red Velvet cakes.

A regular chocolate cake gets its flavor from melted unsweetened chocolate that is incorporated into the batter. (Sometimes cocoa powder is added as well.) Regular chocolate cakes taste more deeply of chocolate than do devil's food cakes and red velvet cakes.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1616134)
Posted 16 hours ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
I didn't know that blond raccoons existed either, until Snowball showed up. In all the years I have been feeding raccoons I had seen only raccoons with typical black/brown/grey/white coloration. A little internet research revealed that I was not hallucinating. Blond raccoons and cinnamon (red) raccoons do exist, as rather rare but normal color variations in raccoons. Blond raccoons are not albino raccoons. As you can see from Snowball's picture, she has the typical markings of a raccoon, just in much lighter shades. An albino raccoon would be white all over with pink eyes.

(And thank you, CC, for the kitten. Eric will be just thrilled.)

As we work on socializing Snowball, I hope to eventually be able to get a picture of Snowball next to Aeh-tune, who is obviously her litter-mate. The two of them have been showing up together lately. Aeh-tune and Snowball are about the same size and each tolerates the other in his/her personal raccoon space, which means they are siblings.

All three of our current "regulars" showed up for dinner tonight. Herman Von Vermin came first and ate all of Spawnie's food. After he left, I put out a little more cat food and I scattered some grapes. (Snowball really loves grapes!!!) Anyway, about 40 minutes after Herman Von Vermin left, Snowball and Aeh-tune showed up.

Aeh-tune was named by our two year old niece, Claire. Eric and I were outside in our backyard one evening with Claire. Aeh-tune had climbed the back of our fence and was peeking over to see if it was safe to come into the yard. Claire pointed at him, lit up like a Christmas tree and exclaimed "Aeh-tune!!!" which is "raccoon" as a two year old would say it. Eric and I decided that was a pretty good name for a raccoon. Claire has excellent raccoon awareness, as I have gifted her with various plush toy raccoons, books featuring raccoons and articles of raccoon-wear.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cats (Message 1616115)
Posted 17 hours ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Poor kitty, I'm not sure how someone did this, but, it makes a great caption...

I don't think anybody actually wrapped that cat up Vic. I think somebody built a clever cat-shaped box with a hole where the head belongs. Then that person waited for his (her?) cat to get into that box. I doubt the tail part of the box is even hollow.

Today I found Eva sleeping in one of Eric's shoe boxes. She had opened a sliding closet door to get in there!

CC, congratulations on the new kitty!
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1616103)
Posted 17 hours ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Hello Friends and Welcome to the 21st installment of the Critter Cafe.

For anyone who is new to us, this is a place where Critter People come together to chat.

We have two rules for this thread
1. All are welcome
2. Nothing is "off topic"


To start us off, Eric managed to get a picture of Snowball, our blond raccoon, this evening.

Here she is, obviously having more fun!!!
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1616096)
Posted 17 hours ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Friends, Eric has accomplished the nearly impossible task of capturing our lovely Snowball, the blond raccoon, on film. I will begin a new Critter Cafe using the picture of Snowball to start it.

See you all in the new thread!
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1616095)
Posted 17 hours ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Parts of that movie were filmed a couple of hours from here.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : After the end of 2014, I was ready to start a business! ! I wish myself good luck! ! (Message 1616094)
Posted 17 hours ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Wishing you great success with your new endeavors.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Recipes and Food (Message 1615940)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
My mother made a lime jello salad that used pineapple rings in the the top with cherries in the center of the rings, the lime jello had cream cheese and almonds mixed in, as long as one used premium pineapple it was great, cheap pineapple made for chewy tough rings, yuck.

Canned pineapple is basically cooked pineapple. I suppose that it is possible that the cooking process destroys the enzyme in pineapple (and mangoes???) that causes the denaturing of proteins in gelatin.

Also, it sounds like your mom put the pineapple at the top of the gelatin mold, rather than throughout it, thereby minimizing the contact between the fruit and the gelatin.

Where is our resident chemist, Simon?

Simon, if you happen to come up for air from all of your studies and you know what the deal is with pineapples and mangoes, please educate us on this food science topic.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Recipes and Food (Message 1615661)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Does pineapple make a good pie? Anyone have a recipe for it?

(Just a random thought I had this morning.)

It's considered a citrus fruit, so I doubt it would.


Pineapples are bromeliads. They are not considered to be citrus fruits.

Citrus fruits make excellent pies - lemon meringue, Shaker lemon, key lime etc.

I would not put pineapple pieces in any gelatin based pie fillings. I think that pineapples, like mangoes, have the capacity to denature some proteins. I suspect that pineapple pieces, suspended in a gelatin filling, might turn that filling to soup. I believe that is why pineapple is often used in meat tenderizers and meat marinades.

(Ang. is my name and cooking is my game!!!)
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : I'm a little better now (Message 1615112)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Wishing you a speedy recovery.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Miggins Magnificent Mouthwatering Mouthfuls (Message 1614773)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Muriel, darling... please know that my beloved Eric is on the strictest of diets and exercise regimes. In fact, he gets his daily exercise working in our orchard, tending to the walnut, almond and pecan trees that grow so well in our temperate California climate.

If my Eric ventures anywhere near your Emporium, do let me know... for then I shall have an excuse to send you some nuts for your holiday fruitcakes.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1614272)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Bernie, you are the Squirrel Whisperer!!!
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1614269)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Monday, congratulation on your continued losses!!!

Francis Noel, wishing you a continued recovery and good luck in your upcoming half marathon.

Portly little raccoon weigh-in, after Eric and I were away for a very fun weekend with one of our nephews and one of our nieces: 170.8 lbs.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1612495)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
2 more minutes of wasted bandwidth on the east end of a west-facing baby possum.

'nother possum



My raccoons are waving to your baby opossum from out here in the west.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1611864)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Can we assume you'll be posting photos soon?

Sadly, probably not soon. This raccoon has only visited us twice and she???/he??? is quite shy.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTGAWUW!!! #0 (Message 1611820)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Congratulations on your win, WezH!!!!!
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1611791)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Snowball, the blond raccoon, visited us for the second time last night. I couldn't get a picture as she goes under the deck every time I open a window or a door, but I did discover that she really, really, really likes grapes. Last night she ate the grapes I tossed out before the cat food that I scattered for her. Snowball is not a very big raccoon, as adult raccoons go. Perhaps she is still young and will grow a bit more.
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1611533)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Here's a rarity around here, an XMAS card.

Very pretty card, Vic. Is it from one of your nieces?
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1611532)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Monday, you are doing great on all counts!!!

Portly little raccoon weigh-in (after a week of extreme baking involving 9 different double batches of homemade cookies and candies for our annual family holiday cookie party yesterday): 170.4 lbs.

Oh dear! Angela I think you need an assistant to do the taste testing on all those goodies. :-)


I have one. His name is Eric. He weighed 135 lbs when we met in 1992. Now he just tries to keep his weight under 200 lbs.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1611470)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor

Zsa Zsa used to love our Boston fern, but alas her love was unrequited.
The fern never loved the cat!


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