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41) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1654354)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Looked at your recipe - definitely a northern style cornbread.

Cornbread is delicious with both meat and vegetarian types of chili. I also like cornbread with grilled meats or with grilled summer vegetables. Cornbread is generally served with butter and honey.
42) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cooking for real (Message 1654230)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Well Chris. My brother is like you when it comes to eggs. Vulcanized. Nothing runny.

Bleh!
43) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1654218)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
This morning, after hearing all the Mericans talk about it, I decided to try baking corn bread. I found a Betty Crocker recipe on the web and it is very nice.


Northern or southern cornbread, or something in between???

Southern cornbread has very little sugar and is baked in a skillet.

Northern cornbread is very sweet and has a fluffy cake-like consistency.

Personally, I do not like either extreme. I shoot for something in between with a well browned crust, some sugar in it, but not a lot.
44) Message boards : Team Recruitment Center : Raccoon Lovers Want You (Message 1653969)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Raccoon Lovers!!!

The party never stops...
45) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Think Green (Message 1653951)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Awesome!!! The green beer is on Vic!
46) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Think Green (Message 1653949)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
LOL!!! I see that on this special day, everyone is Irish, even raccoons!!!

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY!
47) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cooking for real (Message 1653938)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Oh dear!!! I should have been more specific!!! Sorry, Umpteenth Snark, for misdirecting you.
48) Message boards : Cafe SETI : I have been impolite as of late..... (Message 1653908)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor

Raccoons are offended by nothing!
49) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cooking for real (Message 1653886)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
I went, flabbergasted by Umpteenth Snark's experience, to my go-to website for awesome cooking, Cook's Illustrated.

There was an article there called "Troubleshooting Hard Boiled Eggs" which I will copy here for you.

After boiling hundreds of eggs, we stand behind our method: Place eggs (large, extra-large, or jumbo) in a single layer in a saucepan, cover with cold water so that the water level measures 1 inch above the tops of the eggs, and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Transfer the eggs to an ice bath for five minutes and then peel.

Because the eggs cook via residual heat—an extremely gentle method—the whites should emerge fully set but still tender with yolks that are uniformly opaque but not chalky and without green rings around their edges (a sign of overcooking). This is because the eggs are exposed to the greatest heat for a short time at the beginning of the process when overcooking is not a danger. As time passes, the temperature of the water gradually drops and the cooking process slows and eventually halts after 10 minutes, when the water is too cool to cook the eggs any further. (The ice bath doesn’t stop the cooking; it simply chills the eggs for easier peeling.)

If your eggs turn out underdone, it is either because the saucepan and its contents are not getting hot enough initially or they are not retaining sufficient heat. To reach the proper starting temperature, make sure the water has come to an actual boil (large bubbles rapidly breaking the surface) before removing the saucepan from the heat and covering it. To properly retain heat, be sure to use a saucepan with a snug-fitting lid so the water will not cool too quickly, and use the proper amount of water—too little and the temperature will drop too quickly (leaving your eggs undercooked); too much and the temperature will not drop quickly enough (overcooking the eggs). Finally, it is important that the water be cold initially. Warm water won’t take as long to boil, which will shorten the time that your eggs are exposed to heat.
50) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cooking for real (Message 1653885)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
I just can't believe that grown up adults can't produce a hard boiled egg without following detailed instructions. God, I could do that at age 7 !!!

Chris, eggs are easy to cook, but very hard to cook well. Over cook the eggs and you end up with a sulfurous ring that is unpleasant. Under cook them and they are not what you want.

I tried this method, but alas, somehow got four eggs resembling very much soft boiled ones. Otherwise fine, but soft boiled eggs thoroughly cooled...

Really????

Did you wait for the pan to come to a full boil, not just a simmer???

Did you remember to put a lid on the pot once you took it off the burner???

Did you wait the full ten minutes before removing the eggs from the hot water???

Do you, perhaps, live at a very high altitude that might result in a lower boiling temperature for your water???

I have never had this method fail.
51) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cooking for real (Message 1653644)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
4. The second it reaches a boil (big bubbles coming up and bursting), remove pot from stove, place it on a potholder and cover it with pot lid.
5. Let eggs sit in hot water 10 minutes. Set a timer!

That's also a perfect way to cook fish.
Safe cooking we call it:)


I tried to poach fish once and grossly over-cooked it in the wine broth I was using. Next time I will try the off-the-burner approach.
52) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cooking for real (Message 1653606)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Yes, the fresher an egg is the harder it is to peel. Eggs that have been sitting around a couple of weeks have air pockets in them that help you loosen the shells when you are peeling the eggs.


I promise you that this method is foolproof for typically sized chicken eggs.

1. Place eggs that are at least a week old in a single layer in a pot.

2. Cover with one inch of cold water.

3. Bring water to a boil.

4. The second it reaches a boil (big bubbles coming up and bursting), remove pot from stove, place it on a potholder and cover it with pot lid.

5. Let eggs sit in hot water 10 minutes. Set a timer!

6. Remove eggs one by one, using kitchen tongs or a large spoon, and place them in an ice bath. Keep them there until they are cooled through.

Peel eggs.

Perfection.
53) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW # 233 My car's good for another year:) (Message 1653257)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Suck, squeeze, bang, blow.....

Merciful heavens!!!
54) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1653061)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
...death roll, baby, death roll!

Merciful heavens!!! Poor Kris!!!
55) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1652967)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
That bear cub is adorable!!!
56) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy Pi Day everybody! (Message 1652964)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
The most precise in 100 years

3/14/15 9:26:53



LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
57) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1652963)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor

Chris, I know what respect you have for rules...
58) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1652937)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
I am pretty sure that if there was a risk of something running out of a ditch and eating me, I'd keep a pretty close eye on the ditches.

Alligators, when resting in ditches, did not appear to me to be at all hungry. For example, an alligator spotted in a specific ditch along a highway in the morning was likely to still be there, in the exact same spot, sunning itself around 4pm when we were returning to our hotel from a day of sightseeing. Actually, I've heard that alligators would do very well at cocktail parties. They prefer foods they can eat in one bite! (If they catch something that is larger than a good-sized alligator bite, they wait for it to rot down to a more reasonable size.)

Do we have any Floridian or Louisianan readers of this thread? Am I painting an accurate picture of American alligators???

Anyway, I've heard that to catch something bigger than a large rat or an iguana who has had the bad luck to fall off a branch into a swamp, alligators have to pull bigger prey into very deep water to drown it, like crocodiles do! We've all seen that National Geographic footage, right, where some poor herd of herbivores is trying to cross some section of a river in Africa and all the crocodiles are just lined up there in the river waiting for the weak, the slow and the young tender ones to cross...

In general there would not be enough water in a ditch in Florida for an alligator to drown me, and most of my alligator spotting was safely from inside a car anyway.

Alligators and crocodiles are very, very, very old species. They are like living fossils!

Who WOULDN'T want to look in a ditch if there was a chance of spotting an alligator???!!!
59) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1652931)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Or humans, if Bears get the chance to put one on 'the menu', they aren't picky eaters really, since Bears are Omnivores, like people are.

I have come across occasional bears at Lake Tahoe in California and I have seen occasional bears where my in-laws live in Wisconsin. Bears don't really "want" to eat people, Vic. They would much prefer to eat the blueberries you are picking!!! My impression of bears is that they are much like skunks. If you give them a chance to go the other way, you will probably be just fine.
60) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1652850)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
A few days ago we saw two "new" raccoons in our yard and one of them was missing 3/4ths of his tail!!! I assume he lost it in a fight or that he had some sort of horrible accident. He looked to be in perfectly fine shape otherwise. Given the tail situation we pretty much had no choice but to call him "Manxie". The other raccoon who showed up with Manxie was soooooooooo big that he reminded me of Cilantro from many years ago. I decided that this other "new" raccoon had to be named Coriander, in honor of Cilantro's memory.

I put "new" in quotes when referring to these raccoons because Manxie seemed to recognize me. When I went outside to put a few grapes out for them, both raccoons bolted, but Manxie didn't go too far. Also, when I opened the window in a back bedroom to talk with my visiting raccoon friends, Coriander looked nervous and backed off, but Manxie just kept eating all the time I was chatting with him. Generally, raccoons who do not know me go immediately under the deck or entirely out of the yard when I open the back window to chat with them.

I have to assume that Manxie, and possibly also Coriander, are former kits that I had socialized a couple of years ago. Manxie might just have more memories of being here when he was a baby. Since they showed up together and left together, Manxie and Coriander are probably sibling brothers. Raccoons who show up by themselves this time of year might be boys or girls. Herman von Vermin, for example, who ALWAYS shows up alone, may very well be a Hermina von Vermina, just stopping by for a quick bite before getting back to her den to nurse her babies. Tiny Tim, who also ALWAYS shows up alone, may well be a Tiny Timathea. Time will tell. Timmy seems young and if she is a girl, she will doubtless have kits, but none of them may survive for very long given her age and size. If "Timmy" comes back next year with a few kits trailing her, we will certainly have to change her name!

Anyway, if Manxie and Coriander are former kits, then it makes me wonder where they have been or why they suddenly showed up for a visit the other night. A raccoon missing most of his tail is easy to identify, and it didn't look like this was a new injury. You would think that with such a distinguishing physical characteristic I would have noticed him if he had visited me as an adult before!!!

Where Old Manxie went after he stopped being a kit in our yard is unknown to me. How he lost his tail is unknown to me. What I used to call him when he was a baby is unknown to me. They look (and act) quite different as adults, so returning kits are very hard to identify as adults, unless they have some very special distinguishing feature like the scar Herman von Verman has on his shoulder or a white raccoon "uni-brow" like one of my kits years ago had. Snowball, for example, was definitely NEVER a kit in our yard. I can say that with complete confidence, as I would certainly have noticed a blond raccoon kit!!!

So what Old Manxie has accomplished, or not accomplished, across the course of his little raccoon life will never be known to me, his human friend.

Raccoons are just mysterious that way...


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