Category Archives: Food

Adding Salt to Your Coffee May Help

 

coffee(See my other Coffee related posts) – Do you add salt to your coffee? Well, if you brew a good cup of coffee you shouldn’t need to. In the video above James Hoffmann explains when and how you should add salt to your coffee. He uploaded the video to YouTube in May of 2020.

When should you add salt to your coffee? The time to add salt is when you are drinking a particularly bitter cup of coffee. Think that coffee you bought at the convenience store when you are getting gas. You take a sip and figure it has been cooking for hours. For some people, adding a little salt will improve that bitter taste.

How much should you add? Not very much! You will have to carefully add salt until the taste is better for you. The recommendation is to have a prepared saline solution. That is a solution with 20% salt – 80% water by weight. Just mix a little table salt with water. You can then add drops of this to your cup of coffee to reach the taste you are looking for. In his example, he added about 0.2g of salt to a 200g cup of coffee. So don’t pour salt into your cup. That will likely make the cup undrinkable.

Why does adding salt improve the taste? The salt can mitigate the bitterness of food.

The next time I am driving across the country I am going to have some saline solution along. If I buy a bitter cup of coffee I am going to give this a try. Nothing is worse than having a cup of coffee you have to force yourself to drink.

 

Further Reading

  1. Salt in Your Coffee? Here’s the Argument for Adding a (Tiny!) Pinch

USA, Nevada, Las Vegas – Crumbl Cookies

PeanutButterBrownie600x600(See my other Dessert related posts) – A few days ago a friend here in Henderson, NV mentioned that the best cookies ever came from Crumbl. We had never heard of Crumbl so we checked it out. We are glad we did.

The first Crumbl location opened in Logan, UT in 2017. There are now more than 70 locations in 11 different states. I checked and there IS a location near home in Pflugerville, TX (18817 Limestone Commercial Dr, Pflugerville, TX 78660). Their goal was to bake the best cookies.

After sampling a few I have to say that they are some of the best cookies I have eaten. My brother-in-law had a birthday coming up so we ordered a ‘Party Box’. This is a 12 cookie assortment of your choice for $27.48. Singly the cookies sell for $3.48.

Yes, that sounds a little expensive, but these are very large, very good cookies! We drove over to the location near UNLV (4700 Maryland Pkwy #135, Las Vegas, NV 89178) and let them know we were waiting. A young lady then brought the box out to our car.

These are LARGE cookies. Each is about 6 inches in diameter and half an inch thick. Many have a topping as well. I looked up the Oreo cookie on this week’s list. The nutrition info indicates a cookie is two servings. I agree with that! It comes in at 940 calories, 44 g of Fat, 166 g of cholesterol, 396 g of sodium, 8 g of protein, and 128 g of carbohydrates.

They were still warm when we picked them up. Unfortunately, they had cooled by the time we had lunch and finally started in on the cookies. They were still wonderful!

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So what kind of cookies do they have? The assortment changes every week. As I write this post the assortments for last week and this week are shown above. The Peanut Butter (A warm chocolate cookie stuffed with peanut butter dough topped with melted milk chocolate and peanut butter) is shown at the top of this post. There was a different set to select from when we made our order. We remember that there was a German Chocolate and a Carrot Cake in our order. Visit their website and salivate a little over the cookie descriptions.

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They also offer their own custom flavors of ice cream. I haven’t tried any of these. Shown to the left are the current flavors (though all sold out).

 

If you are looking for a different treat, and live near one of their locations, give them a try. The results will please your sweet tooth!


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Home Front – Wartime Recipes (5)

I always like seeing recipes from the WWII period. I am glad that I can reblog this post from GP Cox’s Blog.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 380 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

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Please thank Carolyn on her website for putting these delicious meals on-line! We often discuss the food our parents and grandparents dined on, despite rationing and wartime, they ate quite well – here are some of the recipes you might want to try out.

Now – you can even download her cookbook for free by clicking Right Here!!

Recipe 131: Kale and Bean Stew

Recipe 132: Pea and Potato Stew

Recipe 133: Baked Chips with Thyme

Recipe 134: Homity Pie

Recipe 135: Vegetable Au Gratin

Recipe 136: Kale and Potato Soup

Recipe 137: Trench Stew

1940,s Irish Potato Pancakes

Recipe 138: Irish Potato Pancakes

Recipe 139: Vegetable Soup

Recipe 140: Canadian Bake

Recipe 141: Savoury Meat Pie

Recipe 142: Potatoes in Curry Sauce

Recipe 143: Padded Pudding with Mock Cream + VIDEO RECIPE

Recipe…

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Is Caffeine Bad?

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(See my other Coffee &  Health related posts) – I saw the article “Is caffeine really bad for you? A doctor weighs in” earlier this month.

I like coffee so articles like this always catch my eye. The author relates the facts about caffeine she has discovered from a medical professional.

The gist of the article:

  • Who shouldn’t drink caffeine? – kids and the pregnant
  • How much caffeine should I consume? – no more than 400 mg per day
  • Will caffeine give me heart disease? – no, but those with high blood pressure should consult their doctor
  • Is it bad if I’m addicted to caffeine? – that depends
  • Are there any health benefits to caffeine? – Yes, short-term cognitive and perhaps (from antioxidants in coffee) a lower risk of cancer

If any of those questions/answers interest you, please read the article “Is caffeine really bad for you? A doctor weighs in” for more information.

Rebel Ice Cream, a great option on the Keto diet

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(See my other Keto related posts) – My brother-in-law made us aware of this new brand of ice cream. We have tried it and it is very good!

The Rebel Creamery currently has 14 different flavors of ice cream. The various flavors range from 4 to 8 carbs per pint – ideal for those on the Keto diet.

 

I haven’t sampled them all, but I do like the Peanut Butter Fudge, Mint Chip, Tripple Chocolate, and Cherry Chip.

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We were able to find the pints at WholeFoods and at HEB grocery stores (see above). They are a little pricey, but not too bad at $4.98. You can also order them online from Rebel. An 8-pint case is $47.92 with $7.99 shipping. If you order two cases the shipping is free. That is about $5.99 a pint. If you order a variety pack case the price goes up to $6.50 a pint.

The National Loaf from 1942 England

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Bread has been a common staple for most people for centuries. During WWII though, flour was in short supply in the UK. The solution was the National Weatmeal Loaf or simply National Loaf introduced in 1942.

This was a recipe that the government introduced that used all of the wheat grain including the husks. The result was a dirty gray, mushy, and unappetizing loaf. Few liked and it became commonly known as “Hitler’s secret weapon”.

The original recipe from http://thehomefronthousewife.blogspot.com/2011/11/recipe-5-national-loaf.html includes (note that the wartime ingredients would be wholemeal flour including the husks):

  • Potato Flour – 1740g
  • Salt Sea Fine – 140g
  • Tap Water – 4740ML
  • Vitamin C – 6g
  • Wholemeal flour – 5220g
  • Yeast – 210g

To make your National Loafs:

  1. Mix all ingredients in spiral mixer for 3/5 min
  2. Place dough in lightly oiled container, let rest for 45 minutes
  3. Knock back and let rest for another 45 min
  4. Scale at 1kg, first shape (round)
  5. Rest 10-15 min, then second shape
  6. Place bread in oiled baking tins, prove for 45-60 min at 28-32c
  7. Bake at 208c top 204c bottom, with 5-sec steam. Open vent after 25 min, bake for a further 25 min
  8. Remove from tins immediately and cool on a rack

That would make up a batch of 10 loaves.

A more modern, Americanized, and rationing free recipe can be found here. I suspect that the loaves from this recipe are much tastier.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 360 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

USA, Arizona, Flagstaff – El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

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(See my other Food related posts) – On our drive out west over the past few days we stopped in Flagstaff, Arizona for dinner. We picked the El Tapatio Mexican restaurant from those listed in the Google search as it was close to the Interstate (2004 E. Historic Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86004). It was a great choice! As they say on their website:

We pride ourselves as being an authentic Mexican restaurant with all our delicious entrees, dishes, appetizers and drinks. We have a tradition of excellence in our service as well as in our culinary style. Our plates have special recipes that will make you want to come back. We have six locations to serve you better.

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The exterior of the restaurant is rather plain, but the inside is very colorful. Because we are both following the Keto Diet, Fajitas are a good meal for us as long as we stay away from the tortillas.

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We were amazed at the platter of fajitas that were brought out. The iron platter was flaming when it was placed on our table. The mix of beef, chicken, onion, green bell pepper, orange bell pepper, and red bell pepper. These were the best fajitas we have ever tasted! Unlike many Mexican restaurants, we each got our own plate of rice, beans, and condiments.

If fajitas are not to your taste, the restaurant has many other items on its menu. El Tapatio was started in 2002 with a mobil food truck in Grand Junction, Colorado. In January of 2003 the first restaurant was opened. They now have six locations in Arizona and Colorado. 

We were so impressed with the food that we are already planning to stop there for lunch on our way home. If you like Mexican food El Tapatio is a great place to eat.


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Coffee – Have a cup for a better microbiome

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(See my other Coffee related posts) – I came across the article “Could more coffee bring a healthier microbiome?” recently and wanted to share it.

The essence of the article is that research indicates that caffeine consumption is linked to a healthy gut microbiome. This can help you with your overall health. Evidence is suggesting that the makeup of your gut microbiome can affect your health.

A recent study shows that consuming coffee can improve microbiome health. This result was presented at the American College of Gastroenterology annual meeting, in San Antonio, Texas on October 28, 2019. In the study, those participants who drank two or more cups of coffee per day had better gut microbiome profiles.

This looks like one more reason to enjoy a few cups of coffee each morning.

Celebrate National Chocolate Day

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This seems like a good day for all to celebrate – National Chocolate Day!. I’ve already had a couple of small pieces to help celebrate. As said on the website:

National Chocolate Day, on October 28th, recognizes one of the world’s favorite tastes. While many specific chocolate related holidays exist throughout the year, National Chocolate Day celebrates all things chocolate.  

Celebrate by consuming a little of your favorite chocolate dessert.

USA, Colorado, Vail – Bart & Yeti’s

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(See my other posts from our 2019 Road Trip) – While in Vail, Colorado we took time to have a bite of lunch. We chose Bart & Yeti’s restaurant and bar.

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It was very nice the day we ate there and were able to enjoy one of their outside tables. This is one of the only local pubs left in the valley and has been open for 38 years.

At first glance, you would think the name refers to the fabled two-legged hairy Yeti that is said to live in the Himalayan mountains. In fact, this place is named after two well-known dogs. The story about them on the website is very interesting.

rt2019-0213Their menu list quite a few items. We chose to share Nachos with chicken for our lunch. They were very good. If you are in Vail and want a bite, I would recommend stopping at Bart & Yeti’s.


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