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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Day 13: National Gluten-Free Day

How cruel Mother Nature can be. From 60 degree temps to snow and temps closer to zero. Evil! Mean! Thankfully I was off today, so I could sleep in. After a couple of cups of coffee I headed to the apartment where I primed a wall or two and tried my best to scrape crap off the floors. 

Exciting, that's me.

After a few hours I gave up on fixer upping and dragged M to Nine Pin to start on our 26er Challenge. The first cider was Blueberry Pancakes, made with New York State blueberries and maple syrup. Not bad. Followed that up with a flight of all of their ciders, and my gluten free item of the day was complete.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Day 12: National Glazed Donut Day

I think the word was out that today is glazed donut day. But I'll take the glazed twist. It's like bicho bicho... except a different sugar coating.

I wonder if they make these in store. Not a sign of Rockland Bakery in sight.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Day 11: National Milk Day

I write this after I've used up the last of the half & half in the house. I suppose I could break into these in a pinch, but no. I have these cans set aside for a future batch of leche flan. Perhaps sous vide.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Day 10: National Bittersweet Chocolate Day

Another day to celebrate chocolate. 

During the first lecture of one of my pastry classes we covered the origin of chocolate and the different types. Unsweetened chocolate, as the name implies, has no sugar and is just pure chocolate. Bittersweet has at least 35% pure chocolate and some sugar. Semisweet also has at least 35% pure chocolate, but adds in cocoa butter along with sugar.

Depending on the country of origin, bittersweet may also be labeled as dark chocolate. What's important is the percentage of pure chocolate. I like the dark chocolates, but nothing too bitter. Usually go with something in the 50% range. Higher than that would be best used in cooking, not eating.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Day 9: National Apricot Day

Are they even in season right now? Can't recall having a fresh one. 

Dried apricots.

Better than prunes.