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This is Not Tequila

I ran by the liquor store this evening, in search of a bottle of tequila. To my dismay, I found they were out of my usual, El Tosoro Anejo–and it was too late to make it to another store before closing time. So I figured I would salvage the situation by trying something new. I googled for some ratings, and ran across Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol Anejo. It was highly rated, and they had a bottle that was cheap by highly rated anejo tequila standards. I got it home and cracked it open, and immediately realized this was something different.
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Categories: Beer, Wine and Spirits and Mexico.

Buddhacello, part 1

After I mentioned to Phil my success in making Limoncello using Persian limes (would that be limettacello?), he kindly offered up a Buddha’s Hand for me to try the same thing with. Buddha’s Hands are truly odd beasts — they’re a citrus fruit, but they have no pulp. It’s all zest and pith. And they look like an elder god. They smell somewhat lemony, but with strong floral notes — similar to the smell of some roses. After a bit of research, I discovered that the pith of the Buddha’s Hand isn’t bitter, which means I didn’t need to be
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Categories: Beer, Wine and Spirits and Food.

Rotten Brains

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on times past. Back in September of 1997, when the media found out about the various transmissible spongiform encephalopathies that can arise from eating neural material of infected animals, CNN ran a story specifically about the eating of squirrel brains as a delicacy in certain southern US states. The best part is the graphic they ran along with the story, which helpfully points out what part of the squirrel one should avoid eating: Have a pleasant new year, and watch out for those squirrels.
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Categories: Food, General, Health, neither-camelids-nor-goats, and United States of America.

Now We Have a Bailout for Parmigiano-Reggiano?

As reported in the Wall Street Journal (Hard Times for Parmigiano Makers Have Italy Ponying Up the Cheddar) and linked to from serious eats (Serious Cheese: Tough Economy Hits the King of Cheese), one of the all-time most popular (and tasty) cheeses is having financial troubles. I, for one, will definitely be doing my part and having some of the tasty cheese this weekend!
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Categories: Food.