Barley is highest in fiber of all grains……it has been cultivated for over 8000 years…and over 50% of the barley in the United States is used for beer………..February 6th is International Chopsticks DayAbout one third of the world uses chopsticks every day……Using chopsticks involves over thirty joints and fifty muscles in the fingers, wrist, arms and shoulders as well as thousands of nerves……..February 20th is Cherry Pie Day…….•Here's an idea: let's get over ourselves, buy a cherry pie, and go fall in love with life. - Tom Robbins •Sweet is the air with the budding haws, and the valley stretching for miles belowIs white with blossoming cherry-trees, as if just covered with lighted snow.- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow There are over one thousand varieties of cherries……cherries are best paired with herbs such as chives and sage and also pair well with ricotta cheese………
“We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.” - Anna Thomas
“Age appears best in four things: old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust and old authors to read.” ― Francis Bacon
E is for Exquisite……..And its gastronomical connotations, at least for me. When I hear of a gourmet with exquisite taste I assume, perhaps too hastily and perhaps very wrongly, that there is something exaggeratedly elaborate, and even languidly perverted, about his gourandism. I do not think simply of an exquisitely laid table and an exquisite meal. Instead I see his silver carved in subtly erotic patterns, and his courses following one upon another in a cabalistic design, half pain, half pleasure. I take it for granted, in spite of my good sense, that rare volumes on witchcraft have equal place with Escoffier in his kitchen library, and I read into his basic recipe for meat stock, a dozen deviously significant ingredients. - M.F.K. Fisher
Sauvignon Blanc is the 8th most planted in the world. Its herbaceous nature with flavors of dried herbs and capsicum pair well with artichoke, asparagus and anchovy carbonara; or try it with sautéed salmon or garlic shrimp……….Sauvignon blanc and cabernet franc are the parents of cabernet sauvignon……
“The secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out on the inside.” - Mark TwainFebruary 26th is Pistachio Day……..The people of India believe that pistachios are capable of warming your soul……Pistachios are loaded with more than 30 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients……….and they are very heart healthy………..
Linguine with Pecans and ZucchiniChop about ½ cup pecans and toast lightly. Cook 1 pound linguine, drain. Melt 2 tbsp. butter and 2 tbsp. olive oil and sauté ¾ of a pound of shredded zucchini, add 2 minced garlic cloves and cook until zucchini is tender. Toss with linguine and add about 1 cup of Asiago cheese. Season with salt and pepper.