20 Dec 2014 21:55
Any discussion of the history of soda tends to center around the "cola wars" between Coca-Cola and Pepsi Cola. Yet, other sodas and beverages not only were important competitors, but, at least in the early days, had a chance to compete with either of the soda giants, including Royal Crown Cola and Moxie. Then, there were the oddballs that sometimes attracted the attention of the major players. One of these was Yoo-Hoo, the iconic milk based non-carbonated chocolate drink made by the Yoo-Hoo Beverage Corporation. I have fond memories of Yoo-Hoo, growing up in the 1970's, and it still has a certain appeal, just milk-chocolatey enough to taste good, but watery enough to be refreshing instead of heavy. Before my time, however, there was a competitor to Yoo-Hoo, that wasn't exactly competition….
19 Dec 2014 20:12
Although we now think of it mostly as a sandwich spread, mayonnaise, during the 1800's was more often used as a sauce or a salad dressing. It is, after all, one of the French Mother sauces. Mayonnaise recipes appearing in early cookbooks were of many varieties and flavors, and were usually intended specifically for use on salads or other food items, including meat, poultry, fish, or vegetables. Readily available mayonnaise, that would not spoil quickly or easily separate, helped to change this, and caused mayonnaise to become more of a generic and uniform food in the US, to be used more often, including on sandwiches and burgers….
18 Dec 2014 23:06
When Taco Bell retired the famous "Yo Quiero Taco Bell" Chihuahua in 2000, which had since 1997 become a cultural icon, rumors spread that the Taco Bell Chihuahua had died due to a tragic accident on the set of a commercial. People said he had been crushed by a camera, or a light. There were even rumors that Taco Bell had put a hit on the dog actor rather than to finish the contract with its owner. All of these rumors, of course, are ridiculous and had nothing to do with why the commercials stopped running. Indeed, many chihuahuas could have been used to fill the part left by a late canine actor, as is common in the animal acting world….
18 Dec 2014 20:29
Sloe Gin, used in the classic Sloe Gin Fizz, is not a type of gin, but rather a gin liqueur that is flavored with slow berries (Prunus spinosa). The berries are steeped in gin to extract their flavor, sugar is added, and the resulting liqueur is filtered. Sloe gins used used to be made, in small batches, in the home, as used to be common along the English countryside. Today, it usually made commercially and may be based on a neutral grain spirit rather than gin, although gin will, by far, allow for the most flavor. Many modern sloe gins may use a sloe gin flavoring compound rather than actual sloe berries….
08 Dec 2014 21:55
A stockpot is a very large and deep pan with straight sides. They are used for simmering large amounts of liquids and their size allows you to fit in all the stock ingredients you will need to make a stock. You can use a stock pot any time you need a large capacity pot for holding a lot of liquid, such as boiling pasta. Some stockpots come with spigots near the bottom, so that liquids can be drained off safely without the contents within the pot coming out with the liquid….