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October 22, 2005
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Too Many Chefs post of the week

Two posts diverged in a wood and I, I picked both and added a third.

A. Are you ready for Christmas? Hey! Hey! Stop throwing Halloween candy and Thanksgiving drumsticks at me. If you're going to do an authentic Christmas fruitcake, you should be getting your dried fruits all good and liquored up like She Who Eats is. You should be thinking about your Christmas puddings, too, you know. And really, if you want truly excellent Fourth of July Barbecue Sauce - Ow!

1. Christmas came early for me when Nic over at Baking Sheet took a suggestion/plea of mine and chronicled the care and feeding of a good yeasty starter. I'd read the La Brea Bakery cookbook and I have to say the description of making starter there sounded like a slightly less imposing commitment than having triplets. Nic shows us it doesn't have to be so bad and instead of sending the starter to college, you can bake it into tasty crumpets!

I. Another Christmas present was discovering Farid ZADI's Algerian Cuisine blog this week. I'm always looking for information about the foods of other cultures, and I have not seen many North African food blogs at all. His post on Loubia b'Dirsa, an Algerian White Bean Stew is typically well done. I may try a version of this recipe that substitutes squash or textured vegetable protein for the ground lamb/beef. The carnivores in the audience can try it as is.

That's the lot. Ho Ho Ho and all that. One more present is necessary and that's a package of World Series Rings for the Good Guys who Wear Black on the South Side. Go, White Sox!

Posted by Barrett in Maryland at October 22, 2005 4:44 PM | TrackBack

OOOOH! Thanks for the reminder, She Who Eats and Barrett! For the last eight years I've been meaning to make a proper Christmas pudding and each time it's mid-December and too late when I think of it.

Now I just need to source me some suet, vegetable or animal...

Posted by Meg in Paris on October 22, 2005 at 11:18 AM

Hi Barrett thank you for the kind words. I hope you enjoy the stew.

A bientot

Posted by Farid on October 22, 2005 at 5:05 PM

I noticed you are from Chicago and had to chime in - The White Soz are World Champions. BBQ at my house this weekend to celebrate!

Posted by Jeremy on October 27, 2005 at 3:47 PM