Food Facts & Lore, Monday Magazine

The Monday Mag – May 16, 2016

In This Edition Of Our Weekly Magazine:

  • Like Gagh For Klingons
  • Got Lemon? Make Potato Crisps
  • Should You Bring a Hostess Gift To a BBQ?

Our Favorite Quote Of The Week ~ “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” ~Dr Seuss

Like Gagh For Klingons ~ Even if you are not a fan of the classic Sci-Fi series Star Trek, you know about the Klingons. Perhaps you also know about Gagh (sometimes pronounced Gawk), a Klingon delicacy consisting of serpent worms. Raw, mind you. Should gagh suddenly become unavailable, the Klingon empire would surely crumble to a slow, morose state. Here are 4 “delicacies” of sorts from our own realm that you may remember from childhood, but will never taste again. In some cases, that’s a good thing. Clearly, you’ve survived. Savor the memories and live long and prosper.
1) Heinz Baked Beans Pizza
2) Jell-O Pudding Pops
3) Nabisco Swiss Cheese Crackers (our favorite)
4) Planters Cheez Balls

potato crisps recipe

Got Lemon? Make Potato Crisps ~ Lemon is like green tea: it shows up all over the Internet in list after list of uses and benefits. From the laundry room, where it is used in lieu of color-safe bleach, to your morning routine, when you use lemon juice to soften dry skin, lemon may be the one fruit with the most diverse uses. We say, take a break from all of those chores and concerns and make yourself a snack of crisp, satisfying home-made potato chips. These are made with potato peels, so use the potato itself in a favorite dish for a bit of added pampering. The quantities you use are up to you.

Preheat oven to 400. In a large bowl, coat potato peels with olive oil and lemon juice evenly. Spread in one layer on a baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes, stirring around after 5 minutes. Taste before you salt. Savor the real, rich, unadulterated flavor.

bbq etiquette

Should You Bring a Hostess Gift To a BBQ? ~ A BBQ may not be like a sit-down meal, and the setting may be more laid-back, but it is a true feat of entertainment and as such worthy of special acknowledgement. In other words, the hostess gift is a suitable gesture. Make it personal; for the host to enjoy: a bottle of wine or potted flowers for instance. Bringing a dish does not count. In fact, only bring one if this was agreed upon with the host, as in a pot-luck style meal. Finally, there is a saying about proper BBQ guest etiquette (yes, really, there is) that goes like this: “Open your mouth for conversation; open your mouth for food. Close it when BBQ-ing advice lands at the tip of the tongue.”

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