FOOD 101: French Bread, Italian Bread, The Difference

[1] A basket of baguettes, made by Hewn Bread in Chicago. Baguette is the longest French loaf. [2] Note how these French loaves are shorter than baguettes. On the top shelf, slender ficelles appear to the left of batards, which are wider than baguettes. On the lower shelf, smaller bâtons in the front are wider…
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HOLIDAY: National Groundwater Awareness Week

March 11-17, 2018 is National Groundwater Awareness Week. What’s groundwater? All of our water comes from two channels: Surface water, fresh water sources on the surface of earth, such as rivers, streams, and reservoirs. Groundwater, which is contained in underground aquifers and underground lakes. Groundwater is replenished from precipitation, streams and rivers that seep into…
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RECIPE: Banana Bread Recipe & The History Of Banana Bread

It’s February 23rd, National Banana Bread Day, and there’s only one thing for us to do: Bake a loaf, with lots of chocolate chunks. We prefer making ours with overripe bananas [photo #3]: brown peel = more pronounced flavor. Our friend Beth swears by using frozen bananas (we haven’t tried that yet).     BANANA…
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FOOD 101: The Difference Between Crème, Creme & Cream

February 14th—Valentine’s Day—is also National Creme Filled Chocolates Day. But what’s with creme vs. cream? “Creme,” pronounced cream, is a mis-spelled, mis-pronounced Americanization of the French word for cream, crème (pronounced KREHM). It is used in the U.S. to make chocolates and desserts seem more special; i.e., French, without the correct French pronunciation and accent…
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