Month: January 2014

Chinese New Year’s Eve

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Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner at the Hunan restaurant (the only one on the island as far as I know).

They forgot to order it mild.

I got to the restaurant after The Cat, her mother, and The Cat’s business partner finished eating (I had a early evening shift at Willie’s). By the time I got to the restaurant the food cooled off. Ate one lamb lollipop, finished the vegetables, and took the pork belly home (beggars can’t be choosy).

Maybe I’ll look for frozen bao buns and make pork belly bao buns at home. 🙂

Happy year of the horse everyone!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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January 31 is National Hot Chocolate Day

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National Hot Chocolate Day

What’s the difference between Hot Chocolate and Hot Cocoa?

 Hot Chcolate uses milk or milk chocolate while Hot Cocoa uses only powdered cocoa

Daily Fact: Chocolate is the 3rd most traded commodity in the world. 1st is oils, 2nd is coffee.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1893 The Coca-Cola trademark was recorded.
  • 1930 Scotch tape was developed by Richard Drew of the 3M Company.
  • 1980 Due to record high sugar prices, Coca Cola begins substituting high fructose corn syrup for half of the sucrose (sugar) used in Coca Cola.
  • 1990 The first McDonald’s restaurant in Moscow, Russia opens.
  • 2001 Germany announced plans to destroy 400k cattle due to the mad cow crises. We know it now as Mad Cow Disease

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11-year-old girl’s cupcake business shut down

US Food Safety

by Doug Powell

Chloe Stirling, an 11-year old from Madison County, dreams of one day running her own bakery. Starting at such a young age, the sky is the limit for her baking dreams. And if state and local regulators have their way, that bakery will, according to the Illinois Policy Institute, not be in Illinois.

“Hey, Cupcake!” is Chloe’s first start at a business, and she did well enough to earn $80 a week. But Chloe has been shut down by county regulators for violating onerous rules that require an 11-year old baker to finance a brand new and dedicated kitchen.

According to Illinois state law, food business run from home can’t be run out of a home kitchen. For an 11-year-old to start toward her dream in Illinois, she needs to overcome piles of regulations. A completely separate kitchen must be set up and outfitted with mandated…

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