Flatware: Stainless or 18/10 or titanium or ????

I was looking at buying some new silverware/flatware for my house because somehow my spoons seem to be magically disappearing. (I think my old roommate lost a bunch & my new roommate hides them). Although my friends tend to through them in the fire pit occasionally as well.

Moving on, I did some basic research online and learned that gaining knowledge before a purchase of forks and knives is worth it. Buying flatware can be overwhelming quickly because there are so many varieties to choose from. Copper plated, gold plated, stainless, stainless w/nickel (18/10) and titanium. I’m sure there is more, but that is what I found immediately on my entrance into the abyss of utensils.

knorkThrough my research I learned that if you want to use the dishwasher, than it’s a good idea to throw out the idea of all plated materials and just buy stainless 18/10. 18/10 stands for 18% stainless steel(chromium) and 10% nickel. I found that almost everyone who went and bought standard stainless flatware or plated flatware were complaining in review after review. “My forks were ruined after 2 months of using the dishwasher,” “eating food with lemon juice changed the color of my spoons” etc….

Stainless steel with nickel although more costly can result in much less buyer remorse and greater longevity of happiness with your forks, knives and spoons.

In the end I’m looking at buying from Knork. What do you think? (Picture above)

 

Sauces

Got a new book today.

Sauces
“Classical and contemporary Sauce Making”
by James Peterson

I look forward to trying out some new sauces to up my cooking game.

I want to start experimenting with the french mother sauces.

 

The 5 French Mother Sauces

1. Béchamel (White Roux + Milk + Salt, Pepper, Nutmeg)

2. Velouté (White Roux + White Sauce)

3. Espagnole (Brown Sauces)

4. Sauce Tomate

5. Hollandaise

Fasting! Why it’s good for you.

fastingI read and watched a video on fasting food today, about how regular fasting during the month lowers your chances for alzheimers and other cognitive degenerative diseases. Fasting has the same affect on your brain as a healthy exercise routine and has even been proven to help children with epilepsy.

Whether you agree with what is said or not I think its worth 15 minutes of your time.

Check it out: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/12/11/neuroscientist-shows-what-fasting-does-to-your-brain-why-big-pharma-wont-study-it/

Opening Up Trade with Cuba

So I found an old paper I wrote in college about Cuba and the Embargo. If you have any interest at all in information regarding the embargo and why it isn’t legal to purchase Cuban cigars “Quite Yet.”

As of September 2015, Obama has been in speaks with Raul Castro to lift the trade embargo: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/u-s-cuba-thaw-relations-obama-castro-meet-u-n-n435621

BASIC HISTORY OF THE EMBARGO:

cubansThe Cuban embargo began with the overthrowing of the Batista regime and democratic government in Cuba by Fidel Castro. Castro with his fellow activist Che Guevara, led a military coup against the Batista regime in 1959 overthrowing the reign of Fulgencio Batista. Fidel Castro declared Cuba a socialist country in 1961 and ruled the communist country until 2008. The United States government declared a trade embargo against Cuba in 1960 and presently is still not trading with Cuba.

I believe that trade with Cuba should be re-opened and the trade embargo should be lifted to allow trade to occur once again between Cuba and the United States of America. The United States and Cuba have both been hurt by this embargo over the last fifty years. Cuba has lost a large percentage of its trade capital with the stopping of exports of sugar cane, nickel, and tobacco to the United States. Sugar cane has been the largest form of trade loss for Cuba, but other items exported from Cuba include coffee, seafood such as fish, mollusks, and crustaceans, citrus fruits, nickel, and tobacco. The United States has lost the ability to import these resources causing the government to look elsewhere for these resources. This has been very costly for the U.S. causing distribution to occur from distant locations as well as more locations. Opening up trade with Cuba would allow for coffee, seafood, citrus fruits, nickel, tobacco and sugar cane to be imported from a closer location. Sugar cane and Nickel are the largest resources exported out of Cuba and are the main reason why we must lift the trade embargo and open up trade with Cuba.

Import and Export information:

In 2007, the United States imported $826 million dollars worth of sugar cane from around the world. Three countries Brazil, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic, make up thirty-eight percent of the total U.S. sugar imports. […]

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