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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 22, 2014 at 11:24pm

Carl, my daughter has Chicago Cutlery and I sharpen them every time I am at her home. Somebody uses them as a hammer or something because they have divots in them. It takes forever to get them out. We have had family conferences over proper care of knives, to no avail. I don't like to use the electric sharpener on them because it takes too much metal away; however, I probably take away as much by the time I get the blade to cut sharply.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 22, 2014 at 11:20pm

Carl, that man knows his art! His hands are so delicate, a real culinary cucumber cutter. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2014 at 11:18pm

Sk8eycat, according to Wikipedia:

Pumpkins, like other squash, are thought to have originated in North America. The oldest evidence, pumpkin-related seeds dating between 7000 and 5500 BC, were found in Mexico.[1][2]

The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon (πέπων), which is Greek for “large melon", something round and large.[7] The French adapted this word to pompon, which the British changed to pumpion and later American colonists changed that to the word that is used today, "pumpkin".[1]

The term "pumpkin" as it applies to winter squash has different meanings depending on variety and vernacular. In many areas, including North America and the United Kingdom, "pumpkin" traditionally refers to only certain round, orange varieties of winter squash, predominantly derived from Cucurbita pepo, while in Australian English, "pumpkin" can refer to winter squash of any appearance.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 22, 2014 at 11:04pm a Google recipe search.  I was looking for spiced apple butter, and found lots of recipes, but 75% of them called for using a slow cooker, which I don't have. 

There are all kinds of kitchen toys that would save me a great deal of money in the long run, BUT....they cost more than I can afford right now.  Or ever.

I'll bet you can make any kind of pumpkin butter you like in a slow cooker...IF you have one.

Speaking of pumpkins, I have been enamoured of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books since the first one hit the bookstores.  The main character cooks "pumpkin" almost every night for her family's dinner, and I'm wondering if it's what WE call pumpkin, or some African squash...(the stories are set in Botswana) or were pumpkins native to Africa and imported here hundreds of years ago. Or native to the Americas, and exported....etc., etc.  Does anybody know? 

Is anybody else in here hooked on the series?  The books are utterly charming, even if the main character does indulge in a bit of god-talk now and then.  There IS a cookbook based on the series, but I haven't seen it....YET!


I got hooked because one of my high school classmates was with the US state Dept in Botswana when they gained their independence from Britain, and fell in love with the people and the place.  He ran the Olympic torch with the Botswana team (through Burbank, of course) when they were here for the 1984 Summer Games.  He was a good friend (and temporary lover), and I still miss him.

Comment by Daniel W on September 22, 2014 at 10:14pm

Last year I cooked up some butternut squash, and used it to make "pumpkin pie".  It was really tasty.  No one would know it wasn't actual pumpkin.

Trade Joes has "Pumpkin Butter" which is great for crackers.  I need to figure out how to make some.

Comment by Daniel W on September 22, 2014 at 10:13pm

If I tried that, the result would be very pretty and colorful, with lots of bright red tinting to the cucumber.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2014 at 9:53pm

Yes, Pat, I also have a set of good quality knives (Chicago Cutlery) that I keep in good condition.  If only I had the skill to use them so artfully.  You're right, they need to be absolutely razor sharp to perform the type of maneuvers shown in the video.  I don't think mine are up to the task. 

Comment by Pat on September 22, 2014 at 7:51pm

Carl, I always, ALWAYS, keep my knives razor sharp. Now, if I only could figure out how to use them!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2014 at 9:11am

Amazing knife technique.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 22, 2014 at 7:38am

Sugar cream is the state pie of Indiana. Any pie is good. I may bake one today!


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