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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 5, 2017 at 5:32pm

I very much like fresh octopus; I don't think I have ever had canned. I'm not sure I want to try it. Maybe if someone else buys it and I can get a taste of it. 

Comment by Patricia on November 5, 2017 at 1:03pm

Yes, some terminology leaves a lot to be desired.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 5, 2017 at 12:59pm

Patricia, I'm not sure which is tougher.

I've resolved the question of what the canned cephalopod is.  I looked for some from Peru (where the can I bought was from), and see that they sell "octopus style" calamari.  I finally realized that's what my can meant when it said "style/prepared from calamari", so it's not octopus, it's squid.

Comment by Patricia on November 5, 2017 at 12:50pm

Spud, was the canned or frozen tougher? I've only tried the restaurant cooked so no idea what doing my own would be like..

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 5, 2017 at 12:40pm

Reading the talk of pumpkin pie made me buy a Marie Callendar pumpkin pie a week ago.  Tasted good, so I bought another a couple of days ago.

I also saw a Kroger pumpkin pie ice cream, bought it, and it's good also.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 5, 2017 at 12:32pm

I enjoy fried octopus and buy it frozen.  When shopping two days ago, I spotted canned "OCTOPUS", but in smaller lettering below that, it said "style/prepared from calamari", and in the ingredients list, it said "Giant Calamari".

Now I was fairly certain the calamari and octopus are different.  and I don't buy calamari anymore because it's too mild for my taste.  I figured this was calamari (squid), not octopus, but I bought it anyway to see.

I fried it, and it had the strong flavor of octopus, but appeared to be squid.  I checked online, and octopus is not calamari (squid), giant or not.

I'm now going to try frying "fresh" or frozen calamari again to see what's what.  I think I fried it in the past and it didn't get the strong flavor of octopus.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 1, 2017 at 12:11pm

Sodium bisulfite and sodium sulfite, common food preservatives, kill friendly bacteria in your gut. I know they're used on dried fruits. The article mentions sulfites in wine. 

Sulfites inhibit the growth of four species of beneficial gut bacte...

It is therefore not unreasonable to consider that the average consumer is often subject to levels well over the amount generally regarded as safe.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 30, 2017 at 9:33pm

Joan, that sounds like a fantastic culinary spread!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2017 at 7:26pm

Daniel, your cast iron pots, and pans have an honored place in your home; the cabinet stands proud, beautifully done! The colors look just right, the workmanship is just outstanding. 

The pizzas look delicious, with beautiful arrangements of potatoes and artichokes. 

We had a family dinner Saturday and Laura and Larry make the most amazing host. Larry made fried chicken wings with Frank's hot sauce; oh! my hot lips still feel the heat. He also put a couple of racks of ribs in the smoker. Laura made her wonderful vegetable and fruit trays. Michelle made an outstanding potato salad, Laurie made chocolate brownies and lemon squares. Guests brought cabbage salad and baked beans. We had 15 people. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2017 at 7:10pm

Daniel, you need not worry about causing people stress for closing down groups, you gave us plenty of warning, and it was up to us to do what we wanted to retain those items. You do a fantastic job of moderating your groups, and I don't see any reason why you should feel anything but relief. 

I know and understand your goal of getting away from the news and current events that cause you depression. You have every right and responsibility to manage what you want to see. You never made any undue calls on me to tame down my comments since I am at the opposite end of the teeter totter as you. I want to know what is going on and who is generating so much chaos, and I want to have a voice in response. 

Dear friend, I want you to be able to manage your subject matter. I will not impose my curiosity on you. If I fail in my pledge, you have every right to call me on it. I honor your request. 


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