Baking Sweet Potatoes in Cast Iron Skillet

Baking sweet potatoes in a cast iron skillet makes them extra delicious. These I cut in half as they were so big. A 400 degree oven. An hour or ’til fork inserted tells you otherwise.

The apples were added later. They were on my Wordless Wednesday this week and yes, that’s Irish butter in the center of each Granny Smith Half. No other seasoning.

The Man Behind Me Laughed as I Photographed This

Last Friday I was invited to Grandparents’ Day at Michael’s school. I had such a wonderful time seeing his classrooms and meeting his teachers- but before that –

Coffee and doughnuts were served.

I had to look twice at the bottom left doughnut and yes, I pulled out my phone to document what I saw. The man behind me was laughing. I said, “I’m a blogger. I’ve never seen one before.”

Yes, it’s a Bacon Maple Doughnut! I didn’t sample it, just photographed it.

Beet Root Fries

Red beet fries. Just around the corner, I saw a painted sign on the glass window of Schoene-Burger and asked my son if he’d get some to try with me sometime. Tonight he came home after work with an order of Beet Root Fries. Still hot.

They were delicious.

https://schoene-burger.de/

Mushy Peas

Mushy Peas. Never ate them or even heard of them until today. We were browsing in World Market. I’m sure making them at home is superior to the canned version. A recipe below. Hoping blog readers who are familiar with them will leave a word.

Looked up Mushy Peas on Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mushy_peas

And here’s a link to Jamie Oliver’s recipe for fish and chips and mushy peas.

https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fish-recipes/fish-chips-and-mushy-peas/

Fruit Variations

Three photos-variations on Fruit- pastries, a bowlful and a single red apple.

Mark brought a pastry box filled with “fruits” from Mozart’s Austrian Cafe down on High Street in Columbus. The peach had marzipan inside. I checked out their menu and plan to get a piece of apple strudel before I return to Pittsburgh. Their dessert descriptions are enticing. You can eat in their restaurant, too. Piano bar.

Gluten free Tortes available

Esterhazy Torte
A traditional Hungarian torte, the Esterhazy is made from individually baked layers of flourless almond meringue filled with a rum-infused almond buttercream, and decorated with a distinct chocolate striped pattern.  7″, $35, Decorated $40

And at Mark and Erika’s home, on the same kitchen counter as the pastries sat a large wooden bowl filled with fresh fruit.

I chose one to wash and cut up into slices.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/variations-on-a-theme/

Flavor Preferences

Flavor Preferences. What do you like to taste? Is there a flavor you avoid or don’t like?

Is there a difference between a flavor and a taste?

Where do our preferences come from?

Who are the flavorists who add the flavors to what we consume? I’m not even getting into natural vs. artificial flavors.

People within the same family prefer different flavors. How they taste.

Some individuals detest licorice. Others love it. Cilantro? Spices? Peppermint?

If a family gets ice cream cones does everyone choose the same flavor?

Varieties of flavored waters, drinks and seltzers are big sellers.

Wikipedia -“Of the three chemical senses, smell is the main determinant of a food item’s flavor. Five basic tastes – sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami (savory) are universally recognized”

I regret not purchasing this particular drink flavor- I’d really like to taste it (seen at Thanksgiving where sold at the Gourmet Garage NYC). Seeing the photo in my phone reminded me I didn’t taste it. Thinking about rhubarb makes me salivate a bit(yep, I said that). My mouth water. I like rhubarb. The tartness. Next trip, I’m buying it!

I’m sure there are people who don’t like Vanilla. Chocolate. Strawberry. Garlic, Ginger. Cinnamon.

(see America’s favorite ice cream flavors)

http://www.foodandwine.com/news/americas-favorite-ice-cream-flavors

Favorite flavors of jelly beans by state available

https://www.candystore.com/blog/facts-trivia/jelly-beans-flavor-rankings/