2013-08-30 Fabulous Friday Finds

North Dakota State Capitol, Bismarck
North Dakota State Capitol, Bismarck

Hey, all you awesome people who come read this blog — regulars and newbies alike. We probably don’t ever say this, but generally, we’re glad you stop by. So we thought we’d give you some more things to read and think about — and a state capitol you’ve probably never seen. Fun fact — in some tourism studies, North Dakota is the least visited state in the union. That may be because you think it’s frozen tundra all year round. It isn’t, I promise. I (Mary Kate) lived there for 5 years, and it’s definitely worth a visit. And no, I don’t care if you think I’m crazy — I am also right.

On a less fun (and MUCH grosser) note, were you taught to wash chicken before cooking it? I was. Many cookbooks of great repute also suggest it. A new public service campaign from Drexel University and New Mexico State University says, in short, “DON’T.” Want more information? Check out the NPR story, too — featuring Julia Child.

On a much sweeter note, I am intrigued by these raw turtle brownie bites. I need a few ingredients, but I have to say, I’m so far pretty impressed by some of the raw desserts I’ve had.

Our kale whisperer friend has also been particularly gifted with zucchini this summer, and I’m thinking I’m going to try to do this in the next day or so, because I have some zucchinis to use up, and I’m missing fried food this week.  Check out the Courgette/Zucchini Fritters on lucysfriendlyfoods, I’ll just have to sub out the flour for gluten-free flour.

I also got pointed to a new source for sorghum flour that has different varieties besides white sorghum flour that look really interesting. I wasn’t aware there was such a thing as Black or Burgundy sorghum flour, or that you could get sorghum bran.  I’d be interested in seeing what the flavor and texture differences are.

And lastly, since I’ve been playing with fermenting to make sauerkraut and Sriracha, maybe I should investigate doing my own Fruit Scrap Vinegar, especially if I decide to make jam or applesauce or apple butter in future adventures in canning.

Hope you all have a great holiday weekend and that the weather’s good wherever you are.  If you find cool stuff, please share!

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