argh. I wrote this huge lead-up to this recipe and LJ ate it when I hit the delete button on something and it thought i meant "previous browser page". grrrrrrrrr. Coudal Signals lead me to Tastespotting's gorgeous food photos (that if you click on them take you to a recipe) made me miss the Sponsored Letter Supper Club. Three friends and I have been getting together every Wednesday, grilling dinner and watching Top Chef Masters (okay, so the two boys grill, and the two girls make other things). My friend challenged me to make something from Tastespotting and as soon as I saw a watercress soup, I knew what I was going to make. I encourage you to read the lead-up that Terry B. wrote in his entry as it talks about Anthony Bourdain's love of vichyssoise and the origin of the soup.
If I did this again, I would add more watercress because I love it. If you've only ever had raw watercress, try it cooked. It's much more palatable. My food processor didn't give me a smooth, creamy soup, but if I strained it then I'd have lost the beautiful dark green flecks of watercress. I added little of the half & half (not even a cup), and that was an attempt to make the soup a bit smoother, but taste-wise, it wasn't necessary.Watercress Vichyssoise
(from Terry B. of Blue Kitchen)( RecipeCollapse )
I watch a lot of TV. Sometimes it' s just something on in the background while I do chores around the house. Sometimes it's appointment television (yes, even in this day/age there are still shows that harder to find online than others...and I've mostly stopped youtube, etc. streaming except for Dr. Who/Torchwood). Suffice to say, if I had less time on my hands, I definitely wouldn't watch everything that I do. The following though are things I still would make the time to watch. Note: these are only the series that are still in production.Friday Night Lights
- If you've never watched this, you really ought to. Early seasons are even on Netflix Instant. It's not much like the movie (a good thing) and not as football focused as you might think. More, it's awesome acting/writing and an awesome study of families and interrelationships. Justified
- New on FX. Timothy Olyphant as a modern day US Marshall that woulda done better in a previous century. Supernatural
- Yes, the huge multi-season arc just ended and the original creator/writer is taking a back seat, but I'm still hopeful that next season (it's last) will live up to the awesomeness that this series can bring. And sure, maybe the main guys have more hotness than talent, but the supporting cast is pretty awesome.Community
- Of all the NBC Thursday night comedies, this is my favorite. Some eps are better than others, but it's always good for at least one or two awesome laughs, often more.Chuck
- Comedy, action, drama, romance. This show has it all!Psych
- Lots of quips and pop-culture references made by these fast-talking detectives. They even started an episode at a pet store, petting bunnies! "You brought me all the way here to get hopped up on bunny love so you could spring this on me and I wouldn't make a scene!"Burn Notice
- I bet the cast has a lot of fun running around Miami and I'm sure the specialFX people love how much shit they get to blow up. It's a good ol' hour of action with informative "spy" voiceoversSons of Anarchy
- Katy Segal and Ron Pearlman as the parental figures to a biker gang. Throw in some Hamlet and c'mon you know you want to watch. Not to mention seeing one of the Chicago Hope doctors as a slimy white-supremacist cigar-store owner.
| So butter tarts are these exclusively Canadian delicacies. They're described as pecan pie filling without the pecans on top. Mo, my very good (Canadian) friend hasn't been back to Toronto in a while and I think all of the Vancouver Olympicsness had him missing Canada.... or at least the butter tarts. They're stupendously easy to make, the hardest part was cutting out the circles of pie crust. Oh, and finding a circular cookie cutter -(four stores!!) I ended up getting one from Cost Plus for $0.99. Cost Plus is awesome (and I refuse to call it World Market).
I love baking, but don't have a rolling pin, so I've never made pie crust. I bought two different types, both from Pillsbury. One was frozen Pet-ritz and came in it's own pie tin. The other was the refrigerated version
where the dough is rolled like a Fruit Roll Up. I discovered that dough already in a pie tin is much harder to get out of the tin and difficult to cut up, however it browned up more nicely and I think was flakier. Pillsbury apparently makes a refrigerated Pet-ritz
, but I didn't see it. In the end, my friends didn't seem to notice the difference between the two crust types as they were much more concerned with the yumminess of the filling. Since the filling is quite sweet, I would lean towards a saltier/less sweet type of crust. I prefer my tarts on the gooey side and without raisins. I used dark brown sugar.Be warned
: butter tarts are quite addictive and very
bad for you.
The recipe yield said ~2 dozen, but I got closer to 4 dozen and used up 3 pre-made crusts of 9" each. Butter Tart Filling
from M. L. Grant
1 1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c Karo (corn syrup)
3 Tbsp melted butter
1 c raisins
2 tsp vinegar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
(1) Cut out 4" circles of pie dough and place in paper muffin cups in muffin tin
(2) Beat eggs
(3) Add sugar, syrup, & butter to eggs and beat
(4) Add raisins, vinegar, salt, & vanilla and mix
(5) Fill crusts 2/3 full (filling will bubble in oven)
(6) Bake until pastry is a light brown
15-17 mins for runnier tarts
18-20 mins for firmer tarts
(7) Let pan cool ~10 mins then move tarts to cooling racks and let cool fully.
(8) Store in an air tight container. Eat within 5 days.
So I tried out two recipes this past weekend and they turned out pretty spectacularly. I've decided to start posting the recipes on here as over time I misplace them or lose them (ie. i have to wipe my computer and all the recipes i bookmarked are no longer there). I also have some handwritten ones that I've gotten from random places and I'm sure that one day they will get lost during a house move. Anyways....away we go!!
Cha Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork)
This recipe comes from The Complete Encyclopedia of Chinese Cooking edited by Kenneth Lo (1979). My Aunt Min bought this book way back when and recommended this recipe for making cha siu. My local market had pork butt on sale for $0.99/lb so it was totally cheaper to make than it would be to buy it premade at the Chinese market (~$6/lb). She usually uses pork tenderloin, but it turned out just fine with the pork butt.
I doubled the marinade recipe as I had ~3.5 lbs of meat and let it marinate over night (~16 hrs), turning the meat in the morning and a few times during the day before cooking to make sure everything got exposed to the marinade.
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp dry sherry
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ginger juice - I used my Microplane to finely grate the ginger and added that; similar effect can be obtained with a garlic press
2 Tbsp clear honey
1/4 c sugar
1-2 cloves minced garlic
2 lb pork butt, cut into 2x2x4" chunks
(1) Mix soy, sherry, oil, salt, ginger, honey, sugar & garlic
(2) Add pork and leave to marinate at least 6 hrs in the fridge, turning meat occasionally
(3) Place pork on wire rack in a roasting pan. Roast in oven at 350F oven, basting with pan juices frequently
(4) Turn meat after 20-30 mins so all sides of pork can be nicely browned. Will take 40-45 minutes to cook 2x2x4 chunks.
These quotes aren't from a friend but from the NPR talk show, Car Talk.
my favorites of the... Alternative Ways of Calling Someone Stupid
- Got into the gene pool while the lifeguard wasn't watching
- It's hard to believe he beat 100,000 other sperm
- Living proof that nature does not abhor a vacuum
The rest of the list can be found here
"I would keep a paralyzed bunny. Feed it from a bottle, and just sit it there on my desk and force it to be petted. I would name it Stephen Hopking. It would be rad."
After seeing this photo of a pygmy rabbit
with the caption "Our little bunny only graced our presence for a few days before a freak accident paralyzed it and took it away from us."
"Visually, there's not much difference between chili and dog food. I find this disconcerting."
if rabbits couldn't have chocolate, then why would they make chocolate bunnies?
"I'm learning from my past relationships. I'm evolving...like a Pokemon"
"I like Miller Light. It makes me feel like I can drink a lot."
that same professor...
"You can easily grow E. coli in a small flask in your lab for 10 cents; in contrast, elephants as an experimental organism take up a lot of space and are rather expensive to maintain as a breeding colony.
Mice...cost $0.25-$0.50 per animal a day...The species we often are most interested in learning about, humans, are not amenable to directed breeding or experimental genetic manipulations and are even more expensive than mice."
My bunny has a second name, it's
okay. i lied. my bunny doesn't have a second name. i just call him "bunny" (mind you, that's a lowercase b, not an uppercase B). i thought of various names for him...but nothing seemed to fit. so after a week of calling him "bunny" (as in, "here, bunny, have some carrot" and "silly bunny, stop licking the bathroom floor"). and it just worked ever so much better than any name i could think of. maybe also because it's similar sounding to Buddy (the name of my first rabbit). I slipped once, and called him Buddy, but I don't think he noticed. I adopted him almost 3 weeks ago from the Sacramento House Rabbit Society (the headquarters of the national chapter is in Richmond...it's where Ryan got his bunnies...www.rabbit.org). They called him Checkers, but that makes me think of a presidential dog. Sorry no photos of him yet. Honestly, I don't think photos do him justice. Since he's mostly black, it's hard to see the details. And pretty hard to see his personality as well (which he's got in spades, if I might say so).
anyways, mostly i wrote this post 'cause i wanted to write the subject line =P
my non-science friend on why people are more worried about bird flu than west nile:
"Well, flu sounds bad. People don't like the flu. West Nile sounds like a gated community in Africa. Which might be shady, but hey, it's gated, so it can't be too bad."
"A three-way is a lot harder to obtain"
Recombinant DNA prof again, this time during a review session, and, I'm pretty sure, unintentionally.
I like my Recombinant DNA prof's sense of humor. Class is at 7:30am, but there are some mornings when he definitely makes ms crack a smile. I'm taking a practice test right now, and some of the possible multiple choice answers are funny:
Northern analysis allows one to determine...(choice e) the direction of Canada from the United States.
Methylation interference analysis ...(choice f) occurs when the head of the lab looks over your shoulder as you perform the experiment.
So I've found a few places to study that are not my house and not lab. My house isn't productive for obvious reasons. Lab isn't productive because I feel like I should be doing labwork and my desk-space isn't so great. Worst of all, the humming machinery really gets to me.
One good spot is in a lounge/study area in the building across from mine that holds all of the teaching labs. The building is pretty new, so the place is nice. It has huuuuge windows. I go in the morning, before my 10am class or after my 9am. Just for an hour or two usually, but it's really good lighting and atmosphere. It's not too busy in the morning, though if I get there much after 9 it gets a little harder to find good space (ie. not sitting right next to somebody and feel like I'm invading them when I pull out my textbook, notebook, random assorted papers, note-cards, and possibly computer).
The other spot is in a cafe downtown (I drive there). It's got good coffee and is apparently the spot of choice for most grad students. It could totally be a Berkeley cafe. Like the downstairs of Milano if people didn't move around the tables. And the tables are made of wood, not stone. Anyways, I was there for four hours this evening after I got off work. I really like the 6pm-8pm time because the cafe is 3/4 empty as the people that were studying in the afternoon have gone to dinner, and the evening studiers are still at dinner. Then again, it was a Friday night =) But I like having space and not having to fight for a table, so I think I will make Friday nights a regular study time unless something really tempting comes up.
Surprisingly, I haven't had much coffee since school started. The first week I was having a cup every few days, but recently I've only had it when I've been studying at a cafe. I love the taste of coffee, but I find that I do better getting sleep than I do trying to force myself to stay awake with caffeine. And despite what I've learned from Kitri and Ryan, I still think that having coffee in the afternoon messes with my sleep pattern (and coffee in the morning often leaves me feeling nauseous by the afternoon). I'm sure I'll need to have coffee for the caffeine sake in the next week, but really...it's a stop-gap measure. I've been thinking of it along the lines of alchol. When I drink alcoholic beverages, its because I enjoy the taste, not because I want to get smashed.
"The manual's written in Chinglish or something"
Lecture today included ATP binding cassettes (= ABC transporters). For all my non-science friends...it's a bunch of proteins that move things from outside the cell to the inside.
Anyways, whenever I think about these, I always have this strong image of sitting outside of a cafe in Midlevels (Hong Kong). I'm at a little round, metal table, and the street running by is hella steep. So steep that there's not a sidewalk, but steps. I'm sitting there, reading about ABC transporters from my textbook - this was my first microbiology class ever - and I seemingly am remembering learning about these proteins in my Bio1A or Biochem class from Dr. Handel (No, I didn't remember, I had to look up her name just now).
One of those moments that has stayed with me, against all reason.
I've said before that one of the driving forces in my life is the pursuit of happiness. [gah, now it makes me think of that uber cute Will Smith movie. whatever. back to topic] But what all goes into happiness? It's an individual equation, and one that many of us have/are struggling with. In the past few years, our initial dreams and aspirations have begun to bear fruit and we're able to, or forced to, step back and think about the direction of our lives. While some realities have met the expectations of our college years, enough have fallen short that there have been changes in those career plans that once seemed so certain. Some are smaller than others, but there's still a decent amount of soul searching and clothes rending.
Job satisfaction as a measure of happiness. This can't be something just coming out of our generation, though I don't know if it goes back to our parents'. Live to Work, or Work to Live? I remember in high school...just wanting enough money to go out and have fun. But I knew, working some retail job and making ends meet was never going to be for me. Not like I'm going to make lots of $$ working in academia, but I can't see myself in industry. Either way though...in this field, you have to have a PhD if you want to do research. And it's also a case of "the more I know, the more I realize I don't know."
So am I happy now? Not really. Hopefully I'll hit some level of contentment/comfort while I'm here, but I view grad school as a necessary evil for my future happiness. Mostly it's the course work that's killing me. The lab work is more interesting. I've let myself drift away in this past month, but I need to keep my eye on the goal. I need to pass the classes, I need to find a good lab. I do want this, and I can do it.
one thing students and homeless people have in common: taking naps on concrete surfaces
You regular Quoteboard readers/sources know that I get the quotes from things my friends (and occasionally, I) say. However, this special edition of the Quoteboard is devoted to that decades old quotable, The Fortune Cookie.
The past few years I've saved many of my fortune cookie fortunes and had them adorning my hall closet door. A few are actual fortunes, some are pithy sayings, some are advice, and some are just stupid. Like many other things, these aren't moving with me, so here they are for future (and present) laughs. Don't forget to add "in bed". :-)
Last night I had a going away party in my nearly empty apartment. It wasn't a big affair, only 17 or 18 people showed up, but it was a nice time. A few people I hadn't seen in quite a while came by (yeah, Isaac, I'm talkin about you). It's always kind of funny to mix worlds. A few of the people last night have heard quite a bit about others there...so now there are faces to go with the stories/gossip. hehehehe
I love having parties, but I realize that when I've been drinking, I tend to go and hang out with my closest friends instead of spending time with those I see less often. sigh...this is one hostess that does better if she's not drinking that much. Though I was good yesterday and didn't drink all that much. Too much drinking the night before. hah. Wow, two nights in a row for me...been a while since that happened.
Now there's a few people left to see in the next few days and one last load to take to Davis where I shall remain. Crazyness.
Where has the time all gone to?
Haven't done half the things we want to.
Oh well, we'll catch up some other time.
This day was just a token.
Too many words are still unspoken
Oh well, we'll catch up some other time.
Just when the fun is starting
Comes the time for parting.
Let's just be glad for what we had
And what's to come.
There's so much more embracing
Still to be done, but time is racing.
Oh well, we'll catch up some other time.
"A pizza without meat is like a vagina without a hole"
"If brain cells were like gasoline, you wouldn't have enough to power an ant's go-cart around a cheerio."
people sometimes use my last name in lieu of my first name. however, it's only ever guys that i knew in high school. i think once has someone else used my last name, and it was an isolated incident during the course of our friendship. i was trying to figure out why this must be, and all i can think of is that in college, it is much less common to know someone's last name. you don't hear it in roll call, see it in yearbooks, have your class seated by last name, etc. as occurs during elementary/secondary school.
Three months of joblessness and bumming around Berkeley/SF, trying to eat at all the places here that I love or always wanted to try (Van Kleef, Tartine, Simply Greek, Sea Salt, Olivia's). Trying to do things that I never got around to (Blake Garden, kayaking in Tomales Bay, Jazz at Pearl's, beach bonfire). And as much as possible, kicking it with friends that I hope will visit me when I'm in Davis (though knowing that those visits might be few and far between).
Three weeks ago I helped Dan, my last freshman year friend here in Berkeley, pack up and move out. Crazy memories. Now I've really got a reason to go visit Chicago.
Two weeks ago I started seriously looking around at furniture and beds and the like. I intend my new home to be adult home-like and not college student masquerading by buying furniture at Ikea home-like.
Last week I got the keys to my new place in Davis. Moved in some furniture. Painted two bedrooms (okay, mostly Ryan painted, and I tried not to go too slowly as I learned how to paint). Moved up more stuff with Suz. My studio apartment is getting pretty empty. Still clothes and some food and lots of random papers that I need to sort. My bed's gone though and I'm sleeping on a worn out futon mattress on the floor.
Next week at I'll be up in Davis for good. Or at least, 4-6 years, good. One and half weeks by myself, exploring town, setting up home. One week of orientation, and then back to school. I'm ready to start learning again. Ready to get on with my life. I don't want grad school to be an extension of my undergraduate years as is occasionally wont to happen. I'm not a little girl anymore, and it's no use pretending or deceiving
"What she lacks in looks, she makes up in acne."
This morning one of my friends called me Weak, and i told him that that was why I always kept a man around. I was joking, but thinking about it for a second...it's totally true. Or has become so in the last few years. I always have a male friend that I can count on for practical things or companionship or those days when I feel like being the silly, helpless girl. Sure, my closest friends are female and there are things that my male friends can't/won't ever understand because of gender/racial differences, but i love having those guys I can count on.
I mentioned this to my brother, and he said that men will often do the same. A little part of me worries that I will always be that girl who is there in between the girlfriends. I'm not sad about it though, since obviously I benefit from the relationship as well. It does sadden me though when our run ends because unlike my female friends, these times of intense companship/communication do end. Usually because of a change in dating/relationship status. And it's hard to retain/regain the closeness that there once was. There are bits and pieces of it when we see each other... but I guess it's the frequency of our encounters that changes. I guess it just boils down to me missing my friend. Sometimes there's distance because of the new sig. other and I don't know if it's him or me doing the distancing, or if it's just a matter of there being less time and the sig. other taking priority.
So there was a physical board that I put quotes on. The board is the backing to an ikea wardrobe, and the quotes were written on post-it notes and stuck up there. I'm moving now though, so the board will 1) possibly be read by my parents and 2) get nailed to the back of the wardrobe since after 3 years it's losing some of it's structural integrity. Thus, the following are the few quotes that made it on the board before things went electronic.
"Bring your nipple forward"
on relationships/commitment: "Rach and Juan are like the pinnacle"
"And you need binoculars to see them?"
"No...it's more like a satellite going *beep beep*"
"She is high impact. He is not. You give him high impact, he shatters"
"You and I both have corrected vision. We should be friends."
"I can't believe we're comparing men to shoes, but it kind of works."
p.s. I think I'm going to start tagging entries, and am horrified by the prospect of back-tagging. Why, oh why did I wait so long?
"Similar to the ugliest dog in the world, which needs not to try to achive anything other than to exist, ugly furniture, in being handicapped, need not to make anyone too happy, but rather just be expected to support weight and accomplish nothing else."
I think all my friends are pyros...
"Birds of a feather..."
"...burn things together."
[in no particular order]
1. "Sally (That Girl)" - Gucci Crew
2. "Ice Ice Baby" - Vanilla Ice
3. "Me So Horny" - 2 Live Crew
4. "Wannabe" - Spice Girls
5. "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" - Puff Daddy feat. Mase
I'll update this periodically as I encounter more songs
And I'm not jealous, no I'm not
I just want everything she's got
You look at her so amazed
I remember way back when you used to look at me that way
Tell me what makes her so much better than me
What makes her just everything that I can never be
What makes her your every dream and fantasy
Because I can remember when it was me
- Paula Deanda, "When It Was Me"
I had a conversation with Grace the other day and she mentioned me not being jealous of other girls. But I do get jealous, horribly jealous. I guess I'm just better at hiding it, because I know there's nothing I can do about it. Those other girls won't stop existing, and I've never had grounds to be jealous (ie. I've never been in the situation where I'm in a serious relationship and some girl made a move on my guy), so I don't mention the other girls and I act like I don't feel threatened. These lyrics don't exactly express what I'm going through now, but the situation as it's been for me in the past, and I know will be in the future. Arrogant as it sounds, I know that I'm a "good catch", so it's always hard to know that I'm not what someone wants. It's even worse when I meet the girl and end up mystified as to why he's choosing to be with her instead. Sometimes it's a "Good riddance, I deserve better than that," and sometimes it's "Well, she is a better fit for him in some ways," but that doesn't keep me from wondering when I'm gonna find a man that's right for me.
spoilers abound, you've been warned.
After collecting the larvae from their normal environments, he relocates them to his studio where he gently removes their own natural cases and then places them in aquaria that he fills with alternative materials from which they can begin to recreate their protective sheaths. (link to article)
"He's sick...he's got the pussywhipped disease"
These were from different conversations, but they all happened tonight.
Broth is good for your soul. They both have "o"'s in them. brOth sOul. So they must match up.
You getting lost at sea would be like me movin' to India. Except I would talk to you less.
dude, i should totally b a rapper / and i should have invented the clapper / if the bith is a ho...you should smack her ... okay, that might not be a good line
I'm now in my second week of unemployment (by choice). I'm taking a few months off between working and grad school since I haven't had time without some sort of work or school since the summer after high school. My final day of work was totally crazy fun.
As to what I'm going to do with my months off (Davis is on quarters so they start at the end of September), I've got a whole list of places/things that I've always wanted to go to/do while living here and have yet to. I figure the list, combined with random chores, hanging out with friends, visiting my parents, reading, and being generally lazy, will keep me entertained for a while.
"You're going to not drink...for TWO HOURS?....On a Thursday?!?!"
"J____ was totally horrified that I had 2 condoms in my wallet." / / "So...was it used, or what?"
"Like men want breasts, I want chest"
"I was thinking: if I was any girl I know, I would faint" - regarding being in George Clooney's house and seeing him walk around in a towel after he got out of the shower
"Well, you know...moron and genius are synonymous these days."
Let me know if I got this wrong...but I know it went something like this:
"No one said anything about not cheating"
aka: I learned all I needed to know about love from song lyrics
"You can never win or lose if you don't run the race" - Psychedelic Furs
"It does also help to figure out if you're running in the right race though. And if the officials know that you signed up for that race" - me
There's something so eminently satisfying about knowing my friends' tastes in music and introducing them to a song or an artist that they love. Also good when you excitedly tell them about a song only to have them say something like, "OMG! That was my favorite song for a whole year"
I bought my first strawberries of the year on Friday. $0.79 for a basket from Monterey Market, a little place with the fresh produce of Berkeley Bowl but without the long lines and hippie checkers. The parking lot gets just as busy (it's smaller), but it has more of a mom & pop feel. They open at 9AM, but by 9:45 or so, the first rush of buyers and the big vendor trucks have left, and the parking lot is half empty. At least on a weekday. This morning I was telling Rach about it, and I said that we should go there when she came to visit.
And then I realized...by the time she comes to California again, I'll no longer be living in Berkeley. It's strange to think of trading one home for another. Seven years I've been here. I know the in's and out's. If I haven't been to a place, I've at least heard/read about it. Sure, I discovered a lot of Berkeley/Oakland/SF in my first three years here, but I think I've experienced more of it in the past two years. (I know, 3+2=5...but add on the half year I was in HK, and then the year that I think I spent studying...) And I feel, "How am I ever going to get to know Davis/Sacramento like this?" Sure, Davis is maybe smaller, and I have a car from Day 1, but still. All those hours exploring town instead of studying. Now I'll have to be a responsible grad student, and spend endless hours in the lab. All those hours reading blogs and websites with happenings about town. I fear such things will not be available with nearly the quality and quantity for my new home. And I definitely won't have the friends to join me in my explorations and escapades as I did in the early days when I could count on having at least one, possibly three or four people to whom I could propose excursions. Discoveries are somehow better when there's someone with which to share them. They say, "Home is where the heart is," and I feel that my heart will remain here for a while. Not only because on those most horrible days, I know where to go to cheer myself up with some good food or do a spot of shopping, but also because of the wonderful memories. Sure, I still have a few friends that will remain in the area, but visiting...well, it's not the same, is it?
Friends and lovers have come and gone through my Berkeley, and soon I will also leave. And my leaving will be someone else's memory...and eventually they will move on and there will be no one here that remembers me. I can see them though...the webs of people and of memories... I'll carry Berkeley and my memories with me as I go, as will others, and there's this huge network of filaments that will criss-cross the country.
while with a friend about chocolate having health benefits:
"kind of like the article i read about napping being good for you"
"of course napping is good for you. you're less likely to injure yourself or drink heavily while asleep"
if some members of the U.S. Chocolate Industry have their way, it will negatively change the quality of chocolate you love. Their plan is to change the basic formula of chocolate in order to use vegetable fat substitutes in place of cocoa butter, and to use milk substitutes in the place of nutritionally superior milk. These changes will have adverse effects on the eating, physical and nutritional quality of chocolate, and beg the question: What consumer benefit is associated with implementing these changes? The answer is…none.
Guittard, a fine Bay Area chocolate company, has an easy way to send a message to the FDA. Please do this by April 25th. http://dontmesswithourchocolate.guittard.com/howtohelp.asp
This is not a joke. The FDA docket number is 2007P-0085.