WHO You Hire Directly Affects Your WORK LIFE & HOME LIFE

Many of us are/have been in a position to select people to work with/for us. You keep race, religion, gender, sexual preference, disability and age out of the equation. When you are hiring someone, you depend on their A) RESUME, B) an INTERVIEW, & C) REFERENCES.
Education – where did they go to college? do they have advanced degrees? does their course work or degree apply to the position? what was their GPA?
Work Experience – have they worked in positions that apply to the position they are interviewing for? what were their job duties? what skills or means were used to reach their achievements? what were the things done that lead to failures?
B) INTERVIEW – did this person provide the documents requested (if applicable)? does this person avoid making prejudicial comments about race, religion, sexual preference, gender, disability or age? do they speak intelligently? do they give direct answers to your questions or do they try to steer you to a different topic? are they pleasant or do they get upset or defensive?
C) REFERENCES – do they have favorable references beyond their family & in-laws? do past supervisors/coworkers have good things to say about this person?

I Have A Question About Taxing Marijuana…

Why bring up pot on a foodie page? Because several states will be voting to legalize it for recreational use this November, and this would allow many like me to pursue an interest in learning how to cook & bake with it. Please note that I am far from being considered a casual user. In fact, I’ve smoked pot less times than I’ve had a winning lottery ticket. (Yeah, that few.) There’s just too much control freak in me to use it as a recreational drug, so I go through life au naturel with an occasional glass of red wine. I’m not against other people using it, as long as they are not operating a vehicle or heavy equipment. As a matter of fact, I’ve looked into getting a prescription for my mom if she ever loses her appetite (like some seniors tend to do). But I have a question.

Eight states will vote to legalize marijuana either for recreational (Nevada, Arizona, Massachusetts, Maine, California) or medical (Florida, Missouri, Arkansas) purposes in November.* Many states considering it for recreational use figure if people are going to do it anyway, we might as well get some tax dollars out of them. (To me, that line of reasoning could open the doors for prostitution, but that is a different discussion.) So if the use of recreational marijuana is legalized in those (above) five states, I’m guessing the tax on marijuana would be on par with the tax on cigarettes or alcohol. So here’s my question: since Illinois and Georgia are the only states taxing prescription medicine,** will marijuana be tax free for people with a prescription card? I propose this may well be the case, if the states are to continue to recognize marijuana as a prescribable substance with medicinal benefits. What do you think? I’d love to hear your opinions.

Works Cited

*Smith, Aaron. (2016, June 29). California among 8 states to vote on legal weed in November. CNN Money. Retrieved  http://money.cnn.com/2016/06/29/news/california-marijuana-legalization/

**Dumler, James R. (2015,  December  11). Which States Tax Prescription and Over-The-Counter Medicine? SalesTaxSupport.com. Retrieved http://www.salestaxsupport.com/blogs/industry/medical-industry-tax/which-states-tax-prescription-and-over-the-counter-medicine/

Collaboration Kitchen Behind the Scenes

Amy Pinn

My friend Amy Pinn

For several years, I have volunteered down in San Diego with a great group of volunteer chefs and guest chefs at a monthly pop-up dinner called “Collaboration Kitchen,” with all proceeds going to children’s charities. Here is Amy Pinn’s write-up on the January pop-up. Source: Collaboration Kitchen Behind the Scenes

Easy 5-Ingredient Death-By-Chocolate Cake Uses Only One Tablespoon of Flour!

Chocolate Cake SliceIngredients:
7 oz Dark Chocolate, finely chopped
7 oz Best Quality Unsalted Butter (high butterfat European preferred), cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 C Sugar
4 Eggs
1 Tbsp Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
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Easy Banana Fritters Recipe

JONS Marketplace near me, currently has bananas at 3 lbs/$.99 until November 17th! So, why not make some Banana Fritters? 
Banana Fritters
Wet ingredients:
2 ripe bananas
2 tablespoons milk
2 eggs
1 tablespoon margarine, melted
Dry ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground nutmeg
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1 quart oil for frying
1 cup confectioners’ sugar for dusting (optional)
Mix Wet ingredients in one bowl, and Dry ingredents in another bowl. Stir dry ingredients into banana mixture.
Heat oil in a deep fryer or heavy bottomed pan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Drop batter by spoonfuls into hot oil, and cook, turning once, until browned, 2 to 8 minutes. Drain on paper towels and dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Why McDonald’s Changing To “Cage-Free” Eggs Is Merely A Step In The Right Direction

NPR recently reported, “McDonald’s USA announced that in the near future, it will no longer buy eggs from chickens that live in cages. Those cages are still the industry standard, and 90 percent of America’s eggs come from chickens that live in them.”

For more on this story, see NPR’s “The Latest Scramble In The Egg Industry: McDonald’s Is Going Cage-Free http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/09/10/438934607/the-latest-scramble-in-the-egg-industry-mcdonalds-is-going-cage-free

Cage-Free Eggs, Photo Credit - Dan Charles, NPR

Cage-free chickens in a barn near Hershey, Pa., get to roam and perch on steel rods, but they don’t go outside. This week, McDonald’s became the latest big buyer to demand cage-free eggs.

Also, see why “Cage-Free” isn’t really as humane as they promote it to be; and, why they should be shooting for “Free-Range” or “Pastured” chickens! https://blog.gonzogourmands.com/2014/12/05/all-eggs-are-not-the-same-why-cage-free-doesnt-mean-free-range-more/

Custard Tarts, Chinese Bakeries, and a 178 Year Old Portugese Recipe

Eastern Bakery San FranciscoDahn Tat Eastern Bakery via Yelp
You may have tried the ubiquitous Custard Tart, or “Dahn Tat,” found in almost every Asian bakery. On the west coast of the U.S., they originally appeared in chinese bakeries like the Eastern Bakery, the oldest chinese bakery (1924) in North America located in San Francisco (above) and Phoenix Bakery, the oldest chinese bakery (1938) in Los Angeles (below). These pastries are much unlike the other baked and steamed delicacies from China, and no doubt were the result of influence by the portuguese bakeries in Macau. The chinese version has a delicate golden, flakey crust and custard so light it seems steamed rather than baked.
Phoenix BakeryDahn Tat from Phoenix Bakery Los Angeles Kimberly K. attributed
The portugese version is a bit different, and called Pasteis de Nata. The most famous bakery in Portugal is Pasteis De Belem in Lisbon. Their recipe is over 178 years old – – the bakery’s founder bought the recipe from a monastery in 1837! The pastry chef here (and founder’s son-in-law) started working here at age 15, and dedicated his life to making the “perfect custard tart.” He is now 76 years old, and people make a pilgrimage from around the world to eat his custard tarts – – as evidenced by the long lines every week. They sell 10,000 daily and 20,000 on bank holidays. In contrast to the chinese version, their crust has a light crispy crunch and a richer creamy custard. I hope you put this place on your bucket list and let me know when you try them!
Pasteis De Belem via ExpediaPasteis de Nata from Pasteis de Belem via Delphine Fortin
Watch this short video on the history and how they make (by hand!) the Pasteis de Nata at Pasteis De Belem!

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