October 8, 2000 |
Have you ever walked into the supermarket and been drawn to the bakery section? It might very well be because the market is piping cinnamon aroma through the store to entice you. It really works. While cinnamon is no longer as precious as rubies, it's one of the spices that seem to have almost universal appeal. There are actually two different spices called cinnamon: true cinnamon and cassia. True cinnamon is a white-flowered shrub originally grown only in Ceylon. The sweetly scented inner bark of the cinnamon tree is harvested and rolled into quills that are pale, soft and not too thick.
January 16, 1991 |
Dear Polly: For a delicious breakfast treat or snack, mix a little unsweetened cocoa powder into some sugar, just as you would mix up cinnamon sugar. Sprinkle this on hot buttered toast. Yummy! - Anne This is a delicious change from cinnamon toast. Dear Polly: While waiting for the hot water to come out so I can do my dishes, I found out that no less than a gallon of water will flow out before it gets hot. Now I put a big pan under the tap to catch all that water, and I use it to water my plants indoors and out. - Mrs. M. Dear Polly: When I was making jelly recently, I thought as I was stirring it that making jelly would be more fun if the pouring into the glasses were easier.
December 2, 1992 |
You probably have in your kitchen right now something that Columbus was looking for. Cinnamon! It was the search for an easier way to get cinnamon, and other exotic spices, that led European explorers into uncharted waters and ultimately to discover the Americas. Did you know that most of the cinnamon we get isn't cinnamon at all, but cassia? Cinnamon and cassia are the dried inner bark of two related evergreen trees in the laurel family. True cinnamon is tan, while cassia is a darker reddish brown, and the more strongly scented of the two. NORMANDY SPICED CHICKEN & RAISINS 2 chicken breasts, split 4 tablespoons raisins (preferably golden)
October 31, 1991 |
Lately, I've had trouble with leftovers. In our house, there seldom are many; we're busy so home cooking leans toward quick one-serving meals. However, when a bit of steak or a bite of chop was left, my always-hungry I'll-eat-anything-you-drop dog would step in. With Cinnamon around, there were no leftover problems. But she's gone now. On a Monday night a few weeks ago, I had her put to sleep. She'd been sick more often than not for nearly a year - starting last November with pneumonia.
March 31, 1993 |
Dear Polly: I have your recipe for spicy moth repellent. Your recipe calls for three or four sticks of cinnamon bark. I could not find this even after going to several stores, so I settled for cinnamon sticks. Will this work just as well? If I need to use cinnamon bark, where do I purchase this? - I.L.H. What I presume you are calling a cinnamon stick is exactly what the recipe calls for. Cinnamon is made from the inner bark of a certain type of evergreen tree. The sticks of cinnamon are actually curled bits of this bark.
February 7, 2010
Manhattan purists and infusion-phobes, turn away. I used to be one of you, too. But no matter how much I pooh-poohed the idea of a cinnamon whiskey drink and looked askew at the vaguely "'hatten-esque" cocktail passed across the bar at James Restaurant, a few sips set my taste buds straight into a happy hum. That's because the James-hattan is a rarity in the land of fooffie drinks - a cocktail concocted with the same attention to balance as the often...
September 5, 1996 |
Even Foxy misses Cinnamon, the friendly basset hound shotgunned to death over the Labor Day weekend and tossed with her neck broken on owner William Bauer's front lawn. Bauer found the body of his beloved Cinnamon within sight of his front door in Haycock Township, near Quakertown, Bucks County, on Labor Day morning. Foxy, an Akita, is his son's dog. "Those dogs were buddies," Bauer said. Foxy is "lost" without Cinnamon, he said. "They sense something is wrong right away.
December 5, 1990 |
The lighting of candles at sundown traditionally marks the beginning of Jewish holidays. During Hanukkah, the Feast of Lights, the candles are lit each night for eight nights, this year starting at sundown Tuesday. The holiday commemorates the miracle in the Temple of Jerusalem that occurred in the 2nd century B.C. when Mattathias and his sons defied Antiochus. It was thought there was only sufficient oil for one night's illumination in the temple, but the oil lasted for eight nights.
October 25, 1989 |
Did you know that spices can save you from your sweet tooth? A sugar-shy dessert seems sweeter if it's fragrant with cinnamon or spiked with clove. Intensifying the perception of sweetness makes it possible to reduce the amount of empty-caloried sugar. Even the simplest dessert - fresh fruit - seems somehow "special" if it's scented with spice. Spices intensify fruit's fresh fragrance and put the taste buds on notice that a sweet treat is coming. A few drops of vanilla can perform the same magic.
December 16, 1987 |
Q. I'm concerned because we've been having quite a controversy here in the supermarkets: plastic versus brown paper bags. One of the arguments against brown paper bags is that formaldehyde is added to them to increase wet strength, and storage of them in your home is hazardous because fumes escape into the air. If this is true, are brown paper bags safe to use in any type of food preparation, such as roasting a turkey? Mary Tipton Spokane, Wash. A. David Carleston, manager of the American Paper Institute, responds to your question: "The most direct and simple answer I can give you to your question on formaldehyde in brown paper bags is to say it is not used.