Good News :)

I thought we could use a thread dedicated to good news.

I'll start: turns out salsa eats salmonella for breakfast. Story here.

Ummmmm....salsa...
 
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Field-Expedient Salsa

Take one 19oz can of diced, spiced tomatoes, and divide into three parts. Into each third mix one peeled small white onion, finely minced; a good whack of fresh black pepper; a gooder whack of coarse salt; one or two salted capers, minced and pulverized; some olive oil; a small pile of oregano and/or a small pile of parsley and/or a small pile of basil. (I suppose one could use coriander, as well.) Stir. Serve at room temperature with those little white bite-sized corn chips and lots and lots of decent beer.
 
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Why do you have to divide into 3? Is there something I missed?

Otherwise, yum.
 
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MOM needs one batch for himself, one for his girlfriend, and one for the hitchhiker girl they lured in for fun and games.

Be kind, MOM. Be kind.
 
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No reason other than that one small onion and one or two capers in a third of a 19oz can is more or less the correct proportion, and that I don't generally feed groups of people. I put the other two thirds in the fridge for making pasta sauce, or for subsequent chip-feedings.

As for hitchhikers, I've kinda sworn those off, thanks to Richard Avedon.
 
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Ahem. 28oz cans.
 
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question:: only one or two capers is necessary for this recipe, correct? now are they mandatory? i've noticed capers are not sold individually, and a jar of them runs between 2 and 4 bucks... that's pretty steep for something i don't see myself using , let alone merely in salsa. is there any sort of alternative to the capers?

do you see my dilemma???

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Why not buy the jar of capers, give some away, then use whatever's left over in a salmon omelette?

That's what I'd do.
 
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Yeah, and what about Vitello Tonnato? Leftover veal in thin slices, covered with a mixture of tuna, mayo, lemon and capers. mmmmmmm
Or Salade Nicoise. Salad-leaves, eggs, tomatoes, tuna, olives and capers. More mmm

Come to think of it, any tuna sandwich will be vastly improved with some capers in it. As will any beef sandwich or burger.
 
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They're mandatory when I make the stuff, but feel free to replace them with blanched garlic run through a press.

I tend to use a lot of capers in pasta sauces, too. They add the depth of anchovy without the blasted fishiness.

Salmon omelette? (Shudder.) They'll serve me that in Hell.
 
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I get a mean Salmon Hash at the diner up the street at breakfast time. Good fresh salmon, roasted potatoes, healthy quantities of leeks, good stuff.

But this is the Northwest, and we're required to eat salmon daily or lose our resident status.
 
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Salmon omelette? (Shudder.) They'll serve me that in Hell.


"Welcome to Hell, Mr Man. Would you prefer Steelhead or North Atlantic?"
 
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Everyone knows that the Copper River is where the flavor's at. Ahhhhh, the bacon of the sea.
 
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I LOVE SALMON! ARGH! CHICAGO! NO SALMON! ARGH!
 
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quote:
is there any sort of alternative to the capers?

do you see my dilemma???

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a can of japes will run you cheaper.
 
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mmmm all the salmon sandwhiches you can eat... the joys of being the humanoid typhoon...
 
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GWBoard: no good news, lots of great food recipes.
 
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In keeping with the caper at hand, the good news is; peregrine falcons have recently rebounded from the edge of extinction.

Here's a nestbox of a newish family, the babies - eyasses - were just banded today.In the last week they've left the fuzzball stage and entered the ungainly stage -- half bird, half fuzzball. So darling.

Kodak Birdcam 2004
 
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It's always good to hear the Peregrines are doing well again. There was also a new nest in San Francisco last time I was there.

I like the Peregrines because they are so quick and graceful, it's just beautiful. I got to see a demonstration by one a few years ago.
 
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Does DP navigate this forum by touching the screen with his nose?
 
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I like to think so.
 
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I would just like to say; lemurs are very cute!

 
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Interesting, it must have been a messy evolve...


Fossils suggest that lemurs, bush babies, lorises, aye-ayes, and their relatives (the prosimians) spilt off from the ancestors of monkeys and apes around 55 million years ago.
 
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We need to get back on topic. I thought we were talking about salsa and capers.

If you don't have any cilantro, oregano or parsley laying around your house, you can substitute it with chopped rucola. It gives the salsa a nice nutty bitter flavor. I tried it last week at an impromptu BBQ.

And a recipe especially for MoM
Pasta Puttanesca
(and it's not even Pirate Friday)
Arrr!
 
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There's a Yucatan restaurant [15th street 1 blk off julian in SF for the locals] that has my current favorite salsa. One of them has pumpkin in it. I've been utterly unable to find even a similar recipe, but I'll keep you posted. I did find a recipe that's quite similar to their normal salsa. Has radishes. [Thanks to Mike's Recipe Archives]
 
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Mmmm, whorish smelling pasta!

I recently discovered Puttanesca sauce, and I'm loving it. Of course I don't make it myself, I'm a bachelor. Pffft! Amazing stuff. I like to add Italian sausage to it.

But that recipe is flawed, FP. You should used Kalamata olives. Much tastier.

Anyway, Cost Plus World Market has the best I've tried so far for the price. Jewel has Dean & Deluca Puttanesca that looks good...for $9 a jar! Mmmm, capers, anchovies, olives, raisins...

n0 Ch33$e!
 
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Any body need a couple of capers? I just bought my first jar. Ever.

The cats won't eat em. They keep spitting 'em out when I give 'em to 'em like pills. Even rubbing their furry little throats doesn't help. Stupid cats.
 
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I'm not that keen on capers myself. Why would you want to feed them to your cats? Just to get rid of 'em? I'm not entirely sure capers are good for cats. Capers may be bad for cats.

I bet this is a gag and I'm the only one who doesn't get it.
 
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what the hell is a caper anyway? my g/f tried eating one and she spit it out... she said, and i quote, "It tastes like some kind of pickly, salty, beany, foot thing..."

hmmm...
 
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1 : any of a genus (Capparis of the family Capparidaceae, the caper family) of low prickly shrubs of the Mediterranean region; especially : one (C. spinosa) cultivated for its buds
2 : one of the greenish flower buds or young berries of the caper pickled and used as a seasoning or garnish

 
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awwww thanks!!!
 
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1 : a frolicsome leap
2 : a capricious escapade : PRANK
3 : an illegal or questionable act; especially : THEFT
4 : the basis for the so-called "plot" of innumerable Hollywood movies; see also HIJINKS
 
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awwwwwwww ya!!!!
 
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hahahahahahahaa

I guess I should add here that sometimes in fancy restaurants there will be a few capers in a sauce, and I like that pretty well. I think a few of 'em go a long way.
 
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You just can't get the material

I had a conversation on this very topic on Saturday after ordering a Salad Niçoise and telling the waiter I wanted it without capers.
Dining companion J immediately said
–so just bring it to the table without any of that leaping about in a comedy fashion.

And the waiter had no idea what he was talking about.

I hate capers.
 
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"...make a unique and refreshing change from the traditional olive in your favorite martini."

Capers, they're not just for breakfast anymore.

And that's good news, neh?
 
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Martin Short does an outstanding caper, I must say.
 
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Even the right-wing want to free the weed.
 
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