- Q. What’s with the new tagline, “May Contain Peanuts?” – Adam, California
Some folks have very bad allergic reactions to peanuts. There is some proposed legislation for labeling and some manufacturers have already started doing so. However, as someone who reads a lot of food labels, I’ve seen too many cases of the disclaimer may contain peanuts on foods that I would have never expected — especially because peanuts are not listed on the ingredients label. (I know this seems bizarre, but consider that Safeway recalled chocolate ice cream because some of it had peanuts in it. Peanuts.)
I would infer that either 1) companies are aggressively using this labeling as a means of limiting liability — for the symptoms of peanut allergy can be quite bad — or 2) food quality control is far worse than you’d expect. Change “peanuts” to “roach droppings” for more of an impact.
So, I’m poking fun at corporate ‘merica’s useless efforts.
Q. Can you tell me where I can find a good [vegan] pizza recipe and dessert recipe? – Jen
Jen and I exchanged some emails, and she said cheese is okay in moderate amounts, which is not truly vegan but makes this a lot easier. I have some upcoming experiments (2 month timeframe) where I want to do a cheeseless pizza.
In the meantime, here’s a Pizza recipe and photos. The pizza’s a bit cheese happy.
For the dessert, I’m going to be experimenting with a fig cake, substituting flax meal for the eggs. I’ll post that when I’ve had a chance to tinker with it. There’s a fig bread I buy at PCC that’s delightful and would be even simpler.
- Q. What’s the coolest thing about the King County Library System? — Laura, WA
I couldn’t function without their web catalog and holds. Find a book, put it in the queue, pick up whatever’s come in on Thursday. Easy and convenient.
- Q. If money/time were no object, what is your travel fantasy? – Rose, CA
Q. What is your lotto fantasy? – Vicky, WA
Travel is part of my lotto fantasy. I find it useful to break out the lottery fantasy into short-term and long term.
Short Term – Like everyone else, I’d get the spending binge out of my system. I’d buy new bed sheets. I’d put a new roof on the house and hire someone else to deal with the friggin carpenter ants for a change. I’d take the minivan in for an oil change. I’d like to spend more time in New Zealand,
seeing the other 80% that I didn’t last time and Australia, seeing the other 99.5%, perhaps even dropping in on Steve and Rachael.
I’d love to solve the “retirement problem” and have the extended families move out here. (Lack of proximity to family is a big concern.)
Long Term – I’d become the perpetual student. I know, big stretch.
There are too many different things I’d love to understand more. A brief list:
- Foreign languages – I’m chagrined that I’m not fluent in anything other than English. Sure, I can sorta read Spanish, but I can follow only 10% of Univision and I speak at a “mi l