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Culinate Newsletter November 28

(mailing, James Berry)

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 h1. Dear readers,
 There's something about the holiday season that makes me want to drink — drink coffee, that is. Don't get me wrong: I appreciate a cup of good brew all year round, but with the winter light as weak as it is, and the chill in the air, I am, during these months, happy to have two deep mugs of coffee made daily with my trusty French press.  

 Or at least I was content to do so, until I read my friend and fellow Portlander Hanna Neuschwander's recent book, Left Coast Roast: A Guide to the Best Coffee and Roasters from San Francisco to Seattle. Now, I want to experiment!

 Hanna's book is full of pointers and fun facts: Did you know you should remove boiling water from the stove and wait at least 40 seconds before pouring it over coffee? Or that weighing your coffee — rather than relying on volume — can yield a superior cup? Honestly, the book's five-page chart about making coffee at home is as definitive a reference on the topic as you'll ever need.
 Kim Carlson
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story1text: "Pat Tanumihardja suggests eight ingredients — besides the ubiquitous lemons and vinegar — that add tartness and tanginess to your cooking."
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story2text: "Deborah Madison helped organize a recent winter-squash tasting in North Carolina, and some of the results surprised her."

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recipe2text: "From 'Cakelove in the Morning' come these sweet treats that contain (wait for it) vegetables — among other good ingredients." 

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