March 28, 2006

rainy day projects #12 and 35

Forgot to mention: I had a little squib about the Dylan Pool in this past Sunday's NY Times Arts & Leisure section. And the pool is now open for the forthcoming tour... sadly, he doesn't seem to be coming anywhere near the Pacific Northwest this time.

I'm very fond of the Moosewood Restaurant Simple Suppers book, which has a lot of tasty and nutritious recipes that involve stuff that comes in cans. A handful of them involve canned chipotles in adobo sauce, which was a new ingredient to me until recently and is now near the top of my prefab-ingredient hit parade. Unfortunately, the old tomato-paste problem (it comes in cans; one recipe never uses an entire can; it goes bad quickly) is the new chipotles-in-adobo problem. I made four or five different recipes this past week that involved a couple of teaspoons or a tablespoon of the stuff, but finally, nervously, discarded the still-half-full and rather small can today. I've now discovered the glories of tomato paste in a tube (it doesn't go bad!), but I don't think the same can be done for chipotles-in-adobo--too many chunky bits.

The preview for DCU: Brave New World went live today, and... honestly, all six features look pretty dire. I also note with some resignation that, conceptual tweaks etc. aside, the newest of the six concepts is OMAC, which has been around for 30 years.

Posted by Douglas at March 28, 2006 6:31 PM | TrackBack

I happened to read your little "squib", but didn't put two and two together with the in my RSS reader. I suppose I'm some sort of variant on idiot.

Thanks for the Moosewood tip, btw.

Posted by: Seth Anderson on March 28, 2006 8:21 PM

Mmmm, chipoltle in adobo! Somewhere I learned this trick to keeping the rest of the can for later use: I purée the chiles and the sauce and keep it in a plastic container in the fridge. They keep near forever that way. I wonder if they might keep just as well whole?

Posted by: contrary jess on March 28, 2006 8:49 PM

Hey Doug - Denmark calling.
Just put the chipotles and their sauce in a glass jar with tightly fitting lid and put it in the fridge. Don't worry about mushing them up or anything. It will keep INDEFINITELY. I'm serious - I'm the king of Fridgadaire science projects, and this is one "raw material" that has a half life longer than spent nuclear fuel. And it's yummy!

Posted by: jack on April 4, 2006 4:21 AM
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