Reinheitsgebot – The beer quality standard imposed by the church.

Reinheitsgebot literally means  “purity order” and is commonly referred to as the “German Beer Purity Law” or the “Bavarian Purity Law”. This is a regulation about the production of beer in the Holy Roman Empire and its successor state, Germany. The original text states the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer are water, barley and hops.DownloadedFile

The law originated on 30 November 1487, when Albert IV the Duke of Bavaria promulgated it, specifying three ingredients – water, malt and hops – for the brewing of beer.

On 23 April 1516 in the city of Ingolstadt located in the duchy of Bavaria two other dukes endorsed the law as one to be followed in their duchies and added standards for the sale of beer.

The earliest documented mention of beer by a German nobleman is the granting of a brewing license by Emperor Otto II to the church at Liege (now Belgium), awarded in 974.

The world’s oldest continuously operating brewery is the Weihenstephan Brewery in Bavaria.

The Weihenstephan Brewery can trace its roots at the abbey to 768, as a document from that year refers to a hop garden in the area paying a tithe to the monastery. A brewery was licensed by the City of Freising in 1040, and that is the founding date claimed by the modern brewery. The brewery thus has a credible claim to being the oldest working brewery in the world.  (Weltenburg Abbey, also in Bavaria, has had a brewery in operation since 1050, and also known as “Corn Beer” claims to be the oldest brewery in the world.)  When the monastery and brewery were secularised in 1803, they became possessions of the State of Bavaria.

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Father Greg Joseph Boyle & Homeboy Industries


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 Support people who are helping people.

Caring for people helps promote positive worldly change.

Thank you Father Greg for your belief in humanity and positive example.

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Oysters in Fontainebleau

After walking around the Chateau Fontainebleau I realized I had worked up a hunger and as I walked down an alley I saw this cool old fish stand. I bought 2 oysters. 1 was an expensive one and the other was a not quite as expensive one.

Oysters provide our bodies with protein, iron, omega 3 acids, calcium, zinc, vitamin C and contain no cholesterol.

They guy at the counter shucked them for me so all I had to do was open, squeeze lemons and eat.  

Bon Appetite.oysters

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s cookbook


/               Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was not only a patron and contributor to the arts but he also wrote a cookbook. It is titled   L’art  de  la Cuisine and was published after his death by his friend Maurice Joyant. The book includes Lautrec  sketches and  interesting menu selections.  Lautrec enjoyed culture and liked to cook, drink and celebrate. He liked to dress up as a samurai or flamenco dancer at his parties and once served a Degas painting for dessert.  Lautrec  also was known to add goldfish to the water pitchers encouraging his guests to imbibe alcohol fueled concoctions instead of water.

More can be read about this fascinating character and his life at the following sites and on wikipedia.


Whitman’s  vs.  Russell Stover  chocolate candy showdown



Today I had the awesome task of tasting a bunch of chocolates and then telling the world my opinion. Well let me get down to business.

I had a box of Whitman’s assorted chocolates containing 7 candies, a box of Whitman’s Reserve that had 2 candies in it and a box of Russell

Stover chocolates containing 4 candies.

After tasting each I came to the conclusion that I like the Russell Stover chocolates a bit more. It’s hard to say chocolate is better than chocolate

but being side by side made it easier to pick a favorite. My taste buds told me that I favor the Russell Stover candies a little more than I liked the

Whitman’s candy.

Unfortunately See’s candies were not sold at Rite Aid and were not able to participate in this survey.




AQUINAS – California Cabernet

AQUINAS  2011 California Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon


Named after St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274),  an Italian Dominican friar,

priest and revolutionary scholar who used the laws of science to support

his belief in the Almighty.  This wine, like it’s namesake, is smart, bold,

dedicated and has lots of good characteristics.


The dude of food rating  -Give this wine a try.

R.I.P. my beloved Mr. Coffee coffee maker

I have owned a Mr. Coffee coffee maker for the last 10 years and have formed images-2

somewhat of a bond with it. The basic machine got my day started right.


Every morning it patiently waits on the counter for me to

decide if I will be making coffee or not.


Well much to my dismay earlier this week my  Mr. Coffee coffee maker just

decided to quit working this week. It was easy to clean, worked quick and

efficiently and made good, hot coffee.


So this week, I have been getting to know my new, replacement coffee maker, the Toastmaster. it looks pretty

similar to the old Mr. Coffee. Same color and about the same size. Easy change.


Well now I have been using a Toastmaster and have to say that I am not

all that impressed. I know you are thinking that how can a coffee maker

be that different, but they are, and this one bugs me a little.


The new cone shaped filter change is the first change I am dealing with.

It seems the the fine folks at Toastmaster want to use cone shaped filters,

so I am adapting my old filters to work since I have so many square ones.

The second thing I immediately noticed was when I poured the coffee out, the fluid hits the lips of the pitcher

and gets diverted onto the countertop. This I fixed by taking the top off and cutting it back on my band saw.

The next thing I noticed was that the heating element is not as hearty as the Mr. Coffee coffee maker and now

my cups of morning java are not quite hot enough after I add a little milk.


Personally, the Dude of Food would like to buy another Mr. Coffee coffee maker and return to quality.




Kudos to this kitchen product maker.                              

A couple weeks ago the Dude of Food needed a new “spatchula” and ended up purchasing a Farberware “slotted turner”.  It turns out there was a problem with the one I bought and I wrote the company an email to ask about it. To the credit of the company, they were interested in hearing what happened and were more than happy to replace the product. Today the new product arrived and all is good in the kitchen again.

Thank you Farberware and parent company Lifetime Brands, for supporting your customers and standing behind your product line. Maximum respect. You can bet the Dude of Food endorses your kitchen gear and when I need new kitchen utensils you can bet I will be looking at your brands.


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Glazed Swai with zucchini isn’t what it appears. pearce photo

This link above was the video used by the Dude to complete his mission.

As stated in the video, Swai is not expensive but it tastes mediocre.  I made the

dish pictured to the right  according to the video and it was pretty tasty.

What it doesn’t tell you is that Swai is raised in the Mekong River.

The Mekong River is one of the most polluted waterways in the world. Numerous factories get rid of the chemical waste by dumping them into the river. While pangasius fish (swai) can survive in such an extreme environment, they absorb all these contaminants. As omnivores, they eat whatever is available in the environment. Some breeders feed the fish trash and rotting matter to cut down the cost. Pangasius fish bred in such circumstances, certainly contain these toxic chemicals.

Injecting the fish with hormones helps to stimulate their growth. Certain breeders are able to make their fish grow four times as fast as they do in the natural habitat. Frequent use of antibiotics serves to control disease but can lead to the contamination of meat and development of antibiotic resistant pathogens.

Reliable farms utilize the clean areas of the rivers or breed the fish in artificial ponds. Frequent water changes and filtration maintain the quality of water, so that the fish avoid absorbing the pollutants. Trustworthy breeders feed the fish food scraps, dedicated fish pellets and rice bran. The carefully selected diet leads to healthier fish and improves the quality of their meat. Limited use of the antibiotics allows the fish to break the toxins down, instead of accumulating in the bodies of Swai fish.

To choose the safe fillets, check if the meat has been tested for the presence of the antibiotics and contaminants. Try to avoid panga fillets of unknown origin, as there’s a good chance that they are imported from these shady farms. The responsible shopping habits serve to reinforce the correct commercial breeding techniques. They protect the consumers from ingesting the toxic ingredients.

Bottom line, cheaper isn’t always better.

The Dude of Food Fact – Cellulose (wood chips)

    Wood Pulp is A Popular Food Additive


Think you won’t eat wood?  Think again.

Cellulose is added to many foods as a thickening agent, lending texture and boosting fiber content.

This reduces the need for expensive ingredients like flour and oil.

While cellulose comes from wood, it is the same structure as cellulose found in celery, serving as a

source of dietary fiber.


       The Dude of Food is not opposed, but I still think this kind of information should be more clearly marked on food labels.

In the case of the Mozzarella cheese above, the front of the label says organic. They are not lying, but I’d rather have flour and oil.