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Saturday, December 9, 2017

@sciencestache hates Xmas light but he let me hang these! #firstsnowfall


I’m trying out a new cookie cutter!!


Pruning the holly shrubs to harvest some wreath materials

The Brown Family Environmental Center is giving a special wreath-making class to the Master Gardeners this week. I'm trying to harvest some holly and grapevine to pitch in on materials and learn!

It's exciting because last year, I was so overwhelmed with moving home and settling in that i missed all the pruning deadlines. But this year I caught the holly!


Friday, December 8, 2017

Last of the 2017 tomatoes


Toasted Spices Taste Tests Continue...




Continued from https://theorypracticelandscaping-kfrye.blogspot.com/2017/12/todays-toasted-spice-taste-test-recipe.html

Tried this orange-ginger-cardamom cookie recipe and even toasted the orange zest for the toasted batch.


Running totals:Which one do you like better or Can you tell which one has the toasted spices?
6 - TOASTED
8 - UNTOASTED
2 - NO DIFFerence

Of the 6 for TOASTED:
5 - mixed combo of spices
1- cinnamon only

Of the 3 for UNTOASTED:
7 - could tell it was less toasted and sweeter
1 - flavor for orange was stronger

Of the 2 for NO DIFF:
2- cinnamon only

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Today's toasted spice taste test recipe was gingerbread.

Continued from: https://theorypracticelandscaping-kfrye.blogspot.com/2017/12/packed-taste-to-go-tonight-they-cleaned.html

Consistency of results is holding up both visually, and with a difference in sweetness between toasted vs untoasted spices.


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Running totals:
Which one do you like better or Can you tell which one has the toasted spices?
6 - TOASTED
2 - UNTOASTED
2 - NO DIFFerence

Of the 6 for TOASTED:
5 - mixed combo of spices
1- cinnamon only


Of the 2 for UNTOASTED:

2 - could tell it was less toasted and sweeter
Of the 2 for NO DIFF:
2- cinnamon only


Some interesting comments have been:
 - the untoasted sample tasted sweeter, but the toasted sample tasted more flavorful
 - the untoasted tasted more strongly of cinnamon

- toasted spices produces a noticeable darker color in final product

Friday, December 1, 2017

Packed the taste test to go for happy hour tonight!

They cleaned me out! Most common response was: can I have more!? But I am starting to see some trends in the toasted vs. untoasted!

Continued from: https://theorypracticelandscaping-kfrye.blogspot.com/2017/12/more-toasted-spice-taste-testing-made-2.html

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Running totals:
Which one do you like better or Can you tell which one has the toasted spices?
6 - TOASTED
1 - UNTOASTED
2 - NO DIFFerence

Of the 6 for TOASTED:
5 - mixed combo of spices
1- cinnamon only

Of the 2 for NO DIFF:
2- cinnamon only


Some interesting comments have been:
 - the untoasted sample tasted sweeter, but the toasted sample tasted more flavorful
 - the untoasted tasted more strongly of cinnamon

We have sulfur reduction with C.freundii 🤛


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