It’s a new month, and as we gear up for the holidays, we are full of new requests. But before we get to that, a clarification.

We recently got a letter from Glad in Reseda, who had a question about the mason jar bread recipe we found for Pat in Long Beach a few weeks ago. Well, actually, Glad’s question was about the photo that ran with that column, which showed the breads rising above the rims of the jars. How, Glad wondered, does one get lids on that without cutting off the tops of the breads or squashing them somehow?

 

The answer is not to put so much batter in the jars that the cakes rise above the rims. We understand that the photo is confusing — the thing with food photos is that, like with the shots of models in fashion magazines, stylists go for pretty over practical. This means that the dewdrops on that apple are probably glycerin, that beautfully browned turkey was painted with food coloring and that ice cream is mostly mashed potato.

We’re glad Glad brought up mason jar bread, though, because we would like to bring up a safety issue. Even if sealed, mason jar bread is not shelf stable. The eggs and sugar in it can make a delicious home for botulism, which is happiest without oxygen, and so the bread should be kept refrigerated (botulism isn’t as happy when cold). Moreover, it’s best not to keep the bread more than a week before eating it (again, botulism). This is usually not an issue around here, because sweet bread of any sort barely lasts two hours. But for those with more self-control, please follow safety protocol.  

 

On to requests. Michelle in Long Beach writes: “I need a specific vegetable soup recipe. I know it begins with a stick of butter and ends with nondairy powdered creamer with some onions, carrots, peas, etc., in between and it is super easy and tasty.”

Then, from Karen in Valencia: “Up until the late 1970s, there was an amazing fish and chips place at the Farmers Market at Third Street and Fairfax Avenue. I have never been able to find the batter recipe or to duplicate it. (It is not in the Farmers Market Recipe Book like I hoped it would be.) Does anyone know how they were made?”

 

Finally, Sharon in Redondo Beach is looking for a recipe for English muffin bread.

Can anyone help Sharon, Michelle and Karen?

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