Bell & Basket - Snow Pi Day, How Iceberg Lettuce Got Its Name, & March Memoir Review

Happy day after snow day. Yesterday, we took the day off (mostly) and celebrated Pi day by making the
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Bell & Basket - Snow Pi Day, How Iceberg Lettuce Got Its Name, & March Memoir Review
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Happy day after snow day. Yesterday, we took the day off (mostly) and celebrated Pi day by making the snow covered lemon meringue masterpiece below. And now we have an entire pie to eat… 
In other news, it’s still cold as heck outside, we’re waiting on more DT tax return leaks and I will likely be eating a lot of my feelings around the state of our nation. 
And actually, I have the perfect “eat your feelings” four ingredient, gluten free, Salted Tahini Cookie recipe up on B&B. 
Happy baking while it’s still cold outside–it’s another excuse to turn on the oven! 
-Michelle

snow day meringue
snow day meringue
snow peaks (swoon)
snow peaks (swoon)
Iceberg (Lettuce), Straight Ahead
“It began in the late 1920s when a young Berkeley grad named Bruce Church bought a field of head lettuce in Salinas, California, and devised a plan to ship it, packed in ice, by rail across the United States. According to local lore in the Salinas Valley, children as far away as Maine would greet the rail cars excitedly, shouting: ‘The icebergs are coming! The icebergs are coming!’ The name stuck.”
A vintage poster for Bruce Church, Inc. | Fresh Express
A vintage poster for Bruce Church, Inc. | Fresh Express
March Memoir Review: 32 Yolks
I was recently gifted a copy of Eric Ripert’s memoir, 32 Yolks. I read it in less than a week, and I’m pretty sure  it’d be categorized as fifth grade reading level… But I’ll cut Eric some slack since he dictated this memoir aloud, in his dodgy english, to Veronica Chambers. Despite the simplicity of the writing, 32 Yolks is filled with stories of hardship, touching memories, and the occasional bursts of brilliance. 
If  you’re going on vacation or need a subway read to pull you out of the grind for 10 minutes, this is a good one. It would be an especially nice read on a trip to the south of France, where Ripert spent his formative years. Check out the LA Times review below if you want a more in depth review. And if you want to borrow it, I’ll ship my copy to the first person who asks.
Non Food Photo of the Week
Demonstrator, Women's Solidarity March NYC
Demonstrator, Women's Solidarity March NYC
Heyyyyy, all out assault on health care to protect the pocket books of the extremely wealthy, a new ground war in Syria, and an updated muslim travel ban. Only a few of the issues I will be calling Chuck and Kirstin about this week. Just want to be sure we are all on the same page - resist! Have a great rest of the week.
This photo was taken at the Women’s Solidarity March in NYC on January 21st, 2017. Did not catch the name of this woman, but isn’t she great?
-Colin
Photos © Colin Berg 2017
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