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[29 Jan 2011 | 7 Comments | 3,287 views]
The Envelope Please….

Earlier this week, I wrote a post called “Reclaiming Maple,” about my love for/obsession with maple syrup. I told you about my telephone survey of about 50 Austin restaurants to learn about their syrup offerings. Since then, I’ve written two other posts — “The Rise and Fall of Maple” and “Maple Pride“.
I am saddened at how many people will tell you they serve maple when asked, “What kind of syrup do you serve with your pancakes/waffles?” By and large, these are good-hearted people who aren’t intentionally giving incorrect information.
I quickly learned …

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[26 Jan 2011 | 12 Comments | 1,918 views]
Maple Pride

Over the past few days, I’ve shared my motivation and some background on why I’m so passionate about maple syrup, the history of maple syrup, an overview of some other regional syrups, government regulation and grading of maple syrup, and the recent settlement between Vermont and McDonald’s over their false maple labeling.
Today, I’ll talk about the maple harvest and terminology, maple regional pride, maple tourism, maple and the environment, and the potential health benefits of maple syrup.
Maple Harvest
Maple Syrup season is one of the first signs of spring in the …

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[26 Jan 2011 | 11 Comments | 4,438 views]
The Rise and Fall of Maple

If you read yesterday’s post, you know that I’m sort of obsessed with maple syrup. Today, I want to share with you what I’ve learned about the history of maple syrup.
The Rise of Maple Syrup
According to Wikipedia, Native Americans living in the northeastern part of North America were the first producers of maple syrup and maple sugar. The Algonquin people used stone tools to make incisions in tree trunks, and inserted reeds or pieces of bark to run the sap into buckets. The maple sap was concentrated either by dropping …

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[25 Jan 2011 | 56 Comments | 4,653 views]
Reclaiming Maple

How passionate am I about maple syrup? I would describe it as similar to how the French feel about wine, to how Middle Easterners feel about hummus, or how locavores feel about eating locally. Born in Canada, I’m proud and fiercely passionate about maple syrup.
Do I care if you like maple syrup? No. However, I DO care about you knowing what maple syrup is, and what it is not. I care about maple syrup’s “brand” as a natural product, and I don’t like the way so many restaurants are sullying …

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[18 Jan 2011 | 19 Comments | 2,328 views]
Michele’s Granola

I just wanted to take a moment to celebrate a milestone. This is my 400th post. YAY! Ok, now back to our regularly scheduled programming….
Yesterday I told you about the strange coincidence that two people from my past have started successful local businesses selling granola. Jessica, of Jessica’s Natural Foods, and Michele, of Michele’s Granola.
I know Michele from our high school days in Potomac, MD. Michele was in the same class as me, David F. (aka Famous Fat Dave), and Dhani Jones (the pro football player and all-around renaissance man). …

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