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Subject: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: beardedbruce
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 10:13 AM

OK, what is your favorite?

I bend towards cashews.


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: Maryrrf
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 10:24 AM

Well I'm the nut expert - I work for a nut company - really!

Sunrise Commodities

We import cashews, brazil nuts, filberts, pumpkinseeds, pine nuts and assorted dried fruits. I'll be happy to fill orders, but there is a minimum quantity requirement of 2000 lbs.


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: beardedbruce
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 10:34 AM

Gee, and I thought that the 20 KG box of ginger was difficult to get distributed!


Is that 2000 pounds per item, or total order? Should we start a list for the Getaway?


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: Jeri
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 10:38 AM

I like all kinds of nuts. Peanuts, brazil nuts, hazel nuts, cashew nuts, corn nuts, walnuts, pecan nuts, grape nuts, macadamia nuts, pistachio nuts, almond nuts... I don't actually have a favorite. Well, I'll often keep the brazil nuts separate in a can of mixed nuts because there usually aren't too many and I don't want to eat the last one and still have a lot of common peanuts left. It's nothing personal - if there were only 5 or 6 peanuts in the can, I'd probably give them the same consideration. Except they're smaller, so I'd save more of them. Probably enough to equal the same estimated weight of the brazil nuts. Sometimes, I save hazel nuts, but not usually almonds, because you can get whole giant cans of almonds. Also, I don't know why, but if there are pecans, there usually are only about 2 in a whole can. I wonder why there are so few pecans.

Yes, I like nuts!


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: Maryrrf
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 10:38 AM

That is total order - so you can mix and match!


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: beardedbruce
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 10:44 AM

OK, list starts here- one ton of assorted nuts...


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: Wesley S
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 11:10 AM

Almonds !! I'm allergic to Brazil nuts.


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: skipy
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 11:14 AM

Mudcatters are my favourite nuts!
Skipy


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: Bill D
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 11:41 AM

I love 'most' nuts....unfortunately, I don't have a good off button...especially with good cashews.(or Macadamias, but who can afford them?) I eat them until my tummy says "You passed my comfort level 4 ounces ago". I have to do tricks to hide the main supply from myself.

Dark chocolate, some good nuts, and I can ruin my next 3 meals in 20 minutes.


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: beardedbruce
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 11:43 AM

BTW, you do know that you get diet macadamias if you cover them with chocolate?


Only 17 grams/ ounce of fat, instead of the normal 21.5 or so...


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: bobad
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 11:44 AM

Pistachios are nice but very rich.


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: Bill D
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 11:47 AM

"..diet macadamias if you cover them with chocolate?"

right...less fat, but I'd eat 4 times as much.


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: Scrump
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 11:52 AM

First time I went to the US, there was a Peanut Bar in the hotel. You would just sit on your bar stool and drink beer and eat the peanuts while you drank, the nuts being kindly provided free, in bowls on the bar. When you ate them they would just refill the bowls.

The nuts were in their shells, and you were encouraged to shell the nuts as you ate them, and just throw the shells on the floor. By the end of the evening, the floor would be almost literally ankle deep in nut shells.

Was that a common type of bar in the US? I only ask because I've never seen a similar one since. Does anyone else know of or remember such a bar?


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: Bill D
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 11:55 AM

It's not UNcommon to offer free peanuts...to encourage the sale of drinks....but I've never seen the 'litter the floor' bit......but then I don't go to that many bars.


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: Wolfgang
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 11:55 AM

I read the thread title with disgust and disbelief. "Nutting" is IRA slang for killing someone (a tout) by firing a bullet in his head (nut) from close by. Maybe I should not read so many books about Northern Ireland.

I'm glad I was in error. Cashew is my choice for nuts.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: beardedbruce
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 11:57 AM

One chain ( Texas Roadhouse?) has a barrel of peanuts in the shells in the waiting room, and the same "throw the shells on the floor" applies. At the tables ( and bar, I think) they have bowls for the shells to be thrown in.


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: beardedbruce
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 12:00 PM

Wolfgang,

Sorry about that. I have never heard the term to mean as you present it. I was just taking off from the "Much ado about (k)notting" thread.

Again, my apologies.


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: Scrump
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 12:01 PM

I read the thread title with disgust and disbelief. "Nutting" is IRA slang for killing someone (a tout) by firing a bullet in his head (nut) from close by. Maybe I should not read so many books about Northern Ireland.

There are two other (perhaps less violent) meanings of the term, Wolfgang:

- butting someone in the face with your head

- kicking someone in the nuts (i.e. testicles)

But the song "I Got Plenty Of Nuttin'" (='Nothing') was in Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, so that's a more innocent meaning that I guess was intended by beardedbruce.


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: bobad
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 12:01 PM

There used to be little shops that sold warm nuts in little bags (unintended double entendre) but I haven't seen one in a long while, but then again I don't go to big cities much. Does anyone know if they still exist?


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: Scrump
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 12:05 PM

I should have mentioned, the Peanut bar I referred to was in Minneapolis/St Paul, or thereabouts. A long time ago now so I can't recall the details.

It was a fiendish plot to get you to drink more beer - them nuts are irresistible and make you thirsty!


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 12:05 PM

Hot roast chestnuts on a freezing day......otherwise cashews or pistacchios


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: beardedbruce
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 12:08 PM

Longhorn ( another chain) has bowls of peanuts at the bar, but also empty bowls to put the shells in.


Ted's Montana Grill puts bowls of half-sour pickles out, and on the tables.

Same idea- something salty to increase thirst.


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: Scrump
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 12:10 PM

There used to be little shops that sold warm nuts in little bags (unintended double entendre)

Here in the UK, Woolworths used to sell warm salted peanuts, weighed out into little bags (2oz or 4oz etc.) I used to love them - can anyone else remember them? Or are you all too bloody young?!


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: beardedbruce
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 12:10 PM

Anyone had beechnuts? Similar to pecans in type, but smaller and more flavor.


Way too much work, though.


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: kendall
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 12:12 PM

I like all nuts, but cashews are my favorite with pecans close behind.


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: beardedbruce
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 12:14 PM

OK, now all I need is a recipe for cashews and sugared ginger, for Friday night at the Getaway...


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: Mooh
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 12:14 PM

Peanuts and almonds. My youngest likes peanuts, the eldest maybe cashews (bless you).

Years ago when I had a desk job there were always peanuts in and on my desk...maybe the best thing about the job other than the paycheque.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: gnomad
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 12:42 PM

No, Scrump, you are not alone in that memory. They were very oily (would easily soak through the supposedly greaseproof paper bag) and pretty salty too. Our Woolworths had a peculiarly 50s device to heat them, a sort of flat glass tray about 5" high held together at the corners by chrome bows which met at a light fitting that hung over the nuts. I think they did cashews too, but nobody I knew could afford those, so they were probably even more stale than the peanuts usually were.

Nowadays I would be hard pushed to choose between cashews and almonds. I especially like hickory-smoked almonds. I haven't found a nut I dislike, though I wouldn't be heartbroken if walnuts were suddenly unavailable.

This is making me decidedly peckish.


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: Ebbie
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 01:06 PM

In the Red Dog Saloon in Juneau Alaska they have that same tradition of throwing the shells on the floor. Not only that but there is sawdust on the floor to begin with. Wonder how often it is swept up and replaced?

The only other sawdust bar floor I have seen was years ago in the Oregon City, Oregon, area, out in the country.


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: ClaireBear
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 01:26 PM

I think the Oasis, a longstanding student hangout on El Camino Real in Palo Alto, CA (near Stanford University), does the peanut shells on the floor thing. Haven't been in awhile, so I don't remember if sawdust is part of the ambience or not.


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: beardedbruce
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 01:34 PM

Cashew Brittle
From Diana Rattray,
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This candy is made with sugar, corn syrup, and cashews.
INGREDIENTS:
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1 cup butter
3 cups cashews
1 teaspoon baking soda
PREPARATION:
In a large saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil; blend in butter. Begin to stir frequently when syrup reaches the thread stage, about 230°. When temperature is 280°, or soft-crack stage, add cashews. Stir constantly until hard-crack stage, o300°, is reached. Remove from heat and quickly stir in baking soda. Mix well. Pour onto two buttered baking sheets or jelly roll-size baking pans. As the candy cools, stretch it out thinner by lifting and pulling at edges with forks. Loosen from the pans as soon as possible and turn over. Break hardened candy up and store in an airtight container.
Makes about 2 pounds of cashew brittle.




OK, how about replacing 1/2 cup cashews with 1 1/2 cup of candied ginger chunks?


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: Scrump
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 03:44 PM

No, Scrump, you are not alone in that memory. They were very oily (would easily soak through the supposedly greaseproof paper bag) and pretty salty too. Our Woolworths had a peculiarly 50s device to heat them, a sort of flat glass tray about 5" high held together at the corners by chrome bows which met at a light fitting that hung over the nuts. I think they did cashews too, but nobody I knew could afford those, so they were probably even more stale than the peanuts usually were.

Ah, thanks for reminding me, gnomad. I could remember the metal tray thing with the lamp over it, but I'd forgotten about the cashews. You're right, I can't ever remember buying them in those days. I think the peanuts were 4d a quarter (or was it only 2oz?)


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: beardedbruce
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 04:06 PM

Nutting
Poem lyrics of Nutting by William Wordsworth.
--It seems a day
(I speak of one from many singled out)
One of those heavenly days that cannot die;
When, in the eagerness of boyish hope,
I left our cottage-threshold, sallying forth
With a huge wallet o'er my shoulders slung,
A nutting-crook in hand; and turned my steps
Tow'rd some far-distant wood, a Figure quaint,
Tricked out in proud disguise of cast-off weeds
Which for that service had been husbanded,
By exhortation of my frugal Dame--
Motley accoutrement, of power to smile
At thorns, and brakes, and brambles,--and, in truth,
More ragged than need was! O'er pathless rocks,
Through beds of matted fern, and tangled thickets,
Forcing my way, I came to one dear nook
Unvisited, where not a broken bough
Drooped with its withered leaves, ungracious sign
Of devastation; but the hazels rose
Tall and erect, with tempting clusters hung,
A virgin scene!--A little while I stood,
Breathing with such suppression of the heart
As joy delights in; and, with wise restraint
Voluptuous, fearless of a rival, eyed
The banquet;--or beneath the trees I sate
Among the flowers, and with the flowers I played;
A temper known to those, who, after long
And weary expectation, have been blest
With sudden happiness beyond all hope.
Perhaps it was a bower beneath whose leaves
The violets of five seasons re-appear
And fade, unseen by any human eye;
Where fairy water-breaks do murmur on
For ever; and I saw the sparkling foam,
And--with my cheek on one of those green stones
That, fleeced with moss, under the shady trees,
Lay round me, scattered like a flock of sheep--
I heard the murmur and the murmuring sound,
In that sweet mood when pleasure loves to pay
Tribute to ease; and, of its joy secure,
The heart luxuriates with indifferent things,
Wasting its kindliness on stocks and stones,
And on the vacant air.
Then up I rose,
And dragged to earth both branch and bough, with crash
And merciless ravage: and the shady nook
Of hazels, and the green and mossy bower,
Deformed and sullied, patiently gave up
Their quiet being: and, unless I now
Confound my present feelings with the past;
Ere from the mutilated bower I turned
Exulting, rich beyond the wealth of kings,
I felt a sense of pain when I beheld
The silent trees, and saw the intruding sky--
Then, dearest Maiden, move along these shades
In gentleness of heart; with gentle hand
Touch--for there is a spirit in the woods.


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 04:55 PM

A warning about nutting in particular

Now, come all you young women, take warning by my song
If you should a-nutting go, don't stay from home too long
For if you should stay too late, to hear the ploughboy sing
You might have a young farmer to nurse up in the spring
With my fal-lal to my ral-tal-lal
Whack-fol-the-dear-ol-day
And what few nuts that poor girl had
She threw them all away.


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 04:59 PM

Macadamias (Mine are finished!)
G.


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: frogprince
Date: 15 Mar 07 - 07:18 PM

Like so many kinds, I couldn't pick a favorite. I'm very rarely in bars-as-such, but I've been in casual restaurants and bar-restaurants in Michigan, Illinois, and Florida, if not more places, with the toss-the-shells-on-the-floor tradition.


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: Scrump
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 09:51 AM

This thread reminds me of that good ol' song sung by Roger Miller "I'm A Nut":

I'm a nut, I'm a nut, my life don't ever get in a rut...

Does anyone remember all the lyrics?


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: beardedbruce
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 09:56 AM

Beedle-dee-bah, beedle-dee-bah, beedle-dee-ree-pa-dom...

By LEROY PULLINS

[Chorus]
I'm a nut, I'm a nut
My live don't ever get in a rut, whoop-whoop-whoop-whoop
The head on my shoulders is sorta loose
And I ain't got the sense God gave a goose
Lord, I ain't crazy, but ...I'm a nut

Is is wetter under water, if you're there when it rains?
Is it shorter to New York, than it is by a plane?
Between myself and I, I wonder who's the dumber
Is it hotter down south, than it is in the summer?

[Chorus]

I drove my Cadillac to Vegas to satisfy my lust
Wheelin', dealin', left ol' Vegas on a Greyhound bus
I shouldn't have set the woods on fire while I was there
But remember only forest fires prevent bears

[Chorus]

The poverty war will be over, when I begin to fight
If it took a dime to go 'round the world
I couldn't get out of sight
I don't mind to take the girls out
If they don't mind to go Dutch
Makes me feel like a million dollars
And I bet I ain't worth half that much

[Chorus]

Oh, crazy man! I'm a nut!
Oh, Lordy, Lordy Lordy, Lordy
I'm crazy, I'm a nut!


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: Scrump
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 10:39 AM

Thanks for that BB! :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: beardedbruce
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 10:42 AM

Be careful what you ask for- You might get it!


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: kendall
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 01:00 PM

There used to be a restaurant here called The Ground Round.
They encouraged dropping your peanut shells on the floor. Kids loved to make a mess.


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: gnu
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 03:54 PM

Macadamia nuts, apparently. On accounta they cost so much they must be my favourite. Although, I wouldn't know, on accounta thay cost so much that I have never tried them.

Cashews are lovely, but only for a handful... after that, as "rich" as they are, they get overbearing.

Now. Peanuts. Especially Planters Cocktail, lightly salted peanuts. Mmmm. I can just gorge on peanuts. But. Is it just me? They make me, ah, er, um... horny beyond belief. I'm serious. If I eat just a handful of peanuts in the evening, we are talkin rise and shine early, like it or not. Since I went celibate, well, no more peanuts.


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 17 Mar 07 - 02:23 AM

Macadamia and pine nuts... love 'em.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Much ado about nuttin'
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 18 Mar 07 - 01:31 AM

cashews! I can be depended up to to riffle thru the mixed nuts & eat most of the cashews. As I am polite I often leave one or 2 for someone else!

macadamias!

We have a nearby shop that cooks nuts in sugary syrups, & for someone who doesn't eat sweet stuff & thinks it's a waste of a good nut to cover it in sugary syrup, I love the smell. The smell seems to attract sugary-nut eaters too, cos there are always customers lining up to buy.

sandra

ps. I also love the smell of the sugary waffle cones at the fancy ice cream shop, & again this shop always has lotsa' customers.


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