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It was a warm September day bursting with autumn colors when we piled into my car and drove to the tiny town of Ancram, New York, searching for the tiny Revolutionary War lead mines. Most people had never seen them because they were very overgrown and hard to find. This was back in the days when I taught school at Columbia-Greene Community College and I convinced some of my colleagues to take the 30-minute ride in an attempt to locate a piece of American history. After asking directions from a local farmer that pinpointed the woods, we climbed hill and dale rockhounding specimens of galena and quartz. It was supposed to be the oldest lead mine in the United States that supplied lead for rifle ammunition. The samples we found that day still occupy a shelf in my mineral collection proudly displayed. Lead is an ancient metal. It is mentioned Bible (Exodus 15:10) describing that the Egyptians sank “as lead” after the waters of the Red Sea covered them during the chase from Pharaoh. Since lead is easy to extract from its ore and is very malleable, it had been used extensively in the construction of everyday items, including bowls and water pipes. Even the element’s atomic symbol, Pb, is an abbreviation of its Latin name plumbum, furnishing the derivative English words: plumbing, plumber, and plumb-bob, all dealing with the metal. It’s atomic number of 82 makes lead the highest non-radioactive element in the periodic table, its neighbor bismuth only recently has been found to be slightly radioactive. It is shiny, so soft that one can easily cut with a knife, yet tarnishes after a while, forming the oxide layer that, like aluminum, protects the metal from further “rusting. We use lead in our everyday life each time we start the engine of our car. Hunters use lead for bullets and shot, although this is being challenged by copper shot due to the toxicity concerns. The electronics industry uses its share of lead metal in the form of solder, an alloy with tin that has a reasonably low melting point of 183 Celsius — easily obtained with simple electronic irons. Lead is still used in building construction. The valleys on my roof were put in place using sheet lead and will probably last 200 years. Unfortunately, lead is poisonous to life forms, damaging the nervous system in humans. It has been attributed to one of the causes for the fall of the Roman Empire by the geochemist Jerome Nriagu, who published articles in the 1960s. Source: elkodaily.com
"It takes the intimidation of the knife, especially for the home cook, away. " Psilakis paid close attention to what knives his wife, a home cook but not a trained chef, selected from their drawer, and used her feedback as the model for his short-handled knife. Most untrained cooks will counterintuitively grab the knife at the start of the handle, as demonstrated when asking this reporter-not-chef to hold a standard chef's knife. Source: www.amny.com
Mauviel copper saucepans and fry pans hang on pegs across the wall in back of the counter at La Cuisine on Cameron Street. Nancy Pollard, who opened La Cuisine in 1970, explains these pans are good for cooking because copper is the best heat conductor. Pollard had been thinking about opening her store for a while because she was a German language student and saw that "cooking in Europe was a really different deal. ” They had commercially designed cookware that you didn't see in American shops. “What we do is really work toward selling good solid classic cookware. " She also has equipment and ingredients that are difficult to find. "I am a cook,” Pollard said, “but was really fortunate to cook with the first American woman who had taken and finished the hard core course at the Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She just walked into my store one day and we cooked together 2-3 times a week in her kitchen until she died. I learned a lot of classic cooking techniques from her. Pollard said it helps that she is married to a "wine maniac" so it works both ways. Her husband chooses a wine to go with her dinner or he has a particular wine and requests that she find for instance a lamb recipe to go with it. Tonight she is making gnocchi with smoked tomatoes, "ridiculously easy. I'm embarrassed to even tell you. " Pollard says she has a game she plays with herself. Since her husband buys all the needed paper products at the grocery store, she tries to see whether she can shop only at the farmer's markets from April-November. A number of Pollard's customers come in for advice. "I made a recipe and it didn't turn out. can you help me. " Or "I bought a set of cookware and don't use all of the pieces. " Pollard says one of her big pieces of advice is to buy as you need it. "You might find that you need two saucepans of the same size or don't cook anything in the oven. " She says that you have to hold a knife in your hand before buying it or you may buy an 8-inch knife you will never use. Pollard said, "We still carry carbon knives. It's kind of a cult. They are easier to sharpen at home. A customer walks in the door with her umbrella and a large black leather case. Pamela Simon has driven in from Laurel, Md. , with 8 Henckel knives to be sharpened. "I love to cook and I would be here more if I didn't live so far away," Simon said, "They sell really high quality cooking equipment here. This would be my dream job. Pollard says all of the. Source: www.connectionnewspapers.com
It is shiny, so soft that one can easily cut with a knife, yet tarnishes after a while, forming the oxide layer that, like aluminum, protects the metal from further “rusting.” We use lead in our everyday life each time we start the engine of our car
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We are getting closer and closer to the release of the new Star Wars movie, and with that release we will see more related products to cash in on the hype. Enter the Star Wars Lightsaber Flatware set. This flatware set consist of three pieces (knife ...