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« Reply #7575 on: May 03, 2013, 10:31:56 AM »
Here's another stupid question. 

What exactly do bay leaves add to a recipe?  The question recently came up and others have agreed that they can't taste whether the bay leaf is there or not. 

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« Reply #7576 on: May 03, 2013, 10:37:01 AM »
Here's another stupid question. 

What exactly do bay leaves add to a recipe?  The question recently came up and others have agreed that they can't taste whether the bay leaf is there or not.

Sounds like they're using old bay leaves -- they do lose their potency. When working right, they add a subtle flavor, something reminiscent of the smell of ... bay leaves!
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« Reply #7577 on: May 03, 2013, 10:53:40 AM »
Here's another stupid question. 

What exactly do bay leaves add to a recipe?  The question recently came up and others have agreed that they can't taste whether the bay leaf is there or not.

Sounds like they're using old bay leaves -- they do lose their potency. When working right, they add a subtle flavor, something reminiscent of the smell of ... bay leaves!

And they can go old and loose their flavor pretty quick. I try to make sure to replace mine at least every 9-12  months.

When I was young, a woman who helped out my parents would nibble on a piece of by leaf to freshen her breathe.  they have a little bitter, a little bit menthol of a flavor. Break a tiny piece off and chew it a little bit. Or cook plain white rice with an added bay leaf. It'll really absorb the flavor.

There are some things that just don't taste right to me without a bay flavor added...Gumbo, Blackeyed or Purple hull peas, beef stew, and indian curries. 

If you ever run across fresh bay leaves, buy some. They are great. We have some really good Indian grocers in town and can find occasionally. I'll buy some and freeze to use later.

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« Reply #7578 on: May 03, 2013, 10:54:31 AM »
Re: "Warsh"

I heard it quite a bit when we lived in Illinois from people who were born and raised there.
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« Reply #7579 on: May 03, 2013, 11:04:41 AM »
Thanks for answers on the bay leaf question, people.  I'll have to go looking for fresh bay.  The deity knows we have places where it can be bought.

It always seemed like something to find in your food...like the baby doll in a King Cake.

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« Reply #7580 on: May 03, 2013, 11:16:08 AM »
Now I'm enchanted with the fresh bay leaf idea. Could my daughter get it a Penzey's for me, and then would it help if I freeze it?

I use twice as much as the recipe calls for because once the bottle is opened, it looses flavor quickly. Would it help to freeze the bottle once it is open?

Please don't tell me I can get fresh at my local grocer: I can't.

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« Reply #7581 on: May 03, 2013, 11:17:29 AM »
Penzey's has dried bay leaves, but they are very fresh as far as flavor. I would buy what I could use for 6 months and freeze them to keep them fresh.

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« Reply #7582 on: May 03, 2013, 11:23:35 AM »
Now I'm enchanted with the fresh bay leaf idea. Could my daughter get it a Penzey's for me, and then would it help if I freeze it?

I use twice as much as the recipe calls for because once the bottle is opened, it looses flavor quickly. Would it help to freeze the bottle once it is open?

Please don't tell me I can get fresh at my local grocer: I can't.

I've never seen someone use a truly fresh (as in undried) bay leaf, only the dried kind. Penzey's has them.
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« Reply #7583 on: May 03, 2013, 11:51:06 AM »
I use them a lot, Art. I can get them fresh on a branch from some grocers and at the farmer's market.

There is also a superstition that you should keep a bay leaf in your wallet, to bring money. Put it in fresh, replace the old, crumbly one at New Year's for a fresh leaf.

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« Reply #7584 on: May 08, 2013, 02:53:00 PM »
As a general rule, when an actor leaves a TV show, does the show still have the right to use footage of them filmed while they were part of the cast?

For example, in the first few seasons of the show Criminal Minds, there was a main character called Agent Gideon. He was written out, apparently because the actor thought the show was getting gratuitously gory and didn't want to be associated with it anymore. Thus, I'm guessing he wouldn't be interested in returning as a guest star, like some actors do. So if the writers wanted to, say, show a flashback and were able to put it together using old footage from when he was part of the show, would they have free reign to use that footage or would they have to get the actor's permission? Or is this something that would be defined on an individual basis when the contracts were drawn up?

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« Reply #7585 on: May 08, 2013, 03:03:25 PM »
One of my favorite shows and actors. I don't know how they would do it.

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« Reply #7586 on: May 08, 2013, 03:37:48 PM »
As a general rule, when an actor leaves a TV show, does the show still have the right to use footage of them filmed while they were part of the cast?

For example, in the first few seasons of the show Criminal Minds, there was a main character called Agent Gideon. He was written out, apparently because the actor thought the show was getting gratuitously gory and didn't want to be associated with it anymore. Thus, I'm guessing he wouldn't be interested in returning as a guest star, like some actors do. So if the writers wanted to, say, show a flashback and were able to put it together using old footage from when he was part of the show, would they have free reign to use that footage or would they have to get the actor's permission? Or is this something that would be defined on an individual basis when the contracts were drawn up?

This one, I think.

The last episode of Star Trek Deep Space Nine [spoiler] lacked flashbacks of Jadzia Dax because they didn't have the right to use her image.

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« Reply #7587 on: May 08, 2013, 04:03:07 PM »
I'm guessing that it is usually covered in your contract.  And the better contract you have, the more likely you have that kind of control.  If residuals are written into the contract,  then the actor tends to get paid for the "Flashback" as well.

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« Reply #7588 on: May 08, 2013, 04:55:49 PM »
If a person disappears and is declared legally dead after the appropriate number of years, then turns up alive later on, does the family have to return any life insurance that they collected?
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« Reply #7589 on: May 08, 2013, 05:07:59 PM »
Oo, I've always wondered that.

My stupid question is very different though: Can fish swim backwards? I watched one do so (in a tank) yesterday and realised I've never seen that before, so I wondered if maybe it was playing a clever trick on me somehow.
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