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rotten tomatoes

Between the Grammy huckstering and all the Pontiff pontification, you may have missed this little item – the US and Mexico have cut a trade deal where the price of imported tomatoes will double, and the case of some speciality tomatoes like cherries, the price will soar higher.  The official line is that this will “avert a trade war by halting the re-instigation of anti-dumping investigations.”

Fine.  What it means is that Obama’s Commerce Department has yet again stuck it to the middle class with higher food costs at the expense of making a very very important voting tomatoesblock in Florida of wealthy tomato growers very happy.  And rich.

To quote (either the New York Times or Wall Street Journal – so this comes from both sides of the spin fence):

The Cato Institute’s Daniel Ikenson estimates that winter tomato prices could rise from 41% to 168%, and summer prices 47% to 176%. Specialty tomatoes, such as grape, cherry or heirloom varieties, will see the biggest increases.

In essence, the US has agreed to let Mexico increase the minimum price they charge for tomatoes, called the “price floor”.  I don’t know why it’s called that.  I’m sure some accounting MBA thought it up in order to make it sound important. It’s a minimum price.
Another little sideline – Mexico employes about 350,000 workers in the tomato industry.  I’m sure a few of those folk will be seeing pink slips now that quantity is no longer the issue.

Here is the solution proposed by one blog commenter from California:

How about we all( Mexican And US growers) stop growing so many tomatoes. Let a market be a real market and we wont have to worry minimums.

Yeah. Great.

And from an article in Forbes:

Not only will consumers pay more for foreign and domestically grown tomatoes at the grocery store and for salads and hamburgers at restaurants, but the new price-floor terms provide a strong indication that the specter of uncertainty associated with antidumping administration provides the necessary leverage to induce foreign producers into pricing schemes indistinguishable from collusion and price-fixing.

Get those tomatoes planted early this year….

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Global Warming My Ass…

It’s friggin cold. In the 20’s with teen wind-chills in November…you can’t tell me it’s getting warmer.  My skin is already so dry that I feel like I’m molting.  It’s not even officially winter for God’s sake.

So.  A good day to stay indoors, wouldn’t you say?  A good day to fill the house with smells from the kitchen..smells to warm the house and the soul on a frigid day.  Put on an old movie and putter around the kitchen.

To start the day off, let’s think about dinner.  Hmmm…leftover sausage in the fridge…I think a nice fresh tomato sauce with onion, garlic and spices would be nice along with some sausage. The aromas will do nicely around the place.

Something for dessert, then.  Time to break out the cookbooks and try something new.  Every so often I have to add to the repertoire.  Now I have not had a good history with the King Arthur’s Baking Companion cookbook.  We haven’t seemed to click as everything I’ve tried has not come out to my liking, so naturally it’s not the first book I turn to for inspiration.  I guess it was just a  matter of time and providence, tho, as what I kept coming back to was a cake recipe I marked some time ago but never committed myself to.  Now the time felt right to dive into a Three Layer Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake.  To make a long story short and with only one screw up that required a nighttime trip to Shop-Rite, I must say I am overwhelmingly please with the results.  So what if it’s loaded with three different kinds of chocolate and 2 1/2 cups of heavy cream (not whipping cream and not Ultra-Pasteurized – which was a bitch to find), the results were worth it.

Here….have a slice…

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