Matthew Schuler survives and advances in The Voice - The Packer

Matthew Schuler survives and advances in The Voice

11/27/2013 09:32:00 AM
Tom Karst

Of course, there are all the categories you would expect: word definitions, music, history, sports, etcetera.

Also among the dozen of categories is the header “fruits and vegetables.” Upon finding this category, I inwardly gloated that I had found the category that would propel me to the top of the heap of the teeming masses. With nearly 30 years working within shouting distance of the fruit and vegetable industry, I would be the feared if respected “ringer” of the fruit and vegetable category.

Not true.

I have stumbled badly. In my latest game, I didn’t know that “Cucurbita pepo” is the Latin name for courgettes. I didn’t know that leeks came from the Lily variety of plants. I could correctly identify a picture of a cherimoya and broccoli, but again fell short when quizzed about the Irish dish of “Colcannon,” which I found out later contains potatoes and cabbage. A question about “Which of these is actually a vegetable?” left me stumped (it was watermelon) and the fact that artichokes are in the thistle family escaped me.

Think you can do better? Well, I look forward to the face-off in the fruit and veggies aisle of Quiz up.


What are you thankful for? I asked that question  to members of The Packer Market yesterday, and I also ask the question here. What are you thankful for? There are many things to remember, but the gathering of family for the holidays is one of the most precious parts of this time of year. We won’t see our two boys at Thanksgiving, but we will see them at Christmas. Our newly married daughter lives in Kansas City and we look forward to spending time with the newlyweds.

Blessings to all the readers of Fresh Talk and their families. Yes, Happy Thanksgiving!


 If you are searching for light-hearted conversation topics for your Thanksgiving meal that have nothing to do with Obamacare or Harry Reid, you can knowingly inform your crew about new food trends (2014)  from The Food Channel. The foodies at the Food Channel picked out trends such as “the Midwestern Food Movement” (root vegetables and meats), low tea (and more frequent small meals), distracted dining (one hand food for the cell phone obsessed), and a few other less notable trends.

 One added “bonus” trend was an attention getter, however. From the release:


Virtual Food: There are now 3D food printers that take paste and extrude it into any shape, meaning complicated food “structures” like decorator icings can be “printed.” We predict the food world will see more on this horizon and that it will have an impact on food in a big way.



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