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Fortuna Favet Fortibus

The yogurt in my crock pot has been fermenting for about three hours. The droplets on its glass lid, illuminated by slanting winter sunlight, catches my attention.

Now, the oldest writings referencing yogurt are attributed to Pliny the Elder, who remarked that certain nomadic tribes knew how "to thicken the milk into a substance with an agreeable acidity". The earliest yogurt—in civilizations as far back as 2000 BC—was probably fermented spontaneously, likely by wild bacteria residing inside goatskin bags used for transportation.

As for Pliny, instead of heeding his helmsman’s suggestion on August 24, 79 AD to leave Herculaneum, as cinders and pumice from Vesuvius’s eruption rained down on them, he shrugged and said, “Fortuna favet fortibus.” Soon he was dead.

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Naw, Pliny wouldn't listen because he was hard-headed and set in his ways. Pliny the Younger achieved fame by writing about the Vesuvius eruption and his father's ridiculous expedition across the bay of Naples while it was still going on.

Anyway, I've already made three fantastic loaves of bread using the "no knead" recipie and using a large stainless steel pot. No need for a machine, it's no trouble at all.

There's just no going back after tasting this home-made stuff. Fantastic, and extremely LOW COST.

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