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A Detroit Opera Celebrates Frida Kahlo's Life And Cooking

Very cool. Has anyone bought "Frida's Fiestas?" Sounds interesting.

Feb 25, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

How Top Chef could be "fixed" - according to Grantland

The dislike came from viewers feeling Hosea was awarded the title because he was "camera-worthy," and not worthy of being Top Chef. It felt like they kept him on for smooching with Leah and arguing with Stephan, neither of which require cooking skills.

In years since that season we have more data. I don't think people would be quite so harsh with Hosea. We've seen people win or pack their knives on any day, in any challenge, for the damnedest reasons.

Feb 25, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

This is a must read thread from N.J. Board

You may be right. I admit I glossed over that point, turned it around, and proposed that lightweight interaction, rather than slavish, focused and devoted attention to food nerdery, like Chowhound used to be, is actually fine. I join in when the laser is focused on topics that interest me. You know, like a message board.

Thing is, message boards are dying and I can't fault TPTB for trying to attract new folks to whatever this site is now.

Sometimes I think people romanticize Chowhound-past for what it wasn't. Not every topic was a jewel to be honed, weighed in on or admired. For me, the glaring difference between yesteryear and today is the way changes are presented to the community. Then again, changes were few and far between on the old CH, so I have decided I will let that go, too.

Feb 25, 2015
MplsM ary in Site Talk

This is a must read thread from N.J. Board

Don't think of it as not participating. Or, at least one needn't leave altogether. I rarely participate on my local board anymore. I don't have the money to eat out these days (soon, she typed with hope welling eternal), and the few posts in our tumbleweed-bedecked Minneapolis-Saint Paul board are rightfully about new restaurants that simply don't interest me.

I've found there is community to be enjoyed on the boards that still hold my interest: Home Cooking; Food Media and News; Vegetarian/Vegan and ::sheepish:: Not About Food. And, I've also found that just dipping a toe in every once in a while is just fine. Chowhound participation isn't a job or a thing that requires commitment. Just posting (or even just clicking the cutesy little blue heart to signify support or agreement), every once in a while is enough.

I for one, would hate Chowhound to be jfood-less yet again.

Feb 24, 2015
MplsM ary in Site Talk

Heinous KFC commercial

See "Bread... What is going on!"

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/922724

Feb 23, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

The Food Babe Says There’s Beaver Butt in Your Ice Cream

Not Foodude? My eyes are peeled.

Feb 22, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

Why do most food blog recipes suck?

In my never-ending quest to align everything in the world for my optimal convenience and enjoyment, I suggest all recipe based blogs and websites add a comment sorting feature. They could use a tick box for people who actually tried the recipe. They could also add a smiley face (maybe a little blue heart?) for those who simply feel the need to type stupid things like "Sounds nummy," (yes, I just barfed a little).

Searching for a 90's cooking show

Great Chefs of the West?

Warning - link is to a PDF file!
http://www.greatchefs.com/wp-content/...

Feb 20, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

Where can I get helpful, unbiased reviews of major appliances?

That's unfortunate. Houzz is so pernicious in how it abuses Google spiders to return page after page of useless information, it's one of the few sites I block when I do Google searches. Rats. Gardenweb forums are SO useful and Houzz is so useless!

Feb 20, 2015
MplsM ary in Cookware
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Pepper Mill Recommendation Please

Another tip: Make your own funnel out of paper and tape. That way you get a larger funnel with no jamming.

Feb 19, 2015
MplsM ary in Cookware

Seeking durable kitchen pot holders, the kind you can use for really hot pots and pans

I found I burnt my thumb near the palm when I used those. I guess I need more coverage or maybe I used them on the wrong pans before gifting them to a local charity.

Feb 17, 2015
MplsM ary in Cookware

ideas for low carb vegetarian meals

I use a food processor and shred 3 medium or 4 small zucchini using a shredder disk. I microwave the shreds without salt for 3 minutes. I microwave the cabbage for 3 minutes if I use salt, 4 or 5 minutes without salt.

Yes, the smell of shirataki! Not to my liking.

I bought the Gardein "wings" and tossed out the barbecue sauce. I sauteed them in olive oil and butter and fished it with the last of my capers, a little lemon zest, some lemon juice and black pepper. Very tasty.

Feb 14, 2015
MplsM ary in Vegetarian & Vegan

I Wish Q&A Would Go Away

I know I am beating a dead horse here but, I get angry when I see a Q&A topic for which I'd like to post an answer to the question, and am stymied by the Q&A format.

Usually I want to ask the original poster of a Q&A topic a question about what they are asking.

Sure, I could ask a "clarifying question," but since nobody can see clarifying questions (CQs) without knowing a CQ exists and there is no threading for CQs, I move on and don't post anything. So, a possibly brilliant answer (ok, small chance of that but you get the drift) is not to be had by the poster of a legit question, simply because they used the blasted Q&A format.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015

Indian Fare Madras Lentil - I am just not sure whether this is a yay or nay. I really liked it, once I got past the fact that it's basically Mexican black bean soup made with lentils. Thing is, I really wanted Indian spices and well... it was not in the least Indian to my tastebuds. Not a meh either. A confused, not-standing-behind-this-in-any-way yay, I guess.

Feb 13, 2015
MplsM ary in Chains

How Top Chef could be "fixed" - according to Grantland

Exactly. Roy Choi came off as holier than thou, AND as insincere as a whore. It's a neat trick but extremely distasteful.

ideas for low carb vegetarian meals

Yeah, I dislike slimy and/or bouncy food - so they are not for me. I tried making Soy Curls into a noodle substitute and it was an unmitigated failure. I truly enjoy sauce over vegetables and don't feel at all deprived when served that way: sauce over vegetables. However, as a Minnesotan I miss the delight and warmth of a noodle casserole aka hotdish. Try as I might have not been able to create a satisfying casserole that is not egg based.

Feb 12, 2015
MplsM ary in Vegetarian & Vegan

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

LindaWhit you've been a total trouper. Thanks for your splendid recaps!

I like that Gregory and Mei approached the finale in very different ways. Gregory wanted to show that he wasn't a "one trick pony" and Mei wanted to demonstrate versatility. They both accomplished their goals admirably.

It's been a long season. Congrats to Mei and happy retirement to LindaWhit.

ideas for low carb vegetarian meals

For the spaghetti sauce, I use either shredded zucchini or a bag of shredded cabbage as pasta substitute. I usually make the sauce and serve over zucchini the first night, combine the sauce and zucchini when I store the leftovers and it magically becomes one dish. I find this a little unsatisfying on night two, so the second night it gets served over shredded cabbage.

Seitan (I prefer seitan O greatness: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe... (though I really do not like the warm spices recommended and use Italian or Mexican spicing instead)) I make garlic-fried seitan: brown small slices of seitan in oil or butter, add minced garlic and serve with a squeeze of lemon and capers.

Daikon Fettuccine: http://www.food.com/recipe/daikon-fet...

The last two are from Rose Elliot's The Vegetarian Low-Carb Diet book, which is an ok (but rather dull) book.

Feb 11, 2015
MplsM ary in Vegetarian & Vegan

This trend of locking threads is extremely concerning

"It seems like the new approach to any constructive feedback is to shut down discussion."

Like so much of the attitude shift toward users, it's dismissive. When we raise genuine concerns for features that are counter-intuitive or not user friendly, those threads don't just get locked, they get deleted tout de suite.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #14 – Pre-Finale - 02/04/15 (spoilers)

Misogyny ≠ bias.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #14 – Pre-Finale - 02/04/15 (spoilers)

Which is pretty dismissive of Kristen's talent.

Where can I get helpful, unbiased reviews of major appliances?

Guess who is eating her words and getting a Samsung Side-by-side refrigerator with an ice maker delivered next week? 'Tis to laugh.

I bought an e-subscription to Consumer Reports and it was not helpful. At all. When searching for a refrigerator, it didn't ever return refrigerators from my search. And then when I looked at the discussions by CR readers they disagreed vehemently with the reviews. I know that does not invalidate CR, but I do question their criteria more than I used to.

I had to go to every appliance website I could find to dig up reviews of refrigerators that fit my needle in a haystack needs. I need a counter depth black refrigerator.

After reading all the reviews I searched to see if there were planted positive reviews, by checking the manufacturers websites and hunting for similarities. In the end I relied on reviews from Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowes, Sears and AJ Madison.

I did not want an ice maker. I did not want water. I just wanted a basic refrigerator. Oy. These days basic refrigerators are made only for rental units or restaurants and the rental fridges are so bare bones they don't even moderate temperatures very well and the professional refrigerators are too large for my tiny kitchen. With the bare bones models, things freeze in the fridge or don't freeze in the freezer. So I went up a step. Paying more means I get ice and water whether I want them or not. It's not that I don't want the convenience. I've just read and heard horror stories of leaking and other troubles.

So after all my research I am trying to find a handy person to come and remove a cabinet end piece (to allow for better ventilation) and will have my Samsung - 22.3 Cu. Ft. Counter-Depth Side-by-Side Refrigerator with Thru-the-Door Ice and Water - Black delivered next Tuesday.

Feb 09, 2015
MplsM ary in Cookware

greed kills utility

Try it on Android. Not quite as easy, and it slows things down to a crawl.

Feb 08, 2015
MplsM ary in Site Talk

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #14 – Pre-Finale - 02/04/15 (spoilers)

Aw come on! If we can't speculate about reasons or behavior that isn't shown, or food they didn't actually cook instead of the highly edited reality presented to us by people who don't want us to know the ending till we get to the end - then there's precious little to talk about.

Other than that, I wholeheartedly agree with you, teezeetoo.

Feb 08, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

Not sure I like where this is going

I prefer clicking to view sponsored and relevant content over ads for wackado crap (or ads about crapping wackados) that take over everything. I don't think the video did much in service of the people participating, but it's not targeted to MsMaryVeghead (my full name).

If CHOW is making videos again.... bring back Supertaster!

Feb 07, 2015
MplsM ary in Site Talk
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McDonald's French Fries

But they still spray the fries with beef "flavoring" which has milk and a tiny amount of beef. So yeah... no.

Feb 06, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

Where can I post a survey?

It doesn't make any sense that topic was killed. Chow/hound says they want to invite professional and outside voices and sources to the party, but the reality is so damned murky.

I liked having all those requests in one convenient place.

That thread was probably killed in the purge-a-thon that coincided with Jacquilynne leaving.

It would be nice if Marssy started "Chowhounds Wanted" v 2.0.

Looking for a magazine for my 80+ dad, not too adventurous

Oh, neat! Should have known mainstream spice companies would have thought of this idea.

I just wandered into my front room and realized I left out the the double sealed plastic tub of stinky stuff I segregated from everything else in the box I delivered to the post office. Sheesh. The little box of Berbere, Yakima smoked salt and Garam Masala is perched on an end table mocking me. Rats.

Feb 06, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

Looking for a magazine for my 80+ dad, not too adventurous

Aggregating links and recipes is a smart and thoughtful idea.

Yearly I send spices to my sister for her birthday. This year I added a different little something along with her requested herbs and spices. I bought this, admittedly overpriced bunch of spices, out of curiosity and to reward this totally clever idea: http://www.pursuitofspice.com/store/e...

The recipe is on the package and, as I said I just thought it was a great idea. That way you can try something you may never have tried and you can replicate the dish with jars of spices should you wish to.

Feb 06, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

Where can I post a survey?

What happened to the "Chowhounds Wanted" thread that had many similar requests?

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/855726

Feb 06, 2015
MplsM ary in Site Talk
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