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Final Beta Update and Full Chowhound Launch

I have been weaning off my Chowhound dependency. The rollout should take care of any withdrawal pangs. I feel incredibly sad, but I have to keep reminding myself, "It's only a website."

I'm sure Google searches will bring me back occasionally, but daily interaction will probably be a thing of the past.

Chef David Santos comments on "Teen Chef" Flynn McGarry's popup

I agree with your arguments about child labor. I don't think his skills are in doubt, though.

How Useful And Trustworthy Is Yelp??

It's a lot like Chowhound in that you need to invest time into finding reviewers you can trust.

I've found on both sites that there are some people who review a lot of places and I almost never agree with them even when they go into great detail about why they hated the skate wing or that a server should never have moved their fork. You need to do your own due diligence to find reviewers you can trust.

Chef David Santos comments on "Teen Chef" Flynn McGarry's popup

As Trish pointed out, read Kris Morningstar's take in the comments section, at the bottom of the Eater article. http://ny.eater.com/2015/9/1/9241673/...
I'll paste the 1st paragraph:
"It’s not about playing dress up is right! Myth one about Mcgarry playing dress up is a joke. I am the chef that allowed Flynn MgGarry a 12 year old to work in my kitchen for nearly a year, breaking all child labor laws unbeknownst to my company, because I saw what everybody sees now. On his first day with me he learned almost nothing. He frenched chicken thighs for staff and he made pickled watermelon rind. I also found out he had already cooked through the Alinea cook book. He had done all of this at …12 years old. And yes Flynn worked his way up to my grill station by 13 years old."

I'd say that someone who has worked with Flynn McGarry has a better take on this than David Santos.

Chef David Santos comments on "Teen Chef" Flynn McGarry's popup

I sort of agree but - when he runs his popups, is he not head of his kitchen? And if he's running the whole operation, what should he be called if not chef?

David Santos and most folks on Eater seem to think that one word, Chef == a justifiable argument for Flynn McGarry being a dilettante.

I say, more power to him. I hope he makes enough to cover his CIA (or wherever he want to go) education.

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

This means a lot more moldy oldies will make their way into the main page feed when newbies resurrect discussions from 10+ years ago. Then, since we can't see the original post date, we will blithely join in the discussion and post our replies. Seconds after we hit "Submit," we'll see that the discussion was started in 2004. A collective "D'oh!" will ensue. We'll all feel stupid. But the screen will look new and modern - so that's good.

New posting options

When the new version rolls out Q&A will no longer be a posting option and all Q&A posts are to be converted to regular discussions. Yay!

Sep 02, 2015
MplsM ary in Site Talk
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Chowhound Beta Site Part V

I hope those posts stay on, or return to General Topics where they belong.

Sep 01, 2015
MplsM ary in Site Talk
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Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

Wow. My primary school did cakewalks on parents' night. I wonder if good ol' John Burroughs Primary still does that.

Aug 29, 2015
MplsM ary in Not About Food

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

I have what I think is a scathingly brilliant idea, to quote Mary Clancy in The Trouble with Angels.

I've been viewing beta.chowhound.com logged in and not. My thought is, what if you collapse posts (much like the current Chowhound, but if you absolutely MUST keep showing tags, keep them text only (no border boxes)) for people who are logged in, and keep it expanded as it is in beta for people not logged in?

I think you are trolling for new folks with the current beta design. Were I not already a member, if I saw these topical teasers I would probably jump in. I do think you are on the right track to attract new people. We always need new folks to join in the fun.

Thing is, back to my last whiny post on this topic, the expanded posts on board and tag views really are unbearably huge. You know me as a bona fide signed up and logged in member. No need to entice me with anything other than an intriguing title.

Ferinstance, today I've opened a range of topics including:
"Country club casual" dress code. What is it?
Sketchy Stuff We Resort To In Kitchens
what dishes in spain typically contain nuts?

I have no want nor need to participate in any of these topics (will probably never get to Spain and I love nuts), but the oddballery of and the vastness of Chowhound topics and my insatiable curiosity makes me want to peek in. By the way, I was using the old Chowhound interface for two out of three of these topics. I was led in by topic title alone.

In tandem with your extraordinary Google SEO skills, and even using your newfangled expanded post configuration we contributors have a way to entice new users. The expanded post views will get new users to join in. Your current users have little to no need to see the teasers.

Best Salt Substitute?

Check out what happens if you don't get enough potassium. http://www.webmd.boots.com/a-to-z-gui...

Aug 29, 2015
MplsM ary in General Topics

Best Salt Substitute?

While I agree with you it's an alarmist argument, I'm willing to cut RIparent a break, since it's their first post ever on Chowhound.

Welcome to Chowhound RIparent. Don't be alarmed. We all have pretty strong opinions, but we also tend to back up medical pronouncements with facts.

Aug 29, 2015
MplsM ary in General Topics

Your best lentil, split pea or bean loaf, please

Thanks for the recipes!

Here are nut loaf recipes:
First, the classic loaf (not a nut loaf per se, but a good go-to for LO vegetarians): https://rachellizwright.wordpress.com... I smash the nuts instead of pulverizing them. Better texture IMO.

An aside, make your own onion soup mix: (use vegetarian "beef bouillon" found at many co-ops) http://www.thefrugalpantry.com/2013/0... I store mine in the freezer and use in all sorts of things.

Martha goes nut loaf! http://www.marthastewart.com/318210/c...

https://www.vegansociety.com/resource...

Aug 29, 2015
MplsM ary in Vegetarian & Vegan

Let's Do Something Different for the Holidays

After my mom could no longer cook the holiday meals I cooked the first couple and then went rogue. I made vegetarian chili, salad and cornbread for Thanksgiving. I did make a relish tray, put out the cashews and Goldfish, and made martinis for Mom. My brother stopped by Boston Market for what he wanted (bringing enough for Mom).

That year my friend Bob had no family in town so I invited him along and he brought a really good homemade pie.

It was great fun.

Aug 27, 2015
MplsM ary in Home Cooking
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Your best lentil, split pea or bean loaf, please

Hi all,

Target had Amy's dinners on sale last week, so I picked up my favorite: meatloaf. Holy wow, I love the flavor, texture and the fact that the loaf is so filling.

Dear vegetarian and vegan Chowhounds, do you have a tasty and filling bean-based loaf recipe to share? If there's also a gravy recipe involved, so much the better. I have many nut loaf recipes, so I am looking for bean based loaves, please.

Thanks!

Aug 27, 2015
MplsM ary in Vegetarian & Vegan

Do you appy foods to your face or skin ?

I do the aspirin and lemon juice mask every once in a while. As someone with rosacea, it's a pretty amazing exfoliant that reduces redness and fine lines.

In the dead of winter before a shower I'll use olive oil on my face and then cover with a warm washcloth for 20 seconds or so. Then I wash it off.

Aug 27, 2015
MplsM ary in Not About Food

Non Dairy Milk Update

Oh, thanks for that tip. I tried Trader Joe's almond milk (also unsweetened vanilla) and it was thin and grainy so I shied away from other house brands.

I only use vanilla milk for protein shakes, where vanilla makes sense. Otherwise I use half and half or cream (lower carb).

Aug 26, 2015
MplsM ary in Vegetarian & Vegan

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

I am using the new terms from Pat: "We've made the decision to use "posts" to indicate an original post and "comments" to indicate the replies to that post. We're going to stick with this going forward as it makes things *much* easier for us to communicate with you about specific bugs on the page if we're using the same terms." http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1021...

I have selected collapsed. I am referring to board/tag views. Posts on which I am caught up take up way too much screen real estate. All I need is the title, original author and the date the post was started and date of last reply. Like it is on the old Chowhound. If these were MORE collapsed, it would be an easy indication of read state.

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

I see there is TON of work you've done, but I beg of you to let much of it go.

I was a joiner for the beta and gave my feedback. These are my deal breakers:

I need to see when a thread was started. Seriously.

The thing I can NOT get past is the awful screen hogging for absolutely every single post/topic. It's 10X worse on mobile.

Please collapse threads/posts for which I am caught up. P L E A S E !!! I have to say this is really cheesing me off.

The screen grabbiness of every feature needs to be dialed back by 50%. Tags, boards, spacing, margins and title fonts all. I get what you are aiming for, but if we can only see one, ONE post title at a time, then you are wasting MY time, and much as I love you Chowhound, I will click away to somewhere else.

Think I've said it all. Sorry to be harsh.

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

I've used many of those, though it's
Little pitchers have big ears - like the handle of a pitcher

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

Do be a do bee - Miss Betty, Romper Room

Aug 24, 2015
MplsM ary in Not About Food

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

Not the brightest bulb on the tree (I use this one)

Aug 24, 2015
MplsM ary in Not About Food

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

Apropos of nothing (there's another one), my grandmother told my mom she should always wave at train engineers because they lead such lonely lives. I still wave at engineers though Mom and I never believed they were in fact lonely.

- Don't be a chump
- Make like a tree and leave

Along with "groovy" I am making inroads on bringing back "nifty."

Aug 24, 2015
MplsM ary in Not About Food

Have you ever lost . . . .

I think mine eloped with yours. It was a cheapie, but it kept an edge through countless trips through the dishwasher and it fit my hand perfectly. My dear sister gifted my with a beautiful, expensive (to me anyway) Wusthof Classic, which is beautiful and sharp, but it just is not the same and I dare not toss it in the DW.

Aug 24, 2015
MplsM ary in Not About Food
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Jay Raynor as a Kitchen Porter

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandsty...

""The KP is vital,” says Michel Roux Jnr of Le Gavroche in Mayfair, who did the job as a teenager to pay for a record player. “Good food starts with a clean pan. I look for experience as a KP on the CVs of people applying for jobs in my kitchen. It means they understand the way it works.”"

It's a fun read.

27 Food Stories Nobody Needs to Write Again

I'll add foods/dishes by state or region that nobody, especially the residents of said state or region has ever heard of.

Aug 23, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

Cheetos, Canned Foods, Deli Meat: How The U.S. Army Shapes Our Diet

This helps sort of answer the "Bread... What is going on!" http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/922724 topic.

I love Goldfish, so thanks for that US military. I hate what's happened to commercial bread, though. And I don't understand the desire for shelf stable pizza, except as it relates to military use.

Aug 23, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

Have you ever lost . . . .

A carton of eggs. I came home from the store, unpacked my bags and no eggs. I went back to the store, and all huffy and indignant I showed them my receipt and they gave me another carton.

Four months later like a ticking bomb, there they were, under the back seat. I got a regular tall kitchen garbage bag and wrapped those babies tight, tight tight! and then found an outdoor dumpster and gently laid them in.

I still feel bad about the carton of eggs the store gave me, but too mortified to do anything about it.

So did you just wear the stain ?

I have a perfect dress that, thanks to the pattern disguises many stains. I bought it because I love the fit and colors, but the added benefit of stain camouflage means I often wear it when dining out. It's suffered the indignities of red wine, Mexican food and my inability to use chopsticks. I am on the lookout for similar material so I can have another one made.

When I'm wearing stain magnets aka clothing (which society as a whole seems to favor), I just laugh it off.

I'm always dreaming up crazy inventions, and thought there should be a spray one can apply to one's front before a meal and then just peel it off when you're done. Or rename the lobster bib as just bib and make it socially acceptable to wear one at every meal. In Mary Land, nobody gets looked at twice for wearing a bib. Nope, in my little imaginary queendom, bib wearers are highly regarded as the smarties.

Until my benign and beneficent world domination, all I can suggest is stain camo clothing. Or ya know, a bib.

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

It was in June. Here is the thread about the annoying popup: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1016775

p.s. my post above was supposed to be a response to the OP.

Aug 22, 2015
MplsM ary in Site Talk