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site forgetting "read" posts

This is happening to me today, (Aug 29 2914). Chrome on Win 7.

about 1 hour ago
MplsM ary in Site Talk

Whole Foods deceptive pricing?

about 2 hours ago
MplsM ary in Chains

Chowhound now allowing advertising posts?

Want to read a thread about the use of the term First World/Western World Problems on Chowhound? Sure ya do!
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/912386

1 day ago
MplsM ary in Site Talk

Chowhound now allowing advertising posts?

Really? I encourage others to have patience and stick around. As you demonstrate, one can be a member of more than one site.

When Chow dumped the restaurant database and maps I joined Yelp. I am still here on Chowhound.

Why toss the spaghetti out with the pasta water?

MN State Fair: gems in the Blue Ribbon Book?

A link to the Blue Ribbon book: http://www.mnstatefair.org/tickets_di...

Crayfish

So, you don't want to get them from The Fish Guys? Confused. http://thefishguysinc.com/

Crayfish

As a kid I used to catch them in Minnehaha Creek, but I never ate them. St. Croix River has crayfish galore and so do many city lakes (in case you want to catch your own).

Best way to box up cookbooks for long-term (2-3 years) storage?

On Amazon, if you are a Kindle owner (which I'm not), and you have friends or relations with Kindles (which I don't), you can lend your books. It's a limited cool idea.

On the other hand, the ever growing library of free books is wonderful. I'm reading Captains Courageous and having a blast.

The personality of books is completely lost in translation to digital. And yet I love the portability of hundreds of books on my tablet instead of having to figure out how many I can cram into my bag.

Can you gift an ebook book with an inscription?

Best way to box up cookbooks for long-term (2-3 years) storage?

I am buying digital books these days, but not being able to write notes in the margins, or dog-ear corners to get to the good parts when I re-read a book (and yes, I know I can approximate this digitally), leaves me wanting. As Heinlein predicted, the flavor is just not the same.

The note taking is even more important for cookbooks. I have worn out my scanner in taking down the notes Mom put in recipes. Sadly most of those books wind up in the recycling bin as even charitable organizations have no use for them.

Oy, the divestiture of books can be painful!

Thanks for the attagirl. You too!

Aug 24, 2014
MplsM ary in Not About Food
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Best way to box up cookbooks for long-term (2-3 years) storage?

I think of my books as my leafy friends, so no, it's not going too far. That said, I am selling my beloved friends on Amazon. I realize this is not a course open to you as it is time consuming and can be frustrating.

I decided that I need to be able to move my furniture without spending days just moving books. I finally decided to sneak the idea of letting go of my books past myself by incorporating the deed into a larger task of "simplifying" my life. Once I started the process it got easier, but there are some books that will forever be mine.

Years ago I saved up for months to purchase a limited edition leatherbound signed set of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I LOVE these books. But they take up shelf space and I saw that the set was getting a very good price so I put them up on Amazon, thinking nobody would ever pay so much money. A couple weeks later I got a lovely request from somebody in The Netherlands asking if I'd be open to shipping them overseas. I looked up shipping, and told him that I was sorry but the cost to send them was too high. He wrote back and suggested I simply bump up the price of the books. I hemmed, I hawed, I ended up selling them. Just last week I got a lovely note about how thrilled he was to get the books and that he will take very good care of them. Kindred spirit, indeed. It made the wrenching decision a sweet choice.

I see you've already made your choice. Please remember your books when it's nice outside, and let them air for a bit every so often. And adding desiccant might be a good idea. I am hoping for the best for your own leafy friends.

Remember Katie Joel on Top Chef?

That's a whole lot of "Please pack your knives and go..." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlXg_...

Aug 23, 2014
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

Ads That Play Automatically

It's back. It appears on individual topic pages and is annoying as all Hell.

Aug 23, 2014
MplsM ary in Site Talk

Looking for light and upbeat or soothing conversational cooking shows

I was just about to suggest Siba. She's delightful and her recipes are really interesting, South African fusion food.

Aug 23, 2014
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

Talking about restaurants that no longer exist

One of my favorite Twin Cities' threads is about restaurants of the past. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/882473

The Chow-worthy purpose, like so many good things, is my delight. :)

Aug 22, 2014
MplsM ary in Site Talk

I Wish OP for Photo Stories Would Collapse After First Viewing

Whole lotta scrollin' goin' on. It makes me not want to participate in photo story threads.

Aug 22, 2014
MplsM ary in Site Talk

V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

Simple green salad with a whole sliced tomato.

When the weather breaks from 90% humidity it will be time to bake a tomato pie.

I love tomato time.

Could Hazelnut Shortage Threaten Nutella?

Nutella shortage? Unthinkable!

Aug 21, 2014
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

A Personal Announcement

On a gaming site my name is GimmeADamnPony.

Peanut, almond and nut butters recalled on fears of salmonella

Here's a 2009 SciAm article on how salmonella gets into peanut butter and why it's so difficult to deal with. http://www.scientificamerican.com/art...

Aug 20, 2014
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

Next Food Network Star -finale (spoilers)

I think there's a difference between espousing so-called christian beliefs and spouting crap to shine a spotlight on one's overweening ego.

Scripps stepped in it again if the Benhem brothers are to be believed that they had conversations about their anti-gay marriage rhetoric and anti-choice protests and everything was fine until somebody found out and shared that information. At least in this case it was before anything aired. Lenny should never have made it to NFNS.

I am available (cheap!) to dig for dirt on any reality contestant. Scripps, I await your email.

Aug 19, 2014
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

A Personal Announcement

How exciting for you and how distressing for us.

Thanks for your grace under pressure.

School is a blast! Aside from studying all the time, remember to eat well and have fun!

Aug 18, 2014
MplsM ary in Site Talk

Next Food Network Star -finale (spoilers)

I checked the Scripps Network page before I posted that to make sure I could stand by my post. Can't seem to copy from there so I'll use Wikipedia: "In addition to HGTV, its lifestyle media brands include Food Network, DIY Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel, Great American Country and ulive"

Though I would miss a few shows, thanks to Chowhound info I have a whole bunch of other things to watch.

I'll still pay for basic+ cable (though I'm in one of the spinoff NewCo markets for Comcast so I have no idea what will be available to me when that happens).

Aug 18, 2014
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

Next Food Network Star -finale (spoilers)

If they are trying to keep their key demographic of Women 25-54 years old, airing a misogynistic loon with crazy eyes is probably not in their best interest. If not, then goodbye all Scripps channels for this woman.

V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

There is free parking that is a little farther away. Actually my early attendance is in large part to avoid crowds but also because the city saw fit to install parking meters (to capitalize on the growing enthusiasm for farmers markets), which just frosts my cookies.

Aug 18, 2014
MplsM ary in Vegetarian & Vegan

Attention all Trader Joe Shoppers!

Fabu idea! I was possessed by unknown forces when at the FM and bought a big batch of lovely purple hard neck garlic. I have no place cool to keep roots. I've tried every dark corner of my condo, and though it feels cool enough to me, roots seems to find the environment perfect for holding spouting parties. "Betcha I can sprout faster than you," says Garlic. "Nuh-uh," responds Onion. "Let's race!" they exclaim in unison. And so it goes. Two weeks tops before sprouting begins. And yes, I separate alliums from other roots.

Thanks.

Aug 18, 2014
MplsM ary in Chains

Are the judges harder on TC contestants than TC Master contestants?

Aside from what others have said, I think it's down to Tom setting the tone for judging vs Kelly Choi and Curtis Stone.

Aug 17, 2014
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

What would you do to fix the Food Network

Lenny's goose is already cooked. Maybe there will be a "Very Special Mea Culpa Lenny Thanksgiving."

If not that...Come on over! I have a stocked liquor cabinet and I'll get out the Nerf guns and we'll have target practice. Cathartic.

Aug 17, 2014
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

A few things to get off my chest ...

One of the best things about Chowhound for me is that it opened my eyes to see almost every single person has at least one food quirk. I added the "almost," to seem less hyperbolic, but it really does seem to be everybody.

I still can't get anyone to try a PB&J with their chili, but I'll just keep sowing that seed until I get a taker.

Aug 16, 2014
MplsM ary in General Topics
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V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

Went to the farmer's market early this morning. Free parking if you are out by 8 AM, so I was. I like going early because I usually have to ask for 1/2 baskets of veg, or singles of some things. I don't like making special requests when the place is jam-packed and people are waiting. Got a whole basket of organic zucchini for $3, a couple shiny, new onions, a nice big bunch of long-stemmed purple garlic, a few lovely tomatoes and a couple cukes.

Dinner tonight was a really garlicky, spicy tomato sauce over steamed zucchini shreds with a few TJ's meatless meatballs. I'd not had the re-vamped meatballs so I fried them up separately so I could taste them on their own (very close to what they were before) and to gauge if they'd fall apart should I choose to cook them in sauce another time. I'm on the fence about their hardiness to withstand cooking in sauce, so I'll probably stick to cooking them separately.

Tomorrow Greek salad. I know - shocker!

Aug 16, 2014
MplsM ary in Vegetarian & Vegan

Tanqueray gin

I have had good luck at the Saint Louis Park Liquor Barrel in Miracle Mile. Their prices are very good for their specials, and they have coupons online which is nice. The store is not large, and they don't carry some things (no Noilly Prat(!), for instance), but the staff are really helpful and nice.

On the other end of the spectrum, MGM Liquors next to Whole Foods is just awful. Everything is at least $2.00 more than at Liquor Barrel. They have a policy of no large bags in the store*, and they take it very seriously, in a scowly, growly way. There is never anyone to help you find anything, and much of the good stuff is out of reach, on very high shelves.

*This seems to be a growing trend for liquor stores. I pretend to be oblivious to the policy and waltz around with my large purse on my shoulder and reusable bag in my hand while acting as un-shoplifter-like as I can. I wonder if one of those Christmas pageant halos would help, or if that's over the top.