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Slow-Roasted Prime Rib au Jus

This was delicious and so easy. I used a 3 pound boneless roast and cooked it for about 4 hours. It came out beautifully and looked just like the photo here. Nice.

Sep 25, 2012
herbcook in Recipes

Stop Bashing Paula Deen

And, just to be clear, I wouldn't want to see Bourdain doing some horrid "healthy eating tour" on his shows. But just acknowledge that the kind of eating he celebrates can be harmful to one's health, as he's experienced himself. (And he absolutely suggests directly and indirectly that people who don't eat meat or don't eat a lot of meat are lame, soulless, snobs, etc.) Stop ranting about vegetarians. Eat a plate of food once or twice on the show that's mostly veg and don't bitch about it. He can do that and still be himself.

Jan 17, 2012
herbcook in Features

Stop Bashing Paula Deen

I love Bourdain, but I'm so happy to see him being called out on his hypocrisy. He's great in many ways, but he can definitely be his own kind of snob. Sorry, but this man is known for his hatred of vegans and vegetarians, the irritation he displays on his show (which I've watched religiously for years) when he's served anything that isn't primarily meat, and the way he seeks out fatty meat dishes morning, noon and night on his shows. He's also on Lipitor for high cholesterol. Go figure. But that hasn't changed his tone or the kind of food he celebrates. He simply moans about taking his meds and stuffs more pork in his face. To say that it's not hypocritical of him to give Paula Deen a hard time about the food she cooks is just ridiculous. Certainly, Bourdain isn't the soulless money whore that Deen is, but that doesn't mean he's not capable of being full of it.

Jan 17, 2012
herbcook in Features

Babies in Bars

I don't know, marlynn. Babysitting is expensive. Where I live in Austin, TX, the going rate is $12/hour. I can't imagine what it is in NY. Babysitting circles are much more difficult to set up and coordinate than you might think, especially with infants. No one with an infant wants to take on another one. And who wants to go to the trouble of finding a sitter for a 1-2 hour happy hour with a friend? It's just a little silly and unrealistic to say "no babies in bars or restaurants (!!! do parents have to always eat at home?) ever." Honestly, you see less of this as kids get older and parents can't think of them as babies any longer.

How about instead everyone tries to be considerate of everyone else? I'll make sure my baby's dirty diaper is changed and my toddler's tantrums are taken outside if Loud Talker at the next table will lower his voice and Diva will stop swinging her gigantic handbag in my face as she swishes past me. I'll also take my kids out only in the late afternoon/early evening if the Bachelorette Party will agree to keep the penis necklaces away until after hours.

Being a parent is tough. So please give us a break. If you want the society to continue into the future, you have to put up with us and our annoying kids and their aromas. Expecting parents and children to hibernate until they're 18 is pretty ridiculous and exceedingly self-centered.

Jul 20, 2010
herbcook in Features