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Cantina Bell: Taco Bell's Chipotle Wannabe Is Weak

One out of the five paragraphs in this review actually describes how the food tastes. Might want to spend more space "reviewing" the food and less space writing about whatever the other stuff was about.

Jul 07, 2012
thomas64 in Features

Peanut butter as an appetizer/munchy..whatever!

These are a little different, but they make great appetizers. Take a thin, round slice of hard salami (you can find these presliced and prepackaged in your store's refrigerated meat section). Spread peanut butter as thinly as you can - to the point you can nearly see through the peanut butter. Then roll up of salami tightly.

Jun 20, 2012
thomas64 in General Topics

Anyone know how to get rid of that frozen yogurt tartness

On Tuesday I tried Ipsedixit's suggestion of salt with all other factors being the same as before, and it definitely took most of the tartness away. It's surprising that so little salt can have such an impact.

May 29, 2012
thomas64 in Home Cooking

Anyone know how to get rid of that frozen yogurt tartness

Thanks for your replies:

1. To Jmcarthur and Bacardi, as my post states, the tartness doesn't bother me but I am curious how getting rid of the tartness is done. The commercial brands don't have tartness and I was wondering how they did that. Actualy, I'd like to be able to make both kinds. Also, to Bacardi, I can't eat ice cream because of health reasons - in fact, I can't eat ice cream or yogurt with fat in them; have to go with nonfat.
2. I have added sugar (1/2 cup to 1 1/4 cups yogurt) and vanilla and neither works - not even close. But I have not tried salt.

Again, thanks to all for your replies.

May 28, 2012
thomas64 in Home Cooking

Anyone know how to get rid of that frozen yogurt tartness

I make my own frozen yogurt. I have no problem with the tartness or tang that comes with using plain and vanilla yogurt, but I never taste that with commercial frozen yogurts I buy at the store. Flavorings such as peanut butter, cocoa and cinnamon reduce it, but that tartness is still there. Just curious if anyone knows the secret.

May 27, 2012
thomas64 in Home Cooking

Hot2Go!: Laziest Coffee in the World

The only thing more painful than that coffee is watching James stumble through a horribly made review. The video took 3:25 to say what should have taken about 20 seconds. Go back to writing your reviews James.

May 06, 2012
thomas64 in Features

How Do You Make Popcorn?

The only way I can think to go no-oil so you can add more butter is to buy a hot-air popper.

Apr 23, 2012
thomas64 in Home Cooking

Does anyone ever make tender pork chops?

My way is a high-heat pan fry. Using a 1-inch bone-in chop as your guide, heat your skillet on high heat until it smokes (about 5 minutes). Put chop in pan and reduce heat to mediium high. Cook untouched for 4 minutes. Turn over and cook 3 minutes for medium (some pink) or 4 minutes for no pink. Chop will have a nice dry crust but will be juicy inside. (Of course, reduce your times for less-thick chops.) Let rest on covered plate for 10 minutes.

Mar 25, 2012
thomas64 in Home Cooking

Passover Etiquette Dilemmas

This is completely the host's fault. To me "casual" means more than a dress code. The host said casual and should know no one defines casual as more than four hours of religious readings and questions, especially people who are not familiar with seders. It's the host's responsibility to inform the uninitiated about any special conditions about the event.

Mar 20, 2012
thomas64 in Features

Are Manners Getting Worse?

"Exhibit A: increased respect for those on special diets."

Apparently Helena is not including herself in this. Remember when she wrote the column advocating ignoring dietary requests from dinner guests? She said the host was right to sneak bread into an Atkins dieter's food even though the host promised the guest would be accommodated. Maybe other people's manners are improving, but Helena's manners (and her memory) are not.

Mar 06, 2012
thomas64 in Features

Crazy DIY Flavored Nuts for March Madness

"Is it possible to make better-tasting versions of commercial snack-food flavors like ranch and nacho cheese?"

You never answered the question. Did you succeed or fail? My guess is you probably did succeed but, judging by the recipies, that the results aren't worth the effort.

Mar 05, 2012
thomas64 in Features

Beer Pints Are Just Too Big

To support Billy 33 and to contradict Jordan Mackay, if you want a smaller beer, just order one. I have never - ever - been to a bar that doesn't have an 8 oz. to 10 oz. beer glass; they might not be scientfically engineered to enhance the beer's flavor, but every bar/restaurant has them. In Northeast Pennsylvania, they are often called "short ones" and they are usually 10 oz. glasses.

Mar 01, 2012
thomas64 in Features

Going to Manhattan for the first time - Restaurant Recs??

You're being very vague. Any types of food you are seeking? Price range? What part of New York? Upscale or casual? One person or several? There are many threads about good NY restaurants on Chowhouund - just look them up. Also, you can go to CitySearch and find recommendations there. Or you can look at archived restaurant reviews in New York papers and mags.

Feb 21, 2012
thomas64 in Manhattan

The Real Aphrodisiacs for Valentine's Day

Helena is overthinking this. The letter writer wants to make dinner for his/her girlfriend. Simply make one or more of her favorite dishes if possible. Nothing creates a better atmosphere and mood at dinner than eating food you like.

Feb 14, 2012
thomas64 in Features

When Should Bartenders Cut You Off?

In Pennsylvania, and probably other states, if a bartender serves a person who is visibly intoxicated, then the bartender is breaking the law. The person being served doesn't have to do anything wrong - could be the most polite drunk person in the world, but if he is served, then it's a violation.

Feb 09, 2012
thomas64 in Features

Fruit Juice: Bottled Hype

OK, so some of the claims are exaggerations. So what? That's not news; it's marketing. Also, you didn't prove these drinks are inherently unhealthy. No one can because they are not unhealthy ... by themselves. But, if a person uses free will to drink more of these juices than he should, then that person's ACTIONS, not the drink, are unhealthy.

Feb 08, 2012
thomas64 in Features

Is there such a thing as a "great eater"? And if there is, what does it mean?

The phrases "great eater" and "good eater" are used in reference to children who are not picky about what they eat.

Feb 04, 2012
thomas64 in General Topics

McDonald's Gets Burned on Twitter

No such thing as bad publicity - and in this story McDonald's comes out looking good. Plus, in the above story, there are at least nine references to the McDonald's brand and products. Yes, I would say McDonald's is lovin' it, and loving Chow for the free publicity.

Jan 26, 2012
thomas64 in Features

Don't Be a Diet Bore

It's bad enough to be preachy - it's worse to be wrong. The OP was wrong to say refined flour is "unhealthy." It's not. It might not be as healthy as other types of flour, but there is nothing inherently "unhealthy" about refined flour. Now, if you eat too much of it, then that can be unhealthy, but that's the eater's fault, not the flour's fault.

Jan 10, 2012
thomas64 in Features

Why are chicken breasts so HUGE?

Well, yes they are bigger. But so what? Cook the whole thing, eat until you have your fill and then save the rest for leftovers. What's so hard about that? Just because the portions are bigger doesn't mean you have to eat the whole thing in one sitting.

Jan 09, 2012
thomas64 in General Topics

Ranking Television Food Dudes on the Ball Scale

Apparently the writer has some serious daddy issues.

Jan 06, 2012
thomas64 in Features

Dealing with Food Hoarders

Just leave your parents alone. They aren't hurting anyone and you gave no examples of their food being harmful to anyone. If they haven't changed by now, they aren't going to. So just let them be.

Dec 28, 2011
thomas64 in Features

Healthful School Lunches: How Do We Get Kids to Eat Them?

Hey Smartie, I'll bet you walked five miles to school in the snow uphill both ways barefoot didn't you?

Dec 20, 2011
thomas64 in General Topics

Crowd-pleasing ham. Is there anything better than Honey-baked?

In the lower price ranges, spiral and honey-baked is pretty much all there is. But this article should help:

The Hazards of Sharing Small Plates

More and more I'm thinking Helena comes up with some meaningless food topic she wants to tell people about and then asks a Chow staffer to write her a question about it so she can answer it. One other thing: The Chow writers and editors need to realize most people who read Chow articles don't live in L.A. and San Francisco.

Dec 13, 2011
thomas64 in Features

Pairing food with coffees - is there such a thing?

I was never a big coffee drinker, and I never drank it with the main meal - just with dessert or by itself. Now, I'm drinking more with meals and I'm discovering that some of the foods I eat are enhanced by coffee. Are there guidelines about pairing coffee with food as there are with wines and beers? Yes, I know the philosophy about drinking what you like no matter what the rules are, but I'm curious to see if anyone has guidelines. Keep in mind that I'm not a coffee guru, so any suggestions would have to be on the basic, inexpensive side of the things.

Dec 05, 2011
thomas64 in General Topics

Gum Pals Sometimes Don't Get Along

Another candy/gum/sweets review. Sigh.

Nov 21, 2011
thomas64 in Features

Thanksgiving Turkey Snob Dilemma

To the letter writer: If you can't keep quiet and eat your mother-in-law's cooking politely for one meal, then you have a much bigger problem than eating a chemically enhanced turkey. Perhaps you can appreciate the effort she's putting into the meal - even if that effort doesn't meet with your high standards. Remember, it's called THANKSgiving.

Nov 01, 2011
thomas64 in Features

Trick-or-Treating in the Rich Neighborhood

"Halloween is not just about your kid getting the most candy or getting to see the best decorations."

Actually, that's exactly what it's all about.

Oct 25, 2011
thomas64 in Features

Oughta Be a Law: 10 Crimes Against Food

Just keep in mind folks that the author of this "story" is the same guy who did a "serious" review of Tic Tacs. Where's the law against that?

Oct 21, 2011
thomas64 in Features