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What is your perfect breakfast?

I've come in late and just reading this list is mouth-watering incredible. If I can't add a new one, I can 'second' some of the classics:

-challah French toast, butter and Vermont maple syrup
-buttermilk pancakes, butter and Vermont maple syrup
-Paper-thin Norwegian pancakes, rolled up as the Norwegian tradition calls for. Topped with fruit or syrup
-well made crispy Belgian waffles (I've had good,had bad) with butter, fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

VARIATION ON THE THEME: "Perfect Breakfast" from the viewpoint of the occasion or the location- really can make a difference!
-Southern grits at a restaurant on the banks of the Nantahala River, North Carolina. Beautiful view. River, kayakers, playful ducks. Sadly, the restaurant has since cut out their breakfast hours.
-Fried chicken breakfast at Christiana Campbell's Tavern, Colonial Williamsburg, VA. They, too, revamped their schedule and, last we were in CW, was not open for breakfast.
-Our honeymoon breakfast (actually day 2 or 3) was fried eggs on the Coleman Stove, in the middle of the Smokey Mountains, a very popular stop in the park, Newfound Gap, on the NC- Tennessee line. Lots of people "stopped by," but we didn't have enough to share.
-A breakfast of latkas at Hanukkah.
PERFECT BREAKFASTS, ALL.

Neighbor Compains to Cops About Smoke From Barbecue

Black smoke... white smoke... I think we're on the verge of naming a new pope.

A&P bankruptcy

I posted earlier in the thread about the departure of Daitch Shopwell from Ardsley, too many years ago to count. The absence of a real grocery store was a hardship for a lot of residents for a long time afterwards. I have not kept up 100% with hometown changes from my present digs in Florida, but its good to know we apparently finally have a store worth shopping at.

What is it that really turns your stomach?

1. Almost anything with a powerful taste of garlic. (I love pizza and a lot of Italian dishes, though, as long as I can't taste the garlic.) If a restaurant itself (or the home of some folks where we've been invited for dinner) is filled with the smell of garlic, I try to be polite and stay with my company, but I fight the "turns my stomach" thing throughout such an experience.)
2. oysters (slimy!)
3. boiled peanuts (also slimy!)

Aug 01, 2015
Florida Hound in Not About Food

Best Coffee for a Percolator?

I was intrigued by the Kicking Horse varieties, by name, anyway, and 2 weeks ago I bought their 454 Horse Power Dark Roast ("velvety, earthy, spirited") variety. Maybe its nothing like Three Sisters, except same brand. But I have been majorly disappointed that this "earthy spirited dark roast" has so little flavor. Chowhounds threads have taught me that one person's taste buds may very well vary from the next person by quite a bit. Not sure if it would be worth it to explore another variety of Kicking Horse.

Jul 31, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

Best Coffee for a Percolator?

I will second a vote for Major Dickason coffee. We often use it, grinding our beans. But I can't comment on the percolator method except in my memory banks "reminds me of home..." the coffee percolating on Mom's stove. Our current "Mr. Coffee" maker is fine, and I've posted our adventures with that on another thread.

Jul 31, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

Need help- chicken breasts

Chicken breasts around this house always come out dry, so we avoid even trying anymore. Any Chowhounds have some secrets to moist and tender chicken breasts? Our go-to chicken for "moist and tender" is usually chicken thighs, but spouse and I figure you can help us expand our horizons. Thanks!!!

Jul 29, 2015
Florida Hound in Home Cooking

What brand of poultry to you buy from Publix, Win-Dixie, or Sweet Bay?

Checked with spouse on Part 2 of my recommendations here. She says Sanderson Farms boneless skinless chicken thighs are available in Winn Dixie. Not sure if they are regularly stocked in Publix. Spouse says "always moist and tender," baked on George Foreman grill or in oven. She is less confident about chicken breasts- hard to get them moist and tender around this house.

Jul 29, 2015
Florida Hound in Florida

What brand of poultry to you buy from Publix, Win-Dixie, or Sweet Bay?

I hope in the 2 years since this thread started, you've made some good discoveries. But since the topic is back around, I will tell you: My wife cooks on the George Foreman a lot and for a long time bemoaned dried out chicken. Our staple now for grilled chicken to cut up for our salads is Tyson Grilled & Ready fully cooked Chicken Breast Strips. Currently a green-bordered plastic bag with the usual photo of the chicken strips. Moist, good, and perfect in our salads! Publix has it, and we are pretty loyal to Publix. I will check back with you on my wife's other chicken recommendations.

Jul 28, 2015
Florida Hound in Florida

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

Taking all of this to the absurd, wouldn't "road food" be considered belittling of the foods in question? Doesn't "road food" imply that it is so widely available as to not be taken seriously as a meaningful meal? I can take-it-or-leave-it, as in: get off the expressway and stop and try it, or keep driving, totally dissing the restaurant and its dining experience. Is there a difference between expressway food, freeway food, Route 66 food, back roads food, or Tobacco Roads food? Is the environment of a given road the determining factor as to whether it is truly "road food?" Are eating places whose addresses are streets or boulevards still in the running for "road food?" Are truckers and others who travel as an essential part of their vocation innately more qualified to express opinions on what is truly "road food???"
The whole "use-the-right-term and you-better-use-it-appropriately-per x-y-z's opinion" thing is too tedious for me.
P.S. If a restaurant happens to have the Beatles' Abbey Road album playing in the background does that make it....? I'm sorry. I should just let it be.

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

I think that was the "historian" who said we should be more aware of the "context." Meals, by and large, include a "context" of good company across the table, conversations that go from A to Z, quiet thoughts or people-watching if dining alone, the "context" of the restaurant's neighborhood, perhaps, and the movie we'll be going to down the street after the meal. And if the menu lends itself to speculation or imagination about cultures from around the world, that's a good thing, but hardly required. Last night at a middle-of-the-road very nice Olive Garden restaurant, I was very much aware of the "context" of a busy wait staff scurrying in and out of the kitchen (we sat right at that intersection) and personally not at all aware of the "context" of the hills of Italy or how the Olive Garden development staff created the real or faux-Italian meal in front of us. And, btw, I was in very enjoyable company and it was a delightful evening, "ethnic" or otherwise.

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

OK, I read the article, and the reader comments that followed, and I must say it was a painful read. The Chowhound heading sufficiently conveys the gist for this thread. One comment following the article was, "What an obnoxious article!" A painful read. The author of the article, Lavanya Ramanathan, is "slap-jawed when I read (on Yelp) that the offerings at one of Washington's rare family-owned Mexican restaurants don't measure up to Chipotles." Well, maybe it doesn't! Or, the subtext of the Lavanya Ramanathan commentary here is that everyone who does not share Lavanya's culinary tastes are Cretans. How arrogant.

"Krishnendu Ray, a New York University professor of food studies says we use the descriptor 'ethnic' for a category of things we don't know much about, don't understand much about, and yet find it valid to express opinions about." Krishnendu says the term 'ethnic food' is used as a way to "signify a certain kind of inferiority..." He says on that score, we give Western European cuisine a pass. Now wait a minute, Krishnendu! Speak for yourself, but I never in my wildest dreams associated 'ethnic food' as a term with 'a kind of inferiority.' He and others in the article over and over set up a straw man, knock down a straw man, and manipulate the rest of us to feel guilty and unenlightened for using a perfectly fine and well understood term.

Every time I make a dish from my "ethnic background," that of Norway, I am well aware of its ethnic roots and the "ethnic" nature of the meal. Western European foods can delightfully be considered "ethnic food," thank you. Krishnendu Ray's and others' strange broad-brush strains logic and is condescending and insulting.

And to his point that "people find it valid to express opinions about" ethnic foods and other foods, I have no further to look than Chowhound threads, where contributors do not need a faculty position at NYU to be heard. The mix of food experience backgrounds, education, travel, ethnic, cultural backgrounds, and the experience of "what I had for supper last night" are all welcome here, but I don't think they are all welcome in the rigid watch-your-words world of Lavanya Ramanathan. I personally get a lot more out of reading so many Chowhound contributions than from the article we are discussing here.

A&P bankruptcy

I'm following these posts "from afar" (Florida, obviously), with good but idealized memories
of A & Ps of many (many, many) years ago in Dobbs Ferry and Hartsdale-Central Avenue. Its a sad reality check to read the old hometown stores devolving into descriptions of "absolutely awful" and "disgusting." I remember how shocked I was on a visit back home to Westchester years ago, and I ran an errand to the old Dobbs Ferry Grand Union and found the parking lot strewn with wall-to-wall garbage. And somewhere way back in that era, the old Shopwell chain closed down and left Ardsley without a real grocery store at all, which was especially hard on my mother who did not drive. (Back in the day, between the trips where Dad drove them to the stores, Mom had a local reputation as "the walking lady of Ardsley").

A&P bankruptcy

http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-p-files... is one of those "subscribe or sign in" arrangements, after the first paragraph. I get the general idea, though. I grew up with
A & P's in New York. The ones in this area of Florida were shuttered in the 1970s and the distinctive shaped buildings were turned into other purposes. For a while there was an
A & P-shaped church, and then that building became an A & P-shaped hospital office annex. My memories of A & P, maybe idealized, are more pleasant than the mega- WalMarts that are the norm now.

Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

Possibly referring to the Buddig brand of lunch meats?
http://www.buddig.com/products.aspx

Jul 18, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

The hated egg white - does anyone geniunely enjoy them?

The family eggnog recipe depended on a powdered product called "Just Whites" and it was a Christmas hit for years and years. Last season, we discovered "Just Whites" has been discontinued and we switched to one of the carton liquid egg whites. Still wonderful. In fact easier, certainly, than mixing the "Just Whites" powder and liquid.

Jul 17, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

The hated egg white - does anyone geniunely enjoy them?

What about that egg white and sugar confection- meringues? Slow baked in a very, very low temp oven overnight, maybe even with the oven door cracked open. Meringues were one of Grandma's specialties, and I don't think there's much to them besides "hated" egg whites. No, in this crunchy, sweet version, its Love!

Jul 17, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

Non-Alcoholic Beverages

"...That said, I cook with alcohol..." Just be aware that it is likely not all of the alcohol cooks out or boils off, etc. A Chowhound thread from 2012, "Liquor in French toast- does it cook off?" has some interesting comments: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/879117 There are charts around the web that talk about percentages that cook off, percentages of alcohol that remain, and one link I have gone to is: http://www.oasas.ny.gov/admed/fyi/fyi...

Jul 16, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

What is the VERY BEST thing you've ever eaten?

My mother's "light brown sugar icing" on various yellow, white, or other cakes. Unfortunately, she lost the recipe. I have searched and tried several "light brown sugar icings," butterscotch frostings, Penuche icings, caramel icings, and many come deliciously close. And at this late stage in life, I would have no idea if I stumbled onto Mom's identical recipe somewhere. But several varieties of these types of icings have to qualify to answer your question... the very best thing I've EVER eaten.
(Depending on my mood, years and years ago, living 'up north,' a White Castle hamburger could be the 'second best.' No such WC slider joints in Florida, and the frozen WC's in the grocery store are not in the running. The few times I have been able to find White Castles on vacations to the northland and the digs of my youth, they have continued to earn their place on my "Best" short list. Seriously.)

Jun 28, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

Must be a New Yawk thing. Born a few miles up the road in Westchester. On other Chowhound threads that come around every so often, its fun to think about the White Castle on Fordham Road or egg creams on the corner. Chowhound may not be the place where I can reminisce about the #4 train out of Woodlawn or talk about what the Yankees have been up to, so graham crackers for breakfast will have to do.

Jun 14, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

Breakfast: if we ran out of packaged cereal, it was time for broken up graham crackers and milk in the cereal bowl.

Jun 14, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

Am I the only adult in America who doesn't like coffee?

I just am finishing a couple of packages of different varieties of coffee from Thanksgiving Coffee, Fort Bragg, CA. A Chowhound suggested I look into the recommendations and reviews on 'Coffee Review,' and most of the Thanksgiving brand varieties seem to rate among coffee drinkers in the 90s on the 'Coffee Review.' Intriguing names and descriptions, I placed an order. Before I get the supply down to its last coffee bean, I was so glad to see my old faithful Peets Major Dickason on sale at the store. I picked some up and this morning took a welcome break from the Thanksgiving stuff. Over and over again, I am learning (or sometimes fail to learn) that my coffee tastes are very narrow. My quest for a "better" cup (or maybe an additional choice to add to my list of favorites) other than the ones I do enjoy always ends in major disappointment. That part of me that says, "Oh, that sounds interesting! I should try that!" doesn't work for my coffee tastes. (bang my head on wall) I need to stick to a small handful of brands that I really, really love.

Jun 13, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

Raised waffles recipe in CI

[2015 follow up question- I hope a few Chowhounds can pick up on this]: We just got a new Belgian Waffle Iron and I found a yeast Belgian waffle recipe on allrecipes.com that calls for a rising waiting period of 1 hour. With other prep, this puts a breakfast meal back about 2 hours before they are on the table. (So this morning, breakfast became brunch.) Can I mix all the ingredients the night before and let it rise in the refrigerator? The posts on this thread seem to discourage an overnight rise on the counter.
I am using Instaferm instant yeast- I had requested a block of solid yeast at the store bakery, and they sold me a blocky package of powdered yeast, and I didn't realize it was not the solid kind until I started my waffles this morning.

Jun 13, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

What Are Your Favorite Summer Time Foods You Crave and Indulge?

I checked it out, loved it, and the nostalgia literally from my home turf was especially fun. It is very likely I even ran across Joe Villardi, the Good Humor man featured in the article, "back in the day."

What Are Your Favorite Summer Time Foods You Crave and Indulge?

Is there still a Good Humor truck? If the thread was about summertime memories, don't get me started on Good Humor... ("Im the friendly man who sells Good Humor, the ice cream kids all favor...") Are they still in some areas?

Jun 03, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

What Are Your Favorite Summer Time Foods You Crave and Indulge?

Roasting marshmallows over the grill or campfire.
"Smores" are the summertime favorite of several people in my family.
Fresh squeezed lemonade.

Onion corn-on-the-cob (Combine 1/2 cup heated, softened butter, 1 envelope dry onion soup mix, 1/2 tsp salt... Spread each ear of corn with 1 Tablespoon of this mixture, wrap each tightly in foil. Bake at 425 degrees for 30+ minutes until tender, or on grill until tender. Serve with additional butter)

Summer is the time for traditional, simple potato salads and other family-favorite potato salads.

Juicy hamburgers from the grill, made by friends who can do burgers a whole lot better than I can.

In Florida, we drink iced tea all year long, but it seems in summer, extra ice and extra refill after refill hits the spot. Fresh brewed, please. Heavy on the lemon slices.

Those red, white,and blue sheet cakes promoted in the magazines leading up to 4th of July: rows of strawberries, blueberries, Cool Whip or whipped cream, you know the kind.

Peach cobbler, blueberry cobbler,
strawberry shortcakes (made with dessert cake cups, not biscuits for me, thanks.)

Homemade churned ice cream is a summertime favorite for some folks. I have never seen what the fuss was about here, but it does say "summer" in a fun way when many friends and family are sitting around enjoying their fresh-churn. For me, to "crave and indulge" the socializing.
Over-priced hot dogs and snacks at the baseball stadium. Again, its not the food at its best, but the atmosphere and the time at the game with friends.
And I'll have to stew up some rhubarb once or twice before Labor Day.

May 31, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

How high is your tolerance for messy food?

(1) I just got in from a picnic graduation celebration, in the sweltering Florida heat. The cupcakes had icing piled high, but the heat was challenging that icing, big-time. No matter- everyone at the party seemed to thoroughly enjoy overly sticky fingers for the occasion, and one 1 year old was enough of a mess that the obligatory pictures needed to be taken before his clean-up.
(2) Eating a sandwich while driving can be considered dangerous distracted driving, and most of us have done it. But a sloppy sub sandwich that would be a drippy mess even if you ate it carefully at a table can quickly become entirely unmanageable as a drive-while-you-eat activity. I've drawn a line (though still a little bit flexible) on how much sloppy food or what kind I can eat when driving.
(3) A favorite childhood memory- the Friday night tradition of Dad taking me out for a Carvel ice cream cone. I would order the largest size and I still do, and inevitably the ice cream would drip landslides down my arm before I got to the cone part. Yeah, that still happens, too.[See #2: not while I'm driving :) ]

All I want is a good cup of coffee at home. [moved from General Topics]

Sometime back, I E-Mailed the National Coffee Association with that very question and never got a reply. Obviously its hot water that sprays over and through the coffee grounds. It is interesting to learn about the apparently endless variations on how it can (or should) be done. And you are still enjoying the roasting results of the Behmor?

May 22, 2015
Florida Hound in Cookware

All I want is a good cup of coffee at home. [moved from General Topics]

I've had the new Mr. Coffee for about a month now. I have gotten into the habit of microwaving the water several minutes before pouring into the Mr. Coffee. As I have posted, I am not sure it makes a lot of difference in the final product, but I'm in the habit of it at this point. I thought I was going to shop for a 'mid-range' priced Mr. Coffee unit, but all I could find to spend more money on was a model with a digital read-out, I think. Of the choices at the store, I didn't need anything but the basic, bottom $ Mr. Coffee. And they have drip-proofed the carafe, which is a nice improvement. I will still enjoy the discussions of other Chowhounds extolling the virtues of those expensive machines out there. But for the moment, basic is beautiful and I enjoyyyyy my coffee!

May 21, 2015
Florida Hound in Cookware

Barbecuing - Does ANYONE Think Of Food Safety When Grilling?

When I fill up a plate of raw meat from the kitchen and head outside to the grill, the meat goes on the grill, and that plate or platter is done for the evening. New plate or platter to bring the finished product back to the table. I wash my hands frequently as I grill or handle raw meat. I would rather have the guests mingle and have good conversations or supervise the length of time I'm grilling the burgers ("Com'on, man, not hockey pucks again!") than keep track of my sanitary practices. But on balance, I think we're steering clear of anything deadly at our house.

May 17, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics