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Dunkin D coffee at home

I took your tip and took a meat thermomer, gauging the temperature as the water is going into the basket. You were right about the temp, grampart- the water coming out was in the low 180's. A tip on-line said to run the water through twice: First without the coffee, and then run the water through a second time to get the temperature higher. So, tonight's second run (no coffee til tomorrow morning) was up around the high 190s- where it is recommended to be.
I will add a step to my brewing process and get a better temperature going.
Thank you for the great information.

Apr 12, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Where is the best no frills Seafood in all of Florida?

Pecks seems like a great choice for the original question. (from July, 2010!) .
Someone along the way mentioned Charlie's Fish House, Crystal River, and someone else replied with comparisons to Mrs. Paul's Fish sticks. Low blow. We are fans of Charlie's Fish House; never had a bad meal there by any means, but might not put them on the list "of some of the best seafood in the state." I would not relegate them to the Mrs. Paul's wisecrack, either.

I hope a few people discover Pecks Old Port Cove after reading your post.

Apr 12, 2014
Florida Hound in Florida

Dunkin D coffee at home

We do the vinegar thing quite often, as habit. We use filtered, not necessarily Spring water. Maybe worth trying. Thanks!

Apr 12, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Dunkin D coffee at home

I do take cream in my coffee and I hadn't thought of that as a variable. I like Evaporated Milk as my creamer and that might very well change the taste I'm looking for. Yes, I do buy the beans from the DD store when there is a "good sale," but never at the supermarket. And that's another tale for another day- the price of DD at the grocery store is really terrible. Thanks for the creative tip, Lisa!!

Apr 12, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Dunkin D coffee at home

I love Dunkin Donuts coffee at the Dunkin Donut restaurant, but for years, my efforts to replicate it at home have come up short. I grind my own beans, try different proportions of water, and I get a cup of coffee that is quite good, but not "as good" as at the shop. So instead of just being mildly disappointed with each cup, I've chucked my loyalty and decided other brands are just "as good" if that's all I can expect anyway. I have an ordinary Mr. Coffee drip coffee maker.
To my Chowhound friends and coffee lovers: Is there anything I can do to get closer-closer-closer to DD perfect coffee at home?
(P.S. I have followed some great coffee-themed Chowhound threads for years, and posted my enjoyment of DD and my comments on other brands. Thanks to all for helping me this time around with my search for the perfect Dunkin Donuts cup of coffee!!!)

Apr 10, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Rice Crispy Treats without butter?

As a matter of fact, we use the "original recipe," and it has a picture of Howdy Doody on it. It calls for "3/4 cup butter or margarine." Just can't get too far from that butter, I guess.

Apr 07, 2014
Florida Hound in Home Cooking

Deli Cole Slaw Surprise

I will add sweetener-
I love a sweet cole slaw and really can pass on one that is too vinegary or tart. I will often order cole slaw with my meal at a restaurant and then "test the waters." If it is not sweet enough for my sweet tooth, I reach over for the little packets of Splenda and sprinkle a packet's worth onto the cole slaw to make it edible, and hopefully delicious. We occasionally go to a favorite seafood place whose cole slaw needs such treatment. I will always order the cold slaw and immediately add the Splenda. It sure beats whining across the table, "gee, the slaw in this place is terrible!"

P.S., Another post mentions their own use of a Splenda-sugar mix in home baking and says, "...I'm not selling to the public, however." It got me thinking that the deli at the heart of this thread was apparently upfront about their ingredients (verbal or labeled, mcsheriden wasn't sure)- customers there know the secret ingredient is Splenda or Sweet-n-low. I respect their full disclosure and the nephew's disclosure. All of this is also a good reminder for hosts to have some idea of their guest's likes, dislikes, and sensitivities, going in to meal planning.

Apr 07, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Thousand Island v Russian dressing??

I posted my comments about an old Thousand Island/ Russian Dressing thread about the same time you were posting a few minutes ago, eatzalot. I guess the oldie topics will keep recycling, to the delight or frustration of those of us who have been around these boards for a long time. But if we all enjoy sharing about food or restaurants or eating in general, then its fun to go back and add one more story or piece of information for someone new (or rehash it for its own sake- why not?) Thanks for your post!!

Mar 22, 2014
Florida Hound in Home Cooking

Thousand Island v Russian dressing??

An old thread was started in 2010, but folks have added to it as recently as February, 2014, "Russian vs. Thousand Island dressing [moved from Home Cooking]" http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/680372 You might find some of it interesting. But you know how Chowhounds can dig in their heels about certain ingredients being authentic and others being entirely forbidden- the debate is all there.
A recipe I have used for Russian Dressing comes from a 1950s cookbook called The Supermarket Cookbook- simple:
1/2 Cup mayonnaise, 1/2 cup chili sauce, 1 Tablespoon chopped green pepper 1Tablespoon of chopped onion or chives. Done!
(I hope you don't insist it had to have sour cream and caviar
)Russian Dressing was a common dressing in the 1950s, then kind of disappeared, so I like the idea of pulling a simple recipe from a cookbook from back-in-the-day. "Ken's" has the only bottled Russian dressing in the supermarket that I know of. Its a lot easier to find in the stores than it used to be.

Mar 22, 2014
Florida Hound in Home Cooking

Maple Syrup.

I love maple syrup, and a couple of days ago I ran across a jar of maple sugar granules, up in the spice cabinet. I thought it would be a great substitute for the Splenda for my coffee. I really poured it into the mug o' Joe, but the result ----> I could hardly taste it! Too bad. I did not keep adding more granules because I try not to take in endless sugar. I'm back to Splenda after this experiment. Maple syrup or my maple sugar granules are great on ice cream, though!!! If memory serves me correctly, I think we've used maple syryp in a barbeque sauce recipe or 2, years ago.

Feb 27, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

50th Anniversary of the Belgian Waffle's World's Fair Debut

Remember it was a World's Fair. Products and foods from countries around the world introduced themselves to the mass market of USA a stone's throw from Ellis Island. New York did not have to be the center of the universe for the Belgian Pavillion to be the center of my universe for 2 summers of that wonderful fair. "Those things that my mother made back in the 50s" were pretty darn good regular waffles. But the Belgian light-and-fluffy on the inside, a little crusty on the outside Waffles with the larger indentions than we had had at home were very exotic- and still remain a favorite in this household.

Feb 21, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

'8 O'clock 100% Columbian' name change??

Spell check noted. The Chowhound time clock allowed me to edit- thanks.

Jan 26, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

'8 O'clock 100% Columbian' name change??

Eight O'Clock "100% Colombian" variety, whole bean, has been one of my favorite coffee flavors that I cycle back to from time to time. Now, I see Eight O'Clock "Colombian Peaks" variety in the stores. No old "100% Colombian." Hmmmm. Have any fans of the old "100% Colombian" tried this "new" variety? Is it simply a name change or did they mess with success? I am always skeptical when a favorite formula has to be updated or even re-packaged. The bag says "Colombian Peaks" is "our award-winning roast of 100% Colombian beans..."

Jan 26, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

What's in your slow cooker today

A great thread that has come to life again... For us, some crock pot favorites come back on the menu again and again. I had just put together a batch of our crock pot French Onion Soup before I booted up the computer, and lo and behold, y'all are talking "crock pot" again. Our French Onion Soup recipe is posted earlier on this thread, dated New Year's Eve 2012.

Jan 26, 2014
Florida Hound in Home Cooking

Need ideas for "musical" church supper menu, please.

We have the seed of an idea. We will leave it to you or a search of something like Pinterest to fine-tune it (pun intended). This would hopefully suggest 45 rpm records: Someone bring very flat pancakes or flat, unfolded tacos. Cut 1/2" hole in the center. Add a thin dark chocolate icing on top (suggesting black vinyl), and go around the chocolate with a fine serrated edge from something like the saw-tooth edging of a wax paper box or aluminum foil box, to suggest the grooves of the 45 record. A pastry tool like this does exist, but who has one? If you can pull it off, the dark disc 45 covers the "music" theme and "the 50s." I am at a loss for a food product that cold be cut out to represent the record label. But my creative wheels turned at least this far.
Do any of the specific songs planned for the evening suggest any tie-ins? E.g., The Sound of Music's "Doe a Deer" song makes reference to jam and bread. I can get hopelessly corny with puns, here. If the music included the Doxology, for example, you could have duck on the menu and remind people with a groan that someone suggested this represented the Ducksology.

Jan 20, 2014
Florida Hound in Home Cooking

How do you eat your grapefruit?

Good news/ bad news reply:
1. Long-time fan of grapefruit, tho haven't eaten one in years (see #2). The only way to eat one: cut it in half, take a small knife or serrated knife and cut around each triangled section of the grapefruit. (Did someone call this "supreming?") Sprinkle with sugar, The sections are ready for effortless digging in with any teaspoon. After eating the grapefruit, squeeze the leftover juice into the bowl for slurp-drinking or into a glass for more civilized drinking. Enjoy.
2. My cholesterol health-food store alternative to cholesterol medicine apparently should not be taken with grapefruit. I think I could get away with doing grapefruit about 4 hours away from taking my cholesterol stuff, but I will not take the chance. Boy, do I miss them. I do agree with another poster- our chat on the internet is one thing, but when in doubt- always check with the Doc.
3. My out-of-state sister has shipped us a box of grapefruit for Christmas for the past 2- 3 years. I don't have the heart to tell her I can't or won't indulge. My wife will have 'em. I'm jealous.

Jan 17, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Sarasota to Crystal River...best stops to eat?

I had an entirely miserable experience dining at Hellas about 2 years ago, and would not wish the place on anyone. The take-out bakery pasteries, to be fair, looked good, though. When I started a Chowhound thread warning about Hellas, several Chowhound folks replied with Mykonos as a good alternative. We still need to try Mykonos based on their comments.

Jan 17, 2014
Florida Hound in Florida

Chowhound ID's are Faded....

I had wondered the same thing- thanks for the good information.

Jan 15, 2014
Florida Hound in Site Talk

Suggestions for cold cereal makeover ?

I am a great fan of Greek yogurt, too, in its own right. I have not stirred it into my Kashi Go Lean, but may just have to try it!

Jan 14, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Suggestions for cold cereal makeover ?

For whatever reason, I got into a thing of cereal and Yoplait "Whips" Lime yogurt. Had to be lime (and had to be "Whip" variety- I liked the texture). but that was just me. It really hit the spot with Kashi cereal for a while. I still do that mix once in a while.

Jan 12, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Need restaurant recommendations in West Pasco County

Keep me posted.
BTW, those on-line reviews did not mention mobility challenges, one way or another. So if you are heading out, I am sure a phone call ahead would give you and the restaurant some heads-up as to what to expect re: aisle space and wheelchair accomodations.

Jan 01, 2014
Florida Hound in Florida

Need restaurant recommendations in West Pasco County

My 89 y.o. mother in law in the Brooksville area is a fan of Cracker Barrel, and I once heard her discuss how much she enjoyed an outing with a group to Kally K's at 3383 U.S. Hwy 19, Spring Hill. I went on line and found mostly good reviews, a couple of slams. Many comments about their older crowd clientel.
I have taken out of town company to the Bayport Inn, 4835 Cortez Blvd, in the Weeki Wachee area, west of Hwy 19. I haven't been in a while.
When I was looking up info on Kally-K's, I ran across a restaurant called the Country Cafe, 3426 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. Good reviews, older crowd again. I have not eaten there.
I also checked on line and saw where the Show Palace Dinner Theater in Hudson will be doing Guys and Dolls from mid January '14 to mid Feb. '14. Is that a possible outing?
These may be some ideas to get you started.
Be careful of your Greek choices in Tarpon Springs.

Dec 28, 2013
Florida Hound in Florida

The Microplane: What's So Great?

Microplane nutmeg report!!!! To hillj and other friends on this thread: Eggnog season finally got here, and I got to use the microplane for its intended purpose (intended at our house, anyway.) After some concern that I would grate my finger to pieces, I jumped into the task of grating the whole nutmeg over a fresh glass of homemade eggnog. And the nutmeg popped out of my fingers and rolled across the floor. Out in the trash for that little nutmeg. Repeat this exercise about 3 or 4 times since Christmas Eve. By Christmas evening, I was learning the nutmeg deathgrip, dusting the eggnogs adequately, and getting ready to post this after 6+ months of anticipation. I'm the newbie to this microplane business, and enjoying the "new toy" (took awhile to get here, HillJ, happybaker and all!) Freshly grated nutmeg is aromatic and flavorful. My wife thinks its more intense than store-bought ground nutmeg, but I found it was just different, not really more intense, and I didn't use any less freshly grated nutmeg (vs. store-bought ground nutmeg) to give my tastebuds what they wanted. This year's batch of eggnog did get very good reviews from friends and family.
Thanks all.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Dec 25, 2013
Florida Hound in Cookware
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Road trip stops in Florida

I noticed I left off the link to the first "Road trip" thread (from January, '13): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/886394

Hope these oldies help,
Florida Hound

Dec 23, 2013
Florida Hound in Florida

Road trip stops in Florida

I ran through some old Chowhound threads to pass along to you for your consideration/ planning/ research.

Road Trip around Florida (all posts in January, 2013)

Florida Road trip report (a follow up to the January thread. Posted Feb 14, 2013 with some replies dated Feb, 2013) : http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/890501

Restaurants that personify ‘Old Florida’ (posts from October, 2007 to April 2013): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/452219

Dec 23, 2013
Florida Hound in Florida

Road trip stops in Florida

You might want to check out The Farm House Restaurant, 5123 Mill Store Rd., Lake Park, Georgia. "Exit 5," on I-75, just north of the FL-GA border.
On my Chowhound profile, I list their peach cobbler as one of my all-time favorite foods, especially a "comfort food."
I went on another website to check their address before I posted this, and read some other folks' reviews. A couple of people said it doesn't look like much from the outside, but don't let that stop you. And a few posters reviewed their fried chicken as crisp, not greasy. Their salad bar is basic, but good, the restaurant has quail on the menu, which is a little unusual. Someone reviewed the quail as "tender and moist." And, Southern catfish!
I have been there several times traveling north and south- we always make it a point to do so. I can't remember specific main dishes, but always good. I hold on for that peach cobbler. Yes! Oh, one reviewer on the other website thought that beloved cobbler was too sweet, and didn't care for it. Maybe my sweet tooth is why I like it so well, I don't know.
And I grabbed a quote from one of the reviewers, "I wouldn't say this is a 5-Star restaurant, but a good old country establishment."
Please post progress reports, reviews and follow ups from your own road trip. Thanks and be safe,
Florida Hound

Dec 23, 2013
Florida Hound in Florida

Your Christmas eve meal traditions

I think over the years we have moved to the opposite side of the coin- that Christmas Eve is a very informal, cold cuts sandwiches affair- help yourself, no standing on any ceremony or elaborate plans for the meal. A catch-your-breath-and-relax kind of feel to it, because "tomorrow's gonna be a big day!" My parents focused on the Scandinavian fish and somewhat of a big deal on Christmas Eve, but their pattern did not follow us into going off on our own, new families etc.

Dec 22, 2013
Florida Hound in General Topics

Your Christmas eve meal traditions

A Christmas Eve with White Castles!!! If you have White Castles in your area, this would sound plain-jane and lousy. But I moved out of White Castle country many years ago, and the nostalgia and mythology of those sliders has just grown in my memory banks. Envious of old friends who live around the old stomping grounds and can still make a spontaneous White Castle run.
So, your friends had a wonderful tradition in my opinion.
You say "had..." as if these friends may have moved on to other "traditions."
With so many suggestions on this thread, wouldn't it be a kick if the OP and family went with the White Castle idea? [But I read on down and it looks like they're heading for Mexican. A fine choice, I am sure.]

Dec 22, 2013
Florida Hound in General Topics

apple juice vs. cider

Now ya tell me!

Dec 03, 2013
Florida Hound in General Topics

Valhalla Crossing- any updates?

I am hoping to give some gift certificates to Valhalla Crossing restaurant for Christmas. The reviews I've found on-line are mostly pretty positive. Very little on Chowhound, tho. Anyone who has been there recently and wants to encourage or discourage this gift idea, please feel free!

Dec 01, 2013
Florida Hound in New York State (exc. NYC)