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Makeshift Poll: what would have been better than the new Q&A format?

TeRReT: "Another use of Q&A would be for games. You can write out a food related story over a series of posts, but out of order. And people can try to upvote the answers to get the story in correct order."
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You could also use it for the 'Am I Hot Or Not' version of the What's For Dinner threads. See who made the best looking dinner tonight in descending order ;)

17 minutes ago
cowboyardee in Site Talk

Why not make the Site Talk board strictly Q&A format? .....-OR-.....

Sorry to break it to you, but it's entirely possible to bitch and moan in a Q&A format:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/983851

At any rate, while we're at it we could also make the Not About Food board strictly Q&A to curb the senseless brutality there that keeps our mods awake at night.

And we could make the New Jersey board strictly Q&A just to fuck with them.

about 3 hours ago
cowboyardee in Site Talk
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Why can't we eat rare chicken?

"We would blanch japanese tenders quickly and chill them in ice water. "
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I suspect the biggest factors here are:
- They blanch the chicken (kills surface bacteria)
- They use tenders (not many nooks and crannies where bacteria can be hidden away from the heat during a quick immersion in a hot substance)

I suspect that American chicken would be nearly as safe for this kind of treatment as Japanese chicken. I know of no common parasites or bacteria that commonly penetrate un-pierced muscles in chicken (though toxoplasma gondii might be a possibility - its incidence in chicken appears to be pretty low but perhaps higher in free range chickens than indoor-raised ones, incidentally). That said, I'm not confident enough in my risk assessment to go try it myself either.

As a sidenote, I often eat chicken breast cooked sous vide to 137-140 f, and this can be perfectly safe and also quite delicious.

about 4 hours ago
cowboyardee in General Topics

To Peel or Not to Peel...

Ok, then I'll speculate:
How to remove the peel from cooked but not roasted peppers
- Probably still just use a peeler. Don't burn your fingers.

Why remove the peel from peppers after they're cooked rather than before
- No reason at all. It's just a dumb recipe.

about 10 hours ago
cowboyardee in Home Cooking
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To Peel or Not to Peel...

I'm not sure if I'm confusing you or you're just confusing me.

You can peel the skin off a raw bell pepper with a vegetable peeler.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyIjo...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERFI6...
The reason you might want to do this is that some people claim bell peppers develop a slight bitterness when cooked, and peeling them beforehand prevents this. And no, we're not talking about charred, roasted peppers, which more obviously need to be peeled.

On Top Chef, I remember that Tom Colicchio would occasionally criticize dishes that included cooked peppers if those peppers were not peeled. I'm not personally claiming it makes a huge difference. But if you're curious, it's quite easy to try out and compare peeled vs unpeeled side by side.

about 19 hours ago
cowboyardee in Home Cooking

To Peel or Not to Peel...

What do you mean by 'which part'?

about 20 hours ago
cowboyardee in Home Cooking

To Peel or Not to Peel...

For thick-fleshed varieties like bell peppers, you can peel em with a vegetable peeler, just like most other vegetables. The claim is that peeled peppers are less bitter after cooking. Tom Colicchio has been known to freak out over this on Top Chef. I don't think I've ever known any home cooks who've bothered though.

about 21 hours ago
cowboyardee in Home Cooking

How do you cook a grey steak medium rare?

Brilliant!

about 24 hours ago
cowboyardee in Home Cooking

How do you cook a grey steak medium rare?

Sous vide side-steps the issue of the over-overcooked layer on the outside of a normal well done steak, or the possibility of cooking it the slightest bit past the point of no-pink. If I had to eat a well-done steak, sous vide is probably the way to keep it juiciest. Not that it helps THAT much.

It might also be able to change the color of med-rare steak, now that I think of it. You know how beef coming out of the bag has that unappealing gray surface (the interior is red as usual, of course) even when cooked rare or medium rare? In theory, you should be able to make all your beef gray by slicing it thin before bagging in a single layer and cooking. Obviously, you'd never do this under normal circumstances due to the inability to sear and the poor aesthetic appeal; just pointing out that it should be possible.

1 day ago
cowboyardee in Home Cooking

An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

At the risk of seeming to have no life at all (really, it only took a few minutes to count), here are some numbers:

65 threads have been posted in Food Quests (ones I can see, anyway).

33 of those threads were started by first time CH posters

Of those first time posters, the number who have returned and posted again in any other thread...

2

Retention rate: 6%
(of those two posters who returned, one hasn't been back since the next day, lowering the effective retention rate to 3%)

In fairness, I don't claim to know the retention rate for first time posters creating threads in the Discussion format.

1 day ago
cowboyardee in Site Talk

Makeshift Poll: what would have been better than the new Q&A format?

Another use of Q&A I just thought of:

Threads of dubious value that would have surely gone to hell were they posted in a discussion format. An example I considered posting on the cookware board (but didn't because I'm being nice/sober/lazy): "Vote on the most overrated kitchenware." Responders could (and surely would) claim that everyone who buys Le Creuset pots or All Clad pans or Japanese knives is a dipshit sucker who can't really cook, and it would be too much of a pain in the ass to make a real argument of it.

Hurt feelings all-around, but no way to vent them except to be cruel to your family and pets.

1 day ago
cowboyardee in Site Talk
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Makeshift Poll: what would have been better than the new Q&A format?

As pointed out just above in this thread (but who knows where it will be tomorrow?), though it is harder to engage responders in a Q&A format, it is still very easy to harass the shit out of the OP.

Which raises the question: can I effectively bully myself? I think most would agree that I've thoroughly crapped up this thread by now. How much more Cowboy-on-Cowboy violence will the mods put up with?

1 day ago
cowboyardee in Site Talk

Your ‘Craft’ Whiskey Is Probably From a Factory Distillery in Indiana

I think it's a pretty open 'secret.'

A lot of these whiskeys are pretty good regardless of who does their distilling. OTOH, I can see why whiskey makers who actually do their own distilling would be annoyed by the misleading advertising from their competition.

1 day ago
cowboyardee in Spirits

Brining pork chops

I don't have this down to an exact science. Basically, it has seemed to me that pork chop sized cuts turn out better when brined either the night or morning before cooking than they do when brined a couple hours or a couple days before cooking.

1 day ago
cowboyardee in Home Cooking

An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

A vocal minority has some justification for taking it personally - they were misled during the testing process.

Now, I am admittedly not one of those testers. But I disagree with the expansion of the Q&A format, and I'm naturally kind of argumentative ::shrug::

The format is indeed the same for discussion. I even think the photo and link options are bona fide improvements, though I might have implemented them differently. In my posts above, you can read my rationale for disliking the Q&A format. I think it has the potential to hurt my experience and hurt the site as a whole, even if I don't use the format.

1 day ago
cowboyardee in Site Talk
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An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

"This seems to be a bit contradictory to me, if no one uses the Q&A, how does that lead to more clutter?"
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I was referring to visual clutter. It's already there - all the new icons.

But as I implied above, visual clutter isn't a huge concern for me. I do think it tends to scare away some newer users, which is counter-productive. But CH's user interface has never been top-of-the-line IMHO, so I'm not getting too worked up about this now.

"It seems as if Chow is having trouble, so how could you or anyone begrudge the site for trying to drive more traffic to it?"
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I don't begrudge the site for trying to keep the doors open and the lights on. I begrudge the site for insulting and ignoring its existing user community. You haven't actually demonstrated that CH's situation forces a choice between new users and existing users. I think this is a false dilemma - not a choice Chowhound has to make.

Members of the existing user base made a number of suggestions (many of them at Chow's request) as to how to make the site more attractive; aside from a few technical issues, these suggestions were ignored.

Frankly, I suspect the Q&A format will be attractive to newer posters who were already going to post on the site; in other words, I suspect new users will often post in the format but I doubt it will attract much of anyone who wasn't already going to post. And then I also suspect that those new users will be met with an unengaging format and a lukewarm response, and will be less likely to continue posting on the site. IMHO, this site will do better if it focuses on attracting NEW COMMUNITY MEMBERS; not if it merely attracts more one-time posters to bury interesting topics under an avalanche of repeat questions that are answered any number of places elsewhere on the internet (and in a more attractive user interface to boot).

1 day ago
cowboyardee in Site Talk
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An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

I don't speak for everyone, but I don't think people are too concerned with the Photo or Link 'formats' - mainly because they're new utilities, not actually new formats. The concern is more about rolling out the Q&A format site-wide when it was unpopular in Food Quests. IMHO, it led to boring, unengaging, and (ironically) uninformative threads even when the topic itself was interesting.

So a minor concern would be that no one uses the Q&A format, and the site just gets more cluttered and less intuitive for newer posters; and this round of changes was wasted, at least in part.

A major concern would be that Q&A becomes widely used and the site becomes an uninteresting food-centric Yahoo Answers clone, alienating the community of regulars that actually makes this place worthwhile in the process.

Either way, people are annoyed that the Q&A format was widely despised for months and the heart icons were broadly criticized in pre-release testing, and TPTB went on with them anyway. It conveys the message that the existing community doesn't matter.

1 day ago
cowboyardee in Site Talk
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Brining pork chops

For pork chops, you'll be fine up to about 24 hours.

2 days ago
cowboyardee in Home Cooking

Makeshift Poll: what would have been better than the new Q&A format?

Also, why don't the replies I've already read gray out and collapse in this format like they do on the real Chowhound? You have to read through all the responses every time you open a thread you've already read. I'm having to infuse my posts with a lot more subtlety and literary merit to ensure they have enough replay value.

See if you can spot which of my posts is loosely based on Homer's 'The Odyssey.'

2 days ago
cowboyardee in Site Talk
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Makeshift Poll: what would have been better than the new Q&A format?

It's occurred to me that this format makes it harder to correct another poster's punctuation, spelling, grammar, or word choice. Your free to write with little fear of censor.

(ooooh, does that 'censor' bother you, Pedants? And look! That's the wrong form of 'your,' sitting up there all smug and unassailable)

But - a disturbing thought: Are the Pedants perhaps a necessary part of the Chowhound ecosystem? Will the Q&A board, in absence of natural predators, over-populate with 133t-zebras, nomnom-bunnies, and sammie-squirrels? Given time to flourish, might the Q&A threads someday read as follows:

"?Q&A
Y mah fruti pbls no tast goot at brekkie?

10 - lolz, u no addn tha milk.

8 - Chek dat dayt on milk. Prolly sowr.

5 - 1 time i 8 a bol o catfud cuz it wuz next to mah cpn crnch n iz drunk -mAyB u do 2, mang?"

Perhaps the English language truly is dying and we will see it first hand here on the Q&A format of CH. We ignored the warnings. The Great Disintegration is ahead of us.

And after that... war.

2 days ago
cowboyardee in Site Talk
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Makeshift Poll: what would have been better than the new Q&A format?

It seems as though I've inadvertently discovered a new use for the Q&A format:

My own personal Twitter feed on Chowhound.

What's that sound? Do I hear the mods collectively rejoicing?

Jul 27, 2014
cowboyardee in Site Talk
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Bob Kramer Essential Knives: Anyone bought one?

The reviews over at the knife forums have been decent. But I haven't bought one.

I did try the original 52100 version out (not the Essential line) and wrote about it here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7889...
Chem, you responded at the time, so this is nothing new for you. But I figured it's pertinent to the thread, so I might as well post it.

My gut reaction is that it's probably a decent knife for the money and a perfectly reasonable buy if you like the particular feel and profile. There are a lot of good knives in the $200 range though.

ETA: I still think FC 61 is a dumb name for the steel. Word on the street is that it's 13c26 or AEB-L, and that it performs well. But I don't know why Henckels chooses to be cryptic and/or misleading about their steels, especially when they're using perfectly good steels in the first place.

Jul 27, 2014
cowboyardee in Cookware

Makeshift Poll: what would have been better than the new Q&A format?

Is this at all enjoyable for anyone else to read? Because posting to this thread has been quite self-indulgent and strangely unsatisfying at the same time. Is that my fault or the format's?

(I know the format doesn't allow you to answer my questions, fellow Chowhoundians. I've been digesting these issues in my mind, only to excrete them here, and flush them down the metaphorical toilet of this format, trusting that someday months down the line they'll help make the Jersey shore smell just a little bit worse... again, metaphorically)

The Q&A format could use some of those goddamn heart icon things to cheer up the mood. Why is the posting format that most needs a little extra love the only one not to get it?

Jul 27, 2014
cowboyardee in Site Talk
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Makeshift Poll: what would have been better than the new Q&A format?

What if clicking on the Q&A option to start a thread just automatically linked you over to Yahoo Answers?

That way your question could be addressed by people who don't resent the format in which it's asked.

Jul 27, 2014
cowboyardee in Site Talk
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Makeshift Poll: what would have been better than the new Q&A format?

Re: some other post in this thread (guess which one, it's more fun that way).

No. You are wrong. And I question your judgment, intellect, and fashion sense. You will die unloved.

Jul 27, 2014
cowboyardee in Site Talk
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Makeshift Poll: what would have been better than the new Q&A format?

What the hell is that 'Select this Answer' button? Does it mean that I can only vote up one result on a thread? Is it expressly designed for polls or does it show up in all Q&A format threads? If the former, is it triggered by using the word 'poll' in the title? Given that asking questions in the body of this kind of thread is completely useless, should I start another Q&A thread to better explore this topic?

This thread's already a mess and I'm the only one posting

Jul 27, 2014
cowboyardee in Site Talk
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Makeshift Poll: what would have been better than the new Q&A format?

Looking over my prior postings and realizing that many, many posters want to be my Valentine. I'm seeing a lot of anger on the newly reformatted chowhound... but I'm also seeing a lot of love.

Jul 27, 2014
cowboyardee in Site Talk

Makeshift Poll: what would have been better than the new Q&A format?

Letting Food Quests die a natural death and dropping the whole issue as a failed experiment.

Side note - it's occurred to me that we can now post non-Q&A format discussions on the Food Quests board. So quick, someone think of an awesome food quest so we could have one cool topic in a format that's actually conducive to discussing a 'food quest' on that board before it bites the dust.

Jul 27, 2014
cowboyardee in Site Talk
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Makeshift Poll: what would have been better than the new Q&A format?

A Q&A function that lets you see who is recommending posts, or that lets you respond to posts within the thread, or wherein posts are organized in some manner that makes sense.

Jul 27, 2014
cowboyardee in Site Talk
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Makeshift Poll: what would have been better than the new Q&A format?

A new function designed to actually let you conduct a poll. We could call it, 'poll.'

Jul 27, 2014
cowboyardee in Site Talk
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