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Where to buy wood to burn in brick oven - preferably Oakland Co location? [DTW]

We are here to help please put extra mushroom and anchovies on mine

Sep 08, 2012
zzDan in Great Lakes

Poorly Engineered French Fries

Just a little bit of ketchup not a lake

Sep 08, 2012
zzDan in Washington DC & Baltimore

FIGS

Dunno babe I was in Publix yesterday and walked quickly by those fig i would have bought them if I knew they were half price anyways semi-irrelevant to me because I have some (2 varieties) growing in me garden along with mangoes, bananas etc waiting 2013 for the muscadines to come in

Sep 08, 2012
zzDan in Florida

Cloyingly Sweet Corn

The corn breeders have taken it too far and too sweet. I can't say it's the same today but 20 years in upstate Wisconsin I had the best corn a few times. It was old varieties but grown to perfection in good soils. Go to the rural Midwest and you just might find some of this superior corn. The ears were huge so I think they take more days to grow and farmers want faster (more profitable) growing varieties. Just a theory

Sep 07, 2012
zzDan in General Topics

Poorly Engineered French Fries

The problem with shoestring fries (like at Elevation Burger) is too high an oil to potato ratio. I only had Elevation Burger fries once and my take is too greasy also due to an inherently lower frying temperature for olive oil. I rate Five Guys fries highly. I know some people get them soggy when the place is backed up with customers. My location is more quiet. I said nothing to them yesterday and got a slightly over fried batch which I like. Nice and brown.

Hot out of the fryer with ketchup and salt on the side to dip them in as you choose....This is my ideal. I never drizzle ketchup over them. I would never like poutine fries or gravy covered fries, way too soggy. My ideal is the ketchup to cut through the oil on a crisp hot french fry plus a tiny bit of salt to bring out the potato flavor. Ketchup is the perfect french fry compliment. Yes I am aware that malt vinegar and aioli and mayo rule in parts of Europe.

Sep 06, 2012
zzDan in Washington DC & Baltimore

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Thanks for filling me in! And GH1618 too. Amusing that for Jiro, Bourdaine is about the most dressed up I have ever seen him, suit and tie (lol)

Sep 06, 2012
zzDan in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asH4jh...

I see Anthony Bourdain at Restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro on youtube. What is chef Jiro brushing on each piece sushi before handing it over? Also I would be eating with chopstix. Anthony takes each sushi in his hands. One scene has Jiro grating wasabai so why is it not available for A Bourdaine to use? Also I see pickled ginger on Bourdain's plate and it is never eaten

Sep 06, 2012
zzDan in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to buy wood to burn in brick oven - preferably Oakland Co location? [DTW]

In your daily routine be on the lookout for discarded pallets. If you leave hammer and tools in your automobile you can quickly take one apart on the spot. The wood is crude and only semi-milled sometimes meaning it might have some bark on it

Sep 05, 2012
zzDan in Great Lakes

Do Different Types of Alcohol Cause you to Act Differently?

That is one heck of a first post. I'm sure you will be a valued member of the chow hound community, such as it is. Where did you say you live?

Sep 03, 2012
zzDan in Spirits

Door County Report -- JJ's Waterfront, Wave Pointe resort, Malvitz produce stand

Ye Olde Playboy magazines used to talk about Door County all the time there was a certain mystique in my young mind. This was when the Playboy mansion and business was based in Chicago. Playboy was done after they moved to (Live and Die in) L.A.
Door County was the recreational backyard for Chicago (and still is) I believe there was illegal gambling and such back in the day. Racially integrated music venues, being a semi-wide open summer place where you did things you don't normally do

Sep 03, 2012
zzDan in Great Lakes

The end of stainless as *the* finish for appliances?

I have said it before and I'll say it again. Formica rules! And is what I have made in America 1974 Formica no runs no hits no errors with it, it just works and does not stain.

Sep 03, 2012
zzDan in Cookware

Do Different Types of Alcohol Cause you to Act Differently?

I prefer neat myself and don't get hangovers the next morning or feel otherwise messed up. My theory is that when you start mixing liquor with sugar you are asking for trouble. Sugary mixers work counter to hard alcohol with sugar being a stimulant and alcohol being the opposite

Sep 03, 2012
zzDan in Spirits

Why don't more Americans use induction?

Don't be like that, I have appreciated your input and comments and so have the other guys. And I say guys because this has evolved into a guys-tools-techie thread. Nothing wrong with that :) Men invented, designed, built, delivered, installed all these wonderful appliances you (and all women) love so we have a right (yes we do) to critique them. Don't take it personally

Sep 03, 2012
zzDan in Cookware

Is this a new gimmick?

They will sing for their supper if the birthday boy is in the mood. Paying for the cake is normal and comes with the singing which rolled into the bill. So if they tack on an extra $10 this is normal. You should have brought a cupcake and candle from home and done it that way.

Sep 02, 2012
zzDan in Not About Food

Why don't more Americans use induction?

Knobs for an induction stove have to be a lot quicker and intuitive than some bs leds you are going to tap on. Look how microwave ovens give you options. You can get the ones that are simple and with knobs or the ones you tap on to adjust the digital readout. Both versions sell

Sep 01, 2012
zzDan in Cookware

Why don't more Americans use induction?

I believe she (Caroline) is talking about an in the house appliance service contract for that $36/month. Refrigerators, stoves, washers etc etc ...... Kitchen waste disposals

Sep 01, 2012
zzDan in Cookware

Why don't more Americans use induction?

Look for small 4" vise grips. I have one I can send you for the right price. Works better than the original knob

Sep 01, 2012
zzDan in Cookware

Cooper City,West Broward

10057 Sunset Strip, Sunrise they will find Doris Market. An Italian mega-market with good meats, pastries, house made sausages, fruit and vegetables. In same plaza is New York Mart, a large Chinese/Asian market. Those two will cover a lot. Same plaza has a small sushi place and a fancy Chinese restaurant.

Ikea is close to them and has interesting Swedish food imports

Aug 30, 2012
zzDan in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Why don't more Americans use induction?

Induction is a lifestyle choice! I agree 99%. But what if you only get electric piped into your abode? Induction using your electricity more efficient than other electric cooking methods. But I'm with you, natural gas is the best and is cheaper than ever today. In 2008 it topped out at $13 per unit. Today it is around $2 per unit in America due to fracking. More expensive in Europe and Japan

Aug 30, 2012
zzDan in Cookware

When Cheapo is Better than Pricey?

"You pay for what you get" is not true all the time. Cheaper can be better in the food world. Plus sometimes stuff that is a lot cheaper is 85% as good as the best. At this rate why buy the best?

Aug 30, 2012
zzDan in General Topics

Why don't more Americans use induction?

A few times I have had to explain to people that a Vornado electric heater (price $150) doesn't put out any more heat than a cheapo one that costs $25. All home electric heaters have a limit of 1525 watts. I also tried to explain that a tube type radiant electric heater might feel warmer due to the radiant heat hitting your skin but it too is limited to 1525 watts.

All the vornado does is blow that lousy 1525 watts around the room or right at you. I see this as similar to the science gap here on induction stoves. I've said it before --- I love the induction stove propaganda about induction being the most efficient. What they omit is induction is the most efficient if only consider what happens in your home from where the electric or gas enters your home. Not the inefficiency of generating electricity a hundred or more miles away (often by burning natural gas lol) and bringing it to your doorstep

Aug 29, 2012
zzDan in Cookware

Why don't more Americans use induction?

Here it is Caroline:

The cooks at Marlow & Sons, a 45-seat restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, work only on five tabletop units spread across a bench in a basement. Creating dishes that require less stove space and retraining the cooks was a challenge, said the chef, Sean Rembold.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/07/din...

Aug 29, 2012
zzDan in Cookware

Why don't more Americans use induction?

Thanks and good point about third world countries. Even a place like Greece or Turkey or Portugal which are not poor. I'll bet the way electric is generated and transmitted in those places would make induction stoves very expensive. Not to mention brownouts in poorer nations. Your propane or natural gas would not suffer from a brownout

Aug 28, 2012
zzDan in Cookware

Why don't more Americans use induction?

Sorry. Still against magnetic fields of that order from an induction stove. I would never stand near microwave ovens for a long time. Other can knock themselves out. How efficient do you think gas is versus induction? Taking everything into account meaning generation, transmission, conversion by induction versus natural gas being using right at the point of application

Aug 28, 2012
zzDan in Cookware

Why don't more Americans use induction?

The NYTimes has an article about induction stoves. They show a Manhattan restaurant where all the cooking has to be done in the basement. They only use induction cook tops. I can see this as a good idea to cut down on the heat in a poorly ventilated place

Aug 28, 2012
zzDan in Cookware

Why don't more Americans use induction?

This is why I would never buy an induction stove. A pregnant woman should not be using one. Why would I go out of my way to expose myself and family to powerful magnetic fields? So natural gas is the best for me. It burns with a clean blue flame and is releasing minimal pollutants into the house.

The induction hucksters tell you it is 84% efficient while gas is lower at 50-60%. This is half true. They are only measuring the efficiency from the point of entry of gas or electric into your house. This does not include the inefficiency of generating electricity then losing even more over the power lines to your house before it gets to your induction stove. More and more electric in USA is generated by burning natural gas. It is obviously more efficient to burn gas in your home for cooking than to burn gas (or coal) in a power plant, send that electricity into your house and into your induction stove

Aug 28, 2012
zzDan in Cookware

Cheddar please??? Who makes the best cheddars???

Black Diamond ranks! Unfortunately I have rarely had access to it

Aug 23, 2012
zzDan in Cheese

The real way to make a lobster roll

http://www.milwaukeehistory.net/manus...

Very good I am just acknowledging so you know people like your material :)

Aug 23, 2012
zzDan in General Topics

Aldi's --- what are you liking or not? August 2012

Frozen peas are $1 there (LB)
Good luck finding this in a conventional store. If your children love cereals then go to Aldi's and find some good deals on sturdy imitations of Kellogg's xxxxxx etc etc. Lots of Euro chocolate bars there too. White and baby bella mushRoom are often at deep discount at mine like 79 centavos yesterday so hate on bacardi

In Florida at least they have been running seeded watermelons for months at $4 or less. Good sized ones and I have never gotten a mushy or crappy one which is more than I can say for that mega store starting with a T plus higher priced at T

Aug 23, 2012
zzDan in Chains

How do you eat pilchards (sardines)?

Seeing that you are a sardine addict I have some inside info for you and the others on this thread. Go into Whole Foods and look in the frozen fish section. They have one lb frozen anchovy says the box label. For $2.99. These are actually sardines and are sardine size. Caught in Europe. Not a Chinese product.

Look carefully in that frozen fish section and ask if you don't see them. I have not bought them in a while but saw them as recently as a few weeks ago. I am 70% sure they were labeled as anchovy. It might have been something else. But deff --- A flat white cardboard box and $2.99 for 16 ounces

Aug 23, 2012
zzDan in General Topics