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Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

My local (and favorite) Asian food store is called Oriental Grocer. They offer Indian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Filipino and Vietnamese items mostly. I don't think anyone is worried about it.

about 8 hours ago
sedimental in Food Media & News
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Tim Tams in America

When I shop in Canada, I sometimes pick up a package because they have a few different kinds. More for nostalgia than for flavor. If I am going to eat a prepackaged, processed sugary treat, I would rather eat a Kit Kat.

about 8 hours ago
sedimental in General Topics

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

I remember those terms :)

Using the term Mediterranean food or Mediterranean diet still seems commonplace, and is fairly vague as is Asian or African or Scandinavian. I think the term ethnic when it comes to food is just vague (which can be useful in communicating sometimes).

Oriental and continental terms are now outdated..maybe the ethnic descriptor will also be soon?

about 9 hours ago
sedimental in Food Media & News

Anyone been to some of these?

I can vouch for the Train Wreck as being very Chowhound worthy to try- but have not tried the others.

Anyone been to some of these?

Where are the WATERMELONS?!!!?!?

Tons of them in Western Washington state.

2 days ago
sedimental in General Topics

What is your perfect breakfast?

On a day with nothing important to do for the rest of the day: old school American diner breakfast, eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast or a big CFS breakfast.

If I want to move after breakfast: a piece of bread or cracker, cheese, a slice of meat, a pickled veg or olive- and strong coffee.

Jul 26, 2015
sedimental in General Topics

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

American food is considered ethnic food everywhere else but America. I think it is just a lazy way of saying "other".

In a Post–Paula Deen World, Can the Lee Brothers Save Southern Cooking? Vanity Fair Weighs in

They appear to be very cute. Offering more like a "lifestyle foodie road show" than a cooking show.
I cant see how previous or current Paula Deen fans would find them as a Paula-replacement cooking show. I think the author made quite a huge leap in the headline.
I don't care for southern (regional) food in general, never liked Deen, but I like southern fusion dishes. I think they will garner a very different audience than Deen did.

Jul 25, 2015
sedimental in Food Media & News

Beloved picky guests

I have never had picky eaters to this extent at my house for dinner. I have family members with certain preferences that could make meals difficult if I felt like I needed to accommodate every single preference in every dish...but I dont feel like I need to eliminate onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, etc from everything. Who does that?

Jul 23, 2015
sedimental in Not About Food

KFC - The Colonel's Comeback !!

I just saw it.

That is not the colonel! That is a creepy imposter. Where did they focus group this one? He definitely has the "uncle icky" vibe.

Jul 19, 2015
sedimental in Food Media & News

Leftover Bow-tie/Farfalle pasta

It is so darned hot here...I would either make a bright cold pasta salad (artichokes, lemon, red pepper, olive, maybe ?) or make dinner number 2 by sautéing some chicken breast, onion, garlic add fresh tomato ...throw in some basil, Parm cheese.... and a bowl.

Jul 19, 2015
sedimental in Home Cooking

No fuss rotisserie game hen dinner for two

Using the IR burner is a bit like using the broiler element in your oven when roasting...you need to watch it carefully, but you should use it with the lid closed to keep the heat in. Just use IR until you have a nice crust (about 30 minutes) then turn it off and finish roasting over indirect medium heat with just the outer burners on the whole time.

The blog dadcooksdinner is the absolute best resource for rotisserie cooking, IMO. He cooks on a Weber Summit with IR, so his advice is particularly good for me. He has a wide variety of techniques and has video's. Unfortunately, there is not much for great rotisserie advice out there and a ton of misinformation from people who don't actually rotisserie cook but give opinions on BBQ forums. I love CH for most things but I don't look at CH for rotisserie advice at this point. I have had bad advice here when I asked. Previous threads are few - with inaccurate information and strange opinions. Yes you can brine, yes you can baste, marinate, stuff, smoke, etc.all on the rotisserie for superior results than grilling for more than you would think.

Good luck and post your rotisserie meals here so we can have some decent rotisserie information on CH!

Southern Breakfast YUM!

What makes it Southern? White gravy?
I have also never heard of liver pudding, is it a meat?

Jul 19, 2015
sedimental in General Topics

Rosemary - Memory Miracle?

I have been trying to remember to go out and smell my rosemary plant on the patio...but I keep forgetting :(

Jul 19, 2015
sedimental in Food Media & News

Starbucks

Yes, if a few cent increase will break the bank...then maybe buying coffee at a huge coffee retailer is not a good idea. I don't think people shop at Starbucks because it is cheaper to do so.

Jul 19, 2015
sedimental in Chains

Lamb Brains - No Gross Out Intended

Yes! Lots of parsley, lemon and oil. Eat with crusty bread.
During holidays, we would slaughter a lamb in our yard and invite everyone in the neighborhood. The head went on a big stick to signify that an event was happening and everyone could come over. Since we purchased the lamb, we got the head ( with the brains) and we served it this way, outside, with bread in hand so that everyone could have a taste. Brains are considered a big treat in Turkey.Good memories.

Jul 18, 2015
sedimental in Home Cooking

QUIZ: Which of These Cookbooks Are Actually Real?

Me too...... 16 out of 26. I would have bought some of the fake ones!

Jul 18, 2015
sedimental in Food Media & News

Lamb Brains - No Gross Out Intended

I am not a fan of offal, but I have eaten alot of it. In Turkey as a kid, I used to eat lamb brain salad. The brains are poached, then sliced and served room temp on salad greens, tomato and parsley with a lemon and olive oil dressing. Very refreshing and a lighter way to serve something that is often fried.

Jul 18, 2015
sedimental in Home Cooking
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Bellingham Ranked as Snobbiest Beer City in US

Yeah, pretty goofy "rating"! But I am excited about 2 that are to be opening this year. One within walking distance of my work.They both sound really great and will also continue to promote our food truck culture, which I think fits here really well.

Jul 16, 2015
sedimental in Pacific Northwest

Bellingham Ranked as Snobbiest Beer City in US

I had never been much of a beer drinker until just a few years ago. I am amazed at the exceptionally great brewing that is going on around here.

I have heard "buzz" that there is concerted efforts to increase Bellingham's brewery numbers for tourism.

Jul 14, 2015
sedimental in Pacific Northwest

Asked to leave the building after ordering take out

That doesn't make any sense to me either. If there is no table service anyway, I cant imagine what the difference in paper/plastic containers would make.

Jul 14, 2015
sedimental in Not About Food

A guy walks into the movie theater with his own sandwich...

I just went to my local Indy theater yesterday, serving food, beer and wine. Most people eat the messy food in the lobby area but drink alcohol and eat snacks with wild abandon in the movie. BTW.... red wine goes better with Milk Duds.

I thought of this thread! lol. I cant imagine why anyone would be bothered to care or get distracted unless it was stinky fish or something.

Jul 13, 2015
sedimental in Not About Food

No fuss rotisserie game hen dinner for two

I love rotisserie! I think rotisserie or spit roasting is a very under- utilized outdoor cooking method in the USA. For those of you that are thinking about it, but are not sure where to start......here is a really easy game hen dinner for two.

In short, one hen and a drip pan with veg of choice. I use a little chicken broth at first to make sure the drippings don't burn. Then butter baste the hen a little (but not needed). Truss the bird some it doesn't fly away when roasting. About 40 minutes or so later...all is done. Clean up is an aluminum foil toss and hardware wipe down.

Anyone else with easy rotisserie summer dinner ideas?

Train Wreck Bar - Burlington

I finally went for breakfast. Great place. We had the chicken fried steak and a monte cristo. Wow. The food was nicely done, big breakfast menu for a bar, interesting variations on classic breakfast foods.

The monte cristo was made with texas (super thick) french toast, two sauces on the side (berry and mango),thick ham and fried egg....whew huge portions. The chicken fried steak was covered in a country gravy with more sausage in it than I have ever had before. We had a very nice spicy bloody mary's with sriracha, good coffee.

Be back frequently for sure!

Jul 11, 2015
sedimental in Pacific Northwest

Bunch of Grapes Sells for Record $8,200

It is a cultural issue. Perfect fruit is often given as a gift and is revered as art.

Western culture reveres fine wines which could be considered only as stupidly expensive fermented grape juice by other cultures.

My Japanese friends shake their heads in disbelief at typical Americans living in such "huge" houses with their "own" separate yards..."these are not parks?"

Cultural differences are just that.

Woods Post

Around my property, I have a ton of alder, apple, cherry, plumb and peach. I really love all of those for smoking. I have a frost peach tree that cant be beat for wood smoke flavor, it is almost sweet.

I throw on some rosemary, lavender or oregano for a few minutes (on white meats) for added subtle smokey interest- and that works well.I think herbs are lost on darker meats unless used in larger quantities or for a longer time. That is hard to do on trimmings during the summer.

Table Top Electric Grill Recommendations?

I have a Deni electric circular grill. I love it. I take it with me sometimes when cabin camping. Otherwise it sits on my outdoor tiki bar at home. It is small, but cooks enough for 4 at a time. It is perfect for burgers, chicken skewers, grilled veg, etc. non stick surface so clean up is easy.

What makes the perfect pizza?

It is all about personal preference.

I ate pizza all over Italy last year. Various regional styles.

I prefer my own wood fired pizza, thin crust, 3 day ferment, unusual toppings. Pizza is art more than just a recipe.

Jul 09, 2015
sedimental in General Topics

Superior recipes from Cook's Illustrated et. al.?

What I found most interesting and helpful to me about CI magazine in the past, was not the recipes themselves -but the techniques. Like the juiciest roast pork, crisp chicken skin, flakey pie crust, etc.

I almost never use any of their recipes, but their timing charts and experimental techniques are terrific.