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I have never eaten at _______ and I never will!

Elitist bastard.

about 16 hours ago
DuchessNukem in Chains

Small town restaurant + Bad experience = Would you go back?

If I desperately needed not to cook that night, I'd do takeout as foodiex2 said. Minimal engagement with bad servers.

Otherwise, honestly, is the food better than high-end frozen meals? I keep a couple of specialty favorites in the chest freezer for when I want something different from my own (fresh or frozen) cooking.

Just Mayo brand -- mayo-like condiment

You spelled Hellman's wrong, alka. ;)

help me find this product!

Aug 21, 2014
DuchessNukem in General Topics

A Four-Year-Old reviews... The French Laundry

Lol, first: I read your title as discussing old reviews of French Laundry, here or elsewhere. Initial reaction was a shrug, but then I got curious and opened the thread.

Second: undeniably cute. But $295 per person for a meal where the kid fills up on bread and gingerale? I'm sure the adult(s) accompanying didn't mind snarfing up her rejects, but sure wouldn't be me taking the nieces/nephews. Different strokes for different folks. :)

I have never eaten at _______ and I never will!

Ya, I never say never. When your transmission fails in a small town on a Sunday.... when your connecting plane doesn't show... when a snowstorm descends as you're leaving the South Rim of the Grand Canyon... when you arrive later than you thought and everything tasty is already closed... BTDT all of these. :)

Pickling Help! Pickles are spotted and turn to mush!

Weird. Haven't had that particular issue before. I went googling after I read your OP and couldn't find others with similar problem. Looks like the outer membrane separated from the pickle flesh; wish I had an explanation lol. Always a bummer when you lose a batch, but it all adds up to experience. :)

I think that reading that huge thread would be very helpful in the grand scheme of salt/ferment pickling but I couldn't find a mention of this specific problem in it. I do know that deep summer for me in here in TX is not conducive to great fermenting or sprouting because it's hard to keep the temps (a.k.a. pay for the air conditioning lol) that the critters love without cooler/ice setups and that's more than I'm up for. :)

I follow Sally Fallon's Nourishing Traditions recipe for fermented cucumber pickles, the whey seems to give a good lacto kick. Here's a link to a transcription of her basic recipe:

Aug 08, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

The Most Fabulous Candy Bar Ever

Aagghhh. I read this initially and then surfed away. Just came back and glad to read the comments, and that I'm not alone: this bar sounds like a novel-trendy, disgusting, monstrosity. And written like a promo puff piece for the vendor. :(

Aug 01, 2014
DuchessNukem in Features

Bulk Marrowfat Peas

Online source for sprouting peas (very fresh):


112 year old ham!

I was all about a taste until I saw the pic, lol.

Cabbage Preparations That Kids Like

I know dinner is done but maybe there's more cabbage left! Went looking for a non-sugary poppyseed-cabbage salad and found this tasty looking thing:


Jul 03, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

Leaving half doughnuts behind

Lol. Jeebus. Your management team sounds like something from a sitcom. :o

Tomato Sprouts Inside Tomatoes: Found any?

Well of course. It's just an amusing rarity for it to happen on our kitchen counters rather than under a bush.

Jun 29, 2014
DuchessNukem in General Topics

Raised Bed Gardening in Galvanized Horse Troughs

Another place to check for grow lights is, uh, hydro catalogs and stores. Not everyone who shops at these is looking to grow weed, and they tend to have a good variety of choices/setups. :)

Jun 29, 2014
DuchessNukem in Gardening

Leaving half doughnuts behind

Well, "the girls all get prettier at closing time" and that half-donut starts to get more appealing as one get hungrier during the day. ;)

Not bothered at all by halfsies. :)

Tomato Sprouts Inside Tomatoes: Found any?

Holy crap. That's one determined tomato. I'd plant a few of those babies just in honor of its will to reproduce. :)

Jun 29, 2014
DuchessNukem in General Topics

How to peel a bucket of potatoes in less than a minute

Lol. I'm glad there's always another simian out there who's thinking, "Ya know, what if I.....". :)

Anything decent in the Paris Hotel?

Been a while, but we enjoyed the creperie. And the Bloody Mary at Mon Ami Gabi was pretty wonderful (don't know that your food credit will cover that though). :)

Jun 25, 2014
DuchessNukem in Las Vegas

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (July 2014) Nominations

That was me, and I included the disclaimer that it didn't quite fit; just threw it out there. I was thinking of cooked dried bean (side) dishes, lighter and more appropriate for summer meals, something that you might serve at July cookouts. Lighter sauces and more herbs/veggies in the dish.

Won't bother me to throw the idea away; not sure I can find a way to fit it. I think some other folks are finding more refined concepts of it anyway. :)

Jun 23, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (July 2014) Nominations


SUMMER BEAN DISH (I know, it doesn't quite fit the guidelines...)


I'm just very hungry right now. ;)

Jun 21, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

necessary to remove chicken giblets?

I'd consider that the liver might become fragile and fall apart, rather than maintain a smooth, buttery/fatty texture; the crop and heart could become tough and chewy.

If you're enjoying cooking them this way already, then maybe there's no issue for you. Have you tried them cooked any other way?

The "bag" hill food mentions is often paper, sometimes plastic, and contains the innards and is stuffed into the bird in many US chickens. One is supposed to remove it before cooking and use the organs as desired (many just toss the goodies).

Jun 21, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

Preparing for picnic dinner in the basement

Packets of pre-cooked rice (many varieties) and quinoa (plain and flavored) could make into a grain salad with a bit of bottled vinaigrette and some of that dreaded canned tuna (or deviled ham or canned chicken). Might round out a meal for hungry grownups. Could add canned tomatoes, spinach, corn, etc. to up the veggie content.

Kimchi in the fridge would spice up any dish and would have longevity. As would home-fermented vegetables, long fridge shelf life.

Canned chickpeas, drained, plus vinaigrette or tahini, onion and/or canned tomatoes; chickpeas are satisfying and have a 'meaty' feel. Also, canned/jarred three-bean salad could be of interest.

A small head of cabbage and a couple of onions in the crisper would last nicely and freshen up for a slaw/salad. Rotate out appropriately and no loss of food or slimy mess.

Pre-cooked breakfast sausages in the freezer can be eaten when thawed (yes, yes, they're better heated/grilled lol) and could be sliced into bits or eaten whole. Pepperoni pillow-packs last freakin forever before opening, in fridge (but recall, they hang in ambient temp at supermarket).

A good place for lots of fun, small-purchase-amount condiments is: minimus.biz
(If you do order -- I have, they're safe and fun -- get a few of the "moist cotton towel" in lavender and lemon. Keep in fridge for a spa moment; although they are wrapped like tampons, they are just little washcloths with essential oils. One day you'll thank me. :) )

I completely get the idea of making it festive. :)

necessary to remove chicken giblets?

Giblets are a mix of densities and textures that tend to fare better when cooked outside the chicken, IMO.

Beer infuser

Friends gave us a couple. Works best with plainer stouts/porters that aren't as dependent on their carbonation. We've tried cocoa nibs, bourbon-infused cocoa nibs, cracked coffee beans, blueberries.

Jun 20, 2014
DuchessNukem in Beer

Anybody else notice this guy creeping around some posts on here???

It's an outside service, contracted w/CH, that funnels "relevant" advertisers to Chow/CH.

Jun 20, 2014
DuchessNukem in Site Talk

Anybody else notice this guy creeping around some posts on here???

Lol, I've got "Woman kills herself, husband, at supermarket". I hate to think what makes that approp for me.

Jun 20, 2014
DuchessNukem in Site Talk

What to do with a goat or two...

I love to sub goat into any beef stew recipe. Adjust coriander up a bit.

Also, I've subbed it nicely into chicken-apricot tagine recipes.

Jun 19, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

Pickled Seasonal Vegetables: Home Cooking Dish of the Month for June 2014

This is a summer favorite, a simple sliced-cucumber fridge pickle:


I'll throw in dill sometimes also. She notes in another cucumber recipe, to use a fork to make grooves on all sides of the peeled cucumber before slicing, and they look terrific this way.

Jun 07, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

Aliens and Food

Why, they eat Soylent Green, of course. The new fabricated nutrient drink, or the original human-crackers, either/or.

In the film "Alien Nation" (if I recall correctly), the newcomer aliens ate raw meat, and drank spoiled milk to get drunk. I liked that their needs were met by variants of what we eat.

Jun 07, 2014
DuchessNukem in Not About Food

Need Help Figuring Out What This Liquor Bottle Is?

And I keep seeing a toilet tank underneath it.

Jun 04, 2014
DuchessNukem in Spirits