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Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

Remember the commercial? "Show us your LARK pack!"

Sep 15, 2014
jmckee in Chains

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

Jersey Mike's is better than both of those.

My current workplace has a few guys at the top who are crazy for Jimmy John's. One says, every time it's brought in for an office lunch, "This is the best sandwich ever made." I hold my response, which would be, "No. It's not."

Sep 11, 2014
jmckee in Chains

Why You Should Never, Ever Go to a Food Festival

This is the second time the phrase "people who have never seen food" has been bandied about here. I don't see where that can even be true, much less understand what you're implying. The phrase seems to lump everybody together and say that if you go to such a festival you must not understand food at all. Which is patently untrue.

Sep 10, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

Why You Should Never, Ever Go to a Food Festival

I've been to a few, and they aren't worthless. Have even tried things I've never tried before and found restaurants I'd never been to, and visited them as a result of my experience. "I don't do crowds and I don't wait in lines for food" pretty much sums up the attitude here. Worthless for YOU because you don't "do" crowds (whatever that means) and you won't wait.

Sep 10, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

Why You Should Never, Ever Go to a Food Festival

Interesting "Haven't been to any others" but "they are worthless."

Opinion without experience?

Sep 09, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

Zucchini bread: why?

Or possibly because it's good in the 21st century as well.

Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

No. It's not. Absent a food "allergy" or other sensitivity, there is no food that is "to be avoided." Eat everything.

Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

Anecdotal evidence unbacked by science. You're "self-medicating" with food. Which isn't medicine.

Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

Nonsense. You shouldn't think of ANY individual food as "evil." That's ridiculous. And probably an eating disorder.

New US Chef Postage Stamps Available for Pre-Order Now

I have two Beard books. They sit on the shelf collecting dust. Julia's, Elizabeth David's, Jane Grigson's are all constantly re-read and thumbed.

It may be a blind spot, but especially after reading "The United States of Arugula", I continue to think of Beard as undisciplined and overrated -- and while we're at it, the other of the great "triumvirate" Claiborne as well.

Sep 05, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

New US Chef Postage Stamps Available for Pre-Order Now

Um. Why? Of all of them, Child had the greatest impact. And she never sold out to commercials the way Beard did.

Don't get me wrong -- I respect Beard's legacy and accomplishments for his time, but his writing doesn't hold up that well, and I find him to be somewhat overrated.

Sep 03, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

How do you like to dine...booth or table?

It depends on the kind of place we're visiting, but I take after my Mom and am mostly a booth person.

Aug 28, 2014
jmckee in Not About Food

Why oh why did you not use my host(ess) gift at your dinner party?

A contrarian view:

First of all, I am APPALLED by the number of people in this thread who encourage the OP to jettison the guests in question. Wow. Just wow. Two words: Shal. Low.

Secondly -- would it have KILLED you to use the napkins? Would it have ruined your event? Would it have kept you from making the "best laid tables" list on some website?

We have so little real human contact in this world sometimes. It seems ridiculous to find a fly in the ointment for something so small and piddling.

Aug 28, 2014
jmckee in Not About Food

Motel / Buffet Scrambled eggs

It also depends on how often they swap them out. There are a couple of hotels at which we stay in Staunton, VA, that are VERY proactive at getting rid of the most slightly aged eggs.

I always think of Julia Child's line in a sidebar about egg safety: "Scrambled eggs on a buffet -- I'm wary of these."

Aug 28, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

Breakfast in Cinci

Let us know when you return. We'll set you up for Round 2. You need to try the Bloody Mary at The Eagle (and the fried chicken), and get some tacos at Bakersfield.

Aug 28, 2014
jmckee in Great Lakes

Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron?

I have, over the years, tried a few times to season new cast iron. I have failed miserably.

So this pre-seasoned cast iron is of interest to me, as cast iron would be the only path to replicating my mother's and grandmother's cornbread.

How is this product? Does it really work the way it ought?

Aug 25, 2014
jmckee in Cookware

No Regrets: Glad I bought it!

I bought a glass juicer like this one at an antique show. I use it all the time.

http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO...

I also bought a skeleton knife from Vermont Country Store years ago. With it being tomato season, I use it A LOT right now, but it's useful all year long for any kind of squishy sticky food.

Aug 25, 2014
jmckee in Cookware
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Mistakes, I've made a few

My very thoughtful wife bought me a mandoline several years ago. I never use it.

A small wire mesh strainer.

My first non-stick pan was an All-Clad. A very expensive thing to throw away when the non-stick surface starts to go bad. Now I buy T-Fal.

And this probably isn't really a mistake, but: The nice heavy-duty measuring cups and spoons I bought several years ago. They look real nice hanging next to the stove. And when I bake I always get out the same old cheapie five-and-ten-cent-store cups and spoons we got for a wedding present 29 years ago.

Aug 25, 2014
jmckee in Cookware

Worst thing you ate before working-out.

Bean soup for lunch. I don't think I need to elaborate.

Aug 25, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

I have never eaten at _______ and I never will!

Bobcat Goldthwait on NPR's "Wait Wait" answering a question about Hooters:

" Like the whole idea of Hooters is like, it's just - I'm a mono-tasker. I mean I certainly like women and I liked fried food but not at the same time.....Yeah. It's like, look, I'm 50. The food is going to win every time now."

Aug 22, 2014
jmckee in Chains

Who would you like to dine with?

Calvin Trillin
Anthony Bourdain
Mark Twain
Churchill
Harry Truman
John Adams
Abigail Adams
Thomas Jefferson
Julia Child
Jeffrey Steingarten
Joyce DiDonato
Stephanie Blythe
Renee Fleming
Sondra Radavanofsky
Juan Diego Florez
Placido Domingo
Maya Angelou
Camille Glenn

Aug 22, 2014
jmckee in Not About Food

No ketSUP for you!

Aw for corn's sake. It's a burger and fries place. With some flatbreads and other buzzwords.

If it were "fine dining" I'd see their point. But this is just pretentious. And the "over 10" comment is stupid and snobbish.

Aug 22, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News
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Mashed potatoes, heated milk question

I tend to cut out steps I think of as "needlessly fussy", so I've never heated the milk or cream; I mash using a hand masher in the same pot in which I boiled the potatoes on the warm stovetop. Consistency, texture, taste, temperature are all just fine.

Aug 21, 2014
jmckee in Home Cooking

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

Half? Really? And on what do you base this? Any facts? Statistics?

Aug 20, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

Have you ever left a Restaurant...

No. In fact, I've had two experiences where the restaurant was out of everything we ordered, or an ingredient or component of each dish we ordered, until we hit on what apparently was the Magic Combination and were served.

This happened once out-of-state when I was a kid travelling with my family; Dad would NEVER have left -- bad manners, in his view. We had to reorder for my mom after her BLT was delivered with only lettuce, tomato, and mayo by a waitress who said sheepishly, "We're outta bacon too."

The other was a local joint some years back. My wife and I took visiting acquaintance to the place, which was fronted by a then-popular local meteorologist. They, too, were out of nearly everything -- including, a few months later, out of business.

Aug 19, 2014
jmckee in Not About Food

Is it insulting to the chef to special order in fine dining?

I guess I don't understand the entire concept of this discussion. When I go to a restaurant, I want to experience what the CHEF cooks, not what I'D make.

So yeah, in my opinion, it's rude, it's insulting, it's narcissistic, it's control-oriented, and it's frankly kind of stupid. Go to a different restaurant or cook it yourself.

Aug 19, 2014
jmckee in Not About Food

Tell-Tale Terms

"Any dull, cocktail party has some turn of conversation that leads to folks recommending dinner places without solicitation and regaling you with glorious tales of mediocre chow. Ugghh!"

So other people aren't allowed to make recommendations? This seems somehow anti-social.....

Aug 19, 2014
jmckee in Not About Food

things you put ketchup on

Jeffrey Steingarten wrote once about swirling a bit of ketchup onto each potato chip before eating it.

Aug 19, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

Looking for light and upbeat or soothing conversational cooking shows

I love the episode where she thinks the mushrooms need more port, and he disagrees. The moment he turns away to do something else, while he's explaining, she purposefully grabs the port and gives the skillet another splash.

Aug 19, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

Looking for light and upbeat or soothing conversational cooking shows

My wife stumbled across this show. There's really nothing else quite like it. I haven't cooked from it either, but I'd gladly eat most of it!

Aug 19, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News