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Sara Moulton returns! YAY!

Mm...this site is an endless education for me. I was unaware I could purchase taco shells made of cardboard.

about 19 hours ago
jmckee in Food Media & News

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

*sigh*. I'm going to say something that may or may not get me in trouble.

You allude to: gender and ethnicity and religions and sexual orientation...etc. These are quite different from tattoos and piercings and long facial hair. The former are ingrained , hard-wired pieces of your essential identity. The latter are cosmetic choices. To equate the latter with the former is, frankly, insulting to the generations of people who have struggled against racism, sexism, and persecution for these former items. It belittles them to compare them with somebody who thinks it'll be really cool to disfigure their body.

about 19 hours ago
jmckee in Food Media & News
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Egg salad: how many eggs per sandwich?

I add green onion, celery, chives, and parsley. And celery seed. And pepper and a dash of salt. And the juice of a lemon.

Jul 16, 2014
jmckee in Home Cooking

Ground Meats Limitations Overall in USA: Patty vs. Patty-less Dishes

This is starting to remind me of the "no African-American foodies" conversation of some weeks back. There's a long initial post of dubious factual or culinary value, followed by well reasoned responses, to which the OP responds by shifting the parameters or avoiding the question.

Jul 16, 2014
jmckee in General Topics
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Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

Good. More for me.

Jul 09, 2014
jmckee in General Topics
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recommendations for cincinnati for floridians on a quick 2 day visit

You can walk to Vine from your hotel. I recommend in addition Bakersfied OTR for killer tacos and other fare, and The Eagle OTR for out of this world fried chicken, Bloody Marys, and the best pork sandwich I've ever had.

Jul 09, 2014
jmckee in Great Lakes
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Crumbs Bake Shop closing all stores - Cupcakes on the downward side of trending?

Not me. I like good cupcakes. And we're blessed with a number of good outlets for that "fad" (is something that's been served for decades really a fad?) where I live.

Jul 08, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

the Best Canned Tuna?

I'll second the Ortiz. Love it. Love love love love it.

Jul 08, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

what other food sites do you frequent?

Roadfood.com. I've been frequenting the site for a long time, and it's one of the "constants" of my internet reading / posting. A good, good site.

Jul 07, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

Memorable Quotes about booze

"I was in love with a beautiful blonde once. She drove me to drink. That's the one thing I'm indebted to her for." -- WC Fields

Jul 07, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

House brands shutting down name brands?

I live in Cincinnati, headquarters of Kroger, and I have noticed this as well at that chain. Only one size of Crisco for example (the huge one, and I don't use Crisco that often so I like the smaller can), but every size possible of Kroger's house brands.

This is widespread, across all product lines. And it's increasing -- more and more shelf space for house brands and less for name brands, The exception seems to be soft drinks.

This is one reason why I no longer shop at Kroger, since the local mega-grocery Jungle Jim's opened a location near me almost two years ago.

Jul 07, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

Dish for a Potluck after a Memorial Service?

I did this sort of thing for years at my parish; the bereavement committee would call, and I'd make something and drop it off. These ideas posted so far are good. The only caveat I would give is this: If it's a vinaigrette dressing, make sure it's not too "wet". People may be wearing "church clothes", so to speak, and you don't want to invite oil stains on the ties, suits, and dresses.

I only say this from having experienced, um, some people to whom, er, this happens on a regular basis and why is everybody looking at me like that? :-)

I would also say that sweets are always welcome at such times; I had an easy-to-whip-up sheet cake recipe that always went over big -- the pan was always returned empty.

Jul 07, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

Misspellings

I am a former copyeditor.

If the food is good, the atmosphere is good, the service is good, I frankly don't give a rat's patoot about the spelling on the menu.

Jul 07, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

favorite bottled salad dressings?!?

So don't respond to a thread about bottled dressings. Easy peasy.

Jul 07, 2014
jmckee in General Topics
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Memorable Quotes about booze

*FOOMPT!* (That's the best I can do for the sound effect).

Jul 07, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News
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Breakfast in Cinci

Which hotel?

Jul 03, 2014
jmckee in Great Lakes

What's your best French baguette recipe ?

Her French bread in Volume II is good. Eight pages. But Way To Cook adapts that recipe for the dough blade of the food processor. It's nearly foolproof; I've done a little fiddling with it over the years -- for example, I add Hodgson Mill gluten to pump up the all-purpose flour I have on hand. But it's outstanding.

Jul 03, 2014
jmckee in Home Cooking

bacon, avocados and cheese---oh my

Jul 02, 2014
jmckee in Home Cooking
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favorite bottled salad dressings?!?

We've recently discovered Bolthouse Farms bottled dressings in the refrigerated produce case at our market. We've tried several, and they're all quite good. The Chunky Blue Cheese and Cilantro Avocado Yogurt dressings are particularly nice.

http://www.bolthouse.com/products/dre...

Jul 02, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

Amazing broccoli

Really? You're citing Ask.Com?

Jul 02, 2014
jmckee in Home Cooking

Memorable Quotes about booze

From WC Fields' "International House," which I just re-watched last evening.

Fields (to a valet): Hey, garcon. Bring me a drink.
VALET: Water, sir?
Fields: A little on the side…very little.

Jul 01, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

Leave the gun, take the cannoli...

Big Night:

To eat good food is to be close to God.

God damn it, I should kill you! This is so fucking good I should kill you!

Jul 01, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News
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Spaghetti Sauce -- do the tomatoes need to be peeled?

Nah. Not necessary. There is flavor and texture in the skin of the tomato. Seems needlessly fussy to me to peel.

Jul 01, 2014
jmckee in Home Cooking

What's your best French baguette recipe ?

Julia Child's recipe for French Bread in "The Way To Cook" is hard to beat.

Jul 01, 2014
jmckee in Home Cooking

Violin zucchini???

If I'm in a restaurant eating spaghetti squash, will a strolling musician come by playing his violin zucchini?

Jul 01, 2014
jmckee in General Topics
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Wine And Food Pairings

Or in the words of the late, great Justin Wilson: "What kind wine to drink wit' dis fine food? Why hell -- the kind you like best, that's what kind."

Jul 01, 2014
jmckee in Wine

Wine And Food Pairings

This response seems needlessly snarky.

It IS nonsense. Nobody has my palate, so only I know what is good -- to ME -- with certain foods.

The mystique and the almost pedantic fixation on wine and food pairings is in my opinion one of the signs of the "I am a GOURMET" mentality.

Jul 01, 2014
jmckee in Wine

Amazing broccoli

I just asked a bunch of my foodie friends. Nope. No stink.

There's no statistical way to decide who's in the minority, but based on my survey of friends and the responses on this page, the minority is you.

Jul 01, 2014
jmckee in Home Cooking

10 days in Cincinnati with my kid!

Nice observation. But Taste of Cincinnati is ON Fountain Square.

I have been going to the area of OTR between Central Parkway and Main for many years. I have never felt unsafe. I have never been accosted. And if you're near the Square or the Banks you will miss one of the great, great areas of our city.

Jul 01, 2014
jmckee in Great Lakes

Book Recommendation

"The Supper of the Lamb" By Robert Farrar Capon. There's simply nothing else like it.

It is one recipe -- "Lamb for eight persons four times." But it is so much more than that, with digressions on numerous culinary and non-culinary topics.

I heard about it for years, but could never find it until in an antique store I happened across a bookshelf full of what was apparently the collection of review copies given to a former food writer. I fell in love with it. It's back in print now. http://www.amazon.com/The-Supper-Lamb...

Read it. You will not regret it.

Jul 01, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News
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