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Ubiquitous pimiento cheese...Athens, Georgia

That's kind of what I'm questioning -- I have never been "bugged" by a menu item I don't like at any restaurant ever. I guess I just don't understand the "this is on EVERY menu" tendency.

about 16 hours ago
jmckee in Southeast

Ubiquitous pimiento cheese...Athens, Georgia

So don't order it.

1 day ago
jmckee in Southeast

Dinner Tonight: Gourmet Hotdogs!

There's a place here in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine area called Senate, where gourmet dogs are a specialty. http://senatepub.com/

The menu may give you ideas. Their cookbook is out and is pretty good too. I recently had the Lindsay Lohan -- bacon, arugula, goat cheese, caramelized onions, and drama.

Also, in the Mt. Lookout neighborhood, is The Wurst Bar. http://wurstbarinthesquare.com/

I've not been there, but friends rave about it, and the menu looks like it could give you some ideas as well.

Feb 26, 2015
jmckee in Home Cooking

Do you test-run a preparation before making it later for guests?

I've got a few cookbooks that have ahead-of-time notes, making good suggestions for advance preparation.

Feb 25, 2015
jmckee in General Topics

Why do most food blog recipes suck?

Why would you assume that? That seems to reflect a negative view of humanity.

Feb 24, 2015
jmckee in Food Media & News

Why do most food blog recipes suck?

Ah. So you've cooked ALL of them and can positively say most are not good?

America's 25 Favorite Home Cooked Dishes

You don't deep-fry the chicken; you pan-fry it. I use an electric skillet, and there is not really much mess.

Feb 24, 2015
jmckee in Home Cooking

Lasagna with fresh pasta

The advice of both Lynne Rosetto Kasper and Mary Ann Esposito (whose recipe I use) is: Roll it thin enough you can read print through it.

I roll it to about 7 or 8 on my crank pasta maker.

And it is a TOTALLY different product than using dried. You make more layers, but thinner layers. So it's still hearty, but also delicate. I make at least five or even six layers.

I also think it's better for variety lasagna, such as spinach or mushroom.

Feb 24, 2015
jmckee in Home Cooking

What is the real cream used in coffee?

If a link I saw recently is correct, apparently some people DO put butter in their coffee......

Feb 24, 2015
jmckee in General Topics

Do you test-run a preparation before making it later for guests?

There are so many things that I'd like to try that I sometimes do cook something for the first time when guests are coming. In fact, two weeks ago my friend and his partner came to visit us, and the main course was something I first cooked for a different couple when they were guests.

However, when cooking something for the first time for guests, I am careful not to go super-difficult, because I want to enjoy the evening as well. I know my cooking skills -- and challenges -- well enough to understand what's not a good idea.

I also try to do a menu where I can do some pre-cooking to make it go more smoothly.

Feb 24, 2015
jmckee in General Topics

Desperate Budweiser add screams "we are cheap beer"

Your comment about "too stupid" puts the lie to "not about being a snob."

Really, there's no reason for the overwrought language in some of these conversations. It's just beer folks.

Feb 23, 2015
jmckee in Beer
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Should I buy an egg coddler?

We have coddled eggs several times a year. I am usually not a fan of "unitaskers", as Alton Brown would say, but we love the coddled eggs -- unlike any other type of egg cookery. Silky. Buttery.

Feb 20, 2015
jmckee in Cookware

The Food Babe Says There’s Beaver Butt in Your Ice Cream

*applauding* Emglow, ladies and gentlemen....here all week.

Feb 20, 2015
jmckee in Food Media & News

Recipe Title Next to Recipe?

Me either. What I do when I find one online is I e-mail the ingredients / instructions to myself, with the recipe name as the subject. Then I tag it "food" in my Gmail account.

Feb 20, 2015
jmckee in Food Media & News

"What is YOUR favorite. . ."

My company has a firm-wide retreat each year. Last year we were in Scottsdale, and through my network of food-obsessed folks, I found a Mexican place near the hotel that had a great reputation. A bunch of us went. We were ready to order, and one of our party -- someone from another office I didn't know very well -- asked the server what his favorite dish was. He recommended something I only remember as platter #8. We all ordered it (except for our receptionist, who has a lot of food "thou shalt nots"). It was....amazing. Really one of the best meals I've had at a restaurant in a while, and probably the best ever in a Mexican joint.

Feb 20, 2015
jmckee in General Topics

The lies chefs tell

Come to Cincinnati. We have many such places.

Feb 18, 2015
jmckee in General Topics
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Desperate Budweiser add screams "we are cheap beer"

Loosely translate "swill" as "the person who wrote that doesn't like it" and you see where the snobbery comes in.

Feb 17, 2015
jmckee in Beer

The lies chefs tell

Not some of the places I frequent. For example, I know a chef-owner who demands that everything except salt and pepper be made on-premises by him and his staff.

Feb 17, 2015
jmckee in General Topics

Carolina Cooks, Carolina Eats: Documenting the Voices of North Carolina Foodways

This looks extremely interesting. Thank you!

Feb 17, 2015
jmckee in Southeast

Cincinnati for weekend

Or walk up Vine Street to Over the Rhine / Gateway Quarter. There are several fine affordable places there -- notably Senate, Abigail Street, Bakersfield, The Eagle, Krueger's Tavern, Taste of Belgium.

Feb 17, 2015
jmckee in Great Lakes

What are you Cooking for Valentine's Day?

We're having another couple over. They're providing hors d'oeuvres to have with drinks. I'm making Paulette's Wonderful Meat Pie from Prudhomme's "Louisiana Kitchen", with a side of quick sautéed vegetables. Crème brulee for dessert, garnished with a few raspberries.

Feb 13, 2015
jmckee in Home Cooking
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Geoffrey Zakarian on McDonalds

Hmmm...and they poison everything except the fries?

Feb 10, 2015
jmckee in Food Media & News

Burnt Popcorn In Microwave-House Still Smells!

Several years ago, at my then-job, there was a woman who regularly -- like weekly -- would get a bag of microwave popcorn out of the vending machine, put it in the microwave, set it for five minutes -- and WALK AWAY.

Invariably, it burned. And smelled up that whole quadrant of the office.

The CEO finally, after remonstrating with her several times, ordered the vending machine company to stop bringing the popcorn.

Feb 09, 2015
jmckee in Not About Food

Move Over Kale: The Next Super Food is Okra!!

Possibly you mean that you don't like it? Because, really, no food is objectively vile.

Do you eat the skin on a sweet potato?

I do. I eat the whole thing, unless one of the ends is a tad gnarly looking.

Feb 09, 2015
jmckee in General Topics

Dear god why can't I make mayo in my food processor?

Again -- the OP said FOOD PROCESSOR. Not whisk and bowl.

Feb 09, 2015
jmckee in Home Cooking

Not liking small plates, tapas trend.

My wife and I both like this trend. Neither one of us is a particularly big eater. She's not a big eater and looks like she's not. I'm just not.

In the past, we've eaten at plenty of places where the portion size is just so large that it's almost daunting -- it's like our appetites begin to shut down just from LOOKING at all that food.

With the small plates, we can sample a greater variety of dishes and not stuff ourselves.

And while we're talking about this, I also want to cheer the places we frequent where everything's a la carte. You don't have to order a huge plate of three or four foods if all you want is the chicken and the salad.

Do you make dining decisions based on coupons or discounts?

No. We used to, particularly on vacation. But we had one really really reallyreallyreallyREALLY bad experience at a place that was near our rented beach house years ago. So now we don't even LOOK at a place at the beach that has a coupon in the little advertising magazine.

Feb 05, 2015
jmckee in General Topics

Food for thought: Why I refuse to eat quinoa or any other "fair trade" food products

Absolutely. Fair Trade Coffee is an example of how it's worked.

Feb 03, 2015
jmckee in General Topics

What is my vegan pizza missing?

The idea of a "good cheese substitute" is a contradiction in terms.