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You Can Eat Carbs

OK, pal, that's twice you've implied I don't know anything about diabetes. FYI: I have had several close friends with the disease. Two of them have died from it. My point is not that diabetics and "pre-diabetics" should eat carbs. It's more that I came to this site initially because the name CHowhound implied it was for people who enjoyed food -- eating it, making it, finding it, celebrating it. Periodically, however, we find threads where people are simply phobic and afraid of food. They decide gluten is bad for you. Sugars should be avoided at all costs. WHy would anybody drink milk? Animal protein is awful, awful. And of course, our old enemy FAT. This thread is sort of the ne plus ultra of that type of thinking; it starts "You can eat carbs," showing that the "Food is Medicine" people are probably wrong, and instead turns into NO NO NO We CAN'T, we CAN'T eat carbs. Maybe there should be a special board for these food-phobic threads. We can herd the nervous nutritional nellies into it and go back to enjoying our food.

What are your favourite Southern Cookbooks?

Edge also edited the Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook. (http://www.amazon.com/Southern-Foodwa...

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He's the director of the organization (which I just joined). It's lot of fun -- great recipes and stories.

Aug 25, 2015
jmckee in Home Cooking

A tribute of sorts to A-1 steak sauce, perhaps the worst steak sauce ever.

I admit I'm a sucker for any burger joint where A-1 is an available condiment.

Aug 25, 2015
jmckee in General Topics

A tribute of sorts to A-1 steak sauce, perhaps the worst steak sauce ever.

*shrug* if you hate it, don't eat it.

Aug 25, 2015
jmckee in General Topics

You Can Eat Carbs

Hey, champ -- the CDC number includes undiagnosed.
The only thing I'm against is "Chicken Little" health reporting. -- "The Sky is Falling!".

Food is fine for you. Carbs are fine for you. Eat everything -- EVERYTHING -- in moderation.

Aug 25, 2015
jmckee in Food Media & News

You Can Eat Carbs

As 'tis said by Michael Pollan, a nutritional martinet whose biggest achievement is food is convincing people to be afraid of it.

Aug 24, 2015
jmckee in Food Media & News

You Can Eat Carbs

Nonsense. According to the CDC, 9.3 percent of the population has diabetes. That's less than ten percent. Not "half".

Aug 24, 2015
jmckee in Food Media & News

September 2015 - COTM Announcement Thread

One of my favorite books. My copy is falling apart. So many beautiful recipes that I make on a regular basis.

Aug 24, 2015
jmckee in Home Cooking
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Tip jars - love 'em? Hate 'em?

"it doesn't take much".

Clearly. For most of the people commenting on this thread.

Honestly. The petty things that upset or "disgust" people on this site.

Aug 21, 2015
jmckee in Not About Food

SPAM

On "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" Martha Stewart told of her favorite fried spam sandwich, describing how to make it. P.J. O'Rourke responded, "You've BEEN a divorced man?"

Aug 18, 2015
jmckee in General Topics

Horrible Restaurant Names

Dreadful name. Dreadful slogan ("I got my crabs at Dirty Dick's"). And dreadful, dreadful food.

Aug 17, 2015
jmckee in Not About Food

September 2015 COTM - Voting Thread

My objection to Heritage, if you can call it an objection, is that it's 'restaurant food' that's a gourmet take on Southern cuisine. AGP is real Southern food.

Aug 17, 2015
jmckee in Home Cooking

September 2015 COTM - Voting Thread

Oh. Joy. The Cult of Alice continues.

Aug 17, 2015
jmckee in Home Cooking

Self cleaning oven: racks in or out?

Yow. No. If the oven is very hot the oil will smoke.

Out. Clean manually.

Aug 14, 2015
jmckee in Cookware

Best Ketchup?

You understand that? From whom? Sugar addiction? How much ketchup do people use on their foods?

Aug 14, 2015
jmckee in General Topics

September 2015 COTM - Nomination Thread

RE: Vegetables. Don't bother. I got it at a second-hand store and it's frankly not that good. I'm getting rid of it in my next purge. Besides, I find "Saint Alice" rather tiresome.

Aug 13, 2015
jmckee in Home Cooking
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September 2015 COTM - Nomination Thread

Actually -- my method is an amalgam of several recipes, none of which I've ever been able to make come out right by themselves.

Aug 12, 2015
jmckee in Home Cooking

September 2015 COTM - Nomination Thread

First, to over-simplify: Heritage is a modern twist on Southern cuisine, more of a fine-dining take on the foods of the South, lovingly interpreted by a top-quality chef. Gracious Plenty is a collection of more authentic (OH that word) Southern recipes.

To elaborate: Gracious Plenty culls more than 400 recipes from lots of original sources, including community cookbooks, cooks, and writers. It includes vintage photos and remembrances from a variety of Southerners, including Roy Blount Jr., B.B. King, Reynolds Price (whose ode to pimiento cheese is worth the price of admission), etc. It's more of a "real" Southern cookbook; Any recipe is more likely to be the genuine article. John Edge is director of the Southern Foodways Alliance. I use it all the time.

And for the curious, may I give a shout-out to the SFA's more recent book: http://www.amazon.com/Southern-Foodwa...

September 2015 COTM - Nomination Thread

after 30 years of trying to perfect fried chicken for my wife, a couple of months ago she said I finally hit it.

September 2015 COTM - Nomination Thread

A GRACIOUS PLENTY.

Aug 11, 2015
jmckee in Home Cooking

Just what IS Cincinnati Chili?

But it is chili. It's just not Texas chili.

Aug 11, 2015
jmckee in General Topics

Just what IS Cincinnati Chili?

Cincinnati Chili is a real thing. Texas chili is not the only chili.

Aug 11, 2015
jmckee in General Topics

Just what IS Cincinnati Chili?

Nope. Three way is spaghetti, chili, cheese. Four way add Onions. Five way add beans. Want beans but no onions, get a Five Way no onion. Dixie Chili serves a six way, which includes chopped fresh garlic. Blue Ash Chili's six way includes sliced, breaded, fried jalapeno -- "bottle caps."

Order it "dry" if you want them to tilt the dish after assembly and drain off excess liquid. A friend of mine orders five way inverted dry, which starts with the cheese, then follows with all other ingredients in reverse order.

Aug 11, 2015
jmckee in General Topics

How to slice a bagel

Reminds me of an old Calvin Trillin piece, when bagels began spreading from New York and other places with a significant Jewish population to the rest of the country. There was an uptick in emergency room visits for people who had sliced right through to their hands. One ER doc commented, "These people just aren't ethnically equipped."

Aug 11, 2015
jmckee in General Topics

Bon Appetite says Sriracha's "Totally Over." Agree?

That was part of my point. I don't really care if anything is trendy or not. I don't understand why that would matter at all -- least of all coming from Bon Appetit, which is kind of staid as food mags go.

Although I'm indirectly glad that currently good beer is trendy, since that means there's a lot more of it to drink.

Aug 11, 2015
jmckee in Food Media & News

Bon Appetite says Sriracha's "Totally Over." Agree?

I fail to understand how an object (as opposed to an event) can be "totally over".

I also fail to see why anybody gives a damn what Bon Appetit thinks. If you like the product, use it. If you don't, don't.

Week in Williamsburg, VA

Pierce's Pitt BBQ is quite good. http://www.pierces.com/

Don't forget The Trellis for the nice dinner. http://www.thetrellis.com/

Aug 10, 2015
jmckee in Mid-Atlantic

White House Lunch Features Healthy Recipes by Young Chefs

Bottom line: Don Bennett is a quack who has set out to prove any number of "Food! Bad!" theories. And of course, when you set out to do that, you'll likely do so. It means nothing to real people who understand that "food" and "medicine" are two different things.

The other bottom line: Bottomless Pit's mind is made up, so let's just not argue with him/her. I've found that these people who see boogeymen everywhere in a grocery store are generally uptight, unhappy people denying themselves the pleasures of the table. But they're not just bent on denying it to themselves. They want to deny the rest of us.

Aug 04, 2015
jmckee in Food Media & News
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Chicken stock + vegetable soup =/= "vegetarian"?

Pity. Eat everything and anything. That's what we're built to do.

Aug 04, 2015
jmckee in General Topics

No kids allowed?

What a delightfully vague generalization. Care to back it up?

Aug 03, 2015
jmckee in Not About Food