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I am in your town. I have 100 USD and an afternoon off. Food crawl. Where do I go??

Cincinnati here.

To get the maximum bang for your buck, I'd suggest Vine Street, just north of downtown, in the revitalized Over the Rhine neighborhood, an area known as the Gateway Quarter.

In the space of three city blocks on one street you have the following options:

Taste of Belgium: Belgian waffles, chicken, mussels, escargot, outstanding beer and wine selection. A meal might run you 12 bucks.

Bakersfield OTR: Tacos, each only three or four dollars. Queso. Tortas. Tostadas. Unbelievable tequila selection. I eat there every Tuesday before rehearsal (I'm a member of the May Festival Chorus, the symphony's companion group), and I have two tacos and a 16 oz. PBR for ten dollars.

Krueger's Tavern: Named after the first brewery to can beer, Krueger's features a dizzying array of craft beers, beer cocktails, house-made sausages, and one of the best burgers I've ever had. Rooftop bar is nice during good weather. Tough to spend more than $12 a person.

Senate: Beers, wines, kicked-up hot dogs. About $11 a person, tops.

Abigail Street: Mediterranean and Mediterranean inspired food. Wines on draft, for pete's sake. A little pricier but not by much.

A Tavola. OUTSTANDING pizza. My favorite is the Brussels sprout white pizza.

The Eagle: Fried chicken with spicy honey. Mac & cheese to die for. Slaw. Grilled cheese with Granny Smiths. A terrific roasted pork with rapini, peppers, and cheese. Everything's a la carte; eat as much or as little as you want. A quarter dark meat with a Miller draft and a side is about $11. And these are mutant chickens; the quarter dark meat is a drumstick and TWO thighs.

Quan Hapa and Kaze: Two Asian street food places. A little more upscale and elegant, but you're not going to break the bank. The Kaze Kobe sliders are particularly good.

Pontiac: Bourbon, beer, and barbecue -- of all stripes. Brisket. Pulled pork. Ribs. All done extremely well.

May 12, 2015
jmckee in General Topics

Time to get rid of the microwave?

I'll give you one example. In her magisterial work, "Vegetable Love", the great Barbara Kafka give extensive instructions for cooking many different vegetables in the microwave. She's more than a "food hobbyist"; she's one of the most respected cookbook authors around (won the James Beard Hall of Fame award this year). Asparagus and broccoli, for example, remain crisp and vibrantly green, are easier not to overcook, and don't get sodden when cooked this way.

(And if you don't have "Vegetable Love", get it. I don't even put it away any more, I use it so much. I'm looking for a good second-hand copy of Kafka's "Microwave Gourmet" as well.)

May 08, 2015
jmckee in Cookware
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Supermarket music

Since I am primarily a Classical / Jazz / "Great American Songbook" person, the chances of my actively liking anything the supermarket is playing are pretty slim.

Fortunately, my market keeps to mostly innocuous pop stuff and keeps the volume quite low.

May 04, 2015
jmckee in Not About Food

Anne Burrell

Bingo! Spot on!

May 01, 2015
jmckee in Food Media & News

The James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Winners 2015

I am very pleased with two of these awards: Barbara Kafka for the Cookbook Hall of Fame; I use her "Vegetable Love" year 'round, and I'm looking for a good used copy of "The Microwave Gourmet". Just a fabulous writer and cook. And I am ELATED to see the Southern Foodways Alliance magazine "Gravy" honored as publication of the year. (Their podcast is also called "Gravy", and it's wonderful as well.)

Apr 28, 2015
jmckee in Food Media & News

Clueless moderation?

Amen!

Apr 17, 2015
jmckee in Site Talk

Are you the main shopper/cook at home?

In June, my wife and I will have been married for 30 years, and for all that time, I've been nearly the SOLE shopper / cook. She can fix maybe four meals, so she gives me a break now and again. She goes to the grocery with me once in a while to see what's new, and nowadays because it's really fun; Jungle Jim's, a Cincinnati area legend, opened its second store near us, and going there is a party.

I have to say that, the older I get, the less-seldom I fall into a "food funk" -- the feeling of oh, lord, no, not again. It doesn't last long, and that's good. My wife is a nurse, and works three evenings a week, so I do like our meals together to be "a cut above" what I make for myself during that three-day stretch. But yeah, I'm finally getting to understand my mother saying that she'd been preparing three meals a day for so many years that she was kind of tired of it.

Apr 07, 2015
jmckee in Not About Food
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Burgoo

It's a Kentucky traditional dish; it's served at almost every Derby Day event in the state. Usually, it's cooked in huge quantities. Western Kentucky BBQ joints usually put in some of their specialty meat.

Apr 07, 2015
jmckee in Kentucky & Tennessee

Why remodel a kitchen and put in an electric range?

"Dreaded"? Really?

I've had an electric range my entire adult life. And dinner at my house is a much-coveted invitation.

Boiling eggs

Yes -- a very large pot. Keep the proportions the same as if you were boiling fewer eggs and follow the same technique.

I had to do a huge bowl of egg salad for a party once; I broke out the bigger pot and everything turned out fine.

Mar 24, 2015
jmckee in Home Cooking

Peeps!!!!!!!

My wife likes to let them "season".

However, she won't eat anything other than the yellow chick Peeps; those other things, she says, "are not Peeps."

A Peeps Purist, is my lovely.

Mar 24, 2015
jmckee in General Topics
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Authentic Cajun Cookbook

Ah, gosh. I love Clower. Roy Blount Jr. includes several Clower stories in his "Book of Southern Humor." I love Jerry's statement that he once wasn't picked to do a chainsaw commercial because "I overwhelmed the saw."

Justin's last wife was the much younger lady, wasn't it?

Mar 23, 2015
jmckee in Home Cooking

Restaurant Web-Site Fails...

And some of those places are businesses located in the United States. The internet is not the be-all and end-all and center of the universe.

Mar 23, 2015
jmckee in Not About Food

Authentic Cajun Cookbook

On a social media site, I was having a conversation with an acquaintance, an opera singer from Louisiana, about Gumbo. Justin's name came up; she shared that when she was a little girl her family would stop at this little hole-in-the-wall grocery store and "Mr. Justin" would frequently be there. bowed to her awesome Louisianosity.

A lot of people made fun of Justin and pooh-poohed his credibility, but when he died, you know who NPR's Weekend Edition interviewed about him? Paul Prudhomme.

Mar 19, 2015
jmckee in Home Cooking

Authentic Cajun Cookbook

I just made Paulette's Wonderful Meat Pie for company a few weeks back. Check it out -- GREAT dish.

Mar 19, 2015
jmckee in Home Cooking

Cooking Non-Rice foods in a Rice cooker?

The late movie critic Roger Ebert was a devotee of the rice cooker, even after he no longer was able to eat due to his cancer treatment.

He produced this book on Rice Cooker Cookery, which has been well-received and reviewed.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Pot-How-Use...

Mar 18, 2015
jmckee in Cookware

Authentic Cajun Cookbook

I have this one and use it from time to time.

http://www.amazon.com/Cajun-Cuisine-A...

Mar 18, 2015
jmckee in Home Cooking

Authentic Cajun Cookbook

I LOVE this book. And such a joy to read.

Mar 18, 2015
jmckee in Home Cooking

Jezebel: Terrible Restaurant Customers and the Revenge They So Justly Deserved

Having worked in a few customer service jobs in my live, I thoroughly enjoyed some of these.

Mar 17, 2015
jmckee in Food Media & News

Restaurant Web-Site Fails...

Actually, that is true of may types of businesses!

Mar 17, 2015
jmckee in Not About Food
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What exactly is Native American cuisine?

Plus, they do a really good job of separating the cuisines by "family" of tribes -- plains tribes, Pacific Northwest tribes, etc. I had a great dish called "Salad of the Three Sisters" -- corn, squash, and beans, all staples of the Cherokee diet (my grandmother was 1/2 Cherokee), in a kind of sweet-sour dressing. I have managed to reproduce it at home a couple of times.

Mar 17, 2015
jmckee in General Topics

favorite bottled salad dressings?!?

That's my wife's favorite.

Mar 17, 2015
jmckee in General Topics
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Is the Paleo Diet Worth Trying?

The answer to the headline is: NO. Another eating disorder masquerading as a diet.

All-clad 4 qt. soup pot vs 5 1/2 qt. dutch oven

I would go with the 5.5 quart. I have a 3.5 quart wide saucepan, and the 4 is a little close. Plus, for a lot of my soups, the 5.5 is a better fit -- not too full as opposed to, "Aw geez, this is gonna overflow."

Mar 16, 2015
jmckee in Cookware

cookbook question - paper or kindle/ibook

Cookbooks are about the only type I've never bought in e-book format. I am too afraid of spillage (I have an Italian cookbook with red wine stains throughout and another cookbook where the desserts are so good the pages are spackled with butter and chocolate and flour).

Without stains, how do you know which recipes were good? :-)

I do, however, copy recipes from various sites (such as this one) and e-mail them to myself, tagging them as "Food", and cook with them, so go figure.

favorite bottled salad dressings?!?

I prefer the Cilantro / Avocado, but only because I think it's a tad more versatile; I've used it as a condiment for quesadillas or grilled fish, for example.

Mar 16, 2015
jmckee in General Topics
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Jeni's Spectactular Ice Cream

Jeni's is pretty pricey -- we have Graeter's locally in Cincinnati, which is somewhat more affordable -- but I'll splurge now and again.

Her ice cream book is very good; it includes "all-purpose" ice cream / yogurt bases with which you can experiment. Using the former I made a cinnamon apple streusel ice cream for Thanksgiving a couple of years ago.

My favorite of the recipes, hands down, is the roasted strawberry buttermilk ice cream. So many "A HA!" moments in making it: the cream cheese and cornstarch to thicken and add richness, and especially roasting the strawberries to render out some liquid, so you have flavorful strawberries rather than hard-frozen fruit in the final product.

Mar 13, 2015
jmckee in Home Cooking

Caesar Dressing

And no anchovies.

Mar 10, 2015
jmckee in Recipes

What to do with pulled pork

I just remembered -- at some good place in the south, I had pulled-pork egg rolls. Delicious.

Mar 09, 2015
jmckee in Home Cooking

What to do with pulled pork

That sounds astounding.

Mar 09, 2015
jmckee in Home Cooking