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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?

1 day ago
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.

2 days ago
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.

2 days ago
jmckee in Cookware

Worst thing you ate before working-out.

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

2 days ago
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

Food comments heard on the street

I walk six blocks from my parking garage to my office, and have over the last year developed a nodding acquaintance with a few of the homeless people downtown.

Some weeks back, I had left the alley next to my garage and was walking across a small park toward work. Two guys, one of whom I've chatted with, were discussing a local restaurant. "Well, they need to talk to whoever is ordering their produce because they throw out A LOT. I mean, last week? I got probably 11 avocados out of their dumpster. I ate avocado for three days. Delicious!" Other guy: "Oh no. that's not good for you; they're very high in fat." First guy: "But it's not bad fat, it's heart-healthy fat. They're very good for you!"

Julia Child's 100!

I surprised myself -- I've made more of these than I thought.

Aug 18, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

corn bread

Julia Child confessed in one of her books that she always used this recipe.

Aug 18, 2014
jmckee in Home Cooking

Newly single chow-dude and his crockpot

I have her first book, and I use it frequently.

To my surprise, the Buffalo Chicken Soup is a great favorite of my wife.

Aug 18, 2014
jmckee in Home Cooking

Best tasting broth sold in a store?

+1. I've tried all their products and like them a lot.

Aug 18, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

Penn Jillette’s secrets of “Celebrity Apprentice”: Donald Trump is a whackjob!

And this belongs on Food Media & News precisely how?

Aug 15, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News
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I've never been a *Quick* Cook

Again, I disagree. If you're a cook who knows technique and doesn't feel like you have to make a Big Production Number out of dinner, dinner on the table in 30 minutes is no problem at all. And no, not a fairly limited selection of foods. Again, check the Pepin books I mentioned -- INCREDIBLE variety.

Aug 15, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

I've never been a *Quick* Cook

Oh, nonsense. It isn't overblown. People have less and less time to cook because of the death of the 40-hour work week and the over-scheduling of themselves and their children. Getting a fast easy meal together and on the table is an important skill. Jacques Pepin's Fast Food My Way books are expert examples of this, as are Lynne Rosetto Kasper's "Weeknight Kitchen" e-mails.

Aug 13, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

Fascinating cooking tips and advice

I copied the link and e-mailed it to myself; I have a label for "food" in my G-mail account. Many of these are very interesting.

Aug 12, 2014
jmckee in Home Cooking

Milk in bags ... Are Canadians weird, or are Americans the weirdos?

Well, seeing as the cow stores it in a bag.......

Aug 12, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

Food related television commercial failures

Plus, Liquid Gold is the name of a wood cleaner. http://www.scottsliquidgold.com/scott...

Aug 11, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

music to chowhound by

Mm...I have a Food playlist on my iPod, but I am not a classic rock-and-roll lover, so it won't really help.

Aug 08, 2014
jmckee in Not About Food

Betty Fussell article in the NYT

A lovely article. I remember the section on her and her husband in The United States of Arugula talking about the Fussells' dinner parties being covered in the Times by Craig Claiborne, and even though Betty did the cooking, Claiborne clearly kept mooning over oh-so-handsome Paul.

Aug 08, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

Sausage Parm in Cincinnati?

Tom, a thought: Have you tried WurstBar in Mt. Lookout? They have a similar sandwich on the menu, or you can design your own. I've never been there, but friends speak highly of the place. http://wurstbarinthesquare.com/

Aug 08, 2014
jmckee in Great Lakes

Looking for light and upbeat or soothing conversational cooking shows

I agree. She seems extremely calm. And being uninhibited, she will periodically sing.