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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

What to do with pulled pork

I have made a pulled pork pizza (on another occasion flatbread), with caramelized onions, not-too-sweet bbq sauce, greens, and cheddar.

I have also made pulled pork nachos.

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.

Mar 03, 2015
jmckee in Southeast

Ubiquitous pimiento cheese...Athens, Georgia

So don't order it.

Mar 02, 2015
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