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Site is unbelievably slow

In all fairness to the site, it may be your PC or your internet connection. I don't experience this problem, even at home with an older PC.

about 13 hours ago
jmckee in Site Talk

Upsurge in Inanity

Such as?

Oct 29, 2014
jmckee in Site Talk
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Cheap/Bent Restaurant Flatware

Doesn't bother me a bit, unless at a high-priced place.

Oct 29, 2014
jmckee in Not About Food
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"Gulp - Adventures on the Alimentary Canal"

I read it. I loved it. I love her sense of humor, and I learn a LOT from her books.

Oct 28, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

What food like/dislikes do you have that are contradictory and make no sense?

I think we have a winner here -- this is one I NEVER would have imagined.

Oct 28, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

What food like/dislikes do you have that are contradictory and make no sense?

An old friend of mine loves chocolate, and loves ice cream, but Chocolate Ice Cream makes her gag.

Oct 28, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

What food like/dislikes do you have that are contradictory and make no sense?

Henry Beard and Roy McKie's humorous cooking dictionary said that tongue is a dish considered a delicacy by some, but actually crosses the line between "cut of beef" and "piece of dead cow."

Oct 28, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

Food Health Fads Vs Science

As Elizabeth David wrote (or Jane Grigson -- senior moment, can't remember), cheese is its own type of preserved food.

Oct 28, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

OMG, Williams Sonoma

Quite a few years ago, I met a lady at work who was a very serious cook. She worked in the company's sales analysis department, but she had trained at Cordon Bleu as a young woman.

One year, she decided to get a part-time job during the holidays at Williams Sonoma, which was only about a 15 minute drive from the office -- and about halfway home for her.

From October through December. She would leave work at 4:30, work 5-10 p.m. at WS, and go home. She would also usually work one or two weekend shifts.

The reason? She determined to buy everything she had ever wanted for the kitchen. She spent almost every cent she made during the three months and "retired" from WS a happy cook.

Oct 23, 2014
jmckee in Cookware

Cincinnati - Historic Restaurants

I was just about to add Scotti's! It's been there more than 100 years.

Oct 22, 2014
jmckee in Great Lakes

Bumping up old threads

Devil's advocate: I don't see this as much of a problem myself. But there is a tension between this idea ("don't let old threads be bumped up") and the simple fact that somebody starting a new thread about issue XYZ will more than likely be chastised by another poster for not using the search key to find the old threads on XYZ. And posting on those old threads will, de facto, bump them up.

We all know it happens, but we never like to think it actually does... [moved from New Jersey board]

All I know is that if I own a restaurant nearby that waitress gets a job interview from me. She showed integrity.

Oct 21, 2014
jmckee in Not About Food

I don't "get" Red Velvet Cake

Why does it matter if they're on Chowhound? Is membership on this site a prerequisite for taste?

Oct 21, 2014
jmckee in General Topics
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Cincinnati - Historic Restaurants

Hathaway's, in the Carew Tower arcade, is still open and is still a great old-style diner. Outstanding burgers. Great breakfasts.

Oct 21, 2014
jmckee in Great Lakes
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(Relatively Inexpensive) Mail Order Steaks

I have bought from Pfaelzer Brothers (http://www.pfaelzer-brothers.com/) and have found their quality to be good and their prices reasonable. $100 would get you four 8-oz. filet mignons or two 1-lb. porterhouse or four 12-oz NY strips. Their other products are fine as well. And they only charge $15 flat rate for shipping.

Oct 16, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

In 'Parts Unknown,' Anthony Bourdain is not a man on a mission

Oh for corn's sake. I am NOT a mind-number robot. Bourdain is not at all like the other items on your list.

Grow up. Not everybody likes what you like. And not everybody's a snob.

Oct 07, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

Fishmonger in Greater Cincinnati?

Jungle Jim's. Outstanding seafood counter.

Oct 07, 2014
jmckee in Great Lakes

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

Blue Ash and Camp Washington, no; one location only. Dixie has a few NKy locations.

Price Hill Chili is really good too.

Sep 25, 2014
jmckee in Chains

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

Of the major Cincinnati chains, Skyline is the way to go. I don't care for Gold Star. It's thinner, and has a spicy bite at the back of the throat that I don't find pleasant. (This may have something to do with the fact that for 12 years I lived less than 1/4 mile from the Gold Star commissary and smelled it whenever the wind was right. Or wrong.)

Blue Ash is a good place, although it's perhaps better known for its mammoth double-decker sandwiches than its chili. It serves a six-way, which in addition to beans, onions, and cheese is topped with breaded and deep-fried jalapeno slices.

Camp Washington is an institution. Winner of a James Beard Foundation award as an American regional classic, it's got a distinctive high-quality chili and lots of other good things -- sandwiches, breakfast, etc. Last year it was named one of the 20 most iconic food destinations by Smithsonian Magazine.

Dixie Chili, across the river in Northern Kentucky, is very good too. I think their beans are the best -- nice and plump and moist. They serve a six-way too, with chopped fresh garlic. They used to serve a seven-way -- sliced frankfurters and a fried egg on top.

Sep 24, 2014
jmckee in Chains
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Best Mail Order Holiday Food Gifts?

Gethsemani Farms, the mail-order arm of the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, KY. Outstanding bourbon fruitcake and bourbon fudge. UNBELIEVABLE Trappist cheese.

https://www.gethsemanifarms.org/

Sep 23, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

Relatively new baker - looking for some inspiration

Well. I'm going contrarian here. I don't think weights and grams and such are necessary for the beginner.

I don't usually weigh. I use spoons and cups. And my baked goods turn out fine. What you need is a good "teacher". I recommend a couple of books -- Baking with Julia (which is actually written by Dorie Greenspan) and The Fannie Farmer Baking Book. They have outstanding instructions so that even a novice baker (which I once was) can turn out good quality stuff as he/she learns the ropes.

Also, if you've got a friend who bakes, ask to watch or work with them. You'll learn to get the feel of various doughs and batters.

Really confused about health of pan frying

"Forbidden food"?

Sep 22, 2014
jmckee in Home Cooking

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

Remember the commercial? "Show us your LARK pack!"

Sep 15, 2014
jmckee in Chains
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Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

Jersey Mike's is better than both of those.

My current workplace has a few guys at the top who are crazy for Jimmy John's. One says, every time it's brought in for an office lunch, "This is the best sandwich ever made." I hold my response, which would be, "No. It's not."

Sep 11, 2014
jmckee in Chains
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Why You Should Never, Ever Go to a Food Festival

This is the second time the phrase "people who have never seen food" has been bandied about here. I don't see where that can even be true, much less understand what you're implying. The phrase seems to lump everybody together and say that if you go to such a festival you must not understand food at all. Which is patently untrue.

Sep 10, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

Why You Should Never, Ever Go to a Food Festival

I've been to a few, and they aren't worthless. Have even tried things I've never tried before and found restaurants I'd never been to, and visited them as a result of my experience. "I don't do crowds and I don't wait in lines for food" pretty much sums up the attitude here. Worthless for YOU because you don't "do" crowds (whatever that means) and you won't wait.

Sep 10, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

Why You Should Never, Ever Go to a Food Festival

Interesting "Haven't been to any others" but "they are worthless."

Opinion without experience?

Sep 09, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

Zucchini bread: why?

Or possibly because it's good in the 21st century as well.

Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

No. It's not. Absent a food "allergy" or other sensitivity, there is no food that is "to be avoided." Eat everything.

Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

Anecdotal evidence unbacked by science. You're "self-medicating" with food. Which isn't medicine.