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Favorite supermarket salsas?

I agree. VERY good salsas. Also, Garden Fresh Gourmet salsas (in a refrigerated area) are quite good; their tortilla chips are among the best commercial chips available as well.

about 17 hours ago
jmckee in General Topics

Grapefruit and Salt?

My mother ate grapefruit this way -- it does blunt the sourness and bring out a natural sweetness.

Nov 19, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

Vegetarian & Vegan - and "Recommendations" for Meat Recipes?

I don't think you are required to click on the link......

Nov 17, 2014
jmckee in Site Talk

How to prevent my tart crust from 'leaking' butter when baking?

I'd also suggest checking the oven temp to make sure it's accurate. It almost sounds as if the temp is too low.

Nov 17, 2014
jmckee in Home Cooking

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

I'm with you. Other than sauerbraten, not a fan.

Nov 17, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

If You Could Only Drink One Beer Forever...

"He tasks me. He tasks me, and I shall have him. I'll chase him round the Moons of Nibia and round the Antares Maelstrom and round Perdition's flames before I give him up!"

Nov 13, 2014
jmckee in Beer
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Hello, I am looking for some recommendations for store bought marinades, sauces, and pre-mixed seasonings for chicken

Interesting. A perfectly good question is met with a perfectly snide answer.

I DO know how to cook. And I use some pre-mixed seasonings. I am particularly fond of the Paul Prudhomme brand.

Nov 11, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

When a favorite restaurant is ruined - what do you do?

A contrarian view: Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I'd tell them, the same as I'd tell any business that the product or service for which I have paid is not up to snuff.

An object lesson: Some friends of mine frequented a nearby steak joint for a few years. It began to go downhill pretty fast; they kept going, remembering the great meals and hoping it would reverse.

On what they agreed would be their final visit, toward the end of the meal, the new manager happened to stop by and ask, "How is everything?"

They told him. He pulled up a chair, took out a pad of paper, and talked with them for about 15 minutes. He waived the check for that meal, gave them a gift card, and said, "We'd like to re-earn your business."

Next time they went back, about a month later, they noticed some staff missing, and their favorite steak joint was restored to its old reliable quality.

Nov 04, 2014
jmckee in Not About Food

What method do you use to drain cooked and crumbled ground meat?

Drain it?

Nov 04, 2014
jmckee in Home Cooking

Beans - Reducing gas

I find the baking soda method works pretty well; my wife doesn't eat beans often, so she is sensitive to what Julia Child called "The Rooti-Ti-Toots".

My sainted Granny always said, "Add sody to them beans; it takes some of the meanness out."

Nov 04, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

Tell me what you think about a website that tells you the best thing on the menu

I would not find this useful; I prefer a broader view of the restaurant in question, rather than naming one dish as "the best" on the menu. That is, after all, an even more subjective and personal opinion than most.

Nov 03, 2014
jmckee in Not About Food

Site is unbelievably slow

using IE 11.

Nov 03, 2014
jmckee in Site Talk

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.

Oct 31, 2014
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