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Food by mail for Xmas

Zingerman's is good, but I may have a caveat: I stopped ordering from them some years back when I found how out-of-proportion their shipping charges had become. Basically, the year my dad was dying, I ordered a several course meal from Pfaelzer Brothers (ham, three sides, dessert) and a couple of luxury items from Zingerman's, including Alziari olive oil, one of my favorites. The Zingerman's shipping costs were higher than the 2nd day Pfaelzer's order.

about 4 hours ago
jmckee in General Topics

Cooks illustrated question

Seems rather extreme. "I hate these shows, so I will not fund Masterpiece or Great Performances."

about 5 hours ago
jmckee in Food Media & News
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Chowhound: How About Working WITH Us Rather Than TO Us?

Oh for goodness' sake. IT'S A WEB SITE. A FREE WEB SITE. GET OVER YOURSELVES.

about 5 hours ago
jmckee in Site Talk

Chowhound: How About Working WITH Us Rather Than TO Us?

So because you don't like something it's "misguided"?

Good golly Miss Molly. . .

about 5 hours ago
jmckee in Site Talk

Chowhound: How About Working WITH Us Rather Than TO Us?

Could you do better? then start your own site.

about 5 hours ago
jmckee in Site Talk

Chowhound: How About Working WITH Us Rather Than TO Us?

Jeeeeeez indeed. Talk about a sense of misguided entitlement.

about 5 hours ago
jmckee in Site Talk
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Chowhound: How About Working WITH Us Rather Than TO Us?

Oh Lord. ENOUGH with the petulance and whining. It's a website -- a free website -- one that has so much material the proprietors will NEVER be able to please every niggling gripe.

Develop a sense of proportion, will you? Or perhaps just grow up?

Dec 19, 2014
jmckee in Site Talk
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Chowhound: How About Working WITH Us Rather Than TO Us?

You do realize this is a free site, don't you? That you don't own it? That it takes maybe 20 seconds to alter the settings in question?

Dec 19, 2014
jmckee in Site Talk

Helpful Post on How to Fix CH's "Fix" of the Site

Perhaps this should go under "Site Talk" -- or rather not, since it's been discussed and complained about endlessly.

Dec 19, 2014
jmckee in Southeast

Enough televised cooking competitions!

How we all SUFFER from the plethora of pulled pork programming. How shall we survive, the ennui?

Dec 19, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

credit and debit charges

You certainly must be popular with the merchants.

Dec 16, 2014
jmckee in Not About Food

We don't eat meat, they don't eat fish.....

I'll second the mushroom risotto. The Lidia Bastianich recipe in Julia Child's Cooking with Master Chefs is delicious.

Make your own pizzas with innovative toppings -- roasted vegetables, such as Brussels Sprouts, for example. I had one of these at a local place last week, and it was delicious. Sweet pea and bacon was good too.

I'd say a very thin crust, fast-baking pizza. The crust in Lynne Rosetto Kasper's "Italian Country Table" is a good one. The dough doesn't even have to rise, just rest for 30 minutes if you're in a hurry.

Dec 16, 2014
jmckee in Home Cooking
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Pizza Stone (or Tiles) Oven Position

Plus, if you heat to 500 and use the top rack, you're going to create a lot of spatter and smoke.

In 20 years of working with baking tiles / stones, this is the only time anybody's ever suggested the top rack in my experience.

Dec 15, 2014
jmckee in Cookware

Best omelet pan?

I use a 10-inch T-Fal nonstick skillet and a flat wooden spatula.

Dec 15, 2014
jmckee in Cookware

Servers vs. Food runners.

No problem with food runners. I don't see what the big deal is.

Dec 15, 2014
jmckee in Not About Food

Enough televised cooking competitions!

Oh, Jesus H. Christ with a roll of parchment paper. If you don't like it, don't watch.

Dec 15, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

Which Julia Child Cooking Show Was It?

In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs. And yes, it was Nancy Silverton who made her weepy, but it was the crème fraiche custard brioche tart.

Dec 15, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

I'd like to, but I've never tried homemade . . .

Cider!

Dec 11, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

Comments Heard At Restaurants...

Overheard last year at our favorite joint at the ocean, traditional first lunch on vacation:

Server: Hi, welcome to [name of joint], how can I help you?
Woman: Bring me cool, not cold, water. No ice. And I'm allergic to wheat so you better be able to accommodate my needs.

Dec 08, 2014
jmckee in Not About Food

NPR's food blog: The Salt

I visit The Salt regularly. And not just for Sandwich Monday, from the folks at "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me", although that's the first way I happened upon it and is well worth the visit in its own right.

Dec 08, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News
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Best Delivered Food Gifts?

I am devoted to the goods from the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemani in Bardstown, Kentucky. (http://Monks.org; there's a link to Gethsemani Farms' website from there, I think.

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Unbelievable Trappist cheese in Mild, Aged, Smoky, Pesto, as well as other cheeses. Bourbon fudge. The best fruitcake anywhere, liberally anointed with bourbon. Many, many other gifts.

Dec 08, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

Do you like to hae a bedtime or late night snack?

I usually have a small glass of milk and a large spoon of peanut butter.

Dec 05, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

Brewery hits back at ‘racist’ lager claims

I think it's at the very least in questionable taste. The juxtaposition of "black" and "slave" is frankly too close to be coincidental.

Dec 04, 2014
jmckee in Beer

[UPDATE] Vote for Your Worst Food Trends for "Best (or in this case, worst) of 2014"

Pork belly isn't on "every menu" where I live. And it has nothing to do with the "War on Obesity."

Cauliflower is a delightful vegetable.

Ricotta is not "flavorless". It is, however, mild.

Dec 04, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

Mom isn't eating well any suggestions?

Get Lynne Rosetto Kasper's "The Italian Country Table" and make "Mother's Broth," which she designed when her own mother was recovering from major surgery and lost her appetite.

Dec 03, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

I'd like to, but I've never tried homemade . . .

Yep. About an hour after I say, "I think I'll make pasta," the pasta is laid out and drying on towels and I'm sweeping up the flour I scattered.

Dec 03, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

Best bouche de Noel recipe

I've never done it myself, but her recipe in "The Way to Cook" is well explained and illustrated and makes me think I could.

Dec 02, 2014
jmckee in Home Cooking

"Bully Beef & Biscuits" - a new book about food during the First World War

I'm kind of in a WWI mode, and this will be on my reading list!

Dec 01, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

What is up with the cheese sandwiches?

Yep. Every day: Cheese sandwich, drink, cookie / Twinkie / Little Debbie's / what have you, apple, chips. We didn't have the luxuries, either.

Dec 01, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

[UPDATE] Vote for Your Worst Food Trends for "Best (or in this case, worst) of 2014"

Yawn? You've never had MY hummus :-)

Dec 01, 2014
jmckee in General Topics