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Anyone else over Guy Fierri?

I guess my question is: Why? What do you get out of it? A sense of superiority? A need to control what other people watch? So you don't like them; fine. Don't watch. The snarling negativity some CH'ers direct toward these folks says more about the posters than the program hosts.

Anyone else over Guy Fierri?

Wow. I guess we didn't go long enough without a Fieri bashing thread.

So don't watch him.

How many people really use shallots? I generally don't.

I use them on a recipe-specific basis where they're called for, or if I'm just making something up and want to use them -- a lot of times for salad dressings or poultry marinades.

Jan 16, 2015
jmckee in Home Cooking

First time posters

We're not talking "further education" here. We're talking about a website. A free website. Where only long-timers seem to think that there are "conventions" and get offended if they're not observed.

The subculture of the long-time Chowhounder is not welcoming to a first-timer a lot of the time.

Jan 16, 2015
jmckee in Site Talk
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First time posters

Let's just examine the language in this post.

"educate them" -- implies either that newbies are ignorant or that your way is the ONLY way to use a website.

"serial offenders" -- words usually used to describe criminals.

And you wonder why people feel unwelcome here.

Jan 15, 2015
jmckee in Site Talk
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Salty Cuisines: Your thought?

Another nonsensical bashing of the United States. you know, there IS food other than processed here.

Jan 15, 2015
jmckee in General Topics

Salty Cuisines: Your thought?

Oh yes. I forgot. I'm on Chowhound, and American food is all soooooooo dreary and dreadful.

Your statement is, of course, in error. Hard to understand why you express such disdain for the nation in which you reside.

Various regions in the American South alone have contributed many fine dishes to the world's cuisine.

Jan 15, 2015
jmckee in General Topics

First time posters

That certainly was my experience when I first ventured onto this site; any post I made was either ignored, met with derision, or answered with a barely-civil "Did you look at THESE threads?" with an unspoken "you moron." And it still is sometimes. I brought to mind a comment in an article about the site that some people "at times have felt unwelcome" here.

How do you pronounce 'bruschetta'?

Broo-SKET-tuh. (ever so slight pause between the two Ts)

Jan 14, 2015
jmckee in Not About Food

Salty Cuisines: Your thought?

Well, that sounds like rather a knee-jerk reaction to me. What do YOU think of as "American" foods?

Jan 14, 2015
jmckee in General Topics

Foodie is Now a Banished Word!

Suspenders AND a belt -- not taking any chances.

He was on Letterman's NBC show one night, and he did the teaspoon of salt, and Dave said, "Oh come on now -- I've seen you do that, and it can't be accurate." Without saying a word, Justin poured the salt into his hand, grabbed a teaspoon measure, and carefully poured it into the spoon. Result: A perfect level teaspoon.

Jan 12, 2015
jmckee in Not About Food

How is this so HARD?

First-world problem.

Jan 08, 2015
jmckee in Site Talk

Healthiest Chinese Restaurant Choices?

You must have some lousy Chinese joints in your neck of the world. I have never encountered a dish "swimming in oil".

Jan 06, 2015
jmckee in General Topics

Simple Good Things

Cornbread and buttermilk.

A sugar cookie.

Ditto on the baked potato.

Foodie is Now a Banished Word!

Hey, watch it -- one of my past cookin' idols, Justin Wilson, wrote the "Gourmet and Gourmand Cookbook." :-)

Jan 06, 2015
jmckee in Not About Food

Foodie is Now a Banished Word!

What is the big flipping deal about the word Foodie? A very large and wonderful and diverse grocery where I live has "Welcome Foodies" on the credit card pad before you swipe.

Honestly, sometimes the people on this site seem poised to be offended by something so infinitesimal......

PBS Heats Up Sundays With THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW

My wife and I watched last evening, before "Downton Abbey", and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Jan 05, 2015
jmckee in Food Media & News

Heinous KFC commercial

I guess I must go ahead and ask: What is wrong with not having the (so-called) "healthy" meal sometimes?

"The original comment has been removed"

Yes. When a thread takes kind of a leap, where you sense something is missing, it's good to know it actually IS missing.

Is Chowhound dead?

No. It was never a sentient, living being, so de facto, it cannot be "dead."

Dec 29, 2014
jmckee in Site Talk

Should I be worried about Aluminum bakeware?

Oh, Jesus H. on a silpat, here come the conspiracy theories.

This has been so thoroughly debunked -- right up there with the "vaccines cause autism" movement (thanks Jenny McCarthy you idiotic bimbo) -- that I can't believe anybody, particularly someone on a FOOD site, would still be playing this old saw.

Dec 29, 2014
jmckee in Cookware

Diners Drive-ins and Dives

Hmm.. Expand on this please. How do you mean "Rare is the actual dive that's a diamond in the rough"?

Dec 29, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

What did you/would you eat the morning of your wedding?

My wedding was in June of 1985. I had a bagel with cream cheese, coffee, and a double shot of bourbon -- at the suggestion of the priest performing the wedding, who said I'd need it to get through the day without my hostile in-laws wrecking it for me.

Dec 23, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

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.

Dec 22, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

Cooks illustrated question

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

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.

Dec 22, 2014
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. . .

Dec 22, 2014
jmckee in Site Talk

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

Could you do better? then start your own site.

Dec 22, 2014
jmckee in Site Talk

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

Jeeeeeez indeed. Talk about a sense of misguided entitlement.

Dec 22, 2014
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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