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well known brands that just arent as good as in the past

Vernor's is not the same. The fizz, the up your nose choke and cough fizz, is no longer there. When Vernor's was family owned and Detroit based, it was a different product than what you get today from Texas (can't remember who bought them) and I still long for the old product.

Jan 29, 2012
dartanian in General Topics

is dried pasta really better than fresh pasta?

I totally agree with you about the garlic. I love garlic but not so much that its the only thing I can taste. I feel the same about basil. Americans tend to overdo it on both of these.

Jan 25, 2012
dartanian in General Topics

Pasta cooked 'al dente', am I the only one who doesn't like it that way?

Hmm, no ketchup on a hot dog? I never heard of this and I'm a 65 yr old native born American.

Everyone has the right to find what makes sense to them, there is no one way to do anything. Having said that, I like my pasta almost done - tiniest bit of chalky white in the center - because I toss my pasta with the sauce and by that time it is perfectly done.

Jan 25, 2012
dartanian in General Topics

What was your favourite childhood concoction, which you now think is disgusting?

I wonder if the pizza mix was Appian Way? I believe it came out in the early 60's and you can still buy it on the internet today - awful stuff, but it was innovative for its time.

Dec 30, 2011
dartanian in General Topics

How Does Your Ancestry/Background and Home Country's Background Affect Your Cooking/Eating?

It all sounds very familiar. I still love parsley and butter in my boiled potatoes - good! The only meat I boil (more at simmer) is corned beef, but that isn't an Irish dish it's American-Irish.

In the history of Ireland, the Irish were never big on fish. The English yes, the Irish no.
The famine would not have been so terrible if they had been accoustomed to eating more fish.
Back in the 80's I spent 2 weeks traveling around Ireland, let me tell you I never saw a salad. Most fruits and vegetables are imported and so the cost is higher and Ireland having been a poor country people eat a lot of meat, bread, and root vegetables. They excel when it comes to pastries, scones, and breads...delicious!

Dec 04, 2010
dartanian in General Topics

Best burger EVER - [Dearborn, MI]

The grill, probably 50 years old, is seasoned to perfection! Also, years ago, my BIL was friendly with one of the owners and was told they have a special meat blend. This isn't supermarket hamburger.

Dec 04, 2010
dartanian in Great Lakes

What was your favourite childhood concoction, which you now think is disgusting?

My mother did this with graham crackers. I thought it was good back then but no way could I do it now.

Dec 04, 2010
dartanian in General Topics

What was your favourite childhood concoction, which you now think is disgusting?

We did the same except we used Hershey's chocolate syrup.

Dec 04, 2010
dartanian in General Topics

What was your favourite childhood concoction, which you now think is disgusting?

I do that now. The only thing I would suggest is up the quality of your chocolate. They're just as good, and much cheaper than what you buy at a bakery.

Dec 04, 2010
dartanian in General Topics

What was your favourite childhood concoction, which you now think is disgusting?

I'm definitely older than most/all of you because I remember going to the drugstore soda fountain (after school) and getting cherry, vanilla and chocolate cokes. The other drink, a Phosphate, skipped the coke syrup entirely and added phosphoric acid to the flavoring of your choice. ... these were usually 2 cents cheaper and often necessary on a HS allowance....but they tasted good too.

Dec 04, 2010
dartanian in General Topics

What was your favourite childhood concoction, which you now think is disgusting?

We had a full farm breakfast every morning when I was growing up, even though we lived in the city. My mother thought children could not learn unless their stomachs were full. If, however, we were running late,, mom got the milk, raw egg, vanilla flavoring or perhaps Nestle Quick, and beat the concoction to frothiness. She met us at the door and insisted we down it before leaving the house. Actually, I don't remember it tasting bad. Our neighbor, raised in Italy, would just poke a hole in the end of a raw egg and suck it down...that I never even attempted.

Dec 04, 2010
dartanian in General Topics

What was your favourite childhood concoction, which you now think is disgusting?

Butter the bread on one side and top with sugar & cinnamon. Place bread slice(s) on cookie sheet and place under the broiler for about 3 min. Check for desired level of toasting. Growing up we called this oven toast, and it's still my favorite way to make toast - with sugar & cinnamon, or just plain buttered bread, it's the best.

Dec 04, 2010
dartanian in General Topics

Nostalgic Recipes

Certainly Nana's are a large part of it, but the other part is fresh ingredients. Most of us find it difficult to obtain eggs from a local farmer. Buying a fresh chicken or a piece of pork (that doesn't taste like cardboard) is a real accomplishment. I live in a city (of 1 milllion) that doesn't even have a butcher shop. There is no chance of my getting a piece of specially cut beef. There are no roadside stands to buy fresh vegetables. Heck, we don't even have a legitimate bakery.

In my chldhood, my parents went to the fish market and/or the poultry market on Saturday mornings. They actually picked out the live chicken/fish and it was taken to the back, butchered and dressed, then brought home to cook.

My dad's specialty was Salisbury Steak. To make it, he bought a nice thick bone- in round steak , with a good measure of fat on the outer rim. I haven't seen that cut in a grocery store in years and these stores tell me, all their meat comes in pre-cut and trimmed . So not having a butcher within a 300 mile radius I won't be making that dish anytime soon.

Everything is done today with precision, to obtain the largest amount of profit. Nothing tastes the same because it isn't the same.

Nov 12, 2010
dartanian in General Topics

What is Your Favorite Non-Foodie Thanksgiving Dish?

That made me laugh out loud...ketchup served in Waterford. Love it!

Dec 22, 2009
dartanian in Home Cooking

What is Your Favorite Non-Foodie Thanksgiving Dish?

Our family MUST have our version of an Ambrosia salad. We make it with 1 bag of miniature marshmallows. 1 can pineapple tidbits (preferably in syrup, for a little extra sweetness) and drained. 1 cup chopped walnuts. 1 pint whipping cream...whipped. Everything is folded together and must sit in fridg overnight for flavors to blend. Result is sweet, but not excessively so, and not overdone with too many flavors competing with one another. Really the best of this type salad I've ever tasted.

Dec 22, 2009
dartanian in Home Cooking

What is Your Favorite Non-Foodie Thanksgiving Dish?

Wow, I haven't thought about these in many years. When I was growing up, my mother always served spiced peaches during the holidays. She didn't make them, she bought them, I think they came in a jar. They were whole peaches , not sliced, and all the kids loved them.

Dec 22, 2009
dartanian in Home Cooking