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No Regrets: Glad I bought it!

Hahaha! Can't you see my Popeye arms from here, D?

1 day ago
breadchick in Cookware

Mistakes, I've made a few

I have the double skewers too, and found that the best way I could do onions is this: run the skewers through the whole onion first, in rows. Then, cut the slices in between them. The skewers hold them in place, and you're not dealing with running double skews in between cut wobbly thin rings. Very sharp knife helps.

1 day ago
breadchick in Cookware

No Regrets: Glad I bought it!

My Vitamix Pro 300 from W/S. I will never, ever, regret it. That thing is a monster and I am it's master.

1 day ago
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Leave Guy Fieri alone: Why he has nothing to do with the Food Network’s decline

Yeah, I'm also saying "really?" I didn't find anything about him worth watching. Maybe I'm just over the whole molecular gastro stuff. Can we just eat food as it's meant to be? Aren't we moving away from all that Soylent Green?

Sadly, my head isn't in the sand, either. The world food problem may come down to that.

I just don't want to go to Justin's house for the holidays. Seems to be nice enough kid, nothing personal.

Tell The Chef to Separate My Food

I would think nearly every new blended coffee drink from McD's and Starbucks qualifies as a portmanteau, based on their commercials.

Leave Guy Fieri alone: Why he has nothing to do with the Food Network’s decline

I've been enjoying a (PBS, I think) series called "A Taste of History" currently airing on RLTV here in NY. Combines my love of early American history and cooking. It's a nice change and so informative.

Tell The Chef to Separate My Food

Nacho fries have been around forever, but I've never heard them called frachos - that's a new one.

Typical American breakfast foods you don't enjoy at breakfast?

Eggs, in the traditional sense (scrambled, fried, poached etc.) I did finally figure out that egg salad spread open-faced on a toasted slice of 5 grain bread is pretty good, so I'm changing my ways.

I never ate before lunch anyway. A cup of coffee, juice, and I was off to work. I'd drive by and see folks lined up for the breakfast sandwiches at Dunkin, Panera and others - just didn't have an interest in eating so early.

Aug 26, 2014
breadchick in General Topics

Top Chef (and other reality shows) music

Bravo uses the Top Chef music for its other shows, as well. It messes with my mind.

Aug 26, 2014
breadchick in Food Media & News

Master Chef 8/25 spoilers

I THOUGHT that was what she said. Jeez Louise, the daggers in her eyes could have done the job.

Aug 26, 2014
breadchick in Food Media & News

"New Revereware"

Same problem here.

Aug 25, 2014
breadchick in Cookware

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

Like sugarplums dancing in my head, thanks for the food lust. :)

Aug 21, 2014
breadchick in General Topics

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

Seriously, you're missing the point. I'll break it down for you: this isn't a contest about what country produces the best bread, cheeses, and so on. It's about highlighting exceptional regional foods.

Folks that have been working hard at their craft and have been baking, growing produce, and creating wonderful cheeses deserve recognition.

Would Thomas Keller refuse to serve CA wine, bread and/or cheeses if foreign guests were to book a table at The French Laundry - assuming that hell, they've already HAD this stuff so why bother?

Safe to assume not.

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

Key lime pie on a stick - now, THAT is something I would love to try. (Among all the other food you listed.)

I think I remember Garrison Keillor mentioning all the food-on-a-stick once on PHC.

Aug 21, 2014
breadchick in General Topics

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

My point exactly, thanks.

Aug 21, 2014
breadchick in General Topics

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

Thank you, foodieX2, you get it.

Aug 21, 2014
breadchick in General Topics

guests not offering to do dishes, is it rude?

As my guest, I would never expect you to help with the dishes, and as a guest, I would never expect to be expected to do them. I like to clean up the next day and spend time with my guests. I have a couple plastic "busboy bins" that hold the lot and I don't have to look at everything spread around the kitchen.

That said, I always offer to help clear up and if the host starts to wash up directly after dinner I'll grab a towel.

I remember hosting my first Thanksgiving years ago, and after dinner my mother and aunties insisted on washing everything up. I couldn't persuade them to leave it to me. They enjoyed themselves and worked and reminisced (with plenty of wine) while the rest of the family just hung out or took walks through the woods. I "supervised" the work and had a great time listening to their stories. We had 17 place settings and all the extra crystal, china, etc. and they got it all done in no time!!

Best holiday ever.

Aug 21, 2014
breadchick in Not About Food

Who would you like to dine with?

So Joan is invited, but not her husband Noah. (My kids loved that movie, I had it nearly memorized back in the day.)

Aug 21, 2014
breadchick in Not About Food

Bite on one or both sides?

Same here.

Aug 20, 2014
breadchick in Not About Food

Who would you like to dine with?

George Washington
Thomas Jefferson
Bill & Melinda Gates
George H.W. Bush
Gloria Steinem
Tom Colicchio
Suzy Fenniger
Nora Ephron
Leonard Bernstein
Bruce Springsteen
Martin Luther King
Bill & Hill Clinton
Garrison Keillor
Molly Ivins

Just a few that come to mind.

Mistakes, I've made a few

Hey there, Duffy:

I absolutely love the bowls, and got them years ago. I think they are now made overseas (??) and not the same as before. Well, what is, right? I do know I've seen the Two Fat Ladies use them and that's good enough for me.

RIP, TFLs.

Aug 19, 2014
breadchick in Cookware

What makes you sick or react that you love?

Ditto. And it pisses me off, since there's been such a great movement locally for great ice creams. Darn!!!

Aug 19, 2014
breadchick in General Topics

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

I would do what I think they won't have: our wonderful cheeses and artisan breads, salad of our native greens, lobster pot pie, Hudson Valley apple cobbler, our local hard ciders.
Edit: cheeses and artisan breads from the Valley and Vermont. Vermont has some real bad-ass cheeses! Yum.

Aug 19, 2014
breadchick in General Topics

Mistakes, I've made a few

A 16 quart A/C stockpot. I'm a tiny woman with joint issues - what was I thinking? I can't even SEE into that pot. Granted, I bought it years ago - but still!

Well, my son can use it. Believe it or not, he's 6 ft. 3 in., built like a linebacker. He takes after me (ha, not physically) and loves to cook for many, so it's all good.

Also, I've had to give him and my daughter some of my bigger A/C skillets, etc.

Mixing bowls? Mine are Mason Cash from England and they are pretty hefty (considering S/S alternatives) but I won't part with them even though they are a hard lift.

Did I mention I HAVE S/S bowls? (I am a mixing bowl hoarder.)

Aug 19, 2014
breadchick in Cookware

Master Chef 8/18 spoilers

That one girl in the heels always stands as if she's trying not to pee on camera.

Aug 19, 2014
breadchick in Food Media & News

What do you eat when you don't know what you want?

Cheese and crackers. Always in my house, and it takes the edge off. Glass of wine helps too, based on the time of day. Makes me think of my late mom. We would always have a late afternoon bit of cheese and crackers, wine, and watch the kids in the pool before starting dinner prep. Good times.

Aug 18, 2014
breadchick in General Topics

Next Food Network Star -finale (spoilers)

Honestly, Paul, I didn't vote. I truly thought that the producers would have full say on the outcome and the "voting" was just a gimmick. Also, I wouldn't be inclined to vote anyway, I just don't get into it that much. (Again, thinking that it's all a set up anyway.) I didn't watch the whole season and only caught bits. But, I will say that the reason I didn't watch the whole season is because I can't believe they let someone like Lenny compete at all. That was my shark moment.

Next Food Network Star -finale (spoilers)

Exactly. Let's be honest here, I can't for one second, think that this guy is geared towards my demographic: I have lots of disposable income (retirement) and do drive a decent car. Extended family spends summer vacations beachfront on the East coast.

This man is pathetic! I would not want him to meet my daughter if FN gave me a free pass.

Aug 18, 2014
breadchick in Food Media & News

Farmhouse Rules--a new show on Food Network

Exactly!

Aug 18, 2014
breadchick in Food Media & News

Farmhouse Rules--a new show on Food Network

Yikes, she mixed it up with her hands? Why??? A large spoon wasn't available? From your description, she needs a mysterious hand under the counter that reaches up to give her properly diced veggies. LOL

Aug 18, 2014
breadchick in Food Media & News