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Best Frozen Pizza?

I agree. I think it's very good. We like thin crust and have had CPK (California Pizza Kitchen) for a while. But Newman's flavor is excellent.

Aug 13, 2010
tuxedocat in General Topics

Unfortunate food trend: the "cornbread" scone.

It is easy enough to say, "Just don't buy cornbread scones" than it is to actually DO, especially if they are not labeled. Most of the time they are labeled simply as "Blueberry Scones" or "Cranberry-Peach Scones" with no indication that they are also made with a cornbread mix. It is very difficult to tell the cornbread-mix variety as such just by looking. It is always the texture, and by then it is too late. Labeling would be a nice and easy way to take care of this little problem, but I hardly ever see anyone doing it.

Unfortunate food trend: the "cornbread" scone.

Twice in the past week, once at a Peets Coffee and tea, and the other in a purchase from Lunardi's bakery, I have received items that appear to be scones, and are even labeled as such. But no. They are cornbread. Poorly made cornbread that crumbles into a dry sandy mess when you break off an end. Cornbread, that leeches every bit of moisture you have in you mouth, forcing you to gulp your tea in self defense.

To my mind, a "scone" is something that goes very nicely with tea, not something that should be served with a bowl of chile. Cornbread goes very nicely with chile. As a tea treat, not so much.

Cornmeal really has no business going into a scone receipe. Part of what makes a scone a "scone" is the creamy, slightly sweet, buttery texture that goes so well with an optional dollop of jam and a hot cup of good coffee or tea. If they are made with cornbread, they are not the same. They do not go with tea very well, even if they contain fruit. They just taste like dry cornbread with fruit. You could eat them with chile, and wouldn't even notice the fruit.

I have been returning these products and asking for a refund. I am always polite, since I know that the servers in Peets are not responsible for baking these things. Peets has always been very nice about refunding my money or providing a replacement. It would be much easier if they didn't LABEL these triangular cornmeal hockey pucks as "scones". Other than appearance, they do not resemble the real thing in any way.

Neither Peets, nor Lunardi's will reveal the source bakery. I guess they feel they must protect their vendors. It is a shame, since this vendor is obviously blending together some Biscuick and Jiffy Cornbread mix in a big bowl and then adding some fruit. No care is taken in creating the product. Real scones require care in cutting the butter into the flour, then mixing the milk in a certain way so that it is not over mixed. This provides a refined, flaky texture.

I don't mind paying $2 plus change for a real scone, but I will definitely return the Bisquick/Jiffy Mix version every time. If anyone knows the source bakery for these monstrosities, I would love to know. That way, I could take my complaints directly to the source, instead of subjecting my fellow Chowhound readers to my little rant. ;)

Need help with pairing complicated pork tenderloin recipe!

My husband loves smoked pork chops! I usually prepare these with sauteed apples and onions in a dijon or spicy mustard wine sauce. I nearly always do these with a Gewerztraminer if I am doing the spicy mustard version, white Burgundy for the Dijon version. Your recipe has whiskey, hoisin and honey. All of those will leave a LOT of sweetness in your sauce, so go with a Riesling. Not a dry Riesling or even a Kabinett (some would be too dry for your dish), but a good quality auslese. If you can find an older one, that is even better. Older auslese's can be sometimes found at wineshops for a decent price if you hunt around. They are complex and wonderful. They will pair perfectly with your dish (and bring out the smokiness of the chops and bacon too!).

Jan 17, 2010
tuxedocat in Wine

2010 - What are you drinking?

Wow. I've never tasted a DRC. Keep hearing about them though. It is nice to hear about the Latour, but now I am thinking that my son will enjoy the ones I have after I turn into a skeleton.

Jan 17, 2010
tuxedocat in Wine

Kirkland (Costco) label wines - anyone tried?

We buy a bottle or two of the Savigny-les-Beaune Burgundy now and then. It is surprisingly nice with good "red" fruit, medium bodied, and some acidity. It is a bit simple, but that is not a bad thing. It's price point is about the same as other village burgundies we have tried at that price point (around $20.00). It is not bad for a simple, everyday burgundy if you are looking for a medium bodied red to pair with a cream sauce.

Jan 16, 2010
tuxedocat in Wine

2010 - What are you drinking?

(hi everyone! first post!)

2 wines in the past week or so:

CHATEAU BEAUCASTEL CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 1997 - served with pork loin "smothered" in a Porcini sauce and slow cooked. Very lovely, with a slight rust on the rim and incense in the nose. The wine still had lots of fruit and a bit too much structure. I was a little sorry I opened it, but I had figured that '97 wasn't the best year for CdP and the wine would be ready. Wrong. If you have this in your cellar, it is safe to hold. The wine was still very memorable and oh, so lovely. I had to ask my spouse what we ate with it, since I remembered the wine and couldn't recall what I had cooked. My pork loin was good, but didn't measure up to this bottle. Wished I had opened a village burgundy, but we had a special guest over, so a "special" wine was the order of the evening. In any case, the guest loved the wine.

a few days earlier:
Thomas Fogarty GEWÜRZTRAMINER 2007 - I have always liked the wines from this producer, but this bottle was terrible. Winery tasting notes describes as "veers towards fresh ginger, rose hips and pineapple", My bottle veered towards fresh ASPIRIN, stems and pineapple" I know that Gewürztraminers can show a hint of bitterness now and then, but this was a stemmy mess. It ruined the sauce I was making, since I made the fatal error of adding the wine before tasting. The wine had a very nice bouquet, so I figured it was fine. Learned my lesson the hard way.

This is the first Fogarty Gewürztraminer that I have had that has not been wonderful. I am really sad to say that this is one to avoid.

Jan 16, 2010
tuxedocat in Wine