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Good places to eat close to I-40

Like everyone says, there's not much. However, if you are a fan of a great fried baloney sandwich, you can pull off I40 at the Bucksnort exit and stop at the little gas station/market/diner-type place, where they will fix you a good one and tell you about the escaped convicts who almost got away, but couldn't pass up the chance to grab one last sandwich. They got caught as a result, but apparently said it was worth it. It's not the best I've ever had (that's at Payne's), but it was good.

Apr 23, 2014
tracytrace in Kentucky & Tennessee

Oh seriously... Not another tipping thread!

I agree. My dad is an otherwise nice guy, but is a terrible undertipper. I have returned the next day to make things right. Nowadays, I know it's coming, so I usually manage to find a way to get to the server before the end of the meal. I'm upfront: "My dad is a terrible tipper. Here, please take this, and thank you."

Feb 04, 2014
tracytrace in Not About Food
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Nigel Slater's "Life Is Sweets"

Forgive me if this has been discussed before, I'm not very adept at board searching. I have been ill recently, spending hours in bed watching YouTube, and came across this film by Nigel Slater. It's a sweet (sorry) mixture of history, biography, and homage to sweets/candies of all kinds, and well worth watching, I thought. Made me want to run right out to a candy store.

Sep 20, 2013
tracytrace in Food Media & News

Cash only gratuity allowed ... you may NOT charge the TIP to your CC.

Exactly. Especially when I've been with, er, troublesome company, I will hand the tip to the server personally with my thanks. And, if necessary, apologies.

Aug 25, 2013
tracytrace in Not About Food
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Why are all my oven-baked meats overly moist?

I ...... wish I had this problem. Lol, sorry, no advice. I have trouble keeping things from getting too dry.

Aug 25, 2013
tracytrace in Home Cooking

Cash only gratuity allowed ... you may NOT charge the TIP to your CC.

When I waited tables in college and grad school, from diner to pretty high-end, cash tips were much preferred. Most simply by the waitstaff, of course, because it was immediate, and you knew what you were taking home. Different cards, different managers, different policies meant sometimes I didn't receive the cash from card tips until the end of the week, they were very often inaccurate, but hard to prove. Like, I had somewhat of a running total, I saw all the slips, but after 3-4 days, when I got the cash, I was Pretty certain I should have $150. But when I was given $110, the manager just shrugged it off. I just never know the situation of anyplace for sure, so always try to tip in cash, and servers almost always express their appreciation.

Aug 25, 2013
tracytrace in Not About Food
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Do you do this? Cereal Milk.

Well, with soy milk. And I don't do the crushing, though that's a nice touch. I put Captain Crunch Peanut Butter cereal in a cup of milk and let it soak while I cook bacon. Then strain out the milk, discard the cereal, and I have peanut butter flavored milk to sip while I eat my hot crunchy peppery bacon. So good. I might try the crushing......

Aug 23, 2013
tracytrace in General Topics

Food safety tips for a germophobe?

Oh, yeah. I have the motion sensor soap dispenser and the motion sensor faucet. And trash can. Good stuff!

Aug 19, 2013
tracytrace in Home Cooking
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Food safety tips for a germophobe?

Oh no. But, yes, still saves time and energy!

Aug 19, 2013
tracytrace in Home Cooking

Food safety tips for a germophobe?

This is a great idea! Much better than doing one thing, rinsing bleaching scrubbing rinsing, then doing another. I did just actually smack my hand on my forehead. Thank you for posting this!

Aug 19, 2013
tracytrace in Home Cooking

Food safety tips for a germophobe?

Ohhhhh, a 2-basin sink is going on my Christmas list!

Aug 19, 2013
tracytrace in Home Cooking
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Food safety tips for a germophobe?

I totally understand that my phobia isn't reasonable or logical or scientifically sound. But, it's there. I'm working on it. In the meantime, my family needs to eat and I'm the designated cook. Good lord that sounds contentious, and I am NOT trying to be! Just saying, I realize it's ridiculous, and I laugh at myself, and am taking steps to be able to cook chicken without having to scrub my hands with a (new) wire brush. Meanwhile, the gloves and the bleach make cooking possible for me. And the therapy (and The OCD Workbook) are helping, too! Good luck, and keep trying!

Aug 19, 2013
tracytrace in Home Cooking

Food safety tips for a germophobe?

I loooove my Clorox and Lysol wipes! Great for faucets handles and fringe handles and light switches and cabinet handles! With an extra little spritz of bleach once in a while :/

Aug 19, 2013
tracytrace in Home Cooking

Food safety tips for a germophobe?

I have this problem. And it is a problem. My way of dealing with it is not very environmentally-friendly. I wear vinyl gloves ALWAYS in the kitchen, changing them often, going through dozens each day. I have certain knives for meat, others for poultry, others for other, same for cutting boards, and they all get scrubbed in almost-boiling hot water with way too much soap and bleach for way too long. I go through a shameful amount of paper towels and paper plates, and run my hot water waaaaay too much. I have pretty much destroyed my countertops with the bleach and the scouring. I am in therapy, making some progress. You do what you do to get things done.

Aug 19, 2013
tracytrace in Home Cooking
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Knoxville lunch.

Yes, the Tupelo Honeys are from the same chef/owner. I believe there are 3 or 4 branches now. I've only been to the Knoxville version, and it was excellent.

Aug 19, 2013
tracytrace in Kentucky & Tennessee

What's Your Favorite Potato Dish?

My grandma used to make fried potatoes for me and my cousins for lunch. Not French fries, just, sliced up, fried potatoes, cooked in lard or bacon grease, eaten with Hunt's ketchup that was probably half water, because she did that to make it last longer. We would be playing on the levee, and she would "Hoooo-oooo!" and we would all tumble in and just devour a pile of those fried potatoes. With orange Hostess cupcakes for dessert.

Aug 18, 2013
tracytrace in General Topics

Do you buy packaged food because you are addicted to that particular taste?

Duke's mayo, Daisy sour cream, Philadelphia cream cheese, and Premium saltines.

Aug 18, 2013
tracytrace in General Topics

Monthly box of samples

I get Goodies and Graze. I don't love much of either, but my Daughter gets ridiculously excited about them, so they're worth the money, and once in a while there's something new and interesting!

Aug 18, 2013
tracytrace in General Topics

What to send as an expression of sympathy?

I usually like to send breakfast foods: muffins, croissants, ready-to-reheat grits and sausage thing, jams, etc. A few times, I have arranged for a housecleaning service to come spruce up before visitors start arriving, but those were for people with whom I was really close, but it did help a lot at a difficult time.

Aug 18, 2013
tracytrace in Not About Food
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Sumner Grille & Kathryn's

I had no inkling that Sumner had a square, much less a Grille! I am gobsmacked, and will be visiting soon.

Aug 18, 2013
tracytrace in Central South

Helen’s Bar-B-Q in Brownsville TN

I've been there 3 or 4 times and did enjoy it. It's different from the chopped Memphis-style bbq that I'm used to, seems smokier and more savory somehow, very good. Friendly staff and other diners all seem happy to be there, too. Great place!

Aug 18, 2013
tracytrace in Kentucky & Tennessee

Fine Dining in Knoxville

Foothills Milling is outstanding! He will love it!

Aug 18, 2013
tracytrace in Kentucky & Tennessee

Knoxville lunch.

In Market Square, I love the Tomato Head for sandwiches, salads, pizzas, etc. Also, there's the Tupelo Honey Cafe, which is a bit less casual, but very good and very popular. Tomato Head has my heart forever for their Cheddar Head sandwich, with roasted beef and onions, smoked cheddar, spicy mustard, and tomatoes. I wish I had one right now. Hope you have a great trip!

Aug 18, 2013
tracytrace in Kentucky & Tennessee

Move to Mississippi - Initial Impressions - Long

Yeah, that was at home, and the pretzel roll was from the Fresh Market in Memphis. Haven't seen anything like it around town, unfortunately.

Aug 16, 2013
tracytrace in Central South

Move to Mississippi - Initial Impressions - Long

My dad keeps leaving bags of tomatoes on my porch, and I too have fallen victim to the grilled pimento cheese with tomato sandwich. Practically every day this week. The best one was made with sharp cheddar and Dubliner on a pretzel roll. With tomato soup on the side. So, so good.

Aug 16, 2013
tracytrace in Central South

Move to Mississippi - Initial Impressions - Long

I grew up here, eating shrimp all kinds of ways. And I have been all over the world, 6 continents, and have never liked a shrimp or prawn in any other place. I don't know why, and I keep trying, but ..... it just never works. They are different here.

Aug 16, 2013
tracytrace in Central South

Cereal Theme Dinner - Salad Course

Crispix toasted in butter and worcestershire sauce is awesomely savoury, and could be used as croutons, with lettuce, onions, amd tomatoes, and a vinaigrette with a splash of more worcestershire.

Aug 15, 2013
tracytrace in Home Cooking

Grass Fed beef question

I always add ground pork or pork sausage to meatloaf. Like 2/3 beef, 1/3 pork. Helps a lot. Otherwise, my mom makes a weird mush of milk and crushed saltine crackers that she puts in her meatloaf. Looks and sound disgusting, but tastes amaaaaaazingly good!

Aug 15, 2013
tracytrace in Home Cooking

Move to Mississippi - Initial Impressions - Long

In retrospect, I think I have confused Kathryn's with Uncle Henry's Place at Moon Lake. Both have decent food, though overpriced, but Uncle Henry's is the one with the drunks and eccentrics!

Aug 15, 2013
tracytrace in Central South

Move to Mississippi - Initial Impressions - Long

Well, it sounds like you've just about made the rounds!

As for Resthaven, I loooove their kibbe (fried for me, though most of my family likes it raw) and the baklava. And their pies are really good. And if you do get there early enough, the biscuits are just meltingly delicious. I don't get there early. My dad is one of a group of old guys who tend to hang out there in the morning, pouring their own coffee and absorbing Fox News. But, good kibbe! And baklava!
The Dutch Oven, I love, but it gets so crowded. Probably once a week I buy a frozen casserole from there in cooler weather. Their pimiento cheese is really good, but I have to special-request it without jalapenos, as I am a wimp.
Ranchero - meh. My whole family eats there once a month or so, because it's where my parents had their first date, and the little kids like to find my dad's and uncles' pictures on the wall, but, it's just reeeally mediocre. Steak is usually ok, shrimp I have found are too often poorly cleaned.
I love Ramon's, but I think all I've ever had is fried shrimp and onion rings. I know they make other things, but when it comes down to it, I always succumb to the shrimp and onion rings.
The Chinese scene is truly grim. My daughter is school-friends with the daughters of the Fortune Cookie and Western Hibachi families, and they are so nice, and I so want them to succeed, but.... just ... no.
For the best delta tamales, try Larry's, in an abandoned Quizno's location.
And if you want a truly Southern Gothic, Tennessee Williams freaky experience, try Kathryn's on Moon Lake. Call ahead to be sure they're open, because often the cook is too drunk to carry on. If he's able, the food is good, though maybe overpriced, but the old lady hostess-type person is interesting, and it usually makes for an entertaining evening. Don't go alone!

Aug 15, 2013
tracytrace in Central South