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5 Whiskeys for Dad on Father's Day

Laphroaig quarter cask is awesome for peat/smoke lover as well as Ardbeg. Jura is good for those who like the lighter side and it is also around $40. Abelor 12 year is $35 and wonderful. Good ole Jim Beam rye is a decent rye at a bargain price. Remember the #1 rule of whisky," Does it suck or is it Canadian?"

Jun 05, 2012
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5 Whiskeys for Dad on Father's Day

Only one Scotch on the list? Sigh....

Jun 03, 2012
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Cavolo Nero (Black Kale)

A seed pack for under five bucks will supply you with a lot of kale. It grows like a weed and keeps on producing thriving on bad soil and neglect! Territorial seeds has a selection of different varieties.

Mar 12, 2012
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Vodka Tries to Get Hip

I gave up vodka for soju and never looked back.

Jan 21, 2012
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Pickled Quail Eggs

Great idea! You can also find quail eggs at many Asian markets for only a few bucks.

Jan 18, 2012
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Molly Ringwald's Whole Roasted Chicken

How many times will Chow recycle this recipe? Going on a few years now. Roast chicken is great but DANG!

Jan 08, 2012
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Anyone doing a fall/winter crop?

I am in Nothern California. Growing in raised beds.
Swiss chard(white giant and a yellow variety)
Purple mustard
Two varieties of sugar snap peas
Three kinds of lettuce
Bunching onions and herbs are always growing.

Nov 13, 2011
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What to do with leftover egg whites

I just cook them and feed them to my dog. He likes them A LOT!

Jul 25, 2011
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How to Deal with Backseat Grillers

If you walk away and leave your spatula or tongs its your bad. Or if you walk away and do not tell people to NOT touch the grill. Your bad again. Makes you wonder if they are trying to help because you suck at grilling?

Jul 18, 2011
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No Special Treatment for Vegetarians at Barbecues

Just say I will grill some portabelo mushrooms, zucchini, onions and peppers for the veggie guests. If you would like to bring a side dish or salad to share GREAT! Cant wait to see you!

How hard was that?

Jul 07, 2011
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Summer Shack

It is "girly" because of the Sav/Blanc, Elderflower liquour, lillet blanc. Manly might be Scotch, perhaps Bourbon ?

Jun 15, 2011
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Mail-Order Food Gifts for Father's Day

The wine is the only gift out of all that stuff I would want.

Jun 15, 2011
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Eat Good Fish

Yes more like this! I just had pickled herring in mustard sauce tonight. From IKEA no less... The sardine sandwich looks great! I have arugula in the garden and a few cans of sardines! Perfect timing.

May 22, 2011
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Onigiri at Clover Bakery in San Jose

You can also find these at Marukai in Cupertino. If you live in this area Marukai, and Maxim for other Asian ingredients (Haw flakes for my son) both are worth a visit.

Feb 24, 2011
Jay D. in San Francisco Bay Area

Oxtail and Barley Soup

I always use ginger and Kombu sea weed. Simmering 8 hours in the crock pot on low. Its dinner for a rainy New Years Day!

Jan 01, 2011
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Basic Savory Mochi (Age Mochi)

I like butter mochi a lot but it is best eaten the day it is made or the crispy parts get soggy. You can buy microwave mochi pans from Marukai I think they are around $6? I know butter mochi as Hawaiian local food not Japanese.

Dec 29, 2010
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Kava Shake

I order Kava from Kona Kava farm online. Yes it tastes bad but I make it with only lecithin and water. It is bitter and tastes bad but the effects are very pleasant if you can get past the bitterness. It is great if you have sleep problems or muscle cramps. I think it is similar to a marijuana high for the body but with mental clarity. If you are a pot smoker and have to give it up for a drug test give this a try.

Dec 26, 2010
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Côte d'Azur Cure-All Soup

Hmm this is close to the hang over soup we use to make the Greek Agvolemeno.

Dec 17, 2010
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Whole Roasted Suckling Pig

I want to buy a caja china to roast a pig in.

Dec 06, 2010
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Drinkable? Just buy sake or soju to drink. I have always thought as mirin as just a cooking wine. To add a little sweet to a sauce, marinade or dressing. I buy the cheap stuff or what is on sale. It is an ingredient I use quite a bit but never gave much thought to buy the best of. It is cheap sweet rice wine for cooking, its not fancy just Asian.

Spend more on sake or soju.

Nov 12, 2010
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How to Host a Turkey-Free Thanksgiving

So, no turkey? How about I bring a ham instead?

Nov 12, 2010
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Raised bed for winter garden

I know the snap pea as a fall/winter veggie throws a lot of people. I live in the Bay area and it is mild enough. They take up some room so it might not be what you want to try with only one bed. Chard, kale,radish, beets,carrots all do fine unprotected, lettuce as well.
Check out the fall seeds at Territorial seeds.

Might as well fix the slant now and put it behind you if it is going to bug you?

Nov 06, 2010
Jay D. in Gardening

Raised bed for winter garden

It should be fine if it is on a slight slope. If you are worried maybe put some landscape fabric on the low side( inside the bed) and add dirt on top of it? What are you going to grow? I am lucky and can grow veggies threw the winter in Ca. I just started kale, snap peas, chard, lettuce carrots, and beets.

Nov 04, 2010
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Drunken Guest from Hell

Coed baby showers are an abomination.

Nov 04, 2010
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Homemade Vegan Tofurkey That Tastes Good

I eat all those things but that is not looking appetizing. Sorry but cant you pretty it up with a pie crust or some thing?

Nov 04, 2010
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Aerosol-Propelled Alcohol Delivery Device

$10! I would pass that by with out a second thought.

Oct 26, 2010
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Dim Sum

We take my son to Dim Sum a lot. He is 4 and has a few favorites. The "fun" ( a white sheet of noodle) wrapped around 4 shrimp, the turnip cake, Sue mai(pork dumpling) and Don Tat( little egg custards)That is about it for him. If the place has a fish tank ask to sit near it as toddlers love it for entertainment. Bring his milk or what ever and put it in one of the tea cups. They love acting just like adults drinking tea.

Dim sum is easy, when you are out of tea. Open the tea pot and they will re fill it for you. When the carts come around its a simple yes or no. They will load you up till you tell them you are done. When you are ready to pay you can waive down the host by holding up the check that is left on your table.

Sep 23, 2010
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Secrets of Freezer Management Revealed!

Butter freezes great so buy it on sale and stock up. I would think oil would do just fine? Not sure why you would need to freeze eggs but OK?

Sep 21, 2010
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Time for School Lunch

One lunch my son loves to find is a Spam Masubi, banana, pirates booty and some soy milk or juice. If you dont like Spam you can use other meats or sausage.

Sep 17, 2010
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Time for School Lunch

I would eat any of these also! My son though, would not. As a stay at home dad I can also say that there is no way I have time to make fruit skewers! LOL That would go in a container minus the martha stewert touch. I know it is pretty and makes a good picture but it did make me LOL

Sep 17, 2010
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