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Shun Fuji vs. Miyagi Birchwood SG2 7" Santoku

http://www.woot.com/forums/viewpost.a...

Last I checked, WS was sending their clearance to woot. Maybe they've stopped?

Feb 27, 2015
Chowrin in Cookware

Saffron prices, what gives???

The Dutch like it and enough to grow it.

Feb 26, 2015
Chowrin in General Topics

Saffron prices, what gives???

With luck, soon my friend, we shall get Iranian saffron, in truth!

Feb 26, 2015
Chowrin in General Topics

Jewish meal

First some Jewish Chicken Soup (heavy on the carrots).
Then some brisket (probably roasted. maybe in wine?).
(Charoset makes a nice side for anything, potatoes if you want some starch).
Then some Jewish Honey Cake for dessert.

Feb 25, 2015
Chowrin in General Topics

Dishwasher Detergent, is There an All in One that works?

What you are paying for is lack of need to repair the damn thing.

Feb 25, 2015
Chowrin in Cookware

Shun Fuji vs. Miyagi Birchwood SG2 7" Santoku

Shun is routinely overpriced at WS. If you're willing to wait, I'd go to woot.com (and look at all their deals), and find the next time they have SG2 on sale. They're routinely at least 66% off, and I got my shuns for about 75% off (granted, that was when the economy was imploding...)

Feb 25, 2015
Chowrin in Cookware

Food storage Russian roulette: what's your riskiest food safety gamble that went okay?

either you find produce merchants that don't use manure, or you take a risk.most of the time risks aren't that harmful.

Feb 25, 2015
Chowrin in General Topics

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

How much do I need to pay you to get you to take a first date to a place with Ebichu playing on TV?

Food storage Russian roulette: what's your riskiest food safety gamble that went okay?

Mostly? yes if you're eating toxins, no if you're eating live critters (which will mostly multiply regardless).

Feb 24, 2015
Chowrin in General Topics

Food storage Russian roulette: what's your riskiest food safety gamble that went okay?

I've had a slight bout of Listeria (drinking milk in coffee makes it harder to notice...). Didn't kill me.

Feb 23, 2015
Chowrin in General Topics

Why do most food blog recipes suck?

No, that takes 50 misspellings, switching the name of one character for another, and complete leaps of logic that are utterly inexplicable.

Can you guess I know an Editor? (These got published, too. Even the one edited on toilet paper).

Feb 23, 2015
Chowrin in Food Media & News

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

This is not a Japanese Restaurant.
... taking your date to a place with Ebichu on TV is ALWAYS a sparkling experience!

Chestnuts...;-P

More seriously, if you took me to a Japanese restaurant, I'd be tempted to smash the food (R100). The thought would have me giggling the entire meal.

Feb 21, 2015
Chowrin in General Topics

Food storage Russian roulette: what's your riskiest food safety gamble that went okay?

I made botulism!
turned out okay after a good bit of boiling, naturally.

Feb 21, 2015
Chowrin in General Topics

Why do most food blog recipes suck?

I assume that most bloggers tested their recipes on rather tolerant spouses, and haven't seen a real critique ever. Ditto most first time restaurant owners/"chefs".
(My husband is harsh, but honest.)

Why do most food blog recipes suck?

A neologism. Apparently, I just made the word up, because there needed to be a word for "reusing food creatively as done in a commercial kitchen by the chef in charge".

Why do most food blog recipes suck?

David Leibowitz always seems to have something entertaining. (Haven't used any of his recipes other than the ice cream though)

http://www.tigersandstrawberries.com/
Barbara knows her stuff, and has quite an extensive collection.

Why do most food blog recipes suck?

Because you suck at internet.
Find blogs by people who have some business writing a food blog, and you will find treasures aplenty.

But that takes work, not just following the herd.

Everyone here's saying "I can tell when a recipe's wrong" -- well, I can't, not when I'm first making it. But i can tell when a writer's competent, and when a chef is thrilled to explain cheffery (which is not cooking).

Feb 21, 2015
Chowrin in Food Media & News

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

Costco organic tortilla chips. ow ow ow... so salty, ow.
(good straight, but not calibrated the same as their other chips).

ow, mouth cut, ow.

Feb 20, 2015
Chowrin in Chains

Best "cheap" gin?

Ever drunk something with Antifreeze in it? Oooh, that's stuff you have a tipple of, and pour the rest down the drain.

Feb 20, 2015
Chowrin in Spirits

Best "cheap" gin?

I'd rather you run my coffee through. It's fresh, so it's got all kinds of alcohols... Magical stuff, and good for you too!

Feb 20, 2015
Chowrin in Spirits

Best "cheap" gin?

Cheap gin doesn't leave Britain. Beefeater and all the reasonably priced stuff is good. Don't drink cheap gin, you'll regret it.

Feb 20, 2015
Chowrin in Spirits

We've all hit the Pyrex ceiling

Synth's relatively new, and I can show you music that can't be played by mortal man (literally -- someone broke a violin trying).

Likewise, the world of cooking is the world of chemistry... And there are depths yet unplumbed in all of it.

Feb 19, 2015
Chowrin in General Topics

On Being a Chef, Nobody Gets Out Alive

47% of American Jobs will be gone in 20 years. Why worry?

Feb 18, 2015
Chowrin in Not About Food

Trader Joe's Beef

Look it up again, dear.
There are two Aldis, run by two different people.

Feb 17, 2015
Chowrin in Chains

A Trick to Tone Down Sweetness

Try sours (lemon is pretty neutral).
Or nutmeg.

Feb 13, 2015
Chowrin in General Topics

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

The Shin ramyun black is good. not fantastic (tastes a bit like anchovies) -- and I'd rather have packs than cups. But worth the price for a 500 calorie meal at the office.

Feb 12, 2015
Chowrin in Chains

What to sub for ramen

Okay. Buy sapporo ichiban or shin ramyun. Either are much better products than Top Ramen. Ramen is a unique noodle, please don't substitute simply for "health".

Feb 12, 2015
Chowrin in Home Cooking

Recent kitchen remodel? What's the best and worse of the new "technologies" you included?

Ours are from Ikea.
If I had to do it over again, I might get lab bench tops or something from the morgue.

But I love stainless steel because it's easy to clean, easy to notice if you've spilt something on it, and well nigh indestructible.

Feb 12, 2015
Chowrin in Not About Food

Is Costco Making Us Fat?

Data also show that hate groups rise in proportion to big box stores (consumerist had the study).
The More you know!

Feb 12, 2015
Chowrin in Food Media & News

Is Costco Making Us Fat?

Heating issues? a 1000 degree oven might make olive oil smoke?

Feb 12, 2015
Chowrin in Food Media & News