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everybody likes truffles, right?

Buy some truffle salt (pretty cheap) - smell it and sprinkle it on a baked potato or on just about anything else.

about 2 hours ago
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Depardieu: ‘I drink 14 bottles of wine a day’

Also "It was a woman who drove me to drink and I never had the courtesy to thank her".

about 10 hours ago
kagemusha49 in Wine

Math Teachers need Bar in Houston!

"A bit noisy" - understatement of the year!

1 day ago
kagemusha49 in Houston

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

No tripe or intestines or chicken feet on the menu

Sep 16, 2014
kagemusha49 in General Topics
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Shiitake mushrooms look and smell fine, taste SOUR??

You might need to find out what they were grown on. The shiitakes I've grown have distinctive flavor that partly inherits hints of the oak on which they were grown.

Sep 15, 2014
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

Why didn't I think of that? Oh, wait a minute, I did

Sep 15, 2014
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

Tulsa - we have a couple of real Sichuan places here and no fortune cookies to be seen. Also Shaanxi Gourmet in Las Vegas is authentic and no fortune cookies.

Sep 15, 2014
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

Not at most of the authentic places I go to

Sep 15, 2014
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

Fortune cookies?

Sep 15, 2014
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Installing a magnetic knife bar without drilling?

I have some of those rare earth magnets - tiny, cheap and easily strong enough to hold up a knife bar

Sep 12, 2014
kagemusha49 in Cookware

Installing a magnetic knife bar without drilling?

Scientist here says you are correct

Sep 12, 2014
kagemusha49 in Cookware

Great pieces of inexpensive equipment?

As I sit here waiting for our 1 year old double convection oven to be repaired AGAIN, any cheapo ($50) microwave oven or induction plate comes to mind. Also, just about any OXO gadget.

Sep 11, 2014
kagemusha49 in Cookware

Great pieces of inexpensive equipment?

I got a set of 4 santoku knives in a wooden block for $25 at Walmart - they were branded as Wolfgang Puck. Very handy, sharp and held an edge.

Sep 11, 2014
kagemusha49 in Cookware

Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

Well, there's always looking up the answer. LOL

Sep 11, 2014
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

You could argue that human civilization is founded on wheat and beer (liquid wheat). Kinda hard to dump on something so fundamental.

Sep 09, 2014
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Looking for wine to lay down 20-25 years

Skip the champagne - while some may age well, most does not improve with age. If you want to store a white, I suggest a dessert wine such as sauternes (the prime example of this is very pricy Chateau Yquem) or a Tokay.

Port - there is nothing quite like a well kept vintage port - if there is a decent 2012 out there (I'm not in the market for more port these days) go for it. My understanding is that 2012 Quinta do Vesuvio is shaping up to be one of those blockbuster long-lived ports that are excellent for storing.

On the (red) Bordeaux side of things, I'm not sure you have to spend a fortune by going with the big names. There's St Estephe - such as Chateau de Pez, Phelan Segur and Chateau Montrose. The 2012 Montrose has been quite highly rated. You may find better bargains in St Estephe than in Pauillac.

It might also be worth exploring the newer big grapes - zinfandels and malbecs.

Sep 08, 2014
kagemusha49 in Wine

Champagne coupe moulded from Kate Moss’s breast launched

I'd rather have a glass made from Kathy Bates's breast!

Sep 06, 2014
kagemusha49 in Wine

Looking for an online source for loose leaf tea...

Ah - Assam! Tea you can stand a spoon up in! Love it.

Sep 05, 2014
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

Wheatever.

What is your Fav Indian Restaurant?

There are many thousands as Indian is practically England's second national cuisine. Even fish and chip shops sell curry and other odds and ends.

Sep 05, 2014
kagemusha49 in U.K./Ireland

Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

What is true is that the world has become very heavily dependent on a few types of grass - wheat, corn, rice, bamboo, sugar cane and (of course) grass. Consuming carbs via wheat corn or rice is just fine (for most folks) but we are a little exposed to our plant stocks being ravaged by some kind of virus. I'm also all in favor of consuming carbs indirectly as beer. FWIW beer basically saved the world 8,000 years ago as it was the first generally safe (as in germ free) beverage that was readily available.

Napa quake winery damage nears $50 million

Not less than I thought - it always seemed to me that a winery is a business that really should not be all that vulnerable to quakes - relatively low rise buildings and storage areas.

Sep 03, 2014
kagemusha49 in Wine

Free range chicken - green area in the breast!

Our farmers will eventually find a way to kill us all. And then will ship it all around the world

BEST real life food related joke of the day!!

Add the chicken to the coffee first. Then add the mustard and blend. Sheesh! Everyone knows that.

Aug 29, 2014
kagemusha49 in Not About Food

Tasting better the next day.

biriani requires slow cooking - it tastes great after 4 hours of "dhum". However, it tastes even better the next day.

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

there's a reason it rhymes with sh1te

Aug 24, 2014
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Earthquake

Actually, I would be surprised if they did carry insurance specifically for earthquakes. I'd figure that any damage to a winery would be minimal and the event so infrequent as to make the insurance not worth its cost.

Aug 24, 2014
kagemusha49 in Wine

DIrty Family Secrets

Ah the joys of compo rations!

Aug 24, 2014
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Corn on the cob TOO sweet!

If it's really fresh it will be very sweet. Maybe you're used to corn that isn't all that fresh.

Aug 24, 2014
kagemusha49 in General Topics

DIrty Family Secrets

I like it - your mileage may vary. So it's my dirty little secret. It runs in the family - isn't that what you requested?

Aug 24, 2014
kagemusha49 in General Topics