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12 Alt-Milks for Today's Alt-Bros

The "writer" is trying way too hard to be clever and sharp-edged. And, she's drawing attention to herself and taking it away from her subject. Also, she proved, in a way she didn't intend, that humor writing is the toughest writing to pull off.

1 day ago
mwliechty in Features

Bacon and Egg Pizza

Never tried it and, based on the photo, I never will. This looks absolutely hideous.

1 day ago
mwliechty in Recipes

Who Should Pay for the Office Holiday Party?

Regarding the first question: If the open bar is the only thing employees contribute to, then no, you don't have to contribute if you don't drink. But if employees contribute to other parts of the party, then you should contribute to the parts in which you plan to partake.

Nov 15, 2011
mwliechty in Features

10 Deviled Egg Recipes

Considering a version of deviled eggs were first made in Rome in the 1200s and developed through the 1700s in Europe to what they are today - exactly how are they Southern comfort food? I never equated deviled eggs with the South, but maybe other people have.

Jul 06, 2009
mwliechty in Features

Are we really related?!

Being suprised by family members having different tastes in food is like being suprised they have gone into a different profession. No one is surprised when relatives have different jobs, so why is anyone suprised relatives have different tastes? What's the big deal?

Jun 30, 2009
mwliechty in Not About Food

Please Bring an Elaborate Dessert

I agree with Originalfig - this sounds like a last-minute favor for convenience's sake rather than a "I need you to bring something substantial" request. And really, I'm not sure what the poster is put out about - how much time does it take to pick up a bottle of tonic water at the store?

Jun 23, 2009
mwliechty in Features

Soft drinks with balls

Sorry, what I should have said is that Malta is a barley/hops-based soft drink that tastes like molasses.

Soft drinks with balls

You might want to try Goya Malta. Most stores stock Goya products in the Hispanic food section. But be warned, Malta is an extremely sweet Molasses-based soda - it's an acquired taste. But it's extremely popular in Mexico and Latin American countries.

RSVP to My Damn Invite!

My version is to tell the invitees to respond only if they are coming. This allows those who don't want to come to my party to avoid any uncomfortable feeling of saying no. If I do not hear from people, then they are not coming. (And I always make a little extra for those who come without telling me, so it's not a big deal.)

Jun 16, 2009
mwliechty in Features

New Finds: Chocolate from an Obsessed Midwesterner

Of course, I meant "journalism," like.

Jun 06, 2009
mwliechty in Features

New Finds: Chocolate from an Obsessed Midwesterner

Hey Lessley, like what journlism school did you go to, like? Like I want to know because I, like, want to be a writer like you, like.

Jun 06, 2009
mwliechty in Features

Are There Really Two Scoops of Raisins in Raisin Bran?

Eight ounces of raisins in a 20 oz box of cereal seems like a lot to me. So why does Chow call it "stingy"?

May 03, 2009
mwliechty in Features

Drunk at Yoga Class

Who cares, as long you're not drinking and then driving to yoga class?

Apr 28, 2009
mwliechty in Features

Is Store-Bought Ice More Germy than Homemade Ice?

I think it's time to end the "Nagging Question" series if this is the best you can do. I know of no one - NO ONE - who has ever been concerned about this issue.

Apr 24, 2009
mwliechty in Features

I Didn't Order Salmonella

Why is this topic being covered in an etiquette/manners column?

Apr 08, 2009
mwliechty in Features

Hiding Your Face on Facebook

OK, here's the answer Helena should have given: No, it is not wrong for someone to ask to have a picture taken down from Facebook.
Do people really need advice on this?

Mar 10, 2009
mwliechty in Features

Is Drinking Shower Water Bad?

Does this really belong on a food/drink website?

Feb 20, 2009
mwliechty in Features

I Made that Spam Pudding You Love!

Notice that the original question doesn't say the banana cream pie was bad - just that the person doesn't like banana cream pie apparently any version of it.. So, as others have said, why not tell the truth? "Thanks very much, but for some reason I just have never liked it." A true friend and a good host isn't going to force you to eat something you don't like. I have had parties and people have declined certain dishes - so what? As I said, people have their preferences.

Feb 18, 2009
mwliechty in Features

Single White Vegan Seeks Same

Regarding the actual topic of the post, how about having the writer simply have a discussion with the woman he's interested in, and ask her about the situation? Ask her about her restrictions and if she's OK with your eating habits. She'll answer, and then you'll know if a relationship is worth pursuing. Also, it sounds as if her food restrictions are more medically oriented than personal choices - so that's something to consider too.

Feb 11, 2009
mwliechty in Features

The Basics: How to Make Seven-Layer Bars

Seven layers? If you count the butter, there are six layers. If you don't count the butter, then there are five layers. Hey CHOW admins, if this recipe-free recipe is so easy, then why did you screw it up?

Feb 05, 2009
mwliechty in Features

Somebody Took My Lunch!

Dinwiddie is right - use a lunch box and put an ice pack or frozen water bottle in it to keep things cool. Problem solved - and in a couple of sentences, not Helena's 10 paragraphs.

Feb 03, 2009
mwliechty in Features

Taco Bell quality

Yes, because nobody local works at the international "food" conglomerate franchises, right? The food might not be very good, but chains probably hire more local people than the local restaurants do.

Jan 24, 2009
mwliechty in Chains

Dunkin' Donuts-do you really like more than the coffee

I'm a big a fan of the DD caramel coolatta. As for their coffee - I can take it or leave it, it's nothing special. In Wilkes-Barre, Pa., we have a DD directly across the street from a Starbucks, and DD is doing nicely - probably because it's about $.50 to $1.00 cheaper for the same size beverages depending on what you get. But as for flavor, I prefer Starbucks' regular coffee over DD by a lot.

Jan 24, 2009
mwliechty in Chains

Ditching an Annoying Guest

The implication in the original post is that the obnoxious person is NOT a significant other - just a friend.

Jan 24, 2009
mwliechty in Features

Instant Oatmeal Taste Test

OK, but where are the scores? And, although the intro says the top two far outscored the other three, it seems Quaker did very well based on the comments. Lastly, these comments don't seem to be very thorough.

Jan 21, 2009
mwliechty in Features

Ditching an Annoying Guest

"You can simply claim not to have enough chairs, wineglasses, or steaks."
So Helena still encourages lying - wow, I thought she would have learned from last year's columns. Helena, it's not good etiquette to lie. I repeat - it's NOT GOOD ETIQUETTE TO LIE.
As for the neigbor's annoying friend, it's simple. Say: I don't mean to hurt anyone's feelings, but she rubbed a lot of people, including me, the wrong way last year. I'd rather not invite her." If your neighbor is a sane person, she'll understand - as long you are telling her the truth. Of course, Alkapal's advice is good too.

Jan 20, 2009
mwliechty in Features

Surprise! I'm at Your Door

Now that KaimukiMan brought it up, what are Helena's qualifications to be an etiquette columnist? She apparently tolerates theft (beer glasses) and encourages lying (it's OK to put ingredients in a dish after agreeing not to) and couldn't figure out you should ask permission before you pick fruit from another person's property - she acutally had to ask an "expert" for advice on that one. Does she have any formal education or training in the food or hotel/restaurant industry? Please, Helena's editor, how about answering this with some specifics?

Jan 15, 2009
mwliechty in Features

What Kind of Cooking Show Host Do You Prefer?

Ming, Lidia, and America's Test Kitchen are my favorites. All are laid back and make things that run from beginner to expert. I like a show that varies the difficulty level of the recipes (I'm in the beginner/intermediate range). For entertainment value, I like Todd English. He has an easygoing flair - not over-the-top.

Dec 22, 2008
mwliechty in Food Media & News

MUST streamline Christmas dinner--need help with my solutions ??

Hey Steady, you asked about the possible dryness of the chicken in the recipe I posted. You're right, the paste does keep the chicken moist, but the most important part is the time - 22-23 minutes get the chicken just right. Oh, I forgot to mention, the recipe actually tastes better with the Lipton Garlic and Herb soup mix - don't know why I didn't mention that before - but onion is good too; it 's a stronger flavor though.

Dec 17, 2008
mwliechty in Home Cooking

Bad Expensive Tea

I like the shorter, two-paragraph reviews. Less attempted cleverness keeps the focus on the product. I hope this is a trend.

Dec 14, 2008
mwliechty in Features