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At what point does a recipe become "yours"?

I'm not asking for any particular reason - just wondering about what people thought.

1 day ago
mwliechty in General Topics

At what point does a recipe become "yours"?

We've all adapted recipes from cookbooks, magazines, websites and friends. But at what point - and how - do you think those recipes transform into yours: changing or using more or less of an ingredient? changing the cooking time? changing something else in the recipe? How much needs to change to call a recipe your own?

1 day ago
mwliechty in General Topics

"live music tip"

As long as the tip is optional, I don't see the problem. If you don't want to pay it, then don't pay it. But to me, it would be less of a headache to all involved just to set a tip jar on the piano or in front of the microphone like many musicians already do.

Dec 13, 2014
mwliechty in Not About Food

Would it be possible for Chow to create a word search for individual threads? And would readers like to have such a thing if possible?

I realize there is a general search on individual boards and for all of Chow, but I think it might be good, if possible, to have a search for individual threads. For example, if I want to add a comment to a thread that has 150 comments, but I don't want to be redundant and yet I don't want to read each and every comment, putting a few key words in a search would keep me from repeating someone else's similar comment. What do others think?

Dec 11, 2014
mwliechty in Site Talk

Which foods do you wish were more popular?

A wider selection and more moderately priced cuts of lamb. Sure, stores have lamb, but the stores in Northeast Pennsylvania and in Southeast Iowa have an extremely limited choice - and the prices are sky high. Not sure what it's like in other parts of the country.

And the OP and I will have to agree to disagree on the peanut butter comment: Choco peanut butter is much better than honey-roasted.

Dec 11, 2014
mwliechty in General Topics
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If loving _________ is wrong, then I don't want to be right. (Fill in the blank.)

Being that Christmas is nearing, I'll try to get this thread restarted with some holiday-oriented items:

- Instant hot cocoa. (Sorry, but the homemade stuff is a bit cloying for me.)
- Nestle Toll House cookies. (I know there are more sophisticated recipes out there, but this is still my favorite version, and I ate them most during the holidays.)

Please add your own.

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary also has this definition. So, although informal, it is proper English.
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictio...

Nov 22, 2014
mwliechty in Not About Food

Would you shop at Walmart Neighborhood Market?

Food Lion might be a local store to you, but not to the vast majority of its customers: It has 1,100 stores in 13 states, including as far north as Pennsylvania and New Jersey. So, I consider that a big chain of grocery stores. Also, Food Lion is owned by a Belgian company, Delhaize Group. So, how is that local?

Nov 17, 2014
mwliechty in Chains

Should I be offended over a frozen pie?

I'll play the cynic here. Although I agree with most other posts that the father's reaction goes way beyond baked goods (there's a deeper message there), I couldn't help but think there's a possibility the OP might not be a good baker - maybe her food stinks. I mean, just because you're a professional baker doesn't mean you're good at it; the father might have good reason for not liking her food.

If You Could Only Drink One Beer Forever...

Sam Adams Cherry Wheat: a solid, smooth beer with a variety of flavors to it, and it's drinkable on an every-day basis.

Nov 13, 2014
mwliechty in Beer

What's the best of the best at Wegmans?

These are not baked goods, but I strongly recommend any of the aged Grafton cheddar cheeses (Grafton Cheese Co., Vermont) if your Wegmans has them. The 3-year-old is my favorite, but the 2 and 1 are very good too.

Nov 11, 2014
mwliechty in Chains

Would you shop at Walmart Neighborhood Market?

The OP asks, "Would you break down and shop Walmart or try to hold on and support the local stores?"

My question - and I'm not trying to be snarky here - is: How are Food Lion and Aldi local stores? They are chains too. Granted, they not nearly as big as Walmart, but they are chains nonetheless. Walmart is nonunion; I know Aldi is nonunion, and I assume Food Lion is too. And all of the stores higher local workers. I guess I don't understand the difference.

Nov 11, 2014
mwliechty in Chains

If loving _________ is wrong, then I don't want to be right. (Fill in the blank.)

Thanks, everyone, for all of the great responses. I agree with many you have posted, especially Little Caesar's, Kraft Singles and ramen noodles. Please feel free to post more.

Nov 11, 2014
mwliechty in General Topics

If loving _________ is wrong, then I don't want to be right. (Fill in the blank.)

That's an acceptable - and understandable - answer.

Nov 11, 2014
mwliechty in General Topics

If loving _________ is wrong, then I don't want to be right. (Fill in the blank.)

In other words, what are some of your favorite things to eat that the general food community might consider as slumming?

A few for me are:
- Hershey's Dark chocolate bars
- Applebee's pecan blondie dessert
- Chips Ahoy! and Keebler chocolate chip cookies
- Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch cereal
- Frito's Corn Chips

(If something like this has been done on the boards before, so be it. Here's another one.)

Nov 09, 2014
mwliechty in General Topics
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Tell me what you think about a website that tells you the best thing on the menu

Is there a market? Maybe - for people who are new to dining out or not very interested in dining out, and/or for those who are not into exploring food and restaurants. I see your idea as a Favorite Local Restaurant Dishes for Dummies, and look how well that series is doing.

Nov 09, 2014
mwliechty in Not About Food

Spaghetti Squash Cakes

This was just OK for me. I cooked it almost to the letter of the recipe (I used sesame seeds). My complaint is the finished cakes were watery on the inside - and yes, I did avoid the water at the bottom of the bowl, as instructed. In fact, I put the strands in a colander to drain, but that wasn't enough. Next time, I'm going to really squeeze out the water several times; perhaps that will improve the texture.

Nov 01, 2014
mwliechty in Recipes
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Guest Calling the Shots

I'm not sure why almost everyone is saying this is bad behavior on the one employee's part. Hobbert and FoodieX2 have it right. The OP says "I always ENCOURAGE everyone to order WHATEVER appetizers, entrees, drinks, etc. that they would like." So that employee orders things his way - that's what he was ENCOURAGED to do, so he did it. OP, if you want to change the rules, then simply change them.

Oct 29, 2014
mwliechty in Not About Food

Halloween Candy Throwdown in 8 Rounds

If the writer doesn't know who buys 5th Avenue and Take 5, then what business does she have "writing" about them? (By the way, 5th Avenue bars are fantastic - perhaps the writer should try one.) And I agree with davidsqpro, the comparisons seem random - as if the writer couldn't come up with an idea, so she threw this together at the last minute. One last thing: If you're going to write about Halloween candy, then you absolutely have to include Pixie Sticks and Smarties.

Oct 25, 2014
mwliechty in Features

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.

Oct 20, 2014
mwliechty in Features

Bacon and Egg Pizza

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

Oct 20, 2014
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