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Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

Don't think this has been brought up yet: What about building desalinization plants on the West Coast? Yes, they are very expensive, but considering the alternative, they might be worth it in the long run.

Mar 30, 2015
mwliechty in General Topics

What are some of your favorite limited-ingredient dishes?

Good answers all. I remember seeing Jacque Pepin saying on his show "More Fast Food My Way" that one his favorite meals is a good, crusty bread with fresh butter and a glass of wine.

What are some of your favorite limited-ingredient dishes?

What are some of your favorite dishes with a limited number of ingredients? For our purposes, I'd say no more than four ingredients - not including basic seasonings.

Being spring will be in full force soon, one of my favorite simple dishes is sliced radishes sautéed in butter and sea salt. Same thing with fresh whole green beans. Give me some of yours.

Mar 24, 2015
mwliechty in General Topics

Coca-Cola paid nutrition experts to recommend soda as a healthy snack

Chowser, if I'm not mistaken (and I could be), not only can you safely eat small amounts of arsenic, you do - every day. Arsenic is in the soil naturally, and just about everything edible that comes out of the ground has trace amounts of arsenic in them. So, although arsenic is not healthy, the foods that contain it - such as apples, even organic ones - are.

Mar 23, 2015
mwliechty in Food Media & News

Coca-Cola paid nutrition experts to recommend soda as a healthy snack

Soda is not unhealthy. Drinking too much of it is. Moderation.

Mar 23, 2015
mwliechty in Food Media & News

What 'Race Together' Means for Starbucks Partners and Customers | Starbucks Newsroom

The linked Fortune story says the employees "have the option" of bringing up the issue. I have a strong feeling that 99.9 percent of employees won't say a word about it (as mentioned in other posters' experiences above). I think most employees will treat it as just another silly idea that came down from management they can ignore.

Mar 21, 2015
mwliechty in Chains
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I am a terrible cook!

MRSN311, your request is a tough one. It's sounds as if you and your family are just not that interested in food - I don't know if it's true but that's the vibe your post gives off, and that's fine. And, you say your picky husband and kids don't want fancy dishes, just basic stuff, but everyone is tired of the food you're cooking, so you want new basic dishes.
Well, as others have said, the most obvious thing to do is to get a basic vegetarian cookbook.
As for some basic vegetarian dishes from me, I suggest:
- Vegetarian stew. Instead of meat, use big chunks of portabella mushrooms.
- You didn't mention any salads, so try lettuce salads (many varieties), fruit salads, potato salads (many varieties).
- There are many basic vegetable stock soups you could make, such as leek & potato soup, bean soup, mushroom soup, etc.
- Freshly baked breads and rolls might be right up your alley.
- Make your own pizza. That might make things more interesting for your kids.

Mar 09, 2015
mwliechty in Home Cooking

High calorie, nutritious, low cholesterol portable work snacks?

Shecrab, you seem to know what you're doing. You say you use nuts extensively: I would add that of all the nuts, almonds and walnuts are the best by far at lowering cholesterol. Also, you said you keep homemade baked goods on hand - the next time you bake anything, add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of flax seed meal to the batter. It is excellent for lowering cholesterol because of the Omega 3's and 6's, and you'll never notice its in there - it basically doesn't have any flavor. You also can put it on salads, soups and yogurt. It can usually be found in the hot cereal section or baking section of most grocery stores.

Mar 07, 2015
mwliechty in Home Cooking
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4 Ways To Hack Hershey's Cadbury Chocolate Ban

The Huff Post article misses the most obvious way around the obstacle: Amazon.com
Amazon has a huge selection of British Cadbury, and a lot of it has free shipping: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos...

Feb 26, 2015
mwliechty in Food Media & News

The Food Babe Says There’s Beaver Butt in Your Ice Cream

Here's a Washington Post article in regard to blind reactions, as what has been discussed on this thread: Over 80 percent of Americans support mandatory labels on foods containing DNA

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/vo...

Feb 22, 2015
mwliechty in Food Media & News

CHOW story hits a pet peeve: Telling me I don't know what I don't like

The article linked below reminded me of one of my pet peeves, which is someone telling me I really don't know what I don't like. I find it an arrogant view, and like I'm being talked down to. For example, in this article, I'm told there are nine tofu recipes even a meat eater would love. Wrong. I don't like tofu. I'm a full grown adult, I've had it several times, and I know I don't like it. A better headline might simply be: "Nine great takes on tofu." A tangent to this pet peeve is when I say I'm not a fan of tofu or, let's say, guacamole dip, and someone will say, "Well you haven't tried MY guacamole." Sigh.

http://www.chow.com/food-news/161117/...

Feb 15, 2015
mwliechty in Site Talk

Dinner In Wilkes-Barre

I assume you have already come and gone from Wilkes-Barre, but I'll make some suggestions just in case you haven't made your trip yet, or in case you make a return trip. All of these restaurants are in downtown W-B, in walking distance from each other and are what I think are the better choices:

- Café Toscana: Italian. Good pasta and fish dishes. Very small but fairly decent wine selection.
- Le Manhattan Bistro: Newly reopened French restaurant getting great reviews from diners. A good rustic cooking style.
- Tai Tai: Extremely solid Tai family restaurant. A very deep menu
- Let's Eat: Bad name, no décor, but this Indian restaurant's food is good to very good.

All of these restaurants can be found on Yelp.

Hope that helps.

Feb 11, 2015
mwliechty in Pennsylvania

Anyone else notice a glut of threads with few responses?

No "strangers stay out" philosophy here paulj. Like I said - just curious.

Also, the list I'm going by is by "date started", not latest post (I got my lists mixed up).

I just checked at 6:45 p.m. Thursday and went back 6 hours. Here are the posts: 1,0,0,1,1,1,1,1,1,0,3,0,0,5,0,29,0,0,1,0,0,0,3,8,0,0,1,0,1,1,1,0,2,0,8,3,2. I could have gone on with similar numbers.

Feb 05, 2015
mwliechty in Site Talk

Anyone else notice a glut of threads with few responses?

Paulj, I'm simply clicking "Community" and the threads are shown on the roundup in order according to the latest post.

Feb 05, 2015
mwliechty in Site Talk

Anyone else notice a glut of threads with few responses?

Has anyone else noticed that in the past two or three days there has been a huge glut of threads started on Chowhound (as seen on the Community roundup of threads) that have very few responses? I've been on Chow for years and I've never seen so many threads with so few responses be posted. Is it just a coincidence, or has there been a drive among Chowhounds to produce more threads? I'm just curious, that's all - it's kind of strange.

Feb 04, 2015
mwliechty in Site Talk

REALLY....Gluten-Free has now gone too far....

I wonder if the lady would be happy if Chang's just raised the prices of the non-gluten items $1. Then everything would be the same. But seriously, this woman needs a hobby.

Feb 03, 2015
mwliechty in Food Media & News

9 Reasons Why Lobster Is the Most Romantic Food

Since when is the "cockroach of the sea" equated with romance?

Feb 03, 2015
mwliechty in Features
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How many stores do you try before you give up and Amazon?

Although GH and Karen are correct by the letter of the law, I think we all got the OP's spirit of the question/post.

Feb 01, 2015
mwliechty in General Topics

Kale, Will You Never Die? 7 Food Trends That Ruled 2014, and 3 for 2015

From my Northeastern Pennsylvania outpost I've heard of only one of the seven trends for 2014 - kale. It sounds like the others might be big-city centric if not West Coast centric.

Feb 01, 2015
mwliechty in Features

What I Want When I Go Out

What I want is pretty much the opposite of the OP on Nos. 1 and 4. What I want is to be left alone as much as possible. I don't need the host or wait staff greeting me and being my friend. Give me a table, a menu, take my order, bring me my food - otherwise, I want management and staff to be invisible. Just be civil and efficient. Different preferences for different people I guess.
Also, I want the waiter to give me more than 30 seconds to order and to wait longer than 30 seconds after putting my plate down to ask me, "How is everything?"

How Would YOU Revive Chowhound?

Chowhound doesn't need to be revived. It's doing just fine. You can't please everyone no matter what changes are or are not made. The site is fine.

Hosting a Dinner Party? Don't Succumb to the Tyranny of Dieters

"Just learn when to accommodate and when to put your foot down."

Sorry to be snarky, but in other words, accommodate your guests to a point, but not too far, right? Kind of a common-sense answer anyone should be able to figure out. This article reminds me of Helena's old etiquette columns: Making big deals about small issues that have common-sense solutions not worth writing about.

Jan 10, 2015
mwliechty in Features
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TV cooking show pet peeves

I agree with you about the flavor difference Sandylc - no debate there. But I think there are decent canned versions, and a TV host shouldn't make viewers feel bad for buying them.

Jan 07, 2015
mwliechty in Food Media & News

TV cooking show pet peeves

OK, my pet peeve for cooking shows is when the chef says something like: This (fill in the blank) is so easy to make at home that you should never buy the canned version (or bagged, boxed, etc.).

For example, the host on Chao Italia said chicken stock is so easy to make that you should NEVER buy the canned (and she said "canned" with a hint of a gasp). Well, although stock isn't hard to make, it can be time consuming, and inconvenient (not everyone has a chicken carcass hanging around the kitchen on a everyday basis). To me, buying stock (and other items that are time-consuming to make) at the store is no sin as long as it tastes good.

Jan 07, 2015
mwliechty in Food Media & News

Tea without Sugar?

I agree with Raffles - try honey. To my taste, honey is suited to tea better than sugar, plus you don't need very much.

Dec 26, 2014
mwliechty in Not About Food

At what point does a recipe become "yours"?

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

Dec 17, 2014
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?

Dec 17, 2014
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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