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In Town for a Few Days

Breakfast with my son at Boogaloos, lunch with Maria Carmen at a great-sounding Vietnamese place, otherwise on my own. Not looking for high end this trip, just great food that I can't get in Indiana, places where it's safe for a single woman to venture. Staying at the St. Francis, willing to walk.

Bkfst/lunch/dinner with SF Hounds?

I'm doing a spontaneous weekend with my son is SF. but he's gone Sunday night, and I'm not leaving until Wednesday. Would love to have a meal with anyone anywhere.

Favorite discontinued food items

Betty Crocker Butter Brickle Cake Mix and Frosting.

Aug 16, 2015
pikawicca in General Topics
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Chowhound Beta Site Part IV

Wow! This will come in handy. Thanks.

Aug 16, 2015
pikawicca in Site Talk
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Chowhound Beta Site Part IV

True, once it has been explained to you.

Chowhound Beta Site Part IV

Thanks. This is worse than learning to use my new iPhone (much worse).

Chowhound Beta Site Part IV

I miss the "To the Top" feature.

Aug 16, 2015
pikawicca in Site Talk

Chowhound Beta Site Part IV

Me too. Reading about all of the hoops that people are having to jump through to use the Beta site gives me a headache. I despair of ever being able to figure it out.

Want to save a recipe

Pinterest.

Aug 14, 2015
pikawicca in Site Talk

Tagging older Cookbook of the Month Threads

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it's my understanding that if you tag a thread multiple times (e.g., Home Cooking, French, COTM, Julia Child), it will show up multiple times on my home page, or whatever the dang thing is called in the new version. If this really is the case, it will take forever to wade through.

Aug 12, 2015
pikawicca in Site Talk

September 2015 COTM - Nomination Thread

Not sure how many Hounds are going to be still on board after the Beta rollout at the end of the month; I think many have already bailed. If I can manage to navigate the new site without too much trouble, I could get behind ONE GOOD DISH.

Aug 10, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking
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Russ & Daughters - Disappointment

I had 5 pounds of their Nova shipped to my home in Indiana for a brunch I hosted the day after my daughter's wedding 2 weeks ago. All 40 of my guests raved that it was the best smoked salmon they'd ever eaten. I agree. (Used local bagels, Philly cream cheese, onions I'd pickled, and local heirloom tomatoes.)

Aug 08, 2015
pikawicca in Manhattan
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Chowhound Beta Site Open to Everyone (Continued)

Chowhound's Disaffected Speak Out.

Hasn't been active lately, but I imagine traffic is about to pick up.

Chowhound Beta Site Open to Everyone (Continued)

There is a FB group.

Chowhound Beta Site Open to Everyone (Continued)

I hate not being able to see all recent posts when I log in.
I hate the repetition of the same post over and over on the home page (or whatever it's called).

Chowhound Beta Site Open to Everyone (Continued)

Because drawing lines in the sand has been such a successful strategy lately?

What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition [through August 3, 2015]

Roasted the Zuni chicken and served it over risotto to which I'd added copious amounts of smoked corn kernels. Damn, that was good.

What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition [through August 3, 2015]

Hot and humid here in the Midwest. Was going to roast a Zuni chicken, but it will keep until tomorrow, when it's supposed to be somewhat cooler.

Ty Caton 2013 4 Rows Select

My daughter is getting married tomorrow and was just gifted with a bottle to keep until their 10th anniversary. I am totally unfamiliar with this wine. Does anyone know whether or not this is a good candidate for 10 years down the road?

Jul 17, 2015
pikawicca in Wine

Kraft Old English Cheese

Not so, they just changed the name. I believe it's now Sharp Cheddar.

Jul 16, 2015
pikawicca in Cheese

New Rules for Serving Raw Fish

I believe this has been a Federal requirement for years.

Jul 12, 2015
pikawicca in Manhattan

Gluten free eggs benedict

I stand corrected.

Jul 07, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking

Gluten free eggs benedict

Artichoke heart. Way better than an English muffin.

Jul 07, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking
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What's your impression of sous vide? I discovered it recently and am curious to see what people think about it

I've been cooking sous vide for about 4 years now, and I love it! It's versatile, convenient, and once you know the ropes, hard to mess up. (And bears no resemblance to boil-in-bag cooking.)

Jul 07, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking
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Really Random Panna Cotta Recipe Question

Alternatively, you could use PB2.

Really Random Panna Cotta Recipe Question

Jean Georges/Nougatine and the Trump Hotel

"The GE Pension Trust pays to use Trump's name to attract tenants and JG uses it to attract customers." I seriously doubt that even one diner decided to eat at J-G because of the building it's in.

Jul 06, 2015
pikawicca in Manhattan

La Grenouille vs Bouley

La Grenouille is a very special place, perfect for a very special meal. Creative? No, but that is not its mission. Here you will find classic French haute cuisine (including the aforementioned heavenly souffles), impeccably rendered. Beautiful space, perfect service. (The pike quenelles are incredible.)

Jul 04, 2015
pikawicca in Manhattan

Preserved Lemons - Safe or Start Over?

This happens sometimes. If they're not moldy or funky smelling, they're fine. (It's pretty difficult for anything to mess with all that acid and salt.)

Jul 03, 2015
pikawicca in General Topics
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Special education teachers and parents, do you think doctors often get carried away with spefial diets for children with autism and adhd??

This is improving, but most medical students still have no classes on nutrition. And even if they did, the science is so inconclusive on all fronts that giving hard advice on what to eat/not eat is a crap shoot. I suspect that dietary needs are idiosyncratic and won't be understood for many years, if at all.