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4 Ways To Hack Hershey's Cadbury Chocolate Ban

if the shipping isn't onerous...

FWIW Fairway still had some Brit Cadbury on the shelves yesterday.
how long it lasts though is the issue

about 8 hours ago
weedy in Food Media & News

4 Ways To Hack Hershey's Cadbury Chocolate Ban


but it's true, online hacks have to stop saying "hack" when they mean hint.

Wild Game Butchering The Way Our Ancestors Did in Plantation Days

not everyone's ancestors "butchered", or cooked, at all.
some had slaves do it so they never had to learn how to... remains the point

Feb 13, 2015
weedy in Food Media & News

Pete Wells and the Uselessness of Star Ratings

so, for example, if a neighbourhood pizza and pasta restaurant with vinyl table tops and plastic benches and no liquor license and only counter service, if this place hypothetically has a dish, or several, every bit as good as Del Posto, does that mean the place should get 4 stars?
or do the service and the wine list and the atmosphere and the whole experience count?

if you want to say that the whole idea of "stars", as opposed to just reading the body of the review, is silly, or overrated, then we probably could agree

but if there ARE to be 'stars' then food is only one aspect of a rating.

Feb 12, 2015
weedy in Food Media & News

Salting... before or after sous vide?


I have found that salting before sous vide cooking, no matter how long or short the cooing time, is a bad idea


Feb 11, 2015
weedy in Home Cooking

YELP's algorithm fail in Westchester

I don't find Yelp to be reliable as a source of reviews, ANYWHERE... Westchester being no exception

it's way too lowest common denominator to be of use to anyone who actually cares about or knows about food

Wild Game Butchering The Way Our Ancestors Did in Plantation Days

ask even Alton Brown about it.

what we think of as "American Southern food" was predominantly the food the slaves cooked for rich white people.
that's what got passed down.

here: skip to 2:30 if you like


but he's right, by calling it romanticised things like "antebellum" or "plantation" you just avoid talking about what it really is.
food of the days of slavery.

Feb 11, 2015
weedy in Food Media & News

Pete Wells and the Uselessness of Star Ratings

it is, because the overall experience of going out to eat counts... not ONLY the food quality

Feb 10, 2015
weedy in Food Media & News

Anyone know how to proper knife cuts?

there IS a certain amount of 'waste' in perfect french cuts... you use the rejected bits for stocks and other uses.

if you don't already have the Jacques Pepin Techniques book, get it

Feb 09, 2015
weedy in Home Cooking

Sous Vide HELP!? What am I doing wrong?

As others have said:

I'd suggest a lower temp
I use 144F for chicken breast, about 1.5-2 hours, if starting from frozen.

add a little fat to the bag, either butter or olive oil (just a LITTLE)

do NOT salt ahead of time.

dry the breasts when out of the bag, season, and finish in a hot pan or under the broiler but for as little time as possible, just to brown the outside.
or bread and pan fry a crust on quickly.

while sous vide chicken breast done right is infinitely juicier and better than most other methods (and reliably so), it's still just a plain chicken breast unless you sauce it or otherwise flavour it.

Feb 09, 2015
weedy in Home Cooking

Geoffrey Zakarian on McDonalds

I travel all over the world (touring musician), and I can honestly say I feel infinitely safer in local restaurants than I would at any McDonalds

if I ever have food poisoning (which happens to me no more frequently elsewhere than it does in the US), I eat toast.

Feb 09, 2015
weedy in Food Media & News

Geoffrey Zakarian on McDonalds

I've never eaten anything from there other than fries

why is that hard to believe?

I choose to live, instead.

Feb 09, 2015
weedy in Food Media & News

Wild Game Butchering The Way Our Ancestors Did in Plantation Days

you mean how they had their slaves do it

Feb 08, 2015
weedy in Food Media & News

USDA pork inspectors speak out: “People are going to eat sh*t”

People have had it basically too good for too long.
they've forgotten (or never knew) how bad it was before effective government regulation and enforcement.

same thing going on with vaccination.

New Yorktown Chamber of Commerce Pres hoping to attract Trader Joe's

I have a potato and a grater and an egg... so I don't need Trader Joe <g>

I want a good market with great produce and oils and vinegars and perhaps pickles and hard to find foreign products (tobiko, kewpie mayo, piquillo peppers, fresh epazote, etc)...
I don't want any prepared food form anyone...

basically I want a better selection than what's already at Stop and Shop
both Fairway and WHole Foods offer that (although both could be better still)
TJ in no way does. Nor does Turcos. I get nicer looking veg at Stop and Shop

Winston's in Mt. Kisco - the old Brass Horn Location

NY Times Westchester food reviewers continue to be relentlessly awful.
I don't get it.

A "bespoke" cocktail, would be 'made to measure', custom made just for YOU.
Is that what they are doing?
they look at you have a discussion as to your tastes, and then design and make a unique cocktail that no one else there has, or would 'fit'?

plus- big screen tv = sports bar. not any serious restaurant.

New Yorktown Chamber of Commerce Pres hoping to attract Trader Joe's

I would MUCH rather a Whole Foods or Fairway.

I don't 'get' Trader Joe's; with all of their prepared food.

Price of halibut nationwide?

as already said, Atlantic is endangered, I won't buy it and my (very good and responsible) fish seller won't stock it

here in Westchester NY, the Pacific is about $30 a pound.
and well worth it.

Feb 02, 2015
weedy in General Topics

Indian Chickpea Curry with Spinach

Dhania leaves, or coriander.
Cilantro only in Spanish, which sounds just as weird in an Indian dish as specifying "dhania leaves" would in guacamole.

Feb 02, 2015
weedy in Recipes

hudson restaurant, briarcliff manor, ny

"better than ever" won't be difficult.

pretty much anything would be "better"

Anniversary dinner in Lower Westchester

X2O would be my first call as well (in fact, it tends ot be our anniversary dinner choice)
this year we did Xavier's instead, and it was great... but in truth, we said we still prefer X2O

Top Chef casting call

perfect challenge for a Nashville episode:

take a classic dish and turn it into a shallow, soulless modern version

The torture of TV reality shows -- featuring Top Chef Just Desserts and Hell's Kitchen

you're assuming that's not what they are actually LOOKING for.

Especially in reality tv, the producers often think that any conflict or craziness makes for 'better tv', and they will do whatever they can behind the scenes to stir that up

with any tv appearance, it's up to you to figure out, nd THINK about, how you want ot come across and stick to that no matter what the producers want.
so the smart ones decide ahead of time to be the "smart one" or the "funny one" or just the "likable one", because those are the viewer impressions that will ultimately help your career.
being the jerk who "wins" won't serve you as well in the long run, no matter how it feels in the moment.

it's why no one is going to make a career from Cutthroat Kitchen; amusing at is sometimes is.

The New Open Table website

it seems to be a spreading disease, to get a web designer in to revamp a site so that it 'looks modern' but with no care at all for what the USERS want from it.

see: eater, as a prime example of making a site unusable

Shikuwasa juice source in the USA?

Anyone have a line on an online source for Okinawan Shikuwasa juice in the US?


Jan 27, 2015
weedy in General Topics

Favorite salsa?

roasted tomatillo with chipotle

Jan 25, 2015
weedy in Home Cooking

English chocolate imports

I suspect it will still be findable online, but it's a pain

Jan 25, 2015
weedy in Food Media & News

Best restaurant w/ Tom Colicchio

It's based on the Gordon Ramsay English show (and co-produced by Ramsay)

but this seems to have added yet another layer of timed 'challenges', which makes it even sillier

Jan 24, 2015
weedy in Food Media & News

Westchester Wish-list

has that been said by anyone who's ever been to North Carolina?

In Memoriam: French Food at Home

I liked her enough, and a French food show that was just actual cooking was a good addition.

I am, on the other hand, utterly over the pretty woman cooking without an apron, with soft music, and making eyes at the camera style of producing tv.


No one wanted to see Mario Batali breezing around a home kitchen in a suit while soft-porn music played.

give me PROFESSIONALS cooking in a pro kitchen