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No evidence saturated fats promote heart disease, no evidence unsaturated fats reduce it

There are so many posts in this thread, I may have missed clarification that the paper has been corrected. This happened after the reports about it in Medical News Today and other media sites. And there are calls for it to be retracted: 'Willett says correcting the paper isn't enough. "It is good that they fixed it for the record, but it has caused massive confusion and the public hasn't heard about the correction." The paper should be withdrawn, he argues.'

http://news.sciencemag.org/health/201...

Mar 25, 2014
drongo in Food Media & News
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Noodles No Tipping Policy

The best known champion of a "no tipping allowed" policy is Jay Porter - http://www.slate.com/articles/life/cu...

He's taken a lot of abuse for it!

Mar 23, 2014
drongo in Chains

How accurate is too accurate and using laboratory glassware in the kitchen

I like CK's typo -- "breaker". I've broken a few of them myself, heh :)

Mar 22, 2014
drongo in Cookware
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Two Fat Ladies - now there is none

The Telegraph has a fantastically detailed obit.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obitu...

Mar 18, 2014
drongo in Food Media & News
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Trader Joe's class action settlement March/2014

Ironic since TJ's frequently states: "At Trader Joe's, when we say all natural, we really mean all natural." (going back to at least 2009 -- see http://www.virtualonlineeditions.com/... )

Mar 18, 2014
drongo in Chains

Has Fast Food Killed off all the cafeterias??

Sbarro is somewhat like a cafeteria.

Mar 16, 2014
drongo in General Topics

Cookbooks for a graduated child cook

It's not an adult cookbook, but when my daughter was young (early teens) she liked Rozanne Gold's "Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs".

Mar 16, 2014
drongo in Home Cooking

Asian Market on Route 35 in Middletown...

The one attached to the Crown Palace in Middletown is closed. The one near (but not attached to) the Crown Palace in Marlboro is open.

Mar 15, 2014
drongo in New Jersey

corned beef and cabbage

I've heard it said that Corned Beef and Cabbage is as Irish as Spaghetti and Meatballs is Italian (i.e. we should hyphenate it with American).

Mar 15, 2014
drongo in Home Cooking

Asian Market on Route 35 in Middletown...

Yeah. I used to go there every week. The one in Marlboro is still open.

Mar 15, 2014
drongo in New Jersey

If I could only keep the cookbooks of one author/chef/cook that author would be:

My "20 second" response was David Tanis.

Thinking about it for a little longer, I might instead say Yotam Ottolenghi.

Mar 08, 2014
drongo in Home Cooking
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Peanut Butter and Jam (Jelly) Sandwich.

Yes. 17.

Mar 07, 2014
drongo in General Topics

Standards of USA Beef vs The World

Maybe it's an increase in use of growth promotants?
http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/courses/...

Mar 07, 2014
drongo in General Topics

crockpot insert used in oven?

If it's a Crock-Pot branded crockpot, the manufacturer says the insert can go into oven up to 400 degrees F.
http://www.crock-pot.com/service-%26-...

Mar 07, 2014
drongo in Cookware

Sbarro get's ready for bankruptcy reorganization.............

Actually if I go to https://news.google.com/ and search for Sbarro, I can access the WSJ article!

I hadn't realized Sbarro had emerged from the earlier bankruptcy and was planning to file again.

Sneering aside, I can understand the "Least Essential" label. Other low-end fast-food restaurants, even McDonalds, have their own distinctive menu items. But Sbarro has only the most basic Italian-American menu items, and so bland, soggy and unappetizing that they make even other Italian-American chain restaurants seem good!

Mar 06, 2014
drongo in Chains

Sbarro get's ready for bankruptcy reorganization.............

When Sbarro declared bankruptcy, an article in Slate called it "America's Least Essential Restaurant". LOL. May that be their epitaph.

(I couldn't read the article linked by JR because it seems to be behind a paywall.)

Mar 06, 2014
drongo in Chains
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Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2014 [OLD]

This year the brand is Balson again. I bought some because I liked the bangers last year (I don't recall excessive filler -- a noticeable percentage of filler is what I'd expect).

Mar 02, 2014
drongo in Chains

Sauce - Mysterious Ingredient

Butter is an emulsion where the fat is the continuous phase in which water droplets are embedded. In a beurre (not buerre) blanc, the emulsion is reversed -- with water becoming the continuous phase in which fat droplets are embedded. The way the emulsion is reversed is to start with an aqueous continuous phase (the lemon, vinegar and/or wine reduction) and then to whisk in the butter. As the fat is released into the aqueous phase, it's surrounded by the water and forms fat droplets (which are stabilized by the other components of the butter). As others have pointed out, the beurre blanc will separate if it gets too hot (> 135 degrees F according to McGee, "On Food and Cooking", p. 632).

Mar 01, 2014
drongo in Home Cooking
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Firebird's Wood Fired Grill at the Monmouth Mall Eatontown, NJ

We got a "$10 off" card for Firebirds in the mail a few days ago. My wife said Let's Go, but I said No -- but only because generic burger/steak chains are not on my ToDo list. If she pushes the issue, now I can instead blame JR! Thanks!

Feb 27, 2014
drongo in New Jersey

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2014 [OLD]

Last year the "bangers" brand was Balson. I haven't seen what they have this year.

Feb 27, 2014
drongo in Chains

A look at the Paula Dean Cruise

A very well written piece!

Feb 18, 2014
drongo in Food Media & News

Razor blades found in Kerrygold butter sticks from Best Market in Holmdel

They arrested a store employee. And I'm wondering what he was thinking??

Btw, I think Best Market is a good store... friendly employees (except this one, I guess!), good deli, cheese counter, and bakery, and good prices. It's a little out of the way for me, so I get there only about once a month.

Feb 17, 2014
drongo in New Jersey

What's in your slow cooker today

Here's a slow-cooker version on chow.com: http://www.chow.com/recipes/27893-coq...

It's from Laura Frankel's "Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes" and doesn't have lardons or bacon, etc -- but you could easily add if you wish.

Feb 12, 2014
drongo in Home Cooking

Danny's Steakhouse Red Bank

"Char" replacing "Ashes" -- competing degrees of burnedness? (I realize cigar vs. steak... just amused by the names.)

Feb 10, 2014
drongo in New Jersey

Subway Sneaker Bread

FUD.

Btw, we've had other azodicarbonamide threads, also full of FUD.
e.g. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8162...

Feb 06, 2014
drongo in Chains
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MEATLOAF - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for February 2014

Blue Cheese Meatloaf

Meatloaf:
2 bacon rashers
100 g mushrooms, diced
350 g ground beef
1 tsp beef stock concentrate (e.g. Better-Than-Bouillon) or 1 beef stock cube
1 small onion, diced
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 Tbsp tomato paste
100 g blue cheese, crumbled
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 egg white
110 g bread crumbs
75 g smoked ham, diced

Topping:
50 g blue cheese, softened
1 Tbsp sour cream
75 g smoked ham, finely diced
1 pinch cayenne
2 Tbsp bread crumbs

Cook bacon in hot pan until browned. Add mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are soft. Drain.
Preheat oven to 350F. Combine ground beef, stock concentrate, herbs, tomato paste, cheese, egg, egg white, bread crumbs. Mix in bacon-mushroom mixture and ham. Press into pan.
Bake uncovered for 45 minutes. Remove pan and change oven setpoint to 425F. Let meatloaf rest for 5 minutes, drain away excess liquid, turn onto baking sheet.
Mix topping ingredients together, and spread over meatloaf. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes.

(This is an Australian recipe, so 1 tsp is about same as 1 American tsp, 1 Tbsp is about same as 1.3 American Tbsp.)

Feb 06, 2014
drongo in Home Cooking

Authentic Wagyu Beef spotted at Mitsuwa in Torrance

This restaurant in Vegas claims to be the only one serving legitimate Kobe beef in the USA: http://www.thedailymeal.com/vegas-res...

Feb 06, 2014
drongo in Los Angeles Area

Commonly mispronounced foods

year doesn't rhyme with beer where I live (New Jersey).

Feb 01, 2014
drongo in Food Media & News

Commonly mispronounced foods

Is this related to that slogan "betcha can't eat just one"?? :)

Feb 01, 2014
drongo in Food Media & News

Commonly mispronounced foods

At what point does a word adopted from another language into English become an English word, no longer subject to rules applied in its native language? Looking at the octopus example mentioned above, the most common accepted plural is octopuses rather than octopodes, so clearly octopus is now considered (by English speakers) to be an English word rather than a Greek word. So the question is whether the word cannoli has become so integrated into the English language that we can ignore its origin? (I'd say yes, but I'm a barbarian).

Feb 01, 2014
drongo in Food Media & News
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