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Developer says that Whole Foods will be anchor supermarket in Clark N.J.

There's already a Starbucks a few hundred yards away on Central Ave.

1 day ago
drongo in New Jersey

Developer says that Whole Foods will be anchor supermarket in Clark N.J.

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1 day ago
drongo in New Jersey

Developer says that Whole Foods will be anchor supermarket in Clark N.J.

I agree about the traffic... that area is bad already.

I drove by a few days ago and it's hard to believe that some stores will open in June... construction has a long way to go.

So excited by the exciting new restaurants: "Panera Bread, Panda Express, Chipotle, Applebee's"... NOT! lol.

1 day ago
drongo in New Jersey
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Food storage Russian roulette: what's your riskiest food safety gamble that went okay?

When I was a student, some friends and I went camping in Namaqualand for a week. We had no refrigeration, yet took raw chicken (amongst other things) and cooked the last of it on our final day... none of us had any problems, even though the chicken smelled pretty bad by the end of the week. So we got lucky...

(FWIW, we had little probability of botulism [which requires low-oxygen conditions] but some risk of problems from Listeria, Campylobacter, Vibrio, inter alia -- and I was a microbiology major in my senior year at the time, and so should have known better!)

Feb 23, 2015
drongo in General Topics

At Chipotle, How Many Calories Do People Really Eat?

Interesting data-focused article from NY Times. I was surprised at level of calories!

(Sorry if this is a redundant post -- couldn't find a previous post using the search, even though this NYT article has been online since earlier today.)

ETA: Snarky post (and comments) from jezebel.com on the NYT article: http://kitchenette.jezebel.com/chipot...

Feb 17, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Costco To End Relationship With American Express

This old (though VERY interesting) report documents that Costco targets small businesses and high-income individuals: http://www.coriolisresearch.com/pdfs/...
I think the $100,000 average income is probably about right.

Feb 16, 2015
drongo in Chains

Are you a food hoarder ?

Hurricanes Irene and Sandy here in NJ persuaded me not to overstock my freezer. (Would be different if I had one of those natural gas powered automatic backup generators... on my "to buy" list when I save some money!)

Are you a food hoarder ?

I definitely have a tendency to accumulate condiments. In my fridge, I currently have Peruvian, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, North African (and other) condiments.

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

I saw the article and wasn't perturbed -- it's "9 tofu recipes even a meat eater would love" not "9 tofu recipes all meat eaters would love" or "9 tofu recipes even tofu haters would love". (And the first recipe actually includes meat... lol.)

Feb 15, 2015
drongo in Site Talk
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Recipes incorporating canned sardines?

I don't know about sardines in hot sauce. Most of the canned sardine recipes that I've tried have called for sardines in oil. My collection of recipes listed below:
http://food52.com/recipes/2661-sicili...
http://chimeraobscura.com/mi/pasta-co...
http://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2015/0...
http://www.pressherald.com/2010/04/14...
http://www.pressherald.com/2010/04/14...
http://thefoodsite.net/2009/02/how-to...

Confused about cayenne pepper, chili powder and paprika

Right, if it's labeled "chili powder" here in the USA it will typically contain cumin and often also oregano, garlic powder. But of course you can also buy simple ground chile pepper here, though not so common in many supermarkets. I think chefj and paulj (members of the dysfunctional j family??) are "violently agreeing" with each other, lol.

Feb 11, 2015
drongo in General Topics

I am obsessed with Stacy's EVERYTHING

I do love the Stacy's "Simply Naked" pita chips... with my own homemade hummus, of course. Those chips seem to stay extra-crisp (more so than anything I've been able to produce at home). I haven't tried any other Stacy's products.

Feb 11, 2015
drongo in General Topics

Portofino Resto Tinton Falls

I was hoping it was mescaline:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mescaline

Feb 11, 2015
drongo in New Jersey
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Cast iron above maximum temperature

This makes sense to me -- inexpensive oven mitts such as those at link below are only rated to 350F.
http://www.amazon.com/Colorful-Home-S...

Feb 11, 2015
drongo in Cookware

Not sure I like where this is going

I went back over the examples again and again, as suggested, and eventually I worked out the "pattern for success". In each case, the answer supported by 9 real hounds is preferred over the answer supported by 10 real hounds... so the pattern is that the choice selected by the fewest is the correct one. It's the Robert Frost philosophy:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Feb 11, 2015
drongo in Site Talk
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Frozen Dinners aka TV Dinners: Why are they so Popular?

I think that part of the attraction is they are inexpensive -- I keep a small reserve of frozen meals from the Indian grocery stores in Edison, NJ, and they're all less than $3 and some less than $2.

I eat them them I get home late and am too tried (aka lazy) to cook and have no leftovers waiting.

Feb 10, 2015
drongo in General Topics

Portofino Resto Tinton Falls

I've got to try that "masculine salad"... :-)

Feb 10, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

Cast iron above maximum temperature

The limit of 350F sounds like they are thinking of a Dutch oven whose lid has a plastic knob.

If you get high enough (e.g. self-cleaning cycle of an oven) you'll burn off the seasoning.

Feb 10, 2015
drongo in Cookware

Where Can I Buy Vacuum Sealed Avocado Like Subway

So I googled "avocado's number" (yes, I have to much time on my hands) and the top definition at urbandictionary.com is "the amount of time it takes (in microseconds) for an avocado to adequately ripen for consumption". Lol.

(Though 6.02x10^23 microseconds is about 19 billion years, so just a slight exaggeration!)

Feb 10, 2015
drongo in Chains

Would anyone mind giving feedback?

I agree with the others who wrote that it's not clear what's new and different here. For example, recipepuppy.com seems to have the same theme -- enter the ingredients you want to use: http://www.recipepuppy.com/

Feb 10, 2015
drongo in Home Cooking
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Not sure I like where this is going

I saw the Plated recipe for "Tunisian Chicken Thighs". I would have been annoyed if the recipe merely specified to use "Spice Mix 1" and Spice Mix 2" from Plated. But it listed all the individual ingredients (so I can make it with or without using Plated's service). So I'm fine with this contribution to the site.
http://www.chow.com/recipes/31276-tun...

Feb 10, 2015
drongo in Site Talk

Only in America...

I'm not surprised that someone squeamish would be upset... but "Only in America" does it become news!

Feb 10, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Help Me Replicate Major Grey's Mango Chutney?

Saveur published a recipe: http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes...

Feb 06, 2015
drongo in Home Cooking

Is this a good idea? Non-vegetarian "tofu"

http://www.popsci.com/c-fu-tofu-made-...
http://kitchenette.jezebel.com/cornel...

Cornell graduate students have made a tofu substitute out of mealworms. Is there any need for this -- taking a vegetarian product and creating a non-vegetarian alternative?

Kinda interesting anyway...

Feb 04, 2015
drongo in General Topics

Shake Shack hits the suburbs: Is it coming to your neighborhood?

That's sort of what happened when Tim McLoone bought CJ Montana's in Tinton Falls, and changed the name to CJ McLoone's.

Feb 04, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

San Diego DMV food bribe.

LOL... the person who tried to bribe the clerk with Cheesecake Factory gift card probably got his/her DUI records flagged for especially easy public access!

Feb 04, 2015
drongo in San Diego

What is my vegan pizza missing?

Here are some ideas from Kenji at Serious Eats: http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives...

Feb 03, 2015
drongo in Home Cooking
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What is my vegan pizza missing?

Ouch. Actually there's a Vegetarian and Vegan board that would probably be better than Special Diets to ask for advice http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/89
But Home Cooking is also relevant!

Feb 03, 2015
drongo in Home Cooking

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

You can give away home-prepared food (our local church is involved in an interfaith program that does this regularly). But I don't think you can sell it without some kind of license.

Feb 03, 2015
drongo in Not About Food

GMOs: Why people are all mad for the wrong reasons

In the US, both utility and plant patents have a term of 20 years from the time of filing. The first generation of Roundup Ready seeds come off patent this year.

Feb 03, 2015
drongo in General Topics