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Costco or BJ's membership?

Yeah, kitty litter for us too.

(Moral of the story: get rid of cats then we can drop BJ's.)

about 8 hours ago
drongo in Chains

Costco or BJ's membership?

We have memberships at all three of the warehouse clubs in our area -- Costco, BJ's, and Sam's. They are each about 35-40 minutes round-trip for me. I go to Costco about once a month but haven't been to either of the others since 2010. So Costco obviously gets my vote.. and I've been a member there since 1993. But my wife buys many things (e.g. various groceries, cat food) at BJ's that are not available at Costco. And Sam's is the only one of the three in our area that sells wine (due to archaic NJ liquor laws).

about 12 hours ago
drongo in Chains

Cuisinart Premium Stainless Steel? D'Ohhh!

Some stainless steels have no Ni but I believe all contain Cr.

ETA: I googled 'Premium Stainless Steel' and the top result was this: https://www.batesville.com/what-we-do...
I wonder why Google thinks that link is the most appropriate for me... what do they know????

about 13 hours ago
drongo in Cookware

For sale: The world's biggest barbecue pit

Too bad that JB Bannister is not posting here any more -- he'd LOVE that thing (and he'd probably buy it!).

2 days ago
drongo in Food Media & News

Dog Differences

I think it's all in the eye of the beholder.

Jan 23, 2015
drongo in General Topics

Some questions for my NJ friends about our home board...

There's one big guy from Monmouth County who seems to have taken over the board. I forget his name....

Jan 23, 2015
drongo in New Jersey
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increase in sticklers on the Home Cooking Board?

Hey, this IS "a thread on site talk about how mean everyone on Chow is these days."

Btw, your potstickers did look good!

Jan 21, 2015
drongo in Site Talk
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increase in sticklers on the Home Cooking Board?

Wok you, jr. Those may be ok potstickers, but they're definitely not potsticklers!! I don't care about their achy breaky porky hearts...

(But your potstickers do look good... you can drop some off at my house. Thanks.)

Jan 21, 2015
drongo in Site Talk
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Fellow Diner, You Want to do WHAT to My Table?!

Here's the pic:

Jan 21, 2015
drongo in Not About Food

Restaurant Name Has Nothing to do With The Food Served

There's a restaurant in Cascais, Portugal called John Bull with a picture of a typical Englishman (see attached pic with Englishman in the well-known classic pose). But the restaurant serves Portuguese, not English, food. I had some good percebes there. (And some beers, but surely that's besides the point.....)

Jan 21, 2015
drongo in Not About Food
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Restaurant Name Has Nothing to do With The Food Served

Yeah... pasta is inexpensive and not hard to prepare, so why not include a few dishes????

Jan 21, 2015
drongo in Not About Food

Intriguing supermarket typos

That's funny... when my daughter was young she loved chicken fingers but would have been outraged to be served chicken feet! (She is now off at college and is hopefully more appreciative of the joys of chicken feet.)

Jan 21, 2015
drongo in Not About Food
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Intriguing supermarket typos

Hahah... I shop at Best Yet also (called Best Market here in NJ). But my "Lion Chops" were at Shoprite.

I'm not sure that sign is a typo -- more of a random mashup!

Jan 21, 2015
drongo in Not About Food

Restaurant Name Has Nothing to do With The Food Served

I was in a Puerto Rican restaurant last year, and a couple came in and was asking about various Mexican (or Tex-Mex) dishes... they simply couldn't understand why a Puerto Rican restaurant didn't have burritos, etc.

Restaurant Name Has Nothing to do With The Food Served

You can tell that frequently updating the website is not a priority for them because the page at the link provided by monovano lists the price for the "Spaghetti Dina" as $10.95 but if you click the "See Our Full Menu" button you'll see that the price is $15.50!

Anyway, my guess is that they do indeed serve pasta and that this was merely a case of "No Pasta For You!"... :)

Jan 20, 2015
drongo in Not About Food

increase in sticklers on the Home Cooking Board?

BBQ purists are in a league of their own. I think some of them must have Google notifications set so they can blast in on the plumes of their own flatulence to defend the faith as soon as BBQ is being discussed.

increase in sticklers on the Home Cooking Board?

Only if cooked-to-perfection in a wok... otherwise they're simply NOT authentic potsticklers!

Jan 20, 2015
drongo in Site Talk
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Intriguing supermarket typos

I was in my local supermarket this evening and came across a package of meat labeled "PK LION CHOPS".

LION MEAT available here in suburban New Jersey!!!!!

For a moment my heart leapt in excitement.

Then I realized it was merely Pork Loin Chops. Bah. :)

What intriguing typos have you encountered?

Chilling meat in freezer after shopping trip.

My employer (biopharma industry) uses blast freezers... and I believe the key feature is not so much the temperature (we have regular non-blast freezers that are at lower temperatures such as -70 degC) but that the blast freezers have blowers to improve heat transfer. Once products are frozen they get moved from the blast freezers into regular (static) freezers at the desired temperatures.

Jan 19, 2015
drongo in General Topics

Chilling meat in freezer after shopping trip.

Putting things in your freezer that are not already really cold will encourage freezer burn and icing on the items already there. If you don't store anything in your freezer for more than a few months then your approach is probably ok.

Jan 19, 2015
drongo in General Topics

increase in sticklers on the Home Cooking Board?

I personally prefer a burger that's just beef with s&p, but I'd like to see what Ernest Hemingway would have said to those who insist that's the only true way. http://www.saveur.com/article/kitchen... "Juicy and vibrant, the complex patty stands in stark contrast with Hemingway's unembellished prose."

Jan 19, 2015
drongo in Site Talk
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increase in sticklers on the Home Cooking Board?

No... it MUST be "sketti"!!

Jan 19, 2015
drongo in Site Talk
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Safe to eat ???

Hahahahah. I'd say feed to yourself... if you're okay and it's really tasty then tell the family that it's not safe so you can eat the rest yourself. If you're okay but it's not tasty, then say it's safe and give it to the kids. If you get sick, then try giving it to your dogs (or if it's really bad, the neighbor's dogs).

Jan 18, 2015
drongo in General Topics

Safe to eat ???

I would have eaten these chickens and beef (after reheating)... and over the years I've eaten similarly abused items without problem. But I wouldn't serve them to others because I recognize that the FSIS guidelines would clearly deem them unsafe.

I grew up in a country where meat was stored for days in a room-temperature "meat safe" rather than a fridge. So while I understand the science behind the FSIS guidelines, they don't resonate much with me.

Edited to add: the country where I grew up was in the tropics and we had no air conditioning, so "room temperature" was warm throughout the year!

Jan 18, 2015
drongo in General Topics
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Over 80 percent of Americans support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA”

Bob, none of your links work for me. They seem to have been abbreviated.

I wanted to see what was really meant by (for example) 20% of the population cannot locate America on a map -- if it's 20% of the total population, including infants and aging people with dementia, etc, then I don't think it's very shocking. If it's 20% of the population that one would encounter on the street then it is indeed shocking.

Jan 18, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Over 80 percent of Americans support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA”

If you want to minimize DNA intake, eat eggs (unfertilized, of course) -- half as much DNA as in a single cell of the adult bird. Ostrich egg is best -- lowest amount of DNA per gram of any animal, plant, fungus, bacterium or archaeon on earth!

Roosterspin Korean Fried Chicken in Westfield

There was a review of Roosterspin in NY Times regional edition last week: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/18/nyr...

Sounds interesting... I'll need to try it soon!

Btw, there's also another chowhound thread on Roosterspin: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9936...

Jan 18, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

Need really delicious Italian Restaurant Essex, Morris, Bergan, Union County or that vicinity

I like Benito's also... very close to my work for last couple of years, so I've been there frequently and I've always been happy and frequently impressed.

Jan 17, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

No pork for you! - Chipotle pulls pork from many stores

All part of the Benghazi cover up.

Jan 16, 2015
drongo in Chains
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How Are Ads Chosen?

Haha. I did wonder whether it might be the ad blocker that was preventing jr and sunshine from seeing my image (which is an image of an ad-related site)... but then I thought that's not likely because how would the ad blocker recognize what's in the image??

Maybe it didn't like the name of my image -- adchoices.jpg? I am re-uploading the exact same image now named innocuous.jpg -- does that get displayed?

Jan 12, 2015
drongo in Site Talk