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Pork Chops with Cherry Sauce

Too much salt in the rub, but otherwise a great dish. Super easy to make, looks pretty, tastes great.

Jul 10, 2014
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Best Eggnog

Damn, this stuff is incredible. So thick and luscious you could cut it with a knife! I cured mine for 2 weeks. Big thumbs up.

Dec 15, 2013
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Potato salad dressing ideas please

I recently stumbled on this really lovely Martha Stewart recipe: http://martha.ms/GzuDXB

I was looking for something light to go with a weisswurst, and this was spot-on. Light, tangy, a little sweet, a little tart, and a snap to make. Plus it's quite pretty with the purple onion, red potato, and green dill.

Sep 30, 2013
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Bourbon-Bacon BBQ Chicken

Too much vinegar: it totally overwhelms all the other flavors so you can't taste the bacon or bourbon.

Jul 01, 2013
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Why Are Pho Serving Sizes So Large?

That raises another interesting question, because Pho is street food, right? So with street food, you're likely to get a bowl you can hold in your hand and eat. That's kind of why I think these large amounts of Pho I've been getting are tainted by American portion expectations.

Aug 30, 2012
kgrote in General Topics

Why Are Pho Serving Sizes So Large?

Damn. Luckily I haven't been getting anything THAT big.

Aug 30, 2012
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Why Are Pho Serving Sizes So Large?

That sounds a lot like what I've been getting as well.

Aug 30, 2012
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Why Are Pho Serving Sizes So Large?

Honestly, this is entirely about not wanting to waste food rather than a dietary/health or money concern. I just can't stand leaving so much (good) food behind, be it noodles or whatever. I can live with leaving broth behind, since that's mostly water anyway.

I enjoy a good noodle ratio in the pho, as I think it provides a nice base note to the other flavors in the bowl.

Aug 30, 2012
kgrote in General Topics

Why Are Pho Serving Sizes So Large?

The "small" sounds about like what I would prefer, too.

Aug 30, 2012
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Why Are Pho Serving Sizes So Large?

@huiray:

"Large" bowl: ~9" wide x ~3.5" deep.
"Small/Lunch-Size" bowl: ~6-7" wide x ~3" deep.

Aug 30, 2012
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Why Are Pho Serving Sizes So Large?

See, that looks like a perfectly reasonable amount of Pho (unless your bowl is abnormally deep). What I've been getting is more like 3-4 times that much.

Aug 30, 2012
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Why Are Pho Serving Sizes So Large?

As the OP, I fully support this sub-thread.

Aug 30, 2012
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Why Are Pho Serving Sizes So Large?

Portion Control Police? I have no idea what you're talking about - if anything, portions are getting bigger to accommodate our ever-expanding American asses. Can you give me an example of something that used to be a big portion that has recently been made smaller?

Aug 30, 2012
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Why Are Pho Serving Sizes So Large?

Maybe I'm just really bad at eyeballing quantities, but you know those great big bowls they use to serve pasta at Italian restaurants? I've been getting Pho in bowls that size filled to about an inch of the brim, including meat and noodles.

Aug 26, 2012
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Why Are Pho Serving Sizes So Large?

I'd say roughly 3 cups of broth and a 1/4 - 1/3 pound of meat. And frankly that's being a little generous.

Aug 26, 2012
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Why Are Pho Serving Sizes So Large?

It does if you include rice noodles. If you don't, probably not.

Aug 26, 2012
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Why Are Pho Serving Sizes So Large?

I'm sorry, but loving food doesn't mean you have to stuff yourself with pounds of it.

I can accept not eating all the broth, but all the pho I've had comes with a very sizable portion of rice noodles as well. If you take out the noodles and we're just talking about broth, meat, and condiments, then that sounds ok to me.

Aug 26, 2012
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Share the best single thing you ate TODAY!

guava hard candy - tastes like lime and strawberry. Crazy good.

Aug 25, 2012
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Share the best single thing you ate TODAY!

It's almost wrong how ridiculously delicious Lindt truffles are.

Aug 25, 2012
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Why Are Pho Serving Sizes So Large?

I've been to several pho places, and every time they bring me a gargantuan amount of pho. I'm seriously talking about easily, EASILY 4 servings-worth of pho. Is this normal? What's with the huge portions? I always feel guilty leaving so much behind, but I can't always take it with me, and it just doesn't taste as good reheated anyway.

Is it wrong to ask for a small, lunch-sized serving of pho?!

Aug 25, 2012
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What Are Your Most and Least Favorite Pasta Shapes?

I live in a tiny podunk town, so I can't get boxed pappardelle. I just make it myself (it's better that way anyway).

Jan 25, 2012
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How do you Fage?

Somebody stop this crazy woman before she infects the rest of us with her horrible vice!

Jan 24, 2012
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It's Girl Scout cookie season!!

Damn, looks like Thin Mints and Samoas are the Tyson/Holyfield of the GS cookie arena!

Jan 24, 2012
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It's Girl Scout cookie season!!

I totally hear what you're saying. I don't mind the Girl Scouts doing it as much, because I know all the money goes directly to the organization.

What kills me is children who are forced to peddle cheap Chinese-made crap to raise money for their schools. The companies take about 90% of the profit anyway, and the poor kids have to humiliate themselves trying to pawn it off on unsuspecting adults.

Jan 24, 2012
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It's Girl Scout cookie season!!

Yup, Samoas all the way! They're by far the most fattening too - go figure.

What sucks about the Samoas though is you pay 6 effing dollars for a box and there's about 12 in there. I can go through that in a single sitting, amirite?

Jan 24, 2012
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What Are Your Most and Least Favorite Pasta Shapes?

I was going to put pappardelle as one of my favorites! There's nothing like big, wide, floppy noodles coated in a buttery sauce. According to Wikipedia, it's so popular in Italy that they have whole festivals to celebrate it!

Jan 24, 2012
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Does anyone use a honey dipper?

That is an incredibly poignant comment and sums up the whole "screw top wine" debate perfectly. The same sentiment could be used for the paper vs e-book controversy.

I'll definitely be using that argument in the future, thanks for posting it.

Jan 06, 2012
kgrote in Cookware

Is It Safe to Leave Butter Out at Room Temperature?

We had a bottle of Annie's Goddess dressing break in our fridge recently and I had to throw out the butter because it absorbed all of its pungent flavors. Not the best thing to taste on your english muffin in the morning!

We tried using a butter bell but our soft-butter usage is very unpredictable. So one week we'd use a whole batch, the next it would get all moldy.

I just started using the Land o' Lakes "Spreadable Butter" which is just butter mixed with vegetable oil. Tastes fine and stays spreadable in the refrigerator. There aren't any emulsifiers listed in the ingredients so I don't see why you couldn't just make it yourself with butter and oil.

Aug 31, 2011
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Easy Roasted Tomato Salsa

Jul 24, 2011
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Creamy Mushroom Soup with Blue Cheese Toasts

Eh, this was just OK. It doesn't look as pretty as in the picture, more like a bowl of mud.

Jun 13, 2011
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