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Has anyone you know ever actually gotten sick from eating raw cookie dough? [moved from Home Cooking]

Jun 06, 2013
CalicoPaisley in General Topics

Most overrated 'luxury food?

I've only ever had snails from canned. It wouldn't bother me to catch snails from the garden if I were, like, starving. I don't see them very often though, not enough to make a meal out of. I've had no qualms boiling my own lobster. Anyway, escargot are a lot like clams. But where clams taste 'briny', snails taste 'earthy' in a subtle way unlike anything else. It's not for everyone's palate and let's face it, it's peasant food at an overpriced French restaurant. But it is pretty darn tasty.

May 04, 2013
CalicoPaisley in General Topics

Most overrated 'luxury food?

Yes, the reduced effect on the environment is the biggest benefit to buying organic IMHO. Unfortunately I do not have the money to buy it most of the time, either.

May 04, 2013
CalicoPaisley in General Topics

Worldwide popularity of well-done meat

I once witnessed a friend pull a chunk of completely raw burger meat -- from a conventional grocery store -- and eat it. It made me a little ill. I often feel like I'm in a tiny minority in America for preferring my meat well done _invariably_. I don't even want my steaks very pink. But I know I'm in a majority for the rest of the world. After all I'm certain people would get sick a lot more often from 'improperly cooked' beef if that were not the case. Maybe beef is generally 'safer' than chicken, or so some have told me, but not only would I rather not risk it -- I PREFER the taste of fully cooked beef. I'll still eat sashimi, in moderation, though!

Mar 30, 2013
CalicoPaisley in General Topics

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - January 2013 [OLD]

Yay - Goat cheese with honey. Addictively delicious, this was my favorite breakfast for a week to slather on toast with a bit of jam.

Nay - Derby cheese with sage. It was a fairly solid derby cheese but the sage was surprisingly understated. I'd save my cash for something else next time.

Yay - Simpler Times Pilsner. I'm not a fan of the lager but the pils is great in a pinch when you just want a plain jane beer that's way better than a PBR any day.

Nay - Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen. Not my bag, was pretty disappointed in this one, but maybe I'm just spoiled. Definitely needed plenty of lemon to be drinkable.

Jan 20, 2013
CalicoPaisley in Chains

Dunkin Donuts's Angus Steak & Egg Sandwich

Looks like I'm one of the few (only?) people in this thread who does enjoy the angus! This amuses me despite the way it was hyped. The angus has probably done the best job of getting me to abandon my yearsold oath about avoiding Dunkies. (I turned into a snob when I moved to California. Still can't stomach their coffee, rather go without.) I often get it on a multigrain bagel which is their most toothesome bakery item and it does take a while to saw through but I enjoy it. It's arguably their healthiest (or ... least greasy) bread product but sometimes I'll super-indulge and order a biscuit instead. Those are usually hangover days. But curiously the DuDo's nearby has sized down their energy drink selection, probably thought it was detracting too much from their terrible, awful, horrible, atrocious coffee. DANG YOU, DUNKIES! <shakefist>

Aug 26, 2012
CalicoPaisley in Chains

What is your biggest recipe pet peeve?

I sort of imagine it being said like that by a Scotsman

Aug 26, 2012
CalicoPaisley in Home Cooking

Food Blogger Rant

I wholeheartedly agree, something that's been bugging me for a while. The blogger's ego is more important than the food. And I'm happy for your family but we hear about the children and dogs in every post too. It's funny that you mention Julia Child because it makes me think of "Julia and Julia" where the thing that annoyed me about that film was the blogger. She was alright I guess but a bit inane compared to Meryl Streep's performance (and character). The modern Julia is true to form I guess.

Aug 05, 2012
CalicoPaisley in Food Media & News

Which recipes (and ingredients) are, in your opinion, over hyped?

Then may I please add to specifically "overhyped methods", the method of the tartare.

i.e. steak tartare.
Rare steak? Yeah, please. Gimme.
Tower of rare beef passingly dressed with sauce and garnish, ah, yeah that is a bit hard for me to swallow.

Anyone is welcome to disagree but I do not get this one.
P.S. I love sushi.

Apr 26, 2011
CalicoPaisley in General Topics

Which recipes (and ingredients) are, in your opinion, over hyped?

I absolutely agree about bacon. Some peoples' bacon obsessions are truly frightening. Yes, I agree bacon is the the tastiest meat on the planet. But I certainly have more self control than to cook up half a package every Sunday, yikes....

Apr 26, 2011
CalicoPaisley in General Topics

Which recipes (and ingredients) are, in your opinion, over hyped?

I can tell!

Come on.
Bloody Mary with Schmirnoff.
Bloody Mary with Grey Goose.

Tell me, which one you going to follow a hangover with?

Life, life is too short for cheap booze.

Apr 26, 2011
CalicoPaisley in General Topics

Homemade Beauty Tips, Debunked

These remedies are all graded "YMMV". Just like not all manufactured remedies work for everybody, not all traditional remedies work for everybody. You have to see what works for your chemistry. Some of these might actually work for you. Some are just silly. But the cavalier and condescending attitude of the author is a bit offputting. Enough to make me write this comment.

Apr 26, 2011
CalicoPaisley in Features

Best Hot Chocolate Recipes!

Almond Butter? "Rich"? Stop to consider your health??? Gosh! Almond butter is a sweet ambrosia! It's one of the best things you can eat if you aren't allergic! Go omega-6 power! I'll keep the almond butter for my oatmeal, however. I'll just stick to the Bailey's with this one... and maybe some Frangelico.

Feb 07, 2011
CalicoPaisley in Features