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Top Chef Duels 8/20, spoilers, Antonia vs Mike - a profane and foggy recap

Me too! Extant won out.
Thanks for the recap, I enjoyed it a lot!

Aug 22, 2014
RUK in Food Media & News

Do you eat the...gulp...fat?

So delicious! I haven't eaten that in a while. We would render the clean lard again with chopped Onions, keeping it hot until the Onions are nicely browned. Then store the "Schmalz" in a special crock- tub to be eaten on Rye bread. It tastes really great under certain kinds of Cheese too, instead of Butter. If one eats it as is on bread, a bit of Salt sprinkled on top of the bread really brings out the flavor.
One can I say - delicacies of childhood!!!

Jul 31, 2014
RUK in General Topics
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Worst Cooking show Buzzwords

In his old cooking show -during the few bits I watched he always said: " Now let's put that bad boy in the oven." As a matter of fact, that constantly repeated phrase was initially my main reason for never watching his show again.

Jul 22, 2014
RUK in Food Media & News

Worst Cooking show Buzzwords

I have to bring my "A-Game"!
Geee and I figured you wouldn't try at all to do a decent job! @-@

Jul 22, 2014
RUK in Food Media & News

Avatars -- describe? u/l a pic?

Oh now this is getting funny!! :-)
Here are some more Gongoras…(or you could just image - google), these are really neat. That dark brown one is Gongora Pterodactyl and smells really strongly of Cloves and Cinnamon.

Jul 18, 2014
RUK in Site Talk
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Avatars -- describe? u/l a pic?

I grow Orchids and this one here is Gongora horichiana. Gongora blooms have a lot "humanoid" character to make them useful as Avatars, don't you think? :-)

Jul 18, 2014
RUK in Site Talk

Let's talk about white bread

Back to the early/middle seventies - around here in NJ you couldn't find decent bread/any we liked! We were accustomed to sturdy Sour Dough Rye breads and true Pumpernickel etc, good Rolls, being German Immigrants, so I was baking our breads. I actually learned to make decent breads and Rolls in those years. Then our German Butcher ( Swiss Pork Store) started to sell excellent Russian Bread and I quit baking bread on a regular basis.
Our young Children referred in those early years to Wonder bread as Duck Bread, because we would buy a loaf, visit the local Duck pond and feed it to the Ducks. That stuff had no substance at all.
Nowadays there is no more shortage of excellent breads! :-)

Jul 15, 2014
RUK in General Topics

Favorite gardening forum?

I missed that.
I didn't mention that Dave also had started Cubits/an interim Forum, and our names and passwords simply moved with all our files to ATP.
(After that I never have to log in unless I use a new computer/browser.)
I was active years ago on DG's Orchid Forum and was a paying member for a year in-between ( I actually fixed some old sticky links), but that forum is pretty dead. In contrast our Orchid forum on ATP is quite active nowadays. :-) A lot more fun!

Jul 10, 2014
RUK in Gardening

I'm so over...

I just heard a lady at the Trader Joe's asking loudly for Gluten free Popcorn. I was ready to laugh into her face, but decided to behave and walk on.

Jul 08, 2014
RUK in General Topics

I'm so over...

We used to go shopping, now we source our ingredients. Gimme a break!

Help - critters are eating my zucchini blossoms!

You need to cage the plant!

Jun 30, 2014
RUK in Gardening
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Favorite gardening forum?

You are welcome.
Btw Dave's Garden still pops up first, because of the work the old members put in to develop a decent database. Most of those members have moved over to allthingsplants and started up a new database there.

Jun 30, 2014
RUK in Gardening
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Favorite gardening forum?

Dave's Garden WAS the best garden site until it changed hands a couple of times, now it is loaded with advertising to the point that you have hardly room for pictures. It is certainly no longer "Dave's" garden. And after the dust of the turnover had settled, the original Dave started up
http://allthingsplants.com/forums/
This forum is very active and friendly, has lots of knowledgeable members, and it is one of the easiest forum to post and view pictures, it is very well run!

Jun 30, 2014
RUK in Gardening

Favorite gardening forum?

Allthingsplants.com is probably one of the best run garden sites with lots of active forums. And it is free!

Jun 29, 2014
RUK in Gardening

Is thus a hygiene issue or am I just being fussy?

No matter what Flay does/ did in all the years following this , people will not let it go. Good grief! Tiresome, video or not.

Jun 24, 2014
RUK in Not About Food

Is thus a hygiene issue or am I just being fussy?

Isn't that one slowly getting a tad old?

Jun 24, 2014
RUK in Not About Food

Where would you go for the food?

Going in Summer -
Cochem/Mosel Germany

Erfurt, Weimar, Jena also in Germany

Jun 22, 2014
RUK in General Topics

Unrefrigerated Cheeses Left Out for a Week or so?

Really? What do you think people did before they had refrigerators? I was 14 years old when my parents could buy one, truly. Even rancid Butter isn't going to kill you, it just doesn't taste so great and we surely stopped eating a slice of bread if the butter was rancid.
You should talk to the Tibetan Monks drinking their tea with Yak Butter, now that stuff is really nasty, because the Butter went rancid. But I didn't die either drinking some.

Jun 19, 2014
RUK in Cheese
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Curry leaf plant

I bought it at
http://toptropicals.com
But, I remember that this Nursery is a bit hit or miss, so if I needed another plant I would always go with Logees. Their plants aren't huge, but they are healthy and always take off for me.
I grow my plant during the indoor season ( NJ) in a sunroom and now in Summer it is outside until ca September. I keep it in a generous size pot to not ever let it dry out.
I just looked at my plant, I think it is closer to 5 feet tall.

edited - if you check Murraya koenigii at TopTropical, the plant is for pick up only.

Jun 18, 2014
RUK in Outer Boroughs

Curry leaf plant

I grow this plant for many years now, it is about 4 foot high, nicely branched and looks beautiful. It is not a difficult plant to grow at all.

Jun 18, 2014
RUK in Outer Boroughs

Curry leaf plant

Jun 17, 2014
RUK in Outer Boroughs

Fruits these days... goes bad before ripening

I learned long ago never to buy rock-hard fruits in the hope they will ripen perfectly. They simply won't.
I will buy Peaches/Apricots/Plums and similar only when in season and then only from a local farm.
I have gotten pretty good in buying good Haas Avocados, perfectly ripe and ready to eat within 2 days. You can usually pick them out by just looking at them, with minimal touching.

Jun 14, 2014
RUK in General Topics

Empanada Guy

So, you were one of the many in that long line!!
We didn't bother and started out with some Roti from the Indian truck instead, that was pretty good.

Jun 05, 2014
RUK in New Jersey

Empanada Guy

He was last Sunday at the Food Truck Festival in Paramus NJ. You couldn't go near his truck, his lines were so ridiculously long! These people must have known something!

Jun 05, 2014
RUK in New Jersey

Why Airplane Food is so Bad

I would be one of those! As I said above, I might eat the roll - after warming it a bit on top of the hot foil cover of the dinner! That is usually it!

May 23, 2014
RUK in Food Media & News

What are the most loved German foods?

That would be Kassler Rippchen :-)

May 21, 2014
RUK in Europe

What are the most loved German foods?

I am getting hungry just reading this!!

May 21, 2014
RUK in Europe

Why Airplane Food is so Bad

Airplane food used to be actually pretty decent, still ca 20 or 25 years ago. I remember flying in the early nineties with a Brazilian airline, eating on board was fine, even Lufthansa was better then.
Nowadays I do take the hot Dinner and use the whole thing to warm up those horrible frozen rolls by placing them on top of the still hot foil cover. That's about all that food is good for. My mother used to say "tastes like cold monkey".....

May 20, 2014
RUK in Food Media & News

What are the most loved German foods?

Potato dumplings
Fava beans in a Speck-Bechamel sauce with Winter Savory

May 19, 2014
RUK in Europe

Yuengling is now Craft Beer?

Funny story here -
we have a place near Fleetville/North of Scranton and some years ago Yuengling Beer was unknown to most in NJ here. One day we used the drive-through on our way to our place to pick up a case of beer. Husband stayed in the car and told me to ask for "JingLing" lager. Heh, I thought he took a fancy to some Chinese beer. Reading the label it became clear as the name almost suggests a young man in German, a Jüngling.
Now sitting next to the pond at our place and have a Yuengling with Dinner or on a warm Summer night just fits perfectly.
Which reminds me - the local brew is always the best fit, and this beer is no exception. We certainly like it and have some always around. Btw it is also great for adding to certain meat braises, add it to Chili, Goulash whatever. I like that it is not imparting any bitter taste.

May 16, 2014
RUK in Beer
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