RUK's Profile

Title Last Reply

Wackiest, craziest, most interesting restaurant that you have ever been to

Now that would rank up there with the best experiences ever! Just wonderful!

Nov 28, 2014
RUK in General Topics

Goffle Brook Farm in Hawthorne - what's the point?

You haven't tasted their Chickens? They simply taste a LOT better than supermarket Chickens, they are well worth a side trip. Ditto for Eggs! The difference in taste is noticeable. Thumbs up for that place!

Nov 24, 2014
RUK in New Jersey

Venison Stew

I have said it several times on the forums :-)
I like to simply marinade Venison overnight in Buttermilk and also use some of that Buttermilk in the gravy if I make a roast. I find most of the Sauerbraten-type "Beize" to strong and so we do prefer the milder Buttermilk. Otherwise I essentially treat Venison pretty much like Beef, but since we prefer these wild Venison cuts to be cooked through, I never grill them, they are always prepared with some sauce.

Nov 22, 2014
RUK in Home Cooking

Things You Eat Frozen (or Thawed and Uncooked)

Durian
I freeze the arils separately and eat them almost like ice cream.

Oct 26, 2014
RUK in General Topics

Sauerbraten screw up

I learned this from my MIL and she cooked very much old recipes from East Germany/Thuringia.
I wouldn't call it a second brine, but the Buttermilk ( or if it really looking bloody, perhaps fresh Buttermilk) is simply included right after searing the roast, together with perhaps a touch of boiling water and red wine. Btw I have adopted the Buttermilk-soak also for Venison and similar. Makes for a very tender meat and delicious gravy.

Oct 16, 2014
RUK in Home Cooking

Sauerbraten screw up

Next time - I would recommend a marinade made from Buttermilk, Peppercorns, Onions, Juniper berries, Bay leaves and Cloves. I leave the meat covered in the fridge not longer than 24 hours and use some of the Buttermilk mix as liquid while braising. It makes for a milder version of Sauerbraten and is quite nice.

Oct 16, 2014
RUK in Home Cooking

Why Is Carla So Loud On The Chew?

How can Daphne possibly ride on her daddy's name? I would think the opposite, that name would be an absolute deterrent to ever watch the show. I associate the name Oz with lots of crap junk mail which gets luckily filtered out, in addition to his totally stupid advertisement on many web pages. I would have made a bet that lots of people might not have given the show a try once they realized his daughter was on the show.

Oct 10, 2014
RUK in Food Media & News

Good vs. Bad Pizza: Is there such a huge difference?

Sounds good Duffy. I am sure it will be good. :-)

Oct 03, 2014
RUK in General Topics

Good vs. Bad Pizza: Is there such a huge difference?

around 400 - 410 degr F and it takes about 15 minutes, depending on thickness and amount of toppings.

Oct 03, 2014
RUK in General Topics

Good vs. Bad Pizza: Is there such a huge difference?

We do take-out Pizza once in a while and we like it, we have some good Pizzarias around here.
But - I love to make different versions at home from scratch. Dough is quickly and easily made with my Kitchen aid mixer and I like to use my 15 inch Cast iron pan.
I take a look into the fridge t see what I have on hand, and it can be anything from Pizza Margherita to "Mexican"-inspired, Lobster Pizza, whatever I feel like. It can be flat and more crispy to deep dish.

Oct 03, 2014
RUK in General Topics

Can't post a photo with iOS 8

Updated this morning to IOS 8.0.2 and my Safari on IPad Air has no longer any uploading issues. Much better!

Sep 26, 2014
RUK in Site Talk

Can't post a photo with iOS 8

I updated my Ipad Air yesterday to IOS 8 and subsequently was not able to post pictures to my favorite Forum using Safari any longer. I spent an hour with a technician today at the Genius bar /Apple store. He had no idea what to do.
In the meanwhile - I use on occasion ICab Mobile. I can upload pictures to my Forum perfectly fine with that browser, although I haven't tried it here on Chowhound yet.
BTW Safari had problems loading pictures to facebook too, I had to mark them and do a share as one would do on a Droid.
Of course the technician was totally surprised that Safari was causing this problem, it seems I was the first one to report it....
I will use ICab Mobile to upload pics until Apple may or may not issues a fix.

Sep 25, 2014
RUK in Site Talk

Can Richard Blais Save the Food Network? A Look At His New Show, Hungry Games

Monday, October 20th at 8:00pm

Sep 18, 2014
RUK in Food Media & News

The Chew---a few years later.

I have watched the Chew from the beginning/I always record it and have it on in the kitchen while I am chopping vegetables etc. I always thought there was a lot of excellent information shared for most levels of expertise. People complain that the Julia Childs of this world don't exist any longer and I think they are wrong. The Chew shows you exactly how to make certain dishes. Heh, two Iron Chefs and Carla Hall aren't too shabby, right? And Daphne surely eats everything too, she is not just promoting the "Tofu-diet" any longer.
Yes, there is a lot of silly stuff in-between, which can be ff or tuned out, but in general I think it is a good cooking show.

Top Chef Duels, 8/27, Stefan vs CJ, SPOILERS, an ever more profane and surly recap

Who needs to watch the show, this is just great! Totally amusing recap!

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
1

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
1

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
1

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
1

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