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What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition!

Sorry to hear that. I sure give you a ton of credit for effort and persistence though.

about 3 hours ago
Fowler in Home Cooking

Do you ever contact the manufacturer?

Last year I hosted a wine and cheese tasting and one of the cheeses was a Lager Kase Brick made by Widmer's. Everyone agreed that the cheese was significantly flawed because it was intensely bitter and had a strong metallic taste.

I sent an e-mail to Widmer's and inquired about our experience. The owner replied and basically said they cannot help it if a store mishandles their cheese and too bad so sad.

None of us with be purchasing any of their products again.

about 15 hours ago
Fowler in Not About Food

Cheese with crystals

Hook's 15 year old sharp cheddar is probably my favorite cheddar and it has an abundance of calcium crystals. It has the taste of a well-aged cheddar but the texture of a Parmigiano Reggiano. It is expensive but a little goes a long way.

about 23 hours ago
Fowler in Cheese

Madison (UW) close to campus not miss?

Are you taking the Badger Bus from Milwaukee to Madison or will you have a car? After walking around campus all day you may not want to then walk to the capitol square or places even further East then hike all of the way back to the Union to catch the bus.

In general, L'Etoile is always very good but that is on the other side of the capitol from campus. Forequarter is even further East. I like walking but some people do not as much.

1 day ago
Fowler in Great Lakes

Date.... ordering seafood?

ChillyDog, at least she is not asking for legal or food safety advice. I have seen plenty of those inquiries on the board. My guess is that GraceW just has first date nervousness. Most of us have had that at one time or another.

2 days ago
Fowler in General Topics

What would you consider are your 6 essential spices?

Alliegator, I have no idea where "HV" is, but oregano definitely does not grow wild everywhere else. It should be easy to grow in your climate though if you plant it.

2 days ago
Fowler in General Topics
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What would you consider are your 6 essential spices?

Alliegator, You and I live in totally different climates so growing cilantro has never worked out for me. Even on the odd years when it will grow, it bolts within a few weeks and is done/dead for another two years.

If you like oregano, I would imagine that would really grow well in your climate.

2 days ago
Fowler in General Topics

Is Anyone Food "Couponing"Anymore?

Sometimes your neighbors take it? Wow. Is that an accident or intentional?

Apr 16, 2014
Fowler in Not About Food

Special Dinner In Chicago? Where to go?

>>>This year, The Strip Club Meat and Fish, will be the destination for her birthday dinner.<<<

I am confused. You said you were bringing your girlfriend to Chicago for her birthday dinner and The Strip Club, if I recall correctly, is in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Apr 16, 2014
Fowler in Chicago Area

Kitchen Nightmares .... back to Amy's Baking Company

I do not have Dr. Phil On Demand. I also tried searching for the interview online but could not find it. Does anyone have a link to the Dr. Phil interview?

Apr 16, 2014
Fowler in Food Media & News

Kitchen Nightmares .... back to Amy's Baking Company

I agree, coney. Maybe there is some pending litigation that prevented them from airing the subject. Plus, I do not think the person doing the interview really had a chance to ask all of the questions she may have intended to ask. It seemed like once Amy's mouth got running it was nearly impossible to turn it off or get in additional questions.

Apr 16, 2014
Fowler in Food Media & News

Kitchen Nightmares .... back to Amy's Baking Company

petek, how about we make a fair deal,,,we will keep Justin Beiber if you will take Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan in exchange.

Apr 15, 2014
Fowler in Food Media & News
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Kitchen Nightmares .... back to Amy's Baking Company

A+ and five gold stars on that comment, monavano. :-D

Apr 15, 2014
Fowler in Food Media & News
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Kitchen Nightmares .... back to Amy's Baking Company

Wonderful. Now we cannot even send him back.

Apr 15, 2014
Fowler in Food Media & News

Kitchen Nightmares .... back to Amy's Baking Company

Not that I recall but they did inquire about Samy stealing tips from the waitresses.

Apr 15, 2014
Fowler in Food Media & News

Kitchen Nightmares .... back to Amy's Baking Company

And when Samy starts to give you a back rub please tell him, "No! Bad Samy! Go away! Stand down!"

By his own admission, he is a real ladies man, ya know.

Apr 15, 2014
Fowler in Food Media & News

Kitchen Nightmares .... back to Amy's Baking Company

Sad indeed. I am not defending Samy, but when Ramsay would complain about the food Amy was making, Samy would say something like "tell her that". And at least to me it did not sound like Samy was challenging Ramsay to give her the bad news but more like a plea from a tired, broken down man to please tell her the truth.

I love my SO , but I do not think we could ever run a restaurant together because of all of the friction that would occur as a result of just being honest with each other. Samy appears to be following the path of least resistance and that will drive a business into failure.

Apr 15, 2014
Fowler in Food Media & News

Special Dinner In Chicago? Where to go?

That is a tough question to answer because Chicago is such a fantastic world-class food city.

I can pretty much guarantee you that you and your girlfriend would not forget a dinner at Alinea. My favorite restaurant in the USA is French Laundry and I think Alinea may be in my top five.

Everest is also very good and something memorable. Their wine list is quite pricey but you said price is "open" so that should perhaps be a place to consider. All of the times I have been there the food and service were excellent.

My friends and I have had very good luck with Grace as well. Their duck and sweetbreads are particular standouts.

Have fun and enjoy your visit!

Apr 15, 2014
Fowler in Chicago Area

Kitchen Nightmares .... back to Amy's Baking Company

Great comments, Jr. One of the things I found illuminating in this episode is that when a customer returns food to the kitchen Samy never tells Amy why it was returned. So she is off on her own little planet and never receives honest feedback regarding the crummy food she is serving.

As a business owner, I know for a fact that the only way to successfully run a business is to receive and act upon constructive criticism. Samy is not doing Amy any favors by shielding her from the truth. But he is in a tough spot because Amy is his wife and I am sure he thinks that if he passes along a customer complaint, that in her deluded mind she will take that as some type of criticism from him and not the customer.

So your wife is getting dressed for going out to dinner and she says, "Honey, does this skirt make my butt look fat?" Of course the husband is going to say no it looks just great.

That is fine for maintaining marital harmony, but it is no way to run a successful business.

Apr 15, 2014
Fowler in Food Media & News

What would you consider are your 6 essential spices?

Great list, alliegator. But no Czech spices for Pap? :-)

I know you are going through a tough time but I really hope you are making the best of it. You are a good person and I think you will get through it relatively unscathed.

Saffron would be on my list as well but it is so darn expensive!

Apr 14, 2014
Fowler in General Topics

Need a good butcher in Waukesha County, WI

Excellent advice. Meisfields is top-notch. There are also places in OZ county that are great as well.

Apr 14, 2014
Fowler in Great Lakes

Need a good butcher in Waukesha County, WI

Hi shaja. Good to hear from you. Grasch Foods in Brookfield (Waukesha County) should be able to provide what you are looking for in a ham of that type. I would imagine that with this amount of advanced notice they could probably even get a Heritage pork ham for you.

http://www.graschfoods.com

Apr 14, 2014
Fowler in Great Lakes

Kitchen Nightmares .... back to Amy's Baking Company

"But trust me, it's an hour of your life you will not be able to reclaim."

Sounds like a Milwaukee Bucks game.

Apr 14, 2014
Fowler in Food Media & News

Kitchen Nightmares .... back to Amy's Baking Company

Jr, it was on Fox not any of the BBC channels as far as I know. The original episode ended up on youtube so perhaps this one will as well and you may be able to view it that way.

Apr 14, 2014
Fowler in Food Media & News

Kitchen Nightmares .... back to Amy's Baking Company

That whole thug thing was really interesting. Samy said he no let Ramsay git on top of him...he (Samy) said he be the man on top of Ramsay.

Is that some type of prison cell activity reference?

Apr 14, 2014
Fowler in Food Media & News
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Prague - Crystal Bar & Restaurant

Looks great! Thanks for the report and the pictures, C.

I have heard wonderful things about Prague. How did the two of you end up there?

Apr 14, 2014
Fowler in Europe

Just got a Sansaire (sous vide machine)! What should I cook?

Arrrgh...that is so frustrating when one tries to think of the perfect gift for their loved one, have it all planned out and the loved one ends up purchasing it on their own before you have a chance to give them that gift.

Not that it is much consolation, but at least you two will have one now and I look forward to hearing about the experiments.

Apr 14, 2014
Fowler in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition!

They look fantastic and I love your description of the taste and scent.

Apr 14, 2014
Fowler in Home Cooking

Is Anyone Food "Couponing"Anymore?

You do not have access to a liquor store that sells Summer Shandy and offers the buck off deal?

Apr 13, 2014
Fowler in Not About Food

Date.... ordering seafood?

>>>A person who doesn't like seafood, esp. fish, isn't worthy of a second date.<<<

That is probably one of the most narrow-minded views I have ever heard on this board.

Apr 13, 2014
Fowler in General Topics
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