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Seasoning cast iron stovetop grates.

I do not think it is wise to season gas stove grates. We do not season the bottom surface of cast iron fry pans, for example. The metal directly in the flame is not seasoned. I wish you long years of enjoyment with your new range.

Sep 05, 2014
justicenow in Cookware

Any special MA or NE foods to look for try out/buy?

Whole belly clams are a must. Farnham's, Woodman's, Clam Box, or Kelly's are all excellent.

Pureeing the Myth of Sriracha Sauce

Exactly. It adds a sparkle too a wide variety of foods. I use it a s a salt replacement while cooking and at the table. I need to minimize salt intake and the rooster is a big help.

Jul 20, 2014
justicenow in General Topics

Banquet dinner options--how to choose what to eat?

Go back and reread the reply from samalicious.

Jul 20, 2014
justicenow in General Topics

Banquet dinner options--how to choose what to eat?

Well said. Kind, but direct and on point.

Jul 20, 2014
justicenow in General Topics

Hellmans Original vs Hellmans Olive Oil Version


More soy bean oil than olive oil. I use the olive oil version because I like the taste. I wish they would use all olive oil, or canola oil instead of soy bean.

Jul 12, 2014
justicenow in General Topics

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

I will miss shopping at Costco. My membership period ends on July 31, and will not be renewed.


Best Fried Chicken

Broasted is fried, under pressure. It is a brand name of equipment and technique. I believe KFC uses a pressure fry process, but not Broasted Brand.


looking to hear from fans of Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches

I think it all depends on the local ownership of the franchise. The JJ's in Meridian, Idaho was really good when it opened. After a year they had cut out offering sprouts and cut back on meat portions. Now, it is just mediocre.

Apr 28, 2014
justicenow in Chains

Is it true that SF restaurants barely make profits?

The only people who always make money are the waiters.
Couple come in and spend $225 on nice dinners and a bottle of decent wine. After paying all expenses the house makes $10 and the pompous moody waiter grumbles about a $45 tip being below the SF standard.

Current Tone on the Boards

I don't recall such a cloud darkening in the virtual skies we share since the days in '08 when Jamie Dimon and his cronies got on their knees and unzipped Paulson's fly - "We will gladly pay you Tuesday for a few Billion today . . . ."

That is certainly not an appropriate entry for typical climate of this setting.

Mar 02, 2014
justicenow in Site Talk

Your Top 5 Trader Joe's Products? - 2014

The first TJ's in Idaho is opening Feb 28 in Boise. These lists are fun to browse while the anticipation builds.

Feb 14, 2014
justicenow in Chains

Are dinner parties passé?

Only slightly tongue in cheek:

1. Because at least two of the guests will insist on bringing children and insist they remain present or in sight.

2. Because at least half the guests will expect the menu be aligned to their latest fad ailment de jour.

3. Because the idea of turning off their phone to avoid disrupting a carefully planned and prepared dinner is unthinkable to way too many.

4. Because the lazy do not reciprocate.

Feb 10, 2014
justicenow in General Topics

Best way to reheat fried chicken

A closely related question: Does any company make frozen fried chicken that comes out at least very good?

Feb 05, 2014
justicenow in Home Cooking

Big beard in the fish store?

Yes, it would bother me. I think use of hairnets should be much more common.
I don't care if the people making my duck calls have beards.

Jan 25, 2014
justicenow in Not About Food

Is my Kirkland olive oil real?

Agree 100%.
I use the Kirkland plastic bottle olive oil and have been very happy with it.

Jan 21, 2014
justicenow in General Topics

Prime rib

Think of it as a one foot sausage versus a two foot sausage.
The determining factor is width, not length.

Dec 24, 2013
justicenow in Home Cooking

Prime rib

Allow at least 3 hours. Check out the many suggestions on here. Time is not important, accurate temp monitoring is by far the critical factor.

You can have a lot of bases covered with that long a roast.
Rare in the middle, medium at the ends etc.

You may be better served to cut it in half. Ribs 6-9 will cook a little slower than ribs 10-12.

Dec 24, 2013
justicenow in Home Cooking

How many of you here from the NW/PNW ?


Nov 20, 2013
justicenow in Site Talk

I don't care if I never set foot again in a...............

Whole Foods. Overpriced and pretentious.

Sep 23, 2013
justicenow in Chains

Cheap Party Attendees

Most schools have this policy for food served to students. It usually does not apply to food served to teachers. The assumption is adults can monitor their own behavior.

"My daughter's school would have a "Snacks for the Teachers" day once a month"

Many PTA/PTO groups do lunches for teachers during the long parent teacher conference days, for example.

Sep 22, 2013
justicenow in Not About Food

Cheap Party Attendees

I hope some things a turn for the good in your future. If I was near you, I would bring over a complete dinner on the evening of your choice. Really.

How is homemade flour different from flour bought in the store?

It is not nearly as good or dependable as quality store bought flour.

Jun 11, 2013
justicenow in General Topics

Halibut - favorite marinades?

Maine lobster, Ipswich clams, Atlantic swordfish, Florida rock crab claws, and Alaska halibut. Nectar from the gods.
I always see halibut as steak cut, never fillets.
Yes, it is mild, and needs to be cooked simply. I like to apply salt and pepper, and brush one side liberally with melted butter. Put on medium hot grill. Do not touch for two minutes.
Apply salt, pepper, butter to cold side and flip. Do not touch for two minutes. Test with probe thermometer, remove at 135 degrees. Serve with lemon wedges.

Apr 11, 2013
justicenow in Home Cooking

Who is the best Iron chef ever?

I suspect Chef Morimoto will run away with this thread.
He came up first in my thinking. After some thought, I am going to say Bobby Flay. He has shown tremendous variety away from southwest/spicy/bar-b-que roots. His fish presentations have been tremendous. Battle barramundi is a good example.

Mar 12, 2013
justicenow in Food Media & News

Costco Strategy For Ist Experience

Is it a myth that dogs should not have chicken bones because they splinter?

Oct 13, 2012
justicenow in Chains

Market Basket: Corn and Seafood

There are various rivers all along the Pacific Coast that have steelhead runs. The Rogue River for example is famous for the steelhead it produces. Steelhead, like salmon, return to where they were hatched to spawn.
Alaska salmon can travel all the way to California while growing, but will still go back to the same river in Alaska they were born in to spawn.

Market Basket: Corn and Seafood

Do you see the small fin above my left hand on the top of the fish? That fin is removed on hatchery fish before they are released into the river. They do taste very much like salmon.
I have had my share. I figure any fish determined enough to swim the entire length of the mighty Columbia River and get back to Idaho deserves to make babies. :-)

Market Basket: Corn and Seafood

Steelhead are rainbow trout, born in fresh water, flushed down river to the ocean. They stay in salt water for either 2 or 3 years, and then head back upriver to the same stream where they were born. Idaho is blessed with a healthy wild steelhead run that is supplemented with a hatchery program. The fish in the picture is a Clearwater River wild 43 inch "three ocean" (three years in The Pacific) fish. He went back in the river to spawn. Only hatchery fish can be kept.

Transporting homemade cocktails on a plane

Good point. I might go through multiple steps to get liquor to my seat to help put up with being treated like a feedlot cow. Not so much just to have it available on arrival.

Sep 24, 2012
justicenow in Spirits