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Convection vs non-convection toaster oven?

The Breville ovens are well thought of by many. If you will use one frequently, the high cost is reasonable.

I have had great results with this less expensive alternative:

http://www.amazon.com/Oster-TSSTTVXLD...

The convection bake is nice to have for all baking tasks. I have yet to understand why anyone would make toast in these "toaster" ovens. You can get a wide mouth 4 slice toaster for $30.

Oct 17, 2014
justicenow in Cookware

Ideas requested as thanks to my Fire Dept.

Excellent suggestion. Thank you.

Oct 09, 2014
justicenow in Home Cooking

When do you stop using nonstick pans?

I would not wait to see visible flakes. If you decide to get a new one, I highly recommend the one high lighted by Cooks Illustrated.
It is a joy to use. I like mine so much I bought a second one to keep in reserve for eventual replacement.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000...

Oct 09, 2014
justicenow in Cookware
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Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

If you get the AMEX card as part of your exec membership it can easily become a no brainer. I get at least $300 cash rebate every February. The gas is good, I have my broadband,satelite TV, Netflix, all Amazon purchases, almost all restaurant expenses on that card. The extra year of warranty on electronics is also great.
Kirkland products are high quality and a good value.
I say yes, a membership can be a great value.

Sep 30, 2014
justicenow in Chains

Legal Sea Foods Prudential closing?

Think of how many Legal reviews you have seen that mention a favorite location here or there, but avoid Prudential at all costs.
Killed by reviews that may or may not have been accurate?

Hello, I am looking for some recommendations for store bought marinades, sauces, and pre-mixed seasonings for chicken

I have many uses for Yashida's. Example: skin on salmon steak, marinate 10 minutes, grill on clean oiled grate, 2 minutes skin side up, 3 minutes skin side down. Adjust skin side down time to achieve desred temperature. I take it off at 135 degrees, let it rise to 140.
I grill a lot and have used Yashida's with pork boneless spareribs, chicken thighs, and shrimp. It really is the magis sauce!

Sep 30, 2014
justicenow in General Topics

Anchovy Paste: advise, please

Anything Asian that requires fish sauce would work well.

Sep 30, 2014
justicenow in Home Cooking

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

"WATER, SOYBEAN OIL, OLIVE OIL, WHOLE EGGS AND EGG YOLKS, MODIFIED POTATO STARCH, VINEGAR, SALT, SUGAR, LEMON JUICE, SORBIC ACID AND CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA (USED TO PROTECT QUALITY), NATURAL FLAVOR, PAPRIKA OLEORESIN"

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.

http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/costco-rem...

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.

http://missvickie.com/howto/fry/broas...

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
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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
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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
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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 ?

Idaho

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
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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