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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.

Mar 29, 2014
justicenow in San Francisco Bay Area

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

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.

Sep 22, 2013
justicenow in Not About Food
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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.

Oct 03, 2012
justicenow in Greater Boston Area

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. :-)

Sep 25, 2012
justicenow in Greater Boston Area

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.

Sep 24, 2012
justicenow in Greater Boston Area

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

Uses of corn flour???

now fixed

Sep 21, 2012
justicenow in Home Cooking

Uses of corn flour???

Anyone looking for corn flour:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004...

It comes in a nice box with four packages, total 96 oz, $13.44

Link is now correct, sorry.

Sep 21, 2012
justicenow in Home Cooking

Making fresh pasta

Good advice:

http://www.amazon.com/Marcato-Atlas-W...

It is a lot of fun to have 6 or 8 people over so all can have a hand at making their own pasta.

Sep 21, 2012
justicenow in Cookware

annoying food bloggers

I just read through this thread again. I am incredulous about the complaints from service industry folk. It is like you saw the soup Nazi being celebrated and tolerated and you think that is how it should be.
Who says bloggers should only point out the positive? The negative is at least as helpful as the positive.
Maybe it is the celebrity of TV chefs that has produced such an attitude of entitlement and disdain for the customer.
If you do not want bloggers describing how they got crappy service or food, quit treating people that way and serving poor food.

Sep 09, 2012
justicenow in Not About Food

annoying food bloggers

10 % is a mortal sin level of tipping?
Those are CUSTOMERS talking.
10 % is better than 0 % when poor service closes a place.

Sep 09, 2012
justicenow in Not About Food

Analysis Paralysis! Help me pick two restaurants for an upcoming NYC trip!

I do not have suggestions, but that was a well asked question. It is very clear what you are looking for.

Sep 09, 2012
justicenow in Manhattan

This Has To Stop...

It appears the mods are doing a very credible job removing the crap.
One very useful thing to remember is not to ever click on the links that
are provided in the spam. This is not just a virus/security precaution.
The spammers are paid for producing hits to the sites they are spreading.
If CHs click a lot a lot, we will get much more of the same type of crap.

Sep 08, 2012
justicenow in Site Talk

Uses of corn flour???

Corn flour is a fine gift.
It is the secret to really good fried food.
Use a 50/50 mix of regular flour and corn flour to dredge fish, clams, onion rings, meat for chicken fried steak or whatever else you are frying. (egg and water wash first)

Sep 06, 2012
justicenow in Home Cooking

Definitave Last Word on Steaks....salt or no?

Alton Brown is an excellent teacher. I like knowing why a technique or recipe works. I am looking forward to his next new show.

His steak technique that I like: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al...

Aug 30, 2012
justicenow in Home Cooking