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Fat guy with ans expense account that is sometimes on TV

Dinner at Mader's? Loser treats.

1 day ago
INDIANRIVERFL in Site Talk

Blu Skillet Ironware?

Any seconds available???

My 14 in cast iron is getting pretty thin. Anything that size in the $10 range and I am good for it. :-)

2 days ago
INDIANRIVERFL in Cookware

"Just eat it, you'll like it"

After declining the beets, and "I know you will like them my way!!!". What I want my response to be is "I say they are beets, and I say to hell with them."

2 days ago
INDIANRIVERFL in Not About Food

Why.....just why???...........5lbs Gummy Bear

If you spent time as a child in Germany like Dear Daughter, this would make all the sense in the world.

2 days ago
INDIANRIVERFL in General Topics

Dinner guest peeve

I would have offered to pre-chew it for her and spit it into a Zip lock. But I am old. And people seem to expect things like this from an old fart.

2 days ago
INDIANRIVERFL in Not About Food
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Blu Skillet Ironware?

Pans and the accoutrements look like the Danish and Swedish products sold in Europe in the late 70s. I bought a 6 unit oil lamp that looked beautiful in the store and never fit in any place I lived in.

Finally relegated to the recycling bin.

2 days ago
INDIANRIVERFL in Cookware

Fear of smoking

State governments have now said it is perfectly safe in 13 States. And I am sure you put complete trust in your elected officials.

Oh, wait, you are talking about smoking meat. I didn't know they sold bongs for that.

What size screen? Sauced or dry rub?

2 days ago
INDIANRIVERFL in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Fat guy with ans expense account that is sometimes on TV

If I recommend a restaurant, it is because I have taken the time to get to know somebody there and am confidant on their ability to provide a quality product. Day in, day out.

And in my small town, it is hard not to recognize some patrons, or have the professionals remember me. I was chided last week for not having been around for about 6 months at my favorite Cuban.

If I were idiot enough to get back in the industry, I would only post here on Chow if I thought it met the fellow hounds standards, and would do it with full disclosure.

Plus each site monitor has an individual interpretation of the standards. I am still not too happy with them myself since they dropped the ball on BANANAS this last 1 April.

Keep the faith and the emu on the spit. Always enjoy your input.

2 days ago
INDIANRIVERFL in Site Talk

Pots and pans HELP!!!!

Since your profile is a little sparse, and I have no clue on the income level of those prone to check your registry, this old fart is going to give you a little advice.

Friends who got married in high school registered at the expensive department store in the big city and got two place settings of the expensive china. A setting from each of the parents. Plus half a dozen pieces of crystal and a table cloth. Not a big haul given it was the event of the spring and everybody filled the church.

Friend's daughter married after college and a great job with giant out west computer company. Bed, Bath, & Beyond for the upscale and JC Penny's for everything else. Dear Daughter and I had so much fun figuring on what they would appreciate from us, we got them 4 gifts. And happily blew our budget. The pile at the reception was embarrassingly high.

My marriage involved a pair of well established professionals in their thirties and were happy to see people show up from up to 3000 miles away. We did not have a registry. We had enough trouble trying to decide which of our 4 china patterns would work for daily use. (Spode English Rose)

So if your friends currently shop at Walmart and Sears, I would ask for Tramontina. Which is a quality product at a very reasonable price point.

If they habituate Niemann Marcus, then I would go for the All-Clad and Mauviel. Plus a full set of baking tools from that cooks store in Les Halle, Paris. Still have one of their spatulas.

Or go for the gusto and get a duck press. :-)

Good Luck!!

Apr 22, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in Cookware

My list of Less Than Famous Central TX BBQ - Which ones?

If you get close to Lexington, check out Snow's. Dear Daughter's boyfriend grew up with it and swears by it. I am looking forward to the fall visit. And thank you in advance for making my research so easy.

Apr 21, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in Austin

mcdonald's raised price of large coffee by 25+% -- no longer $1

It took me a long while to earn that senior coffee at McDs. And it is surprisingly good.

Plus their cup lasts forever with repeated free refills. Price varies here depending on which location.

Apr 21, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in Chains

Outback downhill slide?

Got a $25 card at Christmas, and bought a bloomin onion at my local in Palm Bay. Very off flavor from old grease. It has since shut down.

Maybe on my next trip to Orlando, I can use it on something else.

Apr 21, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in Chains

Fasten your seatelts...

It is good to be in the Sunshine State. Having seen these cycles before, I will simply adjust my purchases to reflect my budget.

Looks like more cheap seafood in my diet. Pork may become a treat.

Apr 21, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in Food Media & News

new member and cast iron fan!

Welcome to CH. As with any other interactive site, the reason why people participate is because they have an opinion. And are overjoyed to tell it to you. Especially if they disagree with you.

There is also a great wealth of knowledge and helpfulness here. So fasten your seat belt, and enjoy the ride. No thin skins allowed here.

Apr 21, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in Cookware

Asparagus season

May, September, and October are the finest months to travel in Europe. The North American tourists are largely gone, the symphonies are in concert, volksmarches with the required food and drink are pleasant, and the food is awesome. There are numerous beer and wine fests, and the oysters and mussels are in their prime. Not to mention sun filled glacier skiing in Austria with shots of Stroh Rum. Washed down with Stiegl beer.

This is based on 10 years living with Germans, as opposed to living in the American ghetto next to the Kaserne.

Apr 19, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in Philadelphia
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Asparagus season

And now is the time to start driving to the small towns along the Bergstrasse and around Mannheim for the sign "Spargel" outside a Gasthof.

My favorite was a 4 course lunch in Heppenheim. Each course featuring asparagus. Of all colors.

Apr 19, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in Philadelphia
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Need Advice re: Outdoor Stoves and Cooking Outside

I have been using this on my boat for cooking for 17 years. Propane. The single should be adequate for your needs. I use the 2 station cast iron.
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tool...

You have an outer ring with port and starboard controls, and an inner ring. This gives you precise control of the flame. Total of 35,000 BTUs. You can get a hose and regulator from any hardware store or off a discarded grill alongside the road.

I use this on top of a formica table top with no issues other than grease spatters on the cabin wall. Current price is $39.95.

A used commercial gas wok burner will give you in excess of 80,000 BTUs, but at a price in the vicinity of $500. More if it is for propane and has all of the controls. What I use when cooking for the masses. And only outside or in the event of snow. Unlikely in this part of Florida.

Apr 08, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in Cookware

Let's get silly...imaginary mock meats no one wants- GO!

Eye of round potato.

Mock of mock turtle.

English riding saddle of rarebit. (rabbit)

Gene Krupa drumsticks. With a latin beet.

Apr 08, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in Vegetarian & Vegan

Where is Chinatown in Orlando?

You are 10 years too late. Splendid China has closed. Check out http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/....

The food was not too bad the first few months of its' existence.

Apr 08, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in Florida

Jane's Krazy Mixed Up Salt & other homemade seasonings

Mom coated chops with Krazy Jane and then pan fried. Never saw it used for anything else. Love it.

It took me literally years to come close to the Jamaican rubs and marinades used by my neighbors from the island. Friends bring their glass jars of which I am willing to share my stash. Dry rub is nutmeg, allspice, coarse salt, coarse brown sugar, scotch bonnet, and a few other herbs to taste.

Wet marinade has sour orange, key lime, avocado leaves, scotch bonnet, allspice, cayenne, salt. cinnamon, a variety of herbs of personal preference. The grill over the charcoal should be made of thick green allspice branches or causurina wood.

Let us not forget Adobo from Puerto Rico.

And may my pantry never be so bare that I am without a couple of Knorr Hollandaise packets.

Apr 08, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in Home Cooking

“Authenticity,” he confided to me, “is a bourgeois value posing as an aesthetic one.”

I hate to let the writer in on a secret, but the Publix stores on the Space Coast have had kimchi in a jar for at least 20 years. And we do not have a large population with Korean ancestry.

We do have a significant population that has served in the far East.

Apr 08, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in Food Media & News
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Muddy-tasting mussels

Last time I looked, April has an r in it.

Apr 07, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in Home Cooking

Best accessories for a gas grill?

A spare aluminum 10lb propane bottle. Never rusts, cheap to fill, easy to store due to small size, and ready to replace the empty bottle midway through the cooking.

Apr 07, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling
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Kitchen Nightmares .... back to Amy's Baking Company

Ramsay harasses everybody. It is part of his brand. Why should she be different?

Apr 07, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in Food Media & News

Big Green Egg? Is it worth it?

There is a learning process. You must plan ahead. I enjoy using them, but I also enjoy propane and charcoal grills.

For me, the egg is best used for smoking and baking. They do retain heat for extended periods without large amounts of fuel.

Apr 07, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

12" chef knives

Whatever you are comfortable with. This usually means whatever you started out with.

For me at 70 in. this translates to an 8 inch Wusthoff. Actually 2 of them. My 12 inch never got enough use to be comfortable in the hand. Having given them all away, I am restarting with a 10 inch Tramontina from Brazil. Fine so far.

Having spent far more than $100 for a knife in the past, worth is whatever you are comfortable with. Try a few out and spend your money. And enjoy.

Apr 07, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in Cookware

Euell Gibbons

On Central Florida radio and TV, we had Marian Van Atta. All things growing in the sub-tropics. Learned how to identify asparagus from former hone sights from her. Had a habit of rewarding us writing students in class with a wide variety of whatever was ripe at the time. My introduction to different bananas, guavas, pineapples, etc.

Apr 07, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in General Topics

pet peeves for other 'foodies'

The wine slurpers. As opposed to the wine snobs. They slurp all through the meal to "get the maximum taste" from the wine. And seem to have multiple orgasms throughout the process.

"This is a great meal, but nothing like the pasta in Florence. You should have been there." I have. Many times. And the dried pasta served in the majority of restaurants uses wheat from the Dakotas and Canada. So please do not go into the raptures of local sourcing. Or do some homework.

I enjoy food. I really enjoy intelligent conversation. When I can get both in the same evening, it can be transcendent.

Apr 07, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in Not About Food
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5lb Beef for Stew - in deep freeze - for almost 5 years! YIKES!

Of course you can still eat it. People eat mammoth meat that is 10,000 years old without dying. Why should you be worried about 5 years?

Let it start to thaw, cut some up, and stir fry without any spices or sauces. Take a nibble. I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised.

Apr 02, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in Home Cooking
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Did I make a faux pas?

At least you are dealing with a religion with a basic set of rules You could be dealing with a crowd of vegetarians.

Apr 02, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in Kosher