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Best chain fried chicken restaurant?

The fried gizzards and hearts at the Hesse gas stations is pretty good. And I am always plugging for the fried chicken from the Publix supermarket. Not cheap, but well worth it.

about 15 hours ago

My Carbon Steel Crepe Pan has Rusted

If your pan came from a store in Paris called D. H. something, these are restaurant grade and disposable. The handle is attached with 3 spot welds. Nuff said.

Scrape off the rust and cook fatty pork on it. You will then be good to go. Be advised, I feel a steel pan is past redemption when it starts to imitate a colander.

Aug 30, 2015

What do you pack for your children's lunch?

40% of Dear Daughter's classmates qualified for free lunches. All she wanted was money. This started in the 3rd grade.

Having volunteered for 8 years in the school system, I saw what was traded during lunch time. School pizza beat out organic anything. Just because they took it to school does not mean it was consumed. There is a reason for the huge trash can.

Calling a (not young) woman "Young Lady"

I am of an age where the initials ERA has nothing to do with baseball. From that basis, waiters and waitresses realize better tips if they can engage with the patrons. There is no way I would put up with being called young man. I have earned these wrinkles and grey hair.

So I was continuously called by my first name all through lunch today. By somebody one third my age. This is progress?

Aug 30, 2015

Horse meat

My mother enjoyed eating horse meat whenever she could find it while touring France. She stated that she ate a lot of it during World War 2 as it was not rationed.

My daughter and I also enjoyed it when in France.

I found it leaner than whale, and did not have near the connective tissue that manatee has. At least from the cuts that I had.

Personal cooking habits, would you turn your passion into something further? (research)

Just because I know what I meant to say, does not mean that I communicated clearly, or totally missed the question.


No I would not. A business is a business. For me, that is defined as reporting in, cooking what they want, and being paid in some form or another. And creating meals for me is a way to socialize and relax.

In two weeks, I will be cooking for a "boys night out" while the ladies are prepping for a wedding. I have a variety of cultural and religious restrictions to work around. For me, this is fun. For others, a catering gig from hell.

I would note that I was politely asked to do this, and not only will I not be paid in any form, I am also responsible for buying the ingredients. But I could have turned it down with no ill feelings on their part.

Aug 10, 2015

Water instead of Milk?

Congratulations on finding a way to worsen an already mediocre product. One that I also use when I am too lazy to cook.

Aug 10, 2015

Personal cooking habits, would you turn your passion into something further? (research)

I turned down the opportunity to be chef/owner by some backers based on meals they enjoyed at my home and theirs. I ran from that hell.

While in the U.S. Army I was privileged to be the commander of 3 separate Dining Facilities. Thanks to wonderful hard working and professional soldiers, they made me look good. And I knew what it takes to provide consistent healthy meals that people would want to eat. Let alone pay for. We had a lot of family members pay to eat with their spouses. At one of them, the Officer's Wives Club donated a dozen commercial high chairs due to the need.

I would recommend you get hired by a national fast food chain and see how you adjust to the demands for cleanliness, portion control, team building, and irate customers. Then try being a dishwasher at a local place (your competition) and observe the soul destroying requirements of the budget, portion control, individual requests, sanitation inspections, and a stuffed up WC on a Friday night.

How fragile is your ego?

Indialantic Restaurants?

I keep forgetting about Long Doggers as I usually get my hot dog fix at Mustard's Last Stand on the mainland. My favorite hole-in-the-walls beachside have all shut down and there is so little Chow worthy in the area. Sorry about all the rain. Tis the season.

My favorite pastry chef is at Pane e' Vino Next to the Oaks 10 cinema. CIA trained and in a second career since the Eau Gallie yacht club went to mass market breads and deserts. Won numerous awards for chocolate creations as well as Italian pastries.

Aug 02, 2015

Indialantic Restaurants?

Publix for mango pie and fried chicken.

Bizarro's for pizza.

Lou's Blues for music and pathetic bar food.

Enjoy the beach.

Jul 29, 2015

Why remodel a kitchen and put in an electric range?

I installed a commercial electric stove as I did not want the expense of CNG and the other halfs fear of a gas explosion. Based on experience.

Electric is easy. Try getting insurance on a rental with gas kitchen appliances.

Mar 24, 2015

Kissimmee recommendations for a special and daring kid

To get the full Florida, I always recommend Lone Cabbage Fish Camp. Airboat rides, finest of Florida fried gator, frogs, catfish, etc. And the possibility of real Florida cowboys and cowgirls from the local ranches on the weekend.

From the Beach Line, take SR 520 to the St Johns River. Please do not feed the gators.

Mar 24, 2015

Are Small Sauce Pans Necessary?

Cooking for 1 or 2 has resulted in a drastic downsizing of my pots. They range from .25L to 3.5 L and are in constant use. The 20 Qt stockpot is buried deep and comes out for clams and lobster.

I have much less waste (scorching, burns) using the correct size pot for my needs.

Mar 05, 2015


I love the thought and the offer. I would love to try half a dozen 10 inch skillets from all economic and material levels to see which shines out for my cooking. But the shipping costs would quickly defeat the fun.

I would imagine this is an eBay solution to a Craig's list problem. So I will check out the local forums.

Thank You.

Jul 25, 2014

Belated trip report: Rome and Florence

A wonderful report. Thank you so much for letting the Chow community the results of the trip. So many ask and leave, unlike yourself.

Jul 24, 2014

Almost half of the world prefers instant coffee

A 16 year old co-worker just returned from 10 days in Turkey. She was very pleased with the taste of the instant coffee she had there. This from a US Starbucks customer.

If I ever see Jakobs instant at Big Lots, I will definitely invest in a jar.


If I were concerned about the amount of lead in my foodstuffs, I would take a definite pass on anything raised in northwest Illinois or southeast Missouri. No matter how loving and caring the organic farm would be.

Nature over nurture.

Jul 12, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in General Topics

California to allow underage students to taste wine

In my opinion, whenever politicians try to legislate morality and ethics, it is the case of the inmates running the insane asylum.

Jul 10, 2014

Thoughts after 6 weeks of low carb

When I went to alcohol free living, my weight loss accelerated to 7 to 8 pounds per month. But sun downs are no longer as convivial, and meals are far more boring without wine.

I do like the 31 inch waist, versus the 40 I started with a 9 months ago.


Sounds like a visit to the clothing optional beach, which is far from any services. Canaveral Sea Shore.

I would advise to learn to appreciate sea water.

Jul 07, 2014

Moving abroad soon. Should I bring my all-clad frying pan with me?

Most definitely take it with you in checked luggage. And the most used pot, also.

My 2 Qt. AC pot and 10 in. fry pan accompanied me on every relocation. Other items came in hold baggage. It gave me continuity when adjusting to new gas marks or electric dials. Also useful for pounding tent stakes when traveling on the cheap. (Much younger days)

Good Popsicle mold?

Another vote for Tupperware. Getting into a little hot water sure seems to loosen matters up.

Jul 06, 2014

Where are the fruit flies?

Thanks to the liberal use of aerosols and insecticide washes. Especially in the organic section.

A Validation of Gourmet Magazine Restaurant Recs

I was going to post this on the UK/Ireland board, but I feel this pertains more to the media. I came across an issue from November, 2008, highlighting the food scene in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. A search of the internet came up with the following results for the restaurants noted in the article.
Shu open
Nick's Warehouse recently closed
Roscoff closed
Cayenne closed
Deanes open
Tedfords open
Mourne Seafood open

Which tells me there is still value in the old magazines and threads. Or is this an anomaly?

A search of the Life Picture Cookbook, 1958 resulted in the vast majority of restaurants still in business, except for those US restaurants located outside of New Orleans.

Memorable Quotes about booze

Also used in Katterbach, W. Germany at every officers call in 1979. 37th Armor.

Amazing broccoli

It does not stink for me. Just sayin.

Jun 30, 2014

Leave the gun, take the cannoli...

"Try the cock, Albert. It's a delicacy, and you know where it's been."

Georgina... "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, & Her Lover"

"Please Sir. More." Oliver... "Oliver"

Help with burnt layer stuck on my carbon steel pan

Easy Off oven cleaner and start over.

Boil water in it and then pour off water and dry for a few hours in a warm oven. Hopefully the gunk will crack and peel off.

Jun 24, 2014

Help to identify this fish please!

Here in Melbourne, Florida, USA (named after your fair city) we call that, filet of fish.

Was it domestic or imported? And given the vast ocean reaches of Australia, what area? You might want to take a chunk, including skin, to the local university for identification. Give the ichthyologists a run for their money.

Jun 24, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in General Topics

What foods have you made and then decided store bought was good enough, thank you, based upon cost, time, and taste?

It was a natural progression from making strudel dough. While it worked in Europe, a sticky failure in high humidity Florida.

This was during my "everything from scratch" phase of culinary exploration.

Jun 23, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in General Topics