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Basic Kitchen Skills

Manual, or electric? :)

Apr 23, 2010
mehtare in Not About Food

On Servers Forgetting Orders

Repeating the order back to the customer does help with memorization. I find that I only have to write things down if it's a really large party, with particularly picky customers.

Apr 22, 2010
mehtare in Features

Basic Kitchen Skills

Excellent posts all! Let's keep this going. :)

Perchance even giving instructions on how to do these things, or would that be too tedious?

I might add: learn the different cuts of beef, and how to prepare/cook them.

I agree on the sauces being a bit too much, but maybe defining the differences between steaming, broiling, frying, etc. would be in order.

Apr 22, 2010
mehtare in Not About Food

Basic Kitchen Skills

Not sure why they wouldn't be interchangeable, but for the sake of clarity, I'm asking for basic cooking skills.

How do *you* differentiate the two?

Apr 22, 2010
mehtare in Not About Food

Basic Kitchen Skills

Every so often, I come across comments concerning a worrisome lack of these. This thread is just for educating culinary amateurs.

What ARE the basic cooking skills, and how do you do them?

Apr 20, 2010
mehtare in Not About Food

Teaching children to behave at restaurants

Only thing I could think of is, were all the stalls occupied?

Other than that.... yeah. >.<

Mar 23, 2010
mehtare in Not About Food

High Fructose Corn Syrup- Friend or Foe?

Actually... it's because of all the corn that is grown (and wasted). It has to go somewhere!

Please read "The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan.

Mar 23, 2010
mehtare in Not About Food

Family Lost in the Kitchen

Actually, that does make perfect lingual sense...

In the English usage, at least, the word etymologically means "to beat"; I believe it is from German, and was originally spelled 'fuch'.

Someone please correct me if I am wrong!

Mar 22, 2010
mehtare in Not About Food

Can someone explain eating Kosher to me? (split from Ontario board)

I am not Jewish, and have no reason to observe Jewish laws. However, I still find this topic interesting!

My apologies for not being able to point you in the direction where I gleaned this bit of information years ago, but I read somewhere that, prior to accepting monotheism, the Semites, being a pagan people, had various clan totems. One of these was the sow. It was absolutely forbidden for any clan member to kill a representative of your clan totem; therefore, a member of the Sow clan killing (and eating!) a pig was unthinkable.

Feb 13, 2010
mehtare in Not About Food

’Snot Appetizing

Got a runny nose? Stay home.

That simple.

Sep 10, 2007
mehtare in Features

I Ordered Wrong

Something I do when I attempt a new dish I've never had before: make it clear to the server from the start that I am unfamiliar with it, and ask hir a bunch of questions.

That way, if it turns out that it is not to my liking, the server isn't put out so much by my disappointed reaction. Fortunately, that has only happened once or twice.

Sep 10, 2007
mehtare in Features

Am I Being Petty?

LJD had the right idea. If you are bringing a food item to a friend for the first time, get them in the habit of returning your storage items (if you want them, regardless of what they are) by labeling the containers.

Sep 10, 2007
mehtare in Features

I'm Vegetarian but I Eat Bacon

Vegetarian = no meat in the diet, at all!

Period!!

Sep 10, 2007
mehtare in Features

The Dish on Ditching

Suggestion #2 is a good one, except for the fact that the bore's monologue can be so stupefying that my inspiration is rendered null and void.

Sep 09, 2007
mehtare in Features

Etiquette Reform School

I have found that ppl who are unmannerly in one area are also lacking in ettiquette and courtesy in other areas of their lives. Everyone has their flaws, but honesty is imperative in a good friendship.

I would suggest gifting the lad with an ettiquette book or some such, at the very least.

Sep 09, 2007
mehtare in Features