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Recipe Collection for app in progress

Are you going to test the recipes, or otherwise account for their quality? Are you willing to include links to other sites or blogs if someone shares their own recipe?

about 9 hours ago
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking

Masterchef US Final 3 tonight--conclusion (expect spoilers here)

Truthfully, how many reality show winners go on to fame and fortune? I mean sure - there's Top Chef, which is actually about skill and not drama. And you have your Kelly Clarksons and Carrie Underwoods... But who's rushing out to buy the new Reuben Studdard album? What about one of the people who won The Voice? Can you even name one? America's Next Top Models generally end up in knitting catalogs.

The fact is that none of these people demonstrated anything other than they can follow a recipe and/or demonstration. There's no evidence that anyone is qualified to write a cookbook or develop new recipes. How many challenges were there that really showed them cooking their own stuff? Besides the first episode and the finale, I can't seem to remember many. I'm not saying there aren't any talented cooks on the show, but the show itself is not great at showcasing talent, building skills, or anything other than "personality". Which is why I'm going back to Top Chef.

about 13 hours ago
NonnieMuss in Food Media & News
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Kids and Allergies - long and a bit of a rant.

I went to private elementary school. Not only was the discipline lacking and bullying rampant, but it took two years and a couple tutors to get me caught up to the public school kids academically, and I was always in the "advanced" classes and reading groups. I'd never send kids to private school in my city.

Sep 17, 2014
NonnieMuss in Not About Food

Masterchef US Final 3 tonight--conclusion (expect spoilers here)

Over at Eater.com there are dozens of articles about how the producers and judges are constantly sexually harrassing the female contestants - many lawsuits are currently in the works. Anyone surprised now that the stripper won?

Sep 16, 2014
NonnieMuss in Food Media & News

Cheesemaking 101

I've just signed up for an all-day workshop at a local creamery to learn about cheesemaking. I've dabbled in it before (ricotta, camembert, chevre) but I'm excited to get some real instruction. Has anyone here ever attended classes like this? What did you think?

Sep 16, 2014
NonnieMuss in Cheese

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

Here's a good sign: It's in my hometown. P.F. Gag's is consider the best.

Sep 13, 2014
NonnieMuss in General Topics

Freezing smoked brisket? Can I? And how?

It's just a flat, but it's still around 8 pounds. If it shrank to half, I still don't know if we could do it. Maybe if I stretch first? But thanks for the tip!

Freezing smoked brisket? Can I? And how?

First off - I don't have a Food Saver or vacuum sealer. Just wanted to make that clear. But I'm smoking my first brisket (using a bunch of tips I've gotten on this board), and my household of two will not be able to eat the entire thing in a day or two. I'd like to freeze some for future consumption, but what's the best way?

Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures

Yet autocorrect thinks I try to say "ducking" ten times a day. I'm tired of that shirt.

community egg-sperryment

True - also could affect how eggs were stored before they land at your house.

Sep 12, 2014
NonnieMuss in Not About Food

Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures

Sick and/or bad day food: Small chocolate milkshake and large fries from McDonalds.

Only once in a blue moon, but I will do the following:

Tear open one bag of regular M & M's.
Spread out on a paper towel.
Put in microwave for 15-30 seconds.
(They won't be cracked yet, but will be warm and liquidy inside)
Pour into open jar of crunchy peanut butter.
Insert spoon.

What is "real food"?

My great-grandmother loved Sweet'n'Low packets.

Sep 10, 2014
NonnieMuss in General Topics

What is "real food"?

"Real food" is a first-world concern. It's like a similar thread recently that asked what a healthy diet was. Everyone jumped in with their agendas - no sugar! no carbs! no dairy!

Sep 10, 2014
NonnieMuss in General Topics
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Master Chef 9/8 spoilers

I'm totally co-opting the phrase "whiny butt prick with ears." Just FYI.

want to start a home made preserves business

I would start by contacting your local farmer's market, if you have one. The website for our city's has all the rules, permits, regulations, and hoops you have to jump through to get a booth. The price adds up pretty quickly on all that stuff, plus food manager training and home cook licenses, etc. Also you should talk to other vendors at the farmer's market to see what their experience is like. (You may be thinking more a retail-type thing, but as local producers and vendors, they'll probably be very helpful.) Then talk to an accountant about setting up a home, creating an LLC, and all that jazz for costs, expenses, tax purposes, etc. Then start costing materials, ingredients, equipment, etc. to see if it's feasible.

Sep 10, 2014
NonnieMuss in General Topics

Words of food wisdom that Food Network NEVER taught you.

She's a living doll. A living, breathing, bobble-head doll.

Sep 09, 2014
NonnieMuss in Not About Food

Most Googled food-related terms by state

Agree with Chowser. Georgia is really googling "What is veal?" more than any other food thing? This has to be fake. Then again I'm KY and think fried pickles are the grossest. Plus nobody ever calls them Frickles, which seems like a no-brainer.

Sep 09, 2014
NonnieMuss in Food Media & News

$100 for All You Can Eat During 7 Weeks at Olive Garden

There are a bunch on eBay now - some as low as $150. I'm not a fan of the OG, but this is an interesting marketing concept and I'm following the story.

Sep 09, 2014
NonnieMuss in Chains

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

True, this sort of wage would not suffice in SF or NYC. And no, scraping by is not the ideal - anywhere. Please don't put words in my mouth. But no matter what the minimum is, there will always be a minimum, and chances are those people will still just be scraping by. And I do recognize that the minimum wage has not increased with inflation. See PSRaT's comment above - it's said better than I can come up with. Who should bear the responsibility for making sure people can support their families? Is it McDonalds who should have to pay higher wages? The government to fill in the income gap with welfare and benefits? The government to force businesses to pay higher wages? The consumers to pay more to make up for loss in profits? The consumers to pay higher taxes for the welfare and benefits? The people working in these jobs to gain skills and education in order to pursue a higher income?

In conclusion, I don't know.

Sep 08, 2014
NonnieMuss in Not About Food

Words of food wisdom that Food Network NEVER taught you.

I often glistened cleavagely when I was cooking, however my sweaty red face and stained clothing usually took the attention away from my rack.

Guinness World Record - 27 One Liter Beer Mugs

As with the Arby's Meat Monster sandwich, I find this picture arousing.

Sep 08, 2014
NonnieMuss in Food Media & News

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

Fair enough TVHilton, but fair day's pay for a fair day's work for able-bodied working men and women doesn't specify supporting a large family on that one wage. No one can live well on the current minimum wage - certainly not. But one person could survive on it.

Sep 08, 2014
NonnieMuss in Not About Food

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

Sure - to support oneself. But the minimum wage was never intended to support a family of four. It was intended for summer jobs for teenagers, not heads of households.

It's just that - the minimum. I think a bigger contributing factor is the decrease in manufacturing jobs in our country, or jobs that pay middle-class wages that don't require higher education.

Sep 08, 2014
NonnieMuss in Not About Food
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Southern Ingredients: What should I pick up when I'm in VA next week

Gah, you're right. It was Pennsylvania. I don't know why I was thinking Virginia. Never mind me, people. Just wishful thinking.

But from realmilk.com, farmers can GIVE raw milk to the public for free, just not sell it.

Sep 08, 2014
NonnieMuss in Mid-Atlantic

Southern Ingredients: What should I pick up when I'm in VA next week

If you're into raw milk, Virginia's great for that. I think they sell it on a retail level. My brother always picks up a gallon or two for goat milk for me to make chevre when he's passing through.

Sep 08, 2014
NonnieMuss in Mid-Atlantic

Words of food wisdom that Food Network NEVER taught you.

You can't braise short ribs in one hour. You just can't.

Masterchef 9/1 OMG SPOILERS

I get it, and stopped commenting on her voice once I found out it was a medical condition. We can still make fun of the stripper's sexy-baby voice, though can't we? I hope so.

Sep 07, 2014
NonnieMuss in Food Media & News

Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

Or in other words, no one will buy the Chow if you're giving the milk away for free?

Another vote for a STFU button. +1

Southern Ingredients: What should I pick up when I'm in VA next week

I'm about an hour and a half away - I couldn't even imagine having that as my regular store. I'd probably spent 6-8 hours a week grocerying.

Sep 05, 2014
NonnieMuss in Mid-Atlantic

Southern Ingredients: What should I pick up when I'm in VA next week

One of my favorite things. Since the OP is an Ohioan, she has Jungle Jim's - I can't imagine having a hard time finding ANYTHING there.

Sep 05, 2014
NonnieMuss in Mid-Atlantic