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Snipemart Popup Ads

IE is internet explorer. Run a good virus scan program ASAP. Glad you fixed it.

about 2 hours ago
NonnieMuss in Site Talk

Snipemart Popup Ads

1. Are you using a PC?
2. Are you using IE?
3. What is the company that seems to be putting the popups on there?

If it's a PC and IE, I can probably help.

about 2 hours ago
NonnieMuss in Site Talk

PIZZA: Experts rank the top 101 pies to find the 'perfect slice'

...and watching jai alai?

about 7 hours ago
NonnieMuss in General Topics

Cookbooks or recipes for jaded, time-constrained mom

I'm also a fan of this website. I'm not interested in gluten free cooking (not opposed, just not a factor in my life), but she certainly keeps things interesting and tries things in a crock pot that would never even occur to me.

about 9 hours ago
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking
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Cookbooks or recipes for jaded, time-constrained mom

They aren't fancy, but the Cooks Country magazines and books are generally pretty good and family friendly. They aren't as complicated and labor-intensive as Cooks Illustrated, and most recipes have make-ahead tips, let you know what can freeze or keep, and are pretty honest about what sort of time goes into the meal. They're also easy to use with "real" food - I don't recall any cream-of-something soups in there. If they use the odd "fake" food ingredient it sounds like you have enough experience to adjust to your own preferences. They might seem a little pedestrian after Hazan and Waters, but you can get some ideas at least. I also love CI's Slow Cooker Revolution - it's not all soups and stews. (I realize this post sounds like I may work for the ATK empire, but I'm just a true fan and use their books and magazines all the time. Stay off their mailing lists though - they are persistent.)

about 9 hours ago
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking
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I have an okra question too -

Heading to the farmers market tomorrow morning to employ my new okra-buying knowledge. Will report back in a week or so. I have to learn how to smoke a brisket for this, so it may be slow going.

about 20 hours ago
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking

I have an okra question too -

Thank you Kariin - exactly the advice I need. I have a jar of file that I mostly just stare at and push to the back of the cabinet, so it's good to know it can just stay there. "Mucilaginous" sounds gross, but I get the point. Thank you!

1 day ago
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking

Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

I have to agree with MplsM ary. More questions instead of answers. How can it be so obvious to all the CH'ers that someone is just using the site to spam, but the threads stay up? Some of the individual posts I mentioned in my thread have been doing it for months - not participating, responding, or forwarding the conversation - just posting their ads and leaving. They may come back to say "Thanks!" or "No, I don't work for XXX company, I just love my XXX so much I post links to the website here once a week!" I know I sound sarcastic, but some of these are so blatant... It's just frustrating. Some I've tried to engage politely (Kakemann ring a bell?) and that turned into a total goat rope. Some I've asked (politely) if they work for the company, and they just (I assume) lie and say no. Well I don't believe that poster actually has 9 different models of XXX appliance that they keep posting and linking about. The kickstarters, well - I don't see many come back once they've put their ad up.

Another good point has been made that the "real" advertisers - the ones that pay the bills - may leave as soon as they realize they can just have an intern spam the site for free instead of buying ad space. I don't see it working out in the long run.

One "blogger" posts every blog he/she writes, and never participates in any other conversation. And the creeeepy guy who wanted people to contact him outside the site so he could sell stuff? Craigslist murderer, I'm almost positive. Yes, I'm exaggerating. I have a blog myself, and I'd love to post about it here every time I update to get a few cheap clicks, but I don't, because I like this site and don't want to bug people with my nonsense. That's not why I'm here.

But the point remains - Chowhound has made a huge change that is hugely unpopular. Regulars are confused and upset and feel that our input and objections are being ignored. I'm glad to hear that you're contacting these spammers, but I'm not seeing any changes from the ones I've been watching. If someone comes here to spam, they're unlikely to become valuable members - they'll just drop their ads whenever they think nobody's watching. Just my two cents, FWIW.

Edit: I see that XXX appliance lover, who claimed to not work for the company, has had ALL of their posts removed. Even the one where he/she joined another random thread just to bring up XXX appliance. Hooray! Thanks, mods. You've restored my faith just a little.

Dear Mods - Please explain the new spam policies for us.

I don't read it that way - true they say "please don't" instead of "do not", but looking at the spirit of the rules and not the letter, I don't think any of those posters are innocent. As for the kickstarter requests - that's a whole new thing here and should be addressed in the new policies. But none of the above posters are following the "please participate in the conversation" guideline, and all are just coming here "...to post a bunch of self-promotional items." One is clearly a marketing person for a company, and has denied it when asked.

This is why I'd love for the new policies to be explained to the community.

1 day ago
NonnieMuss in Site Talk

Dear Mods - Please explain the new spam policies for us.

These are the Chowhound posting guidelines regarding shills and spam, and why I'm confused as to why so many advertisements are allowed to stay up.

Spamming and Shilling

Please don’t spam our community with information about your restaurant, product or blog. It’s okay to talk about them here, but please participate in the conversation, don’t just come here to post a bunch of self-promotional items. Shilling -- posting fake recommendations and reviews -- is also forbidden; if you’re connected to a business or website, you must disclose that each time you post about it.

Dear Mods - Please explain the new spam policies for us.

Poster 1: Posts once a week about a certain product. Loves it. Includes links to the website in every post. Participates in no other discussions. I flag, they stay up. Obvious shill, gets to stay.
Poster 2: Posts own recipes frequently, including links to blog and videos. Participates in no other discussions. I flag, they stay up. Only here to promote his blog.
Poster 3: Posts advertisement for crowdfunding campaign asking for money. Participates in no other discussions. One-and-done. I flag, it stays up.
Poster 4: Posts creeeeeepy offer for people to contact them privately to "share" a bulk purchase. Obviously trying to Craigslist-murder people. I flag, they stay up.

Dear Mods: Please - this isn't the first time I've asked. The business/shill guidelines are quite clear in the posting guidelines, but with the new policies, it's impossible to tell what is now okay and what is not, as the new policies haven't been made available to us.

Can you tell us CLEARLY what the new policy is regarding spam posts? There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to what is removed and what is allowed to stay. I keep asking, but no one answers. Please? It will save us all a lot of time and trouble - and you too if we know what to flag and what to just ignore.

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

Oh, believe you me I know - I have a blog with a whole pizza series, and would live at Giordano's if they'd let me! But I still like UNOs regardless. Can't help it.

2 days ago
NonnieMuss in Chains

Problems with Kroger meat department? Anyone else?

Sam's now only carries injected chicken now too. I sent them an email asking them to stop. I guess we'll see. The poultry industry is making something like $2 billion a year selling salt water.

2 days ago
NonnieMuss in Chains

1 Secret Ingredient for Better Pasta?

Guys, remember a couple months ago when we were throwing around the idea of making artisinal celebrity sweat salt? Couldn't we combine that somehow? Like what could be better than a plate of spaghetti? How about spaghetti cooked in the very essence of Meryl Streep?

Oh no, I feel some puns coming on...

Aug 28, 2014
NonnieMuss in General Topics

Has Carrabba's changed their recipe for mussels or anything else?

Here is a copycat recipe: http://www.copykat.com/2009/02/03/car... I've never tried it, so I can't vouch for it.

I personally love their pomodoro sauce (with the Chicken Bryan). The Carrabba's website offers the recipe, but I've made it and it tastes nothing like what the restaurant serves.

I ate at one out of town once and they had an upcharge for the side salads - I was shocked, but fortunately they never tried that in my town.

Aug 28, 2014
NonnieMuss in Chains

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

I'd love to try:

Taco Time (which I hear is dreadful, but was featured in one of my favorite books from high school)
Shake Shack
In'N'Out Burgers
Jack In The Box

I'd love to hit up a Pizzeria Uno's again - we had one in town years ago that I loved, but it closed.

We hit Bojangles every time we're in NC for my husband. I was all excited to try Whataburger, but was disappointed in the food, the atmosphere was...weirdly like they were pushing religion on me, and another customer was appallingly rude to us. Everything tasted just like Burger King.

Aug 28, 2014
NonnieMuss in Chains

Chowhound now allowing advertising posts?

Exactly. If c oliver or MGZ or someone familiar said, "Hey - check out this blog post I did." or "I'm going to open a restaurant, want to help?" I'd be much more open to it than someone signing up only to promote their agenda.

From CH's posting guidelines:

"Please don’t spam our community with information about your restaurant, product or blog. It’s okay to talk about them here, but please participate in the conversation, don’t just come here to post a bunch of self-promotional items. Shilling -- posting fake recommendations and reviews -- is also forbidden; if you’re connected to a business or website, you must disclose that each time you post about it."

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

I will say this - I've always been treated very well at JJ's. The employees are always polite and friendly. They accomodate special requests very well. And they are fast! BUT will all that being said, it's just a so-so sandwich. Better than Subway and without the Subway Stench, but still nuthin special. Good chips, though.

Aug 28, 2014
NonnieMuss in Chains

Chowhound now allowing advertising posts?

That does not clarify the rules about spam posts. Could you please tell us specifically what is allowed and what is not? The moderation has been very uneven on these types of posts. It would be helpful to know, so we will know what to flag and what to ignore.

Aug 28, 2014
NonnieMuss in Site Talk
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Chowhound now allowing advertising posts?

Okay, but it seems like (and I mean this respectfully) our questions aren't getting answers - here or anywhere. Why is A post deleted but B post stays up? Both are blatant spams, both are one-and-done posters, etc. Can you please clarify what is allowed and what isn't? There's a shady weirdo trying to get people to contact them privately so they can sell them things - I've flagged it, but it's remained up for days. Kickstarter campaigns seem to be exactly wrong and against the spirit of the new rules - especially one like that where the spammer never even comes back to chat. IMHO, the cookbook authors and their discussions, Q&A's, etc. are okay, but "Give me money" posts are not. Can one of the mods clear this up for us?

Cookbooks for Children

If she's a reader, I'd recommend the Little House Cookbook - maybe with the book series to go along with it. Wonderful read for most ages. You can read the books then consult the cookbook to cook along with the Ingalls family. It falls down a bit on your #4 - there are pictures but they are illustrations from the books, not full-color glossy food pics. You may not want to get into things like cheesemaking or killing a hog of course, but there are plenty of easy regular recipes and fun things like making butter.

Aug 28, 2014
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking

I have an okra question too -

"Release the slime". Sounds delicious!

Aug 28, 2014
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking

Winooski Vermont news story - Can This Be True?

Did you SEE the other headlines on that site? Or read the comment section? Terrifying people.

I have an okra question too -

Good tip - thanks!

Aug 27, 2014
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking

I have an okra question too -

There's okra by the truckload at my Farmer's market this month, so I'm going to use fresh if I can figure it out.

Aug 27, 2014
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking

I have an okra question too -

Not a secret - I just haven't figured it out yet. I had a stew on vacation that I'm going to try to replicate since it was so wonderful. It was similar to a gumbo, but made without a roux. Lots of meats and veggies in it.

Aug 27, 2014
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking

I have an okra question too -

Okay everyone - thanks for all the advice. The dish I had it in that I'm trying to recreate had sliced coin-sized pieces. Do I blanch or fry it (or otherwise cook it) before adding it to the stew? I'm totally an okra virgin. I have no clue about it.

Aug 27, 2014
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking

Arby's now has at least one thing on their secret menu......

Afraid? I am aroused.

Master Chef 8/25 spoilers

I used to be bothered by Elizabeth's (Drew Barrymore) faces. Not the way she looks, but the looks she gives - always some huge overreaction to everything. But she came to my city to visit Dan Wu and they bopped around town tweeting and facebooking about local restaurants, and generally acting like dorks (I mean in a cute way). I didn't get a chance to meet her, but she seemed like a nice, real-type person after all that.

Aug 27, 2014
NonnieMuss in Food Media & News

I have an okra question too -

I'm going to be making a dish with okra sometime in the next few months, but I've never cooked with it, bought it, or even eaten it. Can anyone give me some buying tips, and how to prepare and cut it? It will be going into a gumbo-like dish. Thanks!

Aug 27, 2014
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking