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

I am reminded of an episode of The Mind of a Chef, where David Chang says that authentic ramen in Japan involves a lot of innovation that would be criticized by authenticity fetishists if it were done by American chefs in the US.

Apr 08, 2014
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Is the cuisine so boring or just bad that you have to ask for alternatives?

After a couple of weeks of foreign food, I am very happy to indulge in a familiar burger and fries from McDonald's.

I'm also happy to see what US-based burger or pizza chains will add to their menus to cater to overseas customers.

Apr 08, 2014
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Cooking with peanut butter

Those dishes were originally conceived starting from whole peanuts, so it shouldn't be a problem.

The main concern is probably texture. For a lot of those dishes, I'm guessing you want more of a chunky-style peanut butter rather than creamy.

Apr 04, 2014
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NBC Cancels Television Without Pity and The Daily Candy

I try not to visit too often because I usually end up posting about how the OP is wrong.

Apr 03, 2014
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NBC Cancels Television Without Pity and The Daily Candy

There's snark and then there's whining because shows aren't written to fit your tastes exactly (or doesn't conform to your idiotic fan fic).

Apr 03, 2014
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NBC Cancels Television Without Pity and The Daily Candy

One of the whiniest forums I ever read.

Apr 03, 2014
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Study: Vegetarians Less Healthy, Lower Quality Of Life Than Meat-Eaters

If vegetarians “suffer significantly more often from anxiety/depression," does that mean that vegetarians are at a higher risk of suffering from mental illness or does that mean that the mentally ill are at a higher risk of becoming vegetarians?

Apr 03, 2014
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A veggie side to go with meatloaf cupcakes for April Fools?

It works twice as a joke. Once as a "trick" food in an unexpected form, then again in a "haha, you expect me to eat this?!?" way.

Apr 01, 2014
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A veggie side to go with meatloaf cupcakes for April Fools?

I'm not sure if you have time, but some sort of vegetable aspic masquerading as a gelatin dessert?

Apr 01, 2014
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South Asian Easter Brunch

This is not an area I know that much about, so only have a few suggestions.

Lamb is a common Easter meal idea for obvious symbolic reasons, so the first idea that pops into my head is lamb korma. Looking up other lamb/mutton recipes from the region seems like a direction to go in.

Dosa is a south Indian pancake/crepe often eaten for breakfast.

I think every egg-eating culture has its own variation of an omelet. India has its own version.

Apr 01, 2014
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South Asian Easter Brunch

Usually, the term South Asian is meant to refer to the Indian subcontinent and surrounding countries and not to Southeast Asia. I actually wrote a response before realizing I had misread that.

Apr 01, 2014
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Is there a chance in heck we can get Fast Food chains to cut back on the salt on the fries?

I sometimes add salt to fries ordered at McDonalds.

Mar 31, 2014
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What is the hottest / hippest / cutting edge food of this moment in time?

I like trying to come up with baked goop that has been slopped together in a non-lazy way. I had a period in my life where I made a lot of savory bread puddings. I want to embrace a Midwestern American food aesthetic.

Mar 31, 2014
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What is the hottest / hippest / cutting edge food of this moment in time?

I'm really interested in learning more about fermented meat products, especially those of Asian origin.

Mar 31, 2014
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South Asian Easter Brunch

Are you looking for traditional South Asian foods or just brunch foods with South Asian influence?

Mar 30, 2014
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Shrimp on pizza, yes or no?

I'm sort of an anti-purist, so the discovery that there are people who are totally against the idea makes me positive towards the idea.

Mar 25, 2014
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Bitchin' Kitchen - Are they kidding???

I wouldn't say it is a unique hybrid....a lot of the attitude reminds me of Alton Brown and Good Eats.

For me, the best cooking show is one that I would be willing to watch even when it is covering something I would never ever cook or eat. Both Good Eats and Bitchin Kitchen qualify.

Mar 24, 2014
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What is American cuisine?

I am just sticking up for the idea that Americanization of foreign foods is not a bad thing. People with an authenticity fetish (you can appreciate authentic foreign dishes without having a fetish) who look down upon Americanization of ethnic cuisine are un-American (you can be un-American without being wrong).

Mar 23, 2014
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I can't eat at our local Chinese restaurant anymore.

They are all communist spies set up by the Chinese government, which supplies them with menus and recipes.

I am kidding, of course.

Mar 22, 2014
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What is American cuisine?

Borrowed and modified, given an American imprint.

Authentic food is fine, but there's nothing inherently wrong with Americanizing foreign foods. It's that process of Americanization that makes American food "American".

Mar 22, 2014
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What is American cuisine?

America is an emotion rather than an intellectual process. America is about the triumph of the soul over the brain. America is not something you can't really explain, just something you either feel or don't feel.

And you're less likely to feel what America is if you enjoy tofurky or vegetarian pho.

Mar 21, 2014
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What is American cuisine?

I think meat is a unifying aspect of American cuisine. I'm sure there are teetotalers in France just as there are vegetarians in the US, but a meatless America seems about as right as a wineless France.

There can be some meatless dishes in the mix as a change of pace, but a carnivorous orientation is the norm. People who try to rebel against that either don't get what America is or do get it but hate it.

Mar 21, 2014
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5 reasons your partner doesn't go to the farmers market with you..

I like farmer's markets, but I rarely go because I like sleeping in on Saturday mornings.

Mar 21, 2014
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Pork and Shrimp Hamburgers - How would you do it?

Shrimp plus pork is a common combination in shumai. Some green onions, soy sauce, and shitake mushrooms would make sense.

A variation on your idea might be to do bacon-wrapped shrimp as a topping on a pork burger. Pork on pork is often a good combination. Make a juicy pork burger, top it with some crunchy bacon-wrapped shrimp, and use a sauce that adds a little bit of heat (or maybe a spicy mayonnaise).

Mar 21, 2014
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Desserts that can be frozen

Based on the description, it might make sense that it was intended to say "they cannot be incomplete". It sounds like CAinNC wants a dessert that can be made way ahead of time, frozen, then thawed and left out with no further work, probably for at least a couple of days while the precious refrigerator space is used for other dishes for the party.

Mar 20, 2014
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Relative always ruins good food

Food doesn't always have to be simple (or healthy).

Mar 20, 2014
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Bacon flavors

worcestershire sauce

Mar 18, 2014
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I can't eat at our local Chinese restaurant anymore.

So your complaint is that people who are known to buy stuff that isn't even that good are buying Chinese food that isn't that good?

Mar 18, 2014
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Mint Cheesecake?

There are plenty of recipes out there for grasshopper cheesecake.

Mar 15, 2014
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Who still drinks soda?

I go through caffeinated, non-diet sodas the way that hardcore coffee drinkers go through coffee to get through the day.

Mar 14, 2014
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