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I'm a picky eater but would like some tips on how to start eating healthier.

I don't like that quote either. Our ancestors were not as rigid as Pollan seems to think. My grandmother (my grown daughter's great-grandmother) was not far removed from the pioneer generation. She had a vegetable garden, raised her own chickens and processed them herself, and cooked them on a wood stove. But late in life, when her children were out on their own, she started using convenience foods. Biscuits came in a cylindrical package which you would rap on the edge of the stove to open. (Now it seems to have a pull-to-open system.) Then she got an electric hot plate so she could heat things up more easily. Why does anyone suppose that pioneer women wouldn't want more convenient food? I can't even think of anything that she wouldn't have recognized as food, although there are many foods that she wouldn't have been familiar with.

about 3 hours ago
GH1618 in Home Cooking

Differences in terminology

A stick is 1/4 lb, but it is poor recipe style to specify a "stick," in my opinion. It should be 1/2 cup or 4 oz.

I don't find unit conversions to be a problem at all. One must be aware of the significance of digits, however. It is not necessary to measure butter to the gram — 100 to 120 would work for many recipes. But if you prefer to measure by weight, the most sensible thing to do when using a recipe in American units is to switch the mode of your scale to ounces. Any modern kitchen scale should support either units.

about 4 hours ago
GH1618 in Home Cooking

No Regrets: Glad I bought it!

My 10 inch de Buyer Mineral grill pan. Some people are down on grill pans, but this one suits me. I use it mostly for hamburgers, which I prefer to cook one at a time.

about 5 hours ago
GH1618 in Cookware

Two unrelated questions -- grammar and photos

Seven spaces after a period. (seven)
The spaces remain and can be seen when editing, but the spacing is shortened when the line is displayed otherwise.

about 8 hours ago
GH1618 in Site Talk

Two unrelated questions -- grammar and photos

I just checked this by editing my post. The two spaces between sentences remained.

about 8 hours ago
GH1618 in Site Talk

Two unrelated questions -- grammar and photos

Who speaks for all of us? I usually place two spaces between sentences. I've read that it's a holdover from the typewriter era, when it was taught that way, and that it is not necessary with digital fonts. In any case, I'm sticking with it.

about 8 hours ago
GH1618 in Site Talk

Happiness, a lecture on the "New Chow" and an attempt at sunlight beyond the recent the clouds

"If that is what you take away from this I want to sincerely apologize, ...."

Never apologize. Your friends don't need it, your enemies won't believe it, and the rest of us don't give a damn.

Cutting board and cross-contamination - Is it a real issue?

Back in business but not necessarily sanitized. I wouldn't want to be squirting bleach around anyway. It will ruin clothing colors.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Cookware

Sadness

Then your perspective is dissociated from reality.

2 days ago
GH1618 in Site Talk

Sadness

This is a commercial site. It doesn't exist to provide benefits to those of us who use it, at least at an individual level. I don't like it either, but the site will be whatever its owners want it to be, not what its users want it to be.

Aug 28, 2014
GH1618 in Site Talk
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Sadness

Life is change.

Aug 28, 2014
GH1618 in Site Talk
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Cutting board and cross-contamination - Is it a real issue?

Not a good idea. This will contaminate the countertop or whatever surface is underneath. Best practice is to put a board used to cut meat, especially chicken, directly into the dishwasher after use.

Aug 28, 2014
GH1618 in Cookware
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Earthquake

I expect they are a little safer. Thank you.

Aug 27, 2014
GH1618 in Wine

New California law allows dogs to dine out

They are only legitimate at the discretion of the restaurateur in any case.

Aug 26, 2014
GH1618 in Not About Food

Do you have a favorite canned chili, spicy with no beans?

In the interest of science, I recently tried two that are available at Grocery Outlet.

1. Hardy Jack's (Dist. by Creative Contract Packaging, Aurora, Il)
2. American Classics (Dist. by Hormel Foods Sales Austin, Mn)

Both list beef as the second ingredient. AC also has pork. The meat is barely discernable in HJ because the pieces are so small. AC has more meat texture, but certainly not the way anyone would make chili at home. No doubt meat scraps.

HJ has more saturated fat, 11g/c to 4g/c. HJ has 1.5g trans fat, AC has none.

Both have lots of salt, 970mg and 990mg sodium or about 40% Daily Value.

AC has a little more carb., fiber, and sugars, HJ has more total fat, 25g/c.

AC has more protein, 20g/c to 11g/c.

Both are mild chilus. You have to punch it up with Frank's if you want more heat.

Verdict:

HJ is unsatisfying glop. I used the leftovers to make chili burgers, adding just a little as a condiment. For that use it was passable, just barely.

AC is a little better, the only one of the two to eat stand-alone. It is good enough to keep in the back of the pantry as emergency food when "the big one" hits, or when suffering from chili dog deprivation.

Either will encourage you to start researching chili recipes.

Aug 26, 2014
GH1618 in General Topics

New California law allows dogs to dine out

I don't agree that it's ok to leave a dog in a car in 70 °F weather with the windows merely cracked.

I don't agree that dogs should be allowed in retail establishments.

It isn't that I don't like dogs. I love well-behaved, friendly dogs.

Aug 26, 2014
GH1618 in Not About Food
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Earthquake

I couldn't say without looking at the details of the incident. I don't suppose one can prevent a seam from splitting. The main thing is that tanks should not topple, endangering life and limb of anybody nearby. Some of the photos I have seen in the present case show tall stainless steel tanks which are free-standing, except for piping. That is not adequate.

The stacked barrels present probably a greater hazard, as is evident from the photograph here. It was fortunate that this quake happened during non-working hours.

Aug 26, 2014
GH1618 in Wine

Earthquake

It depends on what you mean by "region." USGS looks at the entire earth.

Aug 26, 2014
GH1618 in Wine

Earthquake

You would think the vinters would be doing a better job of earthquake preparedness after that. Some are, but clearly not all.

Aug 26, 2014
GH1618 in Wine

Earthquake

It's too soon to have detailed information on the fault.

http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article....

Aug 26, 2014
GH1618 in Wine

Is It Finally Cool to Like the Frugal Gourmet?

Actually, Polanski was found guilty (by plea) of one count of unlawful sexual intercourse. Polanski fled to avoid sentencing.

Aug 26, 2014
GH1618 in Features

Earthquake

Here's a link to the apparent supplier of that rack system:

http://www.westernsquare.com/brewerie...

There's a video under "Seismic Support System" which shows it in action in a simulated earthquake. Note that the SSS is a rolling support which is placed at the base of a pile of racks. The racks alone won't do the job. I can't tell from the photograph whether the SSS was used or not.

I wouldn't want to be in a room with those barrels during an earthquake. This rack system could easily be made safer by securing the racks with web straps:

http://www.grainger.com/product/KEEPE...

Aug 26, 2014
GH1618 in Wine

Earthquake

"easily movable" — there's the rub. If it's easily movable, chances are it will in an earthquake. Everything needs to be connected together, meaning extra time when moving sections to disconnect. I suppise if you had such a system, people would get tired of using it and just leave things loose.

Aug 26, 2014
GH1618 in Wine

Earthquake

I don't get your point here. Are you talking about the Loma Prieta earthquake? That was a magnitude seven (approximately). Of course there was a lot of damage. A magnitude seven releases far more energy than a six, and is consequently more difficult to engineer structures which will survive without damage. As you imply, it also depends on where you are and on the design of the building. The engineering required to withstand a magnitude seven quake is not at issue here.

But this was only a magnitude six. Many structures were damaged, but they were old, poorly built (for an earthquake zone) structures, such as those made of brick, or newer but poorly engineered structures. I am an engineer and I can say definitely that a storage system for barrels can be designed which would not have collapsed in this earthquake. This one collapsed because the people who use such things want not only earthquake resilience, they also want low cost and ease-of-use. The last means a system which comes apart easily, and that's what it did.

Perhaps it would ride through a magnitude five earthquake perfectly well, but that's not saying much. Practically everything survives a magnitude five intact.

Aug 26, 2014
GH1618 in Wine

Earthquake

It could, if there's a resonance effect and the barrels aren't secured. Anyway, they did fall down and they shouldn't have.

Aug 25, 2014
GH1618 in Wine

New All-Clad Handles... About Time.

Calvin Trillin called that "Alice's Law of Compensatory Cash Flow:

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/enter...

Aug 25, 2014
GH1618 in Cookware

Earthquake

Of course it depends on where you were relative to the LP earthquake and the particulars of the buildings, not only the racking system. It is not surprising that a magnitude 7 quake would do damage in places where earthquake preparation had been carried out. For a magnitude 6, there should be no significant damage to a warehouse of barrels, whether empty or full, if the storage system is well-engineered.

Aug 25, 2014
GH1618 in Wine

Best pots/pans?

You didn't ask me, but I think thicker is better and five or seven plies doesn't mean much over three-ply, if anything.

Aug 25, 2014
GH1618 in Cookware

Earthquake

Ok, it's supposed to be safe in an earthquake. It isn't. Perhaps they will rethink this.

BTW, I live about 20 miles from the epicenter (and also experienced the Loma Prieta earthquake). It knocked a few books on the floor. Certainly Napa was harder hit, but a magnitude 6 earthquake is not extreme. A storage system which would have held together would not be difficult to design. It must be tied to the walls, and the sections must be tied together.

Aug 25, 2014
GH1618 in Wine
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Earthquake

Notice how the barrels were just stacked up on a flimsy little rack system evidently without anchoring to the walls. This mess is not evidence of the severity of the earthquake, which was moderate, but of the utter lack of preparation for a quake. I don't think the building had anything to do with it.

Aug 25, 2014
GH1618 in Wine