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What’s So Bad About ‘Natural’?

The FDA does, however, define "natural" as applied to flavoring, and as distinguished from "artificial" flavoring.

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts...

about 3 hours ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

What’s So Bad About ‘Natural’?

Artificial sweeteners are a different ingredient than sugar, so are specified on the label. Nobody wants to lump different ingredients under one name.

about 3 hours ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Your brand loyalty is admirable, but that just doesn't hold up. A few years ago, White Castle trademarked the term "Original Slider," which amounts to a concession that "slider" can be applied to other small burgers.

about 8 hours ago
GH1618 in General Topics

Pyrex baking pan: not in toaster oven?

It isn't anything in the water.

about 9 hours ago
GH1618 in Cookware

Pyrex baking pan: not in toaster oven?

You wrote "a cup and a half." That means it would be in danger of boiling dry with a little inattention. The small amount of water, meaning more room for steam, probably had something to do with the problem.

about 12 hours ago
GH1618 in Cookware

What’s So Bad About ‘Natural’?

Impossible to give it a useful meaning, because whether an ingredient is naturally occuring or synthetic is irrelevant to its health and safety. Regulators have a duty to protect the public health and safety, but no duty to indulge people's superstitions.

about 13 hours ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

All-Clad Cast-Aluminum Nonstick Dutch Oven, 6½ qt.

Have you considered this one?

http://www.chefsresource.com/nordicwa...

It is claimed to be "nonstick," but it isn't PTFE (Teflon). The smaller model is oval.

about 13 hours ago
GH1618 in Cookware

Pyrex baking pan: not in toaster oven?

That kettle is made by Medelco, not Pyrex. You didn't have enough water in it. Don't let it boil dry. Perhaps the damaged lid contributed to the problem.

about 16 hours ago
GH1618 in Cookware

All-Clad Cast-Aluminum Nonstick Dutch Oven, 6½ qt.

There is no point to a nonstick coating in a dutch oven.

about 17 hours ago
GH1618 in Cookware
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Bordeaux 'lacks premium brands', says Baron Philippe de Rothschild chief | decanter.com

"To keep Bordeaux relevant to everyday consumers, the area's 9,000 chateaux need to work harder on brand building, ...."

It doesn't make sense to me, either. I'm an "everyday consumer." I like Bordeaux wine. I don't care about the brand at all. I'll try something I've never heard of and if I like it, I'll buy more to have on hand. "Premium brand" does not connote good value to me.

about 19 hours ago
GH1618 in Wine

Sweet Jesus: Whole Foods No Longer Getting Brillat-Savarin Due to FDA?!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an "outbreak" is the occurrence of more cases of disease than normally expected within a specific place or group of people over a given period of time. Large numbers are not implied by the term.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Cheese

Sweet Jesus: Whole Foods No Longer Getting Brillat-Savarin Due to FDA?!

I just noticed that Piedmont Grocery (Oakland, CA) has Brillat-Savarin.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Cheese

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Fraud: Whole Foods, Rachel Ray, Safeway, Newman's Own, Colavita, Bertolli

Apparently you are interested in olive oil from Italian olives. Are you alleging that olive oil marked as made from olives grown in italy is sometimes fraudulent? How extensive do you believe this problem to be?

1 day ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Fraud: Whole Foods, Rachel Ray, Safeway, Newman's Own, Colavita, Bertolli

If you don't trust Italian olive oil, and don't want mass-produced Spanish olive oil, I suggest you switch to Tunisian olive oil.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10117450

Why would anyone care if their olive oil were produced in Italy, anyway?

1 day ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Fraud: Whole Foods, Rachel Ray, Safeway, Newman's Own, Colavita, Bertolli

Spain grows many more olives than Italy. There are not enough Italian olives for Italy's domestic use. Spanish olives are sent to Italy to produce olive oil identified as made in italy. Italian olive oil made from Italian olives will be so identified.

This is not a deceptive practice. It is no different in principle than Dijon mustard from France having been made with mustard seed grown in North America, which is usual.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

I agree regarding "torta," after looking up a photo of one. (Not my usual fare.)

1 day ago
GH1618 in General Topics

What is best pot to cook oatmeal in ?

My grandmother used a double boiler.

Sep 27, 2014
GH1618 in Home Cooking

Boiling water

What kind of pan? If it had a nonstick coating that might have been ruined.

Sep 27, 2014
GH1618 in Cookware

Tadich Grill?? [San Francisco]

I like it, but as R. L. suggests, it is the whole package that works for me. They have great counter seating, professional waiters, a comfortable old-school vibe, and food that I like once in awhile but am not dying for. It's a tradition.

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

I don't think so because it isn't helpful. Spanish speakers use the word "sándwich" to describe something Americans eat, but do not apply it to their own food. If an English-speaker were to apply it to a taco, it would add confusion, not clarification.

This interpretation would probably mean that a "gyro" is also not a sandwich.

Sep 26, 2014
GH1618 in General Topics

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Since "sandwich" is an English-language term, I wouldn't try to apply it to these foods which originate in a culture with a different language and terminology

Sep 26, 2014
GH1618 in General Topics

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

This thread is merely entertainment. For that matter, most threads in these forums are of no great significance. Yet you found it worth your time to reply to this one.

And by the way, I do not think that SoS is a "sandwich." It's in the same category as a hot turkey or roast beef "sandwich," which is not a proper sandwich.

Sep 26, 2014
GH1618 in General Topics

What’s So Bad About ‘Natural’?

I think it is useless to try to define "natural." As far as banning the use of it on food labels, I don't see that as especially helpful either. There are many meaningless terms used in advertising. I don't expect that people who think "natural" food has any useful meaning will suddenly become more intelligent in how they think about food merely because the word "natural" is removed from food packaging.

Sep 26, 2014
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Why does chicken smell like bleach these days?

Although sodium hypochlorite has uses in organic chemistry, it is itself an inorganic chemical. But that's not the sense in which the word "organic" is used here, anyway.

Sep 26, 2014
GH1618 in General Topics

Oakland: Bar + Wireless

Bar César on Piedmont Ave.

Sep 25, 2014
GH1618 in San Francisco Bay Area

Corn Syrup - WHY is it in everything???

No, I'm not trolling. I'm a regular participant here in substantive discussuons. The problem with the original post is that it is just a general complaint without any detail which would support a substantive discussion. I've just looked through my pantry without finding corn syrup in anything. There must be some somewhere, but I don't know where it is.

If you are into sweet things, you are likely to run into High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). That is a substitute for ordinary sugar (sucrose) which is used because it is cheaper, as been noted.

The OP's assertion that corn syrup is non-nutritive is not correct. Corn syrup is largely glucose, which is blood sugar. It is the basic fuel of the body.

Sep 25, 2014
GH1618 in General Topics
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Corn Syrup - WHY is it in everything???

I'm not a baker, but I just checked the baking section of my James Beard cookbook and found no corn syrup in any recipe. I checked the wrapper of the bread I have been buying lately and found no corn syrup of any kind. So it isn't true that it is in everything.

Sep 25, 2014
GH1618 in General Topics

The Perils of Coffee Snobbery

There's more to a retail outlet than just the taste, if you plan to stay to drink it there. There's the whole vibe of the place. For example, there is a YouTube video of a Blue Bottle place. What's with all the chem lab equipment?

Sep 24, 2014
GH1618 in Food Media & News

The Perils of Coffee Snobbery

I was going to try BB today, but the place I go that served it recently dropped it. Eventually, I will try it.

Sep 24, 2014
GH1618 in Food Media & News
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The Perils of Coffee Snobbery

In Oakland, Peerless started in 1924. Graffeo started in San Francisco in 1935. Peet's (1966) didn't originate quality coffee in the SF Bay Area, although they seem to have started the practice of having many retail outlets. Then came Starbucks in 1971.

Sep 24, 2014
GH1618 in Food Media & News