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bottled roasted red peppers

I just rinse the mold off, as it seems to be superficial. I put them in potato or chicken salad.

about 7 hours ago
GH1618 in General Topics

Another classic bites the dust, La Borinquena. [Oakland]

I went early today to get a few for takeout, and had no wait. I'm eating them right now.

about 22 hours ago
GH1618 in San Francisco Bay Area
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Need help- chicken breasts

Mine are always moist. Timing is all- important, but here's my complete method:

I buy a full boneless breast, with skin, the largest available.

I put it under the broiler long enough to char the skin.

I transfer it to a suitable pan and put in the oven at about 350 to 400 °F. I usually start at 350, then kick it up a notch to reach final internal temperature.

I check the internal temperature with a poultry thermometer, and stop cooking as soon as it reaches 165 °F.

about 22 hours ago
GH1618 in Home Cooking

Canning Question: Is There Any Reason Not To Chill After The Water Bath?

It's a waste of energy.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Home Cooking

Beverage industry sues to stop San Francisco health warnings on soda

I don't know about the First Amendment question, but I think regulation of interstate commerce is in the province of the federal government and not cities.

Pressure canning- Ball or Weck?

You replace just the disc with the seal for a Mason jar. You reuse the rings and the jars and can recycle the discs.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Cookware

An Inconvenient Truth and environmentally friendly food choices

You are stretching for a topic, I think. The global warming (or climate change) problem is not going to be solved by dietary changes, and nothing significant at all can be done at an individual level. The principal contributor of greenhouse gas to the atmosphere is the production of electricity by burming fossil fuels, chiefly coal and gas, which releases CO2.

1 day ago
GH1618 in General Topics

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

"Mediterranean" is not a euphemism for "Middle Eastern" and certainly not for "Arab" cuisine (whatever that might be. "Middle Eastern" might refer to the cuisines of Turkey, Iran (not Arabic), Lebanon, or Egypt. There is a food truck in my neighborhood which proudly advertises its cuisine as Egyptian. "Mediterranean" would include Catalan, Provençal, Italian (of various kinds) and Greek, although these are all so distinctive as to be thought of individually. Then there's "North African." What term one uses has nothing to do with being "safe," but merely useful -- as specific as necessary to the purpose. When I get a falafel from a Middle Eastern deli, I might know the nationality of the owner, but I don't need to know it. If there are subtle differences between falafels from different countries, that doesn't matter to me.

Dungeness crab recipes

I always put asparagus in my Crab Louis, but I never put ketchup in the dressing (or in anything else).

2 days ago
GH1618 in Home Cooking

Hot dog fast food chains

Caspers in the SF Bay Area.

Jul 28, 2015
GH1618 in Chains
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Dungeness crab recipes

I suggest you elaborate on your usual by making a Crab Louis with a homemade dressing using homemade mayo. That's still my favorite, but crab bisque and crab cakes are right up there.

Jul 28, 2015
GH1618 in Home Cooking

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

There are more Asian restaurants than European, for one thing. As for my example, I was not trying to be comprehensive. Why must you be so argumentative?

I've never hear of "Bukharan" but I have had Burmese food. That's Asian. Much of Russia is in Asia, but the cuisine is Russian, not Asian. Mongolian and Korean are Asian.

India is in Asian, but I wouldn't think of Indian if someone mentioned "Asian cuisine." People could say "Indian" and I would also consider Pakistani and Sri Lankan. Hyper-correct people would have said "South Asian."

People will say whatever gets the message across and somehow decide on a suitable place to eat, and most won't worry about this hypothetical language issue because it isn't a real problem.

Jul 28, 2015
GH1618 in Food Media & News

What is up with Burger King?

Where do you get the idea that I love "slime," as people like to call it. I prefer that it not be used in ground meat products because the process encourages bacterial growth which must be mitigated.

What I "love" is accuracy.

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

Because "Asian" is easier than saying Chinese or Vietnamese or Thai, when one hasn't yet made up one's mind.

I used the term "Central European food" to refer to the cuisines of the Czech and Slovak Republics, when I traveled there. People use terms which are convenient and which convey the necessary information. Most people know how to communicate without worrying about it.

Example: One person suggests "how about Asian tonight?" The other replies "Possibly. Vietnamese or Thai?" The first responds "Isn't there a Cambodian restaurant over on such-and-such street? Let's try that!" "Ok."

Jul 28, 2015
GH1618 in Food Media & News
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What is up with Burger King?

LFTB was muscle meat, salvaged from the trimmings. There's no comparison. The ammonia was used to kill pathogens. Those aren't beef, either, and you don't want them in your hamburger.

The ammonia dissipates. It's used in other areas of food production as well, but it isn't an ingredient.

Jul 27, 2015
GH1618 in Chains
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Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

The "lion's share" was actually 100%, but hardly anybody remembers that.

Jul 27, 2015
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

That's an example of an exception to the general rule, and one which I had already thought of. That's why I wrote "almost always."

Jul 27, 2015
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Does parking make a difference for you ?

I was referring to "hipsters," especially the Californis strain. I didn't mean things like Russian army hats and such.

Jul 27, 2015
GH1618 in Not About Food

Driving Hungry

Whatever.

Jul 27, 2015
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Driving Hungry

Who's saying they're elite? One of them wrote a book about eating on the job. It looks interesting. It's legitimate.

Jul 27, 2015
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Dairy Queen cheeseburgers?

I haven't had a DQ burger in a very long time, but I'm about to make a trip to DQ country. I'd better get one in the interest of science.

Jul 27, 2015
GH1618 in Chains

What is up with Burger King?

I don't recommend eating the hoofs, horns, or hide. Do you think McDonalds is putting shoe leather in their hamburger?

People raised on farms used to say they ate every part of a pig but the squeal.

Jul 27, 2015
GH1618 in Chains

Pressure canning- Ball or Weck?

"Atlas" was an old brand of mason jars. The newer ones that were used for pasta sauce are also mason jars (mine are so marked), but they are a little smaller than a quart. They may not be as sturdy as a jar sold especially for home canning, but if the edges are in good shape, they should work fine.

Jul 27, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

Efforts to tell people how to use language are almost always doomed to fail.

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

"Isn't it easier ..." That depends. In some circumstances it is easier and more useful to narrow it down. But, as I have explained, when one is merely characterizing the wide variety of cuisines available in an area, it is definitely easier to say that there "must be 50 kinds of ethnic food in Oakland" than to enumerate them.

People use a nonspecific word when it is useful and use more specific terms when they are useful. We use words to communicate with the people around us, not to satisfy the abstract concerns of someone who is not part of the conversation.

Does parking make a difference for you ?

That's a separate issue. I am aware of that.

Jul 27, 2015
GH1618 in Not About Food

Pressure canning- Ball or Weck?

I wouldn't use a Weck jar for canning. This is obsolete technology. Dome lids are safer, and probably cheaper than replacing the seals on jars with glass lids. I do use a jar with a glass lid and rubber seal for keeping ground coffee, for which it works nicely.

Jul 27, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware
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Does parking make a difference for you ?

Serious hat-wearers do not look to so-called "hipsters" for sartorial tips. Some older gentlemen wear hats because they serve practical purposes. When young men wear hats, it's usually an affectation. One must be over 45 to wear hats convincingly.

Jul 27, 2015
GH1618 in Not About Food

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

I live in the East Bay. While it is not particularly helpful, as you note, to say that one wants ethnic food for a particular meal, it is accurate to say that the Bay Area offers a large variety of ethnic restaurants. If I tried to enumerate the choices, it would not only be tedious, but I would likely leave something out.

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

It isn't necessarily used for unfamiliar foods. It is used to refer to a variety of foods without having to enumerate them.