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Another tipping question?

If you want to be that precise, you should deduct the 3% surcharge and the sales tax, then apply your percentage.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Not About Food

Wine for Salmon With Anchovy-Garlic Butter??

An Oregon Pinot Gris.

Apr 09, 2015
GH1618 in Wine

Ketchup on Eggs? Not in my House!...Yours?

No ketchup on anything for me. As a small child, ketchup was what would make anything palatable if I used enough of it. Now, decades later, I find it disgusting.

Apr 08, 2015
GH1618 in General Topics

Changing Eating Habits b/c of Foodborne Illness Risk

I wouldn't give up chicken, but I have become more careful to ensure that it reaches recommended temperature by buying and using poultry thermometers. I was motivated by learning about a specific pathogen which can be found in poultry which is associated with a neurologic disorder. By the way, you can't tell if your chicken is contaminated with it by smell. You just have to cook your chicken properly, no matter how fresh it is and whatever the source.

Eggs I don't worry about, even though I like runny yolks.

Raw oysters I have all but given up, after having a serious case of food poisoning which I believe came from oysters. I like them better cooked anyway.

Apr 07, 2015
GH1618 in General Topics

Why don't they make cast iron cookware the way they used to?

It's plug-ugly compared to my Griswold with a normal pouring point on either side.

Apr 06, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware
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Why don't they make cast iron cookware the way they used to?

There was probably more labor in making a fine Griswold pan compared to making one that is somewhat cruder. The people who want the lower priced item (probably a majority) tend to put the makers of finer quality goods out of business.

As for demand, I think it's an illusion. Of course on a website devoted to cooking, and in circles of friends devoted to cooking, there will be a lot of people within that population who are interested in cast irin. But they are a small fraction of the general population compared to what it was a century ago. When there were several makers of cast iron pans, pretty much every household had at least one, and probably a few. My own grandmother cooked on a cast iron stove until the mid 20th century. Today cast iron is popular within a certain segment of the population, but not in general use.

Apr 06, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware

Capp's Corner is closing. [San Francisco]

I'll miss the bar and the sausage sandwich.

Apr 06, 2015
GH1618 in San Francisco Bay Area

Capp's Corner is closing. [San Francisco]

The owner may intend to replace the building, because the tenants upstairs are being evicted also.

Apr 06, 2015
GH1618 in San Francisco Bay Area

When a recipe calls for 'chili sauce,' what do you use?

As paulj used it, "another sugar," he is correct. Chemically, it is a mixture of predominately two sugars. From a culinary standpoint, and on FDA-compliant labels, "sugar" means ordinary table sugar, which is sucrose. This is almost entirely a semantic argument, because they are chemically nearly equivalent.

Apr 06, 2015
GH1618 in General Topics

Okay knife nerds, what do you think of this Dexter?

I think he's a "knife wonk," not a "knife nerd.". "Nerd" is not a complimentary term, even though many seem not to know it.

Apr 06, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware

Road trip up 5 to Canby

Grants Pass is a good place to stop overnight or just to eat. Lots of choices there, not much north until you get to Eugene.

Moving to North/East Bay

Access to BART for commuting to Union Square should be the first criterion.

Why is it so difficult to find a bread knife?

Here is one on clearance, but the handle might be a different material:

http://www.cutlerymania.com/Victorino...

Mar 29, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

True. They wait until there's a crisis before they do anything meaningful. I think that tendency afflicts most people, however.

Mar 29, 2015
GH1618 in General Topics

Why is it so difficult to find a bread knife?

Mine is an Olsen, which has lasted far longer than the company (about 50 years).

Mar 29, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware

Cleaning All Clad

First, just soak it overnight with water and liquid dish soap. Then use BKF and a nylon scrubber.

Mar 29, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

I drink Cava, so it contains Spanish water.

Mar 29, 2015
GH1618 in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

No. The water shortage cannot be solved by individual shopping choices at the supermarket, but only by authorities acting on a larger scale.

Why is it so difficult to find a bread knife?

What's wrong with the Victorinox rosewood handle bread knife:

http://www.cutleryandmore.com/victori...

Too expensive?

Mar 28, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware

Why is it so difficult to find a bread knife?

The more constraints, the smaller the solution set.

Coca-Cola paid nutrition experts to recommend soda as a healthy snack

I'd say the term "expert" is being usd rather loosely.

Mar 23, 2015
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Interesting new list of America's best food cities.

Articles of this type are intended to promote travel to places beyond the beaten path, and to sell the magazine. It wouldn't do to have Leisure and Travel put the same well-known destinations at the top year after year.

My view is that good food can be found almost anywhere. I wouldn't pick a destination with food as the criterion of first importance.

Mar 22, 2015
GH1618 in San Diego

Additional charges that seem unjustified that the establishment might think twice about

It could be that a lot of pickles are left and wasted when they are always included. In that case, there is some merit to charging for them separately.

Mar 21, 2015
GH1618 in Not About Food

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

Many places have stations at various places in the lot, and where I shop, most people use them. At my regular supermarket, employees collect the carts, so an occasional cart that is in the way until it gets put away is a pretty small problem in the large scheme of things. In parking lots, improper use of disabled parking is a much more serious problem, in my opinion.

Every aspect of society is beset by people seeking an edge.

Mar 18, 2015
GH1618 in Not About Food

All-Clad vs Rosle

Any stainless steel utensil will likely outlast you, so it's more a matter of style. My inexpensive Vollrath large spoon doesn't have the "cool" factor that my All-Clad spoons have, and it's lighter weight, but it's 30 to 40 years old and hasn't changed much in that time.

Mar 18, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware

Why delicious Indian food is surprisingly unpopular in the U.S.

There are different sources for that information with different rankings. The World Factbook has South Pacific island nations ahead by a wide margin. There are several countries very close to the same ranking as the United States.

Mar 18, 2015
GH1618 in Food Media & News

What exactly is Native American cuisine?

Excellent point.

Mar 18, 2015
GH1618 in General Topics

When to discard a fry pan.

No. If it works for you, just keep using it as long as you like.

Mar 18, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware
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Snake oil . Or are supplements necessary in your diet ?

Supplements are only necessary when there is a deficiency.

Mar 17, 2015
GH1618 in Not About Food

tasteless red chile sauce @$##$X

I use dry chiles that old without a problem. I get them at a supermarket -- they are readily available in California. I generally use New Mexican with others such as chipotle addd for interest.

Mar 17, 2015
GH1618 in Home Cooking