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Bacon alarm clock wafts meat odors from your iPhone - CNET

Diabolical. Insidious. Perverse. But better than waking to the sound of YMCA.

Jun 16, 2015
Enigma3 in Food Media & News

McDonald's Will Toast Buns Longer For Hotter Burgers

Whoopide freakin doodah. Sounds like a move of desperation to me. Their menu has been an anachronism for some time now. Inflexibility means history will pass you by. I don't even care for their salads. For McDonalds, I click on ignore.

Jun 01, 2015
Enigma3 in Chains

Store bought mole sauce?

The people of Oaxaca would take issue with the idea of Mole being invented in Puebla. By far, and it's not even close, the best commercially made mole comes from Oaxaca. Mayordomo mole comes in brown and red. Once you've tried it you'll know. It is available in the States, but hard to find. They had a labeling issue that was finally resolved.
I have had many commercially made moles. Dona Maria is not one of the better ones. Keep looking at Mexican grocery stores. Also online Mexican sources. There are far better options.
We must remember that there are as many recipes for mole in Mexico as there are recipes for chili.
Mole is one of my favorite sauces. And Mayordomo tops them all.

May 08, 2015
Enigma3 in General Topics

Famous Dave's Review

The best ribs in New Jersey can be found at Dinosaur BBQ in Newark.

Apr 23, 2015
Enigma3 in Chains

Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri Return In New Food Network Series

I miss "Great Chefs" a great deal. Yes I know it was on another network many years ago, but that show was one of the best cooking shows ever. If FN feels the need to recycle an older show, Great Chefs would be a winner.
I don't watch FN nearly as much as I used to. Creativity seems to be in short supply there now. It feels like the programming is being dumbed down. They are in need of new (to TV) experienced faces. Go find another Graham Kerr, Warren Le Ruth or Deborah Madison. Then I'll tune in more.

Can we talk about kitchen lighting?

It is hard to believe ANY electrical contractor specified compact flourescent bulbs now. They are old, outdated technology. LED is the future in lighting.
We replaced the 12 cans (low voltage halogen) in our kitchen recently with fixtures that will accept LED bulbs. Don't get cans with the bulbs already installed. You want the ability to change them out if wanted. They give a much truer daylight rendering and cost pennies to operate. The initial install price and bulbs might give you second thoughts, but do not hesitate. The long term payoff is jinormous and the color spreads out further and is much easier on the eyes. LED is a huge step upwards from anything else. Get the bulbs on sale. Throw out those nasty CFL's.

Apr 21, 2015
Enigma3 in Cookware

How to word invitation- not paying for drinks

Lawyers are attracted to deep pockets.

Apr 20, 2015
Enigma3 in Not About Food

Carded in our Mid 50s!

They'll look at your dental records. ;-)

Mar 27, 2015
Enigma3 in Not About Food

Can Cast Iron crack my Induction cooktop?

Do not do this!!! A truly whacky idea.

Mar 20, 2015
Enigma3 in Cookware

Got a Le Creuset roaster for a steal, but what utensils/rack should I use with it?

Wooden utensils only. Many plastic utensils have an edge on their side which can scratch. I play it safe and only use wood.

Mar 16, 2015
Enigma3 in Cookware

New to posting, but sure need the ChowHounds! Need stove help fast!!

The Gullo is an awesome range. I particularly like the slanted panel for the knobs. Much easier to see without bending over at all. They are a bit flashy for me. I like the way La Cornue finishes the edges with a narrower band, but that will be nitpicking to some. Gullo has a long and distinguished history in commercial kitchens in Italy. What finishes did you choose? I recently saw a pic of a La Cornue which was white with brass trim. The white surfaces had a hand painted flower scene, not busy, that covered the front up to the top. Beautiful. I am a big fan of color in the kitchen. Not a fan of stainless steel (ok for a catering kitchen but sterile). Gullo gives you that opportunity to personalize your kitchen with your colors. Make sure your floor is well reinforced. Congrats.

Mar 12, 2015
Enigma3 in Cookware

Chili in NYC

If beans are fine, then Dinosaur BBQ.

Mar 11, 2015
Enigma3 in Manhattan

d-bags at alden & harlow

If I knew the back story and I had a reservation I would have accepted seats at that table. Would have been fun to harass the two outcasts.

Mar 03, 2015
Enigma3 in Greater Boston Area

d-bags at alden & harlow

The restaurant wussed out. I would have refused service to them. A threat like a bad review is baseless. You have to communicate with people like that in a language they understand. Another angle would be to seat two other people at their table.

Who makes the best THICK hot chocolate?

I vote Grom too. As has been said, heated up gelato. Which makes for a very thick cup.

Feb 23, 2015
Enigma3 in Manhattan

Best way to julienne/matchstick carrots

A Benriner mandoline will make short work of it and do a great job. Accept no substitutes.

Jan 28, 2015
Enigma3 in Cookware

Best burger in the US or worldwide -

Is the name of the restaurant actually "Milt's Barbeque for the Perplexed"? If so, that is one of the funniest restaurant names I have seen! Hard time choosing, heh?

The best burger is to be found at Peter Luger's.

Jan 20, 2015
Enigma3 in Kosher

Would you shop at Walmart Neighborhood Market?

Virtually all people who work at W*M do not choose to work there. They do so because they cannot find another job that pays even the paltry amount W*M pays.

GMO

Well, this is timely. A new study, done in the US (yes), shows Roundup is responsible for an increase in chronic diseases in this country. I hope to wee many more studies done in the US.

http://www.organic-systems.org/journa...

Nov 13, 2014
Enigma3 in General Topics

What's the best of the best at Wegmans?

We shop at the Canandaigua NY Wegmans. It is one of their best, though not their biggest, because Danny Wegman lives on Canandaigua Lake. Their cheese selection, olives, produce and deli are superb. You can find more than one kind of Spanish ham there, more than one kind of Spanish Manchego cheese and many varieties of blue cheese. The produce and bakery are top shelf. The sourdough bread is very good. I've eaten at the in store restaurant many times.

Walking into the Pittsford NY mother store is quite a trip. Bus tours are arranged around a trip to Wegmans. You can buy truffles in season and fresh game. It is over 120,000 square feet of food paradise. It should also be noted that they regularly finish in the top 5 companies to work for. Well run stores, happy employees and a winning formula make for a shopping experience I look forward to

Nov 13, 2014
Enigma3 in Chains
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GMO

It has come to the point where the large agribusiness companies have stopped all university studies in the US that want to investigate roundup or the effects of GMO's. So all the good studies now come from Europe. The large agribusiness corporations in the US control what you read and what is investigated. Just look at the millions of dollars they spend to prevent states or local municipalities from requiring GMO labeling. What are they afraid of?

Nov 13, 2014
Enigma3 in General Topics

GMO

Best advice is to avoid GMO food. But it is difficult as virtually all soybeans and corn grown on large farms are GMO now. Start by not eating breakfast cereals that contain soy or corn.

Nov 13, 2014
Enigma3 in General Topics

GMO

Unfortunately, not true at all. The latest studies indicate that Roundup ready GMO seed requires MORE pesticides be sprayed on the crops to prevent damage than regular seed. That in addition to Roundup already applied to the seed. Roundup is nothing but bad for the body, and the environment. The tide is turning against GMO's. Thank goodness.

Nov 13, 2014
Enigma3 in General Topics

If You Could Only Drink One Beer Forever...

I don't drink much beer anymore so a sipping beer is perfect. If you ever get a chance to try Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale don't pass it up. Several bars in NYC carry it.

Nov 12, 2014
Enigma3 in Beer

If You Could Only Drink One Beer Forever...

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. Hands down. It is very difficult to get outside Kentucky. It is a sipping beer worth every penny.

Second choice would be McEwans Scotch Ale. Again very difficult to get in the states now, but one of the smoothest dark ales on the planet.

Nov 07, 2014
Enigma3 in Beer

FDA restrictions keeping some great cheeses out of stores

For safety's sake you might want to eat your cheese from individually wrapped portions or shrink wrapped. I am a more adventurous eater.

Sep 04, 2014
Enigma3 in Cheese

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

Anything over an hour away is "far-away" to me. I'd like to try Ruth's Chris, Morton's, Bonefish Grill, and Shake Shack.

Sep 01, 2014
Enigma3 in Chains

Your favorite ham brand (coldcut)

Aldi's sells their sliced black forest ham in a deli package. Excellent!

Aug 21, 2014
Enigma3 in General Topics
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Sansaire sous vide - my experience as a warning!

Sorry to hear of your trouble. I would contact "The Haggler" at the New York Times and relay your story. He is very good at ratting out this kind of abuse and getting a good response. Not perfect, but good. He publishes an occasional article in the Sunday Times business section.

Any company doing business in the US must have a US based office. I see a Seattle Washington office with a phone number. 425-202-6252. I'd have an attorney (or you) call that number every day until satisfied. I'd also blog your problem all over the internet. And let them know you will be doing this. Good luck. I know I'll be buying a sous vide machine soon. It won't be a Sansaire based on your experience.

One more. Did you buy it direct or through a dealer? If through a dealer, then get on them. To help, I will look up Sansaire dealers on the internet and let them know I will not be buying from them based on your troubles.

Aug 14, 2014
Enigma3 in Cookware

Would you buy this older KA Stand Mixer for $100?

I'd offer her $50 and negotiate too. It is very well built. It's easily worth $100 based on today's price. You will have no problems with it and will be able to pass it on to someone else. The big ones like that last for generations if used properly.

Jul 08, 2014
Enigma3 in Cookware