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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

Basic Pizza Dough

The best pizza dough contains no all purpose flour, only high gluten flour. Big difference.

Jun 12, 2014
Enigma3 in Recipes

Best of Louisville

Wherever you go, make sure they serve Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. Best beer I have ever had. Very difficult to get outside Kentucky.

Jun 12, 2014
Enigma3 in Kentucky & Tennessee

So annoyed with dinner guest

My problem with this most fascinating discussion is, as pointed out elsewhere, where is the BFF in all this?? Have you, thedanza, ever sat down with her for a heart to heart on hubby's behavior? You're a bit overdue on that one. Does BFF recognize his loutish behavior? He is clearly narcissistic so he will be very hard to reach. Impossible to change. If you hold back your feelings on this eventually it will damage your relationship with BFF.

"America’s 20 Best Barbecue Cities"

Linky?

May 24, 2014
Enigma3 in San Diego
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Why is there still a fight against GMO labeling?

We'll se what the future holds for GMO labeling as Vermont (if memory serves me right) now requires said labeling. Let's see how that progresses.

Theoretically, a federal labeling law sounds good at first glimpse, but we need to see how much it gets watered down with BS amendments. Washington is notorious for weakening bills into extinction (see Dodd-Frank). So I don't hold out any hope for Congress actually passing any GMO labeling bill with teeth in it.

The real question here is why do Monsanto and Dow and the rest of their ilk fight GMO labeling laws with millions of dollars when they say out the other corner of their collective mouths that we have nothing to fear? Nothing to fear? Then why not come clean. Reminds me of big oil fighting laws that would require them to tell us what chemicals are used in fracking. Nothing to fear folks, but we won't tell you what we are dumping down the holes. I do not trust any company that fights that kind of secrecy.

May 23, 2014
Enigma3 in Food Media & News

cajun blackening seasoning recipe?

Paul's recipe is what I use. Can't go wrong. From his book "Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen". Love me some blackened fish!

May 21, 2014
Enigma3 in Home Cooking
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AB in Mexico

You are so right. The Mayans detest outsiders who come to disrupt. Non-Mayans are relegated to their own area of Cancun. I see no trouble at all in Playa del Carmen. The Yucatan is safe. Safer than many areas in the USA.

May 21, 2014
Enigma3 in Food Media & News

Wegman's Complaints

I like Wegman's. Been shopping there for years. However I do not like some recent trends I have seen there. Two specific complaints:

1. My Tops was out of Fage plain yogurt 2%. So off to Wegmans I go. First thing I noticed - no Fage. Lots of in house Wegmans brand but not my favorite yogurt. So I look and look and finally fine "Wegmans Super Yogurt pre&probiotic blended plain lowfat yogurt". Then I read the ingredient label - second ingredient listed is "organic sugar". Way to take a good product and ruin it. Mox nix how many healthy ingredients are in it, the sugar makes it useless to me. Fage 2% plain has no sugar. So I will wait for Tops to restock.

2. They have really dumbed down their bread recipes lately. I used to like the pani champagne and sourdough. Not any more. Way too much all purpose flour and not enough high gluten flour. Remember the days of Parisian sourdough? High gluten and a fantastic taste. There is no "pull" to their bread anymore. And don't bring up the gluten free crud. Good bread needs high gluten flour. Like good french bread.

There's a lot to like about Wegman's. Just not these two things.

May 13, 2014
Enigma3 in Chains

Great chilli con carne recipe to make out here in the (French) sticks

It's not chili without peppers. Mild or smoked paprika is good. I us Gebhardts chili powder to get the taste of chili peppers without the heat. Don't forget the oregano and cumin.

May 02, 2014
Enigma3 in Home Cooking

Best? Most Useful? Countertop Utensil Container

Any good wide mouth vase. I use an old Denby Jar and a chinese vase. Too many utensils for just one.

Apr 26, 2014
Enigma3 in Cookware

DISHWASHER

Re: Bosch dishwashers.

The more you pay, the quieter it is. Go to their site and you will see db levels for all models. The more expensive ones have more insulation, thus, quieter. Bosch is the best quality dishwasher made today.

Apr 25, 2014
Enigma3 in Cookware
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What is your favorite store bought cookie ?

Second Walker's shortbread.

Apr 18, 2014
Enigma3 in General Topics

dishwasher detergent

Most likely it is the lack of phosphates in the detergent. Use a rinse aid and a spoonful of trisodium phosphate, available at a good hardware store. If your state does not allow TSP to be sold, get it from Ebay or Amazon.

Apr 15, 2014
Enigma3 in Cookware

DTW. Dead chef estate sales

Second Ebay. Largest kitchenwares store in the world.

Apr 14, 2014
Enigma3 in Great Lakes
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counter depth fridge

We have a regular depth reefer on a wall of cabinets. I took out the wallboard behind the reefer and then turned the studs sideways. The board at the bottom was left the same as the reefer slid over that. The wallboard was not replaced. That will gain about 2 1/2 inches using 2X4's and, as with us, 4 1/2 inches when using 2X6's. That was all the room we needed to make a regular depth reefer look like a counter depth one. Easiest solution I know of.

Apr 10, 2014
Enigma3 in Cookware
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What food or foods is your town known for ?

I live midway between Rochester and Syracuse NY. I am very grateful to have a Dinosaur Barbeque in each town. Been going since 1988 about 6 months after Syracuse opened. They do it right.

Apr 06, 2014
Enigma3 in General Topics

Steak knives....

I would scan Ebay for a nice vintage set. Many years ago I landed a set of 6 Case Russell Case steak knives in a red leather presentation case. A prized culinary treasure. Many times I have seen a set of 6 Case steak knives in mother of pearl for a reasonable price. You should land a nice set for less than $100. Class.

Apr 06, 2014
Enigma3 in Cookware