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Supporting Local/Independent Kitchen Stores

I was talking about Amazon, which doesn't have stores. Do you really think that W-S would love it if everyone inspected in one of their stores but purchased the goods on Amazon?

Aug 23, 2015
nofunlatte in Cookware

27 Food Stories Nobody Needs to Write Again

Not to mention the interminable articles on Slate about (Insert Process Here: You're Doing It Wrong).

Aug 23, 2015
nofunlatte in Food Media & News

Supporting Local/Independent Kitchen Stores

Ethics factors into my buying decisions. B&M stores, whether independent or chains like SLT or W-S, do not serve as showrooms for Amazon. Frankly, if you want to simply buy the cheapest, then order from Amazon but don't let the actual store pay electricity, heat, taxes, etc., just so you can try out the wares. (BTW, this is the "general" YOU, not YOU as in BouquetGarni!)

I do find the concept of "showrooming" (using brick and mortar stores to "sample the goods", so to speak) to be dishonest and ethically suspect.

Aug 23, 2015
nofunlatte in Cookware

Want a dishwasher that not only washes,but dries the dishes thoroughly

Are you drying the dishes immediately after the cycle ends? I typically run my dishwasher (a new, mid-range Bosch--about $600) in the evening and put the dishes away in the morning. I don't have any issue with wet dishes, save for some concave bottoms on mugs and plastics. It doesn't have a heated dry function (it uses condensation dry, hence the energy savings).

Like DuffyH and gourmanda, I like my Bosch. And it is so quiet--I can barely hear it when it's running! It did replace a dishwasher that was about a dozen years old (and was in the house when I bought it), possibly a Whirlpool (can't remember anymore).

Aug 21, 2015
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Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

All that and a bag of chips.

Off like a prom dress.

Aug 18, 2015
nofunlatte in Not About Food

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

Awwhh--my master's thesis advisor (who has since passed away) used to say this all the time. (the bread version)

Aug 18, 2015
nofunlatte in Not About Food

Coca-Cola Funds Scientists Who Shift Blame for Obesity Away From Bad Diets

And for many of us, "energy balance" refers to incoming solar radiation vs. outgoing terrestrial radiation! I didn't get the name at all.

Aug 18, 2015
nofunlatte in Food Media & News

So, I was given a couple dozen duck eggs . . . any ideas?

If you are looking for some sweet ideas, I highly recommend making your ice creams or puddings with duck egg yolks. They have a richer flavor than the ice creams/puddings I've made with chicken eggs (although those were pretty good, too!) I've not done much baking with duck eggs, though.

And duck egg mayonnaise is mighty fine!

Aug 12, 2015
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

Rolling pins- your preference for general baking

I've used the French tapered kind for decades now. Love it.

Aug 12, 2015
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Celebrating Julia Child's Birthday on August 15

Trish, my guests will lift a glass in YOUR honor, too!

Aug 12, 2015
nofunlatte in Home Cooking
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Celebrating Julia Child's Birthday on August 15

I have that chicken episode on DVD! It was a great one. And there was one episode (can't remember which) where a fly appeared in a supporting role. Loved that she made mistakes and never let it bother her. Being willing to mess up is how one learns to cook!

Aug 12, 2015
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

Cheap Dutch Oven Recommendations Sought

I knew I could count on the 'hounds for suggestions. Thanks, all!

Aug 12, 2015
nofunlatte in Cookware

Celebrating Julia Child's Birthday on August 15

I have some DVDs of her French Chef shows that I plan to run (on mute) while we are having drinks!

ETA: Just realized I said that in the original post. I guess I really want everyone to know that ;)

Aug 11, 2015
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

Cheap Dutch Oven Recommendations Sought

Thanks for the links!

Aug 11, 2015
nofunlatte in Cookware

Celebrating Julia Child's Birthday on August 15

I'm bumping, hoping that I'm not the only USA-ian celebrating Julia's birthday. Anybody else going to at least lift a glass in her honor and memory?

Aug 11, 2015
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

Cheap Dutch Oven Recommendations Sought

Thanks, Sirrith. Is this the bare or the enameled cast iron? I've only ever used enameled and wonder how the bare would work with no-knead bread.

Aug 11, 2015
nofunlatte in Cookware

Cheap Dutch Oven Recommendations Sought

I'm looking for a cheap (<$50) Dutch oven dedicated to no-knead bread. I hold my breath every time I put the beautiful Staub into the oven at those temperatures, especially since it's empty. If anyone here has a recommendation, I'd be grateful. Thanks in advance, 'hounds!

Aug 11, 2015
nofunlatte in Cookware

Jelly Roll Jam

How sweet of you, Trish! And these look wonderful! You know, I don't have any jelly rolls in my building (which is a free-standing ranch house). Just sayin'!

Aug 09, 2015
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

Vanilla Extract for Holiday Gifts

You have the added advantage of actually having to EMPTY the Grolsch bottles first.

Aug 08, 2015
nofunlatte in Cookware

What is worth making from scratch to save money?

I have killed mint.

Aug 01, 2015
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

Freezing sponge cake?

Well, THAT'S good news!

Aug 01, 2015
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

Celebrating Julia Child's Birthday on August 15

Julia's practically a patron saint of these boards! Saturday, August 15 would have been her 103rd birthday. I'm throwing a dinner party (although it won't be Julia-centric--I'll be grilling, although I will incorporate a Julia recipe or two in the menu). Is anybody here planning to make a dinner in her honor? If so, please share your thoughts, ideas, and menus here!

I do plan to play DVDs of her shows in the background (on mute).

Jul 31, 2015
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

Freezing sponge cake?

I'm having a dinner party in a couple of week (to celebrate Julia Child's birthday) and I plan to make her Gateau a l'orange. It's a sponge cake. Can I make this over the weekend and just freeze it until party day? I freeze cakes all the time, but I've never frozen a sponge cake. TIA

Jul 31, 2015
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

U.S. House Passes a Bill Banning GMO Labeling

Wouldn't that violate freedom of speech?

Jul 30, 2015
nofunlatte in Food Media & News

What is worth making from scratch to save money?

If you have a mint plant, you could always cut the sprigs and dry them for mint tea.

Jul 29, 2015
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

Small batch canning- food mill or large food strainer?

I have that food mill and love it.

What is worth making from scratch to save money?

As mentioned upthread--mayonnaise. Tastes a lot better, too.

Jul 27, 2015
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

Eggs Go AWOL, And Bakers Scramble For High-Tech Substitutes

I would go to one of my other farmers.

Jul 25, 2015
nofunlatte in Food Media & News

Eggs Go AWOL, And Bakers Scramble For High-Tech Substitutes

Local, pastured eggs (large or large/extra-large mix, depending on which farm I buy from) are about $3.50 or $4.00/dozen here. Not much change in price. I haven't purchased eggs from a supermarket in years (realize that I'm pretty lucky to have access to the good ones, where I actually know the farmers and have seen the farms).

Jul 25, 2015
nofunlatte in Food Media & News

Favorite cheeses

I love Jacobs and Brichford's Ameribella cheese, which is a washed rind cheese. Pretty local to me (I'm in Indiana), too. I'm also partial to Prairie Breeze (from Iowa). And whatever delicious cheese I've recently eaten!

Jul 24, 2015
nofunlatte in Cheese