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Cook-Out restaurant?

You have to do one thing for me: go there and get a peanut butter fudge milkshake.

It will change your life.

Jul 24, 2014
Baskerville in Chains

THE single best thing to eat

Smoked pulled pork, complete with crispy-on-top, perfectly rendered fat cap mixed in and a flavorful spicy bark all over.

That was the first thing. Prime rib came in close as a second, but the pulled pork ultimately beat it.

Dec 11, 2013
Baskerville in General Topics
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What is the real cream used in coffee?

Uh oh. Better not Google "bulletproof coffee" if the thought of cream in your coffee makes you feel nauseated. :)

Dec 05, 2013
Baskerville in General Topics

Thanksgiving Meal Other Than Turkey

We're also forgoing the typical turkey in favor of a smoked brisket. I've never smoked a brisket before in my life, so the success of Thanksgiving rests on the chest of this poor cow. Thankfully, the guest list includes only my husband and me. :)

If it goes well, I'm hoping to make it a new tradition!

Nov 27, 2013
Baskerville in General Topics

Foods that make you sick?

Cool Whip used to make me feel inexplicably sick as a littl'un. Something about the taste and texture. Blech. Now that I'm older, I would never dream of touching the stuff. That's for different reasons now, obviously (stabilized vegetable oil, yum).

Cinnamon used to turn my stomach, too. Now I adore it. Mostly in the form of cinnamon rolls, but I'll take a snickerdoodle or two, too.

One thing that is bugging me more and more as an adult is turkey skin. I swear, I used to gobble it up (no pun intended) as a kid, but nowadays when I eat it, there's just sort of a strange off flavor. Turkey in general has been kind of tasting weird to me the past few years, but the skin especially. :/ Turkey just tastes weird and fruity to me in comparison to chicken. It might be the Publix brand birds I've been using that season with pepper and celery extract…? I don't think the Kroger birds taste as strange.

Nov 20, 2013
Baskerville in Not About Food

So what's the average Chowhound's Race / Ethnicity?

Joining the leagues of white American mutts reporting in. I know that there is some Irish on my mom's side, but the rest is ???

Oct 25, 2013
Baskerville in Not About Food

What is..and how do you PRONOUNCE it?

When you offered "sew-tay" as the proper pronunciation for "sauté," I read it phonetically (rhyming with "threw") as opposed to the traditional verb "to sew." I was about to jump in here and screech, "IT'S NOT 'SEW-TAY'—IT'S 'SOW-TAY'!" but then I realized that I'm the doofus reading things the wrong way. :)

...and then, of course, you could pronounce "sow" like the verb, or like the female pig, and introduce an entirely new wave of confusion. Perhaps we could go with SO-tay?

...you know what? English is far too confusing. Let's just all learn French instead.

Oct 07, 2013
Baskerville in General Topics

Cutthroat Kitchen

I'm not in a place where I can watch the video currently to confirm, but I'm relieved to hear that! I'm not out to look for flaws. I'm a huge Alton fan, and I'm actually enjoying the show very much. Even had someone not pointed it out to me, I would have interpreted it as "Potatos" still, due to the short time frame in which the bag is shown. I redact my criticism! Though, I do wonder...why "$POTATO$"? That still seems a bit odd to use the singular.

Oct 07, 2013
Baskerville in Food Media & News

Birthday Dinners... who pays? what is the etiquette?

I had a friend invite me (along with a group) to go eat at The Cheesecake Factory for his birthday. Now, if any of you have ever gone there, you'll know that it's not cheap (especially when everyone involved is a college student). By the time you order the 15 dollar entrée, the 3 dollar drink, and the 7-8 dollar slice of cheesecake (tip too), things can get a bit pricy. Luckily for the rest of us, who were shelling out ~30+ dollars to eat dinner, he had brought along a gift card to pay for himself...I mean, it's not a huge deal. Just struck me as a bit rude to invite your friends out to a decently expensive restaurant (for a college student) and make them pay full price while you whip out the gift card...

Oct 04, 2013
Baskerville in Not About Food

Am I the only one who doesn't like...?

I don't like wine or beer, either. :< I actually am not a big alcohol drinker at all. Anything higher than 5% alcohol sets off my gag reflex. Always hated cough syrup to the point of gagging and spitting it out as a kid, and as an adult when I realized its ingredient list, everything suddenly made sense.

I can handle spirits, only when very well mixed in a drink. A strawberry daiquiri is as boozy as I let things get.

I will admit, though—I am a fan of those really awful malt beverage wine cooler-type deals, and I am a big fan of hard cider. Beer, despite having the same amount of alcohol, just doesn't appeal to me, flavor-wise.

I don't like olives, either. I'm really sad, because olive bars in grocery stores look so damned appealing. The variety of colors and shapes offers a feast for the eyes, but the briney bitterness has never really jived with me. I like kimchi and other various pickles, so maybe I need to try a good olive again? It HAS been a while...

Pretty much any other food is fair game, though. ;)

Oct 03, 2013
Baskerville in General Topics

Dog or Cat?

You know, I actually derive my handle from the typeface and not the Hound. ;)

Oct 02, 2013
Baskerville in Not About Food
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Our Cat Likes People Food

One of my cats has no interest in people food (save for tuna, but does that really count?) but my boy Rosco goes absolutely nuts when we break out the vegetables and leafy greens. He reacts very positively to spinach and cabbage in particular. The strange thing, however, is that he really has no interest in consuming them. He'll chomp on them a few times without actually eating anything, instead preferring to bat it around for a minute or two. He is also a very avid muncher of plants—can't keep any in the house for that very reason. I guess the two are related somehow? When I first brought him home, I found my bamboo plant with teeth marks in the leaves. Nothing was actually eaten, so maybe he just uses them as a palate cleanser. :)

Oct 02, 2013
Baskerville in Not About Food

Dog or Cat?

Aaaargh, I guess I'll say savory. It's a really close one. I love combining the two whenever possible. :)

Crunchy.

Vanilla.

Mee-yow.

Oct 02, 2013
Baskerville in Not About Food

Costco Prepared Food

I will admit (shamefully) that I have never made chicken salad with dark meat. That's probably because I tend to go for the leg and thigh and wing when I roast a chicken or take home a rotisserie bird, and end up pushing the breast aside when I get full. Now you've inspired me to turn some thighs into chicken salad...if I ever end up with leftover dark meat, that is.

Oct 01, 2013
Baskerville in Chains

Costco Prepared Food

Not sure if you count this, but our Costco in Brentwood, TN has rotisserie chicken leg quarters in an eight pack for 4.99(!) in the prepared foods area. I presume these are the leftovers from when they make the chicken salad from the rotisserie breast. Pretty awesome deal for 4.99. That's a week's worth of work lunches for my husband and me for 5 dollars—not too shabby. :)

Oct 01, 2013
Baskerville in Chains
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Cutthroat Kitchen

I watched that episode last night. Even if you hadn't pointed it out to me in advance, it was PAINFULLY obvious! I thought you might have been referencing something that was a background element—y'know, just a "passing glance" sort of thing. But no. That was front and center horrible. Damn. How could Alton just let that one slide?

Sep 26, 2013
Baskerville in Food Media & News

Butter or Margarine?

I did in my college years, when I was still brainwashed into thinking that it was healthy. Used to have a tub of Smart Balance in the fridge at all times; nowadays, I have blocks of Kerrygold grass-fed butter. :)

Sep 26, 2013
Baskerville in General Topics
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No Sundried Tomatoes at Costco??

I checked last night, and the brand is Bella Sun Luci, same as what you're discussing.

Sep 18, 2013
Baskerville in Chains

No Sundried Tomatoes at Costco??

Huh, odd. I actually just purchased my first package of sundried tomatoes at Costco on Sunday. I'm in Nashville, TN. This was actually the first time I've noticed them at my store. These were not packed in oil—just stored in a resealable zipper bag.

Ah, Costco...always a guessing game!

Sep 17, 2013
Baskerville in Chains
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What did you just make that you were sorry you took the last bite of??

My lovely loaf of "beer" bread (Angry Orchard hard cider substituted for beer) made with Kerrygold Dubliner cheese. Delicious slathered in butter, and made a fantastic grilled cheese with more of the aforementioned Dubliner. Mmm.

Sep 05, 2013
Baskerville in General Topics

Braising Carnitas in beer???

Agreed. This is indubitably the case. I see mush in your future with that approach.

I looked the product up on TJ's website. Those are fully-cooked, and the reheating directions involve microwaving. Skip the beer braise and save it for a lovely hunk of pork shoulder you get from the supermarket instead.

Sep 05, 2013
Baskerville in Home Cooking

healthiest meal you can think of (that you still want to eat)

Oh goodness. With that amount of cooking time, I can certainly see why you're horrified at the prospect. I would never dream of doing what your in-laws do to beans!

I cook mine for 2 minutes in the pressure cooker. What results is a still-green, not mushy but still very tender bean. I tend to prefer my veggies roasted in some sort of fat to the point of crunchiness, but the clean, tender taste of a steamed vegetable is a welcome departure at times, especially when paired with a fatty pork roast. Also, you can't beat cooking veggies in two minutes. I've tried steaming them in the microwave, but it takes longer and they still end up weirdly tough.

So, technically, I agree with you! Hah! No worries at all. :)

Sep 05, 2013
Baskerville in Home Cooking
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healthiest meal you can think of (that you still want to eat)

Slow-roasted, high-heat finished pork picnic shoulder (skin on, please!) with pressure cooked green beans. :}

Sep 05, 2013
Baskerville in Home Cooking

So, what's the average Chowhounder's weight?

I somehow got significantly heavier when I started to get into baking via America's Test Kitchen recipes. Wait, you mean I'm NOT supposed to double the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and split it between my husband and consume them over the course of the weekend? Oh dear...

Sep 05, 2013
Baskerville in Not About Food
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Summertime foods you can't wait to eat!

PULLED PORK! RIBS! So, okay, they don't technically require summer to be eaten, but still. The whole process of hours-long smoking sessions is much less painful in nice, warm weather.

For a true summer experience, I'll say a grilled burger topped with a thick slice of garden tomato and dollop of homemade mayonnaise.

Mar 19, 2013
Baskerville in General Topics

How to use stuff you might otherwise discard?

And here I thought I was the recipient of a multi-layered corn pun. :)

Mar 18, 2013
Baskerville in Home Cooking

Cooking Task You Detest the Most?

I love chopping, dicing, peeling, seasoning, butterflying, pounding, puréeing, sautéing, boiling, blending, mashing, processing, roasting, toasting, and searing—heck, even count me in for temping a piece of meat obsessively every two minutes—but the moment I realize I have to wash the dishes and get everything clean and out the way, I want to bolt out the front door. That's what fiancés are for. :} I cook and he cleans!

Mar 12, 2013
Baskerville in Home Cooking

What color are your everyday plates?

My everyday plates: Lemongrass Fiesta Ware. :}

Mar 07, 2013
Baskerville in Cookware

Riff on a previous thread...if you could have anything for breakfast, every day (health and weight issues aside), what would it be?

Now that you mention it, I think it IS a regional thing. I was born in Kentucky. I actually recall vacationing to other states and hearing my parents remark on the lack of biscuit and gravy at the local McDonald's.

A brief dive into Wikipedia leads me to the following tidbit: "Biscuits and gravy are available in parts of the southern U.S."

I'll be darned! I suppose it is a very Southern dish, after all.

Mar 07, 2013
Baskerville in General Topics

Your Best Main Dishes

This is a toughie. I'm still a fledgling cook, but I think I definitely have a few winners up my sleeve:

Prime rib with horseradish cream sauce
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al...

Slow-roasted pork shoulder with oven-crisped skin

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

Braised oxtails (chuck roast is also a viable substitute, though not as delicious

)

No recipe here. I'm experimenting with varying amounts of ingredients/different braising liquids. Turns out nice every time. Slow cooking + tough chunks of beef with loads of melty fat and and gelatin and the like? Yes please.

Mar 05, 2013
Baskerville in Home Cooking