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Where to Buy Tahini Sauce?

Not clear on what's wrong with reviving old threads. Obviously, it happens because the subject matter is still relevant to at least some people.

Tahini sauce can be harder to find than plain raw tahini, but it's very easy to make if you can get the raw stuff, which is vaguely like peanut butter. Recipes are abundant ... just google it.

about 22 hours ago
emu48 in Outer Boroughs

Hake Fish from Namibia

I tried the Costco hake and found it excellent. Will buy more of it.

I was curious about how Costco could sell decent-sized hunks of frozen hake when hake sold around the Mediterranean these days tends to be very small pieces, since hake is so overfished.

Did some googling and found out that hake from Southern Africa is an entirely different species that is abundant. Costco buys it from a South Africa fishing company that catches the hake off Namibia, just up the Atlantic Coast from South Africa.

about 22 hours ago
emu48 in General Topics

"Sundays are the Worst"

I llive in the Bible Belt. I had a conversation with God, and she told me two things:

1. Don't go to church because it'll make you unbearably sanctimonious, and they'll want your money.

2. Don't go to eat on Sundays in restaurants frequented by people who do.

Works for me.

Apr 14, 2014
emu48 in Not About Food
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Eating pizza or burger w/ knife and fork

Much of the world eats pizza with a knife and fork. Including people in Naples, where it was invented. They may eat sliced pizza by hand in the streets, too, but in a restaurant, a pizza tends to be a one-person dish, served whole on a dinner plate.

I eat large, unwieldy burgers with a knife and fork because I don't like getting greasy fingers or wearing my food. I could not care less about whether you or anyone else thinks that's pretentious.

Apr 08, 2014
emu48 in Not About Food
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How do you feel about dogs in the grocery cart?

The grocery carts that people put food in???? Feelthy and disgusting. Call the local health authorities. Call the cops. Get out of there and never set foot in that store again.

Mar 24, 2014
emu48 in Not About Food
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Your First Exposure to the Exotic

Age 5, in 1953 (yeah, I'm ancient), in Holland. My parents (U.S. military) and I lived down the road in Brussels. We and some other Americans were in The Hague for a weekend. The adults wanted to go clubbing, so they dumped me and another kid at the Indonesian restaurant near our hotel and bribed the waiters to keep us busy for a few hours. Learned a new word: rijsttafel. Dutch for gorge on spicy food until you fall off your chair.

Mar 17, 2014
emu48 in General Topics
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Overheard in Thai restaurant...embarrassing "Yankees."

I thought it was funny. You know, like "No sex, please. We're British."

Mar 09, 2014
emu48 in Not About Food
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Catering to relatives who don't want "exotic" food

You can always go completely Satanic .... eat at Applebee's. Then go home and have Hostess Twinkies for dessert. Buahhhhhhaaaahhaaaaaaa

Mar 03, 2014
emu48 in Not About Food

Stir Fry Recipes

One of my faves for home preparation is something i would never order in a restaurant: beef with broccoli in oyster sauce. Easy, quick, always good, even healthful. Be sure to include sliced garlic. Offer Tabasco or Sri Racha sauce at table for those who want a little zing. Same recipe works with other meats and other veggies in addition to or in lieu of broccoli. Good with rice or noodles, decent as leftovers.

Mar 03, 2014
emu48 in Home Cooking

Catering to relatives who don't want "exotic" food

It says in the Bible that everything has a reason and a purpose.

That's why God created Applebee's and Olive Garden.

Mar 03, 2014
emu48 in Not About Food

question for european visitors... what surprised you the most about american restaurant culture

Your waiter or waitress will introduce him or herself by name, but you don't have to offer your name in return. It's stupid and annoying, I know.

They are trained to make it sound like they want to have a close personal relationship with you. It is all fakery, just more American marketing bullshit. If your waitress is young and hot, don't offer her your phone number. She may take it badly.

He or she will interrupt your meal one or many times with an inane question: "How are we doing?" or "How are you guys (even if you are female) doing?" They will ask this stupid question only when you either have a mouthful of food or are in the middle of a conversation. This is encouraged by restaurant managers as a way to provide the appearance of attentive service. You still will have to wave and shout to get any service beyond delivery of the food and the bill.

If you ask for your food to be prepared in a non-standard way, that is to say, not the way it is offered on the menu, you will be considered a troublesome guest ... or even worse, someone from California, where everyone considers him or herself "special" and expects "special" treatment. A huge tip will be expected.

If you want your drink cold, but without ice in it, you probably will cause great confusion. You should get accustomed to bad coffee ... most restaurant coffee in this country is pretty awful.

A tip of 15 to 20 percent of the bill is considered normal. Restaurant workers are paid almost nothing in wages, and much of their income is in the form of gratuities. Stupid system, I know, but that's the custom.

Mar 03, 2014
emu48 in Not About Food
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frozen fish from China: worth a try?

"Chum" is a tricky word, in the context of a discussion of salmon.

Chum usually means fish scraps and trimmings thrown in the water by fisher persons to attract fishes.

But it also means a kind of salmon. Chum salmon is a species of salmon that's relatively abundant in the Pacific Northwest but low on the totem pole of what most western salmon consumers prefer. It's quite tasty, but it doesn't taste so salmon-y. Maybe that's why it gets shipped to China, I dunno ...

Mar 01, 2014
emu48 in General Topics

What's the Best Can Opener?

Most of the ones sold new are Crap with a capital C. Most are made in the socialist/militarist melamine utopia. The ones that aren't cost an arm and a leg because they have a French, German or Italian name or were blessed by some TV chef. Ridiculous.

Here's what you do. You go to Goodwill or your local "antique" or "vintage" store and you find an OLD can opener, one made in America. Like Ozzie and Harriet used (google them if you're too young to catch the reference.) Bring along a can for a test flight. If it works, buy it. It'll cost a dollar or five, way less than any of the so-called modern alternatives. It also will last forever.

Americans used to make good stuff.

Mar 01, 2014
emu48 in Features

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Is the pope Catholic?

Mar 01, 2014
emu48 in General Topics

No Sundried Tomatoes at Costco??

They told me capers are seasonal too. I guess Kansas people only eat capers in warm weather. In Hawaii, every Costco has big jars of capers for cheap all the time. Idiots appear to be running the company now.

Feb 27, 2014
emu48 in Chains

No Sundried Tomatoes at Costco??

Costco definitely has taken a turn for the worse. First they reformulated their excellent jarred pesto into a garbage product that hardly has any basil in it. Now this. I'll probably keep my membership for the cheap booze, but I buy less food at Costco. Before, you found the odd inferior food product now and then, but most of it was excellent. Now it's like Trader Joe's, with a larger percentage of food products that are just junk. Very sad. I've been a member since 1988, by the way.

Feb 27, 2014
emu48 in Chains

frozen fish from China: worth a try?

China has a gangster form of government. Chinese manufacturers were allowed to poison Chinese infants with formula containing melamine. If the Chinese government doesn't give a damn about poisoning its own children, how much do you think it worries about poisoning foreign devils like us?

Feb 27, 2014
emu48 in General Topics
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Genetically Modified (GM) Foods

I don't think we know yet whether GMO foods are safe. Or whether some are and others aren't. But I don't trust the USDA and Monsanto to tell me the truth. The problem is compounded by the miserable state of science education in the United States. It's evident from reading the comments here that quite a few people don't understand the difference between hybridizing and the new technology of implanting genes.

Feb 27, 2014
emu48 in General Topics
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Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2014 [OLD]

Bellatoria "thin-crust sausage Italia" frozen pizza: Stay away. One of the worst frozen pizzas ever. Manufactured in Minnesota, probably by people whose ancestors came from far northern Europe and practiced austere forms of Protestantism, if you know what I mean. (I can say that. I'm part Norwegian.)

For a while, Costco was selling some made-in-Italy frozen pizza ... don't remember the name ... and the Margherita version, at least, was decent. They also used to sell some decent U.S. frozen pizzas. Another bad decision by some fool with a CPA or MBA after his/her name. Probably the same fool who turned Costco pesto from a wonderful sauce, albeit one with a short life after you open the jar, into a totally mediocre sauce with very little basil in it but lots of salt and the ability to stay "fresh" for months in the fridge after opening. Attn Costco frozen food honcho: You need to do a purge. You have some BAD people in there.

Feb 26, 2014
emu48 in Chains

Le Creuset Japanese Grill

Looks more like a Korean grill. Sterno isn't hot enough. I'd buy one of those portable one-burner gas stoves, that are fueled by cans of butane or propane, and put the top part of your gizmo on it. These little gas burners sell for maybe $30 or so at hardware and Asian food stores. Or go to Amazon.com and search for "portable gas burner."

Feb 19, 2014
emu48 in Cookware

California Bill Proposes Soda Warning Labels.....................

Pretty ridiculous. Sugary sodas, like most other foods, are perfectly harmless for healthy people when used in moderation. Like many other foods, they're mostly bad news for people with certain conditions, such as diabetes. Like all other foods, they're bad for anybody when consumed to excess. Let's start taking children away from parents who let them eat Hostess Twinkies, too. Freaking California nitwits.

Feb 19, 2014
emu48 in Food Media & News
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Why would someone decide to avoid all food products made in the States?

Travel overseas and, wherever you're going, read food ingredient labels. Come home and do the same. It's as plain as night and day: Compared to foreign products, U.S. food products are loaded with chemicals of all kinds: artificial flavors and colors, sweeteners made from corn, stabilizers, anti-oxidants, emulsifiers.

There are entire categories of U.S. food products which usually taste inferior to those elsewhere: chocolate and cottage cheese are the examples that come to my mind, based on my own experience. Read the Wikipedia entry for the Hershey company to learn how the U.S. chocolate industry has lobbied to make U.S. chocolate even more inferior.

I think the jury is still out on GMOs, but whether you love them or hate them, they're banned in most of Europe, and our foods are full of them. If you think they're bad for you, and you live in the USA, plan on never again eating tofu. Or any grain product, including bread. Or any product sweetened with corn-derived sugars (which is most everything in the store except meat and fresh produce). If they're as bad for us as some people say, we're all gonna have two-headed kids pretty soon. Hope those people are wrong.

Feb 17, 2014
emu48 in General Topics
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EVOOOOOO ?

For accuracy's sake, I shouldn't have equated lower-grade olive oil with yellow color. There are also extra-virgin oils that are yellow, usually from ripe (i.e., black) olives.

Feb 14, 2014
emu48 in General Topics

She's Baaaacccckkkkkkk Paula Deen's comeback..........

Paula Deen and the Duck Dynasty people are all the same to me. People like them give white trash a bad name.

Feb 14, 2014
emu48 in Food Media & News

Old Chicken, eat or toss?

Jeezus Buddha. Throw that sucker out before you poison somebody. Especially since you're in Hawaii. That chicken package took extra time to get to you in the first place.

Feb 14, 2014
emu48 in General Topics

Ditching the mircowave?

I lived without one for several years. It wasn't the end of the world. However, I eventually got another one because it is so convenient. I never cook in it, but I use it for all kinds of minor kitchen chores:
-- Softening lemons and limes so they yield more juice with less work.
-- Softening ice cream for easy scooping.
-- Softening butter for easy spreading.
-- Defrosting frozen meats quickly.
-- Reheating leftovers
-- Warming up cups of coffee or tea.
-- Steaming veggies and sometimes fish.

I keep the smallest, cheapest microwave I can find for these chores. They're very cheap these days.

Feb 10, 2014
emu48 in Cookware
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The ridiculous price of raw chicken wings!

Supply and demand: When nobody wanted chicken wings, they were cheap, maybe even free. Now everybody wants them, so they cost a lot more. Has nothing to do with the inherent quality of the food ... breast meat costs more because it's what most Americans prefer, mainly out of concern about getting fat. Thigh meat is much tastier, but it costs less, because it is less lean and therefore less popular. Plus which, overcooking breast meat makes it dry and awful. Overcooking thigh meat doesn't seem to hurt it at all.

Feb 10, 2014
emu48 in General Topics

White-Anchovies-Boquerones-Vinegar-Packed Locally?

Bought them at Whole Foods, though not in the Palo Alto area. I'd expect them at any Whole Foods store.

Feb 04, 2014
emu48 in San Francisco Bay Area

Worst Dishes in 2014

Crab Rangoon anywhere.

Feb 03, 2014
emu48 in Manhattan

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

Veal sweetbreads with sherry mustard sauce at Bayona. Beyond good ... memorable.

Jan 30, 2014
emu48 in New Orleans
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