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More food expiration date hype, this time on Dr. Oz

Oz is a Brand.

about 15 hours ago
Karl S in Food Media & News

is salt really heated to 1200 degrees F?

Salt...is a rock.

1 day ago
Karl S in General Topics

Potato chips fried in LARD!

Yes, and they were about 25% lower in calories (comparising same-weight serving sizes). Very few people realize that the switch to vegetable oil increased the calories significantly.... But the demon of the day was cholesterol...

1 day ago
Karl S in General Topics

Hot Dogs... Grilled, Boiled, Steamed... or really?... Microwaved?

For frankfurter traditionalists in Germany, a pair of natural casing dogs is cooked in scalding (not boiling) water for 7-8 minutes, and served with a role and mustard.

http://www.catering.de/wp-content/upl...

I strongly prefer so-called kosher (all beef, with a strong garlic kick) frankfurters, usually pan-grilled, but sometimes simmered. Served in a buttered/toasted New England-style roll. Only condiment I enjoy is well prepared hot sauerkraut (with sauteed onion, beer or white wine, maybe some finely diced apple, and caraway seeds).

Apr 23, 2015
Karl S in General Topics

Converting dried chickpeas to soaked?

Apr 23, 2015
Karl S in Home Cooking

More food expiration date hype, this time on Dr. Oz

Preach it!

Apr 23, 2015
Karl S in Food Media & News
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bbq menu

Apr 23, 2015
Karl S in General Topics
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How to invite friends for dinner, where everyone pays for their own food?

Avoiding saying it only works if all invitees have a longstanding practice of going Dutch so that it is understood as the default mode. For any invitees for whom that is not certainly understood, you must be clear.

Apr 21, 2015
Karl S in Not About Food
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Who owns the leftovers?

Whoever spit it in first.

bbq menu

If people are likely to be eating, but not seated at tables, then be sure that all foods can be eaten with fingers or only a fork, no knife.

Apr 20, 2015
Karl S in General Topics

Do you love the concept of organic peanut butter but just hate the mess?

Yes, it does work perfectly. It works perfectly with standard-sized Teddie peanut butter jars.

I don't want any sweetener in my peanut butter. Ick for me.

Apr 18, 2015
Karl S in General Topics

Takeout pasta dishes - how to avoid overcooked pasta?

So long as the pasta is kept in a sauce, it will keep absorbing any water-based fluid in the sauce. Ditto for rice and other starches.

Takeout pasta is just a plain bad idea (IF you want excellent rather than mediocre pasta, that is) because most items should be served immediately on a properly warmed dish. And promptly eaten.

Apr 18, 2015
Karl S in General Topics

Another tipping question?

CA needs its special snowflakes - to melt.

Apr 18, 2015
Karl S in Not About Food

Another tipping question?

Your tip percentage shouldn't changes because it's money that goes directly to the house and only indirectly and unevenly to the staff.

Rather, it might affect your tip base if you follow the customary practice of tipping on the pre-tax amount: it depends whether is is more like a tax or something that would have otherwise been reflected in the prices on the menu. It seems it's a mix, so I think reasonale people could differ in how they handle it. Eventually, a customary practice will evolve, but it's too new to describe anything yet as a custom in this regard. And tipping is all about customary practice.

Apr 18, 2015
Karl S in Not About Food

Cook Your Vegetables to Death - Bon App├ętit

I adore the late great Judy Rodger's (Zuni Cafe) long-cooking recipe for Italian (Romano) green beans:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/277951

You just have to get over equating goodness with bright viridity.

Apr 17, 2015
Karl S in Home Cooking

What is considered unsweetened peanut butter.

Nope. And it's not peanut butter, but "peanut butter spread".

Apr 17, 2015
Karl S in General Topics

Watery marinara sauce w fresh tomatoes

Well, here's a test of how much the zucchini is contributing to this: try saucing regular pasta with the sauce. Compare and contrast how much separation occurs.

Apr 13, 2015
Karl S in Home Cooking
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I'm the turtle at the table .

Fine. I was very cranky when I had to wait for restaurants in Madrid to deign to serve a single American who spoke fluent Spanish (I took it for 10 years, dreamed in Spanish, et cet.) at 9PM, only to have the waiters refuse to speak to me in Spanish and give me attitude that would make the snottiest Parisian waiters seem like they were LAbrador retrievers

Apr 06, 2015
Karl S in Not About Food
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What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

Thank you.

Apr 05, 2015
Karl S in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

Thank you.

Apr 05, 2015
Karl S in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

Thank you.

Apr 04, 2015
Karl S in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

It's been a few years since I made Easter dinner. This year my 91-year old father is one of my guests (mom died 6 months ago). The menu is simple:

Lamb loin chops (US lamb), marinated then cooked sous vide (130F for 45 minutes) and finished quickly on the grill
Risotto with petite peas and cheese
Asparagus
Wegman's Ultimate White Cake, with dark chocolate gelato a la mode.

I'm the turtle at the table .

Montreal is a wee bit south of Lyon. (Providence RI is at about the same latitude as Rome and Ajaccio on Corsica)

Apr 04, 2015
Karl S in Not About Food

lasagne vs ziti

This is at least a semi-potluck with specified dishes. So it's perfectly acceptable to ask questions of this sort because there is some element of sharing hosting duties.

Lasagne =/= baked ziti, so ask about that proposed substitution.

And definitely ask about the oven; never assume it's available.

Apr 03, 2015
Karl S in Not About Food

I'm the turtle at the table .

I was attempting some oblique humor directed at your friends, not you....

Apr 02, 2015
Karl S in Not About Food
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Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

Contrast this with the water system in metropolitan Boston (the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority), the water for which comes from the Quabbin Reservoir in central Massachusetts. The quarterly water/sewer bill for my two-unit condomimium in a small city several miles north of downtown Boston runs $350-550. Water usage from the Quabbin is down from 30 years ago, and the reservoir is nearly full most of the time. Many municipalities in the system have spent the last 10-20 years replacing their water mains to dramatically reduce leakage. Oh, and the water is delicious and somewhat soft. When people from other areas hear about our water bills, they are amazed. And we're in a water-rich area (northeastern North America is one of the large places in the temperate zones of this globe that is relatively reliably rich in fresh water, take note).

Apr 02, 2015
Karl S in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

Well, at least California is ranked about 20th among the US states for wheat production.

Apr 02, 2015
Karl S in General Topics

UK Substitute for corn syrup

The main thing for which corn syrup has a *technical* advantage over other sweet syrups is that it frustrates crystallization, which cane syrup does not. That's why you'll see it added to sweets that will be frozen, and used in frostings/icings, et cet. If avoiding crystallization is not a concern, you have more flexibility in adopting a substitute, but may need to adjust for relative sweetness and different flavor profiles.

Apr 01, 2015
Karl S in Home Cooking

I'm the turtle at the table .

They would be normal (in terms of time) eaters in, say, Madrid. Actually, a touch on the early side. Cold take-out Chinese is ugggh.

Anyway, I would be direct about different dining hour needs. What if you ate on your own beforehand and spent time with them and then let them eat on their own dime (be clear about that).

Mar 31, 2015
Karl S in Not About Food
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Carded in our Mid 50s!

It's almost certainly because...it's still an actively commissioned vessel in the US Navy (the staffing of which is very much an honor in the Navy), and one of of the most likely things in Boston to be a target of someone seeking fame by destruction of an emblem of the nation. But they should have of course indicated the requirement on the website.

Mar 31, 2015
Karl S in Not About Food