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Lamb - Can you Cook, Leave it, And Finish with a Sear?

This. Lamb fat is suet (beef fat is the far more familiar form of suet); suet, when rendered, is tallow. Tallow candles, anyone? Suet/tallow, when cold or cool has a . . . waxy . . . quality that many people do not care for. Hence why it's fat that should be served warm. (Pork fat has a different lipid composition, and does not suffer from this as much, which is why people happily eat lardo but not the equivalent for beef, lamb or mutton)

about 21 hours ago
Karl S in Home Cooking
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What do you think about 'mandatory' Valet Parking?

It's illegal in many municipalities.

1 day ago
Karl S in Not About Food

Legal Sea Foods: You've come a long way baby!

It's a now immortal trope of Grandpa Simpson and generally used in pop culture to denote without further detail a generic rambling Back-In-My-Day story:

Episode: Last Exit To Springfield

"We can't bust heads like we used to, but we have our ways. One trick is to tell 'em stories that don't go anywhere - like the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. Give me five bees for a quarter, you'd say. . . . Now where were we? Oh yeah: the important thing was I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn't have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones."

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Billing issue... what would you do?

This. Don't apologize or accuse when doing this. Just state the facts and your intended course of action.

I seriously doubt the server lied, because you were if anything likely to reduce your tip in reference to the actual rather than notionally original gross. And the manager should have just sucked this one up.

2 days ago
Karl S in Not About Food

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

That kind of corn has been almost entirely absent from farmstands in the Northeast (at least from my many samplings each season in ME, RI, NY) for many years now. Almost all the corn at the farmstands is now at least quite sugar-enhanced if its not outright supersweet, and it takes days for conversion to become very noticeable if you keep the corn refrigerated. Farmers know what the bulk of their customers want, and they switched years ago.

2 days ago
Karl S in General Topics

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

General thoughts:

Featuring our fish and shellfish, and local seasonal (or beautifully pickled/preserved) vegetables (especially vegetables and legumes and grains that are indigenous to the New World), would be important if you lived in a part of the US with access to good sources; I would omit or go very light on the dairy for the Chinese, and be more circumspect with cheese for the French and Italians than American buffet tables would be. I would not bother with our chicken at all, period, except fried or smoked; roasted, baked or poached, it's just a pallid affair compared to what they could get in their respective countries. Consider our rich traditions of slowly smoked meats (domesticated cattle and swine, of course, but also game, which has a more local terroire, as it were), but serve more modest portions. For desserts, go with simpler, classical vernacular offerings.

For drink, America can offer good selections of fermented beverages (wines, beers and ciders).

2 days ago
Karl S in General Topics

Pay by Check no more!

LOL. Just goes to show poverty of the soul can be an affliction worse than poverty of the wallet.

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

The fresh corn varieties largely sold at farmstands these days are rarely the older types that converted quickly to starch. Many take several days in refrigeration before the conversion becomes very noticeable.

Aug 21, 2014
Karl S in General Topics

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

As with very many fruits, cantaloupes don't ripen (in the sense of developing sweetness) after they are picked, they just get softer (as in decaying). Not the fault of the grocer but the farmer. Even a grocer can't sample every melon to determine that the pickers were 100% accurate (oh, and measuring would of course raise costs....).

Aug 21, 2014
Karl S in General Topics

Salt Pork in Florida?

I suspect you are looking for dry-cured (that is, the pork is cured by being placed in dry salt) rather than brine-cured. The only nationally available dry-cured salt pork I am aware of is by Niman Ranch, which is not as cheap as the other stuff, but I also think the salt is brushed pretty well off it.

Aug 20, 2014
Karl S in Florida

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

"Sweet" when used in advertising cherries is a variety distinction in contrast to "sour" or "tart" cherry varieties. It's purely a relative differentiator, not an absolute one. So, the answer to your question is No.

Aug 20, 2014
Karl S in General Topics
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Where can I get my Market Basket favorites?

It's funny how cottage cheese is so NOT a roughly uniform commodity product. Quality varies considerably among brands and private label house brands. And, I have to say, some of the organic brands are downright nasty nasty.

Friendship rules the cottage cheese world.

Aug 19, 2014
Karl S in Greater Boston Area

Legal Sea Foods: You've come a long way baby!

Back when I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time . . . .

Where can I get my Market Basket favorites?

Friendship is the gold standard for cottage cheese. Can be found at WF and S&S.

Pearl hot dogs can be procured at S&S.

Aug 18, 2014
Karl S in Greater Boston Area

Legal Sea Foods: You've come a long way baby!

You need to sample local roast beef sandwich joints (which can have very good fried clams and seafood).

Aug 17, 2014
Karl S in Greater Boston Area

Your Favorite Meat or Protein?

Eggs and fish.

Aug 11, 2014
Karl S in General Topics

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Well, come fall, you'll have a full-size Wegman's close by (not a value chain like MB, of course) in Burlington, in addition to MB (if still open), TJs, Roche Bros and H-Mart.

Aug 01, 2014
Karl S in Greater Boston Area
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are you not supposed to eat corn tortillas straight out of the bag?

For The Win.

Jul 31, 2014
Karl S in General Topics

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

I'm even more impressed by the breadth, depth and durability of customer solidarity.

Samira's Homemade Store - Closed or Relocated?

Yes. They have a stand at the FM in Wakefield on Saturday mornings.

Jul 31, 2014
Karl S in Greater Boston Area

Will drive for strawberries--any "local" ones around (presumably from Canada)?

There are day-neutral (ever-bearing) varieties of strawberries that farms plant for limited summertime supply (as opposed to the short-season abundance of June-bearing strawberry varieties).

Jul 31, 2014
Karl S in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Though I found it very interesting late last week when I got my pile of weekly circulars in the mailbox and discovered there was none from MB. Now, I didn't expect much in the way of sales promotions, but I was rather gobsmacked that the Powers That Be did not use the opportunity for FREE, unmediated, communication with their customers (who tend to be the kind of people who do NOT throw away the MB circular but read it each week). My reaction: wow, they either don't care about their customers, or don't know what they are doing - or some mixture of both.

I am not aware of any news folks who caught onto this omission - which omission would serve to indicate how far news folks are from the customer base of MB, btw.

Pepes Pizza coming to Boston

My coal fired oven geek family/friends advise it usually take at least 6 months of heavy use to season it up right. FWIW. (The point is NOT the it won't be good pizza until then; rather, that comparisons to the mother/father ship will be premature.)

Jul 30, 2014
Karl S in Greater Boston Area

I hate it when I don't know how to pronounce a food's name in a restaurant

You'd need to use IPA to avoid regional English accents from distorting the intended results.....

Jul 30, 2014
Karl S in General Topics

Pepes Pizza coming to Boston

Just to set expectations with high-quality pizza ovens: it takes a few months for them to get properly "seasoned", to folks should not expect pizzas in a new oven to taste quite like those in a well-used oven.

Jul 30, 2014
Karl S in Greater Boston Area

Possible Double Standard Regarding Dietary Needs/Preferences

I would, if I faced that situation.

Jul 30, 2014
Karl S in Not About Food

Possible Double Standard Regarding Dietary Needs/Preferences

Well, there's the raw food cousin to macrobiotic.

Jul 29, 2014
Karl S in Not About Food

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

The problem is she's a shareholder not a director. Unless a director resigns or term expires soon, a switch by her would not necessarily get reflected at the director level soon.

Jul 29, 2014
Karl S in Greater Boston Area

Possible Double Standard Regarding Dietary Needs/Preferences

Now you just need some hard-core paleos and macrobiotic guests.

Jul 29, 2014
Karl S in Not About Food

Native Corn

I doubt it. Do return stuff that you find subpar (don't eat it and then complain, though). Don't expect it will change supermarket chain behavior, which involves far vaster supply/demand chain pressure points. Smaller chains and independents are more likely to feel some pressure. Even so, look at how long Market Basket has gone on with >70% declines in business from a customer boycott.

Jul 29, 2014
Karl S in Greater Boston Area