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Top Chef Duel 9/10 Dale vs. Tiffany

I contemplated writing a recap, but it would have been, in its entirety:

Wow. Who knew Rob Zombie was such a humorless dick?

My plants are plagued by aphids and fungus gnats

Thanks for the follow-up. I have chronic fungus gnat problems - they have actually affected plants after bringing them indoors - and have tried Gnatrol. It works...but the gnats eventually come back. Meanwhile, I have a serrano pepper that is fighting for its life vs. aphids. I do the USDA insecticidal soap every now and then, but the poor plant just can't keep up with the damage. Right now, it has come back and has set fruit, but I'm debating whether to try to over-winter it indoors again.

Sep 08, 2014
Wahooty in Gardening

Guinness World Record - 27 One Liter Beer Mugs

I believe the story I saw this morning reported the weight as 136 lbs.

Sep 08, 2014
Wahooty in Food Media & News
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I'll miss you Joan

Courtesy of Kathy Griffin:

"Early on in our friendship, around the time she had a recurring role as my mother on the sitcom "Suddenly Susan," I asked her, "How do you deal with the fact that you're a nice, generous woman but are thought of as this mean comic? Doesn't it drive you crazy?"

Without skipping a beat, over her usual meal of asparagus and Altoids, she answered, "Why would I care about that? Those people don't know me. As long as they're laughing, that's all I care about. Also, if they think I'm mean, maybe it's good for my career."

That's called being fearless, in case you needed another reason to worship Joan.

Then she picked up the check, by the way. She always picked up the check. One time, I was committed to getting that check first, only to find that she'd had her assistant call ahead that afternoon when she learned where I was taking her, and pre-picked up the check. I didn't even know you could do that."

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/...

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

I'm not sure I'm on board with jalapeno cheese for a first-timer...but I am a cheeseburger slider girl. They are positively disgusting, but in a longingly craveable way.

I must say, I feel the need to pipe in for the Midwest again, because an uninformed reader of this thread might think that WC is a mid-Atlantic thing. You can get them there, as one of my best college friends was delighted to discover when I introduced her to sliders and chicken rings in New Jersey en route to NYC. I still haven't worked out how White Castle has managed to hang on in the Midwest and the (northern) Mid-Atlantic, but disappeared everywhere in between.

Sep 04, 2014
Wahooty in Chains

What food products do you like or dislike endorsed by chefs , celebrities, or restaurants ?

I haven't tried many of them, but I've enjoyed the Rick Bayless products that I've tried, and the ones I haven't tend to get good reviews.

Sep 04, 2014
Wahooty in General Topics

Top Chef Duels, 9/3 Burke vs Takashi, SPOILERS, another profane and increasingly violent recap

Oh, cowboyardee giveth...and cowboyardee taketh away. :( I refuse to click your little blue heart when mine is breaking...

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

As a Midwesterner, Culver's is lovely, as fast food chains go. I have NEVER understood the passion some have for Jimmy John's.

You are missing nothing at Dick's. Can't help you on the other two.

Aug 27, 2014
Wahooty in Chains
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Remember Katie Joel on Top Chef?

Stephen went through his transformation while watching himself on the show. They did a reunion show for that season before reunion shows on Bravo were a Thing, and he came armed with humility and a large dose of mea culpa. I started liking him at the reunion, and when he came back on All-Stars, he fully owned that he was out of his league. Tiffany had a similar epiphany - she mellowed noticeably after seeing herself on TV, but didn't have as far to go as a personality, and was always a very talented chef. I think the cheftestapants from later seasons went in a little more savvy about how they would be portrayed. The first season of most "reality" shows always seems to be the most innocent - later casts always seem to be at least somewhat aware of what package/story they will be edited into, having seen the producers do their thing for at least one season.

Aug 25, 2014
Wahooty in Food Media & News

Top Chef Duels 8/20, spoilers, Antonia vs Mike - a profane and foggy recap

<slow clap>

A Personal Announcement

Touche', hill.

Aug 20, 2014
Wahooty in Site Talk
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NY Times Review of Giada's Las Vegas restaurant. Ouch

I believe both legally qualify as hate crimes.

A Personal Announcement

You may not have given me the shirt off your back, but you are the only CH mod who has ever let me drive their car across an international border. If there is such a thing as karma, the cosmos owes you a solid. Cheers to a new chapter for a class act!

Aug 20, 2014
Wahooty in Site Talk

Does fish stock gel?

My beef stock always gels...I use raw marrow bones and oxtails. Gelatinous goodness! Your problem may be that your bones are already spent and roasted - the good stuff has already rendered down into the juices from the roast.

Aug 15, 2014
Wahooty in General Topics

The previously reported "creeping guy" is no more.

The little Outbrain guy is still in the sidebar...shhh! Don't want him to know we're on to him...

Memorable Quotes about booze

"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut."

I beg to differ. Following that first sentence has led to some of my best vacations. One late night, beer-fueled idea is still going strong, 15 years later. ;)

Religious-based food events or restaurants, GTA and beyond

This may be stretching the "beyond," but it's not too far over the border...the Thai market at the Midwest Buddhist Meditation Center in Warren, MI:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/796097

Katie Lee (Joel) - LG Commercial

You know...I was a Top Chef early adopter, and haven't really seen the first season since I watched it in real time. I never particularly liked Katie Lee, nor hated her...largely because I was also young then. But having seen her LG commercial...you would think after a decade or so she would have figured out how to be personable on camera.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoBGQX...

Jul 14, 2014
Wahooty in Food Media & News

What's So Wrong About Not Lliking ..... ?

<sigh> you know there's only ONE monument.. ;)

Jul 11, 2014
Wahooty in Not About Food

Ludington and Manistee MI?

"Did I mention that there also were a surprisingly high number unaccompanied females hanging out downtown, in the vicinity of Blue Moon, Barley and Rye, The Mitten Bar and Jamesport Brewing Company? I’ll assume this is something Wahooty can relate to ;-)"

<snork> I'll cop to having been one of those unaccompanied females on occasion, but I tend to head out there during mellower times - random weekdays or the off-season - so I've never noticed a particularly large number of sisters-in-arms. ;)

For the future reference of others who might be headed to Manistee, I did visit Bluefish a week or so ago. Right now, they're operating at a higher level than the Cow...I think the owners are paying more attention to the newer place, especially since it's the high season there and the low season here. The fish dishes we had were both quite lovely, and the sides are a little more creative and varied - the red beans and rice that came with my fish weren't great as Red Beans and Rice, but a perfectly nice rice and beans side dish, if that makes any sense.

Jul 09, 2014
Wahooty in Great Lakes
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When Morton just won't do...Pasta Rocks!

You're right. Paying twice as much for pretty is the So-Called Foodie way.

Jun 06, 2014
Wahooty in General Topics

When Morton just won't do...Pasta Rocks!

The price reference was in regard to the original product, not the GO price. If I had a GO, I might buy them there too. And put them in a grinder for use as finishing salt. ;)

Jun 06, 2014
Wahooty in General Topics

When Morton just won't do...Pasta Rocks!

I can't say how many editors may be placing this product in their magazines, but I'll keep an eye on Saveur, the only one to which I currently subscribe. But my Mad Googling Skillz (tm) indicate there are three places online to buy this product: Epicurious.com, Cooking.com, and directly from Olivelle. Conveniently enough, I already buy nothing from any of those sites.

Jun 06, 2014
Wahooty in General Topics

When Morton just won't do...Pasta Rocks!

Assuming I actually think there is value in salting pasta water with fancy salt, I just did a price check at my small-town, Midwestern grocery store. I can get pink Himalayan salt for $5.99/lb. Why exactly should I pay twice as much for a more labor-intensive product?

Jun 06, 2014
Wahooty in General Topics

Photos of Fictional Dishes

Why just photos when you can make them yourself? ;)
http://www.amazon.com/Feast-Ice-Fire-...

Jun 05, 2014
Wahooty in Food Media & News

Top Chef Duels [Was: Top Chef Extreme]

Jun 04, 2014
Wahooty in Food Media & News

Top Chef Duels [Was: Top Chef Extreme]

I have a friend whose surname does not seem unusual to me at all, but he claims everyone with that name originated in the same village in England. I think whatever the name was in the Antonia/Mike Isabella case was a fairly common Sicilian name - there was a pretty lively conversation on the TC thread at the time, if I recall.

Jun 04, 2014
Wahooty in Food Media & News

Top Chef Duels [Was: Top Chef Extreme]

Actually, wasn't it just a common surname? I don't think it was a particular individual...they just got a kick out of playing with the idea of being "cousins."

Jun 04, 2014
Wahooty in Food Media & News

Is Carbonation Affected by Temperature, Pressure, Time?

This has absolutely nothing to do with solubility. And with all due respect, that is one mnemonic I will never teach my students.

Jun 03, 2014
Wahooty in General Topics

Is Carbonation Affected by Temperature, Pressure, Time?

I can't speak for tastesgood, but I make my living explaining these concepts to college kids. :)

Jun 02, 2014
Wahooty in General Topics