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10 ways to 'fix' McDonald's (if it needs fixing, that is)

That crunchy jalapeno double cheeseburger was a dirty, dirty love affair. The kind you only tell your grandkids about when dementia sets in. Or you pretend it has.

Why do most food blog recipes suck?

One of my all-time favorite blog posts (non-food-related) was about an epic fail. Went over well with my readers, too. :)

Feb 25, 2015
Wahooty in Food Media & News

The Tao of Cookie Monster

Fire. Because everything from fire to sliced bread is a blur. And without fire there is no bread. Or donuts.

The Tao of Cookie Monster

This is amazing. Thank you, grey.

Feb 21, 2015
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Feast, a new Disney film

I've seen it - it was released with Big Hero 6 last fall. It's very sweet. :)

Feb 14, 2015
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Shopping in Grand Rapids

Hey! You ARE still out there! Sometimes I wonder. ;)

Feb 13, 2015
Wahooty in Great Lakes

Shopping in Grand Rapids

Update: Pho Anh Trang (Eastern, just barely south of 36th) is my current favorite pho in GR. It is apparently an offshoot of Pho Soc Trang - the one attached to Golden Bridge Plaza - but I personally think the pho is better here. I'll be back to sample some of their other offerings, but my headcold dictated it was a day for a big steamy bowl of broth, and it really hit the spot.

Feb 13, 2015
Wahooty in Great Lakes

Grand Rapids MI: you're getting a Trader Joe's!

I just hope they mean it this time. They told us we were getting one before, and took it back. :(

Feb 13, 2015
Wahooty in Great Lakes

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #14 – Pre-Finale - 02/04/15 (spoilers)

I don't think it counts as squeaking by if native and highly regarded Mexican chefs say your pork stew was memorable to the point of tears. He didn't just make your run-of-the-mill pork-and-chile stew. Gregory dominated this round.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #14 – Pre-Finale - 02/04/15 (spoilers)

Why do you have to find someone attractive to be impressed by their intellect?

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #14 – Pre-Finale - 02/04/15 (spoilers)

I agree that Gregory got the easiest (read: most suited to the chef's skill set) set of ingredients, but it seems like it was standard "SHOTGUN!" rules...if there even were rules. I actually think avocado is easier than guava, and poblano (his second choice) is easier than, well, everything. I've had huitlacoche, it's not that hard to work with as long as you know what it tastes like, and any one of them has probably had it at some point. Dougie had the hardest set to work with, but also the best sous to help him with the most obscure ingredient. How hard is it to make cheese taste good? I love that Doug made the cheese amazing, and that he made the escamoles work. He went out well.

Feb 04, 2015
Wahooty in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #14 – Pre-Finale - 02/04/15 (spoilers)

I feel like this whole season was one big winner edit. Early on, Gregory and Mei seemed the obvious front-runners, and now, we have a finale with...Gregory and Mei. I adore Doug, and I really think this competition lit a fire under him and brought out the best in him, but I think this was ultimately the right final 2. At the beginning, Mei couldn't quite beat Gregory, so I hope she brings it in a big way next week. Looking forward to seeing what they put out.

Ad at bottom of page... Annoying

Hi DeborahL, to be perfectly honest, that tiny Lost Dog ad really didn't bother me at all, so it's not an issue I personally need resolved. I was only commenting to let you folks know it appeared to be pretty widespread. I'd appreciate it if you guys would apply this same diligence to giving me back my expanding avatars, however. ;)

Feb 03, 2015
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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #13 – 01/28/15 (spoilers)

I GOT MY FINAL 3 AFTER ALL! WOO! GO DOUGIE!!!

I feel like it's going to come down to Gregory vs. Dougie. I think Gregory got spooked in Boston with the Thanksgiving challenge, but when faced with something that requires true creativity, he does a great job. I hope he goes balls-out in the finale. Meanwhile, ever since Dougie figured out he had nothing to lose, he has kicked ass.

But I wouldn't kick Mei out of bed either. She has also consistently kicked some major booty. I am a happy Wahooty, no matter who wins. I am going to enjoy not having anyone to root against!

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Android 4.4.2 and Chrome.

Jan 28, 2015
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Restaurant Name Has Nothing to do With The Food Served

While we're on the subject of Toronto, there's Salad King, a well-known Thai restaurant.

That one led to some very frustrating CH searches when I was trying to find ACTUAL SALADS and 90% of the hits were about pad thai and how many chilis you could handle...

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This one pops up every time I browse the site on my phone, on every CH page. I can only assume it is in HEAVY rotation from your ad server. The oddly small size actually makes it easy to ignore, in my opinion, but I can't imagine I would ever be able to click that tiny 'x' if I wanted to get rid of it.

Jan 27, 2015
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Bon Appetit's Food Lover's Cleanse

So between some leftover days and a weekend of eating away from home, I am just barely into week two. Has anyone else noticed that the second week seems to be much more sloppily-edited than the first? I'm noticing things like...being told to eat barley for three meals in a row. I like barley, but not that much (in fact, I am thinking about swapping out farro if I do this one again). Or lunch salads that involve sauteed mushrooms that I was never told to prepare ahead or set aside the night before. These are things you can deal with if you're reading ahead, but it is taking some of the effortless fun out of it for me. Tonight I did the braised chicken thighs, and while it tasted good, the meal felt kind of half-assed and incomplete. I wanted more than just some roasted celery root to keep it company. This dinner felt more like a Wednesday than a Saturday. I am, however, excited about my swordfish tomorrow, and am planning to Zuni-fy my roast chicken later this week.

Jan 19, 2015
Wahooty in Food Media & News

Garlic clove size

I have absolutely noticed this, and it has been driving me crazy. I hate when I snap off what I think is a nice, fat clove...that turns out to be 3 or 4 tiny ones after a whack of the knife to loosen the skin. However, I seem to have a much higher Fat Clove Success Rate (tm) when I buy the garlic vs. when I'm cooking in someone else's kitchen. I have gotten very picky in the garlic bin.

Jan 19, 2015
Wahooty in General Topics

Anyone use Netflix?

You're in Canada, correct? As I understand it, the offerings on Canadian Netflix are much more limited than they are in the states, both as streaming content and DVD. As others have noted, in the US, you can only get Tampopo on DVD - as a matter of fact, I have it right now.

Jan 15, 2015
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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #10 – 01/07/15 (spoilers)

Okay, this is not really episode 10-specific, but...does anyone else wish that Stephanie Cmar had done more than one Chase Sapphire Preferred commercial??? I am tired of the one (the dish sounds delicious, but her stilted delivery haunts my dreams) but I find myself wanting to know more of her favorite dishes around Boston.

I have friends there, and am making a to-do list for my next visit. A snack-and-sip tour is my favorite way to spend a day in any city, and Chase could be helping me out, but they just dangle that one damn carrot over...and over...and over...(rabbit pun TOTALLY intended)...

Jan 14, 2015
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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #10 – 01/07/15 (spoilers)

I feel like they've been showing the individual clocks for at least a couple of seasons now...I didn't find it particularly unusual this time.

Jan 14, 2015
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Bon Appetit's Food Lover's Cleanse

I did the mustard greens and kale tonight. I didn't use any heat, but did revert to my usual kale salad treatment - massaging the greens with olive oil and coarse salt, and then letting it marinate for a while. Didn't soften the mustard greens to my taste, but I think if I shredded them instead of tearing them, I'd be happier. I also sort of quick-pickled the onions in lemon juice with some salt before putting the whole thing together. (This is starting to feel like a home-cooking thread...) All together, it made for a very pretty plate of food, and it was delicious. I've generally been cooking for one, and making half-plus-one recipes of the dinners, so that I have the leftover portion of protein for the next lunch and a full leftover dinner. So over the next couple of days, I'll probably have a couple of meals of leftovers. You'll be getting even more ahead of me, sweetpotater!

Jan 12, 2015
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Bon Appetit's Food Lover's Cleanse

Yes, my only quibble with this thing is the use of the word "cleanse." But it's two weeks of healthful, varied, and tasty eating after a couple of months of excess. What's wrong with that?

Bon Appetit's Food Lover's Cleanse

In their defense, they are good winter salads, using colder-weather greens, kimchi, root veggies, etc. Last night's dinner was a bed of frisee and/or arugula with roasted root veggies and a poached egg. Not a mealy styrofoam tomato in sight. :) Two entree salads in a day is just a bit much for me, for basically the reason you mention - Michigan hasn't exactly been leaving me craving crisp, cold foods either. Most days, it's only one salad meal, though, so I'll keep with it.

Bon Appetit's Food Lover's Cleanse

Yeah, I hit a wall yesterday - it was one of the vegetarian days, with salad for lunch AND salad for dinner. So I'm taking a bit of a breather today. I'll get back at it tomorrow.

Jan 11, 2015
Wahooty in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #10 – 01/07/15 (spoilers)

DOUGIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE....!
This makes me very sad. I had just decided conclusively during the rerun marathon today that I want Greg, Mei, and Doug in my final three. I really thought Melissa was leaving. Only LCK will tell...

Bon Appetit's Food Lover's Cleanse

I started it yesterday. I am obsessed with the kimchi miso salad dressing. So simple, and ridiculously tasty. Gotta love a creamy salad dressing that provides protein, fiber, and a wee bit of probiotic action. Of course, I adore all things fermented and salty, so YMMV. Also really loved the oatmeal with figs and cacao nibs for its subtle sweetness and chocolaty bitterness, but we'll see if the novelty wears off by the end of the 14 days.

Jan 07, 2015
Wahooty in Food Media & News

Random red flags?

A reload seems to have fixed the problem, but I still see flashes of these flags as the page loads. Perhaps a cache issue, but I have never seen it before today. Chrome, Win7.

Jan 07, 2015
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Random red flags?

I keep seeing these scattered around the board. Also, when I tried to write this post on my laptop, every field I clicked on brought up a file browse window. I am posting this from my phone, where neither problem seems to exist. Will attach a screengrab if my computer will let me.

Jan 07, 2015
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