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Top Chef Duels Finale (spoilers)

I can't muster up two shits to give about Shailene Woodley in general, but she was thoroughly foraging what CJ likes to throw down. Everybody had to cook for someone annoying...at least she was enthusiastic about the theme, and he had an inherent advantage in his duel as a result. I found CJ's proselytizing far more irritating than hers.

(Having re-watched his episode...the dude "marinated" fish by mashing it into lawn clippings. And served that shit on a rock. A FREAKING ROCK. In some circles, we call that kind of cuisine...CAMPING.)

Rob Zombie was the whole Home Depot, but all of the other celebrity judges were just scene dressing. I don't think for one second that any of them had any influence over the verdict. I suspect Rob Zombie knew that too, and that's why he was so cranky.

I'm sure CJ's food didn't translate well on TV, but I really wanted Antonia, Dale, Blais, or Takashi to make the final. Frankly, the whole thing was like an extra-frustrating Restaurant Wars episode, where people got sent home for making good food, but also doing something that wouldn't matter at all in regular competition. Gah. This was good summer entertainment, but make with the real Top Chef already.

Oct 09, 2014
Wahooty in Food Media & News

Best bets for Thanksgiving dinner 2014?

Hey, cool! Can we all come?

"Natural" color stains?

I wish I could remember what dish I was making that scattered dried turmeric on my counter. I tell my students I was "making Indian food." I discovered that it was an indicator when I spritzed said counter with household cleaner, and the dustings showed themselves by turning brick red before I wiped them up.

Other culinary acid/base indicators: ginger, red cabbage/onion (never use red cabbage in a gratin that calls for green), red wine.

Oct 08, 2014
Wahooty in Not About Food

"Natural" color stains?

Unless it comes in contact with something alkaline, in which case it turns brick red.

I love acid/base indicators. :)

Oct 05, 2014
Wahooty in Not About Food

Mario Batali finds in Michigan

Sep 29, 2014
Wahooty in Great Lakes

I think I saw a mouse in frying pan....throw out or clean it?

"The plastic's not -that- absorbent & the critter was in it maybe 9 seconds."
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Boy, gives a whole new meaning to the 5-second rule. ;)

Sep 23, 2014
Wahooty in Not About Food
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My plants are plagued by aphids and fungus gnats

Oddly enough, after being near death for most of the summer, it has come back as the days have been shortening and is not currently showing any aphid population. It's the Little Serrano that Could. It'll be a game-time decision whether or not to bring it in this year...I should just let it go, but feel like I owe it a chance since it keeps fighting back. :)

Sep 20, 2014
Wahooty in Gardening

Party Early Birds

DST --> Standard = "Fall Back" = Everyone else turns their clocks BACK one hour. Drongo doesn't, so thinks it's noon when everyone else knows it's 11, and thus arrives an hour early.

Sep 20, 2014
Wahooty in Not About Food

17 Struggles Only Lazy Vegetarians Will Understand

Bubble in the crust. Have you people never made pizza?

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