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I come to praise the carrot, not to bury it!

I agree the carrots are even better in escabeche.

Nov 20, 2013
Wyvern in General Topics

I come to praise the carrot, not to bury it!

I do like them roasted.

Nov 20, 2013
Wyvern in General Topics

What was the worst food you HAD to eat as a kid?

Wow. You seem to read a whole lot in meowz's post than I did.

May 26, 2013
Wyvern in General Topics

What did your Mom always have on hand, that you NEVER do?

I don't know that adolphs ever had msg. It was Accent that did. I could be wrong. I think their similar packaging and same first letter led to confusions of the brands?

May 26, 2013
Wyvern in General Topics

Budweiser Black Crown

I had one the other night and wasn't impressed. Can somebody please tell me the ingredients? Is Black Crown a rice beer?

Apr 06, 2013
Wyvern in Beer

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - March 2013 [OLD]

I have never in my life used the color as a true indicator of ripeness. It is part of an overall assessment, but the light pressure
test is essential for me.

Mar 11, 2013
Wyvern in Chains

Are Chowhounds only Americans? Or do we have an international presence?

Perhaps they are. I however really appreciate good "American" food. Just not mediocre American food. That being said, I have an American palate. I enjoy really well made food in particular. However what passes for exceptional might not for someone else. Do you feel that the standard for looking for excellent food has an international standard? I have a west coast taste for Mexican food. I don't know if it would be considered exceptional to say, someone from Manchester,England. I I want really good steak and kidney pie and mushy peas, for instance, how would I know if they are 'excellent'.?

Feb 13, 2013
Wyvern in Site Talk

Are Chowhounds only Americans? Or do we have an international presence?

Well, that sounds horrid. I think I've heard lonely ex pat Americans bemoan things like corn bread mix, stuffing mix. Root beer, Peanut butter, Ice, and new york deli meat, and mexican food. Mexican food to some Americans is on par to good curry for UK folk. Some people really want GOOD mexican food. Not just sub par mexican, but good stuff and find it wanting in the UK. I know for a fact I could never make a curry to standard. I just don't have an organic enough feel for it.

Feb 12, 2013
Wyvern in Site Talk

Are Chowhounds only Americans? Or do we have an international presence?

On the contrary mwhitmore, I think your post is fascinating. I've never thought of that angle before.
I read a British Mom Blog recently where she listed her weekly meals and they seemed pretty standard fare. Stuff I'd see in the US. A hamburger style strognov. Tacos. Turkey meatballs, wraps, chili, pizza. She had one page dedicated to what she called "American pancakes" with a recipe. Many of her followers read this one closely as they seemed to think it was a difficult specialty that they had trouble getting correct. She also had a recipe including peanut butter on something, which was interesting. Peanut butter making stealthy inroads? We often hear of specialty UK stores or international aisles, (I have a local store that includes some Australian and New Zealand items as well, (weetabix, notably). Do they have American food sections in other countries?

Feb 12, 2013
Wyvern in Site Talk

Are Chowhounds only Americans? Or do we have an international presence?

jrvedivici, Thank you...Yes,I did see those. But I was hoping for a little cross cultural talk in addition to speaking to an area locally. Forgive me, I'm probably not making myself clear. I like to hear about Cultural differences and ideas and commonalities also.

Feb 03, 2013
Wyvern in Site Talk

Are Chowhounds only Americans? Or do we have an international presence?

I'd like to hear from people about where they are from, what regional specialties they like from where they are, and learn more about food cultures.

Feb 03, 2013
Wyvern in Site Talk

Are Minestrone and Tuscan Bean Soup the same thing?

I think Minestrone is a simple vegetable soup. Like spaghetti sauce, probably everyone has their own versions. There are bread soups like Ribolita, but I wouldn't class either Minestrone or Tuscan Bean Soup under that category.

Dec 22, 2012
Wyvern in Home Cooking

Homemade vs Canned Refried Beans

Homemade refried beans (with lard) are true comfort food. I don't make them often, but they are so delicious. Canned? Does nothing for me.

Dec 08, 2012
Wyvern in General Topics

Poll: Do you refrigerate eggs?

Didn't know it was an option!

Dec 05, 2012
Wyvern in General Topics

Any reason why beef shank isn't as popular to cook?

Well, no problem there. Not a single grocery store in my area carries beef shank.

Nov 14, 2012
Wyvern in Home Cooking

Good Restaurant.....um...Not for Me...

I've never heard of "meat and three" till just now.

Nov 13, 2012
Wyvern in Not About Food

California Mexican vs. Tex Mex?

I think that is correct. Otherwise it would't have it's own name to describe it. As in Cal Mex also.

Nov 13, 2012
Wyvern in General Topics

Any reason why beef shank isn't as popular to cook?

On the advice of someone, I went looking for beef shank for a stew. None of the markets where I live sell them. I was able to find them in the 1 inch steak form with a bone in the center at a hispanic market. Floured them, braised them for hours till they were fall off the bone tender. The stew was thick and rich and flavorfull. No odd or gamey taste to them. They were gristly, but the long cooking broke it down quite nicely. I'm sold on beef shank over chuck steak or other stew meat that is sold.

What Meal Did Your Mom Prepare Most Frequently When You Were a Child?

I don't remember a "Most frequent" I do remember Tuna casserole and liking it. Pork chops with apples, or warm applesauce. Meat loaf. Spaghetti. Tamale pie. Meatballs and egg noodles. 60's through 70's.

Nov 08, 2012
Wyvern in General Topics

What Meal Did Your Mom Prepare Most Frequently When You Were a Child?

What is sos?

Nov 08, 2012
Wyvern in General Topics

omelette vs scrambled eggs

If it's a question of omelet over scrambled, I actually like scrambled with stuff added if wanted, like cheese and veggies or meat. I think I like that better than Omelet. But a really well done omelet is good too.

Nov 08, 2012
Wyvern in General Topics

omelette vs scrambled eggs

Any kind of brown or crisp in eggs makes me gag. I like them tender and soft.

Nov 08, 2012
Wyvern in General Topics
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hispanic meat markets

have different kinds of meat cuts. It's fantastic. They don't look like anything I'm used to, but different cuts mean different recipes and cooking techniques. What do I need to know?

Nov 04, 2012
Wyvern in Metro Portland

California Mexican vs. Tex Mex?

I believe that 'Tostada' is just a word that describes. Something toasted crispy. In California, we call a crispy corn tortilla with toppings a tostada, but really it's a regionalism. So, too with what constitutes 'tacos'. Tacos are probably defined by a corn tortilla with filling. Whether it is folded, fried or or rolled are incidental regionalisms. Here in the west, soft tacos, corn tortillas grilled dry or with some grease till soft and then filled are a delicacy.

Nov 04, 2012
Wyvern in General Topics

California Mexican vs. Tex Mex?

Hmmmm. California raised here. Where Tex Mex was kind of the original form before it evolved. To me, Cal-mex has an emphasis on fresher or less cooked ingredients. Ingredients closer to their original state with seasoning that reflects that: Fresh garlic, cilantro, foods that are more in their raw states, such as pico de gallo, frescas, ensaladas.
TexMex seems heavy on cooked ingredients, flour tortillas, heavy sauces, heavy on the cheese. The TexMex seems heavy. Heavy in appearance, in flavor, feel, texture and overall. Heavy, cheesy, saucy. Cal Mex, seems less cheesy, less saucy, less heavily cooked, more corn tortillas,more raw onions, cilantro, lime, tomatoes, more fresca in style.

Nov 04, 2012
Wyvern in General Topics

What the heck is nutritional yeast for?

Actually Adelle Davis touted Brewer's yeast which a bit of different animal all together.

Nov 03, 2012
Wyvern in General Topics

What did your Mom always have on hand, that you NEVER do?

To me, Oleo is just margarine. Nothing special. but no, I don't ever have margarine or canned fruit cocktail or instant rice or Jello. or Lipton tea. Onion powder has made a comeback for me. Great for low sodium cooking.

Nov 01, 2012
Wyvern in General Topics

Best Instant Ramen? (please do not mock me, pretty please)

In general, I don't use the spice packets, and haven't found an incredible differences in noodle qualities when I've tried other brands. Maybe my ramen palate is not developed enough.

Oct 28, 2012
Wyvern in General Topics

That would be too easy.

I love a runny yolk but gag on crispy bits of egg whites, so I prefer a "just right" poached eggs, which most American Restaurants have no CLUE how to make. To me, a 'Just right" poached egg is a delicacy.

Oct 28, 2012
Wyvern in General Topics