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What menu items need to be retired?

thanks for the information about cilantro. i detest it as well. i can take it in salsa, a little bit. but in all other dishes, i omit it when possible. or reduce it significantly. so bitter and awful.

Nov 24, 2007
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What menu items need to be retired?

definitely. lots of great restuarants in charlottesville. thanks for the calamari suggestion in the southeast. when we visit down there, its overwhelming to find good seafood... because its offered so much. its tough to tell what is good, what is just catering to tourists, etc. its funny, a lot of the time it doesn't have to do with price either. so ill take suggestions when i can get them :)

Nov 24, 2007
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What menu items need to be retired?

thanks from one virginian to another.

Nov 23, 2007
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Going To A Vegetarian's House For Thanksgiving

randomly, i mentioned in real life at the table, the difficulties that vegetarians and non-veggies face during thanksgiving.

it generated much conversation, so thanks.

Nov 23, 2007
in_wonderment in Not About Food

Is this cooking?

yeah... that's interesting, isn't it? im 22, and i called out my aunt on her broccoli casserole... mmm, is that campbell's cream of mushroom? again, maybe he's never had it, but it is very identifiable.

Nov 23, 2007
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How can I learn to become a good cook?

I would start selfishly. What do you enjoy eating? What are your favorite dishes? I would start there, and make the simplest ones. You know how it should taste if it's one of your favorites, so you can learn how to make it properly.

You can also start on basics, like delicious scrambled eggs. Just scramble an egg, and figure out what you like in it... dill, or thyme, plus milk or cream or sour cream. I like these simple basics, you can really learn the subtle tastes in contrast to the egg.

Like someone mentioned, its good to learn which herbs and spices you enjoy, and which you will need to tone down in recipes.

Mostly, you need to learn what you like. This will help you choose recipes, and understand how the ingredients work together.

Nov 21, 2007
in_wonderment in Home Cooking

What not to order on a date

haha.. honestly, everyone is going to spill something sometimes. especially when nervous. just have a sense of humor, and hope that your date does as well. could you imagine going through life with someone trying to be perfect all the time? cant we just embrace our imperfections?

if i had to avoid anything, id avoid super messy, spicy, and foods heavy on onions and garlic. however, if the dish looked good, id probably try it anyways... and do a quick brush/mouth spray in the bathroom after dinner. yes, i am that person.

Nov 21, 2007
in_wonderment in Not About Food

What menu items need to be retired?

i forget that people make them with flavoring and other nonsense.

i was kind of thinking of my own, with roasted garlic, mashed and added.

Nov 21, 2007
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Question About Next Iron Chef Challenges

Thanks both of you for your replies. I'll check out both threads. I tried to investigate the topic, but I wasn't sure where to start.

Nov 21, 2007
in_wonderment in Food Media & News

What menu items need to be retired?

also, cous cous is quite versatile. you can make this at home, just saute a few veggies (mushrooms, onions, broccoli) and serve over cous cous. one of my favorite dishes.

Nov 20, 2007
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What menu items need to be retired?

agreed with crab cakes and french onion soup. better off making at home :)

the last time i had a lobster ravoli it was at fiamma in vegas. so it was good.... though incomparable to anything else in the world.

Nov 20, 2007
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What menu items need to be retired?

thanks alka and everyone else in this post. :)

Nov 20, 2007
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Unusual twist on mandatory tip

tubman - agreed.

if you're "worth your salt" you should be tipping 20% nowadays if you can afford it. and if you're dining at an upscale big city place, then yes, you can afford it. (the economy in serious trouble, please hold your breath...)

so i don't find 19% too awful... but i dont really agree with the reasoning. close the restaurant or don't seat me, before you force me into tipping.

Nov 20, 2007
in_wonderment in Not About Food

Unusual twist on mandatory tip

agreed frank. maybe my personality is a little too warm... but often i spend like crazy when drunk. well not like crazy. but normally i tip 20% and it goes upwards of 25% if ive "had too much." when in doubt - round up :) it's not like i don't have enough money, and its not like the servers get paid well. so sure, why not?

Nov 20, 2007
in_wonderment in Not About Food

What menu items need to be retired?

garlic mashed potatoes will always be good if you have an affinity for garlic :)

overdone? never, haha.

ps, love the name bunny

Nov 20, 2007
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What menu items need to be retired?

thanks both of you. i didn't realize whole foods had cleaned squid, and its nice to know that milk will soften it up.

im not big on cleaning things... but i do LOVE calamari.

Nov 20, 2007
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Question About Next Iron Chef Challenges

Having now watched the Next Iron Chef series, I had a question regarding the challenges. The challenges do not seem to fit the ultimate overcome of the show, which is a chef that uses 1 secret ingredient to make 5 dishes.

I understand that they were testing based on "qualities" they felt the Iron Chef should possess. But I found this problematic. Notably, when they cooked on a charcoal grill outside with no running water. I'm sorry, I don't know how this is similar to anything they would encounter as an Iron Chef. They would always be competing in a Kitchen Stadium - like environment.

This is similar to asking a 100m Runner at the Olympic Trials, to first compete in a Speed Skating qualifier.

Similar problems with the use of new food technology. When would that ever be necessary in Iron Chef? I can agree with weird ingredients, and forcing them to prepare food differently... but do they even have a rapid chiller in Kitchen Stadium?

Sorry if this is in any way repetitive. I went back a few pages in posts, and saw nothing on the subject. I was just curious what others thought, and an explanation on why I am completely wrong. :)

Nov 20, 2007
in_wonderment in Food Media & News

Iron Chef Symon

that would be tough then. and its definitely difficult to avoid spoilers. i mean, if you didn't see it on chowhound, you could have any it through any news headline, or on the foodnetwork site. i would say its problematic visiting "food media and news" on chowhound, knowing you havent seen the ending yet....

...but like you said, i bet you dont even know if its airing at the same time, or a few weeks late. plus knowing the internet/current events junkie that i am, i wouldn't be able to avoid it if i tried. this is the reason i read harry potter 7 the day of, and the day after... to avoid getting the spoiler headlines.

anyways, sorry it got spoiled for you. it wasn't the greatest show ever, i liked bravo's top chef better.

Nov 20, 2007
in_wonderment in Food Media & News

Mcdonalds rant...grrrrr!

also, i don't mean to sound elitest here... but mistakes are going to be made. mcdonalds usually has a very quick 2 minute drive thru time. plus sometimes the employees can be uneducated, or not speak english. theres nothing wrong with that, but i can certainly understand how mistakes can be made in a chaotic environment. also, if you get paid minimum wage, theres not much incentive to "give it your all".

these are all generalizations and open to much argument. im just saying that it is easy to see how mistakes are made at a fast food job.

Nov 20, 2007
in_wonderment in Chains

Mcdonalds rant...grrrrr!

it takes away from the notion of fast food? i guess.

you want to know what would take away from my notion of fast food? getting something i didn't order and spending my entire meal in anger.

and seriously, it doesnt matter if someone is behind you, just pull forward in the lane. stop. look at your food. the car behind you can be at the window, and has enough room to go around you if you need to get out and complain.

Nov 20, 2007
in_wonderment in Chains

Iron Chef Symon

it aired a whiles ago in the states. for us i dont think its anywhere near being a spoiler. its kind of like the ending to harry potter. past two weeks, im not sure its really a spoiler.

sorry, i guess i didn't realize how far off the viewing schedules are in canada? how long does it typically take to get there? i know great britain gets U.S. shows months late, but there really isn't a way to keep spoilers from them, because here its old news.

Nov 20, 2007
in_wonderment in Food Media & News

Safe to take hot sauce on plane?

Check it. Don't even try to carry on. I had a tiny tube of mascara in my carry on, and my options were 1) go to the nearest bookstore in the airport and purchase a baggie to place it in or 2) throw it out. It caused sort of a scene in the airport security. I look really non-threatening, and this huge guy was coaching me through everything - "Now, just stay calm and comply with our rules and we won't have a problem. The only time we have problems, is when people get upset."

Meanwhile, my sister accidentally left a large bottle of lotion in her carry on that was overlooked.

So basically no. no liquids unless they are in a plastic baggie. and none over a certain size. I bet if you want to use it on airplane food, you could ask your server for some during the flight. Unless youre in coach in a overbooked flight, then that may not work.

Good luck.

Nov 20, 2007
in_wonderment in Not About Food

Chili's....heading south for the winter?

went a month ago. friday night. ordered a salad and nachos. they were busy, but seriously it was a salad and nachos. it took 45 minutes. i started to get a little flippant with our server, because i knew the prep for our meal literally takes minutes. however, the manager served us, and gave us 50% off our meal. which is really nice.

frankly, id wait 45 minutes every time just to get 50% off a meal. :)

ive never considered it a wonderful chain, but im sorry your local one seems like its turning bad.

Nov 19, 2007
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What menu items need to be retired?

not comparable to arbys?

Nov 19, 2007
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Paula Deen Corn Casserole Question

a little inbetween pudding and corn bread - closer to corn bread.

simple and easy, my little sister loves it.

also, to me, it never tastes or feels "done" just go by the time, its fine.

Nov 19, 2007
in_wonderment in Home Cooking

Iron Chef Symon

godlike even.

requirements for iron chef:
cook good food
don't spill stuff
no weird laughs
optional: look good or have a nice personality

Nov 19, 2007
in_wonderment in Food Media & News

Iron Chef Symon

well mystic, since we cant taste the food... i think its only fair to choose on looks :)

Nov 19, 2007
in_wonderment in Food Media & News

Do you hide your stash from company?

So in my college student mind... "stash" meant drugs or alcohol. Relieved it was Jello. I can sympathize though. I guess. In my own sketchy way.

In college we lived with a strict Baptist, who had a mother that was vehemently opposed to any form of alcohol. So when she would come, we were notified before to hide everything. One time, I was home alone and I got the message she was coming. I took our collection of various liquors, and a 24 pack of beer from the fridge, and hid it in my room. While she was there, she inspected a fridge... And I hear "EMILY... EMILY WHAT IS THIS?!?" Scared that I had forgotten some alcohol, I hid in my room. Apparently however, she found a Red Bull in the fridge and was very concerned that her daughter might be drinking them. After all, Red Bulls are dangerous.

It's really a shame she never found the liquor and beer.

Nov 19, 2007
in_wonderment in Not About Food

Do you hide your stash from company?

haha. i was trying to think of a 3 year old that would eat coconut.

Nov 19, 2007
in_wonderment in Not About Food

What menu items need to be retired?

haha good. glad to hear it.

yeah, making food at home does certainly ruin things when you eat out. at least at local average restaurants. we make our own chicken parm. with fresh tomato red sauce, expensive parm and then buy homemade noodles.... so try ordering chicken parm when you go out. most of the time we just stare at it on the menu knowing it can't taste as good.

So we order something we don't usually make at home.

Nov 19, 2007
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