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I am a terrible cook!

Bingo. My experience as a waiter of vegetarian children were - as often as not - husky children who ordered mashed potatoes & Mac n cheese & French fries.

Meatless, joyless, unbalanced.

Got a Le Creuset roaster for a steal, but what utensils/rack should I use with it?

If your plastic utensils can scratch enamel I would very much like for you to post photographs of them on here please.

Mar 16, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Tools of the Trade Belgique cookware

One piece - a 16q stockpot - has served me admirably. I got it off eBay for the princely sum of $18 with free shipping.

Mar 16, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

"Homemade Indian food is a very different experience."

Yes. This.

I've enjoyed every single home cooked Indian meal I have had - perhaps two dozen.

Restaurant fare has been iffy for me.

Maybe the dishes I've enjoyed most simply don't lend well to "made to order" restaurant production?

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

Familiarity. Vacations can be fatiguing or overwhelming at times. Growing up in Ohio with a family that drove to Florida for vacations... My parents preferred the safety of the familiar to the risks of the unknown. Yeah, we ate at Olive Garden on vacation.

Mar 11, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Features

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

I always thought of the place as "TexMexlebee's" - Applebee's with a faux American Southwest styling. I am amazed by how much people who love the place REALLY FREAKING LOVE IT. I had coworkers who went weekly on Wednesdays - I joined a few times and never saw what they saw.

Mar 11, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Features

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

You should try it. Even if just to add validity to your strong opinions against it.

Mar 11, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Features

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

We didn't "steal" Scheisse from the Germans - the quarter of the nation that came over from there brought it with them. What crap it turned into I can't defend & won't try.

But about that curry...

Sorry you were offended - will pissing all over us make it better?

Mar 11, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Features

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

Other than that you're fond of Yanks though I am sure.

Mar 11, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Features

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

My justification back in the day was that it was cheap and if you loaded up the slice with crushed red pepper you could ignore the fact you'd been reduced to eating mall pizza on your lunch half hour.

I don't miss those days.

Mar 11, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Features

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

"If there are no Mexicans eating there I turn around and leave."

Seriously, how do you determine this? Do you scan for brown people and ask them their national heritage? I guess if you don't you run the risk of dining with duped Dominicans and Puerto Ricans. Conversely I guess you run the risk of arriving during gringo hour right after the Mexican bus left.

Mar 11, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Features

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

"...from some nice looking help"

Ain't that the truth! Maybe I'm intoxicated by the smell of the grilled onions... But aprons and white pants never looked so sexy. Meow!

Mar 11, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Features

Are there advantatages to a pressure cooker besides saving time?

You can absolutely terrify your friends & neighbors who have never used one!

I swear to Zeus I could not keep the attention of one of my guests once as she constantly cast sidelong glances at my old hissing PC while trying to be nonchalant about her fear we were all about to die. "Yeah...huh?... Wha? Yeah...."

Evil me, since I found her annoying I kind of enjoyed the squirming.

"New Revereware"

If I had been in a position financially to buy the superior Calphalon tri-ply on eBay or fortunate enough to find it in thrift stores to begin with I'd have gone with that. When I did find a slightly scratched (on the bottom!) 12" Calphalon tri-ply pan for $25 at a factory second retailer I jumped on it. Sure that was (at the time) equivalent to my monthly budget (and then some!)... but for me that was a graduation.

If I had it to do all over again (kitchen building) I'd probably have scrounged up enough for a Tramontina set and just gone without or with less. But at the time I was buying thrift shop RW we had about $120 a month for food for two and the best quality of life we had immediate access to was cooking from scratch on some old workhouse pans we could scrounge for a few bucks. Cooking dinner together was our entertainment. It was great!

So looking back on it I'm sure I was too zealous in my defense of RW from its detractors - it wasn't as great as I wanted it to be... But I was proud to own American made cookware older than me that was beautiful to me and allowed me to cook for my family, and looked pretty cool when I shined up those copper bottoms with the neighbors lemons hanging over the fence & some dollar store sea salt.

That's about $90 worth of thrift shop pans I accumulated in about 12 weeks of thrifting when I moved here with nothing. I made a lot of meals with love using them and I was very proud of that.

Mar 11, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

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I think 1.8mm for the brass handled (that's what I've read) - I don't have the tools to measure. Some eBay sellers have listed them as 2mm - but I feel like some "rounding up" might have been involved.

Mar 09, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

"New Revereware"

No surprise there at all - it was churned out of 3 different factories for 7 decades and pieces are/were passed along or donated as folks upgrade.

It may not be highest quality but hundreds of millions of meals have been and still will be made with it.

When I first got interested in cooking with stainless I had All-clad taste on a thrift shop budget - RW was/is easy to find in decent shape for $2-5 a pan.

Mar 09, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

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5 piece Havard tin-lined copper sauce pan set at an antique furniture shop for $115. I think that's not so bad.

Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here.

I got my 9" French skillet there last summer for $39. You're already ahead of me.

Mar 09, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

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I was waiting for that.

Jan 30, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware
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eBay: "commercial aluminum 1307"

A total joy to cook with, no nonstick coating to baby, and made in Toledo, Ohio, the source of amazing things like me!

Jan 30, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Best Cast Iron Skillet?

I got my first CI skillet - a Lodge factory second - at Marshall's. The logo wasn't on the helper handle = $12 for 10" skillet...

I suppose you can undercut this with some cheaper pieces... But not by much. I'll pay the marginal premium - owning American made cookware means something to me.

Jan 30, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Is Five Guys Really the Best Fast-Food Chain?

Agreed! Wendy's got that right at one point... Haven't eaten there in forever do I don't know if they still do sea salt.

Jan 30, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Features

Is Five Guys Really the Best Fast-Food Chain?

I was sort of equally new to both - 5 Guys came to my neck of Ohio shortly before I moved to Cali....

I crave InO - I'd have to be drunk (& you'd have to be buying) for me to go to 5G.

Jan 30, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Features

Is Five Guys Really the Best Fast-Food Chain?

Yes, I think you missed something in his post.

Jan 30, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Features

Is Five Guys Really the Best Fast-Food Chain?

I don't understand your comment.

In this market they start out at $11 or $12 an hour and some of the employees at the local store have been there ten years and will tell you they LOVE the company.

They aren't low pay and I've NEVER gotten a whatever attitude from an InO worker.

Jan 30, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Features

Is Five Guys Really the Best Fast-Food Chain?

We share a parking lot with an InO where I work... Navigating the lined up cars ain't easy!

Jan 30, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Features

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I blame you for this sickness Kaleo! It's gotten worse!

Two more Puppieni pans to match the one I snatched on eBay two months ago. These need retinning but $30 for a four pound 10" pan was too good to pass up.

Jan 30, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

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I don't scour, I make a quick lap through the one next to my work and home on days I work. Dropping in randomly before work has yielded much treasure. Every 4th visit I find something.

Behold the $6 punch bowl set I picked up on a lunch hour when I was in a particularly foul mood. I needed a victory, that and the 50ยข cast aluminum butter slicer gave me the courage to return to work!

Jan 30, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

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My guess exactly. A "food toucher": immediately after tossing [x] in the pan they just have to touch it!

A customer of mine who teaches domestic arts at a local high school laughed about that: "my god these kids can't leave a pancake without touching it!"

The impatient cook's loss, my happy gain!

Jan 30, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware
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$32.40 - 4.5# tin lined copper roasting pan off of an estate auction.