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Current Tone on the Boards

Your story is anecdotal based on your experience, as is mine. I love both pedestrian food and more refined foods. I don't treat people rudely because of their preference, though, which I seem to see a lot of on the threads these days. And the cliques are definitely there. It's definitely off-putting to newbies and discourages them from posting. Again, purely my experience.

Mar 03, 2014
BostonLover in Site Talk
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Current Tone on the Boards

As a newbie (less than a year) my observations are thus:

CH is extremely cliquey. If you're a newbie, you will rarely receive a response, and usually those responses will treat you as if you are a dolt.

'Hounds tend to be elitists. This is saddening, as good food is had in both lowbrow and highbrow situations and institutions. 'Hounds complain...a LOT...about food which they deem to be substandard, which often isn't even the case. There seems to be a lot of scorn for "trends" even when the food is good stuff, just hyped at the moment.

There are a lot of good people with interesting, helpful info on here. But the tone seems going more towards those who use food as a way to feel better about themselves and insult others. While I'm new, I don't believe that's what the original intent of this board was.

Mar 03, 2014
BostonLover in Site Talk
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Top 10 Most Overblown Food/Beverage Trends

I think food snobbery and "oh I'm sooo above xyz trend" is overblown. To each their own. Do food trends annoy me from time to time? Certainly. But not nearly as much as people bemoaning them. Sometimes it takes middle America longer to catch on to trends than we 'hounds. And that's fine. If you don't want to eat it, don't eat it. I, for one, tend to err on the optimistic side and think it's great that "average" people are getting excited about food. 'Nuff said.

Feb 28, 2014
BostonLover in General Topics
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Chipotle

Chipotle is not very healthy. It's fast food wrapped up in a pretty package. I love it, don't get me wrong, but I don't fool myself into believing it's healthy.

Feb 27, 2014
BostonLover in Chains
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"Shelf Life" site, EatByDate.com, guidlines on eating it past date.

The military has done studies on canned food and found it's safe to eat 50+ years past its canning date. Cans have been found in shipwrecks and buried that are 100 years old and still safe to eat when opened and tested.

Feb 15, 2014
BostonLover in General Topics

are hounds smarter than your average bear? want opinions

Like Cookie Monster said, the average age here appears to be 40-50. Also, as someone who was on pregnancy boards just a year ago (The Bump, primarily) - yeah, those girls are cuckoo for cocoa puffs and not very bright. I don't think it means 'Hounds are smarter. I think it means those girls are dumber, imho.

Jan 13, 2014
BostonLover in Not About Food

are hounds smarter than your average bear? want opinions

You're kind of posing two questions. Are 'Hounds smarter than your average forum poster? Probably. But are people who enjoy food smarter than those who don't? Most certainly not (in my purely anecdotal experience, of course!) I've met extremely intelligent people who have no interest in food and more run-of-the-mill folks who passionately love food.

Jan 13, 2014
BostonLover in Not About Food
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How dark do you make your roux for gumbo?

I always cook my gumbo roux to a copper penny shade, very dark. I do think it gives it a richer flavor. I haven't noticed any diminished thickening power, either.

Oct 15, 2013
BostonLover in Home Cooking

Dog or Cat?

Savory
Crunchy
Vanilla
Dog - 3 Boston Terriers, hence the name (not the city, as many think)

Oct 01, 2013
BostonLover in Not About Food

Am I the only one who doesn't like...?

Parsley! Italian/flat-leaf parsley is in so many recipes and I hate it. It tastes rancid to me. Blech. I also dislike anything with a smoked flavor (cheeses, chipotle peppers, meat, crackers, nuts - you name it), asparagus, milk, and most red meat. I love a good ribeye, but when I bite into tendon or tough gristle on a regular steak I gag. Oh, and lamb. I haven't liked any I've tried.

Incidentally, my husband adores all of the above...he gets my share!

Sep 30, 2013
BostonLover in General Topics

Barilla Pasta anti-gay comments

I'm assuming his views of the "traditional family" would also extend to single-parent families. Again, I'm ok with this. It's his opinion and he has a right to it. He didn't say gays shouldn't have the same rights, he just said that he values the traditional family unit. As do many consumers, myself included. Nothing wrong with that. Although, to be honest, I value a two-parent household, gay or straight.

Sep 28, 2013
BostonLover in Food Media & News

Barilla Pasta anti-gay comments

Meh, I liken this to Chick-Fil-A. They're welcome to their own beliefs and customers are welcome to vote with their wallets. Personally, it doesn't matter to me. I respect their beliefs. I think they're wrong, but I respect their right to believe what they want in accordance with religious freedom. Until a company actually denies a person equal service based on sexual preference, I'm ok with them. And that hasn't happened yet.

Sep 26, 2013
BostonLover in Food Media & News
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Do people's food choices/ preferences impact how attractive you find them?

I second others' opinions about people who are unwilling to try new things or decide they don't like something without ever having tasted it. My now-husband used to be less adventurous with food than I was, now he eats stuff I give the side-eye! I definitely judge people whose diets consist mainly of processed and/or fast foods.

Sep 25, 2013
BostonLover in General Topics

"All Day" in a restaurant kitchen.

It means the number of a particular dish/item that needs to be cooked total, regardless of which table it's going to. For example, table 1 has 3 steaks and table 2 has 2 steaks - it would be "5 steaks all day."

Sep 12, 2013
BostonLover in General Topics
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really bored of h**ster bashing

"Trying too hard to be cool" = sneering at others for their choice of dress. Otherwise, I agree with you. One shouldn't be dismissed simply because they're young and wear a certain style of fashion. But typically, at least in my area, they aren't. It's only those who act like overgrown teenagers who are.

Aug 21, 2013
BostonLover in Site Talk
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Am I the only person on the planet that doesn't "get" Trader Joe's?

I don't get it, either. I'm in the middle of Nowheresville (Columbus, OH) and I much prefer Whole Foods or Giant Eagle's Market District locations to TJ's. Admittedly, I liked it when I was a broke college student. Far more affordable.

Aug 21, 2013
BostonLover in Chains

really bored of h**ster bashing

I'm not really sure what age qualifies one as a hipster, but I'm 31 so I'd like to think I'm not far removed. Regardless, I don't tie the word to a specific age (I've seen them of all ages), but rather a personality. It doesn't have anything to do with fashion, either. To me, it's that annoying person who tries too hard to be cool and sneers at the average person who may be in a business suit or jeans and sneakers. THAT type is annoying. But a young adult in fashionable clothing? Fine by me. But I do agree that the term is overused.

I will say that the clientele of a location does matter to me and can turn me off to a business and/or restaurant. Though I'm far more likely to run screaming in the opposite direction if I see a ton of yuppies than I am hipsters.

Aug 21, 2013
BostonLover in Site Talk
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Wedding reception this Fall

We had a similar setup at our late September 2010 wedding. We went with two each - one sweet and one dry. That way the aficionados, who generally prefer a drier wine, and the newbies, who tend to like sweet, were both satisfied. Specifically, we had a Riesling and Chardonnay and a Sweet Red and Zinfandel. Honestly, no one cares when you're footing the bill. Beer, spirits, and a limited wine selection is above and beyond what many (most?) weddings offer!

Aug 07, 2013
BostonLover in Wine

"moral" food preferences, as a guest

Sigh. First world problems.

Jul 22, 2013
BostonLover in Not About Food

100 Recipes Every Mom (or Dad) Should Know, Chowhound edition

I disagree with a PP that 100 dishes is too many. Once I started thinking of all the things DH and I cook, it's easy to reach 100.

The top ones for me - DH's pulled pork, salmon with chermoula sauce, chili, chicken parmesan, roasted potatoes, lemon bars, and breakfast (he makes a mean omelet, sausage gravy, pancakes, hash browns - you name it!). My clam chowder, chili corn chowder, lasagna, carbonara (the real stuff - no cream!), fettuccini alfredo, roasted chicken, and cheesecake.

Jul 21, 2013
BostonLover in Home Cooking

Favorite Vintage and Off-Beat Soda Pops

Anything IZZE brand, particularly their Grapefruit soda. Ski soda, which is a refreshing citrus blend unique to Ohio.

Jul 17, 2013
BostonLover in General Topics

Your First Exposure to the Exotic

A friend introduced me to caprese salad in college circa 2000, which my casserole, down-home cooking mom never would've made. Also sushi, though even I can't even make it to this day without sloppy results.

Jul 17, 2013
BostonLover in General Topics

Most annoying/useless appliance you own

My mandolin. It's so much easier for me to just use my knife. Although that's not really an appliance so...my food processor. I don't use it nearly as much as I thought I would.

Jul 17, 2013
BostonLover in Cookware

Ice Cream, What Flavors are Your Favorite and Worst?

Anything by Velvet, but the Butter Pecan Cashew in particular. Giant Eagle's Market District Gelatos are amazing, too. For when you're feeling pretentious, nothing beats Jeni's Ice Cream flavors - thai chili? lavender? sure!

Worst for me is chocolate ice cream or anything with too many chocolate swirls and bits. Not a fan of chocolate in ice cream.

Jul 17, 2013
BostonLover in General Topics
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Old School Brands Survive in the Foodie Age

I disagree. Most of the things you listed are easy and cheap to prepare. Rice, mac n' cheese, spaghetti, and baked "fries" are very easy, more healthful, and inexpensive when homemade. As far as time, none of them take that much longer to prepare. Fish strips coated in bread crumbs and baked are also easy, but a bit more expensive. Pop tarts and tater tots have me stumped, though.

Jul 16, 2013
BostonLover in Food Media & News

I've Never Roasted a Chicken & Other Kitchen Confessions

I will cook all things savory, including roasting a chicken (and turkey and duck), but baking bread and sweets intimidates me. Anything involving yeast is an automatic no for me, unfortunately. And I'm embarrassingly terrible at icing cakes. I'm pretty sure my 10 year old niece could do better.

Jul 13, 2013
BostonLover in General Topics