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What gadgets/cookware would you have in an efficiency apt? (my list) (kid leaving in fall)

Ok, for the real laughter. His two roommates are Eagle scouts. Those of us who have gone through the program are allowed to laugh maniacally (yeah, sure we are upstanding citizens!). There is food storage, not part of his area. The school has a great meal program, it is just that teens at that age need more and better tasting calories. While his apartment mates are from well out of the area, I am within an hour away and can deliver. Even better - there is a Woodman's market not that far away. The antithesis of Pick-n-save (poor service, expensive prices, awful produce,F* U to the customers) if you know Wisconsin. The only item I am concerned about is the mirromatic grill. One of the future roommates just asked for one of my "automatic" pasta makers as he is aware that 'Mericun pasta is generic. If he really wants one, he is also getting a drying rack and has to put aside some for me. The GF has already let her future roommates how awesome the food will be. I have once again extracted a promise from the kid and GF that I will not become a grandfather before they graduate college.

Jun 22, 2015
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Sabrett's hot dogs at Albertsons?

Also ask if it is the "classic" recipe or the newer one.
I may be out of date here, but the newer recipe was not great.

Jun 21, 2015
exvaxman in Los Angeles Area
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What gadgets/cookware would you have in an efficiency apt? (my list) (kid leaving in fall)

His Uselessness is starting college this fall,and this morning we were sorting through my (our) (I am a gadget-a-holic) kitchen for what he "needs" for his small limited space on campus apt. He gets a cabinet and a half. Mind you, everything listed is a duplicate that he is allowed to take (the last two years if I saw a sale I bought for him). Not counting standard utensils/drawer items like flatware, can opener, etc. There is no oven, but a microwave is standard.
1) TFAL actifry. (easy for fast unattended meals, fits in cabinet)
2) Vita-Mix (My wife is thrilled to be rid of one - I hoard them. My best was a $6.99 unused unit from the SA)
3) (Crying over this) One of my Mirromatic speed grills. Not made anymore and the absolute best thing for grilled sandwiches. Can also be used as a toaster. He wrecks the teflon coating and he dies.
4) Souis Vide unit and vacuum sealer. Torch is against rules :)
5) Small automatic rice cooker (A $300 list Zoshi I picked up for $4 and replaced the battery on for $10 in parts, not their $150 charge)
6) Induction cooktop (The one he gets is a nuwave unit I saw unused in box for $3.99) plus a decent skillet that barely will fit in the cabinet)
7) His GF wants the west bend "bread for one" bread maker. Great for last minute fast rolls. I gifted it to her as I can pick up another for $10. Should not be included in the cabinet stuff as SHE WILL NOT BE SHARING THE APT. (That is my belief and I am sticking to it).
8) A few misc microwave accessories (including a pizza crisper that my father designed) since a microwave comes with. I also have a couple of "real" stone based pizza ovens if his roommates want one.
9) Air popcorn popper as pre-packaged microwave popcorn is unhealthy
10) gadgets: A sushi "Bazooka" (he loves "slim jim" "sushi"), an as seen on tv Sprilizar for veggies for the actifry, sushi and salads, a small french fry cutter (you have to cut the potatoes in half first).
11) IF, and ONLY IF there is counter space with his roommates agreeing, an automatic yoghurt maker. No need to pre-heat the milk. The GF is really pushing for this.

OK, as far as I am concerned, he is set for life, not just colledge.
So any other suggestions? Funny and over the top comments are appreciated.

Jun 21, 2015
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Post your second half 2015 cookware and kitchen deals and finds here.

This morning at St. Vinnies I found a vitamix 64OZ container for $1. Much better than the $150 on their web site. Just needs some good cleaning.

Sadly, there was a cart coming out with tons of older electronics as well as I was checking out. The person who passed away had my same hobbies as I bought 12 short wave radios, several pieces of ham gear, ten older police scanners and left under $50. The SW radios are going to older folks at the assisted living home where my wife teaches as gifts, the ham gear went into one of the local clubs for providing to middle schoolers getting into the hobby, and the scanners are going to my (he graduates HS this friday) kid's friends who are going to college where the security is still on analog so they can monitor. The really sad thing? As I am hauling this in my wife goes "Not another piece of Vitamix ****". OK I hoard vitamix units and associated.

Jun 10, 2015
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Popeye s VS KFC

The kid and I like Popeyes better (as do the cats). My wife knew Claudia Sanders, and is from KY so she always goes for KFC.

One interesting thing about KFC. I had to put an exception in some warehouse software because KFC demanded the freshest chicken delivered to the warehouse. Other chains were not on the priority list.

Jun 07, 2015
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Do you use an American butcher knife in your kitchen?

Kinda funny, but I still use an very old (40+ years) set of Chicago Metallic that my parents bought for me when visiting their old house on Cape Cod. My pocket knife is a 30 year old that the housing was cr*p but the knife was awesome Pakastani carbon steel. I would kill for a set of real knives made by the folks that made this blade. I have had the CM blades reset into newer handles. I am assuming 50X the origional price.

Now to be honest, I was given a couple of ceramic knives from the high end. Excellent, but I liked the Chicago Metallic better.

There was a local chef that called me into a custom Japanese steel knife seller (hand made, custom handle, you wait six months because of the backlog, very fair price). I ordered two general purpose. Very good. Required constant attention though.

FWIW my son thinks that the generic ceramic knives from Harbor Freight tools are the best for him, with the exception of deboning.
To be honest, if you toss them every once in a while and get replacements, this is a valid option.

Jun 06, 2015
exvaxman in Cookware

When seasoning cast iron with lard, does it make a difference what type you use?

IMHO, find someone in your neighborhood that has a Big Green Egg (or something close) and season it there at the highest heat. Before a major tree branch took out my BGE I provided this service for the cost of the heating charcoal. ($2 for the non cooking cheap stuff).
The higher temp really, really helps

Jun 06, 2015
exvaxman in Cookware

Post your second half 2015 cookware and kitchen deals and finds here.

This morning I stopped at Goodwill to drop off some things and found a nuwave induction cooktop, new in box for $2.99. Probably going to leave it for outside use replacing a simple calrod unit.

Jun 03, 2015
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Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here

Another lucky find - a T-FAL Actifry was on close out as I was looking at the Philips air fryer. $80 on closeout.

May 23, 2015
exvaxman in Cookware

Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here

Great for salad infusions as well.
What I find myself mostly using it for.

May 22, 2015
exvaxman in Cookware

Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here

today's find:
a $799 list vacuum tumbler for $12.99 new in box at a thrift store.
Considering I already had the next lower model ($399, I got mine at drugstore.com on closeout for $120, and the $200 larger container accessory for 20lbs of meat from Cabellas for $19.95).

May 20, 2015
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Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here

One of the vitamix personal units at Goodwill unopened with a $15 price tag. One of the older stainless containers for a vitamix for $2. A set of snail servers (12) for $1 at a garage sale last week. (the silver semi-tongs that open up and grab). Doing research they came from France over a century ago.

Apr 23, 2015
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Kitchenaid Diamond Blender better than Vitamix??

As a vitamix owner for decades, I think they screwed up leaving the stainless model. That is what I use the most. Locally at Goodwill I found a couple of vitamix more modern units and a commecial one as well. Never paid over $25, Found a brand new in box "personal" unit for $15. SA had an unused (4000? unit for $6) OK, so I hoard them. However, I have severe hatred for the new Kitchenaide company. I have three of the old Hobart made ksm-5s and love them. Actually bought my first new when Bests when out of business. However - when looking for a new dishwasher, KA was branding their own. More expensive but they were tossing in their high end blender. So we bought one. It took OVER A YEAR for KA to come up with the blender rebate and it was a much lower unit than what was pictured and mentioned on the rebate form. Never will deal with such dishonest folks again. BTW - the dishwasher was replaced within 5 years thanks to being CRAP!.

Apr 23, 2015
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portable induction cooktops instead of a traditional stove

Yes. I do this. Rebuilding the kitchen is not in the works right now until all of the electric and gas gets "replumbed". I picked up two induction units from newegg on the cheap built by suppentown years ago. One stays outside in the warm months, one is inside. A friend gifted me a unit from tuesday morning with more power than those units that I use with a cast iron and a steel woks depending on time. My only complaint is that a number of my cookware items do not work with them - but that is well known. Years ago when tuesday morning picked up a warehouse full of Le Crueset I blew the budget for "dime on the dollar" prices so there is no issue for cookware.

Apr 05, 2015
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vitamix not for blending purposes

It seems to work well for small batches.

Apr 04, 2015
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Knife Sharpening in/near Milwaukee

not sure these are the same folks but:

http://thesharpbrothers.com/

Apr 03, 2015
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Pasta Maker Recommendations?

you may find this silly, but I have two Takkamatics (for the die selection) and two different Cuisinarts. You can find them these days at Goodwill for very cheap every once in a while. The Takkas have a weak uppper structure that can easily break the interlocks, however, they are better for doing pretzels.

Apr 03, 2015
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Knife Sharpening in/near Milwaukee

Did you try the place in Whitefish Bay? By the CVS I think on Hampton? In a house by that location. I saw a billboard for them but never tried them. Friends did swear by them though.

Apr 03, 2015
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vitamix not for blending purposes

I use my (older) vitamix for rice flour all the time. Soups not quite as often, but yes. In the older vitamix cookbook there is a great quiche recipe. I never had much luck with dough. I have an older welbuilt unit for dough only.

Apr 03, 2015
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Has anybody ever used the "flavor wave" oven?

Mine just died after a couple of years of moderate use.
There are many clones that are out there far cheaper. I think that the sunpentown was mentioned, I have bought a number of sunpentown items from newegg and never have been disappointed.
Also - check out the BBB rating for the seller of the nuwave. It really awful.

Feb 08, 2015
exvaxman in Cookware

MKE - CHIK-FIL-A

To be honest, I wouldn't mind a Hot Brown right now :)
She brought up the fact that if we moved into her parent's house that she owns (against my wishes) in Horse country (beautiful territory, it is within sight of the Woodford Distillery property) that our soon graduating kid could go at state rates to UK or U of L. I refrained to comment on the output of both schools other than basketball players and fast food executives. That and my kitchen gear would have to be stripped by 90% due to the small kitchen. One reason we (I) bought this house - a developer in the 60's built it for his son's wedding gift. The son refused, the developer moved in with his model girlfriend until she ran off with her guru. In a state of disrepair since then, but where else in WI do you have an indoor pool and an indoor gas grill venting out through the chimney?
A huge stainless venting hood that covers most of the kitchen? (I have had a Green Egg under it for lazy winter grilling). Not wealthy, just lucky over the timing of the purchase (which is a long story in itself).

Kinda funny, not only did I almost buy the Shelbyville property Col. Sanders had rented, but I almost bought an old property lived in by Bill Samuels (Maker's Mark) in Bardstown. Another long story.

Sep 23, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

MKE - CHIK-FIL-A

Let me start by saying that when my better two-thirds gets sick, I used to have to do a trip to the racine mall location for her. That and a "frisco" with sauce on the side from scarf&barf at Gurnee. A minor price to be paid being out of the house with a sick and nasty wife :) Since the opening in Brookfield, I have been there three times for her. Despite the huge lines, they were doing well to support orders. The saturday visit took under three minutes for them to come out with my order. I do NOT understand the concept (salty, very salty fried stuff, the grilled was so salty I could not eat it), but ANYTHING is better than the KFC she likes (She knew Claudia, I almost bought the Col's place in Shelbyville, the kid and I hate KFC)

Sep 21, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

Carol Deptolla's 2014 Top 30 List (MKE)

Darn, sorry to hear that. Thanks for the reply

I and my wife actually were taking him for clams at a "Hooters" by the end that thankfully went under and is now a Dr. Dawgs. Far cheaper and he enjoyed the attention. I will say that I enjoyed their wings. However, the BEST wings in town still are at
http://www.tayloranddunns.com/
Get the Panther wings. Supposedly named after our elderly cat.

Sep 21, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

Carol Deptolla's 2014 Top 30 List (MKE)

I haven't been to Maxie's in a while - have they gone downhill? As one of the few places in the area to get clams I had to take my ("Proper Bostonian") father there at least once a month until he passed away. At one time my KY wife had us all there for a Derby party but that was years ago.

Sep 21, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

Milwaukee - typical dishes? And what does Milwaukee do better than anyone?

The best I ever remember were at the County fair in Rhinelander, wi.
The volunteer booth, not the commercial one. A little far from Milwaukee though. Until my kid left scouts, I would arrange to hit the fair in the morning and then Ribfest outside of minaqua before picking him and a couple of other scouts from summer camp.

For just plain curds, there is a curd truck in Grafton across from the Goodwill (shopko) that has many flavors and usually is very fresh.

Aug 30, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

Legit "frankfurter" AKA for the uninformed "lobster rolls" in MKE?

King's Hawaiian makes the same form hot dog rolls now - so that's a start.

Aug 26, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

Cedarburg, WI - Any opinions on August Weber Haus?

Late to the post, but....
until the arrest, we ate there twice. Fair/better than average. Damning praise at best. Second time was due to people wanting to go there. May I also mention that the area has severe lax enforcement of health codes?

The tuesday Theinsville farmers market is really awesome. Well worth a visit. Surprosingly, you can spend the day there with food and entertainment. I really regret that it got so popular.

Aug 09, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

Legit "frankfurter" AKA for the uninformed "lobster rolls" in MKE?

Fankfurter rolls, to support Weiners/lobster rolls/ etc.
Milwaukee and the surrounding areas are fantastic for sausages. Of any kind. (I include brats here). My kid is looking at a college that a very famous brat producer offers hours that fit with their schedule and free rides to the plant to help with tuition. There is really is a "Wisconsin state of mind".

Oh, after several locals described conditions at Marquette with scary things, he is refusing to go there. I am hoping your partner was UWM!

Aug 09, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

Legit "frankfurter" AKA for the uninformed "lobster rolls" in MKE?

Milwaukee is a real gem. I will miss it when we move, but the taxes are so fricking high, there was a reason Wisconsin was ranked 51st out of 50 states and the district of columbia as a place to retire when we moved here. Every person I knew who retired is either moving or has moved. Taxes plain and simple. But a vibrant eating scene, fantastic local foodstuffs (outside of lamb).
Oh, when we move, probably 8000 cookbooks are up for sale.
I'm torn as to the 100 my wife is letting me keep.

Aug 09, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

CHOW Reviews: The Petite Pizzeria

I trust everyone knows that this is the same model deni/k-tel/etc that was sold several years ago for $29.95? At your local k-mart?
I have a couple picked up through Goodwill that are used for pizzas for cub scout cabin camping.

Aug 09, 2014
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