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Do you change dinnerware seasonally?

Except for the Spode at Christmas we don't have full sets. But I do buy a few pieces to use around the holidays. I have a few Fourth of July plates, Halloween plates, Thanksgiving and Valentine day plates. I have some nice plates for the fall with pumpkins. We have plain ceramic mugs for coffee that I have different solid colors. The green mugs are used for St. Patricks day and Christmas. Red is Valentines day and Christmas. I use the dinnerware as accents for everyday meals.

It is not a lot and takes up one shelf in the kitchen cabinets.

Sep 30, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in Cookware

Hot posts change or bug?

I just noticed this too. I was reading the France board last time I signed on which was about a week ago, I think. I didn't finish reading all the posts. Now they don't appear in hot posts. I only see new posts since I last signed off. This is a bug. It never happened before. I'm using IE as my browser if that is important.

Sep 30, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in Site Talk

can I do anything with green *cherry* tomatoes?

Deep fry. Roll them in an egg wash, cover with flavored bread crumbs and deep fry.

Sep 30, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in Home Cooking

Most Unusual Pizza Ingredient?

Hot dogs. We had a frozen cheese pizza and two leftover hot dogs. It tasted good.

Sep 30, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in Home Cooking

Heritage turkeys - best breeds, best sources?

We had that last year too and liked it. It was also our first experience with a Heritage bird. If you search Chowhound there were a few discussions about Heritage turkeys. That might help.

Sep 30, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in General Topics

October 2006 Cookbook of the Month: Cast Your Votes Here

Is this something new from Chow or Chowhound? Or are you just a regular poster?

Sep 30, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in Home Cooking

Automatic thread collapsing

The only way of knowing which posts have not been read is to make the user click to read each individual post, which was one of the worst things about the old site.

Here's a workaround

Click on the icon in the upper left corner of the last reply read

Use your computers browser to add it to your favorites list

When ready to continue reading, select from favorite list

Click the Expand All link

Continue reading

This isn't perfect, but it is much better than having no starting point.

Sep 30, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in Site Talk

Things you won't order out, because you pretty much can make them at home ...

Roast chicken, scrambled eggs, salmon.

Sep 30, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in General Topics

Hint for searching years back on boards

I'm not sure if anyone posted about this. When we were doing research for our vacation, my husband remembered a post from 2003, but it wasn't showing up in Chowhound search.

Searching backward 20 posts at a time was too time-consuming. Ron noticed there is a page number at the end of the URL. By changing the page number he was able to get back to 2003 posts easily. This link will go back to 2003 on the General board.

http://www.chowhound.com/boards/show/...

New posts are being added to the boards every day, so page 250 today won't be page 250 tommorrow.

Sep 30, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in Site Talk

Nice new update to expand/collapse

We like the plus and minus sign in the upper right corner of replies and that the entire post can now be collapsed and expanded. Thanks.

Sep 30, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in Site Talk

Hot Posts bug?

No it didn't.

Sep 21, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in Site Talk

Best canned tomato soup

I second that. It is less expensive than most too. Never buy the supermarket brand though.

Sep 21, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in General Topics

Chow tour only updated on Chow?

I just noticed that there are new dispatches on Chow that don't appear on Chowhound. Will Chowhound get updated with this information. The bottom of the Chowhound page makes it look like there are no new reports.

Sep 21, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in Site Talk

Hot Posts bug?

There might be a small bug. After reading through hot posts, at the end of a few pages, I hit the link. It erased all hot posts including those that may have been added to the front. It took me about 10 minutes to get to the end of hot posts. I could tell there were new posts at the beginning but these are gone if the mark link is clicked on at the end of the last page of the list.

Sep 21, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in Site Talk

Hate ‘Last post by’, please change

Thank you again Chowhound Team

Sep 21, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in Site Talk

'Hound Favoritism

I don't want Chowhound or Chow to single out people.

No rewards for posting the most. No articles or 'hot poster' type of promotions.

Let me decide my favorite, but I need visibility to that. There are posters I follow that will never make a top ten list. They are interesting to me.

The new design is a great step in that direction. I might not catch every post by people I follow, but this helps.

Not to single out anyone we follow, I'll use Jim Leff as an example. If Jim posts something, I'm going to read it, even if it is not a subject I'd be interested in usually. If Jim joins in on a topic, I'm going to see what he has to say.

There are posters that my husband and I enjoy, that we read in the same way. If they post, we read topics we might not otherwise read.

A favorite poster can also draw attention to a topic that might get ignored.

My husband Ron writes good and informative posts. Chowhounds pay attention to his posts. If he sees someone new posting about a restaurant that might not get attention, he comments.

If people see his name on a post, they are more likely to join in and get interested. The reason people do that is because he has posted reliably over the years and not because he is flagged by Chowhound as some sort of super hound.

Ron and I don't want anything obvious that might indicate how popular a poster might be like number of posts or counts about how many people are reading a topic.

But, when we decide someone gives us reliable tips that share our taste in food, we want to be able to find that person a seen what topics they have posted or which topics they are involved in.

The recent changes are a big help.

Sep 21, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in Site Talk

To egg wash or not to egg wash

It's not the price. It is wasting food. My mother grew up during the depression and some of that carefullness not to waste anything rubbed off on me.

Sep 21, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in Home Cooking

Love it. Thanks for the change

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

Thank you. This is the first time since the new software was installed that the lists are easy to read. It is very easy now that the whole topic is high lighted. As someone said in a different post, the ability to see the OP and last poster is a tremendous improvement too.

Thank you Chowhound team for also taking the time not only to listen and respond to changes but to reply to topics on the site boards.

Sep 21, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in Site Talk

Rural county fairs

Thank you both. We might visit a few fairs. It seems like fun.

Sep 21, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in General Topics

If you could only...

Chinese

Sep 20, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in General Topics

Do You Re-Use Pickle Juice or the Liquid from Canned Veg.?

Pickle juice can be added to mayo for sandwich spread. I add it to some dips too. I've also added a tiny bit to some of the breads I bake.

Sep 20, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in Home Cooking

To egg wash or not to egg wash

I agree about freezing. I do this often. Also an egg white can be added to scrambled eggs or omlettes giving extra volume while not losing the egg yolk flavor.

Sep 20, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in Home Cooking

Rural county fairs

What a delight to come home from our own travels and read the Chowtour. Ron and I haven't been to a country fair since the children were tiny. In those days after the baked goods and jams were judged and ribbons were awarded, we could purchase these home-crafted items. Do fairs still do that or is it just commercial vendors selling food now?

Sep 20, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in General Topics

Site updates

I hope it doesn't have to be either or. It would be better to drop the date and add the OP. I don't know how difficult this will be. I just know for right now my husband won't post about our trip because of the other problem mentioned

Sep 20, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in Site Talk

List no longer refreshes?

I'm sorry for all my questions but this is the first time I've been on Chowhound for a while after a long vacation.

When I click on a post and use my back button, the post is no longer marked as read. It still has the 'new' flag on it. I am using foxfire. I either have to click the hot posts link or the board link to update the flags on the topics.

Sep 20, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in Site Talk

Why can't I track The Chowhound Team / Chowhound Engineering?

I agree. We just came home from a vacation and reading the site boards is time-consuming. It would be great if we could just find the topics Chowhound addressed.

Sep 20, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in Site Talk

Site updates

Oops, I should have read this first. My husband was just so upset by the change that I posted about that immediately.
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

Sep 20, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in Site Talk

Site updates

What about "Replies by:"

Sep 20, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in Site Talk

Hate ‘Last post by’, please change

Is it possible to have the OP and last poster on the listings? If not, we’d rather see the OP.

This doesn’t correct the problem that people have complained about, visibility to who is participating in a topic.

I’m interested in participants, but I’m more interested in who spent money visiting a restaurant and took effort to write the post. It is unfair to see a topic with a handle of some no-thought reply like “What’s the address?”

I don’t read Chowhound everyday. Without opening a post I have no idea who wrote the post. For example, we like the posts by LStaff who is very knowledgeable about beer. A beer topic that doesn’t otherwise interest us, we would read if we saw the OP was by that poster.

It brings up another problem which is why I am posting. My husband was about to post about our vacation last night until he saw the change. For years, there is a Chowhound poster who always has a comment on Ron's posts. He is argumentative and always has to have the last word.

Ron said he was damned if he was going to spend time posting only to see all of his topics with only that poster's name on it. It is also his exaggerated opinion that every single post on Chowhound is going to have this poster's name on it.

For me, the last poster doesn’t give me the information I am interested in. No one wanted to see Chowhound feature posters like other forums, but there are certain names that will cause us to open a post we might not otherwise read because we like their comments.

The new feature doesn’t give that visibility. It is the luck of timing about who the last post is by. We still have to open posts.

Is anything being done to make tracking a more useful option?

The work of everyone at Chowhound is appreciated. We just don’t like this one change.

Sep 20, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in Site Talk

How About Changing the Definition of Hot Posts

I agree. I love the new hot posts more than the old version. It is easy enough to scroll down and see the subjects with many replies. Anything else would be a popularity contest and good topics with little response would be even more ignored.

Jul 10, 2006
theotherhalfofdh in Site Talk