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Why Is Carla So Loud On The Chew?

Fish oil is great stuff for heart patients, but it's still not proven to the satisfaction of the medical powers that be. I take fish oil twice a day and it has really helped my triglyceride levels.

I agree with smticker, though, that Dr. Oz is a crock. Might even be a crook selling snake oil like a traveling medicine man show.

What’s So Bad About ‘Natural’?

So is salmonella.

Oct 06, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Here's What Being A Real Food Celebrity Should Look Like--F#$k TV

Dang! It looks like I know where I'm going the next time I go up to Seattle for a visit. I'll have to stay longer than usual, just to try out all the venues, including the food truck, at least once!

Oct 06, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Antibiotics in Livestock: F.D.A. Finds Use Is Rising

Additionally, new antibiotics aren't being developed/discovered to replace those that are no longer effective for human beings. The payoff for research labs just isn't big enough for them to invest the funds necessary. As someone who is allergic to LOTS of antibiotics, I also find this lack of options frightening. If I need antibiotics for personal health (as in when I've had surgery or nasty infections)it's easier for me to list the ones I am not allergic to than it is for the doc to recommend the one that he thinks is best for the job. It's always a compromise, and not a happy one.

In terms of food choices, I had to switch to organic chicken long before organics were popular and available everywhere. Anytime I wanted to make a chicken dinner I had to drive half an hour to Honolulu's organic food market to purchase my chicken. For Thanksgiving I had to go to the same place, and play an astronomical amount for a free range organic chicken. I'm glad that I eat mainly grass fed beef and organic chicken now, but would prefer the choice to be left up to me.

Oct 06, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Top Chef Duel Kevin vs. Art

Yes, he did fry them. Didn't he also put a meringue on top? I seem to recall one of the judges making a comment about the meringue not being done right (it was too soft). He used his torch on something that browned up.

I'm looking forward to TC Boston! See you soon, Linda Whit! :-)

Oct 05, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Top Chef Duel 9/10 Dale vs. Tiffany

I think these guys are old enough to have been playing when smoking in public was still allowed.

Sep 22, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Top Chef Duels, 9/17, Jen vs. Nyesha

Gaackkk - Pee Wee Herman. Arghhh - ice blocks! Repression can be a good thing, and I had gladly repressed both those memories. Now they're back...

That was a truly awful season, but some of the chefs were terrific. I just loved Paul Qui!

Sep 21, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News
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Top Chef Duels, 9/17, Jen vs. Nyesha

Thanks for the clarification. Maybe it's just my ongoing dislike of Josie popping up, or a lingering memory of her getting someone else sent home.

I agree completely on the charcoal dust tuille. Creative, but I wouldn't want to eat it. I love blue cheese, but that's on salads, in burgers, or added to a nice grilled cheese sandwich. NEVER would I even consider pairing it with fish, of any sort...

Sep 21, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

9 of the Most Underrated Dishes at Japanese Restaurants

Oh yeah, mantis shrimp mate for life.

Sep 20, 2014
KailuaGirl in Features

9 of the Most Underrated Dishes at Japanese Restaurants

When they dredged the Ala Wai Canal in Waikiki back in 2003 they brought up mantis shrimp that had been living in the sludge and mud of the Ala Wai forever. The biggest one, which set records, was 15 inches and weighed in at 1.35 pounds. One of the barge mates took it home, cooked it and ate it. He said it tasted sweet, like lobster. Talk about brave! Talk about stupid!
He ate it in spite of warnings all over the place, as well as common knowledge, that you CANNOT eat food from the Ala Wai. The New York Times even had a story about the mantis shrimp from the Ala Wai. :-)
When I was a kid the Ala Wai was still clean enough to provide food. We used to crab there on weekends, and gladly ate our catch. Lots of families did. Now it's far too polluted and full of nasty things like lead and chlordane. So sad. Paddlers get infections from cuts, regular folks (mainly immigrants who don't read English well enough to understand the warning signs and who need food for their families) get food poisoning if they eat fish and crab from there.

Sep 20, 2014
KailuaGirl in Features

Top Chef Duels, 9/17, Jen vs. Nyesha

I know it's supposed to be taboo taboo to add cheese to Italian seafood, but I usually do so anyway. I was thinking along the lines of a mixed grilled seafood (calamari, scallops, shrimp, and clams) in a light garlic, olive oil and butter sauce topped with grated parmesan and basil or parsley, accompanied by parmesan toasts. Maybe trying to get the timing right on so many different kinds of seafood would have been too tough. After all, "This is not Top Scallop!" :-)

Sep 20, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Top Chef Duels, 9/17, Jen vs. Nyesha

Thank you, chefhound. Great job, especially when done from memory days after the show!

I was rooting for Nyeesha, too, if only because she got tossed out of Top Chef for food she hadn't prepared. I think it was the ghastly, dreadful Josie who was responsible for Nyeesha's loss, adding insult to injury.
I like Jen just fine, but didn't feel the least bit inspired by any of her dishes. The uninspiring food, and concrete thinking, might be among of the reasons she's having such a hard time with Concrete Blonde. Eric Ripert was probably cringing if he watched Jen overcook steaks.
I agree that, if not for that really stupid pairing of blue cheese with maguro, Nyeesha probably would have won. What WAS she thinking?!
I am SO looking forward to next week!

Sep 20, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

Same here. Today we continue eating at the table and talking about what happened at school today, but now it's with my nephew taking up the kid space. Kitchen duty is shared so we don't get burnt out. Sometimes we even order a pizza. Main thing is, we eat it together.

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

For the Holidays you might want to cook a few, if not all, of the sides ahead of time. We don't have an army of prep cooks to do all the peeling, slicing, dicing, and chopping ahead of time for us. We do it ourselves. It won't look like Norman Rockwell's perfect golden turkey (although over the years I have produced at least a few of those) that just came out of the oven. You might run behind schedule, but so what?

The food will get served, people will get fed, and you'll get to eat a meal together. Sharing a meal, any meal, together with family is almost always a good thing.

Top Chef Duel 9/10 Dale vs. Tiffany

I agree they've aged badly. Most rockers do, at least if they have enough success to have enough money to get their hands on whatever substances pique their interests. Even if they try to live relatively healthy lifestyles, they still play in smoke filled venues, eat on the run, and probably have horrible schedules.
Changing things around when you get older seems to be fairly normal. Maybe that's why at least one of them has turned vegan. Kind of like using sunscreen after you get home from the beach, but...

Sep 13, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Top Chef Duels: the Knockout (possible spoilers)

I thought the protein had to be spot on, too. Mike's steak look practically raw in the middle. If I was in a restaurant I might have sent it back. Plus, I'd like to see more of Stefan. Sometimes he seems like an arrogant ass, but at other times he's just endearing.

Top Chef Duels, 8/27, Stefan vs CJ, SPOILERS, an ever more profane and surly recap

Dang! Or should I say "Phuck it!"? Your comments on regular TC, as well as other topics, are always great, and usually informative. No wonder I've been missing you! Your recaps so far have been wonderful, although Linda Whit is irreplaceable during regular season. Linda, you've worked yourself into a job that no one else feels suited to take over from you.
Good luck with the move, Cowboyardee! It's always difficult, and then there's setting everything up, including the kitchen. If you're anything like me, you'll be moving stuff around in the kitchen for the first month or so, finding the place where everything seems to work best.

What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

When I had temporary custody of my 5 nephews I made breakfast every morning before school, and a home cooked dinner from scratch every night. The exception was Wednesday night. Then I ordered pizza delivered. They thought it was a treat for them, but it was really a break/treat for me.

Their mother raised them all on fast food so it was a revelation to have real food twice a day. Over the weekend they helped me make up the next week's menu. Then they helped me in the kitchen when I was making their choice for that night's dinner. Two of the kids actually asked me to teach them how to cook, and they made quesadillas for their parents when they came to visit. The next week they made tacos, with hamburger they had cooked and spiced up themselves - no packets of "taco seasoning." I did dice the onions for them. They also used taco shells because I didn't want them messing with hot oil (they were in elementary school). Once they made pancakes, from scratch. They also mastered grilled cheese sandwiches and tuna melts. Their mother was a housewife and truly lazy (I still think she suffered from depression) and the only thing she ever made was coffee for herself. Half the time she didn't even send the kids to school (they had a 60% absentee rate when I got them from Child Protective Services) and they came to me every weekend (before they moved in with me) wearing dirty clothes and carrying a bag of dirty clothes per kid. I'd send them home on Sunday with clean clothes for the week and leftovers to get reheated at home.

Now they all know what home made food should taste like, and the 2 oldest are off in the world and cook regularly. They even have people over to their apartments for dinners!

What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

That would be a good thing for Habitat for Humanity! I wonder why they haven't thought of it...

The major issue with the tiny house movement is that they need a piece of land to put the house on. Habitat for Humanity is good at that. If it's on wheels, they need a car with enough oomph to tow the tiny house. Land out in the sticks might be cheaper, maybe even "free" (no one would know you were there, so you wouldn't have to pay a lease) but would be too far from a grocery store.

I applaud the tiny house movement, and many of the ones I've seen have been brilliant. I lived in a Japanese "rabbit hutch" in Osaka for years, and the innovative use of space always impressed me.

In Japan most houses had small (maybe 2 burners) gas stoves/hot plates and really small refrigerators. People shopped daily, but there were fruit and vegetable vendors as well as chicken and egg stands along the road from the train or subway. For beef you had to make a detour and go to the butcher's, but he stayed open late. I often grabbed a few things on my way home at night to cook on by 2 burners and/or toaster oven.

Sep 01, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

No Regrets: Glad I bought it!

When you don't have access to decent Mexican food, you just have to make it yourself! One of my favorite things in the kitchen is my molcajete. My Mexican godmother gave it to my mother when I was a baby. It had been her mother's (her parents owned and operated a tortilla factory in their home) before she got it. Now it's about 100 years old and smooth as silk! I use it for everything, not just Mexican food.

Aug 29, 2014
KailuaGirl in Cookware
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"New Revereware"

Howzit Kaleo,

Are you over here on the Big Island (Hilo side)? If so I can loan you one of my Mom's 1950's pots or pans to give it a try. As I said below, I'm not sure about the innate quality of the pans, I just know that they work well for me, when making some dishes. I use different brands, sizes, makes and models for different things. I wouldn't use Mom's Revereware for risotto, for example, but she did.

I haven't researched any marks, just know that it was a wedding present she and Dad received in 1952. :-) What do the "better" ones look like?

Aloha,
Kailua

P.S. I also have some mid-80's RW that I was given when I moved from Kailua to Wai'anae for work and needed something to cook with/on. I couldn't talk my Dad into letting me take a couple of Mom's pieces with me, so he hit Liberty House and bought me some of my own. I prefer the 1950's stuff, but I think some of that is purely sentimental. ;-)

Aug 29, 2014
KailuaGirl in Cookware

"New Revereware"

I inherited my Mom's Revereware set that she received as a wedding present more than 60 years ago. Back then it really was considered top of the line quality cookware. It's held up well, and I still make my Mexican (NOT Spanish) rice in the 10 inch skillet, and it still comes out perfect every time.
I've added a lot of "better"/pricier stuff over the years, including Le Creuset and All Clad, but I still revert to the Revereware for many things that my Mom taught me how to cook, using those pots and pans. I guess it's part nostalgia, part intuitive cooking.
All of mine, being from so long ago, have the copper bottoms. I'm going to have to shine them up, though. After looking at California Joseph's pictures, I'm ashamed of how cruddy the bottoms of my stuff look. It doesn't have anything to do with how well it cooks, but if I get them all pretty again it will remind me of all the good stuff my Mom cooked while I was growing up.

breadchick - My Mom, like yours, thought that Revereware was the "ne plus ultra" of cookery and that anything else (more expensive) was just a frivolous waste of money. We did have a few cast iron skillets, though, that her mother gave my parents for a wedding present. They had been used by Grandma for decades, so were well seasoned. They gave my Mom a sense of nostalgia cooking on them, just as I now get when I use her Revereware. I sure wish I knew where Grandma's CI pans went, though!

Aug 29, 2014
KailuaGirl in Cookware

Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo

Make cracklin's out of the skin and serve on the side with the chicken. Since the cracklin's will be the last thing to do, I think I'll marinate them in some of the adobo sauce before frying. Waste not, want not. :-)

Aug 29, 2014
KailuaGirl in Recipes

Top Chef Duels, 8/27, Stefan vs CJ, SPOILERS, an ever more profane and surly recap

I loved Stefan's use of a "scimitar." Your recap is fantastic and had me literally laughing out loud several times, smiling throughout. Please don't stop! It's one of the highlights of my week...

Aug 29, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Gobs of Mayo Saved This Negitoro Bowl!

Mayo (particularly the Japanese Kewpie brand) is a must with okonomiyaki. That, some okonomiyaki sauce, nori, and katsuo flakes are what make okonomiyaki so indulgent.

Aug 27, 2014
KailuaGirl in Features

Island-Style Poki Bowl Soothes the Dog Days

It's not "usually spelled poke," it's CORRECTLY spelled "poke." Aloha.

Aug 27, 2014
KailuaGirl in Features

Top Chef Boston v. Teamsters

I'm a little skeptical. No one, not a single person, thought to record this on their cell phone's camera? They're all got decent phones. I don't doubt that the Teamsters were protesting loudly, probably even raucously, but using sexist, racist, and homophobic language is deplorable. Slashing tires is criminal. Any of those underpaid employees of the Magical Elves could have shopped that video around and made some bucks. If a kitchen worker could smuggle in a cell phone set to record Romney, with all the security those events utilized, I can't imagine the TC set was more secure. A multi-millionaire presidential candidate's expensive private dinner with other 1%ers vs. a TV reality show... Get outa here!

Top Chef Duels 8/20, spoilers, Antonia vs Mike - a profane and foggy recap

Thank you, Cowboy! As far as food goes, I did like Antonia's better most of the time, but Mikey had his moments. You done good, and I particularly enjoyed your trashing of Curtis Stone. He's just so boring and uninformative. To steal from (and paraphrase) the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (which I just saw again) - Who is that guy?! I'm a straight woman, but I'll take Padma any day.
I can't wait for the real TC to get started! This just seems too contrived. I'll have to check out their version of Last Chance Kitchen to see if that's any more realistic, less unscripted. First off, my morning coffee.

Aug 21, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Electric pressure cooker with slow cooker, rice cooker, etc functions...

I'm really late to this discussion, but I also recommend Pressure Perfect. When I got my Cuisinart PC for Christmas several years ago I also received Pressure Perfect. Lots of information, and I still go back to it just to browse through it.

Jul 18, 2014
KailuaGirl in Cookware

Memorable Quotes about booze

Loved AbFab!

Jul 18, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News