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Top Chef Duel 9/10 Dale vs. Tiffany

I guess I didn't think that the time thing was that bad. There are rules, and she was being strict about them. Doesn't seem like a jerk (at least to me)

Sep 12, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News

Top Chef Duel 9/10 Dale vs. Tiffany

yeah, I've just been catching up on the first three seasons that I missed "real time", and there's no way that Tiffany was other than "strident". Certainly not as bad as she's been made out to be. And the same with Marcel in season 2. I thought he was totally bullied, and was not in any way a "bad guy". He got ganged up on from the beginning.

Sep 12, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News

Olive Garden investor cries 'too many breadsticks and not enough wine'

"doesn't salt the water for the pasta" ? That's a hanging offence as far as I'm concerned. And more wine is always a good idea.

Top Chef Duel 9/10 Dale vs. Tiffany

I had the same thought about the "scallops". I thought that course was supposed to be a "meat substitute". To me, that means that you get your protein one way or another. A mushroom is a pretty poor "meat substitute" in that sense.

Sep 12, 2014
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Szechuan peppercorns in Westchester?

My supply is running low; White Plains or so and north is preferred. Does HMart or Golden Village carry them?

Master Chef 9/8 spoilers

yeah I also thought the truffled lobster mac and cheese was so predictable. And the judges certainly seemed to give bonus points to the ones given "hard" family favorites. Leslie didn't really have an advantage, since they were folding in the difficulty of the task. And somehow I doubt Christian's gumbo was really that good, it was good given the time constraint.

Sep 10, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News

Words of food wisdom that Food Network NEVER taught you.

It probably won't be perfectly done at the exact number of minutes after you put it in that they say it will. Check early and often.

Sep 08, 2014
DGresh in Not About Food

All the Comments on Every Recipe Blog

So if a recipe calls for Heinz ketchup and you have a different brand, you'll go out and buy Heinz? if so you're more precise than I am.

Sep 07, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News

Authentic recipe for mapo tofu?

I made this one last week and it was REALLY good. I used silken tofu (unspecified firmness) and it held together fine.

Sep 07, 2014
DGresh in Home Cooking

Top Chef Duels, 9/3 Burke vs Takashi, SPOILERS, another profane and increasingly violent recap

I also enjoyed this episode. They were clearly enjoying the crazy challenge. And lord, that complaint about Burke's dessert was ridiculous.

Sep 07, 2014
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All the Comments on Every Recipe Blog

reminds me of a spoof magazine that had a Martha Stewart article about "making your own H2O"

Sep 05, 2014
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Master Chef 8/18 spoilers

as someone of roughly MK's age, that was a bit insulting; is Gordon much younger? (ETA Gordon is 9 years younger) The way GR shows off his body on Hotel Hell he clearly thinks he's still hot stuff.

Sep 05, 2014
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Masterchef 9/1 OMG SPOILERS

you're right. By far that would be the best television.

Sep 04, 2014
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Top Chef Duels: the Knockout (possible spoilers)

I missed the first four seasons of TC and am catching up now on Hulu Plus. They are much more entertaining (even though I know who wins!) than the Duels.

Sep 04, 2014
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Masterchef 9/1 OMG SPOILERS

They are really good. I've done it with the butternut squash referenced in the recipe.

Sep 02, 2014
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Masterchef 9/1 OMG SPOILERS

That is a Parisian gnocchi (Parisienne to be fancy); completely different from potato. I've done Thomas Keller's: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Sep 02, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News

Top Chef Duels: the Knockout (possible spoilers)

If Mike keeps winning he just reduces the number of chefs in the finale.

Sep 02, 2014
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Masterchef 9/1 OMG SPOILERS

I bet she's familiar with Italian gnocchi, not Parisian, however, I've made Parisian gnochi and never had an issue with them. What do you think she was doing wrong?

Sep 02, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News

Next Food Network Star -finale (spoilers)

Not sure it was such a fine tooth comb. It was on the freaking internet for god's sake. And I think our politicians might disagree that they aren't treated the same.

Dinner Lab Brings the Wisdom of Crowds to Haute Cuisine

Sounds like a pretty cool idea. Sort of a real life version of restaurant startup or whatever that show is on CNBC with Joe B. and Chef Love.

Aug 31, 2014
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Is pasta making just time and practice?

I use Marcella Hazan's recipe and do it in the food processor. Most days, the recipe is perfect. I find that after being processed, it looks like wet sand, and you would think it would be impossible to roll. But if I press it together in my fingers while still in the bowl, it sticks together. If it still seems "flaky" I will add a drop or two or three of water and whizz it again. Don't tell Marcella.

I don't usually rest it, and generally don't have trouble with the Atlas, if I've got the right texture on the dough to begin with. The first few times through the first setting, it's usually a mess, with tears and holes. But I keep folding it on itself and running it through again until I have something approximating a rectangle. ONLY THEN do I start going to higher settings, and I usually can just cruise through right up to 6 (which is where I almost always stop; I find that 7 gives me trouble, and I like it a bit thicker anyway).

Aug 30, 2014
DGresh in Home Cooking

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

I think Stefan is actually kind of charming, and I'm not the sort that usually goes for assholes.

Aug 29, 2014
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Master Chef 8/18 spoilers

Sure it's in the wrong thread, but it's not really a spoiler, which is why I didn't bother to report it or comment.

Aug 28, 2014
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Master Chef 8/25 spoilers

Thanks! But their "continuity editor" seems to have made sure that the shoes are the same color, so maybe we wouldn't notice :)

Aug 28, 2014
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Top Chef, Season 12 will be filmed in......

I never saw season 1 to begin with but have been catching up this week. The eventual winner (spoiler!) bitched alot about the "un chefy" challenges! I guess he was allowed to; he had no idea what he was getting into1

Aug 27, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News

guests not offering to do dishes, is it rude?

I agree, but would make an exception for a big holiday dinner like Thanksgiving with family. If I was the host, and spent all day cooking, yeah I'd be peeved if all my inlaws and outlaws sat around the table while I cleaned up the whole kitchen. Thank goodness that would never happen in our family. But other than that specific example, I agree.

Aug 27, 2014
DGresh in Not About Food
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Master Chef 8/25 spoilers

I wondered when Elizabeth slipped and fell whether she was wearing high heels (couldn't see in that scene, and forgot to check at the end). Jaimie was annoying as hell in this episode.

Aug 27, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News

Master Chef 8/18 spoilers

ha ha, that fryer sure had at least a supporting role didn't it?

Aug 26, 2014
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Remember Katie Joel on Top Chef?

Padma's line to Elian (?sp? first one off on All Stars) she almost seemed like she was gleefully smirking. (I didn't see that season)

Winooski Vermont news story - Can This Be True?

Even if it's true, so what? The business owner is the one who took it down based on a complaint from a local. Nobody (and no gov't!) forced him to. (If he had been forced, I'd be upset, but that's not the case). The business owner is the one who decides which complaints from customers/neighbors he or she wants to deal with in some way. Nothing to see here, folks.

People seem to be upset at the complainer (last I checked, it was a free country and one is allowed to complain about nearly everything) or the business owner (last I checked, it was a free country etc etc)

Aug 25, 2014
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