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Alton Brown....

Why is there so much meanness in this thread? I don't care for the Cutthroat Kitchen incarnation of AB, but really enjoyed his Good Eats days and wish divorce on no one.

jb

Will Chowhound ever be a major player in food reviews and discussion

Hand raised. And I see many more raised hands over there. ChemicalK, eatingjoy, chowser, LindaWhit, JohnE, scubadude, cowboyardee to name only a few. The list of smart, helpful, knowledgeable people on CH is very long indeed. They are why I come to read and post here.

jb

Real Chefs Cook Dumb Recipes,

Those looked delicious!

OMG

jb

Clean/wash up while cooking ?

I clean counters and prep areas and the occasional knife for reuse, but I don't clean pots and dishes while I'm cooking. Just me and my wife and that's the division of labor. Even on her birthday I tried to tell her I would take care of the clean up and she kicked me out, saying "this is my domain". Cooking is my Zen thing and cleaning up is hers. We stay out of each others way for the most part and let the other do things as they like. I truly appreciate what she does and it inspires me to make dinners special and worthy of the work she does.

jb

Best hot dogs without nitrates or nitrates?

How much spinach do I need to put on my hot dog to make it safe? :o)

jb

May 14, 2015
JuniorBalloon in General Topics

Sourdough Bread (SEA)

I don't know if it's dense and or tangy enough for you, but I've been enjoying Macrina Sour White. I get it at Whole Foods. They also have an awesome brioche burger bun topped with sesame seeds.

http://www.macrinabakery.com/

Interested to hear if it is anything like Bigwood Bakery as I do love sourdough.

EDIT: Oops, just read your second reply and see you already know about Macrina.

jb

May 14, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Greater Seattle

Salumi: yea or nay?

Realize this is an old thread, but I finally got a chance to eat there last week. It's a funky, strange hallway of deliciousness. The neighborhood is definitely sketchy. If you go, going up Jackson from 1st ave will take you around most of the down and outers.

Had the porchetta sandwich on a baguette and a meatball. Neither is a blow you away with the first bite kind of food.
I will say about the porchetta that it's not a traditional porchetta you'd get in Italy. It is a braised chunks, I think mostly shoulder, of pork in similar spices, but it's not the belly wrapped loin slices you get on the boot. Still very tasty. And as I sat at the communal table, munching away at what is a truly large sandwich it started tasting really good and was extremely satisfying. Had a glass of wine with and walked out very satisfied. Was it a top ten meal? No, but I'd absolutely make another special trip to go there again.

jb

May 12, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Greater Seattle

The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

Do you have more of an issue with the hip and trendy attitude of the egg on top? The look at how marvelous I am for putting an egg on this thing? As opposed to truly not liking the taste of the egg on a burger or a pizza or a salad or a...

jb

May 12, 2015
JuniorBalloon in General Topics

Pronunciation-checked at Penzey’s

Eddie Izzard has a very funny routine about the herbs. He uses some colorful language to let people know that it has an H when the English say it.

jb

Apr 29, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food
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Pronunciation-checked at Penzey’s

Recently just bought some que-min and learned it was ground seed. I like to buy the bulk spices, but all they had was a jar labeled ground que-min seeds. I'd never seen it labeled like that and ended up buying a jar that was just labled que-min. Googled it up when I got home and I could have saved a bit. Live and learn.

jb

Apr 29, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food

The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

Why isn't it ok to have extra cheese or an egg? What ever happened to have it your way?

jb

Apr 29, 2015
JuniorBalloon in General Topics

The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

It really depends on personal taste. For me, the egg pizza is like having the best breakfast sandwich I've ever had. And that is in part because of using quality ingredients, a good dough, cheeses, sauce, toppings and the egg.

Party on.
jb

The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

I noticed a trend in reading the posts. If you don't like runny eggs you don't want to see any eggs except at breakfast.

They are on everything because they are delicious. I had a pizza in Italy with egg and it was a revelation. Delicious. Now, when I make pizza, I always do an egg with Canadian bacon. Also delicious.

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

My analogy for the climate change is a large ocean liner. It develops a leak on one side. Everyone on that side of the boat measures the distance from the deck to the water each day and has determined the boat is sinking. Everyone on the other side, which is rising, measures and declares the low side boaters alarmists and continue to dance and party on the deck.

jb

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

You have obviously given this a great deal of thought, more than I, but I take issue with your first paragraph that the intent of the article was to say, "Nothing to see here, move along." Or as you said to distract with a sub issue. My take on the article and another I read on Avocado production is that pointing the finger at a single item is missing the larger point that there is a basic problem trying to produce so many water hungry crops in a place prone to droughts. Which I realize is your point in the later paragraphs.

I might also debate that Capitalism is based on the infinite, but that would be for another forum. :0) What I would say, and I think you would agree, that Capitalism is going to have to learn to walk hand in hand with sustainability.

Also, could you explain the last two asterisked comments? What subheading are you referring to and what "dot triangle" symbol.

Thanks,
jb

Apr 24, 2015
JuniorBalloon in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

I think you meant, "off course", no?

Sorry, couldn't resist.

jb

Apr 23, 2015
JuniorBalloon in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

Try reading this as counterpoint to MJ.

http://gizmodo.com/seriously-stop-dem...

jb

Apr 23, 2015
JuniorBalloon in General Topics

Kosher salt alternatives...

The other important consideration is weight vs volume. The coarser the salt the less a cup will weigh.

Probably not that big of a deal with a tsp, but when measuring several cups for a brine it can make a big difference.

jb

How to invite friends for dinner, where everyone pays for their own food?

For myself and our people an invitation, or a "let's go out to", a restaurant is never taken to mean they are paying. Only if they say, "We'd like to take you guys out to restaurant x", would I presume they are paying.

jb

Onion and Garlic Powder Question

Have also done this same thing not realizing there would be a difference. I now always use granulated for both. They work much better in spice blends like rubs as they don't clump.

jb

Apr 20, 2015
JuniorBalloon in General Topics

bbq menu

Especially if he\she is not using the term bbq to refer to grilling. :)

jb

What I Want When I Go Out

You might change your mind if this fellow was playing.

http://belafleck.com/

jb

Apr 15, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food

60th Birthday BBQ Menu Planning

I learned the "meat wrapped in foil and a towel in a cooler" trick to keep things hot from BBQ competitions. Makes it much easier to time everything for the judges.

jb

Are you the main shopper/cook at home?

Could have written the entire post, computer job, daily shopping, 40 minute commute and Jeopardy. I get more annoyed with Alex Trebek than about cooking though it does get a bit boring in winter when I don't use the grill because of weather.

jb

Apr 10, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food

Are you the main shopper/cook at home?

I go to the store, thinking I'll see what's fresh, on sale or anything that will inspire and about once a month totally strike out and stand there with no idea what to buy, my head empty. I call it store stun.

jb

Small Seattle sausage maker looking to expand (Kickstarter Campaign)

Very nice local butchery. Is their campaign still going on? Would definitely support, but didn't see where I could.

I don't get to Port Townsend often, but if I do I will look them up.

Thanks,
jb

Apr 08, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Greater Seattle

Small Seattle sausage maker looking to expand (Kickstarter Campaign)

Just a supporter, not affiliated nor a professional. So there. :)

I shared it on the General board as I hoped for greater coverage. I really think it's a worthy effort and have supported it with my own dollars and time by hitting what little social media I have access to.

jb

Apr 08, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Greater Seattle
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Promoting Kickstarter campaigns

Ha! I've gotten more responses posting about posting than the actually posting!

jb

Apr 07, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Site Talk

Small Seattle sausage maker looking to expand (Kickstarter Campaign)

LinkLab Artisan Meats and Jones Family Farm are looking to expand there ability to butcher and prepare local farmers meats for market. It is difficult for small producers to find facilities to get there products to market at a reasonable price. Most meat packing places only want to deal with farmers that produce large numbers. I have dealt with both of these groups and appreciate what they do and the effort required. If you're interested, click on the link, otherwise feel free to ignore and thanks for stopping by.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...

jb

Apr 07, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Greater Seattle

Promoting Kickstarter campaigns

Thanks marrsy, I think I'll post and let you guys decide if it's relevant to CH. I appreciate that some may not like these kinds of posts, but for those that are interested it can be useful.

jb

Apr 07, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Site Talk
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