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User profile: would you like to see more/different questions and/or mandatory info?

None of this really seems like it would add much. A question and response aren't just a two-way interaction here, so even if an OP is in the wrong hemisphere to make use of a response, someone reading will probably be able too.

It kind of sounds like you're looking for a system to decide who's worth your time. You can agree or disagree with me regardless of my age. To be honest plenty of other factors like race, socioeconomic status, culture of origin, etc would be just as likely to correlate to any given opinion, which is to say somewhat more than average but no where near 100%. I have no idea how knowing the frequency of the OP's fast food consumption would help with the vast majority of the threads on this site.

Aug 27, 2014
ErnieD in Site Talk

Inviting Professional Voices to the Community

Nah, least worst just means the best of a bad lot. It's slangy and definitely not grammatically correct :).

Aug 25, 2014
ErnieD in Site Talk

Inviting Professional Voices to the Community

I'm no particular fan of the shilling posts, but the cookbook ones are easily the least worst. I liked the tomato one-he answered questions and shared one of the recipes from the cookbook, which wouldn't really make sense if he were just here to wring a few bucks out of people. To me, that thread was a conversation, not an ad.

Chowhound now allowing advertising posts?

What on earth is that about? Allowing this to stay up is really ill-conceived. Are the mods just not being allowed to use any judgment at all? You can let productive conversations with professionals stay up without keeping this nonsense.

Aug 24, 2014
ErnieD in Site Talk
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What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

There really isn't a one-stop-shopping solution that is at all possible, though, because food-insecurity has a huge variety of causes. Disabled people are at a higher risk for poverty, so we would have to improve services to them. Some kind of incentive would need to be created to move real grocery stores into food deserts. An awful lot of people have been bankrupted by medical debt, so now we have to take on reforming the healthcare industry. The economy needs to improve-8% unemployment creates a lot of at-risk people. The housing market needs to improve so that fewer people are upside down in mortgages they can't afford. Minimum wage needs to raise so that we aren't spending finite resources because a full-time job is inadequate to feed a family. None of this is free, and people are already outraged at paying for the scarce services we do provide, so we would have to find a way to convince them not to fight against every cent that gets spent. That's where articles and conversations like this come into play. An awful lot of people would look at that woman's basket and EBT card and judge. I might have at one point in my life. But when you hear her story, you see that her choices are perfectly rational and she's not just using tax dollars to load her kids up on junk food. Maybe someone will think twice about emailing a senator that they will never vote for her again if she supports SNAP. No systemic solutions are possible without a strong perspective and some degree of politics.

If you are looking for something concrete to do, your local food bank can tell you a lot about the needs of your community. They get tons of donations around the holidays, but many are really struggling at this time of year. I had a diabetic patient get sent on his way last month with five bags of hot dog buns, a container of fruit punch, and a couple of zucchini. They just really need money more than anything else to avoid these types of situations like these, so if you're willing to donate cash instead of three-year-old cans of veggies from the back of your pantry, you can make a huge difference.

Chowhound now allowing advertising posts?

This is the kind of post that I really don't like being included on the site. It is just straight-up spam and contributes nothing. You might as well allow posters to advertise penis pumps and dead Nigerian princes and be done with it.

Picky eaters are the bane of my existence...and now I live with them

If can go either way, though. We ate very little processed food and were allowed to choose dinner exactly once a year, on our birthdays. My brother was hugely picky as a teenager. My stepson ate basically nothing but processed food until he was ten, and he'll eat anything. He's dying to get his grandma to try pho but she won't because she thinks it will have dog in it; this is the environment he spent his early childhood in. Kids have their own personalities.

Aug 24, 2014
ErnieD in Home Cooking

Picky eaters are the bane of my existence...and now I live with them

Couldn't agree more-there's no requirement to short-order cook, but refusing to keep food she will eat in the house has absolutely no upside. And someone who literally cannot stand to purchase chicken nuggets is either a really unpleasant person or in need of medical help.

Aug 24, 2014
ErnieD in Home Cooking

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

It does not document either of these harms. I watched it, and it doesn't.

Aug 23, 2014
ErnieD in Food Media & News

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

The CBS link had no one who had ever been harmed by a service dog. They referenced some people who were harmed because we feel ourselves free to appoint ourselves hall monitors of the world.

Aug 23, 2014
ErnieD in Food Media & News

Looking for ideas for a Sunday Supper for 30

The taco bar is a totally workable idea, but if it's not something that floats your boat, one of the best large-group meals I've had was a tarted up salad bar. I'm in AZ too and I'm not always in the mood for something like tacos when it's 114. The salad bar had chicken (cooked ahead), bacon which I believe she recrisped right before serving, tons of veggies, olives, peoperoncinis, homemade croutons, etc, and she put out a variety of both homemade and purchased dressings. I was thinking some garbanzo beans marinated in lemon, OO, and oregano and some salami might be nice additions. This might be in line with your salad buffet? You could certainly do a pasta salad option and watermelon/feta/kalamata or anything else that sounds appealing too.

Aug 23, 2014
ErnieD in Home Cooking
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DIrty Family Secrets

Where did I say say it was wrong for him to eat it? I said I don't want to eat it again. Also, in the fifteen years since I've been doing the bulk of the cooking he's never asked for it or sought it out, and we could certainly buy chili and potato salad if the lack of Chilato was leaving some kind of void in his life. So saying he likes it is probably a stretch. It was just something you make to keep your stomach from rumbling when you're young, broke, and don't especially like to cook.

Aug 23, 2014
ErnieD in General Topics

DIrty Family Secrets

My husband's signature dish when he met me was Chilato Salad. Canned chili mixed with deli potato salad.

I really try not to get all huffy or moralizing about food, but you know how bad that sounds? It tastes worse. Firstly, you might as well eat salt by the spoonful, and secondly it had this gluey, gummy texture that was just utterly unpleasant. I'm not above Kraft Mac and Cheez or Maruchan ramen, but the Chilato is something I would really prefer not to eat ever again.

Aug 22, 2014
ErnieD in General Topics

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

Aug 22, 2014
ErnieD in Food Media & News

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

It may be focused on its person. It may be under the table out of the way because it's only needed when the person is moving around. It may be waiting for the right time to remind its person to take her meds. It may be focused elsewhere because it is watching for particular things that trigger its person's PTSD. I agree that it will typically not be licking its butt or begging, but we have one that comes into our therapy gym and immediately knows he is supposed to go under a table. He may sleep there for a while, but he will notice right away when she moves. He's not exactly off the clock, but it's better for him to be out of the way while she is stretching or doing exercises with a therapist.

It's just really hard to tell sometimes.

Aug 22, 2014
ErnieD in Food Media & News

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

Bows on dogs are fifteen kinds of ridiculous, but if people choose to make judgments about a dog's fitness as a companion animal because of them that's their own problem. The issue is pretty easily resolved by the general public minding our own business. As far as them not currently performing any duties, if you need them for any portion of the day, they're pretty much along for the duration. It's not like you can leave them in a car trunk in August.

I don't really object to an ID card but that kind of administration has to be paid for somehow. I'm not really sure why we need to bother in the absence of any evidence that significant harm is taking place due to service dog fraud. Everyone has a story about having seen someone who is totally cheating the system, but explanations of how you can tell whether someone has seizures and who is legitimately being harmed are few and far between.

Aug 22, 2014
ErnieD in Food Media & News

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

Hearing aids don't work for all impairments. They are also quite expensive and often not covered by insurance (in America). They cause particular problems in busy places like restaurants because they amplify all sound, so background noise really impedes your ability to understand people close by. People understand their own disabilities and what helps them.

Aug 22, 2014
ErnieD in Food Media & News

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

Honestly I wouldn't take that bet. The level to which people get questioned about service animals, even clearly marked ones, is astonishing. You are probably a polite person who wouldn't make yourself free to walk up and question someone about the specifics of their health needs, but plenty of others have no compunctions at all about doing so. Service animals are really pretty rare, despite all of the claims that people are seeing ten fakes a day, and they tend to attract quite a bit of attention.

There have been a lot of complaints about "entitlement" regarding service animals, but to be honest I've seen an awful lot of entitlement on the other side too. People make themselves free to ask about the individual's disability in excruciating detail, to pet clearly marked working dogs, to let their kids yank the dogs' collars, vests or ears because "he's too young to know any better," and to coo at or otherwise distract dogs that really need to be paying attention.

Aug 22, 2014
ErnieD in Food Media & News
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Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

It could be for a variety of reasons. He may have been going somewhere alone before or after. We don't have any idea what the dog actually did for him; maybe it's something to wife can't always do. For all I know he was, in fact, abusing the system but I don't understand the haste to declare him a scammer based on pure speculation. He seems like something of a festering a-hole, but that doesn't mean he's not deserving of accommodation.

A Four-Year-Old reviews... The French Laundry

Because some things require skills that are beyond the capacity of a preschooler. Sitting still and remaining quiet for several hours is one of them. I love kids but TFL is a once-in-a-lifetime trip for a lot of people, and even if they had a private room I doubt those many trips to the elegant bathroom were made in silence. There is a lot of real estate between Chuck E. Cheez's and a hugely expensive multi-hour tasting menu, and many casual places welcome kids with open arms. More likely than not they could have gotten the same weirded-out faces in a Korean, Vietnamese, or tapas place. I know this is not an epic tragedy but it's mildly obnoxious.

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

I'm no particular lover of snakes, but if I ever get seated next to this guy, I hope I'll have the grace to be grateful the snake is helping him stay alive.

Aug 21, 2014
ErnieD in Food Media & News

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

So...if you advocate for your right to have a service dog, you don't legitimately need one? I have known several people who needed service dogs and had to fight pretty vehemently for their right to have one, because many people still think of them as "seeing eye dogs" and make themselves free to argue that you couldn't possibly require one for seizure disorders, PTSD, or any other invisible disablity.

Aug 21, 2014
ErnieD in Food Media & News

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

The issue has not remotely been settled. To be ADA compliant essentially entails having wheelchair access, and there are many other kinds of disabilities. I would have no problem with requiring service dogs to be certified, provided that we as a society are willing to take on the cost of doing this. Being disabled is already expensive and to me it's not reasonable to ask for another financial burden in order make sure someone doesn't get away with an illicit chihuahua.

I'm cooking lowfat for my elderly dog, post-pancreatitis and thought I'd share

What a beautiful dog! Mind is mostly on kibble but every once in a while I run out and then I make her a mash of poached chicken, peas, brown rice, and enough of the chicken poaching liquid to get a nice consistency. I'll have to try sweet potatoes-I usually have those. She also gets to share a bite or two of our food if it is unadulterated protein or veg-she's apparently something of a hipster because she has a special taste for kale.

Aug 19, 2014
ErnieD in Not About Food

What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

I did read your previous posts. You and I are in complete agreement on both the article itself and the obvious fact that the poster who spawned this subthread didn't read the article.

The reference to Kodos is from The Simpsons. NonnieMuss' post read heavily sarcastic to me and my response was flippant, but I wasn't trying to call you obtuse.

Aug 08, 2014
ErnieD in Food Media & News

Jim Leff's Slog: Chowhound's Coup de Grace

Especially when, a few posters and Jim Leff aside, most people aren't yearning for a return to 1999. I just don't want to get spammed, especially if shilling isn't obvious until I open a thread.

I get that it's a for-profit site. I assume that CBS understands the business better than I do and has found some way to monetize the provision of free ad space even the it flies in the face of logic. But with even a small total quantity of these kinds of posts it's going to annoy the snot out of me, way more than the back button issue that's been a thorn in everyone's side, so it seems like a fair topic for discussion.

Aug 08, 2014
ErnieD in Site Talk

Jim Leff's Slog: Chowhound's Coup de Grace

Of course they may allow it. I don't think anyone is suggesting enacting a law. But this is a specific part of the site that was created to provide feedback, so people are doing that. There are a lot of things I don't agree with Jim Leff on and in fact I'm one of the type of posters he didn't really want on the site when he ran it (high on discussion, low on restaurant tips) so I lurked exclusively. But criticism of a project he created, or anything else really, isn't indicative of lack of class.

As posters, we can cross over into "I'm gonna take my toys and go home" territory pretty easily. But the fact remains-I can tell you from experience if I see that a site isn't trying to control spam and shills my visit count drops.

Aug 08, 2014
ErnieD in Site Talk

Inviting Professional Voices to the Community

I missed most of the drama, but I take comfort in the fact that the last time I looked (which was right after the commie thing) his kickstarter had a total of $1 pledged.

Aug 08, 2014
ErnieD in Site Talk

Inviting Professional Voices to the Community

I usually try to refrain from the Chicken Littling that happens in the wake of every site change but I'm not a fan of the way this one is starting off. There are many interesting things you could do as far as including more insider voices, but none of these qualify. You have control over what you allow; you don't have to be indiscriminate. If Thomas Keller wants to write about his restaurant experience, you can let him do that without also allowing Betty Jo to write a "review" that is actually an invitation to try the $5.99 special at Betty Jo's All-You-Can-Eat Buffet and T-Shirt Emporium.

There are plenty of things on CH that I'm not interested in, and I know I participate in plenty that others don't care for. I'm sure we all have topics that we immediately scroll by. But seriously, I click on a topic about the world's best flourless chocolate cake and get not a recipe, not a recipe request, not even a recommendation. Instead it's a request for 10 grand so some dude can "develop" a product that is already widely available. I understand that you're trying to take advantage of the shiny new system, but all this garbage does is encourage more and more of the same. No thanks.

Edit: oh, and now I see that people who don't agree with kickstarter guy's thoughts are being asked if they're communists. What a delightful new addition to the community.

Clueless cook with parents dropping by (long)

A casserole is a dish you would bake a casserole in. So any 2 quart dish would probably work. They're usually on the flatter side and made of glass or ceramic, but sometimes you'll see metal.

Your salad sounds good, and ravioli is a great way to get something that won't require much prep work.

Aug 07, 2014
ErnieD in Home Cooking