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arguing here?

Who, me? None, never in my life, and I've been online since joining CompuServe in 1985.

Jul 19, 2014
John Francis in Site Talk

arguing here?

I don't consider it, I just do it. :-)

Jul 18, 2014
John Francis in Site Talk
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Banned

Anyone who'd banned can simply register again under a different handle. That's happened in some forums I've belonged to; don't know about here.

Jul 18, 2014
John Francis in Site Talk
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Do you wait for a thread to be locked before reading?

I think you must be alone in that. Certainly I'm not with you! If I don't read a thread, I don't read it, period.

Jul 18, 2014
John Francis in Site Talk

Why boil brats?

Bratwurst is for broiling or roasting - that's what "braten" means in German. I don't think I've ever had a boiled bratwurst, and it seems wrong somehow - you want to get that Maillard effect from direct heat.

Jul 14, 2014
John Francis in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

"I think that is fairly typical of many chicken "sausage" type products."

At TJ's, only of the chicken and turkey hot dogs. The other chicken sausages I've tried, a half dozen varieties or so, are firm in the package and firm after 10 minutes of broiling in the toaster oven.

Jul 09, 2014
John Francis in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

Yes, I like them. From the freezer to the toaster oven for a few minutes and you've a nice appetizer or side dish.

Jul 05, 2014
John Francis in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

No such thread here, and it really doesn't belong. Home Cooking is the Chowhound board for recipes, whatever ingredients they call for.

Jul 03, 2014
John Francis in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

Yea - Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate. It's iced coffee season and this is the quickest and easiest way to make it. (I've tried a couple of cold brew methods and the results were too weak.) "100% Arabica coffee beans." The label says to refrigerate when opened, so iced coffee shouldn't melt too much ice, and to dilute by 2-1 water to concentrate. That's OK by me, but those who like their coffee stronger can add less water. Whether I'd like it hot, I don't know.

Yea - bananas. A commodity, same as you find in every other food store (Chiquita), still only 19¢ each. A real bargain even for TJ.

Jul 02, 2014
John Francis in Chains
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Oil vs. Water-packed Tuna

Julia Child insists that tuna packed in oil is not just better, water-packed tuna is an "abomination." She said it on an episode of "Julia and Jacques." After years of water-packed, I switched to oil-packed because she said so, and for me the flavor and texture are better. Don't know why; perhaps oil prevents oxidation better than water, which after all is H2O. Whatever.

See also http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/864406.

Jul 01, 2014
John Francis in General Topics

Ever Heard of a Restuarant that Does Not Use Salt in their Recipes? - Try PF Changs

I've never seen salt on the table in a Chinese or Japanese restaurant, just soy sauce. (No pepper either.) And I assume the kitchen uses soy sauce too, though I'm no expert on Chinese recipes; if I'm wrong someone here will correct me. However, salt is used in the preparation of soy sauce, so oriental cuisine is by no means salt-free.

Jul 01, 2014
John Francis in Chains

Salting melon to increase sweetness

When growing up, my family had canteloupd pretty often, both parents put salt on their slices at the table so I did it too, and I like it.

Jun 29, 2014
John Francis in Home Cooking

Foodie or Gourmet?

I don't like either word. "Gourmet" is more pretentious than "foodie," but neither is necessary and I never use them.

Jun 29, 2014
John Francis in General Topics
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Non-Stick Pan experiences

How long have you been using the T-Fal pan? I have one and after more than a year the non-stick surface is still as good as new. When eventually I need a new one, it'll most likely be T-Fal again.

Jun 29, 2014
John Francis in Cookware

Does TJ's Go TOO Far To Please Customers?

A macron is "a written or printed mark (¯) used to indicate a long vowel in some languages and phonetic transcription systems, or a stressed vowel in verse." Not very tasty.

Jun 29, 2014
John Francis in Chains
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Does TJ's Go TOO Far To Please Customers?

What is this, complaining about good customer service? Sheesh!

It's impossible for a store to go too far in pleasing customers. (A) it's good for the customers and we are customers. (B) it's good for business as it allows customers to try new products risk-free, and as long as the products are good, they've made a sale which may lead to more - and a YEA in this thread.

The case you mention cost that branch of TJ's $4, as you say. How much is that customer's business worth to them? Also, the customer had her carelessness, stupidity, or whatever revealed to her publicly and she may learn from it, while giving her the lower price took some of the sting out of the lesson.

Jun 29, 2014
John Francis in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

Lots of it at my local, and I'm getting a bottle next time. Just what I want for iced coffee.

Jun 29, 2014
John Francis in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

Even after opening the package and using one or two, the rest keep in my fridge for more than a week. The Italian sweet sausage and other kinds too. Maybe you got a package that wasn't wholly sealed? That's happened to me once and the wrapping ballooned, so out it went unopened.

Jun 20, 2014
John Francis in Chains

Bread Baking book?

I rely on two cookbooks: James Beard's "Beard on Bread" and Bernard Clayton's "Complete Book of Breads."

Jun 18, 2014
John Francis in Home Cooking
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ever taken a paid for cooking class??

I've never taken any kind of cooking class - haven't felt the need. TV for prep techniques, cookbooks for recipes have taught me.

Jun 18, 2014
John Francis in General Topics

Anyone else enjoying Create TV?

In NYC, Create TV is linked to WLIW TV, a PBS station now owned by WNET TV, PBS's flagship in our area. I enjoy watching the cooking and travel shows.

Jun 16, 2014
John Francis in Food Media & News

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

It's been common for a year or more, hasn't it? Seems useful to me. But I don't think it needs to be spelled out in the thread topic. The Yeas and Nays are more informative and are worth encouraging.

Jun 13, 2014
John Francis in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

What's the plural in Arabic? :-)

Jun 12, 2014
John Francis in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

??? - Mostly Mesquite Honey (from Argentina). The same price as Clover Honey and a dollar less than Mesquite Honey, which it has replaced in my store. I don't taste any definite flavor and it's very sweet, like candy. Also very thick. Haven't decided how to rate it, but probably I'll go back to the clover honey, which would make it not a Yea.

Jun 12, 2014
John Francis in Chains

Best of the UWS, 2014 Edition

For Indian, try Sapphire. Good food, attractive decor, and the buffet lunch is a bargain.

Jun 09, 2014
John Francis in Manhattan
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KY Restaurant alternative to tipping

In many eateries, food servers are poorly paid and depend on tips to make ends meet.

Jun 09, 2014
John Francis in Food Media & News

Special fisher turner (spatula) or not?

I use the Oxo one most of the time instead of my old spatula. (I believe Jacques Pepin does too.)

http://www.amazon.com/OXO-Good-Grips-...

Jun 09, 2014
John Francis in Cookware

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

Saute in frying pan with a little oil, about 4 minutes on each side until well browned. Eaten in a toasted English, er, British muffin.

Jun 09, 2014
John Francis in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

Is it definitely discontinued? It went off the shelves for a while, last year I think, then came back. Fingers crossed.

Jun 09, 2014
John Francis in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

Yea for me. It's the custardy kind, not what you'd get in a luncheonette, but I like it a lot.

Jun 06, 2014
John Francis in Chains