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Picky eater

Fish fingers, fish nuggets.

Jun 29, 2015
John Francis in Home Cooking

How Long Will Store-Bought Eggs Stay Fresh In Fridge??

I've never had eggs go bad in the fridge. Of course, they seldom last more than a week. (Hens keep eggs warm for about three weeks before they hatch.)

Jun 26, 2015
John Francis in General Topics

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

In one of his "Tummy Trilogy" books, Calvin Trillin writes about taking an extraordinary box lunch on a flight. The envy of the other passengers, and they weren't annoyed at him but at the airline. To hear him tell it. Of course he didn't carry on any sauerkraut or limberger cheese...

A Chef's Life

Except when she and her husband are squabbling. But that comes with running a real restaurant, which I'm interested to know about. I like the show and while I wouldn't attempt her elaborate takes on southern cooking, some of the ideas work for me.

does a pan with these specs exist?

Your description fits a pan called a saucier. Alton Brown used one sometimes on Good Eats.

https://www.google.com/#q=saucier+pan

Jun 20, 2015
John Francis in Cookware

Stainless Steel Spatula recommendation

Oxo's fish turner - long, slim, slotted, curved up at the end - is a good all-purpose spatula. Cheap, too. Jacques Pepin uses one (don't know if it's Oxo) for just about everything. OK with nonstick pans too if you're careful.

Jun 20, 2015
John Francis in Cookware

Best soups at Trader Joe's?

TJ makes several kinds of chicken broth in tetra paks. For me, the free range organic broth is the most like chicken soup; the others are insipid. Good for what ails you!

Jun 20, 2015
John Francis in Chains

Spice Racks for Penzey's

Like wvgardener, I have the YouCopia SpiceStack Spice Organizer, the Chef's Edition 30-Bottle version, which I keep on the counter top. It can go inside a fairly deep cabinet, but mine aren't deep enough. YouCopia makes SpiceStacks in a variety of sizes.

http://www.youcopia.com/products/chef...

It's a perfect fit for Penzey's full-size and half-size spice bottles.

Jun 15, 2015
John Francis in Cookware

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

I've been using it for a long time - good stuff. I also use their liquid detergent for laundry, and that works too.

Jun 15, 2015
John Francis in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Not just the content, the redesign too.

Jun 15, 2015
John Francis in Chains

Spain had a HUGE impact on its colonies' cuisine. Why didn't France?

English food was standard in the American colonies, wasn't it? Except among Native Americans. :-) Most likely because the colonies' population was English or descended from them. When the colonizers are vastly outnumbered by the locals, as in India, then naturally the locals continue to eat what they've always eaten.

What Are Your Favorite Summer Time Foods You Crave and Indulge?

Cold soups: carrot, potato, consomme, gazpacho, borscht, you name it.

Jun 05, 2015
John Francis in General Topics

What the heck happed to Chicken?

You could buy whole chickens and dismember them yourself. The stores near you don't skin their whole chickens, do they?

Jun 05, 2015
John Francis in General Topics

Science Daily: New information changes few opinions on GMOs, global warming

Nobody likes to believe they've been wrong. It's about self-respect, not science.

Do you use an American butcher knife in your kitchen?

No.

Jun 05, 2015
John Francis in Cookware

Popeye s VS KFC

Agree that Popeye's chicken is better. I skip the sides.

Jun 05, 2015
John Francis in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

The andouille chicken sausages aren't like the real thing, as you say, but I like them, and they do the job in jambalaya.

Also like the sweet Italian and the apple chicken sausages.

Jun 05, 2015
John Francis in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

I always have some in the fridge for iced coffee - happy with how that comes out. Haven't made hot coffee with it.

Jun 05, 2015
John Francis in Chains

Has Hellman's Mayo really changed?

They make several varieties. I've switched to using their Light mayo, which isn't watery.

May 11, 2015
John Francis in General Topics

Dictators' Dinners

And flatulence.

meat thermometer - instant vs leave-in

The only reason I'd use a leave-in thermometer is if it were connected to the (electric) oven that would start beeping or turn off/down when the chosen temperature is reached. I've been using a Thermopen instant thermometer for a few years and it's good for your purpose and much else. I think it's still under $100 but perhaps not by much.

May 11, 2015
John Francis in Cookware

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

There seems to be some variation in the flavor of the vegetable masala burgers. In my latest box they were somewhat more intense; in some, the flavor has been pretty mild. One way or the other, this is a standard item in the fridge and on my plate.

May 02, 2015
John Francis in Chains
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Who makes Trader Joe's private label foods?

Many many companies in the US and abroad. A few are existing products packaged and labeled for TJ, but I believe most are developed by TJ who then sign up a supplier to make them. I'm no longer curious about which is which. What's the point?

May 01, 2015
John Francis in Chains

Your favorite omni apps at TJs

My favorite dip is hummus, and TJ's has several flavors both plain and fancy. I like the roasted red pepper hummus. Goes well with crackers and crudites.

May 01, 2015
John Francis in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015 [OLD]

The coffee concentrate comes in 1-quart bottles, and you'll find it along with all the other coffee.

http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-fl...

How many "servings" you get depends on how much you dilute the concentrate and how much is a serving. The label suggests 1 part concentrate to 2 parts water, which makes 3 quarts of coffee (duh). I like it stronger and do it about half and half, which makes a half gallon of coffee - 50& more if I do caffe latte or iced coffee with milk. For me that's more than just 12 servings.

Apr 18, 2015
John Francis in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015 [OLD]

Agreed.

Another alternative is TJ's Cold-Brew Coffee Concentrate, which is also ideal for making iced coffee if you like that. I do.

Apr 17, 2015
John Francis in Chains
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Changing Eating Habits b/c of Foodborne Illness Risk

Maybe we've built up immunity to food poisoning by eating whatever comes our way. :-) I'm not a great one for street food, but I've traveled a good deal abroad where people aren't as obsessed as Americans are with such things, and I'm still here to tell the tale.

Changing Eating Habits b/c of Foodborne Illness Risk

I don't, and I haven't gotten sick from food poisoning for many years.

Apr 06, 2015
John Francis in General Topics

Milk spoilage question

Check your refrigerator. If the temp isn't below 40 degrees F, you need to fix that. Also check the sell-by date when you buy. These are obvious things to do but easy to overlook or take for granted.

Apr 06, 2015
John Francis in General Topics

Alton Brown on the End of Meat as We Know It | WIRED

I read the article in Firefox, no problem at all - but I see that the page has been fixed. Anyway, I'm glad I did - this is really remarkable. I want to try that faux chicken but don't know where.