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Parmesan without the rind

I said I wanted a piece without rind, which the store itself practically trained me to prefer by providing such pieces for sale on a regular basis for nearly a decade. I did not tell the store how to package or price the results. That they determined for themselves, on their own, without input from me.

I must say that given the insulting turn this thread has taken (what a surprise, here on Chowhound ...), it likely will be the last I ever start that invokes opinions in any way.

Aug 07, 2014
foiegras in Cheese

Tried to start a "discussion" with photos and it wouldn't post

OK, thanks, improving it would be great. I couldn't understand what was happening at all, and I do think the whole thing shouldn't have gone poof ...

Aug 07, 2014
foiegras in Site Talk

Tried to start a "discussion" with photos and it wouldn't post

I just had the same thing happen with a long photo story about my restored refrigerator! The Post button was grey (??), and when I clicked it a couple times, nothing happened. Finally I selected the 'post as numbered list' box, clicked Post again ... and it evaporated into thin air. Whassup???

Guess I'll check back later and see if my thread has reappeared from the ether ... but if you have any tips, I'm all ears.

Aug 06, 2014
foiegras in Site Talk

Parmesan without the rind

An additional explanation (that I happen to believe is correct) is that good customer service is highly valued at the gourmet grocery store where I regularly shop.

They will open any package in the store and allow a customer to sample on request. That isn't something some crazy person talked them into-that is official policy. They will split an already packaged item into smaller portions. Et cetera.

I am not a complete idiot--I understand that what I'm asking for is to my advantage, not the store's. I have been a regular customer since the day they opened more than a decade ago. I am willing to pay a premium to shop there. And--gnash your teeth--I will continue to ask for rind removal as necessary.

Aug 06, 2014
foiegras in Cheese

Parmesan without the rind

My regular store is definitely selling imported cheese that is cut from a wheel in-house.

Your response seems quite patronizing--but perhaps I've completely misunderstood your tone.

Aug 06, 2014
foiegras in Cheese
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Is this tacky?

No no, you cure them once you're back at home.

And I like the idea of milling your own flour, for your own crackers ... that ready-made flour is for lazy people, I now realize.

Aug 06, 2014
foiegras in General Topics
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Things to do with cucumbers?

I would like to see you ask this question of the guy at work today who turned all red when I said something about a banana.

Aug 05, 2014
foiegras in Home Cooking
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Is this tacky?

I don't care for cheese crackers, and I was really disappointed when making them from scratch that the taste was ... just like the ones you buy. I made several kinds at once ... the plain ones I liked the best, but after fighting the difficult dough, rolling it out & cutting shapes ... they really needed to be life-changing to do that again. Crackers ain't cookies.

And sadly, the older I get, the less I care about impressing anyone.

Aug 05, 2014
foiegras in General Topics
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Is this tacky?

It's better to fly to Italy (or another Mediterranean country where olives are native) and pick them there ...

Aug 05, 2014
foiegras in General Topics

Monday Night In Dallas

Monday night is challenging of course ...

For shopping I'd recommend Northpark. Highland Park is a lovely historic shopping center, but personally I find 'the bubble' a little frightening. Just an hour in Highland Park makes me want to run screaming. (I cannot imagine how I'd feel if my skin color didn't match the dominant tone. I'd probably start feeling the effect after 5 minutes instead.)

Aug 03, 2014
foiegras in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best Canned Tuna?

Do you separate out the bones & skin? I'm not a salmon person, but working with canned salmon has always seemed like so much work to me ...

Aug 03, 2014
foiegras in General Topics

Is this tacky?

I made crackers ... once. They were fabulous, but you can buy really good crackers too.

The meatloaf at my gourmet grocery is way better than some homemade versions I've been served ...

Best Canned Tuna?

I have never seen any Bumble Bee that wasn't just mush, but Chicken of the Sea has gone noticeably downhill in the past few years. I've started buying the Starkist solid light, either the gold, or I think it's called Gourmet Select. Just had a chance to compare the two side by side ... I thought they were extremely similar, but the color of the gold label was a rosier pink. (I used to eat albacore but stopped for mercury reasons).

Aug 02, 2014
foiegras in General Topics

Is this tacky?

Far as I know, even Martha buys her cheese ;)

Aug 02, 2014
foiegras in General Topics

Best Canned Tuna?

It was a staple of my childhood that I still enjoy. And reasonably-priced, if I don't follow the advice in this thread ;)

Is this tacky?

What?! You don't make the cheese from scratch??

Aug 02, 2014
foiegras in General Topics

Brunch for Two

What about an assemble-yourself chef's salad? You could have different meats & cheeses & veggies, perhaps a choice of dressing ...

Maybe baked eggs? I like to line individual casseroles with a thin slice of uncured maple honey ham, add sharp white cheddar. For lunch I'd do two eggs. You could also make muffins or something.

Aug 01, 2014
foiegras in Home Cooking

Help me build a great cookware set!

Cooking.

Aug 01, 2014
foiegras in Cookware

Help me build a great cookware set!

I'm always amazed at some of the comments here ...

I scramble eggs regularly in a skillet where they reach the top of the rivets, and they undoubtedly make the job more difficult. I was offering a potential explanation as to why someone might think that rivets limit the usable volume of a pan.

Jul 29, 2014
foiegras in Cookware

PRISON CUSINE ... What is a typical menu?

How about both?

My mother used to teach ESL at a minimum-security facility. She tested everyone coming in at least once a week. Almost no one could read at a third-grade level, so her ESL students were primarily born here in the US. The vast majority of inmates, in other words, were functionally illiterate. That's a problem that started when these men were less than 10 years old.

Jul 28, 2014
foiegras in General Topics

PRISON CUSINE ... What is a typical menu?

I recently read an article in one of our local city magazines written by an inmate at a nearby prison. (Of course, we are the prison capital of the world around here ...) It was focused on the state of the prison library, writing in prison, etc. So you very well might be able to sell an article on prison food ...

Jul 28, 2014
foiegras in General Topics

PRISON CUSINE ... What is a typical menu?

Sadly, all the child-related crimes will trump that by a mile.

Talk about some super-bad karma ... but I think we also do a really bad job of preparing people for life on the outside.

Jul 28, 2014
foiegras in General Topics

Help me build a great cookware set!

I prefer to keep what I'm cooking below the rivets, myself ... like scrambling eggs, they get caught on the rivets.

Jul 28, 2014
foiegras in Cookware

Help me build a great cookware set!

I totally forgot that I was going to ask myself, What would Goodfellas do? in each and every situation. Thanks for the reminder.

Jul 27, 2014
foiegras in Cookware
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PRISON CUSINE ... What is a typical menu?

If you're not too picky about the food, the "care" in healthcare, the lack of fresh air and freedom, and the company ...

I know someone who's I guess in his 50s with pretty much no 401(k) who jokes about this being his retirement plan. Umm ... good luck with that.

Jul 27, 2014
foiegras in General Topics

Help me build a great cookware set!

I agree--I like that they are making a list based on what they think is reasonably priced and they'll really use.

Wedding gifts are not poker chips. There is no substitute for remembering the giver of a gift still in use decades later.

When I pick up the tab for a meal and someone says, Oh, I wish I'd known you were doing that, I'd have ordered something more expensive ... well, that is someone whose registry I may not want to use. When I'm asked what I want and I give a specific answer, it is something I would spring for myself ... it passes my own cost-benefit analysis.

Now I realize that some couples who are registering have starter salaries to match their starter jobs. If that's the only reason they wouldn't buy something themselves, I have no problem with that.

FSU v. Oklahoma State (dinner recommendations)

I'd say my experiences at Komali have been better than so-so, but still, not spectacular. Mesa has been much more impressive--and the ceviche is great.

Jul 26, 2014
foiegras in Dallas - Fort Worth

Help me build a great cookware set!

They're not screwing me ...

I suspect those stars have more to do with the condition the ECI arrives in, rather than how it holds up over decades of steady use. I'm not sure the stars mean much at all ...

Jul 25, 2014
foiegras in Cookware

Help me build a great cookware set!

Actually, I do care. I want to give a gift that will be used for many years ... it's not just a money-laundering scheme.

Jul 25, 2014
foiegras in Cookware
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Domestically Disabled

I find that globe carrots hold up really well ... onions sometimes almost dissolve, but I don't really consider that a bad thing--I think it enriches the gravy. Potatoes turning to mush can be an issue ...

Jul 24, 2014
foiegras in Home Cooking