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Tofu me once, shame on you, tofu me twice shame on me.

Not vegan here, but I often use silken tofu as an excellent substitute for cream in sauces and soups. That, or cashew cream. I like the fact that I can have cream of broccoli soup or a creamy pasta sauce and not feel bad about it.

Aug 07, 2013
ssharp in General Topics

Are Manners Getting Worse?

Agreed bananas. Smoking was not always considered a bad habit and a rude thing to do when others were around. There was a time where it was socially acceptable, and it would have been a poor host that didn't provide an ashtray. Think Mad Men era. Now that we are aware of the dangers and inherent health risks it is definitely inconsiderate to just light up indiscriminately. The decrease in social smoking has little to do with politeness.

Mar 06, 2012
ssharp in Features

Beer Pints Are Just Too Big

If you can't drink more than a juice glass of a certain beer, aren't you just fooling yourself into thinking you actually LIKE it? Though it is the "in" thing to like IPAs.

The beer connoisseurs that I know can't stand the heavy IPAs because the hop flavor overpowers all others making it uninteresting and unsubtle.

Feb 29, 2012
ssharp in Features

No Drinks = Bad Service

This is absurd. I just had the same experience. I was the DD to a decent group of people. EVERYONE was drinking but me. I should have received the same service especially considering my shirley temples were on the same check. I usually agree with Helena, and don't even consider her a lush!! This on the other hand is dead wrong. A person should do their job to the best of their ability, period. The poster should have complained to management. The choice of drink should not mean that the are entitled to NOR DESERVE bad service.

For shame.

Feb 22, 2012
ssharp in Features

Faux Pas: The Chef Was Texting

It must be nice to think that other people, doing their jobs, are obligated to entertain you. I nor anyone I know are in the restaurant business, and none of us think that an open kitchen means social hour for the chefs. Nor do we think it's going to be the food version of Cocktail.

Watch what they do, pick up tips by observing, and be grateful for such a nice meal. There are many these days that can't afford even going out for a meal.

Feb 03, 2012
ssharp in Features

Help! My tzatziki sucks!!

Whoo boy, I'm sure to get flack here. Let me say, it's only to SAVE tzatziki, not to be used in a recipe EVER!! I do think if your tzatziki is lacking a bit of fattiness, a dollop of mayo just may save it. We're talking MAYBE a TBS.

Jul 03, 2011
ssharp in Home Cooking

Top 10 Signs of a Bad Cook

It is incredibly disappointing how Chow has just become rife with snobbish hipsters. Both posters and authors have been afflicted.

Maybe Chow should figure out how to NOT repeat the same loop of recipe newsletters, improve website navigation, and recipe search instead of judging people. It reeks of overcompensation.

Jun 17, 2011
ssharp in Features

Ask RuBo: Defriended After a Birthday Dinner

Voxxrr - have you read any Bourdain? My guess is no.

Douchebagette is hardly new. If you have not heard it before, you must step out of the kitchen at least once a week. It's ok, we don't bite.

A+ funny ass column!!!

Jan 20, 2011
ssharp in Features

Homemade Amaretto

Thank you. I will let you all know how this turned out after Christmas. Happy Holidays to all Chowhounds

Dec 18, 2010
ssharp in Recipes

Homemade Amaretto

Would three days make a huge difference in the final solution? We started on the amaretto today, but with the four weeks steeping time, that makes our finish date at Christmas. We would like to strain a few days before in order to make Christmas gifts.

Nov 26, 2010
ssharp in Recipes

Eggnog Sweet Potatoes

The entire dish is definitely over 16oz, which is plenty for my family on Thanksgiving. However, if your family can mow down super rich sweet potatoes half a cup or more at a time - just adjust the portions!

Nov 24, 2010
ssharp in Recipes

Wok with Caution

Wow, Amazonite! I just looked. The Lo Mein has 65% of your daily sodium. In ONE serving. The bloat, the bloat!!!

Jul 02, 2010
ssharp in Features

Citrus–Poppy Seed Muffins

I have made these at least three times, and they come out great every time! They are a favorite for breakfast in our house. I will have to find a substitute for the poppy seeds though as my husband drug tests for his job. Possibly craisins....

May 11, 2010
ssharp in Recipes

best place to do wine and cheese tasting

Frog's Breath in Orange.
It's not exactly the most romantic place, but it is quaint and in the heart of Old Town Orange (which can definitely be fun and romantic). They are a cheese and wine store. The owner is very knowledgeable, and they will give you great, patient, service. Not only do they have wine tasting, but beer as well if you're so inclined. Afterward, if not too tipsy, I HIGHLY recommend strolling over to Gabbi's Mexican and getting the best mango margarita you've ever had.

Feb 19, 2010
ssharp in Los Angeles Area

Pizza Crust with Football-Like Bounce

"For his Supertaster column, he samples offerings from supermarket aisles and fast-food menus."

Where do you see "review" and "food critic"? There is a gargantuan humor deficit evidenced by some here. If you don't like it, please don't read the column. Comprehension, is apparently not your strong suit.

Mr Norton, please keep doing what you do. There are things that you sample that no sane person would (which is the point). There are many who not only "get it", but find you entertaining and gastrointenstinally brave.

Feb 12, 2010
ssharp in Features

Recipe Lab Turkey-Pork Meatloaf: Final Version

When using a loaf pan or muffin tins, I place a bit of bread down on the bottom. It soaks up the juices so the meatloaf doesn't come out runny.

Jan 25, 2010
ssharp in Recipes

Salmon .. take it to the next level

I humbly suggest my Maple Ginger salmon recipe. It honestly could not be easier.

Jan 08, 2010
ssharp in Home Cooking

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Nov 22, 2009
ssharp in Recipes

how to get pepper oil off my face and hands

It may sound weird, but I have found that a good rub down with olive oil, and then a wash helps my hands, and face. I believe I heard somewhere that the olive oil mixes with the capsaicin which then is rinsed off with a good wash.
Sounded like hogwash pseudo-science to me, but when you're half blind with jalapeno-eye, you'll try anything.
Now, I just do it every time, and as long as I'm not absent-minded, I don't get the burn any more.

Oct 16, 2009
ssharp in General Topics

ISO Killer Apple Pie Recipe, but in which style?

I made this pie after discovering that suddenly my stomach HATES raw apples. If that wasn't unfortunate enough, I now had a big bag of apples from Costco that needed to be used. I found this recipe and made it - even w/ store bought crust. I couldn't be easier and has an almost caramel sauce to bind the whole thing. OMG. By far the best apple pie I've ever tasted.

Oct 02, 2009
ssharp in Home Cooking

Best Pho place in Fullerton?

Pho 94 in Anaheim. It's at Euclid/Lincoln, east of the 5, in the same center as Chris n Pitts.

Sep 10, 2009
ssharp in Los Angeles Area

Pastrami Pizza

Wow! Thanks!

Sep 01, 2009
ssharp in Los Angeles Area

Please Help - Good eats in Ontario - Corona - Chino Hills

Taps is a fantastic idea, but slightly too far. I am going to try to have our friends meet us as a surprise, and for sure my husband will wonder why we're going all the way to the 15 for lunch!! ;o) Dang, it's a great idea though. I will look in to Lucille's and BJs as well. You're right, they aren't bad chains and are used to big groups like us.

Sep 01, 2009
ssharp in Los Angeles Area

Please Help - Good eats in Ontario - Corona - Chino Hills

Hello!! I am taking my husband to the Chino Airport for his birthday. I would like to find a place besides Flo's somewhat nearby. We may be having friends that hail from the Temecula area meet up with us for lunch afterwards, so finding a place in Corona or Ontario would be reasonable as well.

I've had such a hard time finding a place good, nice, and big enough to fit my needs! At this point, I'm almost resorting to TGI Fridays. At least they have cocktails.

I'm desperate fellow chowhounds, and need all the help I can get!

Sep 01, 2009
ssharp in Los Angeles Area

Bacon Toffee!

I've been making bacon toffee around Christmas time for years. My husband insists on it! I use Martha Stewart's English Toffee recipe, and sub about 10 slices of bacon for the nuts. When it's hardened, you can wash off the grease and slather it with tempered chocolate. I prefer mine plain, however.

Aug 28, 2009
ssharp in General Topics

Favorite Cereals (No Mix-Ins)

Props right here for the Count Chocula. One box a year.

Aug 21, 2009
ssharp in General Topics

Death in the P.M.

Obsello is another available absinthe, that is a better choice than Lucid. The lower alcohol content makes for better flavor.

StavinChain is absolutely right, and if you do the research you will find that today's absinthe is nearly identical in content to the artisan absinthes. Anyone expecting to hallucinate is under a very wrong impression. It is now known that any detrimental psychoactive effects were due to the extraordinarily high alcohol content.

Even with modern-day ones, you have to be careful when drinking, some are upwards of 110 proof!

Jul 17, 2009
ssharp in Recipes

Oven-Fried Buttermilk Chicken

souschef - I used to make a similar recipe that was flavorful, but not spicy. Instead of marinating, I used herbed/spiced mayo, then dipped in cornflake crumbs. For the mayo, I just added garlic and thyme. Paprika would be fantastic too.

Oh, and I crush by hand (rolling pin) instead because I like some bigger flakes here and there.

I am going to try this recipe since it's basically the same but without the fatty, creamy, beautifully bad for you mayo.

Jul 16, 2009
ssharp in Recipes

Maple Ginger Salmon

Kwdavis - Yep, just throw the whole thing in!

Jun 23, 2009
ssharp in Recipes

Maple Ginger Salmon

Jun 04, 2009
ssharp in Recipes