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Green Onion Rant

Virtually all the fruit and vegetable markets that I frequent sell them 3bunches/$1.

About 2 weeks in Paris in June with kids - advice/critique on our list?

The Jardin D'acclimitation in the Bois de Boulogne might be fun. It's adjacent to the Louis Vuitton Foundation museum (you can get a combined ticket) and has carnival rides, camels, peacocks, a zipline, charming mechanical horses and more. There are a couple of cafes (fairly ordinary) and a few food kiosks, but it's definitely something unique to Paris.

May 23, 2015
ferret in France

NYC Street Vendor Selling $30 Hot Dogs?

A thoughtful perspective:

http://gawker.com/the-30-hot-dog-man-...

He has a point. In a city thick with insane pricing why pick on the little guy?

May 22, 2015
ferret in Food Media & News

Shopping for fryable cheese

Don't dismiss provolone. A local sandwich places makes a riff on the Argentina provoletta - griddled provolone (sliced thick), topped with roasted red peppers and chimichurri. Put it all on a French roll and then in a panini press. Best grilled cheese ever.

May 22, 2015
ferret in Cheese

Have a Breville 12 cup and may order a 2-1/2 inner bowl. What can be made in the small bowl.

Anything you can make in the large bowl, just less of it.

May 22, 2015
ferret in Home Cooking

Help/Suggestions for Veggie Fish Cakes

You should never expect any mainstream Asian market to have strict labeling rules. Veggie is simply shorthand for vegetables; hoping it implies "vegetarian" is overly optimistic. It's not just a translation issue, it's cultural. We used to frequent a Vietnamese restaurant and we went once with a vegetarian friend who asked for "no meat" in a dish. It came out with what plainly appeared to be meat. When she reminded the server that she asked for "no meat" the server replied "no meat -- pork."

May 22, 2015
ferret in Vegetarian & Vegan

Food from Outside (Halp!)

Follick's about right, if a little edgy in his/her responses. Asking here is no help. Maybe your friend has no issues with it, maybe they do, but they're the final arbiters. And not to be jerky, but if you're just using a mix and it isn't some wildly exotic secret family recipe then isn't it just easier to buy kosher cupcakes?

May 20, 2015
ferret in Kosher
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NYC Street Vendor Selling $30 Hot Dogs?

Has no one heard of the cultural tradition of haggling? Sure, he starts at $30, but then you offer a nickel and continue from there.

May 20, 2015
ferret in Food Media & News
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Pricey but beautiful grill.

May 20, 2015
ferret in Cookware

Any small kitchen applicances NOT made in China?

At $44 retail, I doubt it's made in Germany.

May 20, 2015
ferret in Cookware

Alton Brown....

Why, were you familiar with the couple and their relationship?

NYC Street Vendor Selling $30 Hot Dogs?

Surge pricing?

Have you ordered spicy hot food and then complained about it being too hot?

While visiting my son at his hell-hole college town we ate at his local (and very good) Thai restaurant. They made you order on a 1-10 scale of spiciness. I expect that made it easier on the cooks to gauge your tolerance threshold.

May 20, 2015
ferret in General Topics

corned beef

Corned beef usually starts as a tough cut (brisket, typically) which has lots of chewy collagen. Proper cooking converts collagen into gelatin (the "low and slow" mantra refers to maintaining low cooking temperatures that are conducive to the conversion process). So any gelatin that is exuded is a normal part of the cooking process.

May 20, 2015
ferret in General Topics

Kosher Parmigiano Reggiano is Back!

Like Kosher foie gras, it's a "careful what you wish for" situation. Real ain't cheap.

May 20, 2015
ferret in Kosher

Help/Suggestions for Veggie Fish Cakes

I'd guess there's fish in there, for starters.

May 20, 2015
ferret in Vegetarian & Vegan

Which Nespresso model to choose?

As long as you maintain a modicum of cleanliness then there's no concern about integrated milk models. First of all, the only connection to the milk module is a steam nozzle, with zero possibility of milk backup into the machine. The milk module itself is very easy to maintain, with very few parts. Rinses very easily.

May 20, 2015
ferret in Cookware

When talking almonds, "raw" may not mean what you think

The guy's palate must be more finely-tuned than mine because I've eating unpasteurized raw almonds and they aren't appreciably different than the pasteurized.

May 19, 2015
ferret in Food Media & News

Which Nespresso model to choose?

We have a Latissima (and have also had a Pixie, which our son now uses). The Latissima offers more options, including (obviously) lattes. We use it a lot and it's nearly maintenance-free. The Pixie and Aeroccino combination is fine but we went for simplicity.

May 19, 2015
ferret in Cookware

NPR: Sheep Ranchers Count On American Muslims To Keep Lamb On Menu

I have yet to encounter a Kosher butcher that doesn't have some sort of lamb products in their coolers. Sometimes you'll see more of a range of cuts if there's a higher Sephardic population, but lamb is a staple everywhere I've lived.

May 19, 2015
ferret in Food Media & News

Any small kitchen applicances NOT made in China?

"Chinese manufacturers" are neither homogeneous nor autonomous (well, most of them at least). They make an enormous spectrum of goods of varying quality based on a company's needs. For example, a company like Breville designs a product and manufacturing is outsourced to China to their specifications. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a Breville appliance. There are certainly crappy products produced in China, but its not fair or reasonable to write off "Made in China" as an inferior class of goods (there was a time not that long ago when "Made in Japan" was similarly dismissed).

May 19, 2015
ferret in Cookware
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Group Camping Meal (also posted under "grilling")

Veggie chili on squares/rounds of grilled polenta? Always a favorite.

Gluten-free friendly in Tel Aviv

May 18, 2015
ferret in Middle East & Africa

Gas Stove Problem

Looks like the highest output burner on that model is 8,000 BTU. As a basis for comparison, my Dacor cooktop's highest-output burner is 18,000 BTU. I can boil 5 qts of water fairly quickly. At 8,000 BTU I imagine it would seem like a very long time.

May 18, 2015
ferret in Cookware

McDonald's Destroyed the Gut Bacteria of a College Kid in 10 Days

Did he have another test subject who consumed only artisanally-prepared burgers, chicken fingers and french fries as a control?

This is yet another idiot with an agenda. Proving absolutely nothing in the process.

Barbecuing - Does ANYONE Think Of Food Safety When Grilling?

I exercise care 100% of the time when we grill for guests (separate containers/tongs for uncooked and cooked). The last thing I want is a phone call from a sick friend, real or imagined. When it's just me and the wife, I'm less vigilant.

May 18, 2015
ferret in General Topics

No reservations needed - street food, bar seating, Farmer's Markets, walk-ins, etc.

Pierogi Heaven is okay if you're in the immediate area already, but if you're taking a detour, then it's absolutely not worth it.

May 18, 2015
ferret in Chicago Area

Alinea and fish aversion

Alinea has heard every possible permutation of food aversions by now. Be specific when you give them notice and enjoy yourself.

May 17, 2015
ferret in Chicago Area

Is it ok to eat many eggs?

Or if you want to go really extreme, how about a feed tube diet:

http://www.kediet.com/#&panel1-3

And yes, it's real.

May 06, 2015
ferret in General Topics

Chicagoland Rumors

Krispy Kreme had their boom and bust here years ago and they've all but abandoned the market. They still have a manufacturing facility which supplies the packaged stuff for gas stations and grocery stores as well as a couple of holdout donut shops (I believ thhe Elk Grove Village one is still active). While I'd welcome one, I'd go there about as often as I do Dunkin Donuts (once a month, maybe), so maybe not a great business plan.

May 06, 2015
ferret in Kosher