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Soy Sauce: Does the Brand Matter?

Kikkoman makes a really good organic soy sauce. It isn't widely distributed in the US but Mitsuwa carries it, along with some specialty stores:

http://www.amazon.com/Kikkoman-organi...

23 minutes ago
ferret in General Topics

A Very Paleo Hanukkah Party...

Carrot and zucchini latkes will work.

about 10 hours ago
ferret in Kosher

Are Sub Zero refrigerators worth the price?

As I've posted, our home warranty ended up replacing our Sub-Zero after a couple of failed repairs, but they've since changed the limits of the policy so they will only pay $4,000 towards a new fridge.

1 day ago
ferret in Cookware

Tell-Tale Terms

There's an exception to every rule. We moved to a new neighborhood last year and a neighbor recommended a local spot ("great selection of microbrews", "terrific sandwiches"). He was right, it's become our local favorite (and gets raves from every guest we bring there).

Aug 19, 2014
ferret in Not About Food
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Other options at Ruth's Chris?

It's a steakhouse, they have seafood options, if that's an option for you. The selection varies by whatever's on hand. I'm not really a steak person but I can always find a reasonable fish dish at any steak house.

Aug 19, 2014
ferret in Chains

Green Food Drink

A powdered supplement is definitely not the same as a fridge full of veggies. It's a One-a-Day vitamin (only not as complete) in a fancy organic wrapper.

Aug 19, 2014
ferret in Vegetarian & Vegan
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Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

Someone cited Garrison Keillor on this very item. As he famously said: "The best pumpkin pie you ever ate isn't that much better than the worst."

This isn't the best I've eaten and it's nowhere near the worst. It's a good value and a good pie.

Aug 18, 2014
ferret in Chains
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Chicken of the Sea VS Starkist

Costco sells Wild Planet

Aug 16, 2014
ferret in General Topics

Attention all Trader Joe Shoppers!

It's only expensive if the same items are cheaper elsewhere. When you're buying specialty items then it's really a function of your purchasing decisions. Trader Joe's is less expensive than other stores when you're comparing similar items.

Aug 15, 2014
ferret in Chains
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How come my tuna fish never tastes as good as sandwich shops?

As good as that may be, it's another experience entirely. When I'm looking for a tuna sandwich I want the tuna sandwich.

Aug 14, 2014
ferret in General Topics
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I am keep buying gluten free products!!

A doctor - who was promoting his book, by the way - expressed his belief that gluten may be linked to Alzheimer's based on no real research but it's suddenly gospel?

Aug 14, 2014
ferret in General Topics
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In and out of fridge...any damage?

"Ruin" may be too strong a word (unless by allowing it to warm you mean really warm). It won't necessarily be at its best but it won't be ruined. Now having said that, it also depends on the wine and the storage conditions.

Aug 14, 2014
ferret in General Topics

What food do you wash that you're sure no one else does?

If there's mold on an onion then washing may get rid of superficial spores but it won't get rid of the problem. Those onions should not be eaten.

Aug 13, 2014
ferret in General Topics

Most non-toxic cookware: Unglazed clay pan or 100% titanium coated pan?

I'm guessing that those are the least problematic products at the Cameroon Bed Bath & Beyond.

Aug 12, 2014
ferret in Cookware
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What food do you wash that you're sure no one else does?

Not a thing. Okay, potatoes. But other than that, not a thing.

Aug 12, 2014
ferret in General Topics

Most non-toxic cookware: Unglazed clay pan or 100% titanium coated pan?

Ultimately, this isn't about what you or I deem safe. My mom gave zero thought to what material her pots and pans were made of (she favored aluminum and fell in love with Teflon when it came on the market). She and my dad lived reasonably long lives.

Some people want the reassurance (likely illusory)that they'll squeeze out a few more hours, weeks or years of life by any means possible. Unfortunately, as the joke goes, they're all at the end.

Aug 12, 2014
ferret in Cookware

Finally Kicked Soda Habit Thanks to Green Iced Tea

So this is more a function of purchasing practices? I buy bread at the supermarket and it's pretty easy to avoid sugar.

Aug 10, 2014
ferret in General Topics

Pool of water under omelette?

Fluffy omelets are the result of lower heat which keeps water trapped between the protein molecules. High heat binds the molecules tighter expelling the water. This is not necessarily whats happening here unless you're packing up the omelet immediately after cooking - in which case you're getting a combination of the above factors.

Aug 10, 2014
ferret in Home Cooking

Need help about naming the brand of this food

Ran a Google image search:

http://translate.google.com/translate...

Aug 10, 2014
ferret in General Topics

Finally Kicked Soda Habit Thanks to Green Iced Tea

You do know that there's more than 1 variety of "bread" out there? Some are sweetened, others not.

Aug 10, 2014
ferret in General Topics

Most non-toxic cookware: Unglazed clay pan or 100% titanium coated pan?

Well they're certainly lying about all Teflon coming off the market by 2015.

Aug 10, 2014
ferret in Cookware

Pool of water under omelette?

Pour the water off? Not really sure what you're asking? The water can be from different sources. How are you storing them? Are you putting them in the container before they cool? Then it's just condensation from surface moisture. It can also be from the egg itself depending on how it's stored. Either way, you're fine. If you find it offensive then put some folded paper towel in the container before you add the omelet.

Aug 10, 2014
ferret in Home Cooking
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Buying eggs?

Aug 09, 2014
ferret in General Topics

Buying eggs?

Yolk color is solely a function of feed. Has no relation to quality.

Aug 09, 2014
ferret in General Topics

Charles Shaw topic from Chains board

It really is a luck of the draw proposition. Sometimes it's fine, other times it's tinted rubbing alcohol. I don't get it very often but it's obviously enormously popular.

Aug 09, 2014
ferret in Wine

can i bring a yogurt cup on board an airplane

Really? Having to ask for a beverage -- and then getting it - is now some sort of inconvenience? If anything, I find that snacks/meals on overseas flights are almost too frequent. And if I have to press a button to ask for water, then I'm still not sure where the inconvenience lies.

Aug 09, 2014
ferret in Not About Food

Charles Shaw topic from Chains board

Not to mention, as I posted elsewhere, that a grapevine is the backbone of the whole operation and, with a 3-year lead time before new plants can bear fruit, they're treated with great care by the grower so any mechanical processes are going to be delicate. Trying to reimagine the Charles Shaw harvesting and winemaking process as some horrific mechanized anomaly is pretty misguided. It's definitely not getting the same level of attention as other wineries may give, but it's failings are in its ordinariness, not in any Frankenstein's-lab methodologies.

Aug 09, 2014
ferret in Wine

Two Buck Chuck? No Thanks

We are no longer big wine drinkers but we do have a well-stocked wine fridge and overflow in a cabinet (for guests). Our wine usage is pretty much limited to cooking and the Shaw wines fit the bill well. I'd rather use a few $4 bottles of wine to steam artichokes than $14 bottles.

On the other hand, my sister-in-law, who just wants a glass in her hand with something red and alcoholic has no problem drinking Shaw.

Aug 08, 2014
ferret in Wine

Two Buck Chuck? No Thanks

Apparently that "article" is a three-year-old response to a question on Quora - and hardly fact-filled. There's a thoughtful response here but requires a bit of reading:

http://thepourfool.com/2014/08/07/fre...

The gist of it is that the Charles Shaw harvesting and winemaking process is pretty similar to other winemakers. Anything grown outdoors has an equal (and exceptionally low) chance of getting bugs, rodents and birds included in the harvesting. Like it or hate it, Charles Shaw wine may not be your cup of tea, but it isn't full of animal blood.

Aug 08, 2014
ferret in Wine
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Is Legal Sea Foods a chain?

Legal Seafoods is not a chain. And a stripper is just a college girl trying to earn her tuition.

Aug 07, 2014
ferret in Chains
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