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Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

lawd.....not only does it sound like Big Brotherism, but a marvelous way to stifle creativity and entrepeneurship. McDonald's "formula" carried over to government bureaucracy

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

Wow.that sounds fantastic..thank you so much!

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

Not sure about the "lot" but several ppl here or on roadfood and other blogs have lot of nice things to say about places there. Granted....nothing is ever "nearby"

Winter Squashes: Is it wrong to eat the skins?

An alternative: Save the skins and freeze. Throw in lil bits of left over onion or scallions. And almost any other veg! When you have "enough"(I usually figure one gallon size bag's worth. Put them in a roasting pan, drizzle with olive oil and roast at 450 for about an hour

Takes the stuff that's left and add it to a stockpot. Pour in about 4 cups of chicken broth and bring to a boil..simmer 30 mins.

Strain into a bowl and let the remnants cool. Scrape off any remaining "flesh" and add it back to the broth. Take it all and throw n a food processor or blender and liquefy. Strain once more and you got a wonderful soup/sauce base that can be re-frozen or used.

A bit of garlic and thyme, salt, and whatever other spices hit your fancy can be added at anytime during the broth making.

Great Seafood: West Philly, Close to 34th & Spruce

Not sure if they have a car.....and you can't get to Feby's without one

Sep 27, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

Thanks to all of you who helped out a senile old man that still loves good food..and a good "read"

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

Thanks so much......I am a bit the same.......or i'm one of those who opens the fridge/freezer and says "Ok, I got this, I got that spice in the cabinet, I'll make up this sauce based on what's in the drawer/fridge........and hope for the best........90% of the time it works

Is vegetarian-friendly barbecue an oxymoron?

Best bet?.........split the places and get takeout. You'll both be happier

Sep 27, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Texas

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

Would love to know more and/or recipe perhaps?

Great Seafood: West Philly, Close to 34th & Spruce

Feby's is quite good.......but a bit of a Haul from West Philly

Sep 27, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

If you like the history of food, there have been several excellent books - probably you have read many of them. I forget his name atm, but he wrote "Cod", "Salt" and several other wonderful books tracing origins and importance of these foods.

And for an enjoyable read on topic, the gal who traced back the roots and foibles of Chinese American food is a fun pastime. Not Scholarship per se, but a witty account of tracking down things like General Tso' Chicken, Soy Sauce, and Fortune Cookies

More in the vein of part cookbook, part history, part "philosophy" are works such as "The Breadmakers Apprentice" and "Chacuterie

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

by then both will be speaking Spanish.........no problemo........unless of course one is Catalonian

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

And the answer is important because.....................?

Shit on a Shingle is also a sandwich and has abot as much relevance

Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

spoken like a person who has never been to Belgium, The Netherlands.......or France for that matter............and somehow missed the UK and a big part of New england

Sep 26, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Features

Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

Well Mr. Sociologist....tell us all...what caused the decline of Eastern civilization..............and why do we wanna go back to wearing togas and looking over our shoulders for the inquisition?

:)

Sep 26, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Features

Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

I am a child of a father who put ketchup on EVERYTHING............eggs, steak..............omg...even Fried Clams!!!!!! Needless to say I have no use for it......on anything

But in the defense of those that do........good on YA! And if you want whipped cream on your fries instead of mayo, so be it. You put ketchup on ice cream I'm gonna cringe (even my Dad never did that!), but it's all yours baby

Food Nazis get so virulent when the "norm" is broken. Give it a rest!.................Just don't you DARE put ANYTHING on my fried clams except salt and maybe a splash of lemon......you can have yours anyway you want.

Live Free or die

Sep 26, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Features

Great Seafood: West Philly, Close to 34th & Spruce

So...............Today is the day you worried about Yesterday, and as Scarlett says......"oh well, tomorrow is another day"

Where did you end up......and was it up to your expectations?

Sep 26, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

Now that you mention it, I'm not sure I want to start wearing togas again or watching over my shoulder for the Inquisition, but the stmt causes the question to be asked:
"what caused the Decline of Eastern Civilization?"

Sep 26, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Features

Spelling errors on menus and websites

Where I grew up, there is a famous upscale restaurant, open summers. As part of the nautical theme they always have paper placemats with a detailed map of Cape cod. The fun for the locals was to go early in the season and find all the typos in place names.

But the crowning achievement was by my local Korean cleaners who give their customers a wonderfully bright wall calendar every year..Right under their name was.in bold letters........"All tailoring done on Promises!"

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

Down here in PA/DE, the Wilmington store has them.......so good. Along with coconut sticks that are bit less appealing

Sep 25, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

Great Seafood: West Philly, Close to 34th & Spruce

Not in West Philly..but jump on the subway and go over to the Oyster house (used to be Sansome St Oyster House). Great Seafoods

Hello, I am looking for some recommendations for some store bought marinades,sauces, and pre mixed seasonings for chicken.

Trader Joe's Garlic Sauce ( the white kind!) is good on breasts bone-in or boneless. Sometimes it's hard to find. Also..if you are just starting out, some of the LAWRY brand marinades are ok...purists will shoot me....but it's better than nothing. As you progress, you'll start making your own which of course, will become fantastic!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

After some of the comments here, I went on a "stock-up/try it" run to TJ's, written about below. I now got a chance to try a few of the new things.

The Carnitas and Chimichurra Rice were MEH at best. Little flavor to the pork....a slow cooker and a small pork roast with some sauce and veg would be much better. The remaining pork will probably end up there with some sort of sauce and onions for a mock pulled-pork sandwich in order to save it.

The Rice was neither Chimichurra nor good rice. Flavorless, texture a bit off-putting. The balance there may just end up in the trash ( or maybe a soup).

TJ's has some good things, but many of their prepared dishes, I find, sorely lacking in any pizazz. Cookies, nuts, snacks, cheese and candies are always the biggest hits. Produce 2nd rate, sometimes something interesting in the meat area (bacon ends were a big YAY..pork belly not).

The prices are not cheap, but not outrageous either, but I still find I can make something more tasty myself (and I do have the time) or spend a lil bit more and eat out.

Sep 25, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

And the last time I had one....mostly nothing usually rice but I have seen cabbage, etc. surrounding a tiny bit of fish or meat.

And the price ppl pay!!!!!!!!!!

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

well.........and then there's sushi

Have you ever used a Pressure Cooker?

Sweet...will give it a try next time

Sep 22, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Cookware

Have you ever used a Pressure Cooker?

Out of delicious curiosity..for how long do you steam them.....I gotta try that!

Sep 22, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Cookware

Good BBQ in Philly or Wilmington?

I agree......Northbrook for their donuts, sandwiches(have yet to try), pies and pastry..Barnards for "the real deal" apples, pumpkins, veg, mums, and lots of neat quirky things

More on topic.......Northbrook had a brisket sandwich on their slate board when I was there.......I was tempted

Good BBQ in Philly or Wilmington?

and Cindy (and others) you might be interested in this website that lists hayrides and farmers places in Eastern PA (not sure of the accuracy of the info, so I would dble check before venturing out)

http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/...

Sep 20, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

Have you ever used a Pressure Cooker?

many thanks!

Sep 20, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Cookware