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Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Well, I have read thru the almost 500 comments, critiques and crazies.............and have finally come up with THE definitive answer:

"Frankly my Dear Scarlett............I don't..................."
This was almost as much fun as the ketchup/no ketchup diatribe.

about 4 hours ago
FriedClamFanatic in General Topics

Best place in Boston for lobster roll?

Ok.......the big weekend is here! Time's up and lets see how our contestant did!

Where did you end up and why...........what did you find?

Hope you had a blast.......going off to buy lobster for the family today..............rolls for them, lobster ie for me!

about 4 hours ago
FriedClamFanatic in Greater Boston Area

What to do wit beef broth?

oh yeah........slowly simmer it down for a fantastic glace!

Added to rice and them made into rice soup with or w/o beef bits simmered lightly in it.............add some sautéed carrots, peppers, oninons......parsnips and or leeks if you got them. A Tbs or so of Tomato paste some garlic, thyme.........and just let simmer for about 1/2 hour. To the rice prepared with broth (same some to serve besides a beef dish??), Add about I cup broth for every cup of rice until you have a "soupy" vs Risotto mix. Might need some salt, depending on the broth.. wait until toward the end before tasting or adding.

about 4 hours ago
FriedClamFanatic in Home Cooking

Uses for "boozy" bread?

Further thoughts on it..........as a sophisticated French toast, make it up that way (thick slice) but forget the syrup. Sautee some onions and mushrooms, maybe small tomatoes and add a sauce......sort of mornay or Hollandaise. Or even sausage gravy style. Serve with a cple of pieces of thick cut bacon and/or sausages,,,,,,add in a glass of champagne or Mimosa and make it into a royal brunch!

Uses for "boozy" bread?

Thicker slices toasted.....top with cheese, bruschetta type stuff.

London report - May 2015

Nice...will pass along to my daughter who just moved there permanntly

May 20, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in U.K./Ireland

Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

"CHANGE" Happiness is now to be guaranteed, no longer do you need to pursue. We will control your healthcare, your money, your lives. Give over to us and bask in perpetual ok-ness until it all collapses because there's no one left to pay. A few Wileys at the top get out writing books and giving speeches, many of their minions still forced to obedience because they still get such nice benefits. But the workers......tough....another country now does your job......you got to greedy asking for more. You were not worth it against other forces. Bye Bye Miss America pie. You got a Butlins level existence........deal with it.

Pockets will be fine and even rich. Class Actions are a great way to bankrupt companies and enrich lawyerly offices,you may get a pittance. Nobody goes to jail!!!!!
mother Nature may make me check out soon - for once I'm not sure I care except for those that I leave behind and thought well-off - Surprise, Surprise! The Machine toady tills need constant remine-ing.

May 19, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Features

A no-knead bread question

YAY! Look at that lovely crusty top! And Those holes! You might even get a few you can drive a matchbox truck thru! Lovely and well spread out through the bread........that's Dem holes I'ze been talking about! Congrats!!!

And yeah, the further tweaks look like a good idea. I'm becoming a firm believer in the long rise of a slightly "wet" dough if you want nice and airy.. Not Ciabatti range, but like the old Portuguese White Bread I'd get on Cape Cod in the 60's and 70's, albeit with a soft crust.

May 19, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Home Cooking

Good eats on cross country trip

Not particularly vege friendly, but otherwise remarkable is one of the Stern's Roadfood books. Incredible in their depth. I suspect Drive-ins, dung holes and duffalo or whatever it is called by Guy Fieri would be of help

In Oklahoma, especially Tulsa area, the burger is the king and worth a few stops for your son. Same with middle Cajun country for Boudin and crawfish anything. Texas is BBQ everywhere mostly good, some great...and often a lovely set of sides from which you could choose but be aware of bits of Q in some things like beans and greens.

Comments on the individual cities about here. check them out and maybe make a side list of good-oes. Also a sort of competing site, but not really, if the mods don't mind me posting, I'll add as a separate entrée.

Have LOTS of fun and take it slowly off the big highway and see what is rapidly vanishing. Enjoy!

A no-knead bread question

So far, you look on the right path. You're looking Good! At least your dough is! Maybe a tad early on waiting thru the rise, but go for it! I'll be interested to see/hear the results later today!

I'm about to tackle my baguette attempts in the next few days. Even have a new fancy French cooker thingy, that I don't really need, but thought I'd try. First attempt thru with it was a disaster. Decent bread, but way too stuck to the pan. the sprinkling of a lil flour as suggested just didn't cut it, but with some trimmed parchment paper and a bit more cornmeal, I think I got that licked. More later.

May 19, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Home Cooking

Specific questions re: London (researched!)

Despite years of travel in London and living in the UK for 5 yrs many decades ago, I am afraid I can't be of specific hel, but a cple of thoughts.

Your there at the period of "Christmas lunches" I was bought many of these by vendors back in the 90's and grew to look askance at yet another meal. It's basically sort of like an American Thanksgiving, Great Turkey too, By the way. Roast beef other than Sundays is still rare I think, but there are a number of carveries opening. Got to admit, a slab of rare blooded beef with some delicious Yorkshire pudde is a true beefeater delight in the UK, regardless of what hat you are wearing.

Yeah, more and more you see streaky bacon (our style) over the more preferred traditional cuts, but a "bacon Buddy" is usually your friend, 4-5 slabs of(real) bacon on a warm roll, brown sauce optional. Often not on a menu but available if you ask, even in bars and pubs.

May 19, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in U.K./Ireland

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

It has been way too long since we were in Paris with our young (10 and 8)extremely well behaved (think exlusive Relaix et Chateuax in the Loire for dinner/stay) kids but a few tips I can think of.

Balance "knowledge" with fun. I seem to remember a park with a lot of swing slides etc toward the North of Paris. We'd do long 2=3 week moving car vacations with the kids. If we had a day of museums, we'd try and followup with a next day at a water park or zoo or other bit of recreational stuff, especially that would let them run around a bit and work off their hellion status, before a "decent" dinner.

There are a couple of food halls in Paris with lots of little shoppes selling all sorts of goodies. Some offer various outside seating which you can have as base for the purchase of a cple of local items from that place. I know recently we were in the staying in the Jewish quarter(rented apt) with our now adult children and found one nearby. Very good and very fun. Even with all the recent difficulties it should be ok.

I know you are in Paris and not travelling the countryside. The Eiffel Tower and river offer a way to pass some time with fun as well as learning and the surrounding park area is often a great place to let loose. Last summer that also had some sort of carnival set up in one of the parks.

A train trip down and back to Versailles is an easy days outing. If your kids like trains it's clean and fast. Versailles is outstanding. and there are one or two really good pizza places in the nearby village. If your kids aren't thrilled with looking at a bunch of bedrooms and who slept with whom where, skip the house tour...but get them into the hall of mirrors which is great before whisking them out to the back gardens and some of the lesser "bits" A few milkmaIDS STRUTTING THEIR STUFF WILL HELP GIVE THE IMPRESSION OF "LET THEM EAT cAKE" WELL ENOUGH.
(oops sorry about the caps). If not planned, I'd think of this as a "must".

Not much help, I know, but just some thoughts. Have a great time.

May 19, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in France

Best place in Boston for lobster roll?

Guy walks into a Boston Bar, asks the Batender where he can get a good lobster roll

Bartenders says, "Beats me, the best I know..the only ones I know are 900 miles away.

Guy looks like he's about to hit the drinkmen when the letter adds:

"Buddy, you are in Boston Kentucky!"

Appetizers for a Memorial Day BBQ for a crowd

A "veg loaf" (or not as I'll explain) is always welcome3d at our parties. For small groups, I'll preslice, add a bit of cheese, melt and serve on sliced baguettes. For a large crowd, leve whole logs to be sliced, along with bread at the table.

In the loaf.......amount dpe3nds on size:

food processor zapped fine ...mushrooms,onions.about equal and half as much carrots

Bread Crumbs

Egg

Garlic....lots of garlic

Fresh or dried herbs.....sage,thyme parsley

a scant bit of minced cheese of anyb type to help hold things together and a hefty dash of shredded parmesan

Heavy squirts of Worcestershire.

You caqn also add
Minced sausage, especially hot or spicy.....I'm partial to Linguica... Kills the veggi bit, but tastes good

For the adventurous.......several cans of minced clams..fully drained (not so good in my opinion)

a hefty dash of BBQ and/or hot sauce

Hardest part is gonna be finding some form of cooking dish that vsets up for about 3X3 ..2x2 is better. I haave a number of v4 inch long individual bread pans that I use for small to med grps, but have on ocassion used well buttered foil shaped and firmly held.

Anyway....preheat oven to 400. Mix all and eggs adding the tiniest bit of milk if necessary. Grease/oil all well and fill

Bake at 400 for 20 mins, then turn the heat back to 350 or 325 for 40 mins to an hour cool completely before removing from pans

May 15, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Home Cooking

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Just goes to show......some politician can recognize a fictitious question........unlike Hilary Clinton in the famous Tax on Net to support First Class Mail of a few tears, er, years, back

Recipe/How to Make Greek Lemon Rice?

Google has nice lots of recipes, if you typre Greek Lemon Rice.

Few, however, had the color you describe, although they looked good. A lil...very little Tumeric. can color it up.

I did find this:

http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2005/09/...

This looked good,no cumin. but seems light in the lemons. If I made it, I'd up the lemon jc by 2-3 tbs and add a tsp or so of lemon zest.

I making preserved lemons, but they will not be ready until July. I might add some of that too

May 14, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Home Cooking

A no-knead bread question

Cindy.........Morton also makes the non iodized. The packaging looks almost identical.

About 5 years ago, I grabbed one by mistake. still have at least half

For Bread, I tend to use Kosher salt

Saturday birthday dinner - group dimsum?

We went to Redegg...on a sat night and the 3 of use had dimsum even though it is more a brunch type of thing. Mostly Asians n the place, many having elaborate feasts. The rest of the menu also looked fantastic.

We order somewhere between 6-8 items.a mix of steamed and fried.a couple of non traditionals. One dessert dimsum. It was heavenly and I would definitely go back. You order off a menu and most plates carry 3-4. Brought out as done. Service was good and pleasant. Good bar too.

May 12, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Manhattan

Soup ideas to use up close-to-use-by-date vegetables?

Only most of Europe knows it and calls it by that name, used sometimes in the US

May 11, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015

Gawd.the latest marketing gimmick! Only thing I remember about coconut water is an old calypso song about how "gin and coconut water" makes (something) stronger. Sounded like a liquid Viagra to me. So.if I use gin and maple water, I guess I have a stronger stalk than well nourished nuts.........lol

On earlier trips to the islands, our kids were fascinated by the guys sell it(coconut water) on the side of the road. where they would hack off the end with a machete. They seemed to like it

May 09, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Chains
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Soup ideas to use up close-to-use-by-date vegetables?

leave out the potatoes ( or make separate leek/potato soup), the the rest.......thrown in a sautéed lightly (including the leeks, some garlic then simmered in the chicken broth with lots of herbs.....think sage, parsley, maybe a bit of dill or tarragon....or some pre-prepared mix should give you a satisfying soup. adding some chicken to it? Good idea, precooked and diced. If you do add it, I'd recommend a hefty table spoon of Peanut butter preserving.....will give it a bit of a velvety texture and a slight "Hmm.what is that delicious hint in this"

May 09, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015

what do you DO with the Maple Water?...just drink it? Cook with it? Boil it down?

May 09, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

A no-knead bread question

Cindy..........like you, we are also on a well - the godsend and bane of most of Chester County.

We have decidedly "hard" water...plenty of iron. So we also have a water softener (adds salt?). I have made the Artisan bread, but seldom get the big holes folks talk about. Maybe the idea of bottled water is a good one.

May 09, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Home Cooking

Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

Yep!....and those fries were sometimes single cooked, ala the Brits. And of course, that is MALT vinegar on the table

May 06, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Features

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

Do Yoga Mats rise over time and become flying carpets?. what is the chemical?

May 05, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Features

any old new yorkers out there, Yorkville in the 1970's?

Freshly out of college on my first job in NYC in the mid 70's, I sometimes prowled the far end of 86th and environs......usually, tho, I was more interested in singles spots scattered further down the east side.

However, I do remember some great pastries......and sometimes went to one of the German places for lunch.they had this fantastic wurst platter with also some of the best potatoes ever. The Potato pancakes were equally good along with some nicely esoteric imported beers. Cheap, too.

May 05, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Manhattan

What type(s) of cuisine are you just not interested in cooking?

Indian or Mexican. Neither cuisine interests me much Indian foods seem to be mostly a blend that ends up being somewhat tasteless.....or at least you can no longer discern individual ingredients. Maybe that is the way it is suppose to be and people want that, but not me.

Mexican I just find gloppy and useless. Granted this is basically peasant food. but refried beans, guacamole, and insipid cheeses leave me cold.

Funnily enough, although I love to travel and sample local stuff, I have little desire to go to either place as well. Maybe the coast and seafood, but the rest seems to suffer so from poverty and crime, neither I find uplifting.

The one time I went to Mexico on business (Monterrey and later what was to become Cancun), I was treated to some lovely upscale Mexican foods, but that is rare. The ubiquitous "gloppiness" was presented to the table as well, even in these commercial places and homes.

Food for 2 years post gastric bypass surgery

Frankly, I think you might be better off asking the medical people who worked on you than a bunch of home cook chefs

What should I know about flax seed ?

I keep mine in the freezer....lasts forever. Take a cup or more and grind it, add it to your bread recipe. May need a slightly longer rise time, but I never have problems

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

Also the Argentine Shrimp that ere supposed to be the best shrimp (frozen) anywhere! Supply issues I was told. not even a place-holder sign in the frozen fish area anymore in my store

May 03, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Chains