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Supermarket pricing.......can someone explain this to me?

Then you should be able to answer your question. Capitalism is NOT hoodwinking..although many 'capitalists" do. If I loaned you money to start your lawnmower/basket weaving/inner sense yoga training business I am a capitalist. I expect a return

Apr 12, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in General Topics

Supermarket pricing.......can someone explain this to me?

In some 40+ years of shopping, I don't think I have ever found a "Loss" leader

Apr 12, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in General Topics

Foods Without Enemies

While way too old to be one of your sons friends........I was one of those kids back when.....and far from being an outcast

Apr 12, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in General Topics

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

And I have stored home-made burgers and sausage in my freezer for well over a year without ever once feeling a trip to the ER was necessary

Apr 12, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Chains
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Stopping by philly on the way to Baltimore from NY.

I think you'll be pleased.........there are 2 parts to the Charcoal Pit..the burgers....and the SHAKES!.if you love a good milkshake(and since you got that long drive still) a shake is the perfect accompaniment.along with the fries.........and maybe fit in one of their desserts

Apr 11, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

Whole belly clams vs. strips

To each his own. If you want "chewy", clam strips are the way to go. They are not the same animal.related.but not the same.
clam strips are what probably 90% of the US knows.thanks to HOJOS and most other non NE restaurants. There is a slight clam taste.but nowhere near what a nice belly clam gives you...ocean unbridled

Apr 11, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Greater Boston Area
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Stopping by philly on the way to Baltimore from NY.

If you are in a burger mode..........wave to all the Philly crowd and keep heading down 95 until you cross the DE line.at Rte 202 North, exit and go about 2 miles to the Charcoal Pit(will be on your left)

Apr 11, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia
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Foods Without Enemies

those too

Apr 10, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in General Topics

Emson Pressure Smoker.

Yeah, those blunt metal ends will rip into the coating. Unless you somehow 'folded" the legs, I suspect you'll get some scratching. Should not affect anything else unless the meat is now touching the char plate

Apr 08, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Small things I can't stand at chains or other......

No.it was Waste Mnmgt......who just today took over yet another of the remaining local companies.so I suspect soon I'll be up in the stratosphere

Apr 07, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

Eating pizza or burger w/ knife and fork

I'm with you, Brutus!.If Romans/Italians wanted ppl to use cutlery on their pizza, they'd make having a knife a law and giving all the senators one!

Even worse are ppl who eat lobster with anything other than a cracker for the claws. Us unpretentious types know.you cover the table with layers of newsprint, melted butter, and let ppl imitate the chicken scene in Tom Jones. The most pretentious part is those folks that come to the table wearing clothes. EVERYONE knows it is best to eat lobster naked! You know you're gonna get some on you and showering after..or a quick dip in the ocean/pool is the only way to get the smell off. Those of the religious fundamental persuasion sometimes wear t-shirts, which I guess in these days of 'tolerance" might be ok.

Of course, for any other meal, ppl must get fully dressed for dinner if they want to be pretentious. Some "gentlemen" even wear ties and coats and women wear dresses! Spare me!!!!!!!!!!

Apr 07, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Not About Food

Commercial Spice Rubs

Penzyt's sells empty containers. You might also try Bed Bath and Beyond

Apr 05, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Emson Pressure Smoker.

I wish there were more recipes. The book provided is pretty skimpy and th one on the website is $44.99.a bit pricey for something with no info about it. Anyone bought it?

Apr 05, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Foods Without Enemies

Well, I am not a fan of Mexican or semi Mexican food at all.and the idea of a crunchy roll that is gonna fall apart on first bite doesn't thrill me either

Apr 05, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in General Topics

Foods Without Enemies

mashed potatoes
meatloaf
fried chicken

I was in college before I liked pizza......and still so/so on lasagna depending on how it is made. Tacos will never come near my lips and cheesecake doesn't get there often

Apr 03, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in General Topics

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2014 [OLD]

All together

Apr 02, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2014 [OLD]

I just picked up 10 lbs of 90% lean hamburger for $0.99/lb and 5 lobster tails for $1.99 each. from my local Costco on their one day special sale!

I was tempted to grab a big screen TV too since they had them on sale for about 80% off (clearance), but opted for some of those yummy chocolate covered coconut shreds instead.

(please note the date of this posting.....time to move on to Q2)

Apr 01, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

The Meat House Chadds Ford PA [moved from Mid-Atlantic]

I had to flatten it a bit more to fit around the "center". Spread it with butter and garlic. in it I put a steamed (6 mins) lobster tail and asparagus that had been cooked in vinegared water for 7-8 mins. Rolled it up and tied it, leaving it out for an hour or so to come to room temp. 425 with thermometer in it that just reached over 135 degrees.about 40 mins. foiled and rested 5-10 mins

sauce was minced up carrot,onion,mushroom (in a mini processor). Sauteed in butter for 10 mins then had port wine and a chutney I had added to simmer for 45 mins. Another pat of butter for the last 3 mins. normally, I'd use red currant jelly, but didn't have any so used the chutney instead (note.NOT Major Greys.this was a bit more savory then that...something I had found to use with cheese)

Mar 31, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia
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The Meat House Chadds Ford PA [moved from Mid-Atlantic]

Yes, I've gotten them at Costco...reasonably priced and reasonably good. If my local supermarket has them on sale, it can be cheaper there than Costco's everyday price, but the Costco ones are good.

Mar 30, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

The Meat House Chadds Ford PA [moved from Mid-Atlantic]

the Tenderloin was good.not great. Tender yes, flavorful, well, a tenderloin is never full of flavor, but it worked for this recipe.

The hunk of cherrywood bacon, however, was worth every penny. ..meaty and slightly sweet.

I had a coupon good for a free lb of marinated steak tips....have not tried them yet

Mar 30, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

Your favorite (non-smelly) one pot/one dish recipes?

chicken pot pie...........beef or steak with mushrooms and onions in gravy..shepheards pie......some odor, but not a lot

Mar 30, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Home Cooking

The Meat House Chadds Ford PA [moved from Mid-Atlantic]

Yes, they do sell Prime. The Tenderloin was about $21/lb as I recall......far from a bargain. but other things there seemed on the "reasonable-high' side

Mar 30, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

The Meat House Chadds Ford PA [moved from Mid-Atlantic]

I'll put this here since it's within shopping distance of DE. Went in there today for the 2nd time, a Saturday....it was a madhouse at 1:00. The items looked good...from meats to fish a small sampling of cheeses and breads and lots of condiments and other "stuff". Pleasant enough folks, willing to bend over backwards to be helpful. At the prices, it's all about service and quality. Got a nice tenderloin butterflied for a special celebratory dinner..........will let you know the results. Also got a mini-slab of Cherrywood Bacon. Asked for it uncut since I like thick slices that I cut myself............it was divine.......but not until I got home did I realize they charge me $10.49/lb, the priced for their regular sliced bacon vs the $8.49/lb adverisied for the cherrywood. Since they had offered to slice it, the cherrywood seemed to be an even better deal. I';ll chalk it up to new store jitters.

Handmade sandwiches are available along with an array of limited but interesting 'deli" items. Pastries seemed to be limited.

I understand it is some type of mini chain/franchise. Seeing as they took forever to build it, I hope they do well, but with a Whole Foods a mile down the road and Fresh Market just beyond that, the competition of upscale meats and foods will be tough.

minor complaint....my butterflied tenderloin was done by a butcher in the backroom out of sight and then delivered wrapped to me by the sales person. I would prefer to watch/quibble as I used to do at Janssens in Greenville to make sure I know what I'm getting and how it is done. This recipe calls for it to surround a cooked lobster tail and asparagus, so not only is meat texture important. but so is the amount of "flesh" available to surround that. Suppose I could have asked to watch.

Mar 29, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

Unisex bathrooms in restaurants

I do believe it was Schiphol....who must have reverted to single sex bathrooms...that installed urinals with the "fly" etched into the ceramic at the appropriate spot. It is said to cut down on cleaning by 30%

Mar 29, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Not About Food

What is the hottest / hippest / cutting edge food of this moment in time?

Actually, depending on your country of origin/domicile, you wear trousers......and hopefully pants too

Mar 29, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in General Topics

Help fill in the blanks....Lancaster

over on another site, there is an on going discussion about Lancaster and Hershey. I offer these tidbits from simple food type ppl with no editorial:

We try to get to Pa Dutch country every year on our way to Maine. I like Millers Smorgasbord in Ronks. Its more expensive then most other buffets, but far better. Its very clean and the quality of the food is good. I love their salad bar and homemade breads. Everything tastes homemade to me. The selection is not as extensive as Shady Maple. Shady Maple (IMHO) is average. Its a huge pig out belly busting kind of place. Its like a giant Golden Corral.
Don't miss Lapps Ice cream in New Holland. The place is hard to find, but so worth it. Its a real farm, so kids will love looking at the animals.
The Amish make fab pastries. I could live on their pies alone. Beware though, some of the places use canned fruit in their pies, so make sure you ask if the fruit is fresh. Depends on the time of year you go. We went to a farm
stand that sold fresh fruits so I thought the pies would be made with the fresh fruit. Nope, canned fruit. I had to throw out the pies.
Get those coupon books. Almost everyplace has a coupon. Enjoy, the area is beautiful.
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Isaac's is a chain of shops in the Lancaster area with delicious hot sandwiches, pita pizzas and such. My favorite is the Twisted Chicken, a grilled chicken breast on fresh pretzel roll. There is one downtown at 25 N Queen, and there is one is Strasburg just down the street from the RR museum and train station.

The Lancaster Brewing Co downtown has excellent food and a great craft beer selection.

We love the food at Dienner's Family Restaurant on Rt 30 near Paradise, but strangely they close at 6pm. If you're going by there it's worth stopping next door at Dutch Haven and picking up a shoo-fly pie. Kitchy building, fabulous pie.

There are a number of those smorgasbord places in the region that get a lot of hype, but I'm also a skeptic. The one's I've been to were nothing special.

Jenny's diner on Rt 30 is pretty good, but avoid the Gap diner further east in Gap, PA and the Cloister Restaurant in Ephrata.
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More or less in the Berk County area
Risser's Family Restaurant is a must. It's my favoite Penn Dutch restaurant in the area.
The great thing about Risser's
is that they don't offer buffets/smorgasbords (although there is a salad bar), and they serve Authentic Penn Dutch Cuisine such as chicken and waffles, beef heart, schnitz und knepp and stuffed pigs stomach (they are all weekly specials)
most of the buffets in the area just serve generic "roast beef" or "chicken" or "ham"
all their pies are homemade - We had fresh peach pie last summer

the last post is from someone I know and respect

Mar 27, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Pennsylvania

Unisex bathrooms in restaurants

Yeah.....and then after these OCD types have littered the floor with all their discarded towels, I have to walk in, getting them stuck to the bottom of my shoe with GAWD knows what on them!!!!!!!!!!

I think if I ever saw that, I'd discretely pick it up (perhaps with latex covered hands) then bring it over to the table and drop it with a "Oh my you must have dropped this in the Loo"

Mar 27, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Not About Food
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What is the hottest / hippest / cutting edge food of this moment in time?

oh.and sous vide.or however it is spelled. What we used to call boil in a bag

Mar 27, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in General Topics

What is the hottest / hippest / cutting edge food of this moment in time?

Agreed!

Mar 27, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in General Topics

Best canned soups?

Why not just make up a bunch of chicken rice or noodle and freeze? Adding a TBL of peanut butter to each serving makes it velvety, and a nice taste your guy might like

Mar 27, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in General Topics