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"Just eat it, you'll like it"

As others have said, you owe them no explanation. I find that when "No, Thanks" doesn't work, "Thanks, but No" usually does.

1 day ago
acgold7 in Not About Food

Dominos' pizza making pizza with a fried chicken crust

You say that like it's a bad thing.

Apr 15, 2014
acgold7 in Chains

Basting braised brisket??

I do mine the way MagiesMom does -- a positively obscene amount of onions on top, but no basting is necessary.

Then the whole cool, slice, refrig, reheat process. Works great.

Here's how I do it:

http://youtu.be/IofTwVezSe8

http://youtu.be/86ZBwn-sZQU

Flipping at the halfway point isn't a bad idea, at which point you could re-pile the onions on top and I guess that's sort of a baste.

If you haven't bought yours yet, here are some tips:

http://youtu.be/6FxCKgcVMso

Spoiler: I prefer the point if not using a whole packer brisket.

Apr 13, 2014
acgold7 in Home Cooking

Turkey Taiils via mail/web order?

That seems strange .. seems like they would be a natural there.

I buy them by the case, frozen, for our Restaurant when I don't have enough coming naturally off the birds we do. Our local Super also sells them smoked in cryo -- perhaps your local market could special order them for you.

Are you looking for raw or smoked/cooked? Probably best way to get them would be by special order from a butcher or market. I would think FedEx shipping, frozen or refrigerated, would be pretty expensive.

Even if you're not actually in NOLA I'd think they'd be in abundance there and easy to get.

Apr 13, 2014
acgold7 in General Topics

How do Steak Houses get away with it?

Yep. We waste nothing. And the dogs love us.

Apr 13, 2014
acgold7 in General Topics

Passover brisket: Joan Nathan's Mothers or "My Favorite?" Input please!

Nothing wrong with the dried soup or the tomato paste. I use both, but you can do anything you like.

Here's how to buy the best one:

http://youtu.be/6FxCKgcVMso

And here's a two parter about how to cook:

http://youtu.be/IofTwVezSe8

http://youtu.be/86ZBwn-sZQU

Apr 10, 2014
acgold7 in Home Cooking

Passover brisket: Joan Nathan's Mothers or "My Favorite?" Input please!

Yes. Parsnips are fantastic. I also puree the veg for the gravy like you.

Apr 10, 2014
acgold7 in Home Cooking

Diet Soda that Sh*t is going to kill you....especially if you are a woman.....

And covariance does not imply correlation.

Apr 04, 2014
acgold7 in Food Media & News

Diet Soda that Sh*t is going to kill you....especially if you are a woman.....

It shouldn't, because you can't separate the unnecessary carbs from the food in that order, but you can easily avoid drinking another full meal's worth of sugar.

People think they see an obvious irony here only if they don't actually bother to give it much thought.

Apr 04, 2014
acgold7 in Food Media & News
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Diet Soda that Sh*t is going to kill you....especially if you are a woman.....

There *isn't* any evidence, only hunches that *some* researchers *think* there *may* be an *association.* There is no hard data to support this hunch because no one has ever done a study to see if there is any data to support it.

FWIW, I have no desire for sweets, starches, sugars or other carbs and eat virtually none, yet drink sugar-free sodas and other drinks. (Funny how some on some threads proudly say they don't drink diet sodas, only Crystal Light and the like. It's the same stuff.)

Once again, let's all go back to Stats 101, and repeat after me: "Covariance does not imply correlation; Correlation does not imply causality."

Apr 04, 2014
acgold7 in Food Media & News
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Red Grapefruit in Cups at Costco

Because it's Grape Juice *Concentrate*, which is almost pure sugar and even higher in fructose than HFCS.

They are admittedly delicious but you might just as well eat a Snickers. Just don't fool yourself into thinking they are a healthful snack or nearly as good as real fresh fruit.

Apr 04, 2014
acgold7 in Chains

Is there a chance in heck we can get Fast Food chains to cut back on the salt on the fries?

Your assumptions are completely logical, and also completely wrong. This has been tried numerous times over the past 40 years and the public stayed away in droves. No one is interested in healthful fast food from traditional chains. No one. It's the fastest way for a chain to go bankrupt. Read the news articles about this dating back to the 70s.

There are "healthy" chains that do this, but conventional chains have not had success with this strategy.

Apr 03, 2014
acgold7 in Chains

Chick-fil-A kickin' the Colonels butt

Per store sales are largely meaningless unless there are a comparable number of units, which in this case there aren't. If you have one CFA in an area that has five KFCs, the total market for KFC could be bigger but spread out over 5 stores, so the per-store sales would be much lower than CFA's single unit.

So while CFA's per-store demand is higher, its national appeal might be lower. You should look at aggregate sales per market area if you wish to make this point. And even then it would be a regional indicator only.

The $5B vs. $4.2B is a pretty good comparison, however. On the other hand, CFA is alone in its space, while KFC has many national and regional competitors.

Apr 01, 2014
acgold7 in Chains
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Why do people not think soybean oil is disgusting?

Because it does.

Great for you if you like canola, but a lot of people find it fishy, yet find soybean tasteless (in a good way).

Mar 31, 2014
acgold7 in General Topics

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2014

The bark is hit or miss... they make it at select locations when they feel like it. Stock up when you can.

If you can keep it around.

Mar 31, 2014
acgold7 in Chains

To wash (or not) dishes after being packed and moved?

I'd wash 'em anyway.

Mar 30, 2014
acgold7 in Cookware

Attempting gefilte fish at home for the first time, advice please!

I'm sure their stock will be fine if you don't feel like making your own.

Everyone's Mom made the best Gefilte Fish, but I feel confident my Mom's was actually the best. If you haven't purchased your actual fish yet, I can tell you the only thing I remember is the mantra, "Whitefish, Pike, Buffalo and Sucker." She used a combination of all these fish, but I have no idea what proportions or even if these are available anymore. But I think the combination helped make the dish mild and sweet and not fishy at all.

Mar 30, 2014
acgold7 in Home Cooking

Boston Market.....my latest Chain Let Down...the Curse of the Bambino has moved to Chicken

Why wouldn't/shouldn't stuffing be a considered a "side"?

Mar 29, 2014
acgold7 in Chains

Costco rotisserie chicken...why is it so good?

You can see them loading up obviously raw chickens by the spit several times daily. No MW.

Mar 29, 2014
acgold7 in Chains

Is there a chance in heck we can get Fast Food chains to cut back on the salt on the fries?

Yes, you are. If they did this there would be no point in going to fast food places.

It is a myth that this would be any better for you. It's the carbs that are killing you, not the fat or salt.

Mar 28, 2014
acgold7 in Chains
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Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

Especially when I'm the only person in line.

Mar 26, 2014
acgold7 in Not About Food

Food Trucks - Once they're parked and serving, what powers them?

Good thing I'm at the other end of the country.

Mar 26, 2014
acgold7 in Not About Food
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Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

"Pathetic weaklings..."

Mar 26, 2014
acgold7 in Not About Food

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

Better yet: "Oh, I'm sorry, I just thought you were morbidly obese."

Mar 26, 2014
acgold7 in Not About Food
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Food Trucks - Once they're parked and serving, what powers them?

On our big truck, the cooking equipment is propane, but the warming and cooling equipment is electric and is powered by an on-board generator, which runs constantly when we are on-site and is fueled by the gasoline from the main tank. It is quiet but not silent.

We also have a plug-in outlet for "shore power" but have never used it, as no site has a compatible outlet and no one makes a long enough extension cord for 240v.

On our little truck, all heat is propane, but cooling is powered by the engine, which must remain idling at all times.

Mar 25, 2014
acgold7 in Not About Food

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

Are waiters generaslly at the same risk of getting randomly shot as Police Officers in their line of work?

Mar 25, 2014
acgold7 in Not About Food

Packing food at house parties

As you and others have noted, you're not asking for advice, but I will note that I haven't seen this exact behavior, even among my own crazy family. But we do have a few borderline passive-aggressives who come awfully close to this...

So when this happens, I sort of deflect by cheeerfully saying, "Sure, I'll be happy to pack some up for you before you leave tonight, no problem" with a sweet smile. If they are rude enough to whine, "NO, I mean NOW!", that is when you must resort to, "Well, let's wait until everyone is finished," and if that doesn't work, the even-more-direct "I'm sorry, that's just not possible."

I have a case of restaurant takeout containers at hand because I am obsessive about sending leftovers home for those who want them, but not at the expense of the actual meal at hand.

But as with most things of this nature, none of this can occur if you do not allow it to. And if you are polite about it, you can deflect it without having to resort to the verbal nuclear option.

Mar 25, 2014
acgold7 in Not About Food
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Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

So what would be the preferred form of address?

Mar 25, 2014
acgold7 in Not About Food

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

Really? Which neighborhoods are those? Where dogs rule?

Mar 25, 2014
acgold7 in Not About Food
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Urgent Tipping Question - Caterer

As a restaurant owner, I would say that if it were me, no, I would neither expect nor accept a tip in this situation. Just a drop-off and no service, right?

Tips are for FOH (waitstaff, bussers, other hourly servers like drivers), who were not involved in this situation. This was food prep and pack, presumably, all done by BoH (Chefs, cooks), who do not traditionally share in tips.

Mar 24, 2014
acgold7 in Not About Food
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