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Consumer Reports finds fecal contamination in ground beef

Or go to a Kosher butcher that grinds the meat in house that day, and pay the higher price per pound.

Consumer Reports finds fecal contamination in ground beef

If almost all ground beef has signs of fecal contamination and if almost no one gets sick, should this study mean anything to the non-paranoid consumer?

Lactose-free yogurt?

If kept sealed before use, very few containers develop mold even after months in the fridge. If you plan holding in the fridge for a few months, the overnight on the counter is not needed.

Lactose-free yogurt?

Do it yourself. Get yoghurt with active culture. Leave it on the counter overnight. Then keep it in the fridge for a month or so. It will have no lactose left. In my lactose intolerant experience, this works fine.

Decent seafood restaurant on Long Island, NY

ALure, way out on the North Fork.

most flavoured mint?

I grow spearmint, peppermint, and chocolate mint, and all are full flavored. Your mint flavor weakness may stem from the growing conditions. Fertilizer encourages lush growth and less flavor. My mints are all in a single half barrel planter, crowded and unfertilized. I think the stress increases the concentration of the flavor elements in the mint.

Aug 11, 2015
therealdoctorlew in Gardening

The price of scallops

I have finally given up on scallops. Even buying "dry" scallops in the last year, at the ridiculous price that they demand, has only gotten me white discs that cook out soup and never sear. From three different unrelated sources, no less. It's the Gresham's law of scallops: Bad scallops drive out good.

Best (Funniest? Wittiest?) Food Quotes

Q: What do cannibals call pork? A: The other white meat.

Corn oil is made by crushing corn. Peanut oil is made by crushing peanuts. Olive oil is made by crushing olives. Baby oil . . .

(And don't even think of asking about baby powder.)

New Rules for Serving Raw Fish

Parasites in raw fish are killed by freezing the fish to a cold enough temperature for a long enough period of time. You don't want to be infested by worms, do you?

Jul 14, 2015
therealdoctorlew in Manhattan


I have tasted many wines at Osprey's Dominion and have bought bottles to have with picnics on their lawn while listening to weekend music. I do remember their reisling and never found it less than very good.

I suspect bad storage at the wine shop.

Wegman's Faux Pas [Moved from Boston]

Or, just put a few strips of scotch tape on the boxes so they don't open.

Rome. 3 meals

There are no duds on the menu. Order away! (If they are serving pasta with tiny shrimp - gamberini or something like that - with pistacchio nuts, grab it.)

Jun 16, 2015
therealdoctorlew in Italy

Rome. 3 meals

Consider Osteria Barbarini. Reasonably priced, excellent food, and a truffle menu, too. You will need a reservation.

Jun 14, 2015
therealdoctorlew in Italy

Parker: not awarding 100 points “irresponsible”

Where is WMD (Wine of Minimal Distinction)? Used for a wine that is indistinguishable from a zillion other wines of the same varietal.

May 11, 2015
therealdoctorlew in Wine

Vitamix 6300 recently purtchased at Costco is made like JUNK!

Recently bought a high end toaster oven at BBaB, brand excluded on the 20% coupon, presented the coupon anyway, and got 20% off. Also, the coupon had already expired. Got 20% off anyway. YMMV.

Apr 13, 2015
therealdoctorlew in Cookware

Any comments about Farberware pans?

Odd first post pulling up an old thread.

In response to avoiding "Pesky Americans!" (Yankees)


Jan 18, 2015
therealdoctorlew in France

Long Island Good Eats 2014 in Review

Awful! Where will I get a loaded falafel sandwich?

7 thoughts for next growing season

Oh, be nice to them birds. Plant one or two for them!

Food jokes - list


Tomatoes 2014 - Variety Experience Yea? Nay? Meh?

Where are you growing them?

Nov 01, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Gardening

Tomatoes 2014 - Variety Experience Yea? Nay? Meh?

Can the wisdom of crowds guide us for 2015?

I'll start:

Growing on Long Island this year I had a lot of leaf blight.

I gave up trying to grow Brandywine after years of low yield late diseased tomatoes, no matter which strain I used. This year I grew instead Purple Brandy and Burpee Brandy Boy. Both survived the blight. Both yielded better than Brandywine in its best year and were almost as superbly flavored. Brandy Boy was earlier, both were earlier than Brandywine, neither had diseased fruit like Brandywine. Purple Brandy continued yielding a little longer. Yea to both.

Cherokee Purple had very good fruits, good yield for about two weeks, then died of blight. Yea for the fruit, Meh for the plant. Half Yea overall.

Azoychka is the first variety of yellows I have found to be both very well flavored and reasonably early. Reasonable blight resistance, very good yield, a definite Yea.

Costoluto Fiorentino produced a good crop of red fluted tomatoes OK for salads and very good for cooking. Blight reduced the yield from previous year heavy to blight surviving adequate. Yea.

San Marzano plugged along. For some reason my saved strain grew like an indeterminate, never producing a concentrated crop for batch cooking. Nay. Next year I will try San Marzano II.

Romeo Roma. The one plant that grew from one old seed that I had, made giant plum tomatoes about 12-16 oz each, very few seeds, made nice fresh sauce. Low yield by number, good by weight. Yea.

Chocolate Cherry grew strongly, produced very well, great flavor. Yea.

Black Cherry had weaker plants and later and lesser yield than Chocolate Cherry. Nay.

Sweet Red Cherry, ditto. Yea.

Louis D'Or, a yellow cherry blushed orange, from seeds saved from a mysterious volunteer of 2013, grew rampantly and yielded very heavily from early until cold killed my plants, great flavor. Yea. (I named it after the gold coin.)

A pink plum, name lost, vigorous heavy yielding plants, nearly flavorless fruits. Nay.

Japanese Trifele grew low yield diseased plant with meh fruit. Repeat of previous failures. Nay.

And you?

Nov 01, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Gardening

Food jokes - list

How to make a white zinfandel martini:

Half fill a wine glass with white zinfandel. Take a martini glass and pour in a splash of vermouth. Pour out the vermouth and fill the glass with gin. Add an olive. Pour the white zinfandel into the sink and drink the martini.

"Tip and Tax not included." A new trick on visitors unfamiliar with Paris restaurants?

What's a DGCCRF?

Oct 26, 2014
therealdoctorlew in France

Spelling errors on menus and websites

They are near the "chilly pepper's."

Spelling errors on menus and websites

A place that clumsy needs a spill checker.

Food jokes - list

How do you steal a lot of money from foodies?

Start a ponzu scheme.

Food jokes - list


The footprints in the Peanut Butter.

Next joke in series:

How do you know if there is an elephant in back of you?

You smell the peanut butter on his breath.

How can you tell an elephant from a grape?

Jump up and down on it. If it's a grape, it will make a little whine.

How do you tell a an elephant from a blueberry?

Elephants a grey and blueberries are blue.

What did Jane say when she saw an elephant coming over a hill?

"Here comes an elephant over a hill."

What did Tarzan say when he saw an elephant coming over a hill?

"Here comes a blueberry over a hill." (Tarzan was color blind.)

What did Charles de Gaulle say when he saw an elephant coming over a hill?

"Voila an elephant over a hill."

What did the elephant say when he saw Charles de Gaulle come over a hill?

Nothing. The elephant couldn't speak French.

So endeth the elephant jokes.

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Why do Englishmen eat two eggs for breakfast but the French eat only one?

Because in France, one egg is un oeuf.

Yeah, Sure, "Let's Have Coffee"

I love how the site now is pushing a 4 year old column by an unfortunately fired columnist. Classy! Maybe the new Chow (unhounded) could use a little etiquette.

Oct 06, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Features