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Tomatoes 2014

Tomato seeds are viable for years in seed packets. Perhaps they are able to hold a year or two before germinating in the garden, too. Your volunteer may be a ghost of summers past.

about 20 hours ago
therealdoctorlew in Gardening

Refreezing meat that defrosted

Thawed but still cold: Don't refreeze. Cook and then do what you usually do with cooked food.

Thawed to a warm temperature: Eat at your own risk.

Partially thawed: Cook as above or refreeze, realizing that there may will be some textural deteriorization.

When I was in school, our apartment's freezer thawed. The food was still cool, so we put everything in our biggest pot, added vegetables and water, and made a grand soup stew (beef, chicken, lamb). We invited a bunch of friends over and had a feast.

Jul 09, 2014
therealdoctorlew in General Topics

How to transport fruit pies + ice cream for 6+ hours?

Ice cream should be stored at zero degrees f, and softens to good eating condition at 8 degrees. (I googled this.) You need dry ice to transport ice cream for that kind of trip.

Jul 06, 2014
therealdoctorlew in General Topics

Picking fruits and vegetables @ the market, an imperfect science.

I like apples crisp and juicy. To decide, I give a quick tap with my finger. If it has a slightly musical hollow sound, it's good. Dull means mealy. Dented means don't buy. Some varieties such as Delicious are only good if they show a little green, as fully ripe are mealy.

Jul 02, 2014
therealdoctorlew in General Topics
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The Burgerdog?....the Hotburger?.... the Hound Dog? ....who's with me?

My mother invented the same thing when my father accidentally bought hot dog buns for the hamburger cookout. Everything old is new again.

Jun 29, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Home Cooking

White Castle's Sriracha Chicken Sliders and Crispy Jalapeno Cheese Fries.

The title alone is just plain scary!

Jun 23, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Chains

Great Chinese Restaurant in Nassau County?

If you don't mind the pricing, try Pearl East in Manhasset.

http://www.pearleastny.com/

Jun 23, 2014
therealdoctorlew in New York State (exc. NYC)

Ummm, futures offer . . . "Simply The Best Price Anywhere!" Really?

There are those with two problems: Too much money, too little sense. Only one is reliably remediable, and it isn't sense.

Jun 17, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Wine

Questions about wine lists

My steakhouse escape from wine markup hell is beer.

Jun 17, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Wine

You know you dine out too often when...

You know you have been dining out too often when you call your home for a dinner reservation.

Jun 17, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Not About Food
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Tomatoes 2014

One of the volunteers' offspring is now the first to flower and is the tallest and strongest of all my plants. I really hope the fruit tastes good!

Jun 10, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Gardening

VegasGourmet suggested we start a running list of the JT food scale, a solid 5.5 of comfort food that is both unique to Paris as well as comforting.

I take numerical ratings with a grain of fleur de sel.

Jun 10, 2014
therealdoctorlew in France
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Why do chinese restaurants insist on having "secret" Chinese menus their English-Speaking customers can't decipher?

The correct way to refer to Princeton is as "a small Ivy League University in New Jersey." To use the name is bragging.

Jun 10, 2014
therealdoctorlew in General Topics

I scream, You scream... What are you pet peeves about ice cream?

No cream in the ice cream.

No vanilla in the vanilla.

Sixteen ounces missing from the half gallon, two lost from the pint.

Guar gum, artificial colors, artificial flavor, stabilizers, polywhateverisotolamine phosphate, slime instead of texture.

"Things are seldom what they seem,
Skim milk masquerades as cream."

May 31, 2014
therealdoctorlew in General Topics
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Tomatoes 2014

Last year 2 volunteers survived and bore fruit. neither were varieties I had planted the previous year, so may be spontaneous hybrids. The pink sort of plum actually grew in the weeds next to the tomato bed. These were the first volunteers in many years to have edible fruits, so I saved seeds from each and planted one plant of each variety this year. Both were the most vigorous of my seedlings, and one has flower buds 2 weeks after transplanting into the garden, so it is far ahead of all my other varieties. I hope the fruit tastes good, because if it does I'm saving more seeds.

May 27, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Gardening

Tomatoes 2014

I had the same raccoon problem 2 years ago. I plant tomatoes using black plastic sheeting for mulch, perforated to let water into the soil. The raccoons discovered that if they ripped out a plant, they had access to worms. I lost several plants before I started using a giant hav-a-hart trap.

Last year I made a yard wide border of fall leaves thick around the garden. The raccoons dug in the leaves and stayed off the plastic. It's working this year, too. A couple times a week I rake the leaves smooth and there are always lots of holes dug in them after a day or two.

May 25, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Gardening

A Non-Offensive Universally Acceptable Meal

Oh, go milk your elk.

May 19, 2014
therealdoctorlew in General Topics

We asked, you answered!-non-site content

Now it's zero percent food.

May 19, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Site Talk

A Non-Offensive Universally Acceptable Meal

Sorry. Allergic, if raw. Go figure.

May 16, 2014
therealdoctorlew in General Topics

Giardiniera made in China

We bought Aegean stuffed grape leaves with Greek-looking logo lettering at a Middle Eastern market. The fine print showed it was also from China.

May 11, 2014
therealdoctorlew in General Topics

Chateau Yquem to hold first flash sale

Not yet (quote):

Update as of midday, 8th May: Twenty four hours after this sale was announced, Vente-Privee informed Decanter.com that the original sale date of 11th May has been cancelled. The sale is set to be re-arranged, but no fixed date is yet known.

May 09, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Wine

ROME: Pasta and classic trattoria fare near Via Veneto area?

Look into Osteria Barberini just off the Via Veneto on a parallel street. Two years ago we had wonderful pasta dishes, fine secundi, and they have a truffle menu. The prices for full meals for two with wine did not exceed 100 euro. Informal, friendly staff, reservations essential.

http://www.osteriabarberini.com/

May 07, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Italy

Your all time favorite olives

Nyons, picholine

May 04, 2014
therealdoctorlew in General Topics

What is one tip you learned about cooking that was simple but made a huge difference: Part 2

Mayonnaise smeared on a fish holds the coating on for pan frying or baking.

May 04, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Home Cooking

What is one tip you learned about cooking that was simple but made a huge difference: Part 2

It's also the ice pack of choice for conforming to a body part!

May 04, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Home Cooking

Great liquor store - help me take advantage

The underground fungus type, of course.

May 04, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Spirits

What is one tip you learned about cooking that was simple but made a huge difference: Part 2

When browning a piece of meat (or a hamburger, or fish) in a skillet, it won't stick once it's browned and if it's sticking it won't be browned. Patience, Grasshopper, patience!

May 03, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Home Cooking

Great liquor store - help me take advantage

If you see a bottle of truffle liqueur, get it. My carefully husbanded bottle is a secret ingredient in some of my cooking.

May 03, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Spirits

Sorrento help please!!!

Two years we had 2 very nice meals at Re Foods. The dishes were inventive (and very well done) or more traditional (but never red sauce), well priced, friendly service, etc. The wines were excellent also.

http://www.refoods.it/en/

The trilogy appetizer was a standout.

May 02, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Italy

Making a sauce that call for 1T cream. What can I use instead?

Buy some cream. Freeze the unused portion in an ice cube tray. After freezing, pop out and store in an airtight container in the freezer. Use as needed in the future.

Apr 17, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Home Cooking
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