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Are thin, tough, gristly steaks the norm in France?

I blame it on 4 years of high school with 18 minute lunch periods.

about 12 hours ago
therealdoctorlew in France

When did Salami get so expensive???

Go to any Kosher deli. Pay extra for the hard dry.

What do you eat when you don't know what you want?

Pasta, or a banana, or a yoghurt. If all else fails, a Snickers!

Summer 2014 Yard/Estate/Tag Sale Scores

You are exactly right. I have a very old 1/3 of such a set, purchased by my late grandmother when my mother was a child. When my grandmother's two daughters got married, each got a pot. I inherited my mother's. The handle is long gone. My mother told me that the set was sold door to door as a way to cook 3 things on one burner, just as you surmised. In our house my mother used it solely for stovetop baked potatoes. I have it now as an heirloom. Mine has a "Club" brand mark.

Aug 17, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Cookware

Fascinating cooking tips and advice

I'm reading. Just found the one on using a can opener to cut those [deleted] plastic clam shell packages. Brilliant!

Aug 12, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Home Cooking

Fascinating cooking tips and advice

The Janie Stick has a soft chalk based material that is a lot better than plain chalk. It's cheap, effective, and has been in my travel kit for a zillion years.

http://www.amazon.com/Janie-50101-Sti...

The powder brushes out, no washing needed.

Transporting wine and spirits in car for 6 hours

Styrofoam cooler, plastic wheeled cooler with fancy handles, you name it. I got a big styrofoam box my doctor was throwing out after the vaccines were delivered, keep it in my car trunk to bring stuff back from the supermarket. YMMV.

Aug 10, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Wine

Is Legal Sea Foods a chain?

I agree on the boats. Not a bad job of recollection after 40 years in non-immediate memory, after all!

Aug 09, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Chains

Battered Fries. Are they french fries?

There are a number of places around here that offer sweet potato fries. They are always limp, uncrispy, sad things unlike their regular fries. Then, last week, we tried a place and the sweet potato fries were crispy and good, due to a very light coating. I approve for sweet potatoes, not for regular.

Is Legal Sea Foods a chain?

You mean back when you went to the fish counter, picked a piece, said broiled or fried, chose a seat at a picnic table, and got your fish with fries, cole slaw, and a plastic fork on a paper plate? Where a grad student could eat out on an NSF stipend? That legal Seafood?

Aug 09, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Chains
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Transporting wine and spirits in car for 6 hours

Keep the bottles in an insulated box in the air conditioned car. The insulation will greatly slow any possible heat infiltration into the bottles. If you are truly paranoid, throw some ziplocks of ice in with the bottles.

Aug 09, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Wine

"Grade-A Rice Bowl" article shows as "related" on damn near every board!

Well, it shows up as related on this thread, so the algorithm is correct occasionally.

Is it as annoying as the "Trending now" threads listing years old columns by long ago fired columnists?

Aug 09, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Site Talk

What foods unavailable in US not to miss in France?

1+ for Friture (typo fixing)
Delicious!

Aug 05, 2014
therealdoctorlew in France

Tomatoes 2014

Yes, do it yourself seedlings is time consuming. It's the only way to grow most heirloom varieties. I just need 20 or 30 pounds of harvest to break even financially vs buying heirlooms at the specialty grocery! Of course, if you add my time at minimum wage . . .

Aug 04, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Gardening

Tomatoes 2014

My plants are mostly huge and the season has begun. Started harvesting a week ago. Cherokee Purple coming in nicely, Costoluto Fiorentino is producing the usual ugly tasty fruits, and Azoychka (yellow) is both early and has much better than average flavor for a yellow. Cherry varieties (red, yellow, brown) all giving a few per plant per day also. Most of the plants are growing faster than the leaf blight.

My offspring from last year's volunteer plants are super large and covered with fruits. The small yellow ones are good, but the pink plum shaped fruits are somewhat dry. Both are prolific. If the size of the plants and the number of green tomatoes are a good measure of success, I may keep them for next year. Both are early for me.

The Burpee Brandy Boy is big and starting to color up, leaf blight only moderate. The proof will be in the tasting. San Marzano is a small disappointing plant but it has fruits. In the future I'll try a different cultivar or stick to canned.

Tomatoes 2014

The seedling from last year's volunteer went into the garden May 9. Yesterday I harvested the first tomatoes of the year from that plant: 3 largish cherry tomatoes, deep yellow with a blush of red. Very good flavor, especially for a yellow. The plant itself is almost seven feet tall!

I have noticed bumble bees cross pollinating the tomato plants. I figure there will be hybridization in many of my saved seeds. Every year, an adventure.

Jul 21, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Gardening

I need advice on cooking fish

Thin, no. Thick enough to turn without breaking, optional.

Jul 19, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Home Cooking

I need advice on cooking fish

I like crisp skinned salmon, but my wife does not eat fish skin. I developed a method that suits us both. I spray my cast iron pan with spray oil for grilling (can I say Pam?) and heat it on the burner. I put the salmon in when the pan is hot, skin side down. After half the fish is half cooked, I move the pan to the broiler and cook the top. I then cut the piece in half with a spatula. My wife's half is served skinless by slipping the spatula under the fish, above the skin, and my piece comes off the pan easily with the spatula below the skin. Plus I get the skin my wife won't eat!

Jul 17, 2014
therealdoctorlew in Home Cooking

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.

Jul 11, 2014
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.

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.

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.

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/

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.

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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