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We just butchered a pig - Fresh "Ham" Slices

Per the OP's later posts, it seems the leg (I refuse to use the confusing term "fresh ham") has already been cut into slices. So it's a little late to cure it into ham.

about 16 hours ago
LorenzoGA in Home Cooking

Sport Peppers at Bed Bath and Beyond....

Of course it's a silly question--I intended it to be--and I'm not offended in the least!

Silly as it may be, I asked because it struck me as interesting that the whole country is aware of the age-old New York vs. Chicago pizza "rivalry," but there is apparently no such rivalry when it comes to New York dogs and Chicago dogs. Is the classic NY dog not the subject of quite as much pride as the classic NY pizza? Do people give hot dogs more latitude than pizza? As in, it's okay to mess around with hot dogs, but when it comes to pizza the only correct style is the NY style. It would seem so!

It is admittedly a silly question, but the talk of Chicago dogs by New Yorkers did raise my curiosity. Maybe New Yorkers are too close to the subject matter to appreciate how we outsiders might find it amusing.

about 16 hours ago
LorenzoGA in Manhattan
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Beef from Australia and fish from China, in a supermarket near you.

Thanks for the tip. A package of frozen seafood (or freshwater, as in the case of crawfish) should always raise a yellow flag to the consumer to inspect its origin.

Speaking of crawfish, the season when we are able to get them here in GA trucked in from somewhere down there has just begun. My wife and I consider that "regional" enough to satisfy our desire to eat as locally produced food as possible.

about 16 hours ago
LorenzoGA in General Topics

Sport Peppers at Bed Bath and Beyond....

How come you guys are so open to Chicago dogs but not Chicago pizza?

1 day ago
LorenzoGA in Manhattan

Enameled Dutch ovens for deep frying

I rarely deep fry in my Le Creuset because it takes too much oil for the amount of frying I need to do, but I do deep fry in a smaller, cheap enameled cast iron pot I picked up somewhere like Walmart. It works just fine. Can you imagine the uproar from consumers if enameled cast iron could be damaged just by frying oil? Frying is an extremely common way of preparing food in a pot, and I would think the average consumer would expect essentially any ordinary pot to be capable of handling deep frying. Surely this is pure myth.

Apr 30, 2015
LorenzoGA in Cookware

Norwegian farmed salmon better than Atlantic farmed salmon?

Yeah, as far as I know, "Norwegian salmon" refers to a product imported from Norway. The product is likely of the species Atlantic Salmon (Latin name omitted for laziness to Google it), though I suppose any species of salmon could be farmed anywhere.

Apr 30, 2015
LorenzoGA in General Topics

how much red wine i should drink every night?

I wasn't addressing you. I was addressing the OP.

I can see you think highly of pharmaceutical science. "Crappy pills," eh? Or maybe it's doctors? You are free to do or not do what you wish.

Apr 30, 2015
LorenzoGA in General Topics

Beef from Australia and fish from China, in a supermarket near you.

Where do you live that you have no "really good cheese" produced? Even here in the humble US state of Georgia--hardly on the cutting edge of food production like, say, California--there are now at least three or four dairies producing artisanal cheese. I admit it's not as good as what I've eaten in France, but I applaud their efforts. I could afford imported French cheese, but I like the idea of supporting the local dairies' efforts to make really good cheese. My thinking is that if I support their efforts, they will have the opportunity to learn to improve their product, and it can only get better. There are at least a few dairies in the US whose cheese is believed by many to rival the French styles.

Apr 30, 2015
LorenzoGA in General Topics

Beef from Australia and fish from China, in a supermarket near you.

The word "nationalism" troubles me, but perhaps. More like self-sufficiency. The US has become reliant on other countries in so many respects, adding our food supply to that just sounds dangerous.

My concern is definitely not about quality or flavor, just to clear that up. However, to consider quality and flavor as factors, one should also consider availability and variety. What I mean is that almost any part of the country or world produces at least a few local things that are high quality and delicious. It may not be necessary to sacrifice quality if one accepts a sacrifice in variety.

But anyway, supporting local business, the premise that locally raised might have a lower impact on the environment, etc., are more what I had in mind. No new thoughts here--the same rationale for "locavorism" that we've been hearing for years. I can't say I eat 100% locavore, but I try very hard to shop and eat with the idea in mind.

Apr 30, 2015
LorenzoGA in General Topics

Beef from Australia and fish from China, in a supermarket near you.

I like the image of fish on the "corporate jet." Maybe a Gulfstream G5.

Apr 30, 2015
LorenzoGA in General Topics

how much red wine i should drink every night?

See my other reply above. You need to talk to a doctor. Wine is NOT the solution to your sleep problem.

Apr 30, 2015
LorenzoGA in General Topics
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how much red wine i should drink every night?

If the issue behind your question is that you're having difficulty sleeping, you should talk to your doctor. Red wine may or may not have beneficial effects, but it is clearly not the best medicine for sleep problems.

The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

You mean the "over-doing it" thing I mentioned? Oh boy do I agree. Cheese is good, so more cheese must be better, right? Yup.

Apr 29, 2015
LorenzoGA in General Topics

Corn Fungus (Huitlacoche)

I've eaten it in Mexico a few times. Some people love it. And the Mexicans are rightly proud of their discovery--the "Mexican truffle" it has been called. I decided I don't really care for it. It does indeed have a flavor or scent vaguely reminiscent of truffles, which I do like, so who knows why anyone likes anything. Have fun with it.

Apr 29, 2015
LorenzoGA in Home Cooking

Beef from Australia and fish from China, in a supermarket near you.

Yes indeed. So? I said I would be willing to pay whatever it costs to eat only food produced in my own country (and in season!). I can't speak for the rest of the population.

Apr 29, 2015
LorenzoGA in General Topics

The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

cresyd, yes, I agree. Restaurants have long known that offering optional "additions" is good for business. I'm sure restaurants have been thrilled to see a trend in which something as simple, available and inexpensive as a fried egg could be offered as an addition. Profitable, and the trendiness adds cachet to a restaurant's image that a side order of fries never could.

Apr 29, 2015
LorenzoGA in General Topics

Beef from Australia and fish from China, in a supermarket near you.

The US was once self-sufficient, producing not only enough for all of us to eat but enough to feed other countries. It saddens me to see so much of our food supply now coming from other countries because Americans have developed a taste for inexpensive and/or exotic items. I would be willing to pay whatever it costs to eat only food produced in my own country.

Apr 29, 2015
LorenzoGA in General Topics

Curry Powders And Heat

Exactly. Once you start mixing your own curry blend, you wonder why you ever bought something labeled "curry powder" from a store. If you make your own, you get to control the proportions to suit your own taste.

Apr 29, 2015
LorenzoGA in General Topics

The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

Actually, what I have seen more of is the fried egg as an optional topping that can be requested rather than something that can be omitted by request: "We can top that with a fried egg if you like." I don't know how many people take the restaurant up on the offer.

Apr 29, 2015
LorenzoGA in General Topics

The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

Yes, Captain Obvious. I think we need to give it time before anyone can say. Restaurants may or may not make a change in the future, toning down the liberal use of fried eggs as toppings if people start thinking of it as a fad. This thread demonstrates there are at least a few people out there who have noticed the trend. If it's so noticeable as to become a topic of discussion, then maybe it has reached a tipping point. Maybe it is a fad, as others here have suggested, and we will see more judicious use of fried eggs in the future. Who knows.

Apr 29, 2015
LorenzoGA in General Topics

how much red wine i should drink every night?

I know there have been some studies, but I don't think there is anything approaching conclusive or a consensus among researchers. In other words, nobody knows for certain. Since drinking to the point of intoxication is known to have harmful effects, the recommendations are generally to drink smaller amounts. I am not aware of studies that suggest 50 ml or 100 ml is sufficient, but it would be interesting to see them.

My own speculation is that there is some correlation between one's general happiness in life and one's health, and so if a person enjoys a glass of wine with dinner each night, the enjoyment itself that one derives might have a greater benefit than whatever protective effect the wine is theorized to have.

I think others who commented here have said the same thing in far fewer words! Enjoy life, and live long!

Apr 29, 2015
LorenzoGA in General Topics
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The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

The difference is that in the US we seem unable to exercise the restraint that cooks in other cultures commonly do. Our cooks see how a few dishes in other countries benefit from an egg topping, and instead of taking our cue from them, we do the American thing of taking a good concept and over-doing it to the Nth degree.

Apr 29, 2015
LorenzoGA in General Topics

The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

Grossingers was already in a time warp in 1975. Terrible example.

Apr 29, 2015
LorenzoGA in General Topics

Horrible Restaurant Names

There is one called What The Pho here in the Atlanta area.

Apr 27, 2015
LorenzoGA in Not About Food

The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

Eggs have long been used in Europe and Asia to top various dishes. I think I first encountered an egg on a pizza in France and thought it was kinda weird. It sure seems like some American chef was over in France a decade or two ago and said to himself, "Hey, everyone likes eggs--why don't we do this in the US?" It has definitely been a noticeable trend for something like the past 5-10 years.

But we do like eggs. So it seems that within the past decade or so the US has opened its eyes to the possibility of using eggs for more than just breakfast. Good. But like anything else the US does, it does it to excess. So now instead of judicious use of eggs as toppings like we might see in other countries, here in the US we see eggs topping seemingly everything. Bad.

Apr 27, 2015
LorenzoGA in General Topics
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Fish Tacos between LAX and Marina del Ray?

Fair enough. I intentionally took the opposite extreme position, because I couldn't help myself but respond to an apparent slander in the same sentence of both Rubio's--the outfit to whom we largely owe the popularity of the fish taco--and McDonald's--the world's most successful fast-food franchise :) Fish taco connoisseurs may turn their noses up, but Rubio's still cranks out the classic fish taco to the delight of the masses.

Apr 27, 2015
LorenzoGA in Los Angeles Area

Fish Tacos between LAX and Marina del Ray?

Discokill, you sound like a snob with your smoked marlin tacos and comparison of Rubio's to McDonald's. Before McDonald's spread all over the world, visitors to the US might very well have enjoyed their first American hamburger experience there. Some would consider McDonald's to be the prototypical American hamburger--it's what some people will always think of when they think of a hamburger. Likewise, for many people, Rubio's was the first fish taco they ever tasted, and their first experience cemented in their minds what a fish taco should be like. My first fish taco was at Rubio's in the early 1980s.

In any case, don't overlook the caveat in my post that my recommendation assumes the OP is not some sort of fish taco connoisseur, and just wants a traditional fish taco on the way from the airport to Marina del Rey. I have eaten fish tacos at many places from Ensenada to L.A., and in my mind there is nothing wrong with Rubio's as an example of the quintessential or traditional fish taco.

Smoked marlin may be delicious, but it's not a traditional fish taco in my mind.

Fish Tacos between LAX and Marina del Ray?

On Google maps, do a search for "Rubio's near LAX" or "Rubio's near Marina del Rey." Unless you are some sort of connoisseur of fish tacos looking for something in particular, Rubio's is a chain that has been serving for decades what has now become the standard fish taco.

Apr 27, 2015
LorenzoGA in Los Angeles Area

"Can I transfer these drinks to my table"?

Me neither, as I mentioned in my first comment. But as I said in a later comment, since there do seem to be a significant number of people who are bothered by it, maybe it would make good business sense for more restaurants to facilitate transferring the tab.

Apr 27, 2015
LorenzoGA in Not About Food

Lo Mein - something missing

Sure, why not. I mean, it does sound good to me--I like "peanut noodles." But it won't be "lo mein" as anyone would recognize it. If you enjoy experimentation, then go for it. High adventure.

Apr 26, 2015
LorenzoGA in Home Cooking
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