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Victorinox Fibrox Santoku - Opinions?

I just love being the contrarian on this type of thread! I say get this knife!

I have had this knife I for a couple of years now and it is my daily driver. I replaced a Wusthof Santoku with this one and I've never looked back.

In my opinion, it's light and well balanced. I like the shape of the grip, and it's just grippy enough so it doesn't slip if you're trying to cut something if your hands are little bit wet or greasy. For my limited workspace, the 7 inch length is perfect for everyday tasks. And the granton edge flutes do help to release sticky foods such as onions or potatoes.

If you so desire, you can even put this one through the dishwasher, though I hand wash mine. It's about as bulletproof a knife as I've ever had, except for my Victorinox chef's knife.

I think it takes and holds an edge just fine. I hone mine regularly, and periodically I run it through my Chef's Choice 130 electric sharpener. Unlike some of the people who replied here, I don't have the time or the inclination to sharpen my knife by hand anymore. Yes, I know how to do it, and yes I'm fairly good at it, but I just don't want to do it anymore.

While I am a very strong proponent of "You can't afford cheap tools" there is also a point where the value for your money diminishes. It sounds like you, like me, want a good quality knife that will stand up to the rigors of daily use, and yes, the occasional abuse, and come out at the other end looking no worse for the wear. This knife fits that bill perfectly. I'm not saying those other knives discussed here wouldn't work, but to answer your question directly:

I do not think you would be disappointed if you bought this knife, and it will serve you well for many years.

about 4 hours ago
al b. darned in Cookware

Essence of Morel

A couple times a year I splurge on for mail-order delicacies that I can't find locally. My Summer Splurge is chanterelle mushrooms. So I went to my favorite website for chanterelles, Earthy Delights (www.earthy.com), and placed my order. Of course, while I was there I had to buy a few other things that I couldn't live without. (Two for one black truffle oil, anyone?

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When the order came yesterday, included in the box with a small glass bottle with about an ounce or so of the clear brown liquid. The label says, "Essence of Morel." I went back to their site and found this: http://www.earthy.com/Distillerie-du-...

The description only gives a few brief suggestions of what to do with it but not how much to use.

So the floor is now open for suggestions of what I can use this for, and more importantly how much to use. While there's not much in this bottle I might find I like it well enough to spring for a full-sized bottle in the future.

about 7 hours ago
al b. darned in Home Cooking

Do you use garlic powder?

Unlike many CH'ers, I have no qualms about using garlic powder. No, it doesn't taste the same as fresh, but it's usually good enough for the pedestrian swill that I cook most of the time.

Unlike others here though, my garlic powder is homemade. A friend of mine provides me with large quantities of garlic about this time every year. I don't have anyplace that would act as a good root cellar and in past years much of it went bad before I got a chance to use it. So now I thinly slice the garlic and dehydrate it. When I run out of garlic powder I take a take a handful or two of the chips, grind them up in my old weed wacker coffee grinder, and put the resulting powder in a spice jar with a shaker top. The results, as they say in the old country, "Ain't half bad."

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

We may consider ourselves foodies, but even we can't, "Have our cake and eat it too."

Police raid home of Subway pitchman Jared Fogle

Right from the beginning, I always thought there was something "creepy" about Jared. I couldn't put my finger on quite what it was, but it was enough to make me vow to never eat at a Subway as long as he was a spokesman. This boycott extended to DW as well.

I'm no fast food snob, and now that Subway has banished Jared I guess I can end my boycott.

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Are you absolutely certain the saying isn't "Simple as pi?" '-)
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Actually it turns out the phrase is, "*Easy* as pie."

Who knew you could find the answer to most everything on the Internet?

http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/e...

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Thanks for all the great input! I've had a great time reading these and saying to myself, "Oh, yeah, I forgot about that one!"

But as I perused the entries I've noticed nobody said, "As simple as pie."

When I heard this as a child I always thought, "What do they mean simple as pie? Pie isn't simple to make." I had watched my mother make pies for holidays and other special occasions and seemed like quite a bit of work.

Fast-forward a decade or so and I'm now in the Navy. I'm sitting in an an electrical theory class and the instructor is teaching the basic electrical formulas for finding power, voltage, and amperage. More than once in the course of the class he would say, "Remember, gentlemen, (this was in the days before women were allowed aboard ships) electricity is as simple as pie." Well, it took me a while to figure it out, but when I finally had that "DUH!" moment I realized he was right. Power (P) = current(I)*voltage (E). Simple as P = IE.

DW spent 2 1/2 years as an electrical engineering student in college before switching majors. I mentioned the above to her and was surprised when she not only said she had never heard of that before, but didn't understand it until I 'splained her.

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"To Be Is To Do" Aristotle

"To Do Is To Be" Descartes

"Do Be Do Be Do" Sinatra

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...we have lots of ass-centric expressions...
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While I had to wait until my tour in Uncle Sam's Canoe club to hear many "ass-centric expressions" it didn't take long to catch up. One of the most profound, however, is one I still use today: "Don't let your alligator mouth overload your hummingbird ass."

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In our house, the children were starving in China. I wasn't sure how cleaning my plate would help the starving children in China, but I cleaned my plate just to be sure. I and what those starving children on my conscience!

Didn't need it but I bought it

For the first installment, I'll talk about espresso machines.

First there was the Krups machine that cost about $75 and you filled water, screwed on the cap, and turned it on. You simply relied on the pressure of the steam to prepare half-assed cup of espresso. I probably used it three or four times a year.

Then I thought that if I bought a "real" espresso machine, meaning one with a pump, I would surely use it more often. So I went to www.wholelattelove.com and spent almost $300 for a Gaggia Gaggia espresso machine. I even talked Santa into buying me a fancy tamper and a knock box. That machine got used quite a bit… at first. But we don't have enough counter space to leave it out all the time so it would get used, cleaned up, and put back on the bottom shelf next to the refrigerator. It was a bit heavy, so DW thought, "If we put it on the counter will use it more." While that didn't happen either, and it finally disappeared. I don't know if she gave it away, donated to Goodwill, or simply tossed it, but at least it's gone.

Then two years ago, DW comes home with a big box. "Don't come into the kitchen until I tell you that you can." When the All Clear was sounded, I went into the kitchen to find on the counter, taking up twice as much space as the Gaggia did, a shiny new Keurig Rivo machine. This machine only takes one of four flavors of Rivo capsules and came with a bunch a little sample bottles of flavors you could add to the finished product. In the time that it has been taking up counter space, that machine has been used exactly twice.

Aug 19, 2015
al b. darned in Cookware
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Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

Anyone else ever get threatened with, "I'll hit you so hard I'll knock you into the middle of next week"?

Didn't need it but I bought it

From an old Monty Python sketch:

"Morning Mrs Gorilla.
Morning Mrs Non-Gorilla.
Have you been shopping?
"No ... been shopping.
Did you buy anything?
A piston engine!
(She reveals a six-cylinder car engine on a white tray, on a trolley.)
What d'you buy that for?
Oooh! It was a bargain."

Beta-testing a new post in Site Feedback using tags

I agree with both the OP and her added comment. Having to include a tag just to be able to post is totally asinine. I don't give a rats a$$ about tags.

So far I haven't seen anything on the new and improved site that either new or improved.in typical Microsoft fashion, requiring more steps to accomplish the same thing while taking up more of the screen with HUGE text and big squares with nothing in them.

If I had a vote, I would say ditch the whole thing and just tweak what you've got here. It seems to work just fine.

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I had a supervisor who used a variant of that all the time.

When I was in the Navy I had a Chief tell me, "I don't worry about things, and here's why: Either I can do something about it, or I can't. If I can do something about it, I don't worry about it and I just do it. If I can't do anything about it I don't worry about because there is nothing I can do anyways."

These two "philosophies" changed the way I deal with a lot of things and consequently mellowed me out a bit.

Aug 18, 2015
al b. darned in Not About Food

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

"Would you kids be quiet! I'm on long distance!"

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My youngest sister's version of that was, "If wishes were horses, then Vickie would ride."

She still owns horses to this day.

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:you can catch more flies with honey"
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"… then you can with vinegar"

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The greatest thing since sliced bread!
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or similarly, "The best thing since canned beer."

Aug 17, 2015
al b. darned in Not About Food

1950s Atrocities

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And actually try *tasting* before you chuckle in modern enlightenment.
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Good advice! The reason they were "popular" was that oftentimes, despite what we snobishly consider disgusting ingredients, actually tasted pretty good.

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Do you think the rain will hurt the rhubarb? Not if it comes in cans.
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The rain or the rhubarb?

Aug 17, 2015
al b. darned in Not About Food

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I must say that al b. darned is exactly the right person to post this!
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LOL!!!

Aug 17, 2015
al b. darned in Not About Food

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

I use this one all the time!

While growing up, one of the DJs on our local radio station used to say that when he signed off every day. "I'll be back tomorrow, if the Good Lord's willing and the creek don't rise."

I don't believe he meant the Creek Indians, but rather, "If the creek don't rise and flood us all out." or possibly, "… and wash us all away." That's what I mean by, "… if the creek don't rise."

Settler's Pepper

Thanks for that link.

Do you know where one could actually buy some of it?

Aug 17, 2015
al b. darned in General Topics

1950s Atrocities

My mother has gotten a lot better at cooking vegetables over the years, but MIL still boils hers to death.

Aug 17, 2015
al b. darned in Home Cooking

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

When I was growing up, when I'd get caught trying to "put one over" on my mother she would often point out that she, "didn't just arrive on the last load of cabbage" or that she, "wasn't born yesterday."

Also, when describing someone's intelligence, or lack thereof, she would liken them to, "The part of the chicken that goes under the fence last."

I'm not sure if people, "Beat around the bush" anymore, but they sure did in the 60s.

And somebody or something that had expired was, "Dead is a doornail."

I seldom hear these phrases anymore.

So, what (clean) phrases that used to be common in your surroundings seem to have been forgotten by succeeding generations?

Where do you buy your nuts from?

Add my vote for Nuts.com as well!

I, too, buy from them all the time and have yet to be disappointed.

If you order by 3 PM Eastern time they ship the same day, and where I live FedEx will deliver to me by 8:30 or 9 the next morning.

The couple of times I've talked to Customer Service they been friendly and knowledgeable.

BTW - The chocolate covered sunflower seeds are absolutely awesome. Make sure you buy two bags, that way you won't have to share one. This

1950s Atrocities

I'll be the first to admit that I am spoiled by year-round availability of fresh produce, or even frozen veggies, so I don't ever want to go back to an era with the only fruits or vegetables you got "out of season" were from a can.

Add to that, the fact that all the housewives of that era were trained in home ec classes in school to boil the bejeepers out of vegetables so they were limp, mushy, and had virtually no flavor. And green vegetables always came out a very unappetizing grayish green color. It's no wonder that a lot of children from that era, including DW, grew up disliking vegetables.

Of course the canned fruit always came in that heavy syrup that was mostly sugar.

If I were to attend a gathering like the OP link to, I think I might just bring a big steaming bowl of canned peas (not Paula Dean style) or canned asparagus. I bet I would bring most of it home at the end.

Aug 13, 2015
al b. darned in Home Cooking

Most non-toxic cookware: Unglazed clay pan or 100% titanium coated pan?

Thanks for the update, Drew. Glad to see you found something (sort of) reasonably priced that meets your needs.

And they all lived happily ever after.

Aug 13, 2015
al b. darned in Cookware

Southern VT report

Thanks, Joanie. Kinda like a trip down Memory Lane.

Been to the Pot Belly Pub many a time in my youth, and I worked at the Country Girl Diner for a spell as a dishwasher and all-around grunt after flunking out of college the first time.

The Country Girl has been there forever and was owned by Dolly Moore when I worked there. At that time all the pies and cakes were made by Dolly's mother-in-law, Avis, who had to have been in her 70s at that point. She made some of the best carrot cake I've ever had.

Do they still have a huge coffee urn right next to the door leading out to the kitchen?