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Euell Gibbons

Take a look at my avatar. All foraged on Long Island, one day in September, 2012. All delicious. I'm still here....

Apr 08, 2014
phofiend in General Topics

Misleading Names of Certain Preparations

;-). Aw, I'm not THAT old.

Mar 30, 2014
phofiend in General Topics

Himalayan pink salt - this label can't be right, can it?

No, it doesn't make sense. In 1.5 gram (1500 mg) of pure sodium chloride, there are 585 mg of sodium. Chlorine makes up the other 915 mg. I'd guess that they are adding both sodium and chlorine together. Trace amounts of calcium, magnesium, and iron probably make up the other 21 mg.

Mar 30, 2014
phofiend in General Topics

Misleading Names of Certain Preparations

Not really. The first cited instance of Welsh rabbit is 1725. Rarebit came much later, in 1785, probably a corruption of rabbit. Granted, this is a Wiki article, but it says it better than I can:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welsh_ra...

Mar 30, 2014
phofiend in General Topics
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does cooking kill bacteria? [moved from Home Cooking]

Physician, heal thyself. Yet with all her "treatments", she was unable to cure herself, and died of multiple myeloma. Sadly, not before she convinced many other desperate people to forgo proven conventional therapies to try her quackery.

Mar 30, 2014
phofiend in General Topics

Misleading Names of Certain Preparations

Rocky Mountain oysters
Chicken oysters
Welsh rabbit
Sweetbreads
headcheese
Canadian bacon
Long Island iced tea

Mar 30, 2014
phofiend in General Topics
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How do you feel about people who season food that you have carefully prepared?

67 is old old? Wow.

Mar 23, 2014
phofiend in Not About Food
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Governor's Table Select pots- aluminium or stainless steel?

This?

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid...

If so, it's 18/8 stainless with an aluminum core disc base.

Why the concern over aluminum? Those theories have been debunked.

Mar 23, 2014
phofiend in Cookware

was this a social faux pas?

The OP says nothing about "eastern" European. He mentions that some guests were western European.

Mar 08, 2014
phofiend in Not About Food

question for european visitors... what surprised you the most about american restaurant culture

Ah, now that you mention it, I am seeing quite a lot of blue and goat cheeses on salads these last several years. But I believe it is a relatively recent trend, (less than 5 years?) and one that cannot end soon enough for me, as I loathe them both.

Mar 03, 2014
phofiend in Not About Food

question for european visitors... what surprised you the most about american restaurant culture

Huh? Except for Caesar or Greek salad, wherein the cheese is an integral part of the recipe, I don't think I've ever seen a salad with cheese on it.

Mar 03, 2014
phofiend in Not About Food

School me on Polish grocery stores

Oh, so many goodies: pork loin (polędwica), herring, duck pate (pasztet), and many types of ham. Also, you may like to expand your kielbasa repertoire. Try the fresh, unsmoked white kielbasa, and the snack sized kabanosy. If they have prepared foods, try the pickle soup or white barszcz. Grated beets with horseradish (Ćwikła), and if you are adventurous, jellied pigs knuckles (galareta).

Feb 11, 2014
phofiend in General Topics
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Pet Peeve: Servers Who Sneer at What You Want

If the restaurant is "authentically Italian" it should not call itself a bistro, which is a French word. As far as I know, the French have no problem with cheese on seafood.

Jan 29, 2014
phofiend in Features
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Are you an ingredient snob?

I don't know what an artificial frozen dairy product is. Do you mean Cool Whip? Is that an ingredient?

I'm with you on cake mixes. How hard is it to mix up a homemade cake? Mixes don't even save much time.

Jarred garlic has no place in my kitchen.

Jan 16, 2014
phofiend in General Topics

Let's talk about Head Cheese.

My father made the best I've ever had, but a good commercial brand is Karl Ehmer's suelze. A bit more piquant than most:

http://www.karlehmer.com/suelze-p-361.html

If you're ever on Long Island, check out the Forest Pork Store version. Almost as good as my father's:

http://www.forestporkstore.com/produc...

Jan 15, 2014
phofiend in General Topics
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ISO, Grilling Basket for Whole Chicken

I have this one and it works well, but it does not have a long handle. Rather, the basket rests on a frame. You lift up one side and slide the basket to the other end of the frame, then flip it over. Cleans up nicely in the dishwasher.

Jan 12, 2014
phofiend in Cookware

What is the name of that orange?!!

Minneola?

Jan 09, 2014
phofiend in General Topics

Do you think that a guy should always pay for Dinner on the 1st date?

Seems to me that you depend too much on what a man "allows" you to do.

Jan 03, 2014
phofiend in Not About Food
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Do you think that a guy should always pay for Dinner on the 1st date?

We all hear you loud and clear.

Jan 01, 2014
phofiend in Not About Food
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I didn't rinse the brine. Mistake?

Chicken will be fine. Drippings may be a bit salty. If you want gravy, add unsalted chicken broth or stock.

Jan 01, 2014
phofiend in Home Cooking
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Using Leeks Instead of Fennel in Cioppino

If LaurelQ does not like fennel, cumin and caraway are probably too similar in flavor to be a good substitute. I find all of them to taste distinctly of licorice. Napa cabbage would be a good textural sub.

Dec 23, 2013
phofiend in Home Cooking
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Where can I find plain yellow rice with no seasoning?

Great minds :-).

Dec 09, 2013
phofiend in General Topics

Where can I find plain yellow rice with no seasoning?

Sofrito

Dec 08, 2013
phofiend in General Topics

How Too Cook Everything.....Badly?

So funny. I call it "joyless cooking."

Nov 30, 2013
phofiend in Home Cooking

Pure enameled aluminium or enameled copper without nanotoxins

Ha ha. Perfect!

Nov 30, 2013
phofiend in Cookware

Freezing Pate?

Lovely!

Nov 19, 2013
phofiend in Home Cooking

Sweet tasting bacon grease?

I noticed the same thing a few weeks ago. Turns out, I bought maple flavored bacon by mistake. I didn't notice as I had used the cooked bacon in a pot of beans.

Nov 16, 2013
phofiend in Home Cooking
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Allergy etiquette question

Well done!

Nov 15, 2013
phofiend in Not About Food
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Dinner party- vegetarin, gluten free and picky eater?

Interesting. I've never seen that. Hobbert must be onto something. I'm in NY. Where are you located?

Nov 15, 2013
phofiend in General Topics

Dinner party- vegetarin, gluten free and picky eater?

When does a guest pre-order a wedding meal? Every wedding I've ever attended was either a buffet with an array of dishes, or guests chose their meal from a menu of 3 or 4 selections when they took their seats. There has always been a vegetarian (usually vegan) option.

Nov 15, 2013
phofiend in General Topics