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Mild Sauce - Only in Chicago?

Apparently this is something that we northsiders have been missing out on. What else is exclusive to the Sout-side? Or the Westside? Or that that Northside has that I take for granted that doesn't show up in other parts of town?

Dec 14, 2014
chicgail in Chicago Area

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #7 – 12/03/14 (spoilers)

Gregory has been very effective at staying under the radar when the odds are against him. He did it when he was partnered with Aaron and Katsuji on an earlier episode. It seems to be a good strategy for him. Cook well, keep you head down, and survive.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #7 – 12/03/14 (spoilers)

My personal special thanks to you, Linda, for all you did. Makes me feel connected. Just moved to a new place and we don't have cable (or internet access) at all yet.

[UPDATE] Vote for Your Worst Food Trends for "Best (or in this case, worst) of 2014"

And bloody quinoa.

I hate Cook’s Illustrated: The soul-crushing wonkiness of the world’s worst cookbook

<<Does this kind of whining actually sell well, on line or in print?>>

Of course it does. Did ya ever read any Chowhound threads?

I hate Cook’s Illustrated: The soul-crushing wonkiness of the world’s worst cookbook

I used to subscribe. I'd read and collect them, but they mostly just gathered dust and I rarely used their techniques. I suspect that that's what many people do. So I got rid of them.

Nov 25, 2014
chicgail in Food Media & News
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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #6 – 11/19/14 (spoilers)

I was struck by the difference in their heights as they stood together. At first I thought Tiffany was really short, but I've met her. She's a pretty normal size, maybe 5'5". How tall is Padma?

Nov 23, 2014
chicgail in Food Media & News

Looking for MiLem

https://www.ugbrands.com/sweetened-le...

Maybe you can find people to split a case ... ?

Nov 20, 2014
chicgail in Chicago Area

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #6 – 11/19/14 (spoilers)

It was embarrassing that they had to go through all that.

I sort of liked imagining that some PAs got stuck with the job of opening hundreds of little one-pound bags of cranberries into the bog for the contestants to "harvest." Probably not what happened but I like the mental picture.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #6 – 11/19/14 (spoilers)

I have a problem suspending my disbelief that anyone was doing a very good job of pretending that the show was shot anywhere close to Thanksgiving especially given the hot weather. And everyone used ramps! Around here, those are available only in early spring - like March or April. Seasons were all mixed up. Anyone remember when it was actually shot?

I totally forgot about Aaron, but the dynamics between people seemed much more congenial.

Finally, I was struck by how consistently positive the judges and guests were about nearly everything they were served. I found myself wondering how they were going to find a bottom-three. That being said, it was pretty obvious that they were not about to eliminate Gregory or Melissa over Stacy (it would have been rather shocking if it had gone any other way). And again there was the question of how much of the judging is based ONLY on the last dish served, as opposed to a cheftestant's ongoing performance.

Study: Milk may not be very good for bones or the body: British Medical Journal

Not much new here, but it is pretty visible coverage of the same study, plus one from JAMA.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/18/ups...

Nov 18, 2014
chicgail in Food Media & News

The psychology of distrusting GMOs.

The anti-vaccine crowd is not only ignoring the science and putting their own children at risk. They are putting my beautiful granddaughter at risk. Her immune system sloughs off antibodies and her resistance to MMR is remains minimal. She is also asthmatic and her exposure to the sick children of people who should know better could cost her life.

Do certain menu items put you off going to a restaurant?

I think the thing that most puts me off is a menu with six or eight chicken dishes - all of which are variations of chicken breast with little to no imagination or interest.

Like Forrest Gump:
Chicken Veronica
Chicken Parmesan
Chicken Veracruz
Chicken Milano
Honey Mustard Chicken
Chicken Florentine
Chicken Vesuvio
Chicken Piccata
Chicken with mushrooms
Chicken with lemon sauce and capers
Chicken with creme sauce
Greek Chicken

You get the idea.

Nov 14, 2014
chicgail in General Topics

Do certain menu items put you off going to a restaurant?

I'm not the one who said I would avoid a restaurant that served foam - and it doesn't portend a good meal or a smart restaurant to me. I would certainly avoid that menu item.

Nov 14, 2014
chicgail in General Topics

9 year old girl's birthday party

I remember a disastrous birthday party in grade school (not mine). The girl's mother wanted to do something special so the theme was hobos and she served beef stew served in cans. I know she must have worked hard on it, but little kids have expectations and beef stew in a can did not fit our pictures.

I hate to throw cold water on this, but f pizza is the expected standard, I wouldn't deviate too much. Maybe make-your-own pizzas would be ok. Or if there is something the girls all like together - a TV character; a color; a local joint where you could get hot dogs and fries.

Nov 14, 2014
chicgail in Home Cooking
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Do certain menu items put you off going to a restaurant?

For some of us that "tasty foam" looks a lot like a lugie.

Nov 14, 2014
chicgail in General Topics

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #5 – 11/12/14 (spoilers)

I anticipated a problem the minute she said buying a good cut of meat was too expensive and she was going to make meatballs instead. Why not a less costly cut of beef? Tenderloin is great, but flank or skirt, cooked well and sliced properly can be very tasty. Why meatballs?

Nov 14, 2014
chicgail in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #5 – 11/12/14 (spoilers)

You go, Hugh. My hero.

Is your favorite restaurant at risk of CLOSING its doors?

I'm assuming, coney, that your post was intended to be ironic.

Nov 13, 2014
chicgail in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #5 – 11/12/14 (spoilers)

I am no particular fan of Aaron and his behavior, however, I have to admit it - he did make for some interesting TV. And he really did muster up his positive side when he said his goodbyes. Except, of course, where he had to include that (poor him!) he didn't go to culinary school. I suspect he's got some talent and it's too bad he keeps shooting himself in the foot with all that anger.

I guess now we all can settle down and watch some good cooking.

Nov 13, 2014
chicgail in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #4 – 11/05/14 (spoilers)

In some perverse way it doesn't matter if she really has Celiac or not. Chefs face restrictions and requests like those all the time.

Nov 12, 2014
chicgail in Food Media & News

Microwave - Danger?

One more thing to be afraid of.

Or maybe just one more thing that can be sensationalized for viewer/readership.

Nov 11, 2014
chicgail in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #4 – 11/05/14 (spoilers)

There is a lot of confusion of what gluten means and how (or if!) people are affected by it. The vast majority of the people who choose to eat gluten-free do not have celiac disease.

Nov 11, 2014
chicgail in Food Media & News

Kitchen Inferno - huh?

If we don't watch it, it will go away.

Monsanto Commercial on Food Network?

The purpose of television, including the Food Network is not entertainment or education or information or enlightenment or a better society. The purpose of television is to make money. They do that by having programming that a lot of people watch so they can run commercials to all those people that companies pay a lot of money for. And it looks like Monsanto is one of those.

Nov 11, 2014
chicgail in Food Media & News

SF Hounds Visit

Oh Gonzo! You make my heart sing. No cookie-cutter one-size-fits-all suggestions where you are. I so agree with everything you suggested. One day we have to go out to eat together and just compare notes.

I would add a couple of suggestions near the Violet Hour: Hot Chocolate on Damen for dessert, but I also always enjoy their savory entrees as well - and Cumin on Milwaukee for very good Indian/Nepalese food. On the more casual side, there are three upscale Mexican joints worth trying: Big Star right across the street from Violet Hour, Antique Taco and Rick Bayless's new Xoco outlet, both on Milwaukee.

Nov 11, 2014
chicgail in Chicago Area

Do guests' "do not eat lists" get you down?

I have no problem designing a menu for people who have real allergies. I have relatives whose throats would close up if they had dairy or peanuts and have walked around with epi-pens for a good reason.

It's the ones who believe that their decision to eat raw or gluten-free (and don't have celiac) or paleo or any one of a dozen other trendy diets should be catered to by everyone. It winds up being difficult for not just the host, but the other guests and you know that in 3 months, they're going to be following some different dietary regimen.

Study: Milk may not be very good for bones or the body: British Medical Journal

I think what's become obvious here is the power and influence trendy pseudoscience has on public opinion. Real science, while not always perfectly accurate, tends to be pretty boring compared to the strongly held beliefs of people who think something must be true, find a good audience, and make their "scientific discovery" easy to digest. Anyone can do it.

http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/...

And then social media does a brilliant job of spreading the word. Mainstream media doesn't help, either, when it "reports" on the findings of any new study and because of limited airtime or space, reduces it down to its simplest and most sensational nugget.

If you write it they will come.

No wonder everyone is confused and the common knowledge of what is healthy and what isn't changes daily.

Nov 09, 2014
chicgail in Food Media & News
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Food Health Fads Vs Science

Wait. What happened to Sam?

Nov 08, 2014
chicgail in General Topics

Food Health Fads Vs Science

"they are better off if they eat an egg and cheese (protein and fat) for breakfast instead of the Yoplait and banana(sugar and additives)."

Wait until the anti-dairy folks get their hands into that. You are offering cheese and yogurt in both choices. Their strongly held beliefs would highly challenge your strongly held beliefs.

Actually might be fun to watch the face-off.

Nov 07, 2014
chicgail in General Topics