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SPAM

What's the green stuff on the bottom of the sammach?

Aug 21, 2015
chicgail in General Topics

SPAM

Chop Span pretty fine. Mix gently (1x3) with lean ground beef. Form into patties. Make the best burgers you ever et.

Now, if you wanna go for broke, top with a slice of provolone cheese, a bit of onion jam and some special sauce you mix up out of catsup, mayo, worchester and maybe a touch of sirracha.

That being said, my friend in the food biz tells me if I ever saw what Spam was made of (scraps scraped up from the meat processing floor), I wouldn't touch the stuff. Needless to say I have no intention of seeing that. But caveat emptor.

Aug 18, 2015
chicgail in General Topics

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

thoughts:
Eddie may have won, but I betcha Jay gets the best show(s).

Not sure what the point of those pilots were as they had very little to do with any of the contestants cooking - and that seems to be the direction of FN: commercials in the form of shows that get the customer hungry to try some restaurant somewhere.

Hopefully this goes better than the last two Food Network Star "contests" that came out wtih big ole zeros albeit for different reasons.

Aug 17, 2015
chicgail in Food Media & News

Eating Right for Cancer Survival DVD

What people should avoid is magical thinking. Only in a culture of food abundance and substance abuse would people think their health problems are based on a common dietary staple since the beginning of time.

When did someone's - any one's - strong beliefs become more credible than the actual evidence provided by science?

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

The ads at the beginning are bad enough - now they throw them into the middle? Really?

I just put my computer on "mute" and flip to another page for the 30 seconds or so.

Jul 22, 2015
chicgail in Food Media & News

Sugar causes cancer!

When did opinion start passing as fact? Who cares what she thinks?

Sugar causes cancer!

Green Pea Guacamole Recipe

At least they're both green. That's the best and the most I can say about this combo.

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

You need a really sharp knife for that, but it was nifty.

And yeah, I had the same thought about Bobby Dean. Really?

Jul 01, 2015
chicgail in Food Media & News

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

Anyone want to place bets on whether hashtag will be back?

Jul 01, 2015
chicgail in Food Media & News

Pastas - Different quality?

I know for a fact that Barillo produced web-based commercials that addressed gay families. My 6-year old grandson was cast in one of them. I assumed that the one I posted was one of them. Perhaps not.

Jun 26, 2015
chicgail in General Topics

Pastas - Different quality?

They totally backed off and have made significant progress in inclusiveness.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politic...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBBJB...

Jun 24, 2015
chicgail in General Topics

Why am I such a bad baker?

Instead of worrying about a hypothetical failure, why not try it and see what happens?

Jun 21, 2015
chicgail in Home Cooking

Autre Monde $49/person tasting menu

Autre Monde is a gem. For those of us not in the Berwyn area, it's a shame it's so far away.

Jun 21, 2015
chicgail in Chicago Area

Chicago Food and Wine Festival

August 28-30.

http://www.chicagofoodandwinefestival...

Anyone planning to participate? It's costly, but no worse than, say, Lollapalooza.

Jun 17, 2015
chicgail in Chicago Area

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

If it helps, mosts scenes from most "reality" shows are edited and show at least a slightly different story from what happened. But I agree with your seventh sense.

Jun 16, 2015
chicgail in Food Media & News

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

How about a #bringhimback campaign?

Jun 16, 2015
chicgail in Food Media & News

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

That's because they have to win so they can show their children that if you try really, really hard you do anything.

Jun 16, 2015
chicgail in Food Media & News

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

Yeah, he's gone.

But dang he made for "good television." I'm almost surprised the producers allowed them to kick him off.

Jun 15, 2015
chicgail in Food Media & News

Sugar causes cancer!

I hate the trendoid food police. If you're not eating raw kale and chia and quinoa at every meal, if you have the audacity to include gluten or dairy or meat in your diet,you are simply NOT right and I reserve the right to look down my nose at you.

And next week or next year it will be an entirely new set of "rules" that the trendy will adhere to and the food industry will capitalize on.

Yawn.

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

So if I understand this: the hashtag retweeting and reposting trumps the actual food - which he doesn't even mention.

Need help with Avairy, RPM Steak, and Momotaro

Momotaro is one of the best restaurants I have ever eaten at. I do not envy you the task of choosing just a bite or two. The Momotaro tartar stands out and I wish I remembered everything we tried. The wait staff is superb as directing you . Take their recommendations.

Jun 09, 2015
chicgail in Chicago Area

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

Ok, I swore I wouldn't do it, but I watched the premiere of this really silly "reality" show - again.

Who is the incredibly annoying millennial social networking dude who can't shut up and looks like he can't understand why people don't get him as the most brilliant important thing to ever hit the planet? The website says his name is Matthew Grunwald from Arizona, but I would swear I have seen him somewhere before.

Ty Pennington in food network

I thought he was an annoying carpenter.

Jun 03, 2015
chicgail in Food Media & News

Odd flavors - i.e. Cilantro tastes like soap or some foods taste like mold.....(?)

There is a genetic factor for people who don't like the taste of cilantro (I am one of them). It has something to do with the way one's body processes a particular protein and it is real. It tastes soapy or a bit like metal. And no, I don't eat soap, but it has gotten in my mouth from time to time over the course of my life so I do know what soap tastes like.

I guess we all don't experience the same foods in exactly the same way. Makes life more interesting.

May 31, 2015
chicgail in General Topics

Noteworthy food near Chicago Botanic Gardens?

The Botanic Gardens, itself, has a lovely cafe for lunch or Sunday brunch. I recommend it.
http://www.chicagobotanic.org/cafe

May 28, 2015
chicgail in Chicago Area

Mrs. Alfred Hitchcock in the kitchen

<<Don't google "stripper of beef.">>

Of course I did. At least it wasn't Santorum.

Coming to a Wendy's Near You

Really? You think it's all about the individual? Doesn't s/he work hard enough? Do well enough?

I'm one of the lucky ones. I'm white, educated, with parents who gave me a boost. They had a little money. They lived in "good" neighborhoods. They sacrificed to educate me. They made sure I was taken care of. If they didn't have, I wouldn't have had a chance.

The system is rigged against the have-nots. You know it and I know it. No matter how hard a poor black woman works, she's not likely to get out of the cycle. And the men around her are going to be incarcerated for things that white men don't even get bothered about (loitering, smoking a joint, resisting arrest, etc.).

The system is broken. The haves get more. The have-nots get less. Occasionally someone poor, rural, urban, Black, Appalachian - whatever - will break out of the cycle. But it is the exception.

And the notion that everything is ok as long as I'm ok and my family is ok is nonsense. The world doesn't work unless it works for all ofus.

NYC Street Vendor Selling $30 Hot Dogs?

I don't know about his green card, but he sure does understand capitalism.

Wow, a Whole Year has gone by....

Apparently the network is preparing another "Next Food Network Star" season to begin in June, with auditions held last Fall. I wonder if they will learn from their missteps.

May 12, 2015
chicgail in Food Media & News