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buying kitchen appliances!

I just bought a new house (new house) and it came with a newly-remodeled kitchen. All of the appliances (oven, microwave, dishwasher, frig) are Frigidaire and they are uniformly terrible. Stay away. In particular the Frigidaire dishwasher is POS.

Feb 25, 2014
taos in Cookware

Bought a Sharpening Stone. How Do I Use It?

Dumb questions ... I don't have Japanese knives (see my original post). Is the technique the same as shown in the video which is with Japanese knives?

Feb 25, 2014
taos in Cookware

Bought a Sharpening Stone. How Do I Use It?

The instructions that came with the stone do say to soak it in water for five minutes.

Feb 25, 2014
taos in Cookware

Bought a Sharpening Stone. How Do I Use It?

Just purchased a sharpening stone. I'm tired of paying to have someone sharpen my knives and I don't want an electric device to do it. Sharpening on a stone is also a skill I want to acquire.

Now I need instructions on how to use it. The person at the store said to watch YouTube videos. There are about a billion of these. Can any of the knife experts here recommend or provide some good instruction, video or otherwise?

The stone is:
Shun 300/1000
http://www.amazon.com/Shun-300-1000-Combination-Whetstone/dp/B0000Y7KLS

My main knives are:

Henckels Twin Four Star 8-inch Chef's Knife (my baby
) http://www.amazon.com/Zwillilng-J-A-Henckels-8-Inch-Stainless-Steel/dp/B00004RFKS

Generic Version of Victorinox Utility Knife
http://www.victorinox.com/us/product/Cutlery/Category/Paring-Utility-Knives/Nylon-Handle/4-Straight-Edge-Paring-Knife/6.7703US1

Kuhn Rikon Non-Stick Paring Knife
http://www.amazon.com/Kuhn-Rikon-4-Inch-Nonstick-Colori/dp/B0030XNLQ4

Plus a serrated utility knife and a cleaver that I inherited and is as dull as a baseball bat right now.

I'd also like to use the stone to sharpen my Swiss Army Knife (http://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-Swiss-Tinker-Pocket-Knife/dp/B00004YVB4) and Multi Tool (http://www.leatherman.com/10.html

)

Thank you in advance for your help.

Feb 25, 2014
taos in Cookware

Caterer Metro West?

I'm looking for a caterer for a memorial service reception in the Natick-Framingham-Dover area. The event will be in a church basement with estimated guests around 50.

Any suggestions?

Oct 17, 2013
taos in Greater Boston Area

Problems with cleaning a SS pan set

Using a stainless steel scrubber like the one in the picture will definitely scratch your pan. I'm not sure if surface scratches count as "messing up."

Sep 03, 2013
taos in Cookware

Problems with cleaning a SS pan set

There is a lot of misinformation out there about seasoning cookware. The YouTube video you found is another case of this with its notion that stainless steel can, or should, be seasoned.

To clean off the burned on oil, I suggest soaking the pan overnight with a thick paste of Bar Keeper's Friend and then take to it with a scrubbing pad like a green 3M pad.

Good luck.

Sep 03, 2013
taos in Cookware

Vintage tri-ply cookware - anyone recognize?

Farberware or Revere Ware would almost certainly have a maker's mark.

How do you know they are triply with the Al core going to the rim?

Jul 21, 2013
taos in Cookware

Rude guest?

Obviously this is rude.

I have been in both positions: as a host offering food that a guest refuses and as a guest confronted with food that I don't eat or like.

In the former case, I do my best to accommodate the guest and then never invite them again, unless it's to a pot luck. In the latter case, I suck it up and have a few bites or let the host serve it and discreetly avoid eating the offending item.

Jul 21, 2013
taos in Not About Food

Changing baby in the seating area and then dumping your coffee on the floor....

Sorry. That should have said RE: latindancer, not RE: schrutefarms.

May 15, 2013
taos in Not About Food

Changing baby in the seating area and then dumping your coffee on the floor....

All the people who claim wer're over-vigilant about germs should read this story from OregonLive.

May 15, 2013
taos in Not About Food

Changing baby in the seating area and then dumping your coffee on the floor....

You've posted 12 times in this thread, all on the topic of a baby's diaper being changed in the seating area of a coffee shop.

You seem pretty pumped up about it.

May 15, 2013
taos in Not About Food
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Changing baby in the seating area and then dumping your coffee on the floor....

Yes. I said table, but either table or chair are offensive.

And also, last I heard, baby poop and adult poop are pretty much the same thing.

As a civilized human being, I don't want either present in the area where I'm dining.

May 15, 2013
taos in Not About Food
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Over-the-top noisy diners...what to do?

Choices are limited.

1. Ask to be moved to a different table.
2. If that is not possible, leave.

May 15, 2013
taos in Not About Food

Changing baby in the seating area and then dumping your coffee on the floor....

The people you know are obviously very tolerant. I think most people don't expect to see a diaper changed on a Starbucks table.

I don't want to see toileting and diapering mixed with food preparation or food eating, anywhere, at anytime, whether it's Mexico or Denver, at a nice restaurant, a cheap dive, a coffee shop, or someone's home. I believe most people share this view. It's kind of a basic animal instinct .... you don't shit where you eat.

May 14, 2013
taos in Not About Food
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The Single Most Overrated Dish

1. Soft shell crabs. I love lobster, so I'm not opposed to seafood that requires labor, but these crabs seem like a lot of work for hardly any food.

2. Cake.

May 14, 2013
taos in General Topics

I have a food crush on this international city:________

Paris. Always, Paris.

May 14, 2013
taos in General Topics

I'm an idiot-bad judgment in the kitchen

When I was in college I decided that it was OK to make popcorn by putting a handful of unpopped corn in a drinking glass and then putting the entire thing in the microwave.

If the burning smell wasn't enough of a hint that this was not a good idea, the exploding hot glass that resulted when I opened the door to try to remove it probably was.

May 14, 2013
taos in General Topics

Ramps 2013

Yes. Ramps are wild and they are in danger of being picked to extinction in some areas.

May 07, 2013
taos in Greater Boston Area

Supplements at Per Se

You should probably call the restaurant and ask these questions directly.

May 07, 2013
taos in Manhattan

Sadly, I'll probably never eat it again...

Steve's still exists. It's now called Herrell's -- Steve's last name. It's a long story why he gave up Steve's and then started up again. You can read about it in the Wikipedia link.

http://www.herrells.com/
click on Locations for stores

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

May 06, 2013
taos in General Topics

How do you nicely tell a server that they have severely bad breath?

It's true that lots of things, including smelly servers, hurt the owner's bottom line. This does not mean it is appropriate to tell the owner your opinion of every single thing that you think is hurting his business.

Mar 06, 2013
taos in Not About Food

How do you nicely tell a server that they have severely bad breath?

Don't say anything. It's always your option to leave.

Mar 06, 2013
taos in Not About Food

Is thus a hygiene issue or am I just being fussy?

You may not eat directly off the counter, but very often your silverware and napkin are directly on the counter and you put those in your mouth. Not to mention your hands and the hands of the servers.

But, as I mentioned above, it's not just about bacteria on the soles of shoes. Shoes have all kinds of grit and grime on their soles that are not intended for human consumption -- grease, road tar, road salt, gasoline, etc.

Yes, humans may be exposed to, and resilient to, a lot more bacteria when we think. This is not an excuse for never washing hands, not washing the outside of vegetables and walking on countertops.

Mar 04, 2013
taos in Not About Food

Is thus a hygiene issue or am I just being fussy?

I don't know what state you live in. The State of Connecticut Food Service Inspection Guidelines are available online at http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/environ...

Standing on a counter and not cleaning it right away is a violation. See rule 27a.

Mar 04, 2013
taos in Not About Food

Is thus a hygiene issue or am I just being fussy?

It's not just bacteria and germs that are on the soles of shoes. Would you lick the bottom of someone's shoes?

Mar 04, 2013
taos in Not About Food

Is thus a hygiene issue or am I just being fussy?

You may not eat the citrus rind, but if you're like a lot of people, you've had a drink with a slice or wedge of lime and lemon in it. Where has the lemon or lime been? And was the outside of it washed before it made it into your drink? Probably not.

Mar 04, 2013
taos in Not About Food

Is thus a hygiene issue or am I just being fussy?

The baby in diapers on food surfaces is a huge pet peeve of mine.

It's one reason why I NEVER use the little front section of grocery carts. They are mostly used to sit small children in diapers and sometimes women's purses (that also commonly spend time on public restroom floors). Then people pick up the cart and put food in it. That's completely disgusting.

It does not matter if the kid has clothes over the diaper. Any parent can tell you that the things leak all the time.

I was in the store today and a guy rolled up next to me with a three-year old in the big part of the cart. It's snowy here so the kid got his muddy feet all over the cart.

Mar 04, 2013
taos in Not About Food

My next knife will be ....

nothing here

Mar 04, 2013
taos in Cookware

No! More! Plastic!

The point is not whether there are more dangerous chemicals in our daily lives. Of course there are.

The point is that daily household use of plastic is something that can be reduced thus reducing use of disposable, poorly made products (my biggest reason for not using plastic).

The other chemicals, many more dangerous, are harder, if not impossible for me to avoid. It's not like I can stop breathing the polluted air. But I can stop using plastic products that contribute to that air pollution when they are manufacturered, transported and even recycled.

Mar 04, 2013
taos in Cookware