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Any fix for sour crab corn soup? Baking soda?

I hate throwing away food as much as the next person and do what I can to avoid it, but JTPhilly summed up exactly what I was thinking

about 18 hours ago
cgarner in General Topics

Should spaghetti sauce be heated to taste good?

I found this on Pinterest and though WOW, it's almost EXACTLY what is posted on CH

anyways... there are ways to "cook" veggies without using much heat, to make them more of the texture of a cooked pasta, but I would think that it would run amok with that sauce

I'd prefer something lighter, like a salsa crudo or salsa fresca

vitamix and straining would give the 'right' texture and the flavor would be fresher (than that looks anyway)

about 18 hours ago
cgarner in General Topics

Where to find an inspired slice of pie?

well, it's out in the burbs (bucks county)
Last year we got a peach pie that made my eyes roll back in my head

the problem is... it was from one of the orchards, I don't think they USUALLY carry pies and I can't remember if it was

Solebury Orchards
http://soleburyorchards.com/market.html

or my FAVORITE place ever for peaches (but has limited hours

)

http://www.manoffmarketgardens.com/02...

about 20 hours ago
cgarner in Philadelphia

Attention Chefs: Can we all agree that bacon is over?

Really? no bacon on a burger?
Not even this one?
The Burger: Take the standard 8 oz. Village Burger, slather it with maple bourbon-glazed cipollini, melt Rogue bleu cheese all over it, give it an applewood-smoked bacon coat of arms and top it with a foie gras crown, and you have the Whiskey King

1 day ago
cgarner in General Topics

The best thing your school cafeteria served

We had whoopie pies in high school... sometimes I'd skip lunch and have a whoopie pie and chocolate milk instead (the filling was RIDICULOUSLY sweet, it was almost exclusively for the sugar high)

I also used to think of the "spaghetti" as a different dish than the pasta or macaroni that we'd have at home... In elementary school, one of my friends showed me how to put the spaghetti with meat sauce on buttered white Wonder Bread and make a spaghetti sandwich
(THAT was my favorite school cafeteria dish!)

2 days ago
cgarner in General Topics

For Fun: Favorite bad versions of dishes?

I don't know if there is a "good" version of this, but I love tater tot breakfast casserole!

sausage, eggs, cheese, tatertots! Yum!

2 days ago
cgarner in General Topics

For Fun: Favorite bad versions of dishes?

this is on my list of "never had" items that are common place

I made my own once because my hubby was nostalgic for HH Beef stroganoff... he said it just wasn't the same

2 days ago
cgarner in General Topics

Attention Chefs: Can we all agree that bacon is over?

Okay, so while the bacon explosion is not really my cuppa tea and on the extreme end of the bacon spectrum... I will say that I have enjoyed some of the other varied uses for bacon.
a coworker of mine made the maple-candied bacon once, it was really GOOD!
I've had chocolate covered bacon on the Boardwalk in Wildwood, NJ (Where I believe it was invented) and I thought... meh
but your #1 and #2 pictures look really tasty to me

Instead of bacon being "over" can we agree that maybe there should just be a more judicious application of the use of bacon
(and can we agree that we should stop calling it "meat candy"?)

2 days ago
cgarner in General Topics
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‘Food is Meant to Nourish, Not Entertain’

I used to have a friend that would take me to his cafe' when it was in Manayunk, PA (outside of Philadelphia) back in the early 90's. We would get our carrot/beet/ginger juice fix on. they had a little counter and lots of books and magazines... which I don't recall ever bothering to look through.
When he opened a store in my town, I was pleasantly surprised. Until I went in.

Did you ever have that feeling like you just walked into a party uninvited? Yeah... I got my daughter her 'banana ice cream' and we left.

That was 2007 (I think?) and the store/cafe is still there

2 days ago
cgarner in Food Media & News

‘Food is Meant to Nourish, Not Entertain’

it's funny that you use the word evangelism, I was thinking the same thing

Jul 24, 2014
cgarner in Food Media & News

‘Food is Meant to Nourish, Not Entertain’

It's kind of a depressing statement to me
it conveys the thought that you can't enjoy healthy food
(remove the whole vegan/raw zeal that the author has)

Jul 24, 2014
cgarner in Food Media & News
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‘Food is Meant to Nourish, Not Entertain’

This was the title of an article written by a raw/vegan health food store owner in my local town
http://fruit-powered.com/food-is-mean...

while the gist of the article kind of goes off from that tangent exactly, It got me thinking...

can't food Nourish AND entertain?

Jul 24, 2014
cgarner in Food Media & News

Molly Maguire's Lansdale, owners filing bankruptcy

they were open Thursday last week, a friend of mine went (and promptly left after being seated and waiting twenty minutes without even a drink order placed)
it's no wonder!

Jul 22, 2014
cgarner in Philadelphia

Molly Maguire's Lansdale, owners filing bankruptcy

http://thealternativepress.com/towns/...

I don't think there's been a Molly's post here in a while

The food went downhill along with the service and (no big surprise) it's been pretty empty there for a while

Our last experience was repeated over and over by many of my friends who LOVE the atmosphere, but couldn't tolerate the slow and borderline rude service, coupled with mediocre food.

My daughter got the fish and chips, the fish was slimy and smelled funny, totally greasy, literally inedible. Our waitress abandoned us, she wasn't even the one to deliver the food.
I got up and went over to another waitress to ask for assistance with the bad fish and by the time anyone else came to the table, I was just so "done" with the whole situation

I shared my meal with my daughter while we were waiting (a reuben which was soggy and barely warm in the middle

)

the fish was never taken off the check and I wasn't about to argue, we just wanted OUT!

I don't know what to think about the bankruptcy filing. it's a beautiful building and I really felt that Lansdale needed something "like this" but you can't have this type of a business and survive with bad food and bad service.

Jul 22, 2014
cgarner in Philadelphia

Mainland Inn

I'm in!
Whenever the date is set... I'm there!

Jul 09, 2014
cgarner in Philadelphia

Fresh burrata in western suburbs?

DiBruno makes their own burrata and they have a spot at the Ardmore Farmers' Market in Suburban Square

Jul 08, 2014
cgarner in Philadelphia

Pholicous in the Plaza @ KOP

http://www.pholiciousinc.com/

so, apparently this is a chain... I tried the one in the food court in Montgomery Mall and was SEVERELY disappointed
I work in KOP and a coworker (who loves good food as much as I do) came back with the menu from the store in KOP
Naturally, I was skeptical but I was having a hankering (in nearly 100* heat, go figure) I knew hubby would NOT be in for a trip to one of our usual spots
Close to home, I am happy with the Pho at Pho and more and Saigon2. I am by no means a Pho expert... I like the beef deluxe pho and Pho and more gives me more of the tendon that I love so much, but the tripe has a better texture at Saigon2... the broths at both are a little different but I think both are tasty
anyway... I have to say I'm pleasantly surprise
the broth at Pholcious in KOP is good
I went for the choice that had 'everything' in it
meatball, fish ball, eyeround and shrimp
the fishballs were tasty and a little sweet
the meatballs were a little on the bland side, but had a nice texture
the eyeround is cooked to tender, (they do not throw the raw beef into the soup, or put it on the side for you to add on your own) however it had a nice beefy flavor
the shrimp was a bit disappointing. tastes and looks like frozen/cooked shrimp
They did pack a little baggie with beansprouts, a wedge of lime and a few jalapeno slices (would have LOVED some basil, mint or cilantro to go with that

)

Since I was sharing, I also got the summer roll
not the BEST summer roll I've ever had but still very fresh, tasty, the herbs and lettuces were bright green the peanut dipping sauce is very good.
somehow the shrimp on the summer roll had a much better flavor and texture than the shrimp in the soup.
Rounding out the meal, a perfectly average Vietnamese Iced Coffee
Not bad, not great... nothing I would rush back for especially

overall impression
bright, clean, friendly staff

since KOP is a Pho Desert, I can say that if I get another hankerin' for Pho while at work, I'll be back

Jul 08, 2014
cgarner in Philadelphia

Anyone been to Maple Acres this summer?

how are the tomatoes and is the corn in?
(Thinking of buying a bushel of tomatoes for canning)

Jul 08, 2014
cgarner in Philadelphia

Cheap Foods that Become Popular

http://sqirlla.com/
this place and they just had a write up in Bon Appetit Magazine
http://www.bonappetit.com/tag/sqirl-r...

(ugh, waiting in line for a $7 slice of toast with jam... really?)

Jul 08, 2014
cgarner in General Topics

Leave the gun, take the cannoli...

Jul 07, 2014
cgarner in Food Media & News
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Help! Great Resto in 'burbs

really? wow! It's been just over a year since I've had dinner there, the lamb was tender, perfectly cooked succulent the chicken liver pate for appetizer was excellent... (it's my favorite)
creme brulee, perfect cup of coffee

Jul 03, 2014
cgarner in Philadelphia

live crabs

Probably close to it
http://anastasiseafood.com/crabs.html

the #1's and #2's are at "market price" so goodness only knows what they're selling as a bushel

Jul 03, 2014
cgarner in Philadelphia

I'm so over...

Black Gold
Texas Tea
well the first thing you know old Jed's a millionaire
(sorry!)

Jul 03, 2014
cgarner in General Topics

live crabs

One Year Later... Resurrecting an old conversation

Anastasi 9th an Washington (any good?)
$35 for a bushel of cooked crabs

anything closer to the Montgomery/Bucks burbs that is comparable in price?
(I'm hankering for a crab pickin' session... anyone else?)

Jul 03, 2014
cgarner in Philadelphia

I'm so over...

I thought Southerners pronounced it "awl"
??

Jul 03, 2014
cgarner in General Topics
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I'm so over...

+1 c oliver~ (p.s. love my tripe, love my lengua!)

Jul 03, 2014
cgarner in General Topics
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Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

the flavors are "new" to our local Costco this year
zesty pomegranate (which is the lemon/pomegranate)
passionate mango (mango/orange/passion in an orange shell)
coconut and pineapple seem to be the same

Jul 03, 2014
cgarner in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

Island Way Sorbets in Natural Fruit Shells

AWESOME! the flavors are bright, they're not too sweet and the coconut is heavenly!

There are two varieties
the one we had, included a pomegranate/lemon which was my favorite
the pineapple was a close second

all served in half 'shells' of the natural fruit!
Love it!

Jul 03, 2014
cgarner in Chains

Leave the gun, take the cannoli...

My last one (for now_
Meet Joe Black
- Yes, what is it?
- Cold lamb sandwich with cilantro. A little Coleman's mustard.

It's, uh, splendid.

Glad you like it.

My wife turned me on to cold lamb sandwiches.

- Joan... was my wife.

- Mm-hmm.

Yeah. Cold lamb sandwiches.

Not as chewy as roast beef,

not as boring as chicken.

She knew stuff like that.

Jul 02, 2014
cgarner in Food Media & News

Why do people like sea urchin?

Okay, you've convinced ME to give it another try
(every flavor and texture you describe is something which I adore!)

Jul 02, 2014
cgarner in General Topics