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Have you ordered spicy hot food and then complained about it being too hot?

This review makes me want to go to Spicy & Tasty. My wife and I both enjoy very spicy food. It's common for her to order "as hot as they can make it", while I enjoy the heat, I want it with good flavor too. That said, if we requested very hot, there is no way I would ever complain about the heat!

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May 22, 2015
Burghfeeder in General Topics

All Clad Factory Seconds Sale

I've gone to the factory sale for years now and it really is worth it! I'd highly recommend going in the afternoon (either day)instead of the morning. When they open the doors, it's very crowded but the crowds thin out around 2 in the afternoon and its easy to get around. I prefer to go in person as opposed to the online sale so I have the opportunity to inspect the pieces myself. Most items are in excellent condition, with maybe a small scratch on the bottom etc. My pans get scratched on the bottom as soon as I use them so I don't mind.

Like yourself, I have a pretty good collection so fighting the crowds is not desirable to me. If you can avoid that, you'll have a successful trip.

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May 22, 2015
Burghfeeder in Cookware

Is it necessary to marinade a top round steak?

I make top round fairly frequently and find that marinating really improves the dish. While a marinade adds flavor, it's just as important with top round to tenderize so make sure there is something acidic in the marinade.

A very simple and tasty marinade is simply 2 tablespoons of each: dry red wine, lemon juice, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce and yellow mustard. Mix and marinade at least 4 hours.

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May 22, 2015
Burghfeeder in Home Cooking

Williamsport Dining Recs

I've always struggled in Williamsport, and because of that I've been stopping at the Newberry Sub Shop. This is just a sandwich shop, but they make just about the best Sub Sandwich I've ever had. My "go to" is the meat combo.

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May 20, 2015
Burghfeeder in Pennsylvania

Two months in Pittsburgh! (cool-ass shirts, cocktails, coffee, doughnuts, and breweries)

Hard to disagree, although I prefer State College. My favorite in Williamsport are the hoagies. For some reason, they have tremendous sandwiches!!! My favorite place is the Newberry Sub Shop.

May 08, 2015
Burghfeeder in Pennsylvania

Two months in Pittsburgh! (cool-ass shirts, cocktails, coffee, doughnuts, and breweries)

I would consider changing your overnight from Williamsport to State College, which is a little more south. Otto's is really good and they also have Happy Valley Brewing and lots of fun bars.

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My daughter wants to eat dinner on Mt Washington

Thanks for the update, although I'm sorry to hear that your meal wasn't so good. I haven't been to Lemont for years, but even then recall the menu and food being mediocre. I guess thats why you couldn't get into the other places!

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Apr 27, 2015
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My daughter wants to eat dinner on Mt Washington

Monterey Bay is back open and although I haven't been back yet, I've heard good things.

http://montereybayfishgrotto.com/pitt...

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Apr 23, 2015
Burghfeeder in Pennsylvania

~ Is boiling water sufficient enough to kill anything harmful compared to water filters? ~

Boiling does not remove total dissolved solids which may or may not be harmful. It simply depends what is present in your water. Filters typically cannot remove them. A reverse osmosis system is the most efficient way to totally remove everything, including total dissolved solids, although it is difficult to process large volumes of water thru a reverse osmosis system.

Apr 04, 2015
Burghfeeder in General Topics

Favorite Topping for a Triscuit?

A good crab dip. My favorite for a Triscuit!

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
2 (6 ounce) cans crabmeat
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons hot sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
paprika, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, mayonnaise, Cheddar cheese, crabmeat, lemon juice, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Transfer to a shallow 9x13 inch baking dish. Garnish with paprika.
Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly. I like to cook it until the top starts to become dark brown in spots.

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Apr 04, 2015
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Canned Salmon Ideas Please

This is my favorite canned salmon recipe:

4 English muffins, split
Shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon Mayo
Canned skinless, boneless salmon
Green onions, sliced thinly

Toast English muffin half's.
While toasting, mix mustard, and mayo.
Stir salmon into mixture.
Top muffins with salmon mixture, sprinkle with cheese and top with a few green onion strips.
Put under broiler until cheese is melted.

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Apr 04, 2015
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Help! My Miele dishwasher has no side.

All kitchen cabinet company's make dishwasher panels to match the cabinets. You need to contact them.

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Mar 23, 2015
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MSG Cooking Tips

I use MSG as a replacement for salt. I really like the flavor and it has a lower sodium content. I've removed straight salt from my cooking (although I won't lecture you to do the same!).

My daughter, who is a college student and lives with three roommates has been lectured by them on its use. I suggested she buy some Accent (MSG by a different name) just to stop the food police lectures. They don't bother her now.

Mar 23, 2015
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Steakhouse in Pittsburgh, PA

I'm glad you mentioned the Carlton. Traditional is the perfect description. Not trendy, but very good, and would be near or at the top of my list.

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Mar 20, 2015
Burghfeeder in Pennsylvania

Steakhouse in Pittsburgh, PA

Meat and Potatoes really has good food, although I've never tried that steak. It's informal, but nice and also have a good bar if you like that. It's also right on Penn Ave, which is an area with several good choices. I would highly recommend it.

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Mar 13, 2015
Burghfeeder in Pennsylvania

Steakhouse in Pittsburgh, PA

It's not easy to avoid the chains, but one of my favorites is Butcher and the Rye on 6th street downtown. It's a great restaurant and the food is fantastic, but may not fall into the traditional steakhouse that you are looking for. I've also had a very good steak at Cioppino in the Strip District.

Of course there always are Morton's, Ruth's Chris, Capital Grill, and Hyde Park (which is a chain that I like).

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Mar 12, 2015
Burghfeeder in Pennsylvania

How can I slice crusty bread without making such a mess?

I don't use a serrated knife. Just use a very sharp chef's knife and the mess is pretty much eliminated.

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Mar 08, 2015
Burghfeeder in General Topics

In Pittsburgh For a Few Days

You have a pretty good list. Dish Osteria is my favorite. Be aware that the South Side where Dish and Fat Head's are has about a hundred bars within a mile, and at later hours, is full of boisterous college kids. That doesn't stop me though... If you go to the Strip district weekend mornings are best and be sure to visit Wholey's and Pennsylvania Macaroni. Alla Famiglia is excellent, but pricy! I would recommend going up to Mt. Washington as the view is tremendous. The restaurants are good but not great although Altius is an exception.

If you find yourself downtown, one of my favorites is Meat and Potato's on Penn avenue. Also on Penn is Nine on Nine which is more formal, but really good.

Enjoy your stay, and please report back!!!

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Mar 02, 2015
Burghfeeder in Pennsylvania

Weekend in Pittsburgh

I will second the suggestion for Altius. We had a fantastic meal and the view is second to none. Mt. Washington really needed a place with a menu this good!

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Mar 02, 2015
Burghfeeder in Pennsylvania

Tips on marinating/tenderizing London Broil

This is my favorite London Broil recipe. It's simple, and always turns out great!

1 1/2 to 2 pound flank steak
1 tablespoon dry mustard
2 tablespoons dry red wine
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
Directions
Score the steak with shallow diagonal crisscross cuts on both sides so that the steak is scored in a diamond pattern. Combine the other ingredients in a zip lock bag and mix them well. Put the steak in the bag, seal and marinate for at least 4 hours. Grill or broil the steak with high heat. Cook for 4 or 5 minutes on each side. Slice thinly against the grain to serve.

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Feb 10, 2015
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Aldi's own Sriracha

I agree totally, so it's not just you! I like it so much that I buy the 136 oz. (8 1/2 lbs) bottle. I use this stuff on just about everything!

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Feb 07, 2015
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Drinking on valentines day

If you have to go out on Valentines Day (as I do) I would recommend drinking a lot.

Jan 28, 2015
Burghfeeder in Greater Seattle

Why are people slaves to a date, say February 14?

Because my wife told me we were going out that night...

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Jan 28, 2015
Burghfeeder in Not About Food

Salmon without breaking the bank

Assuming from your Giant Eagle reference, you are in the W. Pa area. We eat salmon at least once or twice a week and I'm able to find salmon very reasonably priced (less than $10/lb) almost every week. A one pound filet makes a nice serving for both of us.

I also agree that the local Costco sells an entire filet for around $20 to $25. One of these should cut into about 10 nice servings. I usually buy one, cut it and ziplock two portions at a time and freeze.

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Jan 28, 2015
Burghfeeder in Pennsylvania

Restaurant Name Has Nothing to do With The Food Served

Many years ago I was in the mood for a steak but wanted to try to find a new local place that I hadn't been to before. After a little research, I decided on one named The Franklin Inn. I'd passed it many times before and the sigh has a big picture of Benjamin Franklin. Sounds like a place that would at least have a steak!

To my surprise, the menu was entirely Mexican. Good Mexican though! I've been going back for years...And they have changed the sign.

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Jan 21, 2015
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Servers who ask if you need change...

This irks me too. Last week I was sitting at a bar and we were paying cash. Had the change sitting between the two of us. When we had spent $18 the bartender put the $2 change on the bar. A minute later she came by and took it! It wasn't near the edge, but between us. We didn't mention that we were leaving, and she wasn't changing shifts.

It wasn't a big deal, as I would have tipped quite a bit more anyway. It just seemed odd.

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Jan 19, 2015
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Macaroni and Cheese help!

The answer to creamy Mac and Cheese is adding about 2 teaspoons of sodium citrate. It acts as an emulsifier and prevents it from becoming a greasy mess. You can get it at Whole Foods, but I just order it online.

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Jan 17, 2015
Burghfeeder in Home Cooking

Is Thremapen the only option?

I agree with the Thermapop. Mine was under $30, and worked great (until I dropped it).

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Lost chili recipe from Bon Appetit

I decided to make this today, and it's really good! I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of using half a ghost pepper instead of the jalapenos. I love the beef and red wine flavor.

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Jan 10, 2015
Burghfeeder in Home Cooking

Poultry done, but pink. Is it my gas oven?

Use an oven thermometer and then make adjustments in your oven setting. Also just as important is to have an accurate meat thermometer such as a Thermapen. If the $100 price tag for the Thermapen is too steep, I highly recommend one of their other products, the Thermopop. They work about as well for less than $30.

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Jan 06, 2015
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