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Native Corn

Here's a reply to an email complaint that I sent to a local supermarket complaining about corn I bought there that wasn't sweet:

The corn that we had around that time was from a local grower. We are using growers from either CT or NJ. The problem with the corn is that the weather has remained too cold and is not allowing the corn to grow fast enough to meet the demand. This is affecting the sweetness due to the fact that the corn is being picked at a faster rate and the crops are being rushed. This is an issue affecting all local sources.

My first thought was "if the corn is sub par why are you selling it?"

about 5 hours ago
zackly in Greater Boston Area

How do the French get their food?

Here's a view from the other side of the road. In the seventies and eighties I worked with a number young French chefs who immigrated to New York City. They had all worked in Paris, many @ the Plaza Athénée where they met. Their opinion of the food they found here was "isn't this wonderful, you can get whatever you want whenever you want, you are not restricted by seasons"
Just saying...........

about 5 hours ago
zackly in France

Low carber avoiding restaurants

word! that has to be tough

about 9 hours ago
zackly in Special Diets

Le Creuset always scorches tomato sauce

That's very nice! Do you think it's real heavy gauge aluminumlike you see in restaurant kitchens? Does anyone want to buy a used 13.5QT Le Creuset pot?

about 9 hours ago
zackly in Cookware

Le Creuset always scorches tomato sauce

Does anyone make a fully clad stainless steel over aluminum (All Clad style)large brazier, 10 quart or more?

about 10 hours ago
zackly in Cookware

GRILLING - CLOSED OR OPEN LID?

This post reminded me to buy one of these lid props for my gas grill.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000...

about 11 hours ago
zackly in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling
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A better idea for Dunkin Donuts

I think they may use regional coffee suppliers because nobody is large enough to supply all the Mickey D's.

about 11 hours ago
zackly in Food Media & News

A better idea for Dunkin Donuts

I love Starbucks coffee. Before I had my first cup of their coffee in the mid nineties I was a daily visitor to the DD near my office. When SB opened nearby I resisted going there for awhile due to their Europhile pretentiousness (It's a coffee dude not a barista & I still ask for small, medium or large not tall, grande or vente). I wanted to hate them. When I did try it was game-set-match. I could never go home (DD)again. The coffee was so much richer and stronger (I don't find it harsh at all. After that DD seamed weak & watery.

about 12 hours ago
zackly in Food Media & News

Shop Rite

I would go to Fairway more if I lived closer. I live in Norwalk and between Shoprite, Stewies, Costco & Amazon Grocery I can take care of most of my needs. They do have an awesome product mix but are pricier compared to the other full service grocery stores. My dentist who loves to cook also raves about the Shoprite you like. I think our local Grade A Shoprites are superior because it's a family run business. You can't swing dead cat and not hit a Cingari family member at any given moment in their stores.I still see the patriarch of the family, Sam, occasionally checking up on things and he has to be well into his eighties.

about 12 hours ago
zackly in Southern New England

Help me build a great cookware set!

or better yet
what would Tony Soprano do?

1 day ago
zackly in Cookware

How do the French get their food?

I don't know if I buy that theory. I know different foods have more ability to satisfy than others do as explained in this article. How do you define better quality food?
http://www.eufic.org/article/en/artid...

1 day ago
zackly in France

Restaurant supply site to buy SS pan?

I've bought a few things from this online retailer that I couldn't find locally or on Amazon.
http://www.webstaurantstore.com/
I agree with what Pwizduo said. I doubt you'll find All Clad cheaper @ a restaurant supply company. They may have knockoffs @ good prices. When I shop @ a brick and mortar restaurant supply store I have to tell them I'm a chef to get the better pricing.

1 day ago
zackly in Cookware

Le Creuset always scorches tomato sauce

Wouldn't I be better off with a commercial weight aluminum pan that cost 25% of what the Le Creuset set me back? Like this one?
http://www.acitydiscount.com/Update-I...

Why all the love for enameled cast iron? I cooked in French restaurants for years and only once saw enameled cast iron and these were terrines.

1 day ago
zackly in Cookware

Help me build a great cookware set!

welcome!

1 day ago
zackly in Cookware

Help me build a great cookware set!

Don't you remember the wedding scene in the movie Goodfellas when they were passing around the satin wedding purse? Only ca$h money was accepted. Nobody tried to stuff a juicer or a home reflexology kit in there. Cash is always the most appropriate wedding gift, IMHO. Nobody doesn't like cash.

1 day ago
zackly in Cookware
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How do the French get their food?

"Eating better quality food, but in lesser quantity is an option"

When I'm served better quality food I eat more of it, not less. Most people eat until their appetites are sated. Not eating when you are hungry is like not drinking when you are thirsty or not breathing when you need a breath. It's unnatural.

1 day ago
zackly in France

Le Creuset always scorches tomato sauce

Diameter is a little under 14". I have a smaller anodized aluminum similarly shaped pan but it's about 7 quart that I use for smaller batches. I don't have any problems with that one.

1 day ago
zackly in Cookware

Costco Frozen Shrimp (Bagged) from Vietnam

With shrimp I only make one distinction, is it wild or not? I'll take any wild shrimp regardless of origin over any farm raised. Farm raised shrimp lack shrimp flavor. We imported farm raised black tiger and Vannamei whites from all over the world. The biggest difference was the quality of workmanship but that was minimal. They just are flavorless. Compass West Coast Mexican Browns are one of my favorites too along with the Belem pinks from Northern Brazil which I haven't seen in years.

1 day ago
zackly in Chains

Le Creuset always scorches tomato sauce

I made a batch of meatballs in tomato sauce this morning. I use my biggest pot, a 13 qt Le Creuset casserole. I use a commercial #10 can of ground tomatoes. Every time I use it, no matter how careful I am, the center of the pot above where the gas burners come in contact with the bottom of the pot scorches and deposits a black burnt tomato residue. I have to move the pan around & simmer less so I won't impart a nasty flavor in the sauce. The pot is old and the interior very slightly discolored from use. Anyone else have this problem and do you have a solution?

1 day ago
zackly in Cookware

How do the French get their food?

When I hear words like "local", "small farmer", "farmer's market', "organic" "sustainable" my wallet flinches. If change can be made to improve quality without raising prices (or better yet lowering prices) I'm all in but if it only benefits the affluent or those willing to pay more for food I don't think that's change for the good in this country.

1 day ago
zackly in France

How do the French get their food?

excellent observations!

1 day ago
zackly in France

Low carber avoiding restaurants

If you read my original post, I'm not looking for advice, just hosting a pity party and asking if others feel cheated too and are avoiding restaurants

1 day ago
zackly in Special Diets

How do the French get their food?

Agreed, we need to find ways to produce CHEAPER food in the US because there are so many needy people who can't pay current prices and I think it's only going to get worse.

1 day ago
zackly in France

Low carber avoiding restaurants

I don't have a problem restraining myself from eating carbs. I'm just saying it sucks to do so. I hold my nose and take the castor oil cause mama said it's good for me. Yes, I'm still trying to eat 75 grams or less daily.I really don't want to eat any less carbs than that and yes my cravings have abated significantly I think because I eat plenty of protein & fat calories.

1 day ago
zackly in Special Diets

How do the French get their food?

The French system might offer slightly better food than what is available in US supermarkets but it comes at a much higher price. They spend more than twice as much on their food, by percentage of income, (see attachment) than we do. I don't want to pay twice as much for my food and I'd bet an overwhelming percentage of the US population wouldn't either.
http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marbl...

1 day ago
zackly in France
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Low carber avoiding restaurants

Finding something to eat at restaurants is not my problem, finding something I want is:
I'll list by cuisines:

Most restaurants: Breadbasket, potatoes/French fries & sweet desserts

Chinese: Fried noodles, egg rolls, fried dumplings, batter dipped fried items

Mexican Chips for salsa, tortillas, rice

Italian Pasta, pizza, polenta, risotto, arancini, cannoli

Middle Eastern Pita

Indian Samosas, Nan & many carb rich dishes

I'm a big boy and I know what I have to do to stay healthy and I also count my blessings because they are many. I just love to cook and eat & I sorely miss many things that are not good for me.

1 day ago
zackly in Special Diets

A better idea for Dunkin Donuts

When on the road, If I only have the choice of either DD or Mickey D's, I'll choose Mickey's although not a very good cup either.

1 day ago
zackly in Food Media & News

Costco Frozen Shrimp (Bagged) from Vietnam

The only reason most domestic shrimp packers don't list water & salt as an ingredient is because nobody forces them to. Sysco lists it as an ingredient because they market themselves as honest seafood suppliers and they are which makes them the rare exception in a smarmy industry. Asian packers are much worse though. If you're talking about Ocean Garden from twenty years ago, that's a different company. Before they transitioned to mostly farm raised they packed great wild Mexican & Gulf Browns & Whites. Until the government forced them to declare on their packages "Wild" or "Farm Raised" they conveniently left it off their labels. I can't tell you how many times I had people come up to me @ trade shows and tell me "I've been buying OG for twenty years and it's not the same." Shell-on shrimp is not as problematic as peeled and deveined or EZ Peel. that's where the abuse really takes place!

1 day ago
zackly in Chains

Costco Frozen Shrimp (Bagged) from Vietnam

Some honorable Gulf packers list salt and even sodium tripoly phosphate on their labels but the majority do not even though they use it and get away with it but the uptake of salt and other chemicals is limited by the shell. Here's a honest Gulf Shrimp label on a 5# block of Sysco brand shrimp. Shrimp, salt, water & sodium bisulfite (used on the boats to protect against black spots aka: melanosis) is the correct way to label Gulf shrimp.

Jul 26, 2014
zackly in Chains

Shop Rite

I've been going to Grade A markets since the 1950's (with my mother) when the Cingari family in Stamford moved to a brick and mortar store, Grade A, from a fruit truck that serviced our neighborhood. I shop @ Shop Rite on CT Ave in Norwalk. It is my go to store although I also visit Stop & Shop, Stew Leonard's. Costco, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods & Fairway in Stamford. Shoprite has the best bang for your buck among these stores. Costco might be cheaper but some things must be bought in larger quantities than I can use. I would rate their departments as follows:
Produce B-
Deli C
Fresh Bakery, Bread B, Desserts C
Fancy Cheese C
Fresh Seafood D
Meat B+
Dry Groceries B
Specialty groceries D
Dairy B- (milk is always expensive)
Frozen B-

I shop there taking advantage of specials in their weekly flyer. Today for instance I bought a cauliflower head for $2.50, an eggplant $1.29#, a bottom round of beef roast $2.99#, 80/20 ground beef $2.99# chicken thighs $1.29#. For commodity meat, they offer good quality @ fair prices. The bread bakery in the Norwalk store is very good offering artisan style breads at good prices. I don't like Stop & Shop much either although they do a slightly better job @ produce than Shoprite but at much higher prices. Fairway is nice but way expensive except if on sale.

Jul 26, 2014
zackly in Southern New England