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Viking Professional 7 series range top

Don't flame me! I know the Viking rep; I am about to replace a cooktop that has given me know end of grief. I have have checked out Bluestar, Capital Culinarian, Wolf, DCS, Dacor, even Thermador.. but I sure like Viking's looks. And check THIS one out!

http://www.vikingrange.com/consumer/p...

Any experience with it? Any thoughts?

1 day ago
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Anybody have a Bluestar DROP IN cooktop?

We really like the look and features of the range, but haven't been able to see the drop in cook top in real life. From the pictures it looks like the basins are different, or maybe their araren't any, and there is no tray to catch spills. Is that right? How does cleaning work. And FWIW, I hace done numerous searches here, and gardenweb/hhouzz. I have read lots of closed /open burner debates, but they almost all refer to ranges or range tops.

I did find this one, and hope to bump it up.
http://ths.gardenweb.com/discussions/...

Mar 01, 2015
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Flavorless chicken breasts

Good kuck with that. My husbsnd is the same. And from this he thinkks gravy, not sauce, should be forthgecoming.

Feb 21, 2015
Shrinkrap in Home Cooking

Flavorless chicken breasts

Good kuck with that. My husband is the same. And from this he thinks gravy, not sauce, should be forthcoming.

Feb 21, 2015
Shrinkrap in Home Cooking

Where do you buy your seeds?

I have ordered from all of these several times with good results. I don't think I ever had a Renee's catalog, though.

Renee's Garden Seeds-vegetables and flowers; I get sugar snaps from here, and sweet pea seeds here too.

http://www.reneesgarden.com/seeds/see...

Peaceful Valley-organic. I get my garlic and shallots here, and some supplies. They also have seed potatoes and Renee's Seeds.

http://www.groworganic.com/seeds.html

Kitchen Garden Seeds

http://www.kitchengardenseeds.com

Tomato Growers Supply-tomato, eggplant and pepper seeds

http://www.tomatogrowers.com

Seeds From Italy-favas and garlic, among other things

http://www.growitalian.com

The Cooks Garden-haven't ordered from here in years, but nice catalog.

http://www.cooksgarden.com/

Harris Seeds-I bought a green house from this one, and I think a compost bin, It's been awhile

http://www.harrisseeds.com/storefront...

Territorial-great for a year round perspective, at least in the west. They have seasonal garden planners on their website.

http://www.territorialseed.com/

planner http://gardenplanner.territorialseed....

spring growing guide
http://www.territorialseed.com/catego...

fall/winter garden guide
http://www.territorialseed.com/catego...

I don't recall ordering from Parks,Burpee's,Jung, and Gurney's, but the send catalogs.

Oh, and Johnny's

http://www.johnnyseeds.com/c-1-vegeta...

Feb 19, 2015
Shrinkrap in Gardening
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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

I thought they might skip the tag line with last cheftestant.

Feb 17, 2015
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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

Wow! That looks like a disaster!

And all I can think is "water! water!"

Does anybody else use their sous vide water to water plants?

Feb 16, 2015
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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

Snow farms? Can you ship some over to California, so we can send some fruit and vegetables come summer?

Hope it gets better soon.
Saturday in Napa

What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

I made my own version of (not) Top Chef Greg's short rib mole. My serrano pepper survived the "winter" outside, and my fava beans are flowering.

Can you believe my daughter actually LEFT California to spend the weekend in "feels like -6" New York? She made kale salad.

The Beginner’s Field Guide to Dim Sum

Much appreciated.

Feb 16, 2015
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The Beginner’s Field Guide to Dim Sum

Why haven't I gotren my Feb Lucky Peach???

I know; not here.

Feb 16, 2015
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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

Feb 13, 2015
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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

#4.....He took a dive! Like a boxer.......okay, no he didn't. Letting it go.

Serenity now!

Feb 13, 2015
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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

HEAVY

http://heavy.com/entertainment/2015/0...

says

"Mei Lin is a former sous chef at Ink restaurant in Los Angeles, a job she gave up in order to compete on Top Chef."

And Eater LA is saying she wants to help ger parents retire.

http://la.eater.com/2015/2/12/8029555...

Take THAT, perental units!

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

"I hope whomever is the recapper in the future is as detailed as you have been. I don't see how that is possible however.)"

I agree those would be impossible shoes to fill, and a very tough act to follow.

I will go one step further and say, that almost ANY effort is likely to be appreciated, as long as it reliably brings us together after each episode.

How Top Chef could be "fixed" - according to Grantland

This article says it does not always add to the bottom line; maybe just not in Portland?

The 'Top Chef' effect: Do Portland chef appearances on reality cooking shows impact their restaurants?

http://www.oregonlive.com/dining/inde...

Feb 12, 2015
Shrinkrap in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

So...everybody in the top four, except Greg, won something.

I'm not mad.

Seriously. He'll be fine. He is still at the same job, right? How common is that? Staying put after a second place win?

Feb 12, 2015
Shrinkrap in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

Blais' blog

http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/seaso...

Of course his comments about Greg, and what they should be doing really resonated with me. But what does HE know?!

Hugh's blog

http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/seaso...

Gregory's exit interview. Makes me own my feelings regarding age.

http://www.portlandmonthlymag.com/eat...

Stay healthy Greg!

Feb 12, 2015
Shrinkrap in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

Yes, she did. And she has said something like "he molded me" , and implied she is grateful. I am not thinking it was on bad terms, just wish I was a fly on the wall.

That might have been the wrong link. It might be ths one.
http://www.freep.com/story/entertainm...

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

I felt each time she spoke of their relationship it was sort of guarded. Seems to me once or twice some one asked her if he'd helped her with, or talked about something, maybe about winning, and she said "No". And that was it. Made me wonder how they parted ways.

Feb 12, 2015
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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

Says here "pop ups" while she sorts out her next move.

http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/top-chef...

Oops. That wasn't it.

Edited to add

http://www.freep.com/story/entertainm...

Feb 12, 2015
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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

Where there any prizes besides the picture this season? Did Gregory end up winning ANYTHING?

I am fine with Mei winning, but I feel a little sad, especially if he didn't even get any prizes. OTOH, I'm glad there was no room ( I think?) to accuse him of using familiar cuisine or ingredients, dishes he's already made, played it safe, blah, blah, blah.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

Thanks Linda!

"I hope you've enjoyed what I've put out there for the past seven Top Chef seasons, and I hope someone else will step up next season and take over the recapping keyboard."

I totally enjoyed it, and hope someone will step up, but I think someone would have to "get PAID"* to do what you do.

Congrats Mei. Best dessert ever??? Wow!

Watched "what happens next"!

Don't like that show. Tried to like it again tonight. Tried. Edited this post several times. Ugh.

But don't worry, I will be fine....oh, and Greg....he'll be fine too.

I couldn't help but wonder if he was mis-remembering getting/staying sober, and I was nervous when it looked like he was drinking champagne...but maybe that's about me.

This was about the food and it sounded amazing!

You go, Greg! You da man!

Working on my mole skillzzzz! Starting tonight with short rib and .."choice chuck eye steak"? That's for home cooking. And growing poblanos on the gardening subforum.

I want Linda to do what's right for her, but hope to see everyone next season!

* =?

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #14 – Pre-Finale - 02/04/15 (spoilers)

I agree were are getting excruciating with our minutia! What EVER are we going to do after tonight? Where will we hang out? What will we talk about?

Vacaville eatery makes Yelp's Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. for 2015

I see. Initially I wanted to understand the ranking a little better, especially given Vacaville is so small and so dominated by chains, but at this point I am just happy to see them doing so well. We have WAY too many empty strip malls around here.

BTW; they have another location, and they describe them as unique to their location. That does NOT make them a chain; right?

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #14 – Pre-Finale - 02/04/15 (spoilers)

Yes. I wonder what I would do.

I'm pretty sure I wouldn't pick ant eggs, but I MIGHT pick corn smut. Meaning something I have never tried, but want to, and something I sort of understand flavor and texture wise.

But I would also be banking 90 percent on technique, flavors, and knowledge that I had a LOT of confidence in. It would seem foolish to me to avoid using the things that "got me here".

What do you think you would do?

Feb 11, 2015
Shrinkrap in Food Media & News

Vacaville eatery makes Yelp's Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. for 2015

Thanks for the reviews! I have enjoyed the drunken noodles and spring rolls as well. I am looking forward to the duck fried rice, and adding the shrimp salad to the list.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #14 – Pre-Finale - 02/04/15 (spoilers)

Okay, we have truly run out of things to talk about.

Sous Vide HELP!? What am I doing wrong?

Check out this time and temp guide.

http://www.codlo.com/blog/the-ultimat...

Feb 08, 2015
Shrinkrap in Home Cooking

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #14 – Pre-Finale - 02/04/15 (spoilers)

I thought they were twins! Shows what I know. I like to think I do better in real life.

Feb 07, 2015
Shrinkrap in Food Media & News