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So, what's the average Chowhounder's weight?

Male, 5'9", 156-158lbs depending.

Nov 13, 2014
Shazam in Not About Food

Boneless skinless chicken breasts in slow cooker?

It tastes fine as well. But whatever, you're convinced that it's not a valid cooking technique, and nothing I say will convince you otherwise.

Nov 13, 2014
Shazam in Home Cooking
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All this talk about quality cookware . . .

Meh, my Cooks Standard pan works fine.

Looking at those results virtually every brand of cookware fares poorly.

I don't even use the type of saute pan you tested - I don't find them very useful, so your results are spurious for my purposes.

Also, the main problem I find with all-aluminum is their propensity to heat up too quickly, and not retaining enough heat when food is placed onto the cooking surface.

Nov 13, 2014
Shazam in Cookware

Do any cultures eat owl?

So Charles Darwin, you know the guy all about the theory of evolution, was the head of the "Glutton Club".

He tried such delicious items as hawk, bittern and... an old brown owl, which he termed as "indescribable". After that they disbanded, but he still enjoyed seeking out exotic foodstuffs such as armadillo, and an unknown rodent which was "the best meat I ever tasted".

Yum.

Nov 13, 2014
Shazam in General Topics

All this talk about quality cookware . . .

Yeah so anyways let's not assume all fully clad cookware is expensive.

Look at Cooks Standard on Amazon...

Nov 12, 2014
Shazam in Cookware

All this talk about quality cookware . . .

Let's also not forget about quantity. I used to wash dishes in a pro kitchen. Sometimes I'd wash over 100 pans on a shift. Fun times.

Popcorn - Movies?

Real butter is offered at the theatres near me. Is
that still not a thing down in the US? I do have to admit I was rather surprised.

Nov 11, 2014
Shazam in General Topics

Tramontina try-ply or All-clad

One brand never mentioned here is Cook's Standard. It's sold on Amazon. Tri-ply, very similar to AC. I have the 12" SS, it works great. I do have some AC pieces and it seems to be on par in terms of performance.

Nov 02, 2014
Shazam in Cookware

Boneless skinless chicken breasts in slow cooker?

It works fine. I have done it multiple times. The skin of course is soggy but the meat turns out great.

Nov 02, 2014
Shazam in Home Cooking
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Boneless skinless chicken breasts in slow cooker?

2-3 hours on low is about all they can handle.

If I need to cook something for longer in the slow cooker, I put it in frozen.

Oct 29, 2014
Shazam in Home Cooking

Edmonton: where to buy high quality olive oil for a low price?

Meh, it's been bumped, might as well add my two cents.

Not a fan of Italian olive oil. I prefer Spanish. They have a longer growing season, thus the olives are more ripe when pressed.

Also considering the amount of rampant adulteration in the European OO business, a gas chromatograph is about the only way to determine what your OO really consists of.

Oct 19, 2014
Shazam in Prairie Provinces

CALGARY, what's the latest in great dining?

The place is rather contemporary. The donuts are supposed to be "modern", whatever that is.

By all means, try it out. I wouldn't go out of my way to go there though.

I think people's taste buds have atrophied from the disgusting monstrosities that Tim Horton's sells that something even slightly better makes people go gaga.

You want a great fresh donut? Go to Glamorgan Bakery. Get some cheese buns there while you're at it.

Aug 21, 2014
Shazam in Prairie Provinces

Keurig coffee maker

CI reviewed them recently, the Cuisinart one took top honors, and in fact brews a cup of coffee that meets the Golden Cup standard. This is the one I have now, works great.

There are lots of reusable pods available, I use the plastic EkoBrew one. It's available from Amazon.

Aug 21, 2014
Shazam in Cookware

CALGARY, what's the latest in great dining?

Jelly Modern is vastly overrated. Dough is bland, toppings are copycat. A real disappointment. TSAW's got some good recommendations although I don't know anyone that's gone to G+G and actually liked their ramen.

Aug 20, 2014
Shazam in Prairie Provinces

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

What's sampling?

Aug 20, 2014
Shazam in General Topics

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

Return them. The grocery store should be purchasing products from suppliers that use brix meters.

Aug 20, 2014
Shazam in General Topics

Field, Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise, Canmore

Banff: Just as an FYI, the Rimrock is situated on Sulphur Mountain and there's no restaurants around it, other than the ones in the hotel itself. I recommend Eden if you want a fine dining experience.

Aug 06, 2014
Shazam in Prairie Provinces

The best Hot Dogs to "cook" at home in YYC?

The Bearspaw Farmer's Market has a sausage vendor that makes the best hot dogs I have ever tasted. Not sure if they sell anywhere else.

Aug 06, 2014
Shazam in Prairie Provinces

What's So Wrong About Not Lliking ..... ?

Ha, I HATED cream cheese when I was young. But now I could eat a whole store's worth using just my finger.

Jul 10, 2014
Shazam in Not About Food

Dr. Oz's Comeuppance

So his uppance finally came.

I have to admit that is one weird word.

Jun 19, 2014
Shazam in Food Media & News
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Pork rib membrane - remove or not?

Yeah I don't know if any of you have actually smoked ribs, but the membrane basically disintegrates into nothing by the time the ribs are done.

Jun 04, 2014
Shazam in Home Cooking

Pork rib membrane - remove or not?

If you are smoking the ribs for a long time then removing the membrane is unnecessary.

Jun 04, 2014
Shazam in Home Cooking

Do you wonder why the Chow site stinks?

HTTP compression has been around forever. It's more his technical incompetence. Good thing somebody bailed him out, I suppose.

Jun 02, 2014
Shazam in Site Talk

Do you wonder why the Chow site stinks?

Thousands in bandwidth? Guy was an idiot then. Plop some HTTP compression on the web server and problem solved. This isn't rocket science.

Jun 02, 2014
Shazam in Site Talk

BBQ

Sounds like a few hours of fun.

May 30, 2014
Shazam in Prairie Provinces

EXCEPTIONAL 'NONSTICK' COOKWARE

Nope, not the same ones. The Professional has straight sides at an angle and are not anodized aluminum but rather aluminum clad with stainless steel.

May 16, 2014
Shazam in Cookware

The Last Great Bastion of Racism

Huh.

As an Asian guy with a funny name, I can tell you "systemic discrimination" pretty well doesn't exist.

Now personal racism. Yeah. It still exists.

May 15, 2014
Shazam in Food Media & News

Anyone ever using lactase enzyme drops in their cooking?

A few things:

Even lactose intolerant people can tolerate a bit of lactose. I'm intolerant but can handle a cup of regular milk a day, for instance.

Cream cheese doesn't have a lot of lactose in the first place.

The recipe writer didn't bother to check lactose level before and after (and there was no control cheesecake), so her results are purely anecdotal (read: useless).

May 14, 2014
Shazam in Home Cooking

Anyone ever using lactase enzyme drops in their cooking?

No reason why it wouldn't work for cream and condensed milk. I don't think it'd be very effective for cream cheese, since the enzyme needs to actually come in contact with the lactose in order for it to break it down.

May 14, 2014
Shazam in Home Cooking

What's the Worst Dish You Ever Made?

I'm really not quite good at making baked goods. Anything. Muffins. Brownies. Cakes. Whatever. Total fail.

May 09, 2014
Shazam in Home Cooking