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The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

Oh. My. I..I...I think a need a...a cigarette.

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Thanks! I was attempting that yesterday, but it just kept taking me back to the recipe page. I see now it must have been an attack of fat-finger-syndrome on my device. Mission accomplished.

Apr 24, 2015
cayjohan in Site Talk

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Reading this post reminded me that I wanted to remove the recipe thread in question from my "following" list, but I didn't see any way to accomplish it. (And frankly, I am wary of clicking any more than I already have in my visit to the Recipe section.) Are we missing the same thing, d_s_p? While I am not a user of the Recipe section, I can see how the bump-up for comment-less ratings would be annoying, especially when it appears so easy to leave an accidental rating.

DeborahL, am I missing something obvious, or can one unfollow a recipe, the way one can unfollow a discussion?

Apr 23, 2015
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Your favorite junk food or guilty pleasure?

Oof. Why has it never occurred to me to check at TJ's? Thanks...will I be looking for Boursin-Boursin, or something Trader-Jacques-ish?

Apr 23, 2015
cayjohan in General Topics
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Your favorite junk food or guilty pleasure?

Oh, hell and a half...yet another entry into The List of Things I Should Not Know About. Now I *have to.*

So, do tell: are these things merchandised with the microwave popcorn, generally? I feel a pork rind hunt coming on...

Which turner should I get?

Check out this kooky turner from IKEA: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/pro...

Its business end is shaped a bit like a hammerhead shark's, and can be used with the wide (~6") leading edge or the narrower protruding sides. The leading edge is curved (fits roughly into the curve of your standard five-quart pot), so I don't see why it wouldn't work well in a wok.

I bought this thing on a lark (y'know that weird acquisitiveness that sets in at IKEA?), partly because the dang thing looks so odd (and vaguely creepy), but I have used it far more than I ever thought I would. Jeez, I have even been using it to skim scum when cooking dried beans in aforementioned five-quart. A surprisely useful tool.

Apr 23, 2015
cayjohan in Cookware

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Oh, it's no big thing - just accidentally rated the thing, and since I didn't make the dish, attempted to, well, unrate. Just to fix the oops. I didn't realize ratings worked like comments for removal. Seems maybe a bit much just for a rating. And if the rating is to have any meaning, how was I able to rate the dish twice?

In any case, it really doesn't matter personally to me if I rated the recipe twice in error. Just pointing out the experience, as ratings seem to have a couple of issues.

Apr 22, 2015
cayjohan in Site Talk

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Hah! This recipe thing, I tell ya. When I first saw this thread, I headed over to take a look-see (I never really explore the recipes enough) at how it worked. I saw the rating stars and a numeral in parentheses, so I clicked those thinking it would jump to the reviews and ratings (which I assume were referenced by the numerals). Nope. I somehow rated that recipe TWICE by clicking. I tried clicking edit on my rating entries in the comment section, and they *went away*, so I figured that solved that and went on my merry way. I guess it stuck.

So, PTB: are ratings removable? Camana, upthread, mentioned accidentally rating a recipe, which happened to me. Or does a errant click just linger regardless?

FWIW, Chowhound posting history must be a little screwy too, as I've around here since 2006.

What add-ins (if any) would your ideal cookie contain? Soft and chewy or crispy-crunchy?

I'm a bit of a minimalist when it comes to cookies: give me a well-made simple shortbread, dense enough to hold up to a dunk in coffee or tea, but tender enough to melt in the mouth. Add-ins to that? I am partial to a cocoa-y version or a shortbread citrused-up with some zest.

Apr 21, 2015
cayjohan in Home Cooking

Your favorite junk food or guilty pleasure?

Shhhh..."Fritos" is a powerfully Pavlovian word around here. Utter the F word with caution. ;-)

Your favorite junk food or guilty pleasure?

I am the sole pork rind lover in the household. I don't know whether to feel More-For-Me happiness, or chagrin that *I* am responsible for the bag being empty.

Your favorite junk food or guilty pleasure?

Oh heavens yes on the cheese spreads! And I would be a lying liar if I ever denied my penchant for a big blob of Boursin on a spoon. And I confess: I have double-cheesed; that is, spreading Boursin on a hunk of another cheese.

Triple Malt Chocolate Cake

Apr 17, 2015
cayjohan in Recipes

Salmon banana

I often use a ras el hanout blend to *de-salmon* salmon, as my Hub can be situationally salmon-averse. The favorite here is a wet rub of olive oil, buckwheat honey, ras el hanout and grated lemon zest. We cedar plank it on the grill, but I'm sure the oven would work just fine. Good stuff.

Apr 17, 2015
cayjohan in Home Cooking

Alton Brown on the End of Meat as We Know It | WIRED

Thank you. Hmmm...thinking maybe the "grilled" strips might be worth a shot to simmer/infuse like mock duck. Hmm.

Apr 04, 2015
cayjohan in Food Media & News

Gluten-free crackers for cheese course?

The white bean is my new favorite cracker, but I agree that the black bean is pretty delicious, too!

Apr 04, 2015
cayjohan in Special Diets

Gluten-free crackers for cheese course?

Moedelestrie, your recommendation made me think "why didn't I ever think of matzah before?" And off to Amazon I went to check it out. The second "Aha!" came when I realized you meant straight crackers, which I didn't know existed! Thanks! I'll have to keep an eye out here locally; those Amazon prices are Mighty Steep.

Apr 04, 2015
cayjohan in Special Diets

Alton Brown on the End of Meat as We Know It | WIRED

MplsM ary, I'm curious: does the texture of the strips at all resemble that of seitan? For whatever odd reason, one of my most missed foods as a celiac is mock-flippin'-duck...gäh, I have to laugh at myself for being on the hunt for a "mock" mock-something!

I'd absolutely be willing to give this a shot in any case, if for no other reason than satisfying curiosity!

Apr 04, 2015
cayjohan in Food Media & News

Alice in Wonderland theme

OMG, yes! The smorgastarta is perfect! Some who haven't encountered a sandwich cake before can get a little "ewww" about it at first, but I have never seen one not get hoovered down! Great idea!

Apr 04, 2015
cayjohan in Home Cooking

Alice in Wonderland theme

I keep thinking sushi would be a pretty good medium for this, really. Easy to make vegetarian. Lots of opportunity for fancification. Rolls garnished with a little forest of enoki mushrooms? Around a caterpillar roll, maybe presented over some large grilled portobellos? Think of how elaborate one get get!

This theme sounds like great fun!

Apr 03, 2015
cayjohan in Home Cooking
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Anyone else have an odd craving for bananas today? Just curious.

Advice? Staub yellow or LeCreuset yellow to go with my banana collection?

Apr 01, 2015
cayjohan in General Topics
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Anyone else have an odd craving for bananas today? Just curious.

Don't do it. Costco bananas make Americans fat.

Apr 01, 2015
cayjohan in General Topics
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Anyone else have an odd craving for bananas today? Just curious.

YAY to the Trader Belafonte's Banana-Spiced-Partially-Baconesqued-Kringle-Hummus-Sandwich-Cookies-with-Chia-Seeds! I ate two whole packages while browsing. They're seasonal, though, so I bought them all. Maybe I can make a bundle on eBay.

MEH to the Reduced Guilt Bananas; I still feel bad about that one thing twenty or so years ago. Returned the peels; no questions asked (well, maybe a couple side-eyes). Which reduced the return-guilt a bit, so there's that. Maybe a MEH+, then.

NAY to the tenth power to the chatty TJ's cashier who would Just Not Stop Talking to me about what she liked to do with the Banana-Basil-Horseradish Spotlight Cheese I was buying. The nerve. Just tally me banana already. I feel a Grudge coming on.

Gluten-free crackers for cheese course?

I thought I'd drop by to add another GF cracker recommendation for others looking. I just tried the Breton Gluten Free White Bean with Salt &Pepper. These are both the mildest and tenderest of the Breton GF varieties I have tried. They do have some sesame seeds, but are far less seeded than the Original, and the sesame flavor is all-but-absent. The pepper flavor it quite muted as well. I think these would be a very neutral cracker for cheese service.

One thing, though: I don't think they'd be worth it for, say, a Boursin or a runny cheese - something needing some degree of pressure to apply cheese to cracker - as these crackers tend toward the delicate side, and are prone to breaking easily.

Mar 31, 2015
cayjohan in Special Diets

Any NYC calibre Lox in Twin Cities??

I have never had the Russ & Daughters, so I don't know how it compares, but I will opine that Northern Waters Smokehaus in Duluth (http://www.northernwaterssmokehaus.co...) produces very good smoked salmon. Not local-local, I suppose, but they do ship (at a steepi-ish price, though, IMO: $28.00). If you decide to make the drive to Duluth, do include an extra 20 mile side trip up the shore to Knife River and Russ Kendall's Smokehouse; their smoked salmon is a must every time we go north. Both Northern Waters and Kendall's also smoke other varieties of fish; high quality across the board.

I recall some years ago hearing that Northern Waters fish showed up occasionally at Seward Co-op, but I never looked for or saw it. Probably old information now, but it might be worth a call to Seward.

Mar 31, 2015
cayjohan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Art from Food

Produce + MRI. Beautiful results. A lot of these remind me of Busby Berkeley dance numbers.

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-...

I eat it my way

Dear Tabby Twins: your AniseSpice is most definitely NOT stupid for not sharing! Behave and accept your lot! ;-)

AS, I should clarify that my cat guys get ONLY the olive oil (no oysters or stray bits of oyster), and then only about a scant 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon for their lip-licking pleasure. Apparently oysters have an enzyme that is NOT feline friendly and can destroy the thiamine in a cat's body, with all sorts of drastic consequences. So: be aware. And selfish.

Got that, Tabby Twins? Free smells and maybe a schmear of oil, but the rest belongs to your Mom-cat.

Restaurants with good gluten free options

Thanks for the reminder! I hadn't checked lately to see if their brick-and-mortar was open yet. Any report on it?

Mar 26, 2015
cayjohan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Restaurants with good gluten free options

Foxy Falafel is a good bet (heck, they even not-infrequently have specials that are Autoimmune Protocol diet friendly!). Fryer is exclusively gluten-free. Good grub, and fried cheese curds (gf, crusted with rice flour and dill and served with local honey) are officially My Favorite Cheese Curds Ever.

The staff at Riverside Wine Bar seem very knowledgeable - I have never had any difficulties or reactions dining there. Last time I was there, the server warned me that the dish I ordered had some oat flour in it and he knew they didn't use certified gluten-free oats, so he warned me away.I was sort of shocked at (and grateful for!) that level of knowledgeability, frankly.

Obento-Ya seems to take their gluten-free sushi menu pretty seriously, and I have experienced no accidental glutenings there.

Signature Cafe does (or at least did) a gluten-free only night on Tuesdays; the kitchen is cleaned of any gluten to minimize cross-contamination. From what I gathered, the chef/owner's wife cannot have gluten, and he seems to take it seriously. The food is...fine, albeit on the higher side. Still, I can't complain, and it's a cute little neighborhood place.

I look forward to what others have to say about restaurants that actually seem to take gluten-free seriously, and not just in a cavalier not-another-special-snowflake way. Y'know...the places that one doesn't always feel like it's a big ol' spin of the roulette wheel.

Mar 26, 2015
cayjohan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

I eat it my way

mariacarmen, I feel obligated to forgive you, for you know not What. You. Have. Done. ;-) You see, it's around 2:30 am, and I am simultaneously hopelessly insomniac and irritatingly snacky. Reconnaissance of the larder indicates: ZERO smoked oysters; ZERO cream cheese; ZERO bbq chips. And now, of course, that is Exactly What I Want. I must try this. ASAP.

Since you tossed that one out, I'll toss this one out: try smoked oysters drizzled with dark maple syrup. Really. Try it.

Mar 26, 2015
cayjohan in General Topics
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