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The "Food Babe" Blogger Is Full of Shit

Normal air, the stuff all about us, is 75 - 80% nitrogen. If Holiday Inn Express air is 55% N, then they're actually giving you more oxygen than normal.

Unless they're using some filler gas....

This is why Food Babe's idiocy about airplane air is clearly idiocy.

Xinjiang style skewer roundup

It's the long term tenant in the strip. At the end, away from Homestead Road. I think the Chili Pot is where I used to take my son for cheap haircuts. Much change on Walton's Mountain.

But, thanks for the tip - I liked the food in Xinjiang.

Xinjiang style skewer roundup

Is this the one that opened a few months ago in the same shopping strip with Shanghai Garden and the bowling alley?

My Chinese skewer experience is from Xinjiang and like Thomas Nash's remembrances, it was always lamb. This was from 2004.

Throwing a party with no oven...suggestions?

If you are really having a large crowd, this is when Honey Baked Hams comes to the rescue. And a cake from the bakery. Or, an ice cream cake.

Apr 13, 2015
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Ketchup on Eggs? Not in my House!...Yours?

Ketchup never. I have been known to put salsa on scrambled eggs.

Apr 09, 2015
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I'm the turtle at the table .

Agree. Another solution would be to select a small dish, that could potentially be finished, even at a turtle pace.

But then, I'm a Hoover.

Apr 08, 2015
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Gendering of Food

I think you are disregarding culture. Where you come from may well influence which types of food different people eat. In Polynesian cultures, for example, women ate different foods than men did. Women couldn't eat pork, bananas, and coconut, and men could.

The "Food Babe" Blogger Is Full of Shit

Air is 78% nitrogen, normally. What is "pumped in" is the air she normally breathes.

She, and her ilk, are why I don't read many blogs.

Apr 07, 2015
512window in Food Media & News

Milk spoilage question

If it's going bad, then you are throwing away your savings. I would buy a smaller container and get a refill sooner than you usually do.

Apr 06, 2015
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Milk spoilage question

Stop buying gallons? It comes in pint, quart, and half gallon sizes as well.

Apr 06, 2015
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What are some of your favorite limited-ingredient dishes?

Peposo - beef, red wine, black peppercorns, garlic

Mar 28, 2015
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Your automobile as dining room!

My cup holder has my bottle of water. Not much danger there.

Mar 27, 2015
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I Don't Like This; Giving it To My Kid

You might see if they're actually using them.

My mother didn't want to have to get rid of things, like dispose of them. So, she'd try to give them to us. I'm afraid that I wasn't always polite about it.

However, she bought me some lovely things for presents. And now that she's gone, her colored glass canisters have a happy home in my crowded kitchen.

Mar 17, 2015
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aanyone baking pie today...

Just north of San Jose, CA where it decided to be freakishly hot for one day. Melting the chocolate was all the heat I could stand.

Mar 16, 2015
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aanyone baking pie today...

You should be able to make any pie crust by hand. People all over the world made pies long before there was any electricity. Practice makes perfect.

And, as to the original question, I made pie but because it decided to get over 90deg, I made chocolate tofu pie with a pre-made chocolate wafer crust. My daughter said it was great.

Mar 15, 2015
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Underwhelming Coq Au Vin

Even Jacques Pepin can strike out occasionally. He says it's a "modern" take on coq au vin, designed to be lower in calories. Unfortunately, the fat is where most of the flavor is. By eliminating pork belly and the skin of the chicken, you get rid of a lot of flavor.

Mar 15, 2015
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Peanut Butter and. . .

Peanut butter and sharp cheddar?

I like it in west African sauce to cook chicken in with onions, tomatoes and peanut butter.

Mar 11, 2015
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I Don't Like This; Giving it To My Kid

Do you ask them if they want the item? My mother used to do this to me, and it can make you feel like a charity case.

Wedding gift list dream suggestions

High quality cutting board.

Mar 09, 2015
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PBS Heats Up Sundays With THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW {THREAD CONTAINS SPOILERS]

Are the oven windows really much larger than standard oven windows? Seems like the same size as my 30 year old Montgomery Ward's oven. Bet their lights still work though.....

Mar 09, 2015
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I started this day a mere boy.........but now I am a man!

And freeze one of them, and then find out how to best thaw it.

Kitchen habits you stopped after you realized they were questionable

No, one timer turns on the oven at the correct time to the correct temperature, like 350 degrees at 5:30pm, and the second turns it off at the correct time, like 6:30pm.

I used to do this, but put the food in the oven frozen. It would thaw during the day and then cook. There is nothing better than coming home after a long day, walking in the door, and smelling your dinner already done.

And me and my two children are very healthy. Don't shiver over us.

What, exactly, is supposed to happen if you defrost on the counter? Isn't the problem that you might leave it out too long? Or for us attentive types who don't do that, is there another problem?

Mar 05, 2015
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When a food is good it's good......when it's bad it's eeeehhhhhhh

Clam Chowder

We westerners don't know how to do it. That bowl of white pasty stuff is not New England clam chowder.

Mar 03, 2015
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You're eating it wrong

Thanks! I'm left with no desire to check out the full length episodes so maybe the strategy is not the best.

If you're looking for a taco "expert" for him to play against, wouldn't you go for someone Mexican? Because tacos are a Mexican dish.....

Mar 02, 2015
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You're eating it wrong

This is a "feature" on the Cooking Channel. It's about the length of a commercial, but I think is supposed to be educational.

The one I saw last night was about eating tacos. Our host, a youngish guy (about 28) in a plaid button down, told us how hard it was to eat tacos because the crunchy shells would break and all would spill out. One solution was to wrap a flour tortilla around the fried one, but apparently that didn't work for some people. So, the next solution was to use refried beans to "glue" (his words, not mine) the two tortillas together. This apparently is wonderful.

Then, he brings out a local restranteur who is apparently famous for his broccoli tacos. And his ingenious solution to the "problem" is to use hummus made from black beans as the glue.

So many WTFs - I am just happy that the millions of Mexicans won't have to see this. Who are these idiots, who made them think they knew anything about tacos, and who in the world wants to eat a broccoli taco? Is this a form of humor that I am too old to understand?

Do you use your stove for storage ?

No, despite the small size of my kitchen, I don't.

But, "upstairs kitchen" implies that you also have a downstairs one.

Feb 27, 2015
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How long will you stand in line for food?

The longest I've waited was 45 minutes - was in Chicago for a family reunion and we were getting lunch after canoeing on the river. Followed my cousin to this place to get hot dogs. It's only open a few days a week, she explained. We were at Hot Doug's and it was totally worth it. I guess it's closed now.....

The other long wait was to get pasteis de Belem at the famous place in Belem. We timed things badly and waited about 30 minutes.

Feb 21, 2015
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"What is YOUR favorite. . ."

I don't rely on the servers. If I know I am going somewhere, I check out reviews on Yelp and OpenTable to see if there are dishes that come up over and over.

Why are sticks of butter long and skinny in the East, but short and fat in the West?

I live in CA and have never seen *that* short/stubby version. The sticks we get are like the ones in the original article.

The strange thing is that the boxes that contain the four sticks are the same size, whether they are long skinnies or "Western Stubbies". Every now and then, I'll open a box and find the unexpected skinnies. Do I freak out? No, I do not.

And it must be said: " the Uneeda biscuit in the airtight sanitary package made the cracker barrel obsolete! Obsolete!"

Feb 19, 2015
512window in Food Media & News

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

I don't think that Indian food skirts any food regulations or includes contaminents. It just makes me feel queasy. So I avoid it.

Feb 18, 2015
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