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Masterchef US Final 3 tonight--conclusion (expect spoilers here)

That's who that was! He had a line too. I couldn't place him.

Michael Voltaggio looked thoroughly embarrassed.

Sep 16, 2014
512window in Food Media & News

How The Coffee Shop Has Ruined Customer Service

I'm almost 60 and I never remember a server putting milk or sugar into the cup. Even at a diner or family restaurant, creamer and sugar were always out on the counter. How else could the little old ladies steal sweet and low to take home?

The majority of the supermarkets I've ever been to have baggers for the groceries. At the commissary in Ft. Leavenworth, it's done by prisoners! There was a place that offered cheaper prices in exchange for having the customer bag it themselves, but it was an exception.

So your reality, isn't my reality. I'm not getting all nostalgic for your reality.

Sep 16, 2014
512window in Not About Food
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Top Chef Duel 9/10 Dale vs. Tiffany

Yup. That was her.

She was horrible about having to cook for a class of kids.
She was a self-appointed time monitor.
She lectured other contestants about making too much noise in the kitchen.
She accused another contestant of stealing a recipe.
She treated Dave like the hired help instead of her equal.
In restaurant wars, she was snooty about supplying the "concept"
She got drunk at the reunion show and stumbled off stage.

I think calling her a season 1 villain is accurate.

Pumpkins . . . on the vine?

I haven't been in years but HMB was always the touristy place. In Davenport you could walk thru the fields of vines and pick your pumpkin up.

You can't cut them yourself and by the time they are ready, the vines are withered.

How The Coffee Shop Has Ruined Customer Service

You haven't lived until you've been to the Forbidden City Starbucks.

Sep 15, 2014
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The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

We get lots of pippins in northern California. They're one of my favorite apples.

Right now we're in the short season for Gravenstein apples - grown in Sonoma county. I just nabbed some at the farmer's market. Small, mottled green, red, yellow skins, with a nice crunch and tart taste.

Sep 13, 2014
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How to get started?

Non-alcoholic wine is pretty much just fruit juice. It wouldn't be worth it. Have a truly expensive steak instead.

If you are open to trying a little alcohol, go for a glass of good champagne. Apologies if that won't work for you.

Sep 12, 2014
512window in Wine

Using deboned chicken drumsticks as kebabs

What's even easier, and you end up with more meat, are turkey thighs.

Sep 12, 2014
512window in Home Cooking

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

Seems a lot more like the Israeli's than the Soviet's. Besides, USSR is last century's evil empire.

Sep 11, 2014
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Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures

And to think that people say that microwaves aren't good for anything! Two perfectly good ideas in the space of a few hours.

Mine - thick Hershey's crunch bars, frozen. Just break off a piece. Or, graham crackers dipped into lemonade.

Sep 11, 2014
512window in General Topics

MasterChef Canada coming to Cooking Channel

I managed to miss most of the auditions - they showed two shows last night. I kept thinking about what I would make with the chicken. Just like camping!

It's fun hearing people describe themselves as Italian-Canadians.

I don't think Alvin Leung is very entertaining. The other two judges seem like the low key judges on the original British show.

Sep 10, 2014
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Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

Din Tai Fung
Shake Shack

Sep 09, 2014
512window in Chains

crisper drawers in fridge??

I have never put anything but vegetables and fruit into my crisper drawers. There's usually a lot more free space in the rest of the refrigerator than in the crisper drawers.

Sep 08, 2014
512window in Cookware

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

I don't think it's all that worthless....I kinda liked this part

"they argue, the main reason that people see cooking mostly as a burden is because it is a burden. It's expensive and time-consuming and often done for a bunch of ingrates who would rather just be eating fast food anyway. "

Back when I was cooking for a family of 4 after working 8 hours and commuting 45 minutes each way, I had similar thoughts. It is considerably cheaper and more nutritious to cook it yourself rather than eat fast food.

Sep 08, 2014
512window in Food Media & News

What would YOU do??

Ask if there's any ketchup.

Sep 08, 2014
512window in Not About Food

Mouse in the restaurant's dining room.... [moved from Manhattan board]

I agree. You don't *have* to eat there - you have options. If the mouse is being hotly pursued by employees trying to get it out of the dining room, the manager's attitude might be acceptable. If it's the floor show, not so much.

Sep 07, 2014
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Top Chef Duels, 9/3 Burke vs Takashi, SPOILERS, another profane and increasingly violent recap

I don't know why you guys can't figure it out but Curtis Stone is eye candy for some of us. If he gets leprosy ...... we'll know where to point the fingers. Ours, not his, because, you know.....

His magnificent slapdown of the Gastronaut should earn him a few brownie points.

So, does Takashi get to keep the $20K or does he give it to his charity? Blais has more restaurants and he gets to keep the money? There should be an investigation!

Sep 04, 2014
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The Downside of Sharing Recipes...

I've had the same thing happen with dishes I have taken to work pot lucks. Some people just can't cook.

Sep 01, 2014
512window in Not About Food

Is pasta making just time and practice?

Good advice. I'd say - Make the dough, knead it, and then let it rest 30 minutes before you start rolling.

It helps to have a partner when you start rolling and cutting. Use extra flour to put it through the rollers and cutters. You'll probably have to roll each piece 6-7 times as you go through the settings on the roller.

Aug 30, 2014
512window in Home Cooking

What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

At my Whole Foods they are in a section near the produce. Different types of eggs (duck, chicken, ostrich) sold individually. Raw, not cooked.

Maybe we are special.

Aug 27, 2014
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Typical American breakfast foods you don't enjoy at breakfast?

But if someone brings them in to work, would you break off half? :-)

I don't do the twitter thing but shouldn't that be #notallrealamericans ?

I've never had donuts for breakfast. They're for elevenses, particularly on a cold day with a cup of coffee. When the Germans or the Brits would have a piece of cake and hot beverage.

Aug 26, 2014
512window in General Topics

Halal Chicken in Sunnyvale area

If kosher is OK, the Lucky store near Homestead and Foothill Expwy has a big kosher section including meat, poultry, and fish.

What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

You can buy single eggs at Whole Foods.
Probably not the first choice shopping destination of the homeless though.

Aug 25, 2014
512window in Food Media & News

What happened to spinach in recent years?

So, only the baby spinach has been spared?

Best one-stop supermarket?

If you do not have a car, it is much more convenient. My car-free sister in Berkeley does this all the time.

Who would you like to dine with?

I've got many lists. But one dinner party would be the Top Gear guys + Oz Clark on one side with an assortment of Top Chef alumni on the other side of the table (Stefan Richter, Tre, Stephanie Izzard, Michael Voltaggio...). And Bear Grylls has to fit in somehow.

Aug 21, 2014
512window in Not About Food

Tell-Tale Terms

"We don't take reservations" means an hour long wait in a crowded vestibule

This is weird, but every Thai restaurant I've ever been to with Bangkok in the restaurant name, is terrible.

Aug 20, 2014
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What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

I think that regional food should stay regional. Beignets in New Orleans, pork tenderloin sandwich in the mid-west, stone crab in Florida, etc.

And your regional specialties are what you should be feeding to your foreign visitors.

Leaving half doughnuts behind

At least if someone takes half a portion, no one else ever knows!

I bring in lots of things to our breakroom, only thing that ever got me riled up was one person running off with two full shopping bags of lemons - about 40pounds.

Aug 19, 2014
512window in Not About Food

Is duck sauce in Chinese restaurants ONLY a New England thing?

I have no idea. I'm from California - I don't really want to try it. It just seems odd that Smart and Final has the big cans.

Aug 18, 2014
512window in General Topics