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Has anybody installed a charcoal grill in their kitchen?

I don't have one, but in older tract homes in my area (northern California) they were a common feature. They would have brick surrounds and chimneys. And people did use them - but I don't remember if they used charcoal or wood.

I've also seen someone put in a brick wood-fired pizza oven on one of those home improvement shows on HGTV. You might search for that instead of a "grill" when you Google.

You'll need a real architect or engineer to do this. Otherwise "you're going to DIE!!!!!"

Jul 23, 2014
512window in Cookware

Pesto experts, a lil help please?

When I want to use less olive oil in my pesto, I use elephant garlic instead of regular.

Jul 23, 2014
512window in Home Cooking

OK..SO I HAVE A BAGEL...WHAT DO YOU PUT ON YOURS?

I think that your lovely crispy onion chip = my burnt pieces of onion. Which if you like and I don't, means more for you.

In a forum that may include children and the elderly, I am reluctant to detail just how passionate I am about my onions.

Jul 18, 2014
512window in General Topics

OK..SO I HAVE A BAGEL...WHAT DO YOU PUT ON YOURS?

I'm pretty old school - just cream cheese, maybe some smoked salmon

I'm surprised at the love everyone else seems to have for onion or everything bagels. The onion ones just taste like burnt onion pieces to me, and the everything always includes onion so.....

Plain, sesame, or poppyseed for me.

Jul 17, 2014
512window in General Topics
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Master Chef 7/14 spoilers

If he did, they didn't include it.

Jul 16, 2014
512window in Food Media & News

Master Chef 7/14 spoilers

This episode he also served coffee refills in the diner.

Jul 15, 2014
512window in Food Media & News

Tell me how to cook frozen shrimp

Try boiling them in beer instead of water. Add mustard seeds, a few bay leafs, lemon juice, and a good hit of cayenne powder.

Jul 13, 2014
512window in Home Cooking

In desperate need of ideas on what to cook my Mother-in-law for dinner!

Bear in mind that many flights are delayed these days and she may get in much later than planned. Don't make something so delicate that it can't wait until the next day to be served.

I'd go with a salad that you know you can make well. For me that's wild rice salad with chicken and dried apricots.

Jul 13, 2014
512window in Home Cooking

Tipping during happy hour

Happy Hour is a loss leader for a business. The owner decides to run a Happy Hour in order to increase the volume of customers and hope to retain them after the end of the period. The servers are serving a higher volume of beverages during the period, so they will make more tips (number of tips) than they would during a non-Happy Hour period of time.

To expect customers to magically know what the normal prices are and tip accordingly is bizarre. Cresyd has indicated several recent circumstances where that was not possible. I tend to tip flat amounts ($2-$3 per drink) on beverages. During Happy Hour, it's probably the lower amount.

If a server doesn't want to work at an establishment that offers Happy Hour because of diminished tips, that's up to them. I imagine that they make more tips during Happy Hour, even if they are smaller tips, because they will receive more of them.

Jul 10, 2014
512window in Not About Food
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Leaving half doughnuts behind

Half donuts for all! Some of dubious provenance.

Jul 06, 2014
512window in Not About Food

Dish for a Potluck after a Memorial Service?

panzanella

Jul 06, 2014
512window in General Topics

Favorite Ways to Cook Risotto?

Doesn't adding whole milk just make it more rich? Wee bit or not.

Classic risotto is not made with any cream or milk. If you can achieve a creaminess and spread using only stock and wine, then you've mastered the dish.

Jul 04, 2014
512window in Home Cooking
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sandwiches- Palo Alto?

Jan's across from the train station in Menlo Park makes sandwiches from real roast turkey year round. It's almost Palo Alto. Try the roast turkey on a dutch crunch roll.

Jul 03, 2014
512window in San Francisco Bay Area

I'm so over...

I used to buy jelly beans to leave out for my employees (because I don't like them and so wouldn't eat them all myself). I liked to point out that they were marketed as a "fat free food."

Jul 02, 2014
512window in General Topics

Peninsula restaurant like Birch St./Bistro Elan in PA?

You could also try Carpaccio in Menlo Park. Quiet but with good food and a full bar.

Jul 02, 2014
512window in San Francisco Bay Area

do yu "drink" at work??

I figured. That's what my mom did when she was doing radiation for jaw cancer. She never knew when she would need water so always kept a 4oz bottle in her purse.

Jun 23, 2014
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do yu "drink" at work??

A nice discrete bottle that fits in a purse is the way to go. The one I mentioned was larger than a purse. And the carrier had no medical reason for bringing it along.

Jun 22, 2014
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What foods have you made and then decided store bought was good enough, thank you, based upon cost, time, and taste?

Me three. To me it's the direct opposite of what's being asked: it is really easy to make and tastes infinitely better than what you buy.

Tomato soup - it'll use up several plants worth of tomatoes to boot.

Jun 22, 2014
512window in General Topics
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do yu "drink" at work??

Alas. It was indoors, at a Buddhist temple in California in March.

Jun 20, 2014
512window in General Topics

do yu "drink" at work??

Close....more like:

Yez, "I" doo. DU yoo ?!?

For the record, I drink cold water and room temperature water. The only time I've ever had a problem with someone else drinking water was a colleague insisting on bringing a giant (32 oz+) container into a funeral service.

Jun 19, 2014
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Does preparing for a dinner party keep you from entertaining?

You could try doing the cleaning.
If you really are a team that is.

Jun 16, 2014
512window in Not About Food

raspberries on sale, what to do

David Leibowitz's buttermilk cake with berries. It makes a single 10" layer filled with berries and dusted with sugar. One piece is enough to have something sweet without feeling guilty about it.

Jun 13, 2014
512window in Home Cooking

A restaurant owner told me that Yelp reviews are the most valuable to him

And when I do that, I get a recommendation for a buffet. 100%

Jun 11, 2014
512window in Food Media & News

Need appetizer ideas for 80 people in a venue without kitchen facilities! [in Singapore]

Why don't you hire someone who does this every day, like a caterer, or even your favorite restaurant?

Or, don't serve hot foods. Just have cold appetizers and cake. You're not required to provide a hot meal at a wedding.

Jun 10, 2014
512window in General Topics
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When You No Longer Can Eat Some Foods You Love

I have the same med-designated ban of grapefruit. And I loved eating grapefruit.

I finally figured out that was why I like Marlboro Sauvignon Blanc .....

Jun 04, 2014
512window in General Topics

Is suckling pig worth the trouble...

Me too!
I'd take the vacation over the cooking experience any day.

Jun 04, 2014
512window in Home Cooking

Jon Favreau's movie, "Chef"

I'm sorry for being so mysterious.
Posh Nosh is a British series. Each episode is 10 minutes long and there are 8 episodes total. Starring Arrabella Weir and Richard Grant. David Tennant plays a double role!

Jun 01, 2014
512window in Food Media & News

Food Shame -- What is a fairly common food that you've never tried. Even though you are probably an adult now and can go and try whatever you want?

I'm kind of worried that it might be a gateway drug.

I loooooove hazelnuts.

Jun 01, 2014
512window in General Topics
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Food Shame -- What is a fairly common food that you've never tried. Even though you are probably an adult now and can go and try whatever you want?

I'm not ashamed of it - I've never tried Nutella. Because I'm sure that once I tried it, I'd start having it at every meal. And frequently in between meals.

May 31, 2014
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Diners Drive-ins and Dives

The DDD places that I've been to have definitely not been higher-end - they've exemplified at least one of the D's.

May 24, 2014
512window in Food Media & News