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Hot fudge sundae, what flavor ice cream?

Swenson's was a pretty great place for ice cream in Vero Beach, FL. One day, my visiting father and I made a visit. My order of a hot-fudge sundae to be made with Swenson's own "Sticky-Chewy-Chocolate" ice cream (a flavor that Dad had already, on a previous trip, pronounced to be "way too rich") just about put the old man into a fit. He felt I ordered it just to tick him off. Could be I did.............but it was still a delicious decadent experience. Freaking him out was a bonus.

about 11 hours ago
grampart in General Topics

Surprisingly simple ingredients you make, never buy

Pizza dough.

about 12 hours ago
grampart in Home Cooking
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What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

Carabbas is a favorite, but you think you must go to Italy to get a decent pizza? You need to get out more.

1 day ago
grampart in Features

Take Out/Delivery Pizza

I love a well-made deep dish pie and the only way I get it stuck in my beard is when I make the mistake of confusing it with a pizza and try to pick it up.

Take Out/Delivery Pizza

What makes you think that thin crust is hipster crap? By old school, you mean a meat-lover with extra cheese? I'd like to see photos of Double DD pies.

Imported vs Domestic Pasta

I guess I should have said, going from Barilla to DeCecco didn't provide the extra satisfaction that going from dry to fresh did. I trust olive oil and grated parm is an acceptable prep for both fresh and dried.

Oct 20, 2014
grampart in General Topics

Tony knocks one out of the park

Toni's been on record saying, "Viet Nam is my favorite place on earth". He must have visited different places than I did.

Oct 20, 2014
grampart in Food Media & News
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Imported vs Domestic Pasta

I started buying DeCecco a few months ago (when I can find it) and have been very satisfied with it, but it hasn't been mind-blowing like fresh pasta.

Oct 20, 2014
grampart in General Topics

Veal . Your thoughts ?

If you want some real honest-to-god pork flavor, you should give these a try. it comes out about $8.50 per man-size serving.
http://www.marxfoods.com/Kurobuta-Hin...

I've roasted them, braised them, and grilled them. All were great but the low-temp, 3 hour roast was the best. Next try is the smoker and real low and real slow.

Oct 19, 2014
grampart in General Topics
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How does this recipe sound for Swedish Meatballs?

Ginger snaps=Sauerbraten

Oct 19, 2014
grampart in Home Cooking

How does this recipe sound for Swedish Meatballs?

Not sure of her exact recipe, but my 100% Norwegian mother and grandmother used cardamom in their meatballs. They may have also used nutmeg and/or allspice, but I'm sure of the cardamom. Also, I'm sure they used onion rather than shallots. I doubt they ever had a shallot in their kitchen. That said, I always topped them with ketchup. If Mom served them today, I would still use ketchup.

Oct 19, 2014
grampart in Home Cooking

9 Reasons We Should Abolish Tipping, Once And For All

Let's start tipping 10% at the high end places and 30% at Waffle House. Sounds fair to me.

Take Out/Delivery Pizza

Pick your favorite place that delivers or does take-out and order the pie 3/4 done. Tell them you're going to finish it in your own home oven which will already be pre-heated to its highest temp and is ready for the pizza. Take-out is better because you can leave the box open a bit to avoid the steamed sogginess that happens when it gets encased in the zippered delivery case. Some kind of oven stone helps. When I make my own, I always do an extra (3/4 cooked) one to cool and freeze for another time.

Leaving half doughnuts behind

Just curious.....what was the gender make-up?

Oct 18, 2014
grampart in Not About Food

Veal . Your thoughts ?

That might be illegal in some areas.

Oct 18, 2014
grampart in General Topics

Veal . Your thoughts ?

I've had good success with the tenderloins from Publix. Like veal, its flavor isn't so pronounced that isn't "overpowered " by the saucing. Pounded thin and cooked quickly, the pork will be almost as tender as the veal. Lately, when I want honest-to-god old-fashioned porky pork, I splurge and find me some Berkshire stuff. Check out Marx Foods.

Btw, Catelli seems to be more geared toward veal and lamb and earlier this year got their knuckles rapped for "inhumane treatment" of said calves and lambs. Maybe the pigs are slaughtered more kindly.

Oct 18, 2014
grampart in General Topics

Veal . Your thoughts ?

My problem with veal has always been the price and, these days, the availability. Most recipes that call for it, For the last 20 years+, I've been substituting pork tenderloin mignons that have been pounded out to the desired thinness. My "veal" Marsala is the bomb!

Oct 18, 2014
grampart in General Topics

things you put ketchup on

Tricky Dicky was probably a better piano player than president though an expert at neither.

Oct 17, 2014
grampart in General Topics

Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

For me, it ruins hot dogs but not burgers. Is that so hard to understand? It amuses me to see how easily some folks are amused. Personally, I couldn't care less what people put on a hot dog.

Oct 17, 2014
grampart in Features

I swear it's not cocaine (electric mixer advice)

Mix dry ingredients gently with a large spoon. Switch to mixer with addition of wet stuff?

Oct 17, 2014
grampart in Home Cooking

9 Reasons We Should Abolish Tipping, Once And For All

Some good facts and figures in this Huffington Post article.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10...

Oct 17, 2014
grampart in Food Media & News

What's Best for Cutting Pizza?

Sorry Patrick, but I think the second wheel on your cutter is a waste of time. My wheel cutter (single blade), should I desire, would be able to cut the various edible foods you list. In fact, I think my cutter would also be able to cut inedible foods if I knew what they were. Most likely though, I would choose a knife. Does yours cut Spam?

"Will Slice Not Just Your Pizza But Almost Any Other Edible Food Item, such as Garlic Bread , Burgers, rolls, Fruits, Vegetables etc.
Two Specially Designed Blades, One To Cut Your Pizza & The Other To Cut Almost Any Edible Food Items."

Oct 17, 2014
grampart in Cookware

Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

If exploding heads are the goal, I'd rather sneak a bottle of ketchup into Louis' Lunch and use it on a hamburger. No way I'm ruining a hot dog just to make a point.
http://gonewengland.about.com/od/conn...

Oct 16, 2014
grampart in Features

How come my tuna fish never tastes as good as sandwich shops?

That's nice.

Oct 16, 2014
grampart in General Topics

How come my tuna fish never tastes as good as sandwich shops?

This my new favorite thanks to this thread. I just received my 2nd order from Amazon. A tad pricier, but worth it.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002EY5TTW/r...

Oct 16, 2014
grampart in General Topics

What do you make with your Thanksgiving leftovers?

I also remember some that had just a white sauce.

Oct 16, 2014
grampart in Home Cooking

What do you make with your Thanksgiving leftovers?

The tricky bit is still having any leftover gravy. Like Yorkshire Pudding, bad gravy is a deal-breaker.

Oct 16, 2014
grampart in Home Cooking

What do you make with your Thanksgiving leftovers?

When I was a kid croquettes always signaled the last leftover meal from the Thanksgiving/Christmas turkey. I loved turkey croquettes, but I haven't had them in at least 40 years. Does anyone make them anymore?

Oct 16, 2014
grampart in Home Cooking

What's Best for Cutting Pizza?

I don't think it was "powered" by anything.

Oct 16, 2014
grampart in Cookware

What's Best for Cutting Pizza?

Motor?

Oct 15, 2014
grampart in Cookware