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Looking for real deal Carbonara

Here in Georgia, I gave up on that quest a long time ago. I got some guanciale and made it myself. It's not that difficult.....once you find the guanciale.

about 17 hours ago
grampart in New Jersey

Where are our T-shirts?

Also, I asked for an XXL, I received an XXL, and it is definitely a men's XXL.

1 day ago
grampart in Site Talk

Where are our T-shirts?

How disappointing.

Sep 14, 2014
grampart in Site Talk

Where are our T-shirts?

Same here. I always refer to it has Chowhound, but the shirt is free, nice quality, American-made, and I didn't have to do shit to get it. So I say, "Right On, Chow.......................hound!" Thanks again.

Sep 14, 2014
grampart in Site Talk
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Where are our T-shirts?

Got mine today! Black with white lettering. Thanks!

Sep 13, 2014
grampart in Site Talk

How do you get rid of fruit flies in your kitchen??

Works for me. This example uses red wine vinegar. Don't make the holes TOO small.

Sep 09, 2014
grampart in Not About Food

Coffee by the gram

I agree with premise, but the numbers are wrong.

What's Best for Cutting Pizza?

That's why the wheel is and has been the choice of 9 out of 10 professional pizza cutters.

Sep 05, 2014
grampart in Cookware

Looking for an online source for loose leaf tea...

I'm not a tea drinker, but I am a serious coffee guy. This is where I get my green beans for home-roasting. They have been outstanding in all respects. I'd expect the same would hold true for tea people.

http://www.burmancoffee.com/miva/merc...

Sep 05, 2014
grampart in General Topics

What's Best for Cutting Pizza?

This has been my choice for the last 10 years. Traditional and high-quality.
http://www.amazon.com/Dexter-Russell-...

Sep 04, 2014
grampart in Cookware

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

Good quality tuna (deli's don't use that expensive imported stuff) drained and rinsed really well....in a colander would be optimal. Good quality mayo and just the right amount of fresh lemon juice. Anything else is optional. For me, I like finely diced sweet onion and celery and lots of freshly ground Tellicherry black pepper. Never any pickles/relish, hard-boiled egg, fresh dill...........

Sep 02, 2014
grampart in General Topics

Propane Smoker vs budget Kamado Grill?

As I said in your previous inquiry, I'd go with the Masterbuilt propane cabinet-style smoker. The biggest factor, I think, is the limited cooking area on this "Kamado". Since, as you stated, you just bought a new Weber Genesis and don't really need to add to your grilling needs, why not purchase something made for smoking? The combination of a Weber grill and a cabinet smoker is the set-up I've been using for a long time with excellent results. I've never felt the need for anything more. Believe me, when you start getting into smoking, you'll be happy to have the extra room to do multiple meats at the same time.

The $250 Watermelon at the Loblaws (at the Maple Leave Gardens store)

I believe this was a typo on a store flyer. Kettle chips look a tad pricy, too!

https://www.loblaws.ca/.../flyers.ban......
Results 1 - 9 of 221 - mini seedless watermelons. product of USA. 2/$5 or $250 ea. Kettle Brand chips. selected varieties. 200/220 g. $699. SAVE AT LEAST $8.

Winooski Vermont news story - Can This Be True?

Not sure I put this in the correct forum.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/...

Aug 25, 2014
grampart in Food Media & News

Propane Smoker Advice

I'd go with the Masterbuilt. It looks better than my propane upright that I paid $100 for over 10 years ago. I like the double door feature and it looks to me to be "insulated" to some degree. Free shipping with Prime and a good return policy. btw, mine is still going strong.

Boiling pasta - oil or no oil

Agreed. A cold rinse is a very bad suggestion unless, possibly, you're making a pasta salad. A first post of questionable value.

Aug 24, 2014
grampart in Home Cooking
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Boiling pasta - oil or no oil

Agreed. Once the boiling water starts to fill the lid (as shown in photo), it's best to take it off the heat before stirring.

Aug 24, 2014
grampart in Home Cooking

Boiling pasta - oil or no oil

If you want to eliminate boil-over, get one of these.

Aug 24, 2014
grampart in Home Cooking

thoughts on bread knives

I don't remember where I got this, but it has served me well for at least 15 years. It's a Montana, made in Italy, and sure does help me cut nice even slices. Works like a "fence" on a power saw.

Aug 23, 2014
grampart in Cookware

Mr. Bee's - Bridgewater NJ

I was young and didn't have a lot of food knowledge back when Mr. Bee's first opened. I did, however, know enough to realize that a much better hamburger could be had at the Bridgewater Diner which was just a minutes drive from there. Went back once some years later. The burgers hadn't improved, but the faux honeycomb ceiling that contained hundreds of fake bees had now grown clogged with the grease of the many mediocre hamburgers. Pretty disgusting. I always thought it was in Somerville, but the address for the current business located there puts it in Raritan. Here's the current Google Earth photo.

Aug 23, 2014
grampart in New Jersey

Any other hunters/shooters here?

Hey, I grew up in New Jersey. The only legal way to hunt is with a shotgun. Deer season? No slugs, had to be buckshot.

Aug 20, 2014
grampart in Not About Food

Any other hunters/shooters here?

Not saying it's impossible. Small game hunting in my youth was always done with a shotgun.

Aug 19, 2014
grampart in Not About Food

Any other hunters/shooters here?

Rabbits with a .22? Good luck with that.

Aug 19, 2014
grampart in Not About Food

Historic Taverns in NJ

What can you possibly find wrong with the food at The Clinton House?

http://www.opentable.com/the-clinton-...

Aug 18, 2014
grampart in New Jersey

Bread Pudding Disaster

My choice for best pudding ever.

Ingredients
3 extra-large whole eggs
8 extra-large egg yolks
5 cups half-and-half
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
6 croissants, preferably stale
1 cup raisins

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

Aug 18, 2014
grampart in Home Cooking

What's the best basmati rice?

Well, the nutty flavor of the Texmati is what we like and why we recommend it to our friends and family. When cooking, it certainly has a certain aroma. Toothsomeness? Not so sure about that.

Aug 18, 2014
grampart in General Topics

What's the best basmati rice?

I'm no rice expert, but we sure do enjoy Texmati American Basmati. Any opinions? Am I missing something?

Aug 17, 2014
grampart in General Topics

Leaving half doughnuts behind

I remember Bill Cosby doing that on his sit-com. I think he stuffed the hole with paper towels and rearranged the icing to cover it. Mrs. Huxtable noticed.

Aug 17, 2014
grampart in Not About Food

1970s cocktail?

One Sunday morning in the early 70's, my best friend's father offered to make us his "famous" Bloody Marys or, if we felt adventurous, a mystery drink. It turned out to be a mixture of Heineken beer and fresh squeezed orange juice. He called it "Brewdriver". It was pretty good; kind of like a slightly carbonated screwdriver. Not as tasty as his Bloody Marys, though. I mentioned to a couple of bartenders, but as far as I know, the idea never caught on.

Aug 16, 2014
grampart in Spirits

What are your most-used and/or most-loved kitchen gadgets?

Just for pizza, which I do very often, I have my Fibrament Baking Stone, a SuperPeel, a Dexter Russell cutter, and my Zojirushi bread machine which I use to make bread dough, too. Occasionally, I even bake bread in it.

Other gadgetry includes my cheapo Sous vide setup which is an old (non-digital) slow cooker and a DorkFood temp controller, a garlic "twister" mincer, and one of those silicon 2-piece pot covers that totally eliminate boil-overs when cooking pasta.

I use all of them regularly.

Aug 15, 2014
grampart in Cookware