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Cost of lamb and it's popularity in the U.S.

Aug 16, 2015
grampart in General Topics

Does anyone else but me prefer, or even insist on, light roast coffee?

I've been using one of these for the past few years and it will deliver a "too light" or a "too dark" roast and everything in between. As long as you pay attention to what you're doing.

http://coffeegeek.com/reviews/accesso...

Aug 11, 2015
grampart in General Topics

Why do people find it so strange to take photos of your food?

I've been known to even take photos of my failures. Like this pizza that I left in the oven a "tad" too long.

DIY Pizza Oven

Sheesh! That looks like WAY too much trouble. I'll stick with my electric oven.

Aug 08, 2015
grampart in Cookware

DIY Pizza Oven

What is the heat source?

Aug 08, 2015
grampart in Cookware

$15 Minimum Wage=No Tip

That's more like it.

Aug 04, 2015
grampart in Not About Food

$15 Minimum Wage=No Tip

"That is simply not true. The law was enacted in 1938, to deal with the continued effects of the depression and the decades of exploitation of the working class that had gone unchecked and reeked havoc on the US (and global) economy. The original wage established would be worth around $20 in current value."

25 cents in 1938 would be $20 today?

Aug 04, 2015
grampart in Not About Food

Homemade Meatballs: Bake or Fry/Brown in Saucepan. Which do you do?

I used to make meatcubes for exactly that reason. I got them nice and brown with just one "flip" and finished them in the sauce. I still think pan frying provides the best flavor, but now I find it much easier to use my oven......and they're back to being meatBALLS.

Jul 30, 2015
grampart in Home Cooking

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

"Ethnic" food on the RoadFood site is found in the International category.

Jul 26, 2015
grampart in Food Media & News

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

"Let's all go out for immigrant food!"

Jul 26, 2015
grampart in Food Media & News

The Price Of A Beer At Every Major League Baseball Stadium In 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC] | VinePair

Inflation-wise, the $1 beer of 1968 would cost you close to $7 today. Hard to believe.

Jul 25, 2015
grampart in Beer

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

Immigrant food? WTF is immigrant food?

Best and worst on the Outer Banks

The Harris Teeter in Corolla is a very nice store. I've never been in a Food Lion that I would call nice.

Jul 25, 2015
grampart in Southeast

$15 Minimum Wage=No Tip

As you say.......interesting. If I know for a fact that my server is making $15 an hour, I certainly would not feel so obligated to tip the 15-20% that I always do.

And NJ's best burger is....

An impossible task, but I'm happy to see the winner was a simple burger (although 12 oz. is a tad large) with nothing more than bacon and/or cheese. Not even salt and pepper!

Jul 16, 2015
grampart in New Jersey

What's your impression of sous vide? I discovered it recently and am curious to see what people think about it

Maybe it's time I tried a longer cook. I have some NZ Merino lamb shanks in the freezer that might work. 24-48 hours does sound crazy to me, though.

Jul 12, 2015
grampart in Home Cooking

What's your impression of sous vide? I discovered it recently and am curious to see what people think about it

I've been using an old (non-digital) crock pot (Hamilton Beach),a $100 temperature controller (Dorkfood.com), (NO circulator), and Zip-Lock freezer bags and a straw for a few years now with fantastic results, especially medium rare beef. I've yet to try anything with a cook time of over 4 hours and, in all likelihood, won't.

Jul 12, 2015
grampart in Home Cooking

Not Your Father's Root Beer

Sounds good, but I'll pass on the Guiness.

Jul 10, 2015
grampart in Beer

Help w/ BBQ Baby Back Ribs on a Weber Grill

If I'm cooking just one slab, I use my Weber Genesis with only the back burner on low. This maintains a steady 225 degrees. A simple light rub, and I put it right on the grates. (Note I use GrillGrates...great product!) after about 2 hours, I give it a 180 turn and let it go another hour or so before I check it. If it's almost done, I give it a light coat of bbq sauce and let it go another 30 minutes. These aren't "fall off the bone", but the bite comes easy. I've been using a SmokeTube for a while now and I really like it. It takes pellets and they come in all "flavors". I mostly use oak, hickory, and apple. Filled up, the tube will smoke nicely for 4 hours. Here's a photo from a pork shank cook. I use the same method for St. Louis spares, but I'll go closer to 250 and for another cooking time.

Alone but not lonely: Technivorm "one cup" vs. Bonavita 5 coffeemaker

The test kitchen video was very good. "Alone but not lonely" was disappointing. I had hoped Technivorm would be above such a cheesy commercial.

I've had the Technivorm for about 5 years and, if it crapped out, I MIGHT try the Bonavita, but more probably I'd buy another Moccamaster. I've been roasting my own beans for sometime now and I take coffe more seriously than I do our president. Water temp and brew times are important factors. Occasionally, I use a cheap Melitta pourover for up to about 20 oz. I couldn't distinguish any difference between the 2 brewing methods.

Buy the Bonavita, save a few bucks, and trust the test kitchen results.

Jul 01, 2015
grampart in Cookware

Addicted to Coffee

Good choices.

Jun 25, 2015
grampart in General Topics

black pepper vs. white pepper

I thought we were comparing white and black. I know nothing about Long Pepper. I think white is "not as good" as black.The Tellicherry black is especially good.

Jun 03, 2015
grampart in Home Cooking

black pepper vs. white pepper

I guess "less complex" is better; I'd go with "not as good".

Jun 03, 2015
grampart in Home Cooking

Eggs the way you like them

"I like scrambled eggs best when they are creamy and just barely cooked, with a few curds and a lot of bavuese egg."

Bavuese.....had to look that one up. How do these look?

Jun 02, 2015
grampart in General Topics

black pepper vs. white pepper

I've never found the white to be more subtle. Quite the opposite, actually. I guess it's useful if the chef doesn't want to see black flecks in their white sauce but, as I mentioned above, my choice of peppercorns is the tellicherry variety.

Jun 02, 2015
grampart in Home Cooking

The proper way to cook rice?

We have been using, almost exclusively, Texmati American Basmati for the last 10 years or so. The ratio is 1-3/4 C. waterto 1C. of rice. It ALWAYS come out perfectly. Maybe next time, I'll reduce the water by 1/4 cup and see what happens.

Jun 02, 2015
grampart in Home Cooking

Why are baked beans for breakfast popular in the UK, but no longer popular in the US?

As near as I can tell or remember, not even Horn & Hardart Automats offered their legendary baked beans at breakfast.

Jun 01, 2015
grampart in General Topics
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Eggs the way you like them

This thread got me jonesin for some eggs. I'm eating them as I type this. Poached in microwave for 40 seconds each. Yum. My favorite.

Shake Shack in Bridgewater

$14.50 for a burger, fries, and shake is outrageous.

May 31, 2015
grampart in New Jersey

Should It Be Illegal for Supermarkets to Waste Food?

For sure there are way more hungry people than there are nitwits that don't believe there are large number of people that go hungry.