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Your "evil food" (super unhealthy) recipe?? :)

Caramel corn. I don't have the recipe handy, but it calls for a whole stick of butter, plus brown sugar and corn syrup.

about 10 hours ago
4X4 in Home Cooking

Going to be in Baltimore for two days.

I'm not a fan of crabcakes (I'd much rather pick and eat whole steamed crabs) but I love Faidley's raw bar. If you can, go to Lexington Market on a Saturday afternoon when a band is playing. Enjoy the music and the scene and get oysters at Faidley's.

about 15 hours ago
4X4 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Big Green Egg? Is it worth it?

You also use a pizza stone, a foil pan and rack or second grid for indirect cooking.

1 day ago
4X4 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

First time smoking and making a brisket

Brisket master Aaron Franklin has some good tips here:

http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/c...

Also, watch his YouTube videos on barbecuing brisket. I learned a lot from it and review it every time I plan to do one.

1 day ago
4X4 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Infographic: How to Tip Waiter, Barternder, Barista and Deliveryman and Not Be Mean

What about tipping musicians who perform in bars or restaurants? Or should I start a separate thread on this? As a musician who sometimes plays for tips, I have some things to say about this. :)

Apr 14, 2014
4X4 in Not About Food

Big Green Egg? Is it worth it?

Mine is in a table. I bought it used from a friend who built it for his first Egg. He needed to get rid of it because he and his wife ended up buying two or three more and he built an outdoor kitchen in his back yard.

We had two massive snow storms in 2010. I dug a path to my Egg so I could grill some chicken during the superbowl. It works fine in all weather.

I have had to replace some of the internal parts (firebox, grate, grid). Those were always free (from a local dealer) because of the warranty.

Apr 11, 2014
4X4 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Big Green Egg? Is it worth it?

I live in Maryland where we have pretty cold winters (especially this last one!) I leave it out year round and it hasn't cracked. I've had mine 15 years.

Apr 10, 2014
4X4 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

kitchen OWIES!?!

This thread is starting to remind me of the 80s SNL sketch, Willie and Frankie.

Frankie: You know what I hate?

Willie: What?

Frankie: I go into the kitchen, I open the drawer, you know?

Willie: Uh huh?

Frankie: And I take out a, uh--

Willie: Carrot scraper?

Frankie: Right. And I stick it up my nose, you know, and I'm rootin' it around, and, you know, gettin' all the mucus membranes out o' there, you know? And then I take one o' them, uh--?

Willie: Mentholated eucalyptus cough drops?

Frankie: Right. And I stick it-- wedge it up there, you know? I take a couple o' whiffs, boy. Heh, ya feel like your head's gonna explode.

Apr 09, 2014
4X4 in Not About Food
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brine & temp for smoked turkey breast

Or try a dry brine.

Apr 08, 2014
4X4 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

pet peeves for other 'foodies'

I love the bit about the couple who had recently gone to Spain and try to tell everyone at a Spanish dinner how they're doing everything wrong.

Apr 08, 2014
4X4 in Not About Food

9 People Who Will Throw A Wrench In Your Dinner Party

My mother has a friend (well, really a friend of my aunt who moved to this area) who only eats organic food. The first time she was invited to dinner she brought her own food. That was also the last time she was invited.

Apr 07, 2014
4X4 in Food Media & News
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Childhood memories

I don't think I ever ate at Santa Fe, just drank there.

I remember watching the Super Bowl at the Vous (last time the Redskins won!) It was something like a $5 cover and fifty cent pitchers of beer. I'm pretty sure they served cheap or free slices of pizza and hot dogs that night.

Town Hall has tried a couple of times to have a small cafe type place in the bar but it never really took off. But they allow outside food. You can get a cheap pizza nearby, bring in and enjoy it with your beer.

Another one is the bar at the Best Western on Route 1 and Berwyn Road. Can't remember the name, but it had a nautical theme and really good half price burgers on Mondays. I used to live in walking distance and had dinner there on many Mondays.

Lasick's was very dive bar, but the food there was decent. Good place for live music too.

Apr 04, 2014
4X4 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Childhood memories

I wrote a freshman English paper at UMD about the College Park Little Tavern. It was either open 24 hours or very late and I wrote my "observe and describe a place" paper on the drunks who hung out there.

I loved Sir Walter Raleigh's when I was a kid. Last time I went (around 2005) it was pretty lousy. The prime rib and lobster tail were both bland. Still had the cool salad bar though.

Some others you might remember: Hungry Herman's sub shop (good subs and video games). Roy Rogers in the student union. Famished Fanny's subs (I had a British gf who thought the name was hilarious and intentionally offensive). Ratsie's - still there, but gone way downhill. The first time I ever tried Buffalo wings was at Ratsie's and they really did them right in the 80s.

Apr 04, 2014
4X4 in Washington DC & Baltimore

NBC Cancels Television Without Pity and The Daily Candy

For some reason I can't edit my post. I'm posting this to add that I remember when TWOP was called something like Mighty Big TV and was sort of a sister site to Hissyfit.

Apr 03, 2014
4X4 in Food Media & News

Childhood memories

Terrapin Taco, but I don't think I ever ate there as a child - it was more of a college and post-college place for me.

A good friend of mine lives pretty close to Toucan Taco in Laurel (very similar menu, love their queso!) and we occasionally meet there for dinner.

My favorite childhood Mexican place was Gringada in Laurel. It's still there but it's not as good as it was back in the day.

Apr 03, 2014
4X4 in Washington DC & Baltimore

kitchen OWIES!?!

I always make sure I have liquid bandage in my medicine cabinet. I've stopped several finger cuts with it and was able to go back to cooking fairly soon.

My most memorable kitchen injury was when I was washing a glass pam in the sink. It slipped into the sink, broke and cut the side of my middle finger on my left hand. I should have gone to the ER that night, but I waited until the morning. The bleeding had stopped, but the wound still needed to be taken care of. It was too late to suture, so they cleaned it out and dressed it tightly. They put a splint on it and covered the splint with gauze. So for a couple of days I was walking around with a big middle finger sticking out from my hand.

Apr 03, 2014
4X4 in Not About Food

Childhood memories

Henkel's in Annapolis Junction for big giant sandwiches. Unfortunately, I only ate there once before it shut down.

Apr 03, 2014
4X4 in Washington DC & Baltimore

NBC Cancels Television Without Pity and The Daily Candy

I used to post to TWOP pretty regularly but stopped when it was blocked at work. I might still have an account there.

Apr 03, 2014
4X4 in Food Media & News

Childhood memories

Beefsteak Charlie's. My family used to go to the one in Greenbelt in the 80s. I was too young to enjoy their all you can drink beer, wine and sangria, but I remember the all you can eat shrimp and salada bar.

Apr 02, 2014
4X4 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Photos in restaurants- what's the big deal?

Mar 27, 2014
4X4 in Not About Food

McDonalds new $12 burger with Swiss

In Paris, you can get a beer at McDonald's. And you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?

Mar 27, 2014
4X4 in Food Media & News
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Childhood memories

Pappy's Pizza and Delaney's Irish Pizza Pub, both in my hometown of Laurel, MD.

I know you said not to include fast food or chains, but I sure miss having Roy Rogers close to home. Now I have to drive to Burtonsville or Gaithersburg to eat at one.

Also, I think Farrell's ice cream parlors were a chain, but my family often went to one (maybe in Wheaton) for birthdays when I was a kid.

Mar 27, 2014
4X4 in Washington DC & Baltimore

What is the hottest / hippest / cutting edge food of this moment in time?

No, "vaping" (I hate that word!) is taking over regular smoking. Maybe the hookah bars will turn into vape lounges.

Mar 27, 2014
4X4 in General Topics

What is the hottest / hippest / cutting edge food of this moment in time?

There used to be a peanut butter and jelly sandwich food truck in DC.

Mar 26, 2014
4X4 in General Topics

What is the hottest / hippest / cutting edge food of this moment in time?

I've actually seen "organic" lump charcoal, so I figure free range, organic, locally sourced, gluten free charcoal will be next.

Mar 26, 2014
4X4 in General Topics
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What is the hottest / hippest / cutting edge food of this moment in time?

Grilling with gluten free charcoal. :)

Mar 26, 2014
4X4 in General Topics
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Food Humor in Cartoons

There's a Pearls Before Swine strip where Pig sees a tv commercial about travel in Australia with the old "Throw another shrimp on the barbie!" catch phrase. The last panel shows him throwing a shrimp on a Barbie doll and saying something like, "This doesn't seem so fun."

Mar 21, 2014
4X4 in Food Media & News

I like Ice!

Thanks, but do you have an organic, free range, gluten-free version? :)

Mar 20, 2014
4X4 in General Topics

I like Ice!

I used to make my own but I lost the recipe.

Mar 20, 2014
4X4 in General Topics
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Bon Appetite says Sirarcha's "Totally Over." Agree?

The title of this thread reminds me of Portlandia.

Mar 20, 2014
4X4 in Food Media & News