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  1. Cold Noodles In Sesame Sauce

    Doesn't the Times allow ten free articles a month? It used to, anyway.
  2. Cold Noodles In Sesame Sauce

    I'm sure the recipe is good as it stands, but I also find it a bit odd. I rely on Sam Sifton's recipe in the NY Times, Takeout-Style Sesame Noodles.
  3. I had a similar experience, although it wasn't gourmet-ish. After I had been living in Japan for 7-8 months, I went to Nagoya to take care of some official paperwork. While there, I stopped at an "American store" (I don't remember the exact term), with shelf after shelf of typical American grocery store items. I never thought I'd feel like crying in the presence of Heinz ketchup and Campbell's soup. I guess I was more homesick than I realized. It looks like all the signs are in English. Why do you think that is?
  4. Butter tea has been a "thing" in Tibet and neighboring countries since pretty much forever. Butter coffee has become part of the ketogenic diet trend -- and you know it's a thing when Nestlé gets involved.
  5. Best / Worst "Budget" Wines

    Yes, they make decent wines, as does its current parent, Chateau Ste Michelle. However, CSM is owned by Altria (former name: Philip Morris Companies), whose primary business was, and continues to be, tobacco. As addressed elsewhere in the forums, the intersection of food/beverages and ethics/politics is fraught, to say the least.
  6. Food funnies

    Ms. Alex makes that observation regularly -- fortunately, not loud enough for the pants-wearer to to hear it. She also will make a similar comment about midriff-baring tops. ------------ A scriptwriter couldn't have come up with a better exchange than the one between your uncle and your grandmother.
  7. Chicago dining out

    Great choices, joiei! And we just missed each other at Publican Anker -- that is, if "just" means "two weeks."
  8. Page 1 of the most recent Art Culinaire features a memo Tower sent to his staff at Stars concerning sexual harrassment. Scroll down to the last paragraph of this article in the Montreal Gazette to see the memo. (The original memo was in three paragraphs.)
  9. Reduced-handle chef knives

    I see what you did there.
  10. Grocery Shopping

    The third one, I'll bet. It's an abbreviation often associated with a ketogenic diet -- sort of like EVOO, but less well known.
  11. Agreed. I also have a few pounds in the pantry, but I subscribed, in part, to "force" myself to eat more beans. It's easy to forget about them -- out of sight, out of mind, and all that, and I don't want to keep the jars out on the counter. Knowing that more beans will showing up on my doorstep every three months should, I hope, keep them more in mind.
  12. I got RG's newsletter this morning and saw that Steve decided to open up lots more spots. After taking care of the waiting list, etc., there were just 75 available, so I jumped on it.
  13. Roasted Cauliflower

    Deep fryer would be overkill, imo. I usually do what MelissaH does, with just oil and salt. For an interesting spice variation, consider using shichimi togarashi after you remove the cauli from the oven.
  14. Goat

    Just by serendipity -- or was it fate? -- I just ran across this Guardian article from 2012.
  15. And now, a feature story in The New Yorker
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