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    Worst cooking show ever

    the worst show I can remember was Chef Rene the Black Hat Chef A production of the public tv station in Allentown PA. This featured Chef Rene who was some sort of riverboat chef. The worst part was the stories he told affecting fake racial accents and dialect. Later they added some public tv guy to try to control him this was in the 80's I think It was horrible. Anyone else remember this dog or any other real bad shows
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    Salt in cocktails

    Was wondering about the use of salt in cocktails. And I mean in something like a martini or manhattan. Everyone knows that he right amount of salt in savory or sweet cooking is a wonderful thing. Too much is horrible. I know that salt is a tradition with tequila. I don't often have a margarita, but If having one made I always say no salt as I find many bartenders lay it on so thick it really is all I can taste. But I do find just a bit of salt makes the drink better. And I guess things like bloody Mary's have salt, but that is not what I really mean. I don't recall seeing this discussed here but I must believe it has been a item of talk and thought for the cocktail experts. So, what would a bit of salt bring to a martini? Or other drinks.
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    Smoking Brisket: The Topic

    Not ready yet but well on the way. The BGE has not budged since I got it settled in. No pid controller it does fine on its own . Some apple wood in there. Rubbed but not injected No Texas foil I don't like to foil it but many competitions are won with foil.
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    Paula Deen's Cook Tells Almost All

    I'm with you. She is loud, boorish, dumb-looking, says stupid things, cooks what looks like crap. What's the appeal?This demonstrates that much of the invective directed towards Paula Deen has much more to do with who she is then what she did. People need to know their place. Ms. Deen was to uppity for those of us with much higher intellect and much better taste. She should have been happy to sell sandwiches on the street Of all the fucking nerve. Go get a job at Wal Mart. None of us important people of high culture would dream about going there
  5. Although Kerry won't admit it, but she is not much short of superwoman. Just reading of all she does makes me tired
  6. I have decided that I want Kerry to be my doctor. Great stuff Kerry.
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    Meal in the middle of nowhere

    Pasta of one sort or the other was my thought as well. Will you have access to Maine lobsters on the island?
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    Cheeseburgers a la Sous Vide

    From Jason's description it would seem thet from startt to finish may have bene around two hours? Was it that much better than a way that would cook a seared rare burger in a lot less time? I hope that Jason does not go off the deep end.
  9. Tomato, moz and basil is Maggie's favorite summertime meal. We have it often
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    Home Made Ice Cream (2013– )

    This sounds fantastic. My friend Raymond makes black raspberry preserves and has been champion of the Perry County fair with them. To strain his raspberries he uses pantyhose. He tells me he only uses unworn for this purpose. I sincerely hope that to be true
  11. Sanctimonious twits are sanctimonious twits no matter what their choice of diet.
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    The rise and fall of Paula Deen

    The panel has been assembled in Salem. Mary Walcott will testify. The EG jury of perfection is ready. Only question that remains is the gallows or burning at the stake. Maybe both.
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    Lemonade-How to sweeten

    I love lemonade. My favorite beverage. In an effort to cut back on sugar consumption I have started drinking Crystal Light mix. This product has two things in common with lemonade. it is liquid and it is yellow. There is not another relationship in the two. My daughter in law's roomate from college is now a physician and advises me that artificial sweeteners are the work of the devil and she holds them as a major cause of cancer My wife has take to using Truvia as her sweetener of choice. it is stevia based, but includes sugar alcohol and the process to make it look like sugar remains unclear. So, what should I do? It seems any of the substances are bad for me in one way or the other. The one that makes lemonade taste best is sugar. Should I go back to sugar? Truvia? A sugar Truvia blend? Help me out here. Try as I may, I can't seem to consume enough bourbon to stay hydrated.
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    The rise and fall of Paula Deen

    You got that right.
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    The rise and fall of Paula Deen

    It seems clear that Paula D. is an imperfect human. Earlier, I had asked she be judged the same as Tony B. another imperfect human. I have always believed that we are all imperfect and that one of the basic human endeavors was to attempt to modify those imperfections as best we can. We should all hope to change for the better. It is an ongoing struggle for me. I admit to being highly imperfect. However, my belief has been called into question reading all these posts from those that seem to be beyond any reproach in their humanity. Perhaps they have reached perfection. I salute them for the effort. I have no idea at all if Paula D. is a racist or not. I don't think any of those condeming her do either. Although one poster seems to have the ability to read minds. She is an easy target. large in size, large in personality, cashed in her moments of celebrity. She is not like us, or like some of us, at least. If she had a centrifuge in her kitchen we would like her a lot more. we don't like her because she is not like us. Wait a minute, not liking someone because they are not like us? Sounds pretty damn familiar to me. Let ye who is without sin cast the first stone. Seems we have a fine group here ready to fire away.
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    The rise and fall of Paula Deen

    I sort of a fat guy so if it makes you feel better go ahead and mock me too either here or by private message. I did have a salad for lunch and walked a bit aferward. But I can't be sure the lettuce was organic. there is a temendous difference between the hurtful speech used by Tony B. and that used by Paula D. I'm just not clear on what that is, perhaps it is because Tony is a skinny guy and Paula is a fat woman.
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    The rise and fall of Paula Deen

    way to keep it classy. Not really sure why Paula Dean gets in trouble for what she says, but Bourdain is all but considered a national treasure. Wanna bet Tony never said that? But he is cool and Paula is just an uppity broad. She has a good TV presence that lots of folks seem to like. As do Fieri and Ray, who are also widely hated.
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    Liquid nitro cocktails

    Isn't this just gimmickry? It would do nothing to improve a cocktail. A guy who used to live down the street worked at Air Products and used to bring some liquid nitrogen home once in a while and put on a show for the neighbors. He was very safety conscious with the stuff. One needs to be very careful handling it and using it
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    Top 10 Hot Dog Lies

    Agreeing with Bob L. and Holly that less is more on a hot dog. I have a list of three items that I think can go on a hot dog. Mustard onions Kraut-and light on the Kraut. When I am at the ball park and see people pumping ketchup on their hot dog I want to go slap it right out of their hand. I can understand a little pickle relish, but I don't use it. Although I understand it to be a classic I just don't get the allure of the Chili Dog.
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    Blackberry Cobbler?

    I love cobblers of all variety. I always use a biscuit topping for the fruit. I learned this from my mother.
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    Modernist molten chocolate cakes

    Modernist cooking isn't just fancy chemicals, there's a lot of basic precision too. Make sure your recipe is consistent with digital scales, your oven temperature is accurate with a digital thermometer, and your timing is accurate with a digital timer. If you get the puddings to a consistent temperature before baking then you should be able to find a combination of oven time and temperature that gives you consistent results. The size and colour of the ramekins you use will also affect the result. A modernist approach would be to make sure everything is done exactly the same way, every time. I wonder what makes the approach you describe a modernist one. Consistency, particularly for succesful baking, is nothing new
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    CSA 2013

    I di stop at the farm after work last night to pick up our share. I got lots of lettuce, a napa cabbage, some bok choy, some garlic scrapes, I alos had the chance to get a box of strawberries. The rub was I had to pick them. I am 6'4" with a bad back and it was raining at the time. So, I passed. It was pretty much what I expected for this first pick up. Our farm is not just a farm. It is a non-profit thta offers a place to live and work for those with challanges. It has a mission to provide for the residents but also to provide the produce to our community. I have included a link to their web page. It is a wonderful non-profit to support http://www.homefields.org/
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    CSA 2013

    Our first pick up from our CSA is set for tommorow. The growing season got a late start here due to the cool wet spring. Not sure what we will find but looking forward to it. have others gotten their share started yet?
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    Cabin cooking

    I doubt you will notice much if any difference in the propane range vs. the natural gas range. A propane fridge works fine too. I wonder how often you will be at this cabin? If only a couple times a year I think you should learn to cook on the electric range. It is not as horrible thing as you seem to think it is.
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    Omelette: how do you make your(favorite)s?

    So much to say about this discussion and so much I won't say. It is a couple of eggs, or perhaps one egg, with some stuff cooked in the middle of it. Lots of ways to do it. Pick the one you like best. It is simple cookery, This discussion is essential EG though. Sad as that may be.