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  1. chromedome

    Ice Cream!

    At bottom the difference between heavy cream and half-and-half is basically just water. You could probably reduce your lactose free half-and-half to achieve a similar fat content. There'd probably be a bit of a "cooked" flavor to the end result, but I'm guessing you could mask that with appropriate flavoring ingredients.
  2. chromedome

    Lunch 2020

    It's the same in Saint John, where I live. People who live on one or the other side of the Harbour Bridge tend to stay there, and the insularity of those west of the bridge is a particular source of teasing. One local radio station, playing on this, has an audio "tag" that says "Like a West-sider crossing the Harbour Bridge...we refuse to do anything but rock!"
  3. LOL I"d be deeply shocked if someone isn't working on it, somewhere. At least as something that can be sold in "pre-cooked" form, to avoid the whole complication of streaks of fat (difficult to replicate, essential to the cooking). Up here one of our major meatpacking companies, Maple Leaf, is the owner of the Light Life brand of faux-meat products. They've recently begun selling 50/50 mixes of real and faux meat, as I believe I've mentioned upthread, presumably for those who want to reduce but not eliminate their meat consumption. I had the opportunity to buy a 2-pack of the burgers at a deep discount ($2.99 instead of $6.99 or $7.99) so we tried them the other night. They weren't bad. The texture was slightly off compared to a conventional burger, but the veg content (like Beyond, the Light Life product is built from pea protein) actually may have worked in its favor...pre-formed supermarket burgers often have a distinctively "chewy" texture, which in this case seems to have been negated by the veg protein. My GF is under orders to keep red meat consumption to a minimum to a) address her suddenly-high cholesterol, and b) skew her diet in a less inflammatory direction to reduce the risk of her RA flaring up; so this is something we'll probably eat repeatedly through the summer. I also have a pack of the 50/50 ground beef mixture that was purchased at a 50% discount, so that'll probably become meatballs or lasagna or something.
  4. chromedome

    Dinner 2020

    It's important to know when you're out of your league, that's for sure. I had a Polish neighbour years ago, and was at some pains to drive home the message that I was done after two shots of vodka. He was incredulous at first, but eventually accepted that it was just how I roll... (and we still bonded over the food side of things). If you ever watch the Keith Richards doc "Under the Influence," there's a segment that involves Tom Waits (no slouch himself) being wryly amusing on the subject of trying to go drink-for-drink with Mr. Richards.
  5. Might have to switch to whiskey sauers.
  6. I know that was a typo, but it gave me an amusing mental image of Heston glaring at the pot in fierce concentration, willing it to poach the egg, like an out-take from The Men Who Stare at Goats...
  7. chromedome

    4th of July

    (Shrug) It's not really my thing. I'll eat one if it's put in front of me, but I surely won't pay a premium for 'em. My former neighbours back in the seaside area where my restaurant was located were mainly lobstermen, so sometimes I manage to cross paths with the right person at the right time and get one for below-market price.
  8. chromedome

    4th of July

    It's Wednesday up here (Canada Day) but I'm not planning anything much. May buy a lobster for the GF if they're still on sale.
  9. A big one, for Canadian salad-eaters: Several Fresh Express pre-cut salad kits have been recalled nationally for cyclospora contamination. https://www.inspection.gc.ca/food-recall-warnings-and-allergy-alerts/2020-06-28/eng/1593389058603/1593389064393?utm_source=r_listserv
  10. Have you tried Goo Gone or anything of that nature?
  11. Yeah, that. It wasn't a review or a critique, as such, just an opportunity for a bit of snark. (shrug) Fill your boots, dude...
  12. Though I note that the "Top critical review" is from someone who sat on his unit for 8 months before trying it, then was pissed because the warranty dept didn't turn it around for him over Christmas (they received it on the 23rd).
  13. chromedome

    Dinner 2020

    Feeling your pain, hon. My GF did variations on the whole Keto/Atkins thing for the last couple of years, including a very earnest attempt at hardcore keto-ing last year. She now has a cholesterol issue, for the first time in her life, and her doctor has her eating on the DASH plan (which is a much happier experience for me). It was especially difficult for me because a) she seldom eats anything left over; and b) frugality is too deeply engrained in my DNA to allow food to go to waste. So I'd end up eating her high-protein, high-fat leftovers at lunch, because try as I might it's really difficult to cook single-person portions of anything. Amazingly I did manage, in spite of the odds, to maintain my own weight. On a practical note, fish and shellfish make a nice change of pace. There's also the option of legumes, depending how militant he is about the percentage of carbs in 'em.
  14. Nice. That's where I'll be by about Labour Day.
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