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  1. I don't think anyone used one pot plus pans. The challenge was that you had to use one pot or one pan. You didn't have to do a "one pot meal" - i.e. a stew, braise, etc. You could certainly use one pot and cook ingredients separately.
  2. It's a tv show - give 'em a break!
  3. I'll chime in with another vote of support for the Capresso Infinity (in black for $90). I have one and have bought a few as gifts over the years. It's a great grinder for anyone who is not going to make espresso. Your french press and drip coffees will definitely improve relative to using your blade grinder (don't throw out the blade grinder - use if to grind spices). One extra note: if you are going to invest in a burr grinder, you should also follow other steps to making good coffee. Use fresh beans. Store your beans in an airtight container, away from light. Most importantly: use the proper amount of grounds - 2.5 tablespoons per 8oz cup.
  4. I own this julep strainer. It does the job, but it is quite low quality. The metal is really thin - you could very easily squeeze it and bend the metal. I'd keep looking. Someone asked why bother with a julep strainer. It's marginally easier to clean out bits of mint (hence the name) from a julep strainer than from a Hawthorne strainer. As Sam said, it's not a necessary tool, but I like having it in the collection.
  5. I don't recall her thinking it was a bad idea, just bad execution. Maybe I am not remembering it correctly.
  6. Thanks again everyone for all of the replies. My wife travels to Seattle for work fairly often and I'll accompany here when I can. We look forward to working our way through the other suggestions. Zig Zag was great. Very cool atmosphere. As I wrote above, we first went to Elliot's for their Oyster New Year, which was a blast. Oysters from probably 25 different places, about 25 area wines, live music....it was incredibly fun (especially for two Chicagoans who are used to paying $3/oyster). Then we headed to Zig Zag. We walked in a grabbed the first table we saw free. Then a host saw us and escorted us to one of the larger, half circle tables. Way to make us feel welcome. The drinks were amazing. We also had lunch at Matt's at the Market and a dinner one night at Quinn's. What a weekend of great eating! Can't wait to return.
  7. Perfect - thanks for the quick response! We're going to Elliot's tomorrow night for a big oyster thing, and Zig Zag seems really close. I'm excited - thanks again.
  8. Hi everyone, I'm on a short trip in Seattle. I heard that there are some excellent places to get really good cocktails here -- places that may be in the same league as The Pegu Club in New York. Can anyone help me with some names of places? Thanks in advance!
  9. I just called Gepperth's and they usually have it in the freezer. If they happen to be out of stock, they'll get it in soon.
  10. You are also posting thoughts on Chicago restaurants at LTHforum.com. It seems a lot of your posts are along the lines of "this place would never last in NY," or "the food scene in Chicago doesn't hold a candle to that in NY". Naturally you are going to get some pushback from people who think you are basing your judgment on a very small sample, and that you aren't picking the best Chicago has to offer. I think you'll also notice on LTHforum (and here) that the people can be incredibly over-critical about Chicago restaurants. Your posts at lthforum on the Violet Hour are a good example. Here you had two posts describing your two visits. Over there you only posted about the second (disappointing) visit and basically said that the place isn't very good because they don't make a good Martini. The response you got was that people's tastes differ and that your preferred Martini recipe wasn't necessarily the only "proper" one. I would hardly say this response means people accept mediocrity.
  11. Darren72

    Los Cabos

    My wife and I recently returned from a wonderful vacation and the One and Only Palmilla. Here's a few quick notes: 1. Charlie Trotter's restaurant "C" has closed. Jean-George V. will open a restaurant on the property in November. 2. The food at the resort (at Agua, the Spa, the in-room private dining menu, etc.) are wonderful. The private dining menu is largely a separate menu from that at the Spa and Agua, although any food can be delivered to your room. They will also set up an intimate, romantic setting to eat on your private deck. 4. The tasting menu at Agua referred to by docsconz is $120 per person plus $65 for wine, if I recall, plus 28% tax and service. We did not try it.
  12. Try Gepperth's. Call, don't rely on the website. http://www.gepperthsmarket.com/ GEPPERTH'S MARKET 1964 N. Halsted Chicago, Il. (773)549-3883
  13. Could you be more specific? What part of the paper are you referring to that contradicts the abstract quoted above?
  14. Darren72

    Preserving Summer

    You add liquid pectin after the fruit and sugar macerate, so it wouldn't be too late to add it. ← Thanks kiliki (although I got this reply after the jam was finished). For future reference, do I need to increase the sugar if I am adding liquid pectin? The original recipe I followed called for a ratio of fruit to sugar of 10 to 8 (i.e. 1 kg of fruit to 800 g of sugar).
  15. I think you mean to say "regardless of the data espoused in the abstract."
  16. Darren72

    Preserving Summer

    I am making a cherry, honey, and mint jam from Christine Ferber's book. The recipe calls for 7oz of green apple jelly (which adds pectin). I made this jelly, but it came out more like heavy syrup than jelly. I'm worried that adding this to my cherry jam recipe will not add enough pectin. The cherries, sugar, and honey are already combined, so I presume it is too late to use pre-made pectin. Any advice? Should I proceed without the green apple jelly or other pectin and just deal with it? Will the final product be more like cherries in syrup than like jam? Thanks.
  17. Kathryn, I am sorry that you were disappointed. One note: the waiter's actions when you asked about the wine were completely normal and appropriate. You weren't satisfied with the wine and most good restaurants will replace it, no questions asked, whether it was indeed "off" or not. (Imagine if he had said, "No, the wine is not off. It just isn't very good. Enjoy your meal.") You should have been charged the cost of your original bottle, though, not for the more expensive replacement.
  18. But they aren't! The Margarita and the Manhattan are not variations on the same theme. I think we're going in circles on a pretty trivial semantic issue here. The drinks are variations on his theme - a theme that you view as misleading, uniformed, or both. We get it. Classifying vermouth as sweet and bitters as sour is wrong, wrong, just plain wrong. These two drinks are from different branches of the cocktail tree and shouldn't be discussed together. Again, we get it. So why do I keep replying? I guess it's because I think tying the phrase "I don't see a lot of differences here" to a fundamental misunderstanding of mixology seems like a cheap shot and pushing intellectual content where none really exists.
  19. It should be clear that he is saying there isn't much different in the method of alcohol, sweet, and sour. He clearly isn't saying that there isn't much difference between a Margarita and a Manhattan. Pancakes and biscuits both contain flour, milk, fat and baking powder. That's my point. In fact, pancakes and biscuits are more closely related than a Margarita and a Manhattan. And yet, I'm guessing we'd be saying it was kind of dumb if a guy did a show saying "I looked around at a bunch of bread-like recipes and noticed that about 80% of them are made with flour, milk, fat and baking powder" then did a show on pancakes and then, at the conclusion, made biscuits saying, "I'm not seeing a lot of differences here." How about this? How about, there is a big difference between simple syrup and vermouth? How about, there's an even bigger difference between lime juice and bitters?! To be fair, if his point was "cocktails are made out of liquor and other stuff" then it's all spot on! But that's hardly helpful. ← I think he's just trying to say that the drinks that are seemingly very different are, in fact, related; they are variations on a theme. You know more than he does about cocktails and see that he has glossed over important differences. But I think you are also reading a lot more into his words than you should be (and his words from a video - not the article, when he presumably had more time to choose his words carefully). When writers in other sections of the paper write about things that I know about, they get a lot of details wrong. It's natural to ask "why didn't they just ask so-and-so!?" Sadly, that isn't how most media works.
  20. All good points, no question. I think he was trying to be the opposite of the person who says "You have to make it this way...". I agree that he could have done a better job though.
  21. I've watched the video and I think slkinsey was a little harsh in his original assessment. Is it 30%, 90%? Who knows and who cares? How would you ever determine such a thing (80% of drinks ordered this year? Ordered ever? 80% of the drinks listed in some book?) He's clearly making the point that many drinks have sweet and sour components. It is unfortunate that Brad refereed to a "classic" Margarita and then made a drink with tequila, simple syrup, and lime juice. Although there certainly isn't anything wrong with making or enjoying this drink, "classic" is not the correct description. They weren't saying that the Patron by itself wasn't palatable. Earlier in the episode, Lomonaco says that a cocktail takes raw alcohol, and then adds ingredients to make it more palatable. When they make the Margarita, he comes back to this idea and says that the simple sugar makes the drink more palatable. He also says that the alcohol (i.e. the Patron) has a nice taste on its own. He clearly isn't implying anything different. So what's wrong with saying that other ingredients make the alcohol more palatable? If I may quote from page 71 of The Joy of Mixology, "Mixed drinks of all kinds should glide down the throat easily, and since most cocktails have a spirit base, the addition of ingredients containing less or no alcohol is needed to cut the strength of the drink and make it more palatable." Lomonaco was saying the exact same thing. It should be clear that he is saying there isn't much different in the method of alcohol, sweet, and sour. He clearly isn't saying that there isn't much difference between a Margarita and a Manhattan.
  22. I realize that the video has a lot of misinformation, but the article pretty much follows your script about varying the ingredients: He even makes your point about varying ratios to get the drink that fits your tastes (although I think you say it more clearly): I haven't watched the accompanying video, but it sounds like he picked the wrong person to host it and said some strange things. But the article itself isn't bad at all. Could he have packed more information into it? Yes. Could he have been a little more clear about the relevant ratios? (How much is 'lots of lime'?) Of course.
  23. Yeah, and on every one of those shows, I always get a kick out of watching the chefs roll their eyes when Bittman does it "his way." ← While I'm not defending Bittman's cocktail foray, this is not an accurate statement about his tv show "How to Cook Everything" or "The Best Food in the World". It's clear that he has a good rapport with the chefs and they generally respect his dishes and goal. Not all of his dishes hit. But I've never seen a chef "roll his eyes," act disrespectfully, or express dislike of a dish in anything other than a friendly and constructive manner.
  24. Does it cover sourdough bread? If so, how extensively? I see that Amazon has it for $53. Is this the price you paid?
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