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  1. I would like to make sure that one detail is clear. I had no intention of ever using this knife myself. I own a lot of knives for my own kitchen, not to mention the 20 or so I have for my faire kitchens. A new find at a thrift store would have to be rather special for me to buy yet another knife for myself. The last such purchase was a Shun carving knife. On a related note, I am a firm believer in buying tools that work well for my style of cooking. I am not interested in having tools that require me to adapt to how they would like to be used. I am very fond of this quote from Waiting for Godot, "There's man all over for you, blaming on his boots the faults of his feet."
  2. A menu, lost in transcription

    Way back when my DW was a typesetter for a menu printing company. Menu printing companies also print wine lists. They used to get rush jobs for new wine lists and ended up making a parody wine list, The Super Rush Wine List, based on how easy it is to mess things up if you are rushed. We no longer have a copy but I remember one. Wish I could remember more. Graves - served at tomb temperature.
  3. This is a post about a fail. (Table knife shown for scale) I found this small Sabatier Santoku knife i my favorite thrift shop for finding knives: I paid $2.00 for it. I figured to offer it to my younger DD after I put a new edge on it. I pulled out my trusty EdgePro and had a new edge on it in less than 15 minutes. I do two things when I think I have the edge I want. First, I give it the paper-slicing test a' la the EdgePro video. Not perfect, but reasonable. My second test is slicing up a carrot. That is when I started rapping my knuckles on the cutting board. On the edge to spine axis the handle is not far enough away from the blade edge. I can't chop or slice with it. Fail! I can't think of anyone who I know that could use it. I am far from disconsolate. I have had way to many wins to let this be a deterrent.
  4. The Dish Towel

    Drying dishes? I am assuming that you either don't have or don't use a dishwasher.
  5. The Dish Towel

    12-15. That's all the drawer space allotted to them allow. I use terry towels but should have a few real "tea" towels. They last my DW and myself for years at a time. Some of them, after they get stained, become farie kitchen towels. I HATE microfiber towels.
  6. Sous Vide Steak

    I'm trying peanut oil this evening.
  7. Sharpening stones

    Threads and Tutorials of interest. Knife Maintenance adn Sharpening https://forums.egullet.org/topic/139988-best-way-to-sharpen-a-knife/ https://forums.egullet.org/topic/104022-knife-sharpening-systems-edgepro-apex/ You can also try googling "egullet sharpening stones"
  8. Microwave- and Heat-Safe Bowl

    IMHO if you want to go with a pyrex bowl you will need to go thrift shopping for a while. Bowls where the logo looks like PYREX are desirable, but products with the rounded pyrex lettering, that which is sold today, are made of a different glass. I am not a chocolatier, just someone who wants to help others stay safe.
  9. Sharpening stones

    What weinoo said. I am a die-hard fan of Edge-Pro.
  10. Thrift Store Ethics

    How I respond to under-priced items depends on the store. I regularly shop 14 different Goodwill thrift stores in two different management regions. They quite often put out broken items, like a bowl with a major chip going down the side of the bowl priced as if they were in perfect working order. I know of their claim of being a charitable rehabilitation institution but they have turned into (IMHO) a corrupt big business. For those stores, if I found a $100 gold piece priced for $0.50, I'd give them $0.50.
  11. Sous Vide ribeye, 3 1/4 hours at 131. I will chop up and carmelize an onion and add a can of Ranch Style Beans to it. I know that Ranch Style Beans aren't home made but they are a favorite of my DW and mine. Probably will end up serving fruit of some ilk. There will a Hendrick's gin and tonic a little later. I will will open a red for dinner. I'm a mean grandpa. I won't let my 3 3/4 y/o grandson watch any given movie twice in the same day. I will do something like Toy Story, TS2 and TS3 in the same day. And now that he and his parents have moved out I need to get my own copy of Hotel Transylvania.
  12. I consider this to be a valuable addition to my library as a reference tool.
  13. Menus for Christmas Dinner 2017

    I noticed something in some of your traditions and menus that is different from ours. For both Thanksgiving and Christmas we do not do nibbles beforehand. Everyone lives reasonably close by so timing can be controlled and we don't generally worry about weather conditions affecting travel here in So Cal.
  14. A Small NYC Kitchen Reno 2017

    A very nice in-use kitchen.
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