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violetfox

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  1. violetfox

    Madeleines: Tips & Techniques

    Thanks to both of you - I will try both. The perfect excuse to buy both books!
  2. violetfox

    Madeleines: Tips & Techniques

    I'm starting to play with madeleines in different flavors and am looking for your favorite base recipe. I've used several and they seem to vary quite a bit. One called for AP flour, another for cake flour. I certainly preferred the version with cake flour. Any thoughts? Thanks!
  3. violetfox

    Hey, Hey, Donna!

    It's pretty easy to dismiss these as being by "just a food stylist" but I have found quite a few recipes and especially menus in them that are handy in a busy week and quite tasty. Personally, I find them to be quite far ahead of anything by, say, Rachel Ray or Sandra Lee - both of whom have never had a single recipe that I find remotely interesting.
  4. Trevor's book is wonderful and fascinating, but if you enjoy sushi, you may find that it gives you pause from a sustainability point of view.
  5. violetfox

    Hyperdecanting

    The question of changing the color is the only reason I can see for not trying this with a younger, less-expensive wine. I intend to try it as soon as possible. Fascinating!
  6. Thanks for posting and glad that this worked well for you. I've always been very happy with Harbor Fish.
  7. violetfox

    Starting up your own food truck?

    Thanks! That's very helpful!
  8. violetfox

    Pioneer Woman

    Maybe because it's easier to be indignant over the success of someone one doesn't think should be successful than over the lack of success in one's own life? Generally speaking, of course (and perhaps personally speaking, at times, although in most cases, I'm more likely to pout than to become indignant). Anyway, I think she seems like a nice person. Why shouldn't she deserve a TV show? Or a better question, why should anyone deny her one? She's managed to parlay a small blog into a huge (likely money-making) blog with a large following, as well as a successful book. Anyone here manage to do the same? Aha. Nail on the head, methinks!
  9. The only reason I care at all is because this culinary WWF-style nonsense of trash-talking cooks on TV, this "I-don't-give-a-hoot" attitude, is what TB does least well, in my opinion. He absolutely shines when it's clear that he does care (the Lebanon show comes to mind), when he's genuinely interested and curious. He can be very funny, in a bitter and grim sort of way, but he does other things much, much better.
  10. violetfox

    Religion in restaurants

    Well, I tried unsuccessfully to show that the restaurant may not have intended to cause offense.
  11. Well, you DID ask, so... 1) Conde Nast shutting down Gourmet. 2) food discussions for people who love food discussing the merits of chains 3) cupcakes as a fad - I like cupcakes, homemade, thoughtful, for special occasions or just for fun. I'm really not very interested in trendy cupcakes, thanks. 4) overall dumbing-down of food and wine, call it the "Food Network Effect"
  12. violetfox

    Religion in restaurants

    See, I know that some Christians feel compelled to spread the Good News. And that is precisely why any Biblical quote that seems to be evangelizing is in fact suspect to me - because I don't really want to hear the Good News when all I want is a meal in a restaurant. Because implicit in the Good News is the Bad News that if I don't happen to go along with it, I will suffer in Hell for eternity. (Note, I am not saying that you in particular or the restaurant owner in question have that belief, but many proselytizing Christians I have met do, and so the threat comes along with the promise simply by association.) When I go into an Asian, Middle Eastern, or Kosher restaurant there are sometimes religious displays, but they do not have the intent to convert me. Christians who see themselves as spreading the Good News have precisely that intent, and I don't care for it at mealtime. That said, I've been interested to see the various reactions, I'm glad at least a few people see where I'm coming from in finding it unpleasant. I don't think it's "bashing" or "bigotry" to not want to be evangelized at a restaurant. I was especially sympathetic to the person who said that it would be acceptable in certain contexts, because I kind of felt the same way but didn't really know how to verbalize it. If the restaurant had been a barbecue or soul-food or down-home country cookin' restaurant, I wouldn't have been as surprised as I was (and I might have even thought it added to the "authenticity".) This was an upscale restaurant in a fancy shopping mall, and I'm not sure why that added to the discomfort I felt, so I admit I probably have some cultural prejudice of my own in the mix. In any event, I won't be returning to that place, but I'm certainly in a minority in this part of the world and I have no doubt the restaurant will be successful without my patronage. You've completely misunderstood me about Good News - I'm talking about good News, period. Not "vs Bad News" and not "if you don't believe this, you're going to hell" (I think I said that pretty clearly). What if Christians actually believe that they are trying to be helpful, that what they're doing might actually help? Seems kind of positive to me. I don't object to the Dalai Lama commenting on world situations, nor do I think he's trying to make me a Buddhist. Again, while I'm a Christian, I couldn't be less offended by images and symbology of Asian religions in a restaurant. A friendly suggestion to pray and to be grateful, in a world that is increasingly uncivil and ungrateful, seems pretty inoffensive. If anyone finds that so offensive, they absolutely should have the courage of their convictions and leave. The fatc that you have said that you don't find Asian religious imagery offensive but are offended by Christian imagery say quite a lot.
  13. violetfox

    "The Red Wine Diet"

    I'm curious - have you tried it and know for a fact that it doesn't work? It's essentially the Mediterranian diet, which appears to be quite healthful. It's pretty clear that red wines, especially the richer wines, are quite high in antioxidants.
  14. violetfox

    Religion in restaurants

    Thank you very much. Well said!
  15. violetfox

    Religion in restaurants

    You know, a lot of Christians, myself included (but depending on the context) feel compelled in a good way to share what we do believe is Good News. It doesn't sound like the restaurant's intention was unpleasant or aggressive - it wasn't "repent, sinners, or go to Hell" by rather a long shot. I've been in plenty of Asian restaurants that had religious items, images and so forth and have always seen that as cultural and not at all offensive.
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