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  1. Wow.. It seems rather unusual that a lot of fellow foodies are also non-believers! Anyone cooked some strozzapreti... and do you say a prayer beforehand? My family, while culturally Catholic (and raised under the assumption that belief is good), is pretty much agnostics and atheists (I understand the "you can be both argument," but some don't self-declare atheism for various reasons). We don't say grace at home or in public. I think occasionally we've attempted some secular equivalent My in-laws are believers. One thing I've noticed, is that even though my wife is kind of a doubter (or is at
  2. Maybe it's not that weird, but I've gotten some strange looks for proclaiming its awesomeness: Sliced Apples and Roasted Garlic Hummus It was a midnight discovery that made my wife initially skeptical until she actually tried it.
  3. That's sort of the position I'm in too. Consider the fact that the "organic" label is very flexible and non-encompassing. First of all, I think "buy local" is the best thing a consumer can do, but the convenience of the supermarket is hard to ignore. For those of us who don't plan our weekly meal schedule down to the last detail, we're going to have to settle for what's at the supermarket. What that means is that our organic produce is sold by the same companies that sell the non-organic product. They know they can sell this product much higher because the costs associated with organic pro
  4. Organic. It's a pervasive label on everything from produce to frozen foods and boxed mac & cheese. It's changing the landscape of our grocery stores. Increasingly more items have an organic alternative anywhere from a dollar more to sometimes double the price. The philosophy of organic foods is fairly simple. Using no unnatural chemicals, pesticides, or fertilizers yields a more nutritionally sound, better tasting product. It's something that makes intuitive enough sense for me to buy an organic product when the price isn't outrageous. Friends, family and even I will boast when we f
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    Sonic Drive-In

    Seconded on the breakfast burritos (on both counts). There aren't any where I am, but when the wife and I travel, we'll stop in at Sonic occasionally. FWIW, I think that the edibility of fast food joints is highly relative. Sonic is definitely a step up from Checkers/Rally's. I've had decent burgers there, nothing phenomenal, but better than other a number of fast food places. I do find that the west coast has better options for fast food hamburgers though.
  6. A friend explained this to me just about a week ago and I agreed. Locatelli (pecorino romano) is the "chronic", and I wouldn't hesitate to use it in my Italian dishes, but Parmesan-Reggiano works for when I'm going for something more mellow in flavor. When I'm making a dish with white sauce and/or chicken, shredded or shaved parmesan-reggiano works better because it's not as salty. For meatballs, red meats, or something with bold flavors, bring on the Locatelli!
  7. Testing again, it looks like I'm more E than I (60/40 split), but you can see the other traits are more solidly leaning one way than the other. Here are the results: Extroverted (E) 62.5% Introverted (I) 37.5% Intuitive (N) 76.47% Sensing (S) 23.53% Thinking (T) 79.31% Feeling (F) 20.69% Perceiving (P) 89.29% Judging (J) 10.71%
  8. Red & Yellow Beets cooked and cubed Coarsely chopped almonds Fresh Dill Aged Balsamic Vinegar Olive Oil Truffle Salt to taste Simple recipe: 1. Cook beets. 2. Cool beets. 3. Cube beets. 4. Add chopped dill, aged balsamic (or balsamic reduction), and olive oil. 5. Lightly season with truffle salt. Truffle salt is something my wife and I picked up in San Francisco. I don't know what it would exactly taste like without it, but it did pack an amazing flavor! We were pretty much so-so on beets, but my father-in-law thought these looked pretty and wanted to see if I could do something with the
  9. I used to put more stock into the MBTI, and I guess there are reasons to distrust it but I do think it tends to give somewhat of a picture of a person's preferences provided that they don't consciously devalue their traits. Confirmation bias also plays a part in how we choose to accept the results it gives us. I'm not actually trying to 'debunk' the MBTI. I think people just need to contextualize its purpose. It can be abused or inflated. That being said, prompting the tester to reveal cognitive preferences is worlds beyond staring at I tend to test as an I/ENTP. E and I are probably the
  10. The answer for me is to usually avoid Subway at all costs, however, if one must go to Subway, the most edible sandwiches are as follows: Veggies w/ Cheese (NOT the Vegimax patty, which is like a deep fried maxi pad) Italian BMT loaded(for some reason, these fattier meats can take being stored sliced, unlike the other Subway Frankenmeats) Both with plenty of oil & vinegar, oreg, s&p. My wife likes the Meatball, but these make me feel like I'm eating frozen meatball-flavored bread. And don't toast your sandwich unless you like to microwave your lunchmeat at home.
  11. The whole raw food movement kind of irks me actually. In trying to achieve the same flavors as their "cooked" counterparts, they end up with roughly the same nutritional value. Fats are still fats (albeit unsaturated, but still), and sugars are still sugars. Nuts actually have fat where flour does not, so you end up spending more, getting fatter, and eating foods that taste not as good as the 'real thing.' Sorry to go off on a tangent, but as much as I enjoy the creative aspect of the raw food movement, it's not practical or necessary to achieving better health... and it tastes like garbag
  12. I know what you mean about the Picky McPickersons of this world. It makes me recoil in horror to hear them justify denying entire categories with a lame circular argument. If you already convince yourself you won't like something, likelihood is you'll find reasons not to like it! I know family and friends who are like this, and it halfway tempts me to say: "I like you? WHY!?" But I realize they are just quirks that people have. I think someone mentioned it on here that it's a result of being spoiled and tended to as a child, and since they were used to getting the same kinds of foods ove
  13. I'm not sure why this didn't post (Newbie here, sorry!) This was the perfect meal to throw together so I could take care of our little one while my wife was out with the ladies. Breakfast for dinner counts as "breakfast", right? Admittedly, it's not as amazing as some of the masterpieces on here, but I thought it was pretty enough that I had to take a picture after my first bite. Dad's Awesome Saturday Night Dinner Huevos Rancheros & Mexican Hashbrowns Skillet 2 fried eggs, fried shredded hashbrowns, Adobo seasoning, fresh chopped cilantro, shredded Mexican cheese, a few dashes of Smoke
  14. Hot mayonnaise and a pickled pig foot served in a roasted durian
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