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  1. @rotuts there may be something funky going on with your browser. Maybe try a different one? At the top of the screen where I circled in red, you are supposed to see a dropdown where you acknowledge the TOS and enter your email address and then it lets you in the website.
  2. I did the $25 gift card promo with amazon several years ago successfully. I logged in today to do some browsing and there was a link on one of the product pages saying that I would get a $25 amazon credit if I added a debit card to my wallet. I added one and received my credit instantly. The terms of the deal say that you do need to get presented with the link in order for the promotion to work and that you don't actually need to use the debit card that you added to purchase anything. Might be worth a check. The link was right below the price of the item that I was looking at. I am not a prime member and not sure if that matters.
  3. I emerged from my house for the first time in a while and made a cheese run for today's Cowgirl Creamery Hop Along. The store was pretty bustling when I was there around lunchtime, but it was people shopping for normal grocery-type stuff. No customers at the cheese counter and plenty of today's cheese (and everything else) available. This was in Phoenix where we have minimal/no restrictions on businesses and people aren't known for their love of fine cheeses.
  4. Went to Anova's website for the first time in what seems like forever. I had the intention to take a look at the new oven since I've been waiting like 3-4 years for it. When I got there, a popup appeared for the precision cooker pro. It's currently half off - reg $399 on sale for $199. I may pull the trigger on the immersion circulator and come back to the oven another day.
  5. @tikidoc I just solidified plans yesterday to drive up to Oregon and will be passing through Las Vegas this weekend. I was actually going to jump on this thread and see if you wanted me to grab you one. I'm glad you got it sorted though. I picked up (exchanged, actually) my unit at the RC Willey location in Henderson last November. I've only used it few times (so busy with other stuff), but it's been a handy device for deep frying and long steady low temp cooks. If anybody else wants one and isn't able to sweet talk a customer service agent to ship it out, let me know in the next day or so and I'll pick it up for you.
  6. Cuisinart Oval Casserole, Matte Grey, 7-Quart for $60, plus tax. Shipping is $6 for me, free if you are an Amazon Prime member. https://sellout.woot.com/offers/cuisinart-oval-casserole-7-qt-matte-grey-1 Today only (Monday, 4/13/2020) - deal ends at midnight eastern time unless they sell out before that.
  7. @Anna N It's very possible that the time and temperature reference card was not included in your box with the rest of the stuff. The first one that I purchased appeared to be factory sealed, but there was no documentation of any sort and it was missing the mat. I returned it and the second one that I got was (as far as I know) complete.
  8. I will be back in Las Vegas again in Mid-January. If they still have them in stock and you're still interested in one, I can always pick one up for you and get it shipped out. I have yet to play with my replacement since getting it this past weekend (first one was missing parts).
  9. I have done the creme anglaise recipe and it was a bit uneven (dare I say cellulite-like?) when it came out. I mixed it very quickly with a whisk and it was perfectly smooth after just a few quick strokes. I didn't use a stick blender because they are a pain to clean and the whisk method has worked well for me in the past when making pot de creme and other custard things sous vide.
  10. RC Willey's customer support was very helpful in setting up an exchange after explaining my situation to them. I was in Las Vegas for the long weekend so opted to just do the exchange in-store/in-person since they have locations there and receiving shipments at my apartment is tricky. With the exception of the 40 minute wait in their pickup area after the paperwork was processed, it was quite painless and I now have a paragon with all of the parts (fingers crossed that everything works). I should have a chance to play with it sometime within the next week or so. Thank you all again for the prompt feedback last week.
  11. I took all the packaging out of the box and checked again - no mat and no instructions. I'll give the seller a call today to get this sorted out. Thanks for all your help!
  12. For those that ordered a Paragon from RC Willey, did it include the mat or instructions? I finally got around to unpacking mine and there are no instructions or mat. On the RC Willey product page, it shows a picture of a pan of bacon using the mat and both the description section and feature section mention the mat. I was under the impression that the mat was included, but I don't have instructions to verify what should be in the box.
  13. I just put in an order for one from RC Willey (thank you for the lead on that great price). I used to have a Tatung single burner induction unit that I picked up for about $100. I let my sister borrow it a few years ago and let her keep it when I moved out of state. I've been thinking about picking up another one for some time now, but was waiting for the right price. At $70 - it's definitely the right price. With the added temperature control feature, I couldn't pass up the deal. It should make deep frying (which is what I used the old Tatung most often for) much easier.
  14. fledflew


    I personally find store chickens mushy and tasteless. I grew up eating "Chinese chickens" from SF Chinatown which were less meaty, but had a much "chickenier" flavor and the meat was quite springy. I find the meat on store rotisserie chickens almost pasty and the skin (my favorite part) is flabby and greasy. I started making rotisserie chickens myself on the gas grill about 15 years ago and have only eaten a store rotisserie chicken maybe 10 times since then. I'd go on, but that probably belongs in a different thread...
  15. fledflew


    Some states require Costco to sell alcohol to non-members as well - that's another way to take a look inside (and maybe even stock up on wine and liquor) without a membership. I have never seen a referral deal for membership, but I have seen a $20 gift card promotion with basic membership. Also, you can get an executive membership for $120 (in the US) which will pay back 2% cash back. My yearly dividend is usually between $130-$180, so it covers the cost of membership.
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