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    I was born and currently live about 30 minutes from Food Lion's corporate headquarters in NC. In my experience, they're inferior to every other major grocer in my region. Whenever I enter a Food Lion it feels like I'm going back in time. And not in a charming way. Each week, I shop at a variety of grocery stores in accordance with their comparative virtues... Harris Teeter, Whole Foods, Publix, Trader Joe's, and Walmart are my primaries, but others are sometimes also in the mix if I'm in the neighborhood. There are four Food Lions in this geographic region, and I frequent none of them. They all feel like a giant step down compared to the competition. Food Lion's primary marketing strategy over the years has been to compete on the basis of price. The only things going for it are the occasional weekly sale items on processed food items (corn-wheat-soy soda/snacks/garbage). None of the Food Lions in my area have a decent produce section, and I'd never purchase meat (or seafood) from someone who can't be bothered to properly sell vegetables. And there was a scandal about Food Lion and food safety from the 90's that I'm old enough to remember. While that's some old news, the Food Lions 'round my parts haven't stepped up their game enough in the subsequent 2.5 decades to gain my trust. The Internet reports that Food Lion operates in 10 states. Perhaps things are different in far away lands, but here on the homefront, things are rather dismal. I know this isn't the case in all markets. I've been to some decent Food Lions up in the mountains where the local Food Lion is basically the only store in town. But in my neck of the woods, which is also Food Lion's neck of the woods, they're kind of a horrorshow.
  2. This woman is so fucking gangster, I don't even have words. Since there are no words, here are some videos making food for the Spring Festival and the Year of the Pig. And here's a non-cooking video where she goes out into a bamboo forests, cuts down some trees, and turns them into furniture. I cannot stop watching.
  3. btbyrd

    Vacuum herb dryer

    Freeze dried herbs are a thing. Seems like a more common way to dry herbs under vacuum than using a vacuum microwave or whatever.
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    Seasoning Carbon Steel

    Mine's a hot piece of garbage when it comes to keeping its seasoning.
  5. Dalton Ruhlman are now selling their offset spoons, the egg spoon, and their wooden paddles through JB Prince. Kunz and Ruhlman from the same source? Cats and dogs living together? Strange days...
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    Dinner 2019

    King crab.
  7. btbyrd

    Dinner 2018

    Chicky chicky parm parm.
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    Dinner 2018

    Vegetarian stir fry. Final product photo could be better, but my camera’s battery died and dinner was ready.
  9. Which is why Santa bought it after it had been discontinued and heavily marked down. Jeez, fella...
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    Dinner 2018

    Snowed in yesterday. Made chili. Powders: Peppers: Peppers and alliums. Nice shallot work, if I do say so myself. Now for the beef: Slicey slice: Par-frozen grind setup: The grind: The final bowl: Served with some mighty fine cornbread. I think I’ve finally dialed in my recipe. (It contains sugar.) I need to run a couple more tests to be sure...
  11. CenturyLife gave the D7 a 5/5 on heat distribution/evenness. That, plus the sheer mass of the thing, was what sold me. The non-reactiveness was a nice bonus.
  12. Nice! I have the triply as well, but I have been looking around for something that could work as an alternative to my Matfer 12.5" carbon steel pan. I bought that one because Darto didn't make a carbon steel pan sized between their 27cm skillet and their 34cm paella. I dislike the Matfer extremely, not in terms of its heating performance or thickness but with regard to its ability to hold seasoning. For whatever reason, it sloughs off everything all too easily; it's radically worse than any of my other carbon steel pans and cast iron.. That's why I was delighted to discover something that combines the weight of carbon steel (or enameled cast iron) with non-reactive metal that conducts heat more evenly. And the helper handle seems like a nice feature, given that it's such a hefty beast. Using a 150mm knife as your primary blade does sound pretty crazy! 🙂
  13. I'm getting an All Clad D7 12" skillet and a CCK Chinese cleaver. Also some glassware from Korin.
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    DARTO pans

    This sounds like a DHL problem. Which is strange because I've had nothing but fantastic shipping experiences with DHL (which have mostly involved getting cookware from the other side of the world in virtually no time).
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    Sous Vide Turkey

    I 'membered. ]