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Chimayo Joe

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  1. Yeah....that strikes me as a strange list. The individual books seem pretty good as far as I can tell, but if they're saying these are the top 25 books you really need then I take issue with that. (I only own one of them, but I've looked through several of the others page by page in the bookstores and borrowed some from the library.) Maybe "25 Cookbooks That Belong in Every Food Lover's Library If Your Library Has a Few Hundred Cookbooks in It".
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    The Hot Sauce Topic

    I've drifted away from habanero sauces over the past couple of years. I still use them but not as much as I used to. I haven't gotten into hot sauces enough to order them, so my favorites are just from what's available in the grocery stores here. My three favorites are produced in state, and that may be why I'm able find them in the stores here. Not sure how widely available they are. They're SaSo Red Pepper Chipotle, SaSo Chile Pequin, and Burns & McCoy Especia Roja. Rounding out my top ten are El Yucateco Chipotle(more like a really hot barbecue sauce than typical hot sauce), Gringo Bandito Red, Pico Pica Hot Sauce(unfortunately the stores here appear to have stopped carrying it), Valentina Black Label(my really low budget favorite), Tapatio, Cholula Original, and Cholula Chili Garlic.
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    Breakfast Cereal

    I eat a lot of oatmeal now, but my favorite cereals as a kid were Cap'n Crunch , Sugar Crisp, and Alphabits. i still occasionally buy Cap'n Crunch to eat dry as a snack.
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    Favorite diet soft drinks?

    I've added Peach Citrus Fresca to my list of favored diet sodas. I didn't even know it existed until a couple of weeks ago. I like it better than original Fresca.
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    Chipotle's Mexican Grill

    Chipotle probably added queso to their menu because their main competitor Qdoba has it, and people were asking for it. I've never had Qdoba's either. I'm less likely to go to Qdoba, but when I do, my preferred order is loaded tortilla soup(Qdoba used to call it Mexican Gumbo.) It's been a long time since I've been there, quite a while since I've been to Chipotle, as well. I looked at Qdoba's menu a couple of minutes ago and noticed they have smoked brisket as one of their meat choices. I don't recall seeing that before, but I may have just forgotten what Qdoba offers.
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    Chipotle's Mexican Grill

    The taquerias here do carnitas very much better than Chipotle, but a carnitas bowl is still what I'm most likely to get if I'm at Chipotle. Less likely to get a barbacoa or sofritas bowl but I enjoy those, too. I don't like the gummy tortillas they use for their burritos. The cold condiments don't bother me because I always get takeout from Chipotle, and it gets zapped briefly in the microwave when I get home. I think Chipotle's guacamole is pretty good, but I don't care for their chips, so I just buy the guacamole and use supermarket chips at home. Thanks for the warning on the queso. It's not something I'd be likely to get, but I'll definitely avoid it now.
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    Beef Wellington Novice

    I've never made it, but Gordon Ramsay's youtube videos are probably where I'd start looking if I were to give it a try.
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    America's favorite ice cream: guess ...

    My local supermarket has had Tillamook ice cream on sale, and I've been bingeing since I posted on the thread previously. They don't carry all the flavors I want to try, but what I have tried have been nice. Caramel Butter Pecan has been my favorite so far. I've also had Oregon Strawberry, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Tillamook Mudslide, and Cookies & Cream(picked up that last one at Walmart which I've discovered carries many more flavors than my supermarket.) I'm getting burned out on ice cream, but I see Caramel Toffee Crunch, Salted Butterscotch(not sure if that one is available locally), and Chocolate(odd that my supermarket doesn't carry plain old Chocolate) in my future but probably not my near future.
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    Restaurant flatware thoughts

    The photos that J. Robie posted would be pretty close to my ideal. I like simple(no intricate patterns or crevices), handles that aren't too small in width and thickness, forks with some curved edge on the outer tines, and spoons that aren't too shallow. I looked through the Wayfair site, and here are some that caught my interest. They range from fairly traditional to somewhat offbeat. Not all them match up completely with my previously mentioned preferences, but there was usually something about them that compensated for that. It was hard for me to judge how shallow the spoons were. Also don't know how they rate for quality. I'd think satin finish might be better for a restaurant than a mirror finish due to fingerprints, but I really don't know if that's the case. https://www.wayfair.com/kitchen-tabletop/pdp/david-shaw-silverware-isla-45-piece-1810-stainless-steel-flatware-set-dzs1238.html https://www.wayfair.com/kitchen-tabletop/pdp/david-shaw-silverware-splendide-bella-20-piece-flatware-set-dzs1146.html https://www.wayfair.com/kitchen-tabletop/pdp/gourmet-settings-pure-continental-20-piece-1810-stainless-steel-flatware-set-gss1070.html https://www.wayfair.com/kitchen-tabletop/pdp/gourmet-settings-lyric-20-piece-1810-stainless-steel-flatware-set-service-for-4-gss1068.html https://www.wayfair.com/kitchen-tabletop/pdp/gourmet-settings-cabaret-20-piece-1810-stainless-steel-flatware-set-gss1002.html https://www.wayfair.com/kitchen-tabletop/pdp/cuisinart-elite-verona-20-piece-stainless-steel-flatware-set-cui3620.html https://www.wayfair.com/kitchen-tabletop/pdp/hampton-forge-melo-45-piece-flatware-set-hnp1164.html https://www.wayfair.com/kitchen-tabletop/pdp/gourmet-settings-symphony-20-piece-1810-stainless-steel-flatware-set-gss1000.html
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    Microwaveable Indian food pouches

    The higher the number the better I liked it. Scale is tentatively 0-10 and only applies comparatively to products of that type, so even a 10 wouldn't necessarily mean an item is absolutely stunningly delicious. I leave a little room at the top in case I happen across better than what i've already had. I might even assign someting a negative number if I ran across something disgusting. It's really just to help me keep track of what I've had and how much I liked a product, so I don't accidentally buy something by mistake. I've done something similar for hot sauces and for jarred pasta sauces. It bugs me to buy something I've forgotten that I've tried and didn't like. Toliver is correct that there's a lot of sodium in these, but it's not like I eat them every day or even every week.
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    Microwaveable Indian food pouches

    I've mainly eaten the legume varieties and have been fairly pleased by them. Actually, I think I've eaten all the legume varieties from Tasty Bite, Maya Kaimal, and Truly Indian. Those are the brands I have available locally. I thought some were better than others but didn't find any to be inedible.. I keep a few around because they're so convenient. FWIW, here's my rating of them. The numbers are just my relative rating to help me remember which I've liked better than others and not meant to render judgment on how good or bad they are. I've tried a couple of the non-legume Tasty Bite (Bombay Potatoes and Mushroom Masala) and thought they were decent, as well. 8 - Tasty Bite Madras Lentils 7 - Tasty Bite Jodhpur Lentils 6 - Maya Kaimal Black Lentils + Tomato + Cumin 6 - Maya Kaimal Green Split Peas + Spinach + Coconut 6 - Maya Kaimal Green Garbanzos + Corn + Coriander 6 - Tasty Bite Bengal Lentils (Garbanzos) 6 - Tasty Bite Channa Masala 6 - Tasty Bite Bombay Lentils 6 - Truly Indian Delhi Lentils (good flavor but slimy texture) 5 - Maya Kaimal Kidney Beans + Carrots + Tamarind 5 - Truly Indian Bombay Chickpeas 4 - Maya Kaimal Red Lentil + Butternut Squash + Coconut 4 - Tasty Bite Spinach Dal
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    America's favorite ice cream: guess ...

    I've only(fairly recently) had Oregon Strawberry in Tillamook's ice cream sandwiches, and I've also had Tillamook's vanilla ice cream sandwiches. I thought the ice cream was pretty good, but I wasn't as fond of their sandwich as a whole. They use a waffle cone type wafer that tastes okay but is too hard and causes the sandwich to fragment and pushes the ice cream out from between the wafers when you eat it. Strawberry is one of my two favorite ice cream flavors(the other being chocolate.) I don't eat ice cream as often as I used to, but I'm sure I'll eventually get around to trying more Tillamook ice cream. Haagen Dazs Strawberry and Haagen Dazs Chocolate are my usual purchases, and occasionally Haagen Dazs Dulce le Leche, but I've been on an ice cream sandwich kick for a while when buying ice cream. Sandwich favorites are Fat Boy Vanilla(don't know if they make anything but vanilla) and Klondike Oreo. I like the wafer of Skinny Cow, but the low fat ice cream lets it down. Just googled Fat Boy, and it looks like they make many flavors of ice cream sandwiches. I'll have to check them out if my supermarket carries them.
  13. Very informative. Thanks. Is there a different name (or names) for an assortment of spices, curry leaves, asafoetida, etc. that's fried in oil at the beginning to which other components of the recipe are added? An example would be this recipe for Batata Nu Shaak: https://www.tarladalal.com/Bateta-Nu-Shaak-Batata-Nu-Shaak-601r Would the initial fried spices not be called tadka or the other names you mentioned?
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    Why we fell for clean eating

    Thanks for mentioning those. I tried them last night and agree with you.
  15. Here are a couple of my quirks. I love garlic, and I love mashed potatoes, but I don't like garlic mashed potatoes. I like mint, and I love chocolate, but I hate mint chocolate.