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  1. @Raamo It's getting there! They look like little caterpillars.
  2. Drinks! 2018

    [Host's note: this topic is part of a continuing discussion. The conversation continues from here.] Well, not 2017 anymore, time to make a new thread? Tonight I tried Marcus Samuelsson's Big Apple Sidecar but subbed the Applejack with Osocalis (which I got on sale) and Morey Orange Liquer (recommended by staff) instead of Cointreau. Original recipe is as follows: 2 ounces applejack brandy 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice 1/4 ounce Cointreau, or Grand Marnier 1/4 ounce agave nectar, maple syrup or honey. I've never had Applejack, I've only had Calvados, and the Osocalis is much like Calvados. It has an overwhelming apple scent, not a bad thing. When mixed with the Morey, which is not as sweet as Triple Sec, it created a very complex flavor, not entirely pleasant. I'm a simple girl, I like simple flavors. But dang, did it go down smooth. :-) I'm new to cocktails (new to making, I've sure drank enough) and I'm still learning. I won't repeat this, it seems a waste of Osocalis. And I know DeKruper is looked down upon here, but I've used DeKruper Triple Sec for years, and its simple, sweet taste would be more in line with apple brandy, just my opinion, I know that's a jailable offense in some places. And no, I did NOT mix my Osocalis with Triple Sec, but honestly, it may have tasted better. Next time (if there is a next time), I'll leave the Morey out completely and double the agave nectar. That way the different liquors won't have to compete with each other.
  3. Sandra Lee https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/single-layer-birthday-cake-recipe-1950335 Her single layer birthday cake, which calls for two bottles of soda, that never make it to the recipe. To remain relevant to the topic, every food product used in above recipe "really suck" and that cake is an abomination to baking. I do love her though. She's great fodder for shittyfoodporn.
  4. It was fine. There's no hard and fast rule that I can't use Crema de Mezcal, which was what the store carried. It's still a Mezcal. But since you're being nit-picky, the Death & Co book calls for Del Maguey San Luis Del Rio, which is what 90% of what Crema is made of.
  5. @cdh This is the mezcal I bought a few months ago I thought it was excellent. I used it to make Death & Co's famous Oaxaca Old-Fashioned. https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1012967-oaxaca-old-fashioned (I hope it isn't behind a pay wall, if it is, I'll find another link)
  6. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Thanks @Raamo. Your cheese tray pic looks gorgeous. And I didn't know the Béarnaise was siphoned, now it makes sense. At first, I was like this
  7. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    @Raamo Interesting. I put Béarnaise sauce on cheap sirloin and I liked it, but even then, it was a bit much. Actually, I posted it to eGullet a few years back. I'll try to find it later (I'm at work). I used much less Béarnaise than you did. And I agree, American Wagyu isn't cheap! I've only had it at restaurants.
  8. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    @Raamo I'm just curious, it says Minnesota on your profile but do you originally come from another country? In all seriousness, I've never seen anyone eat a Wagyu steak like that. And Wagyu is hella expensive, so I know you're not trolling.
  9. @cdh I bought a bottle of mezcal earlier this year, I forgot the brand (I'm at work) and I enjoyed it, much more than tequila or scotch, which I do not have an appreciation for. But I do like bourbon. A lot.
  10. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    @kayb that sounds really good. I learn something new every day.
  11. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Fried Bologna, Peanut Butter Sandwich on a Craisin Bagel Ok, I admit, this started out as a joke to post in the $5 meal thread, but the joke's on me because this was really delicious! And it was less than $5, I have $2 more for dessert! It started with an idea for Michael Mina's Peanut Butter hamburger, I thought I'd get quarter pound of beef and a can of peanut butter and one hamburger roll. Nope. Not even close, that was more like $6. So I went next door to the Dollar store and substituted everything. They didn't have peanut butter, so I got spicy whole peanuts, then blitzed them in my FP. This was delicious! Worth the price of admission, just for this. They didn't have hamburger patties (they usually do), so I picked up some bologna for $1! I got some oil for the PB, another $1, and an entire pound cake for dessert! Next, I stole a bagel from the lunchroom, they only had craisin ones left, so that's what I took. Add to the madness. There's the toasted bagel with pan-fried bologna. Amazing! And I'm not just saying that, you gotta try it, it's undescribable. It's very fatty from the mayo and bologna, very rich but crunchy from the homemade peanut butter, and the sweetness of the bread brings it all together. @ImportantElements I stand corrected, this was a cool challenge and I enjoyed myself. And I found a meal I can eat for $3. I may do this again next Monday. P.S. this is a Smokeydoke original creation, first posted here. What should I call it? I'm thinking The Giada.
  12. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    My stomach is making gurgling noises.
  13. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Beige is such a good color. On what? I don't know.
  14. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Did he ride the carousel?
  15. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    @Nicolai did the dog like it?
  16. $5 Meal Challenge

    This is so on. I wasn't sure on the details, I thought it was $5 for all the ingredients, so that's what I did. If pantry items are free, then that's another ballgame. We are going to have a feast! And you can slap that with donkey-sauce and take it to flava-town!
  17. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Damnit @BonVivant and his photos! I want some! I'm going to have a hard time finding speck at the 99 cent store, but I'm hella gonna try!
  18. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Deeee-lish-shush! That's the ticket. I've never had bratwurst in soup form, I gotta run home and try!
  19. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Primo! Just missing some corn with kewpie.
  20. @pastrygirl That's a nice, non-dramatic reply, thank you. Well, I don't know what to say, that's the problem with forums, isn't it? You can't please everyone. I guess I can ignore threads like these, I do hate stirring up drama. It would've been better to ignore. And I do agree with pastrygirl that "broke folks" (her words, not mine) are welcome here, I never meant to imply that they're not. And tbh, I'd wouldn't categorize OP as broke. But on the same token, I'd like eGullet to be a place where money isn't a stigma. After being chided about how much European butter costs, or how impractical my equipment is, I'd rather have a like-minded group of people who understands my passion for great food. I thought it was such a place. Anyways, I'd like the drama-filled posts to stop. We're here to talk about great food, I think everyone can agree to that.
  21. I didn't say that people who like Food Network can't post on eGullet, I said I'd hate for eGullet to become another Food Network. That's the last I'm going to say on the topic, obviously, I'm not getting anywhere.
  22. Well, may I surmise the reason you don't, is exactly because they do things like this? eGullet is unique in many ways, being active on other "foodie" forum boards, I know this to be true. I'd hate to take away what's unique about this place just to cater to the masses and I hate for eGullet to go that way. And honestly, if eGullet became another Food Network, I would no longer read it.
  23. I was quoting @weinoo about Food Network and if you like Food Network, you can always visit Food Network, there's nothing wrong with that? I'm not shaming anyone, @ImportantElements is new here and maybe older members, (weinoo and I) aren't crazy about the challenge? I think you're reading way too much into my comment.
  24. I read the topic differently, it seemed that the purpose was to create a $5 meal. While that is a worthy cause, I never prepare a meal thinking, "I can make this for $5." I prepare meals thinking, "this is going to be delicious." If it's $5, that's great, but it's not a priority of mine. YMMV.
  25. I wasn't going to say anything, but eating "cheap" and ignoring quality, isn't that the antithesis of eGullet? I mean, it's great if you can do it, but it seems to be an afterthought. I'd rather read about great food. And I don't feel bad posting this, because OP can post this at any other forum and get lots of participation, but I'd like to see eGullet as Food-Network-Free as possible.