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  1. Hot Pot For Home Use

    The last hot pot I saw in a local Chinese restaurant I'd swear it was cast iron. It was black with the bumpy texture I normally associate with the exterior sides of a cast iron skillet. It was quite heavy. I'd hazard a guess they're out there somewhere...obviously difficult to locate.
  2. Dinner 2017 (Part 3)

    Last night's dinner wasn't very memorable except for the asparagus, cooked a la the infamous eG Roasted Cauliflower method. Once the oven roasting was was over, I turned the oven off and removed the asparagus from the oven, sprinkled it liberally with shredded Parmesan cheese and put it back in the now-turned-off oven. After a couple of minutes, the residual heat was enough to melt the cheese. I could eat that stuff for days. Talk about Gilding the Lily!
  3. gfweb, I was going to suggest a diffuser, as well. It should work to slightly lower the heat of your lowest setting.
  4. I am originally from San Diego and have two brothers currently living there who are both huge fans of craft beers. I am forwarding the link to them. Thank you for posting this!
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  6. This brings to mind the wonderful eG Daily Gullet piece written by Ellen Shapiro a decade ago: "A Pupick in the Pot" (click)
  7. To completely misquote the line from "Jerry McGuire"..."You had me at ' A Rickards red for me'." Was it served warm? There doesn't seem to be any condensation on the glass indicating that it was served cold. I vicariously enjoy all of your lunch beers throughout your postings! Everything looked delicious...from the Cheborek, the crepes on through to the potato pancakes. Though I agree with the liver for me, thank you.
  8. If it's a screw-top bottle, then he shouldn't have any problem at all.
  9. Dinner 2017 (Part 3)

    If you ever visit Texas, hie thee to the small town of Fredericksburg, about 30 minutes west of Austin. German immigrants settled there and founded the town. Just about the best place to get schnitzel in Texas. It's also home to the National Museum of the Pacific War (AKA The Admiral Nimitz museum...who was from Fredericksburg). Very odd to find such a nice museum in the boondocks of Texas. As a bonus, we saw LBJ's ranch while on the way from Austin to Fredericksburg. Who knew?
  10. St.Patrick and his Corned Beef

    The nice thing about using a slow cooker/Crock Pot is that your home smells like corned beef (most of) the day. Yes, that's a good thing.
  11. Dinner 2017 (Part 3)

    What's in a name? You can sell it better...instead of calling it "fried food", call it "tempura". I'd skip the beets all the time. Fried beets = fried dirt. I can't stand beets and I've tried them prepared just about every way possible so I applaud your decision to ditch them from future dinner frys.
  12. Dishwasher Detergent

    Could be food stuck in the food trap. Might need cleaning.
  13. Ants! Ive had enough!

    Yes. These. I swear by them. I leave them down for a week at the most. The first 2 or 3 days takes out most of the colony, and I leave them down a few days more for the next wave/generation that hatches until they're completely gone. I haven't been able to buy the 6-pack. My Walmart grocery store only sells a 4-pack, which is more than enough to do the job. Die, little ant bastards, die!
  14. Anna's trifle suggestion is what I usually pipe up with when it comes to salvaging a cake/brownie gone wrong. Layer the brownie with a nice custard and whipped cream. Or you could go chocolate "overboard" with a layer of a nice chocolate pudding with chocolate whipped cream.
  15. Save your crusty baguettes for bahn mi sandwiches.