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  1. "Top Chef" Season 15

    " ‘Top Chef’ cuts John Besh from episode after sexual harassment allegations" It's a link to a Washington Post article...sorry if you hit a paywall when you click on the link.
  2. Anyone care for some pie? "United States of Pie: Regional Favorites from East to West and North to South" Kindle Edition $1.99US If you use the "Look Inside" feature, you can see a listing of the recipes included in the book, from crusts to filling. I am a US Prime member and the price you see may vary.
  3. My brother in San Diego planted brussel sprouts but had the opposite problem...it was too warm. He said the plants weren't doing well at all. He may yank them and re-plant if colder weather ever makes its way down there.
  4. From this morning's perusal: Olympia Provisions: Cured Meats and Tales from an American Charcuterie Kindle Edition $1.99US This book has charcuterie info/recipes as well as recipes/dishes from the Portland, Oregon, "Olympia Provisions" restaurants. The "Look Inside" features shows a list of the recipes included in the book. edited to add that I am a US Prime member and the price you see may vary.
  5. I kept seeing this deal all last week on Amazon but didn't post it because I got burned once for posting an Amazon Daily Deal that was quickly over. But I saw it again this morning so I thought I'd post it: Calphalon Contemporary Hard-Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Cookware, Omelette Fry Pan, 10-inch and 12-inch Set, Black, New Version $37.46US I am a US Prime member and the price you see might vary.
  6. I was washing dishes at my mom's house after a family dinner and accidentally dropped a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup into the sink. It broke, of course. My mom said that she got that cup as a wedding gift in 1955. DOH! I felt very bad about breaking it and found an exact duplicate on eBay which is now in her kitchen cupboard at home. I was amazed at the prices the cups were selling for. My mom also has a full set of the blue corn flower Corningware and probably has no idea that they're worth so much these days.
  7. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    It looks like it might have needed a bigger deckle/layer of fat which helps keep the meat moist. You can always trim it off after cooking/smoking. Or what about a marinade/brine? Smoked meat is a mystery to me. I applaud him for trying his hand at it.
  8. "Top Chef" Season 15

    I am always amazed at the amount of pomposity and puffed-up bravado displayed by the contestants. Then a simple error in the kitchen takes them down. "Uhm, your potato chip was burnt." And there's their personal takes on fusion cuisines..."No one else is cooking this way!" ("Well, perhaps there's a reason why...")...it's all becoming irritating. Can they even do any of the classics? Give me a simple pot roast and save the spin on it for the next customer.
  9. Food after Dental Work

    When I had my wisdom teeth extracted, everything I ate went into the blender first. Lasagna, enchiladas, whatever. It eventually got tiresome because I missed the texture you feel in your mouth when eating. Blender food is mono-textured. Quite boring...but it got me through the healing period.
  10. McDonald's 2013–

    Thank your husband for taking one for the team, so to speak.
  11. Yes, the more fat in a cookie, the more it will spread out. Google Irish Lace cookies. I've also never tried baker's ammonia but eGullet member @Franci used it in her recipe video (click) for "Rame di Napoli - Copper of Naples" cookies. She also stated that it adds a crispness to the cookie and though the smell may be off-putting when they bake, it disappears completely once the cookie is baked.
  12. "Top Chef" Season 15

    Yes. Exactly. Who knew?
  13. "Top Chef" Season 15

    I was surprised to see that season 15 is starting tonight. It starts at 10 P.M. and is an hour and 15 minutes long (info for those of you who record the show). Whoever is in charge of Bravo promos should be fired as I haven't seen any promos regarding this new season of the show. From the Bravo web site, it looks like this season starts in Colorado. Here's a link to an "Introduction to Season 15" video: click
  14. From my morning BookBub email: Hugh Acheson's "A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen" Kindle Edition $1.99US You can see a list of the recipes using the "Look Inside" function. There is also a recipe (scroll down the Amazon page) in the item/product description. I am a US Prime member and the price you see may vary.
  15. Today's slim pickings: Mary S. Risley 's "The Tante Marie's Cooking School Cookbook: More Than 250 Recipes for the Passionate Home Cook" Kindle Edition $1.99US You can see a listing of every recipe in the book using the "Look Inside" function. And if you scroll down, you can see a couple samples of a few appetizers from the book. I am a US Prime member and the price you see may vary.