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  1. Host's note: this topic grew too large for our servers to handle efficiently, so it has been split into more manageable segments. The previous segment is here. Today I was surfing on eGullet and snacking on Keebler Town House Focaccia Tuscan Cheese crackers (leftover from a Super Bowl party). They're a thick cracker and have a nice subtle flavor. The bad thing is that they made me wish I had some cheese or dip to go with them. DOH! [/Homer Simpson]
  2. Aldi

    After several mentions of Aldi in the Trader Joe's Products discussion, I thought I would start it separate discussion for the chain store. Coincidentally, I read an online article this morning about Aldi coming to America and targeting Walmart: "The German chain that's beating Wal-Mart at its own game" We don't have them in my area, yet. What are the store's strengths? And what are their weaknesses?
  3. I recently made Kim Shook's Dream Cookies recipe. It calls for 1 cup of butter to be creamed with 1 cup of sugar. So my stupid question is, could I use powdered sugar/confectioner's sugar for the sugar in the recipe instead of the called-for granulated sugar? Would it make a difference and why would it make a difference?
  4. Aldi

    @andiesenji Thanks for recommending Envy apples. I found them in my local Vons grocery store. They're wonderful! I usually stay away from red apples because I found too many were mushy/mealy. The Envy apples are anything but mushy/mealy. They have a wonderful sweet flavor and are amazingly crisp. As I was eating one, I though it may have been as crisp as an Asian Pear. I have a new appreciation for red apples since trying the Envy. Thanks again!
  5. Trader Joe's Products (2017–)

    The two pasta shapes on the opposite ends are completely new to me. I know different pasta shapes are used depending upon the sauce that it's being served with. The Capunti looks like pea pods and the Gigli look like sort of like frilly Calla Lilys. I guess I'm off down the Google rabbit hole to find out more about them. Thanks for posting the picture!
  6. Two by Yotam Ottolenghi... His first cookbook: Yotam Ottolenghi's "Ottolenghi: The Cookbook" Kindle Edition $2.99US Yotam Ottolenghi's "Jerusalem: A Cookbook" Kindle Edition $2.99US And this cookbook has been mentioned before...it's on sale again: Ronni Lundy and Johnny Autry's "Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes" Kindle Edition $1.99US I am a US Prime member and the price you see may vary.
  7. Host's note: By popular demand, and in light of the ephemeral nature and prevalence of e-book (mostly Kindle) deals, this topic has been split from the Current sales, deals, and bargains (Part 2) topic. All deals that are not electronic-format books should go there, not here. I am surprised at how quickly the cheap prices/deals on Kindle cookbooks come and go. That being said...I am a US Prime member so the price you see may vary. M. F. K. Fisher's "Consider the Oyster" Kindle Edition $2.51US Chef Yoshio Saito "Okonomiyaki: Japanese Comfort Food" Kindle Edition $3.99US Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi's "Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir" Kindle Edition $1.99US
  8. I guess I'm looking in the wrong place! Thanks...
  9. A different subject today: I enjoy Snickerdoodle cookies. My stupid question is why we don't see Snickerdoodle cookies for sale on the cookie aisle in our grocery stores? Too short of a shelf life?
  10. Food recalls

    There hasn't been an official government recall but consumers are being warned: "Avoid Romaine Lettuce For Now, Consumer Reports Says"
  11. Sausage Roll Question

    This is eGullet. I think gilding the lily is quite acceptable.
  12. Taco Bell 2014 -

    "Taco Bell to roll out $1 nacho fries" In test markets the fries were a success. Now it's been added company-wide. It will be interesting to see how other fast food companies react to this "value" item being launched at Taco Bell.
  13. Taco Bell 2014 -

    Taco Bell announces a new breakfast sandwich: "Taco Bell Rolls Out Waffle Taco in Breakfast War with McDonald's" So it sounds like the new Taco Bell breakfast item is basically a McGriddle, except the syrup is on the side, not baked into the waffle. If you think about it, it's kind of silly that they made it look like a taco instead of a flat sandwich. But I guess it might be easier for their customer base to digest (pun intended) if it's made to look like the rest of their fare. Does McDonald's have anything to be concerned about with this new entry into the fast food breakfast wars?
  14. Food recalls

    "Biscuit recall hits Food Lion, other grocery stores in 12 states over listeria fears" There is a list at the bottom of the article of biscuit products being recalled. "Aldi, Kroger recall apples due to possible Listeria contamination"
  15. This morning's finds: Mario Batali's "Italian Grill" Kindle Edition $.99US And this has been on sale previously...am posting it again in case anyone missed it the first time around - Richard H. Turner's "Hog: Proper pork recipes from the snout to the squeak" Kindle Edition $.99US I am a US Prime member and the price you see may vary. edited to add another book: Adrienne Kane's "United States of Pie: Regional Favorites from East to West and North to South" Kindle Edition $1.99US You can see the index using the "Look Inside" feature. Thought it was interesting she listed recipes for different kinds of crusts...
  16. Trader Joe's Products (2017–)

    "Trader Joe's just released shelf-stable French fries to satisfy all your snacking needs" Has anyone tried this new snack item?
  17. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    My New Year's Day good luck dinner was corned beef & cabbage with boiled red rose potatoes and baby carrots. The beef was put into a slow cooker for most of the day. When it was done, I used the beef broth to boil a chopped head of cabbage, and in another pot, used the beef broth to boil the potatoes and carrots. Twenty minutes later dinner was ready. Easy peasy and delicious.
  18. Two this morning - The description sounds like it's a little Food Lab-ish... Aki Kamozawa's "Maximum Flavor: Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook" Kindle Edition $1.99US Michael Harlan Turkell's "Acid Trip: Travels in the World of Vinegar: With Recipes from Leading Chefs, Insights from Top Producers, and Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Make Your Own" Kindle Edition $2.99US I am a US Prime member and the price you see may vary.
  19. Today: "The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen" Kindle Edition $1.99US I am a US Prime member and the price you see may vary.
  20. Today: Lior Lev Sercarz's "The Spice Companion: A Guide to the World of Spices" Kindle Edition $1.99US I am a US Prime member and the price you see may vary.
  21. "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
  22. "The Seasonal Baker: Easy Recipes from My Home Kitchen to Make Year-Round" Kindle Edition $1.99US I am a US Prime member and the price you see may vary.
  23. "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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.