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Eggshell spots/smudges

by sbbodcderf 9 days ago

I always open the egg carton to for inspection before purchase. In the past 1-2 years I've have several occasions where I found these spots/smudges (kinda reminds me of mildew stains) on eggs,...

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Best Store-Bought Cheesecake?

by ninrn 14 days ago

I need a plain cheesecake layer for a complicated celebration cake I’m going to make next month. The other components are a lot of work, so I thought I’d buy the cheesecake layer if I can find some...


Sliding oven racks... are they sturdy?

by Curlyjeepgirl 3 days ago

My wall oven needs replacing (door broke and replacement part N/A on the 21 year old oven) so I'm looking at getting new. The one I want has a rolling rack. I'm not keen on this, as I fear the roll...

Ya Learn Something Every Day!

by ricepad 14 days ago

Mrs. ricepad and I were shopping together not too long ago, and she asked me to grab a package of "everything" bagels. I said I didn't want them, and suggested onion or plain, instead. She assured ...

What do you think of fine dining restaurants that price dishes ending in 99 cents?

by MisterBill2 9 days ago

A restaurant that I've always considered to be a fine dining destination is reopening and when I checked out their menu I noticed that all their prices now end in 99 cents. Not sure about other peo...

Pandemic price increases: real or contrived?

by gutreactions 1 year ago

It is getting ridiculous out there! Go market shopping and you will find meat prices going north; cherries ranging from $2.99 to a whopping $14.99; artichokes, 2 for $3.99 to 1 for $4; rhubarb from...

Small Game Birds: Just Curious

by Querencia 12 days ago

Today on TV was watching a program about hunting doves in Texas. I respect that they are a local delicacy but am wondering how they are eaten. They are so small that a) there can't be much meat on ...

Chili oil a la French pizza joint

by triomphe 7 years ago

After spending a year in France, the food item I remember with the most fondness is chili oil. They had it in all the pizza places, sitting in sticky bottles that you'd drizzle on your eggy pizzas....

What new dishes or foods did you try this year?

by prima 2 years ago

This year, I tried spam musubi, loco moco, saimin, Lahaina fried soup https://medium.com/spiralbound/remembering-lahaina-fried-soup-7814184d6f8f poi, chicken long rice https://www.foodla...

Is the Indian phulka bread similar to the Lebanese pita bread?

by cgxy96 8 days ago

I was looking up pita recipes when I stumbled upon the Indian phulka bread that puffs up just like pita. Phulka is made from a liquid batter ladle onto a hot pan which then cooks and puffs ups just...

How long does bacon keep?

by karykat 13 years ago

I have some really good bacon we bought about a month ago. We used some but have most of a package left. How long does bacon keep? I've never been clear on that. It seems like it should keep a ...

Can You Recall A Taste?

by ElsieDee 10 years ago

Had an interesting conversation with my SO the other day and I've been pondering something ever since. He basically said that he doesn't have a memory for "taste". He can remember what something lo...

Ketchup stains on my facemask...

by gutreactions 1 year ago

We have been going out for meals sporatically as the pandemic restrictions are relaxed in the greater New York City area. We are careful about it. On one occasion, while working on an order of frie...

What is 'old-school' Italian cooking?

by gutreactions 2 years ago

We hear the term so often. Where did it get started? How do you define it? Is it a knock, or a compliment? Is it a kitchen that uses a lot of red sauce? Is it an Italian-American restaurant in the ...

Brioche is Awful for Sandwiches

by Steve 3 months ago

The latest food trend is places using brioche for sandwiches. Whether it's a cubano, bbq, fish, burgers... it seems that in order get foodie cred, brioche has become the new darling. My main c...

Nixtamalized stone ground corn meal... does it exist?

by teukros 8 years ago

Can anyone suggest a source for stone ground, course grind cornmeal suitable for polenta or corn bread which is nixtamalized? Thanks!

Shelf Life of Barley?

by masha 1 month ago

I have a partial bag of barley that I would guess that I bought about 4 years ago. It is marked with a "best by" date of December 2020. The bag has been tightly tied with a twisty since it was op...

How to remove crystallized maple syrup from narrow-neck syrup bottle?

by Blaq 30 days ago

After reusing a glass maple syrup bottle for a couple of years, about 1/2 inch of crystallization has accumulated at the bottom. The bottle has a narrow neck. What utensil or tool would you use to ...

Fresh White Alba Truffles from Urbani Truffles

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

Last month my wine group had a reunion with a selection of Barbarescos and Baroli, the last bottles in our club cellar. I was asked to organize the wine program for our Piemonte dinner party for 12...