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Gift ideas for special condiments, spices, wine, for gift

by laredo 5 days ago

My dear friend and I have been friends so long we’ve given each other just about everything there is to give, Christmas, birthdays, and in between, and I am at a loss this Christmas. She is an e...

Chefs vs. Cooks vs. Gods [split from Fava Beans post]

by kySafran 11 days ago

I'm not sure it's our place to criticise these experts and how they choose to teach us mere mortals the ways of the kitchen small. They don't really use the books you're so keen on. If you ever ...

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Where are the Pine Nuts??

by Motosport 16 days ago

I've been buying bags of Pine Nuts @ Costco and BJ's for years . "Ain't No Mo!" BJ's said they are not carrying them any longer. What's up? I can buy small quantities in small jars at the regul...


Dark chocolate bars

by sophia519 3 days ago

What is your recommendation for good dark chocolate bars (widely available), more smooth than bitter, with almonds are a plus


Any food historians or French cooks here? What was this 1880s dish?

by Kate9299 6 days ago

While randomly browsing the net, I happened across an article that described the Thanksgiving banquet menu that a wealthy Chicago businessman gave for 500 (!!!) of his closest friends and relati...

Has inflation affected your life?

by eugenep 5 months ago

I stopped buying beef for many dishes and no summer steaks on the grill. I started going back to my weekend restaurant and the front of house staff is super busy and tired and in a terrible moo...

Calamari Challenge!

by ricepad 2 months ago

[Before you read on, it may be helpful to check out the link to Episode 484 of This American Life: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/484/doppelgangers/act-one] There is an allegation/urban legen...

Pie for breakfast!

by masha 7 years ago

One of my favorite post-Thanksgiving rituals -- apple pie for breakfast on Friday morning. Who else is indulging?

Brioche is Awful for Sandwiches

by Steve 1 month 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...

"After our oysters, we'd like to order waffles!"

by gutreactions 2 years ago

Ok, so maybe I should mind my own business, but we were sitting down for brunch at a popular spot in Annapolis during our recent trip and noticed the table next to us. They started with a round of ...

Best non-alcoholic beverages: share your favorites!

by gutreactions 1 year ago

Want to cut back on my alcohol consumption during this pandemic. We enjoy our wine and beer, but we want non-alcoholic alternative drinks, too. Especially when dining out. A friend recently tried H...

Globe&Mail Reviews?

by StevietheFish 10 days ago

Checking my online subscription of the G&M just now, I noticed a review by Alexandra Gill from 14 November that I somehow had missed. This spurred an attack of nostalgia for the G&M having a Toront...

I let my dried beans soak too long. Are they fermented now? How bad would that be, anyway?

by Tartinet 14 years ago

Okay, so I had great plans to save money by soaking and cooking my own beans. I put them in to soak, and then got super-busy and kept putting off cooking them. It has now been two days of soaking i...

What's the difference between Braunschweiger and Liverwurst?

by bbqboy 12 years ago

Up until recently, I had always considered them the same. But at Grocery Outlet for the last month, they have had smalll Farmer John's packages of both. Neither seems to be a West Coast favorite, t...

Soy milk that's not too sweet

by learntocookchinese 6 years ago

I'm talking about authentic Asian soy milk, not the Americanized stuff. I like my soy milk slightly sweetened. The sweet kind is too sweet. If I mix sweet and unsweetened 50/50, it's just right....

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...

Chicken Wing prices rising: another pandemic shortage?

by gutreactions 7 months ago

Craving chicken wings? The price of wings is rising fast, according to industry sources. Almost double what they were just a few months ago. Restaurants and markets have had to adjust their menu pr...

What's with the brined french fries?

by Carpetbagger 8 years ago

It started with chain restaurants but now it's creeping into diners and other independent restaurants. French fries that are saturated with salt. I love salty french fries but the interest for me i...

How to shop for sustainable seafood

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

" . . . Lovewell shared three simple things to keep in mind while shopping for sustainable seafood: 1. Eat American seafood caught locally or regionally preferably. 2. Eat seasonal variety, no...