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Cooking Apple Varieties, Yuck

by Querencia 2 days ago

1) It is nearly October and I have not seen a single McIntosh or Rome apple. Why? 2) I am not really in love with Granny Smiths, which I find boring. 3) What I see around me is what I think are ea...

El Milagro Corn Tortilla Shortage - Redux

by masha 20 days ago

As some of you may remember, early in the pandemic it was virtually impossible to find El Milagro brand corn tortillas in the Chicago area stores -- a combination of pandemic-related panic buying a...

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Anyone seen Casaba melon for sale in SF Bay Area?

by chocolatetartguy 15 days ago

I know it is late in the season but have not seen my favorite melon since I started looking in mid August at Monterey Market/Whole Foods. Anyone seen them?

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...

Lost recipe from Canadian Living

by marparr 9 days ago

I’ve lost a recipe for Apple Streusel muffins from Canadian Living magazine in the 80’s. Can anyone help?

Does this vinegar expire?

by marina292 13 days ago

I received a pretty bottle of cherry balsamic vinegar in- gulp- 2008. Well, actually the best before date is 2008. I liked the bottle/label so didn't get around to actually using it- silly, I kno...

Cook Friends/Family Who Keep Secrets

by kaleokahu 2 months ago

I just posted a recipe-specific thread on Home Cooking, but I thought I'd also post here about close friends and family who make certain dishes really well, but who won't share the secrets to their...

Has inflation affected your life?

by eugenep 2 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...

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...

Extra Tenderized?

by mtskeeter 24 days ago

Has anyone had an experience with "extra tenderized" meat? I am assuming the tenderizing is done mechanically. Recently I caved and bought a package of cube steaks that were stickered with "extra t...

Watermelon Controversy! - Seeded vs. Seedless?

by StriperGuy 19 years ago

At our July 4th cookout were were discussing the merits of seeded vs. seedless watermelon. My feeling is that old fashioned watermelon, with seeds, is sweeter, juicier, and has a better texture. ...

Best non-alcoholic beverages: share your favorites!

by gutreactions 10 months 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...

How will you handle Grandparent's Day this year, Sept. 13th?

by gutreactions 1 year ago

It doesn't get as much publicity as Mother's Day and Father's Day, but Grandparents like to be a part of the love, too. Finding the right tags for this post has not been easy. Grandparent's Day fal...

Best by/expired food

by Chatsworth 7 months ago

I know people's tolerance (or not) for food past its expiration date has come up often, but I had to share that I finally opened a tub of Greek yogurt with a date of May 10, 2020. If there had bee...

Foaming watermelon NOT thrown away

by Boleslaw 25 days ago

I bought a watermelon on 8/29/2021, stored it on my kitchen table. It started foaming M evening 8/30. I washed it off and put it in the fridge to cool. Today on T, I cut it into cubes. The melo...

The "magic" of cryovac - after breaking down a sub-primal... clock ticking?

by Nobody_Speshul 1 month ago

Hi. Sometimes my grocer offers large subprimal cuts in cryovac at great prices. I've twice now bought their round subprimal and broken it down into several roasts, a bunch of breakfast steaks, an...

Would you let a local restaurant know their food has gone downhill?

by VFish 2 months ago

So, this may spark some conversation. We have gotten take out from this locally owned restaurant for a very long time, close to two decades. Last few times I've gotten this food it has been at on...

Restos adding credit card processing fees to your bill...

by gutreactions 4 months ago

I have noticed it more and more. Restaurants are posting up to a 3% processing fee to your final bill. I guess its an effort to defray some of the loss eateries incur to credit card companies. They...