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JoeBlowWayner

I enjoy everything about food. Making, eating, or serving it!

  • Location: Oklahoma City
  • Favorite foods: Everything. Literally. I haven't met an edible that I didn't like. Except for curry.
  • Last bite on earth: Garlicky crostini with a big, fat slice of robiola on top.

How to avoid too much juiciness

You need to use more pressure when packing your patties. A more tightly packed burger not only gives you a better texture, it will help seal in the juices. Resting will help, but you don't want to lose heat with a burger. My dad taught me to keep one side of the grill at a medium heat for cooking and the other side hot for "searing". Throwing the patties on a hotter section of the grill will help crust up the outside. Don't leave them there for too long, though. Burning a burger should be punishable by law.

Soda: Big Red and Mello Yello

Big Red has always repulsed me, though most kids I knew growing up loved the stuff. Mello Yello falls falt on my tongue, so I always stayed away from it.

On a side note, how did you guys like whataburger? Their breakfast biscuits are the ONLY reason to go there anymore.

Latest from Japan: Korean Burger at McDonald's and Grilled Tomato Burger at MOS

I worry about a demi glace from McDonald's.....

Candy a Day: Airheads

As a kid I had a solid theory on what flavor the white was, but for the life of me I can't remember it.

Could you OD on your favorite food?

Sour cream gets me. I used to hate the stuff, now I go weeks where I eat it on EVERYTHING, then weeks where I can't think about it.

Poll: The Pizza Bed Name Game

I think the description on the website was perhaps the most terrible slaughtering of the english language ever to happen in association with furniture. Kudos.

Bottom Shelf, Halloween Edition: The 6 Scariest Things at Your Liquor Store

Woah, @conky. Too soon, man.

Questionable Burger Advice

I never add water to meat- A good cook can utilize the juices already found inside of the meat.

What a waste to mix the cheese in with the meat! I like that I can taste the two seperate items mix with each bite.

I ALWAYS close the lid. I keep the coals (Charcoal is the only way I'll cook a burger) relatively low so I won't overcook the meat, but close the lid so that smokey deliciousness permiates every fiber of the burger.

As for butter, I doubt it would really change the flavor, but buttering it might help it char better on the outside... Pure speculation, however.

Candy A Day: Swedish Fish

One of my favorites! Lingonberry, huh?


Can you please make candy-a-day a permanent fixture on SE? Or something along those lines? Maybe a candy-a-week?

Who Else Is Obsessive About Their Pantry? (This Obsessive?)

That's the beauty of being broke, and being 20. I keep beer and eggs in my fridge, have every spice imaginable (simply because I always have to buy them when I'm making something), so I always know that I don't have it in my fridge.


There might be a bottle or two of gin in my freezer.

Candy a Day: Sno-Caps

@snozzberry - Dollar Tree has ALL of the long-forgotten candies of my youth, my parents', and my grandparents'.

Mixed Review: Target's Monster Cookies

@candide - It's true- and it's unbelievable. I would expect it from wal-mart, but not Target. They have SO many glbt individuals who contribute to not only their fashion, but their food products as well.

Eggs in a Hole + Grilled Cheese = Grilled Cheese Eggsplosion!

Since I first discovered this post I have had one of these bad boys at least twice a week. I can't believe I'd never thought of it before.

From Behind the Bar: On Tipping

I'm a server at a sushi place on the weekends, and as such I believe in a little thing we in the 'biz call "Tip Karma". When I go out I tip way above if the service was good, at 20% if the service was fair, but NEVER less than 15 (even for the most terrible employees in the service industry). In the state of Oklahoma we are only paid the 2.15/hour and the rest of our income is tip. If you don't tip me, I don't keep my apartment (well, not now that I have a fancy new job, but you get the idea).

The Strangest Burger I've Ever Eaten, From Chalet Regain in France

Somebody said it on here- I'm not sure who, but the only place that you can find an amazing burger is right here in 'Merica. I did, however, have several good burgers in England, and a not-quite-a-burger-but-good-for-what-it-was burger in South Africa.

In Food Policy This Week: 5 News Bites

Sysco was the main provider for the lunches that I ate in school. I would love to see locally produced foods making their way into schools.

Crazy for Condiments

Hummus. No need for dippers besides your fingers.

Photo of the Day: A Crusty Bedfellow

Her face must be SUPER broken out.

Comfort/Soul Food desserts?

Okay, the ultimate soul food dessert is sweet potato pie. If you make anything else (besides a cobbler or bread pudding) you're wrong.

Bottom of the Pillow Case

Oh Henrys. Good god.

Our Search for the Best Bloody Mary Mix

I really love Zing Zang- After some alterations. I use wasabi in place of horseradish, and mix in a little lemon juice. Delicious!

Soda: We Try All 127 Flavors from the Coke Freestyle Machine

My first job was at Sonic, a midwest drive-in that's mostly known for their soda. We had something like 33 flavors that you could mix into any coca cola product. Raspberry coke was a favorite of mine... Add cream and it's even better!

Home Town Favorites

It comes as a shock to everybody that Oklahoma City has an amazing vietnamese culture. Pho Lien Hoa on 23rd just east of Western Avenue is the best pho I've ever had. Most people agree once they've tasted it. I grew up spending a lot of time with my aunt (Who is from Vietnam) and even she loves the crap out of it. It's super inexpensive, and everything is fresh and made to order.

What Food Do You Cook Better Than Anyone Else?

Nobody can touch my grilled cheese. Nobody.

Ruminations on In-N-Out Burger

Nick, what do you order?

Sauces for eggs?

I have an unexpected visitor coming into town tonight and I know for a fact that her favorite food is the incredible, edible egg. Now, I know a million and one different ways to cook an egg, and an equal (if not greater) number of sauces to coat them in. However, I want to find something new and exciting to jazz up the plate tonight.

I think I'll probably end up poaching the eggs, and wish to opt out of the basic hollandaise. Any suggestions?