What are your culinary no fly zones?
I'm not talking about things you've tried and disliked, but the things that you can't even bring yourself to try out. For instance, I detest pretty much every kind of mushroom known to man, but I know this because I have tried a wide variety of mushrooms prepared in many different ways. Mushrooms and me? Not a happy pairing. But it comes from knowledge and experience. Same thing goes for: tripe, asparagus, and, well, a few other things. I don't need to bore you with my personal dislikes.
On the other hand, I have never been able to bring myself to actually try escargot. It might be that if I could get past the mental block of eating a garden pest, I would love it. Perhaps not. The point is, I can't even get myself to try. That's my no fly zone.
Do you have a culinary no fly zone? What is it? Did you have one in the past that you've managed to get past?
After dangling the possibility just out of reach for nearly two years, Mr. Twistie is FINALLY getting me the gas range I've been wanting.
The downside of this is that I need to finally make a firm decision about what gas range I'm going to get. I think I've fallen in love with a Bosch... and only in part because I can then name it Hieronymous.
Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone out there in SE land has had an experience, good or bad, with Bosch ranges. give it to me with both barrels, people. Tell me the good, the bad, and the ugly of Bosch.
I've got some lovely little thin cut pork chops, which I'm pan frying; some red-skinned potatoes which I'm roasting; and a small head of red cabbage. That one I'm braising with a little white wine, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, crushed caraway seeds, and a dash of agave nectar.
What's everyone else up to?
What with it being Thanksgiving Eve, I thought it might be nice to take a moment to thank the SE gang and the Talkers for the things that make this community so very special. To get the ball rolling, here are a few of the things that I'm thankful to SE for:
I'm thankful that the mods are so quick to respond when there's a issue raised, and so thoughtful in the way they respond. I've moderated communities, and I know how hard it can be to keep a level head.
I'm thankful that there are so many useful features on this site.
I'm thankful that the Talk community is so active and generous and funny, and occasionally profound.
I'm deeply thankful to regular commenters like Salpico, seriousb, POM, and far too many others to name for their wit, wisdom, and willingness to share, whether it's a kitchen tip or a horror story of in-laws gone wild.
I'm so very thankful that I found SE.
Happy Thanksgiving, SE!
It seems like most of us have strong traditions about what to eat for Thanksgiving, but what about the morning after?
My day after Thanksgiving breakfast always consists of a slice of pumpkin pie and a good cup of coffee. When I was a child, I drank milk with my pie, and in my teens I switched to tea, eventually getting to coffee in my twenties, but the pie has been a constant since I was about seven.
So what about the rest of you? Pumpkin pie? Turkey sandwiches? Tasty family gossip over eggs and toast? Alka Seltzer? Do tell!
What with Halloween coming up so soon, I find myself thinking about those who have passed on before us quite a bit.
And so I got to thinking, what four dead historical foodies would I like to invite over for a meal and what meal would it be?
For my part, I would love to invite Julia Child, MFK Fisher, Clementine Paddleford, and Isabella Beeton for afternoon tea. Baking, after all, is my forte, and tea is all about little baked nibbles, but they can be produced in a quantity to sate the appetite as well as delight the palate. As for my guests, I love these four fabulous women who made a career out of food. All four have had some little influence on my approach to food, too. I would love to talk with them all.
So who would you invite, and what meal would you serve?
Whenever I really like someone, I find myself daydreaming about what I would like to feed them. And yes, I do that about celebrities, too.
For several years now, I've had the fantasy of feeding homemade scones to Tim Gunn of Project Runway fame. Why scones? While they have the reputation of being slightly stuffy, they're actually homey and welcoming, but holding to a high standard. Besides, they're the perfect treat for a good gossip over coffee or tea.
Is there a celebrity you dream of feeding? What would you serve and why?
I was watching an old episode of Law&Order: Criminal Intent recently. One of the detectives was trying to get on the good side of a witness to get her to talk. All well and good.
The detective sniffed in the direction of the kitchen and made a yummy sound, then asked the woman: 'Birria, right? Do you make yours with chicken or beef?'!
It's GOAT, lady. Birria is - by definition - made with goat.
Of course the witness followed the script and immediately warmed to the nice Latina lady detective who knew all about good home cooking and told everything she knew. Me? I've been chuckling ever since.
Have you ever seen a TV show or a movie where they got some food question entirely wrong?
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