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Homebrewing: How to Get Better At It

I started entering my beers in the county fair a few years ago and found the judging sheets to be invaluable. I've made several changes based on the critiques and last year got two third place ribbons. Unfortunately I missed this last year but I can tell that I have removed some of the off flavors that I was getting.
The nearest homebrew club is pretty inactive. I'll have to search a bit further afield to find a good one.

anyone have a different version of pecan pie?

I make a chocolate chili pecan pie.
Like kakugori I often use walnuts instead

Vegas - suggestions on the strip

@Omno Where is Bagger Daves? I went to their website and only see Michigan locations. Don't think I can get to Border Grill for brunch I'll be arriving too late tomorrow and don't think it would be the best meal to eat before hopping on a plane home the next weekend, I'll be there for lunch at least once though.
@karma Thanks for the heads up. I'm not a veg/vegan but if the wait staff isn't that responsive it tells you something about the place.
@nwcajun - Todd's looks pretty fun

Thanks again for the input, on both the good and the bad.

Vegas - suggestions on the strip

I spent quite a bit at Mesa Grill last time I was there, but I have a VERY strong fondness for tequila. From what I remember of the Bourdain episode he was trying to hate on Bobby, but couldn't find real fault just not outstanding. Personally, I think the duck taco is pretty damn good

Wife and I would like one nice meal out and were thinking of RM. Olives might be a good choice too
Thanks all.

Vegas - suggestions on the strip

@Teachertalk - I well may go to Lotus twice, once with my boss and once with my wife.
@BangieB - Border Grill may be lunch for the one day we get a voucher instead of the convention serving us.
@StripeyChef - There is a Mon Ami here in the DC burbs that we go to fairly often and been to Red Square in Atlantic City a couple of times. Both good but not where I would go in vegas. The buffet may be a good option.
@Starving Studetn - Chocolate Bouchons? That is now on my list

Could you OD on your favorite food?

Tapioca pudding. It's very dangerous for me to make a big bowl as I will eat it until I get sick. My mom would only give us a small bowl for dessert and I always wanted more, now that I'm a responsible adult I can eat my full and more. Maybe taking a Lactaid pill before hand would help.

Winter squash season has arrived!

Just had one of our favorite fall meals. Acorn squash stuffed with sausage and apples. Another fave is risotto with butternut squash

Homemade sodas

there is a book called Homemade Root Beer, Soda, and Pop. It's not all that great and after getting it I haven't really bothered to open it up. I usually have a keg of ginger beer on tap, and just recently got some Zatarain's root beer extract that is fantastic.
Be careful how long you let your bottles sit out. With all of the sugar in sodas they can become bottle bombs pretty easily

Oyster Rockefeller, Crepes Suzette...Favorite retro foods?

Beef Wellington. I love it and have never had anyone complain when I have made it. Whats' not to like?

New pizza rant thread!!

Baffetto in Rome. Good thin crisp crust, and best of all it would mean I was back in Rome. It was near the apartment we were staying in so I went there twice in the 4 days we were there.

Hurricane Eats: What are you stocking up for the storm?

I have a keg of stout and one of saison. Some bean, rice, pasta and just got a propane tank for the grill which has a side burner

What would you make if you had two days off and were housebound

Bread, pizza dough, crackers, cheese, beef stock, and brew some beer. Hmmm, I don't think two days are enough, can I get three?

Salt: Not only does it make things taste good, it's good for you

Lost a kidney to cancer and now have high BP so I have to watch the sodium. My dad and grandmother both had issues with it so I we never used it a lot anyway. Most packaged foods and a lot of restaurants are overwhelmed by salt.

Calib's New Place?

Check the facebook page for Pizzicletta. Sounds like things are going well for him.

Best Thing I Ate Over July 4th Weekend

Pork belly, first time I made one myself.

Cocktails to make with ginger liqueur?

Not exactly the right time of year but my wife has made a ginger toddy in the past
1/2 oz ginger liquer
1TB honey or agave
1tsp lemon juice
1 oz bourbon
Finishing filling the mug with hot water.

True Neapolitan in Bethesda, Maryland: Pizzeria da Marco

Went there twice in the first week. It was pretty good and I'll have to go back after they have had a chance to settle in. Lunch service was slow and we had to grab another waiter to get our check. Not as much char as I would like even though I asked for it well done. I think for that reason it was way to soupy in the middle, I understand its Neapolitan style but even still it was very watery.
And there is going to be another Ferrara oven very soon in Rockville.

Building a Pizzeria: Closing in on Opening up

Best of luck. Been great following you here and on Facebook.

What Is VPN Pizza?

Well said Adam and I'm glad to see you list 2 Amy's. At other people's urgings I have given them several tries and just never found their pies at all memorable. But to talk ill of them in this area is sacriligeous. There is also a new pizzeria in the are that has VPN designation and a beautiful Farrara oven that I have tried twice, both times were dissappointing. They are new and I'll give them anothe try once they have a chance to settle in, but I'm not holding my breath. Ticking off the boxes to get your VPN designation shouldn't be the end all of your pizza development, taste first and if it fits in with the requirements then go for it.

What do you use your smoker for? (other than standard bbq)

I've done cheese, trout and salmon on mine. Cheese was not very successful, did it too hot.
I pop my smoker on top of a turkey fryer propane burner and crank it up to 700ยบ to use as my pizza oven.

Nuts sounds like a great idea.

Huitlacoche, aka corn smut

Had it in Mexico and also found it canned. I like it, but love this guys write up about it

To head or not to head...

It all depends on the style. Heavy beers, barleywines, and bitters just a little. Hefeweisen and Belgians I like a good head.
Root beer, yes a good creamy head.

How many fridges and freezers do you have? Or want? Or use?

Have 2 side by sides. One in the kitchen. The other is the kegerator in the basement. Currently it has 3 taps on the front, I laid it out to have 4. Freezer section isn't used much except at holiday time.

Beer nerds

Blue Moon or Sam Adams. If those aren't available and there is nothing outside of the standard big brewery selections then its time for a cocktail

What's for dinner tonight?

Whatever they are serving for Happy Hour at the pub.


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