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#1402373 Cuisinart (blade) recall (12/13/2016)

Posted by mongo_jones on 18 February 2017 - 03:20 AM

now i feel better about not having called/contacted them yet.

#1401779 The Rancho Gordo Thread

Posted by mongo_jones on 09 February 2017 - 05:17 PM

a simple curry of vaquero beans with potatoes.



#1401417 indian cooking lessons

Posted by mongo_jones on 03 February 2017 - 03:50 PM

cumin-laced roast leg of lamb and a mini-ode to cumin.





well, this isn't an indian recipe per se--sort of an attempt to evoke the flavours of a number of regions that cook with cumin. i leave it to you to draw the political allegory.

#1400817 Coffee bean grinders

Posted by mongo_jones on 25 January 2017 - 09:00 PM

what are you suggesting?

#1400776 Annoyances

Posted by mongo_jones on 25 January 2017 - 06:03 PM

Okay, I'm being imprecise here. I'm confused why it's so difficult to get the print edition of this publication sent to me on a regular basis.

Plenty of other similar publications are run by nonprofits, and they all offer normal subscriptions for their print editions, plus allow people to donate.

Or, to put it a different way, it's confusing to me that I can buy their print edition from bookstores, but not from them.



you know, it is very important to the rest of us that you keep us up to date on the status and nature of your confusion about this crucial issue. please don't let us down.

#1400513 Annoyances

Posted by mongo_jones on 23 January 2017 - 04:56 AM

Since football isn't a sport, this should be no problem. There's no reason to watch or support a spectacle where the purpose is to injure the participants.




yes, it's no fun if the injured participants aren't shot dead.

#1399897 Coffee bean grinders

Posted by mongo_jones on 16 January 2017 - 05:22 AM

which button do you people have to press on your grinders to have them give you a wedgie?

#1399082 Recipe "Disaster!"

Posted by mongo_jones on 07 January 2017 - 01:33 AM

there's nothing wrong with it at all. as i said, it just adds up to a very different approach to cooking than i profess. i prefer the sort of home cooking that has vagueness built into it, with general guidelines rather than rules, based on variability rather than scienticism. sure, particular insights are useful, or at least interesting, but the larger ethos does not appeal to me and seems like a wrong-headed way to think about home-cooking: mastery, replicability etc. i'm sure kenji is a sweet and empathetic person himself; but i'm not surprised to hear that his fan base seems to include a significant fraction of bros.

#1398783 Recipe "Disaster!"

Posted by mongo_jones on 04 January 2017 - 02:44 AM

and just the fact that this page here is lousy with sous vide recipes sort of makes my point.

#1398777 Recipe "Disaster!"

Posted by mongo_jones on 04 January 2017 - 02:10 AM

But that's a total exaggeration about the potatoes.  It's just parboiling them before roasting.


And I think that's why some people are turned off to even experimenting with some of the stuff Alt or others are writing about. The tedious part is reading...the recipes themselves are quite easy.



oh, i just picked that recipe at random from the website--the larger point still stands. but, as it happens, on an average weeknight i'm not parboiling and then roasting potatoes, while simultaneously preparing 2-3 other things that also have multiple parts and components because that way they'd each be the "best ever" whatever. that sort of cooking is for people who see everything they do as an event. 


even that isn't my larger point, which is about a philosophy of home cooking, one that is based around improvization and variability and not this kind of wankery. i don't even like to cook that way for dinner parties.

#1398763 Recipe "Disaster!"

Posted by mongo_jones on 04 January 2017 - 12:26 AM

I completely get the "cooking for engineers" hate, but the guy actually says and does some interesting things that help out even the experience cook.


i find his articles much more interesting than his recipes.


Like why a boiled then roasted potato is so much better than one that is just boiled


yeah--it's still all a very different ethos of cooking than i espouse. the fun of cooking for me--and i cook most days of the week--is in variability; i'm not interested in producing the allegedly perfect x even if it is interesting from an intellectual perspective to know the science of how something turns out. it's more satisfying for me to produce very good roasted potatoes with various family constraints (time, mayhem) than to set up a schedule and multiple pots and pans and appliances to produce the "best ever roasted potatoes" which my kids will probably refuse to eat.

#1398117 Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Posted by mongo_jones on 25 December 2016 - 02:56 PM

#1398043 dishoom, london

Posted by mongo_jones on 23 December 2016 - 05:01 PM

here is the final meal report from my trip to london in late august: at the dishoom mothership in covent garden. some commentary on the kitschy aesthetic (and its influence) and more on the food (which was quite good but not the best south asian food i ate on the trip).





we just finalized our lodging for the spring, when we'll be in london for three months. looking forward to a lot more indian eating out, though i'm not sure i want to go back to dishoom.

#1397642 Cuisinart (blade) recall (12/13/2016)

Posted by mongo_jones on 17 December 2016 - 02:27 PM

the new york times still doesn't know what a blog is.

#1397492 The Total Wine & More superstores

Posted by mongo_jones on 15 December 2016 - 02:16 PM

their whisky prices can be very good but are generally somewhat randomly inconsistent. for some things they might have the best prices in town, by some margin. for others, their prices might be quite a bit higher. and they push their private bottlings, which are of not a very high quality. 


that said, i'm very happy with one of their las vegas stores and for evelyn's selective use of it...