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  1. The squash and pumpkin soup ideas sound good. The labneh garnish would be a hit, as this will be served at the meal I have with my Lebanese in-laws.
  2. I am supposed to bring soup. I need a recipe for a good soup that can be made a day ahead, travel 1.5 hours in the car, and then reheat well. I am serving about 20.
  3. It is deer season here in Kentucky, and this reminds me that the breaking down of deer carcass is called "processing". You don't see anyone offering to butcher a deer you've killed, instead they "process" it.
  4. Interesting that someone would criticize his concern about childhood obesity because he is obese. Not sure that logic is applied to many other health conditions.
  5. Ron Johnson

    NFL 2010

    Cowboys fans can take comfort in the existence of the Cincinnati Bengals, easily the worst team in the NFL.
  6. When you take a side of beef and use a knife to divide it up into different parts suitable for cooking it is called butchering. When you take a pig and use a knife to divide it up into different parts suitable for cooking it is called butchering. When you take a goat and use a knife to divide it up into different parts suitable for cooking it is called butchering. When you take a whole chicken and use a knife to divide it up into different parts suitable for cooking it is not called butchering.
  7. Ron Johnson

    NFL 2010

    When P. Manning threw that interception during the comeback drive at the end of the Colts/Patriots game, I could only think of the joy that it brought to Mongo.
  8. The Schwa gang has to be pumped as well. One Michelin star for a joint that has no bar, no hostess, no wine, no wait staff, no reservation system? kudos to them.
  9. Ron Johnson

    Otto

    I may not actually be doing anything - but I do physically need to be in my office. good point. my visits are as a tourist.
  10. Ron Johnson

    Otto

    weekdays at about 2:30 pm. your only competition is nannies with stollers.
  11. negative. Westlake Village is where I've been having depositions for the past two years. It is like some sort of wasteland of bad chain restaurants built along the expressway. I did find the In N Out by LAX and a really good taco truck near the rental car return.
  12. The city itself is fine, but the real attraction is the nature all around it. The city is surrounded by mountains. Take a day an go up to Park City. It is too early to ski, but there are lots of other things to see and do.
  13. Ron Johnson

    Ciano

    Cru went through several phases. It started out pretty much as you say: more-or-less in line with Hearth, but more expensive. Then, Gallante started really dialing up the ambition; they also went to a prix fixe. Later on, as the recession bit, he went back to the old style, and then left. However, it was always a more refined place than Hearth, and it had the only wine list in the city so vast that it needed two volumes. People will disagree on how much that is worth, but it clearly had something to do with Cru being more expensive than Hearth, even when it was serving Hearth-like food.
  14. Budget Puzzle: You Fix the Budget where's the box for tax cuts for the rich? A lot of folks just got elected promising that was how they intended to balance the budget. Surely, they were telling the truth.
  15. Ron Johnson

    Ciano

    Cru served good food at great food prices. I never thought the food at Cru was much better than that at Hearth, but is sure cost a lot more.
  16. I stopped by the post office today to buy some stamps. A woman and man are standing at one table with a large pile of ziploc storage bags filled with rocks around their feet. There were maybe 20-30 medium sized bags filled with rocks on the floor. They were taking a single bag of the rocks and placing each one in the new "if it fits it ships" one-price, shipping boxes offered by US Post Office. These were then addressed and placed into outgoing parcel mail. ummm, ok.
  17. I enjoy SLC. They've relaxed the bizarre rules on buying alcohol by the drink. Bambara: A fairly innovative restaurant with modern American cuisine. I've had three good meals here. Spencer's for Steaks & Chops: A real old school steakhouse. Nothing more than great steaks and traditional sides. if that is your thing I highly recommend it. Metropolitan: Has more of a cocktail scene than the previous two. Very solid food. Cucina Toscana: This is a high-end, authentic Italian restaurant run by the flamboyant owner. Prices are steep, but our one meal there was really good. R
  18. Sounds like trippa alla romana (what with the sauce)....but if there was white wine along with the tomatoes than it would be alla toscana (which could give it that "fruity" flavor) while if there was cheese with the tomatoes than it was alla fiorentina. regardless, I'm not aware of a Sicilian version. I'm feeling pedantic today...it's Wednesday! Sicilian tripe dishes: “Trippa cu’ pumaroru”, tripe with tomato and peas, “Trippa alla Olivetana”, tripe in the style of the Benedictine nuns of our Lady of Mt. Oliveto, and “Trippa a’ nzalata”, tripe salad.
  19. Tom Fitzmorris is a decent site for comprehensive information in NO dining. He is a bit more of a cheerleader than a real critic, as he obviously loves the cuisine of his hometown, but it's still a decent resource for planning meals there.
  20. yes, but he gushes over Bradley's return to the Harrison in another piece. In one passage he follows "excellent" with "terrific" and then throws in another "excellent" for good measure.
  21. Ron Johnson

    NFL 2010

    Don't know if Gruden wants to go to Dallas to board the sinking ship and deal with Jerry standing behind him on the sidelines. They don't need Gruden, they need to find the next Gruden. Maybe it's Garrett?
  22. it's called a "quality" loss.
  23. Ron Johnson

    NFL 2010

    Phillips was not a great coach, but firing him isn't going to help now.
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