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[#] Thu Jun 15 2017 20:04:06 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Too funny!  Was that penciled quote from the delivery guy?

[#] Fri Jun 16 2017 06:44:20 EDT from fleeb

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I love it when folks do that.

[#] Fri Jun 16 2017 11:01:22 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I usually do pickup instead of delivery. That note was taped to the salad when I picked up my order.

[#] Fri Jun 16 2017 20:00:53 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Ha!  That's great!

[#] Mon Jul 10 2017 09:01:18 EDT from zooer

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[#] Tue Jul 11 2017 18:41:53 EDT from zooer

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I started working on a colorized version of that graphic.


Good news for anyone who lives within 150 miles of a Kyrspy Kreme.


[#] Fri Jul 14 2017 09:31:01 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I haven't tried reheating pizza that way but it looks like it would work.  Seems like too much effort compared to Ye Olde Toaster Oven though.

(but ... egads! ... avoid the microwave)

[#] Sun Jul 23 2017 18:11:18 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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So.  It is done.  I, the proud New York Pizza Snob, have eaten authentic Chicago Style "pizza".

The concierge at the fancy hotel some of my family stayed at agreed with my brother-in-law's suggestions as to where we could get "authentic" CS"P", as opposed to chain-restaurant CS"P" or tourist CS"P".  He also told us that he's eaten pizza in New York and that CS"P" isn't even close to being as good as NY pizza.  We had a choice between a place where we would have to wait for 3 hours, or a place where we would have to wait for 2 hours.  We went with the 2 hour wait to get into a place called Lou Malnati's.  Four of their full-size "pizzas" served nine very hungry people, with about 3/4 of a pie left over at the end.

This photo is the one that is supposedly their specialty, with a thick layer of sausage under the tomatoes.  Personally my favorite was the veggie, despite my fondness for consuming dead animal flesh; it may have something to do with the fact that we had already strayed way off the camp by eating this stuff in the first place, so it didn't matter that there was a non-standard cheese (cheddar) on it.  For each variety, the crust was firm but flaky, lighter than it looked, and the flavors blended well.

Was it tasty?  Yes.  Was it pizza?  Not even close.  Was it worth the wait?  Hell no.

[#] Tue Aug 29 2017 16:01:18 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Today's snack:

Cayenne-mozzarella tzatziki served with tortilla chips.

It makes people say "Wait, what?" in five different languages.

[#] Tue Nov 07 2017 14:17:24 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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We just ordered sandwiches from some random local place here in Texas

I got the "vegan superfood wrap" ... some sort of ground mushroom patty, roasted red peppers, quinoa, avocado, and jalapeno hummus on a spinach wrap.

But since I'm not a vegan ... I ordered it with bacon. For the lulz.

(And it was good.)

[#] Thu Dec 14 2017 21:23:49 EST from pandora

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That time a year again where pandora laments losing her copy of BTX's latke recipe.


[#] Thu Dec 14 2017 21:47:01 EST from LoanShark

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That time-a-decade again where pandora logs in.

[#] Fri Dec 15 2017 09:39:20 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Here it is.  Still the best.  Don't be a stranger, ok?  ;)

Apr 14 2000 9:48pm from btx
Latkes are the easiest thing to make. Even though my forefathers didn't
distribute gelt (much to my chagrin, chocolate coins rule!) I still know
this one:

BTX's authentic jewish latkes (information leaked to him by someone's
jewish grandma - NOW I KNOW YOUR SECRETS!!)

You need very little to make some for you and yours. (adjust if you can
eat lots and lots of fried food) You may want to grab some sour cream or
applesauce if you're one of those communists.

2 potatoes
1 small onion
1 big egg
1 tsp baking powder
Make your grandma proud (yours, not mine), 2 tbsp matzoh meal
Oil - the fattier, the better

1 mixing bowl
1 small bowl for egg
1 frying pan / fryer

- First clean the potatoes. Don't be a scumbag.
- Next, grate the potatoes until they are but potato filings. It's best
to use your food processor, I've found my invisible food processor sucks.
- Next put all the filings into a cheesecloth and drain the potatoes.
Don't forget to do this or you'll end up with runny pancakes!
- Next, beat that whole egg until it's your bitch
- Next chop up the onion into the mixing bowl
- Mix in the potato until it's a nice solution of potato filings and
onion. You may have to TOUCH the mess with your hands to truly mix it.
- mix in egg
- mix in 1.5 tsp of baking powder - key to form pancakes
- If you want, dump in the matzoh meal. If you're an official jew, you
MUST do this

- It is at this time that I start heating the oil. I use olive oil
because my veins don't like LARD, but they're not as crispy that way.

mix / mix / mix

Take about 10 individual balls and flatten them into patties.

Wait and wait and wait for the oil. The waiting is key, it makes the
patties better for some reason, so make sure you wait. If you have super
fast heating oil wait anyway. Give 'em like 5 minutes.

At this time, your oil should be ready to go. Flick some water in the
oil when your loved one is next to the oil. You can determine oil
readiness in this manner.

Fry a few at a time until browned. How few? My pan lets me do 4 at a
time, but I have the F- cookware.

There you go, grease lovers.


[#] Fri Dec 15 2017 15:17:06 EST from pandora

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*swoon* you found it!!


and LS, I'm sure I've been ona  few times this decade. maybe I should have signed on before my visit this summer though, eh?

[#] Fri Dec 15 2017 15:24:56 EST from pandora

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IG! Where in texas were you? (are you?)

[#] Sat Dec 16 2017 13:55:17 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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We have a new data center in Allen that opened this year.  I designed the core network there and oversaw its build, and returned a couple of times to help orchestrate the rollout of one of our cloud pods there.

If you go back to August timeframe in the Health & Wellness room you can read the sordid tale about how I got really badly injured during one of those trips.

We have another facility just outside of Dallas that I've been to a couple of times as well.

[#] Sat Dec 16 2017 13:56:14 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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(But no, I don't live there.  I am still living in Yorktown.)

[#] Wed Dec 27 2017 16:15:01 EST from pandora

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(yorktown, when did you leave mt kisco?!)

[#] Thu Dec 28 2017 01:02:34 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Actually we were in New Castle, with a Mount Kisco postal address, and within the Yorktown school district.  Then in 2014, after 19 years at the Mouse House, we finally moved to a decent sized house.  We wanted to stay in the same school district ... the Yorktown schools are really great.  So we ended up in a beautiful raised ranch on a full acre in Yorktown Heights, which we picked up for a song at the bottom of a buyer's market.

Then in 2016, I steered this conversation back to the room topic by installing a propane tank behind the house so I could cook on a gas stove.  During the two years of hell cooking on electric coils, I discovered that it *is* possible to make popcorn on an electric stove; you just need to have a pot with a fairly thick bottom and put it back down on the coil between intermittent shakes.

[#] Sat Jan 13 2018 15:26:50 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Now it's 2017 and I'm making a pot of beef stew for dinner.  The kids don't really care for it but they're both away at a youth retreat this weekend, so we're gonna have a nice stick-to-your-ribs winter meal tonight, after a day of catching up on errands around the house and terrorizing the cats.  Every winter we say we're going to do more crock pot cooking but we never seem to get a round tuit.

My mother makes something she calls "three packet pot roast."  She mentioned the name after we were done eating it.  Yes, it's tasty; of course it's tasty, it's packed with a metric assload of MSG.  My wife, who is sensitive to MSG, spent the entire next day sick in bed.  My mother is usually a great cook but this one was a fail.

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