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[#] Mon Apr 09 2018 16:54:21 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Well I'll definitely never use ketchup again; if I need tomato I'll go with tomato paste. The ketchup added too much sweetness and I ended up with a meat/veg layer that tasted more like sloppy joe mix (which is fine, but not what I wanted). Some recipes call for beef broth. Almost all recipes call for worcestershire. I still think there's a secret ingredient I'm missing, because I've had shepherd's pie in two completely different places (the Eveready Diner in Brewster, NY; and a nondescript hotel restaurant in Raleigh, NC) and they had almost the exact same flavor. There's an ingredient they're both using and I can't quite figure it out. It's slightly tangy, ever-so-slightly spicy, and somewhat savory.

[#] Mon Apr 09 2018 17:48:12 EDT from pandora @ Uncensored

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https://www.recipetineats.com/cottage-pie/ this looks pretty legit, might be the wine giving it the tang. this one is closer to what I throw together and call sheperds pie http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/english-cottage-pie, and some of the others out there seem way weird.

[#] Tue Apr 10 2018 10:06:02 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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"Tangy, spicy, and savory" sounds like Worcestershire sauce.
Tangy: vinegar
Savory: anchovies
Spicy: ?

There are different ways to add heat. Cayenne and/or sweet paprika and/or chili powder and/or madras-style curry powder might be a good fit for this dish.

[#] Tue Apr 10 2018 10:08:41 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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2018-04-09 17:48 from pandora @uncnsrd
https://www.recipetineats.com/cottage-pie/ this looks pretty legit,

That does sound good.

[#] Sat Apr 28 2018 12:28:55 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Right now I'm sitting in my car in a parking lot watching a pan-Asian restaurant getting stocked. It's bizarre. (The restaurant is in the same building where my friend operates a dance studio, where my daughter takes classes.)

First the big truck showed up, which wasn't surprising; all of the usual large boxes of food service grade stuff came out of the truck - cooking oil, vegetables, etc.

Then an unmarked white van appeared and a gaggle of pan-Asians emerged, and they're bringing in all sorts of things in smaller containers. There are pans full of uncooked food that appear to have been fabricated elsewhere.
There are 5 gallon buckets of various substances, some only partially filled.
There are boxes of various qualities that contain unknown substances. And they're all just wandering between the van and the building, sometimes with their hands full, sometimes not.

And there is a decidedly funky smell in the air.

I think maybe I'm not going to eat there. It's a bit on the scary side.

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