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by Robert Pollard-Smith
October 17th, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: ZÜRCHER GESCHNETZELTES
Replies: 9
Views: 221

Re: ZÜRCHER GESCHNETZELTES

D Zurcher wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 12:55 pm
Wow-somehow I've never heard of this... :)
You need to hang out around the Umlauts.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
October 17th, 2020, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The post COVID meal you have been dreaming about...
Replies: 23
Views: 985

Re: The post COVID meal you have been dreaming about...

Nola Palomar wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 6:47 am
Berserkerfest Offline centered with a huge Spanish feast including a grand paella in the center. Reminiscent of the Offline in Chicago years ago at Mel Hill's house!!

All the above sound amazing!!
That would be grand, indeed, Nola!
by Robert Pollard-Smith
October 17th, 2020, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The post COVID meal you have been dreaming about...
Replies: 23
Views: 985

Re: The post COVID meal you have been dreaming about...

One thing I have missed a lot is the monthly wine dinners with my Burgundy group. I cannot wait until we can start getting together again. I will go to wherever and eat whatever. I just want us to be able to get together. That is what I have been dreaming about. Getting together again with my frien...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
October 10th, 2020, 9:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The NY Strip Steak is...
Replies: 86
Views: 2142

Re: The NY Strip Steak is...

Brian Tuite wrote:
October 10th, 2020, 8:05 pm
I use a butter knife on my ribeye because it’s tender not tough.
neener
Abomination!!!
by Robert Pollard-Smith
October 10th, 2020, 4:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2389
Views: 202370

Re: Steak Porn

CA reserve NY strip From Flannery... 7 hour salt, one hour at room temp, 115 degrees plust 3 minute rest... I approve the Rareness of said Strip, Robert Pollard-Smith. I like saying your name. Sounds like I am addressing a member of the House of Commons. Well, you got the common part right, at leas...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
October 10th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The NY Strip Steak is...
Replies: 86
Views: 2142

Re: The NY Strip Steak is...

Brian Tuite wrote:
October 9th, 2020, 7:45 pm
It’s right here in Robert Pollard-Smith’s photo although his doesn’t go the length of the steak.

That chewy NY Steak tendon

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That, my friend, is why Our Creator issued us steak knives at birth, no?
by Robert Pollard-Smith
October 9th, 2020, 1:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2389
Views: 202370

Re: Steak Porn

CA reserve NY strip From Flannery... 7 hour salt, one hour at room temp, 115 degrees plust 3 minute rest...
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by Robert Pollard-Smith
October 7th, 2020, 7:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Does Anyone Else Eat Everything?
Replies: 92
Views: 1910

Re: Does Anyone Else Eat Everything?

04DB77E3-A245-444C-A5EF-FC516DF4CD18.jpeg Tonight’s Home cured pickled tongue J-Nine’s fave, huh? Love me some tongue. Due to ‘incidents’ with enoki mushrooms and buttercream frosting, those are off my list. Not a fan of tripe, and canned vegetables are to be consumed only in dire planetary emergen...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
October 4th, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 567
Views: 35451

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Seconding the Kali blend.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
October 1st, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Irish court rules that Subway's rolls cannot be considered bread
Replies: 11
Views: 368

Re: Irish court rules that Subway's rolls cannot be considered bread

Last time I went into one to get a bag of chips (I figger they can't screw that up) the radioactive bacterial sheen on the sliced 'meats' lit up the store.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
September 30th, 2020, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 919
Views: 47860

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

8 Men Out.
Zero in.

I really struggled to not pull the trigger today on some desirables, wanting to keep the clean sheet going.

The COVID-19 seven pounds are possibly telling me I should be flipping the pattern.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
September 2nd, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee Roasting Question
Replies: 112
Views: 6539

Re: Coffee Roasting Question

Slight thread-drift, but I've decided to take the plunge into Epsresso and was looking at entry-machines. Any thoughts between the Rancilio Silvia, Breville Bambino Plus, or Gaggia Classic Pro? I'm attracted to the learning curve of the Rancilio but don't know how steep it is. Last week, delivered ...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
September 1st, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 919
Views: 47860

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

6 in, 8 died magnificent deaths.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
August 5th, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Harris Poll Best Burger Brand
Replies: 132
Views: 11469

Re: Harris Poll Best Burger Brand

nopenopenopenopenope. Salt only.

By proclamation, Potato is vegetable.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
August 5th, 2020, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 919
Views: 47860

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Purchased zero. Consumed 5.

Binny’s just sent me a lovely bouquet.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
August 4th, 2020, 9:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Harris Poll Best Burger Brand
Replies: 132
Views: 11469

Re: Harris Poll Best Burger Brand

As an aside, Culver's custard, last two visits (different locations) had a new, not very pleasant chemical taste. [barf1.gif] When you arrive at a certain age, one should allow oneself a certain amount of meat credits per week/month. I am no longer wasting them on FF burgers. I will, however, allow ...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
July 24th, 2020, 6:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: If Everything were Normal, and Teleportation were Possible....
Replies: 45
Views: 1948

Re: If Everything were Normal, and Teleportation were Possible....

I am a simple man... hopefully, they would be crowded, noisy, and not a mask in sight.
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by Robert Pollard-Smith
July 12th, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 567
Views: 35451

Re: Another Flannery PSA

When the hangars were on sale, I ordered burgers for the first time, and I can not believe what I have been missing.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
July 8th, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 919
Views: 47860

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Due to the bad influence of a Berserker, 17 in.
Due to the plague, only 5 out.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
July 5th, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: heat and density
Replies: 6
Views: 929

Re: heat and density

Crap. Now I have to go to offsite and figure out a way to stand up 12 bottles. Fun, this will not be.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
July 4th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Travel insurance
Replies: 27
Views: 1289

Re: Travel insurance

Check has been deposited. Just in time to be shelled out for the 17-y.o. wall oven that died.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
June 29th, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Travel insurance
Replies: 27
Views: 1289

Re: Travel insurance

Update 2, AIG cut a check today.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
June 25th, 2020, 9:47 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Travel insurance
Replies: 27
Views: 1289

Re: Travel insurance

Update... after repeatedly checking my AIG claim status online, and always seeing that “document not received” message, and sending emails daily to them, they assigned me to a new agent who now lists all of my required docs as received. Fingers crossed.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
June 18th, 2020, 6:08 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Travel insurance
Replies: 27
Views: 1289

Re: Travel insurance

AIG, ixnay. At present, they are reacting very poorly to getting slammed with COVID claims. I broke my shoulder in Madrid in mid-December, and they have completely stalled out on doing anything other than repeatedly requesting the same documentary evidence I’ve sent multiple times since I originally...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
June 10th, 2020, 2:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another revolting American concoction-and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.
Replies: 51
Views: 2259

Re: Another revolting American concoction-and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.

Grew up on it, still love it. My biggest quarantine dietary fail has been the result of discovering Santa Cruz Organic Dark Roasted Crunchy. I think I am into the fourth jar since March. Most consumption is via the random rounded teaspoon.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
June 10th, 2020, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Celebrating Chicago with some great friends!
Replies: 7
Views: 678

Re: Celebrating Chicago with some great friends!

I think people thought that I was moving out of town, and were sorely disappointed.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
June 1st, 2020, 10:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1674
Views: 90251

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Saturday, Marjorie was bored, watching Cash Cab. A question came up to which the answer was tartar sauce, of which I had never been a fan, having been exposed to only commercial crap. They listed the 4 main ingredients, and I said to myself, “Self, you gots all of dem”. So with roasted snapper on th...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
May 16th, 2020, 8:10 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 636
Views: 51988

Re: The Cocktail Thread

The cherry syrup is the alteration, I guess.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
May 16th, 2020, 3:35 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 636
Views: 51988

Re: The Cocktail Thread

Ohhh, sounds good, Sir!
by Robert Pollard-Smith
May 16th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 636
Views: 51988

Re: The Cocktail Thread

Have a bit of blended whisky to use up, and was looking for simple cocktails utilizing ingredients on hand . I ran across Blood and Sand, which is— 3/4 ounce Scotch whisky 3/4 ounce cherry brandy 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth 3/4 ounce orange juice Orange peel for garnish Stirred with ice, strained into ...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
April 27th, 2020, 7:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!
Replies: 88
Views: 4737

Re: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!

I've mentioned before on this board, but will mention again - I strongly recommend keeping a container of red onions pickling in the fridge. Slice red onion thin or on a mandoline and cover with a mixture of red wine vinegar and water. You can add a little salt and sugar if you want, but we don't f...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
April 7th, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!
Replies: 88
Views: 4737

Re: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!

Niece just sent this recipe, says it is GREAT... No Yeast Beer Bread

Gonna make it right now.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
April 1st, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 268
Views: 17592

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

Our 20-year old Krups POC died 5 weeks ago, and we are very happy to have replaced it with this — Cuisinart® 12-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker Coffee tastes clean, fresh, and in the 64-oz. thermal carafe, retains heat (starts out much hotter than the old thermal carafe) and flavor for about 4.65 hours [sn...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
March 29th, 2020, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Collapse of Bordeaux and explosion of champagnes in my consumption
Replies: 15
Views: 1408

Re: Collapse of Bordeaux and explosion of champagnes in my consumption

"I am not really a normal consumer"

M. Audouze, please add this to your signature. [cheers.gif]
by Robert Pollard-Smith
March 20th, 2020, 8:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!
Replies: 88
Views: 4737

Re: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!

Yeah, I upped it on the garlic to 5 cloves, and tripled the orange. Noms.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
March 20th, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!
Replies: 88
Views: 4737

Re: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!

The 'Serves: 8' is dependent on your being Victor or not. Actually, more like 24 if Victor. neener Beef Daube * Serves: 8 *Ingredients:* 4 1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck, excess fat trimmed, meat cut into 2-inch cubes 1 750-ml bottle of dry red wine 3 medium carrots, peeled, cut into large pieces 1 ...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
March 19th, 2020, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corn Wine?
Replies: 13
Views: 639

Corn Wine?

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by Robert Pollard-Smith
March 2nd, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who isn't drinking their share?
Replies: 44
Views: 3193

Re: Who isn't drinking their share?

How's marijuana use trending? Could it be whittling away some people who would otherwise head toward wine? I can state that my use of recreational herb for medical purposes (joyously enabling sleep after 11/2018 disc herniation, and then fractured shoulder surgery 12/2019), has greatly impacted my ...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
February 21st, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: My five favorite vegetables
Replies: 38
Views: 2570

Re: My five favorite vegetables

Corey N. wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 3:15 pm
Robert Pollard-Smith wrote:
February 20th, 2020, 6:47 pm
1. Katz’s pastrami
2. Corey’s smoked brisket
3. Charred garlicky shrimp
4. Braised lamb shanks
5. 17-way tie
You’re a sweetheart.

1. Taters.
2. Taters.
3. Taters.
4. Taters.
5. Stephen Hawking.
FTW.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
February 20th, 2020, 8:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2389
Views: 202370

Re: Steak Porn

Thanks, the method never fails.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
February 20th, 2020, 6:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: My five favorite vegetables
Replies: 38
Views: 2570

Re: My five favorite vegetables

1. Katz’s pastrami
2. Corey’s smoked brisket
3. Charred garlicky shrimp
4. Braised lamb shanks
5. 17-way tie
by Robert Pollard-Smith
February 20th, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2389
Views: 202370

Re: Steak Porn

Whole Foods grass-fed prime, salted for 8 hours, pan-seared on medium, flipping every minute or so... very tasty.
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by Robert Pollard-Smith
February 11th, 2020, 5:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]
Replies: 294
Views: 25018

Re: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach?

Only purchased Flannery, and a call was received from Citibank re compromise within 36 hours.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
January 31st, 2020, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 919
Views: 47860

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

For 2019, purchased 15, consumed 61.

More than made up for the reduction in wine with Scotch purchases. [stirthepothal.gif]
by Robert Pollard-Smith
January 5th, 2020, 6:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 3337

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

Al Osterheld wrote:
January 3rd, 2020, 7:29 pm
David K o l i n wrote:
January 3rd, 2020, 6:40 pm
I like French fries with mustard and/or mayo.
Anything but ketchup.

-Al
Anything but ketchup is the correct answer for crisp, golden fries— garlic aioli or dijon being my faves.

But if you need ketchup for anything else, Heinz Organic is #1.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
January 4th, 2020, 8:23 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best beers 2019 edition
Replies: 15
Views: 2644

Re: Best beers 2019 edition

Last year, I became quite enamored with a few of Naperville’s Solemn Oath’s offerings—

Pants Man New England Pale ale
Kidnapped by Vikings IPA
Butterfly Flashmob hop-forward Belgian Ale
by Robert Pollard-Smith
December 24th, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar
Replies: 263
Views: 13458

Re: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar

2008 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses, 88.5

I distinctly remember great enjoyment of the single bottle I consumed.

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