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by Chris S p i k e s
January 22nd, 2022, 10:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Kitchen countertops - is there life after granite?
Replies: 84
Views: 3587

Re: Kitchen countertops - is there life after granite?

We have several neighborhood friends that have marble in the kitchen and surprisingly they love it even after years of use. Granted, one used some super expensive sealing service when they had theirs installed. She said it was nearly the cost of the marble itself and is supposed to be good for at le...
by Chris S p i k e s
January 21st, 2022, 4:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Kitchen countertops - is there life after granite?
Replies: 84
Views: 3587

Re: Kitchen countertops - is there life after granite?

It's looking more and more likely that my wife is attached to marble after spending the afternoon in warehouses looking at slabs of everything. So, talk to me about sealing if anyone has opinions. Hopefully something we can apply easily and no more than twice a year. Doesn't have to be perfect in te...
by Chris S p i k e s
January 20th, 2022, 3:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anchovies
Replies: 29
Views: 2152

Re: Anchovies

Any new finds by anyone? I need to reload for my caesar dressing and other things.
by Chris S p i k e s
January 17th, 2022, 12:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Kitchen countertops - is there life after granite?
Replies: 84
Views: 3587

Re: Kitchen countertops - is there life after granite?

Early stages of kitchen makeover planning. Thanks for all the comments, I've learned a lot. We are deciding between quartz and quartzite. My GC says that quartzite is about 30% more expensive. I like the idea of quartz, but so far have preferred the appearance of quartzite, but we really haven't ser...
by Chris S p i k e s
January 2nd, 2022, 12:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Your Coffee Arsenal?
Replies: 94
Views: 5153

Re: Your Coffee Arsenal?

On my home Moccamaster drip, I use 8g per cup as they define a cup. Trial and error got me there. When on vacation, I do a water to coffee ratio (in g) of 15:1. I travel with a scale to get it right. That works for pour over or drip, although I often have to tinker with my technique with some of the...
by Chris S p i k e s
September 7th, 2021, 4:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Carbon Steel pans
Replies: 37
Views: 4923

Re: Carbon Steel pans

Recently picked this up--I'll have to get the name https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51432422694_a33b546765_z.jpg Paul, if that's your stovetop, we have the same one. Don't really like ours - mainly due to the pop up ventilation. The top works fine and I do like the sealed top for easy clean up w...
by Chris S p i k e s
September 3rd, 2021, 11:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Tell me about racks of lamb
Replies: 11
Views: 1347

Re: Tell me about racks of lamb

Anyone want to comment on comparing these gourmet ones with the Costco racks of lamb? I'm asking because I've always been satisfied with the Costco ones, but haven't ventured into these that you all list. I'm a little trepidatious to consider replacing something that satisfies my taste. Doing that w...
by Chris S p i k e s
August 27th, 2021, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Capsule Condition Matter?
Replies: 7
Views: 386

Re: Does Capsule Condition Matter?

Do capsules matter?

Other than adding lipstick to an olfactory experience.
by Chris S p i k e s
August 24th, 2021, 3:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2927
Views: 252031

Re: Steak Porn

@Suzanne - it’s meals like that where I want to throw the tongs down, yell “ladies and gentlemen, you’re welcome” and take a victory lap around the rental. Pulling a cook off on a janky gas grill and a Weber is an exercise in patience (and luck). Nicely done. I pulled off a solid meal of steaks (fo...
by Chris S p i k e s
August 21st, 2021, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Power outages and wine fridges
Replies: 43
Views: 1251

Re: Power outages and wine fridges

I had a garage Eurocave lose electricity (flipped breaker and I know exactly when it happened and why) in the middle of the summer down here in Texas where temps were over 100. When I discovered the electricity was out a WEEK later, the temps in the Eurocave were only in the mid 80's. That's in a ga...
by Chris S p i k e s
August 21st, 2021, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Power outages and wine fridges
Replies: 43
Views: 1251

Re: Power outages and wine fridges

It will take a long time to warm up in the fridge to a seriously bad temperature. Power likely won't be off for more than a couple of days. I would doubt that the wine would get above 80 unless it's very hot for an extended period (like a week or more). Wine isn't as fragile as some of us make it ou...
by Chris S p i k e s
August 21st, 2021, 10:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: An Evolution of Pesto
Replies: 25
Views: 3533

Re: An Evolution of Pesto

What's the purpose of rubbing a cut garlic head on the inside of the blender? That seems a bit cute but superfluous. I'm willing to listen to a scientific culinary explanation of why that's important though. It adds a hint of garlic. Same as rubbing a garlic clove on toast as Jacques Pepin demonstr...
by Chris S p i k e s
August 21st, 2021, 9:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: An Evolution of Pesto
Replies: 25
Views: 3533

Re: An Evolution of Pesto

What's the purpose of rubbing a cut garlic head on the inside of the blender? That seems a bit cute but superfluous. I'm willing to listen to a scientific culinary explanation of why that's important though.
by Chris S p i k e s
August 21st, 2021, 9:21 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: US passport renewal delays.
Replies: 119
Views: 6067

Re: US passport renewal delays.

I did it last year. Quick and easy. Things could have changed though, so not sure how helpful this data point is.
by Chris S p i k e s
August 5th, 2021, 6:42 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: US passport renewal delays.
Replies: 119
Views: 6067

Re: US passport renewal delays.

Does anyone have any idea what the internal process is with the State Department in terms of issuing or renewing a passport? What exactly are they doing to confirm citizenship and approve a passport application? More specifically, what are they doing that takes so long, especially with uncomplicated...
by Chris S p i k e s
July 18th, 2021, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Save the date - winery release emails
Replies: 30
Views: 2164

Re: Save the date - winery release emails

For me, it helps allocate funds. If I know a release is coming up that I want and will be a big hit to the cc, I'll make sure I don't consider other offers from retailers or wineries that might be secondary in my preference. But, practically speaking, I've stopped buying wine other than about 3-4 li...
by Chris S p i k e s
July 18th, 2021, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellartracker Fun with Numbers
Replies: 59
Views: 3009

Re: Cellartracker Fun with Numbers

I've heard of lawsuits involving doctors where their credit card statements were brought in play trying to demonstrate an alcohol problem. Anyone heard of anything similar involving CT data? I would think it would be pretty easy to discount the actual data entry because whenever I get sloppy about r...
by Chris S p i k e s
July 18th, 2021, 11:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flannery's 130 day dry aged steak--how is this going down?
Replies: 31
Views: 4879

Re: Flannery's 130 day dry aged steak--how is this going down?

Wife's out of town, so finally getting around to doing one of these tonight. She wasn't a fan when I asked Bryan to take my normal order out to 55+ days, so I think this would be WAY too much funk for her. Any suggestions beyond what has been written in this thread? Plan is to heavily salt this and ...
by Chris S p i k e s
July 1st, 2021, 3:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 843
Views: 64786

Re: Another Flannery PSA

FIFY! [head-bang.gif] Traveling right now so can’t really arrange a shipment Delay the shipment until you return. They do that! Yeah, that's never an issue. I often have a full freezer so order for delivery months down the road. They have a calendar where you select your shipping date.
by Chris S p i k e s
June 9th, 2021, 5:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Temp Regulator for BGE
Replies: 10
Views: 1466

Re: Temp Regulator for BGE

Another endorsement for Flameboss. I don't need it often, so it doesn't get much use, but I like it. It's their first model to have wifi, so now ancient.
by Chris S p i k e s
June 5th, 2021, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker Questionnaire
Replies: 109
Views: 3929

Re: CellarTracker Questionnaire

Uh-oh...is classic mode going away? [new-here.gif] In big software companies, poorly designed surveys support confirmation bias. Eric has done such a great job with the site that I trust his instincts on where to take this far more than other folks' opinions. I just hope we don't lose the essence o...
by Chris S p i k e s
June 4th, 2021, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker Questionnaire
Replies: 109
Views: 3929

Re: CellarTracker Questionnaire

It's really 20 questions for every question once you get going. Then, having to rank everything.....

I NEVER fill out surveys, but did this one for Eric and my loyalty to he and CT since nearly the beginning. I would have abandoned after about 3 minutes for anyone else.
by Chris S p i k e s
May 22nd, 2021, 4:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Margra lamb
Replies: 25
Views: 2753

Re: Margra lamb

Just skimming this, so maybe there is an explanation. They claim on their website that the lamb fat has a low melting point of 28-35C. Yet, normal lamb body temperature is 38.5-40C. How are those reconciled?
by Chris S p i k e s
May 6th, 2021, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I hope Todd is willing to share with others here
Replies: 26
Views: 1639

Re: I hope Todd is willing to share with others here

I can't believe this was allowed to launch since the case added 40 lbs. where weight is a premium. But, I suppose the start up paid the freight as anyone could these days. The commercialization of human space flight takes a bit of adjustment.
by Chris S p i k e s
April 12th, 2021, 5:04 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Voyage Wine Glass Carrier by Grassl Glass
Replies: 42
Views: 2475

Re: Voyage Wine Glass Carrier by Grassl Glass

Just to be clear, if we submitted request "orders" for the carriers on Berserker Day, do we now need to place a real order with the link in the new email?
by Chris S p i k e s
March 1st, 2021, 7:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The ultimate thermometer from Chris Young
Replies: 31
Views: 3357

Re: The ultimate thermometer from Chris Young

I'm curious about this product too. I doubt it could be used on a grill without risking damage though. The exposed part would see temps far higher than a typical oven. But, it would appear to be great for reverse searing and just pull the probe prior to the sear, where temp concerns are done.
by Chris S p i k e s
February 20th, 2021, 12:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Burr Grinder Recommendation
Replies: 49
Views: 4399

Re: Burr Grinder Recommendation

Weber Workshops HG-1. A burr grinder you can pass on to your children. https://weberworkshops.com/products/hg-1 I've flirted with getting one of those in the past, but I had the impression is was more designed for the espresso end of things rather than drip or pour over. I abandoned my almost leap ...
by Chris S p i k e s
February 18th, 2021, 1:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Collards,Cannellini and Italian Sausage
Replies: 8
Views: 1832

Re: Collards,Cannellini and Italian Sausage

As for greens, I have finally found a use for kale. I really despise it as a fresh salad ingredient, mainly due to its harsh texture. My opinion is that it became so popular because it is so awful and people felt anything this terrible MUST be the absolute best in terms of health. But, using it in m...
by Chris S p i k e s
February 13th, 2021, 4:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Collards,Cannellini and Italian Sausage
Replies: 8
Views: 1832

Re: Collards,Cannellini and Italian Sausage

A local restaurant serves a similar dish as a side. I just did my version of replicating it today and it was outstanding. No tomatoes and used dry cannellini to start and my greens were fresh kale. I also added some tasso from south Louisiana for some smoke. I topped it with a drizzle of EVOO and a ...
by Chris S p i k e s
January 28th, 2021, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robb Report Praises 2011 Cali Cabs
Replies: 32
Views: 2227

Re: Robb Report Praises 2011 Cali Cabs

Well, more cynically I think a bunch of these producers have 'library stock' of 2011's that in otherbusinesses would be called 'unsold inventory' so now that its ten years gone by, maybe someone has something to celebrate so their publicist pulled together this article. All those crappy bdx vintage...
by Chris S p i k e s
January 26th, 2021, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Schrader offer?
Replies: 45
Views: 4877

Re: Schrader offer?

Who owns the Schrader brand these days? Did they ever end up developing their own vineyards or just stick with buying contract fruit and outsourcing the winemaking to TRB?
by Chris S p i k e s
January 19th, 2021, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine rules you should break
Replies: 42
Views: 2761

Re: Wine rules you should break

And therein lies the 'challenge' of TCA - we all have different thresholds for picking it up. So you can sit at a table with 'knowledgeable' wine drinkers and one can say it's corked and another finds it 'wonderful' - and they are both kind of correct, eh? Cheers. Larry, Sorry for the tangent, but ...
by Chris S p i k e s
January 7th, 2021, 2:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Burr Grinder Recommendation
Replies: 49
Views: 4399

Re: Burr Grinder Recommendation

I bought the Baratza Encore a while back and am mostly happy. Would be nice to have a "timed" setting as opposed to a binary on/off switch- (so I could more easily grind the exact same amount each day), but otherwise I am pretty happy with it. I have no idea how it manages to spread grind...
by Chris S p i k e s
January 7th, 2021, 12:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Burr Grinder Recommendation
Replies: 49
Views: 4399

Re: Burr Grinder Recommendation

Yes, coffee not espresso. We have the Moccamaster. I’ll look into those suggested above. The one that died was a Solis, which looks exactly like the Baratza Encore. Thank you all! The Solis is made by Baratza and rebranded. Starbucks used to sell their branded version and someone gave me one as a g...
by Chris S p i k e s
January 6th, 2021, 8:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Korean Fried Chicken - WTH??
Replies: 26
Views: 3329

Re: Korean Fried Chicken - WTH??

Is there any reason the believe Shake Shack will do Korean Fried Chicken well? I'm sure it will be fine, but Shake Shack hasn't impressed me enough to make it worth preferentially choosing them for their specialty - hamburgers. Although, I will admit I've only had their food 3 or 4 times.
by Chris S p i k e s
December 21st, 2020, 5:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Aged Eggnog
Replies: 33
Views: 2466

Re: Aged Eggnog

Several of the recipes call for adding Cognac. I don't have any. Any recs? What profile does it add? Any recommended substitutes? If you don't mind picking up a bottle for $25, I think I got a Hennessy VS and it works well. It seems to add some structure and cuts through the sweetness. I can't imag...
by Chris S p i k e s
December 10th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 843
Views: 64786

Re: Another Flannery PSA

I loaded up on roasts for the next few years. Just had my last one for Thanksgiving that I bought a few years ago. It was outstanding as always! FWIW, I double vacuum seal them using a chamber vacuum sealer and they keep frozen indefinitely like that. Have no idea when I might start to see a degrada...
by Chris S p i k e s
December 8th, 2020, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Better than expected 2003 Clerc Milan
Replies: 6
Views: 489

Re: Better than expected 2003 Clerc Milan

I've been pretty happy with left bank wines from 2003. Not so much on the right bank. The traditionally more austere wines did better IMO. I very much like the Leoville Barton from 2003.
by Chris S p i k e s
November 28th, 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 1918
Views: 236543

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

Opened 41 off the truck today. Really disagree with those calling it a blueberry milkshake and comparing it to Caymus. I think Cam's note is pretty accurate for my palate. It's definitely full throttle and intense and if that isn't your thing, you shouldn't buy this. But, it doesn't have the vanilla...
by Chris S p i k e s
November 28th, 2020, 8:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cryovac Wagyu, fridge or freezer - what would you do?
Replies: 4
Views: 1453

Re: Cryovac Wagyu, fridge or freezer - what would you do?

I'd just keep it in the fridge, but agree with Betty's comment. My opinion (influenced by Flannery) is that wet aging isn't much of a thing. You could also pull it out and dry age it in the fridge. If I was doing that, I'd rinse it, then put a light salting on it a place it on a rack. But, whatever ...
by Chris S p i k e s
November 3rd, 2020, 8:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chili Crisp - Different Brands & Uses
Replies: 76
Views: 8450

Re: Chili Crisp - Different Brands & Uses

Where has this been all my life? Based on this thread I ordered the Momofuku version and love it. I had never heard of it before this thread and we shop and eat at a LOT of Asian places. This thread motivated us, so we ordered 9 bottles to try out. So far, we love it! 9 bottles of Momofuku? Or 9 bo...
by Chris S p i k e s
November 3rd, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chili Crisp - Different Brands & Uses
Replies: 76
Views: 8450

Re: Chili Crisp - Different Brands & Uses

Jay Miller wrote: November 3rd, 2020, 12:55 pm Where has this been all my life?

Based on this thread I ordered the Momofuku version and love it.
I had never heard of it before this thread and we shop and eat at a LOT of Asian places. This thread motivated us, so we ordered 9 bottles to try out. So far, we love it!
by Chris S p i k e s
October 28th, 2020, 5:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 843
Views: 64786

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Hangers 20% off! How do you apply the discount on the new site? I see it on the home page listed as 20% off, but don't see a code or a discount when you get to the hanger page. The discount is automatically applied when you go to the cart. [oops.gif] Math is hard. And I'm always preaching to my dau...
by Chris S p i k e s
October 28th, 2020, 10:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 843
Views: 64786

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Just looked at the new site and saw - under HelluvaDeal - ribeye filets? Has anyone had these. I'm wanting to stock up the freezer in case of supply chain issues with something to just quick cook weekdays and the price is appealing. Hangers 20% off! How do you apply the discount on the new site? I ...
by Chris S p i k e s
October 17th, 2020, 9:01 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: 20Yr Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon
Replies: 44
Views: 6780

Re: 20Yr Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon

Funny to see price complaints here vs. now. Funny to see this thread revived as I was just having this discussion over dinner last night with a friend. I was explaining how 'back in the day' I thought bourbon prices had become ridiculous when Pappy 20 passed over the $120 mark and I decided to stop...
by Chris S p i k e s
October 1st, 2020, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 11595
Views: 1012814

Re: de Negoce offer

I haven't heard of any high end winery using filtered as something good... Actually, it happens all the time. Wineries have different reasons for using it. There are different levels of filtration, ranging from just getting out sediment and big stuff, down to levels that will remove microbes. Botto...
by Chris S p i k e s
October 1st, 2020, 5:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 11595
Views: 1012814

Re: de Negoce offer

Can we go back to the "filtered" and "stabilized" comments? WTH does that mean? Is Negoce wine treated differently than the wine it was compared to each time? I haven't heard of any high end winery using filtered as something good and stabilized implies they added something else ...
by Chris S p i k e s
September 26th, 2020, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $1 per ton 2020 mt Veeder cab grapes for sale
Replies: 34
Views: 3384

Re: $1 per ton 2020 mt Veeder cab grapes for sale

Mark Golodetz wrote: September 26th, 2020, 4:28 am Rates have skyrocketed since the fires of a couple of years back. And they will go up again.
Yep. The insurance market only works if the insurer can avoid correlated risk. I wouldn't be surprised to see most insurers exit this market at any price.
by Chris S p i k e s
September 21st, 2020, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 11595
Views: 1012814

Re: de Negoce offer

If it's R&R, the winemaker has some pretty progressive thoughts on winemaking chemistry: https://winesvinesanalytics.com/features/article/72274/Winemaker-Interview-Barry-Gnekow He's also the winemaker at Educated Guess: https://www.winebags.com/Interview-Educated-Guess-Winemaker-Barry-Gnekow-s/1...
by Chris S p i k e s
September 21st, 2020, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 11595
Views: 1012814

Re: de Negoce offer

Alpha Omega is also a blend from different appellations, whereas OG 41 is from St Helena. However, if this is just a component of their final blend that could make sense and perhaps account for the higher alcohol. I know some here are convinced this is the final winery blend, but I don’t know if I ...

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