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by Chris Blum
January 10th, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: "Traditional buns."
Replies: 12
Views: 490

Re: "Traditional buns."

Speaking of old family recipes... Dad always used to make this dish: He’d take two pieces of bread and butter one side. : 7C8E434B-39A7-424B-B0BA-D0CFC20AED8D.jpeg : Then he’d put a slice of (unwrapped) kraft cheese in between and make like a layered thing, but here’s the catch...with the butter fac...
by Chris Blum
January 3rd, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Psa: envoyer
Replies: 18
Views: 1211

Re: Psa: envoyer

Thanks!
by Chris Blum
January 2nd, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 1595

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

Yeah, the odd fake smoke flavor was... what’s the opposite of good?
by Chris Blum
January 1st, 2020, 7:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 1595

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

No joke... dad grew up in the depression, so even when we got ahead he would still serve a half-assed soup made from the wiener water.

I think the ingredients were hot dog water and a bowl to serve it in.
by Chris Blum
December 31st, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 1595

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

I even put ketchup on my Chicago dogs.
by Chris Blum
December 31st, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Could you have nailed this [sic] if you'd tasted it blind?
Replies: 10
Views: 997

Re: Could you have nailed this [sic] if you'd tasted it blind?

I thought it tasted much more advanced.. I would have said 200 year old urine at least
by Chris Blum
December 28th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1666
Views: 97194

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Anybody bite on the 2012 Pol Roger regular brut mags? I hit hard.
by Chris Blum
December 27th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye
Replies: 27
Views: 1679

Re: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye

I feel dumb having given you advice after your report. It sounds pretty awesome.
by Chris Blum
December 27th, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 48
Views: 1812

Re: Grass fed???

I agree with the iron/copper/metal flavor descriptor for some boutique-y grass fed beef. Not as much as Wild venison (which oddly is mostly corn finished around here) but still. Our family hunted and dad was “frugal” so I grew up eating a lot of venison and kinda hated it. Maybe that’s where my gras...
by Chris Blum
December 27th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Pretty good Christmas tap list
Replies: 9
Views: 534

Re: Pretty good Christmas tap list

John does a pretty great job curating bottles and sourcing fresh kegs. It’s a pretty amazing place for being located in a smallish American city in the upper Midwest. And he mixes in a few token good non-Belgian beers. Last night I had a Duchess de Bourgogne chocolate cherry sour. I prefer the regul...
by Chris Blum
December 27th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 48
Views: 1812

Grass fed???

A recent post got me wondering so here’s an honest question... What is your attraction to grass fed meat? Growing up in the upper Midwest, fresh grass fed tastes “off” to me. It’s not as sweet. (aging covers up the difference) Is it taste, environmental, animal welfare, or some health benefit I’m no...
by Chris Blum
December 27th, 2019, 12:14 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Pretty good Christmas tap list
Replies: 9
Views: 534

Re: Pretty good Christmas tap list

Bump,

I definitely like the Bernardus Xmas better than the Delerium Xmas but I’d say the DT tastes more Christmas-y with stronger spice.
by Chris Blum
December 25th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere
Replies: 52
Views: 2270

Re: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere

I have the attention span of a caffeinated labradoodle, but I couldn’t stop reading that wonderful tribute. What a life.

Well done.
by Chris Blum
December 22nd, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine from Normandy?
Replies: 68
Views: 1926

Re: Wine from Normandy?

One thing I was surprised by was just how amazingly the Bordelet ciders aged. Really great interesting sparkling beverages
by Chris Blum
December 21st, 2019, 8:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye
Replies: 27
Views: 1679

Re: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye

And by thin steaks, I’m talking like 1/4 or 1/3 inch. That’s how it would be served in Japan in my (admittedly limited) experience. I swear they cut them while still frozen, but I might be wrong.
by Chris Blum
December 21st, 2019, 7:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye
Replies: 27
Views: 1679

Re: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye

I like chuck's suggestion.

I’d either slice it thin and quick sear or a go slow and low and try to render the fat a bit before searing.

Serve doused with a ton of ketchup. [snort.gif]
by Chris Blum
December 21st, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye
Replies: 27
Views: 1679

Re: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye

That’s a bleepload of real Kobe. I’m not trying to pee in your cornflakes but a little bit of Kobe goes a long way. I love meat and I’m a big guy, but that rich cut would feed 30 people in our house.
by Chris Blum
December 17th, 2019, 5:59 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Pretty good Christmas tap list
Replies: 9
Views: 534

Re: Pretty good Christmas tap list

It’s got a bit of an odd angular acidic bite on the finish. I didn’t *love* it after the first few sips. I like the regular DT though.
by Chris Blum
December 17th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Charleston lodging and restaurants
Replies: 30
Views: 1296

Re: Charleston lodging and restaurants

Stayed at the French Quarter inn. It was great, especially the location and the Little patios for breakfast.
by Chris Blum
December 15th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Trading Places theme Dinner
Replies: 18
Views: 725

Re: Trading Places theme Dinner

We did have beef jerky as a parting gift. The faux escargot were really good. Pulled stems and pulsed w garlic, butter, thyme, shallot and lots of parsley. Then I roasted the caps in wine do the took on that flavor, then I cooled and stuffed the caps w the mixture and topped w a crouton. Back in the...
by Chris Blum
December 14th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Pretty good Christmas tap list
Replies: 9
Views: 534

Re: Pretty good Christmas tap list

I assume these are sideways because it’s a 10% abv beer?
by Chris Blum
December 14th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Pretty good Christmas tap list
Replies: 9
Views: 534

Pretty good Christmas tap list

Our local place has a pretty great belgian list with a lot of fresh rotating kegs

Had to stop in for a Delirium xmas
by Chris Blum
December 12th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Should I pre-salt my Flannery hanger steaks?
Replies: 15
Views: 896

Re: Should I pre-salt my Flannery hanger steaks?

I don’t know why you wouldn’t. In general, I either salt them at least 3 hours in advance or I wait until I’m cooking.
by Chris Blum
December 12th, 2019, 2:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Trading Places theme Dinner
Replies: 18
Views: 725

Re: Trading Places theme Dinner

Steve Manzi wrote:
December 11th, 2019, 5:20 pm
Chris Blum wrote:
December 10th, 2019, 7:35 pm
What’s a Coleman steak?
It's just a company that I see that sells game meats. Was just trying to think of something that fit. [wink.gif]
Gotcha
by Chris Blum
December 11th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?
Replies: 61
Views: 2634

Re: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?

We did an experimental pairing with a Russian River Valley Zinfandel of ours and it really was quite interesting in terms of the effect the caviar had on the wine. Best way I can describe it was elevating the fruit and spice elements, while reducing the perception of acid and tannin. This was strai...
by Chris Blum
December 11th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Trading Places theme Dinner
Replies: 18
Views: 725

Re: Trading Places theme Dinner

These are great!
by Chris Blum
December 11th, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?
Replies: 61
Views: 2634

Re: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?

Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
December 11th, 2019, 5:17 am
Just don’t leave the Vodka in the freezer for days, evaporation is a problem.

I think your teenager is ...

by Chris Blum
December 10th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Trading Places theme Dinner
Replies: 18
Views: 725

Re: Trading Places theme Dinner

What’s a Coleman steak?
by Chris Blum
December 10th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Trading Places theme Dinner
Replies: 18
Views: 725

Trading Places theme Dinner

For our “dinner and a movie” group, we’re doing Trading Places. Manhattans, mimosa & some themed beer. —— chicken drummies “I have legs!” Pork belly Salmon Escargot (may get vetoed). Or faux escargot using a mushroom?? —- NY strip medallions —- Dessert with orange juice component NY cheesecake Thoug...
by Chris Blum
December 9th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?
Replies: 61
Views: 2634

Re: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?

Yes, champagne is a perfect pairing. BdB probably gets the nod, but I’d do any as long as it’s dry.
by Chris Blum
December 4th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine from Normandy?
Replies: 68
Views: 1926

Re: Wine from Normandy?

C’mon Otto, that’s like saying Framboise isn’t an ale because you’d be upset if you “walked into a bar, ordered a pint of ale and you got a Lindemans” or saying a rauchbier isn’t beer for the same reason.
by Chris Blum
December 4th, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine from Normandy?
Replies: 68
Views: 1926

Re: Wine from Normandy?

Think Calvados or Armagnac for Normandy. These are more like cognac than like wine and a good Armagnsc will be nearer $100. You should be able to find Calvados for $40-50. If you want wine, given what you and she like, I'd look for a Bordeaux. Uh ... Armagnac is from Gascony, not Normandy. Other en...
by Chris Blum
December 3rd, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine from Normandy?
Replies: 68
Views: 1926

Re: Wine from Normandy?

I’ll add my voice to the cider recommendations. If the products of Normandy are near and dear to her, she’ll want cider or calvados brandy.

Norman cider is very different from American cider or the mass produced English brands.
by Chris Blum
December 2nd, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?
Replies: 47
Views: 2400

Re: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?

My brother (who hasn’t had a drink since the 80s) gets it because it was free with some offer.

He asked me if I wanted a free gift subscription. I declined.
by Chris Blum
November 22nd, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: best easy mashed potatoes recipe?
Replies: 32
Views: 1343

Re: best easy mashed potatoes recipe?

Pretty easy. I omit the garlic and sugar. Not Robichon http://wegottaeat.com/sherree.wolfgang/recipes/americas-test-kitchen-garlic-mashed-potatoes Adding The Sugar to the boil replaces some of the natural sweetness as potatoes age from young to old (Sugar converting to starch). I do that when I’m m...
by Chris Blum
November 22nd, 2019, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unfinished Pine vs. Redwood vs. Mahogany; another cellar question
Replies: 30
Views: 1341

Re: Unfinished Pine vs. Redwood vs. Mahogany; another cellar question

I’ve had pine racks (diamonds, singles, mag singles and flat racks) for over a decade and I’ve never had any problems with warping or mold.

Plus, it’s a native renewable species.
by Chris Blum
November 22nd, 2019, 7:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: best easy mashed potatoes recipe?
Replies: 32
Views: 1343

Re: best easy mashed potatoes recipe?

Critical mashed potato tip.... DRAIN THEM WELL (I let em sit and dry out a bit) and don’t “over mash” if using an electric mixer in order to avoid gluey potatoes. I also like to use a mix of varieties. Young for sweetness, russets for starch. Red potatoes are low starch so if you do like creamy pota...
by Chris Blum
November 21st, 2019, 7:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Themed Friendsgiving, What Should I Cook?
Replies: 23
Views: 948

Re: French Themed Friendsgiving, What Should I Cook?

I might do braised or roasted mixed root vegetables spiced with a Moroccan flavor.

Cloves, cinnamon, ginger, cumin, paprika???
by Chris Blum
November 12th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicken Pie -- Filling, am I going to make people sick?
Replies: 14
Views: 1009

Re: Chicken Pie -- Filling, am I going to make people sick?

I think the FDA is probably more worried about the trips the food takes through the “danger zone” temp-wise, than actual reheating.

Short answer, Jim... no, you’re fine.
by Chris Blum
November 9th, 2019, 4:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 143
Views: 7919

Re: The Screaming Eagle of Chicken Sandwiches

Finally tried it and came away really unimpressed. Under seasoned, forgettable, bolt on sauce. Not worth the hype and not as good as Chick-fil-A
by Chris Blum
October 27th, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV José Michel & Fils Champagne Cuvée du Père Houdart
Replies: 1
Views: 196

Re: TN: NV José Michel & Fils Champagne Cuvée du Père Houdart

Another yes vote for this wine; really interesting and complex.
by Chris Blum
October 25th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 182
Views: 11360

Re: Another Flannery PSA

I have the Picanha salted and sitting on a wire rack but I’m curious about cooking. Was planning reverse sear at 250° for 40???
by Chris Blum
October 21st, 2019, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 80
Views: 5770

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

I don’t like getting into “best” but I think Vincent consistently over delivers at that price point. Terrific wines and they’ll be appreciated by a wide spectrum of wine drinkers.
by Chris Blum
October 19th, 2019, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?
Replies: 39
Views: 2245

Re: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?

I still don’t get the why. The French “mispronounce” the name and you want try to follow suit?
by Chris Blum
October 12th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 113
Views: 4969

Re: Barolo Sediment

I think people are generally in favor of Barolo.
by Chris Blum
October 12th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Avocados. What a pain.
Replies: 36
Views: 2711

Re: Avocados. What a pain.

Another person critical of Avocados...
by Chris Blum
October 8th, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2403

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

Greg Mitrakas wrote:
October 7th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Congratulations!! I would suggest a search for a magnum or larger of Ridge Geyserville with a few years or more of age on it. You'll have a lot of money left over for other items in the gift bag and a big bottle is always more festive.
Love this idea
by Chris Blum
October 3rd, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Shitty Lyte Beer (actual name)
Replies: 0
Views: 967

Shitty Lyte Beer (actual name)

I saw this today. Not clutching my pearls, but how did they get get that name approved by the TTB?

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