Friday, February 26, 2010

Top 10 Links of the Week: 2/19/10 – 2/25/10

Brooklyn is in the smack middle of Snowpocalypse ’10, and I sound like Kathleen Turner if she swallowed Stevie Nicks. (If someone knows a good sinus extraction method, call me at 1-800-BAD-FACE.) But neither sleet, nor snow, nor the infection of a thousand cranial cavities can stop us from bringing you … the links!

1) Serious Eats: Do Drinks and Food Taste Better When They’re More Expensive?
Good question! If you pay more for a meal, do you like it better because you need to feel you’re getting your money’s worth? Most SE commenters say no, but a recent wine experiment proves otherwise.

2) Huffington Post: The Week of Eating In
In conjunction with Cathy Erway (of Not Eating Out in New York fame), HuffPo is sponsoring a weeklong challenge to eat at home for every single meal. There are a bunch of related articles, including this excellent piece by Erway herself. It’s already halfway over, but it’s never too late to join!

3) Consumerist: Is it Okay to Switch Out Eggs at the Supermarket?
I never knew swapping bad eggs was a controversy. Folks, is this poor form? I freely admit I’ve done it, and no one ever shot me with a supermarket taser. Well, for switching eggs, anyway.

4) New York Times: Another Cable Helping for Food Lovers
Ladies and gentlemen, coming to your cable boxes on May 31st, 2010, it’s THE COOKING CHANNEL! Think of this Food Network spinoff like ESPN 2 or VH1 Soul: it’s more of the same, except with occasional appearances by Sade.

5) The Kitchn: How to Learn Basic Knife Skills – the Video
Proper knife technique is the most important kitchen skill you can possess. Cooking becomes about a billion times easier when you can dice an onion in 30 seconds instead of five minutes. Not to mention, there’s less bloodshed, too. Watching this video is a good first step.

6) Bon Appetit: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Grocery Shoppers
Some out-of-the-box supermarket strategies here, including “Buy fragile items last” and “Make a list of what you already have.” The latter seems time consuming, but I understand the benefit.

7) Serious Eats: Anthony Bourdain as Dr. Tony on Yo Gabba Gabba!
My friends’ little boy is a huge fan of YGG, which rivals Twin Peaks in its unadulterated trippiness. It comforts me he’ll know who Tony Bourdain is, much like Vincent the Vegetable Vampire on Electric Company introduced me to the wide world of Morgan Freeman.

8) Slashfood: Fast Food Breakfast Declines as Unemployment Rises
As both an unemployed person and a veteran of the McDonald’s morning shift, this alarms me more than it should, probably. In my experience, senior citizens keep fast food breakfasts going. But there’re only so many discount coffees a place can sell before it sinks into the red. Save the McMuffin!

9) Lifehacker: How to Cook Something in the Dishwasher
Fuh real? Fuh real. Mmm … Palmolive Chicken.

10) Yelp: Where in NYC Can You Get Full for $2?
New Yorkers, take heed! Maybe not today, though. You’re better off with that Eat at Home thing.


Stephen Colbert at the Olympic International Houses
Serious Eats posted this yesterday, but it needs to be shared. Colbert’s round of Fondue Pong at the Swiss House is classic. “You think I’m afraid of your boiling cheese? In America, we use that to fry OTHER CHEESE.”

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
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wosnes said...

I don't think I've ever seen anyone swap out eggs. I check to see if there are any broken eggs, if so, I get a new carton.

I've never made a list of what I have on hand, but I do check to make sure I have what I need. I always put the fragile stuff in the kid's seat (since my kids are now adults). I'm surprised at how many of those things I already do!

CJ said...

For the sinus infection- go natural but very effective. Get a neti pot, prepare a mild saline solution and gently rinse your sinuses. It's a lot messier f you try to do it without the net pot.

The other thing that has helped me is breathing in steam.. Cup of tea, cup of soup and when I really need a kick, put a small dab of Vicks in a cup of boiled water and breath that steam in. It's very soothing and seems to help.

I know what you're talking about-- even my eye (along with the nose) would not stop watering earlier this week. Sending welless wishes.

Evelyn said...

I switch out eggs all the time and never think anything of it. After reading some of the comments, I can see the point of the expiration date thing, but I'm still going to do it. I have eaten eggs months after purchasing and never experienced any ill effects (besides a somewhat shrunken white). Also, eggs have a pretty quick turnaround in my local grocery store, and I think they are often not handled very well on the way to the shelf, so almost every carton has a broken egg. I feel like concentrating all the broken eggs into a few bad cartons is better for the store than throwing out tons of cartons that have 10 or 11 good eggs in them. Also, I'm not secretive about doing it. I'm pretty sure store employees have seen me trading out eggs and never said anything about it. If they did, I would stop and try to find the one good carton.

HeatherS said...

Ok, I read here all the time (and love it by the way!) but don't normally comment. But I had to say that I cracked up at the Kathleen Turner/Stevie Nicks comment! I had a bad case of bronchitis plus sinus infection last week and when I called my friend, she thought it was a guy on the phone! The next day I lost my voice completely. Hope you feel better.

Kristine said...

I never understood what the big deal was with expensive knives until I got one. (Just one!) A truly sharp knife makes such a huge difference, that the other tips are secondary to it. I don't have the speed yet, but chopping my vegetables is no longer a workout!

MrsErinS said...

i second the neti pot. pleasant at first? no. uper effective? you bet!

Marcia said...

Neti pots are great.

At Trader Joe's, they have a special spot in the fridge for containers with broken eggs, and ask you to put them there.

At the checkout, they check them for you.

No, it's not bad to swap out eggs. Probably only done it once, after checking 10 cartons and found a broken on in each.

applefaerie said...

It is not illegal to swap eggs in the same brand/type of eggs. Take it from someone who has worked at a chain grocer and worked in the dairy cooler. Switching out organics into a conventional carton? THAT is illegal, or swapping Jumbo for regular, but swapping same for same? Not even close to illegal. If you are concerned about your local market, or get the stink eye from customers, take it to the guest service desk and ask if it's okay to do it or if they would want to call a store employee to assist you. I assure you, they'd rather you swap them in the store, than bring home an entire carton for them to have to write off because you got it home and discovered a broken egg or three or five.

As for them not being handled well in transit, there is only so much you can do to protect the eggs. The store I worked for, they were trucked in on a very tall rack with 2 shelves, wrapped in shrink wrap and wheeled into the cooler. From there they'd get put into the cooler, from the back, and moved forward on the cooler shelf itself to best take advantage of the room in the cooler. Eggs have a (generally) very high turnover rate, so moving a bad egg into another container is not a big deal. We also supplied empty 6-egg containers for those who only wanted 6, so we never had to bother customers who would (illegally) split a container of 12.