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Downsizing, or Why I Buy Ben & Jerry’s, Where a Pint is a Pint is a Pint

Downsizing always makes me mad. Why don’t manufacturers take a little hit to their own bottom lines in order to benefit the consumer? I guess in today’s world greed reigns supreme. Downsizing is why I now rarely buy Hellmann’s/Best Foods … Continue reading

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Do Most Plug-in Grilled Cheese Makers Stink?

Short and sweet: The Snoopy Grilled Cheese Maker is a piece of junk. Unless you want grilled cheese sandwiches that are as thin as dimes and hard as them, too. Even using cruddy, soft white bread and one slice of … Continue reading

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Grocery Outlet: A must for the serious cook

Some of my friends laugh when I tell them about Grocery Outlet (2001 Fourth Street, Berkeley).  They think it’s downmarket. Fine with me, because that gives me, and other serious food people, less competition for the all the high-end and otherwise … Continue reading

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Two products I avoid at Costco and why

I buy a significant amount of my “stuff” at Costco, but now and then I do come up with a problem product.  Not often, but once every few years. Here are two products I won’t buy: Kirkland brand Environmentally Friendly … Continue reading

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Bye, Bye, Holidays — and a Crazy Stuffing Recipe for Next Year

The holidays are over. Although I have several marzipan pigs and some cranberry sparklers hanging around, everything else is a memory. The turkey. The New York strip roast. Many cheeses. The creamed spinach and Yorkshire pudding. God knows how many … Continue reading

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Silicone and Garlic: Just Say No

Don’t let this happen to you. I made garlic confit and used some of my silicone bakeware to freeze it. Bad idea. It all smells like garlic, and my only option is to hang it out in the elements for … Continue reading

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New Costco Product: Hot Smoked Norwegian Salmon

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, but I wanted to quickly give you the skinny on a new product I’ve seen at the Richmond (CA) Costco my last few visits. This is a chunk of hot smoked, oak roasted … Continue reading

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TEPCO as Dishware Obsession

Interested in old pots and pans and dishes?  I too.  Don’t start with me about “I” and “me.”  “I” is correct here because it’s the implied subject in an elliptical construction, though I agree it sounds unnatural and pretentious.  Me too.  (It … Continue reading

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Jazzed-up Matzo Brei for Breakfast

Matzo brei with turkey ham and aged cheddar At this point in time I’m starting to ponder the half-case of Passover matzos I’ll have hanging around after next week. We’ll have had a sea of smoked whitefish salad on them … Continue reading

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Kirkland Fresh White Truffles

Well, not Kirkland, but you get what I’m saying. I was at my Costco (Richmond, Cali) yesterday and they had fresh white truffles for $1,799.99 per pound.  No kidding.  Really.  Not behind any kind of glass or protected by armed … Continue reading

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