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May 27, 2018

Food Thread: Shocking: People In The Restaurant Industry Are Just Like Those In Hollywood...Leftist And Serial Gropers (But I Repeat Myself)

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The food industry is not immune to the #metoo movement, but in this case the schadenfreude is particularly delicious, because the highest-profile villian/victim is none other than arch-leftist and all-around-asshole Mario Batali. I have no doubt that some of the charges are true, and some are blatantly craven attempts at a big pay day. Do I care? Nope! I am really enjoying the specter of a fracking-hating, arch-feminist, meditating jerk getting raked over the coals. Those are the new rules croc-boy...enjoy them!

Of course the NYT article is a mess of conjecture and suggestion and supposition. This line struck me as particularly disjointed.

One woman, speaking publicly for the first time, told Anderson Cooper that in 2005 after kissing Mr. Batali at The Spotted Pig, the downtown restaurant co-owned by Mr. Friedman, she vomited and blacked out; at dawn, she said, she awoke with scratches on her leg and semen on her skirt.
Are we supposed to assume that she was drugged by the kiss? You know, the presumably consensual kiss...with her boss..who was married.

The industry is filled with ardent leftists, so if the #metoo movement burns it down I will happily watch, and cheer for both sides to lose.


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The photo at the top is something called a "Pork Loin Reuben," and damn! It looks great. Commenter "artisanal'ette" sent it, along with the recipe that she found in a WSJ article. The chef is Steven Raichlen, who seems to know what he is doing, based on the TV shows I have seen. Yeah, not much of a sample.

Anyway, it's a long recipe, so I have linked it in a PDF for anyone who wants to see it.

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Pork handles spicy and sweet really well, so this should be interesting, in spite of the slightly odd use of maple syrup which, as all of you know, should never be used with savory foods such as pork chops and French Toast. Maple Sriracha Grilled Bone-In Pork Chop
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I like the rational take on cooking over at "Serious Eats," and this article is a good example. Rouxs are really useful ingredients for the amateur cook, because they are incredibly versatile...able to thicken sauces and stews as well as being a base for béchamel, one of my favorite ingredients. If you haven't made a grilled cheese with béchamel, then you just haven't lived. A Brief Guide to Roux
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I have increased my consumption of gin martinis recently, for reasons known only to the drinking Gods. One of my many culinary quests is to discover the perfect ratio of gin to vermouth. Unfortunately I have found that my tastes change, so what was perfect last year (5:1) is too wet this year. Yes...the struggle continues.

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Food and cooking tips, tender meatballs, Oakland style BBQ sauce, gefilte fish replacements, thick and fluffy pita and Browning Hi Powers: cbd dot aoshq at gmail dot com. Any advocacy of French Toast with syrup will result in disciplinary action up to and including being nuked from orbit.

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