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    Konosuke HD Gyuto - First, first impressions

    Congrats BDL, and great review. Been a long time coming, glad you finally got it! Oh, and happy belated birthday.
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    What are you drinking in the morning?

    Folgers Half-Caff brewed in a $10 ChefMate.  Sue me. 
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    Wüsthof-Trident knives

    Well, I think it depends a lot on your budget and what you want to get out of your knife.  If money isn't too much of a consideration, and if you really enjoy that style of knife, then yeah definitely go for the Wusthofs--especially the Ikons.  They're dead sexy, they're sturdy and dependable...
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    Wüsthof-Trident knives

    If you're just polling for personal opinion, then I'll say that I've always liked Wusthof knives, they've served me well at work for the last 16 or so years with little complaint, and they're gorgeous.  However, once I popped the lid on the esoteric world of harder steels and thinner edges...
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    Salsa help

    KY, You can't buy tomatoes at the supermarket, silly.  You can buy "tomato-type food products" that have the exterior appearance of a tomato, but taste nothing like one.  We recently tracked down a local hydroponic grower who could keep up with our volume, and started buying his tomatoes. ...
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    Improving my pancakes

    Well, that keeps with the whole minimal mixing of pancake batter.. I whisk in the milk until the batter is just on thick side of things, then very briskly stir in the soda water.  The batter should have a little head to it, like a beer batter.  It tends to peter out over time, but if you use it...
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    Salsa help

    I'd concur with Chris, the recipe seems a little overloaded. The basic recipe he outlined is simply perfect for salsa cruda, and though there are plenty of good variations and alternatives, you just can't go wrong sticking to the basics.  Definitely take note to squeeze the tomatoes first and...
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    Improving my pancakes

    Great post, siduri! I've spent the last 3-4 months trying to ween my significant other off of pre-made "mixes," especially biscuit and pancake mixes.  She positively loves Bisquick!  But no matter how many tricks I pull (short of dumping the box out and refilling it with a home mix), I can't...
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    What Makes a Good Knife Review?

    At the risk of simply parroting an idea already mentioned, I think the relevance of those specifics hinges entirely upon the target audience; a quick perusal of knife reviews on CT shows an extreme variation in interpretations of sharpness and retention, to the point that being particularly...
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    The Food Network & Inane Laughter

    I'm dying here.  That's freaking funny. 
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    What Makes a Good Knife Review?

    KYH: "Mail ordering a knife that you've never even seen, let alone touched, is good. But hands-on experimenting with a knife in a store is bad, because you only have a few moments rather than a few hours." Does all your logic confirm the consequent, Hot Browns, or do you just pick and choose...
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    What Makes a Good Knife Review?

    "Waving it around BB&B" is a hyperbolic--and slightly cynical--allusion to the idea that a knife's feel can discerned by a few minutes of hands-on experimentation, whether or not the service people actually bring you a potato or an onion to try it on.  (Also, really dude?  Little Billy packed a...
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    Banning Bad Tippers

    Yes, you are absolutely correct!  Higher server wages would most likely be facilitated through higher menu prices, and that would mean everybody had to be on board or risk losing the "window shoppers."   I think it's worth it.  In the end, you're still paying out the same amount of money, but...
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    Banning Bad Tippers

    Why would you do something like say "No Tipping?"  That's preposterous!   Tipping is a generosity for exceptional service, and should always be welcome.  It isn't, however, supposed to be a factor of a person's expected and necessary income.  That's the thing that ruined tipping in general. ...
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    Banning Bad Tippers

    Ah.  Forgive me for giving you the impression that I was trying to win an argument.  Regarding the parameters of my query, they're absolutely based in reality: I think the servers should be paid the same as cooks.  Why they aren't doesn't make sense to me; they work just as hard, they put miles...
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    Frying a Whole Eggplant

    That doesn't just sound good, that sounds positively delicious.  Pretty sure I've put on five pounds since joining CT. 
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    "Must Have" Cookbooks?

    Tell that to BDL's editor. 
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    Banning Bad Tippers

    Hmm. My perspective on the topic may be a bit skewed, as I work in a tumultuous tourist area and server tipout--regardless of performance--fluctuates tremendously depending on the season.  I'm paid around $10 an hour more than they are, which is by itself a good wage but hardly comfortable.  ...
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