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by Chris Blum
September 14th, 2020, 6:15 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Private Barrels have long jumped the shark???
Replies: 2
Views: 176

Private Barrels have long jumped the shark???

http://brettatlas.com/be-smarter-buying-private-barrel-picks/ Once upon a time, a private selection sticker on a bottle of bourbon actually meant something. Private selections were made by people ‘in the know’, who could identify a honey barrel and deliver something exceptional when compared to the ...
by Chris Blum
September 12th, 2020, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires-Oregon
Replies: 130
Views: 9710

Re: Fires-Oregon

I hope the dawn is bringing better news. Above all else, be safe.

Does this part of Oregon have a pine beetle problem?
by Chris Blum
August 28th, 2020, 6:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Press, what am I doing wrong
Replies: 33
Views: 1071

Re: French Press, what am I doing wrong

French press is a generally terrible technique imo unless you like really robust coffee. But yeah, that fine sludge is too fine of a grind. I'm surprised that nobody has discussed getting a proper grind for a press pot. I don't know of any home grinder that reduces the fines enough (am using a good...
by Chris Blum
August 28th, 2020, 6:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Press, what am I doing wrong
Replies: 33
Views: 1071

Re: French Press, what am I doing wrong

French press is a generally terrible technique imo unless you like really robust coffee. But yeah, that fine sludge is too fine of a grind. I'm shocked to read this. I love coffee in a French press because it has more body/richness than drip. That said, it's also more work/cleanup. If you find Fren...
by Chris Blum
August 22nd, 2020, 2:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Press, what am I doing wrong
Replies: 33
Views: 1071

Re: French Press, what am I doing wrong

French press is a generally terrible technique imo unless you like really robust coffee. But yeah, that fine sludge is too fine of a grind.
by Chris Blum
August 20th, 2020, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordelet offer
Replies: 11
Views: 593

Re: Bordelet offer

Has anybody tried his calvados?
by Chris Blum
August 19th, 2020, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordelet offer
Replies: 11
Views: 593

Bordelet offer

Robert Panzer is out with his Bordelet Cider offer and I just wanted to let folks who aren’t on his list know. These are really “vinous” ciders if you ask me; more like a sparking wine than a beer. I would recommend you get a few to sock away as they really age well. Just a recommendation, no commer...
by Chris Blum
August 18th, 2020, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires - Walbridge and Meyers - Sonoma County
Replies: 110
Views: 9109

Re: Fire 13-4 Sonoma County

Sucks. Unsettling as hell
by Chris Blum
August 11th, 2020, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are magnums worth 3X. the price.
Replies: 51
Views: 3213

Re: Are magnums worth 3X. the price.

2.2x is about as high as I can justify.

Champagne is where I focus on magnums.
by Chris Blum
August 8th, 2020, 6:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 525
Views: 33140

Re: Another Flannery PSA

UPDATE: Bryan fixed it lickety split. We’re not sure why the order didn’t populate on their shipping calendar. Birthday dinner is saved. [thumbs-up.gif] Nobody does customer service better. Nobody I am pretty impressed. I’d been bothered lately that a couple of email questions never got a response....
by Chris Blum
August 7th, 2020, 5:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 525
Views: 33140

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Brian Tuite wrote:
August 7th, 2020, 5:31 pm
Chris Blum wrote:
August 7th, 2020, 4:59 pm
UPDATE: Bryan fixed it lickety split. We’re not sure why the order didn’t populate on their shipping calendar.

Birthday dinner is saved. [thumbs-up.gif]
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Wouldn’t have happened without your help
by Chris Blum
August 7th, 2020, 4:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 525
Views: 33140

Re: Another Flannery PSA

UPDATE: Bryan fixed it lickety split. We’re not sure why the order didn’t populate on their shipping calendar.

Birthday dinner is saved. [thumbs-up.gif]
by Chris Blum
August 7th, 2020, 2:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 525
Views: 33140

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Ok thanks Brian. I got through and learned that they close up early on Friday. But Bryan is heading over to check on it.
by Chris Blum
August 7th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 525
Views: 33140

Re: Another Flannery PSA

I tried Facebook. Their Twitter isn’t active. I’ll keep calling I guess. Going on 3 hours with nobody there
by Chris Blum
August 7th, 2020, 2:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 525
Views: 33140

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Does anyone have another way to contact them that works?
by Chris Blum
August 7th, 2020, 1:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 525
Views: 33140

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Ok, I’m kinda worried... I still hadn’t gotten a tracking number for a Wednesday placed Next Day shipping order so I logged on to my account and it just says “processing”. So I have been calling the shop to check on the status and it just keeps going to voicemail. EDIT: They close up early on Fridays.
by Chris Blum
August 7th, 2020, 10:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 525
Views: 33140

Re: Another Flannery PSA

I *do* love grilling it after I let it sit in the fridge w steak seasoning. I like it better than the wet marinades I’ve done.

But I’m trying to do a bavette knock off w beurre rouge sauce for a Francophile friend turning 50
by Chris Blum
August 7th, 2020, 9:13 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 525
Views: 33140

Re: Another Flannery PSA

B- I’m trying to avoid any smokiness so the Weber is out.

It’s for a french “themed” dinner with a beurre rouge sauce
by Chris Blum
August 7th, 2020, 7:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 525
Views: 33140

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Looking to do a Non-grill preparation for hanger steaks...

Sear and hot oven?

Medium rare reverse sear??

Your thoughts?
by Chris Blum
July 1st, 2020, 1:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: I am pairing "challenged": basil pesto over pasta ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1084

Re: I am pairing "challenged": basil pesto over pasta ?

Or Soave. But yeah, of the wines you list - the grüner probably. Maybe a lighter, fresh but not super acidic Sancerre would be good too.
by Chris Blum
June 27th, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Garlic Stems?
Replies: 12
Views: 1049

Re: Garlic Stems?

They are pretty flexible. Last week I used some scapes to stuff a grilled fish. The rest I trimmed the tips and grilled w olive oil and salt... those were awesome.
by Chris Blum
June 26th, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?
Replies: 51
Views: 1954

Re: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?

I use it to meet chicks
by Chris Blum
June 17th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Used a rice cooker for the first time last night
Replies: 97
Views: 3575

Re: Used a rice cooker for the first time last night

Yeah, I usually used jasmine and with shortages recently I had switched to a short grain. We actually blamed the rice until we switched back to jasmine and it repeated.

And yeah, I probably rinse more than that even. I do it until it’s not milky.
by Chris Blum
June 16th, 2020, 5:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Used a rice cooker for the first time last night
Replies: 97
Views: 3575

Re: Used a rice cooker for the first time last night

It's more glutinous and sticky. You can see the grains, but they all stick together.
by Chris Blum
June 15th, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Used a rice cooker for the first time last night
Replies: 97
Views: 3575

Re: Used a rice cooker for the first time last night

After working like a charm for a few years, My Zojirushi 10cup suddenly started making gooey gelatinous rice while set to WHITE NORMAL. I switched to a different rice, I cleaned the seals, I even cut back on water. I’m doing my typical 2C portion so it’s not that.

Thoughts?
by Chris Blum
June 9th, 2020, 8:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help me plan my vacation meals (Myrtle Beach)
Replies: 13
Views: 1125

Re: Help me plan my vacation meals (Myrtle Beach)

Sautéed shrimp w dirty rice or pasta Indoor foil Shrimp boil w sweet corn chunks, peppers and potatoes Key lime pie Shrimp tacos Shrimp n cheese grits w sautéed red pepper and onions Shrimp salad on grilled buttered hotdog buns w a slice of butter lettuce Trader Joe’s fish korma in the microwave ser...
by Chris Blum
June 8th, 2020, 9:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New cool book on Champagne
Replies: 48
Views: 2570

Re: New cool book on Champagne

Order placed. Gonna make a great gift
by Chris Blum
June 6th, 2020, 10:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 525
Views: 33140

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Update... The steak turned out a perfect medium/medium rare. We’d had other flannery cuts lately so this was a return to that cut. I sliced and served everybody. Dario took one bite, leaned back, looked to the heavens and moaned “aaahhh”. The flavor is just so much more funky than some of the other ...
by Chris Blum
June 6th, 2020, 10:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 525
Views: 33140

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Update...

The steak turned out a perfect medium/medium rare. We’d had other flannery cuts lately so this was a return to that cut.

I sliced and served everybody. Dario took one bite, leaned back, looked to the heavens and moaned
“aaahhh”.
by Chris Blum
June 6th, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP LDF - super secret additional raffle run - we hit our max goal of $60,000!!
Replies: 327
Views: 15051

Re: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP LDF - Check first post for live draw information - (DONATION CAP $60,000 REACHED!!)

eweininger wrote:
June 5th, 2020, 8:33 pm
I believe that 3,000th place went to Chris Barton. Shouldn’t Chris get something? Caymus?
This is what we gave out for last place in a champagne tasting contest we did a few years back...
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by Chris Blum
June 6th, 2020, 7:32 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: life in Piedmont in 1 month
Replies: 30
Views: 2793

Re: life in Piedmont in 1 month

Yeah, I was gonna go to a health “professional” to have a stent put in one of my arteries, but I figured this guy who does balloon animals at the Farmers’ Market would be cheaper. Wish me luck!
by Chris Blum
June 6th, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: life in Piedmont in 1 month
Replies: 30
Views: 2793

Re: life in Piedmont in 1 month

People are willingly getting on airplanes right now?
by Chris Blum
June 4th, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Prague
Replies: 6
Views: 473

Re: Prague

Jealous. Enjoy living in one of the world’s treasures.
by Chris Blum
June 2nd, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 525
Views: 33140

Re: Another Flannery PSA

We did a birth year (2001) Sardinian carignano.

It was really nice and was drinking at peak.


(And bonus... the shrooms were morels)
by Chris Blum
May 30th, 2020, 12:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 525
Views: 33140

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Dario requested a Jorge for his graduation dinner tonight. Thawed yesterday, rubbed w salt and on a wire rack in the fridge overnight.

Reverse sear is the plan. Duck fat roasted fingerlings, sautéed shrooms w herbs, caesar salad, homemade sourdough, Jules’ key lime pie.
by Chris Blum
May 28th, 2020, 5:06 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16781
Views: 450410

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Duchesse de Bourgogne cherry.

The glass was clean, but the head behaved strangely. If you like Duchesse, this is a nice change
by Chris Blum
May 27th, 2020, 2:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Has Anyone Made Mozzarella?
Replies: 34
Views: 2058

Re: Has Anyone Made Mozzarella?

yeah, reminds me of being a kid and drinking milk out of the bulk tank at my Uncle's farm. It'd settle if you left it in the fridge so we'd have to shake it up.
by Chris Blum
May 27th, 2020, 6:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Has Anyone Made Mozzarella?
Replies: 34
Views: 2058

Re: Has Anyone Made Mozzarella?

Thanks, Sarah. We ordered fresh rennet from a place in Wisconsin so I hope to eliminate that as a bad input.

It didn’t come as fast as I’d planned so no I’m using *whole* milk in my morning latte. 😁
by Chris Blum
May 26th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Has Anyone Made Mozzarella?
Replies: 34
Views: 2058

Re: Has Anyone Made Mozzarella?

Yeah that was kinda our experience. I think it’s one of those things that you need the light to come one before you can figure out why things are working or not. I’m taking another stab this week
by Chris Blum
May 23rd, 2020, 10:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Bread porn -- post yours
Replies: 209
Views: 17795

Re: Bread porn -- post yours

Getting much better.
by Chris Blum
May 18th, 2020, 8:15 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: What are you doing to support restaurants during Covid19?
Replies: 41
Views: 2785

Re: What are you doing to support restaurants during Covid19?

Buying gift cards.

We did our first takeout recently. Pics of mask wearing husband and wife team of cooks convinced be to give it a try.
by Chris Blum
May 14th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1801
Views: 113082

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

AndrewH wrote:
May 13th, 2020, 7:11 pm
Any ballers go for the 2002 Krug Clos D'Ambonnay?

Asked for three. I do love my mimosas with brunch.
by Chris Blum
May 11th, 2020, 9:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Bread porn -- post yours
Replies: 209
Views: 17795

Re: Bread porn -- post yours

First go at sourdough...Maybe a little dense but nice sour flavor and good crust.

Do I Maybe go for a longer final proof (maybe 45 minutes out of the cold fridge)? Higher moisture?

(After I stretched it, it spent ≈14 hours in a cold fridge.)
by Chris Blum
May 10th, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Handmade Pasta
Replies: 38
Views: 2080

Re: Handmade Pasta

GregT wrote:
May 10th, 2020, 6:28 pm
And putting it into a roller is going to do exactly what he's doing.
But if you're rolling, it doesn't matter whether it's wood or metal. I don't get it.
I was thinking about this very thing today while I was making pasta.
by Chris Blum
May 10th, 2020, 8:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Handmade Pasta
Replies: 38
Views: 2080

Re: Handmade Pasta

The issue we have isn’t Funke’s obsession, it’s the idea that if you’re not doing it his way, you’re doing it wrong . That’s bullshįt, but.... I can live with it. The problem is how it creates silly barriers to entry. To your point, it’s flour and eggs. It’s Playdough, not rocket surgery. He’s not a...
by Chris Blum
May 9th, 2020, 8:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coq au vin
Replies: 11
Views: 540

Re: Coq au vin

Mine is pretty similar. I sear largish carrot chunks and sauté diced celery and add them to the oven braise. I try to have the skin side above the braising liquid. I use beef stock more often than chicken When the braise is mostly done, I pour off and separate the liquid. I reduce the liquid then I ...
by Chris Blum
May 8th, 2020, 8:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Handmade Pasta
Replies: 38
Views: 2080

Re: Handmade Pasta

I’m excited to try some of the meat, too. Sam says it’s completely unlike store bought birds

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