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Gas vs. Charcoal [Jun. 27th, 2007|08:52 am]
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Sigh. So the Post decides it's going to compare charcoal to gas grills and do a taste comparison -- find out which one is better.

So they pick two different style chefs and let them choose their own menus. And each chooses a menu that is clearly better made on the type of grill they've chosen.

For expletive-of-choice's sake, people, have you never heard of the scientific method? Did you miss that day in middle school...high school...college...your own paper's science section?

Reminds me of the time Christopher Kimball decided to test romertopf clay ovens for his magazine. And he tested boneless, skinless chicken breasts. And found it didn't save time or make them any juicier than regular oven cooking. Well, duh. That's like cooking a hot dog in a pressure cooker, moron. The whole POINT of a clay ovenpot is large cuts of meat or items that would normally slow cook.

Which reminds me of the TV station that did a calorie comparison between a Jr. Whopper and some typical meals at other restaurants -- PotBelly PB&J, a Caesar Salad, Chipotle Burrito.

Oh my gosh, there are less calories in a Jr. Whopper! Well, duh. It's a smaller portion size. I kept waiting for them to point out that if you ate half of the typical restaurant meal that would be an appropriate portion size. It isn't that the Burrito is bad for you -- just that you should share it, or bring home half for later.

But nope. They implied that you'd be better off eating a Jr. Whopper, Onion Rings and a small order of chicken nuggets, than a Chipotle Burrito (which had full sour cream and full guacamole, of course). Calorie-wise, okay, ...nutrition-wise...NO. And of course the thousand morons who took that as vindication that lunch at BK is GOOD for them, ran out and had a Full sized Whopper, a fries and a full-meals-worth-of-calories giant-a** soda, supersized...which makes TWO Chipotle Burritos seem like a good choice.

(Break while I wipe the foam off the edge of my mouth...)

Anyway. I hate crap reporting masquerading as science. And I'm crabby as hell. So, I'll stop now before I risk my "fun to read" rating.

From: faithellen
2007-06-27 01:17 pm (UTC)
That's surprising -- I thought Cook's was all about decent experiments.

Your post yesterday reminded me of the Captain's hot toddy recipe, which put me in mind of something I've been trying to recreate for YEARS -- butter rum cordial/liqueur/mixy thing. Brad threw a Christmas caroling party (this had to be the early 90s) and someone brought a flask of butter rum yumminess that they'd made. I pretty much bogarted the flask and Angus, and had a grand time.

But every attempt I've made to reproduce it has left me wanting. Buttershotts and rum approximates the flavor, but is too harsh. I've found a good hot buttered rum recipe, but this stuff was cold. Maybe I just need to make it hot and then cool it...

Anyhoo, if you mention this to him and he remembers who it was ("OH! That's One-Eyed Pete's Legendary Butter Rum recipe!"), I'd be much obliged. Or if, you know, FOOD PERSON that you are, YOU have any ideas...
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[User Picture]From: dashrippington
2007-06-27 01:58 pm (UTC)
I must admit... Rants such as this will def. keep you in the "Fun to Read " category... at least in MY book!
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[User Picture]From: mistressfetch
2007-06-27 02:17 pm (UTC)
*sniff* *need attention* *sniff* am "I" in your fun to read category? HUH? HUH? :-)

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[User Picture]From: toxins
2007-06-27 02:45 pm (UTC)

Critical thinking

Even some scientists don't execute good science...so when pseudoscientists take a stab at science, I don't have much faith that it will turn out well.

Logic? We don't need no stinking logic!
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[User Picture]From: skivee
2007-06-27 04:10 pm (UTC)

So, in summation...

...I guess you'e saying that my best choice is to get a couple of loaded Chipotle burritos for lunch, right?
Thanks for the lifestyle vindication. I really appreciate it.
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[User Picture]From: pyllgrum
2007-06-27 06:39 pm (UTC)

Re: So, in summation...

I sure do enjoy it when an esteemed scholar, like yourself, makes with the quick analysis and supplies easy to digest answers.

Easy to digest as long as you don't overdue the pepper sauce on the burritos.
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[User Picture]From: 3fingeredsalute
2007-06-27 08:01 pm (UTC)
I SOOOOO agree with you about the watered-down "science" and the public's view on education in general. Just because you have an opinion does NOT entitle you to qualify it as "correcting" facts. (Forever and ever, Ramen)

However, I would like to point out that this "cook off" isn't science. It's a publicity stunt. Semantics, perhaps, but it should no more be called a "comparison" than Jerry Fallwell's hate-based political cult be called "Christian". We should demand they change their literature to reveal full disclosure, however -- don't hold your breath. There's no money to be made telling the truth, or even anything remotely resembling it.

FYI: Bitching about stuff like this, this IS my "fun to read" factor! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Preach on, sister! I've got yer back!
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