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Aug 31, 2007 08:52 AM

All Time Classic Chowhound Threads

As a fairly newbie to Chowhound, I often wonder about the originals who have been posting for years and what I have missed all of these years. I have spent hours searching and reading links to postings but it is like looking for a needle in a haystack especially when you don't know what you are looking for.

What is your favorite thread? It can be humorous, inspirational, informative or controversial. I stumbled upon this one while looking at risotto postings and I must admit, I read it often! I actually laugh out loud every time. It inspired a few other threads.

Absolute Best Risotto You Will EVER Eat: Toasted Pistachio Gorgonzola Dolce

Spinoffs: (funny description of how she made the recipe

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  1. A thread that got the most action recently was about the New York Times article by Mark Bittman about the Jim Lehey Sullivan Street Bakery recipe for no-knead bread. The original article was printed in the NY Times 6 Nov 06

    This may be the first thread:
    Or maybe these:

    But there have been a lot of other threads about this topic. If you want to find them, search Mark Bittman, no-knead bread, Sullivan Street Bakery, Jim Lehey, and Father Kitchen. You’ll get enough threads to fill a book. And that’s if you only search on Chowhound. If you do a web search on Google, you’ll have a library.

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    1. re: yayadave

      That one never seems to die, does it?

    2. I think the unfinished (and may never be) rime of the Rib Man will survive the test of time....

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            1. re: itryalot

              I'm not very nimble with links, but you'll find it by searching 'sjhound'. 327 posts by 128 hounds. Pretty funny.

              1. re: itryalot

                I think they mean this one. It got a lot of action for a while, but I think it might be officially dead since the op left town. It's lively reading.

                Guest insists on bringing a dish... rude??

              2. re: Veggo

                The sad saga os San Jose Hound and her rude guest certainly came to my mind first - whatever happened!?! Here's the link:


                1. re: lupaglupa

                  Some of the threads about Apple Pan (Los Angeles) are pretty classic Chow Hound too.

                2. re: Veggo

                  I still wonder about this thread (the rib guy), and I'm still miffed that we never got to hear the resolution! I know, I should just get over it.

                  1. re: vvvindaloo

                    I feel there should be a board where people post "what happened" after a long series of posts. There are others threads that I've gotten caught up in and they just end without knowing what happened.

                    1. re: lupaglupa

                      I think a lot of people just don't "report back" about how things worked out. But In this case I suspect some hurt feelings and/or embarrassment occurred, so the OP just let it die a slow death.

                      1. re: yayadave

                        The issue definitely did incite much passionate debate, and some heated exchanges. I guess the OP may have been a little overwhelmed by it, but they also took part in the beginning, posting several comments as I recall. And they were never seen or heard from again!

                  2. I've enjoyed the threads about kitchen/cooking disasters -

                      1. re: Hue

                        I think you've resurrected this one! Love the Sein.

                      2. A couple of topics that always produce more heat than light are any by, for, or about servers and any about tips.

                        Then there was the string about "Do you have a reservation?' It wasn't even a thread, just a string with-in a thread. I think it got vaporized.

                        On another tack, Melanie Wong's posts are entertaining and knowlegable. She did a series from France last year. I could only find two threads. I thought there were more.

                        Languedoc: Turned Away at Restaurant Emile in Toulouse

                        2005 Bordeaux En Primeur