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what is the most life changing thing you have learned on Chowhound?

I learned here of sriracha. It is now a regular and essential part of my life.
What have you learned here that has moved you the most?

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  1. what has moved me the most is finding a community of people who are as crazy as i am about food, cooking, eating, recipes, culture, ethnography, etymology, food origins, humor, and "pickiness" about restaurants, service, dinner guests, party attendees, and food shows on tv -- and with about as much time to waste on chowhound!

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    1. re: alkapal

      What you said!!!

      Also step-by-step help learning to make pasta, baguettes and cheese souffle.

      Finding out about sherry vinegar.

      And, of course, WHAT TO ORDER AT BABBO!!!!!!!! (It's true though. Thanks to CH, when we went we did feel like we had lots of inside info.)

      1. re: alkapal

        Ditto! I have made lots of food-crazed friends, some of whom I have met and have lunch with regularly and it's evolved into genuine friendships.

        Whenever I travel to nyc, the manhattan board folks are amazing at helping me sort out my many food plans and organize it all into something manageable. Thanks guys!

        Finally, I learned of the many wonders of bacon fat here. I now keep a proper can of drippings that I use for many things, including; frying potatoes, eggs, grilled cheese sandwiches, etc.

        1. re: lynnlato

          ""Finally, I learned of the many wonders of bacon fat here. I now keep a proper can of drippings that I use for many things, including; frying potatoes, eggs, grilled cheese sandwiches, etc.""

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          lynn, now *that* IS life-changing! ;-)). it is honor of you that i eat my bacon-grease-fried-egg and grits this morning!

          1. re: alkapal

            Alkapal, I suggest you read "Sex and Bacon" by Sarah Katherine Lewis. For a true Chowhound, it's a life changing experience...

            1. re: alkapal

              I just scrubbed my bacon pan in honor of all of you - including Mr. AlanBarnes! Every Saturday & Sunday is bacon day at our home. And now, thanks to y'all, I have something useful to do with all that lovely bacon fat.

              Yum, alkapal, that breakfast makes me smile. :)

            2. re: lynnlato

              lynn, you need to start with duck fat next!

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                GHG, u need to stop it! Yummmmm.... I love me some duck. And given the fact that I am such a HUGE fan of the bacon fat.... I think it's fair to say duck fat would be a hit with me too.

                My arteries are exploding as I type. EEK.

            3. re: alkapal

              Second that! I'm just sorry I didn't find chow many years ago. I feel like I'm with people like me (for a change).

              1. re: alkapal

                Add me to the "I second that!" bandwagon.

                I can't say that I recall anything has been "life changing", but I've definitely learned a LOT more reading here these past 7 or so years!

                I do have to say that I am the person who my (local to me) family will call and say "Hey, I'm going to be in Norwood, MA tonight - where can I eat? What does that board say is good?" So I guess having family members be willing to eat at CH recommended restaurants based on the frequency with which I've quoted a CH thread is life changing - for them. ;-)

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  Ah, but how do you deal with the pressure!?

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    LOL! Oh, if they don't like a place I recommend, I blame it ALL on the Hounds! <vbg>

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      I resemble that statement. How many times have you blamed me, if things did not go, as you had hoped?

                      Hey, I can take it....

                      Hunt

                      1. re: Bill Hunt

                        Now Mr. Hunt - never blamed anyone specifically - we're all one big happy family here! I blame everyone! ;-D

                        1. re: LindaWhit

                          You have allayed my fears! Thank you, thank you.

                          Hunt

              2. Learning about regional Chinese cuisines and how to order in a Chinese restaurant.

                But even more fundamentally, taking a partly subconscious collection of nebulous ideas and attitudes about food and making them more conscious and coherent philosophies and principles that shape various aspects of my life.

                Finally, meeting a lot of great people, some of whom are now my friends.

                1. Chowhound for restaurants when traveling. No more garbage-y tourist traps for me! Chows help me find "real" food.

                  1. That I can simultaneously sit at my desk an entire day, accomplish nothing productive, and yet still not be bored for a single moment.

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                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Unfortunately, I second that one!

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        I have at least one forum for every hobby I have and I have a few hobbies. I'm a forum junky

                      2. Perfect steak is made in a cast iron skillet, not a grill.