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What was the most memorable CH thread this past year, in your opinion? [moved from the Not about Food board]

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Well, its the end of the year and reflecting on the year past I'm thinking about all the great and not-so-great CH threads I've read since I just recently joined. And this brought to mind the question: To you, what was the most memorable CH thread you read this year and why?
It could be because of the info, it could be because of the content, did it make you shake your head and why, or did you get a good laugh over it....
I don't know if this thread will fly or if there will be alot of responses, but it might be fun to talk about?

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  1. Because I learned about something WAY beyond the original intent of the thread and eventually got my own pot moose out of the deal:

    Not only because it's cool Chef's is now closer to home, but it's also always fun to have some fun with my local board buddies:

    From a learning perspective, I finally bought both almond paste AND bitter almond because of this thread! And I made some kickass almond horns, at the risk of blowing my own (horn)!
    Still need to make the almond clouds when I'm not surrounded by so much sweetness. :)

      1. Not sure why this was moved to Site Talk, because it really isn't to discuss the pros/cons of the site, but like the first response, to let us give a shout out to those posters or threads that were of interest or from which we learned in the past year.
        Not at ALL about the site per se.
        Oh well, RIP this thread because putting it here certainly isn't going to get the responses that were intended by putting it in the Not About Food area. Chowhounds usually only visit this section of the board when there is a site/computer coding issue, not to talk about food related threads.

        1. Ah, freia, it'll show up in the "latest posts" area at least.

          I enjoyed the "Chicken Stock "Etiquette" Question" thread:
          Always interesting to see what lines folks will, or will not, cross.

          Any "I left this out all night" thread. Polarizing but always amusing. When I go to Vegas, I like to watch other people gamble also.

          Anything about dehydrating. I should have a bumper sticker that says "ASK ME ABOUT MY DEHYDRATOR".

          And my fave CH thread ever (from 2002!) but updated this year, "Absolute Best Risotto You Will EVER Eat":
          Seriously. Will make milk shoot out of your nose, even if you're lactose-intolerant.

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          1. re: DuchessNukem

            Love the thread...OMG too funny and too good and too representative of a segment of CH'ers (not meant negatively, just as a statement)....thanks!

            1. re: DuchessNukem

              <<When I go to Vegas, I like to watch other people gamble also.>> HA HA HA!

            2. If you don't subscribe to the free Chow Digest (also at the tab on the top of the page) these were some top 10 threads chosen

              General Topics Digest: 2011 Top 10


              Home Cooking Digest: 2011 Top 10


              Boston Digest: 2011 Top 10


              Los Angeles Digest: 2011 Top 10


              New York Digest: 2011 Top 10


              San Francisco Bay Area Digest: 2011 Top 10


              Unfortunately when thinking of memorable posts, the negative ones popped to mind first. What I like to call the moderator hostage post being the most memorable and shameful as far as i was concerned. If there was any saving grace in that one it was that maybe the rules, no matter how obscure to some should not be easily tossed aside.

              On the positive side, this was my favorite post

              Incredible Cookies from Lousy Ingredients and Pedestrian Recipe


              Not surprisingly it sumerized everything that was good about the site.

              It didn't need obscene or eye candy shock headlines. It didn't make fun of people like the poor or fat thinly disguised as something more than that. It wasn't about food celebrities or the hot new food trend. It didn't need or expect back pats from people saying how appreciated they were. It wasn't chatty.

              It was simply an interesting, informative and fun discussion of food. The kind of post that drew me to this site and in the past had me glued to the screen.

              It didn't need bells and whistles. I guess you could say it was like its subject ... magic ... that elusive quality that looks at the ordinary and makes you think about what makes greatness.

              The saddest thing to me is that this year some suprising people seem to have lost sight about the site.

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              1. re: rworange

                "On the positive side, this was my favorite post

                Incredible Cookies from Lousy Ingredients and Pedestrian Recipe"


                That was a really cool thread. Even though I didn't contribute, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

                Curiousity compels me, so I must ask... what was the moderator hostage post?

                1. re: cowboyardee

                  It would just give that poster another opening. I'll just let a few people think it is them without confirming and starting things up again.

                  1. re: rworange

                    Then why mention it in the first place?

                    1. re: pikawicca

                      Hi, rworagnge:

                      I for one think that no mention of that thread should be allowed, ever.



                  2. re: cowboyardee

                    Otherwise known as the whitey thread.

                    1. re: donovt

                      Well, that is just your opinion.

                      Like I said, some people will think it is them or one thread or another. I don't choose to dredge up the ugly, only the good.

                      That may be your pick in that category, but it is not necessarily mine.

                      I was just sad that a number of negative threads were the first ones that came to my mind.

                      1. re: rworange

                        Wow, I can't think if anything else that would be a moderator hostage thread. Gonna have to think about it.

                        You referenced some really great threads, got some good reading done looking those over.

                        1. re: donovt

                          Not refering to the poster of the thread i was thinking of, but i'll just leave anyone who thinks they were the bad ass of the year let's sing 'you're so vain, i bet you think this post is about you ... dontcha, dontcha.

                          New Years res ... make a joyful noise for the good threads and ignore the rest.

                        2. re: rworange

                          "I was just sad that a number of negative threads were the first ones that came to my mind."

                          Were you sad because you attribute that to there being a number of negative threads or sad that your mind went to negatives first? It seems to me that most threads are very positive and helpful, especially on Home Cooking and on my local board. I actually can't remember negative threads on my local board, maybe a few little spats but few and far between.

                  3. Was the "Someone brought unwanted ribs to my cookout" this year, or last? In any event, that one's a classic.

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                    1. re: pikawicca

                      Ah... The Rib Man as he will forever be known. That was a classic of a few years ago. What a hoot..

                    2. Before I opened this post to look my two favorites came to mind. Hot dog water still gives me the giggles, they start sort of serious (maybe?) and get wilder from there.

                      What do you do with hot dog water? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/787437

                      Chowhound clichés http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/814372

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                      1. re: calliope_nh

                        Actually those two and Leff's thread about the oatmeal cookies would be my top three - but number four would be the dog one, because it caused so much uproar.

                        1. re: ratgirlagogo

                          Incredible Cookies from Lousy Ingredients and Pedestrian Recipe

                          Not sure why but the link above doesn't lead to this thread, so here it is.

                        2. re: calliope_nh

                          LOVED the chowhound cliché thread. Poking some lIght-hearted fun at ourselves and others.

                          And it never got nasty, which is astonishing, given how incredibly bitchy threads can get over the simplest freaking things.

                          1. re: linguafood

                            I loved the cliche thread and the Funniest thing a server said thread gave me plenty of giggles.


                        3. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/784998

                          Threads like this (and there are many) where a CH generously walks fellow hounds through a cookbook, series of recipes or favorite "x" gets my vote (any year).

                          Home Cooking OP's I believe represent where this food site shines best today and it's no surprise that the HCB is one of the most popular boards on CH.

                          I understand that restaurant reviews and regional boards make up a good portion of the discussions around here but if you haven't I encourage you to spend some time on the Home Cooking board. Just a great deal of sharing, comparing and LEARNING and fun!

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                          1. re: HillJ

                            I agree and although i only started posting here in the last couple of years I have been lurking here since this was very much Jim Leff's personal website, back in the 90's. I spend most of my time here these days in Home Cooking and Cookware ( and sometime in Outer Boroughs) and since you're asking, while it wasn't a big thread, my favorite was one I started about using a kitchen torch to roast peppers - because so many people jumped in to help me.

                            1. re: HillJ

                              Thanks HillJ! Looking forward to plowing through a little more during the summer.

                              1. re: lilgi

                                Looking forward to it, lilgi! Always a pleasure to learn from you.

                            2. The most memorable thread for me was the incredibly long "Why is it OK to say whitey but not use the n word" thread that went on for days when people got all butt hurt about the word "whitey" and contacted cbs. And I dont mean memorable in a good way. Some people shouldn't be allowed to use the internet.

                              1. I couldn't find the link, but the one that stood out for me was "Mooch and Hooch". It might be a much older post and if I'm not mistaken it was posted by Janet from Richmond. Thank you Janet, I came back to your thread later that evening with full and undivided attention, a glass of wine and a blanket :)

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                                  1. re: HillJ

                                    Ah yes! Thought it had disappeared, thanks so much!

                                    1. re: HillJ

                                      LOVE the Mooch and Hooch thread...especially Sam Fujisaka's rap poem about them: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5890...

                                      and yayadave's rhyme: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5890...

                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                        What's that sketch on SNL....'good times'...

                                        1. re: HillJ

                                          Annnnnnd now you've just put Jimmy Walker's "DynoMITE!" in my brain. Geez, HillJ. Making me start 2012 off like THAT?

                                            1. re: HillJ

                                              ::::not looking, not looking, not looking:::::

                                  2. This recent thread (does it count since it bridges into 2012?) sums up so much about what I like about CH. It starts w/ a simple video of a sushi chef and how he's still trying to perfect his art and develops into discourse on what simple foods are in the US and other countries, how it can be better or isn't,. And, it also covers the fun of CH where it develops into spam musubi and pork rolls and Taylor ham, which I'd never heard of into what meaning of food words have and how much they can evolve and still maintain meaning. And, of course, there's the discussion on sushi, what Americans like, whether Nozawa is genuine or disingenuous, and how many years of experience it takes to become a sushi chef. It appeals to the ADD side of me with all the interesting discussions/breakouts.


                                    1. Food related disaster dates. My personal favorite.

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                                      1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                        The thread about hosting a party and wanting to know if it is okay to ask guests to bring their own plates and silverware. I believe it ended up being closed or removed. Some of the comments were hysterical and really made me laugh.

                                      2. Chiming in a bit late, but my fave was the one, I forget who/where, but it was about the CH who does an annual, elaborate Indian food dinner once a year, intimate adults only, invitation says so, etc. And then at the last minute a couple insisted on bringing their children, even though nobody else was allowed. And the kids broke Christmas ornaments, refused the kraft dinner that the CH ran out last minute to buy and prepare since the menu was not typical kid-friendly fare, and then they had to leave early and ASKED FOR TO-GO CONTAINERS. The whole thing was just like "nuh-uh" after "nuh-uh" for me. Wow.

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                                        1. re: rockandroller1

                                          I consider that couple better than Hooch and Mooch. They can join H&M at the top if they show up uninvited for next year's feast (bonus if they bring a dog). And worse than the rib guy who seemed more humorous than harmful.

                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                My blood pressure just went up 50 points reading that post!

                                                1. re: joe777cool

                                                  Ha! I was the OP, think about MY poor BP LOLOLOL

                                                  1. re: freia

                                                    freia, you had a tough year eating out. If you were old enough to have been a contestent on an old show called "Queen for a day", you would have won the washer and dryer.

                                                    1. re: Veggo

                                                      LOLOLOL Thanks Veggo! But you know, as long as I can take my own Costco cake with blue icing into the restaurant or into a friends home (no cakeage!!!) I'll be fine! LOLOL...I slay me ... *wipes eyes*

                                          1. I'm suffering from the "recency effect", but my vote goes to the thread that shone a light on the cultural chasm between Galatoire's and the young, hip diners of today.

                                            Leave the t-shirts, dress well and enjoy.