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Re: Products that I really like 2018/12/24 13:23:09 (permalink)
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Speaking of TVs. I was passing thru a TV section a few days ago, and a 48 +-in model caught my eye. It makes "ordinary" TV broadcasts into HD. It showed a small section of the screen with pixils that you could see turned into photo quality. I said to the guy next to me "That is amazing!", and he said "More than you know". He works for Bose, a local speaker company, "But I wish that I got to work there". He said that "Thinking" computers are now the norm, and cheap. He said that the TV we were looking at had more computing power than every computer in the world had, put together, just 50 or so years ago, before some IBM model number, that he mentioned, came out and changed everything.



 
Who was the manufacturer?
 
Does this 'new technology' somehow augment present 1080p broadcasts to appear as 4K for viewing? 
 
That would be some trick; to do such augmentation in real time would indeed involve 'super computing'!
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I think it was Samsung,,,,,,,,,but not sure. It was at BJs, a COSCO wannabe. What I saw was a demo, on a loop, and the TV was not expensive. I didn't look that hard, as I'm not in the market. We have a good flat screen that was a deal at under $1000, but which would now cost about $299. It replaced a 36 in Sony CRT, which was a "deal" at under $1000 at least 15 years ago. The Sony still worked, but it costed me $25 to leave it at the transfer station. And yes, Jim, if the guy talking to me knew what he was talking about (he seemed to), it is some amazing almost real time computing............he said that the process requires a less than 1/2 second delay, and that in his opinion it built on the sound cancel tech that he had worked on at Bose, but not close enough to collect patent royalties. He didn't mention Heddi LaMarr (sp?) or Grace Hopper, but I expect that it built on their work too.
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/01/01 20:17:01 (permalink)
The Ninja Foodi. 
 
It is a stove, an oven, a broiler, a steamer, a slow cooker, a deep fryer, and a pressure cooker.  If you buy the fancier model, it dehydrates as well.
 
The first thought that came to me when I first heard about it is that an appliance that has as many functions as they claimed would be as practically useless around the house as a Swiss Army Knife.  Who would ever pull one out of the drawer to turn a screw, cut a steak, open a can, or uncork a bottle of wine?
 
That thought was misinformed.
 
Recently, it's been sold out everywhere (and was being offered on E-Bay for $1,100.00!), but I finally found mine yesterday at Wal-Mart ($189.).  we did not have a pressure cooker, deep fryer, or slow cooker.  Now, we do. 
 
My first use of it was as a deep fryer.  I got a "restaurant result" from frozen breaded shrimp and tater tots and did so with zero mess and laughably little cleanup.
 
I'm sure I'll "share" more later, but here is a "good 'ol boy" who loves his food toys (Green Egg, InstaPot, etc.) who has "discovered" the Ninja Foodi.  Like me, he has absolutely no pecuniary interest in the thing; he just 's it.
 
Here's the difference between the two models:

 
 Here's a link to the videos of him using it and his other "food toys".
 
Tomorrow, I'm going to throw a rib-eye steak into it's fry basket and see what happens. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/01/02 09:51:44 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby tmiles 2019/01/02 13:00:04
Got up early and went to Sam's to pick up the rib-eyes.  I saw a 5# bag of frozen Tyson's Hot Buffalo Wings for $11.35 and snagged it along with a bag of Arby's frozen curly fries.
 
I threw four frozen wings into to Foodi and punched "TenderCrisp" for 19:00.  The result was perfect, restaurant-worthy!  Hot Buffalo wings for breakfast?  Ah, retirement, the land of "Why not!".
 
I could never have gotten such a wonderful, crisp product from our fancy convection/conventional double oven.
 
No oven preheating.  No rack on baking sheet mess to clean.  Didn't have to hover over them and turn.  Cleanup  was a wipe with a paper towel.
 
Lunch:  I loaded a seasoned 8 oz. ribeye and some frozen curly fries into the fry basket.  The steak came out perfect at 10:00 and the fries came out crispy 6:00 minutes later.  Cleanup was just a quick hand wash in our new farmer's sink (see post above).
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/01/04 19:49:12 (permalink)
Trader Joe ghee. Ghee or clarified butter was in my opinion a product to make yourself, and not worth the effort. I was wrong. The TJ product stores at room temp (I didn't know that), and has a high smoke point (I did know that). I'm not into Indian food, so ghee was sort of off my radar 'til my daughter bought a jar. My favorite use is as lube in an omelette pan, because it is slippery, doesn't burn at my cooking temp, and adds a nice flavor.
 
The TJ product is butter colored, and uniform in the jar. Another product that I looked at in another store was an unattractive gray/brown at the top of the jar, and dark brown on the bottom. 
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/01/05 13:15:45 (permalink)
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Speaking of TVs. I was passing thru a TV section a few days ago, and a 48 +-in model caught my eye. It makes "ordinary" TV broadcasts into HD. It showed a small section of the screen with pixils that you could see turned into photo quality. I said to the guy next to me "That is amazing!", and he said "More than you know". He works for Bose, a local speaker company, "But I wish that I got to work there". He said that "Thinking" computers are now the norm, and cheap. He said that the TV we were looking at had more computing power than every computer in the world had, put together, just 50 or so years ago, before some IBM model number, that he mentioned, came out and changed everything.



 
Who was the manufacturer?
 
Does this 'new technology' somehow augment present 1080p broadcasts to appear as 4K for viewing? 
 
That would be some trick; to do such augmentation in real time would indeed involve 'super computing'!
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I think it was Samsung,,,,,,,,,but not sure. It was at BJs, a COSCO wannabe. What I saw was a demo, on a loop, and the TV was not expensive. I didn't look that hard, as I'm not in the market. We have a good flat screen that was a deal at under $1000, but which would now cost about $299. It replaced a 36 in Sony CRT, which was a "deal" at under $1000 at least 15 years ago. The Sony still worked, but it costed me $25 to leave it at the transfer station. And yes, Jim, if the guy talking to me knew what he was talking about (he seemed to), it is some amazing almost real time computing............he said that the process requires a less than 1/2 second delay, and that in his opinion it built on the sound cancel tech that he had worked on at Bose, but not close enough to collect patent royalties. He didn't mention Heddi LaMarr (sp?) or Grace Hopper, but I expect that it built on their work too.




Looking into this briefly I think what you saw demonstrated was software, typically on a flash drive, that converts a 1080p receiver into a 4K receiver
 
It does not, however, convert a 1080 signal into 4K; that would be some trick!
 
It seems that the manufacturers of recent 1080 receivers found it economic to provide pixels in the screen sufficient to accommodate the now nearly universal 4K.  All it takes is a little software adaptation to activate them.  Actually, it will probably enable the HD 32" computer display

I just purchased at Costco for (an amazing) $179 to display 4K.  In fact, it has a USB slot that is most likely provided for that purpose.
 
The problem is that 4K signals are not being broadcast.  I've had a 4K TV for several years now and have yet to view 4K in my home.  The only way I could do so presently is to buy a 4K Blu-Ray (my present Blu-Ray won't do) and rent a 4K DVD for $12 or buy one for $100+.
 
I see where HBO is going to be broadcasting the new season of Game of Thrones in 4K.  But, I doubt that present CATV systems can accommodate it.  We'll see; I already pay those ba$tard$ $230/month (phone+net+TV+WiFi).
 
But wait8K is being introduced at this month's C.E.S. in Vegas!

 The good news is that I didn't splurge for O-LED; that's now "so yesterday"; here comes micro-LED and 'the wall'! 
 
In the meantime, my present 4K Sony 65" delivers better viewing @1080p than I thought, as recently as five years ago, I'd ever see in my lifetime.  Improvements will always be welcome, but at this point they are hardly necessary.  In any case, I'm sure of two things: my next TV will be bigger & better and will cost <$1,000.
 
EDIT:  I just got back from Sam's where they had a 70" Vizio UHD 4K Smart TV for $679!  If you're in the market for a TV, January is always the best month to pick up a bargain as the "new stuff" hits right after CES.
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/02/15 13:24:20 (permalink)
Yesterday I tried something that has been sitting in my freezer since buying them a month ago.
 
At Walmart I bought a bag of frozen pancakes.  In the bag were smaller bags with three, 3 inch pancakes in them.  There might be a dozen bags in the bigger bag.
 
Stack 3 in the microwave and cook for 1 minute and 15 seconds and I was totally amazed at how good they were.  Better than Dinah's!
 
I had originally purchased them as a convenience item to make a breakfast casserole which still might happen the next time my condo has a potluck brunch.
 
They are GOOD!  Will be definitely buying them again.
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/02/15 21:55:54 (permalink)
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Yesterday I tried something that has been sitting in my freezer since buying them a month ago.
 
At Walmart I bought a bag of frozen pancakes.  In the bag were smaller bags with three, 3 inch pancakes in them.  There might be a dozen bags in the bigger bag.
 
Stack 3 in the microwave and cook for 1 minute and 15 seconds and I was totally amazed at how good they were.  Better than Dinah's!
 
I had originally purchased them as a convenience item to make a breakfast casserole which still might happen the next time my condo has a potluck brunch.
 
They are GOOD!  Will be definitely buying them again.


Were these the Great Value branded buttermilk pancakes? My kids used to eat the heck out of them, and even I had them a few times. The buttermilk version was really good! If I am recalling correctly, they are made in Canada (and that's why they have less crap in them, IMO). The same ones in the box are made in Canada, too. Don't know what it is but Canadian products tend to be better quality than many American ones.
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/02/15 22:30:45 (permalink)
Going to check right now.
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/02/15 22:38:25 (permalink)
These are made in Arkansas.  Guess it could be a Walmart owned company.  24 pancakes in the bag.  They are Good!
 
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/02/16 10:40:52 (permalink)
Yes, Mar-those are great! I don't like making pancakes and these are a wonderful alternative.
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/02/16 10:55:12 (permalink)
We just had pancakes this morning from the big krusteze bag we got at Costco. Takes about two minutes to mix. Sometimes, like today, I add a little more vanilla..otherwise just water, and the family loves them. Better than many places we've had when out...and so cheep..we made about 10 today and our giant bag is still full.
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/02/16 11:33:46 (permalink)
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These are made in Arkansas.  Guess it could be a Walmart owned company.  24 pancakes in the bag.  They are Good!
 
De Waffelbakker's
 

 


Our local Walmart carries these, too. We never tried them, though, as they have HFCS as the main sweetener. The Great Value branded ones use sugar, instead. They sell lots of both of them, though!
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/02/16 13:01:47 (permalink)
OK, I haven't tried this one, yet. But I may just grab a slab next week, if my Sam's Club has them. Our bacon of choice is Wright's Hickory Smoked and it usually runs about $8 for 1.5 pounds. This is a great deal, even if I do have to slice it myself!
https://www.delish.com/food-news/a26359896/two-pound-slab-bacon-sams-club/
 

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Re: Products that I really like 2019/02/19 13:09:08 (permalink)
Another product I really like but use very sparingly is Mike's Hot Honey.
 

 
I found it at Walmart but it's available elsewhere.  A couple drops in a cup of hot, spiced tea or even coffee packs a wallop.  It's not a slow burn, it hits immediately.  A couple drops mixed in to jams or jellies or other honeys is good over pork.  I'm finding lots of uses for it.  My bottle will last years at the drip rate I use it!
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/02/19 13:26:19 (permalink)
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Another product I really like but use very sparingly is Mike's Hot Honey.
 

 
I found it at Walmart but it's available elsewhere.  A couple drops in a cup of hot, spiced tea or even coffee packs a wallop.  It's not a slow burn, it hits immediately.  A couple drops mixed in to jams or jellies or other honeys is good over pork.  I'm finding lots of uses for it.  My bottle will last years at the drip rate I use it!


Interesting. Not sure I want hot sauce in my tea or coffee, but it sure as hell might add to some cooking recipes!
 
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/02/19 14:00:20 (permalink)
Believe me, it's not bad that way!  I also mix it into barbecue sauces, marinades and catsup!
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/02/19 14:02:38 (permalink)
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Believe me, it's not bad that way!  I also mix it into barbecue sauces, marinades and catsup!


Agree with the last three uses!
 
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/02/19 14:08:51 (permalink)
I can image it would be fried chicken friendly also.
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/02/19 14:27:29 (permalink)
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I can image it would be fried chicken friendly also.


...and barbecued chicken!
 
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/02/19 14:38:22 (permalink)
All of the above!
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/02/23 10:27:40 (permalink)
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OK, I haven't tried this one, yet. But I may just grab a slab next week, if my Sam's Club has them. Our bacon of choice is Wright's Hickory Smoked and it usually runs about $8 for 1.5 pounds. This is a great deal, even if I do have to slice it myself!
https://www.delish.com/food-news/a26359896/two-pound-slab-bacon-sams-club/
 



I see Wright products at WalMart, so I would not be surprised if they are at Sam's. Yesterday in a doctor waiting room, I saw Wright advertised in a high end magazine. I have seen, but never tried the Wright product, and had thought it was just another bacon. Not being a bacon eater, I've never tried it, though. Maybe it is higher end than I have given it credit for. If I ever have reason to buy bacon, I'll try it.
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/02/23 12:05:54 (permalink)
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OK, I haven't tried this one, yet. But I may just grab a slab next week, if my Sam's Club has them. Our bacon of choice is Wright's Hickory Smoked and it usually runs about $8 for 1.5 pounds. This is a great deal, even if I do have to slice it myself!
https://www.delish.com/food-news/a26359896/two-pound-slab-bacon-sams-club/
 
 


I see Wright products at WalMart, so I would not be surprised if they are at Sam's. Yesterday in a doctor waiting room, I saw Wright advertised in a high end magazine. I have seen, but never tried the Wright product, and had thought it was just another bacon. Not being a bacon eater, I've never tried it, though. Maybe it is higher end than I have given it credit for. If I ever have reason to buy bacon, I'll try it.


Over the years I have just made the switch to Wright. They have a consistently great bacon that's sliced just right. None of that paper thin junk. They do carry them at Sam's, (in twin packs. My local Sam's still doesn't have the slab, though). It's my bacon of choice. Works well by itself and when I need a seasoning meat. Makes some tasty bacon grease, too! If you do decide to become a bacon eater Wright's would be a good choice!
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/04/10 16:16:23 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby tmiles 2019/04/11 08:09:50
OK. I know there was another thread where we were talking about BBQ sauces, but I'll be darned if I can find it! I've worked my way through the Heinz BBQ sauces now, (except the new Hawaiian) and I must say that their Carolina Mustard Sauce is absolutely killer! (The Carolina Vinegar sauce is awesome, too!) They don't have crap in them, like so many other sauces and the taste is super! This one goes with just about any pork you make. I've been using it on country style ribs in the Instant Pot and on pulled pork from my local BBQ chain joint. This stuff makes an excellent pork sauce. And it's not expensive in the least!
 

 
https://www.heinz.com/product/00013000000307
 
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/04/10 19:05:37 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby tmiles 2019/04/11 08:11:16
Yep, the Carolina Mustard Style is my favorite as well.
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/04/10 19:37:14 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby tmiles 2019/04/11 08:10:03
Thanks for the tp.Must give this a try.
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/04/11 08:09:26 (permalink)
I agree. We must have 6 or 7 open sauces at any given time. All are good, but we usually throw them out as they age before they are finished. As RB says, all of the Heinz series is good (we have not seen the Hawaiian yet), but the Carolina is best. We actually finish the bottle before it is old. With grilling season back, we will be using more sauce, and I will now be looking for more sauces in the Heinz series. A "flight" (like a beer flight) of the whole series in one pack would be nice). They could put a bunch of single use 2 oz pouches in a box, and I for one would buy it.
 
I know that Heinz is a "big" company, and I have generally tried to support small local makers, but some times the big guys get it right. 
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/04/11 11:11:10 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby tmiles 2019/04/12 17:19:14
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A "flight" (like a beer flight) of the whole series in one pack would be nice).

Like this?
 
https://www.heinz.com/product/00013000011587
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/04/11 14:19:21 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby tmiles 2019/04/12 17:19:22
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A "flight" (like a beer flight) of the whole series in one pack would be nice).

Like this?
 
https://www.heinz.com/product/00013000011587


 YES!
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/04/12 17:18:59 (permalink)
Just yesterday, after my post, I saw the 4 pack mentioned. I got a multi pack of larger bottles last summer, but was looking for something smaller this time around. After I work through a little more inventory, I'll buy it. Thanks!
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/05/02 11:15:18 (permalink)
Back in January we talked, in this thread, about the new TV systems out there.
 
Did you catch 60 Minutes recently? A guitar maker has re purposed a music program to clean up video. I was amazed. A picture with a few bright blobs "cleaned up" to a clear picture of a group of houses. 
 
I don't know, but I hope/guess that all of those Hubble images will get even better.  If we don't extinct ourselves, more exciting things will happen every day. I'd love to get a hold of a TARDIS to see what it looks like in a hundred years.
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