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A place to discuss particular episodes, arcs and moments from the show's run. Please remember this isn't a complete catch-all topic -- check out the forum for character topics and other places for show-related talk.

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In the early seasons of  Good Eats, Alton came off as an incredibly nice guy.   Somewhere down the line he came off as cranky if not a little bit pissy, and perhaps snotty.   I will watch this series as long as he comes off as nice Alton, but if he comes back with a piss poor attitude, I am out.

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On ‎10‎/‎6‎/‎2018 at 2:08 PM, icemiser69 said:

In the early seasons of  Good Eats, Alton came off as an incredibly nice guy.   Somewhere down the line he came off as cranky if not a little bit pissy, and perhaps snotty.   I will watch this series as long as he comes off as nice Alton, but if he comes back with a piss poor attitude, I am out.

I will always love him for naming his pizza peel Emma, which overcomes a multitude of sins (at least for me).

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I take it this will be eps from the show with altered or added bits? I'm kinda tired of reboots and remakes, so I'm a bit skeptical about it.

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15 minutes ago, Ubiquitous said:

I take it this will be eps from the show with altered or added bits? I'm kinda tired of reboots and remakes, so I'm a bit skeptical about it.

It's supposed to be a mix of old with improved. Alton has said there were some instances that he didn't like, or where something better has come along. And it is with Alton himself, not someone else-so that's a plus.

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Even during the course of the original run, Alton changed his edict about how much water one needs to use in order to properly boil pasta.  "Stuffing is evil" turned in to "don't stuff a turkey, but there are other foods you can stuff!"  He only had one episode that used a crock pot and maybe only two with pressure cookers.  Cooking and food are constantly evolving.  I can see how he could use old episodes as jumping off points for either mostly new episodes, or just a segment or two updated, or both.  

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On 10/12/2018 at 4:02 PM, lefawn said:

Even during the course of the original run, Alton changed his edict about how much water one needs to use in order to properly boil pasta.  "Stuffing is evil" turned in to "don't stuff a turkey, but there are other foods you can stuff!"  He only had one episode that used a crock pot and maybe only two with pressure cookers.  Cooking and food are constantly evolving.  I can see how he could use old episodes as jumping off points for either mostly new episodes, or just a segment or two updated, or both.  

We have a winner!

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My husband is a chef by trade who typically has no time for cooking shows (why would he?  He's been doing it for a living for 30+ years).  I turned him on to AB and GE when we got married four years ago and he's hooked.  For him, since he never saw the originals in the first run, they're all new to him and he gets a kick out of the 'science' aspect of the presentation.  

He's looking forward to the reboot, but it's interfering with the baseball playoffs, so he'll catch it later.

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I enjoyed the first episode reloaded.  It sort of reminded me of VH1's pop-up videos.  My husband really wants to try cooking a steak that way.

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23 hours ago, MorganSte said:

It sort of reminded me of VH1's pop-up videos. 

I said the exact same thing to my husband about it reminding me of Pop-Up Video with his commentary and insight.  It's my understanding there are 12 reloaded episodes and then all new episodes coming next year.

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I'm enjoying this.  It's just Alton being Alton, and I remember all these episodes from their first run almost 20 years ago.  I liked the new wisdom about cooking pasta, although to tell the truth I've never had much luck using less water.  I'll have to try it again using his method and see what happens.  I also loved the cacio e pepe recipe!

Speaking of stuffing, I never understood all the fear about stuffing a bird.  If anyone is worried about whether it's cooked, after the bird comes out of the oven remove the stuffing to a baking dish and put it in the oven until it reaches a safe temperature.  Problem solved.

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We missed the first episode and it doesn't appear to be on Cooking Channel's On Demand, but we've got this one.  Chef B2H is doing a church dinner this weekend for 300 with an Italian cuisine theme.  He's using one of AB's recipes for the eggplant offering for the vegetarian/gluten free option.

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5 hours ago, chessiegal said:

On a completely shallow note, the actress who played his sister on the original hasn't aged well.

HA! I noticed that too.

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On 10/23/2018 at 9:53 AM, b2H said:

We missed the first episode and it doesn't appear to be on Cooking Channel's On Demand, but we've got this one.  Chef B2H is doing a church dinner this weekend for 300 with an Italian cuisine theme.  He's using one of AB's recipes for the eggplant offering for the vegetarian/gluten free option.

It’s on the app.

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On 10/24/2018 at 5:27 PM, chessiegal said:

On a completely shallow note, the actress who played his sister on the original hasn't aged well.

I know, especially since the actress, Merrilyn Crouch, is 56.  I thought she was older than me and I'm 60!  I cringe for her, because I would be embarrassed to look like that on TV.

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On 10/23/2018 at 8:53 AM, b2H said:

We missed the first episode and it doesn't appear to be on Cooking Channel's On Demand, but we've got this one.  Chef B2H is doing a church dinner this weekend for 300 with an Italian cuisine theme.  He's using one of AB's recipes for the eggplant offering for the vegetarian/gluten free option.

OT, but the church dinner in question above was a great success.  Chef B2H made 117 portions of the eggplant and it completely sold out!!  Chef B2H gave credit to AB to all who asked.

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On 11/5/2018 at 8:47 AM, Yeah No said:

I know, especially since the actress, Merrilyn Crouch, is 56.  I thought she was older than me and I'm 60!  I cringe for her, because I would be embarrassed to look like that on TV.

I am not going to judge the looks of anyone.  No one knows for sure what goes on in the life of anyone.

I will say that I did see pictures of my high school reunion.  I never attended one  (school sucked, classmates sucked even more, not worth getting into), but I did see pictures of the most recent one and it was kind of sad that it looked like people couldn't accept that they were aging and that they must have felt that dying their hair jet black on an aging faces was a good idea.  If anything it made them look older.  I think if they had chosen a lighter hair color they all would have looked so much better.   They didn't look bad with jet black hair, but I do think it made them look much older than they are, and I am sure that is not the look they were going for. 

I did see the biscuit episode.  It wasn't too bad, but the whole reloaded concept gets kind of annoying after awhile with current Alton sticking his head in the middle of the episode of young Alton who drones on endlessly over crap that seemingly does nothing but fill air time over and over again, it is kind of repetitive.

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On 10/22/2018 at 10:22 PM, Yeah No said:

Speaking of stuffing, I never understood all the fear about stuffing a bird.  If anyone is worried about whether it's cooked, after the bird comes out of the oven remove the stuffing to a baking dish and put it in the oven until it reaches a safe temperature.  Problem solved.

I have a remote digital thermometer with two probes. When I do a stuffed turkey, one probe goes into the thigh and the other goes into the stuffing. I can set the temp target for each probe independently. Once I hit around 180 on the thigh and 165 on the stuffing, I can take the bird out. With carryover, temps will go up another five to ten degrees. Haven't had an issue doing this way.

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On 11/10/2018 at 11:13 AM, snarktini said:

Now I really want to make biscuits. Need to pick up some buttermilk! (And leaf lard, apparently.)

Deep frying them seems like more than a bit over the top, even for Alton.

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32 minutes ago, icemiser69 said:

Deep frying them seems like more than a bit over the top, even for Alton.

LOL, right? Thought it looked more or less like an "old-fashioned", which IS my fav donut. 

After watching the first two episodes I was wondering if the "reloads" were going to be too much. I am simply never going to bake potatoes a day in advance to fry them! (Well, I don't deep fry anything so all the fry recipes are entertaining but not useful.) Nor am I likely to spend an hour cooking a steak, even though the reverse sear sounds very smart. I'm an accomplished home cook, willing to do a lot of work but those particular items aren't worth the time to me. 

So I was glad the basic biscuit and cacio e pepe were easy recipes I can (and will) do.

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The fondue episode. 

That knife with the handle on each end wasn't all that special.  I don't know why any house would need that.  It may not have been a unitasker, but it really didn't do anything a single handled knife couldn't do.

I think fondues are more trouble than they are worth, regardless of how good they taste.  Plus,  I am kind of a germaphobe.  Everyone dipping into the same bubbling cauldron of cheese would gross me out.

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The grits and polenta episode wasn't too bad. 

I am really looking forward to "The Cookie Claus:  The Reload" episode which my program guide says will be on next week.  Gluten-free Christmas  cookies.

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"The Cookie Claus:  The Reload"

I always hated the original episode, because Alton acted like an asshole.  Santa gave him metal cookie cutters for Christmas and he didn't like them.  They don't hold there shape and they bend too easily, so he squeezed the metal cookie cutters and bent them all up to prove his point.  What an ass.   He liked plastic cookie cutters better, because they held up better.  Now, in this newly updated episode, he decides that plastic cookie cutters lose their edge and now he prefers heavy weight metal cookie cutters.

I also hate it when Alton measures by weight instead of by volume.  In theory, measuring by weight is more accurate.  That is only true if the scale is properly calibrated.  I prefer to measure by volume. 

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22 hours ago, icemiser69 said:

I also hate it when Alton measures by weight instead of by volume.  In theory, measuring by weight is more accurate.  That is only true if the scale is properly calibrated.  I prefer to measure by volume. 

My grandfather was a trained pastry chef. All his original recipes are measured by weight in metric, especially for dry ingredients. Far better in replicating results and maintaining consistency from batch to batch.

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On 11/30/2018 at 9:13 AM, ElectricBoogaloo said:

My only issue with metric is that if the recipe doesn't give the measurements in metric units, it's hard to do yourself because 1/4 cup of flour doesn't weigh the same as 1/4 of brown sugar.

Stella Parks (aka BraveTart) is one of my favorite pastry/desert chefs because she actually goes through the trouble of having ounces, volume, and metric on her recipes for each ingredient and will usually include alternate methods in case you don't have, say, a giant stand mixer or some other rather expensive piece of equipment.

I will say that the King Arthur weight chart is a great resource for when you have to convert something yourself.

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My friends and I have been watching the reload with their kids, and their daughter's mind is absolutely blown every time she sees Young Alton and Current Alton on screen together. It's hilarious, and she's still not used to it. It gets her every time.

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On 12/2/2018 at 6:52 AM, Uncle Benzene said:

My friends and I have been watching the reload with their kids, and their daughter's mind is absolutely blown every time she sees Young Alton and Current Alton on screen together. It's hilarious, and she's still not used to it. It gets her every time.

I’m not used to it either!  😱

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Although Marcia hasn't aged well, I'm glad to see her again -- she did (& still does) ''annoying'' so well. 

I do miss W though.  I haven't seen every episode & I hope she'll appear somewhere.  The Nurse Ratched of my neighborhood kitchen appliance store (whom I've grateful never to have encountered in real life)!

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On 12/26/2018 at 1:17 AM, Wicked Wonder said:

I was 19 when Good Eats premiered and I remember Alton looking like a "real adult" to my younger self. Now he looks so young to me! I love Reloaded but I definitely gives me "old" feels.

The first kitchen on his show reminds me so much of the kitchen I had at the time the show first aired.  I had all those same GE appliances in white, similar white cabinets and hardwood floor too.  When I look at them I get wistful and nostalgic.

On 12/31/2018 at 8:52 PM, fairffaxx said:

I do miss W though.  I haven't seen every episode & I hope she'll appear somewhere.  The Nurse Ratched of my neighborhood kitchen appliance store (whom I've grateful never to have encountered in real life)!

I agree, I would love to see W again and Marcia too.  Maybe he'll have them on the new "Good Eats"?

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According to my DVR, the episode that airs on 1/21/19 is the series finale.    It is a pressure cooker episode.

I wonder how soon the new episodes of Good Eats will start airing.

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On 11/28/2018 at 8:52 AM, italianguy626 said:

My grandfather was a trained pastry chef. All his original recipes are measured by weight in metric, especially for dry ingredients. Far better in replicating results and maintaining consistency from batch to batch.

If I ever attempt to measure by weight instead of by volume I am bound to screw it up.

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On 11/8/2018 at 1:32 PM, icemiser69 said:

I am not going to judge the looks of anyone.  No one knows for sure what goes on in the life of anyone.

I will say that I did see pictures of my high school reunion.  I never attended one  (school sucked, classmates sucked even more, not worth getting into), but I did see pictures of the most recent one and it was kind of sad that it looked like people couldn't accept that they were aging and that they must have felt that dying their hair jet black on an aging faces was a good idea.  If anything it made them look older.  I think if they had chosen a lighter hair color they all would have looked so much better.   They didn't look bad with jet black hair, but I do think it made them look much older than they are, and I am sure that is not the look they were going for. 

I did see the biscuit episode.  It wasn't too bad, but the whole reloaded concept gets kind of annoying after awhile with current Alton sticking his head in the middle of the episode of young Alton who drones on endlessly over crap that seemingly does nothing but fill air time over and over again, it is kind of repetitive.

Upon further review, this old post of mine is a bit hypocritical.  Sorry about that.

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On 12/31/2018 at 8:52 PM, fairffaxx said:

Although Marcia hasn't aged well, I'm glad to see her again -- she did (& still does) ''annoying'' so well. 

I do miss W though.  I haven't seen every episode & I hope she'll appear somewhere.  The Nurse Ratched of my neighborhood kitchen appliance store (whom I've grateful never to have encountered in real life)!

I looked up W to see if there was anything about her appearing on the show, found out that she had a role in the recent Venom movie.

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19 hours ago, icemiser69 said:

If I ever attempt to measure by weight instead of by volume I am bound to screw it up.

It's actually quite easy. I weigh food in grams to get an accurate calorie count as I'm trying to lose weight. It's just another (more accurate) way to measure. 

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I bought an electronic kitchen scale a number of years ago and am still surprised how often I pull it out.  It has quite a few uses, not the least of which is measuring mail and packages so I don’t have to stand in line at the Post Office!  

I don’t seriously bake very often anymore but it sure came in handy when I did.  

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I bought an electronic scale ages ago and I LOVE it. The only thing it's not great for is really small amounts.

I really want to make that chocolate syrup from the Art of Darkness episode!

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I found the pressure cooker episode disappointing.  I didn't think he really brought much of anything new to the episode.  Plus, I am a vegetarian, so the episode wasn't going to do anything for me anyway.

The one thing that he definitely seems to realize is that he talked far too much during the first run of Good Eats.  I hope whenever the new episodes air that he kind of does more and talks less.

Do any of the electronic scales need to be calibrated?  Is it a feature on any of the scales or are they the type of scales where they can't be calibrated?

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I was sort of disappointed by the pressure cooker episode too.  I thought some of the cookers he featured in the old episode looked newer than the one he used in the revamp.  Plus he stood in front of a bunch of Instant Pot looking things but never mentioned them beyond that.  Also, even though he showed a segment featuring W from the old series, he didn't have her on the new series like he did with Marcia.  Maybe she couldn't do it for some reason?  I would still like to see her.

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