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 A lot will depend on the country club.  I've had chef friends that loved it.  I hated my stint at a club, but that was because the members all felt that they should have a say in the menu, and all of them had very specific ideas about how food should be cooked.  I'd have drunk club members come storming into the kitchen to lecture me, or the staff,  on things.  My favorite was that I always had to keep lobster tail and lamb rack around in case guests wanted it.  I...
A splash in Bloody Mary's, a Pickleback (a shot followed by a shot of pickle juice),  In the case of pickled beets, once the jar is 2/3's empty we add hard boiled eggs and make pickled eggs.
Many of the places that I have worked, that have offered a yearly bonus, offer up to 10% of my yearly salary.  Of course there were many requirements for making that full amount and each requirement was a percentage of that bonus.  Meeting or beating food cost was worth 30%, meeting or beating labor cost was worth 25%, certain scores on health inspection or safety audits worth 10%, etc.
I agree with everything Chefbuba said, and will add; when making meatballs for spaghetti, I often like to use a 50/50 blend of ground beef and hot italian sausage.  I still add parm, onion, and a bit of garlic, along with soaked bread and egg and  a bit more s&p.  I always fry my meatballs first, to get a nice crust, add them to my pot of sauce, and then deglaze the pan, that I fried the meatballs in, with some red wine and add that to the sauce also.  It really adds a lot...
Do a quick google search and you will find a whole lot of tea companies out there.  There are many smaller, "mom & pop" kind of sites that really cater to very serious tea drinkers and as such, the product is great but you will pay a lot.  I've had good luck with Davids and one of my favorites is Teagschwendner.  Lots of plain teas and a wonderful selection of high quality flavored teas.
KK, if you have never listened to the podcast "The Sporkful" you should.  It's pretty funny and one of Dan Pashman's passions is looking at how we eat food, and if there are better ways to eat things, but he also gets into strange and silly conversations about things related to food, such as a recent discussion about "shower beers"-drinking a beer while taking a shower-which lead to discussions about eating in the shower-and yes, it seems to be bigger thing than I...
I disagree.  By your definition a Rueben or a Patty Melt would be a Grilled Cheese and they aren't, at least in my opinion.
I love Indian food and have a few cookbooks, but I have to admit I'm not very knowledgeable.  I would love to take a few classes somewhere and get some pointers.  I do make a lot of "Indian" inspired dishes but because I am not that comfortable with the cuisine I hate to actually call them Indian dishes.
In general, I have absolutely no use for American cheese, especially those pre wrapped slices, but when it comes to grilled cheese it's all about the sliced white bread (prefer texas toast thickness) and the American Cheese.  Cook over medium heat to get a nice golden brown, crunchy crust with a soft, creamy interior.  It helps if you slightly press it while cooking it.  Maybe it's because it reminds me of childhood, but I often crave these.   That being said, I will...
 Doesn't matter if they are in an "at will" state, he can still file for unemployment and if he gets it the business gets the hit.  Only because I work for a large company and have to deal with our HR "professionals" a lot, I would say that, if you wanted to protect yourself from unemployment, you'd have a battle on your hands-not enough progressive discipline, did you make it clear to him that he you weren't going to send him home as punishment, etc.  That being said, if...
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