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Enough with this "presentation" silliness

I think it's the most amusing thing I've heard/read all week. Thanks for the much needed dose of humor.

Oct 02, 2010
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Nostalgic Recipes

I don't think I'd ever eat it now, but I have such fond memories of a lunch my mom used to make. It was white sliced bread with mayonaise and ground beef on it toasted in the oven just long enough to hold it all together. The other one is boiled peanuts from the side of the road stands in Florida as a kid, but I make them at home now, so it's a regular on my list of things I eat.

Aug 27, 2010
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have u run into this in high end restaurants? (la grenouille in this instance)

Have you ever inquired about the cost or availability of a to go order of the puffs?

Aug 01, 2010
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Passing of Sam Fujisaka - Please share Memories

"Heaven just got a lot more interesting."

As sad as this news is, your statement made me smile. Truer words have never been spoken. I imagine he is already scoping out the potential dining companions of generations past.

Apr 15, 2010
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Chowish, Veg Friendly in Myrtle Beach

Here is a link to a website I follow for Happy Hour reviews. So far, it's the most detailed and up-to-date info I've found for HH info. Hope it helps!

http://www.myrtlebeachhappyhour.com/r...

Apr 08, 2010
Sisyphus in Southeast

Food waste

An easy trick to "revive" celery that is starting to wilt is to cut and clean the stalks and then place them in ice water. (I usually use a large cup and stand them up in it). I usually do it overnight for the maximum results. And it works for carrots too.

Oct 23, 2009
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Stacking dishes, WTF?

"Though having to constantly reinterpret and revisit rules of social etiquette is a task of Sisyphus " -Karl S

Tell me about it. It's like pushing a rock up a hill.

Though fortunately it's one I don't encounter as I can seldom finish a meal large enough to require multiple dishes. So my plates remain unstacked so I can take the rest to go unsmashed.

And if it's a meal I actually finish, it was usually one dish. No stacking required.

Jun 28, 2009
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Myrtle Beach any ''new "good eateries ?

Thanks for the correction, sorry about that...

Myrtle Beach any ''new "good eateries ?

I'm glad it was helpful! This time of year, you never know if the restaurant you are headed to is going to be open. And there are so many "specials" being offered, it seems the economy is taking its toll. My husband and I try to support our favorite non-chains as much as we can within our own economy-driven budget. The down side to this is that we don't eat out nearly as often as we used to, the up side is that I am *finally* learning how to cook and use the local dishes we have tried as a starting place to hunt for recipes. (I'm originally from Los Angeles, so the low-country cooking has been so much fun to explore and tastes SO good.)

Myrtle Beach any ''new "good eateries ?

I don't know if this is ok to post, but I'll try it anyhow. There is an awesome website, www.myrtebeachrestaurantnews.com that posts daily updates of local eateries, including closures and new openings, specials, off-season hours, etc. I use it frequently when trying to decide where to eat. I'm a local and love Inlet Crab House (for the fish chowder, shrimp and grits, and hush puppies), Cooter's for the nightlife (free Wii!!!), and K-Rae's for the happy hour specials. There are restaurants closing almost daily, but new ones opening just as frequently to take their place. And High Hammock is owned by Maverick Southern Kitchens, the same people who own SNOB in Charleston, SC.

Dining Tips On A Restrictive Diet [split from L.A. board]

I agree with good healthgourmet. I tend to request modifications at restaurants and have always found that the "I'm sorry to be difficult" route makes the ordering process much less difficult and even humorous at times. My apology is heartfelt, but usually for my dining companions' benefit as they have to suffer through my ordering process. And in my own defense, my modifications aren't usually beyond "dressing on the side" or "no bacon" or inquiries about how a couple dishes are made so I can then make a decision about what I want. (I'm a newly meat-eating recovering vegetarian and still learning about the food/dishes I've never tried.) I know these requests aren't too complicated, but when I am out with people who just point and order, I seem to be a little high maintenence. I don't feel guilty about it at all, I just find that apologizing in advance for being the "difficult" one at the table gains a lot of patience and understanding from the server and my dining companions. The 10 seconds of my time it takes has proven to be well worth it.

Jan 03, 2009
Sisyphus in Not About Food

Family Lost in the Kitchen

Thank you! I'm open to suggestions most of the time, but now and then, i just don't want to hear it when I've got my agenda going. I am definitely willing to admit my short comings and don't claim to be more of a cook than I am. Most of the time, we're happy if we eat without a trip to the ER or ordering takeout. And again, my husband is the best. He is happy when he's full (especially if bacon is involved) and tolerant of my experiments. And I've learned that a hand written note on a napkin improves any packed lunch for work.

Jan 02, 2009
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Family Lost in the Kitchen

I have to admit, I now realize I am one of those people that others watch and cringe while I am working in the kitchen. I am newly married and learning to cook as we eat most meals in. My mother is an amazing cook and has supplied me with many kitchen appliances and gadgets as she upgrades hers and passes the others on to me. She is delighted I am finally expanding my culinary skills. But I am the type of person that will ask for help when I want it, the rest of the time, want to figure it out on my own (however awkward I must seem.)

Fortunately for me, my husband is not a gourmet eater by any means (think Kraft Mac n Cheese with bacon) and compliments anything I make regardless of the success of the finished product. And the best part is that he actually means it because he is typically happy as long as he is full. And he didn't complain when he had to fix the knife block I dropped and broke, and provided first aid until I could get to the ER for stitches after I cut my thumb open (not once, but a nice criss-cross twice) while cutting a tomato while packing his lunch for work. (After I cut the thumb the first time, I figured I was almost done, so tried to finish without using the thumb and cut it again going the other way.) Eight stitches total. And I know I married the right guy because he even apologized for sharpening the knives and not telling me, figuring that was why I cut myself. It's not like holding the tomato in my hand to cut it had anything to do with it... I could probably start my own cooking show , "How Not to Cook" just by recording me making dinner, not unlike the show, "What Not to Wear".

Jan 02, 2009
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What was your favourite childhood concoction, which you now think is disgusting?

A slice of bologna on a plate with a thick layer of mayo spread on top then cut into pie shapes, each eaten individually with my fingers.

Dec 30, 2008
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LIGHT Thanksgiving apps???

What about a variety of popcorn (different types, with different salts/flavorings)? You could display it with some dried red and yellow corn cobs and they make some really great seasonings for the popped corn.

Nov 22, 2008
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Themed Office Potluck/Contest - ideas?

Given the current economy, what about a dollar limit on the total price, with a minimum amount the dish can serve, such as no more than $10 and serves 10 people. And then include the recipe and any great bargains found to create the dish?

Nov 21, 2008
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Rude to Bring my Own Dinner to Party?

While I think the ultimate answer is that it is rude to bring something, why can't you just call your MIL and remind her of your nut allergies and let her know that is why you offered to bring a dish and ask if she minds if you bring a chopped salad? I think letting her know ahead of time (if you are set on bringing something) is much better than just showing up with something after she said no.

Sep 26, 2008
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Culinary vacation for single woman

If you haven't already, I highly recommend "Eat, Pray, Love", a current best-seller non-fiction book that narrates a newly single woman's journey travelling, food being a big focus.

Sep 09, 2008
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Should a diner be entitled to tour the kitchen?

I hope not. If I'm eating at a restaurant, I would expect that hygiene is something accounted for and random patrons of the restaurant are not "entitled" to share their germs, hair and debris through the kitchen in which my food will be prepared.

Sep 09, 2008
Sisyphus in Not About Food

Was I rude?

No, you weren't rude by any means. I would be disgusted to have someone else's congealing, picked over, cold food remains and utensils in my face also. You said "please", explained concisely when he asked why (which should have been obvious) and tipped him anyhow. In my opinion, well handled.

Sep 04, 2008
Sisyphus in Not About Food

SF Healthy surcharge?

It's on their menu on their website. Not sure about the actual printed menu.

Aug 24, 2008
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Transporting deviled eggs?

Mini muffin tins might be a way to stabilize them. Or cutting the cardboard tube in a roll of paper towals or wrapping paper in half and setting the eggs in there in long rows of them cut to fit in a deep dish pan or box.

Jul 19, 2007
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BYOB to a resto that has a good selection

And that's a whole other aspect. The chef never has to touch the wine. With food, you are paying for the expertise of the chef and the preparation of the food. With wine, the same bottle is the same in a chain as it is in a 4 star restaurant.

Jun 25, 2007
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Guest insists on bringing a dish... rude??

If you spent a whole day worrying about this issue, that's an issue in itself.

Jun 14, 2007
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Guest insists on bringing a dish... rude??

Definitely rude, especially because this is YOUR birthday, the one day of the year that you should get to do things exactly as you want. Additionally, is he intending to grill them along side your husband on the same grill? I don't BBQ, but isn't that rude in itself? I agree with the idea of letting either the friend or his wife know that it is not a potluck and the other guests will not be bringing anything and you don't want them to feel bad, so they should not bring anything either. Stressing out about how this will all play out if he does try to bring something is not worth it during your birthday celebration.

Jun 14, 2007
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Drive Thru Etiquette

Isn't it a bit much to expect an "express lane" in a fast food restaurant? Isn't fast food the express lane of restaurants as it is? Any faster, and you're just going to have to find a vending machine.

Jun 03, 2007
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Tipping: On The Receiving End Etiquette

Definitely smile and say thanks. A Chinese take out place I go to has a tip jar, but it is really hard to reach and I almost never see people use it. The employees speak very little english, but always try really hard to understand and after about two times of going there, would see me come in, say hi (once they said, "Long time no see!" when it had been a couple weeks) and ask if I wanted my usual. The first time I went, I ordered probably $5 and maybe couple cents. When he gave me my change I reached kind of awkwardly and put it in the tip jar. He thanked me several times. Since that time, I always make sure to have a couple ones with me to put in the tip jar because of the genuinely kind appreciation they have shown. Bottomline, when such a small gesture makes someone so happy, I keep doing it because it makes me feel good.

May 28, 2007
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