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Easy Vanilla Pudding

Jun 30, 2015
MplsM ary in Recipes

Easy Vanilla Pudding

Jun 30, 2015
MplsM ary in Recipes

Woo woo 40 new foods at the State Fair

Here's a list from the fair folks (With pictures!): http://www.mnstatefair.org/fun/new_food/

Some of the frozen treats sound interesting:
• BBQ Pickle Ice Cream: At R&R Ice Cream
• Butter Queen Coffee Ice Cream: At Hamline Church Dining Hall
• Caramel Chocolate-Dipped Bacon Ice Cream Bar: At Pat’s Place
• Chocolate-Dipped Cherry On-a-Spoon JonnyPop: At JonnyPops
• Chocolate Jalapeño Ice Cream: At Rainbow Ice Cream 5 locations <- This, I'd like to try
• Chunks O’ Fruti Frozen Strawberry Bar: At Key Lime Pie Bar
• Doo Wop Dip: At West End Creamery
• Dot Shakes: At Dippin' Dots
• Espresso Float: At Java Jive
• Fire and Ice Kreme: At Goertze’s Dairy Kone
• Salted Caramel Puff malts and sundaes: At Dairy Goodness Bar

More Information on Tags and Upcoming Beta

And if they forget to tag their post "Chicago?" It is tagged as "burgers," and is thought to be a recipe?

Our fears in a nutshell, I think.

More Information on Tags and Upcoming Beta

Please just be honest. The reason there was such backlash with the last major rollout was due almost entirely to a lack of transparency. We can take the truth. I think most of us can't see how it will work or that there will be benefits for the users.

I see how opening up local boards to a big, wide tagging world could be a good thing. Less maintenance and easier to moderate for staff, and we'll have more options as to how we organize things that interest us. I get it. That there might not be actual boards has people afraid that the community feel might get lost. Please address that issue and if possible, keep the PR spin to a minimum.

More Information on Tags and Upcoming Beta

"Converting our regional boards to location tags allows you to add multiple location tags to any post you create."

That's what I'm guessing is the future. No more local boards, anyway.

Jun 23, 2015
MplsM ary in Site Talk

More Information on Tags and Upcoming Beta

Does this mean that all boards are going away and it will now be one huge list of threads that are tagged?

Jun 22, 2015
MplsM ary in Site Talk

Dinnerware safety--brand suggestions?

Can't argue with logic like that.

Jun 14, 2015
MplsM ary in Cookware

Dinnerware safety--brand suggestions?

Okay... one commenter on the internet posted that she heard there's BPA in Corelle. Can't ask for more definitive proof than that. :)

Safe is a relative term, but nobody is helped by spreading inaccurate information or rumors.

Dinnerware safety--brand suggestions?

Where'd you get that information?

I can't seem to find anything that backs up that assertion.

Jun 14, 2015
MplsM ary in Cookware

Local Blue Cheese

I have not tried this, but how about the UMN food labs cheese?
https://fscn-prd.cfans.umn.edu/resear...

Copying the info, since the page gives security warnings:
Cheeses
Prices range from $6.50 to $12.00/lb Cheese
Cheddar - can come in a variety of ages: mild, medium, sharp and reduced fat.
Gouda - a mild butter note cheese, good for melting, snacking and with fruit
Feta - a mild salt brined cheese that is great for salads.
Tomato Basil Feta - a mild salt brined cheese that has exceptional flavor and is great to use in salads or snacking.
Colby - a mild cheese great for sandwiches and snacking.
Hot Pepper Colby - a mild cheese with mixture of habanera peppers and other peppers to give a unique hot bite.
Blue - a strong pungent flavored cheese, great to crumble on salads.
Parmesan - a strong hard cheese with a slight fruity note , great to grate for salads, pasta and pizza
Swiss - a stronger buttery and nutty cheese that has a firm texture and has holes called "eyes" great for sandwiches and melting.
Creamy Havarti - a mild buttery cheese with open texture great for snacking and sandwiches
Dill Havarti - a mild buttery and dill flavored cheese great for snacking
Nuworld - a strong flavored white blue cheese - Unique to University
Brick - a mild slight nutty note and has open texture, great for snacking
Raclette - a European melting cheese that has a slight Swiss note, great for melting on bread or vegetables.
Herb & Garlic Colby - a mild firm open texture cheese with seasoning added to give it a flavor, great for sandwiches and snacking
Queso Fresco - a South American "fresh cheese" used in salsa and for melting on a variety of dishes
Nuworld Spread - a spreadable cheese made with Nuworld Cheese and Cream

Nuworld (hate! the spelling), sounds interesting.

The Dairy Salesroom is open to the public on Wednesdays from 2-5 p.m.
It is located in Room 166 Andrew Boss Lab of Meat Science (ABLMS), 1354 Eckles Avenue, St. Paul Campus

Your kitchen in a word (or two, or three...)

Aside from a vintage Brillo fridge magnet, I have this.

Help Me Make My Own Chai Blend for Iced Tea

Great tips, thanks.

Jun 09, 2015
MplsM ary in Home Cooking

Help Me Make My Own Chai Blend for Iced Tea

How much of what is where I'm stumped. So, for a 2 liter batch of tea that would be...

I'm thinking one tablespoon tea, and then my thinker melts into a pile of goo.

Jun 09, 2015
MplsM ary in Home Cooking

Help Me Make My Own Chai Blend for Iced Tea

I brew a mix of green "chai" bags for iced tea. It's lovely, but a little expensive. The mix I've been using is 2 parts Stash Green Chai, 1 part Target Simply Balanced Organic Green tea with Ginger and 1 part Bigelow Green Tea Chai. After brewing I add ice and stick it in the fridge. It's a great combo that I'd like to approximate using bulk green tea, maybe bulk herbs, but probably herbs plus a tiny boost of essential oils.

To give you an idea of the ingredients I have the descriptions of the teas, from the manufacturers:

"Stash Green Chai Spice lends a modern twist to the traditional Chai by blending Chinese green tea with cinnamon, whole cloves, cardamom, ginger root and sarsaparilla." There is a LOT of clove in this blend. Ingredients (tea bag): green tea, cinnamon, ginger root, allspice, natural cinnamon flavor, clove, clove bud oil, cardamom oil

"Simply Balanced Organic Soothing Ginger Green Tea brews peace of mind by the cupful. A mellow blend of ginger root, lemongrass and spearmint mingles with the soothing aroma and silky taste of green tea." It is mellow. A little bland, but it helps balance out the bold peppery-ness of the Stash.

The Bigelow is a bit of a mystery. On its own it reminds me of Diet Dr. Pepper. "We took the exotic spices of chai and blended them with our smooth hand-picked green tea to give you a unique flavorful experience" Maddeningly, they list the ingredients, thusly: "green tea, spices, natural chai tea flavor with other natural flavors (soy lecithin)"

I'm going to start with the ingredients I know:
green tea
cardamom
cinnamon
clove
black pepper
ginger
lemongrass
spearmint

All that preamble, to ask this: Does anyone have any idea of proportions when flavoring tea?

Thanks.

Jun 09, 2015
MplsM ary in Home Cooking

V+V Diners Spring into Summer!

Tonight I had - yet another Greek salad. But, and this is a wonderful discovery, I added a blob of guacamole. Mexi-Greek (Grexican?) cuisine is born! It was wonderful. Now I have to safeguard that guac with triple layers of something airtight so I can repeat the experiment tomorrow, if possible.

Jun 08, 2015
MplsM ary in Vegetarian & Vegan

The hated egg white - does anyone geniunely enjoy them?

Thanks for sharing that. I've always read the name as cat-on-keyboard.

As for egg whites, I am not a fan. There's a metallic taste that seems to go away once it's combined with the yolk. None for me of the following: egg white omelettes, meringue anything, angel food cake and please, keep the damned things away from my cocktails. Everyone's been so fluffy, almost egg-whitey on this thread. Sorry to ruin the streak.

Jun 07, 2015
MplsM ary in General Topics

Urbanspoon...end of the road? Rebranding? And what is "Zomato"?

It's funny how I enter my zipcode and get a friendly page suggesting other "collections". NOT HELPFUL!

Jun 03, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

Serious Eats & Roadfood Sold to Fexy Media

If you judge by the homepage alone, it looks as if they've given up on words almost completely. The reason I love(d) SE is due to the creativity of J. Kenji López-Alt. Now, to find his articles, you have to work backward - home -> masthead -> J. Kenji López-Alt. It's infuriating.

Jun 02, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

New refrigerator

My peculiar criteria: counter depth (not over 28 inches), black, under 69" height and around 35 inches wide. I lived without a fridge for 2 months while I tried to find my needle in a haystack. I had to finally give in to water and ice, and still between AJ Madison, Home Depot, Best Buy and even Amazon I found 8 models that fit my space and color constraints. I'm sure it's easier if you want stainless. I did not.

Jun 02, 2015
MplsM ary in Cookware

New refrigerator

I heard the same thing and I tried like Hell to find one. The only models available without water and/or ice are either builder grade or industrial.

Jun 01, 2015
MplsM ary in Cookware

New refrigerator

I recently bought a new fridge and I looked at French door, freezer on bottom, but in the tight fit of a galley kitchen, I ended up with my first side-by-side. Frankly, I love the no stoop (rather, rarely stoop) convenience. It's all lit up inside with LEDs.

The trade-off is that I can't fit half sheet pans (for rapid cooling/freezing) on either side. I bought 1/4 pans.

I pulled one shelf from the freezer door so I could accommodate a couple vodkas :) I also moved my medium height condiments to the meat drawer (I'm a vegetarian, so that just made sense). That way I can store my various iced teas and fizzy waters in the door.

It's only been a few months but I love my new Samsung side by side. They call him, Mister Fridge*.

* yeah, only I call it that.

Jun 01, 2015
MplsM ary in Cookware

i am not planning to replace the dishwasher when it dies.

Here's hoping washing and drying heavy pots is NEVER a problem for you!

May 31, 2015
MplsM ary in Cookware

i am not planning to replace the dishwasher when it dies.

That's swell and all, but as others have said, it's not necessary. In one of the jillion Le Creuset threads about cleaning stubborn stains, one poster said that they routinely put their LC pots through the dishwasher. Many people jumped at that, much wringing of hands and wailing about how it ruins the pots, but I decided to give it a whirl.

One of the damnable things about aging is that some things just aren't as easy as they used to be. I'd stopped using my larger LC pieces because washing them was such a literal pain.Now I'm back to using them because I wash them in the dishwasher. They are cleaner and shinier than they were a couple years ago. Will they still last 50+ years? Who knows. I do feel certain they'll last through my lifetime.

May 31, 2015
MplsM ary in Cookware

10 Sweet Rhubarb Recipes to Satisfy Any Dessert Craving

What would make these listicles worth reading: Mine the great minds of Chowhounds and expand content that's already on your site. Any "What's for dinner" thread would be a good place to start. Ask the hound who so generously posted a picture to share their recipe and a few words on the dish. I'd love to read those kinds of lists.

You can do better, Chow.

May 31, 2015
MplsM ary in Features

Random People Who Rate...

Well y'know I actually advocated letting people know who we follow to make it more transparent. You have a bunch of folks "reading you." I happen to be but one.

ps I'd be a gold Buick Riviera

May 30, 2015
MplsM ary in Site Talk
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Should It Be Illegal for Supermarkets to Waste Food?

I hate to keep just giving links, but hopefully this helps give you a clue. Granted, this is a global view http://www.fao.org/publications/sofi/...

Random People Who Rate...

Dearest hill - I actually "follow" you (if that's not too creepy), so I get that you reply and not just rate for ratings sake.

May 29, 2015
MplsM ary in Site Talk
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site forgetting "read" posts

I think the pagination fiasco was the attempt to "cure" this problem. Ergo, no fix-o.

May 29, 2015
MplsM ary in Site Talk
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Random People Who Rate...

I am so very happy to hear that you understand! Woohoo! and all that.

Now, when can I stop, or rather start again to follow recipes?

May 29, 2015
MplsM ary in Site Talk