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Is my Le Creuset too large?

My first Le Creuset was a 9 quart round. It's still my favorite and most used of my 5 pieces. I usually fill it at least half way even though there are just 2 of us and visiting daughters. Love leftovers.

about 21 hours ago
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How can I get rid of the toaster oven on the countertop?

Why not have a custom under cabinet shelf designed with enough room for circulation around it.

Apr 15, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- No Fooling, It's the April Edition!

Have you tried the Bolthouse Yogurt dressings? I think they're pretty decent and very reasonable points-wise.

Apr 11, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- No Fooling, It's the April Edition!

There are rough times. I kept going almost every week through a year and a half where I lost a whopping 5 lbs. See-sawed up and down a few the whole time. Now I've been back on a roll and have lost 10 since my hip replacement in early February. Stick with it! If I had not kept going I'm sure that, instead of maintaining I would have gained at least 20-30 back in that time.
I think that part of why afternoon is harder for many of us is that we're getting tireder and it's a quest for energy. I've been buying really nice coffees and teas for that low energy time as a treat... maybe try it.
Best to all. It's a long hard struggle but so worth it.

Apr 11, 2014
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Best most authentic Korean in NW suburbs?

Cho Jung on Harlem just south of Glenview Road. is really good. Just ate there this evening. Nice banchan and some very tasty spicy octopus as well as an excellent (and huge) seafood and scallion pancake.

Apr 06, 2014
debbypo in Chicago Area

Mandoline Versus Food Processor [moved from Home Cooking]

Since I got my Breville food processor with the variable slicing I have not touched my mandolin. With my old processor, slices came out poorly. Ditto with julienne.

Apr 01, 2014
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Share your recent cookware/kitchen-related purchases here!

I have the Oxo and it takes several spins. It seems to help if I slip a paper towel on top of the greens I am spinning. I couldn't live without mine.

Mar 26, 2014
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Preparing Foods w/Arthritic Hands

I have carpal tunnel and it's very variable too. I use my toast tongs (super handy little wooden things a daughter got me) to grip things like that foil.
Also, I've found a y shaped peeler to be much better than the traditional one when I have to peel.

Mar 26, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

Ziggy... I'm so with you on the pretzel m & m's. They were (thankfully) a real disappointment.
I'm 5'4 and eat about 1700 calories per day and am losing. It's when I 'fudge' that I don't lose. If I track my points, I'm fine as long as I keep it to about 20 of my weeklies.
According to family tradition my younger daughter makes us each an elaborate birthday feast of our choice. Mine was dim sum. She made 6 varieties and we went at it Saturday night. Up 6 lbs Sunday a.m. so I decided not to go to my meeting. Down 5 of them already. Sodium, my enemy and my true love. Hmmn.
I too cannot keep salty snacks in the house. My evaluation of 'points-worthiness' is fine in relation to fast food, to cookies and to most fried food. Onion rings, calamari, chips... good judgment flees.
Congrats to the losers... hang in their to the strugglers. I really like the quote 'perfection is the enemy of good'. I'm aiming for long haul good. 70 lbs and 4 years down the road, I still have 35 to go but, at least it's moving in the right direction.

Mar 24, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

Congrats on the loss... Sounds as if you're on a roll. I am too and it definitely feels great. It's the first time in over a year that I've lost 3 weeks in a row although week 4 is shaping up as more problematic. I've already had an unplanned glass of wine and slice of pizza and a Mexican meal out (ordered seafood soup but did have chips/salsa). I'm really trying to readjust my food when I have something unplanned... after 2 unplanned slices of Irish soda bread on Monday, I baked some fish and roasted veggies for dinner instead of the pasta dish I had budgeted for. When I can recoup, it leaves me feeling in control in a good way. Doing this seriously is a lot of work. Roasted a ton of veggies tonight and am working on some minestrone.
Best wishes to all of you in this struggle to eat well and within points.

Mar 19, 2014
debbypo in Home Cooking
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

Thanks for the warm welcome and the good suggestions. I'm delighted to be reminded of the various kinds of slaw I can make. I love one with red cabbage, rice wine vinegar and a bit of sesame oil topped with a small amount of toasted sesame seeds. Saw another thread with a feature on kohlrabi that mentioned a couple of slaws/salads with that too.
Today I ate very indulgently (some dim sum for brunch and a sopa de mariscos in a Mexican place tonight) to celebrate that I hit my 70 lbs at w.i. today. Kind of a silly reaction but, it's tracked and I'm back on plan and okay with it. The best thing I'm learning (gradually) is that every day is a new opportunity to do the right thing food and health wise.

Mar 16, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

Greetings all...
I've been lurking for a couple of weeks on your thread... posted on an earlier one a couple of times last year.
I've been doing WW for 4 years. Lost about 60 lbs in first two years and basically see-sawed and was down only 5 in the last two years. Part of my problem was chronic pain from an arthritic hip which I just finally had replaced six weeks ago. Since then I've lost another 5 (should hit 70 total this week or next) and am doing physical therapy with a goal of getting back to activity. I work 3 days/week and bring my lunch. My husband is supportive (mostly) but reserves the right to a 'goodies stash' which I very seldom mess with.
Here's one of my issues. I cooked for a family for 30 years and although I'm a pretty good cook and collect cookbooks (mostly ethnic) I no longer want to cook every night. Nor am I a big fan of the crockpot. I would like to get in the habit of making two large dishes (in my Le Creuset) over the weekend or on one of my days off. What suggestions do you have for low point (or power food) dishes that would keep well during the week and be good for several dinners or lunches?
Another question: does anyone else get sick of salad? Suggestions for changing it up and any advance prep would be appreciated.

Mar 15, 2014
debbypo in Home Cooking

Cai vs. Ming Hin for Dim Sum

I think the experience is closest to NY at Phoenix. Some items are great... some less so. Be prepared to wait in line if you're not there on the early side.

Mar 15, 2014
debbypo in Chicago Area

Favorite spot for coffee and pastries/desserts?

Although the coffee is not my favorite, I adore the cakes and pastries at Taste of Heaven on Clark Street in Andersonville. I also really like Letizia's Bakery near Division and Western.

Mar 15, 2014
debbypo in Chicago Area

something different in a chicago neighborhood - byob?

I would second both Mixteco and Anteprima.

Mar 15, 2014
debbypo in Chicago Area

Please suggest a wedding gift

I think I'd get a 5 or 7 quart round d.o. from LC or Staub. Last a lifetime. They'll think of you fondly whenever they use it and, from my experience, that's likely to be often.

Mar 14, 2014
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More Le Creuset?

Happy birthday! Mine is today. Re: Le Creuset... I think I would want a larger pot. Even though only two of us are at home now, I use my 9 quart a lot. Make many big dishes with leftovers to take for lunch and to freeze.
I wonder if you could give me some ideas of what you use your saucier for... I hardly ever use mine (or its little frypan lid). Thanks and happy shopping!

Mar 09, 2014
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Clever Coffee Dripper advice?

Thanks. I'm getting the hang of it. Think I need a slightly coarser grind than I had tried (one coarser than for my Melitta pour over cone). It was dripping really fast... not sure if this is a problem. I was using some so-so coffee I had been gifted with and it still made an excellent rich and delicious cup.

Feb 18, 2014
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Calphalon Accucore?

I just have the 12 fry pan. I'm very pleased with it and it cleans very easily.

Feb 18, 2014
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buying kitchen appliances!

I have a dual fuel GE Profile stove. I am very happy with in in general. My only wish would be for a second 'high octane' burner... maybe one more powerful than what I have. Overall, it's easy to clean, does what I want it to and works consistently. That's what I need in a stove. I like having the middle griddle/extra burner. Almost never use as an extra burner because there isn't room.

Feb 16, 2014
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Clever Coffee Dripper advice?

Just bought one and am hoping to get some tips on how to make the most of it. Do folks have any techniques, advice or tips they would share? What grind do you find best? Thanks.

Feb 15, 2014
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Tablets, smart phones and apps in the Kitchen

That was one of the funniest little videos I've seen in a while. Made me feel better about my dh. Even he wouldn't do that!

Jan 22, 2014
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Empy Kitchen Syndrome

Hi... your post really resonated. My younger daughter recently set up house (apartment) with her boyfriend and it's just the two of us now. Ironically, although I have loved to cook for years (not really a baker) I didn't have the financial wherewithal for many of the nice kitchen pieces I lusted after. In the last few years I have been able to buy some... a few pieces of LeCreuset, a couple of good Wusthof and Japanese knives, a Breville toaster-oven and, just recently, a Sous Chef by Breville. The irony is that now that I can have these things, I need them less. Also, we eat a log more vegetarian food, a lot more soups and salads. Generally less involved dishes. Grandchildren are not, alas, on the near horizon. I feel sort of silly fulfilling these wishes now when they are no where near as practical as they once would have been.
I admire you for deciding to pare down... somewhere within, I feel that dis-encumbering... especially if it gives pleasure to others as the muffin top pan might well... is a great idea.
Whatever you decide to do... best wishes.

Dec 03, 2013
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A few days at a conference in Reno

Hi... I'll be in Reno at the Grand Sierra for a conference next week. Never been before. Am hoping to escape the hotel for at least 1-2 meals. Any recommendations? I am particularly curious about Basque but would welcome other suggestions as well. It's okay if it's a bit pricey. Thanks.

Nov 09, 2013
debbypo in Southwest

Do I keep this 9qt French Oven?

I have a 9 quart LC and I love it. It's just dh and I at the moment and I often use it when I want leftover stew or chili or if I'm making a big pot of sauce to freeze some. Up to you of course but, to me it's an awesome gift.

Nov 04, 2013
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Wusthof Vegetable Knife - Does anyone own one and if so do you like it?

I have the 'other' Wustof vegetable knife. I like it a lot for things like cabbage, broccoli, potatoes, carrots. It may not be 'good' enough for many but, I find it efficient and easy to use.

Oct 25, 2013
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Le Creuset - First Timer

I respectfully disagree with you regarding size. I generally cook for 3-4 and have no problem using the 7.5 quart quite often. I love having leftovers, inviting friends for stew or chili and I make a lot of vegetable stews that have bulky ingredients. I think the o.p. made excellent choices. The other think I'm enjoying is my grill pan with the panini press topper.

Oct 22, 2013
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My Le Creuset Haul: What's Next?

I love my immersion blender. Use it for everything from babaganoush to partially pureed lentil soup. I also love my nice cutting board and my Breville toaster oven.
Your recipe for the braised meatballs with fennel etc. sounds great... can you share it?

Oct 14, 2013
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CHOW Reviews: Cuisinart Smart Stick Variable Speed Hand Blender (CSB-79)

I have an older one. Seriously though, for safety, shouldn't you unplug before immersion washing? In that case, the cord stretch to the sink is not a factor.

Oct 01, 2013
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Pans worth buying?

I would contact Calphalon. They generally have good service from my experience. I have had for several years (and still do) a few different pans and pots from a couple of different lines and have never had any sign of what your pix show.

Sep 30, 2013
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