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Pressure Cookers: Stovetop vs. Electric

I'm in a minority here but I love my electric pressure cooker. To set it and go about my business whether salad making, taking a quick after-work shower on a hot day, or walking the puppy, I love not worrying about it.
Also, it's handy when the burners are full and we're cooking for guests.
We have the Fagor but there were fewer choices when we bought. Best wishes either way.

Jul 19, 2014
debbypo in Cookware

Cambodian dinner in Twin Cities

Hi... will be visiting from Chicago for a few days. Staying in downtown Minneapolis but will have a car. We love Asian but live near many great Vietnamese places. We've heard that Cambodian (not available in Chi) is delicious in Twin Cities. Can you recommend somewhere? Leaving tonight and will be in town through Saturday. Thanks

Jul 16, 2014
debbypo in Minneapolis-St. Paul

salt mills - how to stop the mess?

I have a set that I got a while ago at Spice House (not sure of brand) that have the grinders on top... eliminates the mess.

May 20, 2014
debbypo in Cookware

Question about Calphalon frying pans

I ended up keeping the 2 smaller ones and giving my daughter the 12" (that I wanted) because I knew in my heart it would be more useful for her. Thanks for all the counsel.

May 08, 2014
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Question about Calphalon frying pans

I am about to become the owner of two of these (new slide non-stick). I can pick 8, 10 or 12. Which two do you think might be most useful? We are two but I often cook for others and like making leftovers. Thanks for your suggestions about which will be most useful.

May 06, 2014
debbypo in Cookware

Sodastream Updates 4/14-- still using it? Just dusting it? Don't remember where it is?

I've been looking at that one. Thanks for the feedback.

May 03, 2014
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Sodastream Updates 4/14-- still using it? Just dusting it? Don't remember where it is?

Thanks. It didn't have great reviews but I may go there anyway.

May 03, 2014
debbypo in Cookware

Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

Hi all... Congrats to those who are down and empathy to those who are up. I'd been losing well for several weeks but was up a lb last week. Having more trouble resisting unexpected temptations. And expected ones (like my co-workers giant jar of roasted salted nuts). For a while after coming back to work from my hip replacement I was able to ignore them completely.
I'm going to try the Morningstar burgers. I have been on a kick with the Veggie Patch spinach chickpea patties in the fridge section at Costco. Three points each and somewhat reminiscent of falafel. Love them with Sriraccha or chopped on top of a cucumber and tomato salad.
I need breakfast help. I am officially sick of egg white omelets. Not a smoothie person. I like cereal but it doesn't keep me feeling full all morning. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
Best to all for a successful May.

May 01, 2014
debbypo in Home Cooking

International food store

I love Fresh Farms on Touhy Ave. in Skokie (or is that side of the street Niles?). They have a great variety from Eastern European to Indian, from southeast Asian to Middle Eastern and South American. Be prepared to spend an hour plus on your first visit. Great home-made Greek sausage too.

May 01, 2014
debbypo in Chicago Area

River North dining

I'll add a vote for Slurping Turtle. Try the brussel sprout appetizer. I loved it.

May 01, 2014
debbypo in Chicago Area
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Sodastream Updates 4/14-- still using it? Just dusting it? Don't remember where it is?

Hi... I'm not willing to buy the brand for political and humanitarian reasons but am a major LaCroix consumer. Does anyone know of another brand that works well? I'd really like to have one and this thread has made me want one even more since it answered one of my persistent questions: Is it just a fad item? Thanks for any suggestions.

May 01, 2014
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Grinder recommendations for drip coffee

I just recently got a Breville Smart Grinder for $160 (w/Bed, Bath and Beyond coupon) and it's super nice. Almost no static and if you want it holds half lb. of coffee. You can grind straight into the Melitta #4 filter the Clever uses. It's what I use much of the time as well. We have an electric drip pot which we use when we have guests or, occasionally on the weekend. I must disagree with the poster who suggested that they buy pre-ground at a coffee store.

May 01, 2014
debbypo in Cookware

ADVICE ON BUYING NEW FRIDGE (in USA)?

Just had to buy a fridge suddenly and unexpectedly 2 weeks ago. Went to ABT... one of the nation's top rated independent retailers. Got an LG with french doors and bottom freezer. Ice and water in door. Very pleased, especially with freezer organization which includes a drawer perfect for breadstuffs and a very shallow pullout which has things like my spice cubes, pesto etc.

Apr 26, 2014
debbypo in Cookware

Need some help deciding on an ice cream maker

My husband has the Cuisinart and it works really well. We enjoy his 'products' quite a bit. Makes great sorbet, creamy rich ice creams etc. Not too much of a pia either. I'd go that route.

Apr 26, 2014
debbypo in Cookware

Coffee Grinder Question? Please help.

Hi... I drink drip coffee (sometimes electric pot, mostly pour-overs or Clever which is a french press/pour over fusion). I often use pre-ground coffee for convenience but think fresh beans definitely taste better. Our old pretty cheap Capresso burr grinder died and, on an impulse, I bought a Breville Smart Grinder. Got it for 20% off so, $160. Have I just gone a bit nuts? Bought way more grinder than I need for drip? Should I return and go for a cheapie? Any advice would be appreciated.

Apr 25, 2014
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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.

Apr 17, 2014
debbypo in Cookware

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
debbypo in Cookware

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
debbypo in Home Cooking

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
debbypo in Home Cooking
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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
debbypo in Cookware

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.

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.

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