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Tiny Cast Iron Skillets

I have 6 of the 6 inch (?) tiny le creuset enameled ones. In addition to the obvious single servings, they are really excellent for small amounts in casual hot appetizer service (hot dips and spreads) and I use them all the time at family style weeknight dinners for sauces, sautéed toppings and little side servings.

Had a friend over last night for a fun, simple, grilled dinner -steak, tomatoes, corn on the cob. While setting the table, I tossed a little skillet on the side of the grill with some butter and spice mix, then directly to the table. Kept the butter warm and melty to brush on the corn through the entire dinner.

Just the two of us now -and these are handy little skillets, just the right size and easy to clean up.

2 days ago
sedimental in Cookware
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LIGHT sides with ribs

I like a french style shredded carrot salad with a mustard vinegrette with ribs. I also like quick pickled cucumbers or a cucumber feta salad.

How do you split the bill and tip evenly?

I much prefer seperate checks. Mostly because typically I am the one with more expensive tastes, or I order a more expensive beverage.

When there is one check Someone will calculate outloud- and announces that it looks like "everyone owes about $$ with tip". If I know I ordered over the average, I just announce that I am throwing in an additional XXX amount "because I splurged" or something to that effect. That way if someone ordered significantly less, they can not feel cheap about throwing in less. I think my announcement encourages others to put in more or less too. My group never has a problem with being short. We probably leave quite a bit too much. But that is okay, groups can be more work for the restaurant anyway.

Apr 23, 2015
sedimental in Not About Food

Hot Dogs... Grilled, Boiled, Steamed... or really?... Microwaved?

Grilled with quite a bit of char... Blackened puffy spots a must....then slathered with mayo, ketchup, yellow mustard and a ton of chopped onion. This is my preferred dog.

If the mood hits, some chopped dill pickles or jalapeño.

Apr 23, 2015
sedimental in General Topics

Your favorite junk food or guilty pleasure?

Crunchy Cheetos for me too. Cheetos and beer is a big yard work day staple.

If I am feeling wild... I mix them with caramel corn. Sweet and salty heaven.

Tips to cut grocery bill

There is lots of good advice here already. In addition to meal planning, use your freezer if you have room. Cutting down on waste is just as important as anything else is for saving money.
Expensive fresh herbs freeze or can be made into pesto or compound butters, sauces freeze well, stocks, marinades, sweet and savory jams, duxelles, grated cheese for cooking, tofu blocks, etc. I don't freeze leftovers, (I take them for lunch) but I use my freezer as a tool in saving money and helping me create fast weeknight dishes.

Apr 20, 2015
sedimental in General Topics

Please interpret this menu pricing....

I would have to ask to clarify regarding price and what I am getting.

Apr 20, 2015
sedimental in Not About Food

bbq menu

I would go kind of " American classic"....Bbq Chicken, potato salad, green salad (variety of dressings) and angel food cake/berries and whipped cream.

It best covers the folks that don't eat red meat, are picky, vegetarian or special diets. Not much to dislike...pick off the skin if you don't like bbq sauce, choose your own salad dressing, potato salad is gluten free, chicken and green salad is low carb, dessert is good for all of the above too without much effort.

Apr 20, 2015
sedimental in General Topics
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Complain or Shut Up?

When things are that bad, I don't say anythIng until after the meal. When things are that bad, it is not just about the kitchen making a one time error.

The servers know very well if they are serving you a prefrozen "uni block" of ice cream and topping, as well, when the imprint of the cling wrap is still present on the potatoes. I take no chance of pissing off a server and the kitchen -then asking them to please me. I might tell the server how if feel after I am done with the food. I am happy to be comped if I can't even eat it. If I ate it but didn't like it, I don't want to be comped.

Writing a review (or three) is fair.

Apr 11, 2015
sedimental in Not About Food

Reducing starch/calories in rice--WaPo article

The "conversion" is called retrogradation.

Apr 10, 2015
sedimental in Food Media & News

Reducing starch/calories in rice--WaPo article

If you are interested in the gut health side of the concepts, you might check out butyrogenic bacteria. Lots of current research about that specific strain and human health. Just an idea, it depends on what you are interested in in. I am participating in the american gut project, so I have a specific angle to investigating RS and health issues.

Apr 09, 2015
sedimental in Food Media & News

Reducing starch/calories in rice--WaPo article

Well, the concepts behind resistant starch is not "BS". I am not sure what kind of science you are looking for? Is there something in particular you are looking for -that you are not finding? All fiber is not digested, it is not a difficult concept.

Apr 09, 2015
sedimental in Food Media & News

Interesting scorecard for "organic" eggs

My girls have a hen house painted in Martha Stewart Easter egg colors....does that get mine the highest score?

Apr 09, 2015
sedimental in General Topics

Reducing starch/calories in rice--WaPo article

Google up a storm on "resistant starch".

Apr 08, 2015
sedimental in Food Media & News

Changing Eating Habits b/c of Foodborne Illness Risk

I believe there is something to that theory :)

Apr 08, 2015
sedimental in General Topics

I'm the turtle at the table .

I completely agree. Other people that are socially aware and sensitive to dining companions, will be abnormally slowing down, so as not to cause emabrassement to the slow eater. This causes the others (normal speed eaters) to eat cold, stale food. Yes, it is a choice to slow down, social appropriateness and being polite will win out, over practicality. It sucks. Just think about it before you declare it as "teaching others to slow down and enjoy".yt

Changing Eating Habits b/c of Foodborne Illness Risk

I can't recall ever being sick from a food borne illness in my life. I am not particularly careful. I travel a lot and eat foods off of street carts -off the beaten path. I take average sanitary precautions in my own kitchen. I like fermented foods. So, no, I am not worried about it. I am more focused on keeping my immune system strong. I have some beliefs about that (in connection with diet) that is more important to me.

Apr 06, 2015
sedimental in General Topics

Cucumber Salad

Apr 05, 2015
sedimental in Recipes

I'm the turtle at the table .

I try to pace my eating with everyone else at the table. Most of the time it is just a natural social instinct to do that. But really, really slow eaters annoy me because I become rather "unnaturally aware" that they are way off the natural eating pace of everyone else and I am trying hard not to completely finish before them -and my food gets stone cold! Yuk.

This happened recently at a cheap pizza and beer dinner with my turtle friend....I decided that cold cheese pizza was not what I could tolerate that evening. So, I ate my third slice before my dining companion ate her first one. It was kind of awkward, but I don't like cold pizza for dinner. Her cheese actually firmed up over the top of her pizza before she finished it. She has always been a really slow eater and I think you must have to enjoy room tempurature food to eat that way. I really like hot foods served and eaten ....hot.

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH "MAYBES" WHEN YOU INVITE GUESTS FOR DINNER?

I would ask specifically for an RSVP for a sit down. Make it clear that it is a "sit down" at a specific time. If they say maybe on an e-invite, I would follow up right away with an email saying you will need to know "by (date) to finish shopping". If paper invitation, I would call them and say the same thing. It might not have registered with them that it is a sit down requiring more planning, since casual is the norm these days.

The only time I ever get a "maybe" is when I throw a party/buffet/get together thing. Then it doesn't bother me as long as not too many people do it. Often, a few unexpected guests show up too.... no problem.

Do you make dining decisions based on coupons or discounts?

Never.

I can count on one hand, the times I have *ever* used a dining coupon. I never see them for places I want to eat and I eat locally on a spontaneous whim. So, they don't work for me.

Feb 05, 2015
sedimental in General Topics

Train Wreck Bar - Burlington

I am so glad you wrote about this. My friend just told me about it. It is on my list!

Jan 29, 2015
sedimental in Pacific Northwest

Why are people slaves to a date, say February 14?

I don't think it is as much of an existential question, as a practical one.
I don't give a rats ass about the actual dates. I have celebrated all holidays on different dates. Whatever works best for my family is the date that is chosen. Including birthdays.

Why are people slaves to a date, say February 14?

I only celebrate Valentine's day if I feel like it. Both my partner and I believe it is mostly a commercial holiday. To each his/ her own. We don't hold it up as a special date that means anything to us.

Jan 22, 2015
sedimental in Not About Food

Anyone else over Guy Fierri?

You do realize we are being " tongue in cheek" about it.

It should be the running joke on this thread about bashing celebrity chefs....always a high number of posts on a thread about bashing them. More posts on what is " wrong" about the FN than on Important issues related to health, Nutrition, economics of food production, etc.

Jan 22, 2015
sedimental in Food Media & News

Master Shopping List

Absolutely. My kids look forward to new food experiences through their parents :) they are excited to try a new food, then ask about technique or ingredient...then mom "magically" has some extra for them to take home and try it for themselves. So much fun!

Jan 22, 2015
sedimental in General Topics

Master Shopping List

I do that a lot too! I also just randomly pick up extra great bargains and keep them in a big cupboard. When my adult kids come over they love to "shop at moms" for interesting items to take home and try.

Jan 17, 2015
sedimental in General Topics

Master Shopping List

Unless someone else also does the shopping at times (who doesn't cook much). You should see my lists -very specific.

Jan 17, 2015
sedimental in General Topics

What Is Chowhound Now

I also wanted to add...that, as a Chowhound user, I never paid much attention to Chow recipes or Chow content much. I look at the recipes on Chow now. I didn't care for them before, but something has changed. I don't like the new format for them because it doesn't load well or read well on my iPad. However, I like the choices and variety of the recipes section, I like the cocktail recipes. If I don't try a recipe directly, I am at least now using them for inspiration.

Whoever is in charge of that now, has brought in a freshness and quality that I didn't find (years) before.

Jan 16, 2015
sedimental in Site Talk

Anyone else over Guy Fierri?

Yes, but she is good for bashing every month...because .......

"she's not REALLY a Pioneer"