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girlfriend is alergic to mushrooms. my favorite mamacaroni and cheese recipe calls for cream of mushroom soup. does anyone have a suggestion of a substitute i could use?

Making your own white sauce would not be the same, whatsoever, as canned creamed soup. Canned soups are chock full of glutamates, white sauce is not....in fact, it is very bland by itself (milk, butter, flour, salt) how much more bland can you get? You would certainly notice the difference.

Any creamed soup will have glutamates (that is why they taste good). Mushrooms add *additional* umami, that is why cream of mushroom soup is used so often in recipes.

As a reasonable sub, I would use canned cream of celery with a splash of soy sauce. Umami punch, without the mushroom.

about 6 hours ago
sedimental in Home Cooking

Discussions about taking food home during Thanksgiving dinner

Everyone in my family is a good cook, so leftovers are not much of an issue. Other than the turkey, almost all traditional sides can be quickly and easily made by all attending, so no one asks for leftover mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green vegetables, gravy, etc. I pack up some turkey and stuffing for everyone that asks so they can easily make sandwiches. Maybe leftovers are more important for people who can't cook, so you could look at it with sympathy instead of annoyance.

about 6 hours ago
sedimental in Not About Food

Ginger-Brandy Mini Cheesecakes

I just made them using the mini pans (with removable bottoms) and a very small cheesecake pan. I made a change to the crust to make it gluten free for one of my guests. I used GF ginger snaps for the crust and a tablespoon of GF flour in the filling. Otherwise I actually followed the recipe.
It is really, really, great! Not too sweet and with a very delicate brandy flavor. This will be a keeper, good for many occasions and they look beautiful too.

about 8 hours ago
sedimental in Recipes

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

Not to mention that for many (most?) professional people, the phone is a solid part of life " these days". I am in my 50's and my profession demands that I be reached. About half my family is in the same situation with their various careers. Even if it is not a career issue, many folks have a life outside of the Thanksgiving meal that may need their brief attention to. My family frequently discusses new apps and programs with each other, including showing each other things on their phones or computers...no different than discussing or showing recipes or cookbooks.

The idea that cell phones are mere toys, and that people checking them are "playing" is very silly.

That being said, playing a game while sitting at a table, of course, is rude and juvenile, but no one is suggesting it is not.

about 9 hours ago
sedimental in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

I think that is a really good insight( formal vs informal).
Not everyone celebrates the same. Certainly sitting down to a formal dinner requires different "rules".

At my house, that is not the case at all. Some folks will be playing pool in the rec room/bar, some will be milling around the kitchen, some viewing YouTube videos and laughing, some playing with dogs outside, some playing games..everyone eating and drinking...for hours. Dinner is buffet style and everyone will might at the table, but the actual "dinner service" is not as much the main event as the family time spent together is- the whole day and evening.

Maybe your guest is not expecting such a formal approach to the day?

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

Our family has our own traditions related to football as much as to dinner. It is as much bonding and as connecting an experience as sitting at a table eating.

1 day ago
sedimental in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

Yes, we are eating earlier, then.... after we kick butt....... everyone will be "fully charged" to all pitch in to clean up in record time :)

Win / Win

1 day ago
sedimental in Not About Food

NYT Thanksgiving Recipes Across the United States

I think it is the NY perspective and a big city perspective-without any homework. My state (WA) is divided in half. We produce a ton of food! The eastern part provides a quarter of the lentils to the entire rest of the U.S.A. Lentils are a very fall dish, although not specific to thanksgiving....neither was the dish they chose....yup...too easy.

NYT Thanksgiving Recipes Across the United States

Wow, you have a very different experience here than I do! As well as all my friends, family and neighbors. Maybe you should get out more :)

Our tradition has *always* been huckleberry pie for Thanksgiving, spanning several generations back. We pick (or buy) in October, freeze for traditional Thanksgiving pie. Goeduck and clam chowder is on offer during both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Only at Ivars? Are you serious? You must live in a Seattle apartment if you don't clam, crab and geoduck hunt :) Maybe get out of the city and see what other Washingtonians are doing with food.

Dungeoness season is the beginning of December, but crab items are always a part of our thanksgiving appetizer spread around here, as are shrimp (the spot prawn season was killer this year).

Maybe you don't mushroom hunt either? Only for folks on travel shows? LOL. We do...but we don't eat bok choy with mushrooms at Thanksgiving (or salmon, which is as common as apples around here). That was my point. I do eat those things, but on a Tuesday night, never for a special dish. This article was about special regional holiday foods, not a weeknight dinner. Clearly, YMMV, but they could have at least tried to see what WA state people really consider special food items during the holidays.

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

It's the HAWKS! :)

Because the game is on at our normal dinner time...we are moving dinner time up by one hour. Football is important for my family, especially when our team is playing. Give him a break, it is really no disrespect to your efforts. To some people, Thanksgiving means food, family and football. If he is a 12 th man.... I can't imagine just checking the score though, then returning to the table :/ That will be hard on him!

Etiquette on anniversary dinner

What do you suppose would happen if you refused his request and just brought your credit card to pay with?

Nov 24, 2014
sedimental in Not About Food

Etiquette on anniversary dinner

I have never heard of anything this stupid.
We just throw our cards down and ask that it be split up. Not a big deal.
I suppose you have to ask yourself if it is worth getting worked up about, but it certainly is stupid.

Nov 24, 2014
sedimental in Not About Food

First food thought this morning

Bloody Marys.....then some eggs and cheddar cheese. Hey, it's Saturday! Whooohooo.

Nov 22, 2014
sedimental in General Topics

The Ubiquitous Maggi Seasoning

Yes. It's called Jugo Maggi. It is thicker, darker and I get the spicy one. It must have peppers in it. My mexican grocer has several kinds. I think mexican maggi comes in three "flavors".

Nov 22, 2014
sedimental in General Topics

The Ubiquitous Maggi Seasoning

I have the mexican maggi, the German Maggi, the chinese Maggi. All have a bit of a different flavor. FWIW, I like the mexican one the best. It is noticibly different from the others.

Nov 21, 2014
sedimental in General Topics

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

I think the topic is interesting. Seriously, it is interesting to review what patterns you resonate with (and don't) in regard to food.
No need to defend your choices. Taste is subjective. I never really thought much about "why" I don't resonate with some really popular cuisines, when thinking about it...it becomes really clear. I like cuisines that emphasize fresh veggies, al dente techniques, bold flavors, less meat and seafood, less potato -more rice starches, veg oils instead of animal oils, no sweet tastes, not as many root vegetables. Not to disparage cuisines that emphasize the opposite, I like some foods from those cuisines too....but I certainly have preferences.

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

Lots of potato dishes(ughhh), "hot dish", the types of freshwater fish (e.g. walleye and white fish), perogies/sausage/and all the German and Eastern European influenced sausage dishes (I already don't care for), BBQ, lutefisk/ lefse and all the Norwegian influenced dishes (I already don't care for)all the creamy corn dishes( corn relishes WTF... I feel the same way about southern "chow chow" and corn chowder) frozen custard , fried cheese curds, loose meat sandwiches,....and there is some mighty strange "pizza" that did not resonate with me. Just not my kind of food. I don't "hate it" just not a cuisine I would ever purposely seek out.

Now, to be fair...I like many of the individual ingredients, but I make them into dishes from other cuisines or fusion dishes I like better. I do make a mean Cincinnati chili though -and I like that on occasion over a hot dog.

Nov 21, 2014
sedimental in General Topics

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

Okay, I didn't take that post the same way you did. I looked at that post as not liking the cuisine in general, as others might not (in general) like korean, indian, etc. how is this different?

The "unleavened bread in the shape of a hockey puck" comment was a comment about biscuits in general, not that is was a badly made biscuit. I don't really like biscuits much either ( I don't care who makes them) and will almost always choose another type of bread, etc.

I don't care for typical southern cuisine (in general)... as a whole. I don't like the typical common dishes or flavors and I don't care for the traditional style of the food. It doesn't matter who cooks it. For me, that means I don't seek out ways to eat it- not that I don't enjoy a good Mac and cheese dish a few times a year or whatever.

Its the same way I don't care for Eastern European foods, in general. I still like a borscht every once in awhile, but no way would I want a whole traditional meal more than once a year. Just not my kind of foods!

Nov 21, 2014
sedimental in General Topics

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

Sunshine, this thread is about cuisines you don't really like. If someone doesn't like biscuits, collard greens with bacon, etc. why would you insist they like them if prepared by southerners? I have eaten plenty of "actual southern food prepared by southerners".....and don't like it!

It isn't about the skill of the cook, it is about the food itself (taste, texture, style, etc). The whole cuisine, not the individual dish. We don't all like the same things or eat the same way (style). It's okay. I know many people think I "eat weird things" that they don't like. I am okay with that. More biscuits and gravy for them!

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

If your tastes run toward general asian flavors and food style, you might check out some Edward Lee recipes. I have his book Smoke and Pickles, (Korean/Southern cuisine) and he is very inspiring. Tonight's dinner uses his recipe for a korean southern spicy black BBQ sauce over pulled pork, on white corn tortillas, topped with shredded quick pickled daikon and carrots. He is still too "smoked meat centric" for my taste, but I can work with it. He does some really neat riffs on very traditional southern dishes (not all korean, a variety of more eastern flavors and ingredients).

Nov 21, 2014
sedimental in General Topics
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Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

I believe it. I don't think I have experience that in a formal restaurant (or I just didn't notice).

I expect formality if I am paying for it.

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

Yes.
" Hey, guys, your Superbird sandwich is almost up" sounds better than.....
"Hey, guys, I hope you find your Kobe beef tartare is to your satisfaction".

:D

How do I stop my cornbread stuffing from becoming mushy?

I prefer commercially dried cornbread cubes for my traditional cornbread and sausage stuffing. It is never mushy, the finished texture is what I want. I tried making my own cornbread ( and herb bread) for traditional poultry stuffings through the years. The real flavor is in everything else added to the bread, so I go for texture now with the commercially dried cubes. I still stale homemade bread for bread pudding, strata and panzenela, just not traditional stuffing.

Otherwise, I think you really have to dry the cornbread in the oven for a very long time. If you just stale it, or quick dry it (like croutons) it will rehydrate to mushiness. Also, watch the sugar content in homemade cornbread for stuffing, it adds moisture.

Nov 21, 2014
sedimental in Home Cooking

Returning food too often customer banned

....or, maybe she didn't realize she likes all that extra organic material from the kitchen staff, in her often requested "re-do" plate!

Can you imagine how the kitchen staff reacted when it was always the same person sending her food back 90 percent of the time??? Hopefully, they were professional about it, but I wouldn't want to eat that second plate of food :/

Nov 21, 2014
sedimental in Food Media & News

NYT Thanksgiving Recipes Across the United States

Yeah, mine was bok choy and mushrooms. I don't know anyone that considers it a thanksgiving dish. Weeknights, sure, all the time but it is not a holiday dish.

Edit: crab, clam chowder, geoducks, Apple dishes, huckleberry pie, etc would be more likely to appear on a Washington state table at thanksgiving -than bok choy and mushrooms.

Returning food too often customer banned

Great anecdote! Made me laugh.

Nov 21, 2014
sedimental in Food Media & News

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

It doesn't bother me in the least.

I am old....and I think you are behind the times ;) Language changes, new expressions pop up, and greetings evolve.

Verily, it is so.
Grammarcy.

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

Yes, the very few things I like are NOLA inspired dishes (not gumbo though, lol). I much prefer seafood from the Pacific ocean more than anywhere, but "Eastern" US cuisine is still more to my taste. I think the east and west coast states have more in common (flavor wise) than with the South and Midwest states. I don't care much for many traditional Midwest dishes or food styles either.

Nov 21, 2014
sedimental in General Topics

Protein Powder: Is it worth it?

I just think there is far less harm being done by health trends/ gimmicks than by continuing down this awful path of obesity and sickness by the general public. Most of them won't hurt you if you have a lick of common sense, however being obese and "under a doctors care" for prescriptions to manage your symptoms that allow you to continue to be obese and sick, is a far greater problem.

Look at the situation here: the OP says they are overweight, posts on a web site for the "food obsessed" who value taste above all, most CH users would be fat (statistically) asks if protien powder is "worth it" so they can continue to eat baked goods. Lol.
Like Shootin' fish in a barrel!

Nov 21, 2014
sedimental in General Topics

Menu Advice - Mushroom and Pea Risotto as the Main

Sounds wonderful...what time should I be there? Lol.
Rolls might be too heavy, but a nice lighter rice cracker with the salad would work well for me....maybe a bright spread ( sundried tomato pesto, basil pesto, artichoke). Give it all a little lift and round it out. :)

Nov 20, 2014
sedimental in General Topics