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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"

Anyone else over Guy Fierri?

Well, I think we are also overdue on a Pioneer Woman bashing thread too.

I believe we just bashed Giada recently, so we should be good there....and we bashed Paula Deen so much in such a short period of time, I think we could go another few months in silence on that one :D

Jan 16, 2015
sedimental in Food Media & News

First time posters

But conspiracy theories are much more fun to talk about......

Master Shopping List

No frozen fruits? I like to have several bags of frozen fruits on hand in the winter for smoothies, desserts ( fillings, crumbles, etc) sauces/ gastrique and cocktails. I grow and freeze my own but sometimes run short and buy bags of them. I keep blueberries, strawberries and raspberries in the freezer all the time. Makes winter a bit brighter :)

Jan 16, 2015
sedimental in General Topics
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Favorite "Seasoning Salt"? Is This Regional?

I really love seasoning salts and specialty salts. Nothing regional. I think I am an addict :)
I tend to pick them up when traveling, so I have quite a collection. I actually just got my suitcase searched due to a bunch of seasoning salts and spices from Panama! I even like the Knorr seasonings from different countries to play with.

Anyway, I just picked up some Tabasco brand spicy seasoning sea salt at the dollar store- and was really impressed. Much better than other spicy salts, (like Tony Chachere) I think. Still had some mineral flavor (not flat salt flavor) in addition to being peppery.

I use Badia Complete all the time and really like that one (not just for latino foods). I probably use that one more than most. Next most used would her Herbamere.

Jan 15, 2015
sedimental in General Topics

Home Cooks - How do you minimize food waste?

Wow, thanks! I just ordered them. I didn't know they made them BPA free! Yay!

Jan 14, 2015
sedimental in Home Cooking

What Is Chowhound Now

I suppose it has value for different users, as always.

For me, I find value in the home cooking thread, media, some level of entertainment in the NAF.

Not much value at all in my regional board because no one is there....and much, much less value than ever before -in finding good, non commercialized chow in bigger cities. Discussion on boards serving the major food cities in the US are the most helpful to me in choosing between the top ten trendy cheffy restaurants there -and occasionally unearthing a discussion about a local hidden gem. But, that doesn't seem to be a real priority anymore. Many regional boards (outside of the big tourist cities) are really dead, so what information is there is too old to be helpful.

So, my personal use of this site has dramatically changed over the years. But it is still really helpful to me in certain ways. I am using many more different sites to investigate the food scenes before I travel now. Not relying on CH for the food itinerary as I have in the past.

Favorite sushi fillings?

Actually, the OP asked for interesting.

Jan 13, 2015
sedimental in Home Cooking

Favorite sushi fillings?

No one has weirder flavor combinations and bizarre ingredient combo's than the Japanese! Seriously, my friend sends me weird food products from Japan all the time. They are adventurous folk! Hahaha.

Jan 13, 2015
sedimental in Home Cooking
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Favorite sushi fillings?

Jan 13, 2015
sedimental in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #343 - the 2015 NFL Playoff Edition! [OLD. 1/15/15]

Oh, so cold, gray and wet! After a caribbean Christmas vacation.... I am freezing!

I revolted....made a light, fresh, green supper!

Cream of green soup- chinese greens, shallot, celery and chicken stock in the vita mix. So good!
White fish sopes. Homemade sopes on the grill, white fish marinaded in lime, chili, garlic and spices served on savory tomato pico with fish sauce and cilantro.

Happy tummy.

Thickener for GF, NOT

I just put a teaspoon in with the rest of the seasonings. It always makes ground chicken and turkey taste and feel very rich. If you are picky about "mouthfeel" you will really like it.

Jan 13, 2015
sedimental in Special Diets
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Thickener for GF, NOT

I use gelatin powder too. Below is a photo of what I use in meatloaves and broths sometimes. But, the benefit of glucommanon is also feeling full with little food as well as the thickening qualities. I think good gut health is important, so I really like it. The japanese consider Konjac root a " broom" for the intestine.

Jan 13, 2015
sedimental in Special Diets
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Favorite sushi fillings?

You must be my brotha...from anotha motha...

Jan 13, 2015
sedimental in Home Cooking

Favorite sushi fillings?

I just bought some corned beef.....for..... Corned beef and kraut sushi :/

I am just intrigued..... That's all I'm sayin'.....

Jan 13, 2015
sedimental in Home Cooking

Favorite sushi fillings?

Yes, roll it inside out! Last time I rolled it in spicy mayo, then crushed wasabi peas. Delish!

Jan 13, 2015
sedimental in Home Cooking

Home Cooks - How do you minimize food waste?

Yes. It is a really good to develop the skill of creating a completely different meal/menu from a few ingredients/ or repurpose leftovers. It Takeshita bit of a "loose plan" for that.

Like hungarian cabbage and noodles one night, using the cabbage as slaw in pulled pork sandwiches the next. Ground beef for taco salad one night, meatball soup the next.

Jan 13, 2015
sedimental in Home Cooking

Home Cooks - How do you minimize food waste?

Me too, both Mason and zip locks. My vac sealer broke last year and I haven't replaced it yet. It works best.

I freeze in all kinds of glass jars (not just Mason). Just thaw it slowly so they don't break.

I wrap in Saran wrap, then foil, then ziplock for meat (without the vac packer) otherwise meat will not do well.

Jan 13, 2015
sedimental in Home Cooking

Home Cooks - How do you minimize food waste?

Here is how I think about planning: I have a "roughed out" plan for the week based on inspiration from CH, differnet blogs, cookbooks, whatever etc. I never "don't have a clue" for the week, I guess think about food and cooking a lot! Ha! I always have a list of things I am dying to try :)

For example, I might know I want to cook something vietnamese, mexican, make a creamy soup and try out a new rub for steak this week. I might have seen a great recipe for a gratin or for shrimp cocktail. I plan around those ideas. If I don't get to one of them, I push it into the next week. If something else sounds good, I add it in.

Then I shop in my freezer, fridge and pantry first, that morning.

If I am inspired and still missing something "key"...I will either substitute and be creative -or specifically go out and shop for an item. I am sometimes inspired by shopping, but that is not the primary way I am inspired to create the entire meal. So, if tomatoes are gorgeous (for example) then it will be mexican (pico de gallo) for sure, instead of vietnamese that night...or the gratin might end up being with the big, fat Rutabegas on sale, or viet dish might be salad rolls or pho depending on what looks really good. But, I still have a basic roughed out plan.

Jan 13, 2015
sedimental in Home Cooking
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Favorite sushi fillings?

I like texture and contrast.
I like the crunch of tempura or panko breaded shrimp.
The crunch of wasabi peas rolled around the outside of the roll.
Spicy mayo and sweet chili, jalapeƱo slices and mango
Cucumber and avocado
Crab

I also like really crazy ingredients that give me a big surprise.

Jan 13, 2015
sedimental in Home Cooking

Is Chowhound dead?

Yup. Like the employee that believes they are " irreplaceable" and starts to act like it. Mmmmmmm....don't let the door hit you in the butt, says the boss :/

Jan 12, 2015
sedimental in Site Talk

People who bring their own food

Yes, I think most people here are just letting GOTW know that it is a "parenting problem" and not her problem to deal with. There is nothing she can really do about it. Just tolerate it and don't make that mistake with your own kids one day.

Thickener for GF, NOT

Yes, It has a similar problem. You need to whisk it in liquids very quickly, unlike flours or other starches. Konjack root is what they use to make shiritaki noodles. It is a fiberous root and I don't think many people have a reaction to it (like some do to xanthan gum). I don't have a problem using it in everything, unlike xanthan gum. I gave up with xanthan gum, I think glucommanon is easier to use.

It just takes a bit of practice, then you will know how much to use and when.

Jan 12, 2015
sedimental in Special Diets