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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

I saw them too! Great for Halloween - very Adams Family-ish.

about 3 hours ago
meatn3 in Chains

What's for Dinner #332 - The Wee Ghosties and Goblins Edition!

So sorry your mother's situation has become more stressful. Take care of yourself and indulge in lots of kitty snuggles.

about 23 hours ago
meatn3 in Home Cooking
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Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

Anyone who signs up for a job which is on call 365 days a year understands that holidays are part of the package.
If it's not something they are willing to do then they generally find another line of work.

Working in restaurants you know (with few exceptions) that weekends and nights are no longer free. I feel worse for those missing their kids games and recitals than for those who have to work a shift on a holiday.

Oct 28, 2014
meatn3 in General Topics

Battle of the Slaws: Mayo vs Vinegar based

I make slaw frequently and use at least half a dozen recipes. Some are mayo based, some are vinegar based. My favorite uses cream, vinegar and sugar.

Oct 28, 2014
meatn3 in General Topics

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (November 2014) Voting

You need to click on the "heart" where chicken curry was originally posted in caps for the vote to count!

Oct 27, 2014
meatn3 in Home Cooking

Food Health Fads Vs Science

" A pesticide consists of an active ingredient coupled with inert ingredients. The active ingredient kills the pests, while the inert ingredients facilitate spraying and coating the target plant; they can also contribute other advantages that are not conferred by the active ingredient alone.

Active ingredients were once distilled from natural substances; now they are largely synthesized in a laboratory. Almost all are hydrocarbons derived from petroleum."

Read more: http://www.madehow.com/Volume-1/Pesti...

Oct 26, 2014
meatn3 in General Topics

Looking for Mexican Chocolate in Durham/Chapel Hill

Compare Foods in Durham.

Oct 26, 2014
meatn3 in Southeast
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Vent-a-hood, zephyr, Bosch, or best for range hood

I have the Zephyr Pyramid hood and love it. Works great, looks nice and is pretty quiet. I would recommend finding someone experienced with their products to install it. The fellow I used wasn't familiar with them and it was a bit of a fiasco.

Oct 26, 2014
meatn3 in Cookware

What besides meat and soups can I make in a slow cooker?

At a potluck I tried a crockpot cake someone made. Not very attractive presentation but it tasted good!

Oct 26, 2014
meatn3 in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #332 - The Wee Ghosties and Goblins Edition!

That's my favorite preparation for lamb! My mouth is watering...

Oct 26, 2014
meatn3 in Home Cooking

Scented Geraniums

Darn...looks like that site has had a big change.

Oct 26, 2014
meatn3 in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #331 - the Pumpkin Carving Edition [through 10/26/14]

That looks delicious!

Oct 25, 2014
meatn3 in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #331 - the Pumpkin Carving Edition [through 10/26/14]

Feel better! Sometimes comfort food is just the ticket.

Oct 25, 2014
meatn3 in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #331 - the Pumpkin Carving Edition [through 10/26/14]

I dropped by my elderly neighbor, Martha, to get an OK to park in one of her spots since a next door neighbor has moving vans coming in the morning.

Martha's brother (89 yo) had just given her some gorgeous Bavarian china that was their grandmothers.
Got home 3 hours later after helping her (she is a good director) revamp her china cabinet. So wonderful to have something you love that also holds great memories!

What's for Dinner #331 - the Pumpkin Carving Edition [through 10/26/14]

Deb is very wise! I doubt you are wavering but just in case - she is a keeper!

Oct 25, 2014
meatn3 in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #331 - the Pumpkin Carving Edition [through 10/26/14]

A big thanks to ya'll!

I've been too depressed to even look at emails lately - just don't want more bad news.

But being able to pop into to the WFD threads reminds me that life goes on and there is joy and pleasure in each day.

This is a great bunch of folks here!

What's for Dinner #331 - the Pumpkin Carving Edition [through 10/26/14]

Feel better!

Hot & Sour soup is my go-to at times like this.

Oct 25, 2014
meatn3 in Home Cooking

Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

I'm sorry for your loss. This will be a very hard year for you. Glad you will continue your Christmas tradition. It takes a bit of time but you seem like you have the reserves to find new traditions and situations.

Scented Geraniums

That is a great cookbook. I took her Craftsy (online) class which was fantastic!

Oct 25, 2014
meatn3 in Home Cooking

Announcement Thread: November 2014 COTM "THE SOUL OF A NEW CUISINE: A DISCOVERY OF THE FOODS AND FLAVORS OF AFRICA"

I seldom participate. I cook for one which means most dishes last several days. So I have fewer opportunities to try new dishes. But I read along and often make a note of recipes that I try months or years later.

The reports have led me to new books that I wouldn't have found. Smoke and Pickles comes to mind. I had obtained it from the library and initially wasn't interested. Once it became COTM and I read the reports I had to have it! Now there are several recipes that I make frequently.

I'm sure COTM inspires a legion of lurkers!

What's for Dinner #331 - the Pumpkin Carving Edition [through 10/26/14]

Sorry - simply been one of those years with a lot of deaths. The frequency has made it harder to recoup.

The clams were good! Just reduce the sake before adding the butter and shallots, them give in a hard boil for a minute of so. It's a Sally Schneider recipe.

Oct 25, 2014
meatn3 in Home Cooking

Chicken Broth - when to add aromatics?

I do the same. I use a lot of stock and this keeps it more versatile. Sometimes I'll add bay leaves to chicken stock.

Oct 25, 2014
meatn3 in Home Cooking

Food Health Fads Vs Science

A mercury laden fish would still provide nutrition. Doesn't mean it is wise to eat it.

Organic food isn't just about the end product. It's about keeping the soil productive in a natural way - as a balanced living system. It's also concerned about a reliance on expensive man-made fertilizers and pesticides, often petroleum based. What ever is applied to the crops eventually finds it's way into the water. Look at the scientific literature for the problems associated with DDT for quick primer of the problems.

What's for Dinner #331 - the Pumpkin Carving Edition [through 10/26/14]

Been busy to the point of exhaustion so haven't posted. Plus the death toll is now at 8. Starting to think there is a curse to being friends with me...

Last weeks shrimp became a quicky shrimp and grits. The rest was added to pasta with feta, tomato, onion, garlic, roasted zucchini, peppers, eggplant and artichoke. Both dishes very satisfying and homey with the cooler weather we are finally getting.

This weeks fish share is clams and flounder. Last night clams were steamed in sake. Booze reduced, butter and shallots added, finished with cilantro and served with crusty bread.

Had a very late lunch and I'm beat so the flounder will probably wait for tomorrow.

Have a good weekend all!

What's for Dinner #331 - the Pumpkin Carving Edition [through 10/26/14]

I'd noticed her absence too and was hoping all is well.

Oct 24, 2014
meatn3 in Home Cooking

Pear with the Texture of an Apple?

Sounds like an Asian pear to me too. I don't care for the texture of raw pears but love the flavor. Asian pears are the only ones I can eat raw.

Edit: to your about growing region I believe that pears grow in similar environment as apples.

Oct 24, 2014
meatn3 in General Topics

Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

genoO hope you are thankful that the physicality, time and expense involved is within your abilities. Not everyone is as fortunate.

Being judgmental just seems so contrary to the spirit of the holiday. People make choices that work for them. That's not blasphemy. It's simply the realities of life.

Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

I've been in your situation. I've worked a lot of retail and the holiday season is long and exhausting.

When I worked at a natural foods chain it was even worse for Thanksgiving. That is THE biggest food shopping event of the year. We had six weeks of major tastings and demonstrations leading up to Thanksgiving week. By the time the day arrived the entire staff was completely exhausted and just wanted to sleep. Even though it's my favorite holiday I simply was too tired to cook let alone clean and entertain.

So we simply choose another date and had a blowout feast. Much more enjoyable when you have the time and energy to actually relax.

Oct 24, 2014
meatn3 in General Topics
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Appalachian recipes ideas?

Southern but not mountain.

Oct 24, 2014
meatn3 in Home Cooking

Retire where?

I'm going to throw out a completely different idea!

I spent 6 years living full time in a RV in the late '80's/early '90's. I needed to work so worked the tourist season in different tourist areas going N/S east of the Mississippi. Fall and Spring I wandered leisurely to the next gig.

I loved it. Had my own little nest and kitchen. Could stay long enough to get a good feel for an area, meet people and participate in community events. Was also able to explore the foods of the region.

The fulltimer RV community is very friendly and many friendships are formed. People often plan to meetup several times a year.

It's not for everyone or every situation. I would do it again in a heartbeat if the situation arose. That experience helped me determine where I would eventually settle. Could be a good transitional step for someone exploring the idea of a new retirement locale.

Oct 24, 2014
meatn3 in Not About Food