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Good non-toxic, grain-free things for a puppy who is teething to chew on?

Kong makes a chew toy which can be filled with banana and frozen. Great for teething dogs as well as those who like to chew.

http://www.kongcompany.com/products/f...

about 1 hour ago
meatn3 in Not About Food
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

So sorry...hope the repairs go smoothly.

about 1 hour ago
meatn3 in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

I've been working like a fool and haven't posted in a while.

Monday I broiled a steak doctored with Montreal Seasoning. Served with steamed cauliflower, dry sauteed mushrooms and spinach sauteed in bacon grease with Pirates Bite pepper mix.

Tuesday the steak was transformed into stuffed poblanos. Stuffing was Mondays leftover steak & mushrooms, the last of my pickled onions and a bit of goat cheese. Sides were an avocado/tomato salad with mojo dressing and steamed zucchini.

Tonight the last of the steak will become a salad. Mixed greens, tomato, scallions, cucumber, radish...we'll see what else in the fridge. Topped with a buttermilk blue cheese dressing.

Now I need to think of something for the next few days!

1 day ago
meatn3 in Home Cooking
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Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

" But how do you know if you need to replace your bands and jars? "

Check your jars before each use. Look for cracks and check the rims for chips. I discard bands if they become bent or rusty.

Check out :

http://nchfp.uga.edu/

If you have a Cooperative Extension Office they may have classes and probably have a home economist who can answer questions. They are a terrific resource.

1 day ago
meatn3 in Home Cooking

Chesterfield, MO - Lunch Options?

Thanks again for all the help!

My trip was terrific. Lots of family time with a few brief excursions to fabric shops.

I was able to work in one deli lunch -Protzels. The corn beef was very good! Picked up a gooey butter cake there to bring to a picnic. I'd never had one before. A little sweeter than I prefer but I can see why it could become an addiction.

One evening we had a catered buffet at Sybergs. I wasn't expecting much but it ended up being pretty tasty. Nothing earth shattering but everything prepared nicely. Everyone seemed pleased.

I popped into a Schnucks and purchased some provel, a package of sliced blue marbled jack cheese (great melted on sandwiches) and a bag of Oke-Dokie caramel & cheese popcorn, Wish I'd bought a second bag since it disappeared quickly on my drive home.

On my drive out of town I spotted a butcher opened on Sunday, Baumanns Fine Meats. Purchase a variety of bratwurst. Cooked one type once home and it was good! They also have some interesting wood chips for sale. I bought an Ozark persimmon (iirc) but have yet to have a chance to use it.

St. Louis was easy to get oriented and I enjoyed the little exploring I was able to do. Hope to return next year - with more time to eat!

Again, much appreciative of your suggestions and hope to make better use of them next time.

Jul 22, 2014
meatn3 in Great Plains

"Cooking Block" What Do You Do?

I've been battling this for a few months.

Part of it was a touch of depression, part of it a bit of boredom, and part of it just got out of the habit of thinking about cooking/eating.

To echo mcsheridan, the Whats For Dinner threads have been very helpful. Even simply lurking is like being involved in a friendly discussion. Other folks preparations and photos seem to help me with ideas or simply prompt a craving.

With the kitchen being new to you just start with simple meals. Go to the Farmers Market and let the best of the season inspire you.

This will pass and you'll get your cooking mojo back!

Jul 22, 2014
meatn3 in General Topics

"Who do you follow?" threads [split from Manhattan]

Perhaps I use the "follow" feature differently than most.

I don't necessarily follow my favorite or most trusted posters. I use it as a way to find a few posters whose voice I find interesting but who seldom post.

I will sometimes follow a poster for a short period on a new to me board when researching a trip. When I "unfollow" them it simply is because I've finished needing info on that area.

Jul 21, 2014
meatn3 in Site Talk

Pizzeria Toro in Durham to reopen

I'm trying to wrap my head around how 9 90 degree turns ever passed through the various inspections/permits.

Jul 21, 2014
meatn3 in Southeast
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Anybody on this board seen or done a WHOLE SWORD FISH over fire?

That's a sizable loss for us. Can't say I blame him. I've seen posts of his deleted frequently - posts where I really feel the only reason they were removed was because he was the poster. Once the mods get focused on someone things can get vigilant to the point of vigilantly.

Jul 20, 2014
meatn3 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Banquet dinner options--how to choose what to eat?

Chicken + cow gives you two options on one plate. Vegetarian is often gooey and uninspired and fish can be iffy in this situation.

That said I assume the food will be a nonevent at catered celebrations and am pleasantly surprised when it is good. Eat a light meal prior or bring a protein bar just in case.

Jul 19, 2014
meatn3 in General Topics

What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

Hope he responds quickly to the meds. Glad you are back home with him...

Jul 19, 2014
meatn3 in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

Smoked mullet makes a great spread for crackers if you don't like it plain.

Jul 19, 2014
meatn3 in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

That is quite the store! That location is my only American Girl experience. I was in Chicago with friends several years ago. One of the friends is an AG corporate of some sort and wanted to stop in to see the store. It was amazing watching the kids taking it all in. Simply amazing.

Jul 19, 2014
meatn3 in Home Cooking

Vacation Spot in October

Much depends on what you like to do...

Asheville has great food and drink. If you have interest in fine craft (Southern Highlands has a fall show), mountain biking, hiking, people watching, Biltmore House then you can stay as busy as you like. Fall in the mountains is high season and accommodations fill up fast.

Jul 18, 2014
meatn3 in Southeast

Canning/Pickling/Preserving/Smoking

I've seen a number of new boards created since I've been on CH. Initially I thought it was a great idea.

I no longer do. My regional board has been split into a number of smaller boards. Newbies and travelers are confused and items of true regional interest don't get the same exposure as in the past. Several of these smaller boards simply get so little activity they they fall off the radar.

Further subdivision of the homecooking board lessens readers chance to learn about new things. A forum with width and depth exposes us to so much more.

I'm with Gregarious on this. I feel it would dilute the pot too much and we would ultimately lose more than we gain.

I would like to see a way of adding tags. That could help tremendously with searches and be helpful to those who are interested in a very specific subject. Seems to be a way to keep Homecooking strong and still allow easy exploration of a narrower subject.

Jul 17, 2014
meatn3 in Site Talk
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Monuts in Durham moving into Magnolia Grill space

Add me to the list of those who does not get why there would be any reaction to Monuts move by past fans of Magnolia Grills...The space is simply that - just a space. Not a shrine or monument. Things change, life goes on.

Good for Monuts! A business doing well enough to need expansion space is always terrific news.

Jul 16, 2014
meatn3 in Southeast

What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

Last nights dinner never happened. Had an electrical storm which did something weird to my AC. On/off, repeat 100 times. I turned off the thermostat. Still on/off cycled. Turned off the circuit breakers after going down to the crawl space/fake basement in the storm and not finding a reset button. I was afraid it would burn itself out. Put in a call for a service appointment on the after hours voice mail. Drug up (yep, crawlspace in the rain) my old window unit so I could at least sleep on the couch in relative comfort. Spoke with my home inspector brother-in-law to get a quick tutorial about a/c units. He thought the relay system got wacky from the storm. Once the rain stopped I went back outside to the utility room and switched the breaker back on. Viola! Knock on wood - the elderly a/c seems to have rallied! So dinner was cheese and crackers at midnight after hours of dealing with the whole thing.

Tonight is Russian salmon, brown rice, roasted tomatoes and spinach sauteed with garlic. Yea for a/c and a real meal! Leftover salmon destined to become a pasta salad to bring to the beach (!!!) if things go smoothly. I jammed my index finger with the window unit so rather worthless in the studio at the moment. So the beach seems like a good rx for whatever ails!

Jul 16, 2014
meatn3 in Home Cooking
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Famous foods from your region you find tasty and delicious.

Can't believe I forgot to add Minorcan Clam Chowder!
And Datil sauce.

Jul 16, 2014
meatn3 in General Topics
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Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

Thank you! I've missed these the last two years. Glad to have a heads up - will try to go by tomorrow and see if they are in my NC location.

Jul 15, 2014
meatn3 in Chains

What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

Well done! Bet it will feel odd having the extra time.
Seems like it was just recently that you started on it...

Jul 15, 2014
meatn3 in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

G&T seems a very reasonable addition to the first aid box!

Jul 15, 2014
meatn3 in Home Cooking
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Famous foods from your region you find tasty and delicious.

To this I'll add:

Grouper chowder
Smoked mullet
Coquina chowder - made on the beach over a fire.

Jul 15, 2014
meatn3 in General Topics
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Famous foods from your region you find tasty and delicious.

Ocracoke Fig Cake too!

Jul 15, 2014
meatn3 in General Topics

What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

Tonight was much the same as last night except I changed the chix/pickled onion/tomato into a quesadilla with cheese. The bad part of cooking for one is it is hard to make just a serving of some things. My black bean salad which used half a can black beans, half an avocado and half an ear of corn made three servings! At least I like it. :-)

Quick and easy was perfect tonight. The stars (or perhaps our big ole moon) aligned perfectly and I got a tremendous amount done in the studio today. Very pleased with the work and it resulted in pages of notes for spin-offs. Eager to resume tomorrow!

Nice to be getting back to a productive period.

Jul 14, 2014
meatn3 in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

That recipe caught my eye too. A nice pantry dish when you want something homey and the fridge is a bit empty.

Jul 14, 2014
meatn3 in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

That is it! I had a medium red onion and used a 1/3 of the brine ingredients. That made enough for perhaps 8 taco's. I was leary about the cloves - not my favorite flavor-but they add a nice underlying flavor here. My onions are much, much darker than any of the photo's I've seen for this recipe.

Jul 14, 2014
meatn3 in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

It has been sooo hot and my west facing kitchen is not terribly conducive for cooking. Making lots of chilled soup, salads and things which come together quickly.

Tonight was chicken tacos with a black bean, avocado and fresh corn salad. The corn has been fantastic this Summer!

I made a pickled onion from Simple Food, Big Flavor by Aaron Sanchez a few days ago for the tacos. Very simple recipe which really delivered on the flavor! The stuff just keeps getting tastier each day. It would be nice on a roast pork sandwich or with hot dogs or brats.

Jul 13, 2014
meatn3 in Home Cooking
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

You may want to give an email address in your profile. Could be people who have interest but wish to discuss it off the board...

Jul 11, 2014
meatn3 in Home Cooking

"Manager's Specials" at supermarket

Perhaps it was a regional thing...Thursday was the day in the SE areas I lived in until the '90's at least. I knew someone who was serious about rebating and she would purchase the Thursday papers from as many cities as she could.

Jul 10, 2014
meatn3 in General Topics

Headed to Richmond Help

What state?

Jul 09, 2014
meatn3 in Mid-Atlantic