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Art from Food

Very cool! Several remind me of jellyfish swimming.

32 minutes ago
meatn3 in Not About Food

Best BBQ or Fried Shrimp near Tampa Airport?

I've heard that The Colonnade has gone pretty far downhill...
Just to throw out a different idea that is just off I-275 around downtown - Ulele. I had wanted to try them for lunch on my recent visit but couldn't work it in.

http://www.ulele.com/#banner

37 minutes ago
meatn3 in Florida

Would like to make cheese - i.s.o. rennet and non-pasteurized milk

Hmm - I'm not that knowledgeable on the subject to venture an opinion. I used to manage the dates on dairy at a natural foods store and recall that the rennet was always there.

about 1 hour ago
meatn3 in Southeast

Would like to make cheese - i.s.o. rennet and non-pasteurized milk

Harmony Farms, Earth Fare and Whole Foods all carry rennet. It will be refrigerated and often near the yogurt.

Raw milk is only legal for pet usage in NC. This map may be helpful:

http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/raw_mil...

about 2 hours ago
meatn3 in Southeast

Your automobile as dining room!

1 day ago
meatn3 in General Topics
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Thoughts on Fresh Market selection?

My shopping experience today is a good example of what I like about TFM.

I was looking for asparagus. The three shops I went to first had some but they had not handled them properly. None had the cut end in water and everything I saw was dried out.

I went to TFM and the asparagus was displayed upright rather than stacked on their sides, the ends were in water and the selection looked freshly picked.

Mar 26, 2015
meatn3 in Chains

Looking for Kosher for Passover products in Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill

Has anyone checked out the new Publix in Cary? They seemed to carry a decent (for the South) selection when I shopped them in Florida.

Mar 26, 2015
meatn3 in Southeast

Acceptable Behavior ?

Seems rather odd.

If I was early and arrived before the rest of the party I'd simply wait rather than be seated.

Perhaps:
*they misunderstood the time
*have trouble standing and needed to be seated
*must take meds with food at a very specific time

If I arrived just 5 minutes late and found part of the group seated and eating their meal I would be perplexed. This changes the pace of the meal which is not conducive to the flow of conversation and general enjoyment. The oddness of it just creates an uneasy situation.

garbanzo beans

A middle eastern deli in my area makes a wonderful garbanzo salad with green olives, parsley, garlic and lemon juice. The fresh flavor is very addictive.

I haven't yet tried the linked version of it:

http://oliveoilandgarlic.com/chick-pe...

Note: I never noticed cumin in the deli version but who knows?

Mar 25, 2015
meatn3 in Home Cooking

Thoughts on Fresh Market selection?

I think the OP is referring to the grocery chain called The Fresh Market.

http://www.thefreshmarket.com/

Mar 23, 2015
meatn3 in Chains
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Host gifts for challenging hosts

cresyd- Totally get it about family dynamics. Sometimes there are underlying issues which make even the simplest thing fraught with landmines.
Making an issue of something can often just create a larger problem which spills over to the rest of the family.

Mar 23, 2015
meatn3 in Not About Food
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Thoughts on Fresh Market selection?

Usually their produce is beautiful and the cost reflects it. FM is not cheap and there is a limited selection. But there are some very good things there. Their jalapeno pimento cheese is wonderful as are many of their prepared soups. I've lived in markets where FM had the best meats in town. They also (depending upon your area) carry some specialty items which I could only find there. I don't shop there often but they do fill an occasional need.

FM is not an organic/natural foods store so comparing it to WF is not a good analogy. It does sound like your store is very new and perhaps not on top of it's game just yet.

Mar 23, 2015
meatn3 in Chains
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Best Sandwhich in Asheville

Great news! I still miss 28806...

Mar 23, 2015
meatn3 in Southeast

where can I find good smoked mullet dip?

My Sister wanted to make a big brunch that morning so we didn't get a chance to try Florida Cracker Kitchen. Definitely on my list for next time though!

Mar 20, 2015
meatn3 in Florida

Corned beef... oven or stove?

I followed this method and it was the best corned beef I've ever prepared!

Changed water 4 times over 24 hours. Braised with beer and water to top it off. Used the braise liquid to cook my vegetables.

Thanks!

Mar 20, 2015
meatn3 in Home Cooking

Frankie's Patriot BBQ - N. Pinellas County

I've noticed this place on past visits but never had a chance to try it. The location is odd. It's in an old convenience store on Keystone Rd. - an area which is largely residential. Since it survived the endless road construction I figured it might be good.

A Restaurant.com coupon added the nudge I needed to give it a try.
My parents live nearby and age has reduced their ability to go out much. I purchased a sampler to go in hopes that this place could become a bbq option now that their favorite is too far away.

I bought a 3 meat sampler (18.95) with pulled pork, brisket and baby back ribs. Sides were baked beans and slaw. Brunswick stew and corn bread was included in the package.

Pulled pork was dry. Brisket had good flavor but would have benefited from more cooking as it was tough. The ribs were tender and very nice. Slaw, beans and corn bread were substandard. I didn't try the stew but my Mother's aide brought the containers home and said her family enjoyed them.

Maybe they were having an off day but I'll pass on trying them again.

http://frankiespatriotbbq.com/

Mar 19, 2015
meatn3 in Florida

Wild Fields Market Place coming to Palm Harbor

I was recently visiting family in Palm Harbor and noticed that this market is opening in the Shoppes at Cloverplace on Tampa Road (the plaza where Mystic Fish is located).

Looks like they have a location in Belleair Bluffs. Seems like a good addition to this area!

http://www.wildfieldsmarketplace.com/

Mar 19, 2015
meatn3 in Florida

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

Not food but the $1.50 clusters of daffodils were in my store yesterday! How often can you purchase so much cheer for so little money?

Mar 19, 2015
meatn3 in Chains
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How to eat frugally?

Are you familiar with Freecycle? Perhaps posting a request for a grow light might provide the means for a few indoor plant options.

Mar 14, 2015
meatn3 in General Topics
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Cooking and Baking from Brooks Headley's Fancy Desserts:

dkennedy, in regards to the dry ice:

I've had it last several days by wrapping it in newspaper and storing it in a cooler. The packet shrinks some each day but lasts much longer than 8 hours. Rather than busting up the entire block at once you might try wrapping it and using a hammer to break off part of it for pellets.

Mar 14, 2015
meatn3 in Home Cooking
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How to eat frugally?

This website may be a source of ideas for you:

http://cookforgood.com/

Mar 14, 2015
meatn3 in General Topics
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How to eat frugally?

You mentioned you provided aid to people when you had your CSA. Now you could benefit from help.

It is hard to ask for it. It is hard to accept it. But remember how willing you were to provide help for others. There are many people who feel the same way and by gracefully accepting you give them a chance to give.

How to eat frugally?

Can you manage small pots to grow in? You can plant the scallion roots and have the greens to cut again.
Radish and lettuce can be grown in pots and supplement your meals. Sprouting is inexpensive and healthy. Growing anything will probably be good for your mental outlook too!

I'm on a tight budget. I get a lot of mileage out of eggs. One frittata provides several meals. I add radishes to curried eggsalad which extends it and tastes great.

Chicken livers are very inexpensive. Just a few leave me satiated since the flavor is so rich.

Mar 14, 2015
meatn3 in General Topics

Must try restaurants in Raleigh and Durham

Will you have transportation? Any preferred price points?

Mar 14, 2015
meatn3 in Southeast

Any thoughts for a great restaurant in Ronoke VA?

Roanoke falls under Mid-Atlantic. You may get more response posting there!

Mar 12, 2015
meatn3 in Mid-Atlantic

Key West - Looking for a nice restaurant for my 40th birthday.

Thought you were going to say to lift your feet because of the yard birds!

Mar 11, 2015
meatn3 in Florida
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Easy things to prep/eat while on crutches

Kinda a given for the feline sort?!

Mar 11, 2015
meatn3 in General Topics
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BBQ or local food between Raleigh and Cameron, NC (Sanford)

If you go just an fyi that some navigation gizmo's have a sense of humor and try to direct you to the *other* side of the airstrip...

Mar 11, 2015
meatn3 in Southeast

Your most cherished food memories...

It's a pretty hardcore old South thing too. Lots of the now gone old timers would breakfast on leftover cornbread with buttermilk poured over it.

Mar 11, 2015
meatn3 in General Topics

Your most cherished food memories...

Yes, thank you! This thread is wonderful and embodies much of why food is so important to me. It's lovely being able to have these memories shared.