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Favorite cheese with eggs - omelets/scrambled?

I'll take omelet #1, please.

Apr 22, 2013
jmcarthur8 in Cheese

Kitchen ant infestation

Chowser, our house sits on a huge Argentine ant colony, so we can never get the whole clan. Terro keeps them at bay, though, along with Amdro granules around the foundation.

Apr 22, 2013
jmcarthur8 in Not About Food

Kitchen ant infestation

Too funny, Isolda!!

Apr 22, 2013
jmcarthur8 in Not About Food

Let's talk about Penzey's:

Our first visit to a Trader Joe's was when we discovered it in the shopping center in Sandy Springs, GA when we went to the new Penzey's store. Now both are a regular trip for us a couple times a year. It's about 54 miles from us , so we don't go as often as we'd like. Hubby likes the spicy stuff, and is very interested in the Berbere blend.

Apr 21, 2013
jmcarthur8 in Chains

What's for Dinner #211 - The Relaxing (hopefully!) Weekend Edition [OLD]

Tonight we're having friends over for a cookout. Pork chops, brined and rubbed with one of Penzey's blends, along with my old Polish friend's recipe for sauerkraut (bacon, onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, two kinds of sauerkraut), some baked sweet potato wedges, my sister's home canned apples for dinner. For nibbling on before, I made Reuben dip and chopped chicken liver spread to serve with toasted pumpernickle slices. I really like those dips with pumpernickle pretzel rods, but couldn't find any.
For dessert, hubby made mango-pineapple-honey frozen yogurt.

Kitchen ant infestation

That's right, Isolda, it's the little Argentines that like the sweet stuff. If you have carpenter ants, you're just SOL.

Apr 20, 2013
jmcarthur8 in Not About Food

Do you eat certain foods on particular days of the week either now or when growing up?

This is interesting! We never had a meal rotation or routine, other than that dinner was at 6 and we were all there. My mother was a pretty good cook, and fairly adventurous, so we had old favorites along with new recipes she pulled from Joy or from Sunset magazine. Once my 3 sisters and I were old enough to cook, we took over the dinner duties and my mother did the dishes.

Apr 20, 2013
jmcarthur8 in General Topics

I have a food crush on THIS U.S. city:

We've been going to Charleston since the mid 80's, when my parents retired there. Now my Navy son is stationed there, and my sister and BIL have retired there. We all love the food! DH and I try to visit different restaurants each time we go, and have had many wonderful meals in and around Charleston.

Apr 20, 2013
jmcarthur8 in General Topics

Your Bottom Five Vegetables

I agree, I like just about any vegetable, as long as it's cooked properly.

Apr 19, 2013
jmcarthur8 in General Topics

Kitchen ant infestation

I recommend Terro, too. The ants have crazy Terro parties, take the stuff back to the nest, and come back to clean up the ones that died on the way home.
It is so fascinating watching the ring of them crowding around the little puddle of Terro.
By the way, I have cats, and they don't go near the bits of cardboard with the drops of goop on them.

Apr 17, 2013
jmcarthur8 in Not About Food

Beef Cheeks all cooked. Now what to do with them?

Update on the beef cheeks:
I added a mitt full of quartered mushrooms, some carrots and potatoes and made stew.
We had friends over for dinner, and everyone loved it. The fatty parts cooked down to nothing, and it was tender and flavorful and beefy.
Now I have to get cheeks again and do it with pasta.

Apr 16, 2013
jmcarthur8 in Home Cooking

Favorite cheese with eggs - omelets/scrambled?

Sharp ish cheddar is my favorite cheese in scrambled eggs or omelets. A little grated Swiss in the omelet on top of the cheddar is nice, too.

Apr 16, 2013
jmcarthur8 in Cheese

Coconut cake to go at Peninsula Grill? [Charleston, SC]

My sister lives in the area, and when we visited recently, after dinner at FIG, we picked up to-go boxes of two slices of coconut cake at Peninsula Grill to take back to her house.
I've never been a big fan of coconut cake... It's always been ho-hum to me. But this stuff was fantastic! It was so rich, it took me four days to eat one slice, even sharing with DH. That made it worth every penny of the $11 per slice charge.
I would get it again in a heartbeat. And it was just a quick wait in the bar for them to pack it up for us. Not even 10 minutes.

Apr 15, 2013
jmcarthur8 in Southeast

Pistachio Shells in the garden

I've got pecan shells and pistachio shells in one of my perennial beds, and as DH ate a bowlful of peanuts last night, those shells will go in the garden, as well. We use wood chip mulch, so it just blends in fine.

Apr 15, 2013
jmcarthur8 in Gardening

Milk Substitutes - for Drinking

I like TJ's and Almond Breeze original unsweetened Almond milk, and unsweetened vanilla. I usually keep both flavors in the fridge. If I have the chocolate one, I cut it half and half with unsweetened, to keep calories down.
At first, I started drinking almond milk while on Weight Watchers, but now I really prefer it to cow's milk.

Apr 14, 2013
jmcarthur8 in General Topics

Isn't it time we stopped permitting certain topics?

I do admire your concise way with words, ipsedixit. It's refreshing.

Isn't it time we stopped permitting certain topics?

Several people have recommended just doing a Google search with 'Chowhound' in the phrase, along with your search term. I've found that it works pretty well.

Apr 14, 2013
jmcarthur8 in Site Talk
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whats this thing that was in my broccoli?

It could simply be a pupating insect. The liquid innards are what used to be a caterpillar and would have potentially been a moth or butterfly or some other critter.
I find the whole process fascinating.

What do you put in your chicken soup?

Nowadays, the (after the roast chicken) stock usually has a good spoonful of dill in it and a couple of bay leaves, then chicken, tortellini and kale added.

Apr 14, 2013
jmcarthur8 in Home Cooking

Seating Preference?

Must be a throwback to the times when cars had bench seats in front, and girls on dates sat in the middle of the seat, squished up against their young man. Other kids thought you were being a snob if you *didnt* do that.

Apr 14, 2013
jmcarthur8 in Not About Food

A 5 THINGS LIST: 5 inexpensive things your mom/family cook Could Not have had on hand when you were growng up that you Always do

Almond milk
Cilantro
Arugula
Duke's
Ten kinds of mustard

It's funny that some of the items people listed are things we used regularly in the 60's... Curry powder, lentils, ice cream cones, Old Bay, margarine, saffron. And everything Potatohouse listed. There are regional foods that I never heard of growing up. Grits, for instance. Or pierogi or blintzes.

Apr 12, 2013
jmcarthur8 in General Topics

Need ideas of using cooked ham for dinner (not scalloped)

Ditto on #5. I love ham salad! And it will work with your low carb, books59b.

Apr 12, 2013
jmcarthur8 in Home Cooking

Pleasing in laws with food

My wonderful, long-suffering late father-in-law silently picked his way through Beef Stroganoff, Spaghetti, and whatever else I made when he and MIL came to visit. Finally, after a few years, Mom told me that Dad didn't like his food mixed together - just plain meat, vegetables (cooked to death) and starch. She, on the other hand, loved my cooking, and happily ate anything I made. So I made simple stuff when they came, and Dad grew to love my cooking, too.
Dad made it clear that he couldn't abide garlic, in any form or food. He'd even left the table when Mom made garlic bread once. Not until he had passed, did Mom tell me why she thought Dad hated garlic. He used to eat it, years ago, and apparently somewhere in his past, he had had a passionate and heartbreaking romance with an Italian woman who cooked with garlic. Too many memories, I guess!
The thing that cracked me up about Dad's insistence on plain unadorned food was that he had a sweet tooth a mile long, and he'd eat any pie, cake, Danish, coffee cake, cookie, ice cream.. anything sweet. Never occurred to him that all those things were made of lots of ingredients and flavors.

I. Hate. Leftovers!

Only took me 27 years to wise up (or give up).

I'm better now, thank you. My hubby loves me to pieces and thinks I'm perfect (and that my food is all fabulous!).

Apr 12, 2013
jmcarthur8 in Home Cooking

Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich

I do like sausage melts, but they make me want to go take a nap.

Apr 11, 2013
jmcarthur8 in General Topics

I. Hate. Leftovers!

When my ex and I first married, as young adults, he referred once to our dinner of leftovers one night as 'hogslop'.
It wasn't long until one day he came home from the steel mill, proud as a peacock because the guys at work were envious of his good smelling leftovers.
It's all in your perspective.

Apr 11, 2013
jmcarthur8 in Home Cooking

When did people start talking like bad food bloggers in real life?

If it'a the one I know, you turn left where SaveRite used to be.

When did people start talking like bad food bloggers in real life?

I have just read a dozen of these aloud to my dear husband. He's lovin' it!

Apr 11, 2013
jmcarthur8 in Not About Food

When did people start talking like bad food bloggers in real life?

EM23, I understand your point, and see that in the world of big business, naming the groups that marketing is aimed at must make it easier to communicate to others the demographic you're aiming at.
Nevertheless, many of us are not working in big business, have a very personal interface with our clients, and don't think of them as just numbers of people in a certain age group.
So, I will concede that the term 'millennials' may not be fashion, but a necessary defining term in the corporate world. The rest of us won't be using it, though.

Apr 11, 2013
jmcarthur8 in Not About Food

When did people start talking like bad food bloggers in real life?

Pretty much same as above..Carol's Mee Maw...Sue's Aunt Betsy...
I'm a baby boomer myself, and both of my sons are of 'millennial' age, but you won't find them referring to themselves or their friends as millennials.
I don't often have occasion to lump everyone of a certain age into one named category. But I've never worked in Corporate America, either.

Apr 11, 2013
jmcarthur8 in Not About Food