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5 bags of Lundberg brown rice about to expire

Oh, and if the bags have been opened, and have that 'plastic velcro' closure, then put them into a ziploc or other airtight container. That velcro is in no way airtight (I actually just emailed them about this this week lol).

5 bags of Lundberg brown rice about to expire

What boogiebaby said. And:


Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

We've gone out to a nice steakhouse the last 3 years with a small group of friends. We have a ball. We debate whether to order the turkey special, then we all order steaks.

I bring along the 'holiday headgear', headbands with turkeys, snowflakes, etc and we take a few photos. One year my husband and I came dressed as pilgrims.

After the first year we realized we could get a bit loud (laughing) so we ask for more a secluded table so we won't disturb others. We have a leisurely meal, tip heavily,and sometimes stop elsewhere for a drink afterwards.

I don't know why a meal enjoyed with friends or family would be depressing. I've cooked the full meal some years, as has another in the group; sometimes we're busy and not able. We get together again for Christmas, this time at someone's house.

Anything & Everything About Seeds

sproutpeople.org is a great place for sprouting seeds. Not cheap but you get great quality seeds.

For you Canadians out there, sprouting.com is Mumm's seeds (also ship to US).

Important thing to remember is that seeds intended for gardens may be coated, with fungicides/fertilizers/etc., and aren't suitable for kitchen sprouting. Seeds intended for sprout-eating can be used in gardens though.

Oct 22, 2014
DuchessNukem in Gardening

Anything & Everything About Seeds

Cstout, with winter en route, I'd like to mention sprouting to make sprouts/microgreens. Great way to grow your own fresh greens, indoors, through the bare months. Takes little to start but it's so nice to see the little seeds turn into sprouts.

You can get fancy sprouters/trays or just make your own from plastic clamshells, sushi trays, takeaway containers. The seeds are the main expense but they go a long way.

I took the summer off from sprouting but will be starting some mung beans, some sunflower sprouts, and some sprouted peanuts this afternoon. Plus some oats or wheat for catgrass. :) Would welcome any questions on sprouting.

Oct 22, 2014
DuchessNukem in Gardening

Crock Pot Chicken?

I wonder if the Hidden Valley could be substituted with some buttermilk powder, garlic powder, dried herbs; would still give creaminess and tang but without the salt punch.

Have to admit my ankles started puffing just reading that recipe lol. :)

Oct 22, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

Need a gravy boat/container that keeps it warm

Amazon has a 14-oz insulated gravy server for 11.79
Fox Run 14-Ounce Thermal Gravy Boat
(varying reviews, sounds like it's not gonna be an heirloom lol)

...and a quart-size for 13.95
Copco Chloe 1 Quart Thermal Capacity Carafe, White
with good reviews

webrestaurantstore.com has a 20-ouncer for 5.39
8" White 20 oz. Swirl Thermal Beverage Server

Oct 22, 2014
DuchessNukem in Cookware

Replicate Knorr's Leek Veggie Dip?

The good news is that it's still around, and Amazon and Walmart both sell the packets online, plus you can check for local stores selling it here:



Oct 22, 2014
DuchessNukem in General Topics

5 One-Dish Thanksgivings You Don't Have the Guts to Make

...dishes that... "You Don’t Have the Guts to Make"

Yah, no. I don't mind making extra Cornish hens for a joke, or a roasted Spam squirrel, or turkey dog treats that I challenge a friend to eat with me. But a bucket of disgusting piled food that no one really wants, and will be thrown away, not gonna bother.

Does the headline really need to read like a ten-year-old's dare? The items are amusing on their own.

Oct 20, 2014
DuchessNukem in Features

"No thanks, I've changed my mind..."

Lol. And sometimes it's where that money's been tucked to keep it safe in the homeless shelter. Generally more of a lady-thing in my ER.

Oct 10, 2014
DuchessNukem in Not About Food

Am I being too cheap? Splitting restaurant bill on family vacation

Here's a quick screenshot of some of the cheaper Hiltons around the park, per night (not including taxes, fees, etc.). I didn't do a rigorous search, just wanted you to see the value you get from her family's timeshare.

Do ask for things you want to be on the grocery list.

Don't forget that while you're examining how they behave, they're also watching you.

And I'm intrigued by your comment:
"I tend to order whatever the least expensive thing on the menu that can satisfy and sustain me"
You are quite frugal. Shoot, you're practically Mother Teresa.

Oct 09, 2014
DuchessNukem in Not About Food

Baked/Roast Chicken - and then?

I just made some this morning -- steelcut oats in the slowcooker with green onions and chicken broth and pepper, then added some sliced turkey that was laying around.

Here's a couple of threads with other savory suggestions:

Oct 08, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

Baked/Roast Chicken - and then?

I always try to freeze the bits but they get eaten too quickly after picking lol.

-white chicken chili
-chicken curry
-cream of chicken soup
-lentil/bean soup with chicken
-ramen or Asian noodles with chicken and veg
-chicken pasta salad with vinaigrette, cherry toms, olives, onions
-eaten cold as bits, with coarse bread, cheeses, olives
added to savory oatmeal

Oct 08, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

Slapping random food photos on 'other suggested threads' links

Yeah, yeah, first world problem, I know, lol. It's just a bit annoying to have the eyes caught by a food photo then to click and find that the discussion is unrelated to the photo, or even to clearly see that the photo is chosen at random. It seems lazy.

I'd rather just have the related-thread title itself. Plus, as seen in these screenshots, the pics are repeating. (The main discussions being read were on: 1) not being seated at a 4-top, 2) cotton candy grapes, and 3) party early birds.)

Oct 08, 2014
DuchessNukem in Site Talk

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

Oh dat goat cheese. Creamy, crumbly, fresh, goat-y, wonderful. One of my cats loves this more than life itself. And the second log lasts well still sealed. :)

Sep 30, 2014
DuchessNukem in Chains

Gardening From the Produce Department

I love 'found' sprouts. Last week I cut open a supermarket apple (Gala? not sure) that I had dragged back and forth to work a few times so in-and-out of fridges, big temp shifts. Found sprouting seeds inside, rescued two that I hadn't accidentally chopped in half. Check back with me in twenty years. :)

Sep 26, 2014
DuchessNukem in Gardening

To Early for Thanksgiving?

Never. Never too early. :)

We've gone out as a group of friends last couple of years but I'm feeling the need to brown up some birds. May even need to do the Cornish hen Here's-your-bird-big-dude trick again if our giant friend comes. Tiresome old wheeze but gets more laughs than it should. Big guy just always looks peeved. (ETA: and then he does either the Charlie Chaplin roll-on-forks dance or the Hello-my-baby-hello-my-darlin with the chicklet.)

Sep 26, 2014
DuchessNukem in General Topics

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

...when the well-known national cocktail of China, the "Suffering Bastard", is served. Can be ordered off dining menu or at the tiny 3-seater bar at the back, the one separated off by a bead curtain. ;)

Sep 25, 2014
DuchessNukem in General Topics

Why would anyone go to Denny’s these days?

Lol. But still, what a bitchy thing for the waitress to do. Wish I had those balls sometimes. :)

Sep 24, 2014
DuchessNukem in Chains

Favorite brown bag lunches that don't require reheating

Oooo, poptart, I know you'll enjoy it. I was on a sandwich bender all summer but looking forward to homemade soups, stews, curries, chilis again.

I'm a little fussy about temp and thermoses never kept things hot enough.

I freeze my meals since I drop them in at 7am and plan to eat at about 1pm; the meal is heated enough by 1030 though. (Plus frozen meals don't spill in transport.) If your day is shorter then just refrigerating is enough.

Sep 24, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

Favorite brown bag lunches that don't require reheating

I love my Lunch Crock too, DarthEater! I bought a couple of extra stainless bowls so I can freeze leftovers and soups. I drop them (frozen) into the crock when I get to work and plug it in.

It doesn't get to full crockpot "cooking" heat so if you don't get to lunch at noon it's still great at 3pm.

ChristinaMason, the crock has both an internal and a screw-on lid, so you really can't smell the food heating.

Hello, I am looking for some recommendations for some store bought marinades,sauces, and pre mixed seasonings for chicken.

How is that a helpful response, C70?

If you have a great home recipe for a chicken sauce/seasoning, why not share it?

Sep 16, 2014
DuchessNukem in General Topics

The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

White Chocolate Ramen Bark

Ah jeez, that looks wonderful. Have no white chocolate on hand right now so can't try, but I bet this has the tasty contrast of chocolate dipped potato chips. Will try. :)

Sep 11, 2014
DuchessNukem in Recipes

Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures

*Crema Mexicana. Never knew this stuff before we moved to TX. Open fridge...ooh, I should check that that's still fresh, just a spoonful, hmm, that's good, just one more, oh look at that expiration date, we need to get this used up.....

*Stouffer's Mac and Cheese. Comes in 12 oz, 20 oz, 40 oz. Wanna guess why I know those sizes offhand lol? Generally eaten when husband out of town, 'cause he just doesn't get it.

The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

Interesting article. It's pathetic how bad Red Delicious apples have become. They were my mom's favorite when I was little, and I can still recall them sweet and crisp; the skin was a little bitter but not like today's.

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

Sheesh. Is this the kind of shit that passes for scholarly sociology research nowadays? Find an axe you want to grind, then find some quotes to back it up?

Oh, and with the holidays coming up, I just want to warn everyone, T-day and Christmas don't always look like Norman Rockwell painted them. Just don't want anyone surprised.


From the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference:

"Mussel meats frozen at home should be stored in a tight container or freezer bags containing the liquid of the mussels. Mussels frozen at home can be stored for as long as three months and should be maintained at 0 o F. Frozen mussels should be thawed in the refrigerator for 24 hours and not be refrozen. Once thawed, the texture of the meat is softer and is most often prepared cooked."

From Williams-Sonoma:

"To freeze, place live mussels in a zippered plastic freezer bag and store for no more than 3 months. Defrost frozen mussels slowly in the refrigerator before cooking."

Don't think there will be a way to figure out who was dead before the deep freeze though.

Sep 06, 2014
DuchessNukem in General Topics

All the Comments on Every Recipe Blog

Even funnier because we've got a CHer who does make his own seasalt. :)

Rabbit for K9

I'm pretty sure I've seen it in the back freezer in Tom Thumb in Arl. a couple of years ago, but seem to recall more than $10 for a little thing.

Here's a 4-year-old CH thread that suggests Fiesta (someone does mention not knowing if their rabbit might be from ?China, if that's an issue). Fiesta prices tend be be pretty good.

Lovely pup. :)

(Edited to add: you could also check Craigslist for local rabbit growers, I know they sell live rabbits but could be worth contacting about meat. Also, local preparedness folks might be quietly raising and selling, would take a little researching.)