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"Just eat it, you'll like it"

True, true. :)

2 days ago
DuchessNukem in Not About Food

"Just eat it, you'll like it"

"but I still think it's not her job to make them more comfortable. "
And I fully agree with you on this; that's why I suggested being consistent in refusing to take things she didn't want.

and re: adjusting food choices -- I agree that's no one's biz also. I was referencing managing others' behavior.

Apr 17, 2014
DuchessNukem in Not About Food

"Just eat it, you'll like it"

Seems I need to clarify: "be consistent" did not refer to what the OP chooses to eat: the reference was to her behavior in accepting foods just to shut them up. Not to encourage their pushy behavior if she didn't want something.

Apr 17, 2014
DuchessNukem in Not About Food

"Just eat it, you'll like it"

Of course it's your life, do as you will. "Be consistent" was simply advice to deal with problem people; similar to training dogs lol. If they know what to expect then they behave better (dogs at least; can't speak for your coworkers).

Apr 17, 2014
DuchessNukem in Not About Food

"Just eat it, you'll like it"

Unfortunately, this demonstrates to the 'pushies' that you can be pushed. "Well she had some last time..." Be consistent.

Apr 17, 2014
DuchessNukem in Not About Food

"Just eat it, you'll like it"

If distraction doesn't work ("Look! A squirrel!"), then broken record technique, with smile. I visit some 20-odd areas in the hospital in my main role, and they very often offer food (I assume/hope because they like me lol).

"Have some!"
Thank you, but I'm good.

"No really, try this."
Ah, I'm good, thanks.

"Why won't you eat it? I made it myself."
Sounds wonderful, sorry, had a late lunch. Thanks though.

If things continue beyond this, it's pretty clear to all observers that the woman smiling, thanking, and patting her fluffy full tummy isn't the crazy one. And if someone does continue, well, I can gracefully demur all day. I never justify why beyond the "late lunch" thing which is a truth. Not up for discussion.

Apr 17, 2014
DuchessNukem in Not About Food
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A completely new cooking device

Interesting.

-stupid name
-compelling design
-could be a bitch to clean if those bags leak
-would love to play with it

Apr 15, 2014
DuchessNukem in Cookware

What to do with leftover slices of Granny Smith apples?

Waldorf salad. (Does anyone else love that anymore?) Or freeze and use in a smoothie (w/ginger).

Apr 14, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking
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Need casual Easter snack ideas

May have been told or (experienced) to avoid high-fiber veggies because he has large prostate masses that impede stool output; or tender prostate from disease process, radiation, or surgeries/scar tissue.

Apr 14, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking
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They're good for your heart...

I make up a small crockpot of plain garbanzos pretty much every week, and parcel out as needed. So versatile:
-on their own with a vinaigrette or even bottled Italian dressing
-cold salad with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers and green olives, oregano, oil and vinegar
-tossed into a chickeny brothy soup
-hummus if you get bored
-roasted with olive oil, salt, pepper

I see red lentils in your photo. Grab some next time. A favorite is red lentil, carrot and ham soup, hearty but not heavy (can replace ham with smoked turkey if don't eat pork). Here's a typical recipe:
http://www.cooks.com/recipe/vi0eg4gm/...

Apr 01, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

Your favorite (non-smelly) one pot/one dish recipes?

Not a one-pot, but I take the electric frypan onto the back patio for cooking foods I don't want to smell the next day -- including bacon, grilled/poached fish, panfried steak, panfried potatoes or battered veggies/meats, pan-roasted veg, etc.

Apr 01, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking
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I plead temporary insanity, but I still want to sue......

The problem is obviously in your plating. Where's your plates that say "Crabcake"?

(p.s. - my cats have had hairballs that look more appealing.)

Mar 20, 2014
DuchessNukem in General Topics

Please suggest a wedding gift

My personal philosophy is that every couple has a small circle of family/friends/mentors that can give something not on the registry. Every couple is different; the circle tends to includes parents, grands, siblings, that eclectic auntie, best friend since grade school, that favorite teacher they still keep in touch with, that first boss who gave you a chance, etc. If you're in that circle, you already know it. For the rest of us, registry or cash/check (I'm from the north originally).

Mar 20, 2014
DuchessNukem in Cookware
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How Long Is Enough to Wait for a Reservation?

Ay yi yi. "Stalker?" "Intruder?" :(

In a long delay, I'd certainly have headed to the ladies' room to get a better view of what was going on in the dining room. A quick glance around on the way to and fro would give me plenty of info. I think that most adults can guesstimate what stage a table of diners is at in their meal, from behavior cues and table props.

Mar 12, 2014
DuchessNukem in Not About Food
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Help with food cost info

Congratulations! Here's a couple of sites that might give some ballpark figures.

http://www.extension.iastate.edu/foodsavings/page/what-you-should-spend

http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/USDAFoodCost-Home.htm

Here's a few ChowHound threads that address budget cooking:

Frugal, tasty recipes
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/903778#8106322

Go-to meals for a short paycheck
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/774231#6420524

Old thread on eating on $3/day -- great general tips
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/420877

You might want to look into government programs to help out. I don't want to assume on your finances but I well remember being young and low on $$.

WIC eligibility
http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/wic-eligibility-requirements

SNAP eligibility
http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligibility

Mar 06, 2014
DuchessNukem in General Topics
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Can you return bad products to the store?

Did the birds complain?

Feb 20, 2014
DuchessNukem in Not About Food

Komodo Fake Green Egg from Costco: a good buy?

I'm sure you've probably already checked, so forgive me if so, but... does the apartment complex have a grill policy? Neighbors and landlords will often overlook a quick burgers-and-dogs dinner but if someone's gonna get pissy over a weekend of smoking it's better you know ahead.

Feb 20, 2014
DuchessNukem in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

So I want to start an herb garden in my kitchen (moved from Home Cooking)

I'll have to agree on not using mason jars, you won't get the approp drainage. I've got some scallion and cabbage ends in sour cream containers with holes poked in the bottom; also use deli containers, soup containers etc.

Do also consider sprouts - they work well in a kitchen and only need rinsing a couple of times a day (no soil, minimal light); in 4-7 days you have salad. They're very cheering in winter. :)

Feb 18, 2014
DuchessNukem in Gardening

Best jar opener for larger diameter jars?

I second this -- the Oxo is smartly designed and often effortless. I love mine. Ten bucks and built to last.

http://www.oxo.com/p-408-jar-opener-w...

Feb 14, 2014
DuchessNukem in Cookware
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What's in your slow cooker today

Corn/lemongrass/ginger soup, trial batch.

Chicken stock.

Whole oats.

It's a triple night. :)

Feb 06, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

Are we allowed to share horrible, completely unredeemable experiences here?

I'm kinda stuck on this line from Red's website:
"Our landlord has helped us before, but said NO to help in January 2014, even though he had for January 2012 and 2013."

So doesn't that basically mean the business was closing at end of January anyway? (Depending on the terms the landlord gave, of course; but wouldn't there likely be an expectation of vacating premises soon?)

Feb 06, 2014
DuchessNukem in Austin

Olive Garden wants to pay your date night babysitting tab

Ah c'mon man, two tiny paragraphs and you didn't see the terms? lol.

"The chain Italian-inspired food spot has teamed up with various MyGym centers across the country to offer drop-off child care on Friday, Feb. 7. Parents are required to leave a deposit at the participating center, but will get it back when they show their Olive Garden dinner bill."

Feb 04, 2014
DuchessNukem in Food Media & News

The weirdest plating you've ever seen...

That's really... unfortunate. And again with the mayo nipples.

Feb 04, 2014
DuchessNukem in General Topics
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The weirdest plating you've ever seen...

So I'm seeing ice cream, pears, bacon bits, and a couple of nipples of mayo. The more I stare the ice cream blobs become eyes.

Unusual plating can be interesting but this just looks off.

Feb 04, 2014
DuchessNukem in General Topics

Would you be grossed out by this?

Lol. Only that I was surprised to see the belabored and improbable suggestions that chef was running to let the manager know of the state he'd found the bathroom in. :)

Jan 30, 2014
DuchessNukem in Not About Food

Would you be grossed out by this?

So let's just turn this around: let's say you (any of you/me/us) work at this restaurant. Sure, you're in a hurry, and you walk into a bathroom to find urine everywhere. Maaaaaybe, before running to the manager to inform him/her, you'd pull the door closed behind you and tell the folks waiting, "Hey, that needs cleaning, please use a different bathroom." Because maybe you wouldn't want your clients seeing that?

Or maaaybe the guy just pissed all over and ran off like a douche (my 99% likelihood). I'd have no problem detailing what I saw to the manager (if Chef is innocent he can convince his boss).

Jan 30, 2014
DuchessNukem in Not About Food
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What's in your slow cooker today

Fatty dark meat does better in the crock than chicken white meat. I'm a huge fan of chicken thighs, skin on or off (if skin-on, it's stripped before serving). Chicken doesn't need the 8-hr treatment either.

As for frozen, I can't advise. I've read that some folks are concerned as to how long it might take to get to safe, cooked temp when starting from frozen. I don't have that fear but I don't want to lead you down the wrong path.

Jan 30, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

What's in your slow cooker today

Yesterday: chickpeas, and a clean-out-the-fridge-chili.

This morning: steel-cut oats.

Probably a ham/lentil soup later today, for tomorrow's lunch.

Jan 30, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

Improvising with the wrong ingredient

Lol, asked husband to p/up a bunch of cilantro last week. He bought two since he thought they looked good. Both clearly marked "Italian Parsley" on the band. So now I had two new bunches and the one I already had in fridge.

Everything we ate last week had a fresh grassy leafy topping. :)

Jan 24, 2014
DuchessNukem in Not About Food

What to do with cooked frozen shrimp??

I'm working through a huge bag of frozen cooked langoustines from Costco, I completely understand lol.

I second the scampi. Also cioppino and gumbo.

Workable cioppino recipe:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gi...
(use chicken stock if no fishstock on hand; okay to just use the shrimp if no other seafood on hand; can sub celery for fennel if needed; top with some fresh parsley and sliced green olives)

Jan 22, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking