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The "Food Babe" Blogger Is Full of Shit

Ok, and? any thoughts on all of what you read?

The "Food Babe" Blogger Is Full of Shit

Lol. Guessing you didn't read the main article linked in the OP? Didn't read any of the commentary in this thread?

Botulism outbreak linked to Ohio Church potluck

Town of approx 38,000. Fifty-sixty people attended. When the investigators figure out which dish(es) were involved, the locals will know whose it was. Even if no legal issues, I can't imagine how miserable it would be to be known as the cook. (Edited to add: and perhaps the cook is ill also, I sample and enjoy my own dishes after all.)

And I can't help but wonder if the situation will have a widely chilling effect on group potlucks/socials. Much as I feel the lawyers are gearing up, so also the insurers are considering the ramifications.

Botulism outbreak linked to Ohio Church potluck

Interesting question. I'm sure that the personal injury lawyers are queuing up already.

Brianna's salad dressings

They're very nice. I use the French Vinaigrette on everything, salads, roasted vegetables, marinade, black-eyed pea dip. The Poppy Seed makes a great slaw (cabbage, craisins, walnuts or sunflower seeds, minced apple and/or celery).

Apr 22, 2015
DuchessNukem in Kosher

Tips and tricks for new basement freezer!

All cats are grey in the dark. And all tomato sauces/dishes look alike when frozen.

I know everyone's already said this, but -- label, label, label -- even if it's just for overnight. Unless you enjoy playing "Chopped: The Home Game". :)

Apr 22, 2015
DuchessNukem in General Topics

Help! How many jiggers in an ounce, or vice versa?

Lol, it's like a middle school math test. :)

If you have a Tbsp measure, that's 15 mL, an ounce is about 30 mL, so 2 Tbsp should give you an ounce.

Apr 14, 2015
DuchessNukem in Spirits

Gendering of Food

..."my father was served an opulent duck dish, and i received a caesar salad"...

Oh, man. Grrrr.

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

Lol, I've taken a few hits on my well-padded ass from a few anxious cart drivers. I'm fairly tolerant but, one person in particular, after the third strike, I placed my sneaker against the bottom rail of the cart so she couldn't move forward. Kept it there until after I paid. Stared her down while the cashier finished because She. Still. Didn't. Get. It.

(And before I'm accused of being a slowpoke and inciting the collisions, well, just no. I treat the market like a one-night-stand, and I want to be out before the manager offers to make me breakfast. Can't use self-checkout because I move too fast.)

Apr 04, 2015
DuchessNukem in Not About Food

Same Dilemma Every Year

My friend at work was just telling me today about her Leftover Brisket Steak Soup. I was so envious. :)

Apr 04, 2015
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

Girls Weekend Wine Etiquette

Lol amysab, sometimes I wish women could solve things like men do. Same situation with 10 guys: the dude with the cheap beer gets ridiculed mercilessly and laughs along; next time he brings better or just brings the same crap and stubbornly holds that's its fine. The other guys won't share their good shit with the cheapo or the empty-hands guy, or maybe they offer a pity beer or two. No one seethes, or feels hurt by the confrontation. :)

Another CSA discussion?

Lol, I just have to laugh when people complain of CSA "overabundance". My CSA gave us a big echoing box with tiny bundles of veggies rolling about. They were young and new to CSA. I know they tried, and TX weather that spring was particularly awful. When they lost a crop one week to hail, they arranged to harvest a neighboring farm's early plums. They did try.

And I know that CSA is a gamble, you share the farm's bounty, and there's an element of risk where you also share their loss. It was just a bummer that our first will probably be our last because the Mr. felt it was a waste; we drove 30 minutes each way to pick it up and the contents were pretty much a letdown from the start.

It wasn't a total bust, I did learn to cook with some veggies I hadn't tried before, and I really have compassion for small farmers. But it's a much better investment for us right now, to just hit the farmers market.

Mar 30, 2015
DuchessNukem in General Topics

Best Ways to Halve and to Store Fresh Bagels?

Bagels are smuggled back across the TX border from NY when relatives visit or when husband visits relatives. I slice them into round halves with any serrated knife and wrap each bagel in plastic wrap, then they are grouped (generally 5-6 per bag) into gallon freezer ziplocs, then another ziploc (extends freezer life). Pretty much always toasted after freezing, sometimes if just buttering/eating with cheddar will defrost and eat "raw".

We stuff ourselves on the fresh bagels the first day. Sometimes you can save for a 2nd day if wrap bagel whole in plastic wrap and leave on counter, but may gum up a bit. Generally worth the risk if your local bagels are as awful as mine. :)

Bagel crescents/quarters are for n00bs and out-of-towners. There's just something elegant and wonderful about a fully dressed bagel half, deployed on one's fingertips.

Mar 30, 2015
DuchessNukem in General Topics

An Easy Way to Print Out CH Posts in a Long Thread?

I open the whole thread, then highlight as much as possible and copy (with Ctrl-C) into Notepad (the Windows built-in), then I copy from that into Word for further cleaning. Notepad will remove the formatting and the pictures and ads, you'll still be left with odd spacing, words describing some pictures, etc., but those are easily deleted in the word processor.

I'm sure someone has a more efficient way but if you need more info on this way, let me know. :)

Mar 25, 2015
DuchessNukem in Site Talk

Acceptable Behavior ?

Hmm, so it's a change from their usual pattern. You may never know unless you find a way to ask.

In the interest of experimentation, next time, I'd make a point of being the early one and see what their behavior was. If they started to order without everyone there, I might gently ask, "Oh, should we wait for so&so?" and hear their response.

And to add to my "short answer", we do have a small number of (mostly) family, and a friend or two who are absolute trolls if not fed on a schedule lol. The couple may have one of those and you've not seen them off schedule before. The spouse may have learned that anything is better than the troll, and just elected to feed it. One missed granola bar may be enough to wreck a night.

Acceptable Behavior ?

Short answer: folks going out to dinner, in my group, will generally wait for all. They will have drinks, maybe an appetizer, often in the bar area.

Long answer: a thousand questions (no answers really required, just thinking through why someone might do as they did)
-How well do you know the ordering couple? Their usual behavior?
-Was the dinner hour past their usual time?
-Did they have a babysitter at home with a timer?
-Did they have something scheduled after?
-Do you have a known history of being fashionably late, or later?

Mar 25, 2015
DuchessNukem in Not About Food

garbanzo beans

Similarly... I use chickpeas, halved cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber, chopped green onions, sliced green olives, fresh parsley, feta crumbles, vinaigrette, black pepper.

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

OMG, Bohack's. Haven't heard that name in eons.

Mar 24, 2015
DuchessNukem in Not About Food

Organic Baby Spinach... Never Again!

Very true about mature spinach flavor. I grew up with the block of frozen leaf spinach, it was a total REVELATION how good fresh spinach was, when I started cooking. I don't fuss with the stems, don't mind a little tongue-wrestling with the stringy bits lol.

Mar 20, 2015
DuchessNukem in General Topics

Healthy, filling soups/stews for repeat lunches

I'm thinking through soups for you, but also wanted to mention the Crock-Pot Lunch Crock. I have the original model and it's a delight. It's a warmer, not a cooker. I drop a frozen homemade soup into it around 0830 and it's hot by 1130, but keeps well through even 3-5pm if I miss lunchtime. It has 2 lids and you can't smell anything heating until opened (have brought fish and shrimp stews without problems).


does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

Ooof. No nitpicking, no victimizing. I interpreted "agreed upon 3 day{s}" as agreed between you and the friend. There's no agreement if it's just on the friend's side.

No problem for me either way, was simply confused by your word choice. I'm happy to leave it all behind. :)

Mar 19, 2015
DuchessNukem in Not About Food

does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

Lovely responses. I have to say, ricepad takes the trophy on this one. :)

Can we do Storytime Closure every time an OP vacates?

does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

So, just my thought, even on a casual get-together with friends, if CindyLou is expecting an answer by day 3, I'd have called/texted on day 3 and said things were still up in the air, can we review again tomorrow, and that I'm cool if she wants to cement the plans without us. It's your phrase "agreed upon 3 day window" that makes me feel this way.

My friends are very cool and laid-back but if I promised an answer by a deadline, I need to honor it.

Is this the worst restaurant in Boston?

OMG. I kept going back to Yelp and reading more reviews. I can't believe there are enough stoned college kids, drunk tourists, and foot traffic to keep a place like this in business, but it's been a going concern for years, it seems. I am awed.

Bought too much deli roast beef. How should I use it up tonight?

A quick saute with soy, garlic, and grated ginger, served with wilted spinach. Onions optional.

Mar 18, 2015
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

favorite bottled salad dressings?!?

The Caesar Parmigiano is very nice, has a little tang. Great addition to sandwiches.

Sodium amounts in corned beef brisket

Safeway (Tom Thumb store brand): 880 mg/4 oz of ankle-puffin goodness

Mar 17, 2015
DuchessNukem in General Topics

Sodium amounts in corned beef brisket

Grey, I'm betting Q was referencing: http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/

Sometimes brand names will be indexed in this but it looks like the corned beef brands aren't. (Still a great resource.)

Mar 16, 2015
DuchessNukem in General Topics

Anyone else FED UP with Bountiful Baskets?

I'm confused, are you replying to me, doobydub? I was simply answering AtomicG's assertion that they don't claim to be non-profit. I fully understand that they are NOT a non-profit.

Mar 10, 2015
DuchessNukem in Phoenix

$40 for Two Croissants... Would you buy that?

Exactly my thought. Though the photos have been carefully engineered to remove most absolute size references (those cups and spoons appear on the small size, to my eyes), the eyes on Swiss cheese are my best gauge. And it looks to me as though it could have two slices of average Swiss laid on, non-overlapping.

Might be a big sandwich for me & the dude to split but it seems laughable as a "party sandwich".

Mar 09, 2015
DuchessNukem in General Topics