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Clever food styling

Those are fab. And now I'm so hungry. :)

CoolCooker: refrigerating slow cooker/delayed start

Someone's finally addressed the concern about too-long cooking times/no one home to turn on the pot. This is a 3-qt apparently-programmable cooker that refrigerates your food until time to start cooking.


Not a lot of useful info out there on this thing. Trademark applied for in 2004; company videos on Youtube from 2013; low-end company website with confusing info; only two reviews on Amazon.

company website:

brief blogger review:

(What's confusing me? This line from the website:
"It is not a slow cooker. Because of the refrigeration step, not all slow cooker recipes may be suitable"


Am I intrigued? I love gadgets. I do work 12-hr shifts, with a 45 min/1 hr commute each way, and sometimes it would be great to do a 4-6 hr cook while working.

Would I buy it? Not at that price. For now I'll just crock something a day ahead and reheat when I get home.

May 06, 2015
DuchessNukem in Cookware

Chocolate Bourbon Cake with Caramel Frosting - THANKS Andiereid!

It's in the thread Andiereid links to in her second post above.

May 05, 2015
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

Is it ok to eat many eggs?

If that's all you're eating, you're eating (an unbalanced) very low-calorie diet...probably much less calories than you were eating. There's where the weight loss comes in.

egg yolks: 57 calories x2 = 124 cal
egg whites: 17 calories x 25 = 425 cal

total daily: 549 cal

zuchinni noodle maker

I use this one:


I used a spiralizer for years but this style was recommended here on CH. This is easier to clean and the noodles end up a littler stiffer/stronger (my preference). There's still a little finish work with the knife for the last bit of zucchini but had that with the spiralizer also.

May 05, 2015
DuchessNukem in Cookware

Time to get rid of the microwave?

Did you do any more research on this, yourself, aside from reading this article?

fava bean water turned bright red?

May 01, 2015
DuchessNukem in General Topics

Please Help - Fresh Ideas for Someone with Herb/Spice Allergies

I have a product that I don't think is made any longer: Vann's Organic Harvest Grinder. Mostly bits of dehydrated veggies, salt, herbs in a grinder. When I run out I plan to mix up my own blend and use in grinder/peppermill.

Ingredients include:
red bell pepper (obviously, not for your person)
sea salt
lemon peel

This is great as table dressing on eggs, sandwiches, (potatoes), salads, broccoli, soups, gives a bright and fresh flavor. It wouldn't be hard to custom-mix, and any excess could be gifted out in a nice grinder. You could leave out the salt, add in whole coriander, dried orange peel.

Nutritional yeast adds a salty, cheesy flavor, and can add at the table also. Don't know if that's been cleared for your person though.

Apr 30, 2015
DuchessNukem in Special Diets

Elegant way to cover food outdoors?

You can search "plastic cake cover" or "plastic cake dome", but if you have a lot to cover these could get spendy. Cheapest I found in a quick search was $5.75:


Apr 30, 2015
DuchessNukem in Not About Food

What to do with Incredibly Smelly Black Salt?

Ooof, I have a jar of Black Sea Salt with that eggy sulfur flavor. Had no idea it would be that strong. Probably 4 years old. Probably cost less than $4. Should have used it on the driveway during our little icy spells this past winter, because I can't see ruining my cooking with it.

Apr 30, 2015
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

Nutritional value of fish head

Go to the USDA Nutrient Database:


They have one listing for fish head (whitefish, in this case), and you can compare to cooked whitefish, by 100g. (I usually open two tabs to compare items.)

Apr 29, 2015
DuchessNukem in General Topics

how to lose weight of my son

Honestly, and I say this kindly, best to talk with your son's doctor.

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