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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.

Mar 24, 2015
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

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

Dining for one at/near Mandalay Bay?

We always try to get to RM Seafood right in Mandalay when we get to LV. The bar area on first floor is bright, loud, busy, convivial; prices may be more than you want but you could maybe cobble together a tasty light dinner/maybe lunch. The raw bar is exquisite.

Mar 06, 2015
DuchessNukem in Las Vegas

Kitchen towels - am I just being OCD about this?

Lol. Next global epidemic:

Spacesuit-wearing CDC SWAT Team: *Knock knock*

Hobbert: "Hang about! I'm just finishing a load of laundry, be right up."


Hobbert: "Eh, what then?"

E-Coli-monster-bacteria: *INFECT*

(Personally, I see this being performed by third-graders in the post-apocalyptic-infection decades. Not really sure why I made Hobbert Canadian.)

Mar 06, 2015
DuchessNukem in Cookware

I started this day a mere boy.........but now I am a man!

Ah, I thought it was silly fun. Can't please everyone. Next time, dude, get 3, leave one on the counter overnight and then you'll have a "CH-approp" question ready to post. ;)

A really stupid question...

Didn't see this link in amongst the others provided: http://forums.gardenweb.com

Great for browsing info and lots of helpful folks there.

Mar 03, 2015
DuchessNukem in Gardening

chickpea salad

My go-to is chickpeas, halved grape tomatoes, halved pimento olives, crumbled feta, chopped green onions, lemon or lime juice, olive oil, pepper, bit of salt. I add fresh chopped cilantro or parsley if there's any laying about.

Homemade chicken soup question

Joonjoon is right. Plus, if your stock sours, it just means you allowed a menstruating female too close to it.

Strap-on booze baby seeks funding

..."houses a 36oz. drinks container which attaches to a straw that extends through its body, allowing you to drink through its skull."

Just what I've always wanted. I'd have had kids if they had this feature.

Feb 20, 2015
DuchessNukem in Spirits

Anyone else FED UP with Bountiful Baskets?

Actually, they ARE claiming to be a non-profit. From their website, under "New Participant Instructions" tab:

"New to Bountiful Baskets? Here’s how to participate!

Bountiful Baskets is a not-for-profit food co-op for"...

Feb 20, 2015
DuchessNukem in Phoenix

Does anyone love their slow cooker?

Lol, what shkra11 said is right. Here's a link to what a slowcooker corned beef looks like:

Now you have me craving fried Spam though. :)

Feb 11, 2015
DuchessNukem in Cookware

Chef Poodle

Ah, man, I know it's stupid and hackneyed but I can't help but laugh. :)


Does anyone love their slow cooker?

I *love* my crockpots (I say this everytime this topic comes up lol). I have different sizes for different tasks. I use at least one, 3-4 days per week, some days I have multiples going.

What I've cooked in the last two weeks:
-chicken stock
-beans, plain (garbanzos, white beans, black beans, etc.)
-lentil/vegetable soup
-Louisiana-style red beans
-chicken/veg soup
-rice pudding (CHOW recipe, nice)
-"Boilo" (lol, look it up)
-chicken curry
-chicken thighs, boneless

What I've cooked in the last two months:
-whole oats, overnight
-pulled pork
-cheese fondue
-pulled beef
-braised lamb roast
-chicken/apricot tagine-style
-kale/bean/sausage soup
-shrimp/corn chowder
-baked potatoes
-tomato sauce
-beet greens
-more beans
-more chicken parts
-more stock
-more soups

What I DON'T cook, is dump-all dinners that go for 12 hours and produce flavorless mush. I use the cookers for meal components and for simmering final products together.

For the two of us, my most used is the 1.5-qt, then the 2-cup, then the 3.5-qt. If you want a new toy to try out that will fit 2 people, I recommend a simple 1.5-qt, under $20; will give enough servings for leftovers but you won't get sick of the food item. But you may not even need one if you're happy the way you cook now. :)

Feb 07, 2015
DuchessNukem in Cookware

What are some of your favorite kitchen tricks that you'd be hesitant to admit to foodies?

I didn't know if you were kidding, but I did try this and it's great! Used some of it in the crockpot with some boneless chicken thighs, then reduced the sauce afterwards. Lovely, rich, spicy. :)

Would like your opinion on what coffee supplies to provide for a nicer end vacation rental

I keep a quart-size plastic container (held olives orig) on the counter, collects grounds and scraps through the day, I dump it in the tumbler once in the evening. If I'm chopping/prepping a lot of vegetables, maybe two trips that day.

Feb 05, 2015
DuchessNukem in General Topics