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White Bean soup ideas? (no ham, bacon)

Yes, This ^ My hubby uses smoked paprika and cumin and also lets the beans stick a bit to the bottom of the pan. The sticking and over cooking of the stuck part creates a flavour that is similar to a meaty flavour. Seeing as how I don't like pork, ham, etc, and how I don't do salt, I can vouch for the good taste of this combination.

Jan 01, 2015
MinkeyMonkey in Home Cooking

Adding Flavour To Rice - Simple Sauces/Seasonings

trying this one too, thanks for the suggestion.
...thinking of all those bags of lapsang souchong my hubby gave me for Christmas...
I can't believe I haven't tried this before!

Jan 01, 2015
MinkeyMonkey in Home Cooking

Adding Flavour To Rice - Simple Sauces/Seasonings

These sound terrific! I'm going to try the Peruvian one...yum!

Jan 01, 2015
MinkeyMonkey in Home Cooking

Adding Flavour To Rice - Simple Sauces/Seasonings

Interesting question! I usually prefer no sauce on my rice. I like the rice flavour on its own. I also like having just rice with another dish. But, if I want flavoured rice, I'll add a smidge of soy sauce and toasted sesame oil, or a sprinkling of gomasio. A dash of balsamic vinegar with some butter is good.
This will probably sound gross but, when I was a kid, I'd add cheese powder from Kraft Mac and cheese, butter, and some cream.

Jan 01, 2015
MinkeyMonkey in Home Cooking

am I crazy? Bleach

No! You are not crazy!! But, if you think you are overdoing it, count how many times you bleach after you've already bleached and the cooking is done. If you do it more times than the counter or your hands are exposed to the raw fowl, then you can put the bleach away and take a break. If you keep washing because you keep getting raw meat on stuff--counters, hands etc, then don't worry about it. When the raw meat is in the oven and you've washed and bleached, then you are done.
Frankly, I don't bleach regularly anymore, mainly because I don't eat meat. But, I used to. My parent's still bleach, but only the once, after everything is done and in the oven.
If you think you are washing your hands too often, make note of why you are washing them. Is it because you forgot to put something on or in the fowl? If you are touching the raw meat, then go ahead and wash your hands again.
I took a food handling course for a job once and was surprised by how many practices I had that were not necessary. It is all about your comfort. If you feel the need to wash your hands then it is okay. If you feel that there is something crazy about it, then try skipping it, see if that is okay for you.

Jan 01, 2015
MinkeyMonkey in General Topics

Your kitchen in a word (or two, or three...)

There are some great comments here already! I do not have a sign in my kitchen.
My brother and sister-in-law have a sign I gave them as a gift, PETA, People Eating Tasty Animals. We think it is funny because I am a vegetarian and they are not. Makes us giggle.
If I had a sign in my kitchen, I think it would read, "If it smells done, it is done" or "Mmmm, that smells a bit o' alright." Those are things my grandma said. When she taught me how to cook, she'd say it was done if it smelled done. Recipes, time, and temperature were all flexible.
I don't like most of the signs I've seen, they seem too bossy for me. I liked one when I was younger, the one about ..."If you use it, wash it; If you open it, close it..." but then I decided over the years that I'd wash it if my guests used it.
I have to admit, I like the one that says "Get out"...gotta be honest with your guests!!

Jan 01, 2015
MinkeyMonkey in Not About Food

Dish poaching

I have an idea. First, let me say that I understand and that it sounds like a very frustrating set of experiences. Second, let me say that maybe you could delve in to whatever might be driving her behavior.
A few sincere questions might lead to her reasoning. "You need to be recognized for your efforts? I think it is great that you chose to make the same thing I made." But don't say it in a snively way, like you are trying to remind her that she asked you what you brought. She copied you for a reason, and maybe she is pointing out that your dish was "really" her idea because she is starved for recognition. She might have no idea how annoying her behavior is.
Or, how about something like this, "Oh, you made the dish I said I'd be bringing. I can't wait to compare our recipes." But, don't just do so to remind yourself that yours is the better dish. Do so to truly taste her efforts. Is it missing something? "Oh, this is different than mine. Have you tried making your own BBQ sauce rather than using ketchup?" Seriously.
You might think she is trying to steal your show, or the efforts of your friends and family, but she might just not know how to connect with other women. She might have never been praised for her cooking. She might never have received attention, sincere or otherwise. And, worse, she might have been told that this is who she is, a stealer of others' ideas, someone who can't do her own thing, someone who is left out.
Granted, I had no idea who the Kardashians were for a long time, but they are everywhere and I eventually figured it out. A lot of people are entertained by them and by their behavior. If this person was ignored and left out, it is possible that she doesn't understand how to participate with family. Could you consider trying her out as a family member and not someone with bad taste? I actually know very little about the Kardashians, but I know they are flamboyant and attract attention. Someone who also wants attention might reflect that kind of flamboyant behavior. She just might need to be seen and heard.
And, if it never changes and she never opens up, you can always tell her you are bringing (insert your favourite treat here) and let her buy your favourite donuts or take-out dish.
I hope I don't come across as preaching, I'm not meaning to. I've found that people post things like this when they have tried everything, have given as much benefit of the doubt as possible and are ready to give up. I have a friend who never stopped doing the thing that annoyed me the most. Oh, please, just once stop talking about the famous people you know!!! Oh, just once. Nope, she never has stopped so I just live with it. "That time with Marty and...". Who? "Oh, you know, Martin Sheen." How would I know Martin Sheen?? Still, if it makes her happy, yeah, sure, tell me about what Marty gave you for Christmas.
I hope you figure a way around her antics, or figure a way through them, to find her real personality. I'm guessing there is a shy girl hiding in there, just waiting to be a part of something.

Jan 01, 2015
MinkeyMonkey in Not About Food

What do you not order in restaurants...

Hmm, I am picky about my tea but I also use tea bags. I love a small number of bagged teas, including PG Tips, Yorkshire Gold and the occasional flavoured tea from Twinnings. I am still on the hunt for a black currant tea that isn't synthetic flavour, but I haven't found one yet.
I think sometimes, although I know that a finer tea is there, a finer taste can be found in a bagged tea, depending on my mood. If I want to sweeten my tea, a bagged tea is preferred. I do not like to ruin a good cup of tea with sweetness.
I also do not order tea when eating out unless I am at a coffee shop or diner and I know that this is all there is. As someone who does not drink alcohol, soda or coffee, tea is often better than water. Luke warm water, though, that is a deal breaker!
An exception would be chai tea from a restaurant that serves Indian or Nepalese food.

In general, I do not like to order pasta or soup that contains pasta when I eat out. Pasta is so easy to mess up! Some places serve wonderful pasta. A old favourite place, Anna's in Los Angeles, is closed, but I would order and eat their pasta till I burst. If Tivoli is still there, in Pacific Palisades, CA, then I'd order their pasta, too.
Desserts. Restaurant desserts are no match for me and my baking!

Jan 01, 2015
MinkeyMonkey in General Topics

Gingerbread Cookies

...and, I did try it. I made them tonight with 2/3 treacle to 1/3 molasses and with more ginger, less clove and a dash of cardamom. They were just as good but different. We can really taste the treacle!

Jan 01, 2015
MinkeyMonkey in Recipes

Gingerbread Cookies

We loved these! I made them with 100% whole wheat flour and at first thought the dough was dry. But, I went ahead with the recipe as written and they turned out perfect. I might play with it next time by adding some treacle in place of some molasses or maybe more ginger powder and less clove. Doesn't matter, we ate so many already. Very much the way you'd expect them, with a slight spring.

Dec 24, 2014
MinkeyMonkey in Recipes

Ultra Low Sodium soy sauce, or making my own.

Thanks, Bob. We only make enough for one meal and don't try saving it...I didn't have an answer to Whispah's question.

Dec 24, 2014
MinkeyMonkey in Home Cooking

What to expect at a "Tea"

I hope you'll post back as to how this goes, both the naming and the event.

I'm all for "Tea" along with a description of what that means. "Serving..."

Go ahead and list the ideas on the invite. And, I don't think labeling it "high" or "afternoon" is worth while. Some members might disagree but I think you are right, "Tea" says enough, a small description will say more and ensure no one is disappointed.

I'm also for entertainment, chamber music can make people feel like they are getting more than finger sandwiches and cream dollops on scones. I love Tea, I'd be happy just having the American ideal with lemon anything and lots of cucumber thinly sliced...yum! But, too many people might expect something more solid, regardless of how they define High or Afternoon Tea.

It sounds like a fun idea and I hope it is very successful!

Feb 11, 2012
MinkeyMonkey in Not About Food

ISO: Tortillas - Denver

Where in Longmont do you get those tortillas, E_bone?

Feb 11, 2012
MinkeyMonkey in Mountain States

How to get dinner guests to go home

Hilarious! Our friends live three doors down. The wife, the one who comes out with foamy toothbrush etc, will tell us when she is ready to go home. The husband and my guy really get along and are both stand-there-talking types.

She and I have an understanding:
When she has made it clear she is done, tired, ready to leave, if he isn't, she puts on her coat, I open the door, we hug and she goes home. Easy when we are so close to each other. No one minds, husband wraps it up and follows behind her or my guy says something like "I'll let you catch up to..." and pushes him out the door.

I find it funny that your guests could walk home and easily continue their party at their house but don't!

Dec 30, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in Not About Food

How to get dinner guests to go home

same here, a little surprised someone would react that way! I don't expect hosts to entertain me, I just like visiting with friends.

Dec 30, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in Not About Food

How to get dinner guests to go home

I love this! Our friends have a good one, the wife comes out of the bathroom brushing her teeth with paste foam everywhere and then discusses her movement. Seriously. Kind of weird but it gets people moving quickly.

Dec 30, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in Not About Food

High Altitude cookie question...8250

Thank you!!!!! + ten more exclamation points...Wow, I've got to cut back on the punctuation.

I checked out a couple recipes and it looks like good stuff. I'm surprised I've never come across this site as we've been up here for over five years now. I usually check out Susan Purdy's Pie in the Sky from the library. Plus, she answers my emails with my dramatic questions about muffin-height and other life or death questions.

9000 is perfect for us. Recipes for 10,000 would be a bit much and might not turn out perfect, at least for cookies, breads and muffins.

Thanks for sharing.

Dec 25, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in Home Cooking

High Altitude cookie question...8250

Hmm, neither can I, it just always seems to relate to the baking powder. Has happened with more than one container so I don't think it had gone off.

I'm not really sure how all that works. But, we usually add a touch more water which does help with the lift.

We don't adjust the fat but the fat seems too much if we don't add extra flour.

Really, it gets kind of complicated sometimes!

Still, cookies so great, all gone...

J.

Dec 25, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in Home Cooking

Dirty rice recipe help!!!!

Would you describe the difference between your aunt's and yours? Is it the taste or ...?

My best out-of-the-blue guess would be that she used lard or bacon grease rather than oil.

I'm curious no!

Dec 25, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in Home Cooking

High Altitude cookie question...8250

Thanks!

If we have a recipe that calls for a larger amount of baking powder, it is horrendously bitter if we don't cut out at least half of what it calls for. I assumed it wouldn't matter and I'm glad it didn't both taste and consistency wise.

It is nice to hear confirmation too.

Dec 25, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in Home Cooking

High Altitude cookie question...8250

I solved it myself.

For anyone who searches in future:

I just left out the baking powder and they turned out wonderful!

Dec 25, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in Home Cooking

High Altitude cookie question...8250

Hi. We are above 8000 feet and I usually stick to the recommendations for altitude adjustments at 7000 feet. Cookies never turn out right (flat, oily, weird) unless I adjust.

I have a recipe that calls for 1/8 teaspoon baking powder. No baking soda is listed.

Since I usually reduce baking powder/soda each by 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon, should I just leave out the baking powder?

It is such a small amount but I don't want to muck up my recipe. We have been eating super-healthy for a couple years so I haven't baked in a long time. Kind of out of practice!

If it helps, here is the recipe:

1/2 C butter
1 C flour
3/4 sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 teaspoon baking powder

Thank you for your ideas!!
Jennifer

Dec 24, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in Home Cooking

Minimum $10 Credit Card charge? Legal or illegal?

Had I read all the posts, I would have seen your response! Whoops, I hadn't realized it was no longer a law...

Sep 25, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in Not About Food

Minimum $10 Credit Card charge? Legal or illegal?

It was illegal in Oregon, said so right in the front of the book that comes with the credit card machine. It is, or was, a federal offense but people still do it all the time, everywhere. Just let your customers know that you prefer they pay in cash for anything under $10. If they tell you it is illegal, you can just let them know you had no idea and apologize. No one is going to turn any business owner in for something so small as having a credit card minimum, that would be beyond petty!!

But, for your own knowledge, just check the front pages of your credit card manual and see if it says anything. Or, call the merchant services number and ask them. If it really is still illegal and the operator is nice, ask them if it is a big deal. I'll bet they've never known anyone to be charged for breaking such a small law!!

Sep 25, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in Not About Food

Saint Albrey Cheese?

Thanks for your input! I had to go look at the wrapper again just to be sure it really is Saint Albray and to make sure I didn't put it down and pick something else up instead. Yep, it is St. Albray.

Well, we must all just have different taste buds. I often find some greens too bitter whereas my guy finds them not bitter at all. I do like some bitter greens, just not tons.

Maybe it is a bit off? It doesn't taste off to me but I'm not sure I'd know since this is a first time for me. It was kind of pricey compared to my favourite St. Andre but I'm enjoying it even with the odd after taste.

I was thinking of picking up some fig preserves and never did. Maybe the sweet would be a good complement? I might try picking some of my gooseberries before they dry up and eating them with the cheese.

I'm having mine with a baguette too. Well, if I see it with a more lightly coloured crust, I'll try it again.

I did try some without the rind but it still had the aftertaste. Oh, well, it isn't bad tasting, just bitter.

Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer

Aug 22, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in Cheese

Saint Albrey Cheese?

I'm wondering if I'm the only one who found it a little bland with a slight bitter aftertaste.

I am not a cheese officianado but I do like strong cheese, even if it stinks like old shoes.

Somehow, this was too bland but after each bite, it was bitter--like that pine nut taste I had last year!

Mine did not smell, the rind was not creamy, it was darker like bread crust and I purchased it from WF.

I'm still enjoying it now but I'd rather have something stronger. Heck, I think I'd even go for some d'Affinois instead.

Edit: I should have mentioned that I left it at room temperature for about 2 hours or more.

Aug 22, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in Cheese

So Your Friends Want to Go to A Chain Restaurant.... so What? :} [moved from Not About Food]

Yeah, but have you ever been? strangled by a pissed off cobra that is?

That is just too funny!

Thanks for starting my day off with a good laugh, now I can spend six hours in a classroom without going batty.

Aug 20, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in Chains

Dealing with food snobbery?

Thanks, Bill.

I replied to that poster but just realized her post was from four years ago!

Still, it is nice to be reminded that we shouldn't worry if others don't like what we like.

Plus, you reminded me of El Cholo, a chain that I adore...mainly for their flan but also their food. What can I say, I'm from Los Angeles and I love that place.

Anyway, thanks.

Aug 15, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in Not About Food

Do you have food goals?

When we go to Canada, we eat butter tarts every day and drink maple syrup scooped up fresh from the big boiler it is in. Then, we bring home a bunch of jugs and have it in our tea (for me, coffee for he) every morning until it is gone. And, Tim Horton's at least twice per visit.

When we go to Oregon, we have ice cream at least twice! Once a serving of Tillamook and once a serving of whatever is in my brother's freezer.

And, when we hike a fourteener (peak over fourteen thousand feet above sea level), we eat Boulder Ice Cream's Dutch chocolate...so good and a must after a work out like that.

When we visit my parents, my goals do focus around food as my dad is a major foodie. We have several restaurants that we have to go to at least once, we have to come up with something to make together, my boyfriend has to make an Indian dish and I have to make something I've never made before. Fun!

Those might be my only food goals, at least they are the ones I'm aware of.

Aug 15, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in General Topics

So Your Friends Want to Go to A Chain Restaurant.... so What? :} [moved from Not About Food]

"Life is too short and friends are too important."...
..."Anyhow, when they suggested that we go to Fridays afterwards, there was absolutely no way in hell that I was going to suggest something else, no matter how much I loathe Fridays."

I like what you have to say and couldn't agree more. When a friend or friends offer to help or we ask for help, I usually have something in mind as a thank you but I always go by what they suggest or ask for, if they do so, because it is a clear communication, "I'd like this". So, they get what they want and like, not what I think they'd like. I'm glad you had fun! I went to a Fridays on an invite once and the saving factors for me were the fun my friends had and some kind of mud pie type dessert (I almost never eat ice cream) that was so fun and overly sweet and I ate the whole thing!

Aug 15, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in Chains