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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

Dealing with food snobbery?

I wouldn't call this food snobbery, I'd call it missing the good stuff! I've been there before and there are some nice finds in small places but sometimes it is just plain old annoying when there isn't anything Really Good to eat or the ethnic restaurant makes you wince because it isn't really food from (insert country/culture name here).

When I left SF Bay, I not only missed having every ethnic food within walking distance, I missed having so many varieties of the same kind of food and, at any hour of the day, too!

I feel your pain. Maybe you could start or join a cooking group?

Aug 14, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in Not About Food

Dealing with food snobbery?

So True!!
I had a an annoying commenter on one of these forums because I made the mistake of admitting I like a chain restaurant. Honestly, I didn't even know it was a chain, I'd never seen one before. I mentioned I hadn't known but still enjoyed the place and then they kept re-posting that I was wrong and should never go there. But, I like it!

We are really into organic foods. We cannot always afford to buy organic so we just do our best. This is not something I say out-loud to food snobs anymore! Wow, people have no idea what it is to not be able to afford a green bell pepper at $9.99 per pound and have no idea why we would buy the conventional one instead. No, really, this happened tonight at our local co-op.

Yeah, we do what we like, we do what we can and we try not to judge others for doing things differently. ...I put grated parmesan on my seafood pasta too...

Aug 14, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in Not About Food

Your recipes--do you feel ownership?

I wonder if my family is related to your grandmom!? My dad has his own measurements too. Glop, glorp, sploosh and, my personal favourite "some".

Cooking with him can be fun..."put in a glop, a good glop"..."no, more than that!"

We also have the "until it feels right" along with "until it smells done" methods.

Aug 14, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in Not About Food

Your recipes--do you feel ownership?

Wow, I find that kind of behavior a little odd! She may not have wanted to share her recipe but there was no need for her to be full of conceit!

I did have a friend refuse me her mother's recipe for pear tart. I understand, her mother felt it was not to be shared except with family. I do still want that recipe though!

Aug 14, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in Not About Food

Your recipes--do you feel ownership?

Nice question!

Personally, I don't feel ownership of my recipes in the sense of "mine not yours" but I do have strong, sentimental feelings for my family's recipes.

All of grandma's recipes are in my head and I love to make them now and again. They are special treats that I enjoy sharing.

My great-grandfather's recipe is also in my memory and although I have some kind of "ownership" feelings for it, I also have shared it countless times with friends and complete strangers.

My great-grandmother's recipe is lost. My grandmother gave it to me when I was a child and I never quite committed it to memory since I was young and it was a somewhat complicated butter tart recipe. I placed the piece of paper it was written on in a book and the book was lost many years ago. I still look for it once in a blue moon--I can't help it! I'm fairly certain it was lost in the great break-up of 1993. I have found many similar recipes and combined them with my limited memory of the original recipe but none of them feel like "mine" so none of them are right. Funny how the sense of ownership can manifest itself when there is nothing tangible to own.

And, yes, I do treasure my recipes, both the ones I've inherited and created as well as the ones I have found along the way.

My brother's sweet lassi recipe, which is like all of our family recipes and not very exact, is one of my favorites. It came up in conversation with my guy the other day and he asked exactly what the recipe components and measurements were. Well, I don't really know! We just make it based on the idea: Plain yoghurt, lime juice, rose water, sugar and cardamom and sometimes water. How much of each, I dunno, whatever looks good. Still, no matter how different the proportions are each time, it comes out just right and I think of it as "his recipe" rather than my variation on his recipe.

Aug 14, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in Not About Food

"THAT" need for dessert

If only chowhound had a "like" button.

Like!

Aug 05, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in General Topics

"THAT" need for dessert

Hmmm, no. I only really have the desire for something sweet randomly and seemingly without reason. Except during the spring and fall months when I get Saturday cravings. Oh, a slice of chocolate cake, a section of almond cake or a big, fat slice of pumpkin pie!

Summer is too hot for sweets, winter is far too easy a time to get plump and I'm just not that big of a sweets fan to begin with.

I do get random cravings for yule log "mushrooms" and other weird things like macaroons or lemon tarts, but not after a meal.

Aug 05, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in General Topics

Edible Arrangements disgust me...anyone else?

It isn't an empty gesture, they just think it is.

I've never forgotten the boy from India who gave me an entire crate of mangoes. Oh, I ate every one with my heart filled with glee! That must have been twenty years ago.

Personally, I don't care for those edible arrangements but that is just my opinion. I'd still be accepting of the gesture if I received one as a gift.

Edit: at least twenty-five years ago.

Aug 05, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in General Topics

Watching an adjacent diner's meal in disbelief and envy

Awesome! I like how you didn't judge them, you just knew what you wanted and asked for it.

Jul 12, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in General Topics

Deli in Boulder?

I'm not sure I have an understanding of whether or not it should come with or without dressing but, from my own deli experience, I would have expected Russian dressing, not thousand island.

I don't usually like any dressing and add my own mustard because I don't like most dressings and I am crazy about mustards, but that is just me.

It was tasty, that is for sure!

Jun 14, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in Mountain States

Best Colorado-made products?

Thank you both.

No wonder I never see those, I hardly ever go to WF and I'm closer to Boulder,not Denver.

I'll try Marczyk's next time we go to Denver.

Thanks!

Jun 11, 2011
MinkeyMonkey in Mountain States