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Next year will be different: Thanksgiving

I am not much of a baker, but next year I will make or buy the desserts.
Cheesecake, probably.

Next year, I will not ruin the dressing.

Nov 30, 2014
sub_english in Home Cooking

Is it too soon to talk about Thanksgiving?

I'm excited. After some nomadic years, we hosted Thanksgiving in our new house last year. We've decided to host again this year, which thrills me. I enjoy cooking, and I want to eat the things *I* want to eat on Thanksgiving. I can make sure that happens if I host (I will, of course, make any reasonable request). It also means that I "get" a holiday, which makes me feel as though my grandmothers are looking on from beyond, nodding approvingly at my successful adult-ing.

Finally, it means that I don't have to wait for an hour while the food gets cold and my kids lose their mind because my brother-in-law's family is late. Dinner is when it is--microwave is over there.

Sep 17, 2014
sub_english in Home Cooking

Wine for steaming mussels?

I think the last time I made mussels, I used Barefoot Pinot Grigio. It's usually on sale for $5.99.

They were delicious.

Nonfat dry milk substitution?

My mother-in-law is trying to vegan-ize a recipe for a Christmas dinner guest. Can one substitute dry soy milk for nonfat dry milk? If not, does anyone have another suggestion.

Morton's Employees Make Major Faux Pas

Basic human decency aside, I don't understand how any restaurant manager can have such a terrible understanding of capitalism. Who throws out a member of a large party who has run up a $2,000 check? Don't you want them to come BACK? Don't you want the individuals in the party to come back for anniversaries and things? Why do you hate money?

It sounds like Mr. Chambers has been a truly class-act about the event.

Papa John's... Is it a cultural thing?

For our purposes, "pants" is defined as "clothes suitable for public." My husband generally answers the door in pajama pants.

Nov 24, 2013
sub_english in Chains

Papa John's... Is it a cultural thing?

We order Papa John's because they bring it to our house. No one has to put on pants. It is a hot food product that we can have when I would rather burn up my kitchen than cook in it.

We found a good local place that delivers Monday-Friday, so we order a lot less Papa John's now.

Women and Bourdain

I don't have cable, so have only seen the two episodes that CNN streamed online. I'm disappointed to hear this, though, as I seem to remember him having numerous woman cooks and fixers on "No Reservations."

And I disagree with the posters who suggest this is not worth noticing. I think it is fair to say that, worldwide, most of the day-to-day cooking is done by women--not to mention half of the day-to-day living. Not including women in the discussion makes for a deficient conversation.

What food do you long for but can't find/recreate?

I know exactly how you feel, but for me it green curry tofu at a Thai place near me. We moved away for several years--nothing else even comes close.

Oct 13, 2013
sub_english in General Topics

Looking for new appliances-is white the new SS?

I heard that the being pushed as the new "it" thing are the shiny, glass-like finishes in white/black/slate. If you are going through the considerable trouble and expense of re-doing your kitchen, then you should absolutely have what you like.

My one concern with white would be cleanliness or discoloration. However, I haven't seen this line of appliances in person and I would guess that at this price point the materials used are relatively easy to get and keep clean.

Apr 07, 2013
sub_english in Cookware


I'm a fan of Sugar Queen cupcakes. We're moving away this week, and oh, how I will miss them. Especially the key lime and cream cheese.

Christmas Day Lunch dilemma - what would you do?

Exactly. In lean years I've frequently hosted parties for friends serving pasta with red sauce and ham because it was what I could afford. I'd rather eat cheap and laugh much.

Dec 25, 2012
sub_english in Not About Food

OMG!! Mouse in the garbage disposal!

We had mice in my old house. I *insisted* we get the humane traps to deal with the issue.

Worst. Idea. Ever. Several mice got trapped in one of the traps while we were at work and were all dead when we got home--apparently after considerable suffering. In my quest to be humane, I managed to torture the things to death.

We replaced the traps with the pre-baited kind that look like large hockey pucks. There is a little switch that shows you the trap is now "occupied" and you dispose of it in its entirety.

Dec 01, 2012
sub_english in Not About Food

How do you calm your Thanksgiving cooking anxiety?

I use gin, but it's the same general principal.

Nov 21, 2012
sub_english in Not About Food

Where to eat in St Louis with kids?

Six Flags is in a rather distant suburb, and is surrounded primarily by chains. You can pack a picnic and leave it in your car, then take a break during your day to go eat--you could stock up on delicious deli foods or undressed sandwiches from the Hill, which is the city's traditional Italian neighborhood.

Sep 19, 2012
sub_english in Great Plains

Self-Catering a Wedding for 100?

We self-catered our wedding for 125 plus. We divided the cooking over several houses, and each location did one or two dishes.

That said, we did not attempt to serve hot food. Instead, we did fancy sandwiches and salads. The cooking of hot foods, then cooling down, then reheating so as not to accidentally poison someone--it's not easy. The day of your wedding neither you nor the people closest to you are going to have a lot of time time to be hands on. Do you have people who can manage without you?

If you want to do hot food, I totally understand, but I would suggest trying to go with some foods that can be held and served cold or at room temperature and just a few hot dishes. I might be wrong, but rice sounds like it is likely to go off the rails and become a frustrating disaster--potatoes are more forgiving.

Aug 18, 2012
sub_english in Home Cooking

Funny scenes at the market

When my son was about 5 weeks old, I went to the store to pick up a few things. He was not having a good day, and a smarter me would have just realized that and passed on the store. He screamed his way through frozen foods, and I took the time to feed him before I attempted checking out.

No dice. He was screaming in the line. I was just barely holding it together. Everyone in my line was a woman, and they all let me ahead of them to check out. They were all just so nice and sympathetic--I bawled right there in Kroger. That poor 18 year old bag boy.

Jul 30, 2012
sub_english in Not About Food

Kids in Downtown St. Louis

I don't recommend Fitz's. Their food hasn't been any good for years. During the day, Tap Room and Blueberry Hill are both appropriate for kids. I have never been that enthused about Tap Room's food, I find it on the bland side. LOVE Blueberry Hill's onion rings, and there is a lot for the kidlets to see there, but it is kind of a hike from the Metrolink station.

Jul 27, 2012
sub_english in Great Plains

What is Your Favorite Non-Foodie Thanksgiving Dish?

I love spinach casserole. Frozen spinach, Italian breadcrumbs, eggs, milk, and cheddar cheese all baked together into deliciousness. No clue at all where my grandma got the recipe, but the one Thanksgiving she decided not to make it I was _so_ disappointed. Now, I always offer to make and bring it.

Also, "zucchini appetizer." Sliced zucchini mixed with breadcrumbs and things into a savory, bread-like item. Good hot, cold, as an underpinning for mashed potatoes. Whatever.

Oct 21, 2009
sub_english in Home Cooking