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Canadian Breakfast

I came across a request for breakfast suggestions other than French Toast etc. If you would like to have some easy but a little different try a newer version of French Toast.

Normally the egg mixture for French Toast is mixed with a little milk and then beat together before the bread is dipped into it. I make a small change in that mixture. I omit the milk and use orange juice instead. Plus, I add a little nutmeg to the egg mixture. Cook in the usual fashion.

When I make this for guests, I'm always asked,"How did you make this?" One more thing. I never serve anything but REAL maple syrup and real butter. You just can't beat the real thing!

An additional thought. You might try a bit of lemon juice added to the orange juice.

Sep 11, 2012
dhmill in Home Cooking

Should New York Ban Eating on the Subway?

Pretty much anyplace that there is a gathering of humans, you are going to have rats.

On the otherhand, what if you are sitting next to someone that is eating a limbuger cheese and sardine sandwich?

Feb 29, 2012
dhmill in Features

What IS this food everyone is reportedly wasting?

Hi Jen,
Most urban areas will ban chickens as livestock. But often that problem can be avoided by keeping a few chickens AS PETS! One must make certain that the chickens never wander onto the neighbor's property. I think that it is probable that every neighborhood has someone who wants to regulate someone else's life. I have one of those. In my case it's my boat parked in my driveway.

One way the chicken lady may have been able to overcome the nosy neighbor is to give that neighbor some fresh eggs every now and then. Fresh eggs will beat supermarket eggs hands down every time. I'll bet that they would not be wasted!

Jan 12, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

What IS this food everyone is reportedly wasting?

Throw the old Christmas tree into a nearby pond. The fish will love the shelter.

Jan 12, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

What IS this food everyone is reportedly wasting?

Freia,

Of course you are correct to a certain extent. Although I have never lived in Europe I have spent some time there. One reason that many of the European residents shop every day is because their fridges are so small. And although there are supermarkets there is not much need for places where you can buy a week's worth of food when many homes have no means to store it all. It often leads to a more relaxed way of living because most have to shop for dinner every day. Actually the neighborhood is much like a supermarket except that it's not all under one roof. You will have the bakery which is right next door to the vegetable shop which is right next door to the butcher shop which is right next door to the fruit shop. The daily shopping can be viewed as a daily bother or as a way to relax. I will say that one is more likely to have a personal relationship with each shop owner. With not much more than milk stored for a longer term in the fridge.

I'm not so sure about having less of a car culture. Just ask an Italian in Italy how he feels about the Alfa Romao or the Ferrari. On the other hand, I have a collector car which would be extremly difficult to drive on the streets of most European cities. It's a 1970 Caddilac Fleetwood Sedan. At 22 feet long I could not make either a right nor left turn at most of the intersections in Naples, Italy. However, those very narrow streets were packed with both cars and people. It is interesting to stand chatting at a street corner and have the seat of your pants dusting the sides of cars as they drove by. Very narrow streets. Most of those cars would be hard pressed to carry a week's worth of groceries even if you could find a supermarket.

Speaking of food. One of the best and worst meals that I have ever had anywhere were both in Naples, Italy. We dined al fresco at a lovely hilltop restaurant which had a beautiful view of Naples Bay and Mount Vesuvius. They served a thick pizza which was both raw dough inside and charred like charcoal black on the bottom. I presume that the restaurant threw that pizza away even though they had used a small oven.

Jan 12, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

Guerrilla Grafting, a How-To Guide

tonifi,
you may want to check and see is there are any rooted sprouts growing from the base of the tree. They can be planted and grown. However It may be a long time before they bear any fruit, if ever. Grafting scions may be the saving grace.

Jan 12, 2012
dhmill in Features

What IS this food everyone is reportedly wasting?

freia,
A handful of red worms will do wonders in a compost pile. In just a short time there will be thousands of those little critters. Red worms seem to like compost piles better than common earthworms although earthworms will work. Just not as effectively. Both kinds of worms simply love coffee grounds.

Jan 11, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

What IS this food everyone is reportedly wasting?

freia,
Europe is not such a good example to use. European fridges are small because the operating cost is so high. For the same reason the European cars are quite often very small. The gasoline costs two or three times what ours does.
The cost of living is apparently very high in Europe. Yesterday I was reading the blog from a woman in Germany. Her apartment rent is apparently very high. So how does she cope with that? You may laugh at her solution. She rents the use of her living room couch on a nightly basis. Now she has added two matresse's that are on the floor. She will also rent her bed if you insist upon a bed and she'll sleep on her couch. In effect, she is recycling her space.
I have solved my problems with lemons. I have made recipies that called for only the zest of lemon. Now, what do I do with the lemon? One day I had to use the juice only of two lemons. And I remembered the need for lemon zest. I had used most of the lemon pulp and now I had the lemon skin left. The light bulb comes on. I sliced the lemon into circles and put them into a zip lock bag and into the freezer door. Frozen they will last a long time. Now when I need some lemon zest, I take out one or two lemon circles, let them thaw and viola, I've got lemon zest without using the whole lemon. Waste not, want not. Of course if you are making lemonade you could end up with too much lemon zest. LOL Be creative! Lemon zest in pancakes is quite tasty.

Jan 11, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

What IS this food everyone is reportedly wasting?

Jens,You don't like brussel sprouts? All they really are is small cabbages. I had some fresh ones a couple of weeks ago thet were simply outstanding. Far superior to frozen brussel sprouts. Instead of throwing them away, try going to a site like ChowHound and search out some recipies. There are many ways to use them. Quarter them and use them in soup. Fresh are better than frozen. The frozen ones may not have been quite ripe enough when processed.

My biggest problem is all of those partial jars of whatever that have been shoved to the back of the fridge. Then of course I buy new to add to the previous half bottles.

Jan 11, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

What IS this food everyone is reportedly wasting?

When I was living in Riverside and gardening I found a problem with large rats raiding my compost pile. What was called roof rats. I had to put my compost inside of closable metal containers.

Jan 11, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

What IS this food everyone is reportedly wasting?

Hi cstout,
I feed wild deer. And there are quite a few deer in the woods directly behind my local Wal-Mart. One evening as I was going to the feeding area I happened to see a Wal-Mart employee dumping about a bushel of apples into a dumpster bin. It just so happens that deer love apples and they don't care if there is a spot or two.
You know what comes next. I was at that dumpster salvaging some apples. I very quickly started wondering why the store was throwing away perfectly good apples? Heck, I would eat the apples myself if they happened to be McIntosh. It became McIntosh for me, red and yellow Delicious for the deer. Then I noticed that they were throwing away nicely ripe Avacodos. I could buy the Avacados inside that were rock hard and unripe or salvage them from the dumpster that were just nicely ripe. Finally I figured out that anything with a tough or thick skin was quite likely to be good fruit. Fruit such as oranges, lemons, just barely ripe bananas, the above mentioned Avacados, and so on. For awhile I was eating a lot more fruit than was normal for me.
Lots of the fruit had nothing wrong with it other than being past it's "sell by" date. I even got two nicely ripe watermelons one time. A thick hide remember? Got me to thinking about making some watermelon wine. In the meantime the deer certainly loved the apples,pears and similar fruits.
Then one evening I found that there were LOCKS on the dumpsters. In case you have never noticed, Wal-Mart has video cameras hung nearly every place that one can be placed. I counted 40 video cameras on the outside walls all the way around the Wal-Mart store. Apparently I was noticed visiting the dumpsters. No more apples for the deer. Wasted food? To be sure. Every kind of fruit and vegetable that you can think of. Whole dumpsters FULL. Two of them emptied twice a week. Now locked up.

Jan 11, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

What IS this food everyone is reportedly wasting?

Which is not allowed anymore? The use of the food waste or the pig trough?

Jan 11, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

Please, No More Racist Receipt IDs

The "N" word? Are you refering to the word Negro? Google it all you want my friend but there is no such race as black.

An old fashioned sneer? Actually the time honored way of servers is.........
a thumb in the soup.

Jan 10, 2012
dhmill in Features

Wasted Food - How to Stop This Horrible Habit

When I was laid off in So. Calif. I had a very limited income. Being single I got my food bill down to $10.00 or less per week. Cereal for breakfast. And only supper for my other meal. A 10 pound bag of whole chicken legs was $3.00. One broiled chicken leg for supper and a fresh salad. Absolutly no leftovers whatsoever! Next night was spagetti night. Meatless spagetti but with fresh mushrooms, a chopped up fresh tomato in the cheap canned tomato sauce and a fresh salad. No leftovers! Next night, a broiled chicken leg again. Dry cereal for a snack while watching TV. We just don't need nearly as much food as we buy.The very most surprising thing? I had to go to the thrift store and buy new clothing. I had lost 25 lbs. that summer.

Jan 09, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

Wasted Food - How to Stop This Horrible Habit

I used to live in Riverside in So. Cal. so forget the tomatoe's. You have a CSA? So it must be doable. Grapes will grow in some god awful soil. So will Japanese Persimmons. A fellow that I knew in Riverside sold every one that he could grow. People came from miles around hoping to get some of his Japanese Persimmons. Different than American Persimmons. Like eating candy.
I remember, almost constant watering. Oh, my soaring water bill! In small amounts it was less expensive to buy from the supermarket. BUT, it can be done with DRIP IRRIGATION! Boysenberries will produce well. Maybe Blackberries also.
The heat season in Riverside runs from mid-April to lete/early Nov. I know Calif. The state average rainfall is approx. 8 inches average. Last year in Ohio we had 64 inches in my area. (Cleveland) plus 54 inches of snow.
I love to grow things so I'd allow some chickens to freerange (fertilizer) and I'd try it.
The CD books was only an idea. I'm currently listening to "The Sun Also Rises" by Hemingway. Lots of other kinds of books and even college courses are available..
dhmill@aol.com

Jan 09, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

Do you have a favorite I'm-alone-now-so-nobody-will-know favorite dish?

OMG fresh tomatoes! I have to admit that I have gone out to my garden to pick some tomatoes for the kitchen and didn't make it back inside for awhile. There is nothing better than an heirloom type tomato, sun warmed, ripe off the vine, standing in the garden eating it still warm from the sun, juice running down my chin, no salt or pepper, just sun warm ripe tomato! I eat to whole thing. Tops, bottoms and the middle! Seeds juice and all. Now THAT is living!

Jan 08, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

Do you have a favorite I'm-alone-now-so-nobody-will-know favorite dish?

Lucky me. I have a Stouffers plant nearby with a factory discount outlet store.

Jan 08, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

Do you have a favorite I'm-alone-now-so-nobody-will-know favorite dish?

I once made Beef Wellington with a whole round steak (rolled up) and used frozen pie crust in stead of peffed dough. Turned out quite nice.
Sam's Club also sells the whole brisket. It's a lerge hunk of meat.

Jan 08, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

Wasted Food - How to Stop This Horrible Habit

So why do they do things like that when there is a better way so easily available?

Jan 08, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

Do you have a favorite I'm-alone-now-so-nobody-will-know favorite dish?

That does sound good. With or without the banana. Another thing that is really good with peanut butter is Lingonberry preserves. It's sort of like cranberries. Both sweet and tart. Makes a great pb&j sandwich. It's hard to resist simply eating it directly from the jar with a spoon.

Jan 08, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

Wasted Food - How to Stop This Horrible Habit

If you are freezing fresh vegetables, many of them freeze better if they are par-boiled first before you freeze them. Removing as much air as possible is good. Another way to exclude the air is to cover the fruit/vegetable with water and then freeze it. The item will be encased in ice which excludes the air.
Also, remember that nearly everything and particuarly foodstuffs contain water. The water freezes and the ice expands which will break down the molecues of the food. When the food item is thawed this is why most fruits will be mushy.

Jan 08, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

Do you have a favorite I'm-alone-now-so-nobody-will-know favorite dish?

No I haven't. I have no idea of what cajeta is.

Jan 08, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

Wasted Food - How to Stop This Horrible Habit

Ok BGD,
Don't laugh at my first question. Do you have water on your two acres? Is there a library near you? If so you may consider borrowing audio books to listen to during your commutes. Assuming that you have a CD player in your vehicle. A truck? I'm currently listening to one of the "Clan Of The Cavebear" series. Next I have "The Sun Also Rises" by Hemingway. If you don't have time for reading then you can listen.
If you have water and two acres and you are single then you can make a good living by growing various kinds of vegetable and fruits. You can even grow plants to sell for landscaping the new homes that are being built in and near to Las Vegas. Those flower plants are very profitable. The first things that you need are the land and water.
I have a stepson that lives in Las Vegas so I have seen the need for landscaping plants. His friend has opened a restaurant and he may be interested in buying some vine ripened heirloom tomatoes from you. Which sure beat those commercial tomatoes. I do this on my .6 acres as a hobby and suppliment my S.S. nicely. Just a friendly suggestion.

Jan 08, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

Wasted Food - How to Stop This Horrible Habit

cstout,
there is a cookbook from Denmark listed elsewhere on the Chowhound site.

Jan 08, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

Wasted Food - How to Stop This Horrible Habit

cstout,

There are lots of vegetables that you can grow in pots and harvest from over and over. Beet leaves for salads is one of them. Several kinds of lettuces can be grown in pots. If you take only a few outer leaves the lettuce plant will generate more leaves over and over. I have a south and west facing sunroom so it is easy for me. But south and west facing windowsills also will work. Garlic and chives work well. So does swiss chard. I harvested from a swiss chard plant for three years. During the winter be sure that you do not over water. It's a great temptation to do so. When it warms in the spring all of the pots can be placed outside on your patio, porch or whatever. Most times the natural rainfall will be enough. Make sure that the pots have drainage. As for buying a product from Bolivia, Chile or where ever, some of us live where the produce will not grow during the winter. If we don't have some growing in our own pots on the window sill where else are we going to get the produce if we are in-between seasons here in the U.S.?

Jan 08, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

Wasted Food - How to Stop This Horrible Habit

paulj,
You compost the chicken and pig waste and then use it to fertilize the garden to grow more veggies. LOL

Jan 08, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

Wasted Food - How to Stop This Horrible Habit

I simply thump the top of the closed bottle against the heel of my hand. This makes the small amount in the bottom go to the neck of the bottle. I tried the centrifical method once and the bottle slipped out of my grip. What a mess! Another thought is that not all of us have good movement in our shoulders for the centrifical method.

Jan 08, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

Wasted Food - How to Stop This Horrible Habit

Isolda, my wife wraps everything left over from a meal in foil or waxed paper. Or she places the food in a bowl with a plate on top of it.One can never tell what is in a package without opening it.
I have purchased graduated glass bowls with lids for the purpose of storing leftovers (you SEE what is in a bowl) but she refuses to use them. There the bowls sit on the countertop unused. Now what?

Jan 08, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

Wasted Food - How to Stop This Horrible Habit

There are only two of us, both retired. We have two freezers. Both chock full of food. My wife makes good soups BUT she will not use the vegetables that are rotting in the refridgerator. Instead she buys canned mixed vegetables for making the soup. For example, I like rutabagas. But her mother in W.V. never cooked rutabagas so she refuses to cook them also. It would be good in soup but there it sits, turning green.
I have found out that you can't teach some old dogs new tricks. Throw our money into the trash and complain about the lack of money..

Jan 07, 2012
dhmill in General Topics

Wasted Food - How to Stop This Horrible Habit

I only feed my dogs certain kinds of chicken bones. No hollow bones. Legs, wings etc. I do give them more solid breast bones.

Jan 07, 2012
dhmill in General Topics