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Biggest, most expensive bullshit at a fine dining restaurant.

$75 Lobster tail add-on

Jun 15, 2015
melpy in Not About Food

Cookbook Challenge

Didn't realize I could tag books and not just recipes until I read this. My mother and share the subscription so I made tags that say my shelf and mom's shelf. Awesome idea!

Jun 15, 2015
melpy in Home Cooking

I am in your town. I have 100 USD and an afternoon off. Food crawl. Where do I go??

Pretty much walking around downtown in Carlisle, PA. Parking is free after 4 pm and on Sunday but you might have to skip a couple restaurants. Otherwise you can plug the meters, park on a side street, in a free lot or pay $1 for the parking garage.

In no particular order and taking into account that you will likely be stopping various places and eating at each one. I am not counting alcohol in the total because we aren't big drinkers and would probably just get one of the suggested beverages. Even with drinks I think this is under 100 actually.

Cafe Bruges-get frites with all the homemade dipping sauces, get a sour ale if you want to eat into your budget a little because they aren't cheap, get Monk's on tap for more bang for your buck 5 (frites only)

The Hamilton-1 hot-chee dog (hot dog, american cheese, "chili" onions and mustard)(only 2 dollars and always ready to go, don't even bother sitting down, can also get a shake or old fashioned drink) 2

Piatto- get a piatto salad (pear) and an aperol spritzer, sit outside and then shop the little shops on Pomfret 9

Andalusia- stuffed dates, sauteed oyster mushrooms 17

Mt. Fuji-Umbrella Head roll (salmon with a kiwi on one side topped with spicy scallop) 10

Take a LONG walk down (10-12 blocks or so)through the Dickinson College Campus to Massey's or Leo's for frozen custard or ice cream. 4

May 28, 2015
melpy in General Topics

graduation gift card suggestion

I actually like the suggestion of Oleana if they can get an outside table. I have not eaten inside so perhaps the dining room is more sedate but the vibe and food was fun when we went a few years ago.

May 28, 2015
melpy in Greater Boston Area

Should this party have been canceled?

I think a heads up for you would have been nice but in a way that totally sounded like you were still a wanted a guest.

This sort of happened to me once. A boy had a birthday/Halloween party. I was looking forward to it. Mother called my mom to let me know I was going to be the only girl. I was 15. I went and had a decent time and it wasn't too awkward as I was friends with most of them. We played touch football, had a hayride, played foosball and had a campfire. Looking back at the pictures I had crushes on at least five of the boys but I can't remember who I like at the time. It was probably the host since I didn't know who else was going.

Apr 20, 2015
melpy in Not About Food

Starting Dinner Early

Happens often with my in-laws. Christmas dinner is the typical issue. We once arrived 15 minutes early and they had finished eating. It takes them about 15 minutes to eat so it is a small window.

I suck it up because there is no such thing as direct in this family.

ETA: I think if fiance is there early to visit HE should say that HE is waiting to eat with you and follow through with it. At least there would be some solidarity in that. I assume from the sound of it the rest will be eating before still but that doesn't mean you should have to eat alone.

Apr 20, 2015
melpy in Not About Food
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Please interpret this menu pricing....

Before reading anything below and knowing that this is likely Persian based on the food names, I would say two skewers versus one skewer. Reading the description at the top, it says two or one.

Apr 20, 2015
melpy in Not About Food
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Tips to cut grocery bill

The Bay Area will be pricier than other areas of the country.

I am in Central PA. There are only two of us and my grocery bills are probably around $400 per month. I will buy organic sometimes but not all the time. I shop the circular for deals. My CSA from mid-April to mid-December is about 14 dollars a week. I don't know if the canned beans versus dried is going to break the bank. The meal plan is very helpful because you only buy what you need. I plan 4-5 meals per week and can eat off staples, eat out, use leftovers and repurpose if I need to. If you are going and buying "what looks good" and then coming up with something you are going to be spending more. Be flexible with the meal plan. I want beans and greens, I want an Asian noodle dish, I want something with eggplant.

Apr 20, 2015
melpy in General Topics

Book/website recommendations? Meal planning for two

They say if you make the meals in order the most perishable food gets used up first.

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipe...

This one is "stress-free".

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipe...

Four weeks with wine pairings

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipe...

I am not going to put all the links but you get the idea.
I have found most of the recipes I have made from RS to be pretty good.

Apr 20, 2015
melpy in General Topics

Book/website recommendations? Meal planning for two

Real Simple Magazine has some "monthly" or "weekly" menu articles that cater to the using up ingredients.

Typically I will plan my weeks around similar items in different ethnic cuisines.
Search things like cook once eat twice.

Apr 20, 2015
melpy in General Topics

As a foodie, what do you do for lunch during the week?

As a foodie I save up my fun eating for nights and weekends. I eat a yogurt and a banana at lunch and then a snack when I get home instead of a large lunch.

Apr 20, 2015
melpy in General Topics
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bbq menu

I like the pulled pork idea because it is easy to make ahead.

Apr 20, 2015
melpy in General Topics

Tasting menus and other no-choice restaurants: why the praise?

I am offended that going out to dinner as a form of entertainment is considered shallow. I find sharing a meal with a group of people and their conversation to be stimulating enough without going to the theatre. I do enjoy other cultural experiences like the theatre but I will eat somewhere that will afford a quicker meal if that is the necessity for some reason.

Mar 03, 2015
melpy in General Topics

Help a Canadian out..what on Earth is "American cheese"?

What does ribbon cut mean?

Mar 03, 2015
melpy in Cheese

Help a Canadian out..what on Earth is "American cheese"?

Jim's is where it's at. Don't bother with Pat's or Geno's.

However, my husband and I have found that even in Philly, no one holds a candle to Philadelphia Steak and Hoagie out of Camp Hill, PA.

Mar 03, 2015
melpy in Cheese

My Family Doesn't Eat My Cooking

It is posts like these that make my love my husband even more than I already do.

Although he does say I get a little too into the planning of meals he respects my opinions on convenience foods. Especially since I allow him to keep a few on hand for himself.

Mar 03, 2015
melpy in Not About Food

My Family Doesn't Eat My Cooking

That second tip is great but once she cuts into it couldn't she see it wasn't brown?

Mar 03, 2015
melpy in Not About Food

Kitchen habits you stopped after you realized they were questionable

I find Corelle to be light enough and easy to handle. Plus it is difficult to break. I bought a plain white set for my everyday dishes. Food just looks prettier on a white plate.

Mar 03, 2015
melpy in General Topics
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Kitchen habits you stopped after you realized they were questionable

My husband basically has to wash them clean and then put in the dishwasher and it drives me nuts. So much wasted water.

Mar 03, 2015
melpy in General Topics

Kitchen habits you stopped after you realized they were questionable

Smaller vessels are easier to clean and lighter. I am a chronic small vessel user as long as it doesn't hinder the end results.

Mar 03, 2015
melpy in General Topics

Do you test-run a preparation before making it later for guests?

I do about half and half. Typically some elements are new and some are tried and true. I have a few favorites that appear at most of our Labor Day parties. Dinner parties are mixed bag. I feel like it is about time again to have a dinner party. Last time I did roast red pepper soup (new), pesto pea salad (old), crab cakes with corn (had eaten the recipe but not made myself), berry shortcake (new cake recipe, berry and whipped cream old).

Mar 02, 2015
melpy in General Topics

Do you use your stove for storage ?

I get sick of moving the pizza stone (large rectangular variety)in and out of the oven. I will typically leave it in there for a few weeks and then pull it out and store again if we haven't used it for a while. I would never think to look inside first so that is the only thing I trust.

Feb 27, 2015
melpy in General Topics

Is it okay to...

This.

Feb 27, 2015
melpy in Not About Food

My Family Doesn't Eat My Cooking

My husband seems to have started life on the P diet. Once we were together he became much more adventurous. He still prefers the large piece of meat dinners but happily eats all types of cuisines and even indulges in things I don't care for. I do the cooking at night so he knows this is what we are having and he is welcome to have second dinner or a snack once I go to bed.

Feb 27, 2015
melpy in Not About Food

My Family Doesn't Eat My Cooking

My dad does filet on Christmas Eve and burns two pieces for two of the husbands. Most are medium and enough medium rare for our family member who don't like to ruin meat.

Feb 27, 2015
melpy in Not About Food
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Is dessert optional?

I don't think anyone can force you to eat something. If I am going to a dinner party typically I will have a taste to be polite. Typically if something is decadent I try to share with someone else. Most people who would invite me to a dinner party understands that I am working on weightloss and don't bully me into dessert.

If you have politely eaten everything else in the meal I don't feel it is completely unreasonable to refuse dessert. I would still partake in coffee or tea. I think it would all depend on the circumstances. If it is store bought junk I feel a lot less badly about abstaining.

Feb 27, 2015
melpy in Not About Food
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How many at home dishes have you truly mastered?

I have been making scrambled eggs for 20 years and I always hate the way I make them. My mother and especially my grandmother are the only two people who really make them the way I love them. I will have to really pay attention next time I go to Gramma's house because I'm sick of making omelets because of crappy scrambling skils.

Feb 26, 2015
melpy in Home Cooking

How many at home dishes have you truly mastered?

I think microwave meant "convenience food" that you buy and microwave with no other additional work.

Feb 26, 2015
melpy in Home Cooking

How many at home dishes have you truly mastered?

I think of cooking more as sets of techniques that I can mix and match with ingredients to make infinite dishes. I make new recipes most nights so that we don't always eat the same thing typically. There are a few things that I do the same way every time but there isn't always measuring so tastes typically change.

There are lots of techniques I feel I have mastered. My favorite is probably chopping onions uniformly. Another is roasting whole chicken/turkey. Making a three egg omelet is usually consistent for me as well. And basically any kind of meatball from scratch with various cooking techniques is pretty foolproof at this point.

Feb 26, 2015
melpy in Home Cooking
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A restarutant trend that should die in 2015:

The main thing that this one place sells is not on the menu. Hot-chee dogs are like a chili cheese dog but with onions and mustard and the chili is a sweet/cinnamony Greek chili and the cheese is a slice of white American. You can Hot-Chee anything: burger, omelette, fries...

I wish it was on the menu. They don't even bring you a menu at this place. They ask if you want one or not when they bring you water. If it were like the grits restaurant in My Cousin Vinny with the limited menu (literally Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) I wouldn't care but it is four pages long!

Jan 13, 2015
melpy in Not About Food