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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.

about 20 hours ago
melpy in General Topics

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

What does ribbon cut mean?

about 20 hours ago
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.

about 20 hours ago
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.

about 21 hours ago
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?

about 21 hours ago
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.

about 21 hours ago
melpy in General Topics

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.

about 21 hours ago
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.

about 21 hours ago
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).

1 day ago
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

Home Cooks - How do you minimize food waste?

Put a list on the fridge of what is in the freezer and use that to meal plan instead of the protein. We look at what we need to use from fridge and freezer list and plan around that, only buying other things with coupons/deals or ingedients to round out a recipe.

The food's terrible...and such large portions

I like the egg sandwich for breakfast. Just salty enough.

Dec 10, 2014
melpy in Chains

The food's terrible...and such large portions

I was so happy this year when my mother in law decided not to go to Hoss's for her birthday and chose a local diner instead.

They did make me go to Hoss's for my "wedding shower" since they refused to come to the one that the bridesmaids threw. Luckily they made it obvious that we were not there for steak but the lunch soup and salad buffet so I didn't have to gag down some shoe leather to be polite.

Dec 10, 2014
melpy in Chains

Honeymoon in Newport

Can you elborate? Hoping to go this weekend?

Oct 07, 2014
melpy in Southern New England

Newport, RI foodie restaurant suggestion

We are hoping to go to Midtown Oyster for dinner for the one afternoon we are spending in Newport on our NE long weekend. Glad to see someone recommending it. I was getting a little nervous.

Oct 07, 2014
melpy in Southern New England

Tell-Tale Terms

Traditional vibe?

Aug 19, 2014
melpy in Not About Food

Tell-Tale Terms

I have been good places with a groupon. It has been a few years though.

Aug 19, 2014
melpy in Not About Food

Which recipe easy to cook at dinner?

Buy a steak. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder. Heat grill to high. Put steak on. Cook for 3-4 min per side depending on thickness. Turn down grill after first few min. Buy romaine lettuce pre cut, squeeze half a lemon for every three handfuls of lettuce, add a couple tablespoons of EVOO and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Shave Parmesan cheese on to salad. Slice a tomato and top with salt, pepper and some fresh basil leaves or sliced red onion. Serve tomato, salad and steak. Total time 10-20 min.

Aug 19, 2014
melpy in Home Cooking

Fascinating cooking tips and advice

Is it store bought or fresh squeezed to which we are supposed to add the lemon? I prefer fresh and never get it because it is time consuming to get even one glass. This would be a nice hack if true.

Aug 17, 2014
melpy in Home Cooking

Fascinating cooking tips and advice

Also, what is the point unless you buy pasta in a bag it already comes in a container like that.

Aug 17, 2014
melpy in Home Cooking
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Fascinating cooking tips and advice

Celery refreshes well if it does go limp too. Just put cut ends in cold water. I think I got this to work with wilted greens as well.

Aug 17, 2014
melpy in Home Cooking
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Fascinating cooking tips and advice

The captions almost made me put it down. I wonder how many actually work though. I have seen almost all of those on Pinterest before and there is a lot of junk out there.

Aug 17, 2014
melpy in Home Cooking
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