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Site Down... again?

I just figured the global-hacker set was bored with crashing banks and retailers, so they were partying here.

about 8 hours ago
Caroline1 in Site Talk

Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

Of course you could! But you've missed my point altogether. I think that a restaurant that offered a full Thanksgiving menu to diners PLUS an added option for an additional fee for a package of take-home "leftovers" could probably draw a lot of business simply because "no leftovers" seems to be the chief complaint against dining out for Thanksgiving dinner. In other words, a way to escape spending the whole day cooking, but still have that leftover turkey sandwich around midnight if you're so inclined. Hope this helps. '-)

about 9 hours ago
Caroline1 in General Topics

Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

I would gladly dine out on Thanksgiving if I could just find a restaurant with a "Take Home Leftovers Bundle" on the menu! Turkey, cranberry sauce, dressing and sweet potato souffle. That's enough. Well, maybe a take-out coffee cup of gravy. '-)

EDIT: I first thought of this years ago, but alas, I don't own a restaurant or I would have retired rich as Croesus by now!

about 13 hours ago
Caroline1 in General Topics
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Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures

Dirtiest, darkest, deepest...? Okay. Here goes.... Once every year or so I absolutely MUST subject myself to the most depraved and disgusting tacos ever created by man... BUT, GOTTA HAVE 'EM! 2 FOR 99¢ TACOS AT JACK IN THE BOX...! What can I say? <sigh>

about 13 hours ago
Caroline1 in General Topics

What is "real food"?

Yup. That's certainly true. My not too clear point was meant to be that McDonald's is not exactly the epitome of healthy eating. Fast food, a la McDonald's et al, is a major contributor to the obesity problem in the U.S., and we are now unselfishly exporting that to the entire world! Big cheer for "Health America!" Not!

about 13 hours ago
Caroline1 in General Topics

What is "real food"?

Thanks in large part to companies like McDonald's, Pizza Hut... Well, as the saying goes, "The usual suspects," fast (crappy) food is the Biggest U.S. export. Have you looked over McD's international menus lately? Damn few countries in the world they don't have shops in -- In Australia and New Zealand they call themselves "Maccas" -- but my point is these American food corporations are exporting America's MOST unhealthy diet all around the world! Underdeveloped countries don't have a prayer! And McD's is just one of MANY American fast food corporations that have gone global. Not the best export ever devised by man!
http://www.aboutmcdonalds.com/mcd/cou...

about 15 hours ago
Caroline1 in General Topics

Can I confit duck and chicken legs together?

That's all that counts! '-)

about 23 hours ago
Caroline1 in Home Cooking
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Two guys serve McDonalds at a high-end food event and nobody can tell:

It ain't just Germany. McDonald's is on every street corner in the whole damn world! I read an authoritative article that said the are opening 1 new McDonald's per day in China for the next several YEARS! Can wonton Big Mac suey be far behind?

about 23 hours ago
Caroline1 in Food Media & News

Does anybody else miss chicken skin?

It isn't often a restaurant's menu tickles my funny bone, but that one did a deep massage! The Juniper's Wings & Waffles creeps close to mind blowing; chicken and waffles of course, but with a spicy Morrocan charmoula sauce, a Japanese spiced togarashi butter, all sprinkled with benne seeds, which are sort of like sesame seeds. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around charmoula/tagarashi waffles! They are fusion cooks gone wild! I'll take an order of the chicken skin but reserve the right to feed the strawberry buttermilk to a cat if I don't like it. Still, a VERY creative menu. I'd eat there! Well, once anyway. '-)

about 24 hours ago
Caroline1 in General Topics

Two guys serve McDonalds at a high-end food event and nobody can tell:

Have you spent time in Germany?

Two guys serve McDonalds at a high-end food event and nobody can tell:

I'm wondering if the "victims" were EVER told they'd been pranked?

What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

What a fabulous attitude! Here's to Full recovery and "ALL the fixins" for Christmas dinner! Good health to you.

2 days ago
Caroline1 in Home Cooking

favorite fish dish

That is mouth wateringly gorgeous! What a great cook you are!

Oct 22, 2014
Caroline1 in General Topics

Two guys serve McDonalds at a high-end food event and nobody can tell:

Closed captions DO help! If the Brooklyn Bridge was located in Germany, those guys would be billionaires!

Oct 22, 2014
Caroline1 in Food Media & News

Two guys serve McDonalds at a high-end food event and nobody can tell:

Why didn't I think of that? Thanks! I'll give it a try. :-)

Oct 22, 2014
Caroline1 in Food Media & News

What is Caster Sugar?

I realize this thread is ELEVEN years old, but here is some information that has not been shared before about "caster sugar" and why it is called that. Cane sugar has been around for at least 8,000 years but in very limited amounts until sugar cane was imported to the Caribbean soon after Columbus' voyage, where sugar production quickly became a major new world industry. But sugar's attraction for humidity meant that what may have been shipped and bought as granulated sugar easily became giant sugar cubes or blocks. It was often sold as "loaf sugar." Housewives and hired kitchen staff used wooden mallets and other blunt instruments to break up the sugar, which was then put in sugar "casters," which are similar to salt shakers but larger, and were placed on the table as a condiment. The size of the holes in any given caster determined the size of the sugar granules that could be shaken out. Fine sugar dissolves quickly, therefore most sugar casters had fine holes. The larger "granules" that remained in the caster were added back to the next sugar pounding when the caster was refilled. Sugar casters were often made of silver or silver plate and are quite collectible today. Here are some: http://tinyurl.com/l63gebj

In today's world, "caster sugar" simply means "fine sugar," which is different than "powdered" or "icing" sugar which has corn starch added to it to keep it from clumping. Sorry I didn't see this thread years ago, but here's to better late than never! '-)

Oct 22, 2014
Caroline1 in General Topics

Two guys serve McDonalds at a high-end food event and nobody can tell:

Since I do NOT sprachen sie deutch, I have no way to evaluate the event for myself, therefore the link to a German language story is useless to me. That the public can be grossly mislead is NOT news. Just look at some of the people we have elected!

Oct 22, 2014
Caroline1 in Food Media & News

Bumping up old threads

ummm... You'd rather wade through 500 posts to see if a point you've thought of has already been covered or not? Sounds like a good way to ensure redundancy to me. I prefer several smaller threads with limited or no redundancy, which still allows those who want to delve deeper to search out similar or like threads. I find 500 post threads a marshland. I don't go there!

favorite fish dish

My all time favorite fish dish, as in fins and no shells, has to be real Dover sole a la meuniere. In today's market true Dover sole is very hard to come by in the U.S., and when you find it, it costs an arm and a leg, but it was not always so. Anyway, it's an incredibly simple recipe that is decadently delicious! You simply lightly coat the filets with flour, then fry in drawn butter skin side down until browned, turn and brown the flesh side, then melt MORE butter (not drawn butter this time but chunks of good organic unsalted butter) all around the filets and let the butter creep under the fish. When the butter stops foaming, squeeze fresh lemon juice into the pan, slide the fish onto a warm plate, drizzles the pan juices over it, sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley and BON BON BON APPETITE! Sometimes ridiculously simple recipes are the best!

Oct 21, 2014
Caroline1 in General Topics

food in movies/ grotesque chewing

Yes it does!

And here it is:

http://tinyurl.com/q54eas3

Oct 21, 2014
Caroline1 in Food Media & News

"Dorilocos"- The new snack craze on Mexico’s streets

I got a tummy ache watching!

Oct 21, 2014
Caroline1 in Food Media & News
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Bumping up old threads

I find it annoying to the extreme. When I respond, click "send," THEN realize I've just responded to a question that was asked seven or eight years ago, you DON'T want to know the names I call myself! Chowhound was not always this way. I miss the old way!

Oct 21, 2014
Caroline1 in Site Talk
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Cacahuate Japones Variations?

<sigh>

Oct 20, 2014
Caroline1 in General Topics

Cacahuate Japones Variations?

I got SOOOO excited when I saw this thread! Yay! Eat_Nopal is back! <sigh> I wish the damned Chow computer would stop recycling old threads like this. It's bad for my heart! :-(

Oct 20, 2014
Caroline1 in General Topics

Cooking from wheelchair

I can only encourage you to call Medicare and discuss your situation with them. What do you have to lose? :-)

Oct 20, 2014
Caroline1 in General Topics

Cooking from wheelchair

Coll, I am so very sorry this has happened to you and your husband, but... Good news! The information you have been given and the things you assume about Medicare and what they cover are absolutely 100% inaccurate! As I said above, I am a "retired" Occupational Therapist, and I always work very hard NOT to pass along any information I am not absolutely certain is factual. To that end, I have just spent 45 minutes on the phone with Medicare, and a very kind Durable Medical Goods department employee went through all of the current criteria with me, so here is what the current practices of Medicare for wheelchairs are:

1. Medicare REQUIRES that any physician who intends to write a prescription for any kind of wheelchair (manual, power, scooter, ultra-light athlete's manual chairs, etc.) must first have a half hour consultation with the patient for whom the wheelchair is to be prescribed, during which the doctor and the patient fully explore the patient's needs, abilities to function, whether the patient's disability will impair his/her use of the wheelchair in a safe manner, and whether ANY adaptive devices (such as a seat lift, a "rehab chair" that will put the patient in a fully supported standing position on demand, or any other type of adaptive equipment is appropriate and needed. Medicare REQUIRES and PAYS IN FULL for this 1/2 hour dedicated appointment.

2. The prescription should then be submitted to the appropriate power chair vendor who is authorized to bill Medicare. ANY of these companies that is worth its salt will be able to assist the patient and the doctor in making sure the prescription is appropriate and that the patient will get the wheelchair that is BEST suited to his or her needs. Should the patient, the doctor, or the wheelchair vendor have ANY questions, Medicare will be very happy to assist by answering all questions, supplying appropriate diagnosis codes, and anything else that is needed. Medicare can be reached at 1-800-633-4227 They ARE there to help, and it is incredibly wasteful for someone to get the wrong equipment or ill suited equipment because their doctor or wheelchair vendor are not well informed. Any time YOU have a question, call Medicare and ask!

For all to know, Medicare is NOT there to push anyone into ill-suited or inappropriate equipment. That is waste, and in too many cases simple outright fraud perpetrated by companies who are only interested in an immediate sale and could care less if the equipment is the right choice for the Medicare patient. Be cautious! And don't hesitate about checking anything out with Medicare!

A special note to knitone: While talking with the Medicare agent, she suggested that you check with Medicare on covering the lift modification to your chair. Your doctor will likely have to do a new (covered fee) evaluation to justify your need, but your need *IS* valid in the eyes of Medicare, and when handled properly they can cover the cost of retrofitting your chair at no cost to you.

A special note for Coll: If your husband's physician is unfamiliar with Medicare procedures (and from your post, it sounds like that may be the case) then it may be time to seek the services of a physician who is. Your husband's needs are valid, and Medicare WILL cover all valid needs within the Medicare practice guidelines. Wheelchairs of all sorts are well within those guidelines!

MODERATORS: Once again, I am fully aware that this post is not about food and therefore irrelevant to Chowhound, BUT...!!! There is obviously a whole lot of misinformation out there, so in the interest of the public good, is there any chance you can leave this post up for a while? THANKS!!! And I'll cross my fingers. :-)

Oct 20, 2014
Caroline1 in General Topics
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Cooking from wheelchair

One other thing I failed to mention. If you should ever do a kitchen remodel consider separate ovens and cook top. If your counter space allows, mounting single unit built-in hobs as a row of front burners will mean never having to reach for anything on a back burner again! Induction hobs have the advantage of a cool surface right up to the edge of the pan, which is good for anybody, but especially good for anyone in a chair.

As for Medicare, it is a national program that is the same in all states. Medicade varies from state to state. Medicare does cover lifts in power chairs when the doctor's prescription justifies the need. The information you were given is shaky at best. For future reference always find a power chair vendor that is approved by Medicare for your area, tell them what you want, for example a power chair with a lift, and the vendor will work with you to get the chair for you. And do not hesitate over talking to more than one vendor to see which one has the best chair for you, as well as which vendor is most knowledgeable about achieving goals. It is a competitive market, even when Medicare covers your cost. Then make sure your doctor submits the subscription for the power chair to the vendor you are working with. This method gives you the best control to meet your needs. At present, Medicare will cover a new power chair (and other durable medical goods) every five years.

If a power chair with a seat that elevates is something you want sooner than another five years, check with the chair manufacturer on an after-sale modification. If that fails a trade-in may be an option. If you need more information, check my profile page to contact me directly.

MODERATORS, I know this post is inappropriate but knitone has no contact information on her profile page, so please leave this up long enough for her to read it, or maybe you could forward it to her? Thanks bunches!!!

Cooking from wheelchair

I "retired" as an occupational therapist years ago to be a full time mom with no regrets. However, "activities of daily living" challenges pretty much stay the same no matter what the year or even century, so here are some ideas for you to consider:

If the chair is a lifetime commitment, it is always a good idea to make any modifications to your kitchen or any other part of the house for the long term/worst scenario simply because it is always cheaper to modify once than it is to have to do it several times should your needs increase with time. And when you own your own home and have roots, it's usually cheaper and better (and a lot less hassle) to modify your home to suit your long term needs than it is to move. So now about your current life in the kitchen!

First and foremost, imo the most important overall adaptation across the board would be a power chair with a built-in lift for the seat that allows you to adjust your height up to five or more inches. How much depends on the chair manufacturer. When the height of a chair is elevated, it will no longer move forward or back until the it is lowered again, but those added inches will allow you to better dice an onion on your counter top, see into the pan when you're cooking, or reach things on the top shelf in the fridge or an upper cabinet. Power wheelchairs are also available with seats that swivel and lock facing right or left that can make getting in and out of the chair easier, as well as make "slide transfers" from chair to bed safer should you ever need that. Mechanical lifts can also be added to the back of most vehicles (trailer hitch required) that would give you the freedom to take your chair with you wherever you want to go.

The biggest kitchen problems for someone in a wheelchair are most often doors! Oven doors, dishwasher doors, cabinet doors, even refrigerator and freezer doors. The good thing about it is most people figure out a way to handle life in their own kitchen eventually, and what works for one person may be a lousy solution for you, so experiment. Budget will ALWAYS determine how much you can customize to fit your needs. Some find it helpful to simply remove some cabinet doors. When cost is no object, swing-out cabinet doors can be replaced with tambour doors that slide up and hide from view, either by retrofitting original cabinets or replacing the cabinets. “Lift up” cabinet doors are another option in some kitchens, usually determined by ceiling height/clearance. For safety and to preserve your clothes, if your current drawer pulls can catch and rip your clothing, you may want to replace them, especially on drawers that are just under a counter top.

A counter top oven can make roasting and baking a lot safer for you, if you have the counter space. And the upside to that is it frees up your full oven for cracker and cereal storage! There are counter top ovens that do standard thermal baking/roasting, convection baking/roasting and microwave in the same unit. There is also a counter top oven that does all of that, plus cooks with steam. When the height of a built in oven is a problem, some people have the height of the oven changed by a carpenter or contractor. There's not much you can do with a stove's oven height, so having stand-by human help while cooking is the best overall solution to all things, including ovens! You may also have to train every one in your life NOT to put things in the refrigerator or cupboards where YOU can't reach them! If the training doesn't go well you may have to resort to doing things like filling the top shelf of the refrigerator or cabinets with empty boxes until they learn to put things where YOU can reach them when you're alone.

For long-term kitchen and home modifications, knee holes can be created under sinks and cook tops but they often mean loss of storage for kitchens of limited size. The knee hole modifications also limit the use of a power chair with a seat that elevates. Other adaptive appliance options that can work great for people in wheelchairs, even though they were created for the general market, are drawer dishwashers and under-counter refrigerators and freezers that put things in easy reach.

If you don't already have them, do buy some “oven rack guards” that fit across the front of your oven racks and protect you from accidental burns. Some even allow you to slide the oven rack in or out with your bare hands. Check the maximum oven temperature recommendation before buying because it can vary by brand. You should also get an “apron” that is water proof and thick enough to protect your lap and legs/feet from scalding spills when and if you need to drain pasta or move a boiling pot. If you can't find one “ready made” you can buy a sheet of neoprene on line (the kind that is used to make wet suits for scuba divers) and make your own. They are so much cheaper and less painful than a trip to the emergency room!

Finally some food for thought: The most accommodating kitchen arrangement for anyone, but especially for people in wheelchairs, is a large kitchen island that includes a smooth (no knobs) induction cook top and a small prep/bar sink equipped with a pull-out faucet and garbage disposal. This provides the full functionality of filling and draining pots without moving them to the main kitchen sink. It is also a lot more practical than a “pot filler” faucet over a stove or cook top because you have the pull-out faucet AND a handy drain that doesn't require moving a pot off the island, plus a garbage disposal for anything that escapes the pot while draining.

Good luck with finding every perfect solution that works for you! Cooking is one of the most therapeutic activities in the world! Have fun and enjoy your new life!

On "Authentic"

hmmm... Nice scenario, but... You say it's MY "cheese burger stand?" Spanish Steps in Rome? A prime dictum in the business world is to know your location AND know the competition! Soooo, since there is already a McDonalds located right smack in the middle of THAT neighborhood (http://tinyurl.com/qx7rfkr) mind if I innovate?

I think I'll morph my bun into a hoagy roll, mix the hamburger with some of the onions (chopped) and roll them into balls before frying gently, toss the tomatoes into a saucepan with a bit of olive oil, some minced garlic, the rest of the chopped onions and simmer them into a sauce, then trade out my cheese for some finely grated Pecorino Romano, and PRESTO! Italy falls in love with its American step-son, THE MEATah BALLuh SANDuhWICH!

Oh yeah; tear the lettuce into bite size pieces and serve it on the side with a little vinaigrette. Espresso, anyone?

DAMN IT! DAMN IT! DAMN IT. WHEN will I start reading DATES before entering the fray??? <sigh> Oh, well. I still think mine is a fun answer.

Oct 18, 2014
Caroline1 in General Topics

Does anybody else miss chicken skin?

I thought it obvious from my story she was Hindu, but thank you! :-)

Oct 18, 2014
Caroline1 in General Topics