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What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

I use mine for all same reasons, and also to slice brussels sprouts for salads or sautéing.

I've converted sprouts haters with the sautéed version. :)

about 3 hours ago
breadchick in Cookware

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

I have a drawer dedicated to small white and glass bowls of all sorts (ramekins included - even teeny tiny ones!) and my glass measuring cups in different sizes.

I use them for prep, but also for sauces and melted butter, etc. at the table.

Could I get away with just a few? Sure, but I have all that space in the drawer to fill up! Haha.

about 3 hours ago
breadchick in Cookware

What are your favorite kitchen device for making dinner?

I've lived in rentals as a new bride, and purchased four homes over the years, and not one had a garbage disposal. Maybe it's a regional thing.

about 13 hours ago
breadchick in Cookware

What are your favorite kitchen device for making dinner?

Hey, D (fellow breadhead)

Homemade bagels will be amazing!

bc

about 22 hours ago
breadchick in Cookware

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

Well. Update from upstate NY: whopping 1/2 inch of snow. Our local school district didn't even delay opening. (I can imagine the kids are PO'd.) Only schools in the tri-city area that are closed are the ones that jumped the gun last night.

We are grateful, again, that we dodged another bullet. Whew!

1 day ago
breadchick in General Topics

Lemon thief

LOL, you have me there!

1 day ago
breadchick in Gardening

Stainless Cookware for Induction and Arhritis

I have problems with my wrists, etc., and I LOVE the OXO handles. I have the 3 quart with helper handle and can't be more pleased. Price is pretty good too.

1 day ago
breadchick in Cookware

Lemon thief

Funny, the only time I ever drink beer (I'm a wine gal) is after spending all day in the gardens and yard. A very cold beer tastes really good when I'm stinking hot and flopped in a chair on the porch.

1 day ago
breadchick in Gardening
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Lemon thief

Exactly, sunshine842.

Dull forks

My forks are fairly sharp, but I also employ a "tuck and roll" method of spearing the leaf, rolling it up, and using the knife to hold the roll in place while spearing with fork

It's a good delivery system to make sure lettuce and the other veggies end up in my mouth and not on my lap. (Sigh, which was always happening before the tuck and roll method.)

I HATE getting plastic forks for salads. When that happens, all bets are off and I chop up the salad in bits.

2 days ago
breadchick in Cookware
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Robert Irvine's Second Restaurant Closes

I was wondering that too, thanks for the explanation. (I didn't know a subject/post could be edited once it was uploaded and available for comment.)

le creuset 12 in enameled cast iron skillet

Screaming high heat.

Jan 26, 2015
breadchick in Cookware

Staub and Le Creuset Ceramics

I have both LC and EH oval gratin bakers in different sizes, and love them. They're easy to clean, which is a big plus. If I'm baking mac & cheese, or scalloped potatoes (for example) on the middle rack and I want to finish with a real crispy top I will turn the broiler on at the high setting for a few minutes at the end. No problems so far. According to LC, their signature ceramics (which I have) are broiler safe. I will assume the EH gratins are broiler safe as well, since I've had no problems so far. Again, I keep the bakeware on the middle rack and not directly under the broiler.

Jan 26, 2015
breadchick in Cookware

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

The same to you, CB. :)

Jan 25, 2015
breadchick in General Topics

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

I live in the country. I don't have sidewalks, I have deer tracks, squirrels, and a stupid Asian lady beetle just landed on my monitor. Crap, they are now invading inside!

Excuse me, I need to get rid of this thing.

Jan 25, 2015
breadchick in General Topics

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

Oh, my. Then you may want to shut it down and be glad you aren't needing to "grab a shovel. It's just snow."

Jan 25, 2015
breadchick in General Topics

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

Nope, your behavior wasn't even on my radar when I commented. I was talking about the agricultural beginnings of this country.

I don't think you can be that old, but you do seem cranky.

Jan 25, 2015
breadchick in General Topics

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

Did you not read my first sentence??? I never indicated that "I" have a hoarding behavior.

Did you not read any of the previous posts in this thread before spewing your observation?

Jan 25, 2015
breadchick in General Topics

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

Things are different now. But back in the day, everyone expected hardship. Hoarding simply meant providing means for existing as best one can. That behavior still exists today, clearly.

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

Ha, our last home was near a shire. (At least it felt like it.)

Jan 25, 2015
breadchick in General Topics

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

You win for best snow day. Please accept my reservation now. ;)

Jan 25, 2015
breadchick in General Topics

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

Mother Nature, send us your worst.

Sign out front, stuck in the snowbank - "Have TP, make best offer." Ha!

Jan 25, 2015
breadchick in General Topics

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

I think some public officials are getting ahead of this storm because they don't want to be caught off-guard as in the past. Christie and Bloomberg come to mind.

It seems to me that DeBlasio and Cuomo have been releasing cautionary statements for all the snow storms lately, even minor ones.

Jan 25, 2015
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Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

Well, if we lose power, the fireplace will come into service. We keep our house chilly-ish as it is, we're used to piling on layers. Canine and feline portable heaters are deployed. ;)

Dual fuel means no baking, but at least I can cook. We finally have a home with public water, so that's a plus.

Jan 25, 2015
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Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

Unfortunately, we won't be able to miss this one as it's coming farther upstate here in NY.

Ugh, the grocery store was packed. It's been so cold, if we lose power we'll stick stuff in the screened porch to keep. We have someone who can plow our long driveway, thank God.

Jan 25, 2015
breadchick in General Topics

I miss old school Chinese restaurants.

Right out of Mad Men.

I remember the ceramic green "tiki" glasses, with those little umbrellas, filled with watery MaiTai drinks and rum punches.

Jan 25, 2015
breadchick in General Topics

Pioneer Woman

(Off-topic, sorry) I had to join Jr. Grange because my paternal grandfather and uncles held offices in the local Grange. They are long gone and I haven't been in the Grange in over 45 years - but the chapter here in upstate NY is still going strong. The dinners are well attended.

The history of the Grange is fascinating.

Cookware- $600

Everyone here has given good advice, and I agree with them. Just one point regarding cast iron or carbon steel for searing (this from experience) - you may want to be sure you have good-to-excellent ventilation.

I will also recommend a good sauté over a skillet for an initial purchase, if you can only get one or the other. You can fry food in both, but the sauté typically comes with a lid and that will give you more cooking options (such as shallow braising in the oven.)

Good luck with your shopping!

Menu Planning Help - Baby Shower

Linda, your suggestion of chicken satay reminded me of a party I threw several years ago for Kentucky Derby Saturday. Chicken and asparagus bites in a sesame ginger sauce.

A nice nod to spring, and they accompanied a spiral ham, herbed biscuits, and coleslaw.

I may have to do the bites (just on a smaller scale) for dinner some night soon.

Love the idea of deviled eggs - always a huge hit.

Jan 24, 2015
breadchick in General Topics

Anyone else over Guy Fierri?

I agree. Sadly, I'd apply the same defense for Rachel Ray and Pioneer Woman. I remember reading that Ray pulls in over 18 million per year.

Perhaps Ray will last forever, morphing into yet something else and still be on the air 20 years from now.

To get back to Guy Fieri - I looked over the schedule on FoodNetwork last night, and his DDD was on from 6pm - 3:30am ET. Good grief, how would that network survive without him?

Jan 24, 2015
breadchick in Food Media & News