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Please, recs for lightweight non-stick cookware

Thank you for all the great suggestions. I'll check them out.

Not overly concerned about toxicity unless someone could confirm non-stick coating was a definite no-no. I couldn't find anything in a search that indicated that, so not going to worry about it.

Cost not a factor, but very helpful to hear which brands have coating that held up better.

Thanks again everyone

Dec 09, 2013
Island in Cookware

Favorite See's Candies - Holiday Edition

Gertrude Hawk chocolates were special treats for Easter baskets, stocking stuffers. The chocolate peanut butter santa "Smidgens" the fam sends me are addictive.
Thanks for the other links I'll check them out. NJ candy will alwyas be James salt water taffy for me. Another nostalgic treat from summers at the Shore.

Dec 08, 2013
Island in General Topics

Favorite See's Candies - Holiday Edition

What are your favorite brands in NJ?

Dec 08, 2013
Island in General Topics

Favorite See's Candies - Holiday Edition

For a lot of people I think it's what they grew up with. I didn't get it either when I moved to CA. Boxed that showed up at work during the holidays were swarmed on by people who could recognize there favorites by sight. I have my favorites now too, but most aren't in the prepackaged boxes.
I do like the creamy texture of See's much more than Godiva and some of the more expensive brands that seem brittle to me. I'm originally from PA and my local favorite is still Gertrude Hawks! My family there does like See's, but I also know there preferences and hand pick their favs if giving any to them.

Dec 08, 2013
Island in General Topics

What is the best dip you ever had and the recipe?

Just had a dip served at a party at Rock Bottom Brewery that was really tasty. It accompanied warm soft fat pretzels pieces. So tasty and served warm. I can see also it with working well with tortilla chips, soft breadsticks, bread cubes. People were putting it on veggies and their chicken wings. It's on the regular menu as an app served with tortilla chips or 2 whole soft pretzels.

Googled for the recipe and found this. http://www.keyingredient.com/recipes/...

Haven't tried making it yet so don't know if it's the same, but main ingredients are there. I would have guessed Monterey jack and it definitely had the marinated red peppers, chopped bits of spinach and was slightly spicy. Now I'm craving it!

Dec 08, 2013
Island in Home Cooking

Favorite See's Candies - Holiday Edition

Yes those caramels are great and huge! Forgot all about them until this post and thought dang didn't get any this year! Had them for the first time Summer 2012 and they said people buy tons of them to freeze so they have enough until offered again. I don't think I love anything that much. White chocolate covered strawberry heart truffles are the seasonal candy for Valentines. Haven't tried those, but they'll be upon us in no time.

Dec 08, 2013
Island in General Topics

Please, recs for lightweight non-stick cookware

Any recs for non stick cookware that is light weight?

I have TeFal that is very old and needs to be replaced. I'm looking for something that is durable and lightweight. I already have enough arm breaking heavy pots and pans.

Primarily need a small and large frying pan and deeper skillet, latter 2 with lids. Could be part of a complete line or single pans if highly recommended.

Also is non-stick safe? I recall some discussion years ago that some coatings could be toxic (probably my TeFal), but assuming they're no longer on the market now?

Thanks for your help.

Dec 08, 2013
Island in Cookware

Favorite See's Candies - Holiday Edition

If we're talking only "seasonal" favorites I like the white chocolate mint truffles and cranberry orange truffles that are out this time of year. The pumpkin spice truffle I tried around Halloween was nice. The double caramel truffles they have in the summer are the bomb!

Dec 07, 2013
Island in General Topics

So...what is on your holiday list?

Nanzi, sorry to hear about your DH's health. Sending positive thoughts your way.

Dec 05, 2013
Island in Home Cooking

So...what is on your holiday list?

I recently took a hands on pizza making class at a local store www.greatnews.com The instructor started with a discussion of stones, pans and supplies she's used, liked, +/- etc. Students got 20% off any pizza making supplies purchased that day. Of course swayed by that and bought an Emile Henry rectangular stone. Got home and a few days later thought, I'll probably never make pizza, don't need it, etc, but uses it one night to heat several slices of left over pizza from one of our favorite places and wow. Never been able to get a crisp crust on left over pizza and it was perfect. I've since used it for bread sticks and calzone and they came out great. Can also use it on the grill. I bought the rectangle one for the size, but they also have a round one.
Hope Santa brings you one. I got the red one, so festive!
http://www.great-news.com/Emile-Henry...

Dec 05, 2013
Island in Home Cooking

Is cream cheese past use date safe?

Funny I'm the OP and this thread resurfaces 2 years later! I have a habit of buying cream cheese and forgetting about it until after the use date. I recently paired it with a past prime can of pumpkin to make a pumpkin cake roll I was craving. I of course asked the Chowhounds about the pumpkin and got the go ahead. It was yummy and I'm still alive to tell the tale! :>)

Dec 05, 2013
Island in Home Cooking

Is my canned pumpkin too old?

Tastes normal so will give it a try. Thank for the info and quick reply!

Nov 24, 2013
Island in Home Cooking

Is my canned pumpkin too old?

Have all the ingredients to make a pumpkin roll cake today, but my canned pumpkin has a best used by date of 2009.
Looks normal, but is that too old?
I don't use many canned goods so not sure if there is much leeway on the date.
Thanks.

Nov 24, 2013
Island in Home Cooking

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2013

Costcos in San Diego used to carry big chewy ginger (molasses?) cookies this time of year. Packages the same as their chocolate chip or oatmeal cookies. Oh man I loved those, but haven't seen them the last 2 years. Anyone have them in your area?

DH picked up a container of chocolate covered salt caramels when in Madison WI in Sept. They were great, but alas don't have them here. Manufactured by a company in Michigan. I think the name began with an R, but didn't write it down. Anyone know the name; I'd like to contact them for a boat load more!

Nov 21, 2013
Island in Chains

really bored of h**ster bashing

So it's about which (perceived) demographic is worse? And you know who's "nouveau rich" just by looking at them?

Aug 23, 2013
Island in Site Talk

really bored of h**ster bashing

I'm with you Hobbert. I don't usually notice others either. Except for the person who's much louder than everyone else in a nice quiet restaurant. Couldn't care less what that person is wearing, but the loud mouth iritates me epecially if on a phone. STFU.

Aug 23, 2013
Island in Site Talk
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really bored of h**ster bashing

Dare I say that cracked me up Linus. :>)

Aug 23, 2013
Island in Site Talk

really bored of h**ster bashing

Then your fiance should stay home. If the white cloth establishment doesn't care, why should he.

Aug 23, 2013
Island in Site Talk
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really bored of h**ster bashing

Yet it's worthy of you posting about it? Sounds like you're more than bored.
Hipster style is so common I no longer notice it. Only place I see mention is in Yelp where people with too much time on their hands erronously think their rambling "reviews" are witty or creative. However can't say the H-words are singled out any more than the other favs: cougars, senior citizens and tourists.

Aug 21, 2013
Island in Site Talk

really bored of h**ster bashing

Maybe they're just bashing ironically.
What's with the **?

Aug 21, 2013
Island in Site Talk
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Kitchen designer

Any recs for a good kitchen designer in San Diego Co? Thanks.

Apr 30, 2013
Island in San Diego

New restaurants coming to Flower Hill Del Mar

Maybe old news, but was at Flower Hill Promenade in Del Mar yesterday and banners are up announcing new restaurant spin-offs coming soon.

Matt Gordon will be opening Sea & Smoke where Paradise Grill was and
the group behind Cucina Urbana are opening Cucina Enoteca 2 in the space formerly occupied by Chevy's. Tenants say they are supposed to open this Spring or Summer.

Will be great to have some quality choices in the area. Think it's too much to hope the spaces aren't loud?

Apr 22, 2013
Island in San Diego

Gorgeous weather...best bars/restaurants with outdoor space?

El Chevere. How was the smell at Eddie V's? I was there a couple of months ago and it reeked so much from bird crap rock they weren't seating anyone outside. Actually it didn't smell so great inside either so we had our drink and skipped lunch. Stunk blocks away, pity.

Level C's view of SD Bay and downtown is great from inside and the patio, but can't say the same for the food. Go for happy hour, lunch at the most.

Apr 20, 2013
Island in San Diego

Well this is sad news: El Take It Easy to shutter on April 22

More burgers and booze. North Park dining scene jumps the shark.

Apr 17, 2013
Island in San Diego

Long weekend at the US Grant Hotel...

Beach Chick are you back from your weekend yet? Please share a trip report of your dining (and drinking) experiences.

Apr 09, 2013
Island in San Diego

PIE - San Diego Dish of the Month - April 2013 Edition

Bring it to work, agree. Baking and cake decorating experiments, left over holiday candy, you name it, scarfed up in no time especially husband's work cronies.

Apr 09, 2013
Island in San Diego

PIE - San Diego Dish of the Month - April 2013 Edition

Funny! Crust isn't soggy though?

Apr 08, 2013
Island in San Diego

PIE - San Diego Dish of the Month - April 2013 Edition

I couldn't get past the with a cup of coffee. That's the operative Ugh for me.

Apr 08, 2013
Island in San Diego

PIE - San Diego Dish of the Month - April 2013 Edition

What kind of pie does Costco have? Never noticed it there other than pumpkin at Thanksgiving, however pie is never my go to dessert especially at a restaurant unless it's their specialty. I would seek out that chocolate one again though. It wasn't oversized, so doubt it came from Costco.

A few I wanted to look at this weekend...if I hadn't already overindulged, were Lemoncats at La Costa FM, Under the Crust at PB FM or Sugar & Scribe Bakery in PB. Anyone tried them?

Apr 08, 2013
Island in San Diego

PIE - San Diego Dish of the Month - April 2013 Edition

Too many opportunities to have pie last week.

Tues afternoon key lime at Urban Solace. Sadly disappointing. Looked good so artfully arranged on the plate, and I was ok with the mousse-like texture, but it was completely tasteless other than the graham cracker bottom, which is not a plus. No tang, nada. Only saving grace for flavor was the berry smear.

Fri night work function at The Palm. Chocolate cake was calling my name, but went with pie for the purpose of this thread and key lime was the only choice.
More traditional in texture, tangy, but still wanted more lime flavor. Graham cracker crust had a hint of nutmeg and the blueberry compote was good. Better than Urban Solace, but average at best.

If I had to pick a winner from last week it would have been the one I tried from the store bought assortment at an Easter Sunday gathering. A day early for Dish of the Month, but the chocolate bomb with chocolate crust I sampled was very tasty. More like a rich dark chocolate mousse instead of pudding texture. Wish I asked where it came from.

Photos of the key lime. Urban Solace is the one that looks like a snail in dappled sunlight on a rectangular plate. Couldn't get a good shot with the sun through the stained glass window.

Apr 08, 2013
Island in San Diego