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Slow cooker 101 question

I have cooked akwardly shaped things that stuck up a little bit at first until they cooked down some - I covered the top with aluminum foil for a couple of hours until I could get the lid fully on. But there was still a significant amount of empty space in the pot, it was the shape that is the problem. If your pot is stuffed full, you will be much better off cutting or cooking in a larger pot in the oven.

1 day ago
jw615 in Home Cooking

Unrefrigerated cheesecake safe to eat?

As long as it isn't ridiculously warm in your kitchen, it should be good to go. I tend to get in baking moods late at night, and with my eggless cheesecake recipe, it does best if it cools in the oven. I usually turn the oven off, crack it for about an hour, then close it and go to bed. I stick it in the refrigerator the next morning.

1 day ago
jw615 in General Topics

What did you/would you eat the morning of your wedding?

I just had a few crackers. We were eloping, and driving through an area that was sure to make me nauseous, so I didn't really want anything in my stomach. However, I also had just broken my foot three days before, so I needed something in there to keep the painkillers down.

It wasn't necessarily the ideal breakfast, but we have great memories. Totally would have bought a different dress if I had known that I was going to be on crutches.

1 day ago
jw615 in General Topics

Need help for Christmas menu

It seems like you have a lot of things that don't necessarily go together, but that are important to different people.

Are you going to be together for the whole day? Could you split things up into three meals so that everyone gets what they want but you don't get bogged down with a bunch of heavy foods all at one time? You could do the eggs for breakfast, a lunch of fish, a side and dessert, and then a smaller dinner of soup and some crusty bread.

Dec 19, 2014
jw615 in General Topics

TUMS at a dinner party?

The great thing about prematurely whipping out an epi-pen, is that is communicates that not only do I not trust you to feed me without killing me, but that I am also stupid enough to eat it anyway.

Dec 18, 2014
jw615 in Not About Food
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Reluctance to buy online?

I know Illinois charges sales tax on food - it is at a lower rate than other items, but still taxed.

I buy a lot of food things that my Mom can't get in her area, and then bring them to her (in IL). She is always trying to add tax to the price to make sure that she is being fair.

Dec 16, 2014
jw615 in General Topics

How many days ahead can I make a soup with dairy?

I make soups (dairy based and not) ahead a lot of the time - that time frame should be fine. One thing that I do is always reheat dairy soups on the stove - they don't fare well for me in the microwave.

Dec 16, 2014
jw615 in Home Cooking

Reluctance to buy online?

For me, for cookware, I totally buy online. Not going to the local home goods store, it smells like a candle factory threw up.

As for ingredients, I generally will not buy online unless I absolutely cannot get it anywhere local. I have food allergies, and more than once have bought something and found that the ingredients statement that they provide online hasn't been complete, and I'm left with something useless.

We don't eat meat, they don't eat fish.....

I made some vegetarian tacos with a filling of roasted corn and zucchini and black beans, with sliced avocado about a month ago. Went over really well with my meat eating family.

Dec 15, 2014
jw615 in Home Cooking

ElC's Pete Peeves re: Resto Service

Garlic seeds?

Christmas Dinner Menu and Help for College Students?

I do a whole chicken in our slow cooker frequently - the only downfall is that you don't get crispy skin.

I make a spice rub with 2 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. paprika, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. onion powder, 1 tsp. ground thyme, 1 tsp. ground white pepper, 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper, and 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper. Rub the spices on the chicken, inside and out, and under the skin if you want. If I have an extra onion, I'll halve it and stuff it in the cavity. Wrap in saran wrap and refrigerate overnight, then cook in the slow cooker the next day until done.

Dec 10, 2014
jw615 in Home Cooking

Eggnog - Love It or Leave It

Both my husband and my stepdaughter love it - thanks for reminding me so that they can have some this year.

I never tried it as a kid, and now I'm allergic to eggs, so...

Dec 09, 2014
jw615 in General Topics

Do you like to hae a bedtime or late night snack?

I snack in the middle of the night often. I don't sleep very well, and I'm on steroids, which means that my hunger doesn't mess around. (Steroid hunger is ridiculous, and now I'm pregnant, so...)

I tend to prefer meal-like foods or warm things, I don't eat a lot of cold food. My current favorite is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich.

Dec 06, 2014
jw615 in General Topics

Proper freezing for make ahead party dishes

I'm not sure, but I believe that the not refreezing raw meat recommendation is mostly based on quality, and not necessarily safety.

I've done it before as well.

Nov 19, 2014
jw615 in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving for one - What would you make?

A steak. Roasted potatoes or mashed, depending on my mood that day. Green beans with bacon.

Nov 19, 2014
jw615 in Home Cooking

The Crockpot Holiday Dinner? First Timer Needs Help!

I do bone in turkey breasts in the slow cooker throughout the year, and they always turn out great - the only thing is that you don't get crispy skin. (which is fine for us, my family is weird and none of us like skin crispy or not) It would be a great way to have extra meat for Thanksgiving.

I have a big oval slow cooker, and you do need to watch what size you get - often I end up having to cook it covered in aluminum foil for a few hours, then switch out to the lid once it has cooked down a bit.

I don't put any broth or other liquid in the slow cooker when I start out, and I've never had problems with it being dry - and it makes a good amount of liquid as it cooks. I just rub with spices inside, out, and under the skin, then cook.

Spice rub that I use
1-2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. ground thyme
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. white pepper
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

Anyone here follow the Eat Right For Your Blood Type diet?

The only reason that I know my blood type is because I'm pregnant, and they tested in when I showed up in the ER bleeding. (everything is fine)

I don't really buy into the blood type diet. From a cursory look at what it says I should eat based on my blood type, not a good plan. Looking at my allergies in combination with what it says that I should eat...I would be eating a whole lot of air. And cardboard, I guess.

Nov 13, 2014
jw615 in Special Diets

Soft Foods for Thanksgiving

Depending on his stage of healing, my family always has a soft corn spoonbread at Thanksgiving. I've had multiple oral surgeries, and have been able to eat it. However, if he has the teeth pulled very shortly before, you may want to avoid - the corn kernels can get lodged in the holes.

I'm sure that he'll get this information, but if it is close to the extractions, make sure to avoid beverages with straws as well - dry sockets are not fun, and having one packed is the only time I have ever passed out from pain. (And I have broken bones, passed kidney stones, and had my gall bladder crap out on me.)

Nov 12, 2014
jw615 in Special Diets

Would you shop at Walmart Neighborhood Market?

For the past several years I have been buying butter this time of year, and keeping it in the deep freeze for the rest of the year. Typically, I can find it at or near $2 around here during baking season. I buy 20-30 pounds, and I'm good for the year.

Nov 11, 2014
jw615 in Chains

Fruits every morning ? Good or bad?

If it works for you, you feel good after eating it, and it is keeping you full without noticeable negative effects, I would keep doing it.

Nov 11, 2014
jw615 in General Topics

Microwave - Danger?

I think that I'd love to see the sources for the information here.

I would say that several of these things aren't ideal uses of a microwave anyway. Who defrosts frozen fruit in the microwave? Why? Maybe I'm missing out on something, but I can't think of any reason that I would do that. Sure, you can use the microwave to defrost meat, but I get much better results using a different method, and for most cuts, you can defrost in a sink of water pretty quickly. And why would you microwave breastmilk? You're not supposed to microwave formula either, so that just seems like common sense.

I'd be interested to see the information on the broccoli. When I was in college, we did a chem lab where we cooked broccoli in different ways, and then analyzed the vitamin content. The broccoli that was steamed in the microwave had the most vitamins left of all of the samples.

The plastic one may have something to it. At this point, I've been switching all of our food storage containers to glass, but this is really just because they are sturdier and I like them better.

Nov 10, 2014
jw615 in Food Media & News

Do guests' "do not eat lists" get you down?

And trust me, the epi-pen sucks just as much for the person on the business end of the needle.

Nov 09, 2014
jw615 in Not About Food
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Thanksgiving day snacks, many dietary retrictions

If rice is ok then, the Blue Diamond nut thins crackers are great.

Nov 09, 2014
jw615 in Special Diets

Who Makes Mac & Cheese without Bechamel/Mornay?

I worked as the cook in a daycare for about 8 months or so - the official recipe that I was supposed to use was the layered style that you describe.

I always did a bechamel instead - the ovens that we had (which were just home ovens) did not have the power to cook the layered version in the huge pans we had in enough time.

Nov 09, 2014
jw615 in Home Cooking

More and more Whole chickens/turkeys coming WITHOUT giblets?

Most of the time, the chickens and turkeys that I get still have them, but it just might be the brands that I get.

The first time I roasted a chicken, it freaked me out a little bit that there was no bag of giblets inside. I was worried that I had somehow managed to miss it and was going to ruin our dinner.

Nov 09, 2014
jw615 in General Topics

It's 11:00 pm, and a craving attacks...Do you fight it or...

I've driven to the grocery store at 3 in the morning to get what I needed to make something that I wanted.

But I'm pregnant and on steroids, so it's probably a bad idea to get in the way of me eating something when I want it.

Nov 09, 2014
jw615 in General Topics
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What new Halloween candy have you found this year? or variations on classics?

I have a weird like for these as well, and pick them up every once in a while. I've seen them at dollar stores and gas stations as well, if you are looking.

Nov 08, 2014
jw615 in General Topics

shape of butter "quarters"?

I never knew that butter quarters came in different shapes in different parts of the country.

I do buy the Amish roll butter for using at the table though.

Nov 08, 2014
jw615 in General Topics

Regular Jelly or Spreadable Fruit?

I prefer spreadable fruit or fruit butter. Tastes better to me, and spreads much more easily and evenly.

I do like seedless for blackberry and raspberry.

Nov 08, 2014
jw615 in General Topics

Not in the garbage disposal!

I have a pretty powerful disposal, so I don't have a lot of clogging problems. However, I will say that if you are putting hot pepper trimmings down, you shouldn't absent-mindedly lean over the disposal. Because that will be a bad, bad day for you. Especially if you happen to be a severe asthmatic.

Nov 08, 2014
jw615 in General Topics