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Restaurant Pet Peeves

I mentioned the smoke above, but the fragrances are just as bad. Either typically means an abrupt end to the meal for me. My husband pays the bill and I hurry out to the car where I have an inverter to run my breathing machine.

I have actually had a person wearing WAY too much perfume make a comment about my coughing before - how people like me shouldn't go out. Thanks, but I'm not contagious (just severely asthmatic) and I was fine until you came along to pollute the air.

about 2 hours ago
jw615 in Not About Food

No I Don’t Want to Split 4 Deviled Eggs 6 Ways: Why Sharing Sucks

I wish that I could share at a restaurant.

I have food allergies (of the swell up and die kind) and a compromised immune system. I'm never able to share at a restaurant with the exception of when I go just with my husband, and sometimes not even then. There typically aren't many dishes that are safe for my allergies, and I can't risk eating off of a dish that many dining companions have put their hands or silverware into because of the immunosuppressants that I take. The only person that I ever share food with is my husband. I don't even share with my mother, brother, or my step-daughter who lives with us.

I think the author just needs to stand up for himself - something which those of us with medical conditions do all the time. If you're going to choose to restrict the types of food you eat, you need to also choose to stand up for yourself. For the most part, no reasonable person is going to be offended if you ask for an extra dish 'just for yourself' since you won't be able to partake of all of the options. I do this all the time. When lots of people are sharing appetizers, I've asked the waiter if I can get a separate half portion just for me. Sometimes I have to speak with the chef or the manager, but it is not typically a problem. I feel bad when others are taking me out to dinner (and paying), as often one of the few things that is safe for me is a plain steak, which tends to be more expensive. I explain this when friends and family are treating me, and they've always been accommodating. When I worked, if we had a work buffet meal, I would call ahead and ask for something to be set aside for me from the communal serving line.

Some people have choices about restrictions, and some people don't. Regardless of the reason that you are restricting, you need to choose to be a little more assertive.

about 4 hours ago
jw615 in Features

Restaurant Pet Peeves

Like many others mentioned, I don't like really loud places - put in some sound dampers. One of my medications makes me more sensitive to sound, so the loudness is actually physically painful.

The other thing that really bothers me is if the restaurant has an outdoor seating area where smoking is allowed, and the smoke comes in to the indoor dining area when the doors are opened. Usually the restaurant is nice about moving me away from the door when this is an issue, but since I have refractory asthma, sometimes the meal is ruined by this.

1 day ago
jw615 in Not About Food
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"Just eat it, you'll like it"

I'm guessing that some of this comes from people who want to feel better about being 'bad' health wise - having candy or a pastry when they feel like they should be making healthier choices. Makes them feel better if someone else is 'cheating' with them.

Note: I'm not condoning this behavior, I think that it's ridiculous, just stating a possible motivation.

2 days ago
jw615 in Not About Food
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What to do with dried tropical fruit?

This may not be very spring appropriate, but maybe you are not that type of person. While we eat seasonal produce at my house, we're not particular about things beyond that - we still like to eat pot roast and hearty soups in the summer.

When I was a kid, my mom would make a warm fruit soup with dried fruit. She would chop it pretty small, and simmer it on the stove with a cinnamon stick and probably some other spices. It was a good change for breakfast or a before bed snack, and would probably make an interesting dessert as well.

Apr 18, 2014
jw615 in Home Cooking

Corn Casserole?

This is the recipe I use as well, though I do not include the egg. Always go over well.

Apr 17, 2014
jw615 in Home Cooking

I'm sorry you don't like what I ordered, but keep your thoughts to yourself

I order 'the steak' in lots of restaurants. I have a number of allergies, and often it is the safest option compared to other things. I wish that I could get something more fun, but a steak and baked potato is almost always safe for me, and going out is not all about the food.

However, I'm also the person that goes through the entire menu and looks for fun things to suggest for my husband to order. Plus, if I look through the menu, I find ideas for things that I can make at home in a way that will not kill me.

Apr 16, 2014
jw615 in Not About Food

how do you store your glasses/stemware?

Typical everyday drinking glasses get stored bottom down. Stemware goes bottom up - it is harder to knock over this way, and I'm moderately clumsy, so this is a legitimate concern.

Apr 16, 2014
jw615 in Cookware

"Just eat it, you'll like it"

I have the 'benefit' in these types of situations of having multiple food allergies.

When someone doesn't take 'no thank you' as an answer and gets pushy, I whip out the epi-pen and start explaining to them how to give an injection. By the time I get to the explanation of how the pen only buys me 10-15 minutes, so if the ambulance doesn't get there by then, they'll have to get out my extra for a second injection, they start losing color in their face and feeling sorry that they were pushy about it.

Apr 16, 2014
jw615 in Not About Food
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Faux pas - eating fish at work?

I've only worked in a few places and don't currently work. One spot was pretty much open season for whatever you wanted to bring, but we did food heating in a large kitchen with a very good vent system.

In my other job, there was no outright prohibitions, but we commonly had at least one pregnant worker on staff pretty much all the time, so people were courteous about what they heated or brought into the building.

Apr 15, 2014
jw615 in Not About Food

HELP Can you make a cake without eggs? If so,

I'm allergic to eggs, and apples, which makes things interesting, since a lot of people recommend replacing eggs with apple sauce.

For some things, I use baby food - for muffins, I'll use banana baby food, for meatloaf I'll use sweet potato or squash.

For baking a more traditional cake or cupcakes, I would use Ener-G Egg replacer. This isn't an egg substitute (like egg beaters) - those still have eggs. It is a powder, comes in a box and is completely egg free. Some grocery stores will have it in the specialty foods section, I usually have to buy it from the health food store. The box has directions for how much powder to mix with water to replace eggs in a recipe.

Apr 15, 2014
jw615 in Home Cooking

pet peeves for other 'foodies'

Plus, not to be morbid, but when you hear about people dying from food allergies, it is very frequently people that 'didn't think their allergies were that bad' or 'had never had a serious reaction before.' Just because your previous reactions weren't life threatening does not mean that your next one will be.

I remembered when eating an apple just made me a little bit itchy. Then things got worse. Several years later, one of my students (preschool) accidentally wiped applesauce on my face, and I got to shoot myself in the thigh and ride in the ambulance.

Apr 14, 2014
jw615 in Not About Food

What's in your slow cooker today

Salted and peppered the ribs, then layered in the bottom with some barbeque sauce and chopped onion.

No foil for the ribs. Just the corn that I put on top.

Apr 14, 2014
jw615 in Home Cooking

How to keep leftover raw onion from smelling inside fridge

I have a collection of various sizes pyrex containers with plastic lids for food storage. I have never had a problem with smell when I stored cut onion in one of them.

Apr 13, 2014
jw615 in General Topics

Wicked Simple Recipe Help

Does she have a slow cooker?

I love to cook, but do a lot of basic slow cooker recipes because I'm chronically ill, and sometimes I just need to bang something out for the family when I'm having a rough day.

Apr 12, 2014
jw615 in Special Diets
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Is Anyone Food "Couponing"Anymore?

I don't coupon for groceries much unless I happen to come across a high value coupon. I'm allergic to a lot of things, so often I need a specific brand or type of product, and couponing isn't so adaptable to the allergies that I have.

I find that I do better shopping the sales, checking the meat and produce markdowns, and hitting aldi and the salvage grocery stores.

Apr 12, 2014
jw615 in Not About Food
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Food allergies: When and how did you develop them?

I've been lactose intolerant since I was about 11 or 12. I can't say that it is the cause of abx, though I did and still do take quite a few of them - asthma, compromised immune system and all sorts of ugliness.

Luckily, of my food restrictions (I have several life threatening food allergies) the lactose intolerance is the mildest. I can eat most cheeses and some yogurt without issue. If I am going to eat something that has a lot of a soft cheese in it, I'll take a Lactaid. I have no idea what would happen if I drank a glass of milk, but I haven't had a taste for drinking milk since I was 3 or 4. Ice cream always causes major issues for me, but luckily I tend to prefer a good sorbet anyway.

Apr 12, 2014
jw615 in Not About Food

What's in your slow cooker today

I was pleasantly surprised - I wasn't sure it would work. Good way to have more of a full meal in the slow cooker without everything tasting the same.

I will definitely be using it again. I have chronic illness, so the slow cooker comes in handy when I'm really exhausted.

Apr 11, 2014
jw615 in Home Cooking

Migraines: Coffee vs. Coke?

I usually have a Dr. Pepper with migraines. I think coffee would probably be a disaster - I really don't have a taste for it, and I'm pretty sure if I tried to drink it during a migraine, it would not stay down for long.

The caffeine in the soda is usually helpful, but I'm currently on day two of the migraine that I woke up with yesterday. At least it isn't as bright out today.

Apr 11, 2014
jw615 in General Topics

Supermarket pricing.......can someone explain this to me?

One of the other benefits for BOGO on meat products for supermarkets is that it rarely actually reduces the price by half, since they give you the smaller package for 'free'.

A local chain frequently has BOGO on meat products. I know that they raise the prices then, and have compared them enough that I know which times are good deals and what I am better off buying somewhere else at 'regular' price. Last week they had beef roasts for BOGO, and that is one of the things that is a good deal. I was SO proud of myself when I managed to find two roasts in the meat case that were EXACTLY the same price. I always get the two that are closest, but I had never managed to be exact before.

Winner.

Apr 10, 2014
jw615 in General Topics

Have you ever lost your cooking Mojo?

I don't often have a spectacular disaster (I can remember only a two things that I have had to throw away in maybe the past 5 years or so, and one of those was ingredients gone bad.) However, I pride myself on being very good on seasoning food to my family's tastes. I get frustrated and run into issues with this when my seasonal allergies get bad - like now, when the pollen count is approximately eleventy billion. I rely on smell a lot for seasoning things, because I have a decent amount of food allergies as well, and often can't actually taste the things that I make for the rest of the family.

Apr 10, 2014
jw615 in Home Cooking

What's in your slow cooker today

I made super lazy pork ribs in the slow cooker a few weeks ago - just the ribs layered with some doctored up bottled BBQ sauce and chopped onion.

Ever since then, my stepdaughter has been begging to have them again, and since I had a horrible migraine this morning, it seemed like a good day for a dump and go meal. Cooked for a while, then threw some corn on the cob wrapped in aluminum foil on top of the meat so that it would all be ready at dinner. Managed a pretty decent meal for a 'keep all the curtains closed and don't dare turn any of the lights on' day.

Apr 10, 2014
jw615 in Home Cooking
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Easter dinner, special/fun side dish suggestions?

I don't know if this is interesting, but in my family, you HAVE to have deviled eggs for Easter. You can make a few traditional style for the super picky, and then mix up a couple more creative fillings for some others.

Apr 10, 2014
jw615 in Home Cooking
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When You No Longer Can Eat Some Foods You Love

I do pizzas with alfredo, pesto, or olive oil and garlic, though that may not be an option where you are going.

Hope you can enjoy your treat!

Apr 09, 2014
jw615 in General Topics

Your favorite (non-smelly) one pot/one dish recipes?

As long as the weather is decent (not raining) and you don't have roaming neighborhood dogs, I've plugged a slow cooker in out on the patio as well. (Didn't want to smell up the house when my bad gall bladder was making me super nauseated.) If you can't put it outside but have a safe spot in the garage, that might be an option as well - it is at least much easier to air out the garage.

I've had good luck lately cooking meat in the slow cooker (shredded beef or pulled pork for sandwiches, whole chicken, beef roast, pork ribs) and then putting corn on the cob, tightly wrapped in aluminum foil, on top of the meat. The corn cooks nicely without picking up the flavor of the meat, and then I can just add a side salad and some fresh fruit for a meal.

Soup (as long as it isn't dairy based) does well in the slow cooker as well. We are folks that are ok with eating soup during the warmer seasons though, so that might not be as good of a choice depending on your preferences.

Apr 09, 2014
jw615 in Home Cooking

Non-tomato based pasta dishes that can be made ahead of time

I make a spinach alfredo lasagna that freezes well unbaked. It is my go to when I make a freeze a meal for family and friends with a new baby.

While it isn't necessarily the most simple, it is pretty quick once you have all the ingredients together. It also has the benefit of taking only a little bit more time to double or triple the recipe - when I make it I often make two and freeze one for later because it is barely any more work than making one.

Apr 09, 2014
jw615 in Home Cooking

LEG OF LAMB - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for April 2014

And a few days after I post this, I find that the local grocery has quite a few now, presumably special for Easter.

Which is good, because the nearest whole foods is at least an hour and a half away, and the nearest Costco is at least two and a half.

Aldi had it in their weekly flyer for a much better price (about $4/pound less) than the local grocery though, so I'll check it out there before buying at the other store. At least around here, the specialty meats at Aldi are often the same brand that the local grocery has.

Apr 09, 2014
jw615 in Home Cooking

Bacon prices rise due to virus killing baby pigs

Agreed. In addition, someone with veterinary experience is probably far more qualified to ensure the health of his or her animals than the average farmer.

Large animal vets are few and far between, even in farming country. I can only think of good consequences of an animal farm owner being a veterinarian.

Apr 09, 2014
jw615 in Food Media & News
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Anything to look for in Aldis?

I like the cheese selection at the price as well. The one nearby me has great turnover, and so I have had good luck with the produce as well.

I can only remember one time that I have had bad produce from Aldi (a bag of potatoes where I had to throw tons out because of spots). However, that was after I had started buying potatoes only from Aldi because of 3 bad bags in a row from the other nearby grocery. I have bought potatoes since then, and they have been good. I bought quite a few bags of the red potatoes when they had them on sale for St. Patrick's day and they have been very good.

I mostly plan what produce we are going to use for the week based on the Aldi produce specials - none of the groceries around here beat those prices. I got strawberries over the weekend at .89 for a pound container, and the rest of the family claims they have been delicious. (I can't vouch for them, since the current pollen count means that I have no sense of smell and thus, no real sense of taste.)

Apr 09, 2014
jw615 in Chains

Shark Tank promo

I watched the episode last night.

It won't be changing home cooking for me. My thought the entire time was that there might not be waste, but only if I want to make the recipe exactly as they prescribe. I change almost every recipe that I use to my family's tastes - more of this, less of that, etc.

And if I have leftovers of produce, meat, or herbs, that just means that I need to challenge myself to come up with something to use it up. A lot of the times, those 'use stuff up/clean out the fridge' meals end up being something that everyone likes.

I'm clearly not the target audience.

Apr 08, 2014
jw615 in Food Media & News
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