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Grassroots petition for menu item

Um...I am curious as to why 'food lovers' are concerning themselves with expanding the menu at McDonalds.

Don't think that I'm your target market...I don't eat at McDonalds, and the last time I ate an apple, I got to test out my epi-pen and ride in an ambulance.

Oct 21, 2014
jw615 in Chains
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What turns you off about restaurant restrooms?

The only thing that I really don't like (aside from uncleanliness) is perfumed air fresheners. I have left places because the bathroom was too perfumed and I wasn't able to use it without risking a major asthma attack.

It's pretty rare, and not at all a deal breaker, but I really, really appreciate bathrooms that have a safe sharps disposal so that I don't have to shove syringes into my purse.

Oct 21, 2014
jw615 in Not About Food

Winter Emergency Stock-Up

Along with the meds, if you have 'emergency' meds, enough to take into account that snow/ice/increased calls may make it take significantly longer for emergency services to arrive.

I always have a ton of asthma meds on hand, but I make sure to have plenty of extra epi-pens in the winter - since sometimes you need another after 10 or 15 minutes.

Oct 11, 2014
jw615 in General Topics
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Winter Emergency Stock-Up

Shelf stable boxed cow's milk is also available - I always keep a couple of boxes on hand.

Oct 09, 2014
jw615 in General Topics

Read the whole menu then decide or stop when you see something you want?

Mine is a little unusual, probably. I have allergies, so the first thing that I do is skim the menu and find something that is likely safe - if the place we are eating has an online menu, I've probably already decided and called ahead to check if it was ok for me.

But then I'll read the entire menu, for two reasons. First, my husband generally likes me to help him pick something out. A lot of times I suggest things that he isn't sure about, and then he ends up really liking them. Secondly, a lot of times menu items will give me ideas for things that I could make at home.

Oct 07, 2014
jw615 in Not About Food

Complaints about take-away

I don't complain about takeaway, I just don't go back. There are a few places that recognize my husband and I - if something is off from one of those, I will mention it the next time we pick it up, just to let them know.

I have had to have the husband take things back a few times because we didn't get the right order - he doesn't usually check before heading home, and I have allergies, so I really can't just make do with unfamiliar food.

Oct 07, 2014
jw615 in Not About Food

Foods or snacks you NEVER get tired of?

Ham and cheese sandwiches. I have one almost every morning for breakfast.

Most kinds of cheese
Thin spaghetti with garlic, herbs, and parm
Cranberry ginger ale
Soft gingerbread cookies

Oct 05, 2014
jw615 in General Topics

Breakroom Freezer

Similarly, I've worked in a couple of places where the terms of the lease included no alcohol on the property.

You can't really mess around when it comes to the possibility of losing your entire business.

Oct 05, 2014
jw615 in Not About Food
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Vegetarian & Vegan - and "Recommendations" for Meat Recipes?

If seeing a picture of meat is so disturbing, how do you manage to shop at a grocery store?

Breakroom Freezer

I've done a lot of jobs with communal kitchen facilities. I've had mixed results with labeling things with my name - for some people, this just means they think "oh, well, that person totally wouldn't mind if I ate a little bit of their stuff"

What has worked for me: Writing "This is NOT for you" in big letters on all of my stuff. There really isn't any way to misunderstand that.

Oct 02, 2014
jw615 in Not About Food

Pepper oil on hands

There is another thread on this topic bumping around somewhere - I think that some people said they got help from mustard.

PSA - It is a super bad idea to absentmindedly peer over the garbage disposal to see if everything has gone down if you are disposing of jalapeno trimmings. It is an especially bad idea if you are a severe asthmatic.

Oct 02, 2014
jw615 in General Topics

What goodies to send to Navy personnel

When my cousin was in Iraq (Desert Storm), the most requested thing that my Mom and I made to mail there was a cookie/candy that we made at home. Made sandwiches from townhouse crackers and peanut butter, then dipped them in melted chocolate or white chocolate. They managed to hold up for shipping and in the desert.

A couple of other people recommended homemade chex mix - absolutely agree. We would fill small ziplock bags with the mix, tape the bags at the top, and then use them as packing material.

Sep 30, 2014
jw615 in Home Cooking

Grant Achatz Names MSG as a Top-3 Kitchen Staple

I find it really sad that you are suggesting that if his cancer were to return, it would be his fault for eating things with MSG.

Sep 23, 2014
jw615 in Food Media & News
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What are your favorite recipes for bake sales (making and purchasing?)

These are not fancy (it involves a cake mix), but they are super easy. I have sold them at bake sales, and send them with my husband for work treats, and they go fast. I have used many different kinds of jam and preserves in them.

Raspberry Oat Bars
Ingredients:
1 package yellow cake mix
2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 cup raspberry jam
1 tablespoon water

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch pan.

2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, cake mix, and melted margarine so that it makes nice clumps and there is no dry mix left. Press 1/2 of the oats mixture evenly into the bottom the prepared pan. In a separate bowl, mix jam with water, and spread over the crust. Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture evenly over the top and press down lightly.

3. Bake in the preheated oven for 18 to 23 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned. Cool before cutting into bars.

Sep 23, 2014
jw615 in Home Cooking

Is it too soon to talk about Thanksgiving?

I think Thanksgiving a lot.

My family (husband and step-daughter) really love the traditional Thanksgiving meal, so I make smaller versions often throughout the year. Roasted turkey breast or a small turkey. Some combination of mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, steamed green beans, rolls, cranberry salad (I buy fresh and then freeze so that I have them year round), pie or some other dessert.

Hoping to be able to have a larger Thanksgiving at our house this year - we moved into our first house Thanksgiving weekend last year, and I finally have a big enough kitchen that we can comfortably have more people over. I was capable of fixing huge dinners in my last kitchen, but there really was no where for people to eat.

Sep 18, 2014
jw615 in Home Cooking

Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures

I occasionally need an Arby's roast beef as well - my dad used to get them for me when I was a kid. No shake for me though - not a milkshake fan at all.

The ugliest shepherd's pie you've ever seen....

So I don't think my shepherd's pie is necessarily the most attractive food item I make (not piping my potatoes into pretty designs with a pastry bag), but it tastes good and looks worlds better than that.

And that gelatinous mass on top of it all is the reason that you never microwave gravy. Reheating it in a pan on the stove works. Microwave...ugh.

Sep 18, 2014
jw615 in General Topics

Moving a fridge full of food... HELP?!

I would do the same - secure the freezer door and leave the frozen food there, and do the rest in coolers. I lost power for 6 days once, and didn't open the freezer at all. Once the power kicked back on, I still had popsicles frozen in the original shapes.

When we moved about a year ago, we had about the same length of drive, and I did everything in coolers (we weren't moving our appliances). Worked out well. I know from other posts that you have more medical issues than me, but I am on immune suppressants, so I use a fair degree of caution.

Sep 16, 2014
jw615 in General Topics
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Power Outage - FRidge/Freezer - what to keep ...if anything

If you did not open it at all, most things are probably just fine.

Several years ago, I lost power in my house for 6 days after a massive windstorm. I did not open the refrigerator or the freezer the entire time. When the power came back on, I kept everything in the freezer - I even had popsicles still frozen in their original shapes.

Cheese and most things in the fridge were fine. I don't drink milk, so didn't have any. I did throw out the fresh meat that I had - I had it for a few days before the power went out anyway, so I wasn't going to eat it after iffy refrigeration and over a week and a half past buying.

Sep 16, 2014
jw615 in General Topics

The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

I have a life threatening apple allergy now, but I remember when I was in 2th grade, one of our big projects was we did a study on apples and had a tasting of different varieties of apples. This would have been around 1990 or so.

Everyone voted on their favorite variety, and we made a chart. The favorite of the class, by far, was a Winesap apple, picked from the tree in my backyard.

Sep 14, 2014
jw615 in Food Media & News

Tackling the dreaded Beef wellington. What's your preference on cut?

Good luck!

I agree with what everyone else said - beef wellington is rather easy, just that lots of folks hype it up as if it is difficult. The first time I made it I felt like a total badass, and I let my husband believe that it is difficult so he thinks that it is special, but it really isn't.

I usually do filet. With sides, I just get a larger-ish filet steak and split that between the two of us, and it is always plenty.

Sep 11, 2014
jw615 in Home Cooking

Cooking for one with limited left overs

A loaf pan is perfect - I often make up several lasagnas in foil loaf pans and then freeze. When baked up they taste fresh and it is just enough for my husband and I.

My little brother got his first apartment recently and struggles with cooking sometimes. (He likes to make things and has decent skills, but has issues with depression.) Planning to make several for him the next time I'm home.

Sep 11, 2014
jw615 in Home Cooking

Does it HAVE to be "pretty"?!?

I buy tons of produce and dry goods from the local 'bent and dent' groceries. Doesn't have to be pretty for me - just needs to taste good.

Sep 05, 2014
jw615 in General Topics

Stand mixer - worth having?

I love mine for mashed potatoes, but I can see where it wouldn't be as useful for small quantities. We're only a household of three, but my husband always eats FAR too many mashed potatoes, and I like to have leftovers to whip up shepherd's pie, so I usually make quite a few at a time.

Sep 05, 2014
jw615 in Cookware

Wheat/Dairy Free Wedding Guest Ettiquette

This may be just a difference in norms based on area or something, but I would not consider someone who contacts the restaurant or caterer to be out of line. I have done it myself several times (for work functions, weddings, other engagements). The few times that I haven't, and either brought my own food or didn't eat, I have been told by the staff to call in advance in the future, and they would make sure to have something.

I have a ton of dietary restrictions, but typically these can be managed with a simple change. I've never had a caterer or facility refuse to speak with me about it, and they usually offer WAY more accommodation than I end up asking for - typically my meal can be made safe by leaving the sauce off the protein and subbing a baked potato for the side. When going to personal events, I always offered to pay the cost if there was any charge for the substitution.

I go to a lot of events and don't eat, and people do notice - it makes them uncomfortable often. If a five minute conversation and a simple substitution can make things more comfortable, I'm up for that.

Of course, I always have emergency food with me. It would be dumb not to - I have life threatening allergies and take meds that would make things REAL interesting on an empty stomach. But whenever I have resorted to my emergency supplies, I have been told by the staff that they would have preferred to be able to accommodate me.

Sep 05, 2014
jw615 in Not About Food

Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

I wouldn't call myself 'pro-bread', more that 'bread, like most other things, is fine in moderation'.

Wheat is hardly the source or all modern illnesses. And given the long list of other foods that I have to avoid due to allergies and other issues, I'm not taking something else out of my diet just because it is the current fad.

Sep 05, 2014
jw615 in General Topics

When do you send back a steak for being under/over cooked?

I wish I had the same issue. I eat a lot of steak when dining out, because I have allergies, and a steak is generally a safe option for my allergies. Maybe it's my luck, but I order medium rare, and hardly ever have one come out under, but frequently come out over.

I will accept medium, but medium-well or beyond is just not ok with me. Rare is workable for me, depending upon how rare. At home I probably cook things on the rare side of medium rare, but I don't like cold in the middle.

Sep 03, 2014
jw615 in General Topics

PUMPKIN MANIA creep

Made cinnamon swirl pumpkin bars today - went over very well with the family.

I don't like a lot of the commercial pumpkin products. I am however, hoping that the early return of other seasonal stuff will mean that I can find some Starburst candy corn in stores soon. I know it is unhoundish, but I would cut a bitch for some Starburst candy corn.

Sep 01, 2014
jw615 in General Topics

can I pasteurize my raw milk icecream that made me sick and rechurn?

Why do you think that this is even remotely a good idea?

Food that makes you sick gets discarded. Do not pass go, do not collect $200.

What makes you sick or react that you love?

I've developed a number of adult onset food allergies (of the swell up and die type), so I've had to give up a number of things. On a positive note, this has really improved my cooking skills, and I can make a safe version of almost anything that I want.

However, when I was younger, we lived in a rural area, and would go to the city to go to the shopping mall to get clothes twice a year. My mom and I would always get a caramel apple with peanuts from one of the stores in the mall, bring it home, and then share it for dinner that night. I really, really wish that I could have a caramel apple. (My mom still loves them, and I send her some from a mail order company for most holidays.) But the last time I touched apples, I got an Epi-Pen and a ride in an ambulance, so it is just not happening.

Aug 21, 2014
jw615 in General Topics