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Ants in kitchen--Four methods have not worked! Help!

I use the Terro prefilled baits - the ones that are in a clear plastic container. I have never, ever had them fail, and have had no luck with any other commercial products. Sometimes they are hard to find locally, so I just order from Amazon now.

They use borax, and obviously, you wouldn't want a toddler to be eating them. But they have always worked super fast for me - within 24-48 hours. I put a few down when I see ants, they swarm the bait (it will be quite disgusting) for about 12 hours or so, and then they leave and never come back. If you could gate off your kitchen for a day or two and treat in there, it might be a good bet.

Cook Your Vegetables to Death - Bon Appétit

Same here. I generally prefer more lightly cooked vegetables, but I vastly prefer green beans that my Mom cooks to death with bacon.

Apr 17, 2015
jw615 in Home Cooking

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

I let them know that I had called ahead of time, and kept getting some combination of "The chef doesn't want to come talk to you", "The chef says you can't have that", or "The chef says he doesn't know what is in that." They never told me that the person that I talked to was wrong, just gave me a generally unpleasant attitude. I didn't want to stir up things too much - my seasonal staff were all departing the next day.

I have a pretty large list, but I am always able to find at least 3 or 4 options at most places, sometimes with minor modifications, like leaving the sauce off of a steak or something. I don't expect them to make up a new dish for me or combine the components of three meals to make one.

My mistake might have been explaining that I was hoping to make a reservation for a company dinner before asking about allergies. I ask first now, just in case someone is just humoring me for business.

But you know, if the boss is plunking down several hundred dollars for food and drink (in an extremely low cost of living area), the boss should not have to pick up taco bell afterwards.

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

I'm about 5 years in to a grudge towards a restaurant that was entirely unwilling to accommodate my food allergies at a dinner.

Now, normally, this would be ok. I'd like to think that I am a rational person with allergies. I don't want to have to jab myself, I don't want to leave in an ambulance, I would much rather you tell me that you can't feed me safely, and I will just leave. This is better for everyone.

However, I did the right things here. I called the restaurant before we made reservations, went over my allergy list with a manager, who assured me that they wouldn't have any issue working with me, and that I just needed to ask the server to talk to the manager the night we would be in. Which I tried, and they were pretty much unwilling to discuss anything with me.

If this was just me and family, we would have just left. Unfortunately, I was taking all of my seasonal staff members out for a nice dinner at the end of our season, and even if I thought it was ok to make them go somewhere else, I wasn't going to be able to get into anywhere nice with that large of a group on zero notice. My staff did get to enjoy a nice dinner out for their hard work...I got to eat a baked potato.

Don't be an asshole to the person with the company credit card. I will never, ever go back there.

In case this is helpful to anyone who does not celebrate Passover--Many Passover foods are GF eg cake mixes and well reviewed and on clearance now

Passover is also a great time to find things that are soy free that you have a hard time with otherwise.

Apr 09, 2015
jw615 in Special Diets

Your go to fat?

Usually butter - I have about 25 pounds in my freezer right now.

Mar 24, 2015
jw615 in General Topics

Snake oil . Or are supplements necessary in your diet ?

I generally only go with what my doc recommends. Right now I'm on a prenatal for the obvious reasons. Aside from that I take a calcium supplement. I'm on a couple meds that inhibit the absorption of calcium and another med that can cause prematurely brittle bones. Will see if that is helping at all when I get another bone density scan after the baby comes.

Other than that, I get what I need from my diet, and my docs think that any other supplementation is unnecessary.

Mar 21, 2015
jw615 in Not About Food

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

I did this for the first time in my life (I'm 31) about three weeks ago, and I felt like a horrible person.

I'm disabled, and the particular store has no cart returns near the disability parking. I have multiple severe lung issues, which is the reason for my parking permit. It was super cold, which is a trigger for me, and while I was putting the bags in my car my mask slipped and I got a huge breath of below zero air - instant constriction, severe asthma attack. I slammed the trunk shut, ditched the cart (I did push the front wheels up onto a small patch of snow next to my car so that it wouldn't roll from wind, and jumped in the car so that I could hook up my portable treatment machine.

I felt so guilty about it that I actually called my Mom, who made me feel a bit better. I will say that I wish that more stores had returns near the disability parking - most of them are quite far from there, and I can't always shop with my husband. I should try asking for help sometimes, as some people have suggested. I'm reluctant to mostly because I get enough disapproving looks (and even comments) from others, since I'm a young person (who looks even younger, I still get carded for white out, which is ridiculous) with an 'invisible' disability.

Mar 20, 2015
jw615 in Not About Food

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

We have a local chain that is similar. They pack your bags of groceries into plastic tubs and then give you a large plastic tag for each tub that matches the label on the tub. They put the tubs on a conveyor belt that carries them outside.

Then you can go out, get into your car and drive to the covered area where the conveyor ends. You hand the tags to the employee there, and they load the bags into your trunk or back seat. You don't even have to get out of the car, it is AMAZING.

This store does it for everyone if you have more groceries than you can easily carry. They actually don't allow carts into the parking lot at all.

Mar 20, 2015
jw615 in Not About Food

Meal Train for young family

While it isn't dinner, I've made breakfast sandwiches (eggs, cheese, & meat on English muffins) for many different people and they have always been appreciated. Wrap individually in aluminum foil, and they can be tossed in the oven (about 20 minutes thawed, 40 minutes from frozen) and eaten while on the go.

I make them a lot for my husband. He can put one in the oven when he wakes up and by the time he is showered and ready, it is heated through.

Mar 14, 2015
jw615 in Home Cooking
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dutch ovens vs. slow cookers

I would agree with that with the newer slow cookers that cook at a higher temperature. One of my slow cookers is pretty old (about 30 years) and it cooks at a lower temperature, and I definitely choose it for some of my recipes because they turn out better in that particular pot.

Mar 02, 2015
jw615 in Home Cooking

dutch ovens vs. slow cookers

Some older slow cookers were designed that way, but newer ones have coils that wrap all the way around up the sides. However, I have a good number of slow cookers, and of the two that have hot spots, they are on the bottom or on the side at the very bottom, so they may get more heat from the bottom than the sides. The sides probably also lose more heat than the bottom, since the bottom of the slow cooker would be insulated by the extra material there.

Mar 02, 2015
jw615 in Home Cooking

Breakfast Idea

I use a muffin top/whoopie pie pan for baking eggs to put on English muffins. Perfect size to fit on one. They are shallow, so it wouldn't be super thick, but you could always layer two of the egg 'patties' if you wanted more.

When I bake whole eggs in the muffin top pans, it takes about 15 minutes at 350.

Best thing is that you can make 12 egg patties at one time. I make a bunch of sausage and egg sandwiches at a time, then assemble them and wrap in foil so that my husband can throw one in the oven before he gets in the shower in the morning, and have a hot and portable breakfast for the drive to work.

When Food Is Too Good To Waste, College Kids Pick Up The Scraps

I do lots of shopping at salvage groceries. I live in/near a pretty heavily Amish area in Ohio, and there is one that I go to about 3 or 4 times a month, and 3 or 4 others that I go to on a less frequent, but regular basis.

The amount of money that I save on our food budget by doing this is a little bit ridiculous. Has been a great source for snacks for school for my step-daughter, and the ones around me tend to have a good amount of specialty foods as well.

Mar 02, 2015
jw615 in Food Media & News

The Food Babe Says There’s Beaver Butt in Your Ice Cream

Given how much cheaper other substitutes are, I doubt that there is beaver butt in my ice cream.

However, I suspect that there may be a beaver butt where the Food Babe's brain might be.

You're eating it wrong

My step-daughter is really amused by them. I find some of them interesting, but I wouldn't take any of the advice offered by them. I can't say that I follow any of the 'advice' though - I'm pretty particular, and have long ago figured out what is the best way for me to eat things that I like.

And I may be wrong about this, but it isn't like adding a flour tortilla with refried beans in between is a new idea, right? Hasn't Taco Bell been doing something like that forever, or is that just in my head?

And I don't really feel like my tacos need any more carbs than they already have. I rarely eat tacos with hard shells anyway, because I don't like that they break - I just put all of the taco ingredients on tortilla chips and make nachos. Problem solved for me.

Mar 02, 2015
jw615 in Food Media & News

On peanut allergies and peanut exposures and the joy of Bamba

I wouldn't worry as much if I had one or two food allergies, but my allergist thinks it is a concern since I have pretty much all of the allergic issues - food, drug, and enviro allergies, asthma, and eczema. We'll probably hold off on walnuts for a while, but I want to be able to introduce most other things. While this study only really concerned peanuts, my doc has had me rotating the more common allergens that I don't react to in my diet for several years to keep my exposure up - my food allergies are adult onset, and he is hoping that might help prevent me from developing any more.

Mar 01, 2015
jw615 in Food Media & News

Food storage Russian roulette: what's your riskiest food safety gamble that went okay?

I made a spinach lasagna. Used the leftover ricotta to make toasted sandwiches with ricotta, spinach, mozzarella, and red onion.

As I was making my last sandwich, I noticed that the ricotta had expired over 16 months before then. We had even moved to a new house in between that time - I somehow moved ridiculously old ricotta without noticing, and then used it without noticing either.

The lasagna and the sandwiches were delicious. I ate the last one, even after noticing the date, because at that point I figured that it didn't really make a difference.

Feb 26, 2015
jw615 in General Topics

On peanut allergies and peanut exposures and the joy of Bamba

Research has been tending to lean towards not delaying exposure for a while now. However, as someone with multiple food allergies, I worry that preventing a peanut allergy may just cause the allergic tendency to pop up with something else. Most of my allergens are not common ones (I can eat peanuts, and the only tree nut I avoid is walnut), but the things that I have to avoid will send me to the ER just as fast.

I'm expecting my first biological child in about three months. We're trying to figure out how we will safely expose the baby to the things that I'm allergic to without endangering me.

Feb 26, 2015
jw615 in Food Media & News

Only in America...

So, mildly funny story.

I didn't really learn to cook until I started dating my now husband. One weekend I decided that I would roast a chicken, and this was a big deal to me. (Sidenote: It was delicious.) However, I knew that there was supposed to be a bag of innards inside the chicken. I looked for that bag for probably five whole minutes. I was worried that somehow I had missed it. The whole time the chicken was cooking (and I slow roasted it), I was worried that the meal would be ruined when we cut into it and there was the bag that I couldn't find. Apparently not all chickens come with the insides - which was the case for this chicken.

Also, I'm pretty sure my grandpa would stab someone with a fork for any number of chicken gizzards.

Feb 11, 2015
jw615 in Food Media & News

I eat it my way

I eat chicken wings with a knife and a fork - I just really, really hate getting food on my hands.

Feb 10, 2015
jw615 in General Topics
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Husband Coming from 3 months stay in China; What to cook .

Pizza was going to be my recommendation as well. I have a friend that lives in China, and one thing that she mentioned was that her kids think that it is a real treat when they have homemade pizza, because the cheese is so expensive.

Feb 10, 2015
jw615 in Home Cooking
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Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

Same here. I have severe food allergies, and I have messed up a few times, so why would I trust a stranger not to kill me accidentally.

And someone with the same dietary restrictions? Still no. First of all, with the foods that I'm allergic to, that's super unlikely, but that is not the point. But even within people with the same allergy or other restriction, there are greatly varying comfort zones - one person may be comfortable with a certain level of contamination, while another may not.

This is true even for myself. One of my allergies is soy. We keep soy products in our house, and I cook for my husband and step-daughter with them. This is a risk I feel ok with - I don't react to trace quantities of soy, and even if I do, I've never had a life threatening reaction to soy, just discomfort. Another of my allergies is apple. There are no apple products in our house at all, and barring a miraculous cure, I don't see there ever being any. The last time I was in contact with an apple product, I didn't even eat it, and I still got a ride in an ambulance.

When we moved into our first house (about a year and a half ago) my new neighbors brought us cookies. My husband did eat them, but I didn't touch them. Absolutely not going to pay for something that I don't know is safe to have in my home.

Feb 02, 2015
jw615 in Not About Food

Everything You Need To Know About Cooking During A Storm

And if you don't open the freezer and it is reasonably full, things will stay frozen for a long time. We had a huge windstorm in the fall several years ago, and being that I was living in the middle of nowhere, I didn't get power back at my house for 5 days. Popsicles were still frozen in the original shape, so I didn't worry about anything in there.

However, if you live in the middle of nowhere, you may want to be extra careful about food safety until the power comes back on...because if you're on well water, you get to flush the toilet one time, and things could get ugly if a gastrointestinal illness strikes.

Jan 26, 2015
jw615 in Home Cooking
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Ad Takes Over Entire Page, Hijacks Chowhound

This just happened yet again - I was actually in the middle of reading through the page when it redirected.

I did not get a screenshot, but it is the same as before, and redirected from this link: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1001556

Jan 12, 2015
jw615 in Site Talk

What are your home cooking goals for 2015?

I'd like to gain more experience making different types of Asian food. I don't do a whole lot of this at all, because I have a combination of food allergies that rules out a lot of it for me eating wise. But I made some an Indian dish, a Thai dish, and a Chinese dish when I was home visiting family, and it turns out that my step-daughter really liked them. I'd like to try to make one new dish a month for her, even though I'll have to make a separate dinner for her.

Other goal is to get my deep freezer organized and fill it with some freezer meals (lasagna, marinated meats, ingredients for soup that can be thrown in the crock pot) before new baby comes in May.

Jan 10, 2015
jw615 in Home Cooking

Are food allergies really hereditary, or is my SIL overly cautious?

The theory on which this is based is that by eating the honey, you are exposing yourself to tiny amounts of pollen and building up a tolerance. Same general idea as allergy shots.

The problem with this is that the type of pollen in honey isn't the type of pollen that the vast majority of people with pollen allergies have issues with. The type of pollen that causes allergies is from plants that are pollinated by wind - that's why it causes issues, because there is so much in the air. The pollen in honey is from plants that are mechanically pollinated by bees or other insects - it doesn't really get airborne, so it doesn't cause people problems. It might work if honey had the right allergen in it, but it just doesn't.

Does make a great cough reliever though.

Jan 03, 2015
jw615 in Not About Food
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Are food allergies really hereditary, or is my SIL overly cautious?

I'm not saying it isn't possible. It is definitely possible. But it is a horrible idea, especially given the ridiculous rate of false positives in the absence of symptoms, and it is definitely not best medical practices. That doesn't mean that you can't do it - there are plenty of doctors that don't follow best medical practices.

Jan 03, 2015
jw615 in Not About Food

Are food allergies really hereditary, or is my SIL overly cautious?

That is what I generally say. But the forms don't have a place to put that, so they just put it in the allergy section. The next time I go back to the doctor, and they review everything with me, they will restate it as an allergy.

It's just not worth it to me to argue it at that point. I have a great understanding of how allergies work, but I am a frequent flyer at the doctor's office, and it just isn't worth it to explain every time.

Jan 02, 2015
jw615 in Not About Food

Are food allergies really hereditary, or is my SIL overly cautious?

I'm nastily allergic to a decent amount of foods and pregnant now - my allergists advice is not to change my diet at all. I probably won't be able to breastfeed because of meds, so the same allergist advised starting to introduce allergenic foods as soon as possible after future baby shows tolerance to a few less likely to be allergenic foods.

Jan 02, 2015
jw615 in Not About Food
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