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"Should the Government Force Food-Stamp Users to Eat Better?"

I'm sort of glad that you can buy processed foods with food stamps.

My step-daughter lives with us most of the time, with limited visitation with her mother. Mom gets food stamps, and I know she's not buying what most of us consider to be healthy whole foods. Mom is also not great at making dinner - it is not uncommon for her to drop her off from a weekly visitation night at 9:30 and not have served dinner.

During the summer, we have to do a few weeks of extended visitation, which pretty much makes me so anxious that I want to throw up the whole time. But because I know that my stepdaughter's mom buys the prepared stuff, at least I know that daughter is eating. We actually specifically bought some of the stuff that mom buys to teach step-daughter to make it. We have a night every few weeks where we do 'fend for yourself' for dinner, and teach her to read the directions and make things that Mom commonly has: easy mac, frozen dinners, pizza rolls, those shelf stable hormel meals and the like. At least I know that there are things that she can fix when her Mom is not being awesome.

Jun 03, 2014
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Poor man's slow cooker?

If you're going to go for a slow cooker, I would recommend trying to find an older one at a thrift store. The newer ones cook hotter than the older units did, and this really makes a difference for some things that I want to make. I got a great slow cooker at a thrift store that is almost as old as I am (I'm 30). It was still in the box and even had all the original manuals and such. It has a removable crock, and a much better low and high temperature than my more modern ones.

I use my slow cooker all the time, but you do have to be careful with slow cooker recipes and look for the good ones. I find that in general, the less ingredients a slow cooker recipe has, the more likely it will be good.

May 24, 2014
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Anyone else disgusted with dogs in restaurants?

Even if it isn't an anaphylactic reactions, allergens can trigger asthma attacks, which can be deadly.

May 22, 2014
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Anyone else disgusted with dogs in restaurants?

The problem with cat allergies is that the most common cat allergen is so small in particle size that it doesn't weigh enough to settle out of the air. So if you have any ventilation in your house, it doesn't matter where in the house the pet is, it all gets circulated around.

I really wish this wasn't the case. I really feel like I am a cat person, and would love one, but my allergies are too severe.

May 22, 2014
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How germ phobic are you?

I dropped a bowl of homemade alfredo face down on the couch yesterday. It was all that was left of the sauce and pasta, and I seriously considered scraping it up and eating it.

I didn't. Not really for the sake of germs, but more because I have severe food allergies and we do have some of the foods that I react to in the house. Didn't want residue sending me into anaphylaxis.

May 21, 2014
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Liftlab's Anti-tremor spoon

Hopefully it works for you. I may have to try it - I'm at 5-6 nebs on a good day, so anything that would help with the tremors would be nice.

May 20, 2014
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Eating Cupcakes

I'd eat it on a plate with a fork. I really don't like getting food on my face or hands, and that allows me to distribute the frosting and and the cake as I see fit.

May 20, 2014
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A Non-Offensive Universally Acceptable Meal

Strangely, I started reacting to red apples first, then green later. Now it's everything. I'm allergic to peaches and nectarines as well, and several other fruits. Really miss fresh peach pie.

May 15, 2014
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Cooking whole chicken in hot weather

I never add liquid for cooking a chicken in the slow cooker - I find that it makes more than enough liquid while cooking. I don't use the foil pan though, so perhaps that is different, though I wouldn't think so. I strain the juices and drippings in the pot and make gravy with them as well - usually get a ton of gravy, which is good for using for leftovers as well.

May 15, 2014
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A Non-Offensive Universally Acceptable Meal

Well, hello.

We haven't met in person, but I'm allergic to apples. Last time I came in contact with them (a preschooler accidentally got some applesauce on my face, and I inadvertently got a bit in my mouth) I got to stab myself with the pen and ride in an ambulance.

May 15, 2014
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Cooking whole chicken in hot weather

The first day I usually serve it as chicken dinner - carve it up and make mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, dinner rolls.

I use the leftovers to make all sorts of things: chicken salad, lettuce salad with chopped chicken, chicken quesadillas, chicken nachos, a shepherd's pie like casserole with chicken instead of lamb, hot chicken sandwiches with leftover gravy, throw some chopped chicken into a homemade alfredo sauce for chicken alfredo, creamed chicken over biscuits, all sorts of varieties of chicken soup, quiche with chopped chicken and whatever veggies I have laying around.

There is probably more, but that's what I can think of for now. We've been trying to eat a little more frugally lately, and my current strategy is to cook something in the slow cooker (whole chicken, beef roast, turkey breast, corned beef) at the beginning of the week, and then use it for variations for the rest of the week. If we get sick of it, I freeze the leftovers for a short time (about a week or so) and then come back to it when we're ready.

May 14, 2014
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Cooking whole chicken in hot weather

I do it in the slow cooker all the time. Spice rub inside, outside, and under the skin and shove a cut onion into the cavity, then cook on low. I remove the skin after cooking, since it gets rubbery, but no one in my family is a chicken skin fan anyway.

If you want it to be a little less 'cooked in it's own juices', ball up some aluminum foil and put in the bottom of the crock to raise the chicken up a bit.

May 14, 2014
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The Rent err…..Groceries are Too Damn High!

I wouldn't expect it to be pretty. I have said some pretty unkind things to people that have said mean things to me about my disabled parking placard.

Admittedly, it is a sensitive subject for me, since I'm pretty young and look much younger, and don't 'look' disabled.

I have actually had a person tell me that it wasn't fair for me to get a placard because I was fat. Yup, I am fluffy. Probably has something to do with the steroids that I'm dependent upon to keep my lungs functioning.

It is not uncommon to see me speed walking from my car to the entrance of a business. This is because I can only hold my breath for so long, and I need to get inside before the cold/humidity/fumes/person smoking next to the door makes me have a severe asthma attack. Turning blue tends to ruin my grocery shopping.

May 08, 2014
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What's the Worst Dish You Ever Made?

I think with slow cookers, the more ingredients you put in, the more likely you are going to end up with disaster. I do whole chicken in the slow cooker pretty frequently, but I know it's limitations (no one in my family likes poultry skin, so we don't worry about crispy skin) and don't add much to it. A cut onion in the cavity and a spice mix rubbed on, and that's about it.

May 08, 2014
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Rudest grocery checker remark

I'm guessing that those are across the street from the watermelon trees. :)

May 07, 2014
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What are you putting on Toast?

I'm a big fan of it - started eating it from the salad bar when I was a camp counselor. It's also good with chopped cucumber added, but cucumber makes me itchy now.

May 07, 2014
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Food or drink that gets you out of bed in the morning ?

Usually a hot ham and cheese sandwich. Favorite breakfast for me.

May 07, 2014
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Motel / Buffet Scrambled eggs

Yup - when I did camp, the powdered eggs were significantly pricier than the frozen boil in a bag type that we used for general breakfasts. Powdered were only for backpacking trips where weight and non-perishability really mattered.

May 07, 2014
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House Hunters & Kitchens

Well, if they spent 100K over their budget, they are probably going to have to cook...

Ramen noodles look so much better on a granite countertop, you know.

May 06, 2014
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What are you putting on Toast?

I'm a big PB and toast fan, but I also like cottage cheese mixed with sunflower kernels on toast.

May 06, 2014
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What's for Dinner #296- The Ah,Ah, Ah, Ahchoo! Edition! [through May 9, 2014]

This sounds delicious, and I am always looking for good ways to remake leftovers.

May 06, 2014
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What's for Dinner #296- The Ah,Ah, Ah, Ahchoo! Edition! [through May 9, 2014]

The title is appropriate here - allergy day of DOOM here. The tree that I am most violently allergic to is the predominant pollen, lots of neighbors are mowing grass, and it is quite breezy, so everything is blowing about.

Thus, dinner is embarrassingly what I could throw together between benadryl and breathing treatments. Hot beef sandwiches with caramelized onions baked in the oven so that the buns got a little crusty, leftover steamed green beans, clementines.

May 06, 2014
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Total Rookie - Super Basic Food safety Questions

Even if you buy all of your meat ready to go, you'll still probably eventually want some type of cutting surface for prepping veg. I can't imagine what my cooking would be like without a surface to chop onions and garlic on.

Glad that your cooking has gone well so far. It really is something that you have to learn by doing. You can read and watch a lot about it, and that helps your base of knowledge, but a lot of things you just need to actually do with your hands to get it.

May 06, 2014
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Motel / Buffet Scrambled eggs

Yeah, how good they are really depends on the preparer. The best cooks at camp would do them just a little underdone, pour out of the bag immediately into large pans, sprinkle a little cheese on top and break them up with a large potato masher. They'd finish cooking up from the residual heat.

May 06, 2014
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Motel / Buffet Scrambled eggs

Having worked professionally at camps for over 10 years, I would guess that motel eggs are probably done the same way that every camp that I have been to. None of the camps used powdered eggs (except for limited applications in backpacking trips, where food needs to be very light). Every place I worked used boil in a bag eggs that came in already liquid, and usually frozen in a large bag. Thawed overnight, then tossed in a big pot of boiling water for however long it takes to cook. Open up the bag and pour out the 'scrambled' eggs.

May 05, 2014
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I can't tell when milk is spoiled

I would say that all milk has an odor that seems off to me, but I can still tell when it has gone bad - it is a different kind of 'off'.

We don't use very much milk at all. I never drink milk, and I eat cereal dry. My husband and step-daughter will occasionally drink it or eat it on cereal, but not with any regularity. Unless we are having nieces and/or nephews visiting, I use the shelf-stable tetrapak milk, which is sold by the quart. I can keep it in the pantry, so we have it when we need it, and a quart is small enough that I usually manage to use up the whole thing once opened before it goes bad. Given the amount of milk that we were throwing away when I bought refrigerated at the store, it is less expensive for us this way.

May 05, 2014
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Total Rookie - Super Basic Food safety Questions

Agree on the thin plastic cutting mats - I love mine. They are lightweight, and flexible, so it is easy to bend them to direct chopped foods into the pot or pan. The set I currently have is color coded and have holes for hanging. They are light, and I keep them hanging on a hook right next to my sink. They do get beat up eventually, but they are inexpensive enough to replace every once in a while, which I'd have to do anyway since I have a compromised immune system.

May 05, 2014
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Cooking advice for make ahead meals

Sorry - I must have unintentionally mentally attached a tone to your post that you didn't mean.

Admitting that I'm overly sensitive here as a young disabled person, and probably even more so since it is a 'hidden' disability.

May 04, 2014
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What's for Dinner #296- The Ah,Ah, Ah, Ahchoo! Edition! [through May 9, 2014]

Breakfast for dinner here tonight. Corned beef and eggs, hashbrowns, sourdough toast, bananas and oranges.

Step-daughter said that it was better than getting it in a restaurant. Win.

May 04, 2014
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Total Rookie - Super Basic Food safety Questions

Dishwasher is good for all of those, but depending on your dishwasher and how well it works, you may have to do some scrubbing with the pan that you are broiling the burgers on to get the cooked on stuff off.

I also use the dishwasher for my cutting mats most of the time as well.

May 04, 2014
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