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Foodsaver questions

I just bought a Foodsaver primarily to freeze things for longterm storage.

However, what foods do you think would benefit from it short-term (refrigerator or pantry) most? I only have bags, no containers right now, but am open to buying some.

Last night I did my weekly grocery shopping and this is what I brought home:

Large container mixed baby greens
1 eggplant
2 broccoli crowns
1 cucumber
2 zucchini
3 unripe avocados
4 peaches
1 package strawberries
1 package mini bell peppers
Gorgonzola, pepper jack & cheddar cheeses
Non fat plain Greek yogurt (large TJ's tub)
Non fat vanilla yogurt (large TJ's tub)
2 ears sweet corn

Remember, I'm cooking for one, and I'm also still getting some things from my garden and already have stuff in the fridge & freezer.

Thanks!

Aug 28, 2014
Barbara76137 in Cookware

Too much corn on the cob! Help me use it!

I just got a foodsaver, so can I just freeze the cleaned whole ears without blanching so I can throw them on the grill this winter? I absolutely love grilled corn on the cob.

Aug 28, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

Are you a herb, spice and seasoning junkie?

I agree with Gojira. I try to only buy what I can use in a reasonable amount of time.

I love visiting Penzy's, since I can get a small bottle of an herb or spice to "try it out" and then if I find I'm using it a lot, I can buy a larger quantity.

Aug 28, 2014
Barbara76137 in General Topics

Anyone else been to the Nespresso Boutique?

Went there again with my boyfriend on a Friday vs. Saturday and was treated much better. We had a chance to taste as many varieties as we wanted (how much espresso can you seriously drink at once without being seriously wired?? :) ) We ended up buying another machine and about 20 more sleeves of espresso.

DFW - lunch & dinner - one day

I've had lunch at Lonesome Dove twice, and the first time it was really good. Took my mom there, the first time, so the two of us had the lobster hush puppies, wild boar ribs, chicken thigh entrée, and the daily special was a chicken piccata risotto. About two weeks ago I went again and the daily special was chicken flautas. I think they must have been leftovers from the catering business. They were dry, tough, and very disappointing.

Rabbit for K9

I've seen it at the 99 Ranch on Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. It is in the frozen section.

Small town restaurant + Bad experience = Would you go back?

'Zucchini was considered exotic and you couldn't find one that wasn't rotten.' Love it!
Recently I realized my cilantro was over the hill and ran to the little supermarket here in town. The cilantro they were selling for .99 was WORSE than the bunch I had just dumped in the trash!

Aug 26, 2014
Barbara76137 in Not About Food

Small town restaurant + Bad experience = Would you go back?

Texas/Tennessee.....about the same thing :)

Aug 26, 2014
Barbara76137 in Not About Food
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Small town restaurant + Bad experience = Would you go back?

I live in a very small town and all of the restaurants are horrible. I gave them all more than one chance, but I can't afford to waste my hard-earned money eating out. Sometimes I get tired of cooking, but it's better than getting annoyed and disappointed at these restaurants.

Does anyone own a vacuum sealer?

Thanks to all for the advice.

Aug 21, 2014
Barbara76137 in Cookware

Does anyone own a vacuum sealer?

Through the end of the month Costco has one for $69 with an instant $20 rebate, so I finally got one. I really like it so far, and look forward to using it mainly for freezing soups, chili, etc. in single servings.

Aug 20, 2014
Barbara76137 in Cookware

gazpacho??

Was at a Jon Bonnell cooking demo a few years ago featuring Hatch chilis, and he used a meat grinder instead of a blender/food processor. Really liked the consistency.

Aug 14, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

Lingua, I'm so sorry for your loss. Both of my critters, as well as myself, send hugs.

Aug 06, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

My Chowhound Wedding

Congrats! Fabulous pictures, sounds like an amazing wedding!

Jul 29, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition! [OLD]

It's not just fish & seafood, but everything from cocktails to dessert from the restaurant. I'll try to take a picture of the table of contents.

The recipes are pretty confusing. I tried the gumbo and it seemed to not make much sense.

Jul 28, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

Suggestions for Thursday, July 3rd w/79 yr. old mother

It was in Huntsville....so what would you expect? :) Little place on the Interstate called the Bandera Grill. Waitress was clueless.

Jul 23, 2014
Barbara76137 in Houston

Suggestions for Thursday, July 3rd w/79 yr. old mother

We had excellent servers at every restaurant, not just Gaido's but Guadalajara Grill in the Woodlands Wednesday night & Bone Fish Grill Thursday night. Then reality set in Friday night when we met my bf for dinner on the way back home.....

Jul 10, 2014
Barbara76137 in Houston

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition! [OLD]

Last Friday my mother bought me Guido's (Galveston, TX) cookbook. I can't wait to try some of the recipes!

Jul 10, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

Love my new immersion blender

I don't know how I ever survived before I got mine!

Jul 10, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

Easy way to make frozen yellow squash a side dish?

I like to sauté it in oil with garlic & fresh herbs. Tonight I'm slicing and grilling it.

Jul 09, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

Used the cracker/cheese/jelly combo for a quick appetizer Sunday night and my two guests devoured an entire bag of crackers & wedge of cheese! All that's left is some of the jelly (16 oz. jar! )

Jul 08, 2014
Barbara76137 in Chains

Suggestions for Thursday, July 3rd w/79 yr. old mother

Was going to try to have dinner there Thursday night, but it looked packed.

Jul 08, 2014
Barbara76137 in Houston

Suggestions for Thursday, July 3rd w/79 yr. old mother

That sounds delicious. The "soup of the day" on Friday was tortilla soup, which was excellent. My mom bought me the cookbook, so I hope the recipes are accurate.

Jul 08, 2014
Barbara76137 in Houston

Anyone else been to the Nespresso Boutique?

Well, the man who was rude needs to shape up.

Suggestions for Thursday, July 3rd w/79 yr. old mother

Jaymes & James, the stars must have been in perfect alignment on Friday July 4th. We pulled up to the front door and we were the first car in the parking lot. Within a few minutes the lot was packed. The girl washing the front door took pity on us and let us sit inside until they opened for lunch (about 15 minutes) so we were the first seated. Service was wonderful and lunch was very good. We each had the soup trio & I had the crab/avocado something & my mom had the fried asparagus/crab. She really enjoyed it, and that is what is important!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

Had shied away from the rosemary raisin crackers but finally tasted them a few weeks ago & both my mom (who's visiting) & myself are hooked. Tried them with the triple cream wild mushroom brie and a hot pepper jelly and it is a great combination.

Also yay for the peach nectar.

Suggestions for Thursday, July 3rd w/79 yr. old mother

Thanks for the suggestions. I realize Galveston is quite a drive, but I'm hoping that since the parade & rest of the festivities there will be Friday evening, if we go there earlier in the day it won't be as bad. I hope to be on the road and back up to North Texas by early evening on the 4th.

I'll call CWM because their policies vary with their concerts.....you know how rowdy symphony patrons can be :)

Jul 01, 2014
Barbara76137 in Houston

Suggestions for Thursday, July 3rd w/79 yr. old mother

Our family visited Gaido's in the mid-70's, so it is good to hear about them. I ate there about a year ago and the food & service were good. Thanks for the link, James.

Jun 30, 2014
Barbara76137 in Houston

What's for Dinner #309 - the Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer Edition [through June 30, 2014]

Tonight, (Monday), will be leftovers from yesterday's feast. I cooked for six people, and I can't remember how many year's it's been since I've cooked for more than two. I think I overdid it!!!

Grilled carne asada, pollo asada, corn, peppers & onions
Roasted sweet potatoes
Crunchy salad w/poppy seed dressing
Chips, salsa & guacamole

store bought cheesecake for dessert

What's for Dinner #309 - the Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer Edition [through June 30, 2014]

Kitty & bunny: RIP. So sorry for both :(

Jun 30, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking