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What do you think about restaurants charging for bread and butter at dinner?

I have no problem with a restaurant letting you know that there is a charge. That way you can make a decision.

I have had 2 incidents, one where I was charged 50 cents for blue cheese dressing when the waitress had offered me dressing options and not told me that there was an additional charge for blue cheese, and another where I went into a restaurant for their special tapas menu and they asked if I wanted water. I said yes and was later charged $1 per glass. Turns out that their regular menu says that water is $1, but the tapas menu that I had did not say that. I contacted the owner and they gave me my money back, not before telling me "It's spring water and costs more. Our regular customers know about the charge." And so, do you not want any NEW customers? Obviously when you treat people like this.

Again, I have no problem paying for what I know that I am being charged for. No surprises on my bill please.

Jul 20, 2014
Main Line Tracey in Not About Food

How long to cook tilapia in the oven? Or alternative quick tilapia ideas that kids will like

One of my FAVORITE and simple recipes is broiled parmesan tilapia. It's delicious and so fast! My kids love it too! These amounts are estimates, as I really don't measure. The original recipe came from Allrecipes, but this is my take on it. We serve it with rice.

2 pounds frozen tilapia fillets
1/2 c parmesan cheese (any style)
2T butter/margarine (softened)
2T mayo or ranch dressing
1/4 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. dried basil
1/8 t. celery seeds
1/8 t. pepper

Broil tilapia fillets for 4-5 minutes until starting to become opaque. While tilapia is broiling, mix parmesan, butter/margarine, mayo/ranch, garlic, basil, celery, & pepper. Remove tilapia from oven and flip fillets over. Spread parmesan mixture on tilapia fillets. Broil until parmesan mixture is browning and tilapia fillets are flakey. Enjoy!

May 25, 2014
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Please help settle dispute with my Mom

Eggs in potato salad is a regional or ethnic difference. It's just a style thing. I prefer it because that's what I grew up with.

Now, pickles in deviled eggs are SO a Southern style, and I stand firmly against it. Leave pickles out of deviled eggs! It ruins the subtle flavor of the eggs.

(On another note, I also had guacamole once where they put eggs in it. Seriously???)

May 11, 2014
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking
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Vegan 4 Course Meal Ideas

I would stick with your first 2 courses and last course, and substitute a vegan lasagna for the entree with some nice bread. I love doing lasagna as a dinner party entree because you make it ahead and just cook it. Here's a Chow recipe: http://www.chow.com/recipes/29439-veg...

May 10, 2014
Main Line Tracey in Vegetarian & Vegan

Rudest grocery checker remark

I love to see what percentage I've saved too!

Apr 29, 2014
Main Line Tracey in Not About Food

Dollar Store food! Had some SURPRISINGLY good food from $ store!

I just ate the Jamaican beef patty (spicy) and the bbq bun. The Jamaican beef patty was good and definitely spicy. Tasty spicy. I have never been to Jamaica, but have been to Jamaican restaurants and this tasted similar to what I have had there, but with less filling. The bbq bun was good! The directions recommended microwaving it for 1 1/2 minutes, but since it is fully cooked and just frozen, I defrosted in the microwave. The bun part was fluffy and the bbq filling was good. I would definitely buy both again!

Apr 28, 2014
Main Line Tracey in General Topics

Dollar Store food! Had some SURPRISINGLY good food from $ store!

Suzgirl (from another thread) If it is Family Dollar Tree check out the chicken dumplings in the freezer section. Shockingly good.

Apr 27, 2014
Main Line Tracey in General Topics

Are you snacking on anything right now? **Springtime Edition**

I posted another thread about my exciting dollar store finds. I just ate smoked oysters on crackers with butter, eclairs, and a shrimp egg roll. All from the dollar store!

Apr 27, 2014
Main Line Tracey in General Topics

Dollar Store food! Had some SURPRISINGLY good food from $ store!

I was reading another thread about smoked oysters. I really wanted to try them but didn't want to waste money on something that I ended up hating. I remembered seeing them at my local dollar store, where everything costs $1, so I went to get some. I found my smoked oysters and also picked up some sardines in broth. Then I decided to explore. WOW! I found some interesting food!

I bought (frozen) mini eclairs, a shrimp egg roll, a Jamaican beef patty and a Jamaican chicken patty, a bbq pork bun, & apricot preserves.

The verdict:
-Smoked oysters were a national seafood brand and were rich and smoky. I enjoyed them on saltines with butter. Would definitely buy again!
-Sardines in broth weren't to my taste, but were also a national seafood brand.
-Eclairs were a hit with me and the whole family! Not the top that I've ever had, but comparable to ones I've had from Costco.
-Shrimp egg roll was a typical American style egg roll. But pretty tasty for only $1!
-Haven't tried the Jamaican beef & chicken patties, the bbq pork bun, or the apricot preserves yet. I was impressed that the preserves only used sugar (no high fructose) and that the other foods didn't have many money saving, artificial ingredients.

With all of the other food that I saw there, I would seriously be able to cater a party from only the dollar store! (Plus the liquor store too, of course) Any one else had any finds from the dollar store?

Apr 27, 2014
Main Line Tracey in General Topics

Rudest grocery checker remark

I had a male checker once say "Eww. Lady things." when looking at pads. I gave him a break because he was obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed.

Apr 26, 2014
Main Line Tracey in Not About Food

Recommended vegetarian slow cooker cookbook and/or your favorite tried and true recipes?

This author has a few slow cooker Indian cookbooks out. I have read 2 of hers and they are great! http://www.amazon.com/The-Indian-Slow...

Jan 31, 2013
Main Line Tracey in Vegetarian & Vegan

Gluten free whole wheat flour alternative-your advice please

Hello! I recently started an anti-allergen elimination diet and gluten is out. I purchased a flour blend but my pancakes and baked goods are turning out a bit gummy and they don't have the depth and earthiness that whole wheat flour used to give me. The blend consists of white rice flour, tapioca, and potato flour.

There are so many alternative flours out there: sorghum, chestnut, millet, almond, coconut, brown rice flour, sweet potato, etc. I hate to purchase bag after bag of flour, only to find that they don't work and I've spent a mint. We have no nut restrictions. Is there a mixture that you would recommend as a whole wheat flour alternative?

Jan 15, 2013
Main Line Tracey in Special Diets

Calling all brown baggers

Whatever we had for dinner.

Oct 26, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Need main for dinner party

My rule is never to try out a new recipe for a party. If you'd like, it would be best to make the Chicken Marbella in advance and see how it turns out and how you like it.

I would make the beef tenderloin. It may be old to you, but other people will enjoy it as it is something special. Then you will stress less and enjoy your party more.

Oct 21, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Fermented Foods!

Does adding honey or ginger to fermented foods kill off some of the good bacteria?

Sep 19, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Appetizer suggestions for a grad student!

Why not make 4 appetizers: one very popular and common (meatballs, pigs in blanket, crescent rolls w/filling), one cheese selection, and two more interesting items? That way you have something for the less adventurous and something for those with more exotic taste.

You know you friends better than we do though. I have friends who would LOVE pigs in a blanket, and others who would lovingly mock me for years if I served it.

Sep 06, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Pepperoni - What would you make? Suggestions please.

I really like the old crescent roll standby: Unroll the whole roll of crescents. Press 2 triangles together to make rectangles. Roll thinner with rolling pin and sprinkle with chopped pepperoni and shredded cheese. Roll up tightly and repeat with other crescent triangles. Freeze for 15 minutes. Slice 1/2" thick and bake at 350 until puffy and golden. (5-7 minutes maybe) SO tasty and easy!

Aug 18, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Scrambled Eggs

If your eggs are chewy then you are cooking them on too high heat and maybe for too long. I'd do everything that you did before: Crack eggs into a bowl, add 1 T. of milk per egg, sprinkle salt and pepper, and then pour them into a cold skillet. I use stainless steel (not non-stick) with great results. Put the heat on low-medium and scrape the bottom of the pan constantly. You will be moving the cooked eggs from the bottom of the pan and incorporating them into the uncooked eggs. When the eggs are lovely moist, fluffy clouds, but slightly not done, take them off the heat immediately and move them to a plate. The residual heat will continue to cook the eggs and they will be fabulous! (If you would prefer them a bit more done, you can always microwave them for 5 seconds, but NOT TOO LONG or you will have rubber eggs)

Jul 23, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

If you could eat any food/meal and it have no effect on your health, what would it be.

Bacon, camembert, bread, chocolate croissants, gosh there are so many things!

Jul 23, 2012
Main Line Tracey in General Topics

peeling FRESH eggs

You could try the gadget called "Eggies"!

Jul 20, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

What can I do with leftover grilled vegetables?

I made a ratatouille pizza this weekend! I used the roasted veggies and placed them over Artesian Bread in 5 rolled into crust, topped it all with small bits of chevre and shredded mozzarella. Yummy!

Jun 13, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Quick Stop in Charleston/Casual Food

I went to Charleston YEARS ago, but loved Jestine's kitchen.

Jun 11, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Southeast

Are you able to smell asparagus metabolites in urine? [from General Topics]

Very interesting thread!

Jun 04, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Not About Food

What to do with Kohlrabi?

I really like Kohlrabi if you peel it and steam it with butter, salt, and pepper. Very simple. It has a nutty taste and kind of reminds me of turnip. It's tasty!

May 31, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Ok clever cooks! Money/time saving tips on multi-purposing items!

I hadn't thought of using wooden clothes pins for so much! That would definitely save money. Great tip!

May 19, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Ok clever cooks! Money/time saving tips on multi-purposing items!

It's a great idea to use binder clips instead of chip clips! Definitely saves money and then you can also use them for office work. I would be careful about taking them from the company supply closet though. ;)

May 18, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Ok clever cooks! Money/time saving tips on multi-purposing items!

Hello chowhounds! I love reading tips that other people have discovered. It saves me the time of having to either discover it myself, or cooking without knowing such a great idea.

The threads that have enlightened me recently with useful tips were ones where I found out about using coffee filters instead of cheesecloth, and using a rasp for garlic! Awesome ideas! Both save time, money, and also kitchen space by me not needing to buy multiple items to do different jobs!

Do you have any clever tips?

May 18, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Ok clever cooks! Money/time saving tips on multi-purposing items!

Hello chowhounds! I love reading tips that other people have discovered. It saves me the time of having to either discover it myself, or cooking without knowing such a great idea.

The threads that have enlightened me recently with useful tips were ones where I found out about using coffee filters instead of cheesecloth, and using a rasp for garlic! Awesome ideas! Both save time, money, and also kitchen space by me not needing to buy multiple items to do different jobs!

Do you have any clever tips?

May 18, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Cookware

"Cooking" with a toddler?

I had an easy bake oven, and I remember wanting to use the REAL oven. I let my kids use it. 4 and 1, and just supervise them all the way. We just made pop corn from scratch last night, and my son LOVED it. I heated the oil then he poured the pop corn in and I quickly put the lid on. We then carefully shook it together until it stopped popping. He LOVED it!

Just make it fun and think ahead of time how to do it safely. My son loves when I tickle him with the beaters to the hand mixer. Try it yourself! Put your palm on the bottom of the hand mixer beaters (fingers have to stay safely together). It tickles!

Mar 31, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

12 Meals in Tampa/St. Petersburg

Hello! We are staying in St. Petes and would love recs of reasonably priced, can't miss places. I am a chowhound who was relocated to Indiana, which is NOT any place that I would recommend for good food, and am interested in all types of food, especially local specialities. I am so excited to eat good food on our trip! Thanks for your recs!

Mar 26, 2010
Main Line Tracey in Florida