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

Okay. That's what I was thinking of doing, just because I can't imagine a U-Haul ride in L.A. traffic won't yield broken jars, spilt milk, cracked eggs, etc. So I'm going to just use up what we can for the next few days and then pack in coolers/ice chests and take it all over to the new fridge in my car (I will prob get there faster than the U-Haul anyway). Thanks Querencia!

Sep 14, 2014
nothingswrong in General Topics

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

We are moving this week into a new house. It has a brand new huge fridge in the kitchen already, so we are going to put our current fridge in the garage.

What's the best way to move the food in the current fridge (it's pretty packed) to the new house?

We will be moving it via U-Haul truck. It's an 8 mile drive to the new place (30 minutes in L.A. traffic) and it's over 100 degrees out all week.

The boyfriend thinks it will all be fine if he just unplugs the fridge, tapes the doors shut, and loads it last thing. Then drive over and unload it first and plug it in the garage. Then I can transfer the foods into the kitchen.

Thoughts?

*Also I am immune compromised so I have to be sure the food is safe to consume. No risk-taking in this situation please.*

Sep 14, 2014
nothingswrong in General Topics

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

No better way to honor loved ones than to cook their signature dishes. Hope you enjoy spending time with your son next week!

Sep 14, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

Yum, what a feast!!! I am a sucker for baby back ribs. Always said my first meal if I ever get healthy will be BBRs smothered in BBQ sauce and a side of fries. It will also be my last meal, if I have any say in it.

Have fun at the game! And I feel weird saying this--given that it's 9:44 AM and 90 degrees here already--stay warm!

Sep 14, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

Sounds great, very creative. Love that the whole thing's getting wrapped in lettuce. Enjoy your burger, fldhky!

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

When I was in my early 20s, I'd go to see all the good old punk bands every weekend. I recall one whose singer was on an oxygen tank and an insulin pump. He was sitting in a chair with his tank on stage, pale and sickly looking with barely enough energy to mouth the words to the songs, let alone belt them out. Meanwhile, there were hoards of sweaty mohawked tattooed pierced young people in the mosh pit punching each other. The whole thing was really bizarre and depressing.

Sep 14, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2!

Well, at least they look good!

Yeast breads that don't turn out are so disappointing after all the waiting. But I guess there's no real way to know until you try them. Thanks for reporting back to the rest of us so we know. The BBA's brioche seems to be one of the overwhelming favorites here.

Sep 14, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

Bravo to Deb. Beautiful meal!

Sep 13, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

What is a mushroom dessert??

ETA: Nevermind. Just figured it out.

Sep 13, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

So beautiful! Fit for framing. Dinner sounds good too.

Sep 13, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
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Wheat/Dairy Free Wedding Guest Ettiquette

Even though common consensus is that OP isn't coming back, I had a thought about this thread...

This is like the same pickle all of the vegetarians and vegans went through decades ago before it was easy to find vegan options when out. You were basically left with salad and fruit courses to choose from when in restaurants.

I think 95% of my meals out in the 90s was a side salad with balsamic, and French fries. Perfectly adequate meal IMO :D

Sep 13, 2014
nothingswrong in Not About Food

STUFFED VEGETABLES! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (September 2014)

Oh, my bad! It sounded like the nibbles went over so well, an official dinner wasn't needed!

Well, your guests were surely happy guests by the end of the night :)

Sep 13, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
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What's for dinner #325 - The Transition to Autumn Edition [through September 12, 2014]

Well, L.A.'s "cities" just sort of flow into one another so even though it's only about 5 miles west of me, it feels like a different city entirely. The new neighborhood is lovely--trees and manicured lawns. And there isn't a single apartment building in sight.

Currently, directly across from me, there is a behemoth low-income housing apartment complex being constructed with no parking garage. I am SO HAPPY to be getting out of here before the dozens and dozens of people swarm upon "my" curb spaces (where the bf parks his trucks). Add to that the meth neighbors who moved in a few months back... I'm just ecstatic to be getting out of here.

My neighborhood was decent, mostly families, when I moved here 6 years ago and is now hell. Property value on my home has gone from around $600,000 in 2008 to its current $325,000. Glad I don't own this place, but I'm sad to say goodbye. The actual house is lovely (though small) and feels more like home than anywhere on this planet.

Wow, long answer to a simple question. Sorry!

What's for dinner #325 - The Transition to Autumn Edition [through September 12, 2014]

Not stupid at all! I actually find doing the dishes to be strangely calming. Wouldn't mind not having a dishwasher in theory, but I think it will be worth the $200 for peace of mind.

Sep 12, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #325 - The Transition to Autumn Edition [through September 12, 2014]

The reviews of the new ones I'm looking at say they will use less water than washing by hand, so I think I'm going to buy one and give it a try!

It looks like it won't hold a ton, but even if it's just enough for my dishes and utensils, that should be fine. I'm going to write my name on my nice sparkly plates and the bf can use his own ;)

What's for dinner #325 - The Transition to Autumn Edition [through September 12, 2014]

We don't *need* one per se, but due to my health, it was strongly suggested I use a dishwasher to make sure things are washed on high heat. We scrub and wash by hand, then every single thing goes into the dishwasher as well. PITA but ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

Sep 12, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
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What's for dinner #325 - The Transition to Autumn Edition [through September 12, 2014]

Freak!

J/k. I think it will be fun to decorate in a blank space for once.

This move is going to be bad. I have spent the last couple hours packing and literally have not made a dent, but have 11 full boxes stacked in the living room. AND I'm purging things as I go. Times like this I wish I didn't have a million hobbies that required tons of supplies.

Sep 12, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

Okay, fingers crossed!

Sep 12, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

Yeah, mom did that but there were pieces of apricot in there too IIRC. More often, she did the cranberry version. I feel like it must have been made with canned cranberries but there were pieces of cranberry in it as well. I actually liked it a lot as a kid but my sister (around age 6) proclaimed it the most repulsive dish in mom's repertoire and we never had it again.

Sep 12, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #325 - The Transition to Autumn Edition [through September 12, 2014]

I was looking at these "portable" countertop dishwashers on Amazon. They look small but have great reviews. Can get one for under $200 and could maybe stick it in the laundry room just off the kitchen. Hmm...

Sep 12, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #325 - The Transition to Autumn Edition [through September 12, 2014]

You of course would be expected to make the long journey. We will finally have a guest bedroom too. Now to spend money on decorating :D

Sep 12, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

Sending light and love for your BIL's service. It's okay to lose it. Letting our bodies grieve is so important.

Have fun tonight though. My second husband doesn't even know I exist :(

Can't wait to see pics of this Sunday feast!

What's for dinner #325 - The Transition to Autumn Edition [through September 12, 2014]

Lol! That actually sounds nice. I would make it a potluck though. Can you imagine the spread that would turn up?! *drool*

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

I want to see this table! Have a safe trip.

Nibbles for meals--my favorite way to eat. I like the spread you're preparing; I may do similar for the bf this weekend. It's in the high 90s here.

Sep 12, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

Bisquick always turns out too dense for my liking. Puff pastry or the CI cheese biscuits sound good. I've been eyeing these as well: http://everybodylikessandwiches.com/2... They look intensely flaky. Gonna make a batch and freeze half unbaked for easy biscuits any time.

Sep 12, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

Join us on the baking thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/987671

Plums are popular this month!

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

H's idea sounds good. Apricot chicken reminds me of a dish my mother used to make with Lipton onion soup mix and either cranberries or apricots. Ohh, the 80s.

Sep 12, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

The hot peppers do work well. I bought a jar of cheap-o cayenne in bulk and used it liberally in all my window boxes and planters on the porch. You have to reapply every so often, but it works really well!

My asshole squirrel had babies and relocated to the neighbor's tree. I have to say I forgave her for all her damage after watching her carefully transfer each baby to the new digs. The babies clung to mommy's stomach as she carefully and slowly made her way across the yard, assessing for danger every few steps. It took a good hour to move all 4 babies. It was the cutest thing I've seen in a long time.

STUFFED VEGETABLES! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (September 2014)

I love nibbles for dinner. Sounds like you all had a nice time!

Sep 12, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

STUFFED VEGETABLES! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (September 2014)

Agree. I keep coming back to look at it. I'm not even a huge fan of eating onions by themselves, but they look exquisitely delicious.

Sep 12, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking