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Okay, so it HAS to be turkey...recipes for a turkey hater?

Sorry to disappoint you, but I've had all sorts of turkeys---defrosted supermarket turkey, heritage turkey, illegally shot in someone's backyard turkey, smoked turkey, deep-fried turkey. I just don't enjoy turkey as much as I do other meats. It's a matter of taste and there's really no accounting for taste.

Smoked turkey is usually acceptable. In fact, that's all we had for Thanksgiving for years because my uncle would smoke them and send them to us.

ETA: sorry for the second screen name. I didn't realize I had two on this site! In any case, Isolda and Isoldamay are one and the same, and neither is my real name, which is quite boring.

Nov 08, 2010
Isoldamay in Home Cooking

Pamela Anderson wants Foie Gras off menu

I wish PETA, and all terrorist groups, would just go away. They destroy property, including that containing some of the animals they claim to protect (letting out rats bred for research, for example) and put human lives in danger.

I'll order foie gras in Pamela Anderson's honor (who is she, again?) when I go out to dinner this weekend.

Jul 28, 2010
Isoldamay in Food Media & News

Interesting WSJ story about picky eating as a type of disorder

Yep. Some people just don't eat for pleasure, but survival. I don't relate to them at all. Food is recreation, pleasure and sustenance to me, but there are some who just don't feel this way.

Jul 27, 2010
Isoldamay in Food Media & News

Interesting WSJ story about picky eating as a type of disorder

Au contraire! Picky eating and allergies, at least in my picky, food allergic son, are related. Early on, his experience of food was really painful. He had milk protein, egg, soy and nut allergies that weren't diagnosed until he was about 2, so my guess is that this made him wary of all food. He outgrew everything but the nut and peanut allergies, but is still annoyingly picky. I try to be patient, but it does bug me that the 13 yo son of a food-lover won't even eat the foods that are safe and healthy for him to eat.

Jul 27, 2010
Isoldamay in Food Media & News

Interesting WSJ story about picky eating as a type of disorder

I know this is very controversial, but most of the people I know who are self-proclaimed supertasters are very thin. Most fat people, by contrast, love eating, but not food.

Jul 27, 2010
Isoldamay in Food Media & News

Interesting WSJ story about picky eating as a type of disorder

May I ask where on earth these people think they can eat?

Jul 27, 2010
Isoldamay in Food Media & News

Interesting WSJ story about picky eating as a type of disorder

Please, allow me to introduce you to my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. Sorry, they're taken.

Jul 27, 2010
Isoldamay in Food Media & News

Food processor, kitchen aid, what do you really need?

I use both my Cuisinart (about 17 years old) and my Kitchenaid (maybe 7 yrs old) frequently. The main uses for the FP are grating large quantities (if it's just one zucchini, I use a box grater), mixing pie dough, or pureeing large quanties of things that need a uniform texture. I use the KA for whipping cream (hate doing that with a hand mixer for some reason) and mixing cakes and cookies, which I bake a couple of times a week. I usually do bread dough by hand and beat egg whites with a whisk.

Jul 27, 2010
Isoldamay in Cookware

Picky vs selective--how do you define it?

I think this is *the* definition!

Jul 26, 2010
Isoldamay in Not About Food

Food shopping on Lopez Island?

Thank you so much! That's exactly what I was looking for. I was hoping not to have to take a ferry anywhere for good food (although I'd certainly be willing to do it). We're going out there because my dad has a serious illness (still enjoys food at this stage, though) and Lopez is one of his favorite places.

Jul 26, 2010
Isoldamay in Pacific Northwest

Cheating with curry tonight-veggie question

I believe in cheating wholeheartedly. Otherwise, what's the point? I'd get that sauce simmering first (and you may need to add some broth or coconut milk to accommodate your quanty of veggies), then add the sweet potatoes, since they'll take the longest, depending on how small you've cut them. Then the green beans, then the peas, then the chickpeas (assuming canned here), and finally, the spinach. I must add that I sincerely hope you did not buy Patak's brand of sauce. Never had a good meal with those.

Jul 21, 2010
Isoldamay in Home Cooking

Tiredof Eating out? [moved from General Chowhounding board]

Yep, "dull glop" would describe a lot of the food around here. Lots of boring chain restaurants and poor quality ethnic places. I love to cook, so why would I waste my money, time and calories on bad food when what I make is so interesting? When we have time, we will happily trek the 20 miles into Boston to try a new restaurant, but out here in the 'burbs, only 1 in 4/5 restaurants is really worth trying.

Jul 21, 2010
Isoldamay in Not About Food

what do you bake when you are...

Replacing white flour with whole wheat is one of the best things you can do when baking certain breads, cakes, pizza dough. etc. Obviously, this won't work with angel food cake, but in general, you can have your cake and eat it, too. And I totally agree with the suggestion to reduce the sugar. Many recipes call for far too much sugar (2 cups for zucchini bread? Please!!) I also recommend trying other flours, such as bean flours, in place of wheat flour. I've made some really nice shortbread with garbanzo flour.

Jul 20, 2010
Isoldamay in Home Cooking

Do you wash and peel your fruits before consumption?

I buy mostly organic produce, so no scary pesticides, but yeah, I wash everything. I grew up near Watsonville, CA and would see portapotties in the fields for the pickers to use in the days before Purell, so I learned to wash, wash, wash. It's pretty obvious that dirt from the outside will get on the peeled part, so if this is a concern, why wouldn't you wash?

Jul 20, 2010
Isoldamay in General Topics

House smells after dripped fat burns

And don't forget to really wash the ceiling! That vaporized grease is stuck there. You'll be astonished at how dirty it is. Use a swiffer covered with a thin dishtowel that you've soaked in dishwashing soap (or any liquid detergent) and water. Rinse well. It's a PITA, but will help a lot.

Also febreze the furniture and keep windows open as much as you can.

Jul 20, 2010
Isoldamay in Not About Food

How young is too young?

It's not about teaching the kids when the kid is only 8 months old, it's about including him as part of a family outing. And from my experience with my own children, 8 months is still in the "magic window" when you can go anywhere, even to very formal places, without worrying. A few months later, you need a babysitter or a family-friendly place because they enter that restless phase. And then, if you've trained them at home to stay seated at the table during a meal, you can resume bringing them to more challenging places at age 3 or 4 depending on the child.

Jul 20, 2010
Isoldamay in Not About Food

Picky vs selective--how do you define it?

I agree with this. Although I describe myself as a picky eater, I'll eat just about anything to be polite, but I cannot even put white chocolate in my mouth. It is just not food to me. Same with Velveeta and its ilk. But everything else, I'll at least eat if I have to.

Jul 20, 2010
Isoldamay in Not About Food

Food shopping on Lopez Island?

Wow, that sounds awesome! I know my immediate family would love that. Alas, for my extended family, we are stuck with Lopez (paid in full), and my dad is ill, so can't travel far.

Jul 19, 2010
Isoldamay in Pacific Northwest

Picky vs selective--how do you define it?

There are lots of posts on these boards about "picky" eaters, but people seem to define the term in different ways. It can mean anything from "won't try anything new" to "only eat whole foods" to "food snob" to "severely disordered eating." I'd always thought of myself as a picky eater, but what I really mean is please don't serve me any flavored coffee--white chocolate--American cheese--cake from a box--fake sugar--stuff from a dirty kitchen, but yes, I'll gladly try that new Iranian recipe you just got off the web.

If you think you're picky, what do you mean by it?

Jul 19, 2010
Isoldamay in Not About Food

Could your/ IS your significant other a picky eater?

Extreme pickiness would be a deal breaker for me. Cooking and eating are too important to have to be left out of the relationship equation and that's what would happen if I were married to a picky eater. My husband loves a wide variety of foods and has put up with my weird food jags (medieval cookery for a month, for example), so I plan to keep him.

Jul 19, 2010
Isoldamay in Not About Food

Food shopping on Lopez Island?

Yeah, my parents love it there, but they are definitely non CH people. I can go for a few days without fabulous food, but a whole week? I don't think so. I've only been to Lopez once before, years ago, and I remember my parents bringing coolers full of meat and veggies, so we may have to do that again. I can't help but think year round residents must have a decent place to shop on island, though.

Jul 19, 2010
Isoldamay in Pacific Northwest

What is the last new recipe you tried, and how would you rate it?

I made Edna Lewis's fabulous beets in vinaigrette from epicurious. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
It could not have been simpler (I used a shallot instead of the onion called for in the recipe) and my husband had thirds. Best beets I've had in a long time.

Jul 19, 2010
Isoldamay in Home Cooking

What to do with dandelion greens?

Whenever a veggie is too assertive for the tastes of someone in my family, I cook it in salted water 'til tender, drain, and then serve with tahini sauce. Mix tahini with lemon juice; sauce will "seize" up, then dilute with water until creamy. Salt if desired. You can even use a pinch of sugar or honey. This works for a lot of bitter greens. NB: It will not work with brussels sprouts. Nothing cures those.

Jul 17, 2010
Isoldamay in Home Cooking

ISO the "Master CSA Recipe"

That sounds great. I've got lime basil, so its flavor should complement the Asian-y sauce nicely. And I made a brilliant hortopita with my greens yesterday--used an entire pound, no waste!

Jul 16, 2010
Isoldamay in Home Cooking

How often do you shop for food?

Did you even read all the posts? Mine, for example.

Jul 16, 2010
Isoldamay in Not About Food

Is it ok to call it "Indian Pudding"?

I agree. Here in New England, it's on the winter menus of certain restaurants as "Indian pudding." This term simply communicates what it is, so the diner will know. I'd feel very pretentious ordering a "Native American cornmeal-molasses bake."

Jul 16, 2010
Isoldamay in Not About Food

How often do you shop for food?

I hate mega-shopping, except for paper towels, etc., and it doesn't make sense for my family of four. Costco really is for your basic nuclear holocaust shopping. I try to go to the store 3 or 4 times a week. But I have to confess that my weakness is condiments and the purchase of a single interesting condiment--walnuts in red wine honey, for example--can send me to the grocery store to buy a salty cheese to go with them, and then back again for the dinner ingredients that should surely accompany such a fine snack in the same day.

Jul 16, 2010
Isoldamay in Not About Food

Raising a non-picky eater

People inherit skin tone, eye color, etc. Why not tastebuds and taste sensitivity? There's actually some research in this area; for example the ability to taste substances like PTC, thiouracil, sodium benzoate is genetic. I think we can extrapolate this to cover other tastes as well. I don't think taste is completely explained by genetics--both of my parents hate cumin, I love it--so there's certainly a nurture factor as well, but I don't buy for one second the idea that if your child is a picky eater, it's because you didn't expose him to enough variety, which is what the OP seemed to suggest.

Jul 16, 2010
Isoldamay in Not About Food

I cannot eat "strangers'" food

Yes, there are! I cooked a meal with some people from my church that was to be served to people at a low-income and elderly housing place, and I was stunned by some of the unsafe practices I saw. Raw meat touching salad ingredients, people mixing meatloaf with unwashed hands, you name it. And when the organizers of this event asked if I wanted to join them for the meal? Um, no thanks. Non-CH types, the ones who just eat to live, are rarely educated about food hygiene.

Jul 15, 2010
Isoldamay in Not About Food

Food shopping on Lopez Island?

Friday Harbor's not a bad idea. I am hoping to hear from people who have spent a lot of time on Lopez though.

Jul 15, 2010
Isoldamay in Pacific Northwest