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Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

Or the city. Rats and rabies, what fun!

about 6 hours ago
Chowrin in General Topics

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

where are you from? we got one of the best "north of the carolinas" peach farms on the east coast(ish) area hereabouts...

about 7 hours ago
Chowrin in General Topics

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

Pack 'em in ice, they'll keep decent frozen.
(I use sour cherries for pies, and other cooked things (well, I don't cook icecream, but you dig?). People rarely eat them fresh -- and they wouldn't last 2 days in Michigan off the tree without significant degradation).

about 7 hours ago
Chowrin in General Topics

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

Child, joking is the farthest thing from my mind. As frozen cherries are better than fresh cherries let sit for too long, I think I'm recommending the better option.

about 7 hours ago
Chowrin in General Topics

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

sweet marias generally has some decent decafs. still less of a selection but at least it's single origin.

about 8 hours ago
Chowrin in Chains

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

She can simply NOT buy cherries. Or buy frozen, or canned.
I don't ask for mangos, or whine that they aren't good (none of them, including from Whole Foods, has been worth ANYTHING. I've had fresh mango on multiple continents. It is to DIE for. I don't expect it in PA).

Or buy dried cherries (twice dried mangos are fabulous!)

about 8 hours ago
Chowrin in General Topics

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

Or you could buy frozen cherries. Or DRIVE NORTH to find some "local" (am considering hitting Michigan for some nice sour cherries, one of these years.)

about 9 hours ago
Chowrin in General Topics

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

Then you are lucky. Mangoes around here are pretty universally bad. Tomatoes out of season are pretty universally bad, except if they come from a can, in which case you can guarantee they were picked ripe.

I don't return things if I'm not lucky. I don't expect to EVER get a good passionfruit or mango in Pennsyltucky.

about 9 hours ago
Chowrin in General Topics

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

still rather they called them "dark hearts" or queen anne, mind.

about 9 hours ago
Chowrin in General Topics

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

It isn't the store's fault. And if you do it enough, they will go out of business.
Living in a food desert isn't pretty, kids.

But, yes, Miss Belle ain't had to worry about that, has she? She can pay the higher prices for her selfishness.

about 9 hours ago
Chowrin in General Topics

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

Absolutely not. To do so would be asinine.
I'd remember and not buy more.
This year, we're having a horrible pumpkin crop (and melons).
I simply don't buy bad produce, when it's predictable.

IF you can verify they're selling Montmorency (or another sour cherry varietal) INSTEAD of sweet cherries, well, yes, that's false advertising.

PROTIP: they're NOT selling sour cherries. Sour cherries have an ephemeral season, and we're past.

Secondary Protip: buy the cherries with the green stems, they're fresh. If you bought from a grocery store, you get what you deserved.

about 16 hours ago
Chowrin in General Topics

What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

You've got a bit of selection there. immigrants tend to be high functioning, intelligent people -- and motivated too.

1 day ago
Chowrin in Food Media & News

Your Giant American Refrigerator Is Making You Fat And Poor

Most Americans have mortgages. That puts them in debt.

Aug 15, 2014
Chowrin in Food Media & News

Your Giant American Refrigerator Is Making You Fat And Poor

You have enough freezer space to buy ice cream once a month, surely? I drive to the store for that.

And I walk 35 minutes with 50lbs of groceries on my back. Won't kill ya (get some water at the store, you've got a ton more humidity than I do).

Aug 15, 2014
Chowrin in Food Media & News

What are your favorite products to buy at Trader Joe's?

This is only because TJ poaches Aldi's staff. Aldi's in areas where TJ isn't, tend to be reasonably cordial.

Aug 14, 2014
Chowrin in Chains

What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

Yeah. I hafta post about it, because I recognize there are folks out there of the Republican persuasion who kinda dig that sort of thing. ;-)

Aug 14, 2014
Chowrin in Food Media & News

What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

I donate more in the form of R&D, but I always did like force multipliers!

http://www.heifer.org/

Aug 14, 2014
Chowrin in Food Media & News

The Perfect Biscuit - what are your secrets to make it happen?

No mention of graham flour?

Aug 13, 2014
Chowrin in Home Cooking

Why coconut oil?

Virgin also is significantly more allergenic than refined.

Aug 13, 2014
Chowrin in Special Diets

What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

Caloric insufficiency is actually pretty rare in the 3rd world, so far as I know...

Aug 13, 2014
Chowrin in Food Media & News

What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

Meat is tasty, and nutritive.
(Monkeys are also really annoying).

Aug 13, 2014
Chowrin in Food Media & News

corn bread

I don't. I firmly believe stews and soups are not to be sullied with crackers or other breadlike ingredients.

Aug 12, 2014
Chowrin in Home Cooking

corn bread

That'll explain it. I call that Yankee cornbread -- because it is, but you guys probably had just as much access to sugar as the Yanks did!

(and real, true cornbread is such a "down home" thing... it's like collard greens. The people who love it, love it to bits, but it's a bit hard to serve to company).

Aug 12, 2014
Chowrin in Home Cooking
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corn bread

Flip the flour and cornmeal, halve the sugar, remove the eggs.

Do it in a cast iron skillet in the oven (use a bit of butter -- a good knob! so it doesn't stick).

Aug 12, 2014
Chowrin in Home Cooking

corn bread

What part of North Carolina you from?
I make mountain-style, which is Cherokee style, which is plain as anything. (The Texans probably know it as ranch cornbread. Same difference. It's food for working, not for tea).

Aug 12, 2014
Chowrin in Home Cooking

corn bread

Unless you have premium corn (which you Won't!), it's okay to add a little sugar. Like, a tablespoon or two.

Aug 12, 2014
Chowrin in Home Cooking

Best Soft Pretzels in Boston Area?

My gold standard is the Gettysburg Pretzel Factory. It's hard to find a good soft pretzel if you aren't at a hard pretzel factory (takes a real sweet oven).
Of course, a real soft pretzel doesn't have butter in the dough...

Aug 11, 2014
Chowrin in Greater Boston Area

What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

Yeah, when they are coincident, it can be truly brutal.

It's quite possible to have plenty of food and to be homeless, though.

Aug 11, 2014
Chowrin in Food Media & News

What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

PopTarts and HappyMeals are better than eating raw flour and butter.

Cooking was a standard part of my school curriculum, and it sucked, and I hated it. I don't think I learned much of anything from it either.

Aug 11, 2014
Chowrin in Food Media & News
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Lots of wild blackberries

It's eggless, so not a custard.

Milk and cream and sugar, and blackberries!

Aug 11, 2014
Chowrin in Home Cooking