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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

The Espiral is one of TJ big sellers- very popular, very drinkable.

1 day ago
weezieduzzit in Chains
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Question for anyone who has made fermented sodas

I've never made a ginger bug (just milk kefir and water kefir,) but I would try feeding it before I would toss it.

1 day ago
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Fermented Dill P:ickles, can they be canned and processed?

I have never seen an approved/ tested canning recipe for doing so (in addition to it being counterproductive since it will kill all of the good stuff.)

Aug 27, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (September 2015) Nominations 

VEGETABLE TERRINES

I'd love to get some practice in and see other people's interpretations before the holiday party season!

Aug 26, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Cilantro is a cool weather crop here.

Aug 25, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking
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TARTS! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (June 2015)

Hey, Berheenia, I just saw your post when this thread got bumped. The first time I heard of the cauliflower crust was for pizza and it works well- again, making sure the cauliflower is super dry and adding the parmesan for the crispiness- pre-cook it some and then top and put back in for the cheese to melt. No, I do not think it would work for pot pie topping because of the trapped moisture/ steam from the filling but he could make a round of it separately on a parchment lined sheet pan and then top it when it comes out of the oven. If used for a bottom pot pie crust I would pre-bake until crispy and then fill with cooked filling.

Frico is a must have to get your crunch fix when you don't eat grains- I make a couple of sheet pans of it and store in an air tight container to use for dipping, etc.

Aug 25, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Let's Do Something Different for the Holidays

That sounds delicious! It also reminds me that we've done fondue and it went over very well for the same reasons foxspirit mentions- interactive, eat what you want and how much you want at your own pace, everyone brings something so there is less burden on the hosts, etc.

Let's Do Something Different for the Holidays

We stopped doing a traditional meal a few years back , there has been a collective sigh of relief and a much better time has been had. We've done Middle Eastern feasts, Greek leg of lamb, grilled pizzas, tamales, and more. Whatever we feel like having at the time.

Life is much too short and unpredictable to do things because someone else thinks you should.

Planning for next year...

Use straw not hay! Hay is full of seeds, it would be a weed nightmare.

Aug 25, 2015
weezieduzzit in Gardening

Dehydrating garden goodies

I save grinder jars from Trader Joes for just such things.

Aug 25, 2015
weezieduzzit in Gardening
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I'm the world's most impatient gardener

I wish you luck! The DTM is 90 days after plant out for brussels sprouts. :)

Aug 24, 2015
weezieduzzit in Gardening

Garbage Disposal Units - How common are they in the US?

I live in a historc neighborhood (our house was built n 1914, kitchen remodelled in '55,) and they're very common here. All of our friends in the neighborhood seem to have them and they seem to be commonly mentioned in the houses for sale listings.

Aug 23, 2015
weezieduzzit in Cookware

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (September 2015) Nominations 

Is "sauce" a dish? It isn't something that would be served on its own. (No criticizing- lawd knows I love me some tomato sauce and made tons of it when our tomato season peaked- sincerely curious if it fits the spirit of DOTM.) Are salsas, chutneys, "sauces?" It seems to lack focus and like it would just end up as a condiment thread.

Aug 23, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (September 2015) Nominations 

I'm voting to get DOTM back how it was intended to be: a named ingredient and a specific dish. Back to what made DOTM different and fun.

Aug 23, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

So, what MUST I buy from Whole Foods?

TJ dairy is sources locally/regionally. The organic heavy cream here (SoCal) has no additives and is not ultra pasturized.

You can always check whereismymilkfrom.com

Aug 22, 2015
weezieduzzit in Chains

Planning for next year...

Cay, I rotate them the best I can- I'm hoping to have an all new area for the tomatoes next year so I can plant other-than-nightshades in all of the beds I have now. We fight spidermites every year here because it's so hot and dry and rotating really helps avoid pest problems.

Aug 22, 2015
weezieduzzit in Gardening

Supporting Local/Independent Kitchen Stores

As a self employed person I always try to buy local and independant first.

Aug 22, 2015
weezieduzzit in Cookware

Planning for next year...

I would cut the existing plants off at the soil line when they're done producing leaving the roots to rot and then cover it with as much organic material as you can (shredded leaves, various types of compost,) and put it to bed for winter since you don't have a winter growing season. Let the existing soil food web do the work of incorporating it into the soil. I'm on a garden forum with many people who swear by lasagna gardening as a way to prep new areas but I haven't researched that too much yet.

Planning for next year...

What garden zone are you in?

Aug 22, 2015
weezieduzzit in Gardening

Caramelized Onions - would like more ways to eat them

This is my fave, its a huge hit as gifts at Christmas.

https://myhusbandcooks.wordpress.com/...

Aug 21, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking
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Caramelized Onions - would like more ways to eat them

Grilled cheese

Aug 20, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Wet nap suggestion?

Wet Ones hand wipes come in canisters. I've seen them at Target.

What's for Dinner #382 - the Weather Gone Wild! Edition [through August 22, 2015]

I have seen shishitos at TJ but not padrons. I bought one bag and they weren't good, they tasted like they were picked much too soon.

Aug 19, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #382 - the Weather Gone Wild! Edition [through August 22, 2015]

An easy summer fave of ours tonight- larb in lettuce cups with additional diced veggies and herbs for sprinkling on top, charred limes for squeezing and a cucumber and chile salad for the side. Another bunch of kale was massaged and seasoned and is in the dehydrator for late night kale chip snacks, if needed.

Oh yeah, and padrons.... Because the plants make so many that we eat them with everything.

Food for 200 - Enough? Too much?

I think the chicken tenders (as long as they're good ones, not formed frankenfood!) give small children something they can eat on their own. Pieces of bone in chicken can be both messy (and end up on the ground in which case it is waste and another piece of chicken needs to take its place,) and require the full attention of an adult for little ones to eat. I've seen tenders work very well at large gatherings- the kids are less fussy because they can feed themselves and the parents get to relax a bit and enjoy their own meal.

What's for Dinner #381- The Summer Doldrums Edition! [through August 16, 2015]

I laughed when I read your post, I feel the same but know I'll be really happy about all of that sauce and all of those "sundried" dehydrated tomatoes I'm making these days. Aren't those Geerman Johnson tomatoes HUGE? I love 'em! I was just out there watering and the plants are still blooming and setting tomatoes despite the fact that it's 108 degrees as I type this.

Aug 16, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking
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Chowhound Beta Site Part IV

No one can force you to choose them, LW. You can always choose to read other sites instead.

Aug 14, 2015
weezieduzzit in Site Talk

Chowhound Beta Site Part IV

Will it prompt us to choose tags forever? I don't plan on ever choosing any, thats not how I read Chowhound.

What's for Dinner #381- The Summer Doldrums Edition! [through August 16, 2015]

I wish you were closer, we've been sending tomatoes and peppers home by the bagful with everyone that stops by.

What's for Dinner #381- The Summer Doldrums Edition! [through August 16, 2015]

Look lindawhit! Ripe Aleppo peppers from my garden, the offer is still good for seeds next year...

Those are actually headed for the dehydrator, grinder and spice jars but we will be having peppers tonight: Numex Big Jims will be stuffed with chicken and cheeses. Yum!