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What's for Dinner #351: the Wishing & Hoping Edition

Southern California- plenty of sunshine to share!

Even though I don't have to deal with snow now (I have lived in snow,) I love this:

is it safe to save eggplant and potato skins for broth?

Neither will add anything pleasant to broth- eggplant may add bitterness. Both are excellent for the compost pile. Freeze other veggies until you have enough for a batch.

1 day ago
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #351: the Wishing & Hoping Edition

The flap meat I'm marinating in mojo criollo will be very briefly introduced to a very hot charcoal grill and served with a big batch of chimichurri. We have some baby red, purple and white potatoes that I think I'll parboil, dry and oil and finish on the grill. Lots of leftovers for tomorrow's lunch.

There will be green things... there must be green things.... we have plenty to choose from... just trying to figure out what I can grill to keep the kitchen cool and clean tonight. :)

We are expecting rain at some point this weekend so a chicken is being Zuni-fied in anticipation of needing a cozy meal.

restaurant/waitress adds to credit card bill. what to do?

It goes through when you run the card (authorization first and then the adjusted amount when the tip is added,) receipts are just kept in case of disputes, for record keeping purposes, etc.

Feb 26, 2015
weezieduzzit in Not About Food

restaurant/waitress adds to credit card bill. what to do?

The only person it would be uncomfortable for would be the one that added the fraudulent charge.

restaurant/waitress adds to credit card bill. what to do?

Being a restaurant you have gone to for many years and probably want to keep going to, I would take a copy (always keep the original in case you do need to contest it with your CC company,) and go in and speak with the owners in person. I would give them the opportunity to make it right and credit the CC (while you are there and they can give you a copy of the credit slip,) but let them know if it happens again there will be a formal complaint/ police report, etc. and they will lose your business.

Feb 26, 2015
weezieduzzit in Not About Food

Storage Containers For Freezing Food That Are NOT Plastic

lunchbots.com has some cool stainless containers, not sure about freezing in them but you could always ask them.

I use a lot of glass containers like this: http://www.oneida.com/sale/clearance/...

They're freezer safe.

Feb 25, 2015
weezieduzzit in Cookware

Dinner ideas for a family with food restrictions!

Atkins isn't no carb, it's low carb. Lots and lots of veggies are low carb.

When there are lots of dietary and preference challenges I find an assemble-it-yourself option like a taco bar (taco salad for the low carbers,) works very well.

I eat low carb and find it very easy to eat just about anything with a few tweaks- cauliflower rice, faux-tatoes, zoodles and spagetti squash, and frico all make excellent stand ins for higher carb items.

Weight Watchers Foodies -- The Winter Doldrums Edition! February 2015

I meant to post this a week or so ago when it was making the rounds. It's just over an hour long but interesting and he's pretty entertaining.

The Battle of the Diets: Is Anyone Winning (At Losing?)
Stanford University
Christopher Gardner, PhD
assistant professor (research) of medicine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eREuZ...

Feb 24, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking
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What's For Dinner #350: The Robins are Back So it Must be Spring Right? Edition [through Feb. 25, 2015]

Now I'm curious so let me know if you think of what it is!

Feb 23, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What's For Dinner #350: The Robins are Back So it Must be Spring Right? Edition [through Feb. 25, 2015]

I'm not really a recipe person so it's a little different each time but the basics are grated carrots, lots of chopped cilantro and sometimes flat leaf parsley, chopped dates (just a little, I don't like it sweet- a lot of people use raisins or golden raisins,) lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil, a little paprika, a little cumin and/ or coriander, some salt. It needs to sit for a while so I usually make it and stick it in the fridge while I prep and cook everything else.

What's For Dinner #350: The Robins are Back So it Must be Spring Right? Edition [through Feb. 25, 2015]

Quick, easy and light- grilled salmon, Moroccan carrot salad and some sauteed zucchini chunks.

Coconut oil in coffee. Not quite "bulletproof" but delicious low-carb "breakfast"

I'm not a fan. In fact, I find it horrible. I love coffee and don't like it messed with. I imagine this appeals to people who like coffee drinks more than people who really like coffee.

Bones for chicken stock

Asian markets, Hispanic markets, etc.

Feb 22, 2015
weezieduzzit in General Topics
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The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

It smacks of trying too hard and "testing" someone is really douchey.

Uncooked Stew Left out. Is it safe

I would dump it in a big pot, get it up to temp quickly on the stove and then put it back in the crockpot to finish.

Feb 20, 2015
weezieduzzit in General Topics

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

How is that chicken? With only 3 ingredients (chicken, water, salt,) I'm interested.

Feb 20, 2015
weezieduzzit in Chains
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What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

Beef rendang tonight- I can't wait! I've been wanting it since the last time I made it. Either cauliflower rice or fauxtatoes on the side, I'll let the man decide. There will be some kind of sauteed or wilted greens depending on what looks good at the market this morning.

What's up with eggplant?

Eggplant can definitely be astringent if undercooked so you might want to experiment with longer cooking times/ letting it get softer and darker before taking it out. Some varieties are also more bitter than others as well as age mattering as JoeBabbitt mentioned about stem color, that's a great tip.

I, too, would skip the balsamic when roasting and dress it with it after.

Feb 20, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What's up with eggplant?

It would help to know what you made, what you did and what kind of eggplant. :)

Feb 19, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Flavorless chicken breasts

Sometimes farmers markets have vendors that raise different breeds, too. Mainstream grocery store conventional chicken is just tasteless stuff i. The US.

Feb 19, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

I'm anxiously awaiting the padrons!

What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

Very good! I dressed them with the liquid from some soy ginger pickled jalapenos I canned at the end of the summer.

Feb 18, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

I'll open a bottle of wine to go with some blistered and salted shishito peppers to snack on while I make some Asian chicken lettuce wraps (leaning Thai since I have fresh lemongrass.) Different color bell peppers as well as something hot, beech and king trumpet mushrooms, green onions and cilantro for sure, I'll dig around and see what else I can add. My fingers are crossed that we still have an avocado on the counter. Maybe some cauliflower rice, maybe not.

Help doctoring "crab casserole" leftovers

I would stuff chicken breasts with it.

Feb 18, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

"With some research, I discovered it will require
- business registration ($76)
- cottage application fee ($100)
- insurance ($290)

and get set up for resale certificate/ sales tax (in most states, I know a few don't,)

and a few meetings with an accountant unless they already posses that kind of knowledge and know how to get their paperwork set up

and the taxes they will have to pay as a business

Feb 18, 2015
weezieduzzit in Not About Food

Starbucks now offers coconut "milk"

It's actually what they call it, it says it on the carton.

http://www.vitacost.com/so-delicious-...

Feb 18, 2015
weezieduzzit in Chains

Starbucks now offers coconut "milk"

That's not coconut milk, it's coconut milk beverage. Not the same thing at all. I used real coconut milk in my coffee while I transitioned to drinking it black and never had a problem with it seperating.

Feb 18, 2015
weezieduzzit in Chains
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Starbucks now offers coconut "milk"

You couldn't pay me to drink that. We have no problem finding coconut milk that is 60% coconut, 40% water.

Feb 18, 2015
weezieduzzit in Chains
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What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

Last night was some of the best lamb loin chops I've ever had- amazing flavor, buttery texture. I served them with a mix of sauteed mushrooms, red onion and lots of fresh baby spinach.

With all of the cooking I've been doing for my next door neighbor it's time to regroup in the kitchen so I'm doing dishes, restocking spice jars and taking the night off. I'll pick up Indian food when the man is closer to being home. Saag paneer (always!) baingan bharta and probably tandoori chicken (subject to my mood when I get there.) Some garlic naan for the man since he loves it so. He's been extra awesome lately so maybe I'll get a cup of pista kulfi as a surprise for him. :)