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What's for Dinner #331 - the Pumpkin Carving Edition

The man is under the weather and home from work so we're using the day to make our cardboard box robot costumes for an upcoming costume party (which means I will get no work done and won't get any work done on the front yard re-landscaping project... and the clock is ticking.....)

I just pulled the meat from a couple of roasted whole chickens and the bones are all in a pot on the stove- tonight will be chicken tortilla soup complete with diced avocado, cilantro, chipotles in adobo sauce, limes, and many other add-in options depending on how he's feeling. I might stir some amaranth leaves in at the end- or saute them as a side. Its nice that it's cool enough at night this week to actually have the opportunity to have soup but we're still seeing occasional days in the mid to high 90s so it hardly feels like fall. I'm totally OK with that.

frico!!!

One of my favorite snacks.

Oct 17, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What do you make with your Thanksgiving leftovers?

I've done a leg of lamb the last few years so leftovers were Moroccan tagines and Shepard's Pies.

Oct 16, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #330 -- The Glorious Month Edition! [through Oct 18, 2014]

Take away for us, too- Wednesday is guilty pleasures night (fish tacos and Sons of Anarchy. We don't have a television so we watch it on Amazon on Wednesdays.)

Cooking from wheelchair

I would probably focus on things that could be cooked in an electric skillet, crockpot, butane burner, toaster oven or other appliances that could be placed on a table or other surface the right height and able to wheel the chair under so you could get close enough until you can get into a kitchen that is designed to suit your needs.

Oct 15, 2014
weezieduzzit in General Topics

Preserved Lemons

Add slivers of them to salmon patties, lamb or beef meatballs (and some feta,) chicken salad, pan sauces where you might add a squeeze of lemon. Almost anywhere you are going to add both lemon and salt but you get far more depth of flavor with the preserved lemon.

Oct 14, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Meals for Family Struggling with Illness

Are you using a site like mealtrain.com? If not, I highly recommend it because you can see what everyone else is making and when so you can fill in the blanks so they aren't overrun by baked pasta dishes (it seems to be what usually happens.)

There are so many different curry options- Thai, Indian, Japanese, etc.

And don't forget desserts! It doesn't have to be super sweet or anything huge- it can be as simple as prepped in season fruit- but on the MealTrains I've participated in no one ever seems to include a dessert!

Am I being too cheap? Splitting restaurant bill on family vacation

I appreciate you using the word most. Many men don't when they say something like that.

And on that note, the sod cutter sitting in the front yard isn't going to operate itself. I got half the yard done yesterday and want to get the rest of the grass removed today so the man and I can enjoy our weekend and not have to do it then.

Oct 10, 2014
weezieduzzit in Not About Food
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Am I being too cheap? Splitting restaurant bill on family vacation

We don't know their relationship situation. Not everyone gets married right away- or at all, it doesn't mean their relationship is casual. We also don't know if costs were discussed and then have inflated- there really isn't enough info in the OP to pass any kind of judgement. If everyone was paying their own costs up to this point and then someone sprung the suggestion of sharing costs after the fact and after tickets were purchased I know I wouldn't be happy (but I wouldn't be afraid to say something about it, either.)

Oct 10, 2014
weezieduzzit in Not About Food

Am I being too cheap? Splitting restaurant bill on family vacation

Another couple hundred dollars could be a huge deal- we don't know the OP's financial situation (and it's none of our business.) Living on a budget doesn't mean the OP isn't entitled to take and enjoy occasional treats like a low cost vacation.

Oct 10, 2014
weezieduzzit in Not About Food

Am I being too cheap? Splitting restaurant bill on family vacation

Us, too. We take food because what we take is better than what we can buy there (and we go to Disneyland for free so it's not that we're trying to save money though we enjoy that aspect of it too. I hate paying for crappy food.)

If I were the OP I'd suggest a taking a picnic both because it's more cost effective and because of being able to take more enjoyable, better quality, and healthier food.

Oct 10, 2014
weezieduzzit in Not About Food

Am I being too cheap? Splitting restaurant bill on family vacation

There are lockers in the picnic area, no need to lug a cooler around or to make someone watch it. Taking food to Disneyland is totally normal.

We've never had problems with sandwiches, fruit, nuts, water, etc. in a backpack.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

I liked the lamb kofta quite a bit but wasn't too crazy about the sauce (too sweet.)

Oct 08, 2014
weezieduzzit in Chains

Mail Cookies

In some states it is legal to make some baked goods from a home kitchen- it falls under the Cottage Food Law (rules vary from state to state in the ones that have a Cottage Food Law, not all states do.)

There are MANY successful bakers working from their homes- completely legally- selling on sites like Etsy and doing very well for themselves. Branching out on your own without the support of a large site doing a lot of the marketing is very difficult but not impossible.

Oct 08, 2014
weezieduzzit in General Topics

Trader Joes... Please, just ring up my groceries.

I don't even think it would be possible to bag your own groceries at the TJ I go to. There are fresh flowers and other point-of-sale displays on the customer side of the checkout, the aisle everyone uses to exit the store at the end of the checkout and behind the counter with the clerk you'd be in the way of the clerk- and clerk behind them since the checkouts are back to back- getting the carts through. They bag your things behind the counter and put the bags into the cart, finish the transaction and wheel your cart to the end as you finish so you can proceed into the aisle to leave the store.

It would be inconsiderate (and even rude,) to push into that system and disrupt the flow. The location I go to is non-stop busy and it would most certainly slow things down.

Oct 07, 2014
weezieduzzit in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

I really don't want to have to read several threads on TJ to get the info I can currently get on one. Plus, people on the chains board already complain about the number of TJ threads....

Mail Cookies

As a small business owner I always look to supporting other small businesses first when I make purchases- but the lack of business information/ licensing/ certification on your site would keep me from purchasing. It's a really big deal for edibles!

Mail Cookies

The USPS states Priority Mail is 1-3 days. I find Priority Mail averages 2-3 days (I have an online business and mail thousands of packages a year.) I haven't noticed Priority Express being any faster.

Is Indian Food really healthy?

Ghee has a high smoke point (250 °C 482 °F) so you can cook and fry with ghee and it will not break down into free radicals like many other oils. It is rich in the fat soluble vitamins, A D and E as well as butyric acid, K2 and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid.)

Oct 07, 2014
weezieduzzit in General Topics

Room Temp Portabellas?

I'm not a fan of room temp mushrooms (and I'm a big fan of mushrooms,) but just wanted to mention that it will be really important that you remove the gills so it doesn't ooze murky gray brown liquid as it sits.

Oct 06, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Meta Discussion on Trader Joe's Threads

Without context the rating doesn't mean anything- the thread needs the context about how a person uses it, what it was about it that they liked or didn't.

What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

Yay for the promising news, NW!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

You can always blend them into a sauce after soaking if you don't like the texture.

Help I forgot to turn my crockpot on!

Safety guidelines limit the time in the unsafe zone of 40 to 140 degrees to 2 hours (the clock starts ticking when your food goes over 40 or under 140.) It would take a few more hours to gt to temp in a crockpot. It is a risk. It's your risk so you get to make the judgement call.

The fact that it had a lid on is not a bonus. It just made it a low oxygen environment perfect for growing nasties.

Oct 02, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Ground turkey for tacos and chili? Is it any good?

I think it works well for tacos (maybe add just a touch more seasoning and a tablespoon of some kind of fat,) but it dries out so easily that I don't think it works well in long cooked dishes like chili. It can quickly end up tasting like gravel in chili sauce.

Oct 02, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

salsa canning

Oven canning is not safe and the pH (acidity) is super important. Refrigerate what you made and enjoy it soon.

Oct 02, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking
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Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

We'll have to agree to disagree- or just say that it's good for people who like really sweet things and not for those of us that don't. The sugar to pumpkin ratio is totally out of whack to me.

Oct 02, 2014
weezieduzzit in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

I wasn't a fan, I thought the filling has a pasty taste and texture. I was disappointed after hearing that so many people liked them. Not something I'll buy again.

Oct 02, 2014
weezieduzzit in Chains

BONES??

I make stock at least weekly. I save bones and buy chicken feet to add. We go through about a gallon of stock a week.

Oct 01, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

The pumpkin butter is sickly sweet to me. It has both sugar and honey in it!

Sep 30, 2014
weezieduzzit in Chains