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Getting rid of kitchen odors

This time of year a nice way to scent your kitchen/ house is to take those lemons that you've already zested and squeezed and put them in a simmering pot of water with a sprig of rosemary and a tablespoon of vanilla extract. It's apparently (or similar to) Williams Sonoma's store scent. I don't shop there so I can't compare but it's a really nice light, fresh, no-chemical scent.

2 minutes ago
weezieduzzit in Not About Food

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

The remaining pulled bbq beef from last night (freaking delicious!) took us through today's lunch and tonight's Zuni chicken will take us through lunch tomorrow. Planning ahead is important since we're busy working on the landscaping this weekend. 8 cubic yards of granite is being delivered Tuesday and we must be ready for it!

A bottle of rum and various mixers came home with me when running errands this morning. I swear driving in parking lots this time of year makes me crazy- I can't even count the number of times I almost got backed into by people pulling out of parking spaces (like 18 feet of sparkly metal flake steel is hard to see...) Cocktails this evening will be well deserved, landscaping is hard work.

Uh oh, think I ruined my first batch of homemade sauerkraut.

No mold or discoloration? Maybe take a little out so it doesn't happen again and top with brine.

about 22 hours ago
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking
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What did you/would you eat the morning of your wedding?

She should eat what she usually does because she knows it works for her. Her wedding morning isn't the time to gamble.

Grassfed beef taste test

Not sure why you replied to me, I use 80/20. Unfortunately I can't find 70/30 in grass fed.

Grassfed beef taste test

We very much prefer the beefiness of grass fed meat so that's all I buy for home. In comparison, conventional meat tastes bland.

Dec 19, 2014
weezieduzzit in General Topics

Christmas Dinner: in charge of turkey and ham and mashed potato -- but traveling 5 hours to get there, arriving just 2 hours before scheduled dinner time

Don't freeze the potatoes, it will make them grainy and watery when thawed. (Water expands when frozen which breaks cell walls and allows moisture to escape.)

Dec 18, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Cheapest Heat (as in chili preppers/hot sauces)?

Bhut jolokia (ghost peppers) are from India.

Dec 18, 2014
weezieduzzit in General Topics

Cheapest Heat (as in chili preppers/hot sauces)?

I won't even give super hots to people who act like that- that kind of nonsense can get someone hurt. I only share them with people who are respectfully curious.

Dec 18, 2014
weezieduzzit in General Topics

Cheapest Heat (as in chili preppers/hot sauces)?

Did you grow those? They're beautiful.

Dec 18, 2014
weezieduzzit in General Topics

Cheapest Heat (as in chili preppers/hot sauces)?

Also, a pound of powder is an incredible amount when it comes to a super hot- this are exponentially hotter than something like a habanero. Have you ever tried a super hot? Moruga Trinidad Scorpions average 1,207,764 Scoville Heat Units, for instance, they have measured over 2 Million SHU. A Carolina Reaper can be over 2.2M. Too much of this stuff can actually hurt someone as your body can respond as if it's actually being burnt. As a comparison, a habanero is roughly 30,000.

To make 10# of chili insanely hot you'd only need a couple of pods worth.

Dec 18, 2014
weezieduzzit in General Topics

Cheapest Heat (as in chili preppers/hot sauces)?

I grow them but see them all the time at farmers markets for far less than that! I'll ask the guys and gals in the seed swap I'm involved in this year (it's gotten so big we're expecting to get between 60-70 packs, each a different variety, of seeds this year- all peppers!)

(Some of us that aren't guys, aren't hanging out in biker bars and aren't trying to prove anything really actually like the super hots.)

Dec 18, 2014
weezieduzzit in General Topics

Cheapest Heat (as in chili preppers/hot sauces)?

If you're looking for a lotta SHU for your buck, use a super hot- Moruga Trinidad Scorpion, Carolina Reaper, 7 Pot, Ghost Pepper, etc. A little goes a long way.

You've mentioned you're an internet shopper- fresh, dried and powder are all available online.

Dec 18, 2014
weezieduzzit in General Topics
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Spilled liquid from preserved lemon-- substitute?

As I said, I always just top with lemon juice, there is plenty of salt. We go through a pint jar every couple of months and have never added additional salt- there has never been a problem. The amount of salt used far exceeds food safety for what is in a normal jar of preserved lemons (plus the acidity of the lemons- that's one inhospitable environment.)

Dec 18, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What kind of giftable quick bread or simple cake would you bake in these?

Rum cake

Spilled liquid from preserved lemon-- substitute?

I always just top the jar with juice, theres plenty of salt already in it.

Dec 17, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Spilled liquid from preserved lemon-- substitute?

Its just lemon juice, just squeeze a couple and add it until they're covered.
If you do a board search there are a couple of preserved lemon threads with great suggestions. They'll be included in the salmon patties I'm making tonight. They're used often around here. :)

Dec 17, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

And completely missed "might be"

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

6 posts really requires 2 pages?

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

Just saw that and my first response was WTF? I really dislike it, can't see myself using it. I frequently pop in on CH during breaks or while I'm working on something else. If it takes too long to click, click, click just to get to the whole thread I've used all of my time and haven't even read yet.

It totally ruins the flow of threads like WFD that have multiple, simultaneous conversations.

Can you put "see all" and the clock that flips the way it's sorted at the top?

(I've never had slow loading issues.)

Christmas Dinner: in charge of turkey and ham and mashed potato -- but traveling 5 hours to get there, arriving just 2 hours before scheduled dinner time

Baffled? Its really not so hard to understand. :)

Her family travels for Christmas.
They rotate the responsibility of the main.
OP chose ham and turkey but had questions about the logistics of it so she asked here.
In the course of learning the "how," OP has also been told that it's not such a good idea but how to handle it if she chooses to proceed.
"Why" really isn't anyone's business or concern since her question was how to transport meats, not how her family should handle their holiday meal.

Personally, I think taking the potatoes cold and unmashed is a bad idea- they won't absorb the liquids nearly as well as they would when originally hot. They will travel fine if thoroughly chilled and then kept very cold.

Dec 17, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

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

Thanks- I was worried about chips having it stuck in my head that chips don't melt well. Maybe I'll do some milk and some dark so people can choose what they prefer. People really love that stuff- It disappears faster than anything else and it's so cheap and easy to make for large groups.

Dec 17, 2014
weezieduzzit in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014

I'm looking for something that melts well. I dislike chocolate and have virtually no sweet tooth anyhow so I have no preference in this case. :) If you have a recommendation on the milk vs. dark I'd be happy to hear it!

Dec 17, 2014
weezieduzzit in Chains

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

I could use a guidance from those who buy TJ chocolate for baking- I need chocolate to top some of the Christmas Crack. Would I be better off with the choc chips or grating a pound plus bar? Does anyone know the cost on either?

Thanks!

Dec 17, 2014
weezieduzzit in Chains

Reluctance to buy online?

A quick Google search found this, it is as of 2009 so there may be changes:

"Forty-five states and the District of Columbia levy general sales taxes. Most of those states have eliminated, reduced, or offset the tax as applied to food for home consumption. The relief strategies include full or partial exemptions from the sales tax for food purchased for home consumption and credits or rebates to offset the food tax. Of the states with sales taxes:

Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia exempt most food purchased for consumption at home from the state sales tax. South Carolina is the state that most recently eliminated its sales tax on food (effective November 1, 2007).
Seven states tax groceries at lower rates than other goods; they are Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia. [1]
Five states — Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota— tax groceries fully but offer credits or rebates offsetting some of the taxes paid on food by some portions of the population. These credits or rebates usually are set at a flat amount per family member. The amounts and eligibility rules vary, but may be too narrow and/or insufficient to give eligible households full relief from sales taxes paid on food purchases.
Two states continue to apply their sales tax fully to food purchased for home consumption without providing any offsetting relief for low- and moderate-income families. They are Alabama and Mississippi.

Local governments, which in many states levy their own sales taxes, usually exempt food if food is fully exempt at the state level. Major exceptions include localities in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Grocery food purchases in those states are fully or partially exempt at the state level, but typically taxed at the local level."

Dec 17, 2014
weezieduzzit in General Topics

Christmas Dinner: in charge of turkey and ham and mashed potato -- but traveling 5 hours to get there, arriving just 2 hours before scheduled dinner time

Frozen mashed potatoes tend to get grainy and watery when defrosted so just make them ahead, thoroughly chill them and then transport very cold.

Dec 16, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Super Easy Few Ingredient Holiday Cookies and Candy

They're only a few bucks at the grocery store and I do think it's necessary.

Dec 16, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Christmas Dinner: in charge of turkey and ham and mashed potato -- but traveling 5 hours to get there, arriving just 2 hours before scheduled dinner time

Like Steve, I wouldn't assume. I'm roughly 250 miles south of Fresno in Southern California and even on a day like today which is our version of "cold and rainy," it isn't as cold as 40. Our low isn't even as low as 40 so I don't see how they could drive in 40 degree weather if they tried even with coats on and windows open. Fresno's forecast is all 50s and 60s through Christmas.

If you add up the time the meat sat out to cool after being cooked but before being put in something to transport, the time to drive, and the time before it would reach a safe temperature again upon reheating it is waaaaaayyyyyy outside food safety guidelines. The best case scenario is a major loss of quality and risk of overcooking, the worst is illness.

18 to 20 people (that might include the more susceptible very young and very old,) is a lot of people to risk getting sick.

Dec 16, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

help with poblano peppers.

I would roast, peel and seed them first. Otherwise the little pieces of skin roll up and are unpleasant in your finished soup.

Reluctance to buy online?

Amazon never even crosses my mind, I think I've bought one thing on Amazon ever.

Dec 16, 2014
weezieduzzit in General Topics