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

I have the advantage of working from home so pretty much anything goes as a snack- I have the whole kitchen at my disposal. :)

Thanks for posting the pic but that's much too much sugar per serving for me.

about 6 hours ago
weezieduzzit in Chains

WFD's equivalent on eGullet is great!

If that's what you enjoy, by all means go enjoy it! I find the lack of context incredibly dull. Egullet just isn't for me but I really don't get the Chow vs. eGullet attitude.

about 6 hours ago
weezieduzzit in Site Talk

Cheap Beef Meals

Meatballs and meatloaf can be great without any kind of grains in them. I make both with the addition of veggies all the time. I'm both low carb and avoid most grains.

1 day ago
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Cheap Beef Meals

My best advice is learn how to save on everything else so you can buy the best quality groceries you can. (Use sites like TotallyTarget and cukooforcoupondeals.com to get those diapers dirt cheap.)

Meatballs with diced, sauteed veggies like onions, zucchini, mushrooms and carrots in them instead of breadcrumbs. Preserved lemon is my favorite add-in and feta or other crumbly cheese if you have some. It's a great way to use a little of this and a little of that left in the fridge. No need to buy anything special for it.

1 day ago
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

Thanks Lingua, I have had the tuna now that I think of it! I don't eat a lot of canned tuna but I remember that being good (and always in oil!)

1 day ago
weezieduzzit in Chains

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

I knew I'd hear from you. :) Thank you for the color-coded recommendations, it will help a lot since I'm feeling pretty crappy and like to get in and out so I'm home quickly. Do you eat them plain or have you found good no-cracker methods?

1 day ago
weezieduzzit in Chains

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

I need recommendations from the TJ canned fish eaters! I've had the canned salmon but not the oysters or sardines and a possible impending anemia diagnosis means I need to up my iron and these would be a good source. Are some better than others? Any to avoid? (The color of the can would be helpful to make them easy to spot!)

Thanks so much! I don't want to have to trial and error this one.

1 day ago
weezieduzzit in Chains

Seasoning to use in place of kielbasa

I would increase the seasoning (to taste,) and add smoked paprika if your "Cajun seasoning" doesn't already include it.

Aug 17, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Mayonnaise safety: A question about salmonella on the shell of the egg (from a skeptic)

You can pasteurize your eggs at home prior to making mayo if you're worried about it. One of my neighbors had to take such measures when she was going through cancer treatment, which decimates your immune system. You can Google for info.

Aug 15, 2014
weezieduzzit in General Topics

Fascinating cooking tips and advice

Unfortunately, the plastic lids leak so don't shake or invert whatever you put in them.

Aug 15, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Fascinating cooking tips and advice

Hahaha, yes, the "lazy" way of doing it! I pour hot water and a couple drops of dishsoap into the pans after I plate the food and let them boil while we eat dinner. Then they're ready to wash when I'm washing the plates, glasses and flatware.

Aug 15, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

Yum!

Aug 14, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What are you making/baking with coconut oil?

LouAna isn't the best quality and I believe it's refined. If you find you like using coconut oil, the organic virgin coconut oil at Trader Joe's is $5.99 for a 16 oz jar and is very good.

Aug 14, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking
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What are you making/baking with coconut oil?

I don't eat wheat so I use coconut oil and almond meal (from Trader Joe's) to make a graham cracker style crust with it. Make it with the oil in it's liquid form and then chill it to firm it up.

Aug 14, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

Must be a SoCal thing, it's totally normal to us, too. You can turn almost anything into a burrito or taco and there is a kind of pepper, salsa or sauce to put on everything.

Aug 14, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Cookbook recommendations as gift for amateur home chef?

Aug 12, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #318 -- There Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues Edition! [through August 13, 2014]

Busy day so dinner will be easy- salmon patties with loads of preserved lemon and roasted red peppers in them, fresh green beans and sliced Brandywines on the side.

RIP Lauren Bacall

Aug 12, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking
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Fascinating cooking tips and advice

It only works if your can opener is very sharp and once you use it to cut plastic clamshell packaging it's no longer sharp.

Aug 12, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #318 -- There Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues Edition! [through August 13, 2014]

Very simply, JM, just a minute (and no more,) in hot olive oil and then pulled from the heat and instead of a squirt of lemon juice I went with slivered preserved lemon this time. We really liked it with the preserved lemon and will do it this way again.

Aug 12, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #318 -- There Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues Edition! [through August 13, 2014]

Happy Anniversary!!!

Aug 12, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #318 -- There Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues Edition! [through August 13, 2014]

I feel so bad for a friend of mine, he was the best man at her second wedding (her ex was a comedy promoter in the Bay Area.) She's lost so many of her friends from that time and social circle.

Hope yer eyeball feels better soon.

Aug 11, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking
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What food do you wash that you're sure no one else does?

I can't think of anything I don't wash.

Aug 11, 2014
weezieduzzit in General Topics

Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

This tomato jam is awesome, I can't recommend it enough. It's ketchup for grownups.

If your tomatoes are really sweet you can cut back on the sugar. It's savory/sweet/spicy and just really really good!

http://foodinjars.com/2010/09/tomato-...

Aug 11, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #318 -- There Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues Edition! [through August 13, 2014]

Green and orange bell peppers are being stuffed with grass fed ground beef, sauteed veggies, seasonings and spices, etc. The man's will have some rice in it. I will top them with a bit of the purple tomatillo salsa I'm canning today. Sauteed purslane on the side since we ended up having green beans instead last night.

Aug 11, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking
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Water Bath Canning a tomato soup "base"

"Safe" recipes have been tested the way they are written. If you blend and strain you are changing the density of the food and it may or not be safe when water bath canned at the recommended time.

Annie's Salsa is a safe recipe (she went through the process of having it tested,) and the dry seasonings can be changed as long as they keep the same measurements, (you can also eliminate the sugar in it,) so instead of salsa it can be a meatless pasta sauce base or a soup base, etc. See all of the notes in the OP of this thread:

http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/lo...

Aug 11, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Need gluten and oil free recipes for relatives coming to visit! Please help!

Make sure you read the corn tortillas ingredients, some of them sneak wheat flour in.

Aug 11, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #318 -- There Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues Edition! [through August 13, 2014]

Lovely! I really enjoy seeing all of the flowers grown by those of you that live in vastly different climates.

Aug 11, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking
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I just realized I need a pressure cooker for canning tomatoes

Its not that it's not necessary, it's that you've found it to be an acceptable risk for yourself and the people you feed.

Aug 11, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #318 -- There Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues Edition! [through August 13, 2014]

Some blistered Pimiento de Padron to start, then brined BLSL chicken breasts are being filled with roasted red peppers that have been filled with a combo of softened brie and leftover spinach artichoke dip (don't knock it til you try it.) After being eggwashed and dredged in seasoned coconut flour they'll be pan fried until golden and finished in the oven. Sauteed purslane with a spritz of lemon juice and a beautiful ripe Brandywine tomato in slices for sides. Maybe some green beans, too. There is too much coming out of the garden right now to choose!

Aug 10, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking
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ISO Tried and true zucchini relish without sugar

Add sugar to taste and you'll have a balanced relish.

Aug 10, 2014
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking