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Do you pray before a meal?

My father moved to the States (from Germany) as an adult and he was always bothered by public displays of one's religion in business and social settings. He definitely considered it to be bad for business.

Apparently personal public statements was/is uncommon in Germany as well. My younger cousins was amazed at "the glowing Jesuses" in people's yards at Christmas. (I think they thought the wise men were also some kind of symbol of Jesus)

1 day ago
cleobeach in Not About Food

Do you pray before a meal?

>>>I am genuinely surprised at how many are not only nominally religious but clearly practice their faith<<<

I was raised in a conservative area where nearly every family attended church on a regular basis.

However, nothing prepared me for what I experienced during my second job out of college. It was in an area populated with a large number of independent bible churches. Those members are all religion, all the time. Large families with large businesses and large bank accounts. The business owners wore their religion on their sleeves, so to speak.

Prayer prior to lunches was expected and prayer at prior to business meetings was not out of the norm. Businesses place ads with bible verses in their print ads as well as bible verse readings on the radio sponsored by the businesses.

I remember one business had a huge bible on a stand in the reception area and I was invited to read it while waiting for my appointment. I was regularly questioned about my faith, where I attended church, what my husband thought of me working outside the home, etc.

Do you pray before a meal?

In my household - no, only if the religious family members step up at large gatherings.

In my extended, rather religious family - yes, they pray and sometimes sing a prayer song.

Jul 29, 2015
cleobeach in Not About Food

Hummingbird nectar-sugar&water or store bought?

Anyone else's hummers behaving "badly" this year?

These little guys crack me up! They yell at me when the feeder is empty and drive-bomb and buzz around my head as I hang it up.

They also come and congregate around my head and shoulders first thing in the morning when I sit down with my coffee, as if to make sure it is the same lady that always feeds them.

I will miss them again this fall.

Jul 29, 2015
cleobeach in Not About Food

Beloved picky guests

>>Of course she did<<

Oh you have my deepest sympathies! I know the type.

"When we first met, she ate everything, then gradually, wheat and dairy became poisonous"

They are all cut from the same cloth, aren't they?

Beloved picky guests

Close friends of ours have a grandson with a peanut allergy so severe that they themselves avoid peanuts for a day or two before they visit the family.

I know from processing peppers that multiple intense hand scrubbing AND a nice long hot shower can't remove all the oil from my fingers.

Jul 24, 2015
cleobeach in Not About Food

Beloved picky guests

I have run across many picky eaters and I believe most of the time, it is never about the food and all about the attention the Picky person can bring to themselves.

I have accommodated certain family members to some degree, as in making one dish that I know is tolerated. I refuse to get into a discussion about their needs/wants/complaints.

There is one in our extended group that won’t eat roast chicken or chicken breast, he wants chicken fingers, eats hamburgers and roast beef but not steak. If those are his preferences, fine, but he badgers everyone else about how what we are eating is “gross.” This is a grown, educated adult, he should be able to behave himself.

And no, we don’t invite him to our house but he is married into a family who in our circle of friends so we do cross paths frequently.

Jul 23, 2015
cleobeach in Not About Food

Beloved picky guests

Swiss cheese with not enough holes.

You when you think you have heard it all.....

What is it that really turns your stomach?

I pretty much have an iron stomach but the sight of any large blood vessel staring back at me from a piece of cooked meat triggers my gag reflex.

Jul 20, 2015
cleobeach in Not About Food

Weird stuff in your kitchen

Yes! The boats were husks.

Typically, we just roll it on a fresh stick of butter.

Jul 20, 2015
cleobeach in Cookware

Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

Basil?!?! My you Hoosiers are fancy! The central PA version is similar but swap the basil for sugar.

Jul 20, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics

Weird stuff in your kitchen

I remember those citrus sippers. They used to come free with bags of oranges.

I have no idea how weird these are but they blew my CT transplant neighbors minds - corn on the cob picks (shaped like miniture ears of corn) and dedicated butter boats to "roll" the corn in.

I live in Pennsylvania and we tend to pig out on local sweet corn when it comes in season. We invited them over and they were sort of horrified by the gnawing, buttery, salty, messy process of the first sweet corn feast.

I have a couple hog scrapers in the basement.

Jul 20, 2015
cleobeach in Cookware

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

Similar to what nothing's wrong mentions, if my son is hungry prior to dinner, he can start on the raw veggies or I have prepped for dinner/salad or fresh fruit or raw nuts.

However, I know plenty of (likely non CH parents) that are quick to shove "fruit snacks" (those gummy bear like creations) or crackers or a pbj sandwich in front of the kids and then wonder why they won't eat their dinner.

At least if my son's dinner appetite is diminished, I know he has healthy veggies and nuts in his belly.

Tonight is a good example. I put out a plate of sliced cucumbers and carrots after work. He polished that off and had just a couple of bites of a hoagie for dinner.

Good ideas/recipes for ground beef

We buy our beef by the half so I know all about using up all that ground beef!

I consistently go back to the ground beef recipes on this site -

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/...

In no particular order, I like her recipes for stroganoff, chili beans, meat loaf and stuff peppers

Jul 14, 2015
cleobeach in Home Cooking

Those bread twist ties that are colored

Years back, I dated a guy that worked at a bakery. He matched his sweatpants to the color of the day. Funny, your post prompted me to think of him for the first time in 25+ years.

Jul 14, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics
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bad manners to accept preferred treatment

>>>She was clearly uncomfortable about the fact we got special treatment.<<<

That is her issue, clearly she was uncomfortable because she didn't think she was worthy.

I have a friend with similar tendencies. She says her mother always stressed they (she and her sisters) should never draw attention to themselves so now as an adult, anything that singles them out, for good or bad, is a great source of shame and discomfort.

I think what the Chef did was good for business.

A Chef's Life

Yep, she is a whiner. A LOT of self-created drama.

Honestly, I am waiting for the day Ben snaps and/of when Justice tells her to shove it. There were a couple of episodes in the first season when I cringed at the way she spoke to the staff. I have 25 employees AND work with my husband and I would never demean anyone of them that way. Makes me wonder what she is like when the cameras aren't running.....

However, I do enjoy the show very much. Love the farmer friend, Warren I think is his name. I would love to see an episode about their new house. Her parents seem like lovely people.

Is it okay to ask guests at a suprise party to pay to attend?

You are right, they changed the terms. It was the family who should have felt the humiliation/shame for putting the hostess in that position.

Food you cook out of love

Scrapple - I don't make it, the butcher does when we get our hog processed. I can't stand the smell of it

Corn mush, the PA Dutch version sliced and fried - crazy messy to make. Mr. CB loves it.

Jul 06, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

I am excited and optimistic.

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

....Years later I've told my parents what a dick move that was.

Yep, me too. It was gross how much food my mom forced me to eat as a child. Her "defense" was that she was worried i wasn't getting enough nutrients. I was 5'6" by fifth grade (I'm a female) so it wasn't like I was a failure to thrive case.

I never feel full, ever.

I am clinically morbidly obese and like someone else brought up, the same mother that forced me to eat 3 cups of mashed potatoes, 8 oz of steak and handfuls of green beans drowning in velvetta one a normal night wonders why I am fat.

I can remember being 4 or 5 yo and sneaking food into the trash. Of course I got caught and was forced to eat it. I vomited and than got a spanking.

I have an appointment with a obesity specialist next month. Something has to give.

Franchise Restaurants in Public Schools?

My son's school serves Subway once or twice a month. Not a physical location but they bring them in from nearby.

Jun 26, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics

big big, fat, over-stuffed fridge/freezer!?!

>and since I'm not a huge fan of leftovers from the freezer, we have a glut.<

I hear you. I stopped "cooking for the freezer" years ago. With few exceptions, the leftovers are never as good reheated. And many times, it took me longer to cook the frozen leftovers than to cook from fresh (lasagna, I'm talking about you...)

Jun 26, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

Those memories are hard to shake. My father was a WWII refugee with endless food issues. He recoh ones where they came from but was powerless when it came to controlling them.

Jun 24, 2015
cleobeach in Not About Food

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

Adults making/wanting kids to eat crap food is a hot button for me. I remember one particular instance where I attended a fire with a newish mom friend.at the end of the fair, the cold hot dogs were five away for free and she insisted her kids eat them so she"didn't need to buy dinner."

She bullied me a bit whe she saw I wasn't making my son eat the free, leftover food. It wasn't an issue of ecomnics, she was financially well off but she insisted her kids eat the 3 hour old leftovers that were cold and gross so she didn't need to cook that night.

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

Child of Mine is an excellent book and probably saved my sanity. I have given it as a gift many times over the years.

My husband and I both came from families with significant food issues, most of them were rooted in our parents' experiences with extreme poverty and knowing true starvation.

I was the little kid sitting at the kitchen table hours after dunner was over, crying because I was so full I couldn't take another bite of mashed potatoes, let alone finish the two cups remaining on my plate. I swore I would never do that to my own child. My mom remarried and stopped cooking by the time I was 11yo and mealtimes improved ten fold.

Jun 21, 2015
cleobeach in Not About Food
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Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

We are mid to late 40s with one 9yo child. I mention our ages because i think being not-so-young and hopefully more mature parents shaped our parenting style. More on that later.

I never made a seperate kids meal. Never bought or served my child baby food either. When he was old enough to try solid food, we put a little of whatever we were eating on to his plate. Obviously, we kept allergy and choking issues in mind.

I am firmly against give kids cheaper/less nutrious/lesser quality foods just because they are viewed as not worthy of the same food as adults.

Our son went through normal developmental stages where he went from chowing down on the most amazing and varied items one day to wanting nothing but sliced apples and bread the next. We stayed the course and he came back around.

I think we were successful, for lack of a better word, at raising our son with a good palate because we have the advantages of time, money and shared commitment to the type of famiy we want to be. While I am sad for the stressed out younger and/or single parents that barely had the energy to heat up chicken fingers, I can understand why they look for the path of least resistance when it comes fo feeding their kids.

Food for a full day of boating

The sailors in my family thinks along your lines, they want to minimize trash on the boat so almost everything is eaten by hand or off a paper towel - hearty (pre-cut) sandwiches, cured meats and pre-sliced cheeses, baguettes smeared with soft cheese, olives, lots of cookies....and boxed wine.

Jun 18, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics

Food for a full day of boating

double post

Jun 18, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics

Food for a full day of boating

In the spirit of those types of sandwiches - I do a pressed sandwich from a loaf of substantial bread containing mozzarella cheese, lots of basil and/or arugula, roasted red peppers or tomatoes with olive oil and balsamic drizzle. They definitely taste better after a few hours.

Jun 18, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics