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All Clad Factory Seconds Sale

Almost all my AC is seconds. Some blemishes are minor, some are practically invisible. I don't know the physical store. Mine were purchased from the site Erica linked.

May 18, 2015
cleobeach in Cookware

Biggest Tip Ever?

Not nearly the largest but the most notable/memorable - We spent Thanksgiving at an all-inclusive in Mexico. We ordered a bottle off the wine list (additional charge) and were very pleased with the waiter's suggestion. It was delicious and inexpensive. The overall meal was very enjoyable. We left a $30 tip.

Our phone was ringing as soon as we got to our room. It was the host, wanting to know if we intended to leave such a large tip. A half hour later, the manager called us to verify a second time that we intended to give a $30 tip.

This was not at budget resort and we were surprised our tip flustered the staff.

Received - As 18 yo, female bartender and waitress I would often get large tips. I worked at a family owned bar/grill that attracted a wide range of customers, blue collar guys up to execs and business owners.

$20 pp during a two happy hour was normal. $50 - $75 on a $100-$175 dinner checks was standard. These were guys that worked hard, played/drank hard and appreciated good service. This was in the late 80s, early 90s.

The owners' social circle were regular customers and they all tipped very well "if" the servers knew what they were doing. (and pity the average to below average servers, those didn't last long)

I learned very quickly how to make money at that job as the regulars and owners' friends were brutally honest, as well as very patient with servers willing to learn. It was by far my favorite job prior to graduating college. I learned a ton about human nature and hard work.

explosion under induction stove plate?

We had this same thing happen with our ceramic top. It was both spectacular and extremely alarming.

In our case, I wasn't using the cooktop. I smelled a very hot electrical smell at the counter and leaned over to look at the cooktop. The flash/explosion happened when the burner turned on.

May 06, 2015
cleobeach in Cookware

Favorite Pioneer Woman Recipes

I agree and have found that to be true of many of her recipes I have tried. Then there are others that worked well.

I read her blog since the beginning and one thing that she has excelled at is keeping a consistent brand, which is something many blogger fail to do.

May 05, 2015
cleobeach in Home Cooking

Favorite Pioneer Woman Recipes

I made that cake a couple of times and people went nuts over it. Either they were encountering it for the first time (like me) or it brought back good memories. An oldie but a goodie!

May 05, 2015
cleobeach in Home Cooking

First sip of the day

I love the beer statement so much!

A couple of months ago we were invited to a neighboring cabin for breakfast and everyone eyed those magical beers in the cooler and decided "why not?"

I swear we all groaned with pleasure at the first sip and then wondered aloud why morning beer tastes so much better than an afternoon or evening beer.

May 05, 2015
cleobeach in Not About Food

Do you eat where you shop?

At my former job, our department often went to Wegman's for lunch because everyone could find something they liked.

May 05, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics

Should I get a half or quarter beef?

My thoughts on quarter vs. half a beef -

We are a family of three that eats a lot of meat and entertains frequently. It is hard for us to get through a half in a year. I end up gifting meat in the two or three months running up to the next butchering time.

No matter how you get it cut, plan on 50% being ground beef. Our farmer gets as much as possible cut into "steaks" and he says his personal halves still yield at best 45% and as a standard and people should plan on 50% being ground beef.

Personally, I was unpleasantly surprised by how few favorite cuts we got out of our first half. I should have known better but it didn't occur to me at the time that the animal only has X amount of flank steak, tenderloin, etc.

It was an education and I spent that first year learning new techniques and methods to use all those roasts, round steaks and ground beef.

Our farmer retired so I don't know that another half of beef is in our future or not.

May 05, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics

First sip of the day

Icy regular coke, out of a glass bottle. Something about the hard to swallow fizzy-ness is so satisfying. I restrict this treat to the weekends.

I also love, love, love fresh squeezed oj, another very pleasurable first sip.

Back when I still smoked, there was nothing in the world as satisfying as that first morning drag. Even typing about it now makes me crave a cigarette. (I haven't smoked in years.)

Palate Memory...

My grandparents always had local soda in the small returnable bottles. The names escape me now, there were several independent bottlers. The ginger ale was my favorite, followed by birch beer. I rarely come across birch beer anymore but when I do, I order it.

Apr 28, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics
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Palate Memory...

There are certain tastes that I yearn for but have yet to find again.

One that comes to mind is German broetchen rolls with unsalted butter and jam that I ate daily during my times in Germany.

Apr 28, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics
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Palate Memory...

Bud Light - circa 1987-88, sitting in the middle of a pick up cab, boyfriend on the right (spotting deer with a spotlight), his cousin on the left (driving). It was my job to hold the beer. I was 16, they were 21 yo so at least they were of legal drinking age!

Every once in a while I will have a Bud light at a picnic/tailgate and even the smell of it takes me straight back to those days.

Same crew - Bartles and James wine coolers at the beach. However, I would die of thirst before bringing one of those to my lips again.

Apr 28, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics
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bologna..?

You nailed the flavor profile!

I don't normally buy lunch meat to keep at home so my son didn't encounter Lebanon Bologna until he went on a school trip. It was fascinating listening to him describe his lunch sandwich. I figured he was describing Lebanon Bologna and then the next time we went to the store, he pointed it out to me. (He didn't love it and told me not to buy it.)

Apr 26, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics

"Can I transfer these drinks to my table"?

I am noticing it in PA as well at causal places. Last time it happened, I asked the bartender about it and he said it was policy but didn't know why.

Apr 26, 2015
cleobeach in Not About Food

bologna..?

I know it in three different forms -

1. The pink Oscar Myer stuff, no thanks.

2. Lebanon bologna like this - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebanon_...

This figured prominently in my childhood, especially the sweet variety.

3. Ring bologna which is similar to Lebanon bologna but smaller, often made from deer meat.

Apr 24, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics

Tips and tricks for new basement freezer!

I used to have an excel list for our freezer that I made the first time we purchased a half of beef. I had more time and energy back then....

I was very fond of my Palm Pilot.

Apr 24, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics

Tips and tricks for new basement freezer!

Like treb, I dedicate a shelf for poultry, pork and beef.

I don't waste time on low value/inexpensive items. Saving two slices of bread for later use or veggie scraps for future soup doesn't work in our house, it ends up clogging up the freezer and getting tossed months later. I long ago stopped feeling guilty about this.

Ball makes great freezer containers for liquid items.

Apr 24, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics

Silicone vs SS Utensils with SS Cookware

"I use a hand mixer with stainless beaters directly in stainless pots. that definitely leaves a mark."

We do as well. Our stock pot has an interesting decorative belt around the inside from Mr. CB making mashed potatoes.

I have an assortment of silicone, ss and wood utensils and each has their job to do depending on what I am cooking.

Apr 24, 2015
cleobeach in Cookware

Who owns the leftovers?

I have posted about my in-laws bizarre food issues before. I could have totally seen my in-laws before eating leftovers I paid for and/or feedi g the, to their dog.

Food issues are as fascinating as money issues. Just whe you think you heard it all, you haven't.......

Apr 22, 2015
cleobeach in Not About Food
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Who owns the leftovers?

Ha! We rarely have leftovers unless we specifically order too much for the sole purpose of having leftovers.

Intentional leftovers in the CB house are absolutely the property of the person who ordered them.

Apr 22, 2015
cleobeach in Not About Food

Ants in kitchen--Four methods have not worked! Help!

We just were plagued with ants that seemed to come out of nowhere. The pro exterminator came into the house, found the point of entry/exit and put a tiny dab of something that sounds similar to what scubadoo97 mentioned at their entry point. Bait of some sort that they carry back to the nest.

The ants were gone by the next morning.

Ours were coming in through the fireplace.

I am all for trying environmentally friend solutions but I have my limits...

Apr 22, 2015
cleobeach in Not About Food

How to invite friends for dinner, where everyone pays for their own food?

A printed invite? I would have found the bill at the end of the night an unpleasant surprise.

I was recently invited to a mid-afternoon welcome home party at a restaurant and the invitation clearly stated "light appetizers will be served" I took it to mean anything else I wished to consume would be on my dime.

How to invite friends for dinner, where everyone pays for their own food?

At my second job out of college, I heard a co-worker talking about a BYOM(eat) party and I thought she was kidding. I made a joke about it and really offended her.

Same company - a different co-worker invited the entire office to a party with a per head charge of $10 pp to cover the food and drink costs. I declined the invitation. One of our co-workers was shocked and outraged by the idea and let the "host" know about it in a group setting.

Apr 22, 2015
cleobeach in Not About Food

How to invite friends for dinner, where everyone pays for their own food?

I also agree with you.

In my social and family circles, there is a very clear difference between gathering at a restaurant for a meal when everyone pays their own way and being invited to a special event like an anniversary or birthday party where the host picks up the tab. I have never encountered any confusion.

However, not everyone visits restaurants during the normal course of their lives. If the OP's friends rarely, if ever, dine out, maybe advance clarification is needed.

Apr 22, 2015
cleobeach in Not About Food

Williams Sonoma gift card - what would you do?

I agree, I am very pleased with my WS linens. I treated myself to two packets of the hotel dinner napkins a year or so ago. They wash beautifully and if I monitor the dryer, I don't need to iron them.

I wish I would have sprung for a monogram.

Apr 22, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics

What is the worst wedding reception dinner you've ever had?

"They wanted the guests to clean up the room before leaving too, but the hubby and I got out of dodge....."

OMG, we attended one of those! The lights came on and an announcement made about helping clean up so the couple didn't have to pay the modest cleaning fee. My husband and I just walked out, no way was were we cleaning up.

There were a number of odd things about that wedding and reception. The couple spent big bucks on certain things like the mid four figure wedding dress but then went total cheap on others like the $200 cleaning fee.

Apr 20, 2015
cleobeach in Not About Food

My Aldi experience!

I don't have first hand knowledge of exact pay rates but they have always been known as a good employer in my area. I remember a couple of years ago, they were hiring at $10 to start. and they are closed on Sundays and not open 24 hours like all the other stores in the area.

Apr 16, 2015
cleobeach in Chains

recipes for extra bacon

"I can't quite grasp the concept of "extra bacon"."

That was my exact thought when I saw this thread.

No joke, I need to either cook bacon in secret or be ready to slap the men in my house with the spatula and squirt the cats with water to fend off the "wolves."

It keeps well in the freezer or fridge.

Apr 15, 2015
cleobeach in Home Cooking

My Aldi experience!

There is not a business or cultureal connection as far as I know, they just seem to like to shop there, likely because of lower prices.

Apr 14, 2015
cleobeach in Chains

My Aldi experience!

My family and friends love Aldi's but I just can't warm to it. I think my shopping habits don't mesh well with Aldi's offerings.

The Aldi's in my area do attract a lot of Amish and Mennonite shoppers.

I am fairly certain the one in my area accepts EBT (food stamp) cards as I seem to remember seeing a sign out front.

Apr 14, 2015
cleobeach in Chains