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i don't want. . . . .

I am with you on the kale and offal/organs.

I was getting kale by the arm loads from our CSA last year and not even the deer in the backyard would eat it.

My father loved offal/organs in all forms and always yearned to find it in America. (He passed away before it became "hot") but my mother's side of the family who were beef and chicken farmers for generation, won't touch it with a 10 foot pole.

1 day ago
cleobeach in General Topics

Dripless Bottles for Pouring Oil..?

I hope it is drip free for you as it has been for me, I went through several different types over 20 years that all dripped and drove the clean up crew (Mr. cB) crazy. This one has not dripped.

Mar 03, 2015
cleobeach in Cookware
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Rudest grocery checker remark

I would have called for the manager but I was running late.

After I cooled down, my husband and I had to chuckle about the story he must have told his family about the crazy lady that came through his check out line that day.

Mar 03, 2015
cleobeach in Not About Food

Rudest grocery checker remark

Same grocery store.

It was Christmas Eve and I was picking up the ingredients for our Christmas Day feast which included stone crab claws, shrimp, caviar and other pricey items.

The teen boy checking me out made loud and prolonged comments about the cost every time he scanned an item.

Twice I told him it was my money, my business and to stop the comments.

And then came the caviar and the lecture about how much food that could buy a family in need...

I admit to losing my temper and shouting at him to shut his mouth, amongst other things.

Not my finest hour but he drove me to my breaking point.

Mar 03, 2015
cleobeach in Not About Food

Dripless Bottles for Pouring Oil..?

I have this one -

http://www.amazon.com/Chefs-Planet-32...

I don't know if it would fit in your cabinet or not. Smaller versions are also available.

We have concrete countertops and a very active kitchen. My husband was convinced it would break within a week but it has held up.

I like it because it is truly drip free

Mar 03, 2015
cleobeach in Cookware

how to have a 1/4 of a cow butchered

We buy our beef by the half and have it cut to order. Based on my experiences working with the butcher as well as things I wish I would have known and done differently, my thoughts -

Half of the hanging weight will be ground beef. You might be able to eek out a higher stew meat to ground ratio if your butcher is willing to do the work with managing the trimmings.

Think about the size of your ground beef packages and whether or not you want some of that made into patties. My husband prefers to make his own patties but the pre-formed patties are very convienent for week nights.

How would you like the roasts treated? We ask for roasts. My beef farmer friend gets his cut into as many steaks as possible, even if the cuts are ideal for grilling because, as he puts it, they aren't that fussy and want to grill more than plan for roasts.

How many steaks per pack? My first time around, I was unpleasantly surprised by how few steaks a half provides.

Mar 02, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics

My Family Doesn't Eat My Cooking

Count me in as wondering if this is a "problem" unique to America?

I never saw my German relatives make separate meals for their kids and certainly not for other adults in the house.

The other side of my family has been in America for a couple of generations. They were farmers and limited access (very rural living) and budget dictated everything was grown and cooked at home, no processed foods. My grandparents and their many siblings all share the same memories of "no one was picky because we were all hungry."

32 Hungry Boys

I am planning on something similar this Friday. I am doing meatballs and Italian sausage in slow cookers with onions and peppers and sauce in another slow cooker. I'll put out pre-sliced rolls and provolone cheese and let people make their own sandwiches.

Mine is an after work snack so I am not going to offer sides but a big green salad would be a nice veggie side dish.

Mar 02, 2015
cleobeach in Home Cooking

My Family Doesn't Eat My Cooking

I think I read the same article recently. Or one on the same subject. It was fascinating, the science behind balancing the flavor profiles to "hook" consumers.

Feb 27, 2015
cleobeach in Not About Food

My Family Doesn't Eat My Cooking

"Overcooked steak eaters are a tough crowd"

I don't know why but that statement strikes me as very funny. And very true!

dinner host responsibilities

In my circle as well. I am in the camp that a middle of the range alcoholic drink is acceptable behavior when being hosted.

Alcohol is polarizing. I wonder if we would be having the same conversation if the guest ordered dessert.

Cooking for a Very Hungry, Slightly Picky Crowd

We used to below to a group that gathered once a month that had similar attributes/needs - drinkers, unadventurous palates, the need to be able to eat anywhere in the house.

The two soups idea always worked well. Chili with garnishes was always a huge hit and finished well before the lighter soup. Add good breads for a bread board and you are good to go.

Large subs portioned into small servings seemed popular. I did one with turkey, one with roast beef and one with grilled veggies.

Feb 23, 2015
cleobeach in Home Cooking
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Cooking for a Very Hungry, Slightly Picky Crowd

Pierogis the way JTPhilly describes are common party food in my area as well. Everyone seems to have one of those enamel slow cooker/roasters specifically for this purpose.

Feb 23, 2015
cleobeach in Home Cooking
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Help with menu planning--hosting a BBQ with 15-30+ guests

Yes to the rolls.

This thread is making me hungry, sounds like a great menu.

Feb 23, 2015
cleobeach in Home Cooking

Are you a food hoarder ?

My dad was the same way. He also loved to frequent the local surplus stores. I am ok with eating stuff past the "best by" or "sell by" dates but there is a limit. 90% of the canned or jarred items my dad would give us went straight into the trash.

does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

OMG, loving this reply!

Slow Cooked BBQ Ribs. Not the same?

While I agree, the slow cooker to grill or broiler method isn't the same as "real" BBQ ribs, it is good enough at our house.

I brush on the sauce at the end and continue grilling/broiling long enough to get it the right "finish"

Are you a food hoarder ?

I tried both Glad and Ziploc containers for freezer storage. I encountered two problems. The first was they didn't protect against freezer burn even for short periods of time. The second is the plastic became very brittle and prone to cracking and breaking. They are cheap and are barely a step above disposable.

Ball brand containers are designed for freezer use and have held up very well for me.

Feb 17, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics
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Are you a food hoarder ?

I am not but my father was definitely a food hoarder. My husband shows very strong traits of being a food hoarder as well, so much so that I do everything possible to keep him away from grocery stores.

The OP's comment about the jarred condiments hit home. I could scream when I see all the jars of jelly, mustard, etc. with one or two servings dispensed and the rest left to mold for eternity. I wait until I am home alone to clear out the fridge.

Feb 16, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics
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I need help making the perfect omelet

Mine look like rjbh20 picture, that is one good looking omlette! I am so particular about mu egg preparation. I cannot stomach any browning at all.

I use a 12 inch nonstick skillet, low heat, a healthy pat of butter for two eggs very well beaten with a dash (a teaspoon or so) of water incorpated into the eggs. I don't remember where I learned about the dash of water or even if it adds to the process. I cover the pan to set the eggs before adding the fillings and folding it over.

Not liking small plates, tapas trend.

I find the same thing as it relates to size/price.

I want to like tapas style but it doesn't work in our family and circle of friends. The best dishes seem to yield just one bite and the least liked ones are the largest, leaving us wishing for less of the later and more of the former.

Then there is someone in the group that doesn't get the concept and is perplexed the entire meal, waiting for their entree to arrive.

Lee Valley lifetime measuring cups -- recommended?

I don't have those cups but I am a longtime lee valley customer and have been happy with all my purchases.

I have all clad cups and measuring spoons and love them. This the first set that has lasted more than a couple of years. All my other ones bent or the handles fell off.

Feb 06, 2015
cleobeach in Cookware

Too much hassle to bother with foods

Anything deep fried. If we are craving something AND it is nice enough to set the fryer up outside, I will go to town and fry but never indoors anymore.

Homemade pasta. Too much work, too many failed attempts. The good fresh stuff at the grocery store is good enough for me.

Baking, especially bread. I spent the better part of the summer trying my hardest to produce the type of bread we like.

Homemade ice cream. The summer following the bread disappointment I bought an ice cream maker with grand ideas of delicious homemade ice cream. It was fine but after months of weekly experimentation, I decided the super premium stuff from the store was as good, cost less and less frustrating.

Feb 02, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics

Too much hassle to bother with foods

OMG, thanks for the laugh! I remember catching and cooking crabs as a kid. I would never do it now, so much easy to get them to go.

Feb 02, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics

Too much hassle to bother with foods

Agree on the Asian foods for the same reasons.

Feb 02, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics

Please help me identify what organ meat/offal this is?

That was my thought as well!

Feb 02, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics

Would like your opinion on what coffee supplies to provide for a nicer end vacation rental

I don't like the reusable pods.

One of the guys in the office requested some of the reusable cups so he could use his own coffee. I think they are messy (I was seeing evidence of coffee grounds in the sink and on the counter) and hard to clean. The ones we have look dirty even though I scrubbed them. They have sat unused for months now. I think the ease of the pre-filled K-cups trumps the desire to do good for the environment or specific coffee brand preference for the majority of the population.

I could easily see the reusable cups going in the trash by accident. If you do buy them, keep a supply on hand for immediate replacement. Same goes for coffee makers. I keep a spare in one of the closets. There is a note in my renter house book explaining its location.

I have fun doing my welcome baskets. I have a little card explaining the connection to the products. About half the time, the stuff appears untouched but since it is all sealed, we use it ourselves.

Would like your opinion on what coffee supplies to provide for a nicer end vacation rental

I have rented a lot of vacation homes (condos/houses) over the years. I also have a cabin/cottage that I loan out to friends and rent to paying guests. I have encountered many welcome baskets over the years but never had any coffee and/or sugar and cream provided for the entire duration of the stay and never expected it to be. But if that is the norm in your market and you want to provide more than the basic coffee maker, my thoughts on the coffee maker subject –

I own two normal drip coffee makers, a Keurig and Lattissima Plus Nespresso machine. I keep a drip and Nespresso machine at my cabin and the Keurig is at my business.

The Nespresso seems to challenge most people. It should be easy to use (I think it is) but it still perplexes my husband and my family won't go near it. The small parts that go with the milk part would be problematic in a rental house, I could see those going missing on a regular basis. Stocking the capules for guest’s daily use could get very expensive. I would never get the Nespresso out for a crowd, the standing in line aspect of group use would drive me nuts.

The Keurig presents the same standing around waiting issue as a Nespresso. Compared to the Nespresso capsule machine, the Keurig machines are less expensive as are the K-cups. We first used one at a B&B and my husband thought it was the greatest thing ever so I bought one for our office. It lasted about a year (5 or 6 uses a day) until it broke. I replaced it with another so that is an indication that it has its place in the world.

I had a French press but disposing of the grounds, the grounds in my cup and the fact that it doesn’t keep the coffee warm long enough made me give it away after I got tired of looking at it collecting dust. If you have the cabinet room, some renters might like it. My first thought ran to renters washing the grounds down the drain, which is what my husband did every time he used it.

In my opinion, new and spotlessly clean basic kitchen equipment across the board is the way to outfit a rental house. I would put the dollars there first and add pricier small appliances only if you can afford to regularly replace them.

Feb 02, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics
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Pioneer Woman

She went to college in CA but grew up in Oklahoma.

Jan 28, 2015
cleobeach in Food Media & News

State College--never found a good restaurant!!!

Hmm. Zola's sold and Gamble Mill closed/for sale as well, that doesn't sound promising for a reopening.

I wonder if Central PA has enough microbreweries yet? Is the novelty wearing off?

I heard good enough things about Happy Valley, we'll give that a try next time. We haven't made it to the State College area much this past year.

Jan 27, 2015
cleobeach in Pennsylvania