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When you were starting out in the kitchen what did you make?

Absolutely the most fun!

Someone referred to it as "puke pizza" because of the smell of the dried cheese. We were all piled in this old van chanting "PUKE PIZZA! PUKE PIZZA!" as we pulled out of the grocery store's parking lot.

about 15 hours ago
cleobeach in Home Cooking
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When you were starting out in the kitchen what did you make?

I did a lot of things like tacos, spaghetti and meatballs/sausage, stir fries and basic grill items. All sides came from boxes like rice-a-roni, bagged pastas with sauce (just boil and add milk and powdered sauce).

We ate out a lot the first three years because of our work schedules and lack of cooking skills.

Then we moved and our kitchen had room for a TV. I started watching food network. Rachel Ray, Mario Batali, Ina, and Alton Brown taught me to cook. So I agree, it is a shame FN doesn't have quality how-too shows anymore.

As annoying as RR can be, to someone like me who had ZERO clue how to cook, she was a great resource for me at the time.

about 15 hours ago
cleobeach in Home Cooking

When you were starting out in the kitchen what did you make?

Those chef boy r dee pizza kits made for the best drunk food. We used to make them in college. A few years back we rented a beach house with friends and got to talking about them. A quick trip to the grocery store and we were going down memory lane....

1 day ago
cleobeach in Home Cooking

What would you offer on these Cast Iron frying pans?

I remember my uncle using cast iron Dutch ovens to soak machine parts in gasoline.

2 days ago
cleobeach in Cookware

What's you ICE choice for your cooler

I pack a cooler every weekend to go to the woods. I love this product -

http://www.techniiceusa.com/ice-packs...

depending on what I need to keep cold, I use one on the bottom and one on the top (if needed) They are surprisingly durable, I have sheets that are several years old that are just now starting to wear out (the plastic cover is wearing away.)

Jul 25, 2014
cleobeach in Cookware

Need help with a picky eater

>Most guys I know who have left the parent nest to go away for college, do work away from home or join the military, all work themselves out of eating confines and "isms". <

My stepfather made the comment once about how in the Marines, you learn to eat anything and everything.

Food issues (and threads like this) will never stop amazing me.

Having more than our fair share of food issues in our family of origin, my husband and I educated ourselves about teaching our son good eating habits.

One theme that runs through many of the popular books on the subject is that the food they put in their mouth is one (and maybe the only) thing physically and emotionally immature people can control.

Jul 24, 2014
cleobeach in Home Cooking
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What Fiestaware pieces do you use the most?

Those are so perfect! I am going off to order some now. Thanks!

Jul 23, 2014
cleobeach in Cookware

What Fiestaware pieces do you use the most?

I wish for more serving bowls.

ETA - I would not register for the Fiesta spatula/cooking utensil set. My husband got it for me for Christmas and two of the three handles have mysteriously melted.

I have two serving utensil sets. One has the solid colored handles and the other is solid stainless with enameled inlays in the handles. I prefer the second set.

Jul 23, 2014
cleobeach in Cookware

Simple is better than exotic for some foods

I am with you 100% on the salad dressing. I haven't bought bottled stuff in years (with one exception) and I find we eat far more salads since i learned to make my own.

Jul 23, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics
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Second entree idea needed

Second the grilled flank steak, works great hot or cold.

I did one last weekend for Saturday evening dinner and used the cold leftovers with a horseradish sauce for lunch Sunday, which was the best of the two meals.

Jul 22, 2014
cleobeach in Home Cooking

Gawker tests TGIF's unlimited appetizers

I thought the article was pretty funny. My husband and I agreed, we would have gone for the chicken or potato skins.

Jul 22, 2014
cleobeach in Food Media & News
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Wegmans going downhill

I stumbled on this thread when searching for something else but it is timely as I just mentioned to my husband this weekend that I was shocked at the change in the Mechanicsburg, PA Wegmans. I hadn't been there in 12+ months.

For example -

the change in the international section as others noticed. I was very disappointed as I have grand plans for a major shopping binge.

Less selection in the frozen seafood department, it now looks like any other grocery store in the area

Lots more house brand, especially canned goods, that have replaced the unique items that used to draw me to Wegmans

The produce section seems smaller and looks very generic now.

The bright spot was the fresh seafood, great selection and it looked fresh. (this was a Friday afternoon)

Jul 21, 2014
cleobeach in Chains

What would you offer on these Cast Iron frying pans?

I live in PA and cast iron pans are sold in box lots at auctions for basically scrap value, a couple bucks at best. There are piles of discarded CI in every farmhouse basement, barn and garage. By the piece they go for $2-$5.

There has been interest recently in Griswold pans with collectors actively seeking those out, especially the larger sizes.

Jul 21, 2014
cleobeach in Cookware

De-Electrifying the Kitchen

I had a similar model but I far prefer the old fashion glass reamer.

Jul 18, 2014
cleobeach in Cookware

Some I-80 faves for travellers

We have tried to eat dinner at Elk Creek many times on the way home from State College or skiing and they always have bands on the weekends and the dining room closes at something like 5pm.

Jul 18, 2014
cleobeach in Pennsylvania

De-Electrifying the Kitchen

I remember my great grandmother's coffee grinder.

I just put a manual meat grinder/sausage stuffer in the donation bin.

Lee Valley Garden Tools is a good source for hand kitchen tools.

Jul 18, 2014
cleobeach in Cookware

Food Scars - Things you will never eat again.

Shuddering at the slow gin mention. 14 yo at my best friend's house for NYE. That family didn't drink except for the rare holiday. For whatever reason, they thought it is was ok to let us drink slow gin and 7up. I vomited for hours and then dry heaved for another couple of hours.

Jul 16, 2014
cleobeach in Not About Food

Farmhouse Rules--a new show on Food Network

I had Food Network turned on while I cleared out the fridge yesterday and this show came on.

My husband came home and within minutes said "who IS that?"

Jul 15, 2014
cleobeach in Food Media & News

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

Were Pat's and Geno's always tourist-y?

I ask because nearly 30 years ago, I remember a friend of a friend from South Philly taking us there. He lived in the area and I remember walking to Pat's.

Looking back on it, he didn't strike me as the type that would have taken out of towners to a tourist spot.

Jul 15, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

And he was smart enough to start bottling it! (or license it or whatever his arrangement is)

I wonder if it is an old-style golf course drink?

Jul 15, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics
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Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

We like to go to philly once or twice a year for a long weekend.

We enjoy Jim's. I am sure there are better places in the eyes of the locals but as a tourist, it is a nice combo of neighborhood people watching and a decent sandwich.

Jul 14, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics
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Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

Well, a half and half tea at my club is half tea, half lemonade.

I am guessing it has different ingredients other places.

Jul 14, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics

What kind of restaurant has the highest profit margins?

At the opposite end of the spectrum, two casual restaurants in our area did away with wing nights because teenagers (and to be fair, some adults) were coming in and ordering 6-12 25 cent wings and water while taking up a table from 6pm to 9pm.

I know the owner of a third restaurant that during special nights like wing night or peel and eat shrimp restricted table size to 4 people max (moving tables together was not allowed), which broke the customers' habit of large groups "camping" together all night. He said the tables turned far faster when the groups were smaller.

This policy did run off a segment of his clientele but he said sales and profits actually increased because he was able to accommodate the type of customer that might order a few wings as an appetizer but really came in for an entree and most importantly, booze.

Jul 14, 2014
cleobeach in Not About Food

Tell me how to cook frozen shrimp

I remember reading about a sugar and water brine (but is it a brine without sugar?) in one of Alton Brown's books where it was mentioned as a restaurant method to "plump" up shrimp.

Jul 14, 2014
cleobeach in Home Cooking

Simple is better than exotic for some foods

I am with you on the ice cream. I too loved those B&J's flavors 20+ years ago. We used to ski in that area and every night we all sit around with various pints, yumming it up!

Now I like just plain ice cream.

Jul 14, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics

Simple is better than exotic for some foods

in my area, honey dipped = glazed as it relates to donuts. I

Jul 14, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics
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Famous foods from your region you find tasty and delicious.

I put shoo fly pie under the other thread! I agree with linguafood, way too sweet as are most PA German/Dutch for my taste.

I do remember dinners of just corn or just tomatoes (and butter bread) when those were in season.

Jul 13, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics

Famous foods from your region you find tasty and delicious.

Soupies, when they are good they are great.

Eta, they are like soppressata.

Jul 12, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

I knew it spelled souse. Totally agree on the yuck. We recently stayed at the Mayflower in DC and the vanity top in our hotel room reminded me of souse.

Jul 11, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

BBQ sandwiches in PA are sloppy joes

Jul 10, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics
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