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A great idea, not!

It is probably minerals from the water. Try vinegar or bar keepers friend.

Apr 09, 2014
cleobeach in Cookware

What a Week's Worth of Groceries Look Like in Different Parts of the World

Mind you, my father has been gone for a couple of years now and I haven't spent extended periods of time with my relatives since then.

But yes, based on my memory, it is somewhat accurate.

There was more bread/rolls in our diet and less alcohol on our tables. It looks like there are a couple of bottles of red wine to the left, which would have only made an appearance for group or special meals. (my dad was not a big drinker)

My dad loved TV dinners/frozen pizzas and our freezers were stocked full of such things but the rest of the family would not have purchased similar items on a weekly basis.

Apr 08, 2014
cleobeach in Food Media & News

What a Week's Worth of Groceries Look Like in Different Parts of the World

"Germany - Also what is in those containers that look like half & half or heavy cream? "

That type of Tetra packaging is popular in Germany. I remember my family buying milk and juices in it.

Smoked meats and sausages didn't figure prominently on my family's tables, they were more of a snack or a side dish.

Apr 08, 2014
cleobeach in Food Media & News

What a Week's Worth of Groceries Look Like in Different Parts of the World

I agree about the US picture then again, Chowhounders are probably not typical American families.

The amount of soda in the US and Mexico picture makes me shudder.

Apr 08, 2014
cleobeach in Food Media & News

How to handle uninvited children at a cocktail party

Hill, you just described my life!

Apr 06, 2014
cleobeach in Not About Food
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Help ID Original Use for old earthenware Jar (Robinson-Ransbottom)

I can't help you but am also interested in knowing because we have several of these. One has the same two-tone coloring, the rest are solid brown. All have lids.

Apr 03, 2014
cleobeach in Cookware

What can I add to boxed scalloped potatoes

Oh, I really appreciate that! Thank you.

Apr 01, 2014
cleobeach in Home Cooking

What can I add to boxed scalloped potatoes

How thick are your slices?

10 minutes on high?

My prior attempts were awful and I think it is because I didn't pre-cook the sliced potatoes. By the time the potatoes were done, the sauce was absorbed and I didn't get the creamy results I wanted.

Apr 01, 2014
cleobeach in Home Cooking

Recipe ideas for picky husband?

Hobbert put into words what I was thinking. Just cook, keeping his palate somewhat into consideration and don't make a big deal about it.

Not unlike how I approach my child. Meatballs go on the plate without a discussion. I don't tell him that they are ground turkey meatballs instead of his preferred beef or whatever the difference is as it relates to his limits. Hopefully small changes will be acceptable.

Treat ingredients the same way. Puree offending things like minced onions so all you are left with is the onion flavor in meatloaf instead of pieces of minced onions or mash garlic to a paste before adding it.

Apr 01, 2014
cleobeach in Home Cooking

What can I add to boxed scalloped potatoes

I am guessing the salt is in the sauce mix. It is probably high but I don't make them (or any other boxed foods) often enough to worry about it.

Apr 01, 2014
cleobeach in Home Cooking

Recipe ideas for picky husband?

What about masking the textures? You could puree onions when you make a meatloaf, for example.

Apr 01, 2014
cleobeach in Home Cooking

What can I add to boxed scalloped potatoes

Scalloped potatoes are one thing think I can't make as good as boxed. Well, I probably could but don't want to devote the time to the process.

Just this weekend, I made a pan substituting heavy cream for the milk. We had guests over and the pan was scrapped bare. I admitted I used Betty Crocker boxed potatoes and we all had a good laugh. My friend admitted that no one in his family (a crew of good cooks and eaters) can make scalloped potatoes better than Betty Crocker.

Things I add -

green onions
red peppers
chives
diced up bits of ham

I have added cheese but find it can be too much.

Apr 01, 2014
cleobeach in Home Cooking

Recipe ideas for picky husband?

Food issues can be SO much more than just "not liking" something. Where do you think it is coming from? Was he not raised to try new things? Is it a control issue or eating disorder?

The difference between steamed carrots and baked carrots isn't that great. It is interesting his will-eats are so specific. And boxes pasta sides verse homemade, how can he tell the difference? I can by the taste but I have spoiled/pampered palate.

Knowing the root of it might be the first step in helping him reach a point where he can at least be open to trying more things.

Apr 01, 2014
cleobeach in Home Cooking

Packing food at house parties

Oh my. If she is going to do something like that, at least she could have the decency to do it after hours when no one is around to see it.

Mar 27, 2014
cleobeach in Not About Food

Packing food at house parties

I worked with a Mr. X. There are many bizarre food stories (we would get fantastic gifts from clients and analysts) but the one sticks out in my mind was when a client brought in a bushel of apples for the department and one of the VP's claimed it as his own.

When she caught wind of it, the CEO's assistant snapped, marched into his office and gave him a piece of her mind, attempting to shame him for taking a couple of bucks worth of apples when he could well afford to buy his own. He wasn't shamed in the least.

Mar 27, 2014
cleobeach in Not About Food

Recent cooking fails?

My dear former neighbor was a very accomplished cook and she said she regularly found Martha's recipes to be "off"

Mar 26, 2014
cleobeach in Home Cooking

Recent cooking fails?

I made Swedish meatballs for my husband's birthday dinner. I have no idea what went wrong but the meatballs were BAD.

Mar 26, 2014
cleobeach in Home Cooking

Packing food at house parties

No, not my family members! Well, I did have problems with the pasta salad thief...

These are the ILs of a close friend. She said it is a sight to see. Her family is very proper and polite (our fathers were business associates) so the difference between the two families is extreme. I love getting together with her for holiday recaps, so so entertaining.

Mar 26, 2014
cleobeach in Not About Food

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

Not the dollar dances I see. The bridesmaids collect the money. I have seen elaborate, handmade aprons, satin bags as well as plain baskets.

But occasionally, like at my wedding, some men of a certain age may lose their manners and go for the bodice.

Mar 26, 2014
cleobeach in Not About Food

Packing food at house parties

I have seen some really weird food issues and none of these stories surprise me at all.

There was someone in my own family that went through a period of behavior similar to what the OP describes but thankfully she grew out of it. I brought it up to her some time later and she denied it all, claiming no memory of the incidents. How she can’t remember engaging in a tug of war over a giant bowl of pasta salad is beyond me……

I have a close friend whose family members actually get up from a holiday meal to remove food from the house during holiday meals. They sneak leftovers out and lock them in their cars.

Growing up, I remember seeing people (not my family) filling repurposed bread bags with food off of buffet lines. At my first job out of college, the office manager used to bring in bags of cookies from the Golden Corral buffet.

I think there is more than hoarding at work in some of these stories. My father’s side of the family was war refugees with extreme food hoarding issues but they NEVER would have asked for leftovers.

Maybe it is cultural or maybe these leftover piggies have a mentality of they are going to take, take, take whatever they can because they are greedy.

Mar 25, 2014
cleobeach in Not About Food

overwhelmed All-Clad

After years of cycling through junky sets of non-stick, I switched to All Clad. Here is what I have -

8" non stick fry pan, should have gotten the 10 inch

12" stainless fry pan

2 qt sauce pan (2 although both rarely go into service at the same time)

3 qt sauce pan (gift from hubby, sort of an odd size for me)

4 qt sauté pan - this the workhouse of the bunch and gets used daily. I went with the 4 quart because I wanted the higher sides.

Stock pot - I think it is the 7 qt, it is the tall one as opposed to the shorter, wider versions

I could probably cook happily without the 3 qt sauce and one of the 2qt sauce pans but I have the space so they stay.

I "had" to have one of those pasta inserts. I definitely regretted that purchase. It wasn't practical and resulted in boil-overs no matter the precautions.

Mar 21, 2014
cleobeach in Cookware

How do you feel about dogs in the grocery cart?

How did you break him of the habit?

Mar 18, 2014
cleobeach in Not About Food

How do you feel about dogs in the grocery cart?

We live in town and my husband goes bonkers when people don't clean up after their dogs. He confronts them if he sees them. He was on a man/dog hunt for an offender last summer and put up a sign about it.

Mar 18, 2014
cleobeach in Not About Food

How do you feel about dogs in the grocery cart?

Turns out, the dog stroller lady and I had a connection. We both frequent the same salon and I later learned the dog has several dressers full of outfits. She brings the dog to the salon. It tried to lick me once.

Mar 18, 2014
cleobeach in Not About Food

How do you feel about dogs in the grocery cart?

I have a bit of a germ issue which makes me think shopping carts are giant germ carriages with or without a seeing a dog in one.

I do, however, have strong opinions on the human customers wearing their pajamas and bedroom slippers but that is another issue......

Mar 18, 2014
cleobeach in Not About Food

How do you feel about dogs in the grocery cart?

I saw my first dog stroller two years ago. My friends didn't believe me until I walked them over so they could see it for themselves.

Mar 18, 2014
cleobeach in Not About Food

How do you feel about dogs in the grocery cart?

OMG the support chicken! Was that on this site? I remember reading it.

Mar 18, 2014
cleobeach in Not About Food

Pioneer Woman

"Not everyone understands it. They just see mean rather than meaning"

My mother is similar to your's sandylc. She read Kitchen Confidential after I finished it (I loved it) and she said "he seems like the most horrible man."

Mar 12, 2014
cleobeach in Food Media & News

question for european visitors... what surprised you the most about american restaurant culture

My German relatives were very into steak when they would stay with us. I assumed it was either not readily available in Germany or crazy expensive. They loved cooking steak on the grill. We lived in a farming area and my grandfather raised beef cattle so steak wasn't a big deal to us but they always looked forward to it. Last visit, we did buffalo and they enjoyed that too.

Mar 08, 2014
cleobeach in Not About Food

returning food to supermarket?

I returned an unopened bottle of vanilla extract after I discovered two others in my cupboard. My husband thought I was nuts.

I got a bad batch of clams that smelled so awful, we immediately threw them out. The next morning I took the tag from the mesh bag back to the store and got an no questions asked refund.

Mar 08, 2014
cleobeach in Not About Food