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Anyone use Netflix?

We love Netflix. Watch it some, most nights. We also just subscribed to Prime(amazon). We love the freedom from commercials, and the content we can choose. We are especially enjoying the British WW2 and earlier whodoneits. The costuming is beautiful, the old homes so regal and majestic, The old cars are amazing, and the language isn't foul. Yup, we're old, in our early 70's, but not prudes!! Try it. Prime has a 1 month trial before they bill you, Netflix probably has too. Our son showed us on our TV that is smarter than we are.

Jan 19, 2015
Nanzi in Food Media & News

My grandmothers roast beef and her gravy

My Mother in Love made a potroast that had the richest gravy I've ever had. She floured the roast and browned it in bacon grease, just enough for flavor. While it was browning she added sliced carrots and onions, then dehydrated soup greens. When almost done browning, she added about a cup of water, and let that boil down with the veggies & meat. When all that was very well browned, she added water and let it simmer for several hours, at least 3 maybe 4. Removed the meat, strained the liquid then thickened it. If you didn't thicken it, it might be the gravy you are looking for. I've never tasted better roast. It was not pink in the middle, was well done and falling apart. She preferred a rump roast, or a sirloin tip roast.
If this isn't what you're looking for, maybe part of it may help with getting what you are after. She was Hungarian and German though, not a Brit. LOL

Jan 13, 2015
Nanzi in Home Cooking

Favorite sushi fillings?

I love raw salmon in most any roll, but when they ad mango to a roll it gives it a unique flavor I go crazy over. I have no idea if this is really a Japanese combination, but it is my favorite. We have also make negimaki at home and thought it tasted just like the restaurant version. It is really quite easy.
The first time I did it, all I had in the house was Steak-Ums, so I used that. Quite tasty, if rather junky, Hahaha. But the next times I used flank steak.

Jan 13, 2015
Nanzi in Home Cooking
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Pork leg - how long to roast?

Forerunner, Skcup said eating @11 - you're recommending 10 - 12 hours, I see that as putting it in before bed @ 11 pm not 7 or 8 am? Am I off here?

Jan 11, 2015
Nanzi in Home Cooking

Nasty water in good restaurants

After having had well water at both of our homes the last 49 years, and filtered for the past 25 years, I agree about the chlorine taste. I buy bottled water when we go to our condo. I cannot abide the chlorine taste. And I've gotten nasty water in restaurants too. I completely agree restaurants of good quality should serve filtered water. I never buy bottled water unless on vacation. I have enough problems keeping hydrated without the water being evil tasting.

Jan 10, 2015
Nanzi in General Topics
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What is your favourite thing to do with a chuck steak?

Pot Roast, the flavor is outstanding.

Jan 08, 2015
Nanzi in Home Cooking
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'Cheese' from the table at pizza places

The last cheese we got for Italian food tasted chalky. Worse than the green can. I checked the ingredients and it had cellulose in it. I then checked the other "shakey" cheeses at the grocery, all but the 4C's brand had it. And it was slivered and powdered, and tasted good. Is anyone else as frustrated with trying to keep our foods at our tables healthy??
It seems nearly everywhere I look, there is garbage of one kind or another in our foods.

Jan 08, 2015
Nanzi in General Topics

As an off shoot from Whole Chickens Disappearing.....

Where are the turkey thighs that used to be around?? There are plenty of Turkey breasts, but some of us prefer the thighs. I see then in NONE of the basic groceries we frequent. Where are they going? What are they being used for that they are not also for sale? I see wings, and legs too.

Jan 06, 2015
Nanzi in General Topics

Ok, I'm confused, Make up your minds!!

I've been seeing posts on FB about how bad Ramen is for you, blah, blah, blah, and then today on Yahoo there was an article about how versatile it is and that it is going to be the next big rage in restaurants.
First how is it different from pasta, save shape?
Second who decides what is the next big food???

Jan 06, 2015
Nanzi in Food Media & News

Accommodating a Party Guest-What is Reasonable?

After reading all the comments & suggestions, I will probably come across as a cretin. The guest has been told of this before, but continues to exhibit the same behavior. I would not put myself in the position of having to, or having someone else, play parent to this person. Nice parties are too much work to let one guests compulsive behavior dictate to the rest of my guests, and to me when I will be busy being a hostess to all, not a warden to one. People know when they are out of line, unless they were raised on Mars, and for this person to act dumb when confronted is just a continuation of unacceptable behavior.

Jan 03, 2015
Nanzi in Not About Food

Freezing individual lasagne or ziti portions

Food saver kept ours as fresh as the day I cooked it. Cut into portions, freeze, then bag.

Jan 03, 2015
Nanzi in Home Cooking

Ramen - pork substitute

Good ideas here, but what are you doing about the Ramen noodles themselves, which are being touted as terrible for your health?? I used to make a great Ramen meal with healthy additives, fresh veggies, meat, shrimp, etc. What kind of noodles to use now??

Jan 03, 2015
Nanzi in Home Cooking

Can anyone help me?

When wanting to know if I could take aa cooked pulled pork roast by air I contacted the TSA, and got a timely reply, Yes I could. US Customs could also provide answers.

Jan 03, 2015
Nanzi in General Topics

North American destination city for culinary vacation with young kids?

When visiting our son just outside of Washington DC I am amazed at the plethora of restaurants. You name it, it is somewhere around. It makes sense if you think of the variety of ethnic peoples that live and work there. Our son is in Manassas, Va, just west of DC.

Jan 03, 2015
Nanzi in General Topics

Looks like real chicken may be making a come back!

It's an Amish farm we go to here in De. with the same honor system and grandson got to pet a calf too.

Dec 29, 2014
Nanzi in General Topics
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Thanksgiving Guests! What are you bringing?

Going to our daughters, and our son will be there also, along with 2 grandsons. Since almost all of us love Rutabagos I will make a stockpot full of them, mashed. After dinner we split the leftovers. And I pay for the turkey to make things easier. I may be picking up a dessert too.
So happy to have daughter taking over holiday meals. I did my share of them before I was 70!!

Nov 24, 2014
Nanzi in General Topics

How big spiral sliced ham?

I'm done with spiral sliced hams. They dry out, even when cooked with their instructions!! I'd much rather a butcher bought ham. Just my 2 cents worth!!

Nov 21, 2014
Nanzi in Home Cooking

Carry-on Packable Foods to Take to a Food-Challenged Thanksgiving...

I took a cooked, frozen, pork butt roast, not yet pulled, to Indiana one time, and another took baked bread to AZ. Both times I emailed the TSA and asked specific questions. They responded promptly and politely. I had no problems. I am sure there are lots of people travelling with food this time of year. Good Luck, and hope the family gets it together some day. We never have had problems over holidays and the food or anything. I feel bad for those to whom holidays are strenuous.

Nov 08, 2014
Nanzi in General Topics
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Illicit indulgences

Sweetened Condensed Milk with Milk choco chips melted together, then cooled, with a spoon. Every few months 4 - 6, I just have to do it. just a little at a time to make it last for many days.

Nov 06, 2014
Nanzi in General Topics

Is it disappointing for you not to eat turkey or ham on Thanksgiving?

Im a turkey for thanksgiving gal, and I think all our family is. I would never be upset if served something else, but I would go to the store and cook a bird myself within a couple of days. We often do turkeys at times other than Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.....we like them. And sometimes we do it smoked on the ceramic cooker. Love those birds!!

Nov 06, 2014
Nanzi in General Topics

Parents of Adult Children: When should kids start picking up the check?

I don't see it as an age question(in our family anyway). I see it more as a question of ability to pay. We had it impoverished when we were raising kids, and I was always so grateful to hubby's parents who said "You just pay the tip, I've got the rest." My parents picked up the whole tab, and were well able to. We picked up the tab when our 3 kids were still struggling, but now allow them to sometimes. If they offer to pay the tip we let them. The one who is still raising their sons still has it pretty tight $$wise so we take care of them. When they are able we will accept their hospitality.

Nov 06, 2014
Nanzi in Not About Food

What kind of chile relleno is this?

I had them in NC like you described, disgusting. And the help all looked Latin. We figured they were just doing the cheapest thing possible. This was while travelling, never went back. There are several really good ones in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Oct 14, 2014
Nanzi in General Topics

Rehoboth Beach quick getaway

Since you like ice cream, did you find the place just off the boardwalk with about a hundred different flavors?? That is a great place to stop. www.rehobothbeachicecream.com

Oct 11, 2014
Nanzi in Mid-Atlantic

Best advice

From a German Chef: Don't rush me, I work cheap.
Which of course he did not.

Oct 04, 2014
Nanzi in General Topics
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How come my tuna fish never tastes as good as sandwich shops?

I always save the tuna water to go in the dogs dinner that night. He loves it over his kibble.

Sep 01, 2014
Nanzi in General Topics

Bad year for local corn?

Sorry you've had a bad year. We had 3 in a row here in Delaware, but this year has been fabulous. Corn so sweet we can't believe it. And keeps 3 days in the refrig uncooked without losing it's flavor and crispiness!!

May our good year spread to you next year!

Sep 01, 2014
Nanzi in General Topics
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Myrtle Beach SC, USA

Near Broadway on the Beach, but not afraid to travel, we've been to Murrels Inlet, and North Cherry. Looking for different places anywhere.

Sep 01, 2014
Nanzi in Southeast

Myrtle Beach SC, USA

We are vacationing in Myrtle Beach SC for a week very soon. What places to eat are really good? Not looking for Ruth Chris prices, but not afraid to pay for good food. Thank you in advance.

Aug 29, 2014
Nanzi in Southeast

Fry Oil Disposal in an Apartment

We freeze it and then put it in the garbage on garbage day. In a coffee can, or other disposable container.

Aug 29, 2014
Nanzi in Not About Food

Salt in restaurant food

I think the cure for oversalting has to start at the culinary school level. Many of us are used to undersalting, but I doubt it's being taught at the basic chef or cook level.
Altho I seldom get a restaurant meal that tastes too salty, I always come home from vacationing, mostly in Myrtle Beach SC, with swollen feet and ankles. After a few days of eating my cooking, the swelling subsides. Says something, doesn't it?

Aug 27, 2014
Nanzi in General Topics