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Greasy Silicone Mats

For those who DO like parchment, "Dollar Tree" and "99 Cents Only" sell 25-foot long rolls for $1.00. If you don't live near one of those stores and you're a mad baker, Dollar Tree will ship you 24 boxes, according to their website.

Feb 16, 2015
MysticYoYo in Cookware

Can Baked Buffalo Wings Ever Taste as Good as Fried?

Sauterc: Recipe please!

Jan 18, 2015
MysticYoYo in Features

Mystery chinese food question -- What the heck did I eat ?

Next time that happens (if there is a next time...) please take a picture with your phone and upload it here.

Jan 11, 2015
MysticYoYo in General Topics

Spiral veggies anyone?

Any tips on how to get some of the liquid out of veggies that have a high water content (like zucchini) so they aren't such a soggy mess when cooking ribbons and spirals?


Jan 04, 2015
MysticYoYo in Special Diets

Old Posts, CH'ers who are no longer with us

Sam passed away? Wow, that saddens me. I enjoyed his posts so very much.

Jan 03, 2015
MysticYoYo in Site Talk

(Relatively Inexpensive) Mail Order Steaks

Harris Ranch. Their beef is superb. http://www.harrisranch.com/shop_cat_g...

Oct 19, 2014
MysticYoYo in General Topics

Hellmans Original vs Hellmans Olive Oil Version

I haven't tried the olive oil version; I don't like to mess with perfection. The only other mayo I will even *consider* using if I can't find Hellmann's/Best Foods is Kraft.

I was vegetarian for many years and vegan for a year. During that year, I used Vegenaise, which has a very pure, clean taste. When I went back to eating Hellmann's, it seemed to me that Hellmann's had a pronounced eggy taste - plain Hellmann's mayonnaise almost tasted like egg salad!

The other day I was at the 99¢ Only Store and they had a big pallet of jars of Best Foods Balsamic Mayonnaise, (You're probably aware that Best Foods is what Hellmann's is called west of the Rockies.) The mayo had a slightly brownish hue. Yeah, not very appealing, which is probably why they were in a discount store for 99¢. Maybe it didn't taste half-bad, but I wasn't tempted, even at that price.

Jul 12, 2014
MysticYoYo in General Topics


Good luck, and don't forget to use clean your lemons with a fruit/vegetable wash.

A friend of mine made tangerinecello a few years ago and it was to.die.for.

Jul 12, 2014
MysticYoYo in Spirits

Most underused spices in home cooking?

Fennel seeds are used in Italian sausages. I love to crush/chop some to throw in the pot with some other spices when we're jazzing up a bottled pasta sauce.

I use paprika all the time in Mexican and Indian recipes.

Jul 12, 2014
MysticYoYo in Home Cooking

Stupid easy recipes you really love

I have and it is! :-)

Jun 15, 2014
MysticYoYo in Home Cooking

Stupid easy recipes you really love

Scrambled eggs cooked over low heat with little pieces of cream cheese dropped in, or better yet, cream cheese with chives. Delicious served on a slice of hot, buttered toast.

Jun 14, 2014
MysticYoYo in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

NAY - TJ's Curry Chicken Tenders. They're more turmeric flavored than curry and even a generous dose of barbecue sauce and a squirt of Sriracha couldn't save them.

NAY - Many Clove Garlic Cooking & Simmer Sauce. No one loves garlic more than I do, but I found this sauce a big disappointment. There was something weird about the flavor. Also, it's low fat and I think it needs the boost of flavor that only good butter or olive oil can provide.

Jun 05, 2014
MysticYoYo in Chains

Commonly mispronounced foods

I used to work with a woman who was born in Palestine and if my memory is right, she pronounced tahini as "CHEE-neh".

Jan 26, 2014
MysticYoYo in Food Media & News

Impact of plastic bag ban?

In San Luis Obispo County, CA there's a ban on plastic bags and stores charge 10 cents for paper bags. I live just over the border in Santa Barbara County where there is no ban, but it's just a matter of time so I'm hoarding plastic bags to use for the litter box. I have a few cloth bags that I try to remember to bring into stores but I read something in passing that bacteria, mold and yeast gets built up in reusable bags and they need to be washed or tossed out periodically. I tried machine washing a Trader Joe's bag and it fell apart.

Jan 26, 2014
MysticYoYo in Not About Food

What's for Dinner #270 - The Hunkering Down Edition [through January 27, 2014]

Sausage Lentil Soup

1 large carrot
2 stalks celery
1 large onion
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lb hot Italian sausage (or mild Italian sausage if you can't tolerate heat)
1 (12-16 oz) package smoked bacon
8 cups Trader Joe's chicken broth
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 cups dried lentils washed and rinsed
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (recommended if you go with mild Italian sausage)
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
1 bay leaf

Place package of bacon in the freezer for an hour so it will be easier to slice. Slice bacon into quarter-inch slices. Brown in pan on stove or line a baking pan with foil and bake the bacon for 20 minutes or until browned in a pre-heated 400 degree oven. Drain the bacon (and reserve bacon fat in small container in fridge for roasting Brussels sprouts-- you will thank me for this later!)

Dice carrot, celery and onion and saute in olive oil in a large pot until tender. Add diced garlic in the last minutes of saute so the garlic doesn't burn.

Remove sausage casing from sausage and add to a large heated skillet. Brown, breaking into small pieces, and drain off the fat.

Pour 8 cups of chicken broth into the large pot and add the lentils, the can of tomatoes, the drained sausage, drained bacon and the spices.

Simmer until the lentils are tender, 30-45 minutes.

Remove the bay leaf and puree about 1/3-1/2 of the soup with an immersion blender, or carefully puree in batches in a regular blender.

Taste the soup and adjust the seasonings to your preference and simmer another 10 minutes. Serve with hot crusty bread and butter.

Note: You might wish to keep extra chicken stock on hand as the refrigerated soup will absorb the broth, or you can add water to thin it out as you re-heat portions.

Why do bakeries that cater to white folks...

I really enjoy Milton's Seeds & Grains bread. Their website says that the bread has "a hint of honey" but I don't find it sweet. This from someone who dislikes sweet and savory
together (for instance, I love coconut and I love shrimp but coconut shrimp? BLEH!)


Dec 29, 2013
MysticYoYo in General Topics

'Staple' foods you just don't like

Common foods:
Ketchup (though I love barbecue sauce)
Miracle Whip (I love, love, LOVE mayo)
Canned vegetables, except for beets
Any of the Campbell's Cream of ____ soups
Peanut butter
Jellies and jams
Donuts (except for those chocolate covered yellow Entemann's donuts)
Red (tomato) pasta sauce

Dec 29, 2013
MysticYoYo in General Topics

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - November 2013 [Old]

Great price ($1.99) and a deep, golden color. It's my go-to broth when I can't make my own.

Nov 28, 2013
MysticYoYo in Chains

What is your absolute favorite dish from your cultural heritage?

I know it's horrible to admit in this, Oh! So horribly politically correct, self-conscious, healthy age, but DAMN, fried food ROCKS! And add an extra helping of butter. With some bacon bits, please!

Eggies? Useful? Reviews please.

I was at The Dollar Tree today (where everything sold is really a dollar!) and they had something called an "EZ Egg Cook" for a buck. It looked just like an Eggie, but it came with just one in a package. It looks like there are a couple of Dollar Tree stores in your area (if you're still in Woodbridge); maybe you can call them and see if they are carrying the Egg Cook?

Apr 12, 2013
MysticYoYo in Cookware

Eggies? Useful? Reviews please.

If your heart is set on trying out your idea (which does sound rather intriguing) I would definitely look for Eggies in one of those "As Seen on TV Stores" or even in Walgreens or CVS (most seem to have an ASoTV aisle) to avoid the S&H charge, and if you don't like it you can just return it and not have to deal with the nightmare that comes with dealing with a return with one of these companies.

Have fun with it and let us know how it turns out. Eggs are probably my favorite food so I'm curious and now a bit hungry, too.

Apr 11, 2013
MysticYoYo in Cookware

Eggies? Useful? Reviews please.

I'm always a bit amazed that people buy hard boiled eggs at the supermarket. How hard is it to boil eggs? The mark-up on a dozen boiled eggs is ridiculous. '

That said, go to Amazon.com and read the customer reviews. Out of 417 reviews, 312 rated Eggies 1-star. Cleaning the Eggies cups of egg residue seems to be a major complaint.

Apr 11, 2013
MysticYoYo in Cookware

favorite bottled salad dressings?!?

Before Makoto's dressing was available in supermarkets I used to drive down to their restaurant in Melbourne, FL and buy a case at a time of their ginger dressing. It's good stuff.

Mar 17, 2013
MysticYoYo in General Topics

I have never been to Chipotle!

I went yesterday for the first time. The place was crowded with college students and I was in sensory overload and didn't know what to order, so I went with my old standby - hard tacos. What can I say; I love them. I ordered two of the barbacoa tacos with lettuce, medium salsa, cheese and guac. I liked the taco shell; it was crunchy and light and tasted fresh and the barbacoa meat was flavorful and generous (and was identifiable as meat). The one taco pretty much filled me up but I have to say that the salsa was a watery, drippy mess and it was an effort not to get it on my clothes. I asked for some foil and a bag to take the other taco to go and by the time I got home it was mush, even though I had taken pains to pour as much liquid out of the thing before packing it up.

As far as fast-food Mexican it was okay, but memorable? Not really. I'd forgotten all about it until I read the title of this thread. I hadn't even thought about a "next time".

Mar 17, 2013
MysticYoYo in Chains

Scallions: my favorite "new" ingredient

Stick the little root ends into a flower pot and regrow them.

Mar 17, 2013
MysticYoYo in Home Cooking

If you have to choose one and ONLY ONE, which will you choose? BEEF or PORK?

Pork. It's so versatile! Bacon, sausage, spare ribs, bacon, ham, bacon, pork chops, did I say bacon? Bacon.

I am terrible at knowing/naming cuts of meat so I can't throw out the names of the cuts I'm referring to, but I hate that the fat has been bred out of a lot of pigs and pork has become "the other white meat".

Feb 18, 2013
MysticYoYo in General Topics

"Who-Knows-Why?" dislikes

I feel the same way about grape flavored anything. I hate grape jelly and anything "grape flavored" doesn't taste remotely like grapes.

I'll eat green or red grapes or drink wine but won't consume anything labeled "grape flavored". Yuck.

Feb 18, 2013
MysticYoYo in General Topics

What Would You Have Done?

OP, I've read most of your replies and short of taking the bags out of their hands, there was nothing you could do, They were self-entitled pigs. I've asked hostesses if I could take home a plate, but I've never packed up the remains of the buffet to take home!

If it makes you feel better, send them a bill!

Feb 16, 2013
MysticYoYo in Not About Food

Favorite food items at Costco? [moved from Austin board]

I've heard folks talk about their rotisserie chickens and even heard someone joke about it on TV once time, "You're going to Costco? Don't forget a rotisserie chicken!"

What's the big deal? Are they *that* good?

Feb 03, 2013
MysticYoYo in Chains

omelette vs scrambled eggs

I adore eggs cooked just about any way. I can make an omelette but usually overcook them just a bit, which is okay with me because, for me, overcooking is better than undercooking. I will make an omelette v. scrambled egg if I want to add ingredients like mushrooms, ham, cheese, etc. The only thing I usually add to scrambled egg is bits of cream cheese.

One thing I haven't mastered is a poached egg. I saw a photo of a poached egg floating in a bowl of soup earlier this evening on Chow and it was so perfect it made my mouth water. Want!!

Feb 03, 2013
MysticYoYo in General Topics