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In my stoner days I always tried to convince my buddies to get real food, that's kind of how I got into cooking actually. I couldn't eat just any munchies I had to make pancake breakfast or grilled cheese or a Caesar salad... Picky munchies

Apr 25, 2015
iheartcooking in Chains

McDonald's back to deep frying their Apple pies!

Yes, they've been testing those in my area as well as Danish pastries. Haven't tried the cakes but they had a guy handing out samples of the pastries at the drive thru and I thought they were pretty good. Raspberry cream cheese. Better than the overpriced stuff that they try to pass off as real pastries at Starbucks.

Apr 25, 2015
iheartcooking in Chains

Making hard candy with natural flavorings?

Held off to give a chance to people who actually had experience but no one has replied so I wanted to suggest gummies instead of hard candy? Don't know the condition of the recipient so I don't know if that's outside of what they can tolerate, but there are a lot of recipes using gelatin and natural juices. If you have candy molds you can make them with ginger juice, lemon and lime juices, etc. plus sugar of course. You basically make really concentrated jello. I would coat in cornstarch or arrowroot to keep from sticking.

Apr 25, 2015
iheartcooking in Home Cooking

Chiles Rellenos - Meh?

Glad to see this post because I just picked up a bag of about 6 Anaheim chiles with one random poblano and want to stuff them. I kind of want to do something besides the batter cause that's so difficult. Done it once but like the OP I didn't think it was delicious enough to warrant another try.
I was thinking of making them like enchiladas with no tortillas. Maybe roast/peel first then stuff and make a casserole....

Apr 25, 2015
iheartcooking in Home Cooking

browning meat with ground spices on it?

I agree on this. Something happens when the spices "fry" in the hot oil that seems to really awaken them. I actually think this is better than adding them after.

McDonald's back to deep frying their Apple pies!

Honestly these weren't greasy at all just crispy and bubbly on the outside making ne wonder if they were fried or just made to seem fried by some fast food magic...

Apr 23, 2015
iheartcooking in Chains

La Boulange at Starbucks

I work next to a Starbucks and once a delivery driver gave us a whole delivery tray of their baked goods (we didn't ask why, in retail we are not picky about free food) but they were all wrapped in cellophane baggies like Little Debbie cakes. Didnt even pretend to be fresh baked lol.
But I don't know why this surprises anyone. Starbucks is McDonald's pretending to be a fancy coffee shop. I'd rather go to McDonald's which knows what it is.

Apr 23, 2015
iheartcooking in Chains

McDonald's back to deep frying their Apple pies!

At least it seems like it....
My boss brought me two today as apology for being really late (weird but okay!) and they're all crispy on the outside like they were fried and they no longer say "baked apple pie" on the box!

They were good! Forgive me if this has been discussed already, I couldn't find it.
But I have seen posts that talked about how they wished the chain would go back to frying their pies.
I wonder if this is just a regional test or a permanent thing? I'm in Southern California.

Apr 23, 2015
iheartcooking in Chains
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What's your ??????????

Joann Fabric sends really good coupons... ULTA, Michaels, etc...

Apr 20, 2015
iheartcooking in Not About Food

Do pregnant Japanese women eat sushi?

Those are interesting aversions! I can no longer stand the smell or taste of pork!

Apr 17, 2015
iheartcooking in General Topics

Do pregnant Japanese women eat sushi?

After searching this boards it seems that even among Hounds, the taboo against eating sushi while pregnant is strongly held.

And please dont tell me to suck it up because it's only nine months. I'm not even particularly craving sushi, in fact all I want is spaghetti with store-bought jar sauce (the cheapest they've got) and green-can parmesan. I've already been told that by family and that's fine I get it. This is purely curiosity.

I just highly doubt that in Japan, women who become pregnant stop eating raw fish. Seems like that's excluding a highly nutritious part of the diet. Is it that American sushi is inferior and therefore unsafe? Or is it unfounded paranoia?

I know nobody can give me medical advice so be careful not to, lest we anger the mods.

{I could really go for some lox by the way. That's another one I'm supposed to stay away from}

Apr 16, 2015
iheartcooking in General Topics

Trader Joes... Please, just ring up my groceries.

Do any of the stores in your area have self-checkout? I think what you really need is to be rung up by a machine.

Maybe it's that I'm from a friendlier part of the country (I kind of doubt it) but the cashiers of the several grocery stores I frequent are all chatty and ask me what I'm making with the food I buy, and on the days I'm not in the mood for that, I hit the self-checkout and speed out of there.
But it's certainly not bothersome to have a friendly employee ring up... It seems odd to me that anyone would be bothered by that...

Apr 14, 2015
iheartcooking in Chains
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Lamb steaks

Thanks for the advice everyone.
I cooked it just past medium rare because I wasn't sure how long it would take but we were happy with how it turned out. Still quite juicy but just a bit of pink.
I marinated it all day in plain yogurt, garlic, and oregano, with some salt of course. Yogurt is my favorite marinade for chicken but it was first recommended to me for use with lamb. It carries the flavors of fresh herbs and garlic into the meat very well.

Apr 14, 2015
iheartcooking in Home Cooking

What's your ??????????

I encourage my employees to ask every customer for their email because corporate requires us to get 15% of customers' emails. I assure you most of us don't bully them but simply give positive reinforcement to those who get them.
No one gets fired for simple failure to capture emails.
The employees can defend themselves to a manager who coaches them. They can say nothing to a customer who treats them rudely simply for their own amusement. You have the option to decline to provide your information. If an employee says a word jn their own defense to a customer, the customer inevitably calls corporate and gets rewarded for their terrible behavior with gift cards or other forms of appeasement while the employees receive a reprimand.
Knowing this, customers with insecurities and personality defects are rude and sarcastic when given the opportunity. Why not? The little guy has to shut up and take it.

Lamb steaks

I could just, ya know, buy a cookbook or Google it but I vastly prefer asking my hounds.
I bought some "lamb steaks." I was looking for something tougher for stewing after I saw lamb shoulder mentioned on here. But somehow I let the guy talk me into these lamb steaks that have a little round bone in them.
I would like to marinate them in yogurt and herbs and grill them.
Can they handle being in a marinade all day until I get home from work? Or turn to mush?
How can I know how long to grill them? They're about an inch thick. I'm pretty good at steaks but this is an unfamiliar cut to me.

Really don't wanna mess up this expensive meat!

What's your ??????????

After seeing a lot of this kind on talk on chow bound I've concluded there's a lot of bullies on here who just get a kick out of picking on service professionals because they can't defend themselves. It's the equivalent of not picking on someone your own size. We can't talk back so go ahead and be as sarcastic and demeaning as you like :)

What's your ??????????

That's true but I'm not being sarcastic.
I personally find email to be an obsolete form of communication... Aside from a few business transactions I use it almost exclusively for coupons. I delete what I don't want. There's apps for coupons but I find email easier to use for a number of reasons.

Everyone I communicate with uses Facebook and texting so I have conformed to their preferences.

Bring on the digital junk mail, heh! Storage is cheap and unlike paper ads they're searchable!

Apr 12, 2015
iheartcooking in Not About Food

What's your ??????????

Michaels hooks it up with fantastic coupons so it's totally worth it.

What's your ??????????

I use this same way of asking for email "can I get your email?" And if they say no, I don't hassle them. We are supposed to ask "would you like to receive our blah blah blah promotions... Blah blah coupons...." But the customers just walk away. When I pared it down to "gimme your email" I got way more emails.
If I heard my employees saying they got fired for not getting them we would have a serious talk. (Can't really fire people at my company)
I used to hear one of my employees say "please take the survey so I can keep my job" and shake my head. So inappropriate.

Apr 11, 2015
iheartcooking in Not About Food

Meatloaf for the freezer

I've been making freezer meals with two purposes: to help me through the work week on days I'm too tired to cook and to test which ones turn out well so I can have a stock of good ones for when I have a newborn.

Most of them are for dumping in the crock pot or marinated meats for thawing followed by grilling.

Huge batches of meatballs are great to have on hand but I thought meatloaf would be good too.

Would it be better to freeze a raw meatloaf or to cook it first and then freeze. Maybe in slices?
I'm okay with experimenting but that's a lot of meat so I was hoping someone had experience with this. Cook first or freeze raw?

Want to add, as a note to someone reading this thread later, that it's better to add non-aromatic vegetables like peas or bell peppers near the end of the cooking time so I don't add them to the bag of meat and sauce. Otherwise they overcook. We just buy bagged frozen veggies that are like $1 each to add 20 minutes prior to serving.

Apr 11, 2015
iheartcooking in Home Cooking

How is gumbo supposed to taste/be prepared?

This makes sense to me and my husband is not the food expert in out house. He also used to tell me macaroni and cheese had no place among bbq/southern cooking because "it's Italian".
As I said I suspected this was the case but I just wanted to see. I can abide slightly overcooked shrimp but this was ridiculous.

Apr 11, 2015
iheartcooking in General Topics

How is gumbo supposed to taste/be prepared?

I already reviewed it and trusted my instinct. I was just asking you guys to see if I was right, because there's a remote possibility that I had it wrong. Like maybe authentic gumbo has cooked-to-death seafood.

Apr 11, 2015
iheartcooking in General Topics

Is "bone broth" the new marketing term for stock?

I think it's just a means of clarifying since most people who aren't particularly food-literate use the words stock and broth interchangeably. In fact I'm almost positive this is the reason. I didn't know the difference until I became interested in scratch cooking.

Apr 11, 2015
iheartcooking in General Topics

Sushi: Fingers or Chopsticks?

Depends on where I am, at a restaurant with others I use chopsticks, often because we are sharing. If it's my own private meal I eat with my fingers.

I miss sushi because I'm pregnant :( I wonder if California rolls would be ok...

Apr 11, 2015
iheartcooking in General Topics

How is gumbo supposed to taste/be prepared?

I had to review a few dishes for a restaurant-makeover show I'm going to be on next week. I like this restaurant a lot but it has a lot of flaws, basically the type of restaurant worthy of that kind of show because there's something there worth fixing, ya know?
Anyhow I was instructed to order the gumbo which I did. I've only had gumbo once before and it wasn't anything special but really I don't have a point of reference. But the stuff I had was overcooked to the point of being disgusting. The shrimp was mushy and fell apart. The sausages were boiled spongy flavorless discs. The crab was also way overcooked, stringy and gross.

My husband said gumbo is supposed to cook all day. He's no expert but I don't know, is it?

A lot of the other dishes there were quite tasty, even the flavor of the gumbo was pretty good, I ate the rice on the bottom.

But man that falling-apart shrimp will haunt my dreams. Is that normal?

Apr 11, 2015
iheartcooking in General Topics

How often do you use food blog for home cooking?

I read food blogs for entertainment but I typically don't trust the recipes to have been tested so I don't follow them in my own cooking. There are some exceptions but I usually use them for inspiration.
I have a food blog too although mostly it's my friends and family that read it and I doubt they are using my recipes either, although my posts are informative and instructive.
I think it might be frowned upon to promote your blog on this forum so be careful in case I'm correct.
In fact I would love to post a link to mine here but the mods are overly fond of moving or removing my posts so I won't.
Good luck with your blog. It can jump start other opportunities.

salmon croquettes ahead of time

Thanks to you both, I have just enough time to throw the ingredients together before work!

Apr 08, 2015
iheartcooking in Home Cooking

salmon croquettes ahead of time

I have to go in to work for a few hours and want dinner to be easy when I get home.

I was going to make salmon cakes with canned salmon (maybe gross but it's a "broke" week and I'm cleaning out the pantry) bread crumbs, egg, maybe celery, and fresh dill.

I was thinking I could make the mixture now and stick it in the fridge and then when I get home scoop the patties and put more crumbs on them and fry. But I don't want to ruin them and waste food so I wanted some input as to whether there's a reason I can't do this?

Apr 08, 2015
iheartcooking in Home Cooking

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

The multiple-cans-of-whatever thing drives me nuts because on the registers of everywhere I've worked (retail not grocery) there's a "quantity" button that allows you to put in the number and scan a single item. It also keeps the receipt from being super long.
Do grocery store registers just not have this feature or do the employees just not know how to use it I wonder?

Apr 04, 2015
iheartcooking in Not About Food

Can I get a job as a wait staff person? What do I need to know?

I can't wait to see the replies because I've been wondering this myself. I have to remember people's furniture pieces, what sizes and colors they want it in, what needs to be ordered and what they'll be taking today, answer thousands of questions, and be nice to people who are rude.
So I think I could be a waitress and possibly make more money than I am now.
Sorry to piggy-back off this post but I've been meaning to ask the same question :) can one just dive in and wait tables?

Apr 04, 2015
iheartcooking in Not About Food
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