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Discussions about taking food home during Thanksgiving dinner

Our immediate family (siblings, spouses, children, plus my parents) is 20+. When we celebrate together, everyone contributes a dish to the meal. Most of the dishes are enough for 15-20 servings. Not everyone will have capacity, or interest, to eat everything at meal time. But we do all like each others' cooking. So, it's pretty typical for someone at our table to mention they are taking their portion home for later. This dinner-table conversation informs the actions of my youngest brother (now 45), whose task it is to make up care packages for anyone who wants one. After dinner, the leftovers are thoughtfully divided, and refrigerated until it's time to go home. For us, talking about what happens to excess food is SOP.

about 11 hours ago
KarenDW in Not About Food

Mom isn't eating well any suggestions?

Not surprising that she doesn't want to eat, given the physical situation. Also, an accident of any magnitude may have been a trigger for other worries, which could affect appetite. When you are eating together, maybe you could make special effort to provide as peaceful and beautiful atmosphere as possible/practical.

Sometimes my mother will be enticed to eat when we are sharing. i.e., pour two cups of tea, make/fake two small plates of something.

about 12 hours ago
KarenDW in General Topics

Etiquette on anniversary dinner

The way in which my siblings and I settle a split bill is hardly an item on which I expect my husband comment, much less have input.
The situation described in the OP seems unusual, to me.
Our family have been splitting bills in various ways, for years. Most of the time, one person pays, and then sends an (group) email to everyone else, indicating each household's share. Then we either email/e-transfer the funds, or mail a cheque. It's not that complicated, really. And anyone having cocktails/wine, usually pays his/her bar tab separately.

Nov 24, 2014
KarenDW in Not About Food

What do you do with leftover seafood ?

freeze on a tray, then pack into bag/container to use in chowder "later".
salad/risotto/pasta/chowder the next day

Nov 23, 2014
KarenDW in Home Cooking

What time does your family eat Thanksgiving Dinner?

Prior to the arrival of the most recent batch of grandchildren, our family celebrated holiday dinners by gathering for nibbles starting at 4 or 5 pm, and then dinner at 6:30. Dessert at around 8:30 or 9. But with 3yr- and 6yr-old grandpups, we are trying to settle on 5pm dinner. We are never "on time".

Nov 21, 2014
KarenDW in General Topics

Quick and festive BD cake to travel for nonagenarian

Is it possible to order a cake from the bakery, in the town where you are meeting for dinner? Perhaps the bakery could deliver to the restaurant.
That is, of course, if the restaurant will even permit an outside cake to be served. The one I worked in would allow outside cakes, but charged a per-person fee (plating charge) even if guests were cutting the cake themselves.

Nov 21, 2014
KarenDW in Home Cooking

Christmas blessing

Whatever main dish you decide upon, please do consider adding a fresh orange or apple, or small fruit cup and spoon.

Nov 18, 2014
KarenDW in Home Cooking
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How to freeze food using glass jars.

I frequently freeze food in mason jars, and have not lost any due to cracking, while in the freezer.
Tips: Leave at least 1/2" to 3/4" space at the top of the jar;
Choose straight sided jars, rather than the type with curved "shoulders";
Make sure that the food is COLD before filling the jar, and putting into the freezer;
Place the jars in baskets/boxes in the freezer, to prevent unnecessary moving/jostling.
Defrost in the fridge.

Nov 18, 2014
KarenDW in Home Cooking

Frosting without Butter?

My daughter worked in a (South) Korean English school last year. She also bemoaned the lack of baking supplies, in addition to the lack of fresh vegetables, in her town. She was in Goeje.

Nov 18, 2014
KarenDW in Home Cooking

What to do with lemons? Zested over 20 of them

I just freeze the lemons whole. When I want a cocktail, remove lemon from freezer, defrost in microwave, and squeeze. The defrosted lemon sometimes yields a little more juice than a fresh lemon, due to breakdown of cell walls.

Nov 18, 2014
KarenDW in Home Cooking

Cheap/Bent Restaurant Flatware

I'd be wondering why they thought all that was necessary. But then, I'm completely parnoid.
otoh, my dad would just say Thank You, and think these were cool souvenirs.

Nov 18, 2014
KarenDW in Not About Food

Water conscious methods for hand washing dishes

Having worked in camp kitchens and temporary kitchens: Scrape any food residue from dishes, before heading to the sink. Use a bowl or basin, and really hot water (whether saved from pasta cooking, or melted ice from cocktails...) Wash the glassware first, then proceed to cutlery, plates, and lastly, pots (unless you have washed the largest pot first, to contain water for washing the remaining dishes.) Rinse several items at one time, also using the hottest water practical. Or, don't rinse at all, but dry the dishes right away to avoid spots.

Nov 18, 2014
KarenDW in Not About Food

What turns you off about restaurant restrooms?

I'm not understanding why a refillable bottle of soap on the sink is a bad thing.

Nov 13, 2014
KarenDW in Not About Food

Where to buy food-safe clay for e.g. sealing crockpots?

Are you able to post the recipe, or a link thereto?
I'm having a hard time imagining why an airtight environment is necessary.

Nov 13, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Christmas Dinner: Adults-Individual Beef Wellingtons; Kids-???

Before making suggestions for alternative kiddy main course, I wonder why you feel this is necessary.
If for reasons of cost, consider that a child portion would be much smaller than an adult portion.
If for reasons of children's capacity to cut the food, then one could use diced meat for the children's portions.

Nov 13, 2014
KarenDW in Home Cooking

housewarming gift?rude

When I was moving, if someone had brought me bagged salad, a dozen eggs, olive oil and balsamic... I'd have been so happy! Even moreso if they had brought salt, pepper, paper towels, disposable plates/cutlery and soap. Moving is stressful and tiring, even when we're totally organized!
Years ago, one of our friends thought to bring disposable plates, napkins, cutlery and drinks, along with the take-out lunch, on moving day. Such a wonderful gift!

Nov 11, 2014
KarenDW in Not About Food

It's 11:00 pm, and a craving attacks...Do you fight it or...

I have been known to cook an entire meal at 1am, or make embellished instant ramen, in the middle of the night. I draw the line at getting dressed to leave the house.

Nov 11, 2014
KarenDW in General Topics

Freezing portions of a gigantic costco chicken pot pie

If you chill the pie before cutting, doesn't the interior coagulate enough to cut and package? Back in the day, there were storage containers the shape of a wedge of pie... Maybe you could find these again at a thrift store/tag shop :)

Or, convert the pie to "pot pie" style for freezing. Remove the top. Divide the filling into single-portion containers. Cut the top into appropriate sizes/shapes, and place over filling. Close the container. Freeze. (this said, having not ever laid eyes upon a Costco chicken pie)

Nov 11, 2014
KarenDW in General Topics

what to do with russet potatoes

russets are my favorite for baked potatoes :) Top with chili and cheese!

Nov 09, 2014
KarenDW in Home Cooking

how to store stake after packaging is opened

Hi Kevin. Welcome to the forum.
Not everyone has a vacuum sealer at home. So, my technique for freezing steaks is like this:
Cut meat into individual portions.
Wrap each portion in clingfilm/plastic wrap.
Then put all the portions into a heavy, resealable plastic bag (Zip and Glad are common brands), in a single layer.
When I want to use a steak, I defrost, UNwrapped, on a rack in the fridge; several hours or overnight. This provides for the steak to defrost without sitting in accumulated juices.
In a standard home fridge/freezer,at -15ÂșC, your steaks should be ok for 1-2 months.

Nov 07, 2014
KarenDW in General Topics

Let's talk turkey

sometimes we need to let our family do things in their own way... and then take a bite of the dish, and not spit it out :) because we love them.

Rankings of in-store roast chickens ?

ooh! Good to know about Market Meats next-day chicken. I often use Choices Market rotisserie chicken for sandwich fillings.

Oct 14, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best restaurant on this list? Need your vote!

La Pentola can get noisy; concrete block walls, lots of hard surfaces, including the chairs. The food is very good; service when we last lunched there (Fall 2013) was a little inept. The same people own Cinara, where the food is very good, the room is smaller, more intimate and possibly more quiet. Decor at Cinara is vintage-y; tableware an eclectic collection of old English bone china and glass. I thought it was charming. The cocktails are very good. We were a group of 10, aged 35-60+; everyone enjoyed.
Bao Bei has great food. I was last there with a group of Italian university students, who loved the atmosphere. Inventive cocktail list, pairs really well with the food. Conveniently located within walking distance of places to continue with more cocktails :)
For best conversation possibilities, I like Yew. Decor is warm, lots of wood and sound-absorbing cloth. Food doesn't disappoint. It's my first choice for brunch with out of town guests. (especially on Sundays, when bottled wine is 1/2 price)

Oct 04, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Maybe a nit picky point about couscous.

I would just be happy if the flight attendants would stop referring to couscous as "rice". (and pretty sure my fellow passengers would be happier if I could make an informed choice, too)

Oct 04, 2014
KarenDW in General Topics

New Produce Place @ GIM

grapes from downtown?? cool!
winter grapes from chile are in the $6-$7/lb range, and no one really bats an eye about that... carbon footprint anyone?

Oct 01, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Any Peeler Experts?

I like the Y-shape (Tab style?) peeler, because it works well in either hand, and is easy to maneuver with my non-dominant hand :)

Sep 30, 2014
KarenDW in Cookware

lunch West End or downtown today?

this is good to hear! I enjoyed Cinara, when we were supping with a group, last month. The vintage china is very sweet. Now I know where to send mine.

Sep 27, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Garlic clove substituting

I've used the chopped garlic in a jar, when fresh is not an option. 1 medium clove of garlic = approx. 1 tsp chopped, and I prefer the taste of jarred over granulated or powdered.
I find that rinsing the jarred garlic w/ cold water helps to remove the briny taste. Dry carefully on a paper towel, before adding to a pan of hot oil :)

Sep 26, 2014
KarenDW in Home Cooking

Why gluten free?

Purchasing GF foods is one way for a person with a wheat allergy to know that there is no wheat in the product.

Sep 26, 2014
KarenDW in General Topics

Does every meal out have to be so Chowish or not?

Doesn't have to be Chowish. Just needs to be what I want at the time :)