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Sending a healthy (ish) gift basket or snacks to hospital staff?

Agreed, much like florists. One look around the office at valentines days shows you the wide spread quality or lack thereof with the big flower chains.

We received an EA last summer and it was very good. It was mostly strawberries, melon and pineapple and all was very fresh and perfectly ripe. It fit in my fridge but honestly it was gone so quickly I would have bothered to take it part. My son and his friends made short work of it.

about 14 hours ago
foodieX2 in Greater Boston Area

Your new comfort food

Im so sorry for your loss. <hug>

about 15 hours ago
foodieX2 in Special Diets

What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition!

Dinner was a mixed bag tonight. The men had make your own burritos w/ ground beef and all the usual add ons-cheese, guac, sour cream, salsa, hot peppers etc.

I did a "use up the leftovers and farm share before they go bad" dinner of a couple slices of rosemary chicken, a small ear corn, delicata squash and broccoli.

I really could use some hair of the dog after last night but am trying to abstain!

about 15 hours ago
foodieX2 in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition!

I'm so sorry about your dad. Treasure this time together.

about 16 hours ago
foodieX2 in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition!

Oh my head this morning! The daiquiris and then 2 bottles of wine with dinner was not a great idea! Dip and dinner were great!

about 19 hours ago
foodieX2 in Home Cooking
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What's your favourite or most useful, kitchen item?

It really depends on the season but if we are taking most used it's my good knives and cutting boards.

1 day ago
foodieX2 in Cookware

What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition!

Busy week followed by a busy weekend! We are heading to my brothers tonight for a celebration. It's the SIL b-day and she got a new job. My BFF will be there to and we are celebrating her grant getting approved. No Idea whats on the menu….

I am in charge of cocktails and an additional app. We were at a potluck last night and a friend brought an amazing lemony whipped feta dip so I am ripping that off. Very simple-its just good feta, some fruity greek olive oil, greek yogurt and lemon juice. Whip it all together and then refrigerate for about an hour. Ill serve it with toasted pitas and assorted olives.

The cocktails are fitting of this 80+ degree, daiquiris! It's a labor of love to squeeze all those limes but worth it. They are my BFFs favorite.

I am also bringing some 2008 Alpha Omega chardonnay in case someone opts out of the drinks.

Too bad its school night….

Leftover Pumpkin Purée

Make pumpkin pancakes. They would be great w/o seasoning but cloves and cinnamon would be a lovely addition, vanilla too if you have it. Pancakes freeze beautifully and make an easy grab and go breakfast.

2 days ago
foodieX2 in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

At least around here Home Depot and Lowes have been the home to all things Fall and Halloween. They always have huge displays of pumpkins and gourds, hay bales and corn stalks, mums, etc. However they rarely have sugar pumpkins which I prefer for eating. I find your basic jack-o-lantern type pumpkins to be watery and fibrous.

2 days ago
foodieX2 in Chains
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what do you cook your pancakes on?

For just the three of us I use my smallish cast iron grill pan. For a crowd I have a large griddle pan that fits across two burners.

2 days ago
foodieX2 in Cookware

Draining pasta?

I only use the tong method for long pastas that I finish in the sauce and even so if its for a crowd I will use a colander.

For raviolis and the like I use a chinese strainer as others have mentioned.

2 days ago
foodieX2 in Home Cooking

Hamburger and mashed potatoes?

So you think the mouth feel of mashed potatoes is the same as a french fire? Interesting.

Sep 28, 2014
foodieX2 in General Topics

Sweet Jesus: Whole Foods No Longer Getting Brillat-Savarin Due to FDA?!

It was not because killing them is cruel it because the tanks that they live in could not be created in a way that made housing them "humane".

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/...

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/10/us/...

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/missi...

Sep 27, 2014
foodieX2 in Cheese

Hamburger and mashed potatoes?

From my mouth feel perspective, yes.

Sep 27, 2014
foodieX2 in General Topics

Is it too soon to talk about Thanksgiving?

I occasionally bake stuffing in mini sugar pumpkins. The kids really like them and love to scrape up bites of pumpkin with bits of stuffing.

My family loves pumpkin cheesecake but its has to be real pumpkin and not bee too "pumpkin spice-y"

I second the suggestion os pumpkin soup. The key is roast the pumpkins so they start to caramelize, it adds such a depth of flavor.

Sep 27, 2014
foodieX2 in Home Cooking
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Hamburger and mashed potatoes?

If I am having a traditional burger on a bun then it would be too much starch for me. Plus I like the routine of dipping both my burger and my fries in some spicy catsup.

In the winter I do love mashed taters with meatloaf which is essentially a burger w/o the bun.

Sep 27, 2014
foodieX2 in General Topics

guests not offering to do dishes, is it rude?

You know that old saying "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me"?

You show people how to treat you. I get keeping your mouth shut for a meal or two but 10+day visits, repeated over time? Thats on you and for that matter your husband too.

Sep 27, 2014
foodieX2 in Not About Food
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I think I saw a mouse in frying pan....throw out or clean it?

Not sure if you meant this to be directed to me?

Sep 23, 2014
foodieX2 in Not About Food

Has Home Cooking Slowed Down?

No they don't but if the forums take off I think it could be an easy add.

Sep 23, 2014
foodieX2 in Site Talk

What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition! [through September 25, 2014]

Trying to decide whether to stay in or go out tonight. There is a secondary school fair and I really want to bring my son to check out future schools. But of course it's flat in the middle of dinner and homework time.

So dinner will either be leftover beef brisket sandwiches or sushi and/or Szechuan which is on the way.

Well see which way the vote swings...

Has Home Cooking Slowed Down?

This would be my reason. I finally downloaded a free adblocker for my iPhone but found that too clunky to use so now I rarely post during the week unless I am at home.

Let's see if this actually posts w/o crashing. I tried to post a review and the site kept crashing.

That said I am liking the new eater forums so far....

Sep 23, 2014
foodieX2 in Site Talk
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I think I saw a mouse in frying pan....throw out or clean it?

I hate to tell you but if you have seen one mouse chances are there are dozens more. That pan is just beginning. Chances are they have walked over your dishes, counters and sink. They have probably gone over all things you store in cupboards or drawers. In addition they like closets and clothes drawers too so your shoes aren't safe either.

As others have noted you need to get rid of the existing mice and then block up all the entrances. The thing is if you are in an apt then you are pretty much SOL anyway unless the landlord is will to bring in exterminator AND have professional seal off the mouse entrances in the entire building. Getting rid of the mice coming into your apt is a short term solution. Unless building is taken care of they will keep coming back.

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Sep 22, 2014
foodieX2 in Site Talk

Toaster ovens

I was going to say the same. While I have yet to roast a whole chicken everything else browns wonderfully. I roasted squash, baked muffins, cooked pizzas etc and never had an issue.

Sep 22, 2014
foodieX2 in Cookware

Beer of the Month Clubs delivered to Massachusetts

As UF noted you currently can't ship alcohol into Massachusetts so you won't have much luck with beer-of-the-month clubs.

What I would recommend is to find a local liqueur store that specializes in craft beer or at least has someone knowledgable on staff. Places that routinely offer "beer tastings" in addition to wine ones are a good place start.

Once you find a place and/or person that you like let them know what you want to do and what your budget is for the month or the max you want to spend in total. You can then buy a gift card or arrange monthly charge process with the store and your husband can stop in at prearranged time to get his "beer of the month". Not only will he get great beer but he learn something along the way.

Sep 21, 2014
foodieX2 in Greater Boston Area

What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition! [through September 25, 2014]

So true. As they say in New England:

"Don't like the weather? Just wait a minute"

<grin>

What can I do with whole milk powder?

You can use the full fat kind in most recipes that call for low fat/ fat free powdered milk, the end result will just be richer/creamier in flavor.

Sep 21, 2014
foodieX2 in General Topics

What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition! [through September 25, 2014]

It maybe 8o degrees and humid today but here's whats for dinner:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9896...

The house smells amazing!

Sep 21, 2014
foodieX2 in Home Cooking

Beef Brisket ideas

So I have a combo version of Monovanos apple recipe below and this one cooking away.

http://www.kitchendaily.com/recipe/ba...

I browned the brisket in a some olive oil and set it aside.

Wiped down the pan and added about 6 slices of bacon that had been sliced in into one inch lengths and let that get really brown and crispy. Drained off the excess oil and added to the pan 2 med. onions/sliced, 3 cloves of garlic/minced, 3 stalks of celery/sliced and let them all cook down. Then I added a bunch of sliced baby bella mushrooms and cooked those until everything started to brown.

I added a cup of apple cider vinegar, a 1/2 cup of beef stock and 1/2 cup of apple cider (thats all I had left) to pan and let that cook until reduced and it started to thicken. Tasted and adjusted the seasoning- it needed more salt and pepper.

Put the brisket in the slow cooker, poured the veggie mixture over it and add about 6 sprigs of fresh time and a couple of bay leaves. Timer is set for 6 hours on low, but I plan to check it after around 4.

The plan is to remove the brisket, let cool slightly and then slice. The sauce will be strained and then defatted. Once that's done everything will go back into the slow cooker to slowly reheat.

The house smells good. Too bad its 80 degrees and humid!

Sep 21, 2014
foodieX2 in Home Cooking

Can you make this recipes ahead of time (in the morning to eat with dinner)?

Yes, the recipe clearly says it can be served at room temp. I would leave it on the counter until dinner, but I live in a magic house. If that makes you too nervous, stick it in the fridge and take it out about hour or so before dinner, making sure to gently toss before serving.

Sep 21, 2014
foodieX2 in Home Cooking