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What color chargers are most versatile?

For me, silver works best. It compliments my everyday and fine china. I also have some medium dark rattan (or something like it) ones that work great and wood work with many colors and themes. I love tablescapes.

Dec 02, 2011
MissusLisa in Cookware

Your plans for New Year's Eve?

The Hubs and I usually stay home and cook for the next day. New Year's Eve is alright, but New Year's Day is the big holiday for Japanese people. I am lucky enough to be Japanese by marriage, as my husband likes to say. On NYD we all get together and eat and visit all day into the evening.

Dec 01, 2011
MissusLisa in Not About Food

Thanksgiving 2011: What's on the menu?

I always host, I love to and the ladies in my family were happy to pass the torch.

Goat cheese roll, rolled in smoked paprika
Variety of water crackers
Grapes, apples and pears
Veggie tray
Homemade Ranch dressing for dipping
Artichoke and jalapeƱo dip

Roasted turkey
Sourdough stuffing
Cornbread dressing with apple sausage and pecans
Salad with cranberries, feta cheese and pecans
Steamed green beans
Mashed potatoes, trying Yukons instead of red this year
Turkey gravy

Pumpkin pie
Apple pie
Pumpkin cheesecake
Real whipped cream

Asstd. Merlots and Chardonnays
Sparkling cider
Asstd. Italian Sodas and waters

I think that is it, but I probably forgot something.

Nov 23, 2011
MissusLisa in Home Cooking

Dinner Party Etiquette: Bringing AND cooking your own food?

Exactly! Part of being a good guest, even if you are family, is don't burden your hostess. It won't kill them to eat your stuffing. If they insist, they can take over all of the cooking duties and give you a much needed break. I have dealt with this situation before, they need to support you!

Nov 21, 2011
MissusLisa in Not About Food

Left-handers - how do you handle your cutlery?

I always use a fork with my left hand, but will use a knife with either hand. I prefer spreading and carving meat with the knife in my left hand, but cutting steak I prefer to hold the knife in my right. In groups, I try to sit on the end or by my hubby who doesn't care if we bump elbows.

ETA I don't think I can spread butter or frosting with my right hand. Hmmm. Off to make a cake.

Oct 15, 2011
MissusLisa in Not About Food

How do you like your coffee?

Hot, sweet and creamy.

Aug 18, 2011
MissusLisa in General Topics

Salting water - A poll - why or why not?

I salt the water when I cook pasta, but not vegetables or rice. Sometimes, when I cook potatoes.

Aug 18, 2011
MissusLisa in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner? Part 101 [old]

My hubs came back from a week long fishing trip in Alaska yesterday. So we are having grilled salmon, sticky rice, steamed green beans and a big green salad. Simple and delicious!

Aug 13, 2011
MissusLisa in Home Cooking

In desparate search for the most MILD buffalo sauce available in a bottle!!!

Tabasco sauce and melted butter. You can add vinegar for zing. Play with the quantities to your taste specifications. Easy peasy, usually much better than a bottled sauce.

Aug 13, 2011
MissusLisa in General Topics

Potato Salad Tact

I think it is okay to discreetly "garnish" store-bought potato salad. Your friend may not even know what was in it to begin with, it isn't like doctoring someone's homemade dish. Discretion is the key, I think. Or serve lots of margaritas and no one will care what they are eating.

Aug 13, 2011
MissusLisa in Home Cooking

Do you remember what's in your freezer?

The dry erase board method works for me. Otherwise, out of sight, out of mind. It is easy to do and is right THERE.

Jul 28, 2011
MissusLisa in Not About Food

Grocery store shopping carts - shocking!

Happens to me all the time. I don't know why. Sometimes after I leave the store my car will then shock me getting in it.

Jul 26, 2011
MissusLisa in Not About Food

Just Answer The Question!!

Me too. Getting slapped, even on-line, is not fun.

Jul 21, 2011
MissusLisa in Site Talk

Carded in our Mid 50s!

My mother who is 63, was just carded Saturday when she purchased a bottle of wine. Even better, our cashier had to call a superior to ring her up because he was underage and can't sell alcohol. We just laughed with the store employees. I don't mind being carded it is certainly preferable to being called "Mamm."

Jul 20, 2011
MissusLisa in Not About Food

Cooking For Our Four Legged Friends...

Our fur baby Bailey has allergies so he receives high quality dry food. Wheat and corn free. Occasionally the vet calls for a bland diet so we cook poached organic chicken breasts, sticky rice, and oat meal. Natural peanut butter is a treat. I also make sweet potato chewies by basically dehydrating them in a very, very low oven for a few hours. Bailey also loves chopped baby carrots and apple, no seeds.

Jul 09, 2011
MissusLisa in Not About Food

What is the best sauce/condiment you've ever made?

The laugh I had when I read your first post helped my headache a little. It read like an awkward sexy foodie come on. Thanks.

Jun 17, 2011
MissusLisa in Home Cooking

"L'Oreal" grocery favorites?

Good cheese and quality meats. I don't wait for a sale or buy cheaper cuts.

Jun 11, 2011
MissusLisa in General Topics

How to eat sushi?

Fingers or chopsticks are fine. Also, it is okay to pop the whole thing into your mouth if it isn't too big.

Mar 20, 2011
MissusLisa in General Topics

How to eat sushi?

Don't dip your sushi rice side down into the soy sauce in front of the sushi chef. This is the same as salting your food without tasting it in front of the cook. The rice absorbs a lot of soy sauce and can mask the delicate flavors of the sushi, etc.

I meant to reply this to the OP.

Mar 20, 2011
MissusLisa in General Topics

Potluck themes

I recently hosted a potluck with a color theme. Everyone drew from 2 hats a color and then a course. For example, I drew white and main dish. It was a lot of fun and everyone was creative.

Feb 16, 2011
MissusLisa in General Topics

Baffling Food Trends

Haha! My thoughts exactly.

Jan 29, 2011
MissusLisa in General Topics

What do you do when the hostess holes up in the kitchen?


Dec 30, 2010
MissusLisa in Not About Food

What is one tip that you learned about cooking that was simple but made a huge difference? [old]

Interesting. I am going to try this soon. :-)

Dec 28, 2010
MissusLisa in Home Cooking