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Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

The worst part was her chastising him that he should have reduced it down to "fried chicken sandwich".

Making dates taste better

Quicker and easier to just have sex. It has a longer proven track record too. Although at 38 weeks you have plenty of time for the baby to come when it's ready to.

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

I sat there thinking they should just send all three in the bottom home and get it over with sooner.

Canning up to 30 quarts of tomatoes - rec's on canners?

Do you want a pressure canner? I love mine but if all you want to do is high acid foods then it's cheaper to just buy a 20 qt stockpot.

As far as pressure canners go, if you want to double stack quarts and be able to do 14 quart jars at once, then you need the All American 30 qt or 41 qt pressure canners. They retail for 300-400 dollars. You might get lucky and find one on craiglist, but it could take awhile. You could buy two 20 qt stockpots for a 100 bucks. Costco has tri ply disk bottom 24 qt stock pots for 50 dollars right now.

I still use my 20 qt stockpot for high acid foods but I use my Presto canner for low acid. It's 23 qt but only does 7 quart jars.

2 days ago
rasputina in Cookware

Cast iron for sweet baking?

So what's your explanation for the fact that those of us washing with detergent don't have residual flavor issues. And let me tell me, I'm really sensitive to off flavors so I would notice. I don't believe that polymerized oils retain flavor. By the way, the oil doesn't sink below the surface of the pan, it polymerizes on top of the existing seasoning.

2 days ago
rasputina in Cookware

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition!

I used my ipad for a long time, I've had the first gen one since they came out. I use both the kindle app and ibooks. My main complaint with ibooks is just like itunes it's a nightmare to browse the store. If you know what you want, great but otherwise forget it. The genre sections are too broad. itunes search engine sucks. And I'm all Apple, I have an iphone, ipad and an imac. I don't do windows or android at all.

Formatting has nothing to do with the platform it's on and everything to do with how well a job the publisher designed the ebook navigation. Personally I quit buying ibooks because I don't want to try and remember which book I have on kindle and which I have in ibooks. Amazon implemented a desktop app much much earlier than Apple did. it's easier to find what I want, there are more sale books that are easier to find on kindle and I can read kindle books in more ways and on more devices than ibooks ( Fire tablet, ipad, iphone, desktop, browser, android). Kindle also has had folders for managing your ebooks for a long time now. Apple was late to the party on that one. I do like ibooks for reading pdf's on my ipad or phone though.

Jun 27, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

I have a bread recipe which requires ' spelt flour ' which we do not get in our country . What can be substituted for this ?

Spelt is a type of wheat, you can substitute another wheat flour but if it's primarily a spelt bread you might as well just make different wheat bread instead. I have milled spelt berries and made dinkle ( spelt) bread.

Jun 27, 2015
rasputina in General Topics

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

I don't play that game. I like to be respectful, but that crosses the line. I also think that teaching kids by example how to to stand up for themselves is a good thing. I'd go and then do what I want in this instance.

Jun 26, 2015
rasputina in Not About Food

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

what made her think that her rule applied to someone elses kids and guests?

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

If you don't buy the highly processed foods in the first place, you don't have that battle. It's not in the house. While I did make my kids separate dishes, people commented often as they were growing up how well behaved they were. I attribute it partly to their own natural personality and also to the fact that they learned to respect others, because they were respected and their opinions were considered. They didn't always get what they wanted, but the were heard and told why isn't wasn't possible.

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

Boy is that the truth about the issues that result from these crazy rules.

Jun 25, 2015
rasputina in Not About Food

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

I was a kid and never heard an explanation. I have no idea. I think it might have been the whole "filling up" thing. When we visited the grandparents I don't remember it being enforced on us kids but they live on the other coast so that was one visit.

Jun 25, 2015
rasputina in Not About Food

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (July 2015) Nominations!

I do it all the time for corn salad, just a knife, it takes seconds.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition!

Yes.

Jun 24, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition!

ebooks have around for a long time, there are different file types just like there are different digital file types for music. I have no idea what you mean by 3rd/4th storage architecture. Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Apple seem to be the biggest three sellers of ebooks now days. Each seller has their own options for how to read them, be it an ereader device, apps for tablets and phones, apps for computers and some offer web browers reading capability.

Jun 24, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

Vegetable gardens 2015

They tasted great. I picked some more romas today and some yellow pear cherry tomatoes.

I hear you on the morning glories those can be insidious. I've grown them before.

Jun 24, 2015
rasputina in Gardening

Vegetable gardens 2015

I'm eating our first summer tomato from the garden today on an avocado, lettuce and tomato sandwich for dinner.

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

At my house, everyone has their own certain dishes that aren't liked by everyone. My husband and daughter love rabbit, but the smell of it completely disgusts me for some reason. They still make it, I try not to be home when they do lol.

I'd rather have all of us have our special foods than have to give them up because others don't like them. But we all cook. We mostly share meals but we also have nights where one or all make their own thing.

Jun 23, 2015
rasputina in Not About Food

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

Yes, apparently it's character building for children to be forced to try the spinach but they aren't worthy of the steak. Well to some people.

Jun 23, 2015
rasputina in Not About Food
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Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

At 2 years old my daughter absolutely loved lobster lol.

Jun 23, 2015
rasputina in Not About Food

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

My food preferences are nothing like my parents, except that my mom and I both love baking. But regular food, nope. The only dinner foods that my mom made growing up that I liked was her fried chicken.

Jun 23, 2015
rasputina in Not About Food

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

My step dad grew up not even being able to drink a beverage until after he ate and he still lived that way as an adult. He tried that on us kids but my mom didn't let him continue that one at least. She let him maintain the power of food though.

Jun 23, 2015
rasputina in Not About Food

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

I lived that and it is sad and I'm so glad I didn't do it to my kids.

Jun 23, 2015
rasputina in Not About Food

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

My daughter went through a period of eating the same things around the same age. But as she got older she really branched out. As an adult she still goes in cycles but it's homemade Japanese dishes for a few weeks, then Indian curry for a few weeks alternating with homemade breakfast burritos and mole lol.

Jun 23, 2015
rasputina in Not About Food

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

Yes, I made separate main course dishes for my kids on certain nights when I knew what I was making wasn't something they would eat. Of course they always were offered the option of eating both. No I didn't just offer junk food though.

My reasoning was two fold, I'd be subjected to food that I found completely intolerable and forced to eat it as a kid or sit at the table until I did. On occasion that was until bed time. I knew I would never do that my own children. The other reason was purely selfish. I didn't want to give up my favorite dishes until my kids were old enough to appreciate them and to me making an extra main course item was a fair compromise. I think kids deserve food that is healthy and palatable to them. I'm not interested in food wars.

By the way my kids have grown up to be adventurous eaters so I don't buy into the idea that you have to train kids to do that. They will do it in their own time and within their own limitations and that's fine with me.

What are you baking these days? Sumer is icumen in, June 2015 edition!

Oh that looks yummy.

Jun 23, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition!

I just cook directly from my device. I used to cook all the time from my ipad but since I got the iphone 6+ it's been retired basically.

Jun 23, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking
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big big, fat, over-stuffed fridge/freezer!?!

Well your home fridge freezer is more than likely frost free unless it's really really old.

Jun 23, 2015
rasputina in General Topics

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2015

I haven't seen it here. I did find a post on Addicted to Costco blog

http://addictedtocostco.com/2015/05/2...

I'm in Texas and as much as I personally like chili with beans I'm in the minority. I can imagine that the brisket sandwich is more popular here and I do see people eating it in the food court. I like it myself. I won't try the chili. I just don't order chili out. If they get rid of the brisket sandwich I won't have a reason to eat the food court anymore. I hadn't eaten in it in years until it showed up. The polish dog is good but not something I want all the time.

Jun 23, 2015
rasputina in Chains

big big, fat, over-stuffed fridge/freezer!?!

The way I understand it, auto defrost turns off the cooling function and heats the coils so as to keep ice from building up. They do this about 4x a day. This allows the interior temp to raise a small amount which increases ice crystal formation. Basically the frost free freezers go through multiple cycles of heating and cooling per day to keep the coils ice free. My chest freezer with manual defrost is set at 0 degrees F. Auto defrost would cycle it up to 32 degrees F max before shutting off the defrost function.

Jun 23, 2015
rasputina in General Topics