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Who owns the leftovers?

That's how I handle those types of situations.

about 8 hours ago
rasputina in Not About Food

Who owns the leftovers?

Depends. If we ordered individual entrees, then it's the person that ordered it's leftovers. They can choose to offer them to another family member but otherwise it's off limits. If it's the steamed rice from the Chinese place then it's first come first served.

about 8 hours ago
rasputina in Not About Food

Can we talk about kitchen lighting?

I replaced my soft white CFLs with 5k kelvin daylight bulbs in the kitchen, living room, family room and master bathroom. I absolutely love them. I only bought enough bulbs for those fixtures to test them out and see if I wanted to replace the rest of the house. I have one low watt bulb I didn't notice in the bathroom that still has a soft white and I don't like the mix of colors there. But I have cool toned skin and having that little yellow throws off my makeup.

It did take some getting used to at night in the living areas but I have other light fixtures in the living and family rooms that still have soft white so I can choose to switch to those at night if I want to. We did that the first couple days as the daylight is very bright but now I'm used to it and am back to not switching.

My photos look so much better now too.

about 10 hours ago
rasputina in Cookware

Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here.

I saw it but passed because I'd rather spend the extra money for the 7 in 1 model.

about 10 hours ago
rasputina in Cookware

McDonald's back to deep frying their Apple pies!

Did you shred your mouth like in the old days? They were good.

Apr 23, 2015
rasputina in Chains

Tips and tricks for new basement freezer!

I haven't had an upright freezer in years but it's very easy to find things in our chest freezer. It has dividers and I keep the food separated by type. I have one section just for the little things like lemon rinds and homemade bread crumbs and then other sections for chicken, other meats, produce and convenience foods. Most of our food is vacuum sealed and dated. I purposely keep certain foods like bread in the chest freezer so it is less likely to get freezer burn since it doesn't have auto defrost.

Apr 22, 2015
rasputina in General Topics

Uses for dry mashed potatoes

Parker house rolls, the King Arthur Flour recipe is great.

Apr 21, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

Now I'm Cooking with Gas--and I need a flame tamer

I love my Bella Copper ones, I can actually keep just below a simmer or right at a low simmer with them. I was never able to do that with the steel and cast iron flame tamers I had before.

Apr 21, 2015
rasputina in Cookware

Shallow Dutch Ovens

Well I've fried both chicken and fish in my wide oval 3.5 and that's something I wouldn't do in the shallow brasier pan. I use my 3.5 wide oven much more often than either one of my brasiers.

Apr 21, 2015
rasputina in Cookware

Do you love the concept of organic peanut butter but just hate the mess?

I like thin peanut butter so I prefer it in the summer when it's thinner. 99% of the time if I'm eating peanut butter it's on toast anyway. Unless I'm baking or cooking with it

Apr 19, 2015
rasputina in General Topics

What is considered unsweetened peanut butter.

If the only thing on the label is peanuts, it's unsweetened. I only buy natural peanut butter where the only ingredient is Valencia peanuts and salt.

Apr 19, 2015
rasputina in General Topics

Do you love the concept of organic peanut butter but just hate the mess?

Now that would actually taste good. I might have to try it with maple syrup in a small container.

Apr 19, 2015
rasputina in General Topics

Do you love the concept of organic peanut butter but just hate the mess?

I don't refrigerate even in summer.

Apr 19, 2015
rasputina in General Topics
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As a foodie, what do you do for lunch during the week?

My husband takes leftovers to work. And yes, he is always asked what he brought today and gets comments about the fact that he doesn't just bring a sandwich like everyone else.

Apr 19, 2015
rasputina in General Topics

Tiny Cast Iron Skillets

Oh I like your idea of scramble for a breakfast sandwich. Nice alternative to my usual fried egg.

Apr 19, 2015
rasputina in Cookware

Jamming, Canning and Preserving 2015

Oh that's a great idea! Thanks for posting.

Apr 19, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

Do you love the concept of organic peanut butter but just hate the mess?

I eat it often enough that separation isn't an issue. I don't want molasses in my peanut butter either.

Apr 18, 2015
rasputina in General Topics

Help! I need to Convert 10 inch cake to sheet pan

Apr 17, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

Pizza dough: double the recipe, double the knead time?

no you don't need to double the kneading time.

Apr 16, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

Shrimp w/ shell-on recipes

Because butter tastes better with shrimp than olive oil and butter is what's used in Cajun BBQ shrimp.

Apr 15, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

Shrimp w/ shell-on recipes

Cajun BBQ shrimp. It's not actually grilled, but cooked in the oven.

Apr 15, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

Vegetable gardens 2015

I hope you're healed up soon.

Apr 15, 2015
rasputina in Gardening
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Pressure cooker and mixing bowls

I'd buy the 8 qt ( I have a stainless steel 8 qt myself). You can just do the bowl thing for smaller amounts.

Apr 15, 2015
rasputina in Cookware

What are you baking these days? April showers...2nd part, April 2015 edition!

Yes, they are Lodge ones. Not sure if they are the same size as the current ones as I bought them in the 90's before the preseasoned ones came out.

Apr 15, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

Cookware you're obsessed with...

My crappy Mario Batali plastic spatula that I bought on a whim at Whole Foods years ago makes a great ice scraper and lives in my car in winter.

Apr 15, 2015
rasputina in Cookware

Cookware you're obsessed with...

lol

Apr 15, 2015
rasputina in Cookware

Cookware you're obsessed with...

lol well I read him the posts here and he thought your point was well made and reminded me his year end bonus is coming up. I'm not sure I really want to fork over that much cash for one pot even though I have a mixer I spent even more on that I am completely in love with.

Apr 15, 2015
rasputina in Cookware

What are you baking these days? April showers...2nd part, April 2015 edition!

Oh I'm copying this recipe down, those sound wonderful!

Apr 15, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? April showers...2nd part, April 2015 edition!

I made Ina Garten's lemon loaf cakes ( the recipe with the butter) from her Barefoot Contessa Parties cookbook. They came out great, I haven't made this is a few years as we got a little sick of it I made it so often lol.

I did realize I should have poked holes in it before putting the syrup on because it didn't penetrate as far as it could have.

Cookware you're obsessed with...

Excellent point, I'll try that on my husband when he gets home lol.