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Need Breakfast Ideas...

When I want quick and easy I make a breakfast sandwich. Lately I've been using homemade dinner rolls that I keep in the freezer, they thaw in the micro in 30 seconds and then I toast them while I fry an egg. I fry bulk sausage in patties and then keep some in the fridge and the rest in the freezer. Another item that reheats in 30 seconds in the micro. Assemble and eat.

I also really like hummus with assorted raw veg and feta for breakfast.

about 11 hours ago
rasputina in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

Pierogi Love: New Takes on an Old-World Comfort Food by Casey Barber

I haven't really looked in it very far yet but I couldn't pass it up.

about 11 hours ago
rasputina in Home Cooking

Eating Right for Cancer Survival DVD

Maybe therapy will help deal with the anxiety, because the fact remains that as much as we like to think we control what happens in our bodies, most of the time we don't. Especially in regards to cancer.

Pressure canning- Ball or Weck?

You can use tattler lids with mason jars, they have a reusable gasket with separate lid.

about 14 hours ago
rasputina in Cookware
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Pressure canning- Ball or Weck?

You can use tattler lids with mason jars, they have a reusable gasket with separate lid. Weck are not antique jars, they are imported from Germany.

about 14 hours ago
rasputina in Cookware
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U.S. House Passes a Bill Banning GMO Labeling

"The laws of this nation for better or for worse are based on science not whim."

Oh please, as if that was even true. Congress doesn't decide what to make law based on science. Remember we are talking about Congress, which is not a scientific organization. They vote based on keeping themselves in power.

The Evidence Supports Artificial Sweeteners Over Sugar

uh huh, remember when margarine was touted as being healthier than butter.

Red Velvet Cheesecake - What Went Wrong?

Cook the cake in the same size springform pan that you plan to cook the cheesecake. I'd also cook each layer separately and avoid having to split the cheesecake and cake. I also wouldn't completely frost the top and sides. Cool the cheesecake layers overnight before assembling the cake.

2 days ago
rasputina in Home Cooking

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

Other than this show, I can't even remember the last time I watched FN. Oh I think it was New Midwestern Table. I did really enjoy that show and cooked a few things from her cookbook in the last year or two.

What is your perfect breakfast?

You don't expect me to just pick one do you?

eggs benedict with ham and eggs poached firm
omelette with bacon, jack cheese and avocado *
chilaquiles with salsa verde and chicken
yeast risen wheat pancakes with maple syrup
granola and yogurt with raspberry jam all homemade *
aebelskiver with maple syrup
everything bagel with cream cheese, onion, tomato with smoked white fish or hot smoked salmon ( not lox) *
scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits and jam *
hummmus, pita and assorted vegetables, feta and olives *
steamed buns or pot stickers *
homemade cinnamon rolls or orange butter coffeecake
buckwheat pancakes and maple syrup
pumpkin pancakes
crispy homemade waffles with cold butter and maple syrup
homemade toasted yeast roll, sausage patty, fried egg and cheddar cheese sandwich *
pan au chocolat

I starred the ones I make most frequently.

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

um ok but I really don't care how "hot" the person doing cooking segments on my TV is. I care if the recipe sounds good and is something I'd like to make. I'm one of those crazy people that has actually cooked a lot of recipes from cooking shows. I can't even think of anyone on FN that I'd consider in the realm of hot, other than Tyler Florence. And I barely watched any of his shows.

Jul 27, 2015
rasputina in Food Media & News

U.S. House Passes a Bill Banning GMO Labeling

"This is a myth promulgated by anti-GMO activists."

As opposed to the myths perpetuated by pro GMO companies that stand to profit from acceptance of GMOs.

It goes both ways.

Jul 27, 2015
rasputina in Food Media & News
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Servers who ask if you need change...

Threads like this make me grateful I'm no longer a server and I'd never want to work another job that requires customer service. Too many people expect you to read their minds or be your therapist and anticipate what baggage you have that you're just waiting to inflict on the unsuspecting worker.

Jul 27, 2015
rasputina in Not About Food

Pressure canning- Ball or Weck?

I've used both and they both work fine. I've never had problems with my Weck jars. Yes, you can pressure can in Weck, I've done it. Weck are not outdated technology, they just use clips instead of a ring. Although Weck comes in a variety of sizes and you will likely not be able to fit as many Weck jars in a small canner than you can mason jars as many of the Weck jars are wider around.

Jul 27, 2015
rasputina in Cookware

Small batch canning- food mill or large food strainer?

The vegetable strainers either have different plates for different textures or they have an adjustable fitting on the end. So they work similarly to a food mill, except with the added benefit of continuous feeding of product and there are ones that attach to mixers so you aren't cranking it by hand. I have both and they both work.

Jul 27, 2015
rasputina in Cookware

Small batch canning- food mill or large food strainer?

I've used both, they both work great. The one drawback of the food mill is that it isn't continuous feed and will need the seeds and skins removed at some point if you need to continue processing. It depends on your definition of small batch. Both products are superior to a food processor or blender IMO.

Jul 27, 2015
rasputina in Cookware

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

He's been up and down in front of the camera, especially in the last couple weeks. He isn't getting better, he's getting worse. It's like he peaked a month ago. I find his POV pretty vague and boring also. Not that I personally care one iota about POV but the network is in love with branding and POVs.

According to FN's media kit 73% of the viewing audience are women. How many of those would recognize him as an ex FFL player, or even care about that? I used to follow football a lot so it's not like I think women don't, but I've never heard of him. And I don't see what football has to do with ability to cook anyway.

Jul 27, 2015
rasputina in Food Media & News

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

I'm glad Dom is gone but poor Giada looked like she was going to cry. So does the fact that Bob and Suzy had the final say over Giada and Bobby mean something in the long run?

The sausage fest comment was cringe inducing. And not the visual I want.

They could have easily sent home Eddie though, he basically failed both the challenges. I don't know what he was thinking pouring all those shrimp into the pan at once. And what does a pork chop have to do with Halloween. Plus he's a jerk who thinks he's better than everyone. I hope he's next to go.

Jul 27, 2015
rasputina in Food Media & News

Eating Right for Cancer Survival DVD

I haven't watched the film. I'm a cancer survivor. I was vegan when I was diagnosed and had been vegetarian before that. I went back to an omni diet after I was diagnosed. I had a 30% chance of survival and chemo put me into remission and I'm officially considered cured. It's been close to 20 years since I had cancer and I was stage 3.

Cancer isn't one size fits all, each type of cancer has it's own causes, different things that effect it ( such as estrogen in certain breast cancers) and different treatments. Leukemia isn't the same as lymphoma or lung cancer. There is no one size fits all preventative or cure.

As much I still agree with a more whole food type diet with less processed prepackaged food ( I'm still a label reader, gardener and grind my own wheat and can my own food) there are many people in the natural food/vegetarian/vegan world that promote false health claims especially in regards to cancer and heart disease. They prey on peoples fears and might as well be the snake oil salesmen of generations past.

Prior to my diagnoses when I was sick but didn't know why ( I was mis diagnosed by a traditional MD) I was seeing a naturopathic Dr at the same time. When I was finally properly diagnosed, she wanted me to go to Mexico for some natural treatment was very unhappy I chose to have chemo. I still support natural medicine but not exclusively.

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2015

We finally got pork bellies at my Texas Costco at 2.29 a pound. I hope they keep them it's too hot to cold smoke at this time of year.

Jul 26, 2015
rasputina in Chains
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Costco short grain rice?

They used to have Lundburg short grain brown, I bought a bag at my Costco awhile back but it had a star on it and my store doesn't have it anymore.

Jul 26, 2015
rasputina in Chains

U.S. House Passes a Bill Banning GMO Labeling

You might want to look at the cosponsers of the bill, I counted 17 Dems on the list of cosponsers.

Jul 26, 2015
rasputina in Food Media & News

U.S. House Passes a Bill Banning GMO Labeling

Why are you blaming Lassie for this?

Oh nevermind, I guess you mean laissez-faire

U.S. House Passes a Bill Banning GMO Labeling

I've been trying to find the bill number also so I can look up the vote.

I love how it's called the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act"

ok it's H.R.1599

Jul 26, 2015
rasputina in Food Media & News

MacGourmet recipe software users...

Mariner bought macgourmet from advenio a couple years ago and then released a new version along with a new ios app which they named gourmet. They probably don't support the old versions, but they do support the new ones. They really did improve the IOS app syncing significantly, as it now sync in their cloud across devices.

Jul 24, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

MacGourmet recipe software users...

That is really weird. Do you still have your old version ( when Advenio owned it) of Macgourmet on your current computer? If so you can open it with the new versions database and see if it's possibly a database issue. I played around with my databases on both versions for awhile before I fully converted over because I had a device that couldn't use the new IOS app that Mariner made us switch to with the new macgourmet they released.

Alternatively, you can also attempt to open macgourmet with a new database to see if that changes anything. You won't lose your old database, you just have to remember to open it with the correct one next time and it defaults to the last one you used.

If you're not that familiar with computers then ignore my post. I don't want to create more problems for you than you already have.

Jul 23, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

$15 Minimum Wage=No Tip

Yes times have changed, most people pay with plastic. Back when I was server cash payment was much more common. I only got CCs for payment occasionally. But then I didn't work in high end restaurants.

Jul 23, 2015
rasputina in Not About Food

$15 Minimum Wage=No Tip

I can't speak for nation wide rules but I know that reported and allocated tips were implemented where I worked in the 1980s. It's not something new. From what I remember, we basically had to report a certain % based on our sales tickets that shift. I want to say it was a minimum of 10% but it's been so long I can't remember.

Jul 23, 2015
rasputina in Not About Food

MacGourmet recipe software users...

Which version are you running? I'm running MacGourmet Deluxe 4.1.2 and it opens fine. I'm assuming you have tried force quitting the application? My import from the web works fine. Have you tried deleting the app completely and redownloading and installing it? I've been using macgourmet for about five years with very little issues.

Jul 23, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

Portland diner owner under fire for yelling at toddler, Facebook posts

Well to most parents, antsy and fussy aren't the same as out and out crying. Antsy is usually a term used for fidgety behavior with occasional vocalizations that aren't actual crying. Fussy is usually intermittent light crying or vocalizations that kids often do when they are tired and getting ready to fall asleep for example.

The fact that she used those terms doesn't automatically mean she is sugarcoating. Maybe that's what the kid was doing? A lot of kids will do both before breaking out into full out loud crying.

Jul 23, 2015
rasputina in Food Media & News