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Stuck at Claim Jumper for Thanksgiving - Please Advise

I've had more than one Thanksgiving interrupted due to series medical issues with a family member. We never went out to eat though. I just made whatever I had at home. I was spending all my time going back and forth to the hospital or caring for the sick person. The last thing I wanted to go out to a restaurant.

about 1 hour ago
rasputina in Los Angeles Area

Stuck at Claim Jumper for Thanksgiving - Please Advise

Cook a meal at home and then just go for the company? I've never eaten there so I can't recommend anything.

about 1 hour ago
rasputina in Los Angeles Area

Cream that is not made with Cow's milk

Only time I ever had goat cream was when I was milking my own and using my cream separator.

about 2 hours ago
rasputina in General Topics

Best Flour for Parker House Rolls, Other Ingrediants

You can use any unbleached all purpose. I use the Central Milling because I can get it for a good price at Costco.

about 22 hours ago
rasputina in Home Cooking

Weight your own vegetables at Wegmans

I've never been to a Wegman's do they offer labels for their produce bags? I just don't get it. Even when buying from the bulk aisle at store, you're only expected to put the code on the bag. Although I've been to stores ( Central Market comes to mind) where you can weigh your bulk items and put the code into the scale and it prints out a tag with the information including the total price. But this is just in the bulk bin section not produce.

Anyway, I only weigh produce if I need a specific amount for a recipe.

1 day ago
rasputina in Chains

Best Flour for Parker House Rolls, Other Ingrediants

The King Arthur recipe calls for their unbleached all purpose.

1 day ago
rasputina in Home Cooking

Best Flour for Parker House Rolls, Other Ingrediants

All Purpose

1 day ago
rasputina in Home Cooking

Best advanced prep stuffing option

For me it all depends on what other dishes I'm making, because I do change it up. So I may have more time on the day some years. For example this year I'm making cheesecake so of course I'm baking it the day before. But if I'm making pies that year, I often do them TG morning. Since we smoke the turkey outside, I never have to juggle that with my oven usage.

I always bake, cube and toast my cornbread the day before. I may or may not, just chop the veg or chop and cook the veg the day before. If I need to cook sausage, then I do it the day before. I always assemble and bake on TG day. Always. Last year I baked the cornbread in the oven and transferred it to a crock pot to keep warm until dinner was ready and I found that a huge convenience since I didn't have to heat it up again last minute.

1 day ago
rasputina in Home Cooking

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

I forgot to mention that my Texas Costco has fresh chanterelles, 10 dollars for a pound.

2 days ago
rasputina in Chains

Besides All Clad- any amazing less expensive cookware?

Costco sells their Kirkland Signature disk bottom tri ply stainless 13 piece set for 169 dollars, they also have a Cuisinart 12 piece set of tri ply that seems to be fully clad ( they use the term "heat surround") for 199 dollars. Both are listed on their website and I believe you can order online without being a member.

Nov 24, 2014
rasputina in Cookware

Copper Indian Serving Bowls

The ones I see are all brass not copper.

Nov 24, 2014
rasputina in Cookware

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

In Las Vegas, the MLK location is a business center which I haven't been to in years so I can't remember if the alcohol selection is different. Of the other stores, they generally carry the same things as far as hard alcohol and beer is concerned. Wine can vary. Looking online at the listing of special events, I don't see anything alcohol related coming up in that area. I've been to them all, and the selection is fairly consistent. I'd say Summerlin might have more. But it's been a few years since I lived there.

If you want the best alcohol selection in Las Vegas I'd suggest Lee's Discount Liquor they have many locations in the city.

Nov 24, 2014
rasputina in Chains

Torani Syrups

I just order directly from Torani's website, if they don't have what I want at World Market ( which they usually don't). Grocery stores and liquor stores have an extremely limited selection IME.

Nov 24, 2014
rasputina in General Topics

Your Favorite Cooks Illustrated and ATK cookbooks

If you mean Baking Illustrated that came out in 2004 no, I have the one that came out last year called The Cook's Illustrated Baking Book: Baking Demystified with 450 Foolproof Recipes from America's Most Trusted Food Magazine

I should look at the meat cookbook, I've seen it at Costco, but never picked it up. For some reason it's just not calling me.

Nov 24, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

Le Creuset Dutch Oven actual size

They had wide round ovens about 5 years ago from what I remember. That's about when I bought my wide oval.

Nov 23, 2014
rasputina in Cookware

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition, part 2!

I don't think I could pick just one, because I have a handful of favorite recipes from most of her cookbooks. Probably Family Style or Barefoot Contessa at Home. But most of her recipes are on Food Networks website.

My favorite recipes include

Banana Sour Cream pancakes ( you can sub yogurt and leave out the bananas)
Brownie Pudding
Roast Chicken
Carrot and Pineapple Cake
Chicken Chili
Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Corn salad ( I do not blanch the corn and usually sub cilantro for the basil)
Green Goddess Dressing
Lemon Cake
Mac and Cheese
Parmesan Chicken
Penne with 5 cheeses
Maple Roasted Butternut Squash

Nov 23, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

Your Favorite Cooks Illustrated and ATK cookbooks

I admit I have a love hate relationship with ATK/CI but I do have some favorite recipes from them. I saw we had another thread on your favorite recipes, but I'd like to get recommendations regarding their cookbooks. I have the ATK Family Cookbook and Family Baking book, the CI Baking book ( the one that came out in the last few years) and The New Best Recipe and Perfect Vegetables after reading recommendations here for those last two. Oh and I have the first slow cooker one but I'm not thrilled with it.

Which of their cookbooks are your favorites?

Nov 23, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition, part 2!

I bought the new Barefoot Contessa cookbook Make it Ahead. All her cookbooks are 4 dollars off through Wednesday at Costco so it was 15.99

I have all her other cookbooks and they are among my most cooked from. The veggie lasagna looks fabulous as does the fish stew, the winter slaw, peas and pancetta, baked farro and butternut squash, baked polenta with mushrooms and blue cheese, the twice baked sweet potatoes, salty oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies. I'm thrilled to see the overnight belgian waffle recipe because my mom had a yeast waffle recipe using bisquick and I've wanted to make it without the mix.

Nov 23, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

Rule #1...always...

Oh my gosh, I did this once in my first apartment. The smell was horrible.

Nov 23, 2014
rasputina in General Topics

Rule #1...always...

I always check since there is usually one or more cast iron pans in there waiting after being dried in the oven.

Nov 23, 2014
rasputina in General Topics

Rule #1...always...

Either you had a power outage or the cranberry juice was sitting for more than 3 weeks. I've had bottles of it that ended up pushed to back of the garage fridge for months that never shows signs of spoilage. I still tossed it though.

Nov 23, 2014
rasputina in General Topics

Rule #1...always...

I never have to worry about that. Milk evaporates in my house, I buy it 3-4 gallons at a time.

#1 food rule at my house, do not leave food unattended. Even when you don't it's still at risk. One of our cats in particular has been known to sit on the dining room table waiting while we eat and will attempt to swipe food from your plate. He slowly reaches out a paw to anything that gets near the edge of the plate lol.

Nov 23, 2014
rasputina in General Topics

Anyone Smoking a Thanksgiving Turkey?

Personally I think you get better more even browning of the bottom of the bird by setting the turkey directly on the grill grate and putting a drip pan under the grate.

Le Creuset Dutch Oven actual size

I wonder if it's a wide round oven? Did it have the newer signature series knob or the old style one? I know they made them but I only have the oval version which is number 27 3.5 qt and not on the list posted above.

Nov 23, 2014
rasputina in Cookware

Le Creuset Dutch Oven actual size

Well you got me curious. I have a number 28 round that I bought off ebay years ago that I've never measured and always believed was the 7.25 qt. So I filled it using a 2qt pyrex measuring cup. It holds exactly 7.25 qts.

Nov 23, 2014
rasputina in Cookware

Older/Vintage Kitchenaid Mixer Users - Get a Solid State Version or Not?

I wonder if the one I gave to Goodwill about a year ago ended up on there. It still worked.

Nov 22, 2014
rasputina in Cookware

Tiny Hamster Thanksgiving

So cute, and I'm glad they invited a fancy rat!

Nov 22, 2014
rasputina in Food Media & News

Cooking Thermometer

I'd say Thermapen but I'm not sure you can get one delivered by Wednesday. I don't know of any local retailers that sell them. Ok I went to their website and I guess you can pay to get delivery by Thanksgiving. If you order by Monday and pay 8.99 for 2 days shipping.

Thermoworks.com

Nov 22, 2014
rasputina in Cookware

Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month December 2014

Thank you for choosing these for December, I'll be busy enough as it is, so I won't feel I'm missing out.

Nov 22, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

Ground beef vs. ground lamb?

Ground lamb is lighter in color and a different shade of pink than beef.

Nov 22, 2014
rasputina in General Topics