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I don't like my crockpot

I'm not sure what your requirements or expectations are but I like my Hamilton Beach 3 in 1 because it has 2, 4 and 6 qt crocks although I only use it when I'm going to be home because it's completely manual. I have two other programmable Rival Crock Pots that I use when I need the auto warm feature and am making something that fits in the 6 qt crock. At once point I used them for overnight stock but I've since switch to a 12 qt stockpot instead.

about 9 hours ago
rasputina in Home Cooking

I don't like my crockpot

I know I know, I'm responding to a 3 year old post. Sigh. Can't help myself. Anyway, I don't care if ATK likes the All Clad one best I'm not paying 250 dollars for a slow cooker. Especially not when it has a nonstick coated insert.

about 9 hours ago
rasputina in Home Cooking

I don't like my crockpot

chuck roast for 11 hours, it was definitely overcooked.

about 9 hours ago
rasputina in Home Cooking

"Old school" people who fry in cast iron . . . .

If you add a bunch of cold food to a small amount of oil it's going to significantly drop the oil temp.

I have used a thermometer in my frying oil but I learned to fry without one. I fry in peanut oil or lard.

about 9 hours ago
rasputina in Home Cooking

Kids and Allergies - long and a bit of a rant.

Thanks for the perfect example to my post above.

over hyping
irrational
pushes extremes
lobby groups
sponsors
validity

about 13 hours ago
rasputina in Not About Food

Narrowly averted checkout line scam?

Wow, that is nuts.

about 20 hours ago
rasputina in Not About Food

Party Early Birds

If they show up more than 15 minutes early, tell them sorry I'm ready for guests yet, come back at 4 when the party starts

about 20 hours ago
rasputina in Not About Food

Kids and Allergies - long and a bit of a rant.

Here is the problem to me, I just see way too many people discounting medical problems because they claim it's all made up. The belief that a few people may be making false claims is an excuse to downplay real medical issues. And it's not limited to allergies. It's a phenomenon across the spectrum. Any time spent on internet forums shows how common this dismissal is. I suspect that some of these people just have callous personalities in general for the others they are overplaying the false claims for some reason I can't fathom. Some of it seems to be some sense that the rules should apply to everyone and they want to pretend that legit exemptions don't exist or as so infinitesimal that they shouldn't have to deal it.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition!

I went ahead and ordered a used one. It does look great.

about 21 hours ago
rasputina in Home Cooking

black burgers and other limited-edition and novelty items at fast-food establishments

Not even the slightest bit appealing to me.

1 day ago
rasputina in Japan
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basting brushes?

I like the Oxo good grips one, it has a combination of bristle shapes to hold onto liquids better.

Sep 18, 2014
rasputina in Cookware

Best grill pan or other solution

I think you missed that they are looking for a replacement for their existing Cuisinart griddler.

Sep 18, 2014
rasputina in Cookware

Pouring rain hours after applying pest control, was it a waste?

We had a break in the rain so I went and checked my garden. There were a couple squash bugs visible which I squished. So hopefully the rest were killed yesterday. I'll just have to keep an eye out.

Sep 18, 2014
rasputina in Gardening

17 Struggles Only Lazy Vegetarians Will Understand

lol

Sep 18, 2014
rasputina in Food Media & News

17 Struggles Only Lazy Vegetarians Will Understand

Well I am lazy but I compensate by making large batches so I can eat leftovers lol. I generally only cook dinners from scratch a couple times a week and tend to focus on items that are easily transformed into different meals. When I was veg that meant lots of bean salads, and I'd marinade and then bake tofu in bulk to be used in stir fry and sandwiches or make a big batch of different curry sauces so I could just throw in the veg of choice for the day and heat it up.

Pouring rain hours after applying pest control, was it a waste?

I used the powder. It's still pouring today so I'll just have to wait and see when it clears. We have rain predicted for the rest of the week.

Sep 18, 2014
rasputina in Gardening

Pouring rain hours after applying pest control, was it a waste?

squash bugs

Sep 18, 2014
rasputina in Gardening

17 Struggles Only Lazy Vegetarians Will Understand

Is that supposed to be humorous or serious? As an ex veg and ex vegan I can't relate to almost every one of those. I actually made my own seitan, pasta every night, ugh no way there are only a few pasta dishes I like and I don't want to eat them daily. Not a fan of tempeh but I didn't have any problems with wanting to know what it was. Kale wasn't the latest fad when I veg/an so no comment on that. What's weird about wanting to try the latest veg place? I still like those places. I never worried about getting enough protein. Eggplant? not a fan. Vitamins, didn't take one. I hate PB&J, but I do like nut butters in general. The rest is just stupid. Even now that I eat meat again, I hate burgers that are just meat and bread, I like substantial amounts of lettuce, tomato and avocado on my burgers. Hate the crappy salad as the only veggie options in restaurants. Even now I'll go out to eat craving a veg packed salad that tastes great.

Sep 18, 2014
rasputina in Food Media & News

Best grill pan or other solution

I haven't found mine impossible to clean at all, just use detergent and a scrubby sponge, it doesn't hurt the seasoning. Also Lodge makes a ridged plastic scraper for them, so it's easier to scrape off the crud.

Sep 18, 2014
rasputina in Cookware

Is it too soon to talk about Thanksgiving?

We do ours on the smoker but without the pan, we just put a drip pan under the grate.

Sep 17, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

Issue roasting chicken thighs on foil lined baking sheet?

And don't rely on just testing one thigh since they won't all be exactly the same size.

Sep 17, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking
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Issue roasting chicken thighs on foil lined baking sheet?

You could have just put them back in the oven.

Pouring rain hours after applying pest control, was it a waste?

I used pyrethrum on my plants today and less than 2 hours later it's pouring down rain. Was it all for nothing? Should I reapply once the rain quits?

Sep 17, 2014
rasputina in Gardening

Kids and Allergies - long and a bit of a rant.

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology dates to the 1920s so clearly allergies were recognized in the US for a significant time.

Sep 17, 2014
rasputina in Not About Food

squash bugs

This has got to be my crappiest garden year yet ( and first year gardening in this area). My tomatoes have been a bust and now I have squash bugs. I did notice them on my zucchini but by the time they showed up I was overwhelmed with fruits so I let it go. But since we took out the zucchini plants they have moved over to my baby butternut squash plants.

Just got back from the store getting some pyrethrum which I've never had to use before. In fact I've never used any pest control except picking tomato bugs.

I went ahead and used it on my tomato plants anyway not sure it will do anything though.

I didn't use it on the rhubarb, so far it's pest free and it's really starting to take off ( first year plants) since it has significantly cooled off the last 2 weeks. Should I go ahead and dust them just in case?

Sep 17, 2014
rasputina in Gardening

Stand mixer - worth having?

I don't want to have to drop the bowl or tilt the head to put in ingredients just so it doesn't make a mess. I did that for years before I knew there was a better choice and my KA did have the pouring shield which I did use fairly often.

I grew up using my moms kitchen aid and used my own for 20 years. I grew up with an avid baker mother who taught me how to bake using it ( and by hand) and I'm an avid baker myself. Yes I often had to stop the machine so I could gain more room between the motor but frankly I think that should be unnecessary and it's tedious. I've never owned a bread machine because I don't see the point. I have extensive use with the KA even though you try ascribe newb status to my complaints.

Sep 17, 2014
rasputina in Cookware

Is it too soon to talk about Thanksgiving?

I'm happy with 50% off the day after, especially on the organic ones I buy.

Sep 17, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

Stand mixer - worth having?

I'm not even talking about putting stuff in while it's running. The fact is that there is a very small opening between the motor head and edge of the bowl to add ingredients. You say I have an ax to grind, well I could just as easily say that the fan boi's are blind in their love for it that you'll even pretend that ingredients never splash the motor head or down the outside of the bowl or counter. It's easily witnessed on every single cooking show on tv along with home kitchens. I'm reminded every time I watch a cooking show. The shield with that little ramp exists for a reason.

Sep 17, 2014
rasputina in Cookware

Best grill pan or other solution

Just get bare cast iron, there really isn't any benefit to the enameled cast iron grill pans.

Sep 17, 2014
rasputina in Cookware
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Is it too soon to talk about Thanksgiving?

Costco had sale prices, I bought 3 organic turkeys for us and another couple regular turkeys for the dogs the day after TG last year.

Sep 17, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking