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Too much hassle to bother with foods

maryland steamed crabs…go out and get the live crabs…get home and check to make sure all crabs are still alive…get pinched by several crabs…set dead crabs aside…place crabs in pot…grab crab escaping over side of pot…get pinched by crab…finally, get all crabs in pot with spices poured over them…place lid on pot, weigh it down and turn on flames…hear crab claws “clicking” as the crabs attempt to crawl out of the pot…take dead carcasses outside to the trash without noticing that one is missing…smell of vinegar and pungent spices lingering in the house for days…realize a couple of days later, via rank, decaying odor, that one of the previously “dead” crabs was only playing ‘possum and had made a run for it…search for and find said crab…confirm, that, yes, it is dead (bugs, smell, decay)…take dead crab out to trash…open all windows in house, spray with febreeze, cuss…live with stench of “unfresh” seafood smell for several days.
no more, no thank you. i now purchase my crabs already steamed.

about 11 hours ago
Vidute in General Topics
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My cooking disappointment

just say you used yellow and orange heirloom tomatoes :)

1 day ago
Vidute in Home Cooking

superbowl meatball party

make sure that some are deflated balls. ;)

Costco or BJ's membership?

there's a bj's coupon in today's (1/25/2014) paper for $20 off of the premium membership and $10 off of the regular membership.

Jan 25, 2015
Vidute in Chains

Would love to replicate "Pill Pockets" for dogs

a child, yes, but a cat???...

Jan 25, 2015
Vidute in Not About Food
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Costco or BJ's membership?

it depends on whether you want bulk or smaller quantities. i chose bj's because costco caters to larger quantities which are too much for me. also, in my area, bj's gas is cheaper than costco and the kicker for me was that bj's has a real deli counter with sliced to order good-quality deli meats.

Jan 25, 2015
Vidute in Chains

Would love to replicate "Pill Pockets" for dogs

thank you for the hint, gmm. i'll file this away for future use. :)

Jan 25, 2015
Vidute in Not About Food

mini sandwiches for SuperBowl

i don't know how close you are to trader joes, but the ones in my area, baltimore, have these lovely slider rolls topped with sesame seeds. the rolls are of a sufficient thickness that they can be cut into thirds. they make nice mini macs.

Jan 25, 2015
Vidute in Home Cooking

Would love to replicate "Pill Pockets" for dogs

not exactly a pill pocket, but.. my husky was ill and i was shaking a pill out of the bottle when it fell on the floor. my cat, dopey, pounced on it and, poof, it was in her tummy. so, after a trip to the pet er, and a $500 bill, i came home with dopey and meds for her. i tried putting the pill in cheese, tuna, liverwurst, but, of course, she bucked, bit and spit it out. then i had an idea. i sat down at the kitchen table and waited. when i noticed that dopey had snuck up to the table, i knocked a pill off of the table. dopey pounced and sucked down that pill. this "trick" worked every time. no muss, no fuss and a cat that thought it was getting one over on me!

Jan 25, 2015
Vidute in Not About Food
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What are some of your favorite kitchen tricks that you'd be hesitant to admit to foodies?

check you local grocery's spice aisle for "accent" flavor enhancer. it's a name-brand msg product.

http://www.accentflavor.com/products/

Jan 22, 2015
Vidute in Home Cooking

Fried gizzards

horrible job, being a taste tester, isn't it? ;)

Fried gizzards

hip hop fish and chicken have tasty gizzards and livers. and there are multiple locations. closest to dc would be in temple hills.

http://hiphopfc.com/

ingredients

harris teeter has several stores in dc and carry local products. there is usually a display right as you walk in the door.

http://locations.harristeeter.com/DC/...

ingredients

and don't forget wye river crab seasoning, old bay's competitor. it has a different flavor than old bay. also available in local groceries and includes a line of snack food (popcorn, crackers, etc) and soups.

http://www.wyeriverseasonings.com/

ingredients

mom's organic market carries the s&s maple syrup.

http://www.momsorganicmarket.com/loca...

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

we had them here in elkridge/columbia, md, yesterday. $3.99/bag. a buck more than out west.

Jan 17, 2015
Vidute in Chains

Simple Good Things

lithuanian cheese drizzled with honey.

Jan 06, 2015
Vidute in General Topics

How to keep Butter from absorbing refrigerator odors

land-o-lakes hasn't been wrapped in foil for a couple of years.

Dec 29, 2014
Vidute in General Topics

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

you're in trouble! ;)

Dec 22, 2014
Vidute in Chains

Where do I get the best ham??

trader joe's

Hunan Taste (Fairfax branch)

i'd be up for a visit. weekend only, though.

Hunan Taste (Fairfax branch)

http://hunantastemd.com/

Hunan Taste - MD
718 N Rolling Rd
Catonsville, MD 21228
(410) 788-8988

Hunan Taste - VA
10160 Fairfax Blvd, STE 106
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 877-0766
(703) 877-0767

Eggnog - Love It or Leave It

most eggnog, i don't like. however, i have had some good home-made german eierlikor. an irish pub i go to imports galway bay irish eggnog, which i enjoy. for non-alcohol eggnog, i've come to enjoy lewes dairy's eggnog.

Dec 09, 2014
Vidute in General Topics

Blue Crab visiting baltimore in the next 2 weeks.

yes, wineo1957, i mentioned in my original reply that crab season runs until december 15 and that the places from which i procure crabs are now closed. i have, also, called other places that serve maryland crabs and they either are not getting any more maryland crabs this season and have removed them from their menu, or they have switched over to out of state crabs.

Blue Crab visiting baltimore in the next 2 weeks.

you're very welcome, toby.

Sausage casings DC/Silver Spring area

you might ask at the meat department in whole foods. i've obtained lamb casings at the baltimore store.

Your favorite inexpensive cookware items

mushroom slicer. use it for slicing and dicing eggs, slicing cherry tomatoes, along with mushrooms.

Dec 03, 2014
Vidute in Cookware

Do you give out your recipes at thanksgiving?

sometimes i share, sometimes i don't. it depends on who's asking and what the recipe is.

Dec 03, 2014
Vidute in Not About Food

Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

i think they're pretty good. not as good as homemade, but much better than the average store-bought cookie. i'll be buying them again.

Dec 03, 2014
Vidute in Chains

Blue Crab visiting baltimore in the next 2 weeks.

in the rosedale area, i go to S.DiPaula & Sons Seafood on philadelphia rd.

in pasadena, i go to anne arundel seafood on mountain road or to sea market on ritchie highway.