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What do you keep in stock for guests, that you never consume?

Bottled mocha frappuccinos, Dr. Pepper, decaf coffee, moscato wine, gluten-free flour. All things I always have in the house, but none of them food/drink I'd buy otherwise.

May 19, 2013
SAHCook in General Topics

Consumer Reports Investigates Exploding Pyrex

I know this is an old thread, but I found it after a search this morning and wanted to add my experience in case it helps someone. My Pyrex mixing bowl shattered in my hands while I was washing it in the sink. I have a small gash in my hand and several cuts on my fingers, so I'm now searching for baking dishes and mixing bowls to replace everything Pyrex in my home.

The bowl wasn't heated other than using hot water from the tap to wash it - it was used to mix ingredients for banana bread. I wouldn't be surprised if it tapped the enameled cast iron sink because it's the large-size mixing bowl and a normal-sized sink, but I didn't notice any impact.

Now, I've used this mixing bowl often in the 11 years I've owned it and this is the first time it's exploded ;) but I'd rather own items not prone to exploding/shattering at all. Just my two cents. I'll be at a Home Goods store this evening looking for stoneware bakers and steel mixing bowls.

May 14, 2013
SAHCook in Cookware

What to bring a new neighbor??

I think bringing a new neighbor anything is a very kind overture! I say bring anything you would appreciate as a token, understanding that it may be used to feed their guests or coworkers. It's really not about the bread, or the cookies, or the scones, is it? :) Someone will enjoy them, and the new neighbors will enjoy the traveling hospitality.

As an aside, I would have to wonder how friendly anyone would want to be with a person who doesn't appreciate a friendly gesture (I realize your neighbors did not do this - just an "in general"). There's plenty of time to learn about restrictions if the relationship develops to the meal-sharing level. No need to feel bad about kindness, even if it unknowingly comes in the form of an allergen! ;)

Apr 26, 2013
SAHCook in General Topics
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Sudden food obsessions?

Well, yes ... every time I've been pregnant, lol!

Feb 21, 2013
SAHCook in General Topics

Kitchen Misunderstandings with the Significant Other

I messed up the joke and my husband is still laughing!

Jan 18, 2013
SAHCook in Not About Food

How important are online menus to you?

Time is a big issue for me, too. With four kids, it helps to know the menu ahead of time and just give each of them a couple options when we go out as a family. And I take forever to pick what I want!

Jan 08, 2013
SAHCook in General Topics

Unofficial Chowhounder survey: Who are you?

AGE - 35
MONTHS/YEARS ON THIS BOARD - since I was looking for an impressive recipe for my 5th anniversary, just over 6 years ago.
CURRENT CITY - Post Falls, ID. Used to live in the Boise area.
PROFESSION/FIELD OF WORK - stay-at-home, homeschooling mom
CULTURAL BACKGROUND - American.
CHOWHOUNDER SPECIALTY - Nothing, but my friends don't know it ;) I don't let not knowing how to do something stop me, and friends assume my fearlessness is expertise, lol!

Dec 05, 2012
SAHCook in Site Talk

Need help with a chicken recipe I can make in the oven

This roast chicken is only partially what you want, but since you do the rub the night before, it's very hands-off when it's time to cook. The only issue is carving the chicken (I'm practicing, but still not good at it!), but there's a way in the magazine article to do it with chicken shears that makes things easier if that's an issue for you, too. (I didn't see it in the linked recipe, though)

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/201...

Dec 05, 2012
SAHCook in Home Cooking

Should ugly people stay away from upscale restaurants?

I've actually been told I should be a clown, too - by a friend who also is a clown and owns a clown company. :) She looks for people with a kind heart who are willing to set appearances aside to brighten the lives of others. I declined (it was a job offer, lol!) but my friend and her fellow clowns really do brighten the lives of the people they come into contact with.

Regardless of whether this person meant this to be kind or cruel, YOU get to choose how you receive it! I get how that would shake anyone's confidence. But you can choose to look at it as a compliment to your character, if you'd like to.

Dec 05, 2012
SAHCook in Not About Food

Your guilty Holiday Food Pleasure?

Me, too!

Dec 05, 2012
SAHCook in General Topics

recommendations in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho?

I'm guessing I'm a little late for this reply ... I hope you had a good trip!

For next time ... I just moved here so I don't know about a lot yet. Definitely nothing food related yet. (Other than Post Falls Coffee Co, which I love!) But we've taken the kids on the pirate cruise on Lake CDA, and they really enjoyed it! There's also a Christmas light tour cruise that we've heard is a lot of fun. I think you'd contact CDA Resort for info on those. The park right next to the resort has public beaches. Lots of fun in the summertime for the kids, so be sure to pack a suit and towels!

There's a fun carousel and huge Radio Flyer slide at the Riverfront park in Spokane. I've heard about a tram ride downtown for Spokane Falls, too, but again - since we just moved here we haven't done that yet. I did just run into a great toy store and book store in River Park Square downtown.

Finally, Silverwood (amusement and water park) is about an hour north of CDA. It's open May - October.

I'm hoping someone who has been here a little longer can chime in on the food scene!

Dec 02, 2012
SAHCook in Mountain States

Ina Garten - FOOLPROOF

Well, thanks, now I HAVE to buy it! ;) I was going to pass because I have a few of her other cookbooks. I love them because everything I've made has been *foolproof* and delicious, but I just didn't think this cookbook would be anything different. (And yes, I can see the flaw in my logic ...)

Nov 30, 2012
SAHCook in Home Cooking

Costco Strategy For Ist Experience

I just picked up a small jar of saffron at Costco. Not too expensive, but more than I'd spend (unbudgeted) at the grocery store. I'm excited to experiment!

And my local store has the vanilla beans already! I'll be stocking up!

Oct 14, 2012
SAHCook in Chains

I've lost my confidence- I made something terrible!

Several years ago I made a truly horrible dinner. I just wasn't paying attention and looking back I don't know what I was thinking. I couldn't eat it - and it's bad when the cook can't even eat it! We had dinner at Baskin Robbins that night, and the dinner I made went down in infamy. But it's a funny story in our family.

You just need to keep your sense of humor about it. These things happen, and it's not the end of the world. :)

Oct 14, 2012
SAHCook in Home Cooking

Kids' menus at restaurants. Really? [From General Topics]

That's a good one :)

Oct 13, 2012
SAHCook in Not About Food

Soups and Stews - an unofficial contest

Mmmm, sounds good!

Oct 13, 2012
SAHCook in Home Cooking

Help me, cheese detectives! What is the cheese featured in Heidi?

I found this with a google search: http://thefamilydinnerbook.com/in-the...

It lists raclette cheese and gives alternatives. The method is not what was described in the book, but maybe it's a start?

Oct 12, 2012
SAHCook in Cheese

What pairs well w/ pumpkin ravioli?

lmscherr, I feel a dinner party coming on and I'm not above borrowing a menu! :) I'm getting hungry just reading your post and the responses. I'm loving the ravioli, focaccia, balsamic brussels sprouts ... Are you doing apps and/or a dessert? Or are your regular family dinners just this good?

Oct 09, 2012
SAHCook in Home Cooking

kitchenaid mixer choice. Or Viking without grinder [Moved from Home Cooking Board]

My Kitchenaid is a Hobart (from the 80s) so I was excited to see there's a 5-qt Hobart mixer. Then I googled it ... is it really $2,000+? If so, I'm praying mine never dies!

But that got me thinking - it's at least 27 years old, maybe older (it's a hand-me-down from my grandma). How long do Kitchenaids last now? I'm wondering if a $2,000 mixer would outlast several KA mixers?

Oct 09, 2012
SAHCook in Cookware

HELP! DIY Caramel Apple Bar

Not sure if this is the same as what's used for sundaes (it may be) but in the coffee section there are caramel sauces in squeeze bottles. Not the liquid, like Torani brand, but the thicker sauce. Most stores here have Ghiradelli, I think. Even Hershey makes one. They are all thin enough to pour at room temp, or even after being refrigerated.

Oct 09, 2012
SAHCook in Home Cooking

HELP! DIY Caramel Apple Bar

Fun idea!

Are you making the caramel yourself, or using purchased? How long will the caramel be at the park?

Oct 09, 2012
SAHCook in Home Cooking

potato soup ideas

Ok, I had to read this a couple times. In my rush to read it, I misread the first line. Green Chile POWDER?? Made from potatoes?! lol!

Your recipe for green chile CHOWDER looks delicious! This is going to be next week's "soup night" selection!

Oct 09, 2012
SAHCook in Home Cooking

How do you use pesto?

I've dressed spaghetti squash with it. My kids didn't like it, but I did!

Oct 08, 2012
SAHCook in General Topics

potato soup ideas

That's my suggestion, too! Love that - like a soup version of loaded baked (or mashed) potatoes :) There are people who put peas in it, but who puts peas on their loaded baked potatoes? I could see adding broccoli, maybe, but we don't.

Oct 08, 2012
SAHCook in Home Cooking

Soups and Stews - an unofficial contest

Tonight I made a quick tortellini soup (aka "didn't notice it was time to start dinner until way too late soup"!). I defrosted chicken stock in a large pot, added salt, pepper & a couple spoonsful of prepared pesto, then added frozen tortellini. Served it over a handful of arugula, topped with chopped tomato, another drizzle of pesto, and shredded Parm. Great with crusty bread!

Oct 08, 2012
SAHCook in Home Cooking

Costco Strategy For Ist Experience

I'm not sure if anyone mentioned the vanilla beans? This is a Christmas season product, but I buy enough to last me through the year.

We always buy the big packs of berries when they're in season - way more affordable than any grocery store. They're always good. Probably not as good as farmers markets, but it's hard for us to get to those in the last couple years. In the summer we also buy brisket and pork ribs for bbq.

And we do take the kids on the weekend and make sure to hit all the samples. Then we give them cash to buy an ice cream parfait while I'm waiting to pay for everything, and it's the highlight of their weekend :)

Oct 07, 2012
SAHCook in Chains

Potato Gnocchi- Serving ideas?

I wish I had more to add to your own and ghg's ideas - except to suggest if you live in the Boise area you serve it to a couple new friends, lol! ;)

Oct 07, 2012
SAHCook in Home Cooking

$20 - 1 Person - 1 week Can it be done?

That's a good point about people who NEED this budget. When we had a home nurse visiting after our )now-6-y.o.) baby came home from NICU, she had what seemed a ridiculous checklist of what we could provide in our home ... heating, refrigeration, a cooking source. She said she has been in lots of homes without these basic things. It's easy to forget that people do have to live like this when we don't (it's easy for me to forget, anyway).

I do buy large bags of flour, but I store them divided into freezer bags in my chest freezer. Someone with access to a large freezer could store a lot of the bulk items without issue, but you're right that people with very low incomes probably would not. And it does cost a lot up front to purchase this way.

Oct 07, 2012
SAHCook in Home Cooking

HELP! - Dinner Party Nightmare [moved from Ontario]

I'm not the OP, but I'd love to know how to spend a couple days in the kitchen making great AM-MEX food!

Oct 05, 2012
SAHCook in General Topics

HELP! - Dinner Party Nightmare [moved from Ontario]

If it were me, I'd read between the lines and just keep away from strong and/or unfamiliar flavors. I love the lasagne (maybe one meat and one veggie), short rib or taco bar ideas, as these are both familiar foods. You could also do a few soups/stews/chilis and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Of course, I'm a little jaded ...

Oct 05, 2012
SAHCook in General Topics