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Your favorite non-food-related items that get tons of use in the kitchen

My laptop. It often gets set up on the breakfast bar and plays a DVD while I watch and cook.

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

Exccept for certain situations where it is intentional (I.E. Mrs. Potato and I want a Caesar Salad for supper), our three little tater tots eat the same things we do. Or at least, they are SERVED the same things we are. Whether or not they eat it is up to them.

Iron Chef frozen dinners????

I couldn't believe it when I came across this display in the frozen section of our local Walmart. Iron Chef isn't even on TV anymore! WHY would they come out with this now?

Jun 18, 2015
PotatoHouse in Food Media & News

McDonald’s Rolls Out New Protocol for Taking Orders

The McD's in our little town has started a policy that if you don't receive your food within 60 seconds of paying for it, you get a free breakfast sandwich (offer is only good between 0700-0900 and drive thru ONLY). They even hand you a cheap little sand glass to time it with.

Jun 08, 2015
PotatoHouse in Chains

Should It Be Illegal for Supermarkets to Waste Food?

In many localities, there are laws in place that prevent markets donating "expired"(translation: at or past the "Sell By" date, which does NOT mean that the food is "bad", just simply not fresh) or for restaurants (delis, cafeterias, et. al.) to donate unsold "lefovers" of prepared foods that would be thrown out otherwise.

Jun 07, 2015
PotatoHouse in Food Media & News

Hannibal Season 3

And let me guess....you think this relates to food because Hannibal is a cannibal. Am I correct?

Jun 07, 2015
PotatoHouse in Food Media & News

Don't touch money and then touch my food!

As a matter of fact, neither Purel nor any other hand sanitizer will kill one of the most deadly and infectious bacterium out there, Clostridium difficil (or C. diff). ONLY washing your hands with soap and hot water will take care of that little bug.

Jun 07, 2015
PotatoHouse in Not About Food
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After slaughter, what happens to the unused cow parts?

Cow tongue, cheek, and brain are delicacies in certain parts of the country. They don't go to waste.

Jun 07, 2015
PotatoHouse in Not About Food

How do you solve problem when you are hungry while traveling, but don't know what to eat?

" What usually solves the problem is reminding myself of my family's ancient adage: "It's not the last meal you're ever going to eat." ;)"

How do YOU know?!?!?!

Jun 07, 2015
PotatoHouse in General Topics

Banana Bread Bars With Brown Butter Frosting

I made these three weeks ago for our road trip out to Des Moines to adopt our three grandkids. The frosting is addictive!!!!

http://therecipecritic.com/2012/11/ba...

May 31, 2015
PotatoHouse in Home Cooking

America’s Most Obese States Tend to Have One Thing in Common

Update your rhetoric. They Food Pyramid has not been used for a few years now. It is now My Plate.

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

Should It Be Illegal for Supermarkets to Waste Food?

It should be illegal for local communities to outlaw donating food to homeless and shelters. That is the #1 reason for this, but yet the markets and restaurants get the blame.

May 31, 2015
PotatoHouse in Food Media & News

Popeye s VS KFC

Popeye's, although their dumbass commercials lately have turned me off. If your ad men and spokeswoman don't know the difference between breading and batter then I don't want their company making my food.

May 31, 2015
PotatoHouse in Chains

The Latest "Yay Me" thread

That sounds fantastic! I have never attempted to debone a chicken, but that recipe sounds worth the effort.

May 31, 2015
PotatoHouse in Home Cooking

I am in your town. I have 100 USD and an afternoon off. Food crawl. Where do I go??

Presque Isle, Maine

1. The Sidewalk Cafe at the Northeastland Hotel- For breakfast, Mrs. Potato prefers the Eggs Benedict ( which I have to admit is ALMOST as good as mine) and I prefer the South Of The Border Omelete. Good food at a good price (ask for your biscuit to be grilled).

2. The Rib Truck- The Rib Truck Parfait. Baked Beans, pulled pork, bbq sauce, baked beans in a cup. All homemade and damn tasty!!!

3. Cafe Sopresso- The menu changes often here, but it has always satisfied. It is as upscale as our little town on the edge of the Northern Woods will support, but their themed menu nights once a month in the summer are always well received and worth attending.

May 31, 2015
PotatoHouse in General Topics

Are you THE cook in your family?

"The circle is now complete. When I left you I was but the learner. Now I am the master”
Me to my mom

My mom has actually told me that I have made her a better cook and a better eater. She says that I have introduced her to foods that she would never have thought to try on her own.

May 31, 2015
PotatoHouse in General Topics

Big Red?

We had it when I lived in Georgia.

May 31, 2015
PotatoHouse in General Topics

Why are baked beans for breakfast popular in the UK, but no longer popular in the US?

They are still popular in Maine, especially here in the Crown of Maine.

May 31, 2015
PotatoHouse in General Topics

How high is your tolerance for messy food?

As others have stated, my tolerance is in direct proportion to the tastiness of the food (even more so when it comes to sandwiches. a messy, hard to keep together sandwich better be DAMN GOOD!!).
I have no problem getting down and dirty with a mess of mudbugs or a rack of fall off the bone ribs. I love shrimp anyway you make them but I get quickly tired of peel and eat shrimp (if I am gonna pay you to cook them for me THEN PEEL THE DAMN THINGS).

Do You Feel This Way Too After Cooking a Big Meal?

Yes, and not just holiday meals.

May 28, 2015
PotatoHouse in Not About Food

The Latest "Yay Me" thread

So, what is the latest new food item/recipe that you have made that you are proudest of?

For me, it is the Ricotta Pancakes that I made for my family this past weekend. They came out light and fluffy and custardy in the middle. YUUMMM!!!!

May 28, 2015
PotatoHouse in Home Cooking

Mommy, Where Do Pasta Chips Come From?

The first time I ever HEARD of pasta chips (yes, deep fried pasta dough in a "potato chip" shape) was on an episode of Chopped about three months ago. Now they are for sale at Walmart. Anybody know where they came from? Are they just the latest food fad, a la cronuts?

May 28, 2015
PotatoHouse in General Topics

Can I bring homemade food into Canada from US?

When I was a truck driver I brought homemade food into Canada at least once a week, but I was only driving through (Maine to Michigan) and it was for my consumption only. I don't know about bringing it in for family.

May 28, 2015
PotatoHouse in Not About Food

Please interpret this menu pricing....

would I pay market price for Tiger Shrimp, uh...probably. Market price for Prawns??? hell no.

Apr 29, 2015
PotatoHouse in Not About Food

Are you the main shopper/cook at home?

It really roasts my Yukon Golds when Mrs. Potato doesn't seem to understand that I've had a long hard day and the last thing I want to do is cook a big meal. My current profession is House Husband and caretaker to our three grandspuds (ages 2,3, and 9) whom we are adopting in two weeks. There are days (occasionally) that I leave the house around 0730 to take the two youngest to day care and I do not return home until after I pick them up between 1630 and 1700, except to meet the 9 year old when he gets off the school bus at 1530. On those kind of days (which, once again, only happen occasionally) the LAST thing I want to do when I get home is to cook a meal (I make everything homemade, no Hamburger Helper of frozen lasagna in my house), debate with the two younglings about whether or not they actually LIKE what I have prepared, then clean up the kitchen before helping put all three to bed.

I'm the turtle at the table .

I am usually the first one to finish, especially when it is just Mrs. Potato and myself. I don't eat as fast as I used to, being former military I was taught to eat quickly and get back to work.

Apr 04, 2015
PotatoHouse in Not About Food

Starting Dinner Early

Grow a pair darlin'. If you know that they went early DONT...SHOW...UP!!!! Take yourself out to a nice restaurant, maybe one you have been thinking about trying but haven't yet, and have a nice dinner on your own. One without the all the angst and stress of eating with his family.

Is tipping now a insult to waitpeople w/new living wage pay hike?

Yes it is.

Mar 27, 2015
PotatoHouse in Not About Food

Is tipping now a insult to waitpeople w/new living wage pay hike?

And the truth is not as nasty as the pro-tippers would have you believe. Here is the link to the U.S. Department of Labor page this pic was taken from.

http://www.dol.gov/whd/state/tipped.htm

Mar 27, 2015
PotatoHouse in Not About Food

Funniest Restaurant Names

A friend of mine lives in Australia and she posted a pic of a local restaurant the other day...named Frying Nemo.