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Reluctance to buy online?

I am with you. I ordered something online, it was delivered by UPS and left at my front door. I never saw the package, assume it was stolen. Notified the customer service dept and they recommend leaving a note for the driver. Yeah, that's a great idea-letting my neighbors know another package is coming. I just ordered something from Amazon but only b/c it was on the link my son gave me for a gift idea. Most times I have things sent to my office, but one time the shipper screwed up, held the package at the local Fed-Ex office and I didn't ask for that option. The package was sent back and I had to have it resent.

I'm one of those dinosaurs that prefers to touch/feel the merchandise, kick the tires etc. There are only a few things I think of beforehand or can't find locally that I'll order online. And I don't get stressed out if I can't find something nearby. I am close by to so many brick/mortar places that (for now, at least) I prefer to shop local. And I'm a major discount shopper, buying almost all of my clothes at Marshall's, TJMaxx, Nordstrom Rack etc. Going to the farmer's market is my Saturday morning ritual.

I suppose eventually I'll have to change as stores close but for now, I'll stay local.

Need easy showstopper dessert

I created this trifle a few years ago. I made a chocolate chip pound cake, chocolate mousse, and layered it with fresh sliced strawberries (marinated in Grand Marnier, sugar, orange & lemon juices and orange zest), whipped cream and chocolate shavings. You could do it in your trifle bowl or individual glasses as others suggested. It's not exactly seasonal but oh so good.

Dec 17, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Home Cooking

We don't eat meat, they don't eat fish.....

Baked potato bar (you can use regular and/or sweet potatoes) with lots of different toppings
Smashed potato bar (ditto)
Risotto bar with toppings

Toppings can include sauteed mushrooms, onions, blanched broccoli, cooked bay shrimp, any kind of cheese, beans (BBQ would be great on the potatoes), etc etc.

Lots of roasted vegetables, a green salad with toppings on the side. Just make sure there is plenty of protein for whatever you make.

Dec 16, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Home Cooking

Sweet Potato fries

I must have ranch dressing with my sweet potato fries. Nothing else has any appeal (yet). Brown gravy might work but most burger joints don't have brown gravy.

I had dinner out last week and the beurre blanc on top of my salmon was pretty good on the fries too. The sweet potatoes were sliced thin, as opposed to the standard wedge cut, so there was much more surface area for the sauce. But again, can't find beurre blanc at most burger joints...

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

Interesting way to phrase it--"no fiscally positive exit."

I can only hope that minds are open to change and reason--and I'm not citing anyone in particular, it's just a general wish.

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

I used to--repeat, USED TO--hint at a better tip if the server stopped calling me a guy. I gave up and just tip as always, usually 20% on the total. Unless I get really bad service which I can figure out to be the server's fault, and not the kitchen's. And then the percentage only dips a few points.

I really can't imagine the animosity of stiffing or docking the server because of being called a guy. Better to reward than punish. Unless you write a note on the bill or tell the server, he/she won't know why, and that's just not fair.

Dinner between Griffith Park and the Groundlings Theater

Thanks for all the suggestions, I'll look at menus and see what looks good to both of us. Walking distance will definitely be a bonus!

Thanks again.

Dinner between Griffith Park and the Groundlings Theater

Greetings from the Bay Area! I'm looking for a casual place for dinner somewhere between the Griffith Park Observatory and the Groundling theater a week from this Saturday. Two of us are going to the early show at 8 pm and would prefer to be relatively close to the theater so we don't have to park twice. Anything but spicy food so no Thai, Hunan, Indian...you get the drift. I have no idea what time we'll actually want to eat, so I guess no reservations.

Any thoughts? I did see The Village Idiot on Google maps but don't know if it's good. Also saw Johnnie Rockets tho that might be a last resort.

Thanks!

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

Yes, it sure has. But the question was posed to me directly after much reaction to my post, so I answered it.

I truly try not to be peeved by it, but unless I undergo a sex change (snowballs chance in hell there), I won't be a guy, dude or anything else masculine.

Where are you buying your turkey?

Exactly--that's why I was surprised that some of it was frozen. Not alot, just enough for me to be PO'd.

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

OK, eliminate "folks" and just say

"How are you all doing tonight?"

or "Good evening, I'm (insert name here), I'll be your server tonight (or today, or whatever)."

Then for both greetings "May I offer you a beverage? Here are the specials."

Both are completely gender neutral and (hopefully) not offensive to anyone. Simple, professional and again hopefully, delivered without any trace of attitude.

Next year will be different: Thanksgiving

I wish I could do that, but only overhead lighting (3 bulbs) in the dining room and anything less than that is practically dark )even with ambient light from the kitchen). One lamp only in the small family room adjacent to the DR and kitchen.

And no pets to pick up stray bits of food on the floor.

Good idea tho!

Dec 03, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Home Cooking

Next year will be different: Thanksgiving

Brilliant! I must try that someday. But my mashed 'taters were sweet, not russet, so I don't know how it would taste.

Dec 03, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Home Cooking

Where are you buying your turkey?

Good info, thanks. My expectation was that after being in the fridge for a day or two, it wouldn't be frozen. As noted in my original post, the timing (to purchase the bird) was a bit tricky.

Where are you buying your turkey?

I didn't remember no giblet bag from the last TJ turkey I bought 4 years ago. I stopped into TJ's that afternoon (I was nearby) and asked at the customer service counter. The gal manning the counter said she hadn't heard any comments about it or about the bird being partly frozen. She did offer me another bird but by then it was mostly ready.

And yes--the freaking feathers. Again, I didn't remember what the situation was 4 years ago but I was quietly cursing the bird all day. I got most of them off, some were really stubborn and I was able to get some more out after the bird was done. That part of Tday prep took longer than I expected, so if I get the same bird again--it WAS delicious--I'll know what to expect.

Oh and I bought an oven thermometer this past week. I'll also get a better meat one but need input from our work chef as to which is the best choice.

Next year will be different: Thanksgiving

My mother used to mix left over mashed potatoes with sauteed onions, then make patties and fry them. Really good.....

Next year will be different: Thanksgiving

The only thing I let a guest bring was the pumpkin pie, and she brought a huge one from Costco (which was really good!). I didn't care that it was purchased but with only 6 adults, there was more than 1/2 of the pie left over. I nicked away at it over the weekend but guilt got the better of me (not to mention my clothing size lately) so I brought the rest into work yesterday. What wasn't consumed went into my office fridge and put out again.

Dec 02, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Home Cooking

Next year will be different: Thanksgiving

I will decide on side dish recipes (for ingredients already purchased) sooner than the day before. Everything worked out well, but I'd rather have everything decided (and basic staples on hand, like the right kind of oil for the bird) when I start prep. That indecision is very unlike me, I don't know why I couldn't decide.

If I host, I will never again work the weekend before Tday. Cramming all the prep and table set-up into Monday/Tuesday nights and then all day Wednesday and Thursday was exhausting.

And food aside, I will reconfirm the house cleaners the day they are scheduled (2 weeks before Tday). They never showed up, despite the fact that THEY confirmed 2 days prior. That left me cleaning on said Monday/Tuesday nights/Wednesday/Thursday, adding to my exhaustion.

Otherwise, I'd do almost exactly the same thing*. My prep schedule was perfect given my work schedule, and I didn't have too much to do the day of.

*Well, maybe slightly different recipes for the side dishes, but basically the same ideas. Sweet potato and butternut squash recipes were the tough decisions to make.

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

This.

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

"How are you folks doing tonight? Here are the specials."

Holiday Dinner - what went wrong? What went well?

I always do a buffet and have a standard spiel for first-time guests that basically goes like this: take as much as you want, get seconds and thirds if you want, and if I run out of food [I never have] then I'll order pizza.

About half of us (small group, 6 adults, 1 toddler) got seconds, one person had thirds. I still have too much left-over and will have to freeze whatever turkey is left in a day or two. I think the rest of the sides will be done by then. Brought the left-over pumpkin pie to work today, I just can't have that temptation in the fridge any more.

Holiday Baking supplies

OMG those cakes are gorgeous! I was on the opposite end of 3rd Ave yesterday so missed seeing this. Does he sell retail or just do classes?

Thanks for the info!

Edit--sorry I now see that he does retail. Must check it out soon!

Where are you buying your turkey?

So I got my fresh/kosher turkey at Trader Joe's on Monday, a big fat one--15 1/2 lbs. On Wednesday I took the wrapper off, started to prep it and it was still partly frozen. I worked the bird for awhile (too many dang pin bones) and it looked like it was good to go for T-day. The damned thing was, I couldn't find the bag with giblets etc. I practically shoved my fist all the way thru but never found it. It took over 5 hours to cook--either my thermometer (it never quite reached 165F) or the oven temp was off. The bird was delicious and I'll definitely buy the same type again.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

A few years ago, I was at a friend's house for a holiday dinner. Her entire family was there; my son was at college and the rest of my family lives back East. Her mother saw my cell attached to my belt and said "do you really need it?" I just answered, "my son isn't here and neither is my family. This is just in case of emergency." My mother is old and has health issues. Then she understood.

A few weeks ago I had dinner with some family members in a restaurant. I chided my son on something and he responded by noting that 2 people were pretty much glued to their cells when they weren't eating. Later I saw that one of them had posted and "shared" various things on Facebook. It definitely wasn't an emergency situation for her, she was obviously addicted to her cell.

Best Chowhound Tip Ever?

Thanks for this. I completely missed it the first time. I'll try this on my next batch of strawberries from the farmer's market and then maybe also the supermarket. Might do both at the same time, now that I think of it and see which set fares better.

Thanks again.

Best Chowhound Tip Ever?

Huh? How did I miss this tip? I saw the one on keeping berries in a glass jar (which is hit or miss for me) and am curious about hot water on the berries--wouldn't that make them water logged, even if just quickly sprayed on?

Thanksgiving--how many side dishes do you make for small groups?

Can you please post the Brussels sprouts recipe when you have time? Truly, no rush, I've got way too many recipes to try right now but am always looking for more.

Thanks!

Nov 21, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Home Cooking

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

I don't think I was being passive/agressive confrontational. Actually, now that I think about it, it was kind of amusing at the time. I mean, how could she call me a guy when I looked like I swallowed a HUGE beach ball?? As for asserting my dominance, I wasn't capable of that at that point in my life. And the reference to tipping handsomely--why should we have? What if the service was rotten? My remark was directed at the hostess, not the server. Anyway, I wouldn't know what the tip was since my hubby paid the bill.

It was only years later that "you guys" really began to bother me. 25 years in food service --all of it in sales--have taught me to be overly diplomatic at all times. It's not like I throw down the gauntlet every time I'm called a guy. Mostly it's, in one ear, out the other. The phrase "if you can't win 'em, join 'em" doesn't apply to me. I can't win this, but I'm definitely not going to join it.

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

I was definitely being called a guy, as we were addressed as "guys"--plural, meaning my husband and me. Of course she wasn't referring to any part of the male anatomy. If the hostess found a way to spit in my food--well, then she had the bigger problem than me. I didn't mention that with my response I had a smile in my face but really, I shouldn't have to deal with such nonsense anyway. It just irks me, what can I say?

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

Yep, I agree. Where I was born/raised (Brooklyn NY) "my pleasure" definitely wouldn't fly.