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Enough with the schmeer. The 80's are over.

Sheesh, I meant to say "fresh bagels are never TOASTED." I must have been cross-eyed when I typed that first response.

about 15 hours ago
alwayshungrygal in General Topics

Enough with the schmeer. The 80's are over.

I find nothing repulsive about schmeers/schmears at all, whether on my bagel (fresh bagels are never untoasted, please) or my plate. As for calling them skid marks, I don't agree about that description either, but, hey, whatever you want to call them is fine with me. I guess I'm glad we don't dine together.

Apr 12, 2014
alwayshungrygal in General Topics

What to make with 20 drumsticks

Querencia, do you drain the pineapple first or pour with the juice? Thanks!

Apr 09, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Home Cooking

I left cooked veggies out all night - safe to eat?

I work for a catering company that does very large events and sometimes the function is longer than 2 hours. The quality (decline) of the food that is out will depend on whether it is held in a chaffing dish, carved to order or meant to be room temp. Back-up hot food is kept in a cart with sterno, everything else is in carts but not kept cold (more often than not, the function is not very close to refrigeration). Optimally, we would like to keep the service time to 2 hours but sometimes you just can't fight the client's plan.

I asked for input as I figured home cooks would do differently than we do as a company. And again, I wasn't trusting my instincts.

Thanks for your response.

Apr 09, 2014
alwayshungrygal in General Topics

I left cooked veggies out all night - safe to eat?

"Instinctively, we just feel like leaving the food out overnight (like 10PM to 7 AM) to be much worse than during daylight (like 10 AM to 7 PM). In reality, the latter is worse."

Agreed, but then again, I don't do much cooking in the morning, ever. I think most of us are doing our main cooking at night, with refrigeration needed after that.

Thanks for your reply!

Apr 07, 2014
alwayshungrygal in General Topics

I left cooked veggies out all night - safe to eat?

Thanks for the responses. I was second-guessing myself, my instinct was that it's OK. But then again, I'm not one to tempt fate like that.

Cheers!

Apr 07, 2014
alwayshungrygal in General Topics

I left cooked veggies out all night - safe to eat?

I think the title says it all. I roasted 2 bunches of asparagus in OO and lemon juice, and put them in a covered container but alas forgot to put it in the fridge. I figured I'd reheat by nuking them.

I would definitely toss poultry, seafood or beef but veggies? I'm not sure. Toss or keep?

Thanks!

Apr 07, 2014
alwayshungrygal in General Topics

Crepes like the Magic Pan?

I've eaten there a few times. Decent, not great, but a good value.

Apr 03, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Los Angeles Area

Crepes like the Magic Pan?

Crepevine (which I love) is Northern CA only, so far. I'll miss them if/when I move back down to LA.

Apr 02, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Los Angeles Area

Passover Traditions From Around the World

We had exactly the same thing. There was something about the salty/cold sensation that I really liked. For years (about 15 after I moved from NYC to CA) I went to a friends house and she served plain, hard boiled eggs. Nothing special about that...

Apr 01, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Kosher

Recommendation for Nesting SS Bowls?

I have 2 bowls left from a 3 piece set purchased at a department store well over 35 years ago, and a few other ones purchased within the last 5 years from restaurant supply stores. I prefer the ones purchased at the restaurant supply stores as they are wider at the top. I find it easier to toss a salad in them, and then transfer the salad to a serving bowl. I use them almost daily and find them indispensable.

I also have 2 sets of nesting enamel coated bowls with covers that I use for storage and marinating chicken, meat etc. They are much smaller than the regular SS bowls. Sometimes I think I have too many bowls (if I include the microwave containers and regular serving items, and large salad bowls) but I use everything but the serving ones all the time.

Mar 31, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Cookware
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A veggie side to go with meatloaf cupcakes for April Fools?

Pureed black beans to look like chocolate?

Mar 31, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Home Cooking

epicurious.com...running into the drain

I agree on all points and will add this: for as long as I've been reading the blog, at least 5-6 years or more, their list of other blogs to read HAS. NOT. CHANGED. They still list blogs that don't had anything to do with food anymore (Waiter Rant--tho he is still a great writer), don't exist anymore, or have moved to a different web address. I sent 2 emails to the general epicurious address and got a polite "thanks for your email etc etc" both times. Their list of blog contributors includes people who haven't contributed anything in years. The blog pretty much is a waste of time now.

Mar 29, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Food Media & News

Current obsessions?

Another great idea! I don't have duck fat but do have some rendered chicken fat in the freezer.

Thanks!

Mar 28, 2014
alwayshungrygal in General Topics

Current obsessions?

Hmmmm....I like this idea. I had stopped roasting brussels sprouts as I hadn't seen anything really good at the farmer's market and frankly, was tired of them. But oh boy, "lots of sliced garlic and sea salt" sounds really good right now. Thanks.

Mar 28, 2014
alwayshungrygal in General Topics

Relative always ruins good food

+1, nice language SalmonPie.

Mar 24, 2014
alwayshungrygal in General Topics
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Relative always ruins good food

I wasn't suggesting lying at all. I was just trying to say there might be a better way to say it. And I don't recommend coddling either. I just think the situation is beyond his control, just a bit, so a more "political" approach might be received easier. Maybe he IS using less sour cream, or whatever; maybe he could say "I prefer not to use heavily processed ingredients" instead of "I stay away from..." which still to me sounds more loaded with meaning.

I'm in sales, so I have to be very diplomatic as to what I say to clients. I've found there are ways to say "no" without actually saying it directly, and there are very few times I will actually say it directly (and then I'll give a very good reason as to why I've said it).

Mar 24, 2014
alwayshungrygal in General Topics

Please suggest a wedding gift

I wonder if the coworker knows that (according to Miss Manners, and any other etiquette expert) you should not be invited to the bridal shower, if you are not on the actual wedding guest list. So, I think you can "expect" that Wahine will be invited to the wedding too. Again, unless the coworker is clueless about proper etiquette.

Mar 21, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Cookware

Relative always ruins good food

I'd be careful with the language "heavily processed ingredients," to me it sounds judgmental. As in, "I'm more healthy than you," or any other philosophy that contradicts what she is doing. I'd just say you're using less sour cream (or whatever the "special" ingredient is) and leave it at that. Keep it light, "oh, I'm just used to it this way," and keep the relationship neutral. Do it your way at home, try to respect their culinary (or other) traditions (as bizarre as you may find them) and "just try to get along."

As for the taco seasoning packets, there were more than a few nights when I was pressed for time cooking dinner for my son and used them. As a single mother working full time, I used a few packaged items (can you say Kraft blue box?) to get dinner done quick. I would throw that stupid seasoning on chicken to spend a few more minutes helping him with his homework. I still have some left, haven't touched them since he left home for college almost 9 years ago, but can't decide what to do with them. Seeing them brings back warm memories of those dinners with him.

Mar 21, 2014
alwayshungrygal in General Topics
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Current obsessions?

Colored cauliflower that I get at the farmer's market. I've gotten purple and orange ones so far and just roast them like I do other vegs, with olive oil, dried/crushed thyme and just a light sprinkle of kosher salt. More nutritious than regular cauliflower and so pretty on the plate.

Mar 21, 2014
alwayshungrygal in General Topics

Restaurant talk: "marking" a table?????

"monkey dish" -- the first time I heard those words, I had been on the job for about 6 months as sales secretary (back in the day when admins were called secretary) at the catering company I still work at. I had no clue as to what it was. Now, it's second nature to call it that, and I can't think of any other term so specific. We have other small bowls, but none that would work like monkey dishes.

Mar 20, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Not About Food

Great eats (dishes or restaurants) easy walk from caltrain stations (any)

If perchance you arrive in San Mateo and don't have a reservation, and can't get in to something recommended, just walk up and down B Street (parallel to the train path). There are literally over 20 restaurants/bars in the 3 blocks between 1st and 4th Aves, and then quite a few more on the cross streets (Baldwin Ave on the north end, and 1st to 4th). Literally just about any cuisine you want, more on the ethnic end than not. Most are on the casual side.

Mar 14, 2014
alwayshungrygal in San Francisco Bay Area

Great eats (dishes or restaurants) easy walk from caltrain stations (any)

San Mateo:
Osteria Coppa, I love the kale caesar salad and the Chicken al Mattone. I've also had wonderful, seasonal pasta (dungeness crab conciglioni a few weeks ago). Make a reservation, if you don't expect to wait, or just sit at the bar. On B St b/w 1st and 2nd, right next to the parking garage across the street from the train station (you can see their outdoor patio from it).
B Street and Vine: wine flights and great bruschetta, great for sharing. I also love their dessert panini. Very reasonably priced and more casual. I don't think they take reservations. On B Street b/w 4th and 3rd
Burlingame:
Kabul, on the corner of Burlingame Ave and California Drive. I can't remember the name of the dish I like but it has stewed lamb and spinach.

Mar 12, 2014
alwayshungrygal in San Francisco Bay Area

Lure + Till in The Epiphany Hotel (Palo Alto)

Thanks for the heads up on this. I hope they post a menu soon. It'll be great to have more fine dining in DT SM and away from restaurant row (B Street).

Glad PP is closed, it has truly terrible food.

Mar 12, 2014
alwayshungrygal in San Francisco Bay Area

The Chatty Bagger at the Grocery Store

Actually it happened another time a few weeks later but by then I was able to put my foot down so I hobbled along using a regular wagon. (I was on crutches or used a cane for almost 2 months.) I am sorry for your ongoing condition that makes it difficult to walk and am glad you are able to find the assistance you need when you venture out.

Agreed, if the motorized carts are frequently out of order, then a discussion with the store manager is in order, followed up by a complaint to the regional office and any other regulatory authority if necessary.

Mar 11, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Not About Food

The Chatty Bagger at the Grocery Store

Sometimes the motorized carts don't work. 3 years ago (almost exactly to the day) I broke a bone in my foot and was on crutches for a few weeks, and couldn't put my foot down. A friend took me grocery shopping and at the first supermarket we went to, none of the carts worked or were charged. We complained to a manager but still had to go to another market to get my shopping done.

Mar 10, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Not About Food

Best everything in Sherman Oaks?

Thanks, I will consider this as good lunch option. If I'm jonesing for pastrami, then I'll go to Brents.

Mar 10, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Los Angeles Area

Best everything in Sherman Oaks?

Thanks, this is good to know. I am rarely in Northridge, more so in Sherman Oaks.

Mar 10, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Los Angeles Area

Whole Foods and "donations"

WF used to have a list of about 3 charities that you could donate your bag fee to. I think the donation was about 5 cents. That was before the County passed a mandatory fee $.10 for each bag you needed, if you didn't bring your own bag. I don't know if WF actually donated the money they received, but I'm not sure it actually added up to much money at that time. And, the charities they listed were always local and in line with my personal and political beliefs....

Mar 10, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Chains

Sbarro get's ready for bankruptcy reorganization.............

Young people do go to malls, I guess it depends on how you define "young." My local mall is full of middle and high schoolers. Not too many college age students or a bit older than that. The food court does a brisk business. I'm not in a small town but there aren't too many options, either for shopping or quick service that would appeal to the young 'uns.

Mar 10, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Chains