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Current obsessions?

Currently, its making everything Asian style ...loving sesame oil, rice wine vinegar,and peanut sauce on any vegetable or meat!

Mar 24, 2014
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Foodie Gift for hosts in Caribbean

I will be staying with friends in the Caribbean and would like to bring a high end foodie gift. I am thinking something local (I'm in Southern CT), or high end chocolate, or booze from duty free. But feel like these gifts are a bit uninspired, any suggestions?

Mar 20, 2014
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Who still drinks soda?

I drink sodas, but nothing with high fructose corn syrup and nothing diet, don't like artificial sweeteners. I really like the San Pelligrino sodas and natural ginger ales. At work though, diet coke/pepsi is very popular among others.

Mar 14, 2014
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Chocolate Chip Cookies - What Am I Doing Wrong?

I always reduce the sugar and the butter when I bake cookies. I do not notice a significant difference. But try making them smaller or flattening them out before baking so that they are not so dense. You can also use some honey or molasses for some of the sugar and peanut butter for some of the butter.

Feb 21, 2014
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new flavor triscuits: what do you think of them?

I tried the roasted tomato and the sweet potato ones. They are rather oily and fairly high in calories. I will probably not buy them again.
The flavors were ok but I think chips taste better when flavors are added, I like more plain crackers.

Feb 20, 2014
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Tried Graeters Black Raspberry Chip for the first time, but...

I've had the original from the shop and the store bought, definitely is a very thick creamy consistency! I can't say the flavor is super strong, but they're chips are the best!

Feb 18, 2014
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leftover very runny/soupy polenta- cornbread?

I would eat it like oatmeal for breakfast.
Or instead of baking it into cornbread maybe try to make a pancake batter. I've also seen recipes where cooked polenta is used as a batter for fish and chips or corn dogs, dip and then pan fry.

Feb 11, 2014
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Paying with credit card: Should I tip in cash?

Cash tip! Servers do not declare the full amount of cash tips they get so they will get more of your money. When I waited tables, briefly, a smaller cash tip was actually better than a credit card tip. Say $15 cash vs $20 card since the $20 would be taxed. But rules regarding declaring cash tips may vary by establishment.

Feb 11, 2014
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Your Favorite Newman's Own Products?

Love the pretzels but can't find them everywhere. Also the Fig Newman's and Newman O's cookies (Ginger are my fav) are delicious, but I do not buy them often since I will eat too many!
I once had Newman's Own wine at a restaurant, it was good!

Feb 06, 2014
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Best gummy bears?

Gummies made by Surf Sweets are really good. They are natural, no artificial colors, and organic. Given all that they still taste great! I buy them at WF.

Feb 04, 2014
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Confused about Eating on a Diet

I am confused about what one is actually eating when on a diet and how this differs from eating when not on a diet. So many articles I read talk about sticking to healthy choices and how food brought into offices, such as bagel Fridays, or pizza lunches makes it difficult for people to stick to their diets. I consider myself to be on a lifestyle diet, exercise frequently, eat tons of fruits and vegetables but also frequently have bagels and pizza. What do you change when you go on a diet? What are you eating to maintain it?

Jan 13, 2014
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Making bread in a toaster oven

I think as your oven holds the temperature you will be fine. One year my mom made an entire Thanksgiving dinner using only our toaster oven!

Jan 10, 2014
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I have some of a bunch of nuts and such. What to do?

Greek desserts come to mind!
Everything but the sunflower seeds could be chopped and used in baklava or a ravani cake, this cake uses all the nuts you mentioned: http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/dessert/cake/ravani.html

As for the sunflower seeds I would make a bread, this one looks delicious: http://darbyoshea.wordpress.com/2011/...

Jan 10, 2014
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Is Brisk Tea bad for kids?

Its the fact that it is sweetened with High Fructose Corn Syrup that makes it unhealthy and why I think it should be avoided. Look for an iced tea that is sweetened with sugar instead and avoid artificial sweeteners.

Jan 09, 2014
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What is the name of that orange?!!

If they were pink inside, its Cara Cara...saw them for the first time last year, now they are everywhere.

Jan 09, 2014
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Left my lunch on the counter before work. Safe to eat?

This is how I think about it when I am in such a situation... throwing out the food and wasting the money/effort that went into it is worth avoiding the potential hospital bill. I would not eat it!

Jan 08, 2014
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What new food(s) have you tried recently and how was it?

Totally agree, both those flavors are great!

Jan 06, 2014
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Help me think of tasty, nutritious prep-ahead dishes to keep in my fridge for quick breakfasts and dinners

What kind of stick blender do you have? Is it an immersion blender that could also be used for soups?
Smoothies are great for a quick bfast, but using/assembling/cleaning my regular blender is such a hassle!

Jan 06, 2014
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Fresh Udon noodles??

Thanks for your response. I bought the Nasoya brand from WF in the refrigerated section. Just didn't taste like at a restaurant. I will have to try a more authentic brand.

Jan 06, 2014
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Fresh Udon noodles??

You can freeze uncooked fresh udon noodles, I saw instructions to do just that with the unused portion of a bag I recently bought.
On a related note, how should udon taste? I've had it at restaurants but never bought it fresh before. I thought it smelled very doughy and tasted a bit sour. It was not expired but is that the way its supposed to taste?

Dec 31, 2013
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Best "Quaint", but great food in Southern CT (Westport)

I recommend The Dressing Room in Westport. They have brunch on the weekends. Food is delicious and high quality, the restaurant is a quieter setting and has a cozy feel.

I also would also suggest Estia's American in Darien. Its rather casual for breakfast and again on the quieter side.

Dec 16, 2013
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Three healthy raw foods.

Clementines or mandarin oranges, you can get a box of them pretty cheaply and they are super easy to peel and eat, and very mess free.
Grapes, wash them all when you get home from the store and just keep in a bowl in the fridge
Pears if you get sick of apples.
Veggie wise I agree with cucumbers...or buy the smaller pickling cukes and you won't even have to slice them.
Cherry/grape tomatoes are easy too.

Dec 05, 2013
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Help...need ideas for one or two bite appetizers for Christmas Party

Sushi - doesn't always come out best when homemade though

Bite size pieces of bread or crackers topped with smoked salmon and creamcheese or hummus and an olive

Grilled veggies wrapped around goat cheese, served cold

Marinated mushrooms

Mozzerella, cherry tomato, and basil on a toothpick

Fruit salad on a toothpick (cantaloupe chunk, pineapple, grapes, etc)

Dec 02, 2013
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Favorite bread for Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches?

Had mine on baguette, was delicious!

Dec 02, 2013
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Do you moderate your drinking around your family?

Yes, I do not come from a family of drinkers. If I have two drinks, I will get a comment. The feeling of being drunk for my parents is not seen as a positive, so a drink is more of a supplement to the meal. Whereas for me, a buzz is the objective!
I get so conflicted over doing what I want and feels good vs what my family thinks is respectable behavior.

My father immediately disapproved of my last boyfriend when he went for his third beer. And made constant comments along the lines of "another one?!", "you're not going to be able to see straight", "that stuff is fattening", etc.

Nov 22, 2013
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Do you moderate your drinking around your family?

Do you feel like you need to moderate your drinking when you are around your family, specifically during the holidays? I enjoy a few drinks on the weekends and occasionally with dinner during the week. If out with a friend we will probably share a bottle of wine. When I am with my family (4 of us total), they would never imagine drinking more than one bottle of wine for all of us. If I go for an after dinner cocktail I am immediately judged. Little do they know I am having many more drinks when catching up with friends later that night. Do you adjust your ways in the presence of your family or just do your thing and let the judgement rage?

Nov 22, 2013
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Dear Mr. Broccoli you'll be missed

Agree that broccoli is very expensive, especially organic. I have been buying frozen organic broccoli instead.

Nov 22, 2013
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What's your job and are you happy with it?

I work in finance, while I do enjoy it I do not like sitting in front a computer all day! I really enjoy cooking and wish I had more free time to do it and to actually eat what I make. It's too late to cook a full meal by the time I get home and I'm usually trying to get to the gym anyways.
I applied to a new bar that's opening locally, would love to bar-tend once a week for the social aspect and to be in a restaurant setting. I have always wanted to run my own restaurant someday. Unfortunately I am over qualified, have limited time and zero bar-tending experience... I'm having a more difficult time getting a job bar-tending than in finance!

Nov 22, 2013
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Do you have trouble eating when you are home alone?

The problem is that if I am alone I will convince myself that I am not hungry. So of course a few hours later I am starving and nothing is prepared. At this point I'll usually go for a massive salad of whatevers on hand accompanied by quick proteins like cheese, hard boiled eggs, nuts, grazing of snack foods, etc. The point is I should have just made a well balanced meal in the first place!

Nov 20, 2013
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What are 3 foods you have never eaten and don't plan to... And 3 things you have never tried but want to?

Never had/don't care to:
A fast food hamburger
Taco Bell
Sunny Delight

Never had/Would like to try:
A cronut
Dom Perignon
Starfruit

Nov 20, 2013
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