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Help! I need low salt, low carb recipes

Be careful buying grocery store meat also - most chicken and a lot of pork is now injected with a sodium solution, raising the sodium content by as must as four times. (Also ruins taste/texture, but that's off topic.) Check your labels - a low sodium recipe could be ruined by artificially plumped meats.

MasterChef US June 30 chatter

She actually has a neurological disorder that affects her voice. She was seeking treatment for it after filming.

Mar 21, 2015
NonnieMuss in Food Media & News

What 'Race Together' Means for Starbucks Partners and Customers | Starbucks Newsroom

I have no problem with the idea behind this, but I would have a big problem if I was stuck in line behind someone chatting about race relations with the barista.

Mar 19, 2015
NonnieMuss in Chains
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What is Reasoning Behind Southern Extremely Salty Bacon?

Huh - I've eaten bacon all over the country, and it all just tastes like bacon. I have found that "artisanal" or housemade bacons tend to be saltier, but regular old bacon is just as salty up Nawth. Now country ham is a whole other thing - you can't compare it with regular ham.

Mar 18, 2015
NonnieMuss in General Topics

Braised beef short ribs, what can be done the day ahead?

Cook the whole thing the day before - it will be easier to separate the fat and you can make your sauce the day of.

do you return items to Trader Joe's?

I changed my mind about buying some coffee at the check out once - I wanted beans and accidentally picked up ground. They insisted I take it for free to see if I might like it. Since most items there are in the $3 range, I generally don't, but if it was bad meat or something more expensive I would.

Mar 01, 2015
NonnieMuss in Chains

What do you think of this new Sous Vide cooker?

Most induction burners I see let you set the temperature to the degree you want.

Feb 26, 2015
NonnieMuss in Cookware

What do you think of this new Sous Vide cooker?

Induction burners are far cheaper than what this is going for.

Feb 26, 2015
NonnieMuss in Cookware

Why do most food blog recipes suck?

My favorite comments are the ones that indicate my failures are hilarious to them. I have a lot of failures, but I'm honest about them. And hopefully funny.

Feb 25, 2015
NonnieMuss in Food Media & News

Pancetta in larger quantities?

There are a few options for ordering in bulk from Amazon.

Feb 23, 2015
NonnieMuss in General Topics

organic, non-irradiated, chili powder recommendation, non-spicy

The FDA and CDC disagree. To each their own.

Feb 17, 2015
NonnieMuss in General Topics

organic, non-irradiated, chili powder recommendation, non-spicy

And irradiation has no effect on nutritional value.

Feb 16, 2015
NonnieMuss in General Topics
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Oscar party - suggestions

Are you looking for puns?
The Imitation (crab) Game
Cool-Whiplash
The Theory of Everything Bagels
The Grand Bouillabaisse Hotel
American Snapper

:)

Communal tables at restaurants - your opinion please?

Thumbs down. Especially the long picnic-type tables. Nowhere to put coat/purse. Strangers' food/conversation can be unappetizing. I don't mind at, say a Japanese steakhouse where it's expected, but otherwise I'll avoid when possible.

Cheesemaking 101

This was in Lexington, KY. It was $110 for a whole day course (about 10:00 to 5:00) and included lunch, print-outs, and some samples to take home.

Feb 11, 2015
NonnieMuss in Cheese

Where can I post a survey?

I liked the Chowhounds Wanted thread. I always participated in student surveys, and maybe it could filter out some of the spam posts in the future. You know, the "What do you think of my..." Site, blog, idea, whatever the fake posts ask to get site hits.

Freezer meals for a father-in-law in mourning

I'm going to throw out the idea of snacks as well. He may not have the get-up-and-go some days to think ahead to defrost and cook a meal, but could maybe snack on something. Anything like soups or stews, make sure to package in single-serving sizes, lest they be too intimidating (if he's not much of a cook). And when all the neighbors ask if there's anything they can do - make sure they have your number and will check in with you if they have any worries about him.

Feb 09, 2015
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking
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Husband Coming from 3 months stay in China; What to cook .

I've been in the husband-in-China situation myself. For the first couple days, make nothing time-sensitive. He will likely be a jet-lagged zombie who will be hungry and sleepy at odd times. Just have stuff available to graze on. My husband also just really wanted regular food - sandwiches, burgers, etc. He'd been eating some... authentic things, let's say, that he was unfamiliar with and didn't always enjoy.

Looking for a magazine for my 80+ dad, not too adventurous

That would be "Cook's Country", not Cooks a Country. Stupid fat fingers and not noticing in time to edit. :(

Feb 06, 2015
NonnieMuss in Food Media & News

Looking for a magazine for my 80+ dad, not too adventurous

Cooks a Country - not quite as detailed or adventurous as CI.

Feb 05, 2015
NonnieMuss in Food Media & News

Costco prepared entrees in refrigerated section

Quinoa salad is indulgent?!?

Feb 05, 2015
NonnieMuss in Chains

Using Spinach Powder

I would use something like that in homemade pasta noodles, or else add it to mashed potatoes.

Feb 05, 2015
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking

Cheesemaking 101

Update - class was this past Sunday, and it was fabulous. He demonstrated making yogurt, Ricotta, mascarpone, and Caerphilly, then we all made mozzarella and burrata together. He went through all the basic steps, then taught us how to read a recipe and apply the steps we learned. He also told us where/how to buy decent milk (it's not easy here!) I really would recommend this type of class to anyone interested in cheese. Even though I've already done ricotta, his tips and explanations were far better than reading a recipe. And he went into the cost-effectiveness of making your own. I was afraid it would be all "sanitation, thermometers, blah blah" but it was great. Just FYI if anyone was thinking about doing something like this.

Feb 04, 2015
NonnieMuss in Cheese
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Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

Never. I can't imagine anyone wanting this.

Feb 02, 2015
NonnieMuss in Not About Food

Need help with edible conference favor

Something like these chocolate-dipped pretzel logs would be fun. Put each one in a clear treat bag and tie with ribbon:

Worst Cooks in America

I enjoyed the first season, which seemed to have a few sincere "real" folks. Then it was all reality show personalities. It does seem too easy to fake it.

Jan 21, 2015
NonnieMuss in Food Media & News

Pizza

What style is your pizza? I've been doing a series on different pizza styles on my blog. So far my favorites have been the Trenton Tomato Pie and Chicago Deep Dish. The worst was St. Louis.

What happened to Top Chef?

I think the problem with this season is that most/all the contestants are... Nice, talented cooks. No one is a big flashy personality, nobody's trying to act like a bad reality show villain. They are cooking very good food most of the time. They DID just have Jacques Pepin on there. But nice, talented people sometimes don't make for good TV.

Jan 16, 2015
NonnieMuss in Food Media & News

Chow's, Dear CHOW Feature

True, but as the Q and A were both supplied by staff, I assume they'd be familiar enough with the forums to find the answers there.

Jan 15, 2015
NonnieMuss in Site Talk

First time posters

That was me. Sorry. :)

Jan 15, 2015
NonnieMuss in Site Talk
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