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Is it okay to ask guests at a suprise party to pay to attend?

The only situation in which I can imagine asking guests to pay to come to my house would involve the purchase of an expensive pay-per-view event. Then it would have been agreed upon beforehand - I'll order the fight, everyone chips in $XX. I probably wouldn't even do this, but I think it would be fine.

What you describe is just weird. I agree with the others - get sick and stay sick until it's over.

about 16 hours ago
NonnieMuss in Not About Food

Sugar causes cancer!

(Can I borrow the word "derpitude?")

Hounds with Blogs

I do really long, rambling posts about kitchen experiments that go horribly wrong and sometimes right. There's the occasional original recipe, and a project where I'm trying to cook my way through every style of pizza I can find: www.illdothedisheslater.tumblr.com

As an added bonus, I am a TERRIBLE photographer.

Cooking for sick neighbor

Here is the Serious Eats guide to creamy pureed soups - kind of a how-to for most any vegetable you can think of.

http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/01/th...

I've also found that when people are sick, regardless of how their taste is affected, that cold sweet foods are the most appealing.

I also recommend Meal Train - it's a wonderful resource.

My recommendation for the others would be to remember convenience and snacks. You don't mention the age of the son, but surely he could make a sandwich - bread, chips, cold cuts, etc. Prepared foods like chicken salad, pasta salad, etc. - things they don't have to time or cook or fuss with. They are probably worn out and grabbing meals at odd times. And snacks - granola bars, individually portioned cut up veggies and dips or fruit.

I hope you're able to provide some comfort to these people. What a nice thing to do.

Jun 30, 2015
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking
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Whole Foods overcharging NYers

Kroger has that policy too - I had a $50+ rib roast ring up incorrectly. They handed me $50+ back in cash with no hassle at all.

Jun 30, 2015
NonnieMuss in Chains
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Best foods versus Heinz mayonnaise

They just recently started carrying Duke's in my city. While I like it just fine, 30+ years of Hellmann's is a hard habit to break, and it never goes on sale. I'll use Kraft in cooking/dips etc., and Miracle Whip NEVER. I've never seen or heard of Heinz mayo, and Kirkland - blech! Never again!

Jun 29, 2015
NonnieMuss in General Topics

Sugar causes cancer!

(cough cough) Dr. Oz?

Jun 29, 2015
NonnieMuss in Food Media & News

27 Rainbow Recipes To Make With Pride

Beautiful, happy food!

Pizza delivery charge

Are you named after that beer that has the little candies floating around in it?

Jun 25, 2015
NonnieMuss in Not About Food

Franchise Restaurants in Public Schools?

You're right - they would get a standing order every day and sell them per slice - we didn't have, like a food court or anything.

Jun 24, 2015
NonnieMuss in General Topics

Franchise Restaurants in Public Schools?

When I was in high school (early nineties, if you must know), they served National Chain Pizza in the cafeteria. Regular public high school.

Jun 24, 2015
NonnieMuss in General Topics

Thawing/freezing chicken question:

Thanks for the advice.

Jun 18, 2015
NonnieMuss in General Topics

Thawing/freezing chicken question:

I'm cooking chicken salad for over 100 people this weekend for a wedding. We've estimated that, with the other food being served, we'll need somewhere around 40 lbs. of chicken (bone-in) to suit our needs. We've purchased a wholesale box of 60 lbs. from our butcher, who is kindly storing and thawing it for us. My question is how to deal with the other 20 pounds? We don't want to re-freeze it. I have a Food Saver - cook, seal and freeze? Cook, shred, seal, and freeze? Any advice?

Jun 17, 2015
NonnieMuss in General Topics

Soup Kitchen

If you have canning equipment, make jam or chutney. Especially if they are already turning.

Jun 17, 2015
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking
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Map: The most uniquely popular cuisine in every state

It makes it uniquer.

Current restaurant pet peeve

Housemade ketchup and/or pickles. I'm sure these things can be done well. I'm sure they can be delicious. I would like to try these, but haven't run across them yet. If you can't figure it out, please bring me Heinz.

Local automatically means good! (No, it doesn't. Just because you know the farmer doesn't mean your cook prepared it well.)

But to be fair, eating at a casual bar 'n' grill type place Saturday night, the hostess was sitting at the hostess stand brushing her hair - within feet of tables, waiters passing by with trays, etc., so I can deal with some of the other little things. (Yes, I wrote to the restaurant about it.)

Making pesto...

Ha! Fair enough. I obviously didn't read the whole post.

Jun 15, 2015
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking

Making pesto...

Serious Eats says mortar and pestle. http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

Jun 14, 2015
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking

Looking For A Good Crockpot Book

I love Slow Cooker Revolution. It's more than just "dump it on and turn it on". Now I'm off in search of volume two!

Jun 10, 2015
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking

What do you guys think about my study project?

Is this a study project or a site where you buy products? I'm confused.

Jun 09, 2015
NonnieMuss in General Topics

Science Daily: New information changes few opinions on GMOs, global warming

Science: This is a true thing.
Half of America: No.

homemade pizza ideas

The instructions on TJ's dough say to leave it out for 30 minutes (I think? Maybe it's an hour.) but double whatever they say. Let it rise and rest, then you can stretch it to your heart's content.

Jun 05, 2015
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking

Best restaurants located close to I-75 in Kentucky

This is a lovely little place - family friendly, surrounded by horse farms, and with lots of local food and products : http://www.windycornermarket.com
It's not too far off I75 - maybe a 10 or 15 minute detour.

What trends do you see in the preparation of foods and drinks in restaurants?

We had a "fancy new" BBQ place open in our town this year. It's a lot of small plates, fancy cocktails, and house-smoked meats. Entrees start around $30 - $40. (That's on the high end in my casual southern town.) I haven't gotten to try it yet, since it's still new and reservations are usually only available for 4:15 or 9:45.

May 29, 2015
NonnieMuss in General Topics

André Soltner on Mother Sauces

Not a good chef or cook, or not a good French chef or cook?

47 Kitchen and Food Hacks That Will Change Your Life

Most of these have been on Buzzfeed lists for years.

May 26, 2015
NonnieMuss in Features
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Brining rant...

I only buy chicken from a small local butcher shop now. It's a pricier and not in a convenient location, but the grocery store stuff is garbage now. And it's still not as pricy as Whole Paycheck. Where I live I have a choice of Kroger, Meijer, or Walmart. Unless I pay 2X the price for their "organic" or "natural" brands, all the chicken (and turkey) is at least 12% injected and tastes like salty bicycle tires. I've tried the "natural" stuff, and it's not great either. The US poultry industry makes over a billion dollars a year selling salt water. Kroger does the same thing to its pork, which is completely inedible. I can walk to Kroger - the butcher is miles away on the busiest road in town.

May 26, 2015
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking

Brining rant...

Check the labels on your chicken. Most of it is already injected with a sodium solution. It will say something like "enhanced with up to 12% broth" or the like. Ruins the texture too. It's almost impossible to buy decent chicken at a regular old grocery now. Major pet peeve of mine. I agree with your sprinkly plan.

What is Important in Food Photography?

Serious Eats did a great article about it - http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/03/be...

May 23, 2015
NonnieMuss in Not About Food

I want to sell my homemade tortellini and ravioli

There is a professional local pasta company in my city that sells at the farmer's market - they sell fresh bundles of noodles in twist-tie bags. These sorts of laws vary wildly from state-to-state, or even city-by-city. Your best bet would be to research the laws in your area, then contact the health department and find out about their codes. There will be a lot more paperwork than cooking at first.

May 18, 2015
NonnieMuss in Home Cooking