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Canned foods . I use them . Do you ?

All the time. Again we use them in moderation as a part of an overall preparation plan.
For instance, brown rice in the rice cooker with a can of sweet corn if we are out of frozen. Canned beets in a salad of red onions, hard boiled eggs, cilantro, slice beets and lime juice.
Canned tomatoes, of course, tomato juice, beans for a quick salad on a week night, tuna & sardines in tomato sauce to name a few:
chicken, beef or vegetable stock
Spam
artichokes
olives
roasted red peppers
hearts of palm
marinated mushrooms
Green beans (only for my baby sister)
sweet & sour cabbage
asparagus (when not in season for soup)
red, white, black, beans
Garbanzo beans
Tuna
anchovies
sardines
salmon

about 15 hours ago
PHREDDY in General Topics

Am I the only adult in America who doesn't like coffee?

Give me vanilla anytime...I am with you though on the coffee..
Just don't like it...

1 day ago
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Trattoria L'Incontro

+1...
It is OK...not great..although according to thoses on Yelp..it gets 4 1/2 stars..

May 23, 2015
PHREDDY in Outer Boroughs
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Are you THE cook in your family?

I am the person they go to in the house if they want something different and get requests all the time for special dishes that I have made over the years.
In so far as my extended family, my brother and sister are killer cooks, wherein my sister is much more parochial in her style, and also much more of a baker. My brother's style is daring, modifies standard recipes and is a stickler for presentation. I like to think I take a little from them both.

May 23, 2015
PHREDDY in General Topics

Foods to pack for long day & night at hospital

During a stay that I had about 6 years ago, visitors all asked if they could bring me some food...I was not really in the mood to eat anything due to nausea from the meds.
A cousin did bring a tray of dried fruit, nuts, canned cheese and some crackers. As I got my strength back, those nibbles were just perfect. Real light and just the right amount of sweetness.
In many cases the emotions suppresses the desire to eat, but since you are the helper it is important you bring along more nourishment that you need, and a variety.
I do know that most hospitals have a Social Services department. you might want to contact them and see if they have a list of shops, restaurants markets and other resources.
Wishing for a speedy recovery!

May 18, 2015
PHREDDY in General Topics

Foods to pack for long day & night at hospital

If you go this route...check if a can opener is needed!

May 18, 2015
PHREDDY in General Topics
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Have you ordered spicy hot food and then complained about it being too hot?

+1...agreed..
To me heat and spice are two separate elements. I enjoy more spice than heat. I do ask the server for a suggestion for the level of heat, and only one time was I misled. The restaurant was a BYOB, Asian/Indian so we brought a 6 pack of Coronas with us..We finished the 6 bottles by the soup and appetizer. We just looked at each other and said should we leave?...then we said WTF and I then proceeded to a local bodega and bought another 6 pack. Those were consumed with the main course.
Needless to say we really could not appreciate the food, and it was a lesson well learned. We never returned and did not even think of sending it back. The food can always have a little more heat added if it not hot enough.
BTW...Jalapeño peppers are a fruit not a spice. The seeds of the pepper ground up are a spice.

May 18, 2015
PHREDDY in General Topics

Barbecuing - Does ANYONE Think Of Food Safety When Grilling?

What do you do when something slips and falls off the grill on the ground???? it never goes back...our safety device....the dog!!!!

May 17, 2015
PHREDDY in General Topics
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Recipes for Impromptu Casual Summer Entertaining?

It is all about the staples you keep on hand. From those say if you have olives, pickles, cheese, a package of tortillas, pasta some fresh veggies such as tomatoes, cukes, broccoli, etc. you can really put something easy and quick as all have mentioned here. We have a pretty large immediate family that visits often in addition to the five kids and spouses, so we keep a little extra of what we always have on hand for that "impromptu" time; canned beans, jarred roasted red peppers, canned sardines, a bag of chips, extra sour cream, yogurt, some frozen veggies such as spinach, corn, lima beans;for the littleuns, I keep a package of frozen pigs in blankets, for the bigguns, always some red and white wine , and a case of beer...
Oh one more thing...an extra tank of gas for the Barbie!

Haven't returned to a former favorite restaurant because of bill issue.

I am on the same page...it has happened to me where I knocked over a glass of wine and nothing broke, and was comped the next glass of wine...I said thank you and got even by rewarding the server with a few extra $$$ and am always remembered at that restaurant..

You might also want to have a conversation with the owner, if you are recognized when you return and tell them you took a break from the establishment, and are now back, and ask if they have anything new on the menu to try!

Now go and make some lemonade with your lemons!

Jury Duty next week - what is new and exciting near the courts

Don't get trashed on drugs or alcohol...I served once and two of my cohorts came backed blitzed, and the judge ordered them dismissed and gave them a community service order for 40 hours!

May 13, 2015
PHREDDY in Manhattan
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Chicken Sausages, Any Reccomendations?

My daughter served me some Johnsonville chipotle & jack chicken sausages...just a little salty for my liking...

May 13, 2015
PHREDDY in General Topics

Are you going to toss it . Or just hold onto it forever ?

I do have to say I am pretty diligent, and don't let science experiments grow in my fridge. I have a good size pantry in the laundry room, that I go through almost weekly. This is helpful when shopping and you some condiment or staple on sale and you say , "I think I have three of those left"..
Generally speaking, when there is 1/2 an inch in the bottom of the open container it gets tossed.

May 08, 2015
PHREDDY in General Topics

Hors d'oeuvres play on Entrees

Cut up one inch cubes of salmon, then wrap them in paper thin slices of potato. Sauté in some evoo & butter. Top them with some Wasabi mayo made with mayo, wasabi, lemon juice and some finely chopped fresh dill. (I thought I had a picture)

May 07, 2015
PHREDDY in Home Cooking
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What type(s) of cuisine are you just not interested in cooking?

Describe Jewish food..

What type(s) of cuisine are you just not interested in cooking?

I guess so John..everything on CH is verbatim!

May 05, 2015
PHREDDY in General Topics
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When do you eat your salad?

Along side the main meal.
unless in a restaurant where they have to time the delivery.

I know I am open to a lot of comments..but shove off ...

Should I get a half or quarter beef?

so 90lbs @$7.80..= $700 bucks...

OK..should work.. go for it!!!

May 03, 2015
PHREDDY in General Topics

Should I get a half or quarter beef?

What was the price per for the 1/4?

May 03, 2015
PHREDDY in General Topics

Should I get a half or quarter beef?

Now you are talking..A whole lamb is about 120 or so pounds. We purchased one once, and it was like $3 / lb. and a $20 tip to the butcher (about 10 years ago). It was well worth it, if you like lamb. You get every cut. I think we ended up with about 50 lbs. in the end, but so worth it.

May 03, 2015
PHREDDY in General Topics

We just butchered a pig - Fresh "Ham" Slices

If you try it and don't care for it, grind them up (less the bone) and use it as a basis for some homemade sausage. Ground pork, some spices, cooked as patties or as a crumble...no need for casings.

May 03, 2015
PHREDDY in Home Cooking

Should I get a half or quarter beef?

I once bought half of a steer, when I had a large 25 cubic foot freezer in the basement, and 5 persons living home 2 adults, 2 teenage girls, and one teenage boy. If I remember correctly we ended up with about 250 or so pounds of beef. We also purchased it at this time of the year. It lasted up about 4 or 5 months. We also did a lot of entertaining, in the summer, so looking back we consumed about 50 lbs/month. I really can't break it down further, because one of the occasions we had was a middle school graduation party for about 40 people, and of course Father's day, which was usually attended by 20 persons.
It is a lot of beef, but you do get everything w/ 1/2 an animal.
Perhaps you can partner up with a friend and then you would still be able to customize as you like?

May 03, 2015
PHREDDY in General Topics
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Banquet hall tipping - when guest thinks servers are getting it, but owners pocket all...

The OP is in your terms "splitting hairs".
Her employer has a business plan that includes charging a price for their product/service , and in his contract he has a list of charges, which he discloses to all customers. As a result of that is his ability to generate enough income to pay his employees $22/hr. (add in employer contribution of federal and local taxes, liability insurance, workman's' compensation and employee administration costs, and you are probably looking at an hourly cost of about $28 to $30/hour.)
The OP has really misled everyone here.
Perhaps she should open up a competing business and come to fully understand the complexities of operating a "catering" business.

May 03, 2015
PHREDDY in Not About Food
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Banquet hall tipping - when guest thinks servers are getting it, but owners pocket all...

So you are saying you worked about 4 months of the year as a part time job and you want to be additionally compensated another 20% on top of the $22/hr or gross earning of $24.20/hour.
Is this employment your main source of income, or is it in addition to another job?
The $44,000/yr, referred to "the staff is being paid at a rate of"....

May 02, 2015
PHREDDY in Not About Food

North Shore restaurant options? (Waterfront would be ideal)

You are on point Stu...good suggestion.

Ideas for vegetarian dinners, please

John,
No one mentioned wine. I think it should be an integral part of your meal plan for that week.
If the weather is good, how about lighting up the "Barbie" for some grilled Portobello mushrooms, on a classic round bun with some melted Swiss, and some thin sliced red onion. Actually, one of my favorites is a piece of baguette lightly toasted on the grill stuffed with nicely grilled with a slight char; asparagus, red peppers, yellow onion, some good evoo and a couple slices of fresh mozzarella. Pair the mushroom burger with a nice Shiraz , and the baguette with a nice fruity chard.
Great suggestions herein!

May 02, 2015
PHREDDY in Home Cooking

Banquet hall tipping - when guest thinks servers are getting it, but owners pocket all...

Just a little gas on the fire for the OP...
Have you ever sat with your employer when they have presented the final bill and heard a host ask that actual question?.
I have made several affairs at establishments with contracts, and never once did a server ever sit in when the bill was presented.
My suggestion would to visit your states labor department and have them investigate. Be sure that if bring such allegations in your complaint that you are able to support them, or you might be subject to legal retribution and/or a penalty.
Moreoff, if you are as you say a server and earning $22.00/hr, for a job where there are no prescribed qualifications, with respect to schooling or licensing, it appears that your boss runs a fairly good business wherein he pays his staff at the rate of $44,000 /year. A real living wage.
I am available, and so is my daughter who has a 4 year bachelor's degree in accounting and earns $19/hr in the finance department of a nationally know construction company...
Be careful what you post..
PS...I am not a lawyer, but the owner of a plumbing company, and you make more than some of persons that work for me. (and we all know what plumbers earn!)

May 01, 2015
PHREDDY in Not About Food

What's for Dinner #362 - The May Day Edition [through May 5, 2015]

Holly Cow!..as Phil used to say, but I guess a grand piece of beef like that,back here Steve, and perhaps a little increase in the "statins", and we can eat whatever we want..
Hoping for a first place finish in the east this year... the Mets!!!

May 01, 2015
PHREDDY in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #362 - The May Day Edition [through May 5, 2015]

I did the dance too in 1960!...still remember my partner..my girlfriend in first grade!!!!

May 01, 2015
PHREDDY in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #362 - The May Day Edition [through May 5, 2015]

Steam sum af dem sausijeez in some brewskies for tomorrow....and call me..I'll be there!

May 01, 2015
PHREDDY in Home Cooking
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