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When did you first discover Chowhound ?

When I was researching how to enhance the flavor of a ramen powder packet. I stumbled on a ramen thread discussing add ins for packaged ramen soup. My culinary knowledge has been expanded several times over from what I read on this site. :)

Feb 04, 2014
Munkipawse in Site Talk
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Your Favorite Newman's Own Products?

I like a couple teaspoons of the olive oil and vinegar PN dressing stirred in a bowl of hot pasta followed by a couple pinches of red pepper flakes... Nom.nom.

Feb 04, 2014
Munkipawse in General Topics

Pan Fried Noodle Sauce??

Not sure about using the sauce you saw on Amazon. But whenever i need a brown sauce in pan fried noodles I alternate between using a mixture of Soy sauce & hoison sauce or Soy sauce & Oyster sauce. Both sauces have distinct flavors and both have worked good once i mixed a bit of soy sauce in to cut the creamy pasty texture.

Feb 25, 2013
Munkipawse in General Topics

Resturant vs Homecooked

your lucky to have both parents interested in cooking. My mom didn't care for cooking and has been less so as she's gotten older. My dad was never interested in cooking and only did so out of necessity and my mom being out of commission a couple times for medical issues. His idea of cooking was anything mixed in a bowl and microwaved on high for 3 minutes. I can't tell you how many of my Mom's nice teflon pans he ruined using a metal spatula. I was glad my Dad never wanted to cook, cause we kids literally teared-up at the thought of his meals.

Feb 25, 2013
Munkipawse in General Topics

Is your kitchen neat or cluttered?

My kitchen is reasonably tidy and dishes are cleaned immediately after meals, but what really drives me ape-sh*t is when my husband dumps things on my island that I consider a prep area. His office is less than 20ft away, however I've come home many a night 15mins after him and he's dropped all his stuff on my kitchen island. Since I do all the prep work for meals and such there I consider this an off-limits area for non food items. Call me Crazy as well.

Feb 25, 2013
Munkipawse in Not About Food

I don't care if I never set foot again in a...............

and least we not forget the sac-relig of seafood kings... Red Lobster! Wow have they taken a nose-dive in quality in the last few years.... Gag! Not even their cheddar biscuits is enough to make up for their mediocre food.

Feb 25, 2013
Munkipawse in Chains

I don't care if I never set foot again in a...............

and least we not forget

Feb 25, 2013
Munkipawse in Chains

Resturant vs Homecooked

Growing up, anyone enjoy a dish that you've had out but not so much your Mom's home-cooked version? Generally my Mom wasn't much for recreating dishes that we would have out at a restaurant but when she did decide she liked something, heaven help us all when she would give it a go. My mom would improvise more out of wanting to save time not because finances dictated and as a result taste was the first sacrificed. There were several dishes she butchered but my most vivid memory was her attempts with cooking Jambalaya. Not wishing to shop for the sausage needed or the shrimp, my mom was ok with subbing hotdogs and fish sticks. Needless to say my sister and I stopped making too many happy noises when we'd try something out least my mother try to recreate her "version". I'm interested in your experiences....

Feb 25, 2013
Munkipawse in General Topics

What your Mom did cook when she didn't do a lot of "from scratch" cooking.

Hi all.

My mom wasn't much of a cook when I was growing up and still to this day doesn't really enjoy cooking. So as a result she never really did a lot of experimenting or making anything new for us kids. One of my most vivid memories was when my mom would add things to boxed meals, particularly hamburger helper. She liked to toss in a can of vegetables or slice up an onion and call it a day.

Now that I'm a Mom myself I do a lot more home-made cooking and will on occasion get the odd request for a boxed meal. Particularly from my son. For some reason this riles me a bit as I pride myself on being a pretty good cook. So in an effort to appease both him and myself I will make the occasional boxed meal. Funny in my effort to "juice" it up I will add fresh components to make it more tasty.... I sometimes catch myself from doing too much of a "Sandra Lee" on something that is best left in its original boxed state....

Anyone care to comment or add their two cents from their childhood experiences? Am very curious to see if anyone else had a Mom that didn't really like cooking.

Dec 04, 2012
Munkipawse in Home Cooking

Do you hoard?

I hoard pasta and rice. Sadly I can't go to the market without cruising through the pasta section and picking up at least 2-4 packages of different shaped pasta. At minimum I keep at least 6lbs of rice for "whenever".... Can't help it. I don't stress or worry if I run low on anything else, but if my pasta shelf or rice bucket "seem" low I will buy more regardless. ...and yes I cook pasta and rice daily for my family....

Nov 30, 2012
Munkipawse in General Topics

Sweet Spaghetti Sauce

really Scunge? The addition of certain veg and slow simmering creates the sweet taste? I will give it a try. I just fell in love with a sweeter sauce after trying it and now a more savory sauce has become a distant memory... ;-). Being Sicilian Scunge, do you prefer homemade sauces more than jarred?

Mar 21, 2012
Munkipawse in Home Cooking

Sweet Spaghetti Sauce

thanks Todao! Any chance if you've ever heard of sauce being made with brown sugar instead of white? Growing up i was never fond of sauces or ragu that wasn't savory but lately I've discovered a whole new slew of sauces used in Italian cooking that have been on the sweeter side. thanks again for the three links. :)

Mar 20, 2012
Munkipawse in Home Cooking

Sweet Spaghetti Sauce

Hi,

any chowhounders out there have a sweet tomato/spaghetti sauce recipe you care to share? My hub and I visit this neighborhood place owned and run by a wonderful Scicilan family. Their food is amazing, esp their tasty sweet red sauce-- however they never go into detail about the ingrediants of their homemade sauce other than to say its a family recipe. :-/. So could anyone help a cooking Munki out!

Thank you. :)

Mar 19, 2012
Munkipawse in Home Cooking

Top Chef Texas - Ep. #14 - 02/08/12 (Spoilers)

Ha-ha Chowser I must be tired... I had to read your post three times cause I though you said Hubert had to dive for his own cooch... :'-). Anyway thanks for your thoughts regarding the lack of interesting challenges, i agree as well... this season was an epic fail to me as we got no real sense of anyone's style until way late in the game.

Feb 13, 2012
Munkipawse in Food Media & News

canned tuna--what do you like to do with it (healthy)?

I drain the tuna, dice an onion, 2 ribs of celery, add a tbsp of mayo, a squeeze of mustard, a tbsp of pickle relish, S&P, mix and eat in lettuce leaves... a la lettuce rolls. Mmmmm... Sometimes if i feel adventerous I will add a tbsp of Pico de gallo to the mix. :)

Feb 12, 2012
Munkipawse in Home Cooking

Casserole: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly...

Do you eat any "cold" casseroles? Or are all yours hot casseroles.

Feb 12, 2012
Munkipawse in General Topics

Casserole: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly...

Growing up my Mom refused to make us casseroles of any type. She believed (from childhood experience) that casseroles were just leftovers covered under a layer of shredded cheese. Until I moved out and went to college I thought the same thing.

However after my experiences having dinner at my friends houses and other extended family I've actually gotten to try all sorts of casseroles... The Good- Broc, cheese & rice. The Bad- anything made with Campbell's Tomato soup or topped with crushed saltines. And the Ugly- Tuna Noodle casserole. :)

Any thoughts?

Feb 12, 2012
Munkipawse in General Topics

What's The One Thing You Can't Eat, even for money.

Ha-ha Viscole. Took me a minute to comprehend your answer.... I totally agree. I dont think i'd ever be that hungry. When i watched the movie ALIVE thats all i could think about... Having to make such a bleak choice in a horrific situation.

Feb 07, 2012
Munkipawse in General Topics

What goes good with chili?

gosh Gorde, the rice & sourcream prep for your chili sounds awesome! I will definitely be doing that next time. How do you eat the Guac with chili, as a side or a stir-in?

Feb 07, 2012
Munkipawse in General Topics

Family foods I thought was normal

BD my dad ate his cake the same way. He also liked drinking soda with a package of salted peanuts tossed in. I tried both of these concoctions when i was a bit older but could ever reconcile the sweet/salty and conflicting textures enough to enjoy either of these snacks.

Feb 05, 2012
Munkipawse in General Topics

Did Your Mom Repeatedly Cook a Dish You Despised?

Ewwwww.....

Feb 01, 2012
Munkipawse in General Topics

Portion control at a dinner party

Cleo he was definately a food hoarder. His cupboards overflowed with cans and cans of food. Most of which were 3-4yrs expired. And whenever we'd attend a party, BBQ or buffet he made a point of piling his plate with just meat and the pricier hor douves. It was pretty obvious to others what he was doing and I would just get so embarassed. However the last straw for me was when he'd bawked at me when I would take seconds of anything. :-(

Jan 31, 2012
Munkipawse in Not About Food

What did you or your Mom make when you were sick?

Well it worked so I guess my Mom's logic made some sense. Heh. To this day its still my go-to- meal when I'm feeling icky or have an upset stomach.

Jan 31, 2012
Munkipawse in General Topics

What did you or your Mom make when you were sick?

Hi L4F, I called my mom and asked her the origin of the hamburger & rice dish she fed us when we were sick. Guess what she said?! When the vet prescribed it for our German Shephard after he ate on some plants that had been sprayed with bug powder she thought the bland diet would work the same for us. Go figure. :-)

Jan 30, 2012
Munkipawse in General Topics

What did you or your Mom make when you were sick?

My Grandma was a big believer that a large majority of ills could be solved by eating something that would make us poo. I was always a little skeeved out knowing that was her intentions when she would suggest to my mom giving us dried plums or having us take couple gulps of caster oil. She was very old-school in her home remedies.

Jan 30, 2012
Munkipawse in General Topics

What did you or your Mom make when you were sick?

Holy Smacks! Vodka laced lemonade! Your nurse had a lot better arsenal to work with than mine did. ;-)

Jan 30, 2012
Munkipawse in General Topics

Portion control at a dinner party

I used to date a fella who was very concerned about never having enough leftovers. Whenever he'd have me over for supper or we would entertain his family or our friends together at his apartment he was very fixated on not having enough leftovers from what was made. I would get so frustrated as a lot of times I would be providing some of the items we served and he would be almost hysterical in his concern that he wouldn't have any leftovers for his lunch. We would always make enough for everyone to eat and enjoy seconds but he would inevitably comment whenever someone took a second helping, "Wow! you must be really hungry!" I used to get so embarrassed when he would say that and when he'd say it to me I'd get pissed as a lot of times I was bringing the food over. Needless to say after I met his Father I saw where he got this habit from. I can happily say we no longer see each other and he can now have all the leftovers to himself....

Jan 30, 2012
Munkipawse in Not About Food

What did you or your Mom make when you were sick?

When I was growing up my Mom didn't make the standard for our upset stomaches.... a can of warmed Campbell's Chicken Noodle soup and a handful of Saltines. Rather she would brown up some plain hamburger and mix it with a cup of plain cooked rice.

I can only imagine where she got this idea, but we ate a lot of that whenever we were sick. She'd occasionally substitute boiled chicken if we were out of hamburger, but it was served the same... with a cup of cooked plain rice. We never had this for a regular meal only when we were sick. Strange as it sounds I liked it and would eat it to settle my tummy.

Now that I'm on my own and have my own kids, I tend to make the version with boiled chicken with the rice stirred in for them.

I also refrigerate canned fruit until its icy cold and will eat that when I have a sore throat or the flu.

Jan 30, 2012
Munkipawse in General Topics

Family foods I thought was normal

Oysters go black after cooking?

Jan 29, 2012
Munkipawse in General Topics

Hi, my name is _______ and I'm addicted to ________ .(food only please!)

Me too Dave! Seeing a platter, bucket or box on t.v. never fails to get me worked up. When I was a kid the episodes of ANDY GRIFFITH where Aunt Bee would make Andy, Opie and Barney Fried Chicken were torture for me... and those episodes were in black and white!!?!!?

Jan 29, 2012
Munkipawse in General Topics