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vodka pokeballs gone wrong

If you are just trying to make vodka-infused pokeball treats, you could try jell-o "shots." I have made this recipe before but incorporated vodka for the adults, and it could be modified to be used in the round molds instead: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2012/12/christmas-finger-jello/

Here's how I would do it:
Red Half:
Mix 1 envelope Knox unflavored gelatin with 1/4 cup cold water in a small bowl. Add 2/3 cup boiling water, 1/3 cup vodka, and 1 box red jell-o (cherry, strawberry, etc.) Stir to combine and pour into molds. You might need to make a double batch to have equal amounts as the white layer.

White half:
Mix 2 envelopes Knox unflavored gelatin with 1/2 cup cold water in a small bowl. In a medium bowl, combine 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 cup vodka, and 1/2 cup boiling water. Stir to dissolve the condensed milk into the boiling water and vodka. Add the gelatin mixture to the milk mixture, then add another 1/2 cup boiling water, and stir everything to combine. Pour into molds.

For the black ring in the center, I can think of a couple options. You can do something similar to what the person in the article did, and make another batch of jell-o to pour over the red/white halves. Follow the instructions for the red layer but use an appropriate colored jello flavor. Not sure if there is a black-colored jello so you might have to go with grape or some other purple color. You'll probably also have a lot leftover. If you do this, let your red and white layers chill and set completely, and black/purple/whatever layer cool for a while before pouring over the red/white layers, or else it will melt the red/white layer.

Alternately, you could take some black licorice rope and wrap it around the center after putting the red and white halves together: http://www.amazon.com/Kennys-Black-Licorice-Laces-1LB/dp/B0082JZ47U
Or pipe prepared black icing around the center.

For the button in the center, how about Wilton candy eyes: http://www.amazon.com/Wilton-Candy-Ey...
Admittedly, the black is supposed to be on the outside and the white on the inside...but unless you are serving these to some hard-core geeks, they hopefully won't notice.

about 1 hour ago
Maggiethecat in Home Cooking

vodka pokeballs gone wrong

I think the whole point of the experiment is to make them look like pokeballs...

about 2 hours ago
Maggiethecat in Home Cooking

Recent cooking fails?

We get fresh meat every week from a local CSA so I cook a lot. Usually 5-6 meals a week. I am also dairy free due to severe lactose intolerance -- this is a relatively recent discovery (January 2014) so I am still learning and experimenting with how to substitute dairy in some recipes. I am a pretty good cook, since I do so pretty often and am pretty intuitive in the kitchen, so I haven't had any major disasters. I did try to make popovers with coconut milk and they did not "pop" at all. But they were still a pretty tasty, dense little egg muffin.

The biggest "fail" most recently happened last week. I was going out with some friends on Thursday (a standing date, every other week). On Sundays, my husband and I are gone all day, so I spent the day Thursday braising some beef short ribs from our weekly CSA pack for dinner on Sunday. We had an assortment of leftovers in the fridge for my husband to have for dinner Thursday night. Before I left to go out with my friends, I removed the bones from the short ribs, roughly chopped the meat, and put the meat in a separate container from the sauce so that I could skim the fat off the sauce on Sunday when I finished the dish. I told my husband that the short ribs were for dinner on Sunday and also listed what we had available for leftovers for him to eat that night. One thing I had finished up for lunch that day was some leftover pulled pork in BBQ sauce. So I get home later that night and ask him what he had for dinner, and he tells me, pulled pork. Pulled pork? But I ate the rest of that for lunch today. He goes to the fridge and pulls out a container and shows me -- my braised short rib meat. Over half of it eaten on a bun as a sandwich. Sigh.

about 19 hours ago
Maggiethecat in Home Cooking
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Egg entrees for egg haters?

Yeah, he will not touch deviled eggs with a ten-foot pole. I made two dozen for our annual Christmas party this year, spiced with curry powder and sriracha sauce no less (two of his favorite things) and all of them got eaten...but none by him.

Apr 16, 2014
Maggiethecat in Home Cooking

Egg entrees for egg haters?

That does sound good! Thank you for experimenting and sharing your results! I haven't used jarred dried tomatoes much but this sounds like a great introduction to them.

Apr 15, 2014
Maggiethecat in Home Cooking

Selling greek yogurt at farmer's market.. would you buy a vegan option?

I am not vegan or vegetarian but I am highly lactose intolerant so I would jump on this. I am also allergic to nuts and a lot of fruit so my topping options would be limited. I would go for the berries, pineapple, pumpkin butter, honey, sugared ginger.

Apr 15, 2014
Maggiethecat in Vegetarian & Vegan

Egg entrees for egg haters?

Thank you for all the suggestions so far. I was in a bit of a hurry when I posted the OP so I forgot to add sort of a critical point: I am extremely lactose intolerant, and combined with a digestive disease, eating any amount of dairy makes me extremely ill. So we are dairy-free. I am also allergic to soy and nuts, so I can't sub milk with soy milk or almond milk. I can (and successfully have, on many occasions) sub coconut milk for regular cow's milk in recipes.

Fried rice and egg drop or hot and sour soup are things I have meant to try and forgotten about, so I will definitely add those to the list. Egg curry is also an excellent option, as he loves curry. I also like the idea of a savory bread pudding; I think I can make coconut milk work with that, especially if I spice it properly, maybe with a curry powder blend and appropriate vegetables.

Pasta carbonara is certainly an interesting idea. I have not yet tried experimenting with non-cow milk products, but perhaps this would be a good dish to do so with; pecorino romano being a sheep milk cheese. Even if that still makes me ill, I could probably make a pretty good carbonara with no cheese at all.

I cook around 5 or 6 nights out of the week; leftovers are our lunches, or dinner for the random night I don't cook. We eat out maybe one meal a week. So, I am trying to make everything stretch as much as I can. We do some vegetarian meals but I'd still like to be able to incorporate eggs a little more often since we're getting them on a regular basis now. Some of these suggestions are great and I'll be looking forward to trying them.

Apr 11, 2014
Maggiethecat in Home Cooking

Egg entrees for egg haters?

My husband hates eggs. Apparently it's the taste; we've tried several different methods of preparation and he has not been a fan of any of them. However, we recently joined a meat-based CSA (community supported agriculture) and every other week we get a dozen eggs. I like eggs just fine so I can eat them for breakfast or lunch, or use them in baking. However, on the weeks when we get eggs, we only get 3 portions of meat which isn't quite enough for meals for the two of us for the whole week, and I'm trying to avoid having to buy extra meat. So I'm looking for dishes where I can incorporate the eggs as part of the protein, that he might eat.

He loves heavily spiced Asian food; Thai, Indian, etc. We recently went to an Indian buffet and egg biryani was on the buffet and he tried it and said it was good and he would eat it if I prepared it like that at home. Most egg biryani recipes I have seen leave the hard boiled eggs whole in the rice; but on the buffet they were chopped really finely so he wasn't getting a whole mouthful all at once, which was probably what was appealing to him. I don't think he would enjoy something like quiche where egg is the overwhelming flavor.

I have also thought of doing "brinner" like french toast or pancakes as he does like those, but I am not a big fan of a sweet, heavy meal at the end of the day so I generally avoid meals like that.

Apr 11, 2014
Maggiethecat in Home Cooking

Do you have a vegan or plant-based menu that you serve to omnivore guests? Just brainstorming...

I cannot eat soy or dairy (but I can and do love meat) but there is at least one vegan soup I can think of off the top of my head that I make sometimes that is really good, that I have made for others and it has gone over well.

Roasted Curried Butternut Squash Soup (sorry there are not really any measurements, I just eyeball everything and go by taste)

1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
Safflower or olive oil
Salt, pepper, & cayenne

Toss the peeled and cubed squash in oil, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Spread onto a foil-lined baking sheet and roast at 375 degrees, along side the chickpeas (see below), for about an hour to an hour 20 minutes, until tender and golden.

Coconut oil
2 apples
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
1/2 inch piece of ginger
Cinnamon
Maharaja curry powder*
Aleppo pepper (or cayenne pepper, or omit if you don't like it hot)
Vegetable broth
Maple syrup
Coconut milk

*Maharaja curry powder is a spice blend I get from Penzey's. It consists of the following, so use any or all to your taste and preference: turmeric, coriander, cumin, cardamom, fenugreek, ginger, nutmeg, fennel, cinnamon, white pepper, black pepper, cloves, red pepper and saffron.

When the squash is almost done roasting, melt the coconut oil over medium heat in a medium sauce pan. Peel, core, and cube the apples and dice the onion. Sautee in the coconut oil until they start to soften. When they are close to done, grate in the garlic and ginger and stir in the spices. Sautee for another couple of minutes. Deglaze the pan with vegetable broth, then toss in the roasted squash and enough broth just to cover. Simmer for a few minutes until broth is slightly reduced. Remove from heat and puree with an immersion blender (or in batches in a regular blender.) Stir in the maple syrup, coconut milk and more broth as needed to achieve desired consistency. Serve with roasted chickpeas.

Maple roasted chickpeas:

1 (15oz) can organic chickpeas
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon safflower or olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
pinch cinnamon
salt

Drain and rinse the chickpeas and remove the skins (optional, but I prefer them with skins removed. Smitten Kitchen describes how to skin chickepeas in her hummus recipe here: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2013/0...). In a small bowl, combine the glaze ingredients, then pour over the chickpeas and toss gently to coat. Spray a foil-lined baking sheet lightly with cooking spray. Arrange chickpeas in an even layer onto baking sheet and sprinkle with additional salt. Roast at 375, alongside the butternut squash, for about 40-45 minutes, tossing every 10-12 minutes, until dark brown and caramelized.

I will usually serve this with some kind of bread/muffin/cornbread/etc (also dairy free.)

Mar 29, 2014
Maggiethecat in Vegetarian & Vegan

kitchen OWIES!?!

My husband had a doozy about a month and a half ago. The bottom heating element in our oven cracked (a friend of ours said, I am the only person he knows who uses their oven enough to actually manage to break it) and he ordered a replacement part off of Amazon to install himself. He got the old, damaged element out and the new one installed and turned the oven on to see if it worked. He had the oven on for about 5 seconds when he realized that the element was slightly crooked, and also that the bottom of the oven was kinda dirty, so he decided to clean/straighten everything up while he had the oven torn up. Turned the oven off -- again, had only been on about 5 seconds at this point -- and reached in with the tips of his forefinger and thumb to grasp the bottom element...

Instant second degree burns.

We did not have to go to the ER but he was in a lot of pain for the rest of the evening. Fortunately, I keep a big bottle of aloe vera gel so between that and a lot of cool water he recovered pretty well after a couple of days, the blisters didn't pop for about two weeks, and there was no scarring.

Mar 29, 2014
Maggiethecat in Not About Food

The Chatty Bagger at the Grocery Store

I do not think you should "just go with the flow", especially with your medical conditions. Seriously, shame on your mother for saying such a thing. You have real, valid reasons for not wanting to just stand around waiting for people to idly chit-chat your time away. You have every right to be irritated by this bagger's behavior and should not feel bad about bringing it to management's attention. She is literally putting your health at risk by making you wait while she prattles on willy-nilly.

Mar 10, 2014
Maggiethecat in Not About Food

The Chatty Bagger at the Grocery Store

I probably would have lost it on her when she asked about the PICC line. "Needed for medication because I am chronically ill" and "Not that it's any of your damned business" would have just been the start.

But if you're trying not to be rude, you can still go to a manager. Just tell them you don't want to get her in trouble, and that she seems like such a nice woman, but that she really does seem to be holding up the express lane, perhaps she could be assigned to a regular lane instead? If they're not aware of the issue, they can't do anything to remedy it.

Mar 10, 2014
Maggiethecat in Not About Food
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Coke and peanuts

I was born and raised in Wisconsin but moved to Texas about five years ago. I used to get together with a group of guys about once a week at a game shop that had vending machines and other snacks and we were often there for 4-5 hours at a time, so people would either bring snacks or buy them. One of the guys who'd come on a regular basis was a Texas native and introduced me to Coke and peanuts. I remember the first time I saw it; he bought a 20oz bottle of Coke and a small vending machine bag of peanuts and dumped the whole bag into the bottle when I wasn't paying attention, so all I saw later on were these white bits floating around in his bottle of Coke. I think my reaction was something along the lines of, "What the hell happened to your Coke!?"

I always wanted to try it, but being allergic to peanuts sort of puts a damper on that.

Jan 31, 2014
Maggiethecat in General Topics

So many food allergies....need suggestions

I totally understand about being afraid of trying new things. There are some fruits and stuff that I have never tried, because I'm not sure if I am allergic to them and I don't want to find out the hard way. We have a lot of those self-serve yogurt places around here, where you dish out your own yogurt and then choose from a huge topping buffet that usually consists of fresh fruit and various candy toppings. Some of them have lychee fruit and I have always wanted to try it, but I don't want to in case I end up having a reaction in the middle of the cafe.

And, just so you know, with kimchi, if you make your own, you can control pretty much everything about it; how spicy it is, how fermented it gets before you eat it, etc. So if you don't like traditional spicy, strong kimchi, you might like it better if you make it homemade and cut back on the pepper and/or only let it ferment for a day or even half a day. Just a suggestion, I know it's hard finding stuff you can eat that's healthy and safe when you've got a lot of allergies and/or other medical conditions!

Jan 29, 2014
Maggiethecat in Special Diets

So many food allergies....need suggestions

With my condition I cannot have whole grains or anything high in fiber, including beans/legumes or whole seeds or nuts (I'm allergic to nuts, anyway.) I have started eating Sunbutter (sunflower seed butter) for the protein/fat/nutrients and I can handle that in small quantities, 1-2 tablespoons a day, since it is pureed.

I recently made up a batch of homemade kimchi and it is about ready to be consumed so we are going to try it with dinner tonight. I am really eager to try it and see how I can handle it and if it has any effect on my digestive issues. It was easy to make, the hardest part was tracking down the Korean red pepper flakes that are used in traditional kimchi. We found them in an Asian market but I did see them on Amazon as well, in case we couldn't find them locally. Here are some links I used for recipes/guidelines:
http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/yangbaechu-kimchi
http://www.traditionaltx.us/Heidi%27s...

I also eat a lot of pureed vegetables, like squash and mashed potatoes (I make mine with coconut milk and olive oil, but since you can't have coconut or dairy milk...is there another milk alternative you can have? Or, if you can handle yogurt, try mixing some of that in to give it a little creaminess.) Also I try to seed most vegetables if I want to try to eat them raw, even ones you wouldn't think would cause problems, including tomatoes and cucumbers. I can handle them in small quantities this way, so I can have a few tomatoes on shredded chicken tacos, for example.

Jan 29, 2014
Maggiethecat in Special Diets

So many food allergies....need suggestions

I have a lot of, but not quite as many of the same restrictions as you. It's hard, I know. I can eat wheat and rice (for now, anyway) so that makes up a big bulk of my diet, along with meat. I can't do dairy, soy, or almond, though, so I have recently made the switch to coconut milk-based products. So Delicious (http://sodeliciousdairyfree.com/) makes coconut milk yogurt that is actually pretty good and works well in recipes that call for yogurt.

I have made baked goods with it, and also this lamb recipe that turned out fantastic: http://video.about.com/mideastfood/Sh...
We had it with pita bread like in the video, but you could serve it over greens as a salad, or with some other kind of grains that you can eat (couscous? bulgar?

)

I find that pre-set diet plans don't really work in cases like ours, since we have so many restrictions. You can look at them for inspiration and maybe find a recipe or two to try, or tweak, but in the end you will need to come up with your own diet plan. I have a list of recipe that I have made that I know my husband and I both really like, and that I can handle well with my food restrictions. I do try new recipes as well and when I find ones that meet both of those criteria, they go on the list. Read food blogs and recipe sites; they don't have to be specifically gluten free or dairy free or allergy friendly sites. Just start browsing in your spare time and when you see a recipe that looks good and doesn't have any bad ingredients for you in it, bookmark it and make a note to get the ingredients next week so you can try it. That's basically what I do.

Jan 28, 2014
Maggiethecat in Special Diets

Are we allowed to share horrible, completely unredeemable experiences here?

To everyone who has told the OP that he should have paid for the take-out order, let me ask you this. Honest question here. Have you guys never walked into a restaurant, been seated, ordered off the menu, had your order taken back to the kitchen, and then left before receiving your order, for whatever reason? Either something went badly with the restaurant -- they screwed up your apps/drinks, the staff was inexcusably rude, the facility was unsanitary, etc -- or you got some emergency phone call that suddenly called you away before your meal arrived. Do you pay in these situations? If not, how is this any different than what the OP did? In both cases, food has been prepared but not consumed and cannot be given to another patron so the restaurant must eat the cost. But I hear about people who walk into restaurants, place orders, have a bad experience in the first 10-20 minutes, pay for their drinks but not their meals (which have not been delivered but have undoubtedly been started by the kitchen), and then walk out, all the time, and those situations seem to be perfectly acceptable, yet the OP's, which involved a car accident, was not.

Jan 28, 2014
Maggiethecat in Austin

Dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free: Suggestions?

Peanut butter (smooth) is actually on the recommended gastroparesis diet plans that I've seen, since it is pureed and high in protein/calories so is a good way to get some nutrients when you can't keep much down, if you can handle it. I tried the sun butter on some toast today, only a small amount, maybe a tablespoon or less, and it went down pretty well. The diet plans I've seen recommend to restrict nut butters to 2 tablespoons or less a day so as long as I watch my intake hopefully I'll be able to handle it sometimes.

Jan 21, 2014
Maggiethecat in Special Diets

Dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free: Suggestions?

I actually use coconut oil for sauteeing sometimes and like it that way, but I had not thought of using it as a spread on toast! Great idea! Thanks for the links too!

Jan 21, 2014
Maggiethecat in Special Diets

Dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free: Suggestions?

I did not originally want to get in to my entire dietary restrictions since I was looking for specific advice, but I suppose it would just be easier to give the whole picture all at once.

I am allergic to the following:
Bananas, Avocodo, Kiwi, Mango, Carrots, Celery, Apples, Pears, Peaches, Cherries, Nuts, Soy

I also have gastroparesis, meaning I do not digest food as fast/well as most people (when I had an endoscopy done last year, I had eaten dinner around 8pm the evening before and they sent the tube down at 11:30am the following morning, and they could still see undigested food in my stomach.) Due to this, I also cannot eat the following:
Raw fruits or vegetables, whole grains, anything high in fiber or fat, tough or undercooked meat

Jan 21, 2014
Maggiethecat in Special Diets

Dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free: Suggestions?

Most Earth Balance products contain soy, which I am allergic to. I see they have a soy-free spread but I did not see it when I was at my local grocery store yesterday -- I looked extensively for a dairy-free, soy-free butter/spread and did not find one.
I am also allergic to nuts so anything with cashews is out.
I did pick up a jar of sunbutter and some coconut yogurt but have not tried either of them yet.

Jan 21, 2014
Maggiethecat in Special Diets

Dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free: Suggestions?

So I have recently decided to try going dairy-free to see if it helps with some digestive problems I have. I am also allergic to both soy and nuts so I am looking for alternate dairy alternatives. :) Coconut milk is my friend.

I am hitting up a Whole Foods in a couple of days and trying to make a shopping list so I can stock up on stuff that I can't get at my normal grocery store while I'm there. I'm already going to look for coconut-based yogurt (So Delicious) and dairy/soy-free cheese (Daiya.) I also found a recipe for homemade dairy/soy free ricotta cheese that uses coconut milk and agar agar flakes, so I'm going to look for those as well. Any other suggestions of stuff I should look for?

Jan 18, 2014
Maggiethecat in Special Diets

If you could never eat again...

I know I never really answered your original question (how would you feel if faced with the prospect of never being able to eat again), I guess because I try not to think about it...because it HAS occurred to me that I may someday find myself in your or Kirby's situation where I may not be able to eat, and honestly the thought absolutely terrifies me. I wish you the absolute best, whatever your decision with the feeding tube is.

Jan 12, 2014
Maggiethecat in General Topics

If you could never eat again...

I'm sorry, nothingswrong, that is a bleak position to face, for sure. I have a medical condition that is similar to yours, perhaps even the same as yours, although not as severe as yours (yet.) I can still eat but very small meals. I get sad and frustrated easily since I love to cook and eat, but can only sample very small portions of foods or else risk becoming very ill. But I try to remember that at least I can do that much, and I am grateful for everyday that I feel well enough to eat at all and keep food down and enjoy it.

I wanted to link you to this woman's blog, as she also does not eat, ever, due to medical conditions. Perhaps you can find some...perhaps not comfort, but at least a sense that you're not alone, from reading her story. http://livingwithgp.com/

Jan 12, 2014
Maggiethecat in General Topics

mini sandwiches for SuperBowl

I love hot ham and cheese sliders.

Make a sauce out of equal parts softened butter and mustard (not the cheap yellow stuff...I usually use dijon or stoneground. Just something good quality, whatever you like.) You'll probably need a couple teaspoons to a tablespoon of each for each sandwich, depending on how big your rolls are and how much sauce you like. You can also add some poppyseeds to the sauce to give the sandwiches a little crunch.

Use mini king hawaiian rolls or kaiser rolls. Split in half, slather each half with the sauce. Pile on one or two pieces of deli ham and a piece of cheese (I like swiss or colby jack, but use whatever you like.) Close the sandwich up and wrap tightly with foil.

When getting ready to serve, pop them in a warm oven for 10-15 minutes. The oven doesn't even necessarily need to be on; if you've just pulled something else out of the oven and are turning it off, throw the sandwiches in while the oven is cooling. They can also be piled in a big crockpot (still wrapped in foil) to be kept warm, or re-heated in an oven/toaster oven if they cool down. Can also be made several days ahead and kept wrapped in the fridge till ready to heat through.

Jan 08, 2014
Maggiethecat in Home Cooking
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Gluten Free Diet - Legitimate Concern or Marketing Fad

Are you aware of all the foods (and other products) that can contain gluten? Just to list a few that many people may not expect to contain gluten:

-Soy sauce
-Worcestershire Sauce
-Bouillon cubes
-Ketchup
-Pickles
-Hot dogs/lunch meat/other processed meats
-Licorice & hard candy
-Oats/oatmeal (often processed on the same equipment as wheat so is not considered gluten-free)
-Salad dressing
-Chocolate sweetened with "malt" (malt syrup, etc.)
-Potato chips (namely Pringles, as listed by an above poster)
-Body products including lotion, soap, sunscreen, toothpaste
-Medicine coated with liquid gel

My mother in law is celiac. She was sick for several years before her doctors finally properly diagnosed her, and she lost a lot of weight and was dropping to dangerously low weights before she started eating gluten-free and was able to start gaining weight again. After being GF for several months and starting to feel better, she decided to "test herself" and ate a piece of wheat toast. Within an hour, she vomited violently. She spent the next 3 days feeling like she had the flu; she had no appetite, ran a moderate fever, and had body aches and chills. She spent the following 2 weeks feeling lethargic and just generally under the weather.

Even a small amount of contamination is no trivial matter for her. Her daughter took her out for dinner on her birthday. They went to a steakhouse and she ordered steak. They both specified for GF meals and told their server that MIL was celiac and very sensitive to gluten. Nothing obviously gluten was served on the table, like bread, but after the meal my MIL still became ill. Perhaps a seasoning on the steak contained gluten; perhaps the cook handled some bread before handling her food and didn't wash his hands in between. Even that small amount of contamination can trigger her reaction.

So, having GF labels on things is very helpful for her to determine if things will be safe for her to eat.

Jan 07, 2014
Maggiethecat in General Topics
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Mobile device use by guests . . .

I have always been baffled by the notion that online (or, in this case, text) friends are not "real." Just because you cannot immediately see/touch them, they are fake/imaginary? What if she had been answering a business text instead? Would that have been "real", because it was business? But friends are not "real" unless you are sitting right next to them?

Dec 28, 2013
Maggiethecat in Not About Food

Prepping lasagna the day before

I've never made your specific recipe (Hazan's) but I have assembled lasagna one day and baked it the next and it's great. What I usually do for the noodles (regardless of whether I'm baking the lasagna immediately or in the future) is to boil some water in my electric kettle and pour it over the dried lasagna noodles for a few minutes just to soften them. This doesn't cook them all the way to al dente but it does soften them enough to make them pliable to build the lasagna and to keep them from getting dried out once baked. I find it easier than boiling a whole pot of water and then having to watch the noodles to make sure they don't get over-done. But for that many noodles...not sure, might just be easier to keep a big pot of water on the boil and keep dropping noodles in as you pull the previous batch out.

Dec 01, 2013
Maggiethecat in Home Cooking

Mobile device use by guests . . .

My husband and I don't have family in town, so I host a fairly large (15-20 people) Christmas party every year for our friends in town (this year's is coming up this Saturday, just for reference.) A lot of our friends, my husband included, are much more introverted than extroverted. They like to hang out together and socialize, but it's draining on them; it takes a lot of energy and concentration to be around large groups of people. They will attend my gathering and they will enjoy themselves, but after a couple of hours, I can guarantee some of them are going to start to get tired. As a way to sort of recharge, they will pull out cellphones, tablets, Nintendo DSes, or other portable devices and zone out for a little while. This allows them to tune out all the background chatter of other people talking and other activities going on, which can get overwhelming to introverts after extended periods, and allow them to relax. (as my husband puts it, "I just need to take a break once in a while.") After a little while of it, they'll feel better, put their devices away, and rejoin the main party.

I don't think any of them have ever come to my party to EXCLUSIVELY play around on their mobile devices but I have had a living room full of introverts who need downtime all at once so none of them were talking and all of them were messing with their phones/DSes/whatever all at once. And some of them will be on their devices more often than others. But I wouldn't dream of asking them to turn their phones off or leave them in their cars; half of my guests wouldn't show up.

Dec 01, 2013
Maggiethecat in Not About Food
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Le Creuset Cast Iron Skillet - burned after first use?

Thank you!

Dec 01, 2013
Maggiethecat in Cookware