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The well equipped kitchen

Angie, my parents built and furnished a house a few years ago. I'm not sure if the place you will b e moving into will have a modern kitchen. In general, pots and pans are cheaper there and ovens (appliances) aren't used that much. My mother uses pressure cookers, Tabasco (similar to a wok) and saucepans. The place they have only got a gas line recently. Until then, it was better to rely on a portable induction plate. Depending on how you are situated, electricity can go off intermittently. So, it's good to have multiple way s to cook. I'm not sure that I would want to lug heavy cast iron with me. Hope you have a fabulous time and great adventures!

Jul 15, 2015
Kalivs in Cookware
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Dividing South Asian Cuisine as Broadly as Possible

I would modify the Gujarati section to include Maharashtrian food, and how are you counting Hyderabadi food? In South Indian, you might want to include Goan Jewish food as well as Keralan Christian food.

Jul 06, 2015
Kalivs in India & South Asia

"We reserve the right to refuse...." Whole Foods

OK, I did some preliminary research on those signs and found out that the original meaning of those signs was rooted in enforcing Jim Crow laws and customs. I don't think that they are posted for that reason now. But, I see them everywhere. You can buy them at Office Depot. My local Whole Foods does not have one.

Jun 16, 2015
Kalivs in Chains

"We reserve the right to refuse...." Whole Foods

While they have the right to refuse service service to anybody, I don't think they have the right refuse service in ways that violate the law. In otherwise, a manager would not be able to refuse service to someone because they are female, Christian and/or Black.

Jun 14, 2015
Kalivs in Chains
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I don't know how to pick for picky eaters! (But need to find a place for dinner for 7 tomorrow!)

Any good Indian Vegetarian restaurants in Paris that will help avoid bad karma?

They may not eat onions, potatoes or garlic, either. I came across this post on the tripadvisor site. It may help

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...

Jun 07, 2015
Kalivs in France

Menu planning for Special Event

Delegate, delegate, delegate. Home weddings are great but you don't need the extra pressure on the day. There should be one main person with a clip board and separate people in charge of food, drinks, tableware, etc. having people come over for a couple of days to chop vegetables, etc. is a really good idea. Congrats & have fun!

Jun 04, 2015
Kalivs in Home Cooking
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Who makes your favorite naan?

I like the paneer naan from Trader Joe's

May 20, 2015
Kalivs in Los Angeles Area

Wedding reception food/questions. Professional input welcome....

I'm Indian and my parter was Chinese American. So, there was a lot to negotiate at our wedding. My family also has varying degrees of vegetarianism. I would add Chole (garbanzo beans) with the rest of the snacks. You can eat that with the other snacks and it makes the meal more substantial. Completely understand the separate tables for the non veg, make sure serving utensils are separate. I would separate any veg sandwiches and you might want to make sure they don't have any mayo. To entice non Indian food eating people, we served ketchup as one the condiments. It works because people are more willing to try something new if there is something familiar, too.

Don't worry, it all works out in the end. Wedding receptions require lots of preparation. But, don't forget it's a joyous occasion and celebrate. Congrats!

Apr 20, 2015
Kalivs in General Topics
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Who owns the leftovers?

Whoever gets to the fridge first. Unless, it has a name on it.

Apr 20, 2015
Kalivs in Not About Food

Host gifts for challenging hosts

I was taught to always give a hostess gift, especially it it were family.
I don't do that now, but it was common when I was growing up.

Apr 04, 2015
Kalivs in Not About Food

Host gifts for challenging hosts

I think a puppy and an expensive cookbook to chew on would be a wonderful idea!

Apr 04, 2015
Kalivs in Not About Food

Why Jell-O Could Disappear Forever

Me, too! I know I'm getting better in the hospital when I'm allowed to eat jello.

Apr 01, 2015
Kalivs in Food Media & News

Is traditional lasana in Naples made with riccota and meat ragu?

My mother learnt how to make spaghetti sauce and lasagna from these Italians living in North London for four years. They used ricotta.

Mar 26, 2015
Kalivs in Home Cooking

Should vindaloo be sweet?

Nope, that's not what I'm talking about. The two things are very different.

Mar 23, 2015
Kalivs in General Topics

Should vindaloo be sweet?

Indian restaurants in the US tend to have more Punjabi origins, while Indian restaurants in the UK tend to be of Gujarati and Bagladeshi origin. Both these eg ions have communities that prefer to add sweetness to their dishes. You could order the same dish and it would have a different flavor profile depanding on the origin of the owners and chef.

Mar 22, 2015
Kalivs in General Topics

Should vindaloo be sweet?

Actually, Goan vindaloo doesn't have any potatoes. It is a pork and vinegar dish. Potatoes were added when the dish moved to Madras. And pork was swapped out for goat and lamb. The book "Eating India" traces the development of vindaloo.

Mar 18, 2015
Kalivs in General Topics

How can I slice crusty bread without making such a mess?

I use a paper towel. Basically, it's the same idea.

Mar 03, 2015
Kalivs in General Topics
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I eat it my way

Everything causes cancer. Might as well enjoy what you like!

Feb 05, 2015
Kalivs in General Topics
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Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

He dresses like most of the professors I had at Cal.

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

My tongs and spatula (silicone). I don't scratch my cookware as much and I love my tongs.

Feb 01, 2015
Kalivs in Cookware
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Oven substitute needed for pita bread pizzas

We have an induction burner in an apartment in Agra, India. It has been the best and most flexible solution. My mother uses a grill pan to make the simple flatbread "pizza" you are talking about and it works very well.

Feb 01, 2015
Kalivs in Cookware
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need a meat substitute,but not beans or lentils

Thick, meaty mushrooms

Jan 30, 2015
Kalivs in General Topics

Vietnamese/Mexican Wedding food. Any Ideas?!

When my brother got married, he had Mexican and Indian food together. We were lucky because our caterer could do both. The dinner was served as a buffet. I don't think it would be too difficult to find a caterer who could both, but make sure you try the food first.

Jan 18, 2015
Kalivs in Los Angeles Area

Gluten Free... Overblown, by a lot?

I have type 1 diabetes. I try to avoid carbs, Sometimes, I cheat. I know what the consequences are and accept them. Someone in our office has celiac disease. When I arrange food for the office, I always make sure that there are options for her prepared by somebody who knows the difference between preference and medical condition. Does she cheat? Sure, there are times when she eats a cookie or a slice of cake. She is old enough to make her own decisions and understand the consequences. Cheating is a fact of life and it doesn't invalidate whatever medical condition you may have.

Jan 01, 2015
Kalivs in General Topics
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What do you not order in restaurants...

You can make a good cup of tea with teabags. However, no matter how good your tea is, you cannot make a good cup of tea with lukewarm water

Cumin

Love it with melted butter and popcorn

Dec 06, 2014
Kalivs in Home Cooking
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Best New Thanksgiving Dish

Made a modified 3 sisters dish: refried black beans on the bottom, sautéed zucchini in the middle, & a corn flour béchamel with pecorino & quest fresco on top.

Nov 30, 2014
Kalivs in Home Cooking

Mom isn't eating well any suggestions?

Custardy scrambled eggs might be good.

Nov 26, 2014
Kalivs in General Topics

what to serve with baked beans

Toast with beans and a sunny side up fried rgg

Oct 28, 2014
Kalivs in Home Cooking