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How do you put together a menu plan, if you do?

I've found in cooking for older people (who apparently no longer cook for themselves?), especially if there is some confusion, incipient dementia or just rigidity involved, routine is very important. Familiarity breeds contentment. Perhaps 10 or 12 different meals in rotation that can be altered slightly depending on the season and mood. It's not exactly a weekly menu plan but rather a useful philosophy. And everyone who has mentioned a discussion to promote buy-in by all parties is absolutely right.

Jan 29, 2015
goodmom in General Topics

Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Brisket

Do you mean a total of 6 hours, the last 2 at 350? or is it a total of 8 hours in the oven?

Nov 26, 2014
goodmom in Recipes

What store bought food do you "doctor up"?

Ramen, many years ago, used to come with a powdered tomato packet. Now I just toss the salt packet that comes with ramen. Just cook with water until almost soft, drain, toss in some leftover spaghetti sauce. Grandboys like it much better than chicken/salt ramen.

Nov 14, 2014
goodmom in Home Cooking

Is a Food's "Best Before" Date Technically an Expiration Date?

Trust your nose!
Bubbles may not be as bubbly, but sparkling water is water.
Protein lost in the bottom of the freezer for two years won't be as tasty but it won't make you sick either.
Eggs past their sell by date gradually develop an air pocket and look misshapen when hard-cooked & peeled but there's nothing wrong with the flavor.
There's so much sugar in yogurt that it's hard to believe it would ever go bad.
There are expiration dates on jars of pickles. Really!
Don't forget to make croutons or breadcrumbs out of your expired bread (before it gets green spots).

May 16, 2014
goodmom in Features

Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Brisket

I apologize! ` wrote the curmudgeonly comment before I'd tried it (as an oven braise).

Feb 08, 2014
goodmom in Recipes

What specifically about a dishwasher is damaging to cookware?

Oh! This is one of the best ideas I've ever come across. With only two of us, I find myself letting dirty dishes sit for two or three days in the dishwasher before running it, not to mention that I do my knives, cutting boards, enameled cast iron, etc by hand anyway. Thanks, mariawildflower.

Nov 15, 2013
goodmom in Cookware

Potato salad dressing ideas please

I'd go for German and have never been able to duplicate my Grandmother's recipe (not for lack of trying). I'll try this one, adding chopped celery and small celery leaves and/or celery seeds. Thanks for the recipe.

Oct 04, 2013
goodmom in Home Cooking

Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Brisket

So, who took the picture of what brisket recipe? A slow cooker or braise will certainly flavor a brisket well, but that caramelized exterior cannot be achieved without a stint of standing over a grill or saute pan. New cooks will be very disappointed when their efforts do not produce this yummy look.

Sep 26, 2013
goodmom in Recipes

knife storage

Do it, girloftheworld. I've had mine for more than 25 years; it's indispensable. It holds even a Chinese cleaver on one end and a heavy poultry shears on the other -- buy one on which the magnets are usable on the sides (about 1 1/4 ") as well as the front. Mine is situated on a wall perpendicular to the countertop and I've never had a problem, though I do make sure knives are dry before I slap them onto the magnetic bars.

Aug 09, 2013
goodmom in Cookware

Maxime Bilet's "Exploding" Chocolate

How many cups in the 1.1 lb package? I too have had the commercial version though it didn't have the rice krispies. It was good dark chocolate, so letting it melt in your mouth made the most delightful little fireworks on the tongue. Now that I think about it, maybe $24 is not too pricey if I can produce what might be the homemade gift of the year.

Nov 18, 2012
goodmom in Recipes

Foods That Taste Better from the Can

Fresh tuna is simply an entirely different protein than canned tuna; each fits perfectly into different applications. Fresh tuna in a pasta salad would be as weird as grilling canned tuna. And, for those of us who grew up too many years ago, a 3-bean salad with fresh beans might be tasty but would simply not be 3-bean salad. Oh, the habits of a lifetime ...

Nov 09, 2012
goodmom in Features

How to Freeze Homemade Stock

When stock is cold it has, of course, a jelly-like consistency; easy to measure into freezer-weight zipper bags. Squoosh the air out and the flat stock stays "fresh" for months, even if you have just the freezing compartment that's part of your fridge.

Sep 14, 2012
goodmom in Features

Anniversary dinner in Denver vicinity this Sunday night

For a taste of the real west, The Fort in Morrison which is about 30 mi S. of Boulder, is the best. They have salmon, trout and a vegetarian entree. Tell them you're celebrating and they'll give you a lovely private table. Go to . It's now run by Sam Arnold's daughter, Holly. He's the character who taught Julia Child to open champagne with a tomahawk.

Sep 04, 2012
goodmom in Mountain States

How to Restore Your Old Pepper Mill

I have an Olde Thompson pepper mill, made in Segundo CA, that I received as an engagement gift forty-some years ago. Though I've bought and been gifted with several other more decorative pepper mills since, nothing works as well as that one from Aunt Gerri (God rest her). It has an easily adjustable screw so that it will grind finely for table use and coarsely for cooking. I believe I'll have to stop cooking when it bites the dust. Though I've never bought instant rice I may have to do so just to ensure that my very favorite grinder keeps on working so well.

Aug 03, 2012
goodmom in Features

food items that were NOT in your kitchen as a kid?!?

My husband must have been your cousin. In his family, dill was considered an exotic spice. Pepper was from a tin that had been on the shelf for more than 10 years. I had to teach him to eat mushrooms ("what! they taste like the basement smells.").

Jul 06, 2012
goodmom in General Topics