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What to do with Trader Joes Pound Plus chocolate bar?

Belgian chocolate ganache tart.

http://www.globalgourmet.com/destinat...

Mar 01, 2015
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

My Family Doesn't Eat My Cooking

I've lived in Germany, albeit back in the '80s, and I don't think I've EVER seen anyone make different meals for different folks. It's a family dinner, not an evening in a restaurant!

Mar 01, 2015
nofunlatte in Not About Food

My Family Doesn't Eat My Cooking

Wow--you're lucky to be rid of him! A problem with canned soup? Well, yes--it tastes like crap and is overly salty (sorry, that's TWO problems).

I love how he "boasts" about being "spiritual"--that's a bit ironic, isn't it?

Feb 27, 2015
nofunlatte in Not About Food

5 Times to Say "No Thank You" and 3 Things to Do When You Hear It — How to Be a Grownup

I still don't understand why someone would be irritated by this. FYI--I use "no problem" all the time (and, while under retirement age, I am hardly a young millennial.

5 Times to Say "No Thank You" and 3 Things to Do When You Hear It — How to Be a Grownup

I'm not sure why that would bother anyone. The person saying "no problem" has just done you a kindness or good deed (i.e. something requiring thanks). Why would you complain about it? Serious question, DuffyH--not trying to dis you or anything.

Feb 25, 2015
nofunlatte in Not About Food

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

Creme Brulee

Feb 25, 2015
nofunlatte in Cookware

Food storage Russian roulette: what's your riskiest food safety gamble that went okay?

For the win!

ISO Reference Cookbook(s) - Good and Bad?

The Good Housekeeping Step-by-Step Cookbook helped me learn to cook (and cook well)--actually, I had an earlier edition called the Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook. Step-by-step instructions of all recipes, as well as a picture of each recipe in the front part of the book. The edition I had would be quite dated now (originally released in 1980--I got mine a number of years later). But your beginner might want to check out the 2008 version).

Feb 22, 2015
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

ISO Reference Cookbook(s) - Good and Bad?

I, too, sing the praises of Ruhlman's Twenty. A wealth of information about technique, plus excellent photography (much of it step-by-step) done by his wife. The lamb shank recipe in here is a standard dinner-party dish in my house (his tip to salt the shanks a day or two in advance really made a difference, turning a really good dish into a great one). Granted, I bought this after many years as a pretty good cook, but I still find it immensely valuable.

Feb 22, 2015
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

Funny!

Feb 19, 2015
nofunlatte in Not About Food

poor quality fiestaware - are they slipping, or did i get a bad batch?

Time for different dishes.

Feb 19, 2015
nofunlatte in Cookware

Mardi Gras - sharing in Fat Tuesday

A colleague of mine (and a former Pennsylvanian like me) brought some donuts to the department as sort of surrogate fastnachts for Fastnacht Day.

Feb 17, 2015
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

I eat it my way

When I eat a stack of pancakes, I eat one pancake at a time, with the pieces cut into small parallelograms. No rectangles and certainly no rough shapes!

Feb 17, 2015
nofunlatte in General Topics
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I eat it my way

My folks used to bring a bag of the Unique Splits Extra Dark as a gift whenever they used to visit me. Love them!

Feb 17, 2015
nofunlatte in General Topics

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Valentine's Day 2015 edition! [OLD]

You will not regret getting rid of books that do not inspire you. I regularly (at least yearly) go through my cookbooks and get rid of that which does not inspire me to pick it up, whether for recipes, reference, or simply the pleasure of a well written sentence. And yes, those will be different for everyone. I have found recipes in Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone that I love, so that's a keeper for me. Yet you (and Caitlin) are not fans of the book. I've gotten rid of Nick Malghieri's How To Bake, because I couldn't stand his overwrought writing. Yet I see many people on other threads sing the praises of this book.

What I love about getting rid of books is the space that opens up for new ones in my bookcase! I donate to the library's book sale and to university student organization book sales (they LOVE getting things that aren't academic titles or textbooks!)

Of all the books I've culled over the years, I only remember regretting one. And now I can't even remember which one that was!

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

Add me to the list of people who have checked ambient air temperature in different rooms. My Front-of-House is markedly warmer (by 3-4 degrees) than Back-of-House, at least in the winter.

Feb 15, 2015
nofunlatte in Cookware

What's your favorite cake?

Browned-butter and pumpkin cake (I skip the nut topping but not the browned-butter cream cheese frosting).

http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/br...

Feb 14, 2015
nofunlatte in General Topics

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Valentine's Day 2015 edition! [OLD]

This is fantastic news, pistachio peas! As a fellow academic (now thankfully tenured) I wish you all the best in both your future academic career and your future chowhound endeavors!

poor quality fiestaware - are they slipping, or did i get a bad batch?

I saw nothing in your response that indicated anything remotely concerned with s4gobabygo's intellect. You offered a suggestion, a very good one at that.
And I agree that these plates are likely seconds. Hope the OP gets all of this straightened out, because the color is gorgeous!

Feb 14, 2015
nofunlatte in Cookware

Online sources for quality saffron

I've ordered vanilla beans from them and have been very pleased. HillJ sang their praises and so I used them.

Feb 12, 2015
nofunlatte in General Topics

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Valentine's Day 2015 edition! [OLD]

I'd be interested in hearing about Die schwäbische Küche.

Feb 12, 2015
nofunlatte in Home Cooking
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Kitchen remodel--floor question

FYI, all, I've opted for porcelain tile. I want to thank all of you for your responses.

And now that some of the cabinets are in, it's actually starting to look like a kitchen again!

Feb 11, 2015
nofunlatte in Cookware

Recent kitchen remodel? What's the best and worse of the new "technologies" you included?

I'll let you know--I'm in the middle of a remodel right now. The kitchen is small and I'm kind of budget-conscious, but I'm already looking forward to the dimmable LED overhead lights and the undercabinet LEDs.

Feb 03, 2015
nofunlatte in Not About Food

Has Hellman's Mayo really changed?

I haven't purchased any for a couple of years (since I started making my own), but I'd always liked it in the past. This Slate article discusses how many users have detected both taste and texture changes. I recall it being a fairly thick product, but some of the complaints mention how it's become runny. Maybe I should buy a jar to see for myself!

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/fo...

Feb 03, 2015
nofunlatte in General Topics

Kitchen remodel--floor question

Thanks to everyone for your advice and suggestions! Now, can you offer any advice on how to make washing dishes in a bathroom sink fun? :)

Jan 30, 2015
nofunlatte in Cookware

Kitchen remodel--floor question

I actually looked at some porcelain wood-look tile yesterday. And I do use a Gel-Pro mat for comfort. I also like that I don't have to worry about denting it with my high heels.

Jan 30, 2015
nofunlatte in Cookware

Kitchen remodel--floor question

I guess it's not technically cookware (although if I drop something on the floor I have no trouble ingesting it even with the extra "cooking"), but I'm interested in your flooring choices. My kitchen is relatively small (as is the house) but not tiny. I'm having my contractor build a small island in the middle (no electric, no plumbing), with a quartz countertop (about 3' x 5'), which he plans to put on casters (so it can be moved a bit if necessary). That's going to limit my flooring choices (right now, I'm thinking stained concrete is going to be the least likely to be damaged, though I'm not crazy about that choice). I'm not planning to move the island very often. Any opinions on ceramic or porcelain tile? Initially I didn't want that (hey, I drop things!) but now I'm rethinking.

Jan 29, 2015
nofunlatte in Cookware

What do you serve for drinks at dinner parties?

The Oxford comma! I'm a fan of it myself.

Expiration date on protein powder

I'd use it (and I have used protein powder past it's sell-by date in my smoothies!)

Jan 24, 2015
nofunlatte in General Topics

Location, location

Which is why I added "for me", Wally--I have no way of knowing where you are (including your hemisphere).

Jan 18, 2015
nofunlatte in Site Talk