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What to cook with a jar of Trader Joe's Red Palm Oil ?

West African food is exactly what I was thinking of!

Mar 29, 2015
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

Cooking cheap and healthy with gifted food

A sweet potato-apple soup with a dollop of yogurt (I'm assuming that the Siggi's shown in the photo is plain--obviously that won't work if it's a flavored yogurt).

Use for leftover canned prune filling?

Use it instead of jelly on a peanut butter sandwich.

Mar 28, 2015
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

LATECOMERS FOR DINNER

DP1126, it's time to find some "on time" friends and plan your meals and get-togethers with them!

Tipping at Starbucks when buying bananas

"Fruit sommelier"--coming soon to a pretentious restaurant near you!

Coca-Cola paid nutrition experts to recommend soda as a healthy snack

Anyone else hate the new Saveur makeover, or is it just me?

The smug, self-congratulatory "Moveable Feast" articles are irritating.

Ooops! Wrong magazine (Moveable Feast is in Fine Cooking).

I get both (and still like Saveur), but Saveur seems to have fewer and fewer "travel-y" article, which was so great about them in the first place.

Mar 23, 2015
nofunlatte in Food Media & News

Peeps!!!!!!!

I have three packs (2 yellow chicks, 1 purple bunnies) that I bought a year ago (and should be properly aged by now).

A sleeve of Peeps is my traditional race day breakfast for half-marathons!

Mar 23, 2015
nofunlatte in General Topics

Host gifts for challenging hosts

"In a perfect world, the recipient would accept a gift graciously and if they didn’t care for it, dispose of it later without complaint, comment, whining, etc.

But what fun would that be?"

Because you can't start a Chowhound thread that way!

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH "MAYBES" WHEN YOU INVITE GUESTS FOR DINNER?

The more I read threads like these, the more grateful I am for the well mannered friends I have.

Ball whisk - my new Precious!

I love the look of this and am delighted to hear that it works well, too--that's been my concern. I may have to get one, thanks to your recommendation!

Mar 20, 2015
nofunlatte in Cookware

Bake? Convection Bake? Convection Roast? Decisions, decisions!

Thanks, gooster--appreciate your input. Two bake options: standard and convection. I thought I'd through out the question to the 'hounds first (especially since I'd rather read responses than view a video--they're too slow!)

I do anticipate a lot of experimentation (once work calms down a bit in a few weeks). Thanks for your suggestion of conventional bake--I don't bake all that much anymore, so I'd like to have the traditional results!

Mar 19, 2015
nofunlatte in Cookware

Burned brand new Mauviel pan. Please help!

I don't think you've ruined it, so don't worry. Is this stainless steel? Try soaking some water mixed with white vinegar for a while and then scrub. I've used that trick to clean pans that looked destined for the scrap heap.

Mar 19, 2015
nofunlatte in Cookware
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Bake? Convection Bake? Convection Roast? Decisions, decisions!

I'm the proud owner of a newly remodeled kitchen (mostly)--new cabinets, new lighting, new floors, widened opening, new countertop, new door, new island, and, of course, new appliances (except the refrigerator, which I kept). So, I've gone from a cheap electric coil range installed by the previous owner of the house (and which I've been using more or less successfully for 10 years) to a more powerful gas range. Well, stove-wise I'm learning to cook with increased power/output (hey, power burner, I'm looking at you!)

Anyway, I've not had convection anything before (excluding clouds and thunderstorms), so what would I use for, say, roasting a chicken? Regular bake or convection roast? How about a Dutch-ovened stew that's braising in the oven? I assume I don't use the convection setting for anything delicate like a souffle.

TIA, 'hounds, for your help. I've admired the kitchen enough for the past week so now I'm ready to get it dirty!

Mar 19, 2015
nofunlatte in Cookware

How to eat frugally?

Prednisone can be some awful stuff. A friend took it and while it helped her medical condition, she suffered a tremendous weight gain.

I don't really have any advice, but I do feel for you.

How to eat frugally?

170 lbs???? And having gained 100 back? HungrySenior, I feel for you--that's quite an accomplishment (I know from experience, as I lost 100 lbs. a few decades ago). And now you are in health jeopardy because of your disabilities and transportation issues. Do any local churches offer some sort of transportation help--that is, can someone drive you (or take themselves and shop for you) to the stores with cheaper meat/protein options?

Shortage of Dutch Cocoa?

Good to know!

Mar 14, 2015
nofunlatte in General Topics

Shortage of Dutch Cocoa?

Interesting! I went to buy some Dutched cocoa the other day; I went to a local grocery store and there was but one brand of Dutched cocoa, which was quite expensive (I don't use cocoa all that much). Ended up purchasing the Hershey's Special Dark, which is a mixture of Dutched and natural cocoas.

Mar 14, 2015
nofunlatte in General Topics

Cleaning Silestone Quartz countertop--any help appreciated

"death to fingerprints"--this would be a great product name, should you ever market it!

Mar 10, 2015
nofunlatte in Cookware
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Cleaning Silestone Quartz countertop--any help appreciated

I am about 2 days away from having my kitchen remodel completed (who knew I'd actually miss washing dishes in a real sink?) Anyway, I just had a Silestone™ Quartz countertop in a dark gray color. What is the best way to clean it? I am having an issue with it showing fingerprints and I used some granite wipes, but the results leave something to be desired. Just wondered if the 'hounds might have some suggestions.

Semi-related note: I may actually get to cook for the first time in 2 months by tomorrow. Hope I remember how!

Mar 10, 2015
nofunlatte in Cookware

Travelers: what unique ingredient should I buy as a souvenir and what recipe should I make with it?

I like to bring back local honeys--honey is a most delicious expression of a place's biogeography. Honey doesn't go bad (if it crystallizes, you can always reliquify it) and can be incorporated into recipes or simply eaten with a spoon (I brought back some honey from Cameroon a few years ago and allow myself a spoon of it every few months).

Mar 08, 2015
nofunlatte in General Topics
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Has anyone ever used Jam exclusively as Pie Filling?

Smartie's suggestion of jam tarts is spot on. I've made them and the jam doesn't get overly firm. With a pie, the longer baking time is going to render your jam filling an overly solid, unpalatable mess.

Mar 08, 2015
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

What would YOU do for a scone recipe?"

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/07/us/...

The bakery world is getting shadowy!

Mar 07, 2015
nofunlatte in Food Media & News

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
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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!