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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

How far in advance can I make chocolate pudding?

Thanks--just did!

Jan 17, 2015
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

How far in advance can I make chocolate pudding?

Hello, 'hounds--I'd like to bring some chocolate pudding to a potluck on Monday evening. Can I make it tonight (Saturday) or should I wait until tomorrow? I'm looking for an excuse to avoid working ;)

Jan 17, 2015
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

Location, location

Good point, Bada. Maybe not all posters are so "seasonal"? FWIW, I think of many techniques as having a season. A suggestion for a long, slow braised lamb shank dish isn't going to happen in August (for me). But with many of us living climate-controlled lives, perhaps some posters really don't think it matters.

Jan 17, 2015
nofunlatte in Site Talk

Pat peeves as a guest at a dinner party?

"please check on the state of the bathroom periodically. Can't tell you the number of times that I've felt like a snoop as a try to quietly open cupboards and closets, looking for a new roll of toilet paper"

As a hostess with a bladder the size of an acorn, there's always plenty of paper on the roll at my house!

Pat peeves as a guest at a dinner party?

Oh, the food forcing--that's a real buzzkill.

And the corollary: insisting you take leftover XYZ home. Offering a takeout plate to guests is a lovely gesture, but practically making them take something home is not.

Jan 16, 2015
nofunlatte in Not About Food

Pat peeves as a guest at a dinner party?

Not too many, but just a little something to take the edge off my hunger (unless the meal is imminent).

Your kitchen in a word (or two, or three...)

I don't have any signs on the wall, but I do have a "Women Who Behave Rarely Make History" decal on the refrigerator, along with 4 "13.1" car decals (because I sometimes lose them in the car wash, I bought some extras).

Jan 16, 2015
nofunlatte in Not About Food

Pat peeves as a guest at a dinner party?

Know-it-all guests (or those that talk about themselves constantly)

Kids at the table--I like the adult conversations that flow during a dinner party

No appetizers/snacks--timing dishes isn't an exact science (trust me!), so having some nuts or cheese or something to stave off any ravenous hunger is nice (I often eat little on a dinner party day)

I might add that I don't encounter these at the dinner parties I attend. And pets don't bother me (I have a cat and if I locked her in a room for the duration of the party, all we'd hear would be her scratching or clawing at the door).

Ideas for using lots of pumpkin

Pumpkin soup can take care of quite a bit of puree, but you might have to try new flavoring if you are sick of it; I make a soup with pumpkin, apple, and curry powder. You could also add to a souffle--I have a recipe for a sweet potato souffle and I sometimes substitute winter squash for the sweet potato. The LI Cheese pumpkin would be nice in that!

Funny, but I'm going to roast a couple of fall farmers market winter squashes and put the puree in the freezer.

What about just seasoning the puree, adding some compatible cheese, and baking it as a kind of gratin?

Jan 12, 2015
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

Your kitchen in a word (or two, or three...)

Oh, I don't know about that. I've had a couple of exes who were very good at the latter, but not so much at the former
;)

Jan 12, 2015
nofunlatte in Not About Food

Preserved Lemons

Great tip! Just used my last lemon in yesterday's lamb shanks, so I'll be making more when the kitchen remodel is finished.

Jan 10, 2015
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

Most Essential Tools for Home Cooks

^and this^--it really does depend on your cooking type and style.

Jan 08, 2015
nofunlatte in Cookware

too old for cooking school?

" am very glad that I had the experience, because I would have always wondered if I missed my chance if I had not done it."

Very important point--We can forgive ourselves for mistakes we have made, but regrets for what we DIDN'T do can make us feel very, very sad. I am, of course, assuming that you aren't throwing your retirement to the wind!

Anyway, I've enjoyed reading this thread (and the many responses to it), even though I have no plans to go to culinary school. But I did have that bug about 15 years ago when I was in grad school (and like you, I did not want to work in a restaurant). I wound up doing a lot of volunteering at my natural foods coop and in the ensuing years had a chance to teach a few basic cooking classes, which scratched the itch.

Christmas Dinner Highlights and Lowlifes

Want!

Jan 02, 2015
nofunlatte in Not About Food

Did Santa bring you any new cooking devices, gadgets, etc?

What is Rob-your-Neighbor? Never heard of it.

Jan 02, 2015
nofunlatte in Cookware

Did Santa bring you any new cooking devices, gadgets, etc?

I got a muddler. And I got to cook Christmas dinner with my sister, who I don't see all that often and is my favorite person to cook with. Best gift ever!

Oh, and I'm getting myself a kitchen remodel next month. Cabinets and appliances have been ordered.

Dec 31, 2014
nofunlatte in Cookware
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Did Santa bring you any new cooking devices, gadgets, etc?

I LOVE that timer--I can hear it loud and clear when I'm working in my office!

Dec 31, 2014
nofunlatte in Cookware

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition! [Old]

I have Das Grosse Dr Oetker Backbuch (auf Deutsch). It's an older book, but quite wonderful. I wonder if it's the same one as the one you're pining for.

Dec 30, 2014
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two! [Old]

You are baking up quite the storm! BTW, Tuesday is the 12th anniversary of Joe Strummer's death.

Dec 20, 2014
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two! [Old]

They are good--second time I made them!

Dec 19, 2014
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two! [Old]

Melba toasty. A little thicker than a regular cracker. The technique is biscotti-esque, though, begin twice-baked. I sprinkled some extra salt on top. They are nice with a glass (or three) of wine.

Dec 19, 2014
nofunlatte in Home Cooking
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cheese making

Sur La Table.

Dec 19, 2014
nofunlatte in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two! [Old]

Because others are handling the cookie baking, I made a savory instead--David Lebovitz's Salted Olive Almond Crisps. I used all white flour (instead of half whole-wheat). Very tasty (and these will be appreciated with some Xmas bubbly, I'm sure!)

Dec 18, 2014
nofunlatte in Home Cooking
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What kind of giftable quick bread or simple cake would you bake in these?

How do you use these? I'm curious.

Dec 18, 2014
nofunlatte in Home Cooking

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

Not really a 2014 thing, as I've made this numerous (and I do mean numerous) times before, but this year I made for my dad, who claimed he didn't like lamb, my Turkish-inspired grilled lamb kebabs and he LOVED them.

And reading this thread is really kickstarting my 2015 cooking mojo--the other night I made a very delicious crème anglaise with goat milk, while tonight I made cajeta from the other half of the quart of goat milk. A friend of mine cannot have anything bovine (beef, cow cheese, cow milk), but goat milk is fine. I was testing some recipes and I may make a caprine floating island for dessert when I see her next.

BTW, maybe the reason I'm getting psyched about cooking again is due to my upcoming kitchen remodel! My kitchen is very dated (although I've always been happy in there) and next month starts the remodel process. Better cook now, because it might be difficult for a while!

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

I'm really enjoying this thread! It was not much of a cooking year for me--end of a long-term relationship had me lose interest in food for a long time and once that passed, work became very busy. Consequently, I didn't do a whole lot that was new. But I did cook with some new-to-me ingredients! Bought ground cherries at the farmers market and made ground cherry-ginger-coconut jam. Also began using duck eggs for mayonnaise and ice cream--gives both of them a richer flavor. But all in all, I think 2015 is shaping up to be a better cooking experimentation year. Still, I'm enjoying reading about everyone's successes and now I'm gearing up for 2015!

The 2014 Hater's Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog

Thank you! I've been looking forward to this for weeks.

Dec 14, 2014
nofunlatte in Food Media & News

Cheese of the Month-Holiday Cheese Buying Ideas (Dec 2014)

Oops, forgot to add a link to Maytag Dairy Farms. Here it is:

http://www.maytagdairyfarms.com/aspx/...

Dec 14, 2014
nofunlatte in Cheese
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