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Why coconut oil?

It's used in paleo because it's non dairy. There's a lot of good research pointing to benefits (including weight loss promotion) of its medium chain triglycerides.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic...

about 18 hours ago
mcf in Special Diets

Banned

Yes, I know of one person who's posted about having been banned and begging to come back later. Problems with maintaining civility.

about 19 hours ago
mcf in Site Talk
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Costco Frozen Shrimp (Bagged) from Vietnam

At Costco??? When, where?

about 23 hours ago
mcf in Chains

Costco Frozen Shrimp (Bagged) from Vietnam

So you had no idea what was in Costco shrimp before making a damning statement about it. I have no recollection of every seeing phosphates on a labeled bag of scallops or shrimp from Costco, but hey, I've only been shopping there for 1-12 years, consistently.

about 23 hours ago
mcf in Chains

Low Carb Vegetarians, what's on your plate?

Your recommendation is frighteningly out of synch with good published research, all that is known about human metabolism and clinical outcomes.

Dangerously, scary out of touch with diabetic reality.

More importantly, the OP asked for low carb, and that's not what you offered.

about 23 hours ago
mcf in Special Diets
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Costco Frozen Shrimp (Bagged) from Vietnam

I'm sure Tom will post any time now where he found the information that Costco scallops and shrimp are wet and soggy due to phosphate solution.

1 day ago
mcf in Chains

Dreamfields Pasta for a diabetic, are their low carb claims a hoax?

Slices I coat with a light dusting of carbalose flour or just cut very thin and bake on high heat, turning once. :-)

If yo have an Asian grocer, check the fridge case for sheets of dried tofu noodle you can cut. I haven't tried it yet, but think it might work really well.

1 day ago
mcf in Special Diets
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Had a potato au gratin failure...need some pointers to fix it!

It's not reabsorption so much as thickening. There's a lot of butterfat around my gratin, but it looks exactly like the recipe picture here when ready to serve: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

To Die For, btw.

Also, I eat very low carb, so I don't use the potatoes, I use rutabaga, turnips, celery root, separately, not all together. No problem with soggy wetness.

1 day ago
mcf in Home Cooking

Had a potato au gratin failure...need some pointers to fix it!

Yeah, like the best part of the whole thing. ;-)

1 day ago
mcf in Home Cooking

Should I get a Costco membership?

If there's one thing we don't need, it's higher credit limits,

1 day ago
mcf in Chains

Should I get a Costco membership?

I wonder how that cardholder lost his Amex on vacation? (from the comments section in the link I posted).

1 day ago
mcf in Chains

Dreamfields Pasta for a diabetic, are their low carb claims a hoax?

When I make lasagna, I use only Barilla no boil noodles; they're thin, lower carb than regular and close to fresh noodles in texture. I make a top and bottom noodle layer, and a very thick middle (or I use baked eggplant noodles instead, too) filled with cheeses, browned sausage and drained and squeezed out chopped spinach. I eat the cheesy top layer and leave the bottom one on my plate.

1 day ago
mcf in Special Diets

Should I get a Costco membership?

Costco is so much better than BJs, from my memory. See what you think. Quality control, employment practices, very consumer friendly policies.

I used to use a Citi MC for everything when Amex rewards went to shit, for the virtual numbers for online shopping and rewards, but there's got crappy, so back to Amex I went.

2 days ago
mcf in Chains

Had a potato au gratin failure...need some pointers to fix it!

I don't get what's wrong with butter fat collecting on top of a dish made with heavy cream, butter and cheese? I think it's supposed to be that way in the oven. It's not soupy when served after coming out of the oven.

2 days ago
mcf in Home Cooking

Dreamfields Pasta for a diabetic, are their low carb claims a hoax?

I think you read that wrong, maybe?

2 days ago
mcf in Special Diets

Should I get a Costco membership?

The comments below this post are informative. I can see value in the card, but seriously, they don't report to credit agencies and this is the only card I use... ?

Your membership lapses while you're on vacation and your card goes dead immediately?

I don't love paying an annual fee, but no thanks.

2 days ago
mcf in Chains

Should I get a Costco membership?

No, not black, never bought a house, though put tens of thousands in home improvements on it.

Theoretically, there's a credit limit, but even when we charge an extra 10 or more, we never hit it, and our regularly monthly bill isn't that much lower, often.

Our Visa also has a stupid high limit we never asked for, yes.

I don't care if you carry a Costco Amex, but I prefer not to give up the account three family members have shared for decades now for another. I hiope that's ok with you.

2 days ago
mcf in Chains

Should I get a Costco membership?

Because it's likely done by Amex. I have nothing against the Costco card, I just don't see any net benefit based on our spending habits monthly and I see a limit on what I'd earn points on.

Points actually don't equal cash. My Amex ones are worth very little used that way, but more when used for travel or certain purchases. You get an automatic credit of dollars, right?

2 days ago
mcf in Chains

Should I get a Costco membership?

I get Amex rewards points, though they are not very valuable, I rack them up very rapidly with no limit on how many I get per year.

My Costco cash back check at renewal each year is around $120, so I'm not missing out on that; I get it annually at renewal time.

I carry two credit cards, the Amex Gold and a Mastercard I use maybe a few times a year with vendors who don't take Amex.

I'm not knocking the Costco Amex, I just don't want a vendor specific card and I want no limits on rewards, when I have none on my existing Amex.

If we didn't charge such high amounts monthly, the Costco card might be a better deal, but I'm not motivated to split my spending between them.

2 days ago
mcf in Chains

Had a potato au gratin failure...need some pointers to fix it!

I never use a roux in mine, if it needs it, it may not have enough cheese and cream. My recipe bakes at 400 or more.

2 days ago
mcf in Home Cooking

Costco Frozen Shrimp (Bagged) from Vietnam

Please tell me what brand/type you have found in Costco with that on the bag. It's not in the scallops currently in my freezer, the only ingredient ever listed in the years I've been buying them is "scallops."

I've seen only "shrimp, salt" on the shrimp bags but don't have one this minute.

On what evidence do you base your assertion that Costco is selling phosphate bloated shrimp and scallops despite their big announcement they were not and would not, for quality and value reasons?

2 days ago
mcf in Chains

Costco Frozen Shrimp (Bagged) from Vietnam

You're talking about the raw ones? You may not be buying the same variety I am, usually the 21-25 count in a blue bag.

Sounds like a refrigeratino problem otherwise.

2 days ago
mcf in Chains

Should I get a Costco membership?

The benefts that come with no credit limit, for one. We put everything on it, from newspaper subscriptions to medical bills to recent high materials and home improvement costs.

We pay everything in full each month,

And they have superlative customer service and fraud protection.

2 days ago
mcf in Chains

Bulging sealed pico de gallo

I brought them the stinky chickens. They chose to take my word for the stench. :-)

2 days ago
mcf in General Topics

Bulging sealed pico de gallo

That's what I asked, since when they refunded me the second time, plus offered me a free one to take home, I noticed then that some were blown up, some were tightly packaged.

In my store, the apparent answer is "no." These were a week at least before the sell by dates, too. If they weren't so good (when not stinking to high hell), I'd never chance it, but now I know what to look for.

2 days ago
mcf in General Topics

Costco Frozen Shrimp (Bagged) from Vietnam

"The most notable certification schemes are the Best Aquaculture Practices, the GlobalGAP Integrated
Farm Assurance Standards, and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council Shrimp Standards. The structures
of all three major schemes largely meet the standards recommended by the United Nations Food and
Agriculture Organization, but the strength of **** labor standards**** within these structures varies significantly."

https://www.motherjones.com/files/acc...

I'd really like to know if I'm eating solution bloated shrimp from Costco; please furnish the evidence for that assertion so I'll know for sure. It'd be inconsistent with Costco's stated policies wrt scallops, for instance.

Thanks in advance.

Jul 21, 2014
mcf in Chains

Costco Frozen Shrimp (Bagged) from Vietnam

They monitor the conditions, for the shrimp at least. Workers, not so successful at keeping their conditions positive. They also sell dry scallops, no bloating them up with fluid for profit, as a policy.

Jul 21, 2014
mcf in Chains

Should I get a Costco membership?

But it does not come with all of Amex benefits, they told me in response. So I just use my own Amex for everything, everywhere I shop instead.

Jul 21, 2014
mcf in Chains

Costco Frozen Shrimp (Bagged) from Vietnam

Costco is also all about quality and incredible generous customer service and employment policies.

They're the anti Walmart.

Jul 21, 2014
mcf in Chains

Costco Frozen Shrimp (Bagged) from Vietnam

Costco's aren't limp or soggy, though. Not the uncooked ones, anyway.

Jul 21, 2014
mcf in Chains