mcf's Profile

Title Last Reply

General Mills - "No Sue"

Glad they changed the policy; I really like the salty Uber bars, though not a frequent purchase.

about 5 hours ago
mcf in Food Media & News

Low carb pancakes, outstanding!

Isn't it amazing how close it comes? WTF don't the manufacturers do it?

about 5 hours ago
mcf in Special Diets

Scalloped potatoes

My all time favorite, though I make it with rutabaga or celery root now: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

The herbs produce beautiful fragrance while baking.

about 5 hours ago
mcf in Home Cooking

Eating pizza or burger w/ knife and fork

LOL... were there still cookie making stoners in 75?

about 5 hours ago
mcf in Not About Food

LAMB - Domestic vs imported

about 17 hours ago
mcf in General Topics

Eating pizza or burger w/ knife and fork

Humor.

It was humor.

That's what the smiley is there for.

about 17 hours ago
mcf in Not About Food

How to spot bad BBQ

I think however you like it is how you should make it. I just don't think what's been described is actually typical of the practice of bbq.

But of course, eat what you like.

about 17 hours ago
mcf in Food Media & News

What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #3

I rarely do it, but if I have sausages and eggs for breakfast, I don't think about food until about 5-6 hours later.

I love me some heavy cream, too!

about 17 hours ago
mcf in Special Diets
1

Veggie bake that crumbles

And it wasn't too wet and loose as batter or baked? I'd try it as written and see if it works, still. But I'd drain/blot/squeeze the zucchini.

about 18 hours ago
mcf in Food Quests

LAMB - Domestic vs imported

So are they nursing? "Milk fed veal" means crammed into a crate with no room for activity and fed an iron deficient "milk" diet to keep the meat from darkening.

If it's Milk fed lamb" the same way, I am not interested.

1 day ago
mcf in General Topics

LAMB - Domestic vs imported

How is it raised if it's white? With veal, they do that by horrible treatment and diet.

1 day ago
mcf in General Topics

Do you wonder why the Chow site stinks?

It's completely possible. But some of us have noted a pattern in the style/types of screen names, too.

1 day ago
mcf in Site Talk
1

How to spot bad BBQ

I'm used to being asked if I want wet or dry or just given dry with an array of sauces available, never sauced before service.

Wouldn't visit or re-visit a pre sauce place.

1 day ago
mcf in Food Media & News

How to spot bad BBQ

BBQ or smoked meat isn't supposed to fall off the bone, just shrink up it a bit and be tender.

Fall off the bone is for braises, not BBQ.

1 day ago
mcf in Food Media & News
1

LAMB - Domestic vs imported

I would love to get a whole lamb for my freezer but DH doesn't like it, so we don't have it often and not in much quantity.

I'm sure local lambs, and smaller ones are milder and better than the lamb from Oz we're getting.

From the size of the whole legs or chops we're getting, it's definitely not mutton, though, they're small.

1 day ago
mcf in General Topics

LAMB - Domestic vs imported

Yes, I know! I believe I recall Tom Colicchio talking about Americans preferring U.S. or Colorado lamb because it's milder, too.

Different folks experience things differently.

I buy Oz lamb and beef that I know to be only grass fed, and I find that much milder and less gamey to my tastes and my husband's compared to NZ meat, too.

1 day ago
mcf in General Topics

LAMB - Domestic vs imported

Our Costco only carries Oz lamb, are you certain yours is from NZ?

Also, U.S. lamb is primarily grass fed; not because producers don't want to grain feed them, but because they just don't do well health wise on grains. From all I've read, grain feeding does happen at some ranchers just before slaughter, but producers are increasingly moving away from it, reportedly.

Every source I've checked said only a few, not most, U.S. lamb producers use grain feeding at the end and that the numbers are decreasing. I may've missed a citation that you found, though.

1 day ago
mcf in General Topics

LAMB - Domestic vs imported

NZ and Oz lamb are definitely stronger tasting and smelling than U.S. lamb, IMO. And others I've seen comment. I really don't like NZ lamb at all.

1 day ago
mcf in General Topics
1

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

I believe their labeled brand is most often from Wellshire Farms, like their bacon. I love Wellshire/Garrett products.

1 day ago
mcf in Chains

Do you wonder why the Chow site stinks?

Here's one such thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/252091

1 day ago
mcf in Site Talk
1

Shady business practice?

Or an instruction to servers by the owner; that was my first thought.

1 day ago
mcf in Not About Food

Steak knives....

You can get similar quality knives at any discount store (Marshall's Home Goods, TJ Maxx) for $29 if you don't mind rust after dishwashing.

If you'll hand wash and dry, that's not a problem.

1 day ago
mcf in Cookware

Veggie bake that crumbles

Maybe, but I suspect the finer oat flour, with it's high starch surface area and fiber absorbs and binds better.

My best advice it to make it when you have the recipe ingredients available. A natural grocery store should have bulk oat flour so you buy only as much as you need for it.

1 day ago
mcf in Food Quests

I need a veggie suggestion for Easter brunch

I just found this and think it looks so bright and pretty for spring: http://www.chow.com/recipes/10463-green-bean-tomato-and-shallot-salad

this one, too: http://www.foodrepublic.com/2012/05/0...

1 day ago
mcf in Home Cooking

Veggie bake that crumbles

I think it was probably too wet due to the differences between oat flour, which has a lot more starch per oz, and wheat germ, according to a quick check I just did. Not enough binder to absorb all that water. I would try it again without that substitution and also trying draining and/or wringing your shredded zucchini (high water content) in cheesecloth or a dish towel, no pre cooking is necessary with this step, I've found, when making zucchini loaf, noodles or patties.

1 day ago
mcf in Food Quests

Veggie bake that crumbles

Onions can be very small or very large, and so can zucchinis. So number is specified, but not quantity. Can you list the substitutions you made?

1 day ago
mcf in Food Quests

Recipe ideas for pregnant lady with high blood pressure

You're welcome! Hormones drive hunger. Higher carb intakes have been proven in studies to increase hunger and calorie consumption all day. And what you crave tends to be more of the same.

2 days ago
mcf in Home Cooking

Recipe ideas for pregnant lady with high blood pressure

In case I've stepped out of bounds with this post, too, you can email me at the addy in my profile and discuss it off of CH.

Apr 18, 2014
mcf in Home Cooking

Recipe ideas for pregnant lady with high blood pressure

It was due to mention of an rx drug which the mods found too medical for our fun food boards. I should have known better. I will repost an edited version and hope you get to see it:

In pregnancy, your body produces a lot more cortisol, a steroid that strongly increases potassium excretion and also raises bp, as does the high insulin response to a high carb diet. Because cortisol and carbs both raise blood glucose, you can end up producing high insulin levels for the cortisol alone, not only your food choices.

Potassium has a strong regulatory effect on bp. You might want to check with your doc about that possibility, and about using a cuff to measure your results at home (I have ht at the doc's office, but am below normal at home pretty much all the time now) Foods rich in potassium and magnesium and some calcium tend to lower bp and work very well for me. Salt is required to get potassium where it's needed in the body.

Meals that contain those minerals and that also include quality proteins, especially from animals and fish and non starchy veggies really drop bp like a rock in most folks, so a menu built around meat, fish, Greek yogurt or other dairy, eggs, and plenty of colorful, high fiber veggies is loaded with much more nutrition per calorie (what you want in pregnancy) and usually reduces bp. Nuts and cheese sticks make great take along snacks, too.

Stuff like a crustless or thin crusted quiche with shellfish and veggies could be a great, easy meal and one can last you a week of lunches or even breakfast. There are so many different combos you can make that you should never get bored with it.

Big salads or a bed of sauteed greens served with proteins instead of something next to or over rice, pasta, quinoa lower bp dramatically, IME and that of others.

One way that starches/high carbs raise bp is that every stored glycogen molecule stored in your body is attached to 3 water molecules. Less starch and sugars means less fluid retention, such a diet is much more diuretic than salt restriction. This is the mechanism behind the big water loss at the beginning of the Atkins diet you may have heard of. It's usually 10lbs of excreted water bloat the first week to 10 days.. I'm not suggesting any particular diet or carb level as that's highly individual, just discussing the effect certain foods have on bp regulation.

I hope this helps you explore all possibilities with your doctor, figure out what works for you and that you have the healthiest pregnancy and easiest delivery ever.

:-)

Apr 18, 2014
mcf in Home Cooking

"Just eat it, you'll like it"

Yeah, maybe the first time, but not after the offerer keeps urging you to eat what you can't/won't.

Apr 18, 2014
mcf in Not About Food