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Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

i would be more than a bit irked myself, and was likewise wondering what they'd do if you unwrapped a product, and how they control for home kitchens containing nuts! it seems kind of irrational to me. i get where you're coming from, but i'd guess i'd just try to avoid obvious sins and not worry about the rest? i don't see how a nut-consuming household can pack a truly, 100% nut- or nut-trace-free lunch. best of luck, what a challenge!

about 17 hours ago
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

the "may contain" label is actually 1) voluntary, and 2) completely unregulated, so that seems like a silly restriction.

i mean, by that standard, if you ever use peanuts/peanut products/may contain peanut products in your home kitchen, anything that comes out of your house "may contain (traces of) peanuts/nuts"? just my immediate question on reading that restriction...

about 18 hours ago
chartreauxx in Home Cooking
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Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

if it thaws in time, great! just noting that my sandwiches, hiking in 70-80ish F weather, were not completely un-frozen by lunch day 1. granted, they were also packed in a backpack surrounded by lots of gear to insulate them, which may play a role. worth experimenting for sure!

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

as a backpacker, i would just mention i use this trick... but the frozen sandwich is for the *second* day, not the first. i just take a cold sandwich from the fridge wrapped in foil for day 1. i'd be surprised if my sandwich defrosted completely by lunchtime the same day i removed it from the freezer (i pack bagels with turkey and cheese, veggies and shelf-stable single pack condiments separate from sandwich, assemble at mealtime; i don't freeze the veg).

1 day ago
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

Is it ok to eat many eggs?

and pig skin gel.

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

to prevent squishage of breads/fruits/veg/whatever, you can re-purpose things like heavy-duty produce containers/clamshells, or heavy-duty (not the clear, flimsy ones) plastic takeout containers (like these: http://www.amazon.com/ChefLand-3-Comp...

gladware also works, and wrapping sandwiches/wraps in foil vs simply saran wrap or ziploc bags can help prevent smushing.

2 days ago
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

Brand of sunflower seed butter that tastes most like Skippy PB?

LOL i'm sorry, i had to laugh. my brother went through a phase (luckily, before school!) where he would eat:

1) frosted flakes
2) PBJ on wonderbread
3)pats of straight butter off eggo waffles but not the waffle *or* the butter *without* the waffle

drove my mom bonkers.

2 days ago
chartreauxx in General Topics

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

hardboiled eggs are a trail standby for backpackers. i usually eat them within 1-3 days, but i know many others who will push it further than that. a HB egg straight from the fridge into the lunch bag, especially if there are other cold items like frozen veg, should last multiple days, never mind a few hours. send single serve salt/pepper packets (can be easily grabbed from any fast food joint or convenience store). does he like olives? harder cheeses like cheddar are another backpacking mainstay and keep for days, especially the vacuum packed single squares a la tillamoos; baby bel and laughing cow cheese would keep but the packaging might be too tough for him.

personally, i ate things like turkey and cheese sandwiches throughout school with minimal or no refrigeration and never got ill, but YMMV. it also depends how hot the weather is and where the lunches will be stored.

2 days ago
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

pack the frozen box/bottle/gogurt whatever in its own ziploc. may mean you lean toward bottled or metal-pouch juices over the paper cartons, but should keep the overall bag dry. alternatively, my mom would often just pack our whole meal in a gallon ziploc for field trips to prevent sogginess/tearing.

Brand of sunflower seed butter that tastes most like Skippy PB?

i'm guessing you might also get away with mixing in speculoos butter. sometimes as a kid my mom would also put actual fruit (like slices of apple or pear, or banana, etc) inside my pbj in addition to or instead of jam. he might also take to other x butter combos (i liked pb+honey, pb+fruit, pb+mayo, and i've heard and read good things about pb+pickle, pb+bacon, pb+cheddar, etc).

Ideas to use up syrupy marmalade?

mix it into yogurt, swirl it through coffee cake or bread pudding, blend into milkshakes or smoothies, mix with other fruit for a crumble or a buckle, spoon over biscuits or shortcake as a strawberry shortcake riff, put it over angel food cake, make a jam cake, glaze meats/fish with it...mmm. sounds good. time to go hunt for a snack...

May 26, 2015
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

nice pigskin gel

not to mention sounding a *lot* like other weird crash-diet-miracle-fix voo-doo getting kicked around the interwebs...

Brand of sunflower seed butter that tastes most like Skippy PB?

put chocolate in it and call it chocolate butter. :-P

May 26, 2015
chartreauxx in General Topics

Sriracha: Is it a Hype?

neither did ranch dressing. ranch literally started (in the public sphere) as a house special dressing served to guests of the hidden valley dude ranch in santa barbara, ca.

May 26, 2015
chartreauxx in General Topics

Sriracha: Is it a Hype?

agreed re: "foreign stuff". sriracha is, in fact though, found in the very chains mentioned. applebee's serves sriracha shrimp and a turkey sandwich with sriracha sauce. taco bell is serving a sriracha quesarito (whatever *that* means), pizza hut offers honey sriracha as a sauce option, jack in the box serves a sriracha burger, denny's has a sriracha chicken sandwich... i'd say sriracha is absolutely in those chain restaurants. so i'm not sure what's going on.

May 26, 2015
chartreauxx in General Topics

Sriracha: Is it a Hype?

do you think it might have something to do, also, with the origins of the sauce? sriracha came over from thailand ("foreign", "exotic"...even though it now appears as readily as ranch does at applebees and taco bell!), whereas ranch dressing is home-grown, having been invented on a dude ranch in california. americans, imo, do seem to have a habit of downplaying stuff we invent while tending to elevate the stuff we adopt.

May 26, 2015
chartreauxx in General Topics

Sriracha: Is it a Hype?

people do, indeed, marinate things like chicken in ranch dressing. there are ranch-flavored chips, chip dip, and plenty of people dip fries and veggies in ranch. ranch dressing powder goes into many party snack mix recipes or gets used to season popcorn. some people even top baked potatoes with it, or use it as a sandwich spread, burger topping, or taco or wrap sauce. and of course ranch goes on salads (including pasta or potato salads) as a (surprise) dressing. whether you like it or not, and whether we're talking homemade from scratch, a powdered packet, or hidden valley out the bottle, is a matter of taste. however, people do use ranch in a lot of ways similar to sriracha.

May 26, 2015
chartreauxx in General Topics

Foods to pack for long day & night at hospital

i'll speak as a round-robin hospital denizen, as well as someone who backpacks and camps regularly.

i'd suggest easy-to-digest, mild foods, probiotic and low-odor a plus. string cheese, yogurt, pudding, jello, breads/crackers (saltines, pita, wheat thins, butter crackers, rolls, bagels, etc) with spread (butter, jam, honey, hummus, nut butter, cream cheese, etc), snacky fruits (clementines, grapes, cherries, strawberries, apples, pears, baby carrots, celery sticks, baby tomatoes, mangoes, etc), dried goodies (dates, raisins, craisins, apricots, veggie chips), canned or chilled homemade soup/chili/stew for the microwave, instant oatmeal, cottage cheese, boiled eggs, chilled pasta/grain salads, anything with broccoli (it's great for gut flora), juice boxes, herbal tea with honey...i could keep going. i spent 6 weeks straight hospitalized in japan, so i have *lots* of suggestions for what i was craving. rice balls were high on the list! miso soup (easily bought instant, made with simple hot water) was also a fave.

May 20, 2015
chartreauxx in General Topics

Is it ok to eat many eggs?

or the completely scientifically unsound crash diet?

May 19, 2015
chartreauxx in General Topics

3 days in Seattle - seafood, local foods, Downtown & West Seattle

"travolata" is not a seattle restaurant. i believe you mean "tavolata".

tavolata and le pichet are, IMO, kind of apples and oranges. tavolata is quite trendy, noisy, modern, italian-northwest fusion with an almost steampunk vibe to its decor. le pichet is a warm, bustling, spot serving almost-classic french food with just a hint of northwest fusion in a cozy bistro-esque setting.

tavolata is good food with hit-and-miss service (if you go, try the burrata app, the rigatoni, and the gnocchi ala romana...shame i do not see the tartare nor the carpaccio on the current menu as those are two of my favorites). it will be noisy, likely crowded, with so-so service and hard seats. they do offer good donuts for dessert.

le pichet doesn't have especially comfortable seats either, but their servers tend to be very skilled; present and aware without hovering. their dinner offerings are (in my experience) spectacular, and the entire venue just feels a tad more rustic (in a good way). it's a small space, lit mostly by candlelight in the evenings. they have delicious complimentary bread and butter, and i've honestly never (in 10 years!) had a meal there that i would describe as less than "good".

May 18, 2015
chartreauxx in Greater Seattle

Group Camping Meal (also posted under "grilling")

polenta is corn, so it isn't approved for those doing "paleo". beans (chili) are also verboten on paleo. this option works for the vegans, but not for the awkward mix of restrictions here.

May 18, 2015
chartreauxx in Special Diets

McDonald's Destroyed the Gut Bacteria of a College Kid in 10 Days

and caviar. it needs a side, right? kid has a main, a side and a drink (burger/nuggets, fries, coke)...

McDonald's Destroyed the Gut Bacteria of a College Kid in 10 Days

this is about as convincing as the "food babe" bunk flying around the internet...actually, less so. sample size of one, no control group, and tons of uncontrolled variables. i call shenanigans and seriously question the scientific competence of this "professor". i thought you needed an education to have that job?

3 days in Seattle - seafood, local foods, Downtown & West Seattle

uwajimaya is easily and rapidly reached by link light rail, departing/stopping at westlake center, university street station, and pioneer square station. usually more on time than the buses in my experience.

uwajimaya usually has spectacular weekly specials, so may be worth considering for the cooking-in night. (they post the specials online.) the food court BBQ there isn't bad, though kau kau BBQ is indisputably better. harbor city has good dim sum.

i recommend at least trying, and likely purchasing, elleno's greek yogurt at either uwajimaya *or* in pike place market. they're generous with samples - i like their berry flavors best.

May 17, 2015
chartreauxx in Greater Seattle

Group Camping Meal (also posted under "grilling")

some paleo followers do include potato and/or sweet potato; that's why i suggested baked potatoes above. easy to do in a campsite, and setting out a variety of toppings (from cheese and sour cream to green onions and broccoli) should let everyone sort their own business (and is camp-cook friendly if we're talking car camping). if these paleo people don't eat potatoes, that makes this even harder!

May 16, 2015
chartreauxx in Special Diets

Group Camping Meal (also posted under "grilling")

this is super tough for one dish to serve everyone IMO. only thing i can come up with other than the above suggestion of just having people make and grill skewers as desired would be either the taco bar suggested below, a baked potato bar, or maybe "hobo packets". those would also allow people to customize, and since the food is all cooked in foil, no vegan cross-contam concerns with foil. of course either doing vegan grilling first for skewers, or covering the vegan half of the grill in foil, would work too. toughie. how'd you get saddled with this? :-)

May 15, 2015
chartreauxx in Special Diets

Need inspiration for vegetarian, company-worthy dinner

(grilled?) pizza, quiche or frittata, cold noodle salads (be it vietnamese bun, or an italian pasta salad), seconded on taco/wrap/burrito (bowl) recipe, quesadillas or grilled cheese with a homemade gazpacho (grown up friendly kid food), entree salads... and grilled veggies, like corn or asparagus, could make a nice side. savory tarts are another idea. homemade bean burgers are easy and tasty. fried rice is fast easy and yummy.

help with a gift

in bellevue itself, i'd suggest monsoon east. if they want to go to seattle, second on le pichet. rock creek, chan, il bistro, list, and masonry are also all fun options. masonry has an amazing beer list. rock creek, le pichet, il bistro and list are more wine-oriented. chan does some very cool korean-inspired cocktails.

May 12, 2015
chartreauxx in Greater Seattle

Ideas for bingo potluck

hummus + fresh veggie sticks

a marinated veggie salad (corn, black bean, red peppers works well, i marinate in lime and a dash of hot sauce with s&p, cumin, finish with cilantro; can use fresh, frozen, or canned veggies)

watermelon, red onion, mint and feta salad (cubed watermelon, thin-sliced onion, marinate in a lime-vinegar-sugar (or sugar substitute) mix, stir in feta (or goat, or any soft tangy cheese) and chopped mint leaves)

edamame in the shell (can buy frozen, just steam)

fruit or veggie skewers with yogurt dip (whole veg and fruit should keep a couple days for the bingo potluck)

May 12, 2015
chartreauxx in General Topics

help with a gift

will the bitty one be tagging along or will this be a "date night" affair?

May 12, 2015
chartreauxx in Greater Seattle