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Worth feeding squirrels peanuts if all they do is bury them?

Rats freed from a cage will free their companions BEFORE eating, even though that means less food to go around.

Mar 19, 2014
Ulyyf in Not About Food

Worth feeding squirrels peanuts if all they do is bury them?

Have you tried mixing the seed with a generous amount of cayenne or bird pepper? Birds can't taste the heat, but squirrels, like humans, can.

Mar 19, 2014
Ulyyf in Not About Food

Worth feeding squirrels peanuts if all they do is bury them?

And if you do put out food, don't do it too regularly. Clever animals will notice if they miss a meal, and have been known to come looking.

Mar 19, 2014
Ulyyf in Not About Food

Worth feeding squirrels peanuts if all they do is bury them?

Wherever you have people you have mice and rats. People are messy, and rodents are smart. They know a good thing when they see it!

Mar 19, 2014
Ulyyf in Not About Food
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Worth feeding squirrels peanuts if all they do is bury them?

Peanuts aren't terribly healthy for squirrels. It's like giving them chips. A few won't matter, but when everybody gives them the same thing...!

Try giving them dried and fresh fruit, other types of nuts, even hardboiled eggs cut up. Tastes differ, just like with people. The squirrels around here devour avocado, raisins, and apple slices, and will sometimes eat grapes and peaches, but throw bananas right to the ground.

Mar 19, 2014
Ulyyf in Not About Food

was this a social faux pas?

How can you think they're making assumptions about your preferences, yours specifically, when the guests are allowed to choose which dish, if either, to eat?

Mar 19, 2014
Ulyyf in Not About Food

Passover meatball recipe

Depends on what you're making, I'm sure, but I find that mashed potatoes make a good substitute for noodles with Swedish meatballs and recipes of that ilk (not sure how I'd make that meal kosher....), and spaghetti squash or zucchini, of course, make a good sub for Italian pastas.

Mar 19, 2014
Ulyyf in Kosher

Waste not want not....................Amount of food wasted in the U.S.

If your supermarket does not already donate their culled produce to the local food pantry, you should encourage them to do so.

Feb 26, 2014
Ulyyf in Food Media & News

Left handedness in kitchen

Left handed scissors do not just have differently shaped handles, they are screwed together differently, with the opposite blade on top.

Feb 26, 2014
Ulyyf in Cookware

School District Seizes Lunches From 40 Elementary Students

Absolutely. Some areas with a high proportion of free lunches already do that, because the cost of processing all those forms outweighs any possible "savings".

Feb 02, 2014
Ulyyf in Food Media & News

Pet Peeve: Servers Who Sneer at What You Want

Even if the server is stuck between a rock and a hard place, there is no excuse for a nasty attitude. "I'm not sure, let me ask the chef and see" would be a perfectly acceptable beginning response.

Jan 29, 2014
Ulyyf in Features

Pet Peeve: Servers Who Sneer at What You Want

So you think the server in this anecdote was politer? Was not "stomping her little feet"? Was not "smirking her little smirks"? You must be reading a different post than I am.

When a guest in your home or a customer at your establishment makes a reasonable request, you honor it. You don't act like a prima donna because you think you're making "art" instead of food. Your job is to feed these people, not to make them feel unwanted.

Jan 28, 2014
Ulyyf in Features
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Pet Peeve: Servers Who Sneer at What You Want

A paying customer in a restaurant is entitled to common decency no less than a guest in your home. That means that no matter how ridiculous you think their request is, you don't sneer at them, insult them to their face, or give them a nasty attitude.

If you wouldn't treat a guest that abysmally, you shouldn't treat *anybody* like that.

Edit: whoops, I thought your reply was meant to me. Sorry about that! Now this thread makes so much more sense.

Jan 28, 2014
Ulyyf in Features

What says NYC to you?

Well, if you're willing to leave manhattan, by all means come to Staten Island and get some Sri Lankan food! All the Sri Lankan restaurants are just a short bus or train ride from the boat. And they all sell the best eggplant you will ever eat, and you will love it even if you normally hate eggplant.

Jan 28, 2014
Ulyyf in Manhattan

What says NYC to you?

I haven't had a street hot dog in ages. If I get street food, it's a gyro or a falafel or a waffle if I can find one. (Or some cheddar caramel popcorn if I can find a street fair, because cheddar caramel popcorn is crack, seriously, you can't stop eating it.)

Jan 28, 2014
Ulyyf in Manhattan

Pet Peeve: Servers Who Sneer at What You Want

Once you buy the painting, you can do whatever you like with it. Once you buy the food, you can do whatever you like with it. If you wouldn't treat a guest in your home this way - and if my guest asked for cheese on their pasta I would just smile and bring it out because its not that big a deal - then you shouldn't treat a customer that way.

Jan 28, 2014
Ulyyf in Features
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Secular grace

Correction, it is a Shaker dance song. When it talks about "turn, turn, will be our delight" or "to bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed", those are dance instructions.

Dancing was a type of worship for the Shakers, but they distinguished between the songs they used for dancing and hymns.

Jan 23, 2014
Ulyyf in Not About Food

Commonly mispronounced foods

Well, that's the older pronunciation. It used to be spelled in English erb, until the same geniuses who stuck a random s in island decided that we should spell it like the French do because it's a French word. In a glaring bit of hyper correction, some newly literate Brits decided that the presence of an h meant that one should pronounce the h, and bit by bit it became the standard pronunciation over there.

So... yeah.

Jan 23, 2014
Ulyyf in Food Media & News
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Commonly mispronounced foods

Pajama, pyjama, potayto, potahto, lets call this whole thread off!

Jan 23, 2014
Ulyyf in Food Media & News
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Commonly mispronounced foods

Yeah, maybe, but you don't want to be that guy who holds up the line because the person behind the counter can't understand your oh-so-authentic pronunciation.

Jan 23, 2014
Ulyyf in Food Media & News

CRITTERS!!!

Well, you would too if you were a mouse and you found a very large pile of food that somebody had carelessly neglected to leave open for you.

If you mix the birdseed with generous amounts of cayenne or, better yet, bird pepper, the rodents won't be able to eat it. Birds don't mind that stuff, but it really burns the mouths of mammals. Only humans are masochistic enough to enjoy the feeling!

Dec 06, 2013
Ulyyf in Not About Food

CRITTERS!!!

Try mixing the bacon fat with the peanut butter. I do that to make suet balls for the squirrels and they love it. If its too gloppy, add some cornmeal, flour, or sugar.

Of course, I'm not trying to kill my squirrels, but I bet the mice like it just as much.

Dec 06, 2013
Ulyyf in Not About Food

Gas vs Electric

If you prefer electric stoves, by all means stick with them, but I find your primary complaint backwards. In my experience, electric stoves are the ones which cook much too high. A "medium" on the electric stove in the attic burns my food, I have to keep everything on "low". The only thing the electric stove is good for is boiling water a little faster than the gas stove.

As for moving things to another burner, I usually have all four burners full. I ought to get a rice cooker anyway, as that would allow me to free up a burner!

Safety? I grew up with gas stoves. In my view, electric stoves are a lot less safe because they can be on and hot without you realizing it. That happened to me once, and I ended up with a shattered plate. I've never in my life had the gas slightly on and I didn't realize it.

Dec 06, 2013
Ulyyf in Cookware

What ratios do you use for your mashed potatoes?

Garlic isn't fancy, it's the sine qua non of the allium world.

Dec 06, 2013
Ulyyf in Home Cooking

Where Do Italians Eat in NYC

Kinda like Americans who go to Italy and complain that they can't get a good burger and fries?

Dec 06, 2013
Ulyyf in Manhattan

Yellow sweet potatoes?!

It's not actually that different from us calling it sweet potato because the first English speaking people to see it were more familiar with potatoes!

Nov 28, 2013
Ulyyf in General Topics
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What to do with LOTS of parsley?

Start putting it in everything. If you make pasta sauce or chili, add a handful of parsley. If you make mashed potatoes, chop a little parsley and scallions to go in. If you make a green smoothie, add some parsley.

Parsley can go in most nearly any dish, just chop up a handful and toss it in.

Note: some people, possibly your kids, have a mild allergy to parsley, particularly raw parsley. It can sting and burn the mouth, which might be described as a "too spicy" feeling.

I suffer from that, so I never do use parsley unless it is going to be thoroughly cooked, and that is why I am a fan of using it up by throwing in small portions in everything over a week or two rather than making one or two parsleyriffic dishes. A small amount of cooked parsley is fine for me, and doesn't make me feel like I'm chewing on glass. Raw parsley, or large amounts in one dish, are not fine.

Nov 11, 2013
Ulyyf in Home Cooking

What are the decent Chinese places in Staten Island?

Empire Schezuan by the Pathmark on Forest is pretty good.

Aug 22, 2012
Ulyyf in Outer Boroughs

Budget meals stretching ground beef?

I find that combining lentils and ground beef at a 1:2 or even a 1:1 ratio is almost unnoticeable, especially if they're the brown lentils. I do it for health reasons, but it'll save money. I can do this no matter what I'm cooking with the beef - meatloaf, shepherd's pie, sloppy joes - whatever! Rice will stretch it further, of course.

Aug 22, 2012
Ulyyf in Home Cooking

What are your favorite one-dish meals?

Eggs with stuff in them. It's probably supposed to be an omelette, but whatever, I just saute an onion, add some vegetables I have around, then crack a few eggs on top and stir. Put the lid on it, it's done in 10 minutes. If you're really invested in having a carb with this meal, and don't want to buy bread, you can make extra rice next time you cook rice and stir some of that in as well.

If I'm not in the mood for eggs-with-stuff, I make sauce-with-eggs. Cook up a tomato-based sauce using whatever seasonings I have at hand, add other vegetables as desired, crack a few eggs in and cover. They're poached in a few minutes.

Not feeling it? Okay, how about rice-with-eggs? Saute an onion and garlic, maybe some ginger in a pot. Add your raw rice and water, cover, cook as usual. When it's just about done, toss in some grated carrot and finely chopped greens. When it IS done, with the heat still on, crack an egg or two and stir it all in.

Sensing a theme? We get a dozen eggs every week from our CSA. You wouldn't think they'd accumulate so quickly!

Aug 21, 2012
Ulyyf in Home Cooking