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Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

I had Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant one year with a couple of friends - we were on a mini vacation - and a couple(not with our party) got engaged while we were eating.

It wasn't depressing at all.

Oct 23, 2014
Fromageball in General Topics
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Does Anybody Really Like Fennel?!

Fennel is one of my favorite vegetables. I love it roasted - can eat it by itself but I usually make it with a mix of roasted veggies. I had it in a salad with goat cheese dressing once that was really good. Fennel apple salad, etc.

I've chopped it up and eaten with hummus.

I really like licorice and anything licorice-flavored though, but when it's cooked I don't think fennel tastes too licorice-y.

Sep 28, 2014
Fromageball in Home Cooking

Why would anyone go to Denny’s these days?

I have a similar story except with Applebees after a day of rafting.

But what's funny, I live in nyc now and Manhattan got its first Denny's. You can get the grand slam with dom perignon(I think) for $300. It only recently opened so not sure how that's going. They have a bar with craft beer and all. It's funny the number of native NYers who have never been to a lot of the chains and barely know what Denny's is.

Sep 28, 2014
Fromageball in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

Agreed...forgettable is the word I would use. Annoying since I munched through the whole bag without a thought.

Sep 19, 2014
Fromageball in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

Which flavor? I finally tried the jalapeno ones and thought they were pretty good. I want to try the roasted garlic next.

Aug 26, 2014
Fromageball in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

I eat both of these as well - lately I've been favoring the pink can, but both are good. I think the smoked herring is in a green can?

Aug 19, 2014
Fromageball in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

TJs peanut butter is my favorite out of all of them(as a pb fanatic, I've tried quite a few!) - just the regular salted creamy one.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

I think they sampled this with the chocolate covered sunflower seeds a few weeks ago...I used to think I didn't even like coffee ice cream!

Aug 15, 2014
Fromageball in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

I was just thinking about those! I see them in TJs and they remind me of McDonalds hashbrowns which are a weakness of mine. Will definitely pick some up.

Jun 03, 2014
Fromageball in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014 [OLD]

I like the Justin's and TJs equally. I wish the TJs cups were offered in a 2-cup pack like Justin's.

I have no self control and could eat the tub of TJs cups in one sitting(seriously) so I only get them when they have the little bags with a few servings.

Apr 12, 2014
Fromageball in Chains

How often do you drink alcoholic drinks?

I'm about the same size and generally have either a beer or 1-2 glasses of wine each day. Mostly with food but also sometimes just while watching tv/surfing internet.

Occasionally I go for a month or 2 barely drinking anything but I soon get back to my daily habits - I also feel like I crave less junk/desserts when I have my daily wine.

Apr 03, 2014
Fromageball in General Topics

Who still drinks soda?

Is your mother a middle school chorus teacher?

My teacher(years ago) always told us that she was addicted to diet coke and drank enough to where she had esophageal/stomach problems.

Mar 17, 2014
Fromageball in General Topics

How do you feel about people who season food that you have carefully prepared?

It doesn't bother me, but I had to re-train my taste buds after growing eating my mom's cooking. Someone mentioned this habit as a result of eating mediocre food and I think that is spot on.

Once I got into cooking and started talking to my mom about it I realized that she doesn't cook with salt. She says she leaves the salt out and then people can add what they want at the table. She doesn't get that adding salt during the cooking process brings out the other flavors instead of just making it salty. (She also doesn't think that doing things like sauteing onions/veggies as a base adds anything to a dish...she just throws in the raw onions or whatever, but that's a different topic for a different day.)

It's funny because growing up I thought I thought I disliked homemade soup - vegetable soup, bean soup, etc - and preferred campbells. She said she added flavor with herbs and stuff, which was "better" than adding salt.

Anyway, my mom is the type who salts food automatically, but she is also a smoker of several decades so her taste buds are probably fried.

Offering wine to friends?

That's so funny...covering the bottle with a paper bag makes it look like you were definitely drinking!

I grew up in NC and have friends whose parents completely abstain, but most in my age group(~30) seem to enjoy a drink here and there with no worries. Even the most conservative of them seem to partake these days.

I just offer several options, including wine/beer.

Jan 18, 2014
Fromageball in Not About Food

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - January 2014!! [OLD]

I specifically looked for this today at TJs and it was nowhere to be found! I was afraid it had been discontinued but I guess not?

Jan 10, 2014
Fromageball in Chains

TJ's Items That Would Devastate a Non-Initiate

I LOVE the uncrystallized candied ginger and have never seen it elsewhere under any other brand. I'm a huge ginger head but I don't like crystallized ginger at all. TJs was out of it for several months a year or two ago and it was such a difficult time for me...

Aug 24, 2013
Fromageball in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - June 2013 [OLD]

I think they needed to add salt(aside from including it in the 'seasonings' as well...but yeah I only ate a couple of handfuls and didn't finish the bag.

Jun 27, 2013
Fromageball in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - February 2013 [OLD]

Me too! For some reason I've always passed it over for the sea salt + caramel bar, but I will have to try this one.

Mar 03, 2013
Fromageball in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - December 2012 [OLD]

Actually the south is less restrictive. I'm from NC and when I moved to MD I walked a few laps around TJs thinking I must've missed the wine/beer section. Luckily I'm also close to DC and VA stores...

NC can't sell booze though - I had no idea TJs even sold that - do we need to fly to CA to get it?

Jan 01, 2013
Fromageball in Chains

Do you have any food “kicks”?

I guess sriracha would be another one of my "kicks" - I've been having a can of sardines with sriracha on wasa as an afternoon snack for the past several months.

Jun 23, 2012
Fromageball in General Topics

Do you have any food “kicks”?

I'm on a salad kick too...for dressing I do olive oil and some sort of citrus juice. If I do orange juice I try to add some raspberries to the salad to balance the sweetness. As I mentioned above I have them for breakfast which is odd to a lot of people but it's a refreshing way to start the day.

Jun 23, 2012
Fromageball in General Topics

Do you have any food “kicks”?

Yeah ice cream is my main sweets binge...I either buy ice cream by the pint or when ben and jerry's/haagen daaz have the single serving cups I get those because otherwise I could probably polish off a gallon of ice cream. Of course as soon as I finish a pint I go and buy another the next day, but at least I'm not gorging on it. Right now I'm not on a kick and can walk right by the ice cream section.

Not sure if this would be a "kick" but I've had a big bowl of popcorn almost every day for the past 10 or so years.

I'm on a salad kick right now...various veggies, feta cheese, sunflower seeds, lemon juice/olive oil/herbs. I have that for breakfast with a hard boiled egg. I bring it to work and every day it's "are you eating salad for breakfast?!?" Yes I am and it is delicious.

Jun 23, 2012
Fromageball in General Topics

I love/hate grits. How do you feel about them?

Even though I grew up in NC I never tried grits until I was ~25 and it was at Cracker Barrel. Ick... I made grit cakes myself later on and liked those, but I think I would try grits again either at a restaurant where they are widely considered to be good or homemade.

Jun 16, 2012
Fromageball in General Topics

Why is the Olive Garden so reviled?

Agreed about the bread sticks. I've never understood what so many people love about them (the fandom seems on similar levels to Red Lobster's biscuits sometimes). I don't even mind going to Olive Garden once in a blue moon even though I would never pick it, but the breadsticks aren't even worth eating imo.

Jun 02, 2012
Fromageball in Chains

Do you have family/friends who don't appreciate good home cooking?

I have the same sort of problems only it's with my own family. Anyway, I don't take it as a reflection of myself anymore; they react the way they do because of who they are. A lot of people seem to be threatened by people who like to cook for whatever reason. My mother has never enjoyed cooking so she frequently tries to tell me that she has forgotten more than I will ever know about cooking. Ok? It's not a contest! It should also be noted that she never attempted to teach me anything about cooking or food when I was growing up.

Co-workers who mess with your food.

Ok, but is it a felony to "adulterate" *your own* food? Not saying anything about whether or not it's the right thing to do, but if I put ex-lax in my own chocolate pudding I'm simply putting ex-lax in the choco pudding. Maybe I'm irregular.

Someone earlier mentioned mixing enzymes into the food or someone else had cancer meds in the food. Is that adulterating the food? If someone steals it and is negatively harmed, what happens then? Where do we draw the line?

Apr 21, 2012
Fromageball in Not About Food

Co-workers who mess with your food.

Sometimes they're zealous for a reason. One place where I worked had a strict fridge cleaning policy and wanted *everything* cleaned out of the fridges each week at a certain day/time and it was terrible because the person doing that was supposed to throw away EVERYTHING including unopened containers of milk/half&half/yogurt/etc. People got mad at her but the problem was that she got in big trouble with her supervisor if she didn't throw away everything. The supervisor would check the fridges to make sure she cleaned everything out.

Apr 21, 2012
Fromageball in Not About Food

The Manhattan Diet, a Fad to Die For

Has Rebecca Flint Marx seen/read Sex and the City/French Women Don't Get Fat? Neither of them are about downing pills with champagne while avoiding food. I think French Women Don't get Fat is pretty good for helping people to change how they think about food in a healthier way. As for Sex and the City...I don't remember that show being centered around being obsessed with food. Did you mean Real Housewives of NYC?

Anyway, I'm confused after reading this review.

Mar 13, 2012
Fromageball in Features

Mitt Romney's Grits Conversion

I grew up in the south and didn't try grits until about a year ago - just tried collard greens a month or so ago too! I like fried grit cakes and with savory dishes but not so much with breakfast. I had them once as a breakfast side and can see why people load them with cheese...

Mar 13, 2012
Fromageball in Features

What's the best way to grocery shop cheaply?

As a student I cooked for myself all the time and still do. I buy a lot of stuff from bulk bins - I think the important thing is to shop somewhere where you know the product is rotated fairly often. If you buy basic veggies such as onions, carrots, celery, garlic, etc and then invest in spices that you like, you've got a wide range of cooking options.

I don't buy a lot of meat when trying to eat cheaply so I get animal protein mostly from eggs and sardines. I even buy organic stuff and my grocery bills are much lower than people I know who buy a lot of prepared foods.

Obviously knowing how to cook is important, and once you've got the basics down it is easy and fun to experiment with different things. Get some new and different veggies when they're cheap, etc.

When cooking for just myself I often make up a big pot of veggie soup or lentil stew or something like that and then eat it over a few days. Quinoa is another good high-protein food.

Mar 11, 2012
Fromageball in General Topics