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Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

I would find it depressing, because I love to cook (and eat) Thanksgiving dinner. It is one of my favorite meals to cook, and I look forward to it all year. I would miss my special stuffing, my favorite turkey which I have perfected, and most of all, getting up in the morning and starting the pies and desserts with my 7 year old son. Every year he is able to do more, and he looks forward to it as much as I do. I am fortunate to be able to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends that I love and enjoy. If I was alone, or didn't have a group to feed that I liked, I wouldn't mind eating in a restaurant. I would appreciate it. But I would still miss cooking. And leftovers!

Goat cheese haters?

I like this thread. I feel like i'm not alone in my dislike of goat cheese. It seems that everyone around me loves it, including my 7 year old son. I'll never forget the first time I tasted it. My cousin put it in a lovely appetizer he made for a party. I took a nice big bite because, why not, I love cheese, it's one of my staple foods. I was in shock! I could not believe how bad it was, and everyone else was rhapsodizing about it...I think my eyes were bugging out of my head. I didn't say anything because everyone else loved it. I always think of it as "tastes like a petting zoo smells". But I did try it again, once. My son loves to try samples of various fresh and local goat cheeses at the farmers market, so I thought- what the hell, maybe last time was just a bad one. Nope, disgusting.

1 day ago
RachelJ in Cheese

Once I tasted ___ from a farmer's market, I could never go back to the grocery version.

Honey
Locally caught and smoked salmon
Peaches and nectarines
Strawberries

Oct 18, 2014
RachelJ in General Topics

Lunch in Gloucester

Virgilio's for wonderful sandwiches and Seaport Grille for lobster rolls and a view of the harbor.

Oct 15, 2014
RachelJ in Greater Boston Area

music to chowhound by

Honey Pie, Strawberry Fields Forever, Savoy Truffle-The Beatles
Blueberry Hill-Fats Domino
Tequilla Sunrise-The Eagles
Tangerine-Led Zeppelin
Rock Lobster-B52's
Tupelo Honey-Van Morrison

Aug 08, 2014
RachelJ in Not About Food

POLL: What's the best cheese for a grilled cheese sandwich?

I would typically say Tillamook sharp cheddar and Jack cheese combo, but I just had a grilled cheese with Fontina for the first time, and it was wonderful. Perfectly melty.

Aug 03, 2014
RachelJ in Cheese

Time Stamp Sitting On First Line Of Text

I am having this problem, too. I use a MacBook Pro with Safari. Very annoying, hopefully it can be fixed.

Jul 28, 2014
RachelJ in Site Talk

Place to watch Blazers

Claudia's on 30th and Hawthorne. Good burgers and pizza. It's a dive bar but clean, and the food is above quality of a typical sports bar.

Apr 29, 2014
RachelJ in Metro Portland

your favorite food movie..

I Love You To Death, with Kevin Kline and Tracey Ullman, always makes me want pizza and spaghetti (minus the aspirin).

Dec 21, 2013
RachelJ in Not About Food

Farmhouse Rules--a new show on Food Network

I just kept thinking, if Paula Deen and the Pioneer Woman had a baby it would be Nancy Fuller.

What's the best thing you ate today?

A warm buttermilk biscuit with apple butter from the farmers market.

Oct 26, 2013
RachelJ in General Topics

What Do You Use Microwave For?

I use it as a proof box when baking bread. It stays warm and draft free. I also make quick homemade bean and cheese burritos and quesadillas sometimes. I've been doing that since about 1987 when my mom got one. I also use it for oatmeal, melting butter, reheating leftovers, and making hot cocoa and tea for my 6 year old son. It's easier to control the temperature than boiling water in the kettle.

Sep 14, 2013
RachelJ in General Topics

I want to make a delicious, to-die-for breakfast baked good....

The recipe specified cake flour, and said it would be dry if AP flour was used. Not being a baker, I guess you didn't have any cake flour lying around.

Nov 25, 2012
RachelJ in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (December 2012) - Nominations

Wow, i guess we're all on the same page with the dumplings! I didn't bother to scroll down before I posted.

Nov 24, 2012
RachelJ in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (December 2012) - Nominations

CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS

Nov 24, 2012
RachelJ in Home Cooking

Guilty Pleasure

A big pot of rice with a can of Campbell's condensed cream of mushroom soup mixed in. Guilty pleasure comfort food of my childhood.

Oct 08, 2012
RachelJ in General Topics

Olive and Cream Cheese Sandwiches a Baltimore Only Treat?

I live in Portland and started eating green olive and cream cheese on wheat when I was pregnant. I was mad for salty stuff, and would eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Always with carrot sticks on the side. Mmmm, now i want one!

Oct 08, 2012
RachelJ in General Topics

What did you have for breakfast today? Part 2

After pizza 2 days in a row and chinese food last night, I redeemed myself nutrition-wise with healthy oatmeal. One microwave packet cooked with raisins, grated apple and milk. Added some cinnamon and well chopped banana for sweetness. Cottage cheese on the side. Virtue is restored!

Oct 08, 2012
RachelJ in General Topics

Popular flavors that you don't care for

Sesame oil, especially if something is sauteed or fried in it. Goat cheese-no quicker way to ruin a dish, in my opinion. I love any other cheese, but goat cheese tastes to me like a petting zoo smells. Liquid smoke, gross and unnecessary. Cilantro, bleh. And possibly the worst, though I don't know if it's considered a "popular flavor"-aspartame or anything with that sugar free flavor. Horrid.

Oct 08, 2012
RachelJ in General Topics