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Punch recipes, anyone? (no added sugar, please)

Thanks for the history lesson. But I stand by my belief that 1/2 cup sugar to 5 cups of water isn't anything to fuss over.

And as a kid, I did water down my kool aid

Dec 05, 2013
youareabunny in Home Cooking

Punch recipes, anyone? (no added sugar, please)

Not the tang. The tang is concentrated sweet and flavor. Oj wouldn't be equal to that unless you up the amount

Dec 05, 2013
youareabunny in Home Cooking

Punch recipes, anyone? (no added sugar, please)

And the grenadine? Juice concentrate? There's a reason why it's called punch ;)

The hard debate over nutrition standards for food stamp benefits

Useful insight! My knowledge of the poor is limited to a few hours stint interviewing the homeless and living 4 years in a... far less affluent neighborhood than I grew up in. Media wants to paint the poor as lazy and stupid but it's simply not the case.And how many lazy and stupid rich people do we all know? Can I film a sex tape and make 17 million off of my 72 day marriage DAMN

I was friends with the neighborhood kids. One of which was a 12 year old boy who wore an XXXL shirt. He was kind, sweet and smart. He broke my hammock, gaming chair, and couch. It made me sad to see how poor his health was. Then I learned that his father was gone most of the time as a truck driver and his mother struggled to raise 3 boys having suffered a stroke many years before. I'm not sure if they partook of any benefits but even then, seeing how little his mother could move, I really couldn't imagine her cooking healthy meals with real ingredients. And of course he will grow up and continue this lifestyle and probably pass it onto his children.

Classes are excellent but I think a big issue will be accessibility. A working parent spending 8-12 hours at work, come home, pick up kids, help with homework, clean and then to have time to goto classes? Might be a difficult expectation. It's like cooking good, healthy food is a luxury.

Punch recipes, anyone? (no added sugar, please)

5 cups of water, 1/2 cup of pineapple juice won't be affected much by 2 tablespoons of tang...

Dec 04, 2013
youareabunny in Home Cooking

Where to get dried mushrooms like Costco used to sell?

Soup. Pasta. Broth. Million ways.

Dec 04, 2013
youareabunny in General Topics

Does anyone actually like Sandra Lee?

You mean you don't dress up according to cuisine?

Personally I wear a moustache that hangs past my chin when I cook Chinese, a square one when I'm cooking wienerschnitzel and a handlebar for when I make chili.

I'm partial to moustaches.

Recipe for creating a successful food TV show ...

An obnoxious host/chef

Punch recipes, anyone? (no added sugar, please)

That recipe includes 5 cups of water, hence the .5 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of tang. Which is pretty minuscule IMO

You could add orange juice but the profile will be changed. Maybe if you cut down on the water.

Punch is pretty much watered down juice, not just for taste but to make it go further I suppose, which is why they call for additional sugar.

My high school friends go to punch recipe is fruit drink (koolaid, Hawaiian punch, or actual juice would work) and lemon lime soda. Maybe 1:1

Dec 04, 2013
youareabunny in Home Cooking

RIP, Judy Rodgers

Cancer :(. Gone too soon

The hard debate over nutrition standards for food stamp benefits

Obesity is definitely a problem but I'm not sure that tacking standards onto the poor will alleviate that. Here we have WIC which allows only certain foods and the items are clearly marked on the shelf.

While I do think that standards should be set, unless the people are educated regarding calories, fat and whatever guidelines they choose and are able to cook, it won't matter. Most of the working poor struggle enough as it is. How many women stay at home to cook for the family and care for the home and feel overwhelmed?

And I don't recall the statistic but it's around 2-3 visits that an applicant takes to apply for food stamps. It's harder to get food stamps than a gun...

Bake sale favorites time again

Some sugar cookies or shortbread, decorated and wrapped individually placed in a basket might be popular. Lots of nice designs online.

Maybe poke holes in them and run ribbon so that they can be ornaments.

Dec 03, 2013
youareabunny in Home Cooking

Yule Log Recipe

Just a hint. I've made 3 jelly rolls and my 3rd cracked. I'm not 100% certain that this is the reason, but the first two times I rolled the cake into a tea towel and let it cool in that shape, unrolled, filled and re rolled. The 3rd time I skipped that part and it cracked. So maybe try rolling it up. It'll taste just fine if it's cracked, but you lose some of the log magic.

Dec 03, 2013
youareabunny in Home Cooking

Supermarket Trends for 2014

Me too. I killed the home button on my last phone and had to pay $30 to replace it. It's easier to keep a folded piece of paper in my pocket than to whip out my phone, hit home, swipe to unlock, scan to list, hit list, etc.....

But my phone is handy to look up "how to tell if _____ is ripe" sort of things.

Yule Log Recipe

I think it's pretty much a roulade or jelly roll. Try searching for those. It becomes more Yule log with how you decorate it.

Dec 03, 2013
youareabunny in Home Cooking

Ideas for Baby's 1st Birthday - Theme Monkey

Love the idea of a bar. If melting is an issue a cake or cupcake bar could work too. A few kinds of frostings, fruits, cookie crumbs, and sauces.

Dec 03, 2013
youareabunny in Home Cooking

Ideas for Baby's 1st Birthday - Theme Monkey

Banana, coconut, palm tree, monkey cut outs or prints. For place cards, banner, random decor. Anything jungle-y should be cool, you should throw in a toucan, elephant and tiger for variety. Kids can do "find it" type of game with all the creatures.

Circle banner: you can cut out construction paper and mount some prints or draw/cut yourself. Depending on the babies name this may be a lot of circles, though http://www.ezpartyzone.com/pd-ocean-p...

I believe you can buy a pack of sweet tarts that's all bananas.

Some sort of cupcake topped with frosting and banana chip. Doesn't have to be a banana cupcake

Cake balls that look like coconuts. Or donut holes rolled in cocoa powder (may want them to be cream filled)

Dec 02, 2013
youareabunny in Home Cooking

Help...need ideas for one or two bite appetizers for Christmas Party

I was going to suggest similar. I just make a rectangle tart then cut it into smaller pieces. Goat cheese and tomato, zucchini and ricotta, many combinations...

Dec 02, 2013
youareabunny in Home Cooking

Typical American Thanksgiving meal: All show, no substance.

When I was 17 I went to a family BBQ of my boyfriend at the time. I didn't eat meat and planned on eating sides. I had no idea that the menu was only hotdogs, hamburgers, bread for each, no lettuce or tomato, and potato salad. so I ate a piece of basically 99cent store hamburger bread (not even a sesame seed) and potato salad with no onion, no mustard, no vinegar, and no salt! It was literally boiled potatoes and mayonnaise.

That was the first time I realized that there were groups of people that happily ate horrible food and I've only stumbled upon more and more. I think I've met 3-4 people who can cook and/or have good taste, otherwise the most skillful is me which is not saying much. Everyone else raves about Olive Garden.

But... to be at a home with several generations of family all together can make up for dry turkey and canned green beans. Usually!

Dec 02, 2013
youareabunny in Home Cooking

Typical American Thanksgiving meal: All show, no substance.

Considering 1. My Asian-ness and 2. Recent family drama (uncle), I now have this to worry about for Xmas dinner. Thanks for posting! Will keep a pipe nearby.

Dec 01, 2013
youareabunny in Home Cooking

Frosting for sugar cookies—NOT royal icing

Glaze icing?

Nov 30, 2013
youareabunny in Home Cooking

Typical American Thanksgiving meal: All show, no substance.

I think CH experiences are more the exception and yours, the norm.

IME most people don't know the difference between over and under seasoned, over and undercooked. Etc. How else are many chain restaurants, frozen, canned, premaid meals popular? It could be time and money but I'm pretty sure that most the people that choose these things do like them.

So just take the event for what it is, time to chit chat with family and enjoy whatever it is you make. And host your own meal at another date, maybe a few times during the year, and invite a couple of them every time :)

Nov 30, 2013
youareabunny in Home Cooking

Do you cook too much?

I bake too much but I usually cut recipes in half so it helps.

Too much whipped cream!

Fold in melted choc or ganache then pipe little stars and put in freezer

Nov 29, 2013
youareabunny in Home Cooking

What do you do with "good" cookware you do not need?

Goodwill prices items on the item, never name. All of the dresses are 7-10$, including Cavalli (got 2 of them, it was my day).

A local thrift shop here became private after Amvets dropped them. We were happy that they remained a thrift shop and kept all of the employees. Rumor was that the owners were keeping too much of the money. Well, whoever prices everything must be at a computer because they charge far more for anything that's even slightly name brand. I suppose I see their point but considering the rumor and the fact that they are selling high prices items at high price that were donated (may as well goto nordstrom rack)... we stopped shopping there.

Nov 28, 2013
youareabunny in Cookware

dots on oven glass window? Underneath pan

I don't mean dirt. I mean paint or something. In the USA my oven has white dots on the glass door which are more abundant towards the bottom third and decrease in number at the middle and top. My France oven has thin lines, about 2 cm apart that run horizontally across the whole window.

Do these have a purpose other than to impede my view? Is it like that rule about not looking at the microwave?

The baking show I watch has lovely clear glass oven windows but I'm pretty sure those ovens are totally new whereas my ovens are a few generations old. Are the dots and lines an old school protection for the glass?

Similarly my Teflon pans have a nice decoration on the bottom- Usually in some kind of radiating circle design. Do these have a purpose, to conduct heat? Or is it to remind me which side goes on the burner?

Signed,
Befuddled

Nov 28, 2013
youareabunny in Cookware

CHOW Reviews: Silpat Nonstick Baking Mat, U.S. Half Size

I've been debating for so long whether or not to invest in these. Solid review and I think I will stick to naked baking sheets and reusing parchment paper til it becomes chocolate colored.

Nov 28, 2013
youareabunny in Cookware

Not-so-sweet clementines

Clementine tart. Cut them very thin

Nov 28, 2013
youareabunny in Home Cooking

Can you put meat proteins (not butter, but meat) into desserts successfully? I want to try oyster cupcakes. Can it be done?

Try fried oysters or chowder. It's probably the texture that they don't like.

If you're bent on hiding them in cupcakes then maybe roast til dry, dip in chocolate, chop them up, dip in chocolate again, roll in cinnamon or cocoa powder, then fold the pieces into chocolate cupcake batter. Maybe add peanut butter to hide them even more.

Nov 28, 2013
youareabunny in Home Cooking

Can you put meat proteins (not butter, but meat) into desserts successfully? I want to try oyster cupcakes. Can it be done?

+1. Waste of oysters too

Nov 28, 2013
youareabunny in Home Cooking