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Am I the only one who doesn't like...?

I'm not a fan of jarred pasta sauces or celery. Ketchup, though I find revolting. The look, the smell, and the taste. Even the smell makes me gag. It's bad- my family calls it my ketchup phobia.

How far would you drive to Trader Joe's?

The closest TJ's to me (Annapolis) is a 2-2.5 hour drive away plus I have to pay the $6 Chespeake bay bridge toll on the way home. My brother lives there though so visiting him is always an excuse to go there (or is it the other way around??). I'd like to go more but it's probably only a few times a year. I do recruit my bro to bring me certain items when he visits.

Oct 20, 2013
Lizzard913 in Chains

Re supermarkets not being candid about what foods have been frzen

I can't tell with chicken to be honest, unless it has freezer burn or has been in the freezer for months. Other than that I think most food loses flavor when it's been frozen- beef, seafood, produce etc. Seafood in particular not only loses some of it's original flavor but it develops a distinct frozen flavor. Bread bothers me too- I hate when it's defrosting and ice crystals melt and pool and make my bread soggy.

Sep 11, 2013
Lizzard913 in General Topics

How to get my significant other's adult children to pick up a check??

Ummm....you just said his son and his wife make 150,000+/year. Sounds like he's doing pretty well for an uneducated know-it-all who can't hold a job down. Somehow, I do not believe that he is the only know-it-all in this scenario. Anywho, while I see your point about not requesting an expensive restaurant and not offering to contribute, it seems as though their dad doesn't mind. My dad refuses to let me pay, and his dad never let him pay. I really think it's just what a lot of parents do. They still like to take care their kids every once in a while even when they are grown and independent.

What do you eat when sick?

It depends on the type of illness for me. I like ginger ale for all illnesses. For a cold I like wonton soup, chicken noodle soup, broccoli cheddar soup and crackers. For a sore throat nothing beats a cola slurpee. For a stomache virus I usually just munch on crunchy breadsticks. I consumed A LOT of soup my first year teaching!

Jul 08, 2013
Lizzard913 in General Topics

Ickky Party Dishes

I do not like those massive veggie trays that people get in the supermarket. There is usually an assortment of old, dried up veggies and bad ranch dressing. Also, any mayo based salads (potato, cole slaw, macaroni etc.) that are left out for a long time are gross to me. Unless they are kept on ice or in a cooler they just become a warm, congealed mass of food.

Jun 04, 2013
Lizzard913 in General Topics

What is the best dip you ever had and the recipe?

Caramelized onion and bleu cheese dip. Adapted from the noble pig blog. I use 3 medium sweet onions, 1-2 cloves of garlic. Before cooking garlic and caramelizing onions combine 1/2 cup of mayo, 3/4 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar, and a shake or two each of black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. Stir in about 4 oz. bleu cheese. Stir together and cover in refrigerator. Caramelizing the onions and garlic. Let cool and stir into dip mixture.

Feb 03, 2013
Lizzard913 in Home Cooking

Restaurant practices you'd like to see become more common

I love it when the wait staff washes their hands or uses gloves before packing my leftovers.

Dec 28, 2012
Lizzard913 in Not About Food

Awful Holiday Food Slam Book

My step-mother is a horrible cook. My brother, my sister and I all lived with my mom as teenagers when my parents divorced but we would frequently go to my dad's house for weekend and holiday dinners. We always ate beforehand. Two year ago for Christmas breakfast she made- a turkey (very dry, no seasonings, cinnamon rolls (a few days old), regular rolls (store bought so these weren't so bad) and one of those cakes made from a box of white cake mix, a packet of jello and cool whip. The condiments were mustard, ketchup, and jam. She thought it was all great. Luckily my uncle knew her cooking skills and brought a quiche. The next year my dad wised up and bought a bagel tray from the local bakery. My theory is that she has a hat filled with random recipes that don't go together and she picks out three or four without looking and that's her meal plan.

Dec 25, 2012
Lizzard913 in Not About Food