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Ubiquitous pimiento cheese...Athens, Georgia

It was said to be a low-country dish, and the first place I had it was a waterside restaurant called Pusser's in Charleston. Theirs had the grits sliced and fried in patties with some herbs and parmesan in them, and some tomatoes in the sauce. I think that was back in the mid to late 80s. Not many Charleston restaurants had it back then. Hymie's downtown had it, simple plain grits with brown gravy and shrimp. Not my favorite.

Ubiquitous pimiento cheese...Athens, Georgia

Way, way back in the mid to late 60s,I used to go with my Grandma to the Lazarus department store in downtown Columbus, Ohio.
Every time we went shopping there, we'd go downstairs to their little gourmet shop and get a carton of Pimento cheese from the Deli case. I loved that stuff.
I don't recall having it at home, and I never grocery shopped with my mother, so I don't know if the grocery stores there carried it, too. I had no idea it was a Southern thing, though, till I moved to Georgia in 2002.

As far as shrimp and grits, my parents moved to Charleston when they retired in 1985.The first couple of times I had shrimp and grits were back then. Some were good, some.. Meh. The grits really need a lot of dressing up for me, but it can be a really good dish when it's done right.

Best Cooking Apps? Interested in Recommendations

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner.

Lots of recipes and reviews, and plenty for beginners to try.

Plus a fun shakey thing to play with if you're bored.

Can this pot roast be saved?

Quickie Chicago Italian Beef

Add a good spoonful of oregano, thyme and garlic, a bunch of pepperoncini with some of the juice, a few green peppers sliced up. Heat until the peppers soften, and serve on hoagie rolls with mozzarella.

How can I slice crusty bread without making such a mess?

I've got three bread knives. The one with the really fine serrations works well on crusty bread.

Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Here's a delicious refreshing summer drink.

Banana Cooler Cubes

Heat to boiling, plus one minute, and cool.
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water

In blender, add:

1 banana
3/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup pineapple juice
2 Tbs lemon juice

Blend till smooth, add sugar water and blend well. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze.

Drop into Cherry 7Up, Sprite or other citrus soda, or for a cleaner drink, use club soda or seltzer water.

Do you use your stove for storage ?

I had mine in there on the bottom shelf for a while, but it seemed to make the heat less even... A pan of cookies would take longer to bake. I think it impeded the heat coming from the bottom on mine. I don't know if I can get it any lower. I'll have to look.

Do you use your stove for storage ?

Which shelf should the baking stone be on? Does it matter if the oven is convection?

4 pieces of kitchen gear

My son, in his college apartment, and now in Navy Barracks, gets a lot of use out of his Crock pot and his George Foreman grill. He made a shrimp curry a while back using the Crock pot for the vegetables and sauce all day, then came home, seasoned and flipped a few shrimp on the George Foreman so they would be nice and fresh.

Feb 27, 2015
kitchengardengal in Cookware

What is approx. useful life of jar of soup base after opening?

Years. Honestly. I just finished up a jar of WWW soup base that expired in 2011.And just opened another of the same vintage.

5 Times to Say "No Thank You" and 3 Things to Do When You Hear It — How to Be a Grownup

From my point of view, I'm not asking how you are, or if you're fine. In that case, I would ask "How are you?" "I'm good!" is a sensible response here.

In this case, I'm asking if you'd like a (drink, cookie, bag of pretzels..some edible item). A direct answer to that question would be a "yes, please" or "no, thank you". Why not just say that?

How many at home dishes have you truly mastered?

By just right, does that mean they come out exactly the same each time?

I've been cooking for over 40 years, and no two meals are ever quite the same. Having said that, just about every meal I make is good. It's rare that dinner's not a success.

5 Times to Say "No Thank You" and 3 Things to Do When You Hear It — How to Be a Grownup

It was a couple of teenagers who first said "I'm good" to me, so your aunt may very well not hang out with the sort who do use it here.
Thank goodness my sons never picked up the habit. Your aunt would approve. ☺

5 Times to Say "No Thank You" and 3 Things to Do When You Hear It — How to Be a Grownup

And the most annoying answer of all..... "I'm good."

I never heard that till I moved to Georgia. It makes me want to scream.

"I'm good"?? What kind of answer is that? Does that mean you want some, or not? It doesn't answer my question at all.

I understand "No, thank you". That makes sense, even if they don't explain why they don't want whatever I'm offering.

Kitchen appliances

I've been happy with GE Profile, and Kitchenaid Architect Series, oh, and Kenmore Elite. My two Samsung purchases, a dishwasher and an OTR microwave both gave up the ghost in less than three years.

It's a crap shoot anymore. So many of the appliance companies are actually owned by Whirlpool..Kitchenaid, Amana, Maytag..

Feb 22, 2015
kitchengardengal in Cookware

Are you a food hoarder ?

Hubby has a habit of buying every 49¢ can of beans on the closeout shelf at Kroger, so we have stacks of all kinds of beans in the pantry. Now and then I clear them out by making a mixed bean crock pot recipe that is killer, or making a 4 bean salad if it's summer.
When I am working less, and have more time to cook, I take time to make new dishes that use up the condiments, meats and frozen stuff. I think it's time for DH and me to do a pantry, fridge and freezer inventory and make plans for all the stuff we have. I'd say we could eat a month or so without going to the store (except for eggs and milk).

5 Times to Say "No Thank You" and 3 Things to Do When You Hear It — How to Be a Grownup

I like the suggestion of changing the subject.

"Look! A squirrel! "

mini sandwiches for SuperBowl

After all these comments, I no longer understand what a 'slider' refers to. One poster mentioned making full sized sliders, the OP has talked about fish sliders and kielbasa sliders, another spoke of sliders cut from baguettes.
Then there's the meatball sliders, meatloaf sliders, and finally a 'slider bar'.

I have to admit, I'm old enough that I grew up going to one of the original White Castles in Columbus Ohio, where 'slider' was the slang term we kids used for their greasy cheap burgers.

So help me out here, fellow CHers. What exactly is a slider these days?

Feb 21, 2015
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

I have two sons in their twenties who are good cooks. They grew up eating all kinds of different cuisines. One loves sushi, the other wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole.
Neither are big fans of bars, so a first date there wouldn't be their preference, either.
I think a tapas bar would be a fun first date. There's lots to talk about if you're interested in the food, and there are usually plenty of choices for even a picky eater.

Using Spinach Powder

I got a big can of 'pesto mix' from a food service outlet store years ago. The first ingredient listed was powdered spinach, then basil second. I don't remember what else was in it, but it was really good. I think it just got mixed with olive oil, though maybe a little water was mixed in first. This was long before pesto was readily available in the Midwest.

Anyway, you could try using it that way, or in a kind of chimichurri type sauce.

Feb 06, 2015
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

Kitchen remodel--floor question

Why have the casters? I have a ceramic tile floor with 16" tiles. My island cabinet is 42" x 24", with a granite top that is 52" x 34". I slide the island around now and then to clean or to turn it perpendicular just to change the look.
The base of the cabinet all around supports the weight of the stone.

Jan 29, 2015
kitchengardengal in Cookware

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

Someone's a bit paranoid about food supplies..

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

I know a woman who has 4 years worth of food stored for the apocalypse in Georgia.

I say just shoot me. If there will be no food available for four years, why stay around?

Too much hassle to bother with foods

I just core, then nuke the entire head of cabbage for 5 minutes. Lift off the softened leaves, and nuke the rest of the head.
No prep, no planning ahead.

How much cookware is enough? Or too much?

That's exactly what I tell my clients when I am designing their kitchens.

Jan 27, 2015
kitchengardengal in Cookware

Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here.

Well, I thought I'd picked up a great deal at TJ MAXX today, but you've got me beat!

I had a $10 off rewards coupon, and used it on an all-clad 9" d5 French skillet marked at $42.

Jan 25, 2015
kitchengardengal in Cookware

New Breville Smart Oven! Looking for your favorite fish or vegetarian recipes :)

My favorite quicky way to fix any white fish filets is to chop up preserved lemons (the whole thing), cover the fish with the lemons, add capers and bake in a buttered dish. I've used the individual LC casseroles, and that makes a pretty presentation.

What are some of your favorite kitchen tricks that you'd be hesitant to admit to foodies?

I figured that one out a week or two ago when I was making a spicy chili. It needed something to round out the flavor. A good squirt of ketchup did the trick.

Jan 23, 2015
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

sweet potato puree

As indy said, just cook and mash a sweet potato. Nothing to it.
You can steam it or nuke it if you like. Cooked sweet potato is soft and creamy.

Jan 23, 2015
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

Best POST on CH for 2014

My son ordered 4 boxes of PGTips Decaf for me after I read that same thread.
It's very strong, but I can have a cup of tea ready in less than 2 minutes steeping time.

Jan 23, 2015
kitchengardengal in Site Talk