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V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

<<And i realized no one knows how to make salad anymore!!>>

So true! More people would eat (and enjoy) salad if they took 45 seconds to make a good dressing instead of using bottled junk.

Jul 27, 2014
MrsPatmore in Vegetarian & Vegan

V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

How long do you bake it & at what temperature, please?

Jul 26, 2014
MrsPatmore in Vegetarian & Vegan

Are you snacking on anything right now? **Springtime Edition**

I love hummus too much. I ate so much of it awhile back that I got sick of it. Took a break for a few months and now I love it again.

On topic, I'm snacking on a big bag of Lay's dill pickle flavor potato chips. And luckily someone just came home to stop me from eating the whole bag by myself. Glass of Celestial Seasonings peach iced tea to balance all that sodium!!

Jul 26, 2014
MrsPatmore in General Topics

Summer 2014 Yard/Estate/Tag Sale Scores

Looking for a few items for the college kids' apartments, found: 1. Brand new, never used (still in the box) Cuisinart Toaster Oven, $7.50 and 2. Brand new, never used (still in the box) 6 qt original Crock Pot, $7.50.

Both of these items came with the original owners' manuals and recipe booklets. In the case of the Crock Pot, that was a hoot as it was circa 1992 (publication date). The date on the toaster oven was 2001, but I've tested it extensively and happy to report it works perfectly.

Jul 25, 2014
MrsPatmore in Cookware

Do you like or dislike the new format ?

it's a deal-breaker, especially when there are better options like eGullet

Jul 25, 2014
MrsPatmore in Site Talk
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V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

Gee whiz, Ttrockwood, you have the most amazing ideas. I find your posts inspirational. Thank you for sharing. And please let us know if you ever appear on "Chopped" -- I have NO DOUBT that you would win!

Jul 25, 2014
MrsPatmore in Vegetarian & Vegan

Mac and Cheese

Regarding your problem with the sauce, I've found the following tips to be helpful. #1 - Rinse the pasta in cool water before mixing with any sauce. #2 - Prepare the sauce a bit thinner than you think is needed. #3 - Add sauce to pasta, mix gently, dump into baking dish, shake to settle. Then, after the pasta and sauce mixture has settled into the dish, pour another 1-2 cups of sauce over the top (add crumbs now, or not, as is your preference). The last tip (adding more sauce over the top of the casserole) seems to be the one that really fixes it.

With respect to the lack of flavor: #1 - use 1/2 excellent quality aged cheddar and 1/2 gruyere. #2 - add 1/2 cup chopped shallots and 1 tsp. dried mustard to the sauce whilst preparing the roux.

Jul 25, 2014
MrsPatmore in Home Cooking

Introducing New Conversation Types

I'd be willing to live with the heart button IF it also came with an "ignore" button! ♥♥♥♥

Jul 25, 2014
MrsPatmore in Site Talk
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Are you snacking on anything right now? **Springtime Edition**

Pickled jalapeno rings dipped in hummus

Jul 25, 2014
MrsPatmore in General Topics

V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

I'd grill the eggplant & summer squash and use it on one of the pizzas, and I'd use the rest in a chopped salad with a very light dressing (rice wine vinegar?). This all sounds great and I have no dinner plans. What time should I come over? LOL :-)

Jul 25, 2014
MrsPatmore in Vegetarian & Vegan

Dutch Oven that fits in the Breville Smart Oven?

Wonderful! And no problem for me, as I no longer use any glass bakeware (having read too many posts about "exploding pyrex")!!

Jul 24, 2014
MrsPatmore in Cookware

Dutch Oven that fits in the Breville Smart Oven?

Thanks. I'm going to BB&B today & I might bring a few of my Dutch ovens to see if they'll fit.

Jul 24, 2014
MrsPatmore in Cookware

Dutch Oven that fits in the Breville Smart Oven?

Hi Duffy, when you say a pan of lasagna are you talking about a full size pan, 9 x13 (approximately) pan? If that is the case and this oven can even be used for that sort of thing, I think I need to go to Bed Bath and Beyond today and get one. I'm really being swayed by all of the online reviews. I technically have enough room for the large size oven, but I just don't like having a bunch of stuff on my counter tops. I'm weird about stuff like that. I think I might be able to keep it in the lower cabinet when not in use if I rearrange some stuff that needs rearranging anyhow.

Jul 24, 2014
MrsPatmore in Cookware

Info on how to fold wuntuns, Cantonese/Hong Kong Style

Hi Kris in Bejing now DC/NoVA, I would like one of each of those dumplings, thank you for posting that photo!! (I now have a quite severe craving for dumplings)

Jul 23, 2014
MrsPatmore in General Topics

Dinner recommendation? - heading N. on 91 from Bradley International Airport

Hello, I'm responding to myself to mention that we decided to stop in Northampton, and we had a really great meal at a Moroccan place - http://www.amanouz.com/ One of my family members served in the Peace Corps and was stationed in Morocco and she had fun speaking a few words with the cooks. Overall, a very good meal and inexpensive, to boot.

The only bummer was that the on-ramp for I-91 Northbound from Northampton was closed!! And no detour signs to be found. I ended up getting on I-91 Southbound (boo) and driving all the way to Holyoke before I could get off and get back on I-91 North. That added quite a bit more driving to our already long travel day, but at least our stomachs were happy and full of delicious Moroccan food.

Jul 23, 2014
MrsPatmore in Southern New England

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perhaps your PCP has too many patients suffering from "cyberchondria", sunshine842! Can you imagine the reaction if you stated that your source was "Chowhound" instead of JH & Mayo Clinic? LOL

Some interesting stuff here: http://mashable.com/2012/06/15/online...

Jul 23, 2014
MrsPatmore in Site Talk
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BREVILLE COUNTER TOP SMART TOASTER/CONVECTION OVEN

Hello Breville Smart Oven owners,
I'm considering buying the Breville Smart Oven vs the Breville Compact Smart Oven. I've read through this thread (and lots of other reviews online). I'm convinced that a Breville oven is the way to go - but regarding the larger oven (with convection), how does it work with smaller quantities of food? We'll be using it often for just 2 pieces of toast, or cooking one piece of fish or chicken, etc. and I'm just wondering if it might be better for us to get the smaller oven, even though it does not have convection. OTH, I love the idea of being able to fit a 9x13 pan, pie plate, and 3 qt DO in the large size. Any feedback appreciated and thanks in advance.

Jul 23, 2014
MrsPatmore in Cookware

Dutch Oven that fits in the Breville Smart Oven?

Hello drongo, I'm considering buying the Breville Smart Oven vs the Breville Compact Smart Oven and I'm wondering how often you use the 3 qt DO in your oven? And what sorts of things you cook in it? I'm convinced after reading a lot here and elsewhere that a Breville Smart Oven is the right choice, I'm just undecided between the larger one (with convection) vs the smaller one (no convection). Thanks in advance to you for your response.

Jul 23, 2014
MrsPatmore in Cookware

Pressure Cookers: Stovetop vs. Electric

hi MplsM ary, I just wanted to let you know that I've cooked dried beans in my PCs for nearly 30 yrs now, and have always done the quick release method with no problems whatsoever. I currently have a (stovetop) Fagor Duo as well as the electric Cuisinart but in the past, I've used my grandmother's Presto (with scary jiggly button) and in no event have I encountered problems with dried beans or anything else.

All of that being said, I find that the easiest way to prepare dried beans in the summer (which is all year long for me, since I now live in the tropics) is in the crockpot. I put the beans and water in the pot (on low heat setting) when I go to bed, and wake up to perfectly cooked beans. Lately, I've been adding cubes of Maggi vegetable seasoning (boullion cubes) at the outset and my family really likes that addition, but we are not sensitive to MSG.

Happy cooking!!!

Jul 22, 2014
MrsPatmore in Cookware

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pinehurst, I'm glad that you find the content on the SD board useful and that it has helped your husband. And as for the "mean kids in the cafeteria" - well, there's no other way to have this conversation since we all know that CH won't let us name names or even give an example of what we are talking about. Also there is no option of sending PMs on CH. And to our collective dismay, there is NO ignore button!! Believe me, if there was such a button, I would not be typing this message nor following this thread!!

But the fact that there are a bunch of us who find the conversations on the Special Diets board objectionable to the point that we now avoid the board altogether because the threads are constantly hijacked by one or two bullies with personal agendas that include giving medical advice and denigrating medical professionals, well that is fairly discussed here on the "Site Talk" forum. IMHO

BTW no disrespect intended but all of the information that you found helpful could have been communicated without excessive disclosure of intimate personal medical history being included and without a barrage of insults directed at medical professionals.

Jul 22, 2014
MrsPatmore in Site Talk

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+1M

Jul 22, 2014
MrsPatmore in Site Talk

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Kris in Bejing now DC/NoVA: all good points. These people must, at a minimum, have a lot of extra time on their hands, as evidenced by the sheer number of posts they're able to generate! If only an "ignore/block" button were an option . . . .

Jul 22, 2014
MrsPatmore in Site Talk

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I agree with you tcamp, in principal. However, given that this is a forum supposedly dedicated to the topic of food, I don't think that it's asking too much for the mods to clamp down on the medical stuff. This is a collateral issue, but for the life of me, I can't figure out why these people don't carry on these discussions elsewhere! It's not like there aren't a gazillion sites where such subjects would be both welcome and appreciated!

Jul 22, 2014
MrsPatmore in Site Talk
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Wholly separate from the issue of whether readers are smart enough to decide to follow gratuitous online *medical* advice, it irks me that on a forum called "Chowhound" and dedicated to the topic of food, I've had to deliberately avoid entering any discussion on the Special Diet board because of a bully or two who hijack nearly every thread to discuss their own medical issues, ad nauseum. It's happened enough and enough people have complained that this objectionable behavior could have and should have been reined in by now. But as stated above, those annoying OT posts generate a lot of bankable traffic for the site.

Jul 22, 2014
MrsPatmore in Site Talk
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IMHO the reason that these clearly OT and inappropriate commentaries continue largely unabated is that they generate *passionate* debates -- some of these threads can generate hundreds of responses in just a day or two and all that activity helps keep CH threads (in general) near the top of search results in search engines like Google. One of the factors considered important by search engines is the amount of new content and these heated debates (although OT) generate loads of *new* content for CH. It's considered "new" content by Google etc. even though most of the time it's the same blah blah blah from the same people.

Jul 21, 2014
MrsPatmore in Site Talk
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V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

Dinner was stir fried baby bok choy & bean sprouts with tamari and sesame oil. Earlier I made some kimchi fried rice. And breakfast was a huge hunk of tempeh, straight up. I do wonder if I'm the only person in the world who just gets intense cravings for plain tempeh? Maybe the minerals or the fermentation process makes me yearn for it.

Jul 21, 2014
MrsPatmore in Vegetarian & Vegan

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Amen! I deliberately avoid the special diets board (even though a topic may be of interest) due to the situation that you describe, Samalicious. And no matter how many times you flag the comments (and they do get deleted by the mods if you flag them), they'll reappear either in the same thread or in another thread on the Special Diets board. The tenacity of some of the posters is remarkable!

Jul 21, 2014
MrsPatmore in Site Talk
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Are you snacking on anything right now? **Springtime Edition**

I'd like the other half of that potato, please!

Jul 21, 2014
MrsPatmore in General Topics
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Are you snacking on anything right now? **Springtime Edition**

just made a bowl of kimchi fried rice and it was so yummy that I think I'll make a kimchi pancake to top it off.

Jul 21, 2014
MrsPatmore in General Topics

V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

I agree with pedalfaster & Ttrockwood, Thai curry is delish with all kinds of veg, and actually one of my favorites is to add lots of sliced napa cabbage! I only like the curry pastes, though (like Maesri brand) as I've never been able to create any type of curry based on dried spices that have made me happy. Probably due to user error! LOL :-)

Jul 19, 2014
MrsPatmore in Vegetarian & Vegan