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Your Giant American Refrigerator Is Making You Fat And Poor

Interesting article. I think for many Americans, yes, their fridge can contribute to their obesity. But that's more indicative of their mindset and less of the fridge itself. For my family, it helps us to eat better. My husband and I both have very busy careers, so we often make several meals on the weekends and refrigerate them so we can reheat them during the week. Our fridge, while standard American size and not the extra large models on the market today, allows us to prep salads, wraps, and other healthy lunches, and dinners full of veggies and lean proteins to grab and go during the week. Not to mention healthy snacks like low fat cheese and yogurt, pre-cut veggies and fruit, etc. I would love to be able to shop several times a week, but we live in a rural area and driving 20 minutes to the grocery store a few times a week just isn't feasible.

Jul 30, 2014
BostonLover in Food Media & News

Low carber avoiding restaurants

I'm not a low carber but I generally avoid restaurants because I can usually make the same thing at home for a lot cheaper. Usually we only go out to places where it would be too time intensive or complex to make the dishes which, in my Midwestern city, doesn't leave a lot of options! We usually invite friends over or they us. However, I do think that restaurants should offer more low carb friendly options. Considering it's a diet movement that's been here for over a decade at least, you'd think they would. Gluten-free seems to be getting all the buzz these days, with a least 10 dishes touted as gluten free at a recent restaurant we visited. SMH.

Jul 26, 2014
BostonLover in Special Diets
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Help me expand my grilling repertoire

You beat me to it. We use prepackaged naan and a variety of toppings for an easy, fun, make-your-own pizza night. We throw just about anything on the grill to try it out. Love grilled sausages, especially chorizo, and grilled seafood - clams, fish, shrimp, etc. All veggies and fruits are game, too. Grilled pineapple with a butter/brown sugar glaze or peaches stuffed with goat cheese and drizzled with honey are out of this world. Grilled cabbage, artichokes, and cauliflower (separately, not at the same time!) seem odd, but are very delicious! Also grilled potatoes of many different recipes.

Jul 26, 2014
BostonLover in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Adam Richman goes too far

This guy is famous for shoveling obnoxious amounts of food down his gullet and trying not to throw up afterward. I'm shocked that he's a d*** in real life (sarcasm). That he even had a show to begin with is telling of American culture...and we wonder why we're fat.

Jul 06, 2014
BostonLover in Food Media & News

Plan a month's menu on SNAP benefits.

Here in Ohio, section 8 isn't driven by market rate. It's driven by what a family can afford to pay after a pre-set calculation. So if a section 8-approved owner wanted to charge $800 and the government determined that the family can only afford $100, the family will only pay $100 and the government will cover the rest. But owners have to jump through a bunch of hoops to even be approved, so maybe it's different here?

Jun 05, 2014
BostonLover in General Topics

Plan a month's menu on SNAP benefits.

I'm not sure how you calculated yours, but I used $600 for rent and $300 for utilities and came back with $211/month. While not feasting, I think that's enough to provide basic nutrition for dinners only.

Jun 05, 2014
BostonLover in General Topics

Pesky Yankees, cut the volume, please!

Perhaps it's only noticed when the patrons are loud and brash? It could be that you're surrounded by Americans, but you would never know it because they're being drowned out by the loud mouths. We normal Americans hate loud mouths just as much as the hosting countries do. We have a huge nation. Of course there will be many more bad apples amongst us. Personally, my family is always very respectful and keep our tones low - both at home and abroad. It has to do with class and respect for those around you. Don't paint us all with the same bad brush!

Jun 05, 2014
BostonLover in France

"Should the Government Force Food-Stamp Users to Eat Better?"

I agree with banning certain items which serve no nutritional value when other options are easily had - namely, soda and energy drinks. The person can buy milk or get water for free. However, many people live in "food deserts" where healthy options aren't as readily available. For them, I'm less judgey of them buying processed or ready-to-eat foods. As far as welfare fraud...as a nurse married to a retail pharmacist - it's rampant. I can't count the number of times a person drives off in a 40 or 50k car after handing over a medical or SNAP card.

Jun 05, 2014
BostonLover in Food Media & News

Do You Buy Penny Cookbooks (used) from Amazon?

I buy the penny books all the time. Not just cookbooks, but books for myself and the kids, as well. I've always been 100% satisfied. In fact, with some of the cookbooks, I've been delighted to find notes made by the original holder of them or inscriptions people have written to the recipient when they were given as gifts.

Jun 02, 2014
BostonLover in Not About Food
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Pasta Salad recipes

I make a lot of pasta salad in the hot summer months. Sometimes I plan it and sometimes it's whatever's on hand. I love a caprese version with tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella and olive oil/balsamic vinegar dressing. Another favorite is a bunch of veggies chopped up and homemade Italian dressing. For a main course, we've been loving buffalo chicken pasta salad - a pasta that will grip sauce (we like rotini or penne), ranch or blue cheese dressing mixed with hot sauce to taste, green onion, celery, and diced chicken (throw a few extra on the grill for this). Easy and so tasty!

May 25, 2014
BostonLover in Home Cooking
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Anyone else disgusted with dogs in restaurants?

I'm not disgusted by dogs, crying babies, or snotty toddlers in restaurants. I'm a fairly laid back person, though. I love all three - yes, even crying babies. I AM disgusted by people who think service dogs are a ruse and are almost hateful when speaking about innocent children. You were once a snotty toddler too, my dears.

May 25, 2014
BostonLover in Not About Food
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Current Tone on the Boards

Your story is anecdotal based on your experience, as is mine. I love both pedestrian food and more refined foods. I don't treat people rudely because of their preference, though, which I seem to see a lot of on the threads these days. And the cliques are definitely there. It's definitely off-putting to newbies and discourages them from posting. Again, purely my experience.

Mar 03, 2014
BostonLover in Site Talk
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Current Tone on the Boards

As a newbie (less than a year) my observations are thus:

CH is extremely cliquey. If you're a newbie, you will rarely receive a response, and usually those responses will treat you as if you are a dolt.

'Hounds tend to be elitists. This is saddening, as good food is had in both lowbrow and highbrow situations and institutions. 'Hounds complain...a LOT...about food which they deem to be substandard, which often isn't even the case. There seems to be a lot of scorn for "trends" even when the food is good stuff, just hyped at the moment.

There are a lot of good people with interesting, helpful info on here. But the tone seems going more towards those who use food as a way to feel better about themselves and insult others. While I'm new, I don't believe that's what the original intent of this board was.

Mar 03, 2014
BostonLover in Site Talk
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Top 10 Most Overblown Food/Beverage Trends

I think food snobbery and "oh I'm sooo above xyz trend" is overblown. To each their own. Do food trends annoy me from time to time? Certainly. But not nearly as much as people bemoaning them. Sometimes it takes middle America longer to catch on to trends than we 'hounds. And that's fine. If you don't want to eat it, don't eat it. I, for one, tend to err on the optimistic side and think it's great that "average" people are getting excited about food. 'Nuff said.

Feb 28, 2014
BostonLover in General Topics
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Chipotle

Chipotle is not very healthy. It's fast food wrapped up in a pretty package. I love it, don't get me wrong, but I don't fool myself into believing it's healthy.

Feb 27, 2014
BostonLover in Chains
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"Shelf Life" site, EatByDate.com, guidlines on eating it past date.

The military has done studies on canned food and found it's safe to eat 50+ years past its canning date. Cans have been found in shipwrecks and buried that are 100 years old and still safe to eat when opened and tested.

Feb 15, 2014
BostonLover in General Topics

are hounds smarter than your average bear? want opinions

Like Cookie Monster said, the average age here appears to be 40-50. Also, as someone who was on pregnancy boards just a year ago (The Bump, primarily) - yeah, those girls are cuckoo for cocoa puffs and not very bright. I don't think it means 'Hounds are smarter. I think it means those girls are dumber, imho.

Jan 13, 2014
BostonLover in Not About Food

are hounds smarter than your average bear? want opinions

You're kind of posing two questions. Are 'Hounds smarter than your average forum poster? Probably. But are people who enjoy food smarter than those who don't? Most certainly not (in my purely anecdotal experience, of course!) I've met extremely intelligent people who have no interest in food and more run-of-the-mill folks who passionately love food.

Jan 13, 2014
BostonLover in Not About Food
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How dark do you make your roux for gumbo?

I always cook my gumbo roux to a copper penny shade, very dark. I do think it gives it a richer flavor. I haven't noticed any diminished thickening power, either.

Oct 15, 2013
BostonLover in Home Cooking
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Dog or Cat?

Savory
Crunchy
Vanilla
Dog - 3 Boston Terriers, hence the name (not the city, as many think)

Oct 01, 2013
BostonLover in Not About Food

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

Parsley! Italian/flat-leaf parsley is in so many recipes and I hate it. It tastes rancid to me. Blech. I also dislike anything with a smoked flavor (cheeses, chipotle peppers, meat, crackers, nuts - you name it), asparagus, milk, and most red meat. I love a good ribeye, but when I bite into tendon or tough gristle on a regular steak I gag. Oh, and lamb. I haven't liked any I've tried.

Incidentally, my husband adores all of the above...he gets my share!

Sep 30, 2013
BostonLover in General Topics

Barilla Pasta anti-gay comments

I'm assuming his views of the "traditional family" would also extend to single-parent families. Again, I'm ok with this. It's his opinion and he has a right to it. He didn't say gays shouldn't have the same rights, he just said that he values the traditional family unit. As do many consumers, myself included. Nothing wrong with that. Although, to be honest, I value a two-parent household, gay or straight.

Sep 28, 2013
BostonLover in Food Media & News

Barilla Pasta anti-gay comments

Meh, I liken this to Chick-Fil-A. They're welcome to their own beliefs and customers are welcome to vote with their wallets. Personally, it doesn't matter to me. I respect their beliefs. I think they're wrong, but I respect their right to believe what they want in accordance with religious freedom. Until a company actually denies a person equal service based on sexual preference, I'm ok with them. And that hasn't happened yet.

Sep 26, 2013
BostonLover in Food Media & News
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Do people's food choices/ preferences impact how attractive you find them?

I second others' opinions about people who are unwilling to try new things or decide they don't like something without ever having tasted it. My now-husband used to be less adventurous with food than I was, now he eats stuff I give the side-eye! I definitely judge people whose diets consist mainly of processed and/or fast foods.

Sep 25, 2013
BostonLover in General Topics

"All Day" in a restaurant kitchen.

It means the number of a particular dish/item that needs to be cooked total, regardless of which table it's going to. For example, table 1 has 3 steaks and table 2 has 2 steaks - it would be "5 steaks all day."

Sep 12, 2013
BostonLover in General Topics
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really bored of h**ster bashing

"Trying too hard to be cool" = sneering at others for their choice of dress. Otherwise, I agree with you. One shouldn't be dismissed simply because they're young and wear a certain style of fashion. But typically, at least in my area, they aren't. It's only those who act like overgrown teenagers who are.

Aug 21, 2013
BostonLover in Site Talk
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Am I the only person on the planet that doesn't "get" Trader Joe's?

I don't get it, either. I'm in the middle of Nowheresville (Columbus, OH) and I much prefer Whole Foods or Giant Eagle's Market District locations to TJ's. Admittedly, I liked it when I was a broke college student. Far more affordable.

Aug 21, 2013
BostonLover in Chains

really bored of h**ster bashing

I'm not really sure what age qualifies one as a hipster, but I'm 31 so I'd like to think I'm not far removed. Regardless, I don't tie the word to a specific age (I've seen them of all ages), but rather a personality. It doesn't have anything to do with fashion, either. To me, it's that annoying person who tries too hard to be cool and sneers at the average person who may be in a business suit or jeans and sneakers. THAT type is annoying. But a young adult in fashionable clothing? Fine by me. But I do agree that the term is overused.

I will say that the clientele of a location does matter to me and can turn me off to a business and/or restaurant. Though I'm far more likely to run screaming in the opposite direction if I see a ton of yuppies than I am hipsters.

Aug 21, 2013
BostonLover in Site Talk
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Wedding reception this Fall

We had a similar setup at our late September 2010 wedding. We went with two each - one sweet and one dry. That way the aficionados, who generally prefer a drier wine, and the newbies, who tend to like sweet, were both satisfied. Specifically, we had a Riesling and Chardonnay and a Sweet Red and Zinfandel. Honestly, no one cares when you're footing the bill. Beer, spirits, and a limited wine selection is above and beyond what many (most?) weddings offer!

Aug 07, 2013
BostonLover in Wine

"moral" food preferences, as a guest

Sigh. First world problems.

Jul 22, 2013
BostonLover in Not About Food