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Who eats using sterling silver flatware at home each and every day?

I had to smile when I read this because although I agree with what you are saying, and mean no harm, I would like to share my experience with you. As a child, we had some inexpensive flatware and some silver that was handed down. We would actively avoid using that silver because the forks and spoons were uncomfortably large for our mouths, and to us the silver made the food taste funny. When the table was set, we would go in and switch pieces around on our siblings, or my brother would hide them in the little drawer that was part of the kitchen table so my mother couldn't find them. I don't know what ever happened to it but none of us have it. lol

Dec 25, 2014
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Food names for pets

We currently have Marmalade and Jellyroll. We have also had Turducken and Pepper. :-)

Jan 21, 2014
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The Bad Math Guy

I over tip when the bill is low, too. Please keep in mind though, that the more expensive and/or corporate places require servers to tip bussers, bartenders and sometimes even the host/hostess. It can take a big chunk out of their earnings for the night and support staff can and will abuse servers they think haven't given them an adequate percentage by slowing down their support in the future.

Jan 08, 2014
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The Bad Math Guy

I lived in S. FL for 20 years. I know of what you speak . lol

Jan 08, 2014
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The Bad Math Guy

What a great story and what a nice manager to help you in such a discreet way. :-) Here is a quick way to get to 20%
Whatever the total is , for example $55.69, just take off the final number (in this case, it would be 9). That leaves you with 5.56...double that and you have 20% or $11.12 . If you round the number $55.69 up to 60.00 first, it is even easier, 6.00 + 6.00 is $12.00.

Jan 08, 2014
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The Bad Math Guy

I get it. My husband and I are good tippers because we have both worked in restaurants and we know what it is like to try and live on mainly tips. It is very embarrassing to me to have a dining partner undertip. I have slipped extra money to the server at times. I can suggest that when the check comes, you lightheartedly bring up the subject with a personal story about tipping or percentages that won't offend others. I have several that I have honed for group situations. I have also seen people whip out there cell phones and say, I have a great app that will add the tip and then divide it for us. They can probably do the math in their head but it gives the mathematically challenged a comfortable way to get help.

Jan 08, 2014
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guests not offering to do dishes, is it rude?

Wow, 309 replies, apparently this hit a nerve. I think it depends on what your family culture was while growing up and that is why the continuum is so broad on this subject. Personally, I appreciate the offer but my kitchen is small and I prefer to do it myself. I always offer when I am a guest and I am sincerely glad to help; I like being part of a team. If my host says, "no", I consider if they are working and then I find a tactful way to offer a second time because I want them to feel comfortable saying "Yes". If my hosts are in their 60's or older, I just start cleaning up. I know they are tired and it takes a lot of time and energy to put on a dinner party. They have never insisted I stop and sit down.

Jan 08, 2014
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Who eats using sterling silver flatware at home each and every day?

Great story, thanks for sharing. :-)

Jan 08, 2014
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What's your impression when you pull into a restaurant and see employees out back on a smoke break?

I'm sure this has caused you a lot of heartache, I have lost, and nearly lost family and friends to narcotic abuse and addiction. It is a terrible thing to experience.

Nov 08, 2013
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What's your impression when you pull into a restaurant and see employees out back on a smoke break?

Keith Richards has been a functioning heroin addict for decades.

Nov 08, 2013
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What's your impression when you pull into a restaurant and see employees out back on a smoke break?

It is a really tough job. I waitressed to get through college and it could be very stressful. Later, I became a teacher and saw that it was great training for physical stamina, always thinking ahead, multi-tasking, staying calm, and being instinctively polite.

Nov 08, 2013
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What's your impression when you pull into a restaurant and see employees out back on a smoke break?

Thanks, JMF :-)

Nov 08, 2013
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How do you get rid of fruit flies in your kitchen??

This sounds like a "Twilight Zone" episode.

Oct 30, 2013
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Food names for pets

My husband, who is also crazy about our cats, reminds me every once in awhile that they would eat me if they were larger. :-)

Oct 14, 2013
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Food names for pets

My husband grew up near a lovely lady who named her cat, General Nuisance. Not a food, but too good not to mention!
:-)

Oct 14, 2013
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How do you get rid of fruit flies in your kitchen??

That is hilarious, and so typical of teens. :-)

Oct 11, 2013
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Food names for pets

There is actually a Scottish song that is about the McTavish Bros. :-)

Oct 11, 2013
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Food names for pets

Cookie is a beauty!

Oct 11, 2013
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Food names for pets

Ah, yes! At the moment we have two cats, Marmalade and Jellyroll. We have also had a sibling team, "Salt and Pepper", a huge cat named Turducken and I am reserving the name Pickles for a future cat or dog. The funny thing is I didn't even realize my penchant for food names until my husband pointed it out. It all started with a cat my sister had as a child which she named, Jellybean.

Our cooking intimidates friends.

This sounds like our house. My husband is an amazing cook who can squeeze every bit of flavor out his ingredients. Me, not so much. I will grocery shop, prep and clean up but he is usually the chef when people come over. We are very laid back and feel no need for anyone to reciprocate. When we go somewhere else, I will usually bring two bottles of wine. One for dinner and another one for the hosts to enjoy later. My husband travels and has a high stress job...we usually do things on the fly as he finds it exhausting to fill up his weekends with scheduled events...sucks all the joy out of it for him. I think it's best to just go with the flow that works for your family and forget about the old rules unless it is work related.

Oct 08, 2013
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Our cooking intimidates friends.

Next time you have a dinner party, make something that doesn't seem so difficult. Or, if you have the space, invite them over to help prepare the meal...make that part of the evening. It's fun to watch someone cook and be part of it by chopping veggies or stirring risotto.

Oct 08, 2013
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Tipping delivery or take out. Do you? How much?

I assume the driver gets to keep the entire tip. I try to be generous because they are bringing the food to my door and gas is expensive. I tip at least 5 to 10 dollars for a pizza. More when the weather is bad.

Who eats using sterling silver flatware at home each and every day?

We had some when i was growing up. We used to fight over not having to use it. It was too big for kid's mouths and it tasted funny,

Oct 07, 2013
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What's your impression when you pull into a restaurant and see employees out back on a smoke break?

Are you kidding me? Where are they supposed to smoke? What if you saw other customers smoking outside the building?

Now, I did leave when I saw a young man emptying the trash and then proceed to urinate outside.

When a friend misunderstands your invitation

Was she in shock from losing her job, or because you told her lunch only?

Oct 07, 2013
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GUESTS: your job is to SHOW. UP. ON. TIME. Is that really so hard?

Did they all come in the same car?

Oct 07, 2013
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