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Rudest grocery checker remark

That would make me see red as well. Especially since my mum was from the generation when you needed a husband to have a checking account, or be seen as a person in society, really - although she was the only one bringing in a paycheck. Still, for the rest of her life, she was referred to as Mrs. her husband's first name-her husband's last name as if she wasn't a person in her own right. I learned about that kind of nonsense real early and have zero tolerance for it in my life.
I tried to buy a hot tub last year and one company refused to come out to our house unless my husband was there. Guess who lost my business forever.

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

I always buy extra Mrs. Cubbinson's dressing for this reason. I use it to top turkey tetrazzini.

Feb 01, 2015
khh1138 in Home Cooking
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Would like your opinion on what coffee supplies to provide for a nicer end vacation rental

We have a Cuisinart with a gold filter and I love that thing. You may not want to get that spendy, though.

My only serious suggestion would be to buy one that has an automatic "OFF" feature. We rented a cabin that had one of the simpler drip coffeemakers without this feature, and when I made coffee in it I completely forgot to turn it off - because our coffeemaker at home turns off automatically. I found it about 4 hours later dry as a bone (but nothing was on fire). I shudder to think what might have happened if I had left the cabin to go for a long hike.

well known brands that just arent as good as in the past

That makes me feel better to hear you say that. They were such a treat for me as a child, and I had one recently and it was like sweetened sawdust.

Jan 29, 2015
khh1138 in General Topics

Lemon thief

So intriguing!
We have 3 ancient Meyer lemon trees in our backyard. They sit on the tree until they get VERY ripe and I round them up. I have occasionally seen one that has been gnawed on by a hard-up squirrel, but they always just eat a little and leave the rest.

Jan 20, 2015
khh1138 in Gardening
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Farmers Ranch Market Closed

Another vote for Super King. If you're lucky enough to be close to one, do it. I drive ~20 minutes to get to one. I do find that I occasionally have to go out to a Ranch 99 to get a little more variety, but not often.

Jan 20, 2015
khh1138 in Los Angeles Area

Super Burger - Pasadena

Nice. Thanks for the recommendations - I often find myself in Burbank a bit stumped for where to eat after shopping for film equipment (I do like that Chili Johns place). I also shop at Sam's Club in El Monte, which sets me up to try the Jolly Jug. You're a good man, Will Owen.

Jan 19, 2015
khh1138 in Los Angeles Area

Washing Chicken Correctly Very Important

Interesting! Do you remember what led to your changing your process? Did you cook with someone else who did it this way, or did it just occur to you to try it? I'm pretty set in my ways, but sometimes I'll cook with friends and I'll learn new-to-me tricks from them.

Jan 18, 2015
khh1138 in General Topics

Washing Chicken Correctly Very Important

I do rinse my chicken off and pat it dry. I am under no delusion that I am eliminating any bacteria off the chicken to any significant degree. What I *am* eliminating, however, is the weird slimy feel that packaged chicken usually has. I just don't want to work with it when it's like that. I prefer the look and feel of rinsed and patted dry chicken. Then I cook it thoroughly.

I rinse it in a deep dish in the sink - no appreciable splashing as far as I can tell. I recently bought those very containers (from Smart & Final) from the video acgold7 linked to - I use them in my standup freezer to organize it. Never thought of using them for brining - nice idea!

Afterwards, I wash my kitchen counters down with a diluted bleach mixture. I've never had food poisoning at home.

Zojirushi Rice Cooker

I bought my Zojirushi "fuzzy logic" rice cooker in 2006, and have used it about 3 times a week since then. I made rice tonight. Every single time I have used it - flawless rice. This is the best purchase I have ever made. Do it.

Jan 14, 2015
khh1138 in Cookware

OUCH! When do you replace your oven mitts?

Thank you for your advice, kaleokahu! I've never used one of these smaller pocket-style mitts, but maybe I should give them a try. I definitely like the idea of having extra trivets around.

Jan 12, 2015
khh1138 in Cookware

OUCH! When do you replace your oven mitts?

I was much sadder about the potato than my burned hand! I was all set to have it topped with homemade chili. I settled for the chili with oyster crackers - it wasn't bad.

You know, it never occurred to me to use tongs to take out potatoes from the oven - although I love using tongs, generally. This is one of those forehead slapping moments. Thank you.

Jan 12, 2015
khh1138 in Cookware
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OUCH! When do you replace your oven mitts?

They're made of cotton and some kind of thick batting/ terrycloth on the inside. I just checked the WS website and it looks like the price has come down a lot. I'm sure they were more like $25 before and now they are $9.95. That makes me wonder if they are using cheaper material now.

Jan 12, 2015
khh1138 in Cookware

OUCH! When do you replace your oven mitts?

haha thanks. I'm thinking hard about what *isn't* a first world problem here on Chowhound...something I'm sure we are all grateful for. :)

Jan 12, 2015
khh1138 in Cookware
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OUCH! When do you replace your oven mitts?

I have a pair of Williams-Sonoma oven mitts that I've been using for everyday cooking for about 3 years. Yesterday I went to pull out a baked potato from a 400F oven, and it burned me right through the glove. Potato went flying.
I didn't realize my oven mitts had worn out until this unfortunate incident. I think in the past, I've always just tossed them when they got irreparably stained. This pair stayed much cleaner than my past oven mitts, so it didn't occur to me that they had reached the end of their useful life.
When do you know you need to replace your oven mitts?

Jan 09, 2015
khh1138 in Cookware

Super Burger - Pasadena

Now that I think about it, I don't know if I've ever had thousand island on a salad (or even seen it on a salad). I strictly consider it hamburger dressing.
I lived on the East Coast for a few years before hurrying back home to California, and often in diners there I saw "California Burger" listed on the menu. They meant a burger with Thousand Island dressing.

Jan 08, 2015
khh1138 in Los Angeles Area

Super Burger - Pasadena

Yes. I've been really impressed with their businesslike yet friendly manner. I usually don't care so much about service - in restaurant reviews, I ignore it when people say the service was lacking because I mostly want to be left alone and I'm really just there for the food. But I can say it is genuinely nice to see the people at Super Burger.

Jan 08, 2015
khh1138 in Los Angeles Area

Anyone else sick of people using the term "proteins"?

I remember visiting one dorm cafeteria when I was making the rounds interviewing at colleges. They prominently advertised "protein of the day," "starch of the day," etc. It really turned me off, I'm not sure why, but this was in the 80s and we were all less clinical about what we ate back then.

Jan 05, 2015
khh1138 in General Topics

Unfair bill splitting

That might be my favourite idea so far! I have to admit, I don't think I've ever noticed which restaurants make those kinds of offers. It might be all IHOPs and Denny's but it wouldn't hurt to check in the OPs neck of the woods in case some nice local places offer a deal like this.

Jan 05, 2015
khh1138 in Not About Food

Looking for interesting spots to eat with teenagers in LA

Seconded. I can only handle the noise and crowds for a limited amount of time before I feel the need to escape, but I've been to the Grand Central Market on a few occasions with teenagers and they *loved* it.

Jan 05, 2015
khh1138 in Los Angeles Area

'Cheese' from the table at pizza places

Not to mention I've seen on more than one occasion a little kid *licking* the top of those cheese shakers. The weird smell must be some kind of kid-attractant.

I rinse off my canned beans

Same - I'd rather cook beans myself, but if I am using canned I rinse them. I rinse almost everything canned: red beans, white beans, black beans, garbanzo beans, pinto beans, corn. I don't rinse canned tomatoes. The other exception was I used to buy some kind of canned bean from S&W that came in a sauce - red beans in a cajun sauce that was quite nice - but I haven't seen it in shops in forever.
My husband saw me draining and rinsing something from a can recently and was surprised. He grew up with a lot of canned vegetables boiled in the juices from the can. So I guess it's not a universal thing to get rid of the canning liquid - it just seems unappetizing so I'd rather get rid of the slimy sauce and start with clean beans/corn/whatever.

Jan 04, 2015
khh1138 in Home Cooking

Unfair bill splitting

I would use these words exactly. Simple and to the point, and if someone objects then you *know* they intend to take advantage of you if you'll let them.

Jan 04, 2015
khh1138 in Not About Food

Super Burger - Pasadena

Yes, their burgers are good. Fresh ground beef, hand leafed lettuce, thousand island dressing (sort of a discount PieNBurger). I've often had a little bit of a wait (they can get busy, but that's a good sign). I've always had really nice service.

I wouldn't recommend their other dishes. I must have been confused once and got chicken teriyaki? I think that's what it was supposed to be. Completely bland and forgettable. I had a breakfast burrito from there once that was okay, but I haven't had the urge to get it again (Lucky Boys is my standard breakfast burrito).

Jan 04, 2015
khh1138 in Los Angeles Area
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May I vent? (living with a reasonably Chowish person who isn't quite a Chowhound..)

And does he use every measuring bowl, measuring spoon, and measuring cup in the house? A different one for every ingredient? I always want to poke my head in and say - you can re-use that cup/spoon - but I don't want to scare him off.

Jan 02, 2015
khh1138 in Not About Food
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May I vent? (living with a reasonably Chowish person who isn't quite a Chowhound..)

I think this is behind some of the reluctance my husband has for cooking. Almost everything I cook takes 30-45 min,tops. That usually results in a dinner with a meat, two veggies, and a starch. My husband can cook for an hour and a half and have one dish (meat only, usually some chunks of Szechuan chicken) and to me that is NOT a meal. By the time he finishes cooking that one dish he is tired and hangry.

Dec 30, 2014
khh1138 in Not About Food

What do you not order in restaurants...

I admit to being a tea snob. I am working my way through a half-dozen boxes of Fortnum & Mason's loose teas at home, and I have some gorgeous tins of tea I brought back from Japan. Still, there is room for bagged teas for me. The better bagged teas come in a little silken pyramidal bag rather than a paper filter, and if you look inside you can see tea leaves rather than dust and twigs. "Paris" tea by Harney & Sons comes to mind.

Dec 29, 2014
khh1138 in General Topics
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What do you not order in restaurants...

You are so lucky to live in an area with great BBQ! That's one thing we go in search of whenever we visit my husband's family in the South. We once had the most beautiful ribs sold out of a smoker behind a gas station in the middle of nowhere in Arkansas. {sigh}

Here in LA, great BBQ is really hard to come by, so we do it ourselves on a "Big Green Egg." But I would dearly love to be able to just buy it sometimes rather than dedicate a weekend to the smoker.

Dec 29, 2014
khh1138 in General Topics

What do you not order in restaurants...

- Pasta, unless it is from a place that handpulls/ handcuts their noodles. It always seems grossly overpriced and is usually not as high of quality of pasta as what I make at home.
- Tea. Same problem as the pasta - overpriced and I have better quality tea at home. I should say, that only applies when I am in the US and Canada. In England, I've only had one bad cup of tea ever. I figure if I am paying $2-4 for a cup of tea, it should be at least as good as my standard cup at home.
- Steak. My husband cooks a mean steak for about 1/3 the price of a steakhouse, and he understands that I want my steak seriously, seriously rare. RARE. I hate that dancing around that I've had to do at steakhouses when I have to insist on rare, and sometimes send it back. Just take my word for it, please.
- This is a specific example, but I just went to a coffee place that specializes in toast. Their signature item is toast with goat cheese, honey, and lavender. It's delicious, but I can make that at home so easily.

Do you have family/friends who don't appreciate good home cooking?

To think there are people who don't have any life experience to know that real whipped cream is what it's *supposed* to taste like, and cool whip is the interloping impersonator.

Dec 16, 2014
khh1138 in Not About Food