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Do you like cucumber water?

I never thought of adding ginger! Thanks for the great idea!

Apr 12, 2014
khh1138 in General Topics

What food have you lost a taste for?

Me too! I only buy one or two bananas at a time, still mostly green, because if I buy a bunch of green bananas they will all ripen and then they're dead to me.

Apr 11, 2014
khh1138 in General Topics

What food have you lost a taste for?

I used to love the Reese's too. My husband and I are convinced that the recipe kept changing (they are greasier and sweeter than they were when we were kids) until finally we realized they are just crappy now.

Apr 11, 2014
khh1138 in General Topics

Do you like cucumber water?

The spa at our local grand old hotel has chilled water with very thin slices of cucumber and orange. It's one of the best things I've ever had, and just thinking about it makes me excited for summer!

Apr 11, 2014
khh1138 in General Topics

Raising a non-picky eater

I strongly associate with this point of yours:

""hunger makes the best sauce" In our world kids can eat just about every hour if they really want to. Full kids are picky kids."

I am baffled by how often snack food (cheerios, goldfish crackers, yogurt in a tube) is foisted on kids now. I ate 3 meals a day as a kid (2 with my parents, 1 at school), and maybe had a small snack (a piece of cheese and an apple, for instance, or a navel orange, or a kiwi) when I got home if I was very hungry, before helping cook dinner. By the time dinner was ready, the smells were driving me almost crazy. My mum was an excellent cook, but even if she wasn't, I wouldn't have *dreamed* of turning down the food my parents were providing for me at the dinner table.

Apr 03, 2014
khh1138 in Not About Food
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It's nothing to be ashamed of but.......

It certainly is! Although when I did a quick search I didn't see any offers in the obscene quantity he ordered. Here's a 4 pack: http://www.amazon.com/Double-Devon-Cr...

Apr 01, 2014
khh1138 in Not About Food

Toxic Food Combinations [moved from General Topics board]

I do the coffee + half and half thing too. I'm pretty sensitive to coffee - I can only drink about 1/4 of a cup at a time, or I get strangely feverish/cold. So I either pour myself a tiny cup, or I have a regular sized cup that I let sit around until lunchtime. Never bothered me a bit!

Mar 31, 2014
khh1138 in Not About Food

It's nothing to be ashamed of but.......

I eat half my body weight in double cream whenever we go to England - they have gorgeous dairy products and cheap - every corner Tesco/Waitrose has cartons of the stuff they're practically giving away.
GUESS what my darling husband gave me for Christmas. 2 flats of double cream (about 2 dozen bottles). It's sort of the consistency of whipped butter, but with the taste of heavy cream. It comes in little glass bottles, and only occasionally do we see it in specialty grocery stores around here, a very small bottle for around $6. And the worst (best?) thing is it should not be frozen (Says so right on the bottle) and the expiration date on all my bottles is June.
I think he bought them off Amazon.

Mar 30, 2014
khh1138 in Not About Food

It's nothing to be ashamed of but.......

I've done this, too - heavy cream with rice crispies. Unff.. So, so good.
I recently read Agatha Christie's autobiography, and, of course, she was absolutely charming. In one passage she talks about how she never really loved cocktails but her favourite beverage was a cup of heavy cream. Is it socially acceptable for me to say same goes for me? I'd give anything if I could go to a bar and just get a little cup of heavy cream.

Mar 27, 2014
khh1138 in Not About Food
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Your best items at Sam's Club

I never thought about breaking down that giant bag of cheese and freezing some of it! Brilliant, thank you! (I really hate shredding my own cheese other than parmesan.)

Mar 27, 2014
khh1138 in Chains

Saggy celery

:) I wonder about my celery use sometimes, too! We buy it from a discount grocer ("Super King") and we come home with 4 or 5 bunches at a time. It takes up more than half of my bottom crisper drawer. I think of it as the celery drawer. It's where I also put my giant hand of ginger that never seems to go bad (I use about an inch at a time, and that also lasts about a month).

Mar 22, 2014
khh1138 in General Topics

Saggy celery

I do wonder why I always seem to wind up with celery that is way longer than the bag. I guess celery was the outlier when the powers-that-be decided how long produce bags should be.
Count me in on the wrap-in-foil camp. My celery stays good for over a month, even the cut up ends and pieces I save up for stock.

Mar 22, 2014
khh1138 in General Topics

It's nothing to be ashamed of but.......

This last Thanksgiving, after eating all the crispy turkey skin from the top of the bird, I saved all the remaining skin in its own bag in the fridge. The next day, I broiled it for a few minutes. Second Thanksgiving!

Mar 20, 2014
khh1138 in Not About Food

Your "Go To" Store-Bought Roasted/Rotisserie Chicken

I usually get mine from Costco - otherwise Sam's Club. The chickens I get from Costco tend to have more meat on them (as measured by filling up a gallon freezer bag to the top). I take them home and strip them off the bone right away, and save the meat for something else (usually a curry or gumbo) and throw the skin and bones in the slow cooker overnight for stock. The only thing I eat fresh off the bird are the oysters - I'm not crazy about the meat on its own.
When I roast my own bird, however, I eat all the crispy skin, and about half the bird the first night. I guess I just think of them as two totally different dishes, even though they are supposedly both roasted chicken.

Mar 16, 2014
khh1138 in General Topics

Peanut Butter and Jam (Jelly) Sandwich.

If so, they're coming to take me away!
I did graduate to making my PB&J with very crunchy, non-sweetened natural peanut butter, some kind of not-so-sweet preserves (lingonberry/ damson plum or the like) and nutty wheat bread, toasted so it makes the PB a little warm and runny. Oh, god. I'm out of bread.

Mar 12, 2014
khh1138 in General Topics

Would you like some fresh ground pepper?

I would have to agree - maybe it's just my palate, but your average restaurant serving "American food" tends to over-salt and under-pepper for my tastes. Unfortunately there's no way to undo the saltiness once it's on your plate, but I can always add more pepper.
I think that might be one big reason why, more and more, when I go out to eat it's for Chinese dumplings, Mexican street tacos, Korean BBQ, Indian vindaloos, etc. - I don't have to worry about doctoring up a plate of simultaneously oversalted and underspiced food. When I want typical American food (say, roast beef and roasted root vegetables), I cook for myself at home to my own taste.

Mar 12, 2014
khh1138 in General Topics

question for european visitors... what surprised you the most about american restaurant culture

I do think it is good advice to tell visitors that they won't need to order a starter, salad, and main course, unless they want to share family-style. Also, prepare to take home leftovers!

Mar 10, 2014
khh1138 in Not About Food
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wisdom teeth - experience preferred

I remember during the first couple of days post-surgery that I quickly grew tired of soft sweet foods. It seemed like most foods that were soft were sweet (pudding, yoghurt, smoothies), and I don't know if it was the pain meds or what, but it all tasted sickly sweet to me.

So I vote mashed potatoes made with crème fraîche, soft scrambled eggs also made with crème fraîche, minty mushy peas, and lobster bisque (with a dollop of crème fraîche).
The temperature I most liked at the time was just warm (definitely not cold, definitely not very hot).

Mar 02, 2014
khh1138 in Special Diets

Catering to relatives who don't want "exotic" food

We've got some of those in our family, too. Whenever we see them, yes, it means a solid week of "lowest common denominator" food (I'm stealing that for future griping). None of them seem concerned about whether we're happy with our food - they have to have their way at every single meal. So freaking selfish.

Mar 02, 2014
khh1138 in Not About Food

Best macaron spot?

Agreed. I sampled the most beautiful dark blue macaron (that was advertised as a black currant flavour, my favourite) on a recent trip to Las Vegas, in the Paris casino (I know, I know). I don't know what I was expecting, but it was so bad - so chewy and sickly sweet and such a let-down. If only it tasted half as gorgeous as it looked. But there was no way to tell unless I actually put it in my mouth.

I like the macarons at Europane. But nothing compares to Ladurée. I sure hope they move in to town.

Mar 02, 2014
khh1138 in Los Angeles Area

5.5cup rice cooker for individual?

I have the 5 cup Zojirushi, and it is my favourite item in my kitchen. It has never let me down, and I've used it ~3x a week for the last 6 years. Before that we had a cheapy rice cooker that always burnt rice or left part of it less cooked than we liked - a cooker my husband bought in college and it's hard for us to throw anything out. But one Christmas, I got the Zojirushi and I can't believe I got by without it for so long.
I usually only make 1 or 2 cups of rice, and they turn out beautifully. About once every 3 months or so I'll make a big batch of a mixed rice meal in there (jambalaya or cherry rice pilaf or similar), especially if we're having guests, and then I'm glad I have more room to work with.

Feb 20, 2014
khh1138 in Cookware

Amazon Fresh in LA

We've used it once this year, once last year (we're in Pasadena). Seems we pretty much only use it if we're both knocked out with bad colds. Otherwise, I'm much happier shopping for myself.
The prices were not horrible for delivery, and the produce was much, *much* better than supermarket delivery from VONS (which is the only other grocery delivery we've tried, and they had laughably bad produce). But there were many standard grocery-store items that were not for available to purchase, and I was really disappointed that most of the more "interesting" items Amazon advertised we tried to order - like food from specific restaurants - wouldn't be delivered until two or three days later. By that time, we were sufficiently recovered to get up and cook and shop for ourselves.
I really like how they delivered everything in cold-pack boxes and heavy-duty bags. That kept everything in really good shape.
I'd use it again, if I'm really sick or swamped or something, but with the caveat that you can't really get everything, and what they do offer you may not be able to get next-day.

Feb 19, 2014
khh1138 in Los Angeles Area

Best Fusion Restaurants in and around Pasadena

Agreed on all counts. Still one of my favourites for a peaceful (but expensive) dinner out. And I'm not an old, I just like quiet dinners - I find many restaurants just TOO LOUD - and I'm a sucker for really well-prepared fish that I didn't have to do myself.

Feb 19, 2014
khh1138 in Los Angeles Area

Your best items at Sam's Club

Not at mine! (sad sigh)

Feb 19, 2014
khh1138 in Chains

Your best items at Sam's Club

We have memberships at both Sam's and Costco - there are favourite items we have at both that more than pay for the membership at both. We usually alternate and go to Costco one week and Sam's the next.
At Sam's we can get big (2 actual full-sized pounds) bags of Peet's Major Dickason coffee beans. That might pay for the membership fee in a year, right there. :)
We can buy single gallons of milk at Sam's, while at Costco you have to buy 2 or three in a giant box - we'd never use that much milk.
The price of eggs is better at Sam's, but I don't quibble and just get them at whatever store I happen to be in - but I notice it.
Only Sam's sells thin cut short ribs, which we like to make our own version of Hawaiian plate lunch. Can't get these at Costco, and we loooove them. My only quibble is they've started to put fewer in the package, I guess to keep the price on the entire package under a certain amount. One package used to be just the right amount for two full meals for us, and now it's more like a meal and a half. Maybe I should give in and buy two packages, but that feels a little gluttonous.
Our Sam's has these addictive spicy almonds and cashews - I don't like cashews, but my husband does. I eat all the almonds. I haven't seen these in any other store.
I always find a good cheese at Sam's. They have a beautiful Point Reyes blue cheese, among others.
At least in the summertime, and maybe most of the year, Sam's sells giant bags of natural lump charcoal at a great price.
...I'm sure there's more, but those jump to mind. The other thing is our Sam's club is just nicer to go to - less crowded and hence less stressful - than either of the Costco's close to us. I'm glad to have a Sam's not too far from us.

Feb 17, 2014
khh1138 in Chains

Your best items at Sam's Club

I was skeptical about the change in chocolate chips at Costco, but one day I was there and really needed them for some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. And you know what, they're really good! Not too bitter, not too sweet, just about right for my tastes (of course, everyone has their own sweetspot for chocolate). They work really well for chocolate pudding, too.

Feb 17, 2014
khh1138 in Chains

I love to cook from scratch but every now and then I can't resist...(insert name of convenience food here)

I *just* learned how to make pudding with nice chocolate chips, sugar, milk, cornstarch, and vanilla. So good, and not expensive at all. It takes me marginally more time than the instant, and better texture (and magnificently thick skin on top). Now I'm curious about what other flavors I could make. Maybe I'll start by just adding a little almond extract.

Feb 16, 2014
khh1138 in General Topics
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Impact of plastic bag ban?

Not to mention the checkout rubber mat is usually really dirty. I always wash my produce before I eat it, but still. I don't want to put it in the cart unbagged, and I don't want to put it on the checkout line unbagged.
If I am buying lettuce, fennel, kale, green onions, and cucumbers (my last trip to the store), I really do want those all separately bagged and not rolling around wiping up debris or mixing flavors. Protects my investment.

Feb 16, 2014
khh1138 in Not About Food

My, how could that taste so awful?

Great idea, thanks!

Feb 13, 2014
khh1138 in General Topics

I love to cook from scratch but every now and then I can't resist...(insert name of convenience food here)

I think I know what's going to happen to that can of chili I have in the cupboard! :)

Feb 11, 2014
khh1138 in General Topics