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After slaughter, what happens to the unused cow parts?

Ah yes, the essential ingredients for the ammonia meat slurry burger. Yum!

May 30, 2014
sebetti in Not About Food

Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

Hood River Strawberries are in season in the Northwest so I did my first canning this weekend - straight up Strawberry Jam using a low-sugar pectin.

I'm debating getting more Hoods this weekend - I'd be freezing them for using later this summer with raspberries and blueberries but it seems like a such a waste to freeze such a fragile and wonderful berry.

May 30, 2014
sebetti in Home Cooking

Breakfast Toad in the Hole

"I accidentally bought a package of maple flavored sausage links"

The above is disgusting. But pancakes with maple syrup and sausage that might accidentally touch each other? Wonderful.

Sep 25, 2013
sebetti in Recipes

Things you're surprised that kids eat

My son loves parmesan and Romano cheese. Around 2 years old he started sampling what I was grating and would end up trying to eat it all. I finally just started handing him small chunks whenever I used it. He's 6 now and we still have the same routine.

I'm also surprised at how much he likes veggies as I despised most as a child. Artichokes are his favorite.

Oct 17, 2012
sebetti in General Topics

Costco butchers

There are other reasons to join Costco and this isn't a case where bad steak means bad store. In fact, if you care so much about your steak, why would you even think about buying it at Costco?

That said, I agree with your assessment of their meat department and I've never been satisfied with their prime beef offerings. So I don't buy them.

I do, on the other hand, buy many, many other things there that I'm completely satisfied with.

Feb 16, 2012
sebetti in Chains

Costco butchers

The stew meat often has a higher price per lb.

Feb 16, 2012
sebetti in Chains

Do you cook/eat differently when it's only yourself?

I'm usually a combination of lazy plus indulging in whatever my husband doesn't really care for.

Frozen pot stickers from the H-Mart? Done.
Asparagus with a side of asparagus? No problem.

Generally, I'll just eat a lot of one thing and not bother with anything else. Easy to make, easy to clean up. And I really have no problem eating two artichokes on my own.

Feb 16, 2012
sebetti in General Topics

Raising a non-picky eater

Trying to reason with a three year old:

Honey, do you like corn? Yes.
Do you like peas? Yes.
Do you like carrots? Yes.

Honey, why won't you eat your veggies tonight? They're all mixed together...WAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!

Miffed by Coffee Elitist Barista

When I want less milk in my cap, I ask for a short pour. The milk remains the same, I just receive less. It works for me.

Feb 03, 2012
sebetti in Not About Food

Most Disgusting Cereal, Ever.

Now with the multiple flavors, they're even more disgusting.

Oct 29, 2011
sebetti in General Topics

Weird/Bad Food Related Dates

I'm a transplanted midwesterner living in the Pac NW and I can assure you that garlic, salt, cream cheese, spring onions, and large lumps of real crab are a lovely indulgence.

I also wooed my equally midwestern husband with these as a college student about 20 years ago using real Iowa.

Sep 26, 2011
sebetti in Not About Food

Kid friendly with food that doesn't suck in Portland?

I think I agree with you in spirit but not in practice. I took my 4 year old to Lauro a few months ago and although I count the evening as a success (i.e. no other patrons were disturbed and nothing was broken or spilled), it was just too much work and we didn't get the relaxing evening out that we wanted.

Also, we checked out Ken's Artisan Pizza a few weeks ago to check out the wait time and I swear the whole room gave us the look of death when we walked in with a child...probably because it was cocktail hour on a Saturday but still...

Ken's Artisan Pizza
304 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Sep 06, 2011
sebetti in Metro Portland

Kid friendly with food that doesn't suck in Portland?

Country Cat is good if you're on the east side. The kid menu is tasty and well balanced. A bowl of seasonal veggies that is large enough for the whole table is available at a very reasonable price (reasonable = cheap)

Sep 02, 2011
sebetti in Metro Portland

Kid friendly with food that doesn't suck in Portland?

Also, the playroom is out of visual range of most tables (unless they've remodeled in the last three years)

Sep 02, 2011
sebetti in Metro Portland

How many people buy supermarket chicken and meat?

The problem I have at my local Costco is that the don't seem to employ any real butchers and the meat they put out is always wildly unevenly cut and pretty hacked looking. It's a shame because my alternatives are much, much pricier.

Jun 28, 2011
sebetti in General Topics

Kids' menus at restaurants. Really? [From General Topics]

Sadly, school food in some places has passed from simply not very healthy to possible dangerous.
I would advocate higher taxes in order to insure that school children didn't have to eat hamburgers made from the remaining bits cow bit ammonia slurry.

Apr 29, 2011
sebetti in Not About Food

Done with KitchenAid, any suggestions for a replacement?

My husband quickly killed two KA mixers when he started getting into baking bread - an artisan and a Pro (this was approx. 10 years ago). He now has a Bosch which is perfect for big doughs. Unfortunately, I don't use his mixer as it is much too large for most of the smaller recipes I make.
Although my husband dreams of owning a Hobart, it's too ridiculously large to even consider.

We've had the Bosch for almost 8 years now and we've never had any motor problems so it's a winner for us.

Apr 01, 2011
sebetti in Cookware

Great mail order food gifts you give

Although two years later, I want to thank the Dairy Queen for the nun caramel link - I've haven't lived in Iowa since 1993 and had simply forgotten that they existed.

I'll add my own link:
Van de Rose Farms - I've only had their Duroc Ham but it is simply lovely. (fair warning - the website does not look like it's finished but you can see what they have to offer and pricing but you'll have to order it over the phone)

Apr 01, 2011
sebetti in General Topics

Good food & Bad restaurant

Salty's, right?

Mar 11, 2011
sebetti in General Topics

Are kaffir lime plants illegal in the US? (grow your own lemongrass!)

and as a side note, the majority of the Keifer lime leaves you find in US markets are now grown in California.

Feb 15, 2011
sebetti in General Topics

Sockeye or King salmon

Note that many of these toxins were legal to use in the past and disposal methods were often not regulated. Also, many of these toxins can and do migrate through soil and groundwater over time which means that old plumes can reach new places.

Oh, and I prefer sockeye - king is too fatty for me.

Jan 12, 2011
sebetti in General Topics

Dogs vs Kids

Population and reproduction might have something to do with this topic as well. Birthrates are declining in Europe and Germany appears to be leading the pack with approx. .60 children per couple. Perhaps they're having puppies instead?

Dec 16, 2010
sebetti in Not About Food

Bad service in the Twin Cities [Moved from MSP board]

I understand the point you're making but I think your supporting argument is a little weak. Food preferences does not determine whether or not you you can be a good server - as long as they're honest ('sorry, I don't eat beef so I can't really tell you but I know it's very popular among most of our customers') or helpful, they'll do just fine.

Oct 21, 2010
sebetti in Not About Food

what can't you get?

I remember walking into a grocery store in Custer 10 years ago to get groceries for the dinner my husband and I wanted to make for our hosts. We went through the whole store and had to change our plans radically - there was nothing to buy!

Thankfully over the last few years it seems to have gotten better (at least in Custer), the produce seemed much, much fresher and varied when we visited this summer (but, still, thank god for the guy selling Iowa sweet corn out of the back of his pick-up at the True Value).

Sep 16, 2010
sebetti in General Topics

Nostalgic Recipes

It's worth asking at any local grocery stores - I've had more luck finding it at traditional mainstream stores rather than specialty or high end grocery stores.

I've found it year round at some very mundane places - like Safeway and Albertsons (just assumed that they WOULDN'T have it). Not all stores in a chain will carry it, but some do.

Just be careful to check the expiration dates.

Sep 07, 2010
sebetti in General Topics

When you first started cooking away from home, what were some of your disasters?

"I realized I wasn't the natural cook I thought I was and have since started following recipes."

My mom is a very good cook and taught me quite a lot before I left home (and I did cook some dinners) which served me well but also gave me a greatly exaggerated confidence in my own abilities.

It took me awhile to learn that I really DID need recipes. I too made soup pudding (chicken noodle) and the never to be forgotten lentil sludge which we now call our diet soup - we did our damnedest to finish the huge pot but it was so unappetizing that we could only eat small portions - I lost three pounds that week and my husband lost five).

Sep 07, 2010
sebetti in Not About Food

Do you smell your food?

errr, I think you might have mis-read my last line. ;-)

Sep 01, 2010
sebetti in Not About Food

Best inexpensive coffee?

I've basically spent the last year trying to find something drinkable for my office coffeemaker.
The winner, which surprised me greatly, was Dunkin Donuts pre-ground coffee. (the grinder at my work is a re-purposed spice grinder and the coffee maker is a black & decker)

Annoyingly, it was a coffee that I never even considered. I simply assumed that based on its price point and the fact that it was pre-ground that it would be, at best, maybe a bit better than Folgers, a coffee that I rank dead-last. But my in-laws had it at their house when we went to visit and I was very, very surprised. It's not a sophisticated coffee but it has a good mellow flavor with a nice, full mouth feel. It's the kind of coffee that I always wish for when I go out to breakfast but never get.

I tried every offering at Costco (with the exception of 8'oclock) - whole bean in particular and found them all over roasted and too oily. Freshly roasted beans smelly lovely, none of the Costco brands smelled good at upon opening the package.

Illy didn't work and based on the cost, you might as well go for a better bean and Starbucks was a fail as well.

I'll flat out admit it, I'm pretty snobby about my coffee but I simply can't afford to continue to supply my office with the fancy coffee that I buy from one of the best coffee suppliers in the Northwest (ahhhh, Barista, how much do I love thee?) and I don't want to burn out my expensive burr grinder on mediocre beans.

The major flaw in my testing was that I refused to grind any of the beans in my burr grinder at home. There is an amazing difference in beans when ground properly and if you can only afford to buy one piece of equipment for coffee, screw the maker, get the grinder. I simply didn't want to have to deal with cleaning my grinder after every batch that I was testing.

So, contrary to all expectations, the office in the land of awesome coffee is brewing pre-ground east coast beans (the shame...the shame).

Aug 23, 2010
sebetti in General Topics

Texting at the table.

Just one bone to pick with you...I still have vivid memories of traveling across country in the 70's with my family. I would have had given ANYTHING for the mindless amusement of a DVD player. Three girls in the backseat (Mooooommmm!....Jane is on MY side! Susie touched me! Mary keeps looking at me funny!) for three 12 hour days? I don't care how beautiful the landscape is, it wasn't fun AT ALL.

That said, visiting my in-laws became much more attractive when I realized that there was no cell reception at their house and in the real world, I'm a total pro at ordering for my husband while he's pacing in front of the restaurant talking on his cell phone while I drink my cocktail and draw with my son.

Aug 23, 2010
sebetti in Not About Food

Do you smell your food?

Holy cow, the amount of crap my husband has given me over the years simply because I smell my food is unbelievable. He seems to think that I do it because I I'm uncertain if I'll like it or not. Really, I'm just curious about how it smells. I try not to obvious about it and I honestly think he only noticed it was because sometimes we'll share tastes of a meal or he'll feed me something and there's no way to be really discrete in that situation and, in that scenario, he's looking for a reaction.
Really, I don't understand, why wouldn't you smell your food?

Aug 23, 2010
sebetti in Not About Food