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What to do with Trader Joes Pound Plus chocolate bar?

Lay it on a cutting board and stick the point of heavy knife between the squares, which come right apart. These 500-gm chocolate bars come in Milk, Dark, and Almond.

about 4 hours ago
Querencia in Home Cooking

32 Hungry Boys

The first thing I would consider is the eating arrangements. Will they all be able to sit down at a flat table and eat with knife and fork, or will they be standing around holding plates?

Food-wise, how about chicken? A million drumsticks and thighs marinated in soy sauce and garlic powder then baked in the marinade with canned crushed pineapple poured over. Rice with this. Several salads---tossed green salad, coleslaw, jello salad with fruit in it. Corn on the cob, buy frozen. Devilled eggs and hot rolls as extra filler-uppers. Males between about 12 and 22 can eat more than seems possible. I once fed five such and they demolished an entire large turkey and all the fixings then went to McDonald's for hamburgers while I was washing the dishes.

about 4 hours ago
Querencia in Home Cooking
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So I made a mistake....

Back in impoverished student days, here is what I used to do with the el cheapo pork chops: grind up a few saltines with some rosemary, bread them, and saute' them slooooowly so that the breading gets brown and crunchy. Have them with applesauce and baked sweet potatoes and red cabbage. The breading hides their weird-looking-ness and they do get tender; in fact, they are juicier than loin chops as they have more fat.

about 4 hours ago
Querencia in Home Cooking

What to do with Trader Joes Pound Plus chocolate bar?

Re What to do with Trader Joe's Pound Plus Delicious Belgian Chocolate Bar: I break the bar into (marked) squares and put them in a covered candy jar. And every time I walk past, I think of something to do with one of the squares. Has not not been a problem.

Palm Springs - grapefruits? Dates? Date shakes?

We drove all around to surrounding countryside to buy a lot of dates to bring home then, at the night market right downtown, found exactly the same deals.

Feb 28, 2015
Querencia in California

Do you use your stove for storage ?

Wow, then society has come full-circle. We started out 60 years ago in prefabricated post-World War II married university students' housing where the so-called kitchen had a 2-burner hotplate and no oven at all---we bought an electric roaster oven at Sears and for years that's what I baked in, bread and lemon meringue pie and the whole works.

Feb 28, 2015
Querencia in General Topics

Do you use your stove for storage ?

I am in an apartment and here is what I store in my oven, strategically stacked together: 2 cookie sheets, 2 large bun pans, 1 roasting pan, 2 9 x 12 cake pans, 2 8 x 8 can pans, 2 muffin tins, and 1 Corningware microwave browning pan. No choice. If they weren't there they'd be piled on the living room sofa.

Feb 28, 2015
Querencia in General Topics

Ketchup in Chinese cooking ?

All I can tell you is that probably the best Chinese restaurant I ever went to, where I often ordered a certain dish, was in the same suburb where I worked in a high school. The (Chinese) son of the (Chinese) owner, who was a student there, told me exactly how his dad made that dish, and it had a full CUP of ketchup in it. Actually, I don't think I ever felt like ordering it again after that, when I realized I'd been eating a cup of ketchup for dinner. BTW the word "ketchup" is variously attributed to either the Chinese or Malayan language.

Feb 28, 2015
Querencia in General Topics

Is dessert optional?

Rather than have a guest take dessert, eat one bite, and leave the rest, I would rather have her say "No dessert for me, thanks---it looks wonderful but I just mustn't". In the first case, her remainder is thrown away. In the second, I get to keep that whole untouched piece for my lunch tomorrow. Presumably I am serving something that I like, and it's something special.

Feb 28, 2015
Querencia in Not About Food
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Chicago with teenagers - dinner recommendations

Look online between now and your trip---Brazzaz usually has twofer coupons and your young men would adore having a steady stream of gauchos coming to your table carrying slabs of meat on swords and imploring them to have just a little more filet mignon. This is a prix-fixe deal with infinite good meat, lovely salad bar, and other delicious ad-lib offerings. My guests always love it---it's fun as well as food. See website for pictures. Very central location.

Feb 27, 2015
Querencia in Chicago Area

Fun Girls Weekend In Chicago! Trip Report

Iowagirl---what made your Italian beef so hot was "giardinera", a relish of pickled vegetables that comes either hot or non-hot aka sweet. When you order an Italian beef sandwich in Chicago you have to say if you want it "hot" or "sweet" and also if you want it "wet" (with the bread dipped in the meat gravy).

Feb 26, 2015
Querencia in Chicago Area

Bowien's Pastrami Recipe

I see that no reply has come to you in 24 hours so, for what it's worth, here is my pastrami recipe, which may not be at all what you want but, anyway: Simmer a piece of corned beef for 2 hours in water with a couple of tablespoons of mixed pickling spice. Wash the spices off the meat, lay it in a baking dish, and stud it with whole cloves. Smear it with dark brown sugar moistened with a little mustard. Bake at 350* for about 30 minutes, spooning the glaze over it from time to time, and continue to spoon as the meat cools. Chill before slicing so it will slice and not shred. This is unbelievably good on rye bread.

Feb 26, 2015
Querencia in Home Cooking

Beef stew meat - suggestions other than beef stew?

A variant of this is Goulash Soup---cut the beef stew meat finer than usual and make a soup in the slow cooker using the meat, a lot of cut-up onion and sweet red pepper, a little cut-up potato, canned tomato sauce, salt, paprika, and a pinch of hot red pepper---in a 6-quart crock I fill with water within an inch of the top. I thicken this with flour by putting 1/2 cup of flour in the dry crock with all the dry ingredients then adding all the wet ones. Cook for a long time. Very much a winter dish.

Feb 26, 2015
Querencia in Home Cooking

Dinner Tonight: Gourmet Hotdogs!

For ideas, go to the Wikipedia description of Hot Doug's, a now-closed Chicago venue that took hot dogs to new gourmet heights.

Feb 26, 2015
Querencia in Home Cooking

Green Papaya: Where can I find this hidden gem

Thai cuisine uses green papaya so you might try the Southeast Asian markets in the vicinity of Argyle Street. Go to Broadway just south of Argyle--- there is a small strip mall perpendicular to the street, that has an iron fence to secure the parking---walk to the back end of this and the market there has all kinds of Southeast Asian produce. In the same neighborhood, stand on Broadway across the street from the Uptown Post Office, with your back to the street, and you will be facing another strip mall. At the left-hand end, at the back in the corner, is a Southeast Asian supermarket, another possibility.

Feb 25, 2015
Querencia in Chicago Area

Pollo & gallina?

I never heard "gallina" used to mean anything but "hen" as in "female chicken". (This was in Argentina---all Spanish-speaking countries don't use the same words for everything.) Our neighbor had gallinas walking around her back yard.

Feb 24, 2015
Querencia in General Topics

India chicken

Where is this market located---is there any possibility someone may be translating from French? The French word for turkey is "dinde" which originally, several hundred years ago, was "coq d'inde" or "chicken of India". Could these be small turkeys, and could something have been badly-attempted in translation?

Feb 24, 2015
Querencia in General Topics

Easy things to prep/eat while on crutches

For moving food around, if this situation is going on for any length of time, you can get a tray that fits over the top of a walker so you can get your whole meal from kitchen to other locale by just shoving it along. Online or hard-copy catalog from Dr Leonard or Easy Comforts sells these trays.

Feb 24, 2015
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Cinnamon Crisps

I bought some cinnamon graham crackers and they taste like mattress-stuffing then I realized what I was expecting was Cinnamon Crisps---THEN I realized I hadn't seen those in a store for ages. So I googled around and they're not on amz or anyplace (not the crackers of my memory, just other stuff with the same name) but I don't find them on a Discontinued Products list either. Do they still exist?

Feb 23, 2015
Querencia in General Topics

Should I Take My Hat Off at a Restaurant?

No, maxx, no need to worry about your headgear--- your rude attitude will be plenty to identify you as a bumpkin. Why this is an interesting topic lies more in a non-chowhound board I was on a few minutes ago showing how litigation around the Muslim headscarf has now extended to the snood, hairnet, veil, babushka, yarmulke, and cocktail hat. Head-covering carries cultural and political clout.

Feb 23, 2015
Querencia in Features

Help with recipe please!!! ASAP

When I bake butternut or acorn I use brown sugar, butter, and nutmeg. No need to panic.

Feb 22, 2015
Querencia in Home Cooking
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Bakewell tart questions (from a Yankee)

My local Swedish bakery sells little tarts called Mazarin that are so similar to Bakewell Tart that I wonder if there is some historic connection---shortcrust pastry, an almond frangipane filling, and a little fondant or powdered sugar icing on the top crust. No raspberry jam though. Interesting parallel given historic relations between the North of Engand and and the Scandinavian countries. I wonder.

Feb 22, 2015
Querencia in Home Cooking

Looking for Spanish recipes to try

I don't know that this is originally Spanish---it sounds more South American to me--- but I think it's known now in all Hispanic countries. In any case it's worth adding to your repertory as it is delicious, quick, easy, inexpensive, and freezes perfectly---Picadillo: Brown ground beef with chopped onion and green pepper. Add a handful of raisins and some chopped pimiento-stuffed green olives. Season with salt, garlic, and cumin (essential). Add a small can of tomato sauce and a can of water and simmer for a few minutes. Serve over rice. The characteristic flavor comes from the cumin and from playing the sweet raisins against the salty olives.

Feb 22, 2015
Querencia in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

"If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft
And of thy store two loaves alone are left
Sell one, and with the dole
Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul."

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

Another post on this board mentions the fish of Lent. Trader Joe's Sweet Chili Sauce is a wonderful thing to dip frozen fish sticks and fish filets into. Tastes as if you are at a Thai restaurant.

Feb 21, 2015
Querencia in Chains
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If you're not Catholic and in SoCal trying to find something worthwhile hearing others talk about what they have to give up during Lent

I do not observe Lent but I always give thanks for Lent because the stores fill up with excellent fresh seafood and better-than-usual prices. My first clue this year was when I noticed a lot of frozen fish on sale and said, wow, after this endless winter, Lent must be here---and it was, is. Immediately I began to hit the Coconut Shrimp, salmon, and (sob) scallops (which suddenly dropped 30% in price).

Feb 21, 2015
Querencia in Chains

Easy things to prep/eat while on crutches

Also Near East brand couscous---no cooking at all, just let it sit in hot water.

Feb 21, 2015
Querencia in General Topics
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Easy things to prep/eat while on crutches

I read your need as "preparation must be possible while standing in one spot at the counter or stove". Campbell's has put out a new soup, condensed Black Bean with Cumin and Cilantro. The trick is that if you don't dilute it, but just heat it, and pour it over a packet of the Uncle Ben's Ready Rice, you will have most of the dinner that Cuban restaurants serve, which is any meat, fish, or poultry with black beans & rice. You can easily put a piece of chicken in the oven (line pan with aluminum foil or use disposable foil pan), add it to the black beans over rice, and have some kind of salad on the side.

Also, a bag of that shredded cabbage that they sell for coleslaw makes a good quick effortless stir-fry. Oil, the cabbage, a little soy sauce, and anything you choose to add: leftover meat, cooked frozen shrimp, anything. And, again, Uncle Ben's Ready Rice.

Friday Night in Lent ideas...

Here is the quickest possible vegetarian meal---Beans on Toast. It is well-known in England but not in the US and it strikes people as either disgusting or absolutely delicious, depending on how much of a bean-lover you are. Beans on Toast: heat a can of what the English called "baked beans" and Americans call "pork & beans" although of course for your purpose you would use the vegetarian variety. Pour this over hot buttered whole wheat (makes a difference) toast. Eat with some pickles or relish or coleslaw on the side, and a big mug of hot tea.

Feb 21, 2015
Querencia in Home Cooking
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Friday Night in Lent ideas...

Do Part I of this ahead of time then do Part II when you get home from work on Friday night. Part I: 1) Pre-cook green or red peppers (tops cut off, seeds removed, to make cases that will hold a filling) for a few minutes so they are about half-way cooked but not falling-apart soft. Dry them well and refrigerate. 2) Make Corn Pudding. Put a bag of frozen corn kernels in the Cuisinart for just pulse-on-and-off to break up the kernels but not puree them. Beat a couple of eggs with a cup of milk. Add the corn, salt, and some of the shredded cheese that comes in a bag. Maybe a little hot red pepper. Refrigerate. Part II: Fill the pepper cases with the corn pudding and bake for about 45 minutes until you can insert a table knife into the corn pudding and it comes out clean.

Feb 21, 2015
Querencia in Home Cooking