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Yogurt in potatoes?

Who was slurring their words, you or the speech recognition program? That's one of the better bloopers I've seen recently ;-) I actually think the shaving cream is closer in profile than the shower frame.

about 8 hours ago
greygarious in Home Cooking

What's the best of the best at Wegmans?

I bought an 18oz can of the house brand chicken corn chowder because they were on sale for 99 cents. Molto gloppy, washed out flavor in all components, the strongest being the unpleasant taste of canned potato.
About on a par with other bad canned brands like Campbell's and Progresso. Not that I've ever had ANY canned soup that didn't need some doctoring.

about 10 hours ago
greygarious in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 (Part II)

Both CH's search engine and Google are failing me on trying to locate the post which said Hannaford supermarkets have the Red Fox brand of Red Leicester cheese that is so missed after its October 2013 stint as TJ spotlight cheese. Thanks to whoever mentioned that. I bought some last night but want to caution that it's $20 a pound, definitely in the "splurchase" category for me.

about 10 hours ago
greygarious in Chains

Ghee/clarified butter in an unopened jar - How long does it last in the refrigerator?

Things have changed quite a bit in the 5+ yrs since I posted that. Ghee is now in mid-price, full-size American supermarkets, as well as Trader Joe's. My second container of ghee was the half-gallon size. I kept it next to the stove, year-round, and took 2 yrs to finish it. It was getting a tiny bit rancid-smelling by the end.

about 10 hours ago
greygarious in Home Cooking

Thaw Turkey – Cold Water Method?

I've often thawed in water, usually the bathtub. Also in a cold garage or porch (I put the bird in an airline kennel to keep it safe from critters). I never have enough refrigerator room to keep it there for days.

You are worrying WAY too much. Food that hits 41F is not automatically unsafe. It takes many hours, and longer when the food is wrapped. The skin of your turkey, in its wrapping, will remain plenty cold until hours after the center is thawed.

Water thawing is faster because water is a better thermal conductor than air. That's also why a bottle of wine chills faster in ice water than in a bucket of ice cubes.

about 14 hours ago
greygarious in Home Cooking
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Christmas blessing

On second thought, I withdraw my oatmeal suggestion. I'm thinking hot cereal is something a homeless shelter would serve frequently, maybe daily. And while budget is part of the OP's criteria, this breakfast should be something beyond the ordinary. Fortunately, eggs are inexpensive.

In the OP's place, after Thanksgiving (when their pressure is lessened for a bit), I would speak with the manager of my supermarket, or its regional headquarters, explain what my family was doing, and ask if they would offer a discount or other help. Maybe something like calling you when they are about to mark down packages of sausage for quick sala, so you can get some to freeze until Xmas, etc. Some supermarkets have fresh-squeezed orange juice, which would be a real treat if they'd give you a price break. Also any bakeries/butcher shops in the area.

about 14 hours ago
greygarious in Home Cooking

Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

Thank you. 215mg/oz (I assume you meant mg, not g) is lower than Honeybaked. I like Honeybaked but a couple of times had other brands of spiral-sliced which tasted too salty for me. So I'll give TJ's ham a try for Xmas.

about 14 hours ago
greygarious in Chains

Lowering Salt and Seasoning on TrJ Seasoned Nuts

I just mix the seasoned nuts in with raw, unsalted nuts. Pop one or two of each into your mouth simultaneously. Supposedly, to get the maximum health benefits from almonds, they have to be raw. Since I am not keen on raw almonds, this works.

about 22 hours ago
greygarious in Chains

Winter squash varieties? Best sub for butternut?

Apparently, carnival can be used like acorn: http://www.examiner.com/article/carni...

I have subbed butternut for acorn, and vice versa, without perceptible differences in the results.

If you ever get kabocha (a.k.a. butterCUP), halve and roast cut side down, in a little bit of water. It is drier than the others, with a flavor like a blend of butternut and sweet potato. I think it's delicious plain, without resorting to herbs or spices.

about 22 hours ago
greygarious in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving sweet potato ideas?

I just read a recipe for twice baked sweet potatoes with bacon and gruyere in Hannaford's bimonthly instore magazine. If anyone wants it, sing out.

about 23 hours ago
greygarious in Home Cooking

graham cracker crust question

Those things will last a VERY long time. Commercial bakeries know how to extend the interval of usability for their products. The ingredients are probably not good for you in the first place (I don't have one here to examine)but keeping it around in the fridge is certainly not going to harm it or make it worse.

about 23 hours ago
greygarious in Home Cooking

Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

They were $1 less last year, but I am happy to buy one at almost any price! I diligently cut mine into 18 pieces, which should be 160 calories each. Not too bad. Take little nibbles and savor them....

1 day ago
greygarious in Chains

Thanksgiving with Ottolenghi sides?

I hope you have let your guests know that Daffy is on the menu. People can get tetchy when you mess with their traditions. If you hit resistance, deflect it by inviting them to bring a side dish of their choice. Whoever wants to "play it safe" can stick with what they know. Six people does not mean A duck. It means at least 2, and 3 would give you some latitude, since there's not much breast meat on a duck and newbies would be more likely to want breast than
leg/thigh. Wings have so little that they end up in the stockpot.

If you have never roasted duck before, I recommend a trial run to be sure you score it properly, and don't smoke up your home!

That said, Ottolenghi's way with vegetables would pair perfectly with duck.

Corn chowder for Thanksgiving?

I love corn chowder, but it's quite filling, so don't serve more than 4-6 oz. You might even consider serving it in shot glasses, more an amuse bouche than a course. Personally, I'd do a shot of curried butternut squash and apple soup, containing a bit of light cream. It's also a hearty soup but not as much as corn chowder.

When I make corn chowder, it's sans recipe. Brown a bit of bacon, scoop out and reserve, sweat leeks or onion in the bacon fat. This time of year, add a can of creamed corn for every can of kernels you use, plus a pint of chicken broth. If you want it thick, dissolve some flour in the chicken broth first. Adjust seasonings (thyme or sage or summer savory, some paprika, maybe hot sauce), then stir in some cream at the end, and return the bacon bits to the soup.

apple pie no cinnamon

It's fine to omit cinnamon. I've sometimes forgotten to include it, no harm done. I'd suggest using Grade B maple syrup, or maple sugar, in place of some of the sugar in your recipe.

Thanksgiving for one - What would you make?

Spaghetti carbonara - you can google the Calvin Trillin version of the first Thanksgiving, if you don't know it.

1 day ago
greygarious in Home Cooking

Christmas blessing

Get a large cooler. Heat bricks in the oven, wrap them in towels or newspaper, and put a layer of them in the bottom of the cooler. Or use glass bottles filled with boiling water. Wrap each in a towel so they don't bump each other. Either of these set-ups will keep hot food hot for a few hours.

Take cooked oatmeal in a crockpot. Plug it in again when you get there. A crockpot would also be good for hot cocoa that you put together when you get there.

For ease of serving and eating, breakfast burritos are good. You make and assemble at home, line them up in a pan, and serve them from the pan. Some mixed citrus and pineapple fruit salad would be a good accompaniment. You can vary the burrito fillings if the urge strikes you. Eggs and cheese in all, but optional cooked onion, sausage, bacon, peppers (both hot and mild), etc.

Frosting without Butter?

If you can get them, cream cheese and marshmallow creme (also called fluff). The latter is stable, spreadable marshmallow. It's very sweet. I just mix cream cheese into it, sometimes adding vanilla extract, and tasting. It's about a 1:1 ratio for me. This makes a spreadable but stable frosting.

2 days ago
greygarious in Home Cooking

Which foods do you wish were more popular?

Rhubarb - It's got a fairly short New England season and is expensive (considering that it grows wild) at the farmstands and markets that carry it at all. I understand that in the midwest, it's sold year-round in frozen bags in supermarkets.

Liver - easy to cook at home but I'd order it if it were on a menu in a good restaurant.

Spaetzle, egg noodles, goulash, etc. - Northern/Middle European food is rare in Boston area restaurants. Likewise Scandinavian.

Nov 18, 2014
greygarious in General Topics
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Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

Thanks! I'll check the TJ label next time I'm there.

Nov 18, 2014
greygarious in Chains

NPR Morning Edition, Weds 11/19/14 - imperfect produce waste in America

The teaser said a third of the food Americans produce is thrown out.

Nov 18, 2014
greygarious in Food Media & News

Pumpkin Pie-first time making/too many recipe options!

The Costco pie demonstrates GK's point. If pumpkin pie were all that delicious, it would be on tables and in restaurants year-round. It's anywhere from okay to rather good, but I don't think it's on many peoples' top 5 pie lists.

Pumpkin Pie-first time making/too many recipe options!

Prairie Home Companion's host, Garrison Keillor, would agree that you are overthinking. He has noted that "the best pumpkin pie you have ever had is not all that different from the worst pumpkin pie you have ever had."

That said, if my plan was to serve a basic, traditional pumpkin pie, I'd spend my time and effort on other dishes, and buy the $6 one at Costco. People like it, it's 12" across, and it would cost you more to make than to buy. Make some homemade flavored whipped cream or caramel to top it.

Nov 18, 2014
greygarious in Home Cooking

Can I make burgers/sliders ahead of time for a 5 y/o bday party?

Kudos on your ingenuity and surfeit of free time! ;-) If I get a vote, it's for "Obi-Mac Aroni & Cheebacca".

I agree with the idea of grilling as convenient, then refrigerating or even freezing, if it's for more than a couple of days. Reheat on a sheet pan, from chilled or frozen, in the oven.

Nov 18, 2014
greygarious in Home Cooking

Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

Can anyone who has had both the TJ and Honeybaked hams comment on the saltiness of the TJ as compared to the Honeybaked?

Nov 18, 2014
greygarious in Chains

Dinner for 14...dinner on table or self serve?

It seems appropriate, somewhere in this discussion, to mention that extra serving/sideboard space can be achieved by covering an ironing board with a bedspread or floor-length tablecloth. As long as the items are not very heavy, open two adjacent kitchen drawers, lay a board over them, and cover it with a festive towel or table runner.

Nov 18, 2014
greygarious in General Topics

Water conscious methods for hand washing dishes

I use hot water from cooking pasta in my dishpan. Add detergent and as long as you wash and rinse your dishes right away, it works fine. If you wait, the suds disappear. I also put a pot of clean water onto a burner when I turn it off (ditto inside the oven). The residual heat heats the water for the dishpan. If I need more hot water, I run it from the tap into a 2-qt pitcher and save that water for rinsing. Rinse glassware first, pouring that water into other containers/pots that need rinsing. Rinse your recyclable containers last.

In winter, I have a container of water sitting atop the heat register to help humidify the air. It gets more than hot enough for morning face-washing. Again, precludes running the water to get it hot. If I do need to run the hot, I refill the container with not-yet-hot water from the hot tap.

Nov 17, 2014
greygarious in Not About Food

Kitchen Cabinet Organization ideas?

I use shallow wire mesh baskets in cabinets and my refrigerator. I'd put all the stuff you've got next to your stove in one, too. Much easier when it comes to wiping down the counters. A spice carousel (bilevel lazy susan), or those strips that mount on the back of cabinet doors and snap onto the necks of spice containers, would help you access your seasonings easily. For me, having to reach way into the back of cabinets, fumbling around for the target item, dooms those items to languish there unused. I'd rather sacrifice a little space for the increased access of a turntable or pull-out tray/drawer.

Keep your least-used items in the uppermost shelves and have a stepstool in the kitchen. Some of my appliances and seldom-used pots/containers are on the top shelves. If you have, say, place settings for 8 but almost always only need dishes for 3, put the others on a top shelf, in a lidded box to keep them clean, or put the box in a closet or under a bed.

Nov 17, 2014
greygarious in Cookware

Very best sausage for cassolette?

Did you get that misspelling from your new French cookbook? I too thought the word, which I have never seen before, might be a version of cassoulet, until I found it absent from Wikipedia and online dictionaries.

I'd use merguez.

Nov 17, 2014
greygarious in Home Cooking

Stuffing question: Do you oven dry or overnight dry your bread cubes? Why?

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9100...

For more discussion, search "retrogradatino" on the HC and GT boards, and/or the larger web.

Nov 17, 2014
greygarious in Home Cooking