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Are eggs considered non-vegetarian in India?

"The Hindu diet code divides food into three categories, based on the food's effect onthe body and the temperament:

-Tamasic food is leftover, stale, overripe, spoiled or other impure food, which is believed to produce negative emotions, such as anger, jealousy and greed.

-Rajasic is food that is believed to produce strong emotional qualities, passions and restlessness in the mind. This category includes meat, eggs, fish, spices, onions, garlic, hot peppers, pickles and other pungent or spicy foods.

-The most desirable type of food, Sattvic, is food that is non-irritating to the stomach and purifying to the mind; it includes fruits, nuts, whole grains and vegetables. These foods are believed to produce calmness and nobility, or what is known as an "increase in one's magnetism." "

http://www.minoritynurse.com/features...

Jul 15, 2008
Aimi in General Topics

Kid Party - Any Suggestions For Snacks?

Anything that doesn't require utensils - cut anything large into bites or sticks.

Dips make everything more interesting for little ones (ranch dip for veggies and chips; yogurt or cream cheese whipped with powdered sugar for fruit; marinara for meatballs or fried ravioli; ketchup and mustard for chicken nuggets; peanut butter for apple slices if there are no nut allergy issues - always check!)

Mini muffin cup liners are perfect individual-size dip containers.

The most important thing is to keep it simple and familiar. Just a couple of items alongside the cake is plenty.

Jul 15, 2008
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Not a banana?

I like to make ice cream topping with either plantains or green bananas. Slice and cook in a skillet with a couple pats of butter, orange juice (about 1/2 cup per banana), and a bit of sugar until the fruit is soft. The butter will make the sauce firm up when it hits the cold ice cream instead of just puddling in the bottom of the bowl.

Jul 15, 2008
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Newbie question about rolled sushi

I learned that if you absolutely must bite nigiri in two, you should eat the second bite as quickly as possible, without placing the bitten piece back on your plate.

Jun 25, 2008
Aimi in Not About Food

Guacamole with Mayo/Sourcream

It's ok to add these *if* it's called "avocado dip" or "avocado mayo" or "avocado spread" but *not* if you're calling it "guacamole"

Jun 17, 2008
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BO from table nearby

Exactly. It wasn't just that he wasn't using deodorant -
"She said it smelled like he had not bathed in years."
That is clearly a hygiene issue. It is not a great leap at all to think that someone who doesn't bathe might not be washing their hands.

Jun 16, 2008
Aimi in Not About Food

Disposal of "off" or rancid oil

I just throw my oil away in the container that I bought it in, even if it is recyclable. Some recyclers don't want oily containers, anyway...

Jun 16, 2008
Aimi in Not About Food

Pizza question

Pizza Hut has a similar online ordering process, with no/less/normal/extra cheese options and sauce options.

Jun 16, 2008
Aimi in General Topics

Best blog host/software?

Blogger does have a scheduler - under Post Options when creating a draft post, you can choose a different post date and/or time.

Jun 13, 2008
Aimi in Not About Food

BO from table nearby

Absolutely. This should be reported to management immediately. Yes, they work in a hot, hectic environment, but Body Odor that bad is unacceptable for waitstaff. It isn't just a comfort issue but a health issue.

Jun 13, 2008
Aimi in Not About Food

Preparing frozen dinners for a client.

Breakfast Casserole:
Layer in a casserole dish:
1. Bread - cubed sliced sandwich bread, or croissant dough.
2. Meat - sausage (cooked in a skillet like you would brown ground beef), or cubed ham, or shredded turkey, or whatever meat you like for breakfast.
3. Eggs - equal parts eggs and milk, with seasonings of your choice (I like salt, pepper, mustard, and a bit of sugar). There needs to be enough egg mixture to *nearly* cover the bread and meat.
4. Cheese - shredded cheddar, or mozzarella, or parmesan, or a combination.
Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake until eggs are set (we uncover it for the last few minutes to make the cheese crispy, but you might want to skip that step).
Slice into squares. Individual portions freeze *very* well and easily reheat in the microwave.

I'm sorry I don't have the exact recipe. It was originally from an old church cookbook. We make this on Christmas Eve every year and put it in the fridge. On Christmas morning, it bakes while we open presents. Delicious leftovers!

Jun 11, 2008
Aimi in Home Cooking

Mashed potatoes freeze well?

No, no, no. Regular mashed potatoes do not freeze well. The liquid seeps out during the thawing, so you end up with dry, grainy mashed potatoes swimming in watery goop.

You need to either load them up with fat (butter, cheese, etc...) before freezing, or use them to make creamy potato soup and then freeze that.

My favorite recipe for freezing mashed potatoes can be found by googling "Beer Goddess Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes" (I didn't include a link because it is found on many different news websites and the links may change). This mashed potato dish (it's like a casserole) can be made ahead and refrigerated or frozen.

Jun 11, 2008
Aimi in Home Cooking

Qoo!

Just returned from a trip to Japan. Qoo is very popular there, sold in bottles as juice and in fountains as juice soda. Also sold in little goo packets, like those energy pouches for athletes.

Jun 11, 2008
Aimi in General Topics

Buyer's remorse..PB Loco White Chocolate Raspberry

It is sweet, but not *as* sweet as the Raspberry White Chocolate. It really has a LOT of cinnamon in it, so it is very rich. I sandwiched some of the Sumatra Cinnamon Raisin between two thin waffles for breakfast this morning. Yum! But you have to have a really big glass of milk with it ;-)

May 13, 2008
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A Frozen Appetizer question

Onions cut into wide strips vertically (as opposed to rings, which are sliced horizontally), then dipped in a spicy batter and deep fried. "Petals" refers to their flower-petal shape. Sometimes, the onion is cut down from the top but left intact at the bottom and the whole thing is batter dipped and deep fried to make a "blooming onion." Onion petals are just individual pieces from a blooming onion.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blooming...

May 13, 2008
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Buyer's remorse..PB Loco White Chocolate Raspberry

Aw, man, I love love love that stuff. I have a nearly empty jar of the PB Loco Raspberry White Chocolate and another of PB Loco Sumatra Cinnamon Raisin in my cabinet. I agree that it's way too sweet for meal food, but think of it in a dessert sense. I like it on a waffle, warmed and drizzled over ice cream or pound cake, as a layer in a parfait, or blended into a smoothie. PB Loco's website has a section called "Concoctions" where you can see recipe suggestions for your particular flavor.

May 13, 2008
Aimi in General Topics

Best foods to donate to food pantries

I have seen boxed macaroni-and-cheese that has a cheese sauce packet that doesn't require additional ingredients. I think it was Kraft Deluxe or something like that...

May 09, 2008
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Etiquette when buying lettuce by the pound

Cutting your greens with a plastic knife keeps the cut edges from turning brown. Here's one example, although I recently bought a 3-pack of verying sizes at my local discount dollar store:
http://www.cookswarehouse.com/Product...

May 08, 2008
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Food for a shark-themed party?

"ABC: Already Been Chewed" Cookie Cutters:
http://www.perpetualkid.com/index.asp...

May 08, 2008
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Who knows about "organic milk?"

Ditto on packaging. Milk in cartons and opaque/colored plastic containers lasts much longer than milk in transluscent/clear plastic or glass containers.

May 08, 2008
Aimi in General Topics

Puppy Themed Food [moved from L.A. board]

Banana dogs would be a fun dessert. You could use pound cake cut into bun shapes to make it more dessert-y.
http://recipes.kaboose.com/banana-dog...

May 07, 2008
Aimi in General Topics

Puppy Themed Food [moved from L.A. board]

I make it with Kix (ball-shaped cereal) so it looks more like dog food. I microwave the peanut butter and chocolate in a large Tupperware bowl, then mix in the cereal with a big spoon or rubber spatula. Dump in the powdered sugar, put on the lid (this is why I use a Tupperware bowl) and shake to coat. Yes, it coats the inside of the bowl, too, but I like a one-container cleanup.

It's a good idea to spread it out on a baking sheet to let it cool before storing so that it doesn't all stick together.

May 07, 2008
Aimi in General Topics

Really strange question!

Oh, yes. I forgot about that one. Acetone is much better than rubbing alcohol.

May 07, 2008
Aimi in Not About Food

Really strange question!

Rubbing alcohol should dissolve the painted label.
Steel wool or sanding might rub holes in the container.

May 05, 2008
Aimi in Not About Food

Flat Earth Baked Fruit Crisps

I've had the veggie crisps. They're good, but they won't hit the spot if potato chips are what you're craving.

Apr 30, 2008
Aimi in General Topics

Peanut butter and jam at room temp

I am surprised no one has mentioned honey as a shelf-stable alternative to jam/jelly. I love peanut butter and honey sandwiches, preferably local honey. I eat them several times a week.

Apr 30, 2008
Aimi in General Topics

Thin refrigerator power conditioner?

I have heard that containers of water are much more effective than newspaper. In short, a full fridge is more able to keep a consistent temperature and therefore saves energy.

The Consumer Energy Center has this to say:
http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/h...
"As your food budget permits, keep your freezer and refrigerator full-but not so full that air can't circulate. The mass of cold items inside will help your refrigerator recover each time the door is opened. Here's a hint: If your refrigerator is nearly empty, store water-filled containers inside."

Apr 28, 2008
Aimi in Not About Food

I received a copy of Last Desserts at Gramercy Tavern!!!

Apr 28, 2008
Aimi in Food Media & News

Purple cow??

It's pretty good. The milk makes the grape juice creamy. Same "creamsicle" effect with orange juice and milk. You just can't let either one sit out too long because the juice makes the milk curdle...

According to the website, Cow Tales are made in Vanilla, Strawberry, Chocolate, and Caramel.
http://www.goetzecandy.com/index.cfm?...

Apr 23, 2008
Aimi in General Topics

Purple cow??

My mom would stretch milk by mixing equal parts with grape juice for a "purple cow" drink.

Apr 22, 2008
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