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What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

When I had temporary custody of my 5 nephews I made breakfast every morning before school, and a home cooked dinner from scratch every night. The exception was Wednesday night. Then I ordered pizza delivered. They thought it was a treat for them, but it was really a break/treat for me.

Their mother raised them all on fast food so it was a revelation to have real food twice a day. Over the weekend they helped me make up the next week's menu. Then they helped me in the kitchen when I was making their choice for that night's dinner. Two of the kids actually asked me to teach them how to cook, and they made quesadillas for their parents when they came to visit. The next week they made tacos, with hamburger they had cooked and spiced up themselves - no packets of "taco seasoning." I did dice the onions for them. They also used taco shells because I didn't want them messing with hot oil (they were in elementary school). Once they made pancakes, from scratch. They also mastered grilled cheese sandwiches and tuna melts. Their mother was a housewife and truly lazy (I still think she suffered from depression) and the only thing she ever made was coffee for herself. Half the time she didn't even send the kids to school (they had a 60% absentee rate when I got them from Child Protective Services) and they came to me every weekend (before they moved in with me) wearing dirty clothes and carrying a bag of dirty clothes per kid. I'd send them home on Sunday with clean clothes for the week and leftovers to get reheated at home.

Now they all know what home made food should taste like, and the 2 oldest are off in the world and cook regularly. They even have people over to their apartments for dinners!

about 12 hours ago
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News
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What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

That would be a good thing for Habitat for Humanity! I wonder why they haven't thought of it...

The major issue with the tiny house movement is that they need a piece of land to put the house on. Habitat for Humanity is good at that. If it's on wheels, they need a car with enough oomph to tow the tiny house. Land out in the sticks might be cheaper, maybe even "free" (no one would know you were there, so you wouldn't have to pay a lease) but would be too far from a grocery store.

I applaud the tiny house movement, and many of the ones I've seen have been brilliant. I lived in a Japanese "rabbit hutch" in Osaka for years, and the innovative use of space always impressed me.

In Japan most houses had small (maybe 2 burners) gas stoves/hot plates and really small refrigerators. People shopped daily, but there were fruit and vegetable vendors as well as chicken and egg stands along the road from the train or subway. For beef you had to make a detour and go to the butcher's, but he stayed open late. I often grabbed a few things on my way home at night to cook on by 2 burners and/or toaster oven.

about 14 hours ago
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

No Regrets: Glad I bought it!

When you don't have access to decent Mexican food, you just have to make it yourself! One of my favorite things in the kitchen is my molcajete. My Mexican godmother gave it to my mother when I was a baby. It had been her mother's (her parents owned and operated a tortilla factory in their home) before she got it. Now it's about 100 years old and smooth as silk! I use it for everything, not just Mexican food.

Aug 29, 2014
KailuaGirl in Cookware
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"New Revereware"

Howzit Kaleo,

Are you over here on the Big Island (Hilo side)? If so I can loan you one of my Mom's 1950's pots or pans to give it a try. As I said below, I'm not sure about the innate quality of the pans, I just know that they work well for me, when making some dishes. I use different brands, sizes, makes and models for different things. I wouldn't use Mom's Revereware for risotto, for example, but she did.

I haven't researched any marks, just know that it was a wedding present she and Dad received in 1952. :-) What do the "better" ones look like?

Aloha,
Kailua

P.S. I also have some mid-80's RW that I was given when I moved from Kailua to Wai'anae for work and needed something to cook with/on. I couldn't talk my Dad into letting me take a couple of Mom's pieces with me, so he hit Liberty House and bought me some of my own. I prefer the 1950's stuff, but I think some of that is purely sentimental. ;-)

Aug 29, 2014
KailuaGirl in Cookware

"New Revereware"

I inherited my Mom's Revereware set that she received as a wedding present more than 60 years ago. Back then it really was considered top of the line quality cookware. It's held up well, and I still make my Mexican (NOT Spanish) rice in the 10 inch skillet, and it still comes out perfect every time.
I've added a lot of "better"/pricier stuff over the years, including Le Creuset and All Clad, but I still revert to the Revereware for many things that my Mom taught me how to cook, using those pots and pans. I guess it's part nostalgia, part intuitive cooking.
All of mine, being from so long ago, have the copper bottoms. I'm going to have to shine them up, though. After looking at California Joseph's pictures, I'm ashamed of how cruddy the bottoms of my stuff look. It doesn't have anything to do with how well it cooks, but if I get them all pretty again it will remind me of all the good stuff my Mom cooked while I was growing up.

breadchick - My Mom, like yours, thought that Revereware was the "ne plus ultra" of cookery and that anything else (more expensive) was just a frivolous waste of money. We did have a few cast iron skillets, though, that her mother gave my parents for a wedding present. They had been used by Grandma for decades, so were well seasoned. They gave my Mom a sense of nostalgia cooking on them, just as I now get when I use her Revereware. I sure wish I knew where Grandma's CI pans went, though!

Aug 29, 2014
KailuaGirl in Cookware

Slow Cooker Chicken

Make cracklin's out of the skin and serve on the side with the chicken. Since the cracklin's will be the last thing to do, I think I'll marinate them in some of the adobo sauce before frying. Waste not, want not. :-)

Aug 29, 2014
KailuaGirl in Recipes

Top Chef Duels, 8/27, Stefan vs CJ, SPOILERS, an ever more profane and surly recap

I loved Stefan's use of a "scimitar." Your recap is fantastic and had me literally laughing out loud several times, smiling throughout. Please don't stop! It's one of the highlights of my week...

Aug 29, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Gobs of Mayo Saved This Negitoro Bowl!

Mayo (particularly the Japanese Kewpie brand) is a must with okonomiyaki. That, some okonomiyaki sauce, nori, and katsuo flakes are what make okonomiyaki so indulgent.

Aug 27, 2014
KailuaGirl in Features

Island-Style Poki Bowl Soothes the Dog Days

It's not "usually spelled poke," it's CORRECTLY spelled "poke." Aloha.

Aug 27, 2014
KailuaGirl in Features

Top Chef Boston v. Teamsters

I'm a little skeptical. No one, not a single person, thought to record this on their cell phone's camera? They're all got decent phones. I don't doubt that the Teamsters were protesting loudly, probably even raucously, but using sexist, racist, and homophobic language is deplorable. Slashing tires is criminal. Any of those underpaid employees of the Magical Elves could have shopped that video around and made some bucks. If a kitchen worker could smuggle in a cell phone set to record Romney, with all the security those events utilized, I can't imagine the TC set was more secure. A multi-millionaire presidential candidate's expensive private dinner with other 1%ers vs. a TV reality show... Get outa here!

Top Chef Duels 8/20, spoilers, Antonia vs Mike - a profane and foggy recap

Thank you, Cowboy! As far as food goes, I did like Antonia's better most of the time, but Mikey had his moments. You done good, and I particularly enjoyed your trashing of Curtis Stone. He's just so boring and uninformative. To steal from (and paraphrase) the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (which I just saw again) - Who is that guy?! I'm a straight woman, but I'll take Padma any day.
I can't wait for the real TC to get started! This just seems too contrived. I'll have to check out their version of Last Chance Kitchen to see if that's any more realistic, less unscripted. First off, my morning coffee.

Aug 21, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Electric pressure cooker with slow cooker, rice cooker, etc functions...

I'm really late to this discussion, but I also recommend Pressure Perfect. When I got my Cuisinart PC for Christmas several years ago I also received Pressure Perfect. Lots of information, and I still go back to it just to browse through it.

Jul 18, 2014
KailuaGirl in Cookware

Memorable Quotes about booze

Loved AbFab!

Jul 18, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Memorable Quotes about booze

I've heard it as :
"Sir, you're drunk!" scolds an offended hostess, to which he replied "Yes, and you're ugly. The difference is that in the morning I shall be sober, but you'll still be ugly!"

Then again, given Churchill's love of drink, I'm sure he was reprimanded more than once, and had several ripostes waiting.

Jul 18, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Little girl kicked out of KFC story a hoax.

The grandparents are divorced.

Jun 27, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Little girl kicked out of KFC story a hoax.

I read that, too. When the grandmother realized her mistake she changed locations, and that's when things started to fall apart.
Another problem was that the little girl was using a feeding tube for her nutrition so it was very unlikely she was going to eat mashed potatoes and gravy. The dogs that mauled her were her grandfather's, the grifter granny's ex-husband. Talk about a messed up family!

Jun 27, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Chili

Buy a chuck steak or roast and cut it into stew meat sized bites. The store's stew meat is, as mentioned above, irregular in size. It's also made up of the stuff they would otherwise have to discard, so you're getting the junk stuff. A chuck steak or roast is cheaper, and a better quality of meat. That's all we use in our beef stews. Go for it!

May 17, 2014
KailuaGirl in Features

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #13 - 01/08/14 (Spoilers)

I've been wondering the same thing.

Jan 17, 2014
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #14 - 01/15/14 (Spoilers)

I'm a Carlos fan, too, and like you am hoping that Nina, Shirley, and Carlos get to the finals. A Chinese-Caribbean-Mexican cook off would be fun to watch, and probably wonderful to taste!

Thanks for the recap, Linda Whit! I'm going to have to go back and check last week's recap next. I missed the show because my ex-SIL was here and I refused to go out and socialize with her. I did see it this week, though...

Last Chance Kitchen 12/11 spoilers

Why anyone would choose to do bitter melon soup, which I think of as neighborhood Chinese food, is beyond me! There are so many other great Asian dishes he could have made, including superb Vietnamese. I don't care for tripe either, but at least that broth looked really good. I really like Travis, but he has made some poor decisions... Louis just might be the last chef standing. If so, that would be fine by me. He's definitely got some chops!

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #10 - 12/11/13 (Spoilers)

I was floored when I heard that!

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #10 - 12/11/13 (Spoilers)

I know. It was just a sense of sadness. Now that he's with all the other eliminated cheftestants I know he still has a chance to strengthen his friendships. I wish they would show some of the behind the scenes for the eliminated chefs. I'd be interested to see what they're cooking, who's cooking, etc. I'd bet that they're far more relaxed and less stressed.

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

The hard debate over nutrition standards for food stamp benefits

One of the problems is that they need to have machines that will process the SNAP cards - just like charge cards. Some of the larger Farmers' Markets have them, those in smaller communities often don't.

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

The hard debate over nutrition standards for food stamp benefits

Wonderful!

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

The hard debate over nutrition standards for food stamp benefits

Some of those people, with all their education and degrees and other qualifications, can't even find jobs at WalMart. It's tragic! The market is just terrible, even for minimum wage jobs! Those working full time at minimum wage jobs still need SNAP benefits (Food Stamps) to feed themselves and/or their families.

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #10 - 12/11/13 (Spoilers)

And the truth of it is, .. it's unbeatable. I think I remember it correctly. My grandparents' coffee. Absolutely horrid!

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Last Chance Kitchen 12/11 spoilers

Both dishes look good, though. Poorly cooked tripe (like trying to eat rubber bands) or butter melon (worse than medicine when you were a kid) are pretty daunting.
I'm sorry that Travis lost, but happy Louis won. I know that doesn't make much sense, but so it goes. I'd gladly eat food from either of them.

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #10 - 12/11/13 (Spoilers)

Rick Bayliss and Kenji are both forces to be reckoned with. Kenji is especially good on explaining why one thing works and another doesn't. I love the science!
I was lucky to grow up eating lots of different things, in different ethnic environments, most of them depending on family budget. Sometimes we were comparatively rich, other times we were straight up poor. It gave me an appreciation of lots of different foods.
I do a cochinita pibil in my oven a couple times a year and just love the flavor. Sometimes I do add banana stump to it (for moisture and flavor), but I doubt that's readily available on the Mainland.

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #10 - 12/11/13 (Spoilers)

His constant mentions of his boyfriend's mother and grandmother is what makes me think he's been out for awhile, at least with certain groups. The apparent teasing he suffered in school make me think that others figured out he was gay, even if he was in the closet. I mean, he can't be there with his boyfriend every time they visit and just be "my friend." I feel for him - being "the other" in your teens must be hard. That's why I always tried to befriend those who were without friends at my high school, the same one as Obama, which was very cliquish, (and to a lesser extent at college and law school). Believe it or not, boys who cooked and girls who played sports were looked at strangely...

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #10 - 12/11/13 (Spoilers)

We'd just encourage you to drink more!

Dec 13, 2013
KailuaGirl in Food Media & News