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DTW. Dead chef estate sales

Great reply, thanks.

And, what, and how are microwave crisper bags used?

1 day ago
RedTop in Great Lakes

Do you ever contact the manufacturer?

Very recently my son opened a frozen dinner we had purchased. This dinner was supposed to contain a meat, a vegetable and a dessert. I contained only the vegetable and the dessert. I called the manufacturer and explained what we found. They were very apologetic, and promised free product coupons.

Even more recently, son #2 opened a jar of pickles for the first time. Ate part of a spear, and told me it "tasted weird". I took a taste, and there was a very metallic taste to the pickle. I sent the manufacturer an email this time. I got a snail mail reply with two free product coupons.

I like the idea that Customer Service from these two firms have made me whole on my purchase. But I'm wondering if the complaint resulted in any type of recall of the lot numbers I provided.

Have you had any similar interactions with food processors?

2 days ago
RedTop in Not About Food

DTW. Dead chef estate sales

Escorted my dear wife to a local Salvation Army resale outlet last Saturday, to look at housewares. What. A. Mistake! She fell in love with the store. Gave me signs, early on, that she/we could spend hours inside looking for "finds". Thankfully, we only went through the housewares department, and the gently-used furniture department, before I steered us back to the registers. One of the most diplomatic engagements I've ever pulled off.

We walked out with an Ecko Copperelle Saute Pan ($3.99), a 12-inch, Revereware fry pan ($4.99), a 10-inch, pot lid ($0.99), a white plastic platter--smaller than our turkey platter ($1.99), and a faux, cut glass fruit bowl "this looks just like one my Mom had" ($0.49).

I got the feeling that yard saleing is in our future this spring and summer.

Apr 14, 2014
RedTop in Great Lakes

Creepy or not? When the restaurant googles its customers...

I just googled me.

If Justin Roller googled me after I made reservations at EMP, he might think he would be greeting a professional golfer...or, a disgraced and imprisoned police office...or, quite a lot of dead men...or, a 20-something, criminal, but none of them is me.

Apr 14, 2014
RedTop in Food Media & News

DTW. Dead chef estate sales

Great recollection! Thank you for sharing here. Nice touch of charity on your part, too!

Our local Salvation Army resale store is a super center. The community newspaper we get just had a long promotional piece on the store, with a couple of pics of used kitchenware. Lots & lots of used kitchenware. Going to shop that store tomorrow.

Apr 11, 2014
RedTop in Great Lakes

DTW. Dead chef estate sales

Thanks for all the great suggestions!

There are a number of thrift stores nearby my house. And Gibraltar Trade Center is just up the road...

Now I'm off to craigslist to poke around there.

Apr 07, 2014
RedTop in Great Lakes

DTW. Dead chef estate sales

Metro Detroit.

Apr 06, 2014
RedTop in Great Lakes

DTW. Dead chef estate sales

Would appreciate any leads from local 'hounds on finding a used 13/14 inch metal skillet, and a separate five quart metal pot appropriate for chili, boiling pasta, or making beef or mutton stew.

Our last metal cookware, a 10-inch Revereware skillet has rounded it's bottom...after nearly 40 years of use! We're loaded with "coated" fry pans and pots; but honestly, I don't trust them at high heat.

I've shopped local restaurant suppliers for used cookware, and honestly, that's like dealing with a shady used car salesman.

Tips. Pointers and all advice gladly welcomed.

Apr 06, 2014
RedTop in Great Lakes

Using up Cream Cheese

CAJUN SPINACH CASSEROLE...a failed experiment(sigh). The dish was one note: bitter.

Used 48 oz of frozen, chopped spinach, 12 oz of marinated artichoke hearts, 16 oz of cream cheese, and a liberal dusting of Cajun Seasoning; and the topping of bread crumbs.

Followed the stovetop and oven directions as stated. It looked delightful. But the taste was definately off.

Mar 31, 2014
RedTop in Home Cooking

Using up Cream Cheese

ROTFLMAO!

Mar 30, 2014
RedTop in Home Cooking

Using up Cream Cheese

I'm adventurous, greygarious. I think I can make something interesting with the, as you state: "recipe sounds alarms."

Mar 30, 2014
RedTop in Home Cooking

Using up Cream Cheese

Yep. A growing up staple for me, too.

Mar 30, 2014
RedTop in Home Cooking

Using up Cream Cheese

Wow!

Mar 30, 2014
RedTop in Home Cooking

Using up Cream Cheese

Thanks for that recipe, UTgal. I'm definately going to try it before the outside temps reach 70 here in MI.

Mar 30, 2014
RedTop in Home Cooking

Coffee in Hotel Rooms

Melitta makes a small coffee filter called the Junior that would fit into the basket of most of these coffee makers.

Just an observation...if the coffee maker is never cleaned out, its liable to produce "sometimes really bad" coffee.

Mar 30, 2014
RedTop in General Topics

Using up Cream Cheese

Here ya go:

CAJUN SPINACH CASSEROLE

4 packs, frozen spinach;
Cajun seasoning (or--garlic salt, onion powder and pepper, added to taste);
2 eight oz packs of cream cheese;
seasoned bread crumbs;
1 small jar marinated artichoke hearts.

Place all spinach in a hot skillet until heated through and all water evaporated. Add the cream cheese and Cajun seasoning to taste. When cheese has melted into spinach, remove from heat and place in a casserole dish. Sink artichoke hearts "strategically" into the spinach and cover lightly with seasoned bread crumbs. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

BTW, I think any type spicing would work in the dish if you're adverse to Cajun seasoning.

Mar 30, 2014
RedTop in Home Cooking

Using up Cream Cheese

Eight oz blocks.

Mar 30, 2014
RedTop in Home Cooking

Using up Cream Cheese

THANK YOU ALL! Great and thoughtful suggestions that I'm filing away.

Quite coincidental that just a few hours after I posted this query, I came across a recipe for a baked spinach & artichoke side dish using 16 oz of cream cheese.

Guess the universe is aligned.

Mar 30, 2014
RedTop in Home Cooking

Using up Cream Cheese

I have 20 oz(s) of Cream Cheese with a USE BY DATE of April 14, 2014.

I'll never eat that many bagels by then ;-)

Any suggestions on how to use up the majority before it goes bad?

Thank you

Mar 29, 2014
RedTop in Home Cooking

Metro Detroit delis serving Detroit's own Sy Ginsberg corned beef?

This is a non-value added reply...

Isn't the location of Hygrade considered SW Detroit; and not Corktown?

Mar 25, 2014
RedTop in Great Lakes

Looking for the Best of Dayton!

Right now the Best Of Dayton is alive in the NCAA tourney.

Mar 22, 2014
RedTop in Great Lakes

Iron Range Delectables

Wow, that was a nice read. Continued success to the Forti family.

Wish the world was filled with people who lived their craft and settled for selling nothing but the best.

I'm still searching for that memorable French Bread I had so many times at our family table in the 1950s. Gone. Lamented.

Mar 22, 2014
RedTop in Great Lakes

I like leftovers, but not frozen leftovers. You?

Teague, my Mom feared chicken too!

I carried a loathing for anything chicken well into my adult life because it was always awful, and awfully over-cooked, at my parent's table. (and that was the day when no meats were genetically altered!)

Mar 21, 2014
RedTop in General Topics

Noodles No Tipping Policy

Your reply, although erudite, made me chuckle, westsidegal. I can't imagine any circumstance where our NannyState would "butt out".

Mar 21, 2014
RedTop in Chains

Can you match these brands to their corporate behemoth owners?

I came in at 40%. The yogurts, Splenda, and syrups killed me.

Mar 21, 2014
RedTop in Food Media & News

I plead temporary insanity, but I still want to sue......

Well. That was certainly edifying!

Mar 20, 2014
RedTop in General Topics

Noodles No Tipping Policy

Maybe because the CEO is a cretin?

Mar 20, 2014
RedTop in Chains

How do you feel about dogs in the grocery cart?

IAMFoodie36:

Before my first business trip to Germany back in the '80s, my company required me to take "cultural awareness" training so I would not offend, by word or deed, any Germans I encountered. One of the things I learned was that Germans LOVED their pooches. (And that was fully evident in the many trips I took) But I was also counseled, to mind where I walked because "most Germans do not clean up their dog's mess".

Mar 20, 2014
RedTop in Not About Food

How do you feel about dogs in the grocery cart?

Where I live, there's an ordinance on the books that requires owners walking dogs to clean up any poop dropped by their pets. A flurry of tickets right after adoption, brought almost 100% compliance, continuing to this day.

Mar 18, 2014
RedTop in Not About Food

How do you feel about dogs in the grocery cart?

I have never seen this.

BTW...We have two 60-pounders living with us. I would NEVER attempt to put either into a shopping cart. What a mental image that presents.

Mar 17, 2014
RedTop in Not About Food
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