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ILLG'S IS GONE!!!!!

There used to be the mart in montgomeryville and it was there forever. On sundays it was body to body because of the blue laws. It was the only place open.
People used to buy the sunday paper, some warm flecks and what the heck some warm soft pretzels too. As a child I would see people with four or five boxes of flecks. I always liked them with nuts but hey just raisins were doable too. If you only got one box of flecks for your family they would disappear on the car ride home.
When the montgomeryville mart closed down (I wish I had snagged one of those Big Marty Sez signs) I was so delighted to learn that Flecks moved to the qmart. Their other offerings are great also.
I haven't been in awhile. Do they still have the alligator show there?
Another mart emerged down the road where the old price club was. But no Flecks. It was still a lot of fun there, especially the gaming area and the race cars. Anyone remember Cajun George's or the roast beef place? That mart closed down also but the qmart abides.

about 19 hours ago
givemecarbs in Philadelphia

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

That sounds tasty foodie. Yeah the week is dragging here in the 'burbs of Philly. Monday was the worst. Eagles lost to the hated Cowboys on sunday and then the whole area was shaken by the scary rampage. It seems wrong to even mention the gloomy weather here.
I took an unplanned nap and woke up with a nap hangover and no idea what to make for me and my friend. I found a carton of vegetable broth, some frozen dumplings from Costco, some frozen peas and TJs frozen shrimp for a fast soup. It really hit the spot.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

Whoops posted on the old thread
Been hectic around here. Thursday was gaming night at the library but I did get to try a pumpkin based spaghetti sauce when the pumpkin I got from TJs started looking a bit worse for the wear. Friday was my tournament night with John. Fourth place for moi woot! John grabbed a pizza with sausage and black olives which we inhaled.
Saturday I still had a lot of pumpkin sauce left so I made it into stew with pork, chicken and sweet potatoes because the dish wasn't orange enough.
Tonight I had something planned but I was checking on how late the mall was open when I saw it was bring your pet to see Santa night. So we went rushing out for that. It was a doggie emergency! The turnout was lighter than other years probably due to the Eagles game. Afterwards we got a sub from Wegmans but might still rustle up some sort of late night munchie. I have leftover cranberry compote that I could use in a baked brie but that is hardly a light snack.

What's For Dinner #338 - Winter Wonderland Edition [through 12/14/14]

Been hectic around here. Thursday was gaming night at the library but I did get to try a pumpkin based spaghetti sauce when the pumpkin I got from TJs started looking a bit worse for the wear. Friday was my tournament night with John. Fourth place for moi woot! John grabbed a pizza with sausage and black olives which we inhaled.
Saturday I still had a lot of pumpkin sauce left so I made it into stew with pork, chicken and sweet potatoes because the dish wasn't orange enough.
Tonight I had something planned but I was checking on how late the mall was open when I saw it was bring your pet to see Santa night. So we went rushing out for that. It was a doggie emergency! The turnout was lighter than other years probably due to the Eagles game. Afterwards we got a sub from Wegmans but might still rustle up some sort of late night munchie. I have leftover cranberry compote that I could use in a baked brie but that is hardly a light snack.

Dec 14, 2014
givemecarbs in Home Cooking

Chick-Fil-A Anonymous

The seasonal peppermint milkshakes are addicting.

Dec 10, 2014
givemecarbs in Chains

Something good at McDonalds for the holidays - eggnog

They are tasty. I like the white hot chocolate too.

Dec 10, 2014
givemecarbs in Chains

Costco prepared entrees in refrigerated section

I had the stuffed peppers quite awhile ago. My friend loved them. I thought they had a bit too much meat in them but I guess that makes them a good value. I did add some tomato sauce to the tops of the peppers.
My favorites are the shepherds pie and the meatloaf and mashed. I love to toss the meatloaf and mashed potatoes in the oven and cook some green beans to go with. If I am feeling really energetic I make some brown gravy as well.

Dec 05, 2014
givemecarbs in Chains

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

Thanks for the update amoule. You really can't please everyone at the same time.

Dec 04, 2014
givemecarbs in Not About Food

What's for Dinner #337 - the It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas & Hanukkah 2014 Edition! [through December 8, 2014]

I've always loved that phrase Frizzle, to gild the lily. My mom encountered it in an expensive south florida restaurant on their dessert menu and taught me to appreciate it.
A whole chicken with cornbread stuffing is in the oven. Homemade cranberry sauce is coming to room temperature on the table. I added walnuts and some dried cherries to my sauce. Mashed potatoes and green beans are planned. The house smells so good. Just the thing on a dreary evening.

The Metropolitan (North Wales Costco)

But but barbecue. Someone said the meatloaf was good at the met. But that was awhile ago.
I did "cheat" on Jesse the other day. My friend wanted some thick soup and so I headed like a guided missle to Pumperniks excellent take out deli. I was after the rare roast beef special and some bagels but the soup we got to go was also mighty tasty.
I took my uncle Joe to pumperniks when he was feeling poorly. He looked at the huge menu and couldn't find a thing until I steered him to the chicken noodle soup. He ended up getting some to go as well. I think one sip of my chocolate egg creme snapped him right out of his funk myself.

Dec 02, 2014
givemecarbs in Philadelphia
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What's for Dinner #337 - the It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas & Hanukkah 2014 Edition! [through December 8, 2014]

Doh glad no one was hurt Linda. What is a CFO anyway?
Had the pea soup as planned. I could have toasted pumpkin seeds for a garnish but I went with crackers and headed to the mall where I got a peppermint shake from Chil Fil A for dessert. Been waiting almost a year for one of those puppies!

Dec 02, 2014
givemecarbs in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #337 - the It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas & Hanukkah 2014 Edition! [through December 8, 2014]

Finally! Now I get to find out, Linda, if the ball on that Charlie Brown Christmas tree was glass or plastic? I've been waiting all year! :)
I got tired of looking at the leftover TJs ham in the bottom of the fridge after having baked ham, ham and eggs and rice with ham and veggies. So I just tossed the rest of it into a rich chicken and vegetable broth with some organic split peas last night. I tasted it before bed and the soup turned out rich and hamorific. I kind of want a few carrots in there but it is a cold rainy day. Maybe I will roast up a small pumpkin that keeps looking at me and add a few pumpkin chunks for color. I can roast the seeds and warm up the house.
Garlic bread sounds good too.

The Metropolitan (North Wales Costco)

Thanks for the review gaffk. That place seems bustling and people even cross the busy Costco parking lot to eat there. I believe Costco sells one of those gift card thingies for there like the ones they have for steak houses and the william penn inn and baja fresh where you pay thirty five dollars or something and get a fifty dollar gift card or something like that. Not sure of the exact deal.
Maybe if I get over my obsession with Jesse's Barbecue I'll try this place.

Dec 01, 2014
givemecarbs in Philadelphia
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Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

Had the cranberry/walnut ring for Thanksgiving breakfast. I started letting it rise as soon as I got home as our house is none too warm this time of year. I'm glad I did this because after 24 hours it was nice and puffy.
This took way longer than expected to cook but then this happens a lot to me with TJs stuff and my oven so no surprise there. We really enjoyed it and there were leftovers for a late night snack. Hope I can snag another one. If not I will console myself with the almond croissants or maybe that kringle.

Nov 29, 2014
givemecarbs in Chains

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

Seriously

Nov 28, 2014
givemecarbs in Chains

Turnips for Thanksgiving

I would boil and mash but add some of the mashed potatoes to the final dish to mellow out the turnips. They go so well with stuffing and gravy. Yum.

Nov 25, 2014
givemecarbs in Home Cooking

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

That sucks amoule. I have seen this from the other side and no I don't think you are a snob. My girlfriend and her husband went to his sister's house for thanksgiving and the aunt said the television was broken. Someone figured out that she unplugged it and my girlfriend got really mad at the aunt.
This has gotten me to thinking, any way to remove the tv for the day? This doesn't solve the smart phone issue unless you can block access. It does say something that it is just assumed that the husband would have a smart phone and you would have wifi though.
There has to be a photo shop version of that Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving painting with everyone checking their phones. The world is too much with us. /sigh. Please let us know how this all worked out for ya. And Happy Thanksgiving to you and all my fellow hounds.

Nov 25, 2014
givemecarbs in Not About Food

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition! [through 2 December 2014]

My one friend's family was Italian from NJ and managed to all live on the same street. So holidays were feast days with turkey, lasagna, baked ziti and on and on. It was an endless buffet of abundance. That certainly works for people who don't like turkey.
Last night was a TJs bagel with a thick smear of cream cheese and some TJs smoked salmon. Simple but very satisfying, I could wait until I was really really hungry to make it up. Also clementines.
Tonight might be the same. Had planned a nice homemade dinner with my friend but this crazy november weather has played havoc with his sinuses. They are manifesting as a come and go gum ache so we will see.

What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Nice. I finally sucked it up and renewed my Costco membership so I had an easy but filling dinner. I grabbed a pre-seasoned pork rib roast all ready in the disposable pan, a container of pre-cut butternut squash and some other goodies. Dinner was roast pork, boiled squash and mashed potatoes I got on sale at Aldi, ten pounds for two dollars. The potatoes seem very fresh. I also had some killer leftover gravy from some beef shanks I stewed up earlier in the week. I added a bit of pork drippings to make it even richer.
Could not resist a stuffed baked brie at costco in the cheese section as a weekend treat. I'm not exactly eating light during this cold snap.

Thanksgiving for one - What would you make?

Probably mashed potatoes with lots of butter, green beans and either fried chicken (I'd cook up a whole fryer so I could have my pick of all the pieces) or a really nice steak. Hot cocoa and pie for dessert, most likely pecan pie.

Nov 18, 2014
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What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Had baked brie with cherry preserves from TJs and also dried cherries. Used TJs pastry puff. Wedges of clementine to go with.

What's for Dinner #334 - the Veteran's Day Edition [Through November 17, 2014]

Good job staying calm Linda. My car got rear ended and totaled a few years ago. The other driver's insurance was supposed to pay for everything but I did have to stick up for myself with the aforementioned car rental company. Maybe they have improved but I'm begging you to please look over the rental car carefully in the daylight and note any little dings or scratches. Better yet take pictures of even the tiniest scrape. I almost had to pay five hundred dollars for "damage" to the rental car.
Friday night card tournament for me and John so we hit chik fil a before and munched on TJs cowboy bark during. Nothing like sugar to keep you alert. It worked well for me this time.
Homemade chicken rice soup when I got home, and I'm not ruling out frying up a few dumplings from the big bag I got at Costco in a bit. Faced some tough opponents tonight so I am still too revved up to sleep.

Nov 14, 2014
givemecarbs in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #334 - the Veteran's Day Edition [Through November 17, 2014]

Yikes lingua! They could have knocked the ladder down. It's late but I am nibbling on some almond kringle from TJs and also having their vanilla and cinnamon black tea.

Nov 11, 2014
givemecarbs in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #334 - the Veteran's Day Edition [Through November 17, 2014]

I had to clean my gutters today by hand with help from a friend. There was only the sound of some wet clumps hitting the ground. I feel for ya Sarah. Unfriendly neighbors are one of the circles of hell.
As I was driving home from the mennonite bbq around five after seven pm, almost full dark I saw someone on a huge tractor mower with headlights mowing really short grass that didn't need mowing. What caught my attention was the awful sound of metal hitting metal. I hope no one got hurt.
People around here love their really loud power tools for sure.
Open burning has been banned for years in these parts for good reason. For one thing it is a waste of great compost. But a small pile of leaves burning, when people can resist adding other trash to it, still smells like autumn to me.

Nov 11, 2014
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What's for Dinner #334 - the Veteran's Day Edition [Through November 17, 2014]

Hate those too. Leave the leaves lie I say. Mennonite bbq for dinner tonight. Woot.

Nov 11, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

I agree Nu. As long as I remember to use it promptly, cubed squash is great. I halved and baked an acorn squash from the farmer a couple of weeks ago but I did something I've never bothered to do with any acorn squash. I brined and then baked the seeds. So good! Not sure I will go to the trouble every time, but it sure was a tasty snack.

Nov 10, 2014
givemecarbs in Chains
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Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

I usually cook for Thanksgiving but one recent year my friend invited me to go to a Thanksgiving feast at a raw food cafe. The menu was raw vegan and delicious. The owner of the cafe had everyone say a few words about what we were all thankful for before we dug in.
It was a fun and informative time. Several people dropped by later for dessert. What makes me smile now was that the owner's grandkids were there and I ended up entertaining them for quite a bit with crayons, construction paper and scissors. We drew pictures and made a big paper chain. I made sure I was the only one using the stapler. The spontaneous art "class" was what made it really feel like a family gathering for me. Plus I felt great later, none of that sleepy overstuffed feeling.

Nov 10, 2014
givemecarbs in General Topics

What's for Dinner #333 - The end of Daylight Savings Time Edition [through Nov. 10, 2014]

Doh Gio. I play games too on my pc so desktop all the way for me. Can you see any dust in the vents and fans from the outside? My friend builds his own computers and mine too so he has taught me to be fearless in that regard. But I am lucky to have him to help me. Harters vac is an amazing help that gives instant improvement. My fridge is making strange noises again so I need to vacuum and dust that too. I'm sure it will run more efficiently but the noises give the fridge such personality. I watched way too much Adams Family at one point in my life.

Nov 09, 2014
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What's for Dinner #333 - The end of Daylight Savings Time Edition [through Nov. 10, 2014]

Gio I have to vaccuum the inside of the pc every six months. Do you feel comfortable removing the top and checking for dust? After unplugging of course. Having homemade choc chip cookies and a milkshake from chik fil a now but might have a late night breakfast of bacon eggs and homefries with toast in a bit.

What's for Dinner #333 - The end of Daylight Savings Time Edition [through Nov. 10, 2014]

Mashed turnips are often a Thanksgiving side at my house. They go so well with the filling. My secret tech is to steal some cooked potatoes from the mashed potato pot and mash them in with the turnips to lighten the flavor.
The navy bean soup was finished off for a late lunch and baked macaroni and cheese is for dinner. I really needed to finally finish off that giant hunk of cheddar from Costco.
I always made my mac and cheese sans breadcrumb topping, had never even really heard of it but one taste of the breadcrumbs version and I was an instant convert. I could have added crumbled bacon but managed to restrain myself. With it getting dark so early now it's hard to fit that walk in as it is. Trying to wait til the holidays to pack on the pounds.
My local wegmans usually has four different kinds of mac and cheese on the hot bar so it must be popular around here.