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KFC Crosses the Line

As always cw you are the voice of reason. Here in the NE US in winter those dogs look mighty appealing.

2 days ago
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Mainland Inn

I have a weird sense of humor bacchus. When I was in teacher college I noticed how many times my professors would use the word appropriate. I started counting and got up to thirty seven once in one lecture.
Indeed is the new appropriate in my opinion. I was trying to be supportive of the new mainland inn without sounding like I had some sort of agenda. I don't. So taking a small swipe at his use of language was too tempting for me.
I saw in the Distorter that Mollys in lansdale has finally closed. Any word on a replacement there? Would be fun if it turned into a men's clothing store again.

Jan 21, 2015
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zoes kitchen montgomery mall

Thanks dndicicco. I will give this place a try when it opens.

Jan 21, 2015
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zoes kitchen montgomery mall

Things seem to be shaping up nicely. Not open quite yet but anyone been to another location?

Jan 20, 2015
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Mainland Inn

Wow cw looks like you called it. For now the explanation is still up. Only problem I have with the post is the use of indeed. Been avoiding what's for dinner because it is used excessively there.
Everyone must be reading the TJs flyer or something. They used it twice there.
I still want to go to the Inn sometime. I think of it as in Mainland because I grew up in Mainland. But I know enough not to go on Valentine's Day.

Jan 19, 2015
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Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

Made a short run today to my montgomeryville pa costco and saw a couple of interesting items. In the refrigerated dessert section next to the tuxedo cakes there were containers of ancient grain oatmeal. No time to grab one but I am interested. Anyone try?
I also saw a honey truffle and cheese combo. The package was small and nearly twenty dollars but it did look intriguing.
Dinner was planned but I was happy to see the shepherd's pies are back in the refrigerated meals section. I also spied burritoes made with the rotisserie chickens. Never had those. They came with a couple of containers of salsa. Maybe next time.

Jan 14, 2015
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What's for Dinner #343 - the 2015 NFL Playoff Edition! [OLD. 1/15/15]

I just don't know what that butcher was thinking? Only thing I can come up with is that his nose was really stuffed up or something. Dinner for breakfast is a good plan b.
I feel like playing in January and I found a package of ten thin turkey cutlets at Wegmans that I could fool around with. Last night I dipped five of them in Italian dressing, flour, egg and milk and then Italian bread crumbs and fried them in butter and oil. Boiled precut butternut squash also from Wegmans and some saffron rice for sides. Fun and satisfying. And I have five left to experiment with. Lunch was a steak sandwich made with a tiny leftover tenderloin steak. Yum!
The cold is getting to me so when my friend suggested Popeyes for dinner I jumped at the chance. I inhaled a fried breast and wing with slaw, red beans and rice, and biscuit. My friend doesn't care for red beans and rice so he had some leftover saffron rice. Apple pie from wegmans if we get around to it. For some reason I'm not hungry.

What's for Dinner #343 - the 2015 NFL Playoff Edition! [OLD. 1/15/15]

No football here but living near Philly football still affects me. On monday mornings I swear I can feel it in the air good or bad when the Eagles have played. I had the same dinner as Steve H. minus the wine and mushroom gravy and stargazing.
Snagged some tenderloins on sale at wegmans and seared in my cast iron pan and then threw them in the oven while I mashed the potatoes and dished out the peas. Very satisfying. Making navy bean soup to bolster against the cold. Been enjoying hearing about everyone's dinners and such as always. Just to fit in I might as well throw in a random indeed at the end. :)

What's for Dinner #342- The Return of the Polar Vortex Edition! [through Jan. 10, 2015]

I had liver and onions at my beloved diner last night jjjr. The gravy was rich and the onions were plentiful. They even have real mashed potatoes. I had the salad bar too but put macaroni and potato salad in with the leafy greens.
I usually can't finish the liver when I get it but last night I cleaned my plate and mopped up the gravy with whole wheat rolls. I've been getting the liver for years and this was the best I've ever tasted. I think part of it is the cold.
The night before I shared a small baked brie with my friend. The plan was to save a slice for a substantial winter breakfast. Hah! I used Costco brie, TJs puff pastry and cherry preserves and some dried fruit. That warm gooey slice I was trying to save just slid right into my mouth.
Tonight is our gaming night at the library so maybe pizza, mexican food or mennonite bbq. Late night split pea soup with much ham and organic olive oil and rosemary bread from Wegmans.
I'm so glad I'm not even trying to diet right now!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

Heh fried. I never use the yay meh method but write out my opinions and I can hear you even through my ear muffs in this cold. I stopped my friend from buying oranges at Wegmans today because I hear blood oranges are in at TJs. Planning a TJs run soon if my car will start.
It appears that my store is already out of the candy cane green tea just when cold and flu season is picking up the pace. I'm still hoping to find some of that tea this week. Maybe some chocolate. I admire anyone experiencing this cold that is sticking to their weight loss diet.

Jan 07, 2015
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Fast-Food Resolution: Transform Junk Food Image

I like this quote: "That’s just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic," Simon said. "These companies have a fundamental problem in who they are."

Jan 06, 2015
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Q Mart (Quakertown)

Well I am a huge fan of Flecks cinnamon buns. Their other offerings are delicious as well. I used to really like the cashew butter ice cream at Zern's.

Jan 05, 2015
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Tacos and empanadas in Doylestown

Thanks for the reviews cw. I have been curious about that empanada place. I've also been meaning to try the taqueria in souderton in the mexican grocery place. Anyone been?

Jan 04, 2015
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New Year's Disaster at Mica Chestnut Hill

Thanks for the wise comments cw. I am sorry that you had such a bad time amblereats. My family had the attitude that teens and adults did not mix well on NYE and always shipped me out to my cousins for NYE. I had fun there and the adults could do their own thing.
As an adult now I have seen teens included for NYE celebrations and appreciate my parents good judgement from the other side of the fence. I'm sure there are many exceptions. Hope next year goes better for you ambler.

Jan 04, 2015
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Let's Talk Smoothies!

twenty ounces of water and two or three handfuls of strawberries with the tops still on. Perfection!

Jan 04, 2015
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Let's Talk Smoothies!

My friend makes smoothies almost every day for me. He uses a vitamix and his favorite recipe is twenty fluid ounces of water and two or three handfuls of strawberries with the tops still on. It is divine.

Jan 04, 2015
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What's for Dinner #341 -- It's on to 2015 Edition! [through January 4, 2015]

Ooo what kind of monkey rab? I used to have a pet monkey. He loved live mealworms.
Last night John and I got there really early for the card tourney so we had a bite to eat and I finally got to drink because we could walk to the card shop and the tourney was several hours long. Woo hoo!
John ordered my drink and got me an adult hot chocolate. It was tasty and strong but did not go with the steamed clams I ordered so I was forced to get a Stella beer on draft as well.
Wouldn't you know it John and I had to versus each other first round. I got lucky and crushed him so we decided to have another wee nip before the next round. I was thinking a shot at the bar but John insisted on ordering. You guessed it. More adult hot chocolate. I ended up giving John a third of mine. I certainly didn't mind the cold after that.
Tonight I was going to reheat the manicotti or the split pea soup but instead I ended up searing some very thin sirloin strips with mashed potatoes and some frozen corn from TJs. Might still be some banana bread from Wegmans but probably that will be breakfast.

Jan 04, 2015
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What's for Dinner #341 -- It's on to 2015 Edition! [through January 4, 2015]

Ripple! Fun stuff. How about bali hai or something? I remember the bottle having a blurb about how if you drank enough, bali hi would call to you.
It is nice to not have to read all the labels at TJs. I always stock up on the wide egg noodles. Being in the suburbs of Philly our TJs is dry. /sniff.
Ended up making baked manicotti tonight with chopped spinach mixed in with the ricotta. And garlic bread.

Jan 01, 2015
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What's for Dinner #341 -- It's on to 2015 Edition! [through January 4, 2015]

Happy New Year Berheenia and all my fellow hounds! Hope you get to wolf down goodies very soon. I love a mashed meatball with plenty of sauce on white bread myself but chewing is good.
I know there is a whole thread(s) for this but can't help wondering about your TJs shopping list. I have almond croissants from TJs planned for New Years Day breakfast.

What's for Dinner #341 -- It's on to 2015 Edition! [through January 4, 2015]

Glad you are having fun Steve. I just read the TJs winter flyer and noticed that they used the word indeed twice. But I may have missed one or two indeeds. :)
I have a package of TJs almond croissants hidden in the freezer for a new years day surprise. Hmm I will have to find someplace sneaky for the nine hour proofing time.
Early dinner at the mennonite bbq. Smoked fried wings, baked beans, slaw and sweet potato fries.
I usually get a rack of pork from Costco for New Years Day but I bought some pulled pork from the bbq to have instead.
Tonight I am making split pea soup with lots of ham to have tomorrow at some point. Things could get busy around here.

What's for Dinner #340 - the Pre-Christmas Rush Edition [through December 29, 2014]

Everything Is awesome grayelf! Just watched the lego movie last week. Now my friend and I are slowly watching episodes of the Dog Whisperer.
Finally got around to making some chocolate chip cookies last night. Rushed around a bit today so they made a nice breakfast.
Leftover beef stroganoff plus some saffron rice with shrimp peas and ham chunks. More cookies!

Dec 28, 2014
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What's for Dinner #340 - the Pre-Christmas Rush Edition [through December 29, 2014]

Thanks Grayelf, we are trying to ration the series out and only watch one a night.
Made it to the tourney barely and came in third. John was not so lucky but pizza was inhaled.
Later I made ham and eggs and oven browned potatoes for my friend and me as we went over deck strategies and cards. So much ham left!

Dec 27, 2014
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Roasted pork. We have pounds leftover.

I really like pork in spaghetti sauce so I would use it that way myself.

Dec 26, 2014
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What's for Dinner #340 - the Pre-Christmas Rush Edition [through December 29, 2014]

Wow great movie Harters. I was so happy to show it to my friend recently. We are going to watch some Sherlock season three in just a bit. There is lots of leftover ham at my house too. I'm supposed to be going to a tournament today if I'm not too tired.
If I go it will be pizza but it's tempting to play with the ham. Last time I made a really rich hammy split pea soup. Oh the possibilities!

Dec 26, 2014
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What's for Dinner #340 - the Pre-Christmas Rush Edition [through December 29, 2014]

Merry Christmas Linda and my fellow hounds who celebrate. It was fun reading about the strategy behind your Yankee Swap. I had never heard of such a thing until I was lucky enough to be invited to the library Christmas party. Boy do those librarians know how to party!
Three years ago I got to watch as John neglected to mention it to me when he invited me to the party. Last year the swap was cancelled but this year the swap was on! It was an ornament yankee swap and I wrapped up several extra so everyone who wanted to could be in on the fun. A glittery owl got stolen a lot, once from John to his pretend dismay. (or maybe it was real he he)
Everyone was hopped up on donut cake and the traditional chocolate fountain along with a groaning board so it was a merry time. Santa has already made the rounds on the firetruck and the strip steaks are marinating. Mashed sweet potatoes and green beans have been requested. It is so warm here near Philly that it feels surreal but I'm not complaining.
Later tonight I have mad elf to deliver and a desperately needed homemade scratching post to pick up. Hope everyone is much with the merry!

ILLG'S IS GONE!!!!!

Bravo cg! And marts are part of the history of this area. I think of them as the indoor outdoor bazaar.

ILLG'S IS GONE!!!!!

Which one crazyspice? I know they sold all the Big Marty signs and people knew for awhile on the first one by the watertower. The second one I believe was declared a fire hazard and the owners could not afford to make all the changes to satisfy the requirements. It's a shame because that place was so much fun. One vendor had the best salt sticks ever, and the homebrew place got it's start there.

Dec 21, 2014
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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.

Dec 20, 2014
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

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 [through Dec. 21, 2014]

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.