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Mashed Potatoes - an Informal Survey

A waitress friend of mine was talking to me one day about the big menu changes at a local family friendly place, and I had to stop myself from laughing when she said, all astonished "We're going to use REAL potatoes! It makes me feel kinda fancy."

Sep 26, 2010
JRicher in General Topics

Mashed Potatoes - an Informal Survey

Add me in the "depends on the potato" column. Grew up in southern Massachusetts currently living in north central North Carolina.

Sep 25, 2010
JRicher in General Topics

Painful, but funny

After repetitive shoulder injuries & nerve damage, my father's left hand is numb from his middle finger over to his pinky. One year he was playing assistant in the kitchen around Thanksgiving and pulled the 23lb turkey out of the freezer, and ended up dropping it on his left hand. Everyone freaked out asking if he was okay, and he just laughed and said "I didn't feel a thing!" The best part was, after dropping the turkey on it, he regained feeling in his hand for a day or two, and now he likes to joke that if he wants to use his hand he needs a frozen turkey first.

Sep 15, 2010
JRicher in Not About Food

Chicken 'N Waffles ... how best to eat it?

When eating this dish out I use a knife and fork. Butter and syrup on the waffles, just syrup on the chicken, and take a small piece of each in one bite. However, when I make it at home, I use chicken tenderloins for the fried chicken, put one on half a waffle, fold up like a taco and dunk into a waiting ramekin of hot maple syrup.

Sep 15, 2010
JRicher in General Topics

Jello 123

I remember that stuff. A quick google image search will bring up plenty of evidence to prove your sanity. :)

Sep 11, 2010
JRicher in General Topics

What to do with Cheerios

Of course it's a fantastic idea to donate them to a local food charity, however, the OP was requesting recipes to use them herself. Also, when I make this recipe, I keep a small amount for myself, then divide the rest into jars, boxes or cookie tins and give them away to friends, neighbors, etc.

Sep 09, 2010
JRicher in Home Cooking

What to do with Cheerios

I like to toss them in a bowl with some dried cranberries and toasted pecans, (or dried apples and peanuts) then coat with melted white chocolate, spread on parchment paper to cool and break into bite size pieces.

Sep 09, 2010
JRicher in Home Cooking

your house guest stories and woes

We were visiting my family, and there's a restaurant in their area that has a floor you can rent out for private functions, which my family often does. We were going to have the get together there. My father wasn't going to go with us when we were planning to stay at a hotel because he's in a wheelchair and hotels, even the ones that claim to be accessible, are an absolute nightmare for him. Once he found out we were staying with my Aunt & Uncle (not my SO's family) he changed his mind and decided to come. I didn't say no because he contacted my Aunt before discussing it with me.

Aug 23, 2010
JRicher in Not About Food

your house guest stories and woes

My SO and I were going to visit my family (14hrs away) for about two weeks, and when I called one of my aunts to get a family gathering in the works, she graciously insisted we cancel the hotel reservations and stay with her and my uncle. After this was arranged, my father decided to go with us, and my aunt was all "the more the merrier." Once we arrived, my father started eating and did not stop until we left. She refused to let me do any grocery shopping for her while we were there, but I felt terrible for invading her home and my father invading her pantry and fridge. Before we left I purchased two gift cards to their local grocery store and put them in a thank-you card, which I left where they could easily find it once we were gone. I also made them a gift basket full of goodies and was sure to include some gourmet dog biscuits for her beloved k9 kids. I know we weren't the ideal house guests, but later that year when my aunt & uncle came to stay with us for a week they absolutely were.

Aug 22, 2010
JRicher in Not About Food

Fluffy debate -- fluffernutter sandwiches

:) I grew up just north of the RI line in Blackstone, MA.

Aug 10, 2010
JRicher in General Topics

French Fries: France vs. America vs. Belgium vs. United Kingdom

My condiment choice depends on the fry. If they're thick, I like malt vinegar. If they're thinner I prefer them plain or occasionally with a bit of ranch dressing.

Aug 08, 2010
JRicher in General Topics

Waiter Poll - What do you think is more professional?

I get anxious watching waiters balance plates on their arms, and can't help but think about how the plates are usually hot. It may look "unprofessional" to some, I prefer the tray method for the comfort of the waiter.

Jul 28, 2010
JRicher in Not About Food

Fluffy debate -- fluffernutter sandwiches

For it to qualify as an authentic Fluffernutter to me, it must be Marshmallow Fluff, creamy peanut butter and white bread that gets stuck to the roof of your mouth. Add some salty potato chips and Autocrat coffee milk and that was lunch for me almost every school day when I was growing up in MA.

Jul 24, 2010
JRicher in General Topics

Shameful Food Secrets

I see your shameful monkey bread and raise you a disgustingly delish "dough boy". Rhodes bread dough thawed and risen, then cut into thirds, stretched thin and deep fried until golden brown. Top with butter and powdered sugar or maple syrup.

Jul 18, 2010
JRicher in General Topics

Shameful Food Secrets

I remember once when I was little, mom was sick and dad was making kraft mac & cheese with hotdogs for dinner but we were out of milk. So he measured out the water, heated it in the microwave then dissolved two teaspoons of powdered coffee creamer and used that in place of milk.

Jul 16, 2010
JRicher in General Topics

servers commenting on how much we ate - rude?

I live in a very small town in the middle of chain hell, so when a new (non chain) Italian place opened, my family decided to try it out. The food and the atmosphere were both great, and we were repeat customers, until... It was my birthday and after a delicious meal, we ordered dessert. I got a scrumptious piece of chocolate cake and ate the whole thing. The owner came out to see us and proceeded to make a huge deal about how I ate the whole piece of cake, even going so far as to pick up the dessert plate and scrape the frosting off of it, then offered me the fork. I'm not sure how others would've reacted, but having been a big girl my entire life, it hit a nerve and as soon as we got into the car I burst into tears. We never went back again. I'm sure he was just making what he thought was a funny joke, but being self-conscious already, it just absolutely mortified me.

Jul 08, 2010
JRicher in Not About Food

Looking for a great cake in Winston-Salem

My birthday is next week, and I'd like to treat myself to a really great cake that I don't have to bake myself. I'd love a coconut cake, but anything yummy will do. Any suggestions?

Jul 05, 2010
JRicher in Southeast

Favorite Sonic Drinks?

I like the strawberry limeade, and on occasion I'll get a Sprite with a shot of watermelon flavor.

Jul 04, 2010
JRicher in Chains

Ice cream and ___________ = a winning combination

I like crunchy granola and melted peanut butter on vanilla.
Sometimes when I want the sweet/salty combo I let my bowl of chocolate ice cream get melty and then eat it with Fritos scoops.
Chocolate is also good for making a Cheerwine float. (For those of you in regions other than the southeast, Cheerwine is a cherry flavored soda.)

May 26, 2010
JRicher in General Topics

What Do You Do With Your Food When No One Is Looking?

I always seem to lose one or two ravioli in the transfer between the colander and the pot of sauce.

My SO doesn't like looking at the strip of fat around the edge of his ribeye, so, being the sweet and loving woman I am, I remove it for him before I bring him his plate. That most of it goes in my mouth instead of the trash is my own shameful secret.

May 18, 2010
JRicher in General Topics

Tip for shaping peanut butter cookies

That's a great idea! I always used my potato masher, but pressing a whole sheet of cookies at once would definitely speed up the process of baking four double batches for my holiday gift baskets. :)

May 18, 2010
JRicher in Home Cooking

BEST PACKAGED ICE CREAM

If it's going on a pie, cobbler, etc, I like Haagen Daaz vanilla bean. If I'm having it by itself I'm all about Ben & Jerry's Imagine Whirled Peace.

Apr 29, 2010
JRicher in General Topics

Major bacon fail

I use my George Forman grill for bacon. I preheat the grill, toss on four or five slices of bacon, flip once during cooking and take it off when the pieces are all evenly browned. They come off the grill floppy and get crispy while draining on paper towels. Then I just pour the grease from the drip tray into a coffee mug and save it for later use.

Mar 19, 2010
JRicher in Home Cooking

World Market Recs

Their private label dessert wafers in hazelnut and orange chocolate are addictive and I recently discovered the Sticky Fingers brand of lemon curd is absolutely divine on shortbread cookies. Also their veggie tortilla chips are tasty.

Mar 14, 2010
JRicher in Chains

Boneless chicken breasts bore me to tears

I use boneless skinless breasts to make chicken tacos. I coat them in my fave fajita seasoning blend, bake, then shred them and serve with grilled bell peppers and onions, a squeeze of lime and a little corn salsa on fresh tortillas.

Mar 01, 2010
JRicher in Home Cooking

"Customer Dubbed Poor Tipper Refused Service"

Unfortunately the article/video doesn't give the whole story. This made the news (I live in W-S) because the woman knows a reporter for a local station. The petition was brought to church and signed by the congregation under false pretenses. But that doesn't matter so much as the fact that this woman is a regular at a teppanyaki restaurant, one that has impeccable service and great reviews, and she is known by the staff as someone who doesn't tip, is rude and demanding and just not nice to be around. The owner of Kanpai is just trying to keep his restaurant a pleasant place for the employees and customers alike. I say if she doesn't like the extra charge she should just go somewhere else.

Feb 26, 2010
JRicher in Not About Food

Sins in the Kitchen

Count me as another one who's anal about their kitchen. My *latest* pet peeve is the roommate who continues to use my good kitchen shears to cut tape and open mail and those godforsaken plastic packages, even though I've asked him nicely not to on several occasions. We have a regular pair of scissors right in the pencil holder by the phone, just as convenient as my freaking kitchen shears, man.

Feb 24, 2010
JRicher in Not About Food

What foods give you heartburn?

Bananas, canned tuna and popcorn all give me heartburn. My father gets heartburn from watermelon.

Feb 19, 2010
JRicher in Not About Food

Polska Kielbasa

One thing my mom used to do for a quick weeknight dinner- slice the kielbasa into 1/4 inch slices and fry it up, then toss into some good tomato sauce along with some (cooked) rigatoni. Be sure to let everything simmer together for at least 15 minutes so all the flavors combine well and the rigatoni absorbs some of the sauce. Sprinkle with a little Parmesan cheese and voila!

Feb 16, 2010
JRicher in Home Cooking

Bojangles Chicken

I've only eaten at Bojangles once. The chicken was dripping with grease and made me sick as a dog, and the biscuits had a bizarre chemical aftertaste. It may just have been the one store I went to, but as sick as it made me I won't be taking a chance on another location.

Sep 11, 2009
JRicher in Chains