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Restaurant Name Has Nothing to do With The Food Served

Don't imagine there is much game hunting done in NYC. Therefore I would never presume a server in NYC would understand to what you referred.

about 13 hours ago
gourmanda in Not About Food

Lemon thief

There just ain't no reasoning with doves.

about 14 hours ago
gourmanda in Gardening

What I Want When I Go Out

Banjo is all fine and good at certain times. A two hour brunch, not so much. At least the food, service and company were good!

mini sandwiches for SuperBowl

Could you use the rye cocktail bread square for your reubens? And, if you can stand one more suggestion--thinly sliced roast beast on baguette slathered with rosemary mayo. Cut to size.

about 21 hours ago
gourmanda in Home Cooking

mini sandwiches for SuperBowl

You could slice the meatloaf and cut it to size with a biscuit cutter.

about 21 hours ago
gourmanda in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition!

It's a balmy 27 here.... Tonight is an old standby--macaroni and beef. It will use some of the tomato sauce I canned and paste that I froze from the summer's bounty. Time to pull out the seed catalogs and decide on this year's crop. Tomorrow is out for anniversary dinner--yay!

Food Savers/ Vacuum Sealers: Do you use them and are they worth the expense?

I ended up with a lot of b-nut squash and red peppers this past season and wanted to preserve them. So I roasted the squash, portioned it into roughly 2 person amounts and froze a bunch of portions in one large bag that I could cut into and reseal as needed. The peppers were charred, peeled and also put into large bags to take out the amount needed at a time.

Not sure if it's been mentioned here but the FS is great for re-sealing (not vacuum sealing) things like potato chip bags, the aforementioned brown sugar bag, etc.

about 21 hours ago
gourmanda in Cookware

Macaroni Salad Recipe?

No carrots in Hawaiian mac salad.

1 day ago
gourmanda in Home Cooking

What I Want When I Go Out

I agree with your 4 and would add one thing I don't want, ever again. Banjo music.

1 day ago
gourmanda in Not About Food

How much cookware is enough? Or too much?

It would be helpful to know the size of your household and/or how many people you routinely cook for, how often and how many you entertain. I like MWTT suggestion to pack half where it is easily accessible and move the other half of the supplies in to the kitchen. After 6-12 months you will know what you can live without.

2 days ago
gourmanda in Cookware

Sturdy post office-ready cake or tart idea

Ice cream in dry ice vs. tart in a box. Not comparable.

Jan 27, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

New tip for easy roasted garlics

Puffin, thanks for sharing your idea. I will try and compare it to oven roasting the traditional way. Do you think if you were to cut off the root end when oven roasting that the cloves would come out equally easily and intact?

You have always provided good advice and ideas; please don't leave the sandbox.

Jan 26, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Sturdy post office-ready cake or tart idea

I get that you are trying to cheer up a friend and that is lovely. But I think that tart is going to be a total mess after being tossed around in the mail. The recipe sounds great--for serving at home. If I'm all ready unhappy I wouldn't be thrilled with "scraping it off a plastic bag", I'd likely toss it.

Jan 26, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

New tip for easy roasted garlics

They are perfect for garlic butter.

Jan 26, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

What's the point of celery in recipes?

Oh, it has taste. One I'm not particularly fond of on its own, but when added to a recipe (particularly soup) it definitely brings out flavors.

Jan 26, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Sturdy post office-ready cake or tart idea

Bundt cake. Rum cake. I've mailed them frequently--they fit nicely in the one size/one price box.

Jan 26, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Everything You Need To Know About Cooking During A Storm

Same with cheese. Brie, Camembert, Muenster need to be thrown out after being at 40 degrees for two hours?

Jan 26, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Why are people slaves to a date, say February 14?

You did get screwed in the birth date lottery. Having to put up with Lincoln's birthday and all that! :)

Jan 23, 2015
gourmanda in Not About Food
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Why are people slaves to a date, say February 14?

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say you don't celebrate Sweetest Day either....

Jan 23, 2015
gourmanda in Not About Food
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What are some of your favorite kitchen tricks that you'd be hesitant to admit to foodies?

Wait. Are you a foody or a foodie?

Jan 23, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

What are some of your favorite kitchen tricks that you'd be hesitant to admit to foodies?

Laughing cow, Triscuits, plastic knife all go in my carry-on when flying. They make for a nice little cocktail hour. Oh, okay, I bring vodka and ask for a glass or can of tonic ;) *Then* we have a nice cocktail hour.

Anything & Everything About Seeds

Anyone have a really sweet, productive red pepper recommendation? Definitely growing Chervena Chuska again but I'm wondering if there is something else we are missing out on.

Jan 21, 2015
gourmanda in Gardening

increase in sticklers on the Home Cooking Board?

Wait. What?

Jan 21, 2015
gourmanda in Site Talk

Lemon thief

Everyone was happy...except the people in the next neighborhood she terrorized. *Shudder*

Jan 21, 2015
gourmanda in Gardening

Pan Sauce/Gravy ideas

For fish I find that sometimes all you need is a good compound butter. Tomato garlic, lemon chive, olive, etc.

Jan 21, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Lemon thief

The nerve of some people! We have space in a community garden--very well marked as to its purpose and who is allowed to be there-- and prior to it being fenced in people would come in and load up shopping bags (yes, multiple) and walk off with our hard work. We had to send the police to have a little talk with the offenders.

Jan 21, 2015
gourmanda in Gardening

increase in sticklers on the Home Cooking Board?

If a few thin-skinned hounds on HC had their feathers ruffled, eh. No reason to stay away...they are a pretty fun bunch!

Restaurant Name Has Nothing to do With The Food Served

Interesting. I would have taken the meaning of "game night" as the restaurant did...they would be showing the game of the week on a big screen (or multiple) tv(s).

Jan 21, 2015
gourmanda in Not About Food
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increase in sticklers on the Home Cooking Board?

The problem is not so much RR anymore, it's that the term and it's ilk are ubiquitous. Take the posts that ask about ressies and appies.

Jan 21, 2015
gourmanda in Site Talk
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What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

Shh. Pipe down about the cocktails.