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Something ate all my lettuce...

I'm allergic to cats so I wouldn't know. Worth a try.

about 1 hour ago
gourmanda in Gardening

My meatballs crunch like they have egg shells in them..

Um, you got egg shells in the mix when you cracked the eggs.

about 20 hours ago
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Food Processor for registry: Cuisinart vs. Breville

Please report back after use. Did you get the 12-cup or 16-cup Sous Chef?

about 21 hours ago
gourmanda in Cookware

Something ate all my lettuce...

Dog fur. Find a friend with a dog, comb it and put the excess fur in an old nylon or just strew it around the lettuce. Worked for us.

1 day ago
gourmanda in Gardening

Picky eater

That does sound festive! And a good way to use up bits and blobs without them looking like bits and blobs ;)

Food Processor for registry: Cuisinart vs. Breville

BobB, I'm reviving this thread to ask if you still love the Breville? Another review compared the 12-cup Sous Chef (I see you have the 16-cup) vs. a couple of Cuisinart models and thought the Breville was very loud and made very jagged slices. I'm thinking of getting the 12-cup but wondered if you encountered these issues with the larger version.

2 days ago
gourmanda in Cookware

Help! My tomato blossoms keep drying up

Too much rain and lack of consistent heat have stunted our tomato and pepper growth.
Once the blossoms show cut off any foliage below to encourage fruit growth.

Jun 29, 2015
gourmanda in Gardening

Post your second half 2015 cookware and kitchen deals and finds here.

Thanks, alex9179. I'll give it a shot!

Jun 26, 2015
gourmanda in Cookware

Tomato Tone Question

It does add phosphorous in addition to calcium.

Jun 26, 2015
gourmanda in Gardening

Tomato Tone Question

FWIW, the guy at the local garden center told me that tomatoes need calcium once they set flowers (I presume to avoid blossom end rot). Espoma makes an organic bone meal that would provide said calcium.

Jun 26, 2015
gourmanda in Gardening

Post your second half 2015 cookware and kitchen deals and finds here.

Waiting to get my 20% coupon. That will bring total cost to $260...still a chunk of change but DH said I could buy it for my birthday ;)
I'm hoping I love the FP as much as the Smart Oven!

ETA: Just got the BB&B coupon...excludes Breville. I am very disappointed :(

Jun 26, 2015
gourmanda in Cookware

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

If the ice is surrounding food, you may be able to bring ice on ... partial answer here from this link
https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_re... :

"Meat, fish, vegetables and other non-liquid food items are permitted in both carry-on and checked bags. If the food is packed with ice or ice packs in a cooler or other container, the ice or ice packs must be completely frozen when brought through screening. If the ice or ice packs are partially melted and have any liquid at the bottom of the container, they will not be permitted."

Jun 26, 2015
gourmanda in Food Media & News

Sweet Pickles - cucumber substitution.

A lot of people like pickled beets if those are on your limited diet plan.

Jun 25, 2015
gourmanda in Special Diets

Post your second half 2015 cookware and kitchen deals and finds here.

That's what I was afraid of :( Thanks for the info.

Jun 25, 2015
gourmanda in Cookware

Post your second half 2015 cookware and kitchen deals and finds here.

Do Breville products ever go on sale? I really, really, really want the 12-cup Sous Chef but it's $300 everywhere (okay, $293 on Amazon) and I'm hesitant to pull the trigger at that price.

Jun 25, 2015
gourmanda in Cookware

Cooking tips?

I'm not arguing. He also mentions the steam method and I'm just saying it works well for super fresh eggs.

Jun 25, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Lettuce That Won't De-Grit

No, but then I wash each leaf. Sounds like you soaked it but then disturbed the soaking water which stirred up all of the sand that had fallen to the bottom.

Jun 25, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

list your favorite kitchen gadgets

I recommend the Microplane brand, Professional Series.

I have the coarse, fine and ribbon graters. Coarse is good for hard cheese like Parmesan, or zucchini, etc. http://us.microplane.com/38000coarseg...

Fine is great for fruit zest, nutmeg, garlic, ginger
http://us.microplane.com/38004finespi...

The ribbon excels at soft cheese, carrots, onions
http://us.microplane.com/38004finespi...

My Aldi experience!

By my count you are up a whole dollar in cart fees! :)

Jun 24, 2015
gourmanda in Chains

Cooking tips?

You are absolutely right! So many times the comments are "that looks great", "can't wait to make this" and the like--very few say how the recipe turned out. Blogged recipes are fine if you have kitchen experience and can be pretty sure a recipe will work as written (or, you will know how to tweak it).

Jun 24, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking
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So do you eat that last slice of pizza or not ?

I always ask "who wants the last_______?"

Jun 24, 2015
gourmanda in Not About Food

list your favorite kitchen gadgets

nw, what model FP do you have? I'm toying with the idea of getting one.

Jun 24, 2015
gourmanda in Cookware

Cooking tips?

I do the steam method when I have fresh from the farmer eggs (after pricking one end) and they have always peeled nicely after a spell in an ice bath.

Jun 24, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

list your favorite kitchen gadgets

I don't consider them gadgets but essential (to me) cooking tools: Santoku knife and three different Microplane graters.

Jun 24, 2015
gourmanda in Cookware

Vegetable gardens 2015

Holy smokes, weezie! Where are you and how much large is your garden? We grew some Alma (?) paprika peppers last year and they weren't as sweet as we like. I was happy to find some Chervena Chuska peppers this year--loved those two years ago.

Jun 24, 2015
gourmanda in Gardening

Vegetable gardens 2015

The tomatoes were looking a little sad so I applied some organic fertilizer, bone meal, a smattering of fast acting phosphate and shazam! They are looking happy and full of blossoms. Their is hope for tomatoes in our near future :)
Have lettuce and more green onions to harvest, beets soon come. What are you all harvesting?

Jun 24, 2015
gourmanda in Gardening
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The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

You can ask for more than one glass at a time and without ice. You could also buy a bottle of water once past security.

Jun 23, 2015
gourmanda in Food Media & News

Your favorite non-food-related items that get tons of use in the kitchen

A ruler.

Dinner near R&R Hall of Fame

Parallax in Tremont is a favorite. Menu is fish-centric but other choices available http://parallaxtremont.com/menu/entrees/
It's also a fun area with lots of galleries, park, etc.
I agree with the suggestion of Blue Point.

Jun 23, 2015
gourmanda in Great Lakes

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

You don't think salami stinks? Does to me. Can't speak to cappicola or sopressata. On a plane prosciutto is likely to be smelly.

For long plane rides I take Laughing Cow "cheese" and Triscuits (and vodka) and no one has looked askance. Now, the one time I took Parmesan it was a whole different story.

Jun 23, 2015
gourmanda in Food Media & News