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Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

We are a two person, one dog household. I find the savings on cheddar and Jarlsberg cheeses, dog food & treats and coffee beans to more than makeup for the cost of membership. Rarely do I buy freezer food, but do like their spinach/mozzarella ravioli. They dog's medicine is also much, much less expensive at their pharmacy. So you might find savings on other things than family-sized meats, frozen dinners, etc.

Plus, I believe they will refund your membership anytime if you aren't satisfied.

about 1 hour ago
gourmanda in Chains

Gardening From the Produce Department

Garlic at the store is often treated to prevent it from sprouting. To be most successful you need to buy seed garlic.

about 1 hour ago
gourmanda in Gardening

Sweet Potatoes

They flowered? Hmmm...ours did not do that, though it's our first time growing them. From friends that have grown them often they tell us to dig them up when all the foliage starts to die back. I've never seen their plants flower either. You may be growing some sort of hybrid if your original sweet potato was from the grocery store.

about 1 hour ago
gourmanda in Gardening

What's for Family Dinner?

WFD is all about "family" the definition ranges from single to two adults, with little kids, big kids, cats, dogs, neighbors.....

Unopened bag of pecans filled up with air in the freezer... WHY? Safe to eat?

Were they in a ziploc-type bag? Those always fill up with air, in my experience. Most things get vacuum sealed but the occasional ziploc seems to always fill with air eventually. Doesn't matter what's in the bag. I know you need to be particularly safe about health so it's understandable you tossed the bag.

about 6 hours ago
gourmanda in General Topics

What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition!

:)

You are so nice to post this! Interesting that they don't use salt. I blanched the corn on the cob for 3 minutes before freezing. I may have to use your tip about buzzing some, but not all. Thanks again!

about 8 hours ago
gourmanda in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition!

I'm very to sorry to hear of your dad's cancer. Good that you are spending time together while you can.

*(&^%(*@# Why can't they find a cure all ready?!

1 day ago
gourmanda in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition!

There is the official name and there are all of the other names you actually use ;)

1 day ago
gourmanda in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition!

Hmmm...I guess I don't have a hard line stance on canned corn. I do, however, have the kernels from two dozen ears in the freezer and would prefer to use that.

Certainly don't want to steal a church secret (even though they often have way too many); any tips you want to pass on would be welcomed.

What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition!

I would love to hear what you unlearned about corn chowder as I want to make a batch as part of a special birthday dinner. Of course, if you wanted to offer the recipe I wouldn't turn that down ;)

1 day ago
gourmanda in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition!

Showoff ;)

Roasting tomatoes and tomatillos

Good to know. I will check my package next time. Though the knowledge will probably negate all of the magical powers of my non-burning paper ;)

Sep 26, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition!

mmmmm meatballs! Sigh. Enjoy!

Sep 25, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking
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"Naturally" eggless baking recipes, without weird substitutions

Beat me to it!

Sep 25, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition!

They days have been delightful of late, the nights cool. I shudder to know what's coming.

Last night was quiche with lovely swiss chard and leeks from our garden. Tonight will be a late season tomato sauce over some sort of pasta...the maters will not quit and I'm tired of seeing them on our counter ! I suppose that means a stop for bread suitable for garlic butter. Tomorrow will be something with garden fresh roasted red peppers.

I'm gonna be sad when the fresh eating comes to a close (except for the tomatoes--I've had my fill).

Moving a fridge full of food... HELP?!

The visual on your pit bull is hilarious! (Only, of course, because neither of you got hurt). But the bubble-blowing pittie? That is over the top!! We do love our adorable pups :)

Sep 25, 2014
gourmanda in General Topics

Moving a fridge full of food... HELP?!

It's so nice that you can look at the positives. And what positives they are! Hopefully you can be back to your normal and really enjoy that pool! Are the dogs diggin' it?

Sep 25, 2014
gourmanda in General Topics

Roasting tomatoes and tomatillos

Perhaps I don't put the baking sheet as close to the broiler as you do; haven't had any issues.

Sep 25, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking

scorched tomato sauce

If you don't feel the flavor is suitable for pasta, use it as the base for chili.

Sep 25, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Can't post a photo with iOS 8

I'm late to the party, but there are definitely iOS8 issues. And I thought only Microsoft rolled out idiotic updates.

Sep 24, 2014
gourmanda in Site Talk

Suggestions of what to make with 3 pounds of shredded cabbage

Two excellent options: Marcella Hazan's Rice and Smothered Cabbage Soup. Sauteed cabbage and onions with pierogies.

Sep 24, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition! [through September 25, 2014]

I was replying to Fowler. Which is why my comment was directly under his/hers.

Sep 24, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition! [through September 25, 2014]

Love that you have the fire extinguisher on stand by!

Sep 23, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition! [through September 25, 2014]

You can cook without drinking wine? Who knew!
:)

Sep 23, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Roasting tomatoes and tomatillos

Use parchment paper. No spray required and no sticking.

Sep 23, 2014
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Trip Report - Cleveland: 24 hours and two dinners (long)

Thank you for your report. I'm glad you had a nice time in our fair city. I just hope the fish you were eating wasn't really sturgeon--it's endangered in Lake Erie and not a viable commercial fish. Likely it was walleye or perch.

Sep 23, 2014
gourmanda in Great Lakes

Wheat/Dairy Free Wedding Guest Ettiquette

Big difference between what's officially charged and what is actually paid.

Sep 22, 2014
gourmanda in Not About Food

What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition! [through September 25, 2014]

Those tuna cakes and salad look fabulous! Care to share the details?

Narrowly averted checkout line scam?

Still doesn't make any sense. If a cashier was in the middle of ringing up an order, how in the world would the same cashier start another order and/or ring up an item and hand it back when you were in process of bagging other items? Something is missing from the story.

Sep 22, 2014
gourmanda in Not About Food

Narrowly averted checkout line scam?

Why would the cashier hand the bag back to the guy? That seems most odd.