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Canned Italian tuna?

Here in New York State, I tried to find organic tuna in olive oil. I found a can, almost bought it at about $3.29, then noticed it was packed/produced in Asia. Hands off for me. I then bought an American brand in olive oil. Vital Choice has Pacific or Alaskan tuna for $6 per can, but with shipping, that is totally out of reach of the general public.

Jul 14, 2011
kssny5 in San Diego

Food Network Star (6/26 Episode) [spoilers]

I was surprised at Penny's astonishment at the burned cheese; it had been mentioned earlier but she didn't check it-just said it wasn't theirs and went on. Big mistake, very arrogant. While Susie says PD is empowered, Penny takes it way too far; while it is indeed a challenge, good attitude and sharing play a great part.
Justin D. 's glasses are retro (my ex had a pair 45 years ago!) and seems to have nothing great to offer. Chris is barely coping. Whitney and Orchid are kind of stuck in place. Jyll seems techincally okay, but is very reminiscent of Melissa D'Arabian. Justin B's attitude was clearly wrong at the end, but his dishes were generally nice; however, he did NOT have camera presence. Mary Beth is keeping a notch up, and Vic Vegas is growing. Aside from the tatoos, he can be very charasmatic. We'll see.

Jun 27, 2011
kssny5 in Food Media & News

Get Smoking

When I got a new stove-top smoker, I tried almost everying in the kitchen. Caveat: mushrooms don't need to be smoked! Smoked salmon did not taste like the commercial product, but any meat I tried was wonderful and so were some vegetables. Your experiences?

Jun 13, 2011
kssny5 in Features

What do you think are the best parts (tasting and texture) of a goose, a duck, and a chicken?

When I weekly roast a spice-coated chicken or Cornish game hen at high heat, I first put the gizzard, heart and neck on to simmer in water used to make gravy later. My family has never even had the opportunity to try the innards because I never told them about the parts simmering; I nibble on the innards after about 40 minutes simmering. I serve the chicken, making sure I get a lot of crisp skin, and at least one wing, then debone the chicken, using the oyster and thighs for next-day chicken salad with celery or a chicken sandwich with cranberry sauce and a little leftover gravy. The carcass and any stray bits of chicken get simmered with carrots, celery and onion for chicken broth in the next day or two. Three eating events out of 1 chicken!

May 13, 2011
kssny5 in General Topics

Cracker Barrel

Just came back from St. Petersburg FL and had brunch there twice. First time I had Eggs in a Basket, which were a little too greasy, but the biscuit and coffee were fine.
Second time I had great Fried Catfish, grits, biscuit with fruit butter, another biscuit with gravy, over-easy eggs and Fried Apples. Everything was acceptable and not too pricey.

May 08, 2011
kssny5 in Chains

Paying for rice.

When I order takeout chicken soup, I always specify NO rice or noodles. I am paying the same amount, but I am getting at least twice the soup, which is the most precious quantity. I eat the soup at home as is, or if I want, use the soup as broth for another recipe or even add some homemade rice or noodles if I want. Win-win.

Apr 13, 2011
kssny5 in General Topics

What shocked you the first time you ate it?

I like a bit of ketchup on french fries and a spot on hamburgers, but one time I ordered a fried egg sandwich with nothing except salt and pepper. When I tasted it, I couldn't at first identify the sweet taste, but it turned out to be ketchup-ruined the egg sandwich for me. Now I am careful to ask to omit ketchup, and I tell them if they put it on my egg sandwich, they will get it back!

Mar 20, 2011
kssny5 in General Topics

What shocked you the first time you ate it?

My family has never had smoked oysters NOT from a tin and we all love them. I even give each child (adults now) a tin of their own in their stockings.

Mar 17, 2011
kssny5 in General Topics

Play It Cool

I think that a cool, light summery dinner consisting of double-fruit, vegetables, heart-healthy olive oil and avocado, as well as low-fat protein is just fine. It's more than I eat some nights.

Aug 02, 2008
kssny5 in Features