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Your new comfort food

My sweet boy hound, Ben, passed away late Thursday night at the age of 17. H and I are still grieving and empty, even though he had a good life and a peaceful passing. Any cheese ideas for my H? That's his biggest comfort food, along with prime rib, which is not a price point for tonight. I'm still in a fog with work and all, and I can't think beyond caprese salad in terms of what to offer H.

Sep 29, 2014
pinehurst in Special Diets

What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #4

What fldhkybnva and biondanonima said....I'm so sorry you have to endure this, and hope that this awfulness subsides soon.

Last night's supper was scrambled eggs, the last of our garden's cucumbers quick pickled along side and...wait for it...spam. I found a can of Spam in the cupboard and thought, "Why not? I haven't had this in a while!" Well, turns out Spam...or *this* Spam...didn't like me very much. Husband and Very Ancient Dog (who furtively gobbled a slice) had no ill effects. Oh well, phooey on me.

Sep 24, 2014
pinehurst in Special Diets
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"Old school" people who fry in cast iron . . . .

Thimes, like you, I learned to fry in Crisco and in cast iron...later my mom got a large electric fry pan for cooking big batches on our screen porch. I don't own a kitchen thermometer. I would expect the grease temp to drop when I add chicken to the pan, and expect that if the temp stayed at 350 (pretty high) the chicken would be burned on the outside. I still do it old school; I don't crowd the pan, I don't measure the temp, and all's well.

Sep 20, 2014
pinehurst in Home Cooking
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Help - low-carb LOW BUDGET diabetic-friendly meals?

OT, but prior to my H's stroke/diabetes diagnosis, we were living mostly on rice/pasta and beans and veggies with meat for flavor. It's tough. This post is going to be shorter than I want it to be b/c work is still a beast this week!

There are superb ideas on this board already.

Eggs--yes. Frittata is your friend, and you can use up odds and ends of veggies in it.

At the deli cases, I seek out cheese "ends"...great for grating, recipes, chunking for snacks, etc.

At least once a week unless it's absolutely hot and humid (which in NE is maybe two months, tops), I roast a whole chicken and use every bit. I can get three days of meals out of that.

We almost always have a veggie laden soup or salad with our meal...and the parameters of "salad" change to fit our budget. Sometimes it's wilted greens topped with bacon/onion. Sometimes it's tomatoes from the garden drizzled in olive oil, w/ S&P. Sometimes it's canned artichokes, olives, and a bit of tuna.

For veggies, we always have on hand celery, some sort of greens, and cabbage. Always onions and garlic in the house, too. Depending on the time of year and season, we add summer squash, broccoli, cauliflower, turnip, etc....sometimes frozen, if that's cheaper.

Chicken thighs are usually quite cheap.

We do a lot of "stuffed" things (tomatoes, cabbage, bell peppers for H, acorn squash, zucchini) and scrambled things to use up odds and ends. Kudos to those who mentioned ground pork...very versatile.

Scrambles, too, are your friend. Bunless pepper steak/steak and egg. Shepherd's pie topped with turnip and a squash is a big hit with my H.

Sep 19, 2014
pinehurst in Special Diets
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Iron Rich Recipes

Pumpkin, also remember that iron supplements are better absorbed if taken w a juice rich in vitamin C, and less absorbed if washed down w/ dairy or caffeine.

Sep 13, 2014
pinehurst in Home Cooking
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Idiot Proof Lobster

Visualizing...sort of like an in-pot bain marie?

Sep 12, 2014
pinehurst in Home Cooking

Idiot Proof Lobster

I don't have any steaming mechanism in the pot I have...can I turn it into a steaming pot? I'm a newb to steaming...I've eaten steamed lobsters, but never participated in anything but boiling.

Sep 12, 2014
pinehurst in Home Cooking

Idiot Proof Lobster

Nah, it's not you. I'm with you on the lobster/butter pairing.
Gah---you just reminded me, I need to get more "tools" for the supper. I think I have crackers/picks for three people only.

Sep 12, 2014
pinehurst in Home Cooking

Idiot Proof Lobster

Okay, calling out for help. A friend of our family's is emerging from a rough time, and to help cheer him, I promised him a lobster dinner at our house. We live near-ish to the beach, but he's not quite up for travel yet.

My plan was to do lobsters, mussels, and some type of cole slaw (his request). I may also throw in a caprese salad since I have twelve million tomatoes, suddenly...and I'll get a crunchy loaf of bread for anyone who'd like to "dip"

I'm fine doing the slaw, and fine doing the mussels, but I've never had a solo cooking flight with lobsters...I've always cooked them with someone else so that I could sort of be fast and loose about watching the time. I'm very calm and assured about things until I have to do them in a high stakes setting....I want this to be a good meal.

Random notes: I have a tiny kitchen with an electric stove. I do have a lovely lobster pot though :-) !

1) Any suggestions for timing the lobsters/mussels? Mussels first as an appetizer, no? I may sauté them in lemon/butter/garlic or just steam and serve with drawn butter.

2) Lobsters...how many per pot (I have a 21 quart pot, and expect to get 2 lb lobsters)

Anything I am missing that could cause an epic failure? Sorry for the flustered post. Work has been/is a beast, so I haven't had my head in the cooking game as I should.

Sep 12, 2014
pinehurst in Home Cooking

Roland brand Balsamic Glaze

Z, while I like Roland capers, I would go to a supermarket brand like Mazzetti or on amazon, Reale, for a cream di balsamico. The Roland stuff adds sugar and additives that the product doesn't need, IMO...simpler is better, and the taste of the Roland is artificial-y to me.

Sep 11, 2014
pinehurst in General Topics

French Kids Don't Get Fat: Why?

That is very interesting; does anyone know if the data the chart cites is true six years later? I think the chart is from 2008. I'm not sure if I understand the premise that links BMI to courteous behavior, though.

Sep 07, 2014
pinehurst in France

Who would you like to dine with?

Lee Trevino
Arnold Palmer
Liam Neeson
Raymond Carver
Ellen DeGeneres
Bryan Ferry
Oprah Winfrey
Serena Williams
Martin Scorcese

Aug 22, 2014
pinehurst in Not About Food

Tell-Tale Terms

I know I'd enjoy dining with you and wifeacita, and somewhat relatedly, had a grandmother who listened to Celia Cruz in the house all the time, but I just don't like live music while I'm eating out. In a box, with a fox, etc....even good live music! I'm incorrigible.

Aug 20, 2014
pinehurst in Not About Food

Tell-Tale Terms

"Kids eat free"

"Chicken fingers"

"Food court"

"Wandering (accordionist, mariachi band, crooner)"

Aug 19, 2014
pinehurst in Not About Food

Help me find this Tea Cake recipe from the 70's....

I tried to edit but too late....alkapal, I'll search more within ethnic recipes, but is it close to either of these?

http://madaboutmaida.blogspot.com/201...

http://www.acakebakesinbrooklyn.com/2...

Aug 15, 2014
pinehurst in Home Cooking

Help me find this Tea Cake recipe from the 70's....

alkapal, I don't want to be nosy but did your mother cook foods from a certain ethnicity? It would help if we could hunt with you within a certain cuisine (Italian, Lebanese, German...)

Aug 15, 2014
pinehurst in Home Cooking

Jane's Krazy Mixed-Up Salt

It may be an East coast chain...it's a surplus store, like Big Lots.

Aug 15, 2014
pinehurst in General Topics

What are your most-used and/or most-loved kitchen gadgets?

Caroline,

I know neither of these are it but might they do?

http://www.josephjoseph.com/product/v...

http://www.denaultstudios.com/slotted...

Aug 15, 2014
pinehurst in Cookware

Angry meatball in the Tums commercial: what's he saying?!

Actually, BiscuitBoy, I don't know if you posted in jest, but you're right. Remember Rosie O'Donnell's "Ching chong" joke, and the apology she had to make. If they're going to do this, they should expand the campaign to include an angry tamale, angry paneer, angry knishes, angry jiaozi, etc etc.

Aug 15, 2014
pinehurst in Food Media & News

Summer veggie dish for a crowd?

Wow, I have nothing to add: the first three suggestions are fabulous.

Aug 15, 2014
pinehurst in Home Cooking
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Moroccan Cocktail???

Since it's a cooking class and not travel, if it won't offend anyone in class's ethics, I would either do a Syrocco Zenata wine (hooray for Moroccan grapes!) or this Moroccan Mojito (from Bon Appetit 4/26)
http://everythingandnothing.typepad.c...

Aug 15, 2014
pinehurst in Spirits

Would you give up cooking or eating?

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Aug 14, 2014
pinehurst in General Topics
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1970s cocktail?

Sweet, if my family's preferences were a snapshot, it was Rusty Nails during the 60's and 70's.

Also second 7 & 7, and Cutty and soda.

Aug 13, 2014
pinehurst in Spirits
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Surar-free cake??? icing?? and no dyes??

A concentrated amount of many brightly colored fruits or veggies can serve as a dye for the frosting...but you may wish to go the pretty pink candles route instead?

I'm not sure an exact buttercream consistency ditto can be achieved without sugar. As ultimate potato noted, a lot of good recipes are out there for lower sugar frosting (I like the coconut oil/coconut milk one on the "sheletthemeatcake" blog...but since they're coconut oil based, you have to watch them.

Aug 13, 2014
pinehurst in Special Diets

Leave the gun, take the cannoli...

Mrs Doubtfire and The Birdcage absolutely shatter me with laughter. And appropriately, both have food threads running through the movie (including the hilarious dinner scene with Agador Spartacus and your cited run-by fruiting!)

Small consolation, but lasting good memories.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mx1QAf...

Best wording to offer chef services as a gift to bride & groom

Letsindulge,

I don't know your relationship with your best friend's daughter. I have no doubt that your skills as a chef and caterer are very good indeed.
But I will say that just because you can doesn't mean you *should*.

The minute you extend this "gift," the couple may feel obligated to use it. What happens if a year passes--as the first year of marriage does, and quickly--and the gift isn't "used"? Do you approach the couple? Your friend? It may be awkward.

As many others have said, I'd just offer the traditional gift for now. Down the line...if in a year from now the bride is entertaining her boss at home, or her husband's...and you get wind of it, or if there's a baby shower in a year or two, you can offer to cater...but not now.

Aug 12, 2014
pinehurst in Not About Food
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Wasted food due to guest taking too much -- any solutions?

I don't think it's a contest between the environment and compassion for the woman's recovery. We're all trying to think of options that will solve the two distinct issues that seem to be happening here....the OP's growing anger about wasting time and effort on food that's thrown away time after time, and her guest's continued adjustment (whether it be physical or psychological or both) to her surgery. Also, I believe the guest's surgery is common knowledge.

I think a form of greygarious' solution is doable...maybe, when clearing plates, the OP could ask "would anyone like to take leftovers home?" I bet there'd be takers.

FWIW, my own late mom (having survived the Depression, WWII, and a rather tough life as the child of a single mom) despised wasted food and held to the "Use it up, wear it out, or do without" mantra...stale bread, bacon drippings, chicken carcasses, carrot tops, etc, were to be used, not tossed...even in her later years, when she had me to make sure she was supported financially after my dad passed. So yes, both host and guest's feelings are valid. It's a matter of finding the golden mean.

HELP! What Goes With Grilled Veggies?

Yeah, I was thinking something summery like cucumber, feta and watermelon, if cheese is allowed.

Aug 11, 2014
pinehurst in Home Cooking

HELP! What Goes With Grilled Veggies?

Ha--see my post. I was wondering if the salads could include cheese, etc.

Aug 11, 2014
pinehurst in Home Cooking

HELP! What Goes With Grilled Veggies?

Is this an all-vegan meal, do you know, lobstagal?

Aug 11, 2014
pinehurst in Home Cooking