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How do you feel about dogs in the grocery cart?

Most, if not all of the feral dogs in my semi-rural area were not some family's pampered, gently-reared pet that just happened to become separated from home. If not born "in the wild" they came from neglectful and often abusive environments. The "good dogs" probably lack the survival skills to last long if they aren't killed outright by other dogs in the pack. It isn't uncommon for people here to raise dogs for fighting and then release them in the country if their best efforts to make them as savage as possible aren't successful. (A few years ago there were 7 fighting pits running in a nearby wildlife park, and those dogs absolutely slaughtered not only the deer and smaller game but an entire coyote pack as well.)

Mar 27, 2014
POAndrea in Not About Food

Folks who aren't vegan/vegetarian: your favourite way to eat tofu

And doesn't it soak up a ridiculous, wonderful amount of gravy that way! YUM!

Mar 25, 2014
POAndrea in Home Cooking

Folks who aren't vegan/vegetarian: your favourite way to eat tofu

I love tofu when it is cooked AS tofu and for its own unique, fine qualities, instead of as a "hidden" substitute for meat or dairy (we omnivores can tell the difference.) No soymilk, soyburgers, -bacon, -cheese, etc. for me. Tofu is absolutely lovely on its own, whether that is mapo tofu, soft little gobbets in spicy Korean stew, or a cold, sweet block topped with salty, garlic-y, spicy, umami-y sesame dressing. I do despair, however, of the fragile texture and haven't quite grasped the technique of pressing enough whey out of it for stir-frying without crushing or crumbling. So I freeze/defrost slices so they become sturdy enough to stirfry the sh*t out out and porous enough to suck up an obscene amount of tasty gravy.

Anything to look for in Aldis?

Peanut puffs!

Mar 25, 2014
POAndrea in Chains

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

Good question. Since I never get the response I'm hoping for, I guess I'm still working on it!

Mar 25, 2014
POAndrea in Not About Food

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

Where crips, bloods, stones, popes, vice lords, etc "rule."

Mar 25, 2014
POAndrea in Not About Food

How do you feel about dogs in the grocery cart?

I think we can all agree that yes, carts ARE filthy, vile and disgusting, largely because some people who use them have filthy, vile disgusting habits. But that doesn't mean we ALL shouldn't consciously do things to make the carts in which we put our food (our FOOD!!!) a little less gross and less likely to make others sick. Just because I see a baby with a leaky diaper sitting in another cart doesn't make my wiping my runny nose with the back of my hand and smearing the results on my cart any less foul. (disclosure: I never do that in the grocery store. I use my sleeve instead.) My purse stays on my shoulder, not in the cart. My children were always freshly diapered and properly clothed just-in-case. And my partner sat in the car. Just doing my part.

Mar 25, 2014
POAndrea in Not About Food

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

Law enforcement. (Though I should qualify the statement above by adding "as long as it isn't on the radio.")

Mar 25, 2014
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Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

In some neighborhoods, referring to the wrong group as "people" or "folks" can get one shot.

Mar 25, 2014
POAndrea in Not About Food

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

In my line of work, we're allowed a little bit of leeway and it can get a bit, um, CREATIVE sometimes.

Mar 25, 2014
POAndrea in Not About Food

It's nothing to be ashamed of but.......

An entire pint of take-out fried chicken gizzards.

Mar 23, 2014
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How do you feel about people who season food that you have carefully prepared?

I don't see anything at all wrong with adequately seasoning when cooking, and for the most part I think I do because most people I serve do not salt their food, either before OR after. In fact, when we entertain friends and family who have medical issues requiring them to avoid sodium, I have to really make a special effort to use less salt so they don't get all puffy and/or have a hypertensive stroke. And in those cases I use other, extra flavorings to make up the difference so we all can still have a tasty meal. The rest of us can add salt if we need it, but we just can't take it out, and that usually seems to work just fine, because I can't even remember the last time I had to fill the shakers on the table. I do agree with you (or at least I think I do, if I am interpreting your posts correctly) there is a BIG difference between cooks who use virtually no seasonings of any kind and those who avoid salt for one reason or another but add lots of herbs and spices. It's interesting to note that, in my experience at least, the people who dump salt are those who complain the loudest about all the "funny stuff" like herbs and chilies and spices. (I just figure I'll never be able to make them happy no matter what I do, just smile and pass the bread basket. With the SALTED butter, of course, 'cause the other stuff is just too disappointing at table.)

Mar 10, 2014
POAndrea in Not About Food

How do you feel about people who season food that you have carefully prepared?

Very good question: other than s&p, there aren't many other options on the table, and no-one has ever mentioned anything else. (Though probably if pressed, they'd request less garlic, since I think it is more of a vegetable than a seasoning!)

Mar 09, 2014
POAndrea in Not About Food

How do you feel about people who season food that you have carefully prepared?

No, but OVERseasoning might be. :-) Very rarely do people add salt at my table, at any rate. But I was thinking more of those who CAN'T taste, due to a cold, smoking, or some other circumstances.

Mar 09, 2014
POAndrea in Not About Food

How do you feel about people who season food that you have carefully prepared?

The salting bothered me, until I had a (completely terrifying!) experience that gave me some perspective. I was prescribed a nasal spray for seasonal allergies and lost 75% of my sense of smell and taste for several weeks. I realized that some people probably just couldn't or didn't for whatever reason taste the way I did and needed to add more flavor to their food. I feel more pity than anger now, because it was absolutely horrible not to be able to enjoy my food.

Mar 09, 2014
POAndrea in Not About Food

Do you moderate your drinking around your family?

I imagine all people, regardless of their BAC, are uncomfortable socializing with others who think they are "utterly, mind-numbingly boring."

Do you moderate your drinking around your family?

Thank you for your post.

Dec 04, 2013
POAndrea in Not About Food

Do you moderate your drinking around your family?

I can't imagine not having a drink with my family. Some of my earliest memories are of family dinner parties. Cocktails and munchies first, then wine and/or beer with dinner, "corrected" coffee with dessert, then more cocktails after. Of course, this happened over several hours, and I never remember ANYONE apparently or sloppily drunk. Now that my folks are in their 80's, they've slowed down a bit, but the rest of us drink however much or little we want, and no-one makes snide comments either way. (Except my cousin's ex-husband who used to harangue anyone taking the tiniest sip, but she got rid of him after the girls' track team fiasco so I don't think his opinion counts for much anymore.)

Nov 25, 2013
POAndrea in Not About Food

So, what's the average Chowhounder's weight?

5'3" and 160, largely (no pun intended) due to several rounds of steroids over the last couple years. BUT, as long as I can still breathe when I bend over and do a pull-up, I think I'm ok with that.

Sep 07, 2013
POAndrea in Not About Food

People who like everything

I'm not sure I understand how other diners' enjoyment of a meal offends you. Are these total strangers, or friends of yours?

Jul 13, 2013
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What did your Mom always have on hand, that you NEVER do?

Canned peas and Spam

Apr 12, 2013
POAndrea in General Topics

Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

Gravy. On EVERYTHING. Potatoes. Bread. Fried bologna. Hardboiled eggs. Fried cabbage. It was milk gravy if there was milk, or just plain old brown gravy if there wasn't. In the summer there might be garden tomatoes, and in the winter it was onions if we had any. I used to despise gravy or anything even remotely gravy-like because we ate it all the time and it meant we had no money. I told myself "When I have my own, house, I'm NEVER gonna make anyone eat gravy EVER." Well, now I kinda like it again, and not just because it is cheap. Go figure.

What is your "go to" meal when there is too much month left at the end of the paycheque - past or present

And of course, soup. We call it "a$$ end soup" because we put the tail end of all the herbs, vegetables and meats we find in the fridge and freezer. Bones and cheese rinds go in first and come out before serving. Rice and little pastas go in last (and sometimes twice if visitors "stay for dinner").

Apr 12, 2013
POAndrea in General Topics

What is your "go to" meal when there is too much month left at the end of the paycheque - past or present

Eggs-Aldi often has a dozen large eggs at less than a dollar. Puffy oven omelettes (whip the egg whites separately and fold into the yolks, milk, and cheese) baked in a jelly roll pan and then rolled up with sauteed veggies on top are big and filling. A meatloaf built around a couple hardboiled eggs makes a cheap meal even cheaper and looks pretty darn cute too. Frittatas with potatoes and cheese or some kind of cured meat. Egg salad on homemade bread (also cheap!) Eggs poached in a chunky tomato sauce. Bread pudding or egg custard for dessert. Souffles, both sweet and savory. Hardboiled eggs in curry.

Apr 12, 2013
POAndrea in General Topics

What is your "go to" meal when there is too much month left at the end of the paycheque - past or present

Yup! Hot dogs in ANYTHING! I like slicing them and sticking one thick slice in mini cornbread muffins.

Apr 12, 2013
POAndrea in General Topics

How often do you have soup?

At least three to four times per week. When the kids were younger and it was more common for people to invite themselves for dinner, we had it nearly every night because it is easier to stretch a pot of soup (rice! macaroni! another can of beans!).

Apr 12, 2013
POAndrea in General Topics

Crave-worthy, "can't believe I ate the whole thing" foods - winter edition

pizza margherita. 12". And a bottle of wine. Last night.

Feb 03, 2013
POAndrea in General Topics

Do you wear an apron when you cook?

I know I should, every time, but I forget. Maybe it is a little subconscious payback: now that the kids are older and the DH retired and help with the laundry it's THEIR turn to get the stubborn and preventable stains out!

Feb 03, 2013
POAndrea in Not About Food

Is it ever acceptable to give service instruction to a server?

I think it can be done gently and courteously. In fact, I believe it is mandatory to advise your server if you have a need, request, or preference ("special" or otherwise) you expect to be accommodated. We do this for pretty much every family outing to a restaurant. My mother eats S-L-O-W-L-Y, painfully (for us) and inconveniently (for the kitchen) slowly. We warn the waitstaff and ask them and the kitchen to allow an unusually long time between courses. It's really awkward when the half-eaten appetizer and salad are still in front of her when the main course arrives, which then gets cold before she gets around to it. We also ask the waitstaff to leave all the plates on the table until she is finished so she doesn't feel like she is holding the rest of us up; we want her to have a good time and not feel rushed or guilty. (And I hope this is also the goal of a good restaurant with good staff.) The restaurants at which we are regulars know this already and accommodate our group; they also know if they take good care of us there will be a hefty drink tab AND a generous (grateful?) tip. When we are trying a new restaurant, we ALWAYS call ahead and let the host/ess know our large group will require the table for an extended period of time and why (we also ask for a table not too far from the bathroom--if 92 year old choppers work slowly, the hams don't move that quickly either!)

Feb 03, 2013
POAndrea in Not About Food

Weird/Bad Food Related Dates

Blind date (too many!) years ago told me that he has always dated "fat girls" in the past, because "they always put out to make up for it" And THEN he tells me I should go ahead and order a dessert because I'm too skinny. Ugh

Jan 16, 2012
POAndrea in Not About Food