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You don't like that?!

I've really enjoyed reading this thread! here's my list:
-Soft, runny cheeses -- just reminds me that cheese is rotted milk (love hard cheeses though)
-fresh tomatoes, even right from Grandma's garden
-anything spicy -- I've tried many times, but I can't handle foods that hurt
-black licorice
-green peppers, even though I love other bitter foods
-flavored coffees just taste like chemicals to me
-sweet pickles

Dec 06, 2009
scoutmom1973 in General Topics

You don't like that?!

I'll try to get my kids to sample new foods and expand their horizons, but I don't push. If they see me enjoying it they'll get curious eventually. :)

Dec 06, 2009
scoutmom1973 in General Topics

Do you trust nutrition facts?

An important thing to keep in mind with packaging information is creative math. Manufacturers will make serving sizes very small, then round the decimals down. Therefore, a .25-second spray of Pam, which is simply oil, emulsifiers and propellant, can be rounded down to 0 grams of fat, and advertised as "fat free." I have never been able to cover any size pan in .25 seconds, so I'm using several servings at a time. I've never really thought about enforcement issues with the nutrition facts... I just assumed since it's printed right there on the label, someone must be checking these things.

Dec 04, 2009
scoutmom1973 in General Topics

Are there things you don't get at restaurants any more because you cook them better?

I 90% agree about sandwiches. I am inexplicably addicted to the Big Boy patty melt, in all its greasy glory. Any other sandwich, I'll make at home.

Nov 03, 2009
scoutmom1973 in General Topics

Just The Cheese

I recently saw a product (I'll admit it... it was on FN) called 'Just The Cheese." It's real cheese, baked into crispy little nuggets. Apparently their inspiration was the crispy little bits of cheese around the edge of a pizza. Well, that's my favorite part, so I checked out their website -- www.specialcheese.com. The product seems expensive for a small-looking bag. Before I order I was wondering if anyone has tried this? Is it worth the price?

Nov 03, 2009
scoutmom1973 in Cheese

Do you give everyone Thanksgiving leftovers to take home?

Our Thanksgiving dinners were always at Grandma's house. She was a firm believer in making sure loved ones were well fed, so everyone took leftovers home. We put aside her favorite bits first, then everyone filled containers till she was satisfied we wouldn't starve. :) Gonna miss her this year...

Nov 01, 2009
scoutmom1973 in Not About Food

Best Breakfast Bars

The Fiber One bars seem overly sweet and one dimensional to me. I like the Nature Valley sweet n salty nut bars, especially almond. A friend gave me a granola bar in a black wrapper with big pieces of banana, coconut and I think macadamia nuts. That was the best... I just wish I could remember the name!

Oct 10, 2009
scoutmom1973 in General Topics

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

I love this topic!
Bac-os
Five Alive frozen juice
Boullion cubes
Kitchen Bouquet
Gallo jug wine
Good Seasons dried "Italian" dressing with a special glass carafe
Kraft sweet & sour sauce
La Choy soy sauce and canned dinners
Carl Buddig chopped and formed lunch meat with the horrible gritty texture
boil n bag meals... I do miss those though

Oct 02, 2009
scoutmom1973 in General Topics

Favorite cooking word or phrase?

Third

Feb 04, 2009
scoutmom1973 in Not About Food

Favorite cooking word or phrase?

At my house we call the gurbles "the bubbleguts"

Feb 04, 2009
scoutmom1973 in Not About Food

Bathroom Attendants

Tipping the attendant makes sense to me (previous poster made a good comparison to hotel maids) but I have a personal issue with their presence at times. The subject of GI illness was mentioned and I too will wait for the bathroom to be empty to "go" if I have a problem. Yes, I wait for the coast to be clear at work as well...

Feb 04, 2009
scoutmom1973 in Not About Food

Do you use cloth napkins?

Hmmm... I've always used paper napkins (as well as far too many paper towels) because I have 2 children and lots of pet cleanups. The cost and extra waste bothers me, but cloth for everyday use always seemed like something I couldn't afford. The argument for cloth makes a lot of sense to me; I think I might switch over!

Feb 04, 2009
scoutmom1973 in Not About Food

Strange Pairings that Taste Uncommonly Good

My college roommate used to eat Doritos with cream cheese... they had to be nacho or cool ranch and she had the soft cream cheese in the tub. It was ok, but I never really got it. My favorite was mac n cheese with tuna.

Jan 24, 2009
scoutmom1973 in General Topics

What fast food do you eat rarely, but that first bite think "Wow, this is so good!"

I agree 100% on the steak egg & cheese bagel! I only allow myself one about once a year, but that first bite is greasy gooey heaven!

Jan 17, 2009
scoutmom1973 in Chains