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Mom isn't eating well any suggestions?

My aunt used to like pb&j with banana, I just had that on english muffin, though older folks might have a swallowing problem with sticky stuff. My 92 year old mom likes raspberries and they go well with instant tapioca pudding. High calorie beverages like chai might work.
On a side note I just saw my ophthalmologist and he noted some vision field deterioration possibly an effect from my sleep apnea. My glaucoma eye pressure was good. You might ask your doc about getting a blood oximeter, it clips on end of finger to read blood oxygen level, costs well under $50.
If she is in pain massage may or may not be helpful. You might also try hot and cold packs and gels like icy hot.

2 days ago
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Everyday knife: 5" Santoku knife or 6" Chef's knife?

I prefer the point on a chef's knife but you should have a paring knife, too. And something to sharpen with, maybe a ceramic rod, it's easy, cheap, and effective. There are multiple threads on sharpening.

Nov 26, 2014
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Just back from Oahu (and rented a house)

The best yellow pickled daikon radish comes from hawaii, has red pepper but not hot. Look for POG fruit drink, shave ice, poke, plate lunch, malasadas donuts, shrimp truck.

Nov 26, 2014
divadmas in Hawaii

Is this mustard safe?

Tell the store, they'll probably replace it and you can open it there.

Nov 25, 2014
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Curry'esque recipes?

I also like to add a can of coconut milk or at least add some shredded coconut at the end. And top with some peanuts and chopped apple or banana. I just go with the flavors, some can get pretty touchy about their curry.
Curry in Japan is mild and they sell curry kits you can buy here.
Besides having it on rice lately I have also been making garlic bread as a side, kind of a faux curry bunny.

Nov 24, 2014
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How to avoid mold on bread?

In Washington state baked goods from trader Joe's don't keep long. Even tortillas. Possibly because they ship from California? They do restock daily.

Nov 23, 2014
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What's your favorite roe?

I just ran across a recipe for taramosalata but have had very little experience with fish eggs. It can be pretty spendy, a cigar box sized wooden box filled with seaweed with herring eggs stuck to it was $80. So I didn't get to taste it. Local fishermen rave about herring eggs.
Cod roe is available fresh the first quarter of the year, I hope to try it then.

http://spitalfieldslife.com/2011/02/2...
One of the commenters here makes the point that taking spenders now reduces future yield.

Nov 22, 2014
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Corn chowder for Thanksgiving?

Canned corn kernels are kind of mushy in my experience. Frozen is pretty good.

Nov 20, 2014
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Supermarket Packaged Stir Fry Beef: Why Round Cut?

round works fine for stir fry. a cheaper cut, very lean, served with a strong flavored sauce. i have been having london broil thinly sliced for free.

Nov 20, 2014
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So What Dishes do you top with a Runny Poached Egg?

I just got a case of indo mie Indonesian ramen. Not soup, you drain the cooked noodles then add the 5 or 6 flavor packets, deep fried shallots, flavor base, dark soy sauce, chili paste, and mayo? Like for all ramen a runny egg is a nicer addition. (My spell check tried to change addition to addiction.)

Nov 17, 2014
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Water conscious methods for hand washing dishes

I was in Malaysia for a bit and hot water was often only plumbed to the bathroom. Kitchen only had cold water to wash dishes with.

Nov 17, 2014
divadmas in Not About Food

So What Dishes do you top with a Runny Poached Egg?

Loco moco

Nov 17, 2014
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Favourite type of rice?

Interesting calrose touts new crop but similar rice for risotto is aged. A taste vs texture thing?
Also wonder about basmati being aged?

Nov 16, 2014
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Favourite type of rice?

I got some basmati at costco that said it was aged, I forget how long.

Nov 15, 2014
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What store bought food do you "doctor up"?

Here in us, to avoid lymph glands (why do they use that), I season ground pork to make mexican chorizo. Very easy. Now if I could make Spanish chorizo or Portuguese sausage...

Nov 15, 2014
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What's Cooking While It's Freezing?

Now that is ambitious. I will make homemade stock and some Asian soups are really good. But some seem really complicated, too. Here's hoping all your broth taste good and remain clear.

Nov 14, 2014
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What's Cooking While It's Freezing?

I have tried split pea soup without a ham bone but it's not the same. I had some stock from some pork bones so I tried using that. Pretty good though the sausage I always slice in helped, too. Oh and veggies sauted in bacon fat.

Nov 14, 2014
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Is there a variety of sweet potato that you prefer for sweet potato casserole?

acgold7 has good advise.
Though I prefer the pale yellow light skinned sweet potatoes for just baking and eating with butter, for casserole the softer, more moist orange fleshed yams work better.

Nov 14, 2014
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store bought premade pie dough

http://www.foodnetwork.com/thanksgivi...

Foodnetwork says difference between refrigerated store bought pie dough and homemade is indistinguishable. Did premade pie dough get much better or are the interns running amok over there?

Nov 14, 2014
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Best Vegetarian products:

It's not bacon or jerky but I just made this and its pretty good with rice.

http://everyoneeatsright.com/2013/10/...

Nov 13, 2014
divadmas in Vegetarian & Vegan

Favourite type of rice?

Jasmine has almost double the glycemic index as basmati, higher than glucose. Tastes and smells good though.

Nov 13, 2014
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Rice...what you got?

The glycolic index for Jasmine rice is higher than glucose, 109. Basmati is in high 60s.

Nov 13, 2014
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shape of butter "quarters"?

Someone got me some costco butter in one pound blocks at a slightly lower price than the standard quarter pound cubes. Slicing them into quarter pound cubes forms long skinny cubes not the western style I am used to.

Nov 07, 2014
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Dehydrator Tips

I have not used fruit, just Google thai or Vietnamese jerky or dried beef. Marinade is flexible, for example I never have lemongrass. Just dry to desired softness, it probably won't keep as long as a harder product but I never have it for long anyway. I have kept in freezer to keep longer.
Cutting with or against the grain will affect toughness, I think Asian jerky is opposite of American style.

Nov 07, 2014
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Dehydrator Tips

When lean cuts go on sale I have store slice it up thin for free. Any fatty bits I separate out for stir fry or something. The slices can be big but are easy to cut into strips. I like sweetish Asian style like Vietnamese or thai.

Nov 07, 2014
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Size of knife for a 13 y/o

I like an 8 inch chef though my niece took over my 6 inch chef. Too small for me, don't know how she cuts up big onions and such with it. I also prefer lighter stamped steel blades rather than heavier forged ones.

Nov 05, 2014
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Tips from the commercial kitchen for the home kitchen

Bond drinks vodka martinis. Shaken gets colder faster.

Nov 04, 2014
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Dehydrator Tips

I just made this.

http://everyoneeatsright.com/2013/10/...

Used two medium eggplant and there was plenty of marinade. It does drip some oil but I just ran trays thru dishwasher afterward. Good eating with rice.

I have not made crackers but some stuff sticks to the mesh trays and does not peel cleanly off.They sell sheet liners but I just use parchment paper cut to fit.

Nov 03, 2014
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It's all about the egg .

I don't make egg in a hole unless there are kids around, they like it.

Egg sandwiches are great. I like fried but the yolk can be messy so I sometimes go for soft scrambled.

Nov 03, 2014
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Whole chicken

I add a little vinegar to anything with any bones.

Nov 01, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking