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Growing to hate Sonic. (Tipping, etc.)

It is federal law. And of course no one would break that.
Some states require full minimum wage for even tipped employees. However other states allow the federally allowed cash wages of as little as $2-3 per hour with tips to make up the difference.
http://www.dol.gov/whd/state/tipped.htm

Jan 04, 2015
divadmas in Chains

Favorite easy, healthy, seafood dished

Poke.

Jan 02, 2015
divadmas in Home Cooking

Growing to hate Sonic. (Tipping, etc.)

Tipped workers can get that little though if tips don't bring amount up to minimum wage employers are supposed to pay more. This rule varies by state. However my understanding is many employers do not keep records and employees are afraid to complain and ask for the difference. You would think a big employer like sonic would be careful about labor laws but many big companies still break the law.

Jan 02, 2015
divadmas in Chains

Where can you buy canned hominy in near north side Chicago?

Amazon has it but very expensive. Sometimes ethnic foods are hard to find. In NYC mid 70s I tried to find tortillas, stores had no idea what I was talking about.

Dec 28, 2014
divadmas in Chicago Area

Raw Milk

the yield on ricotta is not that great, maybe 25 ounces from a gallon of milk. also you heat it so it kind of defeats the purpose of raw milk?

Dec 28, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking

Old dog.....new trick?

But what about Montreal steak seasoning?

Dec 28, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking

Eating moldy foods?

Some people are more sensitive or allergic. My niece has been to the er a couple times because of non visible mold that affected no one else. She is now very careful of what she eats.

Dec 28, 2014
divadmas in General Topics

V and V what's for dinner, autumnal edition

I made an easy salt and vinegar pickled refrigerator Chicago giardinera. My last bottle is almost gone, next batch I need to cut things smaller, thick slices of jalapeno made for bursts of heat but good. Cauliflower is not my favorite but like this is wonderful.

Dec 27, 2014
divadmas in Vegetarian & Vegan

Growing to hate Sonic. (Tipping, etc.)

I've worked harder jobs than described and not gotten tips. However I was surprisd that in some states employers can pay tipped employees as little as $2-3 per hour. I am not fond of tipped entitlement but that is ridiculous.
Catholics deliver the food and provide slight entertainment. They deserve a minimal tip. (My auto correct converted carhop to Catholics but I decided to leave it.)

Dec 27, 2014
divadmas in Chains

What to make with fideos?

I like that idea. Also add a lot of parsley, some pepper flakes and some of the pasta water. Maybe some clams. And peas.
For some reason Mexicans cook pasta with much less water. Do you know why? Are you thinking something soupy?

Dec 26, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking

Price of eggs

I heard there was a chicken disease down in Mexico so many US eggs are now exported there leaving a smaller supply here and higher prices.

Dec 26, 2014
divadmas in General Topics

Tea without Sugar?

I have taken to drinking water with lemon. I like it though I let my little nephew have some once and he still looks at me suspiciously when I offer him a drink.

Dec 26, 2014
divadmas in Not About Food

Cuba!! Where and what to eat! Finally to be legal!

Time to read some Martin cruz Smith.

online cooking classes?

free craftsy pizza class by peter rheinhard
http://www.craftsy.com/class/perfect-...
i think there are other free classes, or at least offered periodically.

Cake problems

My sister has a great maple chiffon cake but I can't make it, using just eggs for leavening requires a certain finesse. Collapsing after pulling from oven sounds like underbaking. Did it seem undercooked when you cut into it? No cream of tarter?

Dec 21, 2014
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HELP! Major snafu with glazed terra cotta pot.

Since no drain hole be carefully not to overwater.

Dec 21, 2014
divadmas in Cookware

Separate Veggies in Roast Pan

You can't get that many veggies in a roast pan, and they will shrink. Maybe an additional baking sheet on lower rack? And what kids don't see won't hurt them. Not like they're allergic.
Frozen peas and carrots or corn are easy and good.

Dec 21, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking

Pear desserts

It seems like pears all turn ripe at the same time and you have to use them up in a hurry. Thou h and d fruit is really good and I like to eat them fresh. Something easy is a pear oven pancake. I like it when you need to use ripe pears right now. Feel the stem end, that gets soft first.

Dec 21, 2014
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HELP! Major snafu with glazed terra cotta pot.

More than $4 in time to work on that. Maybe turn it into a planter, window sill microgreens?

Good range or cooktop for large family with limited budget

Don't forget to budget in a hood or vent system. It is not cheap.
A glass top is easy to clean but you have to always keep it clean so stuff doesn't burn on permanently. Just wiping it down with sponge often leaves smears. I no longer use cast iron on cooktop because of glass top and don't shake pans either. Some use cast iron but are going against manufacturers recommendations. Pan sizes should match burner size and bottoms should be flat. You will notice warped pans that you might get away with when using stove with grates. I think glass tops don't like very heavy pots like for canning.
I wonder how much used commercial gas cook tops would run? But again don't forget to budget a hood.

Dec 19, 2014
divadmas in Cookware

Best food happy hours in vegas?

My nieces just took a trip to LV and as a group of women were mostly comped.

Dec 19, 2014
divadmas in Las Vegas

Southeast Asian Beef

Beef rendang was voted best food one year.
I like satay though not crazy about the compressed rice balls.
Asians have a sweetish jerky and a dried beef that is later cooked. I use a dehydrator but you can use the oven on low.
Maybe wraps, Vietnamese style with lots of herbs.
Pho is great but stock looks pretty complicated.

Dec 19, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking

cheese making

You end up with a lot of whey. Plan for that.
Marscapone and ricotta are both easy, just cream or milk and an acid like lemon juice or white vinegar.

Dec 19, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking

Middle Eastern Vegetarian Food

I love eggplant, there is something called the Inman fainted.

Do you find salting globe eggplant makes much difference?

Dec 15, 2014
divadmas in Vegetarian & Vegan

Caramel Help

Dec 14, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking

Octopus...method and madness...

Asian markets often sell octopus already boiled. Talk to them about what you want to do. Getting the size you want uncut might be special order. Also because they are thinking sushi cost can be higher.

Dec 14, 2014
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Using up canned goods! Seeking ideas!

Water chestnuts, baby corn and fresh bok choy or cabbage can be made into chow mein made with dried spaghetti. I oil and crisp the barely cooked noodles under the broiler.
Canned fruit makes fruit salad, maybe with sour cream dressing or hello and cottage cheese.

Dec 13, 2014
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Japanese pastry cookbook in English?

Many Japanese homes, maybe most, do not have an oven.

Dec 10, 2014
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Venison Question

Sounds good. Be aware venison is very lean and dense. More filling than beef.

Dec 09, 2014
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Anyone else crazy enough to bake with a preschooler?

My nephew would wipe the counters down though I'm afraid he didn't really accomplish much.

Dec 08, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking