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Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

could you specify what taxes drive up costs 25%? i cant think of that many. unless they are experience rated, for example disability is charged according to work classification usually but i have heard of small companies having a worker killed and their rate went way up.

2 days ago
divadmas in Not About Food

Cheap Beef Meals

Once upon a time long ago flank and skirt were lower cost cuts. But they got popular. Same with brisket. Same with oxtail even.

Sep 10, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking

What to do with gallons of 2% milk

Ricotta just needs milk and acid like lemon or vinegar. But then you have gallons of whey. Which can go to animals or frozen for later use in baking. Go easy at first feeding to household pets. They love it but it could affect their digestion.
I did see some rennet at safeway if you want to try making cheese.

Sep 10, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking

Cheap Beef Meals

lately i have been making japanese beef and potato with a dashi broth. it uses less beef than amrican beef stew. recipe is not strict but youtube cooking with dog has a good example. or curry. i had some with garlic bread that was kind of like a south african curry bunny.

Sep 09, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

So you think mw went up a buck so that is why each meal went up buck?

Sep 09, 2014
divadmas in Not About Food

Cheap Beef Meals

So are you saying yes look for prime graded sirloin. Because compared to say a choice rib steak the prime sirloin is still much leaner.

Sep 09, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking

Cheap Beef Meals

I have been seeing prime sirloin steaks lately, about the only prime meat available. Since it is such a lean cut do you find it much different than choice?

Sep 09, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking

Cheap Beef Meals

Corn or flour tortillas freeze fine. Corn tortillas can dry out very slightly but they still work even for tacos. Very fresh corn tortillas are good enough to eat with maybe just a little butter and salsa. I make my tacos with two tortillas. As condiments I like thinly sliced cabbage and a squeeze of lime.

Sep 09, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking

Cheap Beef Meals

Most grocery stores will grind beef for free.

Sep 09, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking

Difference between icing sugar and powder sugar

I just used some powdered sugar that was not soft, not sure if it was older or dried out. Mixed into a cream cheese frosting fine though.

Sep 08, 2014
divadmas in Los Angeles Area

Homemade Corn Tortillas

Costco has these in the loaf cheese aisle. Flour tortillas. They are much better though a little spendy. Thinner and more delicate than I can make homemade. Though I have rolled out homemade flour tortillas and deep fried into puffy Sopapillias.

Sep 08, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

I can't remember the last time my premiums were raised single digit.

Sep 08, 2014
divadmas in Not About Food

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

$15/hr for fast food workers sounds crazy high but that only lets them buy two meals. The wages and the price are crazy.

Something has to be done about the price of healthcare but Obamacare isn't doing it. Obamacare gives increased access letting expensive preexisting claims people in (why didn't they pay for insurance Before they needed it, is it really insurance if you just pay for it after you start needing expensive care) but it does nothing for double digit rate increases in a time of low inflation.

I'd like to think education solves problems but when half of student debt is in default it makes me think twice.

Sep 07, 2014
divadmas in Not About Food

Homemade Corn Tortillas

Oops don't you love tablet predictive spelling?

Sep 07, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

Thanks for the article mentions, I'll get to them as this tablet allows me to open more tabs.
I have wondered how mcd makes its money, it makes twice the margin of other fast food.
In 2004 Bush passed a tax holiday allowing repatriation of overseas profits at 5.25 tax rate. Though conditions were attached they don't seem to have been enforced and there was no surge of investment as was hoped for. Only loss of tax revenue as additional profits were sent overseas and returned to get bargain tax rates.
Manufacturing jobs are praised as good for wage earners. That is true for many corporation jobs in us but for every good one of those there are several sub contractor manufacturers who often pay surprisingly little.
Fast food seems to hire mostly legal workers. I am surprised at how many illegals work in the back of high end restaurants. I wonder how much they are paid?

Sep 07, 2014
divadmas in Not About Food

Homemade Corn Tortillas

I have seen some corn tortilla recipes made from canned hominy grounds up in a food processor. Not tried it yet. Hominy is nixtamalized corn and great in red people, I like it much more than the green.

Sep 07, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking

Homemade Corn Tortillas

And baking powder. Recipes I see always add that though a flatbread.

Sep 07, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

The thing is corporate profits are at record highs while wages, not just but including minimum wage, have been falling farther behind.

Sep 07, 2014
divadmas in Not About Food
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What do you think of powdered buttermilk?

Oddly they say to keep opened cardboard container in fridge. I do but transferred to a jar.

Sep 06, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking

Seafood recs for an East Coast shellfish fresk

If you are in that area you can check out bow edison with several foodie stops. Blau and taylor have oyster farms, not much to see but you can get very fresh oysters along with scoops of free ice. Chuckanut drive is waterfront scenic drive down from bellingham.

Sep 05, 2014
divadmas in Greater Seattle
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7 Ways to Cook with Ground Pork

Adding pork to meatballs really improves texture.
Ground pork for mapo Dofu or stir fryed with japanese or Chinese eggplant.

Sep 05, 2014
divadmas in Features

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

Over the last decade or so all wages, not just minimum wage has stagnated. Wage earners share of the pie has dropped significantly with top few percent share of assets going up significantly.
For the few that make minimum wage, I think the effect would be the business going out of business in the short term rather than 20% inflation. Just because costs go up doesn't mean prices can automatically follow.

Sep 05, 2014
divadmas in Not About Food

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

Washington state has a minimum wage of I think $9.25. Mcd still has value menu though I have no idea how say big Mac price compares to other states.
Certainly taxes are involved, social security and Medicare about 6-7% and a little for unemployment and workers comp, few cents per hour. Minimum wage benefits don't double wage cost.
Seattle has approved $15 m minimum wage though phased in over many years. Will be interesting to see how that works out esp with nearby communities not affected by seattle rules.
A major problem with minimum wage jobs is they are often on a rotating schedule with only 32 hours per week so employer can avoid paying benefits because it is only part time work. Th e changing schedule makes getting a second job hard.

Sep 05, 2014
divadmas in Not About Food
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Seafood recs for an East Coast shellfish fresk

Two things in Washington but not elsewhere are bbq salmon and oysters on bbq. Both great though fried oyster still my favorite.

For seafood I think going Chinese is a good idea. Or maybe cedar planked salmon.

Sep 04, 2014
divadmas in Greater Seattle

The best place to find... In Seattle

Krispie kreame was never great around here. The first one in the state, in Burlington, closed many years ago and I think is now a bank. Local shops are better. But I don't know seattle ones.

I don't know how cupcakes got so popular.

Seattle teriyaki shops are everywhere. For such a simple thing I have been to some great ones.

Sep 04, 2014
divadmas in Greater Seattle

Copper Coin

I never go to west seattle but have you been to zippys?

Sep 01, 2014
divadmas in Greater Seattle

How to eat Mexican Soup with a side of Tortillas?

I put butter, crema, or avocado with hot sauce on tortillas, roll up and eat on the side. Salt is good but cutting back.

Sep 01, 2014
divadmas in General Topics

Honeymoon in PNW - Vegetarians Seeking Meals / Lodging

Do you eat fish? I have been wanting to try this between seattle and Portland.
http://www.xinhsrestaurant.com/direct...

Aug 31, 2014
divadmas in Greater Seattle

Honeymoon in PNW - Vegetarians Seeking Meals / Lodging

Are wild mushrooms very seasonal? I don't hunt them but see a lot only in a pretty brief window of time. Buying wild mushrooms, some are amazingly good.

Aug 31, 2014
divadmas in Greater Seattle

Mung Bean Sprouts - Yum.

I like the spicier sprout mixes and mostly use for sandwiches.

Do you tip and tail your mung beans? Our local grocers no longer carry them.

I just use a mason jar and plastic strainer lid.

Something I'd like to try is sprout bread.

Aug 31, 2014
divadmas in Vegetarian & Vegan
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