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Hill...
I took some deep breaths, controlled my urge to let the cashier know what I really thought of her insensitivity and moved on acting in a professional manner.
When I returned home I had a stiff drink to relax.

Sometimes we have to hold our tongues. As Mrs. B says: Mr. B doesn't get ulcers, he gives them. I'm sure that the cashier's meeting with the manager was not pleasant.

Rudest grocery checker remark

I did not keep silent, I reported it to the manager in a private setting. The employee will know soon enough what I thought of her words/actions.

Privacy rights of the children preclude my discussing this aloud when it occurred. the kids sometimes come into the store with Mrs. B or myself and we can't identify them.

This is why they use PIN numbers for school lunch programs. The cashier and other kids don't know who is getting free or reduced price lunch.

Rudest grocery checker remark

Privacy issues preclude this. The children sometimes come to the market with Mrs. B or myself.

That's why the manager was made to be involved.

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I wish that I could have done so. There are confidentiality matters attached to those I serve. The child has been in the store with me at times. I m not free to talk about those entrusted to us through the Probate Court or DCF. That's why this forum whioch doesn't reveal my name or the names of the children is a place I can vent.

The cashier is not my employee. I reported to the manager, it is up to the manager to discipline or educate the employee.

That said, I'll not go through her lane again.

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The. Cashier's comment was made out loud and she was addressing the bagger and head cashier who was nearby. Most people have no idea how foster parents are reimbursed (if at all).

In fact it is none of the other employee's business of what form of payment a customer uses.

Rudest grocery checker remark

Sunshine...............
In small towns legal business is gained by word of mouth, referrals and reputation. Martindale and Hubbell are meaningless.

Slander spread through gossip has harmed many a career and reputation.

BTW>>>one of the main reasons that Food Stamps were replaced by EBT cards that are swiped in a terminal was to remove the public spectacle of handing a cashier the coupons and the food stamp recipient being singled out for attention. A local grocer still had the cashier's display screen programmed to display the words 'food stamps' when an EBT card was swiped. the grocer was suspended from the program and fined.

Mar 02, 2015
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Rudest grocery checker remark

We have both of those options available. However today I planned yo also purchase a booklet of Postal Stamps and this requires use of the full service lane. This was a Sunday and the union cashier was being paid in excess of $20 per hour which is more than twice minimum. Wage.
We have has foster children for many years as did Mrs. B's parents. We also have adopted children.

Mar 01, 2015
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Rudest grocery checker remark

Sunshine...I live in a smallish town (35,000). I'm an attorney, my wife is a designer/builder/realtor. Our vehicles have vanity plates with our names on them---good for advertising.

Anyone who didn't know me, but heard I was shopping with food stamps and then saw me load the groceries into my Jaguar with my name and ESQ on the license plate would question as to whether I was going through business reverses or committing fraud.

I'm not worried about those who know me or call and ask why the comment was made.

We also have foster children. The state used to give us SNAP EBT cards to use to feed the kids and buy necessities such as toothpaste for them. It made the allocation go farther as sales paid for by SNAP do not pay sales tax. So many Foster Parents were embarrassed by cashiers, that we now receive VISA debit cards with the child's allowance each month. Unfortunately that cuts the buying power by more than 6% when buying taxable items, including diapers for babies we foster.

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I volunteer as a child advocate in the Probate court of a nearby city. A child I'm working with has an ill mother and deceased father. The Probate Court Judge has given me possession of the family's SNAP EBT card (modern day version of Food Stamps) so that I can shop for the family's groceries.
Today i was in the local chain supermarket in our suburb and was checking out the family's grocery order. I swiped the EBT card through the terminal and the cashier announced..."see who's on Food Stamps."
I finished the transaction while ignoring the cashier's parting comments and went to the service desk, demanding to see the store manager-the service clerk would not do in this case.
I had words with the manager about the poorly trained cashier and what approached slander. My reputation was tarnished in the ears of any fellow townspeople who might have heard the cashier.
Tomorrow, I'll be mailing a formal complaint to corporate headquarters.....................

Why aren't we eating more geese?

I didn't show her, she follows me on CH and often looks at threads on which I post

Feb 28, 2015
bagelman01 in General Topics

Why aren't we eating more geese?

Melanie....
your post has got me in trouble. I make roast goose several times a year. But it is seasoned and made in an Eastern European Jewish cooking manner.
18 Year old youngest Ms. B is originally from Guanzho. She saw your post and the link and wants to know why I can't make roast goose that looks like what is in the picture?
She told me, that I have mastered (her opinion, not mine) Peking Duck, so this should be easy.
Now I have to find someone to teach me to make Cantonese style roast goose in my own kitchen.

Kosher wine at Whole Foods Market

Must be nice to see Bartenura Moscato and the word discount together. I buy at the CT state minimum (no case or other discounts allowed, and it costs me more than $15/bottle. And I buy 4 cases at a time.

Supermarkets cannot sell wine in CT, only liquor stores and no chains allowed.

Feb 26, 2015
bagelman01 in Kosher

Secrets to easy kitchen cleaning?

I have posted some pictures in the past. BUT, Mrs. B is a designer/builder and asked me to stop when she started to see some of her competitors selling/installing her ideas...............

But here's a shot of the center island with the twin dishwashers when it was assembled in her workshop (before being moved into our main kitchen, faucets not yet installed)

Feb 22, 2015
bagelman01 in Not About Food

dinner host responsibilities

If I was taken to dinner at a restaurant that offered drinks I would not refrain from ordering one drink. That said the drink would not be exotic/expensive but from the midrange of the bar menu/cocktail list.

Chances are I would have said to the host/ess>"since you're treating for dinner, may I treat for drinks?"

does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

I might say that something is Kinegged Ayin Hara...against the Evil Eye--I wouldn't use the incorrect 'kinehora'
I would never spit and utter "ptui" as that is the sign of an ignorant peasant.

There is nothing wrong with continued traditions that harm no one. "don't temp fate" is not an exclsive Jewish concept.

Feb 21, 2015
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Why aren't we eating more geese?

I agree you about meatballs and tomato sauce, but meatballs in a brown gravy/sauce (e.g. Swedish meatballs) that are small in size do not necessarily get mushy in the cooking.

I never used cooked meat in my stuffed cabbage or peppers, and not precooking or blanching the vegetables I don't find they get mushy in the cooking process. I don't drown them in sauce when cooking as I find the liquid is the cause of mushiness, not time and temp.

Feb 21, 2015
bagelman01 in General Topics

Why aren't we eating more geese?

I find that 90/10 is good for making meatballs that will be cooked in the sauce (not cooked in a frying pan or oven and heated/finished in the sauce) as they don't let out much fat into the sauce.

The only use I have for 93/7 would be in stiffed peppers/cabbage where I don't want fat left in the confined space of the vegetable, but I would make sure to use fully cooked rice in the stuffing mix as not enough moisture lets out for parboiled rice).

85/15 if just fine for pan hamburgers or meatloaf

80/20 keeps burgers from drying out on the bbq grill if your family/guests like anything medium/well or well.

Feb 21, 2015
bagelman01 in General Topics

Secrets to easy kitchen cleaning?

We cook every day. We have twin dishwashers in out kitchen island. It is not unusual for us to run 2-3 loads each and every day.

Feb 21, 2015
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Why aren't we eating more geese?

The shoulder is part of the chuck.The shoulder clod is a very lean cut with a long piece of gristle running through that should be removed from the meat before grinding.
It is too lean for most ground beef uses and you should add some fat when grinding. It is 93-95% lean and can be dry.
When I was growing up my mother insisted on using the shoulder clod for Roast Beef, always dry and usually flavorless. It is good cut into 2 1/2 slabs for London Broil, cooked fast at extremely high heat to rare and sliced on an angle.

I grind my own beef and for most things like a mix of neck and skirt--yields about 83-85% lean, very tasty and moist.

Feb 21, 2015
bagelman01 in General Topics

Why aren't we eating more geese?

Goose was traditionally roasted for the Chanukah holidays by Eastern European Jews. The fat was rendered and put away for Passover use. The down was used for Pillows.

I still roast a goose for Chanukah. I do this in our separate Passover kitchen and render enough goose fat (schmaltz) to handle all of the Passover cooking.

I also cut goose into parts and smoke some in our small backyard smokehouse. Goose Pastrami is fantastic.

Feb 20, 2015
bagelman01 in General Topics

does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

I grew up in the Infants and Children's clothing business. Like you, I'm Jewish as was about 25% of our trade.
Jewish customers would come in and select items for the expected baby's layette. The day the baby was born, we'd get a call saying that a boy or girl was born, please charge and deliver the layette for the X baby. It would be quickly assembled and sent out in one of our trucks or station wagons.

None of our family has ever had a baby shower. A party to welcome the newborn is our custom. I am a step parent, so I wasn't involved with selecting baby furniture. BUT when my sister was pregnant, she pre-selected baby furniture at a local juvenile furniture company. It was delivered after the baby was born. No baby items come into the house before the birth

Feb 18, 2015
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Kosher Ethiopian restaurant in NYC/NJ area?

especially their Beefburger with Swiss Cheese..

NOT KOSHER

Feb 18, 2015
bagelman01 in Kosher

Kosher wine at Whole Foods Market

The Puritans have always had very tough laws when it comes to vices............

Feb 18, 2015
bagelman01 in Kosher

Who eats using sterling silver flatware at home each and every day?

Your rant is perfectly understandable. Our 18 year old (as of Saturday) is an angel in the kitchen, but has managed to crack 2 $600 rims on my Jaguar and run flat the tires while leaving the local Starbuck's this fall.
Too much music, iPod, iPhone distracting the youngsters.

Yesterday, it was 3 degrees here in CT, with snow and winds causing a wind chill of Minus 16 F. A local estate was being liquidated by professionals by court order and it was the last day of the sale. I decided to brave the weather and take a ride. I was the only potential customer for the 10 am auction session.

I walked out with service for 8 in the International Silver Prelude sterling pattern for the opening and only bid of $50. The Probate Court had not instructed the company to set any reserves.

I don't need any more sterling, but I have daughters, so if one of them likes the pattern, it will be hers, if not--Hello eBay

Feb 16, 2015
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Kosher wine at Whole Foods Market

"So where do you buy your wines for Passover?"
At a large liquor store called Amity Wine and Spirits in New Haven, CT that caters to the kosher consumer.

No wine sold at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods in CT. Our state Liquor laws don't permit any entity to hold more than 3 (2 until 2012) retail sales licenses for wine and liquor, so chains don't normally sell it. In fact only 3 Costco locations in CT have liquor sales.

CT also sets minimum pricing for alcohol, so no store can undercut this.
Mrs. B loves Bartenura Moscato for everyday drinking with snacks/appetizers/light meals. The state minimum is $13.99 plus tax. No case discounts below this price are permitted.

It is also not legal to order wine shipped in from retailers in other states.

We are often in NY,and if there is a kosher wine that we want that is not stocked in CT, we can legally bring back 1 gallon each. More than that requires reporting it and paying CT alcohol and sales tax.

So, to answer your question is $10.99 a good price for Deccolio Prosecco? That all depends where you live...and your post never mentions city or state.

Feb 16, 2015
bagelman01 in Kosher

Lebanon Bologna in CT? (Via Lancaster, PA)

Agree with you about tongue salad. Tongue being my favorite cut of meat/offal.

Back in the 1980s I had to be in Europe on business every other week. I'd come back thru customs and they'd marvel that the only thing on my declaration was 2 kilos of Marzipan from Lubeck.

Secrets to easy kitchen cleaning?

The phosphates are banned in many localities, so national brands of detergents have had to change their formulae.

Feb 14, 2015
bagelman01 in Not About Food
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does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

Harters:
To quote an old Borscht Belt joke (Jewish American Humor from the 1930s-1960s):

RSVP
Remember, send Vedding Present...............

so much for the French phrase

does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

I'd have to add a second thing: Invitation not rec'd.

Yesterday, our neighbor from across the street brought us three pieces of mail that the mailman mis-delivered about three weeks ago. Apparently it wasn't important enough to either telephone us or walk it across the street until now, or even put back in their mailbox with a note that says 'not ours'

Included in the mail was an invitation for a birthday party next week, with a reply date of yesterday.

Secrets to easy kitchen cleaning?

Mrs. B is a designer/builder/realtor. our home is her portfolio. Always changing/evolving. Many is the time that I find her giving a tour to potential clients. This is one reason to keep it spotless and locked. We'd hate to have her come in with a client and find the 20 somethings decided to make wings, and dip, etc. leaving a mess and empty beer bottles in the kitchen while they moved on to the sun-room.

Feb 14, 2015
bagelman01 in Not About Food