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What's the Best Way to Dispose of Cooking Grease?

Here in Seattle we can put meat scraps and grease in our yard waste bin, picked up weekly by the city, and composted. We keep an old margarine tub in the freezer and put cooled grease in it. When full, we dump it in the yard waste bin.

Sep 29, 2010
altwegg in Features

Kogi Parks It

A comment to BigRey; Sample your dishes out. The best way to get folks to try something new is to remove their barriers. What might they be? "What if I order it and I don't like it?" "Will I have to pay for it?" "What is it made of?" "Is it similar to something I already know and like?" You'd need to enlist your servers in this exercise, and give them incentives to play the game. (Top sample comment getter receives extra hour pay) and then start serving a small taste to tables. "The chef has a new dish he'd like your table's opinion on. Might I bring you a free sample to you?" Let us know how it works out.

Mar 24, 2010
altwegg in Features

Dining on Amtrak's Empire Builder

Well, can't say for the route that mytymyt is talking about, but we've ridden the Empire Builder and Coast Starlight several times in the few couple of years and always had a great time. Very friendly service, no problem with roomettes (which did have doors) and good food. Didn't taste or seem microwaved at all. If you are traveling in a roomette or bedroom, all your meals are included, otherwise it's ala carte. There's also a snack bar where you can buy snack bar stuff. I'd agree it's way better than airline food, plus the scenery and company are much better also (you'll be seated with other folks, you'll enjoy meeting them and learning about their travels and lives).

Have a good trip! (And don't forget to tip the servers, they do a yeoman's job in a bouncy environment!)

Aug 31, 2009
altwegg in Pacific Northwest

Farro Risotto with Asparagus and Fava Beans

Wonderful dish, made it with farro, asparagus and edamame beans (couldn't find fava nearby). Great with the pork chops two nights ago. Great again today with some eggs scrambled into the leftovers for lunch!

Apr 13, 2009
altwegg in Recipes

What's the Difference Between Types of Oatmeal?

Here's an oatmeal eating suggestion:

You know how folks put sugar and milk on their oatmeal? Maybe some fruit.

Try ice cream! It's wonderful. A big scoop of ice cream in a steaming bowl of oatmeal (we use Irish style) is a complete set of contrasts of flavors, textures, and temperatures.

Add some fruit too! Our favorite is strawberries, bananas and cinnamon ice cream. Ooohh, almost makes mornings bearable.

Apr 02, 2008
altwegg in Features

Chinese for Christmas?

I've searched for this topic and gotten bits and pieces of info. Now folks, let's do the definitive Chinese for Christmas thread.

Where to go?
-- The International District would be fun and festive, but what about other neighborhoods? (My favorite nearby, Snappy Dragon, is closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.)

When to go?
-- Some posts talk about places being really busy on Christmas. How about mid-afternoon? What are the good times and the bad times?

What to order?

Any and all suggestions, cautions, and ideas are welcome.


Dec 09, 2007
altwegg in Pacific Northwest

Taking the heat out of my too spicy chili

Made a batch of pork chili with too much chipotle and chili powder. Just stirred in two tablespoons of brown sugar and a tablespoon of peanut butter and a bit more chicken broth. It's settled right down and will be grand. Thanks for the suggestions.

Nov 18, 2007
altwegg in Home Cooking