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When you were starting out in the kitchen what did you make?

I did the flank steak too; in the early seventies, but I used FRENCH dressing.....the orange one from Kraft.

But sometimes things from Family Circle or Woman's day, 'cause that's what my mom had. I remember a tuna casserole with a mashed potato and mayo topping! By high school,I did some Galloping Gourmet.

My crowning glory was a strawberry sorbet and some sort of cake roll with an apricot jam and cream filling.

about 2 hours ago
Shrinkrap in Home Cooking

Here's What Every Trendy Restaurant Menu Looks Like

No comments, but lots of sharing!

Hey mods; why no Google+ share?

about 2 hours ago
Shrinkrap in Food Media & News

If refrigerating tomatoes is supposed to be verboten, then what of gazpacho?

Hey look!I googled it, and found an old post of mine with the same question!

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/641082

about 4 hours ago
Shrinkrap in General Topics

Kick-azz pickpled peppers?

Let them get red ripe, then make "Hunanese Chopped Salted Chilis"

I read about it on this thread;

"I found the perfect condiment"

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/427327

about 5 hours ago
Shrinkrap in Home Cooking

Worst Cooking show Buzzwords

Redundant language will find no purchase here!

about 5 hours ago
Shrinkrap in Food Media & News

If refrigerating tomatoes is supposed to be verboten, then what of gazpacho?

Here is a link about temperature and volatiles I posted a few hours ago.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/art...

1 day ago
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Worst Cooking show Buzzwords

How about "You could put that on a flip flop!"......But then, I watch it a LOT!

1 day ago
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Worst Cooking show Buzzwords

"....to it", as in "it has a nice flavor to it". What's wrong with "it has a nice flavor"?

And what's with "you have in front of you today....", or "I've prepared for you today....".

Did someone already say "blew out my palate"?

1 day ago
Shrinkrap in Food Media & News

Growing tomatillos for the first time

I have two also, with a few lanterns. They should EXPLODE here! It was about 102 yesterday.

1 day ago
Shrinkrap in Gardening

Storing Chopped Tomatoes Overnight

Well this looks different!

I had a similar question about storing gazpacho. I noticed that many recipes suggested serving it chilled, so I stored some in the fridde rather than trying to chug it all in one go. It was fine. I also found this on the effect of chilling on tomato volatiles.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/art...

1 day ago
Shrinkrap in General Topics

FreshDirect CSA is pretty great (NY-Philadelphia only)

Thanks!

Jul 16, 2014
Shrinkrap in General Topics

FreshDirect CSA is pretty great (NY-Philadelphia only)

"Fresh Direct lets you add it to your regular order whatever day you want it."

I don't understand; let's you add it to your regular order of WHAT?

BTW, I've been getting a bi-weekly CSA box delivered to my home for about 15 years, and the recently started to offer the option of customizing your box. They have long allowed you to havr a list of things you don't want, but this seems to let you pick the substitutions a few days before delivary.

Jul 13, 2014
Shrinkrap in General Topics

Mixing apples and oranges

54 years! Congrats! Just passed 24. I'm impressed.

Jul 11, 2014
Shrinkrap in Home Cooking

Another basil question

Nice! I love my planters too, although only self watering works for me. We get virtually NO rain from about May to October, and many days between 90 and 105.

Any chance it could be TOO wet? When you check the soil, how deep are you checking?

Jul 11, 2014
Shrinkrap in Gardening

Another basil question

I have ten what I would call "planters" on my deck. Actually about 12. Five from "gardeners supply", 7 "earth boxes". Are those from "gardeners supply"?

In any case, to me, they are more like "container gardening", than "raised bed gardening". They require more attention to watering and feeding. How do you decide when to water? How much "mix" do they hold?

Jul 11, 2014
Shrinkrap in Gardening

Another basil question

Ohhhhh! They look pretty good to me! Are they self-watering? Can you describe the drainage?

I have about 10 or so on my deck. The planters watered from the bottom need less feeding than those I water from the top.

My basil.

Jul 11, 2014
Shrinkrap in Gardening

Another basil question

When you say "raised bed", I am thinking in the ground, but it sounds like you mean planters ( not in "dirt" that is connected with the earth). Is that so? How do they drain? Does it pour out of the bottom, onto the deck, at the same rate it goes in? Does excess water sut in a reservoir?

Also,a picture would help alot.

Jul 11, 2014
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Tongue: Authentic Mexican Outer Boroughs

"But I typically go to places that serve people who little experience eating mash potato."

I don't understand*, but no worries. I live in California now, and when coming home to Brooklyn, it is not Bensonhurst, and not for Mexican food.

* ETA....Oh, I get it!

Jul 10, 2014
Shrinkrap in Outer Boroughs

Tongue: Authentic Mexican Outer Boroughs

Wait; what?

I am 1/2 Caribbean American and 1/2 WAY back African American. I grew up eating deli tongue in Queens.

Now I eat lingua in a Nor Cal suburb. Yes, it cost more than the usual .99 taco Tuesday taco.

2 carnitas, and 2 lingua;...or sometimes al pastor please....and which agua fresca today? Jamaica? Strawberry? Watermelon? Guava? Mango? Papaya? Naranja?...yes, please! .....horchata? Not yet......

Is that "authentic"?

Jul 10, 2014
Shrinkrap in Outer Boroughs

Dr. Oz's Comeuppance

"Irrelevant"

Every sentance? Every word? I wonder if cost is irrelevant.

For those who favor a universal pot of money, for the sick, the vulnerable, AND the well. Would you fund every possibilty? Would you choose possibility over "demonstrated "outcome? When and when not? Who decides?

I know many physicians who would rather not be gatekeepers. Maybe most. That may be why we have few private practices left, and mega insurance companies. Maybe that is your wish.

I say, be careful what you wish for.

Jul 08, 2014
Shrinkrap in Food Media & News
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Dr. Oz's Comeuppance

I had moved on, but since you asked... I found this insulting of medical doctors. Maybe you are not including us when you say science.

" enlightenment is when the medical establishment does an about face and begins to view their work as that of assisting people in becoming healthy, rather than as having a symptom-squashing, single-symptom, quick-fix without regard to consequences, let's just cut it or drug it and move 'em on out attitude."

and this

"You have illustrated here one part of what is wrong with "modern medicine" - the total disregard of what it takes to produce HEALTH."

and this

"GPs who see too many patients daily and might as well be living on Mars when it comes to new methods or nutritional education "

I can imagine you have met people in the medical community like that. I, on the other hand, have met many patients who seem to believe I am holding out some magic pill, just to be spiteful, when i try to explain that no such thing exists.

I would never come here and accuse patients in general of being like that, no matter WHAT my personal, research, or academic experience. I might do it on medscape, but I try not to do it there either. There are others there that seem compelled to do that, even if they are preaching to the wrong audience.

The part that frustrates me is that part of the reason many patients don't trust me, is because of what they are reading on the internet. Of course, some of it's good, empowers the patient, and makes my job a bit easier.

Jul 08, 2014
Shrinkrap in Food Media & News

Hellebores

I grow one one in N. Cal. Not in my "kitchen garden" though! I beleive it is also called "lenten rose" , and mine probably blooms around Feb. I ignore it most of the time, but put a sign so my "gardener" would stop cutting it down. High here is about 105, with 60 plus days over 90 between May and October, low about 32, usually just a few hours at a time in January. No rain from about May to November, just after the wildfires and just before the mudslides.

Gardenweb hellebore forum
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/he...

Gardenweb Southwestern forumhttp://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/swest/

Jul 05, 2014
Shrinkrap in Gardening

Women who don't eat much when among peers

I haven't read all the posts, but I'm mid 50's, and neither large or small, but in the last several years find I can never eat as much as I'd like when I'm out. It NEVER goes well if I start with bread, or have a beverage before the appetizer course. I can eat an appetizer, but rarely more than a third of the entree, ESPECIALLY if there is a wait of say 20 minutes between courses. I cannot stand that feeling of being too full, especially if I have to bend at the waist and sit for a long ride home. Doesn't stop me from ordering though, a pork chop, a ribeye, because I know I will enjoy it much more, later that evening, and maybe some the next day, too.

Last night I had a dozen oysters, half a lemonade, and a bit of my daughters cheese, then my berkshire pork chop and polenta took 20 minutes to come out. I ate a few bites then, and a few bites of husbands tres leches cake, and several more a few hours later. Going to finish it for lunch.

Jul 02, 2014
Shrinkrap in Not About Food

Favorite gardening forum?

If I REALLY need to know, I end up having to check the option for emails when there is a response, or searching with my name (which is my REAL name! I was a bit of a noob when I signed up in 2002). I think the "clippings" can help too, but I don't quite understand how to best use them.

Weezie,

I follow the Cal board too! How about that "what tomatoes are you growing in N Cal thread? That one is ancient!

BTW; Anyone know where I can find culantro plants? Or cuban oregano? Morningsun Farm usually has a variety of cuban oregano, but not THIS year.

Jul 01, 2014
Shrinkrap in Gardening

Culantro (NOT cilantro) in Toronto / Etobicoke / Mississauga?

No directions; sorry.

Be sure to check Asian grocers under different names. I find it here as Vietnamese ngo gai. In West Indian markets it might be "shadow beni" (that's how it sounds, but probably not how it's spelled). Recao in Puerto Rican markets, I think.

http://caribbeanpot.com/shado-beni-ex...

and
http://chrisdelarosa.com/chadon-beni/

Jul 01, 2014
Shrinkrap in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

KFC/taco Bell

Our kfc will be chick filet. Holla!

Sorry. I am in N. Cal. but lived many years in DC.

Jun 29, 2014
Shrinkrap in Chains

Favorite gardening forum?

I still use Gardenweb. I find the tomato and hot pepper forums somwhat active. Tomatoville is also good for tomatoes,and http://thehotpepper.com/index.php for peppers.

Jun 29, 2014
Shrinkrap in Gardening
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Amazing broccoli

I'm going to have to save this thread. Broccoli is for winter around here, and then it's non stop in the csa box.

Jun 29, 2014
Shrinkrap in Home Cooking

looking for stuffed pepper recipes

There are many variations on the Mexican Chile Relleno. The basic is stuffed with cheeses, but I like one with shrimp, and one with corn, black beans and rice. I think that one was from Chow. I'll see if I can find it.

Found it!
http://www.chow.com/recipes/10921-stu...

But google chile rellenos too.

I tried this one on egullet, half way down; "Chiles Rellenos de Bacalao" from Rick Bayless.
http://forums.egullet.org/topic/13644...

Here's En Nogada
http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/...

Jun 25, 2014
Shrinkrap in Home Cooking

Duke's Mayo

The Duke's folks handled shipping really well; they even found out my mayo was stolen, let me know, and then replaced it! And it is MAD hot where I live, and I keep the extra in my garage.

Jun 25, 2014
Shrinkrap in California