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Advice about Poland

Hi, been away from he internet for a bit! We are flying in thru Warsaw, and spending at least a few days in Lublin. Is there wonderful food in Lublin?

Oct 27, 2014
Meann in Europe

Popeye's

Anyone know how late Popeye's usually stay open?

Oct 13, 2014
Meann in Chains

Thanksgiving and Christmas in the US

Monavano: Actually, I made a turducken for Christmas two years ago. It was pretty good, and with some careful planning not all that burdensome. But it certainly wasn't the be all and end all of holiday festivity.

Oct 04, 2014
Meann in General Topics

Thanksgiving and Christmas in the US

My husband likes to ask folks what they have to have for it to be "truly Thanksgiving". (We're both multigeneration United States.)

For a few people, it's just turkey and gravy and maybe mashed potatoes. But most people need more than that. For my husband himself, it's turkey-stuffing-gravy, mash, creamed onions, a relish plate of celery and radishes, and cranberry sauce from a can, with the ridges still on.

The most elaborate answer he ever got is from a friend from Massachusetts, whose daughter is the 7th generation of the family to live in their house (which backs up onto the family cranberry bog). Turkey-stuffing-gravy, creamed onions, mash, three kinds of cranberry sauce, including one with orange peel, a bunch of other stuff, finished off with three pies, pumpkin, mince, and squash, and the squash pie has to be in a square pan. She was a grown woman before she figured out that the squash pie was the last one prepared, and by that time, her grandmother had run out of round pans.

Oct 04, 2014
Meann in General Topics

help me create a simple rustic dinner menu

Really good ice cream, chimney sweep style. Ice cream, sprinkled with finely ground coffee, and a shot of whiskey poured over.

Oct 03, 2014
Meann in Home Cooking
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Advice about Poland

We will be in Poland for about 12 days in November ... in and out through Warsaw and several days in Lublin. Any advice would be welcome.

Sep 22, 2014
Meann in Europe

What is it?

It may be glop. It tasted great. I pretended I meant to make fruit soup and just rolled with it.

Sep 02, 2014
Meann in Home Cooking

What is it?

I just made ... something: a little cantaloupe, a tiny bit of pear, a peach, yogurt, mint, Aleppo pepper. Puree.

First course, followed by chicken piccatta.

Sep 01, 2014
Meann in Home Cooking

Lobster shack around Fairhaven/New Bedford?

Oxford Creamery lobster roll is very good. Try the Grape Nuts ice cream for dessert.

Turks in Marion, MA - Sushi Heaven

We haven't tried the sushi, but the rest of Turk's seafood is excellent.

Aug 10, 2014
Meann in Southern New England

Meatballs - Hors d'Oeuvres - "Juicy"

I find that ground beef dishes (meatballs, meatloaf, whatever) always benefits from a little pinch of powdered gelatin mixed in. Maybe I stole this from America's Test Kitchen???

Jul 20, 2014
Meann in Home Cooking

Dinner with friends - should they show up empty handed?

We have a couple of friends, who had to move abruptly and unhappily from a big lovely house to a two bedroom apartment. And during the necessary reduction, packing and moving we pitched in, helped, and fed them regularly. And eventually they were happily reestablished.

And now we are having the kitchen renovated, and don't have a place to cook anymore. So they are having us over every week.

We're friends, ya know. Nothing else really matters.

One pot meals for the summer

You guys are are great! Thanks so much.

Jun 18, 2014
Meann in Home Cooking

One pot meals for the summer

Tomorrow morning, they are coming to rip out my kitchen. I am excited about the remodel, but...

I have a downstairs half bath/work room that I will be using as a kitchen for the duration. I have a coffee maker, a two burner hot plate, a toaster, a microwave, and a dorm-sized fridge set up. And a grill outside.

I would be very grateful for any suggestions for one pot/no oven/sheltering in place and yet summery meals.

Thank you!

Jun 16, 2014
Meann in Home Cooking

Where did the prawns come from?

"We should be glad Britain (unlike the United States) still has real newspapers doing real investigative journalism."

And Antislavery International. They've been at this since the 1830's.

Jun 12, 2014
Meann in Food Media & News

my friends have no social sense at all

And I wouldn't mind at all ... I have celiac friends who are VERY sensitive, and it can be brutal. I would be heartsick if I accidentally poisoned someone.

May 12, 2014
Meann in Not About Food

my friends have no social sense at all

I have solved the mystery! (Maybe.) Turkey guy not only brought his turkey, he brought his new lady friend, whom most of us were meeting for the first time. And she's gluten allergic. So I think he was trying to make sure she had enough to eat.

my friends have no social sense at all

Thanks. Your basic meatballs, browned and then baked in a sauce of (forgive me) jarred salsa and a can of chipotles in adobo. Scatter on some cilantro leaves for pretty.

May 07, 2014
Meann in Not About Food

my friends have no social sense at all

I've had that happen, too.

May 07, 2014
Meann in Not About Food

my friends have no social sense at all

I like you guys. Thanks to you all for the perspective.

Mostly I just needed to vent, with a side order of "am I nuts, here?".

Turkey guy fancies himself a flashy cook, and also birthday girl and husband themselves are the sort who would show up at a potluck with a bag of chips and a dozen Dunkin Donuts, so he may be practicing self-defensive food socializing here.

It still seems like a lot of poultry, so I think I'm switching over to spicy sort-of-Mexican meatballs. At least, the guy who always brings the best wine is coming, so I won't end the evening unhappy.

my friends have no social sense at all

A friend's birthday is coming up, and because of physical limitations (can't do stairs, can't walk any significant distance, can't stand very long) I volunteered my house for the party, so she could park by the back door, and only have two steps to manage.

I suggested a potluck, with me providing the space, the linens and plates and flatware, and a big pan of roasted chicken, as an entree. I'll pick up a cake from the local bakery. Her husband sent out an invitation asking for sides and salads and wine and soda, and specifically said entree only if you don't like chicken.

So I just got an email from one of the guests announcing he'll be bringing "a freshly roasted 12 pound turkey with potatoes."

I don't know whether it was the "freshly roasted" or the "turkey" that cheesed me off more, but all I can think is that's gonna be a hell of a lot of poultry.

May 05, 2014
Meann in Not About Food

Radioactive Japanese knives

Apr 26, 2014
Meann in Cookware

Frozen Cherries

Thanks, all. Whole Foods came through.

Mar 31, 2014
Meann in Philadelphia

kitchen OWIES!?!

I am bleeding at this moment. I burn myself on the oven at least once a year. I wear my scars proudly.

Mar 29, 2014
Meann in Not About Food

Frozen Cherries

None of the stores around here (Roxborough) seem to have frozen cherries. Strawberries, sure. Blueberries, mixed berries. Heck, even mango. But no cherries. Any ideas where I can try further afield? I need them to make brandied cherries for Manhattans.

Mar 29, 2014
Meann in Philadelphia

returning food to supermarket?

I'm confused: you normally get a piece of waxed paper between every single slice of cheese and the next?

Mar 13, 2014
Meann in Not About Food

Uses for "spicy vegetable juice" aka spicy v8

Any place a recipe calls for "vegetable broth" (which I think always tends to taste like dish water) replace it with V-8.

Feb 08, 2014
Meann in Home Cooking

Food names for pets

My husband had a sweet black and white cat, whom he got off of the streets of Philadelphia: Scrapple.

Thanksgiving Etiquette

You were right, and SIL (and goofball husband, who knew exactly what was going on) were wrong. That said: Thanksgiving is for lots of complicated reasons probably the most widely observed, intense, emotionally fraught, memory laden holiday we celebrate in the United States. We have a friend who will tell you that it's not "really" Thanksgiving unless she has everything on a list of about two dozen things, including three kinds of cranberries, and three different pies. And the squash pie has to be square.

My husband's list isn't that long, but he has his list, too. So those are the things I offer to bring. And if the host/ess turns me down, so be it. What your folks should have done was keep their mouths shut, and have their own itty bitty turkey feast on Friday, with the things they particularly love.

But they didn't, and now they're gone, and you can forget about them for a whole year.

Dec 20, 2013
Meann in Not About Food

What would *you* want from the food pantry?

Making things a little happier, especially for kids: Samuel Johnson had it right: What signifies, says some one, giving halfpence to beggars? they only lay it out in gin or tobacco. "And why should they be denied such sweeteners of their existence (says Johnson)?

You and your son are really good people.

Dec 17, 2013
Meann in General Topics
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