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Fifth anniversary coming up - Please help me plan a meal that I can cook for my girlfriend.

This is a lot of food. Pare back!

What's her favorite dish? Be sure you make that.

How about bstilla - Moroccan pigeon pie that you eat with your hands. It's sweet and savory.

about 12 hours ago
512window in Home Cooking

Is It Just Me...

I think they are using their databases of what you did look at to suggest what you might be interested in. Why they are saying that the new items are actually in your shopping cart is the mystery.

Amazon has been doing this for years. The only things that I purchased from them were some books about trees and native vegetation in Texas, and a CD of the soundtrack to O Brother Where Art Thou. Then I started getting email suggestions of what I might be interested in, based on my purchase history. Which, since the items are completely unrelated, got weird.

about 15 hours ago
512window in Not About Food
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British Baking Show - Pies!

People used to grow rhubarb all over in the northeast and midwest (when I was a little girl that is). It needs moisture so it's almost impossible to grow it in California. It probably needs to get cold in the winter too.

I bought some at a local supermarket and had to explain to the checkers and managers who all appeared to be from Mexico, why something that looked like red celery was listed as a fruit.

The pioneers called it pie plant.

about 15 hours ago
512window in Food Media & News

Baked Potatoes for a Crowd

What the CDC says is:
Potatoes which have been baked while wrapped in aluminum foil should be kept hot until served or refrigerated.

The method that I described kept the potatoes warm in an ice chest (it keeps hot things hot just like a thermos). They won't last forever, but they were very hot when we took them out to serve after being in the chests for a few hours.

If you want to think that way, I was part of an experiment. We made 100 potatoes for each game, for 8 home games in a season. I did this for 3 years. So, in N=2400 runs of the experiment, no problems were reported.

Life is full of risks. You can get listeria from apples this week.

I hope the OP has a great party.

Jan 24, 2015
512window in Home Cooking

Baked Potatoes for a Crowd

When my son was in marching band, we sold baked potatoes as a fund raiser. So, I actually have experience at this.

Each parent participating would get an ice chest filled with 18-20 large baking potatoes. We would wash, prick, oil skins, and wrap each potato in tin foil. Then bake the potatoes. When done, line the ice chest with several layers of newspaper, wrap each cooked potato in newspaper and put them in the chest. Then take to the football game. They would sit in the ice chests for up to 3 hours. They were always good and nobody got sick.

Use a good well-sealing ice chest, and don't open it to check.

Jan 23, 2015
512window in Home Cooking

Master Shopping List

There's an app for that.....

Jan 23, 2015
512window in General Topics

Master Shopping List

But, even if it means "ingredients needed to prepare homemade mustard" I don't usually need to get all of them. For example, I probably already have dry mustard and cider vinegar in my cabinet, but I might not have mustard seeds in quantity. I need to put "mustard seeds" on my list, not "homemade mustard."

I made jambalaya recently, and had to improvise because I didn't have the can of tomatoes that my recipe called for. I needed to put the can of tomatoes on my list, not jambalaya.

My list is of defined ingredients.

Jan 23, 2015
512window in General Topics

increase in sticklers on the Home Cooking Board?

I guess we're too old. Want to huddle with me in the dark until someone passes us the decoder ring?

Seriously people! Spelling and grammar count! This is a written forum. Speaking of sticklers.....

Jan 22, 2015
512window in Site Talk
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Chicken Cacciatore?

No breading either. You just brown the chicken, not dunk it in flour first.

OPs dish is definitely not chicken cacciatore.

Jan 21, 2015
512window in Home Cooking

Great British Baking Show -- Desserts (spoilers)

Cool! I've been impressed with him in every episode. Be sure to post any pictures you get of him strolling around. Of course being a Brit, you already know who won......Don't spoil us!

Jan 21, 2015
512window in Food Media & News

Lemon thief

With the drought, animals are taking a lot more than they used to. I'd assume raccoons or squirrels. I have a big lemon tree and have found a lot of "empties" on the ground.

Jan 21, 2015
512window in Gardening

Great British Baking Show -- Desserts (spoilers)

It may have been 25 degrees outside, but inside the tent with its vinyl windows, it probably was a lot hotter. And more humid. Iain wasn't the only one with melting ice cream - Chetna's didn't look much better, but she didn't bin hers.

My favorite in the competition is Luis - loved the scene of him making two batches of Italian meringue simultaneously by pouring the hot liquid into two different kitchenaid mixers!

What do you serve for drinks at dinner parties?

Canned soda definitely does go bad. It's horrible. Trust me.

Restaurant Name Has Nothing to do With The Food Served

I spent a summer working a detail in Northern Virginia. Since I was living at residence hotels, I tended to eat out a lot.

Almost every place I dropped into turned out to be a kebab restaurant. The worst was when I went to the Sorrento Grill jonesing for some Italian food only to end up with schwarma again!

Jan 20, 2015
512window in Not About Food

First time posters

I've been posting here longer than that. There are a few folks who need to spend more time with the 3-dimensional people.

Not you of course. I have immense respect for your commitment to document the details of Martha Stewart's speech patterns. If you handle that, then I don't have to. :-)

First time posters

Televisionwithoutpity
It was much bigger than Chowhound. Closed down about a year ago.
I don't think it was the new poster policy that caused it to shut down. :-)

Jan 16, 2015
512window in Site Talk
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First time posters

On another site that I used to read, posters were unable to start a thread, until they had posted 10 times to other existing discussions.
It worked to make sure that posters were committed to participating, rather than just asking their question.

The NAF people, I think are embarrassed to return. I don't understand the vehemence that many of the long term posters put into their responses to some of questions.

Jan 16, 2015
512window in Site Talk

Master Shopping List

You really have "homemade mustard" on your shopping list?

I have a master shopping list. It's in an app on my phone. Before that, it was on my Palm Pilot. Before that, it was a printed sheet.

I would never have an entry like "assorted herbs" or "junk food treats" - my list says "dill weed" and "chocolate pretzels." How do you know what you really want to buy?

Jan 15, 2015
512window in General Topics

What is this libation implement called?

It's called a champagne bottle drinking spout - but I don't know where you can buy them.

Jan 13, 2015
512window in Cookware

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #10 – 01/07/15 (spoilers)

I figured that since Gregory was following Julia's recipe and she used chicken, we were spared Tom's rant.

Jan 10, 2015
512window in Food Media & News

Very Very Martha

Thank goodness you have decided to give this very important topic the very high level of scrutiny that it deserves. Please keep up the very very good work, Bob.

The world deserves to know if Martha is more very-prone while describing baking as opposed to describing roasting. Do crafts suppress or enhance her use of the word?

If you get too busy, we might be able to get you an intern. :-)

A restarutant trend that should die in 2015:

At Chinese restaurants all the time. I'm white. I get the good old "you wouldn't like that" or just ignored.

Jan 08, 2015
512window in Not About Food

Wing-type corkscrew that doesn't fall apart?

I'm with your wife. I had one that lasted for years. When it finally broke and I had to replace it, I went through a few more.

I finally realized that I needed to look for one with a straight piece on the end of the "worm" rather than it being all curled to the end. That lets you set it into the cork so that when you push down on the wings, you get some traction. With the curly worm, it doesn't get into the cork and will often tear it up, or set crookedly which strains the arms.

I bought the one I've been using at the grocery store, after examining the ends of several kinds.

Jan 07, 2015
512window in Wine

Most Essential Tools for Home Cooks

Maybe I'm more basic than you - I would argue that the only thing "essential" is a source of heat.

I would put nothing from the blog list down as essential to my cooking.

Jan 07, 2015
512window in Cookware
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Would you ever recommend a place you haven't been?

I have done so, on Chowhound. Poster was looking for a romantic restaurant near Yosemite NP and asking about the two lodges there. I suggested he check out another restaurant that's near the park but not in it. I've never been but have heard that it's a wonderful place.

I did say that I hadn't been there up front.

Jan 06, 2015
512window in General Topics

Very Very Martha

not in a million years

Pegboard advice needed

My dad always installed pegboard to store pots and pans in kitchens. He was in the army so we moved a lot.

Install the pegboard correctly, seat the hooks properly, and we never had anything come off the pegboard. We had them growing up, I had one in an old house, and my sister still has one up in her tiny kitchen.

It's a non-issue. Enjoy.

Very Very Martha

I rarely watch Martha Stewart on TV, but on Saturday I watched a half hour program she did on different "easy" fruit desserts.

She may have been cured. I only noticed her saying "very" twice.

Jan 05, 2015
512window in Food Media & News

Very Very Martha

I am not a big Martha fan and feel your pain. But I watched a half hour program of her baking today and only noticed one "very."

Perhaps she was going through a phase.....

Jan 03, 2015
512window in Food Media & News

Telling Me Wine Names Rather than Generic Grape Types

You ask them to check. I have done this many times. Occasionally you get the really new server who reports back that "it's Chablis!" But usually you get the winery name and varietal.

Most places that carry a selection of wines by the glass will have a printed list with the details.

Jan 03, 2015
512window in Wine
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