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What is your favorite one dish meal?

Congratulations!

My favorite is jambalaya.

At what point does a recipe become "yours"?

When somebody else says: "you have to bring your marvelous ....."

then, it's yours.

Dec 18, 2014
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Reluctance to buy online?

I am reluctant to buy a lot on-line because there will be no one home when it is delivered. It may get stolen, or it may get rained on and ruined. I can't have things delivered to my work.

So, I'll only do it if it's the only way to get something that I really need.

We all live in different worlds.

Food by mail for Xmas

I live nearby so have never shipped, but this place has the best dried fruit on the planet. http://www.cjolsoncherries.com

Dec 16, 2014
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Sweet Potato fries

I once got sweet potato tater tots from a Vietnamese food truck. They came with a choice of dipping sauces that included plum sriracha and mango habanero both of which were excellent. Probably be good with fries as well.

Dec 16, 2014
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My family situation/pink pork

How can guests adjust to meat that they believe is undercooked? By not eating it?

I'm a big fan of rare, but know that others are not. What they prefer is that meat is cooked longer. Whether that's a safety thing, or just a personal preference for how it tastes when it's cooked like that, I don't know.

Rather than getting annoyed at this, think of it as your serenity prayer moment. Or serve lasagne.

Dec 16, 2014
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Dim-Sum Style Service

I think it's more common with desserts than main courses.

In Italy in the 1970s, if you ordered fish in a local restaurant, you got to pick the exact one you wanted from a cart near the kitchen.

Dec 15, 2014
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Are Brown Rice's (and other wild rice's) Suppose To Be Creamy/Sticky?

So it sounds like none of this is actual wild rice. Even your Lundberg "wild" mix is japonica, not real wild rice. Real wild rice needs to be boiled for a long time (45 minutes) to be edible.

Light and fluffy can be achieved with brown rice, but you'd be better off not buying mixes. Brown rice needs to be washed thoroughly before cooking, and you probably can't do that with the mix.

Dec 14, 2014
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establishments that barter for meyer lemons

My parents probably fed theirs, but not a lot, and they produced heavily for years.

They looked more like tangerines than lemons.

Being "put to work" at a Christmas Party

Several stories ago...

make ahead meals

I knew someone who did this, and was on a very strict diet for weight loss. She would take an electric frying pan with her to cook. If you drive to the locations, rather than fly, this is an option.

Dec 11, 2014
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One pot cooking. Really?

Or for those of us who don't have the multitudes of pans that others seem to. I don't think I could come up with four different large pans to brown meat simultaneously, for example.

Dec 10, 2014
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One pot cooking. Really?

I'm exactly the opposite - I try to minimize the number of pans that I use. Maybe it's from too much camping. Plus, we're in the midst of the worst drought ever, minimizing water use is important.

What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

regular pans is what we call them in these parts

Dec 04, 2014
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Pie for breakfast!

As nice as pie for breakfast is, the real post-Thanksgiving treat is stuffing for breakfast!

Dec 03, 2014
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Holiday Dinner - what went wrong? What went well?

Had a lovely meal with turkey cooked on the grill, regular and vegan stuffing, spinach salad, cranberry relish. Only failure was mine: tried to make a nut tart and the pastry didn't seal so that while cooking the filling, it ran out underneath. So then I couldn't get the tart pan sides off.

The other problem turned up last night. On T Day we were going to have spinach sauteed with shallots, pine nuts, and dried cranberries, but my daughter in law brought a spinach salad so we cancelled. Last night, my daughter wanted to cook the spinach. I went in the back room and when I came out discovered two empty containers of pine nuts. She used all the nuts left from my nut tart, and all of another full container. I somehow managed to not blurt out that each container cost $14 and she'd used 8 times more than she needed. No pesky leftover pine nuts!

Dec 02, 2014
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Discussions about taking food home during Thanksgiving dinner

Your sister in law takes food for her boy friend?

Can't we just use our words?

I work with a bunch of women from Samoa. Their method is that everyone loads up the leftovers first, then they eat.

Dec 01, 2014
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Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

For the people in the time zone of the two teams, kickoff is at 5:30pm. Sounds like they were planning an evening meal.

Nov 26, 2014
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Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

Watching a football game is like watching any other performance (music, to use your example). It's more fun if you are physically present to see the performance. If you can't do that, then watching it live on TV or a big screen somewhere is the next best.

I don't need to read the playbooks to enjoy the game, anymore than an opera fan would need to read the score to enjoy the show.

It's important to the people who enjoy the game. If you don't, that doesn't mean other people have to share your opinion. If the hostess doesn't want to have the game on, then the guest doesn't have to attend if it's more important to him.

Nov 26, 2014
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Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

"Can't you just check the score on your phone?"

Nov 25, 2014
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What time does your family eat Thanksgiving Dinner?

I think if you are the host, then you get to set the time, unless she wants to come and help you out.

I am hosting, but because we're going to the football game on Tday, we're having ours on Friday after my daughter gets off work.

I much prefer to eat early afternoon (1ish) so that we can work up an appetite for pies. My mom always served 7-8pmish, I always brought dessert, and no one wanted any of it.

Nov 21, 2014
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Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

I bet the Irish boiled their water for their tea also. The difference was they also drank things other than tea. Like cold water.

Nov 18, 2014
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Fish & Chips - What kind of fish do you like?

In my part of California, shark is marketed as "shark" - usually thresher shark or black tip.

Nov 17, 2014
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Any foods or products you really like(d) that have been discontinued?

I'm getting worried about Kavli crackers....they're getting harder and harder to find and I haven't seen the multi-grain (blue box) variety in months. I don't think they've been discontinued, but that they aren't being imported any more.

Nov 17, 2014
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What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

For me with the Indian, it seems to be some of the spices, not the butter. And southern Indian isn't any better.

Nov 15, 2014
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What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

me too.
Although it seems to be more that my body can't tolerate it.

Nov 14, 2014
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housewarming gift?rude

Everything is negotiable. What you buy has to be in writing in the offer and accepted by the seller.

Nov 12, 2014
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housewarming gift?rude

The context is a house warming gift. Not someone just showing up at your place with groceries on a random date.

My father in law used to do that. And it was always poor quality stuff. So I'd take it and feed it to the dog after he left. His intent was good.

Nov 12, 2014
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Best/worst Thanksgiving ever...

Nobody knows. They were a new couple, but capable of bringing something. They said it took about 2 hours to do the dishes.

Nov 09, 2014
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Famous food in names- add to the list

John Hamm
Francis Bacon
Harvey Milk

Nov 09, 2014
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