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A guy walks into the movie theater with his own sandwich...

Aren't you complaining now?

Aromas cannot be cleansed...Auras perhaps. Nothing will intensify an aroma, but it may not dissipate as fast in a closed room as in one with open windows and doors. The problem is that once you've smelled it, your indignation will keep you smelling it.

Was it somehow worse at a "small arts theater" rather than the megaplex?

about 4 hours ago
512window in Not About Food

Left food out overnight. Will I die?

I thought you might have met Miracle Max. But Jesus works too.

You really should check back in in 72 hours.....

Left food out overnight. Will I die?

But...But....you just said you were dead. I am so confused.

Jun 24, 2015
512window in General Topics

Left food out overnight. Will I die?

So resistance *was* futile?

Jun 24, 2015
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Left food out overnight. Will I die?

This has to be a joke - nobody eats sauerkraut *and* cabbage.

You will die.

Jam Making? What Does "Calcium Water" Do, and Why?

Glad yours turned out well. My mom was a great maker of apricot jam since she had two trees. She never used pectin. The secret was including a few less ripe cots in every batch.

Jun 23, 2015
512window in Home Cooking
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Dining establishment VS. Firefighters

I thought this was why firemen cooked at the fire station.

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

I raised two kids to adulthood. I never cooked separate meals - we ate as a family and everyone had the same meal.

You do have to be sensitive to their likes and dislikes. I remember that my mother stopped serving acorn squash after I had a violent reaction several times. I stopped serving salmon when my daughter became allergic to it.

Jun 20, 2015
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Current restaurant pet peeve

You know where you can usually find accurate hours of operation? On Yelp. They will be up to date even when the restaurant's own website is wrong.

What is your weirdest kitchen experience?

In retrospect, I am glad I met Mom before Dad.

Soup Kitchen

When you've chopped and frozen all that's reasonable, just give out the remaining pineapples to your clients. If they can't deal with them, they'll probably just give them back.

Jun 17, 2015
512window in Home Cooking

Three chocolate pies and their crust: a cooking experiment

I like chocolate tofu pie. It isn't very sweet, no added sugar other than the semi sweet chocolate.

Jun 17, 2015
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Can I Put Cut Small Red Potatoes in Water Overnight?

Wash them tonight, cut them tomorrow. Dealing with a big bowl of water has got to be worse than the few minutes it will take you to cut them in half.

Jun 17, 2015
512window in Home Cooking

What is your weirdest kitchen experience?

Meeting my high school boyfriend's parents. Until she closed the refrigerator door, I hadn't realized that they were nudists.

What is your weirdest kitchen experience?

Isn't it time for a Viking funeral?

Jun 17, 2015
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How has your cooking evolved with age?

This is a great question! I've been cooking for decades. The dishes have changed over the years, but the big change that I've noticed is that I'm willing to try to cook/prepare anything. It might not turn out great, but I'll tackle it. Crabs, or bread, or tarte tatin, or pickles, or Thai food - I'll try to make it. When I first started out, I was much more timid.

Big shout out to my Mom, who was the opposite of a helicopter parent. My sister and I were baking cookies all on our own at 10 years old. Only time I ever remember being yelled at was when my sister didn't use the mixer to cream butter and sugar.

Jun 16, 2015
512window in Home Cooking
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Current restaurant pet peeve

I have reached that age. However, I still have pet peeves since I frequently experience the same problem at a new restaurant.

My peeve is the tiny tables spaced closely together in a restaurant that has chosen to remove every scrap of substance that might absorb noise. You can't hear the people you are dining with, but for some reason you can hear the people at the next tables. The food doesn't fit on the table. When the waiter comes to the next table, his/her butt hangs over my table.

Baking soda to cook potatoes?

Buy some distilled water and try that.

Or, cook the potatoes in the microwave instead of boiling them.

Jun 15, 2015
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Desk meals!

I have Tasty Bite Indian meals in a pouch. You cut off the top, microwave it for a minutes, and end up with pretty good vegetarian dishes. My favorite is the Madras Lentils.

I like to eat it over rice and just found precooked brown rice, shelf stable, 1 cup containers, that you apparently just microwave as well. I bought but haven't tried.

What's your ??????????

Since I'm older than dirt and have been on the internet before it was the internet, I remember a contest on the science groups of Usenet for the person with the shortest email address. It was won by a guy in Sweden who was s@s

If they really need an address, give them that one. It was real. He'll get all your discounts.

My ????????? is when they give my bag, the one that I remembered to bring in, to the guy in front of me at the checkstand.

Jun 12, 2015
512window in Not About Food

How to Make Rice taste like packaged wild rice

Brown rice takes longer than white rice also. 45min vs 20min

Jun 11, 2015
512window in Home Cooking

What would you do if you dropped dinner on the floor?

So you lost some vegetables for tomorrow night's dinner?

Throw these out (or give them to the dog, or compost them), clean up, go out tomorrow and buy more vegetables and saute them up.

Jun 11, 2015
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How to Make Rice taste like packaged wild rice

Real wild rice takes at least twice as long to cook as long grain white rice. I suspect that the mixes you buy contain white rice and par cooked and dried wild rice.

So, if you want to make your own, cook the wild rice in chicken stock and herbs, cook the white rice separately, combine the two when done, and reheat.

Jun 11, 2015
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Cooking and being friendly to planet earth

Use any lid that you have that will cover the dish you are baking in. Doesn't even have to be a lid, in a restaurant kitchen they'd flip over an aluminum sautee pan as a lid, if needed.

Why do you use a grill pan to bake things?

If you are cooking things and think they might drip, put a sheet pan under the baking dish.

Jun 11, 2015
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Ever considered writing a cookbook?

They usually end in dessert! :-)

How do you feel about waiters clearing dirty dishes and then serving food without washing their hands in between?

No problem to me.

I don't wash my hands at home after clearing the dishes. Do you?

What makes a good host ?

"What makes a good host?"
Some one who is considerate of their guests' needs. If you think of it as "running in circles to service their needs" then you're not a good host.

2+ hours is not just a little bit late, it's a lot late. You need to start earlier, or make things the day before. If you're going to serve four dishes and you make two the day before, you'll have lots of time to concentrate on the other two.

How to use up limoncello?

It's great mixed with tonic water.

Jun 08, 2015
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Do restaurants overcharge on purpose?

I've had this happen before. Got charged for two bottles of wine instead of two glasses. I'd never been to the restaurant before, so just assumed it was a mistake.

I do find that waiters get miffed when you point out mistakes on the bills.

Jun 07, 2015
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Staying near theater district on Geary [San Francisco]

I ate at Gitane a few weeks ago and wouldn't go back for the food. The bar is great.

BDK has OK food but the tables are so close together that it's a loud unpleasant experience. Stop for a drink and nibbles, but don't plan to eat. The food wasn't anything memorable. Something similar is The Cavalier where the food might make the noise and close tables worth while.

Belden Place is fun and not that far a walk. The other direction is the Tenderloin with cheap ethnic eats.