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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.

1 day ago
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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.

1 day ago
512window in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

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

Nov 25, 2014
512window in Not About Food

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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Do You Enjoy Crisp Waffles, Pancakes and Crepes?

Waffles crisp; pancakes not crisp or they won't soak up the syrup. I rarely eat crepes so don't care.

Nov 09, 2014
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Browned/Burnt/Overcooked Eggs - yum?

To me eggs the "proper" way are undercooked. I like my eggs well done. That's my preference. It's not a culinary crime. People have their own preferences for how they like their food cooked.

I've eaten them runny and fully cooked. There's no difference in taste, unless edges are browned. And I've seen plenty of sunnyside up eggs with brown crispy edges.

Nov 07, 2014
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Best/worst Thanksgiving ever...

I have been lucky to have mostly great Thanksgivings. So this is the sad story of my brother and sister in law's worst Thanksgiving. I was out of town and the rest of the family was invited to the home of a friend of my aunt. Bro and SIL ask if they can bring anything. No, just your appetites! They ask again, same answer. They show up with a bottle of wine. There are a lot of people attending, 20-25. Dinner is served and consumed. Then the hostess goes around the table thanking people for bringing things (like the appetizers, salads, etc.). When she gets to the two of them, there is a long awkward pause. Then she moves on around the table to the next person. They were so mortified that they did all of the dishes. Next time I saw my SIL she told me the story and then hissed: And you are making Christmas dinner this year! Which I did.

Nov 06, 2014
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Hound Parents

My parents both enjoyed fine dining and cooking. My dad was an army officer so we moved around the world. They made sure that we all tried many different foods.

Oct 31, 2014
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Good Chinese in NoVa

Thanks for all the suggestions. The meetings ran late and we didn't have a chance to check things out. I'll try to hit one or two up on my next visit.

BUTTERMILK BAKED CHICKEN

My mother used to make a dish that we called chicken with breadcrumbs. Dip into melted butter, then roll in the seasoned breadcrumb cheese mixture, then bake on a sheet pan.

I tried once, and found my children preferred, dipping into yogurt and then into the breadcrumbs. That seems closer to Jim's recipe. I just don't get buttermilk very often.

My mother was a compulsive saver of bread heels to make her crumbs - I am lazy and buy them from the store.

Oct 28, 2014
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How much should $1000 worth of groceries last a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 teens that eat like adults? Please help!

It really depends on where you live. In the US there are enormous differences in costs of food from place to place.

5 bags of Lundberg brown rice about to expire

Give it to a food bank. If it hasn't expired that is.

Oct 26, 2014
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Good Chinese in NoVa

Thanks!

Good Chinese in NoVa

Thanks!

Leaving half doughnuts behind

It wasn't me! Mixing 1/2 envelope of hot cocoa mix into 1 mug of coffee makes pretty good mocha.

My ire goes to the person who does the same with a packet of splenda - the unsuspecting person who picks up the folded over packet automatically shakes it to get the crystals down in the end, and showers themselves with Splenda. If you don't need the whole packet, just throw away the excess.

Oct 20, 2014
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Good Chinese in NoVa

Where is Taste?

Good Chinese in NoVa

Thanks. We will be in meetings during the day so no dim sum.

Have you been to the others recently? They featured in the "past their prime" threads that I read.

Good Chinese in NoVa

I'm coming on a business trip with two Chinese postdocs who live in areas where no decent Chinese food is available, except by their own cooking. We'll be in the Reston/Herndon/Chantilly area.

Is there anything good for a sit down meal? I've searched here but most recommendations are old, or lamentations for lost glories. We don't have time to go into DC. I don't think they care whether it's Szechuan or Taiwanese, just well prepared.

Leaving half doughnuts behind

MacDuff

Oct 18, 2014
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Only a Chef Can Ruin Mashed Potatoes

At least that actually is a famous saying.

However, I'm not looking for assignments at the moment.

If you are dedicating your life to making up "famous sayings" you might try a test run or two to see if everyone/anyone else understands what you are getting at.

Oct 15, 2014
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Top Chef Fans out there-- did this woman make it on a Top Chef season?

Elizabeth Falkner was a judge on the very first season of Top Chef - so, no, she was competing to be a contestant a few years later.

Oct 15, 2014
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