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Non dairy Hors-d'oeuvre with wine

These all sound good, and most importantly got my brain to start working again. Thank you hounds

Aug 04, 2015
KaimukiMan in General Topics

Non dairy Hors-d'oeuvre with wine

A few of us are going to get together and sip wine while we watch the sunset. One is very allergic to dairy and I'm supposed to bring some snacks that have to be prepared well in advance although will be in a cooler.

Of course once you say no dairy, suddenly the only things I can think of have some form of dairy product in them. Anyone want to hep me break free? I guess I should add that I can't eat Mellon and the 3rd of the 4 of us can't have nuts. Yes we make quite the bunch.

Aug 03, 2015
KaimukiMan in General Topics

Wait, you mean everyone doesn't . . .

For us it was "rice-a-roni comes in a box?"

Jul 11, 2015
KaimukiMan in General Topics

Wait, you mean everyone doesn't . . .

The other day I was talking to a friend who was describing a great new way to cook pasta. You bring The water up to a boil, put the pasta in and let it return to a boil. Then you bring it down to a simmer till the pasta is done. I stared at her like she has a screw loose, that was the only way I knew how to cook pasta. It was how my mother and both my grandmothers cooked pasta. My friend then explained that many people leave the water to boil until the pasta is finished. It's faster but easier to overcook. I was gobsmacked.

What have you discovered that you do differently but had no idea it wasn't the way it was done?

Jul 10, 2015
KaimukiMan in General Topics

Eating Alone

So many good tips here.

Inspiration:
A) you will be astounded how much money you save, especially if you enjoy leftovers.
B) you will be similarly amazed at how many calories you save, both because you cook healthier and because you tend to eat more reasonable sized portions.

Lifestyle:
I know a lot of people who spend hours every week at the gym, jogging, playing tennis, whatever. They enjoy the discipline and the health benefits. Cooking for yourself soon becomes an enjoyable part of your regular routine for caring for yourself. But, like the more strenuous activities you are going to face some resistance at first.

How to Enjoy It
A) start out slow. Pick some fast, easy, delicious foods. Maybe something as easy as brown bagging lunch 3 times a week. A simple sandwich, a piece of fruit, and some of your favorite store bought cookies.
B) fix foods you really like, not just things you think you "should" eat but don't really like. This doesn't mean Kraft Mac & Cheese 6 nights a week.

The alone thing: yes it takes getting used to. But after a while you find out that you actually enjoy that time to yourself. Once you get good at doing it yourself you will probably find out your friends enjoy getting an invitation to join you for a simple home cooked meal occasionally.

When do you just toss it?

It sounds like your mind is made up that it cannot be fixed. No I'm not trying to be nasty Sometimes you just know it's hopeless or certainly not worth the effort. You tried it you didn't like it and you're not going to go hungry for throwing it away.

Best foods versus Heinz mayonnaise

I haven't seen a recent discussion on this, the Heinz seems a little bit tangier to me.

Jun 28, 2015
KaimukiMan in General Topics

Mr. Kim Chee Lee

This Mean Old Haole Man will have to give it a try. In the meantime, everybody out of the pool!

Jun 22, 2015
KaimukiMan in Hawaii
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Eating stale food

Freeze everything. Yes cereal, yes chips, yes oatmeal. All of it. Yes you might need a bigger freezer.

Jun 21, 2015
KaimukiMan in General Topics

Is it possible to Brown ground beef anymore?

Since I live in a condo and they frown on us raising livestock on the balcony I'm unable to herd my own cattle, raise pigs or chickens, or even keep bees. As for the water evaporating, there is simply too much. Saturday I browned a little over two pounds of ground beef and poured the water into an empty tomato sauce can, and there was two investors of water in the can when I was finished.

Is it possible to Brown ground beef anymore?

It used to be that you would drop your ground beef in the pan, even low-fat beef, and he would pretty much brown in the fat that there was. Depending on the recipe and your personal preference you would drain the excess fat

These days as soon as you start to heat the meet all kinds of water comes out and you end up steaming or boiling your beef. You can pour off all this water but in doing so the fat goes away too, leaving you with dry tasteless meat. Chicken is going the same way because it's all injected with brine. Any comments, suggestions, solutions.

Jun 14, 2015
KaimukiMan in General Topics

Popcorn - yellow, white, tips, hints?

Yesterday I put some ground chili peppers, not chili powder which has salt and other things, in while I was hearing the oil. The popcorn ended up having a slightly orange yellow cast which fooled me into thinking it was buttered and a very slight spicy taste that replaced my salt craving. thank you all for your input !

Jun 03, 2015
KaimukiMan in General Topics

Popcorn - yellow, white, tips, hints?

For some inexplicable reason I decided to make stovetop popcorn the other day. because of health concerns I knew I would have to eat unsalted unbuttered popcorn. Enough to dissuade some people right there

The first decision I had to make was whether to buy white popcorn or yellow, my only choice, both of them jolly time. I've been popping it in sTeflon skillet with just a tablespoon or so of vegetable oil I heat up the oil, throw the popcorn in and wait for it to stop popping. so far it's worked really well, but I am always looking for ways to improve things.

Jun 02, 2015
KaimukiMan in General Topics

Los Chaparros Restaurant [Honolulu]

Been a few times but not overwhelmed. It was not bad, so by Honolulu standards it's fine

May 28, 2015
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

Pastrami sandwich on Oahu?

unfortunately I've never been a fan of any boars head products. they are better than supermarket cold cuts, but hardly worth the 10 or $12 a pound they charge.

May 28, 2015
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

Pastrami sandwich on Oahu?

I know you'd never mislead me. Now if I can just get them to leave the sauerkraut off ...

May 28, 2015
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

Pastrami sandwich on Oahu?

Aloha Beach Chick,
A friend used to work in that part of Waikiki and said the pastrami sandwich was not that great, and that they were 'super skimpy' with the meat. All at Waikiki prices. So sad.

May 18, 2015
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

Pastrami sandwich on Oahu?

I agree. I also used to like the pastrami at Brent's, but it's also long gone. For a short time there was a place in Kaimuki but it didn't last long

May 17, 2015
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

Pastrami sandwich on Oahu?

Is there anyplace that makes a good one?

May 17, 2015
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

Suggestions for Honolulu dining gift certificate

So many choices. In no particular order: Nicos, 12th Avenue grill, Town, Little village noodle house, Hau Tree Lanai, Alan Wongs, Roy's. for some the hundred dollars would cover dinner for two for others it would merely be a substantial discount

May 12, 2015
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

Refried Black Beans

Apr 26, 2015
KaimukiMan in Recipes

Easy Fish Tacos

Feb 23, 2015
KaimukiMan in Recipes

Hawaiian Butter and Jam option

Yes! A friends auntie showed up at the airport with a whole box of homemade jams and jellies and handed them to my friend as he was about to go through the TSA checkpoint, too Close to boarding time to check it in as luggage. TSA had to confiscate the entire box.

Feb 19, 2015
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

Non-buffet Sunday Brunch in Waikiki

T & B is good but not in Waikiki proper and would be quite a walk.

Feb 13, 2015
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

Bar Hopping Around Oahu

A few spots for consideration

Either Haleiwa Joe's or Jamison's in Haleiwa

whatever it is they call the beach bar at Turtle bay these days.

Then it's a fairly long trek to buzzes in Kailua

Not much there from Waimanaloon through till you get to Hawaii Kai. In Hawaii Kai you can go up scale and the bar at Roy's has a decent view, or you can step it down a bit and hit the shack on the lagoon Hawaii Kai.

From there it's back to Waikiki unless you're going to stop at the Kahala.

Dec 16, 2014
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

Oven browned meat?

I'm going to refrain from saying if the cast-iron Dutch oven was good enough for grandma it should work for me. Grandma probably could've done it in a disposable aluminum roasting pan over a campfire with a pine branch to turn the meat. I appreciate all the input.

Dec 12, 2014
KaimukiMan in Home Cooking

Oven browned meat?

At various times I've used grandma's old cast-iron Dutch oven, I've used moms Revereware stockpot, and I've used a Teflon skillet. I brown it on the medium high setting, but if I brown things enough to make all the white disappear and with burnt parts. I used to crowd the pain, I've learned not to do that anymore and helped but burning seems inevitable with flour. Could be I'm just a bad cook

Dec 12, 2014
KaimukiMan in Home Cooking

Oven browned meat?

lots of excellent comments from some names I've come to admire and respect on chow hound. thank you all. Always good to hear from new voices too.

Dec 12, 2014
KaimukiMan in Home Cooking

Oven browned meat?

Mainly I put flour on because every recipe I ever read said to do that. I like the idea of doing in the oven for a couple reasons
1) it seems that it would be easier to control less chance of burning.
2) usually if I make something like stew I make a fairly big batch and this way I can brown the meat at once instead of two or three batches in the pan which takes more time that I want to spend, and it's focused time you can only spend so much time away from pot of meat that's Browning are you going to be in trouble.

I have like your explanation but the fondue still there it's just on the meats, I know that's not 100% true but largely it is. When things go right the font is called nation of the juices and flour reacting with a hot pan, that's not going to happen on a wire rack.

Dec 12, 2014
KaimukiMan in Home Cooking

Oven browned meat?

Melanie, I've been reading your posts for years if it's good enough for you, it works for me thanks!

Dec 12, 2014
KaimukiMan in Home Cooking