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Curry paste

Thanks

about 2 hours ago
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

Curry paste

It may be a week before Thanksgiving but I'm got a hankering for some curry, preferably Thai style. Any suggestions where to buy some Thai style curry paste, the selection at Foodland is pretty bad.

about 12 hours ago
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

What time does your family eat Thanksgiving Dinner?

I grew up in the smaller family, it was just the four of us plus some or all of the grandparents maybe cousins but not very often. Dinner consisted of turkey mashed potatoes, probably two kinds of vegetable, some cranberry sauce, and often preceded by a salad and followed by dessert. It was a nice dinner, but the table was in no danger of collapsing from the weight of the food. It was generally around five or six in the evening, an hour or so earlier than our usual 7 o'clock dinners. It was definitely not a huge extravaganza that most people seem to think is required these days.

Most years now I'm visiting relatives (brother and his in-laws,) and dinner is around 4 or 5 and can be anywhere from 8 to 25 people. It can often last until 8, 10 or even 12 at night. This year I will be having potluck with about a dozen friends at 2 and undoubtedly there will be a ton of food, we will probably be done by eight.

about 13 hours ago
KaimukiMan in General Topics

Bringing food to parties/dinners

Among some people it's considered rude to show up to party empty-handed. It seems to vary from region to region, and is not necessarily limited to one economic or cultural group specifically. It is never wrong to ask the host/hostess what if anything you can bring, and you should always do what they ask, especially if you don't know them very well. A small host/hostess gift is generally qelcome

1 day ago
KaimukiMan in Not About Food

Quick and festive BD cake to travel for nonagenarian

Carrot cake. It's not chocolate but it's flavorful and it has that indestructible cream cheese frosting. Travels about as well as anything I can think of. It also seems to be a favorite of that age group.

1 day ago
KaimukiMan in Home Cooking

Rule #1...always...

Make sure the refrigerator/freezer door closes tight

Cooking with bad hands

In another thread an electric knife was mentioned, that may help in most instances you wouldn't think of using one.

2 days ago
KaimukiMan in General Topics

Yogurt in potatoes?

Yes that was an issue of Siri striking again. It has been corrected since you read it thank you. I'm in the latter stages of recovery from a stroke but I still can't type voice recognition is about all I've got. it's amazing how often I correct the small mistakes but a big one slides right past me. Early on in recovery I liked telling people I had just gotten out of rehab, and watching them wonder what I was in rehab for, and whether or not I have been released too early.

2 days ago
KaimukiMan in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving with a small single oven

If this is only a problem for an occasional holiday then the suggestions above are good. If it is a constant problem get a toaster oven there are several discussions on them and they really help a lot. You can also buy one of those electric Nesco roaster's, but I find them to be less useful.

2 days ago
KaimukiMan in Home Cooking

Is This Stuffed Turkey Breast Photo / Instruction Realistic?

I don't know what section of the country that is, but it doesn't look like any turkey breast I ever saw in the market. It looks like a whole turkey with its legs cut off.

2 days ago
KaimukiMan in Home Cooking

Yogurt in potatoes?

Thanks for all the suggestions. Maybe I'll spring for a full fat yogurt which is still a lot lower than sour cream, and I like the idea of compensating with the spices. I'm fine with it being less rich, there will be plenty of other dishes like that on the table.

2 days ago
KaimukiMan in Home Cooking

Cooking with bad hands

Recovering from a stroke, So my concerns are slightly different than yours.

Onions,Bell peppers and other vegetables are available in the freezer section pre-sliced/ pre-chopped. I also use the baby carrots.

Have you tried putting your hands in warm water and let them soak for a while before you start cooking? That was one of my aunties tricks.

Like the chicken tenders mentioned above, I feeing find boneless skinless thighs much easier to work with then breasts (and I like the flavor better) but other people disagree. And there is no shame in buying pre-sliced pre-cubed meats.

apple pie no cinnamon

She and my great-grandmother must have used the same recipe!

Nov 19, 2014
KaimukiMan in Home Cooking

Yogurt in potatoes?

Can I substitute low fat Greek yogurt for the sour cream in a potato casserole?

Nov 19, 2014
KaimukiMan in Home Cooking

Romantic Christmas dinner 2014- Honolulu oceanfront

I agree with Russ car especially on Michelle's. Because of its location at the far end of Waikiki even if it's dark you were looking back it was spectacular view of Honolulu against the ocean. Have you checked with the moon will be like that night and exactly what time sunset is? It's sure to be dark, and less there's a big moon, in which case looking out the ocean can be quite lovely.

Nov 19, 2014
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

Is My Chicken Soup Spoiled? Help!

Issue comes up every couple months. The safest thing to do is toss it, about half the time people side to do that and half the time they keep it. Usually if they keep is because they know it has been covered tightly all night and no bacteria has really had a chance to get in but they realize they're taking a risk. Usually it works out okay, but is not really advisable.

Nov 19, 2014
KaimukiMan in General Topics

Why drink chicken soup when you are sick? What so special?

And often that rice porridge has chicken broth in it especially if you're sick.

Nov 18, 2014
KaimukiMan in General Topics

Surprise "Chopped" Party--Food for Thoughts?

I want a picture of Kaleo cooking in a short tight skirt and stilettos, then again maybe I don't.

Nov 18, 2014
KaimukiMan in Not About Food

Joining friends

There are any number of reasons the couple choose not to join you. They were having an argument, they didn't like the pizza you ordered, it was a date night, they only wanted salad. The reasons are their own, not yours.

Asking them to join you was generous and considerate and being friendly, insisting they do so was over the line. Get over it, I'm sure they have.

Nov 18, 2014
KaimukiMan in Not About Food

Fish & Chips - What kind of fish do you like?

Mahi mahi (elsewhere known as Dorado)

Nov 17, 2014
KaimukiMan in General Topics

Fruits every morning ? Good or bad?

Well, no doubt it's much healthier than a Denny's grand slam breakfast. personally my doctor would have a fit if I ate that many leafy greens, but then I've had kidney stones. And yes there's a fairly large percentage of health food people who believe the drinking juice is inherently bad. Is it working for you? are your various blood pressure and cholesterol and other metabolic numbers all good? Doesn't look like it's something that's liable to kill you, unless there is a propensity for diabetes in your family. But then i'm not a doctor or nutritionist or in any other way qualified. People have brought up several points and you have pretty much summarily dismissed them. I'm not quite sure why you asked the question.

Nov 17, 2014
KaimukiMan in General Topics

Kitchen Cabinet Organization ideas?

Racks or narrow shelves on the backside of the cabinet doors, but don't load them up too much or you will pull the door off the hinges

Nov 17, 2014
KaimukiMan in Cookware

Is canned pumpkin pie filling cheating?

use canned pumpkin instead of canned pumpkin pie mix, unless you really want to get into roasting your own pumpkin. As others have stated buying all the spices can get expensive depending on what you already have in the house. Premixed pumpkin pie spice is an okay solution, not as good as deciding what mixture you like best, but that takes years of trial and error which you don't have. I find using a little less than the recipe recommends works well. Then you can read the thread about premade piecrust.

Is it cheating, who knows. A friend of mine made her boyfriend a box cake mix and felt guilty for not making from scratch. He was impressed because she didn't buy the whole cake already made from the grocery store. No one had ever actually baked him a cake before, he was thrilled. It's all a matter of perspective.

Nov 17, 2014
KaimukiMan in Home Cooking

Is canned pumpkin pie filling cheating?

Canned pumpkin instead of canned pumpkin pie mix, unless you really want to get into it it's roasting your own pumpkin is just too much work. As others have stated buying all the spices can get expensive depending on what you already have in the house. Premixed pumpkin pie spice is a and bokay solution, not as good as deciding what mixture you like best. but that takes years of trial and error which you don't have. I find using a little less than the recipe recommends works well. Then you can read the thread about premade piecrust.

Is it cheating, who knows. A friend of mine made her boyfriend a box cake mix and felt guilty for not making from scratch. He was impressed because she didn't buy the whole cake already made from the grocery store. no one had ever actually baked him a cake before, he was thrilled. It's all a matter of perspective

Nov 17, 2014
KaimukiMan in Home Cooking

Need some advice about slow cookers?

I am just one person and I have two crockpots, 3.5 quart and a 6 quart. I rarely use the 3.5 quart. Instead I make large batches in the 6 and enjoy the leftovers. It depends on how the kids live, and if they like leftovers, and if they entertain much. The one I have is the one that Costco sells, and the heat is too high I have never used the high setting and I vary between the low and warm. If they like chili,braises, soups etc., a crockpot is great. If they like light, fresh food, it's a waste of time.

Nov 17, 2014
KaimukiMan in Cookware

Cheap/Bent Restaurant Flatware

A couple years ago a friend stayed with me for a week. His sister her husband stayed at a nearby hotel. When they left they gave me a big box I protested but the y told me it was the least they could do, and they appreciated my hospitality and taking time to show them around.

when I open the box I found the following:
4 spoons
4 forks
4 knives
3 wash cloths
3 hand towels
3 Bath towels
1 shower curtain

All of them with the hotels logo embossed on them. Thank heaven they didn't find a bigger box or I would probably have a complete set of bed linen too.

Nov 16, 2014
KaimukiMan in Not About Food

Should I be offended over a frozen pie?

A slightly different take on things: They know you don't like the food they eat, in fact are rather contemptuous of it, so have generously not offered to share their meal, although I'm sure they would love to have their son there and quite possibly you as well. Perhaps they are hoping you will unbend enough to tolerate at least
dessert with them so they can share some of the holiday with you and their son.

Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

i'll see if I can find Miles Standish's recipe for pumpkin foam. I'm sure it's in my recipe folder somewhere.

Nov 16, 2014
KaimukiMan in General Topics
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Favourite type of rice?

I always enjoy your postings so much. Thank you. By the way, he was sansei - or third generation, so his heritage is more American than most of mine.

Nov 16, 2014
KaimukiMan in General Topics

Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

We need to only to look at a thread on Thanksgiving meals to prove the point that some parts of food culture are very deeply entrenched even in a culture as young as the US.

Having lived in Asia, Korea, I personally believe that night soil plays an important role in the use of fresh vegetables. This IS based on personal experience.

Nov 15, 2014
KaimukiMan in General Topics