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Narrowly averted checkout line scam?

but there's a big difference between sitting at a computer clicking for $1/click and doing your weekly grocery shop one item at a time -- it'd take all day, and even the most oblivious clerk would catch on that the guy's been through the checkout six times today...

about 2 hours ago
sunshine842 in Not About Food
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bone broth not getting gelatinous

I get good gelling with two carcasses, plus whatever necks/wings/backs I toss in the freezer when I'm breaking down a whole bird.

One carcass just wouldn't be enough.

(adding to, not arguing)

about 2 hours ago
sunshine842 in Home Cooking

Narrowly averted checkout line scam?

sorry -- doubt which?

that it's collective assumption, or that a scam would have been for higher-value items?

about 2 hours ago
sunshine842 in Not About Food

Is there a shop like G Detou in London?

G. Detou (which really was the fellow's name, but makes a clever translation to "I have it all")is a very small shop tucked into a small street in Paris, stacked quite literally floor-to-ceiling with wonderful things, most of which can be had for a very fair price. They barely have a website, relying on their sizeable walk-in trade. I believe they do ship, but you have to phone them! It's charming and old-school, and very, very special.

I would be surprised, and a little disappointed, to find that there's anything quite like that anywhere else in the world.

about 2 hours ago
sunshine842 in U.K./Ireland

Narrowly averted checkout line scam?

the more I think about it....could it have been that he didn't realize you weren't finished, and the clerk at first thought he was with you?

I'm figuring that if it was a true scam, it would have been for something higher-ticket than a bag of sweet corn...gourmet coffee, steaks, etc...

about 2 hours ago
sunshine842 in Not About Food

January "fermeture"?

nothing officially -- it varies from place to place.

about 2 hours ago
sunshine842 in France

bone broth not getting gelatinous

you need lots of cartilage and connective tissue to get gelatin...you'd need more backs or necks or wings.

about 2 hours ago
sunshine842 in Home Cooking

How long can I keep this lamb?

I'd put it in the freezer. Friday to Wednesday is too long for my comfort.

about 2 hours ago
sunshine842 in Home Cooking

are you a kitchen collector??

there were a lot of things that didn't make the 2-sticker mark!

about 3 hours ago
sunshine842 in Cookware

Narrowly averted checkout line scam?

they almost always ask for jugs of milk and juice -- I always decline the bags, as a gallon will break through almost every single time, anyway.

I won't blink when the inevitable plastic-bag ban comes -- I use them now because I am recycling them to pick up after the pooches.

about 3 hours ago
sunshine842 in Not About Food

Our 1st time in Paris!! Want to do it right!!

Hop-on, hop-off buses are great for getting the "lay of the land", and really excellent if you only have a few hours. I used to take them all the time when I was traveling on business.

Everyone thinks biz travel is glamorous, but the reality is that taxis, meeting rooms, hotel rooms, and airports look pretty much the same around the world, and you rarely get time to go "play". Every once in a while, though, Providence will gift you with a few hours here and there, and HOHO buses are a good way to at least feel like you saw *something*.

about 3 hours ago
sunshine842 in France

do you eat American style or European style?

I've noticed that the "pen grip" versus the "cutting grip" seems to vary with the food at hand. The pen grip allows a high degree of control, so quite good at separating meat from bone, for example.

about 4 hours ago
sunshine842 in Not About Food

Narrowly averted checkout line scam?

although at my Publix, they have the rather annoying habit of putting one item in a bag -- whether that's a box of Kleenex, a can of tomatoes, or a gallon of milk.

Even with two dogs, I can't stand the waste of that many bags -- most of the time, I'd rather bag it myself anyway. Then if the bread ends up under the watermelon, it's my fault.

about 4 hours ago
sunshine842 in Not About Food

are you a kitchen collector??

Two major moves has cured me of that.

about 4 hours ago
sunshine842 in Cookware

Narrowly averted checkout line scam?

No, no, no.

There would be bloodshed (even if only verbal) if I had to stop and wait to finish my checkout because the cashier paused my transaction to process some primadonna who was just too important to wait his/her place in line.

about 5 hours ago
sunshine842 in Not About Food
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do you eat American style or European style?

lucky you that your job doesn't entail business dinners.

I've known more than one executive who sent people to etiquette class, as their table manners belied their intelligence and business acumen.

It matters.

about 5 hours ago
sunshine842 in Not About Food

Prosecco out-marketing Champagne

Hey, zin, do you have the actual numbers for prosecco v. Champagne? My gut feeling is that the 54% increase for prosecco may not be as large as the 3% for Champagne. (one of the dangers of using percentages...)

To me, different products with vastly different markets...they can take out all the ads they want, but they're not going to change market positioning.

(chez nous, it's crémant for casual events)

about 5 hours ago
sunshine842 in Wine

"Old school" people who fry in cast iron . . . .

Lots of places in the south fry in peanut oil, and yes, there are places who change it when they should.

about 17 hours ago
sunshine842 in Home Cooking
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Help! Can't figure out what this strange green is.

not nasturtium -- notice the scalloped edges.

Click over to the link I posted above -- you'll see the scalloped edges in the gallery linked on that page.

Nasturtiums have a wavy edge, but not clearly scalloped like the OP's photo.

I've spent a lot of time and money over the years trying to get rid of that crap from my yard...

about 17 hours ago
sunshine842 in General Topics

Help! Can't figure out what this strange green is.

It looks like dollarweed (aka pennywort) -- hydrocotyle umbellata -- it's a common wet-soil weed that many folks would give up a major organ to eradicate from their lawn.

Christ, don't eat it -- it's toxic and **causes** nausea!
http://www.wildflower.org/plants/resu...

about 17 hours ago
sunshine842 in General Topics

Have you ever used a Pressure Cooker?

no, you don't dare open it.

There are charts in several places that are good guidelines for cooking beans -- you use those.

about 18 hours ago
sunshine842 in Cookware

Have you ever used a Pressure Cooker?

that's my thing...I can turn out stews and braises on a weeknight, and it tastes like it's been bubbling away all afternoon.

That's a big deal.

about 19 hours ago
sunshine842 in Cookware

Our 1st time in Paris!! Want to do it right!!

and to add to Phil's excellent comments -- we've always found the nicest things when we just left the day to chance.

One day some years ago, we just walked out of the hotel, flipped a coin to decide left or right, and went where the spirit moved us. It was a great day.

Paris saves some of her best for the folks who let her show them on her time schedule.

about 19 hours ago
sunshine842 in France

Fingerprints on stainless steel appliances

and I have a working kitchen -- I cook 5 nights out of 7, and bake regularly. My kitchen doesn't look pristine and unused because it isn't -- it's a busy room, and sometimes it looks like it. It's not dirty -- but fingerprints are a fact of life.

So be it.

about 19 hours ago
sunshine842 in Cookware
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Our 1st time in Paris!! Want to do it right!!

No, I wouldn't make reservations for the first night.

YMMV, and jet lag affects everyone differently, but we find out that we're strung out enough that something very simple is about all we're up for, both from an energy and mental acuity standpoint.

So the first night is usually a bistro or cafe for something very simple -- crepes, a stew of some sort -- then toddle off to bed by 10pm or thereabouts.

No pressure, no thinking -- just get something decent and get a good night's sleep.

about 20 hours ago
sunshine842 in France

Our 1st time in Paris!! Want to do it right!!

as a first-timer, though, it's one of those boxes that has to be ticked, even if only for a short time.

Go to the places that have stirred your imagination all your life. Do the things you've dreamed of doing...and if it makes you a tourist? So what!! Be a tourist!

As a little girl, I read all the books about Madeline, and was enthralled to watch the Aristocats (pre-VCR days) -- so my dream was to sit in a café on the Champs and dawdle.

And so we did...we stopped by Fouquet's (newbies who didn't realize what we were doing) and paid 56FF *each* for a cup of coffee (that was US$8, even more than 20 years ago!!) -- I still have the receipt.

It was a ripoff price for a cup of coffee..but $16 to fulfill a girlhood dream...worth every penny.

(and no, that little girl who fell in love with Marie and Berlioz and Tom would never have believed that she would end up having the incredible luck to **live** there for a few years.)

about 21 hours ago
sunshine842 in France
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Narrowly averted checkout line scam?

although the lady I got stuck behind the other day apparently figured there'd be a poof! -- she offloaded a cart mounded over with groceries, arranged all the bags back in the buggy, spent several minutes arguing with her two kids (throwing a tantrum because she wouldn't buy them a Coke), check her phone, send a couple of texts, and then looked at the cashier and me like it was a surprise that she'd have to get her wallet out and actually pay for all that stuff...

...It took her several minutes to find her wallet....and her handbag wasn't that big!

about 22 hours ago
sunshine842 in Not About Food

(Silly) question about ingesting soap.

I stumbled off the path, but ended up in the right place despite myself...

about 23 hours ago
sunshine842 in Not About Food
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ISO Fancy, elegant plated dessert

I do individual trifles in wine glasses -- very impressive.

You can also do tiramisu (which is a sort of trifle, anyway)

Narrowly averted checkout line scam?

the guy no doubt knew what he was doing -- but the way I read it, the clerk may have thought the guy was with Ricepad and had gone back to get the corn while Ricepad headed through the checkout. Happens all the time in my local grocery -- sometimes I'm the one running back to get something while DH or one of the pups stays with the groceries.

Still sounds like the guy was scamming, but not sure I'm ready to try and convict the clerk based on what Ricepad said.