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Starbucks "skinny": when did this happen? I'm poisoned!!

I remember when they changed this. I stopped ordering coffee with skim milk because it always ended up confused even if I specified that I didn't want the sugar free syrup.

1 day ago
blackpointyboots in Chains

what foods look good on glass plates?

I use our glass plates for salads, anything cold with veggies as the main feature.

how to have a 1/4 of a cow butchered

The last time we did this we had options in groups of cuts. We had them cut as much into steaks as possible, then roasts, then stew meat, then burger.
The stew meat was still so tender it worked great for kebabs or stir fry.

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

The Kitchenaid Mixer is a huge time saver all around. Second place would go to the Cuisinart food processor. If the mixer can't handle it the processor usually can.

Feb 27, 2015
blackpointyboots in Cookware

Heinz Ketchup Recipe. Make homemade catsup similar to Heinz or Del Monte.

Has anyone determined how long this lasts in the fridge?

Feb 26, 2015
blackpointyboots in Home Cooking

Is Costco Making Us Fat?

Costco was a blessing when we finally had one open here. The amount of fresh veggies we consume in two weeks was breaking our bank account when we had to buy it at the regular grocery chain. We buy a few processed items, Udi's bread, a few frozen meal things and sometimes a few snack things.

I do see quite a few of the morbidly obese shuffling around Costco. Their purchase choices confirm why they are morbidly obese.

Why do most food blog recipes suck?

It really depends on where you are getting them from. I have found some good quality recipes from blogs. I have also found some that made me weep, one literally. It was so horribly written including the recipe instructions that following it was torture. The final product on that one was close to perfect, I plan on re-writing the recipe in a manner that can be easily followed for my own use.

I can usually tell if a recipe is really off and I do find that frequently. I do as others have suggested and go compare other recipes for the same dish to determine if it is way off. Being able to tell something doesn't sound right I think comes from cooking for enough years to spot something as off. So maybe someone new to cooking should stick with the sites of established chefs or that have some standards and testing. Most of the time if I find only one thing off and tweak it I come out with a decent result.

Another thing to watch for is what is actually going into something. We have a recipe we found online for chocolate cookies in a mug done in the microwave. The finished product tastes great. I stopped and looked at what was going into them (2 tablespoons of sugar and a tablespoon of butter for one) and realized these were a dietary nightmare. I also find I can frequently cut the amount of sugar in many recipes in half and still have the consistency turn out. Many of the random online recipes use way more sugar than they need. Maybe this is a problem with so many people eating loads of processed convenience food where they think that tastes normal?

My biggest peeves about most food blogs is the pages of pointless intro some of them include. I don't need to know about your kids kindergarten pageant... My other peeve is food photography that over fills containers or purposely slops the food item out of the container and sometimes all over the table. Like this.
http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/wp-co...

Why do most food blog recipes suck?

That would be the most accurate thing I have read all day :-)

Desperate Budweiser add screams "we are cheap beer"

This seems to be the big corporate food marketing tactic for this season. McDonalds is running radio ads deriding foodies and anyone paying any attention to health and their food. The commercial was specifically intended to evoke that reactionary indignation in those who would still be their customers. That those "horrible" snobby people who pay attention to what they eat, well you can get them back and give them the big middle finger by chowing down on some McDonalds. That ought to show them!

It really is a weak marketing tactic but it also doesn't surprise me. Grocery manufacturers (and their association) admitted that their sales have been down yet again. Why? People are buying less low quality convenience food because people pay more attention to their health and where their food comes from. They also cited that younger people are more interested in fresh food, even if they eat it at a convenience. IE: chipotle is going to get a better chance than an old school TV dinner.

These old entities are losing sales for a number of reasons. More people go for other options. Their core customers, those who don't really care about what they consume and have limited funds are getting hit even harder by increasing costs of basic things everyone needs so they have less to spend. My guess is they hope with these Bud-McDs commercials is to try to rile up some sales from this group of customers by making them think those products are some sort of rebellious action that somehow "hurts" those they dislike.

Feb 21, 2015
blackpointyboots in Beer

Rice crackers? How to make them?

I tried this recipe last week. The glutinous rice flour is the trick. I found that the recipe itself was a little tricky. The suggested bake times are highly variable. The first sheet of crackers were over done, the second I was then able to catch at the right point. The rolling process was really tedious since I didn't have a tortilla press. Next time I may try using the ziplock bag but cut it down to go through my pasta roller

Feb 21, 2015
blackpointyboots in Home Cooking

Rice crackers? How to make them?

I have not tried that recipe. You may be correct on the flour. Previous recipes I had found all called for plain brown rice flour. Those ended up thick and sort of dense even if you rolled them thin.

Will give this one a try and report back.

Feb 05, 2015
blackpointyboots in Home Cooking

Rice crackers? How to make them?

I have been trying to figure out how to make a decent rice cracker that turns out something like the commercial ones and have had no luck finding a comparable recipe? Anyone have any idea what the trick is? The commercial ones are light, crispy and slightly glossy.

Feb 05, 2015
blackpointyboots in Home Cooking

I miss old school Chinese restaurants.

Come to the mid-west we still have them! :-) We have one in town that we frequent, they do have some Szechwan dishes but the bulk of the menu is old school American-Chinese food.

There is also this one in Mpls. It is in Bloomington near the Mall of America and the airport and has been in business since the 50's
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/12...

Need input on a natural gas grill

Look at the actual components inside the grill. The burners, the valves, controls etc. Many of the lower end grills have non replaceable parts or the manufacturer stops making replacement parts right after the grill model comes out. Ask me how I know this. :-)

Even if you plan to purchase a higher end grill I would still check this. I have seen more supposedly higher end products with parts that fail early or can't be replaced.

Home Cooks - How do you minimize food waste?

We buy most of our fresh produce at Costco in the winter so I end up with a big package of something for about the same price as the small package at the grocery store will cost. With things like cukes, mushrooms, cabbage, bok choy etc. I will use a certain amount in planned dishes. Leftover quantities frequently go into quick pickles that get used as side dishes or put into lunch to go to work.

If I have lots of fresh veggie odds and ends I usually make stir fry or some sort of soup.

We had been buying minimally processed milk from a local dairy that sells it in town. I ended up throwing out about every 4th bottle because it went bad before the sell by date and it cost as much as organic milk. I buy the ultra pasteurized organic milk from Costco now. It lasts until it is used up without going bad so every bit of it is consumed.

I have started re-growing veggie cut offs. Green onions and lettuce ends will regrow in water. Once they are started I put them in a pot of soil inside near the patio windows or out on the deck in summer. I didn't have to buy green onions all summer, just cut them off near the soil and another one would grow back.

Fresh produce goes into different containers to extend the fridge life. Mushrooms will last 1-2 weeks when we put them in a brown paper bag in the fridge. Instead of going slimy they will sort of dry up. cucumbers get wrapped in paper towels and put in a sealable plastic container. Blueberries go in a glass jar or tupperware container without being rinsed. Things like this has drastically increased how long veggies last in the fridge

Jan 22, 2015
blackpointyboots in Home Cooking

Lubia Nahkhood recipe?

The restaurant specializes in Afghan food.

Jan 17, 2015
blackpointyboots in Home Cooking

Lubia Nahkhood recipe?

That seems pretty close. I wondered if the restaurant was using some unusual name for the same dish? It was some pretty tasty beans and rice :-)

Jan 17, 2015
blackpointyboots in Home Cooking

Lubia Nahkhood recipe?

Trying to track down a recipe for this dish. The daughter brought some home from a local kabob shop. It was a dish of kidney beans, white beans and chick peas on rice. The beans had what tasted something like cumin, cayenne and maybe ginger or something more like an indian spice mix.

Anyone know specifically what this is or where to track down a recipe for it? A google search of the name off their menu got me no results

Jan 17, 2015
blackpointyboots in Home Cooking

What do you not order in restaurants...

Chicken: (unless it is something I know the restaurant does very well ie: yakitori at the local Japanese restaurant, chicken dishes at an Indian restaurant)
Caesar salad: I remember one that wasn't bagged salad kit type caesar

Transporting a roasted spatchcocked turkey to a party?

If you need to get it down to a more manageable size cut the thigh & leg sections off and put it all into a smaller pan.

Dec 25, 2014
blackpointyboots in Home Cooking

Christmas Dinner - What did You Cook?

Looks amazing!
Dinner here consisted of spatchcock roasted turkey, veggie lasagne, cheese mashed potatoes and cheesecake

Dec 25, 2014
blackpointyboots in Home Cooking

Best ways to make use of a food processor?

I got the same as a gift this year. I had an original Cuisinart from the 80's that my mom gave me years ago. I was quite sad when the motor burned out and haven't had one for a long time.

Already used the new one to slice zucchini for veggie lasagna and to shred cheese. I really wanted a new one as I find food processors do a better job of grinding nuts, making peanut butter, salsa etc. than the other tools I have. It should also come in handy for slicing veggies for stir fry.

I didn't see a ton of other blades available. My old one had a bunch of different blades. I do want to get the julienne blade and the grater blade.

Dec 25, 2014
blackpointyboots in Cookware

DEVILED EGGS! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (December 2014)

There are Medieval or Roman recipes for stuffed eggs that use butter since mayo wasn't around yet.

Dec 10, 2014
blackpointyboots in Home Cooking

How to make thin soup with strong mushroom flavor?

This clear Japanese (steakhouse) mushroom onion soup might work. The recipe calls for straining out all of the veggies when done. The mushrooms are slow cooked over a long time to pull out the flavor.
http://cookingwithgrace.net/2012/08/2...

It is also great if you have a head cold.

Dec 08, 2014
blackpointyboots in Home Cooking

if you could live anywhere at any income level, what would you choose?

Short list: Minneapolis, Chicago, Seattle, Taipei, Kyoto

Enough money that I could paint or work on research without worrying about bills and have plenty of funds for travel.

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

Never actually used it and it is a rare thing to find out here. Just an over rated item?

Nov 30, 2014
blackpointyboots in Chains

I too need help on uninvited guests.

I had to do this to our chronic problem neighbors (think Jerry Springer show). Asked them to stop, warned them I would call the police if they didn't, then followed through. It took a citation for disturbing the peace and later on an interrogation by PD for the vandalism to my car the next day before they decided it was a good idea to behave like adults.
We live in a "nice" neighborhood too. :-)

I too need help on uninvited guests.

I think you did the right thing. I have had this same problem with people showing up at events at our home then turning their kids loose without supervision or expecting me to babysit them. The last get together we had, we made it clear ahead of time it was adults only (no small kids), it was also late in the evening. It offended a few people but oh well. There are way too many parents that think it is ok to let their kids do whatever and don't make them behave. Like the kid swinging from the glass freezer doors at costco. His mom looked over and said oh stop, he promptly ignored that and kept going.

Announcing limits ahead of time will offend some people, usually the same ones who would do the very thing you are trying to prevent. You can't win but this really goes back to the people who just don't care in the first place.

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

Got the cookbook today when I went in for milk. Our store had Kirkland organic whole milk for half price. I am assuming they overstocked pre-thanksgiving since the expire dates are January.

The cookbook seems to have some interesting recipes but really over uses grapes and salmon in many of the recipes.

Nov 30, 2014
blackpointyboots in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

Costco here (Sioux Falls, SD) has truffle oil (Urbani) for $13.99. Is this worth buying?

Nov 30, 2014
blackpointyboots in Chains