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The torture of TV reality shows -- featuring Top Chef Just Desserts and Hell's Kitchen

Haven't read it yet, but wasn't that guy from Top Chef a complete nutcase who had a nervous breakdown live on air? They screen reality show contestants pretty thoroughly for emotional stability, but every now and then somebody gets through who just can't handle the pressure, and they melt down very quickly. (yes, they DO screen... nobody really wants to see a contestant holding the others hostage, or pulling a gun on the judges because they didn't like what they heard, etc etc.)
(btw, I went on tv once - when I was nine years old... it was just a one-shot kiddy gameshow, but it was awful. They came to our school and talked to all the kids and made it sound like it would be great fun to be on the stupid show), but the filming was misery for everyone, and I felt totally humiliated by the end of the day... I had NEVER had stage-fright before that day, but afterwards I froze solid when I thought anyone was looking at me.)

1 day ago
Kajikit in Food Media & News

Masterchef Junior.............faked?

If you read the article sevanchick linked (which was interesting btw) they are given daily lessons on techniques etc that they'll need... they're not handed an actual recipe to prepare on the air, but they're taught how to do what they need to know how to do. And they can write anything they want down, so they're making notes to help them remember...

1 day ago
Kajikit in Food Media & News

Masterchef Junior.............faked?

You know, I really don't care... It's entertainment. They do make things a big easier on the kids than the adults, by giving them neatly labelled baskets of ingredients instead of making them figure it out on their own. Occasionally something is demonstrated on-air, and if one of the kids really starts to have a meltdown, they step in and tell them what to do to save the dish... but I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if they're given a lesson beforehand. They're doing pretty remarkable things for 8-12yos either way.

1 day ago
Kajikit in Food Media & News

Cronuts at Dunkin' Donuts?

Haven't tried it... (I was going to, but the price tag put me off.)

Jan 28, 2015
Kajikit in Chains

How long could you keep a cake and still have it be good?

Cake goes stale pretty quickly, so I'd stick it in the freezer and pull it out first thing Saturday morning to thaw. Frozen cake is just fine once it thaws...

Jan 28, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics
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Is it okay to bring Kimchi to work/school yet?

Does it smell bad? The only kimchee I've ever had was probably a 'fake'... it had no smell, but I didn't enjoy the taste. If you can't smell it from more than five feet away, don't worry about it...

Jan 28, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

When do you throw out old canned food?

If it's more than 12 months out of date, out it goes... the 'best by' date is a recommendation, not an order, but things do start to deteriorate over time. Canned goods can go mushy, metallic, or lose their flavour...

Long shot - custard powder?

Substitute regular cornstarch, vanilla essence, sugar to taste, and a little yellow food colouring... 'custard powder' is essentially coloured and flavoured cornstarch to begin with - the days of it's having actual egg in it are long gone. (you can add egg to the custard if you wish...) If you want to buy it, look for an English import shop.

Jan 28, 2015
Kajikit in Greater Boston Area

Etiquette question (re: BYO and food) when hosting a birthday party?

There is no law that says 'you must do your event THIS way'... You're the host... do it however YOU want to do it. Since all the parties in your group are BYOB, seems that people would expect you to follow suit. (it would only be rude if you expected people to being their own food, drink, AND give you a present... you're laying on the entertainment portion of the evening so you're not sitting back doing nothing.)

Jan 22, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food
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Where do you keep your kitchen garbage can?

We have a large stainless-steel step-can and it's against the kitchen wall in a blank space. Shutting it in the cupboard just shuts the smells in and makes the cupboard gross... (the recycling bin is under the kitchen sink).

Jan 19, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

How to eat/serve Green Bean Casserole?

Just add some extra protein and voila, it's a main...

Jan 19, 2015
Kajikit in Home Cooking

Moldy pasta sauce, help

If you want to keep it then you need to freeze it (you can thaw it in the microwave very quickly). It doesn't have preservatives in it, so mould is inevitable.

Jan 15, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Mandatory municipal composting: how do you handle your food scraps?

We always taught that meat scraps and bones should NEVER go into the compost because they breed germies, don't break down properly like plant material, and attract pests.... I guess nobody told the Seattle garbage collectors that.

Jan 10, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

Gluten-free sub for flour as soup/stew thickener?

If you want to thicken something without including gluten, cornstarch will do a perfectly adequate job - just make sure it's REAL corn...

Jan 10, 2015
Kajikit in Special Diets

Crock-Pot Cuisine -- are you kidding?

Yes it's expensive... but lots of people can't really cook, don't have the time to cook, and want to give their family something healthier than takeout 7 days a week... order something like this and you can spend five or ten minutes following their instructions in the morning, leave the crockpot to do its thing unsupervised without worrying about your house burning down, and come home from work to a ready-to-eat meal. ($20 a meal is twice our budget, but if they were cheaper I wouldn't mind using them occasionally... as a disabled person, sometimes I have to choose between getting food on the table, and doing the housework, let alone actually going OUT).

Jan 10, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Whole Chickens Disappearing From Supermarkets?

Since there are only two of us, I rarely roast a whole chicken... I've found that it's more efficient to roast thighs. They cook quicker, they're pre-portioned, and I can put the extras in the freezer and easily nuke them. The extra roast chicken tends to get wasted... (I know you can save the carcass to make stock, but that takes actually DOING it...) (I switched because as you say, whole chickens are almost never on sale any more and the parts are, but I like the convenience...)

Jan 08, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

PBS Heats Up Sundays With THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW

Sadly, it's not on in South Florida... they almost never show cooking programs on PBS in our area, just crud that's not worth watching... :(

Dec 29, 2014
Kajikit in Food Media & News

storing natural peanut butter

If you want it to be runny, store it at room temp... if you want it to be firm enough to scoop, keep it in the fridge. Either way is fine...

Dec 20, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Why I hate Christmas

So take it back and tell them it's not good enough and you want a refund... you didn't get ripped off because it's Christmas, you bought a product that you couldn't properly judge from an overpriced store...

What is swai fish?

I don't know what it is, but I've been seeing it in the store and I bought some and it was a very nice soft white fish without the 'muddy' taste of tilapia. And it was cheaper (which matters with our budget... 'wild/fresh' fish is entirely out of our price range.) Neither of us enjoys a very 'fishy'-tasting fillet.

Dec 20, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Masterchef Junior Season 2 Finale

Seems like they were both extremely good and it was almost too close to call... at least that's what my husband and I thought when we watched it. I wish they weren't showing season 3 ALREADY though... it gets boring when they run contests continually.

Dec 19, 2014
Kajikit in Food Media & News

Enough televised cooking competitions!

I like watching people create things. Competition shows are enjoyable if they don't take themselves too seriously and they have a good host... the host and the judge/s are the make or break. (Kitchen Inferno is just STUPID.) We both assumed we'd loathe Cutthroat Kitchen and didn't watch it for an entire year, but it's really fun to watch... I prefer a show with an array of competitors - one-on-one gets monotonously repetitive. (I only watch Iron Chef USA when it's a 'special event' competition to make it interesting...) I like Top Chef, but Top Chef Duels was totally pointless. The really boring food shows are the 'my favourite food' type junk featuring dishes I'll never make because they don't tell you how, and restaurants I'll never be able to visit. (one of the things I also like about Chopped is how they use really exotic mystery ingredients - and then they tell the viewers what they are/what they're commonly used for...)

Dec 19, 2014
Kajikit in Food Media & News

At what point does a recipe become "yours"?

When you've made it enough times that you don't need to consult the recipe... at which point changes will creep in to eventually make it unrecognisable as the 'original' dish if you put them side by side...

Dec 19, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics
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Sweet Potato fries

Sweet potato fries are great if they're cooked long enough to be crispy... awful if they're soggy. We've started eating them because they have a lower glycemic index than regular potato and they have to be cooked right to be worth the eating.

Cantaloupe exploded sitting on my counter

Your canteloupe must have been overripe when you bought it, and it got damaged on the way home which made a weak point in the skin.

Dec 16, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Seeking low-fat, low-flour snackbar recipe

Oatmeal plus water is just going to make a mess. Here's a recipe that uses banana instead of sugar and sounds like ti might be what you want. You could add nuts to it (she left them out because her kids school is 'nut-free'...) http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2010...

Or here's another lower-carb one (I think I'd use applesauce in it...) http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2011...

Dec 13, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

Thumbprint cookies - when to fill?

I prefer to put the jam in at the beginning because that way it sets up firmer... if you add the jam later on it stays gooey and you can't stack the cookies without making a mess. If you put it in first, and the oven gets too warm the jam can melt and run all over the place making a sticky mess of its own... so there's advantages to both methods.

Dec 13, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

ONE eye in the kitchen?!?

That's scary... I lost partial vision in my left eye suddenly when I was 20 and it took them a decade for somebody to figure out that there was a bloody great scar on my retina (don't ask how the other eye doctors missed it for so long...) It missed taking out my central vision by 1mm... It took almost as long for my brain to learn to 'fill in' the missing patch with the signal from the other eye and stop bothering me with that big grey floaty patch when I was trying to focus on close up things. Technically I can see as well as anyone else, but if anything ever happened to my other eye I'd be more than half blind because my brain doesn't 'listen' to the bad eye any more. Focusing on close-up things can be tricky with only one good eye, so take it easy while you adapt (or it recovers)...

Dec 13, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

Forgot Frozen Stouffers Lasagna in trunk of car for 2 weeks, is it okay to refreeze and eat since its been cold out?

Repeated thawing and refreezing is going to ruin anything... a frozen lasagna doesn't cost THAT much - just toss it out.

Something good at McDonalds for the holidays - eggnog

I don't usually go near McDonalds, but they have an eggnog thickshake for the holiday season and it's delicious. Tastes just like a carton of eggnog icecream, but you can enjoy it on the run.

Dec 09, 2014
Kajikit in Chains