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do you return items to Trader Joe's?

Since the store is a half hour's drive away, it's more trouble than it's worth to return stuff... we only go there about once a month and returning it would mean hanging onto something we didn't even like, or making a special trip...

Feb 28, 2015
Kajikit in Chains

dinner host responsibilities

You could always offer to buy the drinks for everyone... ordering one drink for your guests is a normal expectation of hosting - ordering the most expensive thing on the menu is being over-extravagant.

Feb 23, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food
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Easy things to prep/eat while on crutches

Get yourself a water bottle with a carry handle - you can hook one finger into it and not worry about spilling a glass... some are insulated so you can put hot stuff in there too.

Feb 23, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics
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How long do you get to keep your table after you finish dinner?

I've never seen the appeal of sitting in a noisy and crowded restaurant just to chat once we've finished eating and drinking... especially if it's a diner - as soon as I've finished my food I'd like them to remove my plate and give me my check so we can get out there and get on with our day... if I want to linger, we'll order coffee and dessert and take our time enjoying it. But the whole point of a diner is meant to be quick in, good food served quickly, and quickly out again.

Feb 16, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

Are you a food hoarder ?

If they sit in the fridge too long without being used (say six months), I figure we didn't like them and I toss the rest of them out...

Feb 16, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Best Frozen Pizza (not Trader Joe's)?

There's a line they recently started selling in Publix called 'Screaming Sicilian'... flavours are limited - they have 'mambo Italiano' with real meatballs, a typical pizza with peppers, and a super cheesy pizza which I used to make a ham and pineapple (my favourite combo). Not cheap (eight bucks each) but it doesn't taste like frozen pizza to me.... a nice thick sourdough crust and huge toppings. Yum! (sorry I have no idea if they use corn syrup but it's a premium line...

Feb 16, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

A lot of adults don't want to go to a 'kiddy' party... and you made it sound kiddy enough to drive a lot of them away! if you wanted it to be a housewarming, you should have made it clearer on the invite... call them and pin them down either way since you need to know for the caterer, but they're probably not coming.

Feb 14, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food
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Heartburn-friendly AND lactose-intolerant friendly recipes?

I'm mildly lactose-intolerant and when it flared up many years ago I went dairy-free... and rapidly found out that I can NOT tolerate processed soy pseudo-dairy products. They gave me massive indigestion and heartburn, and I didn't even HAVE digestive issues back then other than the lactose intolerance... in recent years my digestion has gone south and anything fatty or greasy would trigger it, and I started getting asthma from the reflux - I found prilosec to be a miracle cure... one little tablet every morning and I can eat whatever I want.

Feb 13, 2015
Kajikit in Special Diets

How Top Chef could be "fixed" - according to Grantland

I don't think it needs to be 'fixed' - it's not broken... but more mentoring would be good. Mentors give you not only the 'what' but the 'WHY' and 'HOW' which is the most interesting part... you can keep the snark and back-biting, that doesn't interest me in the least (I hit the fast-forward button as soon as they get to the 'between challenges' moments)...

Feb 13, 2015
Kajikit in Food Media & News

BK's Chicken Nuggets Officially SUCK!

I made the mistake of buying some... once was enough. One of the nuggets seemed to be missing the 'chicken' part entirely, and the others weren't anything to write home about. They were so thin that they came out of the fryer CHEWY! Chicken nuggets are one of the few things that I actually like at McDonalds because they have actual identifiable chicken in them, but the ones from Burger King are inedible (and so is the rest of their menu as far as I'm concerned...)

Feb 13, 2015
Kajikit in Chains

PBS Heats Up Sundays With THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW {THREAD CONTAINS SPOILERS]

The Taste is BORING! I enjoyed the US Baking show too - it was just like the English one... which is probably why it wasn't renewed - not enough yelling and back-biting for a commercial network. It was kind of surprising they ever made it in the first place, it was so different to their usual fare. :(

Feb 02, 2015
Kajikit in Food Media & News

PBS Heats Up Sundays With THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW {THREAD CONTAINS SPOILERS]

Yeah... but they were making icecream... OUTSIDE... under LIGHTS...

Feb 02, 2015
Kajikit in Food Media & News

PBS Heats Up Sundays With THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW {THREAD CONTAINS SPOILERS]

Actually it WAS on, I misread the schedule... watching them each week. :)

Feb 02, 2015
Kajikit in Food Media & News

Sincerely delicious sugar-free brownies or cookies or bars?

I make brownies subbing ground almond for ALL the flour, and using half a cup of sugar plus stevia... still some carbs from the sugar, but way way less than regular sugar-laden brownies, and they're delicious.

Feb 02, 2015
Kajikit in Special Diets

(Non - cruciferous) Veggies/Greens Suggestions?

I was hypothyroid as a kid, and the doctor told me to avoid raw cabbage (oh, and brussels-spouts because they're essentially 'mini cabbages', but our family never ate them in the first place)... so essentially I only had to limit my intake of coleslaw, and I only have a small spoon if it's on the table. They never said anything about any other cruciferous vegetables, probably because the iodine-blocking effect is strongest in raw vegetables and decreases when they're cooked. (the other thing we were told was always ALWAYS use iodised salt, never seasalt, no matter how trendy it is... extra iodine never hurt anyone and it helps your thyroid.)

Feb 02, 2015
Kajikit in Special Diets

Banana substitutes for banana allergied

Banana 'flavouring' doesn't taste remotely like the real thing... I don't think it would make a very good substitute. If he can eat plantains you could make him something yummy with really sweet plantains - they don't taste exactly the same but they have a similar texture... I could see a 'banana' cream pie working with caramelised plantains subbed for the banana slices.

Feb 02, 2015
Kajikit in Special Diets

Research on what level of sucralose is safe for daily intake?

Twenty packets of sucralose in a single drink sounds like an awful lot, not to mention expensive. And it's got to have an awful 'chemical' aftertaste in that quantity. How about trying stevia? You don't need to use so much because it's much more intensely sweet.

Feb 02, 2015
Kajikit in Special Diets

Grain-free desserts

Easiest thing to do is make a cheesecake but use ground almond for the crust instead of flour. Or you could do a fruit crumble with an almond/coconut topping. Or a pie ditto. Ground almond makes a perfectly good 'crumb' crust/topping, especially if you can use regular sugar...

Feb 02, 2015
Kajikit in Special Diets

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.)

Jan 30, 2015
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...

Jan 30, 2015
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.

Jan 30, 2015
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