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Allergy-free clams, mussels, or oysters?

At first I blinked - seafood is a major allergen and there's no way to get around it if you're allergic like my husband... but I see you're allergic to the many things that they will probably add TO the dish. Sounds like you'd seriously be better off doing your own at home. Or call around to a bunch of restaurants and see if you can get a chef to accommodate you. With that many special requirements it's going to take some negotiating to be 'safe'. You can't just walk in the door and say 'I need a dish without this, that, and the other' because so many sauces etc are pre-prepared in bulk.

1 day ago
Kajikit in Special Diets

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

I LOVE the spiciness.... I just wish they weren't so soggy, but I'm blaming that on the fact that I let them melt in the car. I"ll buy another box and see if the texture is better.

1 day ago
Kajikit in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

That's because they're not intended for eating - they're to put out on your porch so that everyone else knows that you know what season it is. Then they rot and you throw them away... :P Serious question though - we've never had a porch to decorate until now. How long do the fresh pumkins actually last? If I want to get one, when should I do it?

1 day ago
Kajikit in Chains
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Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

Unless you've got a LOT of storage space (I mean a TON) and you can stash away a month's worth of food in your freezer, and have a pantry to match, I'd say nope. It's just not economical for one or two people unless you have really good storage, or you live right next to the store so you can pop in and buy one thing at a time. (I try to get as much of our meat as I can at BJs, same principle... pork is massively cheaper there than in the grocery store, so I buy a big pork loin, cut it up, and freeze it and it lasts us a month or so before I have to do it again... my husband used to get his gas at BJs and he said it was worth the membership just for that, but we live too far from the store now for it to be economical and we just go there for meat and non-perishable stuff. You save a bundle on baking ingredients by buying them in bulk...

1 day ago
Kajikit in Chains

Thanksgiving and Christmas in the US

There is no 'proper' way to celebrate... personally, I don't like to put Christmas stuff up until December 1st, then I take it down on January 1 to start the New Year with a clean slate. But that's just my personal preference. Thanksgiving can be up to a week earlier depending on the calendar. But I'm from Australia, where they don't celebrate Thanksgiving at all, so the Christmas season starts December 1. Thanksgiving is Turkey Day, if we can find somebody to spend the day with... we followed the family tradition of a full-on turkey dinner for Christmas but now there's just two of us it's fifty-fifty whether I'll do turkey at all or something else. Last year I did a rolled pork loin for Christmas and that was very nice and festive, and not as overwhelming for two people as a full-on turkey. I don't like beef, we don't eat seafood, my husband hates lamb, and ham is an everyday food for us so that leaves pork, and since I rarely make a roast of it and I NEVER do stuffing, it was 'special'.

What's your WholeFoods grocery list

I don't go to Wholefoods very often, it's a long way away and very expensive... but I make a special trip for their 365 lavender shampoo and conditioner, their big tubs of unsweetened natural peanut butter (they have an organic one if you prefer), unsweetened coconut, and coconut flour. Also love some of their non-potato chips and last time I was there I got some really yummy all-natural cheese puffs. I don't eat msg or potato, so I don't buy many snack foods in the regular grocery store.

Sep 26, 2014
Kajikit in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

Don't think anyone's mentioned these yet... the mini pumpkin icecream cookie bites get a HUGE yay even though they half melted on the way home because I didn't have any ice in the cooler. Love how spicy the cookie is, it's a great contrast to the sweet pumpkiny icecream, and one bite only has 10 carbs so they're a good diabetic-safe treat (we monitor total carb intake, not individual items...)

The sour cream and onion corn puffs are a bit of a meh... nice on first taste but they seem to turn to styrofoam in your mouth... but on the other hand it's only $2 for a humungous bag.

Sep 26, 2014
Kajikit in Chains

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

Smashburger is the only burger chain I've tried so far and really REALLY liked... their spicy black bean burger is to die for and I love the carrot/green bean fries as an alternative to starch. Wish there was one closer than Ft Lauderdale - we used to go there regularly before we moved north. (oh, we like Five Guys too but they don't have a veggie option and I rarely eat beef... I'd order their smallest patty and eat half the beef and be done with it.)

Sep 25, 2014
Kajikit in Chains

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

I was apparantly wrong when I said there were no Red Robins in South Fla... we came across one yesterday and stopped for lunch. The fries were okay (nice and chunky and I liked the spice) but we eat very little potato any more so I didn't need a 'bottomless' cup because I'm done after about five fries that size! I made the mistake of ordering a 'garden burger' because I don't really like beef, and it was completely flavourless. All I could taste was the spicy mustard they put on it. John's burger was okay and his side salad looked good. Their more deluxe burgers probably taste better but they were outside our budget.

After Red Robin we went to the new Trader Joe's so we knocked two stops off the list... TJs was much more impressive than Red Robin.

Sep 25, 2014
Kajikit in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

LOVED the taste of the coconut caramel chocolate bar... but the pieces refuse to break along the solid chocolate lines, they ALL break in the middle of the gooey caramel squares, so they're very messy to eat... but the flavour was amazing.

Sep 25, 2014
Kajikit in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

I went to TJs yesterday and there was pumpkin everywhere... shame I didn't know that they only sell it for a few weeks, I figured I had till Thanksgiving so I didn't buy any of it. :(

Sep 25, 2014
Kajikit in Chains

Trader Joe's virgin no longer...

I finally made it to one of the new Florida stores. Small store and I was surprised that they have a couple of disabled scooters for such a small store area... nicely laid out. Lots of helpful employees - I was asked about five times if I needed help finding something, but I was just browsing...) LOTS of alcohol (we don't drink so it's irrelevant to us, but I know a lot of people like their booze)... and I can see why people love TJs. Their prices are not rock-bottom-of-the-market but for what you're getting (lots of organic food, nothing artificial etc.) they're a bargain. I had very little money in my pocket but I couldn't resist buying a pound of almond meal for only $5 (it's $10-12 in the grocery store!), a loaf of sprouted-grain rye bread for my husband, some sour-cream cheese puffs for $2 (nothing fantastic but not terrible...) and a glorious bar of dark chocolate with coconut caramel. I LOVE how dark the chocolate is, with the gooey caramel kick with just a HINT of salt. Only gripe is it refuses to break along the solid chocolate squares, every single piece breaks in the middle of the caramel and it's a bit of a gooey mess... but worth it. Didn't buy anything frozen because I didn't have a cooler since it was a spur of the moment visit (we just happened to be in the neighbourhood and my husband said he'd take me to there to check it out), but we'll be going back soon. Looks like they have some really yummy frozen goodies for somebody trying to eat lower-carb. (Resisted the pumpkin breakfast bars with difficulty, but they're loaded with sugar and have no fiber or protein to redeem them as a food... I can only eat high protein bars.)

PS. Anybody fed their cat the Trader Joe's 'holistic' catfood? At five bucks a bag it seems like something I might want to try... but since TJs is a 45 minute drive I'd have to stock up, and I'd hate to buy five bags if the cats won't touch it with a barge pole!

Sep 25, 2014
Kajikit in Chains

Favorite brown bag lunches that don't require reheating

Since you really like hot meals, it sounds like you need something like this - pack your heated food at home and it's supposed to stay warm for hours - http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-SL-JA...

Sep 24, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

How to make soda flat ... quickly?

Pour it into a glass from as high as you can manage... do it slowly so that it can fizz up in the glass without overflowing. If it's too bubbly, transfer it from glass to glass a couple of times and that should do the trick. Since you want it in a bottle for your training, pour it back into a bottle after you've largely defizzed it... I don't really like fizz, so I try to get as many of the bubbles as I can out of a soda before I drink it. Pouring it over ice also helps - the ice dilutes it a bit and cuts down the carbonation.

(just realised I gave the same advice an awfully long number of years ago! Who dug around in the archives to unearth THIS thread? Didn't realise I'd been reading Chowhound for seven years! lol)

Sep 23, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

What can I do with whole milk powder?

You can add it to homemade yoghurt to boost the milk protein and make it come out thicker... and you can put it into baked goods to raise their nutritional profile (or instead of using fresh milk - the taste is indetectible once it's been baked).

Sep 21, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Narrowly averted checkout line scam?

I very much doubt it was a 'scam' for the guy to get a few bucks of free corn on the cob. It wasn't the middle of your order - you'd rung up all your groceries and were bagging them. I'm sure the guy thought you'd already paid/scanned your debit card, technically finishing your transaction, and he was in a hurry... he didn't need a bag since he only had one item, so he thought he could move right along past you and skip the 'bagging' stage and get out of the store... It never hurts to assume the BEST of people rather than the WORST - sometimes they live up to your expectations.

Help - low-carb LOW BUDGET diabetic-friendly meals?

They don't have Costco near us... we go to BJs for pork occasionally and I buy a whole loin and slice it up into chops/roasts. It's a lot of meat for two people, but you save a dollar a pound over the 'half' loin, and another dollar over nicely sliced boneless chops so it's worth it...

Sep 20, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

Help - low-carb LOW BUDGET diabetic-friendly meals?

Thanks for the suggestions... we eat TONS of eggs. Breakfast every day is eggs-and-something with or without low-carb pita bread. Yesterday I made a fridge-emptying scramble - the crumbled ends of the bulk bag of broccoli, some canned corn for contrast, and the end of a container of herbed cream cheese.

And frozen vegetables are dirt cheap (except for some reason cauliflower. Why don't they sell it in those bulk bags???? You have to buy it by the pound, but it's still cheaper frozen than fresh) The problem is what to put WITH the vegetables so my husband doesn't get bored with them. We eat a TON of chicken, not much beef, it's way too expensive... he loves hamburgers, but alas even the cheap-and-nasty ground beef is $4 a pound lately! Pork isn't much better... but you can still get chicken cheap. I think I need to buy one of those ten pound bags of chicken legs that I always turn my nose up at because they have too much bone and fat so they're not 'really' 90c/lb... legs roast nicely and it's awhile since they've had whole chickens on sale.

Sep 19, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

Help - low-carb LOW BUDGET diabetic-friendly meals?

When money runs short, what do you reach for to save on groceries? CARBS... potatoes, pasta, rice, cheap storebrand bread, canned beans etc. Things that fill you up, stretch the expensive protein and fresh vegetables, and give the pocket book a break. And now we can't eat any of them... help! Low-carb diabetic-friendly groceries cost a fortune... We're eating a lot of eggs, that can help if you stock up during the occasional super-sales. But fresh meat and fresh vegetables are spendy... We have roughly $50 to spend on groceries this week to feed two adults and four felines, and the pantry is shrinking so I can't rely on a stockpile - it isn't there any more.

Sep 18, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

How to survive without Trader Joes & Costco???

Do they have Publix in your part of the world? It's the 'best' regular line grocery store IMO, and they have a record of treating their employees very well. You could drive to Costco once a month for your bulk meats and bring them home and freeze them...

Sep 16, 2014
Kajikit in Chains

Looking for a good-tasting recipe for low-carb brownies

ATM I have the ground flax and coconut flour... no sweeteners except for sugar-free pancake syrup and sugar-free caramel drink syrup (forget what it's called, the stuff you put in coffee). Almond flour costs a fortune so I don't have that either... I made some low-carb coconut flour cookies using the caramel syrup (the original recipe used maple syrup) and they were adequate but not really sweet enough for my taste. I intend to buy stevia in some form but there are so many choices I don't know which tastes the best...

Sep 16, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

Looking for a good-tasting recipe for low-carb brownies

Trying to doctor up a standard brownie recipe to make it much lower in carbs without affecting the taste... my first (and so far only)experiment was to remove half a cup of sugar and 1/2 cup flour from the recipe and substitute 1/2 cup of ground flax seed. The end result is still rather sweet for my tastes, so more sugar can easily be removed. And I quite like the texture from the flax, so I'm wondering how much more zero-carb flax could be added without destroying the integrity of the brownies.

(btw, my starter recipe was 4 eggs, 4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, 1-1/2 cups sugar, 1-1/2 cups flour, and some baking powder and regular chocolate chips.)

Sep 16, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

How The Coffee Shop Has Ruined Customer Service

Can we say 'first world problem'?

BBQ Sauce that is Low-sugar, no HFCS, & widely available?

Nope sorry... I looked all over for low-sugar or sugar-free bbq sauce in the stores and didn't find a thing until I resorted to buying it online. (for no-hfcs but still sugared go to Whole Foods and see what they stock...)

(just realised this is a REALLY old thread...) if anyone's interested, I found three different sugar-free bbq sauces for sale on the Netrition website and bought two different flavours of one of them. Shipping was $5 flat rate and the stuff arrived so coccooned in bubble-wrap that there is no possible way on earth it could have been broken. It's sweetened with splenda and does not taste chemically to me, though my husband finds it on the sweet side - I like my bbq sauce sweeter than he does.

Sep 14, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Table salt free diet and eating out

The fact is, your chosen food preferences - entirely salt-free vegan - make you a food recluse by default. Your diet is so different from the American 'norm' that the odds of being able to obtain it in a restaurant without substantial fuss is nonexistant. Everything on the table has at least SOME salt in it, usually substantial amounts. I was pleasantly suprised by a 'light' vegetable soup that had very little salt in it and was filled with totally delicious vegetable flavour, but that's the exception not the rule. But a zero salt diet is not 'good for you' especially combined with a vegan diet. The human body requires a certain amount of sodium and potassium to maintain normal muscle function for all muscles, including your heart. Unless you have a serious health problem - heart disease, kidney failure, high blood pressure, there's no reason to go for ZERO sodium in your diet. (I have high blood pressure and other health conditions that require medication and I had to take two different blood pressure medications - until my husband became diabetic and we had to essentially stop eating out, quit processed foods etc - and within days I was off one of my blood pressure meds. I am NOT fond of salt at all, and I add very little to our food, but frozen dinners etc are loaded with the stuff.

Sep 14, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

Low carber avoiding restaurants

When you're already dancing around food allergies, being low-carb becomes harder, and a lot of the time eating out just isn't worth the effort.

Sep 06, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

What happened to spinach in recent years?

I don't think I've ever seen curly spinach... the grocery store had two kinds - 'baby' spinach for salad and what they called 'cooking' spinach which were larger and darker green and was obviously the same stuff let to grow a bit larger...

Sep 06, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Plate sharing fee- why?

I wouldn't go into a restaurant ALONE and just order a glass of water... but if I'm with my husband and he wants to eat and I don't, why should I feel bad about it? If I'm not hungry or not feeling well, I just want a nice comforting bowl of soup... and I refuse to feel 'bad' about it any more than I feel 'bad' about the fact that we don't drink and we won't order dessert or carby food because my husband is a diabetic and shouldn't eat them. The restaurant is there to serve US, not the other way round. (and they should probably be glad that we don't sit around eating three courses or drinking because we're usually in and out inside of 45 minutes - if their service is prompt it only takes 30!)

Sep 04, 2014
Kajikit in Not About Food
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Low Carb Vegetarians, what's on your plate?

Add the cheese and some milk - it makes it come out like quiche rather than scrambled egg... and the fat keeps it from sticking to the pan. (just noticed this is a 'vegetarian' thread so you might not want to eat cheese... but then you probably wouldn't be eating egg either. :P Never mind!)

Sep 04, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

When is 'sugar-free' NOT sugar-free?

When the one bakery person answers the question of 'what sweetener did you use in your 'sugar-free' muffins with Splenda... and the other guy overhears her and says 'oh no, we don't use Splenda any more, we changed to apple juice because our customers don't want chemicals in their food.' Spent ten minutes explaining to him that apple juice concentrate is still sugar and not going to do my diabetic husband any good while he looked at me blankly, and then agreed that maybe they should change the label on the muffins... (Lesson, ALWAYS ask before you buy - never assume anything... I'm sure that muffin had a crapload of carbs in it anyway, but sugar isn't always the white stuff in a bag. No, I didn't buy it.)

Sep 03, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets