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Why does my butter cake has brown spots on it.

It's a completely normal result for a vanilla cake... the sugar grains caramelise and they're not entirely evenly spread through the mix.

2 days ago
Kajikit in Home Cooking

making chocolate mousse with out gelatine or egg yolks

You can make mousse without egg at all, but it's going to come out heavier and richer. Just melt chocolate and add whipped cream. It's delicious!

2 days ago
Kajikit in Home Cooking

Terrible frosting. (greasy, bubbly bad looking)

It's bubbly because the blender put way too much air in it, and it's gritty and horrible because you need to use POWDERED sugar to get it to dissolve... Use a food processor or hand-mixer. And add some vanilla or other flavouring to the frosting or it's just going to taste like fat and sugar.

2 days ago
Kajikit in Home Cooking

How can I repair my crunchy rice pudding?

You could try putting an individual serve in the microwave for five minutes with some more milk in it... that would avoid the risk of burning an already-thickened pudding on the stove.

2 days ago
Kajikit in Home Cooking

How Long Will Store-Bought Eggs Stay Fresh In Fridge??

If they were relatively fresh when you bought them, eggs will keep for months on end in the fridge. The whites will just get runnier as the albumin breaks down over time.

2 days ago
Kajikit in General Topics

Best Pre-Cooked Chicken

Are you talking about fresh rotisserie chickens, or the prepackaged refrigerated or frozen chicken 'breast'? There's a world of difference between them. I like the former, especially from Publix, but I've never found an edible 'prepackaged' cooked chicken - they are loaded with sodium and flavour enhancers and they just taste like chemicals to me.

What would you do if you dropped dinner on the floor?

That depends on whether the food item was liquid or solid - could it be rinsed off and stuck back under the heat for a few minutes to dry it off? Or would picking it up require a mop and bucket? Sauteed vegetables are most likely salvageable, you might just need to reseason and cook another 10 minutes or so to get the flavour back into them.

Jun 14, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Yes, Again: Prices On Specials

I'm not going to order ANYTHING unless I know how much it costs... give me a list without any prices and I might think 'that sounds nice' but I'm not going to order it in case it's $50/plate when our budget is only $15...

Jun 14, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Is Pizza Hut's New ‘Hot Dog Pizza’ Actually Pizza? An Investigation

Looks like party food to me... not something to eat every day, but if you have 30 people in the room, some beer, and a couple of those pies, I bet they'd disappear pretty fast.

Jun 14, 2015
Kajikit in Chains
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7 maps and charts that explain the looming egg crisis everyone will soon be talking about

I buy eggs three dozen at a time - we have eggs for breakfast probably five days a week. Until now they've been cheap protein and it was the ham/bacon that went with them that was expensive and had to be rationed... now I'm going to have to find ways to stretch my eggs that doesn't involve potatoes...

Jun 13, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

7 maps and charts that explain the looming egg crisis everyone will soon be talking about

Does this have something to do with why the price of eggs at Walmart (which usually sells them CHEAP) has jumped to $3/dozen? Their 36 crate is nearly ten dollars - when I walked past and saw it I thought it was a typo till I noticed how much the individual cartons had gone up overnight... that's the same price I pay at Trader Joes (their egg price has gone up too but not as dramatically).

Jun 13, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

how do couples handle dinner?

My husband can't cook and I'm home all day, so our division of labour is simple - he takes me to buy the groceries, I cook them... if I can't cook for some reason, he picks up takeout. And I never really bother with formal 'meal planning' - I hate being pinned down in the kitchen, and that would just lead to buying a lot of produce that didn't get used before it spoiled... the only planning I do is 'I want to have chicken this week' or 'we haven't had spaghetti in awhile, time to pick up some noodles' etc.

Jun 09, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Family Cook-Off Indgredient Ideas Please

Make sure that you are choosing ingredients that the family cooks will have some idea of how to deal with! Your family aren't professional chefs, are they? Put a sea cucumber in front of me and it would be a disaster because I wouldn't know the first thing about how to use it successfully (or even make it edible...) If they're TOO exotic it takes all the fun out of it. If you look at the Chopped baskets for the 'home cook' episodes they're generally less esoteric than the 'professional' ones. Ground bison or kangaroo (or alligator) is more manageable than something that will be actively toxic if it's not correctly prepared.

Jun 09, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Americans Try Exotic Japanese Kit Kats

They've had flavoured kitkats at various times for specials and some of them were really good (anyone remember orange kitkat? Cinnamon kitkat?) but they never kept any of them on permanently... generally the US market seems to have reverted to the basic 'chocolate' flavours for all of those treats (thinking of hershey's kisses and M&Ms - for a few years they made all sorts of delicious 'special' flavours and then they just stopped selling them becuase it's cheaper just to churn out more 'regular' ones.)

Jun 09, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Can you simmer soup for 4 hours?

You can simmer a soup for as long as you like - just keep an eye on the liquid to see that it's not getting too thick from evaporation (if it is, add more water)... whole chickens that you buy have already been cleaned. All you have to do is pull the little baggie of giblets out of the cavity and cook the bird. I've never felt any need to boil a whole chicken, but I don't see why you couldn't if you really wanted to.

May 31, 2015
Kajikit in Home Cooking

Cooking cake in batches, but one bowl of batter?

It'll be fine... I only have one muffin pan so I have to bake them 12 at a time and do 4 batches, and you can't tell the difference between the first and the last...

May 27, 2015
Kajikit in Home Cooking

Bacon is so cheap, even veggie burgers get two strips

It's not a 'hypocrite burger', some of us just don't really like beef, and turkey burgers are almost always hockey pucks...

NYC Street Vendor Selling $30 Hot Dogs?

There's one born every minute...

May 20, 2015
Kajikit in Food Media & News

Barbecuing - Does ANYONE Think Of Food Safety When Grilling?

That's because the chicken was overcooked, not underdone... cook it long enough and the juices come right out of the bone - but by then the flesh is shoe leather.

May 20, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics
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Barbecuing - Does ANYONE Think Of Food Safety When Grilling?

Now THAT you do NOT EVER EVER DO! Boil the darned marinade if you want to use it as a sauce... ugh. But I don't worry about the tongs/lifter - I figure they get more than adequately sterilised by the heat off the grill or stove...

May 20, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics
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Cheesecake with very little cream cheese?

Do you have any lemon? If so, then you can use one pack of cream cheese, one can of condensed milk, and lemon juice to make a refrigerator cheesecake on a crumb crust in a pie pan... it won't be very thick, but it tastes delicious.

trader joe's boxed soups-twist off top changed

I threw a carton out because it was 'open' when I turned the lid and I'd never seen anything like it before... when I went back to Trader Joes and told them, they gave me a fresh one... and if you look closely the fine print on the lid says SELF-OPENING! But it really is tiny writing so it's not surprising it takes people by surprise the first time.

May 18, 2015
Kajikit in Chains

What is sour yogurt?

I assume they mean PLAIN yoghurt without fruit, flavourings, or sweetener. No thanks! If you're going to substitute commercial yoghurt, just be aware of the high amount of sugar they tend to contain, and look for the ones with the least. Some of the low-fat Greek Yoghurts have carb counts in the single digits and the extra protein helps satisfy your appetite.

May 18, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Foods to pack for long day & night at hospital

I'd just take a bag of 'nibbly' protein-containing snacks to eat when you get hungry - trail mix (Trader Joes has cute little individual bags in 10 packs), protein bars, some beef sticks if you eat them, hard candy to suck, etc. It's only one day and night and you're going to be spending most of it sitting in waiting rooms... (don't forget to take plenty of entertainment for yourself too.) We went to Aldis the other day and they had shelf-stable snack packs with little cans of hummus in them as well as the regular tuna and chicken salads. I bought six cans of hummus for our emergency/travel stash...

May 18, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

We tried a few new items last week - Frozen Belgian waffles. Yum! But they're so thick they toast in thirty seconds flat and they were cold before I finished scrambling the eggs... scramble the eggs first and THEN put the waffles in the toaster.
- English crumpets. Yum! I haven't had a crumpet since I left Australia a decade ago... I put these into the freezer to eat as treats. But you need to freeze them individually - they stuck together so I can't eat them one at a time.
- and we finally bought one of the one kg bars of dark chocolate. Tastes just like the bitersweet chocolate I used to buy in Australia to use for baking, and I put some of it into a sour cream chocolate cake... Yum.

May 10, 2015
Kajikit in Chains

What items do you wish Trader Joe's would make/stock?

Wrapping bananas tightly would destroy them in days! They release so much gas as they ripen that they'd be overripe before you got them home. The only place I've ever seen bananas bagged is at BJs where they sell them in three pound ziplocks with lots of airholes punched in them. Our TJs sells bananas individually and I'll often find a nice ripe one to eat on the way home since they don't sell a lot of 'snack' food that's not in bulk bags.

May 10, 2015
Kajikit in Chains

What items do you wish Trader Joe's would make/stock?

I'll have to look for it... I don't like coconut 'flour' it soaks up too much liquid because it's ground so fine... I was surprised to see unsweetened coconut at Big Lots the other day - they had a whole endcap of Bob's Red Mill... not exactly cheap, but it was there.

May 10, 2015
Kajikit in Chains

Identify type of lemon at Trader Joe's

These are definitely lemons, just very small roundish one... I bought a bag the other day. At less than $2 a bag, I wasn't going to go past them!

May 10, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics
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Why Diet Pepsi's Recipe Change Makes No Sense

A lot of people don't like the taste of aspartame and prefer splenda... it's not better or worse, it just tastes different.

May 02, 2015
Kajikit in Food Media & News

What items do you wish Trader Joe's would make/stock?

I've bought frozen mushrooms at TJs... they were very good for our breakfast omelettes but a little on the expensive side.

May 02, 2015
Kajikit in Chains