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Almost half of the world prefers instant coffee

Everyone in Australia drinks instant coffee... usually Nescafe. The only reason my parents even HAD a french press was that somebody gave it to them for a present - they never used it. It's far less messy to boil the kettle and make a mug of nescafe. I don't actually drink coffee, but it was strange to come to the US and find out that everyone looks down on instant coffee as undrinkable. My mother liked the brewed coffee while she was here, but not enough to take the habit home.

Jul 20, 2014
Kajikit in Food Media & News

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

But what if you decided that you WANTED a tattoo so that you wouldn't ever forget the significance of your great-grandparents' experience? People get tattoos for a reason, and most of them are because they want to commemorate something in a very personal way. It might not mean a lot to the rest of the world, but it does to them...

Jul 20, 2014
Kajikit in Food Media & News

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

It's the 21st century.... unless the tattoo says 'F* You' or something similar, I have no objections to it. Seeing tattoo/s on the wait staff is certainly not going to prevent me from buying a drink or walking into a restaurant.

Jul 20, 2014
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salty restaurant food in the US compared to europe?

I've never been to Europe... but when I moved to the US from Australia it took me at least a couple of years to adapt to the levels of salt, sugar, and grease in the general diet. American bread was inedible for years...

Jul 20, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

Does it HAVE to be cookies all the time? Brownies and muffins are good to make in bulk. When I cook for a crowd for church I usually do half brownies, and half cookies so I don't have to stand over the oven so long.
Everyone loves it when I do snickerdoodles, or sugar cookies with candy pressed into the top.

Jul 17, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

biscuits & gravy w/ eggs, country ham

I don't know where you live... but refrigerated or frozen biscuits are a great shortcut. Biscuits are pretty easy to make, but it sounds like your kitchen supplies and experience are extremely limited and you might have more success baking up some store-bought biscuits than doing it all from scratch. Then you can concentrate on making the gravy, which isn't difficult - fry up breakfast sausage in a pan, then set it aside and make your gravy with the sausage fat and milk. I'm a heathen, I never do a 'roux' with flour - I use a cornstarch slurry for everything because it doesn't need to cook so long.

Jul 17, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

Rice Pudding

I don't understand why you'd want to rinse it... you want the starch to help thicken the pudding, and rinsing it just removes some.

Jul 15, 2014
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Celiacs, Sacraments, and High Holy Days?

I don't know about Catholics, but most churches I've been to have gluten-free communion wafers available.

Jul 15, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Nasty chicken legs

Don't want to handle them? Stick them in the crockpot and slow-cook them. All those tendons and fat will soften up and dissolve away and you'll be left with gorgeous broth.

Jul 12, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

Freezing chicken portions in Non-Freezer Zip-Lock Plastic?

Nothing wrong with freezing the chicken in bags like that, just don't try to nuke them or the plastic will melt! But apparantly you know that already... (if the wrap is stuck to the chicken use the defrost setting on the microwave and then you'll be able to seperate it without cooking the plastic bag.)

Jul 12, 2014
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Ground Meats Limitations Overall in USA: Patty vs. Patty-less Dishes

Seems to me you could have saved yourself a lot of time and just titled this thread 'I don't like burgers'... personally, I'm not a big fan of beef in any form, but occasionally I want just a little, so I like the sliders they serve all over the place now - one slider and I'm done without wasting half a full-sized hamburger. Usually I'll go for the veggie burger option if they have one. I like burgers just fine, I just don't much like beef...

Jul 12, 2014
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HELP!! Extremely picky eaters, out of dinner options!!

With your restrictions it's hard to think of many dishes to suggest for you that you haven't already eaten... how about meatloaf? Swedish meatballs? Salisbury steak? You can use jarred beef gravy or make your own with a carton of beef broth and some cornstarch. You can make mini meatloaves in a muffin pan - wrap them in bacon and they come out crispy and incredibly delicious, if a little greasy.
For potatoes you could do potato skins with bacon (pre-cook the potatoes in the microwave then slice and top with bacon and cheese and grill to melt the cheese). Homemade potato wedges are dead easy - just slice and toss with oil then bake until crispy. Potato latkes are just grated potato, flour and egg fried in a pan.
Do you eat rice? You can stuff a mix of cooked ground meat and rice into a burrito for a change of pace. I often do a basic 'casserole' with ground meat or chopped chicken breast, rice, onion, corn and broccoli, cooked in a deep frypan with water/broth until all the liquid has evaporated, but you could leave the green stuff out.

Jul 10, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

Rotisserie chicken virgin

Yes they're warm when you buy them. If you're buying it in the morning to eat that night, put it in the fridge when you get home.

Jul 07, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

House brands shutting down name brands?

I think your (or anyones) head will explode if they really try to understand it. The best thing to do is read the labels (to check for the super cheap-and-nasty ingredients like the jelly or salsa that's more vegetable gum than fruit) and if the label seems roughly the same as a name brand try the product... if you like it, good, if you don't, don't buy it again. It really depends on what the MARKETER was aiming for when they ordered the items. Were they trying to cheap down the product and get it into smaller, cheaper, lower quality packaging to hit the bottom end of the market... or were they trying to compete with the national brands and make something that tastes as good/the same only in different packaging. It can be either/or...

Jul 07, 2014
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Onions. Do you "count" them as a vegetable when planning a meal?

Onion is a seasoning, not a vegetable - you don't generally use enough of them for it to count (the exception being if you're roasting or caramelising etc and using more than one regular-sized onion per person. (I don't count one slice of tomato as a 'vegetable' either, that's a garnish... it needs to be a significant portion to count nutritionally.

Jul 07, 2014
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Easy chocolate ganache recipe!

My brother made the most wonderful ganache with bittersweet chocolate and cream. Just microwave and stir... no need to add sugar unless you're using unsweetened cooking chocolate - it would be way too sweet with extra sugar.

Jul 06, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

freeze pulled pork safely

It'll be fine. There's absolutely no reason to worry about food safety unless there's something wrong with your fridge or the crockpot you originally cooked it in.

Jul 06, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

FLORIDA HELP

Take a folding lunchbag and an ice pack with you. Even if your hotel has one of those itty bitty single-shelf freezer deals you can still freeze a cold block in it. Otherwise, you're going to want to bite the bullet and buy food - you're going to need lots of cold drinks if you're out in the Florida sun for any time at all. It is HOT out there, and the humidity makes it feel even hotter because you can't sweat to cool yourself.

Jul 06, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

what other food sites do you frequent?

I drop in on egullet occasionally but there's not much conversation there for somebody at my (strictly amateur homecook) level. Mostly I fill in my time by finding recipes on pinterest and browsing through the blogs they came from if they look interesting. I tried a food group on facebook but it went through three different iterations in an attempt to control trolling, and I gave up.

Jul 06, 2014
Kajikit in Food Media & News

House brands shutting down name brands?

Since the house brands are usually made on the same production lines and just packaged differently, there isn't a whole lot of difference between many 'store/house brands' and basic name brand stuff. It's only when you get to things with elaborate ingredient lists that the store brand stuff cheaps out.

What I HAVE noticed is that the huge number of flavours/varieties of various products are pushing smaller manufacturers off the shelves entirely. The brands that only made one or two flavours are disappearing into oblivion, because the retailers assume everyone will want to jump on the latest bandwagon and they don't have infinite room.

Jul 06, 2014
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How to transport fruit pies + ice cream for 6+ hours?

The pies will be fine however you transport them - your biggest concern will be keeping them from getting squished or broken... but keeping the icecream cold for that long could be a challenge unless you have room in the car for a really good cooler.

Jul 06, 2014
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Pulled pork using whole boneless pork,loin

It didn't need a recipe. Somebody upthread suggested using a can of root beer for the liquid in the crockpot and I had some handy to try it... I've seen recipes that use coca-cola or other sodas the same way. I just used root bear and a slosh of bottled bbq sauce.

Jul 03, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

Small family wants pulled pork. What cuts can you suggest?

See the thread on pulling pork loin... use a crockpot and any size piece of pork you desire will come out super tender and delicious. A shoulder or butt is enough pork to feed an army! I pulled a four pound loin last week and put several meal's worth in the freezer.

Jul 03, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

Is it okay to graze off your plate while in the buffet line?

Is the line really THAT long that you can't wait to get back to your table to start noshing?

Jul 03, 2014
Kajikit in Not About Food
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"I Don't Cook"

We have a side-by-side (rental)... the fridge part is adequate, but the freezer is so totally useless we hadn't been here a week before I told my husband we had to go buy a chest freezer to hold our actual food. The only things we keep in the upright are the ice(large icemaker), the icecream, becuase it gets too hard in the chest, and our pre-chilled drink cups. A counter-depth side-by-side would be an absolute abomination.

Jul 01, 2014
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Leaving half doughnuts behind

I'll eat half a donut... it's not as if they used their teeth to rip it apart - cake donuts break easily, sometimes when you don't even want them to. I'm not paranoid about food unless it's something that should be refrigerated and it's sitting around at room temperature...

Jun 29, 2014
Kajikit in Not About Food

Why does the meat in my bolognese sauce completely absorb the tomato puree?

Of course I've made sauce from scratch. But spaghetti is a last-minute meal for us - it's what you make when your cupboards are getting bare, you're tired, and you want dinner on the table inside thirty minutes, which is where the jarred sauce comes in. Brown the meat so it doesn't turn into mush, add a good jar of sauce, let it simmer while you cook the pasta and when the pasta's done you can eat. If I have more time I use canned crushed tomatoes and my own seasonings and cook it an hour or so and the longer you leave it the better it tastes... but it's usually 'dinner in a hurry'. I only make the time-consuming sauce if I want to make lasagna, which takes all day anyway.

Jun 29, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

Pulled pork using whole boneless pork,loin

I made crockpot pulled pork loin the other day and I used half a can of root beer in it (I really don't like root beer and I didn't want it to come out tasting too much like it...) half a can of water and some Sonnys bottled bbq sauce. I turned the loin over every two hours or so and at the six hour mark it was starting to break up so I used a fork to split it. Two hours later it was perfect! And no, it didn't taste like root beer, just nice and smoky. You hardly even needed to add extra sauce it was so good. Freezing most of it in meal-sized portions and we've had pulled pork sandwiches two days in a row. Yum! I don't use my crockpot much but this was one dish that came out perfectly... and it didn't heat up the kitchen.

Jun 29, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

"I Don't Cook"

When we moved into this duplex the oven was broken and the landlord didn't know anything about it... so obviously the previous tenant never used it and relied on the microwave. I find that mind-boggling on its own. (they fixed it for us, we insisted. I couldn't live without an oven!)

Jun 28, 2014
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Railway Dininig. Ever experience it ?

I did twelve years ago... one super-deluxe gourmet train trip through the Canadian Rockies, a very nice train trip across Canada on Canada Rail where they had yummy things like maple muffins in the snack car, and two very ordinary train trips on Amtrak.

The Canadian Rockies trip was incredible and I wish we could do it again... the trip across Canada was nice too... but Amtrak sucked to put it nicely (one leg they ran out of food entirely before we were halfway there because they miscalculated the number of 'day trip' passengers they were going to get on a long weekend!)

Jun 27, 2014
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