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Back on the diabetic diet - have to be really strict for now

Yes, he has to be able to pick stuff up in his hands to eat it in the car - he drives for a living and spends most of the day in the car going from site to site. He doesn't have time to stop and sit down for lunch. And whatever he takes has to be relatively non-messy because a lot of it ends up on the floor of the car when he's grabbing it from the passenger seat. I usually give him snack bars, cheese crackers etc but they're all way too carby. His bad habit has to be to snack on candy and chips from the gas station instead of eating an actual lunch and obviously he just can't do that any more! Sigh... Actually for now, I don't think he's going to be willing to eat lunch at all - his metformin is hitting him HARD and it's difficult to get him to eat at all. :(

about 20 hours ago
Kajikit in Special Diets

Amazon Prime Pantry: Anyone Using This?

The prices look okay, but there's not a lot of room in each box. Each item tells you how much space it needs and if you wanted a big pack of toilet paper, for instance, it would use up half the box by itself. Haven't tried it ourselves, we gave up our prime membership when they raised the price to $100 a year but I looked into it to see if it was a fantastic rate.

about 20 hours ago
Kajikit in General Topics

LAY'S POTATO CHIPS' NEW FLAVORS -- SEEN or TRIED THEM?

Haven't seen them yet... 'cappucchino' chips sounds bizarre! The bacon mac and cheese sounds nicest. The only one we liked out of last year's batch was the chicken and waffles (even though they were unusual, they were kind of addictive!), the 'garlic bread' chips that supposedly won the contest were overwhelmingly garlicy. But carbs are off our menu now because DH just came up diabetic, so we won't even be tasting this round...

about 20 hours ago
Kajikit in General Topics

Back on the diabetic diet - have to be really strict for now

Help... DH's sugar was 480 on Friday. We've got it down to the 200s already by low-carbing, but obviously we have to be super-strict with our diet. He's starting to get tired of eggs for breakfast already. And he's going back to work tomorrow so I have to pack him a 'snacky' low-carb lunch he can eat on the go. Ideas for breakfast and lunch?

1 day ago
Kajikit in Special Diets

Dreamfields Pasta for a diabetic, are their low carb claims a hoax?

My DH liked it and didn't notice any particular spike, but we ate it in very small amounts with plenty of vegetables. Unfortunately, his diabetes has gotten much worse (it was actually GONE for two years and he had a normal a1C just in March, but Friday when he finally got to the doctors after wanting to go for two weeks, his sugar was 480.) I assumed it was a 'safe' food for him, but we haven't eaten it in a long time...

1 day ago
Kajikit in Special Diets

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
Kajikit in Food Media & News
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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
Kajikit in Home Cooking
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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
Kajikit in Home Cooking

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
Kajikit in General Topics
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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
Kajikit in General Topics

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
Kajikit in General Topics

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
Kajikit in General Topics
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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
Kajikit in General Topics

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
Kajikit in General Topics