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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

Mandatory municipal composting: how do you handle your food scraps?

We always taught that meat scraps and bones should NEVER go into the compost because they breed germies, don't break down properly like plant material, and attract pests.... I guess nobody told the Seattle garbage collectors that.

Jan 10, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

Gluten-free sub for flour as soup/stew thickener?

If you want to thicken something without including gluten, cornstarch will do a perfectly adequate job - just make sure it's REAL corn...

Jan 10, 2015
Kajikit in Special Diets

Crock-Pot Cuisine -- are you kidding?

Yes it's expensive... but lots of people can't really cook, don't have the time to cook, and want to give their family something healthier than takeout 7 days a week... order something like this and you can spend five or ten minutes following their instructions in the morning, leave the crockpot to do its thing unsupervised without worrying about your house burning down, and come home from work to a ready-to-eat meal. ($20 a meal is twice our budget, but if they were cheaper I wouldn't mind using them occasionally... as a disabled person, sometimes I have to choose between getting food on the table, and doing the housework, let alone actually going OUT).

Jan 10, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Whole Chickens Disappearing From Supermarkets?

Since there are only two of us, I rarely roast a whole chicken... I've found that it's more efficient to roast thighs. They cook quicker, they're pre-portioned, and I can put the extras in the freezer and easily nuke them. The extra roast chicken tends to get wasted... (I know you can save the carcass to make stock, but that takes actually DOING it...) (I switched because as you say, whole chickens are almost never on sale any more and the parts are, but I like the convenience...)

Jan 08, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

PBS Heats Up Sundays With THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW

Sadly, it's not on in South Florida... they almost never show cooking programs on PBS in our area, just crud that's not worth watching... :(

Dec 29, 2014
Kajikit in Food Media & News

storing natural peanut butter

If you want it to be runny, store it at room temp... if you want it to be firm enough to scoop, keep it in the fridge. Either way is fine...

Dec 20, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Why I hate Christmas

So take it back and tell them it's not good enough and you want a refund... you didn't get ripped off because it's Christmas, you bought a product that you couldn't properly judge from an overpriced store...

What is swai fish?

I don't know what it is, but I've been seeing it in the store and I bought some and it was a very nice soft white fish without the 'muddy' taste of tilapia. And it was cheaper (which matters with our budget... 'wild/fresh' fish is entirely out of our price range.) Neither of us enjoys a very 'fishy'-tasting fillet.

Dec 20, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Masterchef Junior Season 2 Finale

Seems like they were both extremely good and it was almost too close to call... at least that's what my husband and I thought when we watched it. I wish they weren't showing season 3 ALREADY though... it gets boring when they run contests continually.

Dec 19, 2014
Kajikit in Food Media & News

Enough televised cooking competitions!

I like watching people create things. Competition shows are enjoyable if they don't take themselves too seriously and they have a good host... the host and the judge/s are the make or break. (Kitchen Inferno is just STUPID.) We both assumed we'd loathe Cutthroat Kitchen and didn't watch it for an entire year, but it's really fun to watch... I prefer a show with an array of competitors - one-on-one gets monotonously repetitive. (I only watch Iron Chef USA when it's a 'special event' competition to make it interesting...) I like Top Chef, but Top Chef Duels was totally pointless. The really boring food shows are the 'my favourite food' type junk featuring dishes I'll never make because they don't tell you how, and restaurants I'll never be able to visit. (one of the things I also like about Chopped is how they use really exotic mystery ingredients - and then they tell the viewers what they are/what they're commonly used for...)

Dec 19, 2014
Kajikit in Food Media & News

At what point does a recipe become "yours"?

When you've made it enough times that you don't need to consult the recipe... at which point changes will creep in to eventually make it unrecognisable as the 'original' dish if you put them side by side...

Dec 19, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics
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Sweet Potato fries

Sweet potato fries are great if they're cooked long enough to be crispy... awful if they're soggy. We've started eating them because they have a lower glycemic index than regular potato and they have to be cooked right to be worth the eating.

Cantaloupe exploded sitting on my counter

Your canteloupe must have been overripe when you bought it, and it got damaged on the way home which made a weak point in the skin.

Dec 16, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Seeking low-fat, low-flour snackbar recipe

Oatmeal plus water is just going to make a mess. Here's a recipe that uses banana instead of sugar and sounds like ti might be what you want. You could add nuts to it (she left them out because her kids school is 'nut-free'...) http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2010...

Or here's another lower-carb one (I think I'd use applesauce in it...) http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2011...

Dec 13, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

Thumbprint cookies - when to fill?

I prefer to put the jam in at the beginning because that way it sets up firmer... if you add the jam later on it stays gooey and you can't stack the cookies without making a mess. If you put it in first, and the oven gets too warm the jam can melt and run all over the place making a sticky mess of its own... so there's advantages to both methods.

Dec 13, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

ONE eye in the kitchen?!?

That's scary... I lost partial vision in my left eye suddenly when I was 20 and it took them a decade for somebody to figure out that there was a bloody great scar on my retina (don't ask how the other eye doctors missed it for so long...) It missed taking out my central vision by 1mm... It took almost as long for my brain to learn to 'fill in' the missing patch with the signal from the other eye and stop bothering me with that big grey floaty patch when I was trying to focus on close up things. Technically I can see as well as anyone else, but if anything ever happened to my other eye I'd be more than half blind because my brain doesn't 'listen' to the bad eye any more. Focusing on close-up things can be tricky with only one good eye, so take it easy while you adapt (or it recovers)...

Dec 13, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

Forgot Frozen Stouffers Lasagna in trunk of car for 2 weeks, is it okay to refreeze and eat since its been cold out?

Repeated thawing and refreezing is going to ruin anything... a frozen lasagna doesn't cost THAT much - just toss it out.

Something good at McDonalds for the holidays - eggnog

I don't usually go near McDonalds, but they have an eggnog thickshake for the holiday season and it's delicious. Tastes just like a carton of eggnog icecream, but you can enjoy it on the run.

Dec 09, 2014
Kajikit in Chains

Eggnog - Love It or Leave It

I LOVE eggnog... just don't bother with the 'lactose-free' one - it was as watery as regular milk. :( I like my nog thick and creamy and delicious. Also love eggnog icecream.

Dec 09, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics
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How can we say no to a dinner invitation? We don't want to appear ungracious even though we don't really like the boyfriend!

So you just say no... you're booked up for the rest of the year. You do not have to accept every invitation you're given...

Dec 03, 2014
Kajikit in Not About Food

I too need help on uninvited guests.

Rule one - NO KIDS IN THE KITCHEN. End of story. It's not safe for them to be running around underfoot while you're trying to cook. As for your stressing yourself out cooking for 18-20 people single-handed, it sounds like it was your choice. But it would really be easier if you let other/s help you... holiday dinners don't have to be micromanaged. If you are the only person who knows how to cook, assign others to pick up anything that can be easily purchased pre-prepared so that you don't have to worry about it and you can concentrate on the cooking... holidays should not be an ordeal.

Dec 03, 2014
Kajikit in Not About Food

Gluten-free, dairy-free main dish for holiday potluck

Roast chicken thighs seems fine to me... poultry is a 'holiday' dish.

Dec 03, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

This thread's getting on a bit... but I bought a bunch of Trader Joe's 'Thanksgiving' stuff and last night we had a ham with the chicken sausage dressing (yum), some of TJs jarred cranberry sauce (yum, and I like the fact that it's not in a can so we can use a spoon and keep the rest in the fridge till we want it), and I used half a box of TJs condensed mushroom soup to make a casserole.

Dec 01, 2014
Kajikit in Chains

Best New Thanksgiving Dish

Chowhounds will probably turn their noses up at it... but we went to a Thanksgiving potluck and I took roasted vegetables (no potato), and a dessert which was a runaway hit - sugarfree black forest pudding. It felt more like cheating than cooking because all I had to 'make' was the almond meal crust, then I used sugar free chocolate pudding and SF cherry pie filling... and everyone DEVOURED it! (I also ate a delicious piece of somebody's 'cranberry cherry' pie, and they'd obviously made the pastry from scratch...)

Nov 28, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

Would you say your Thanksgiving this year is going to be a big deal . Or your just going to make it simple ?

Going to a potluck at the church... taking a sugar-free black forest pudding pie, and roasted root vegetables to make sure we have something we can eat that doesn't have potatoes in it...

Nov 27, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Two Ingredient pizza dough

We make a quick three ingredient pizza crust - flour, water or milk, and oil. My brother got the recipe in high school home economics class and it's suprisingly good when you stretch it out thin.

Nov 22, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking