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Almond milk is even more of a scam than we thought

People drink it because they can't use regular milk, and soy milk is DISGUSTING! If you're allergic to almonds or don't like them, I noticed they also had cashew 'milk'... all of these milks are water with white stuff in it that vaguelly approximates the consistency of milk without killing you. (I'm not allergic to dairy, just lactose-intolerant, so I do just fine on lactaid milk... though it's a bit scary that it can sit in the fridge open for two months and still be good!)

Jul 27, 2015
Kajikit in Food Media & News

How common is a warm or room temp rice pudding vs one from the fridge?

Rice pudding is delicious right off the stove... but it's also delicious once it's sat in the fridge overnight and thickened further. I'll eat it any way.

Jul 27, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Does parking make a difference for you ?

Of course it does... if we can't get within about a hundred feet of the front door, we'll go elsewhere. Fortunately there usually isn't any trouble getting a disabled parking space where we live - if there isn't one available my husband will drop me off at the door and wait for somebody parked close enough to leave... and please don't tell me I'm 'not disabled enough' - I went to Aldis this morning for groceries and got quite ill halfway round the store because I pushed myself too far and they don't have scooters... if I can't get a straight shot at the door, I won't even be able to get there, let alone walk long enough IN the store to get what I need.

PS. Much as I love the 'downtown vibe', we never ever EVER attempt to go to any of the touristy areas of Florida... there's so many people there parking is totally impossible to find. We avoid malls for the same reason. Lots of parking spaces aren't much good to us if they're half a mile from the closest entrance!

Jul 25, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

Eggs Go AWOL, And Bakers Scramble For High-Tech Substitutes

Egg prices skyrocketed to over $3/dozen from the 'shortage' but they've already started to come down again... they were $2.20 in Aldis and under three bucks at Publix this weekend.

Jul 25, 2015
Kajikit in Food Media & News

What's the flavor difference between lemonade and pink lemonade?

Depends on whether the pink comes from food colouring, or from some kind of berry syrup... the BEST strawberry lemonade is made with real strawberries...

Jul 25, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Trying to be healthy but cannot find grass fed beef that I can bear

The thing is, if you strongly dislike the texture/taste/smell/whatever of grassfed beef it doesn't matter if you paid five dollar a pound for it or fifty, you're still not going to like it... I hate the taste of salmon and it doesn't matter how 'ethically' it's caught or farmed, or what you do to it in the kitchen, I'm still not going to want to eat it, so I don't waste my money

Jul 25, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics
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Is it okay to ask guests at a suprise party to pay to attend?

They want you to pay to attend a party being held at somebody's house? That doesn't sound appropriate to me (and it would be reason enough for me to say nope, sorry, can't make it after all...) I've been to birthday parties where you have to pay but they're usually held at a restaurant. If you can't afford to pay the caterer to come to your home, do the food yourself, or make it a party that you can afford...

Jul 12, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

Do you bake your own cakes or cookies ?

I make lower-carb cookies in a similar way - use an oatmeal cookie recipe but instead of using the usual 2 cups flour/2 cups rolled oats I use ONE cup of oats for texture and substitute one cup each of dessicated (unsweetened) coconut, ground flaxseed, and ground almonds or cashews. I go to town on the add-ins and use truvia for baking instead of sugar. You can also cut down on the butter because ground nuts and coconut are much higher in fat than flour/oats.

Jul 12, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Do you bake your own cakes or cookies ?

cookies are super easy to make for yourself... I don't bake any more because my husband is diabetic and we eat the goodies way too fast, but anybody can mix up a basic batch of oatmeal or chocolate chip cookies and bake them up.

Jul 12, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

When do you just toss it?

Problem is, if you really didn't like it now, you're not going to like it any better after it's been frozen... tossing things in the freezer because you didn't want to eat them just leads to wasted freezer room - in six months time you'll be tossing out a freezer-burnt mess because you were never desperate enough to take it out and thaw it. (or else you WILL take it out and you'll wonder why on earth you wasted the freezer space on it because it's still nasty.) Unless you can think of an easy way to transform it into something edible, or you're so broke that it's the only meat you're going to see this week, best to just toss it out now.

Jul 02, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics
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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.

Jun 28, 2015
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!

Jun 28, 2015
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.

Jun 28, 2015
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.

Jun 28, 2015
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.

Jun 28, 2015
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.

Jun 28, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics
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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
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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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