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What would you consider are your 6 essential spices?

My go-to spices that appear in almost everything are

black pepper
ground coriander (I never use the leaves but the powder is essential)
smoked paprika
onion powder
garlic powder
and ground oregano

DH doesn't like curry so I use very little cumin/turmeric etc.

And for baking:
cinnamon (by the quart)
nutmeg
ground cloves
allspice
pumpkin pie spice
ginger

Apr 14, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Selling greek yogurt at farmer's market.. HELP CHOOSE TOPPINGS!

Make sure you have something little-kid-friendly... remember, children (and many adults including me) like their yoghurt SWEET! Savoury toppings aren't likely to be popular unless you served it with pita chips aka tzatziki. A savoury option (cucumber, seasonings, with pita chips on the side) could be refreshing on a hot day, but it's never going to be as popular as the sweet ones.

Fruit (especially seasonal berries) is always good, but you need to have sugar/sweetener/syrup to add as well.

Yoghurt + fruit + granola is a familiar combination for many people and it would probably be popular with the early-morning crowd who haven't had breakfast.

Rather than fresh apple (icky) people would probably prefer a nice chunky applesauce with cinnamon. Side benefit of that - applesauce isn't going to discolour or go soggy because it's already cooked. And apples are a 'starter food' for little kids so it fits the kid-friendly bill.

Apr 14, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Is Anyone Food "Couponing"Anymore?

Except that coupons nowadays are more often things like 'save 30c if you purchase half a dozen' which works out to a whopping 5c per item. High value coupons are extremely rare birds.

Apr 12, 2014
Kajikit in Not About Food

Is Anyone Food "Couponing"Anymore?

I can't be bothered... we don't get the paper and I don't have the time or energy to go hunting coupons online. I save money on groceries by looking for the BOGO and regular sales and stocking up when the things I want are cheap. I'd make my shopping lists according to the grocery fliers, but since we moved I'm not getting them any more. The only grocery flier that comes in the mail at our new residence is Winn Dixie. Publix apparantly doesn't bother to mail their fliers here... :(

Apr 10, 2014
Kajikit in Not About Food

What a Week's Worth of Groceries Look Like in Different Parts of the World

Just to comment on the Australian family - of course they're Australian. More so than many of us. But they're not European-Australians, they're Australian aboriginals, presumably living somewhere out in the back of beyond (as posited by the large containers of water - people living in urban areas have no need to buy water by the megaliter, but in the Outback tapwater is not very (if at all) palatable, not to mention in extremely short supply.). I recognised a lot of the stuff on their table from my childhood...

Apr 10, 2014
Kajikit in Food Media & News

Kitchen Casino

Meh... I'll give it more than one shot before I say no, but it seems to have gone too far into the random pointlessness... (Cutthroat Kitchen grew on me too... I was sure I'd loathe it, and I don't, probably because it has Alton Brown.)

Apr 10, 2014
Kajikit in Food Media & News

The Terrible Tragedy of the Healthy Eater

It's food. Eat it. Don't eat it. But don't spend too much time and energy on trying to find the 'perfect diet' because there isn't one! What they say is 'best' today will be most likely be pronounced deadly next year...

Apr 07, 2014
Kajikit in Food Media & News
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What a Week's Worth of Groceries Look Like in Different Parts of the World

Fascinating... it begs the question - what would a typical week's groceries look like for chowhounds? (also a stark reminder of how limited food resources are in some parts of the world, and how wasteful more affluent societies can be...)

Apr 07, 2014
Kajikit in Food Media & News
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Would this rub you the wrong way? (House Guests selectively picking up the tab) and questions on house guest expectations

Sounds rude to me! Why didn't they pick up the tab for the whole table if they wanted to be so generous? You went to considerable effort to host them and make them feel comfortable and they snubbed you in return... I wouldn't be inviting them back any time soon.

Apr 06, 2014
Kajikit in Not About Food

What to feed DH when he's working midday-2am for a week?

DH has to do the late shift next week... he doesn't want to eat anything heavy before he goes to work, but he won't be home till around 2 in the morning every night. I need some brilliant super easy ideas to feed him when he gets home... preferably things that I can eat at a more normal hour, and he can pop in the microwave when he gets home. He likes relatively simple meals... also any easy non-perisable, not-messy snacks he can munch on during his 2-hour commute to and from the job. I'm thinking oatmeal cookies are probably the most nutritious snack for his 'breakfast'.

Apr 04, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

Chicken and broccoli stir fry question, rice wine

You can use rice wine, dry sherry, rice vinegar, or apple cider vinegar to a very similar effect. You're looking for the acid, not anything sweet.

Apr 04, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

Wow, Bone In Ham is showing up at 99 cents/lb!!

Also the fact that Easter is right around the corner and it's another one of the 'eat ham' holidays, so the stuff's going to be on sale this month... they'd love to have people buying ham all month long instead of just for one week.

Apr 04, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Where do you bake/cook in your kitchen?

We recently moved into a duplex and it has a right-angle eat-in kitchen... while there are lots of cupboards and it SEEMS like there's plenty of space, I'm finding out rapidly that there's very little counter space to actually prepare food to cook because it's broken up by the stove, the sink, the dishwasher etc. and I don't have more than two square feet of consecutive countertop anywhere. :(

Our old kitchen had very little cupboard space, but it was U-shaped so there was a five-foot-long counter to work on. I never thought I'd miss it! I baked some cookies this afternoon and had to sit the baking trays on the stovetop to prep them, but they got very hot from being on top of the oven (apparantly it has very little insulation) so that's far from ideal unless I want my baked goods all par-baked in advance. How do others make it work?

Apr 04, 2014
Kajikit in Cookware

Repurposing Brownies-Help!

Since you said they're for the office, I'd make some cookies for your partner to take instead, and put the brownies into the freezer to use at home - parfaits, crumbles etc are delicious, but probably way too awkard/perishable/messy to take to the office...

Apr 03, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

Repurposing Brownies-Help!

Make a brownie trifle... Yum! Or if you don't want to mess with them, just do sundaes with crumbled brownie, good icecream, and some nice topping (preferably homemade chocolate sauce)...

Apr 03, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

When You No Longer Can Eat Some Foods You Love

Perhaps I should have said that he can't eat FRESH peppers (of any kind). Bell peppers are the most prevelant and he can't have them cooked either... but he can't eat salsa full-stop. Hot sauce is usually okay because it's more highly processed, but even that can be a little risky. DRIED and ground peppers are the only ones that seem to be safe for him to eat in small quantities.

Apr 03, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Recipe ideas for picky husband?

If they're anything like mine... they don't! lol He thinks that two tablespoons of green beans is enough fiber for the entire day. Left to his own devices he'd eat peanut butter sandwiches on white bread for supper every night (if I'm not up to cooking, he does!) But he's broadened his horizons over the nine years we've been married, so don't give up yet. We went to a fancy buffet a few weeks ago and he put some cous-cous on his plate and enjoyed it, so now I added it to the rotation. It comes out a box, but it's a little more variety. He tried hummus and baba-ganoush at a middle eastern restaurant years ago and loved them, and stuff like that... don't push foods at him, it backfires as badly as if you're trying to force a little kid to eat something they don't want. Go with the slightly more sophisticated version of the simple tastes, and see how far he's willing to go. If he says 'this is weird/I don't like it', step back. I love mac and cheese and carbonara. DH doesn't, but he'll eat boxed mac and cheese, so I buy the Kraft in a bag because it tastes more homemade... and so on.

Apr 01, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking
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PB & J Day

How about peanut cookies and make PB&J icecream sandwiches or sundaes for dessert?

Apr 01, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

What is your budget

'Organic' food costs a fortune compared to non-organic... I went to the local farmer's market and there was a chicken farmer selling his frozen direct-from-his-organic-chicken-farm birds specially processed and packaged for his customers... how good can you get? Then the lady in front of me bought two nice juicy birds and I found out that it was $7 a pound! Ack! Our food budget totally excludes anything 'organic' for price reasons.

Apr 01, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics
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When You No Longer Can Eat Some Foods You Love

I mourn for Mexican food regularly... there's no reason that 'I' can't eat it, but DH became allergic to bell peppers, so we cut it out of our diet because they don't really serve anything that he can eat without getting horribly ill. He loved it too, so I'd feel far too mean to indulge alone. He can't eat seafood either, but if we go to a buffet I get my fix in there.

Apr 01, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Is there a chance in heck we can get Fast Food chains to cut back on the salt on the fries?

Fries generally aren't too bad when it comes to salt - it's the BURGERS and especially the 'special sauce/s' that are inedible salt bombs.

Mar 30, 2014
Kajikit in Chains

Vacuum seal broken on smoked salmon - now what?

Question - are you sure it was properly vacuum-sealed when you bought it? Or did you repackage it yourself at home? If the latter, it's fine... if the former, I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole.

Mar 30, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Himalayan pink salt - this label can't be right, can it?

Probably depends on how big the flakes are... the smaller the flakes, the more sodium will fit onto the spoon without falling off.

Mar 30, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

The Cooking Channel

We don't have access to Create. :( There are some international shows on hulu but it's hard to pick the good stuff out of the mountain of trash. I just wish tv wasn't so insular! In Australia they made a special station called SBS which was entirely dedicated to international programming and it always had fascinating stuff on it... not to mention all the BBC stuff that showed up on the ABC. BBC America seems to be the all-Top Gear, all-Gordon Ramsay network and they never show anything else in the daytime except Dr Who! (not complaining about Dr Who I love the show... but I'm interested in more than just Dr Who)

Mar 28, 2014
Kajikit in Food Media & News

Forgot to turn slow cooker on

If they were still cold they're fine... four hours in the counter isn't any longer than you would leave a frozen meat sitting out if you wanted to air-thaw it, and the crockpot provided extra insulation. But personally I'd take them out the slow cooker and cook them on regular heat just to be sure.

Mar 28, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

Substitute for Buttermilk Powder?

My cream cheese frosting is just cream cheese, powdered sugar, and lemon juice... why dilute the creamy flavour with butter or margerine?

Mar 28, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

using a cake mix

Are the egg whites supposed to be beaten, or it is a low-fat recipe? If you're subbing whole eggs for unbeaten whites, just use two regular eggs (a little more won't hurt)... if they're supposed to be whipped/beaten, there is no substitute because its putting the air into the recipe.

Mar 28, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

carmel cake and icicing

I'd try googling 'buttermilk caramel cake' and see what shows up...

Mar 28, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

What to make and/or have on hand for out of town guests?

If you're eating two meals out and they're only there for two days, there probably won't need to be a lot of extra nibbling. I'd just give them free reign of the pantry/fridge while they're there and make sure to have some packaged or easy-to-eat snackfoods handy (breaking open larger packets of food in someone else's home feels like invading their privacy - maybe they really needed that food for after you've gone home so you shouldn't be taking it...) but snack packs, multi-packs etc say 'here, help yourself there's plenty to go round!' Maybe put out a basket of assorted snacks on the counter for easy grabbing and have plenty of bottled drinks in the fridge. A fruit bowl is a nice touch if they're healthy eaters, so are individual yoghurts or fruit cups for a healthier nibble.

Mar 28, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

The Cooking Channel

I know it's a few years old now, but we just got DirecTV and paid eight bucks extra to upgrade and get the cooking channel as well as the food network. I hope it's worth it - yesterday they were showing Dinner Impossible all day, and while that's okay I'm hoping for something NEW!

What they really need is a third food channel - the 'international food channel' - there are brilliant food shows all over the globe but do we ever get to see them? Nope... not unless they decide to make a 'local' version instead. I'd pay good money to see what they're doing in the rest of the world...

Mar 28, 2014
Kajikit in Food Media & News