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The Latest "Yay Me" thread

I'm going to brag about my husband. He made pudding from scratch using bittersweet chocolate. Rich and smooth, perfect with fresh strawberries. It didn't last long!

May 28, 2015
garlicvampire in Home Cooking

Your favorite junk food or guilty pleasure?

Trader Joe's Belgian Chocolate Pudding

Your kitchen in a word (or two, or three...)

I want a sign for our kitchen that says 'Messy, But Delicious!'.

Advice on cornbread mixes

Maybe Bob's Red Mill? They have a couple of cornbread/muffin mixes that,to me,don't taste as sweet as other pre-mixes.

Nov 22, 2014
garlicvampire in General Topics

Old Lunchbox Favorites

At my elementary school, someone thought it'd be a good idea to put the heating vent under the coat hooks/lunch shelf. The smell of bologna sandwich jerky and baked wool coats is still lurking in my sinus 50 years later. And thinking back, I'm so glad I hated egg salad!

Late Night Food Inventions

Left over chicken fried rice mixed with some tomato sauce and packed into a tortilla with some slightly droopy lettuce. As an attempt to clean out the leftovers, it was pretty tasty!

Bigots and food: now it is (gasp) Girl Scout Cookies

That last paragraph is the best reason I've ever done a spit-take! I think I have a girl crush on Youareabunny.

Replacing pickle juice

I dropped a jar of pickles and need advice on how to keep the pickles from drying out. Would pouring some vinegar over them ruin the taste? My only solution is to buy another jar and combine them, so any home fix solutions are welcome. Thanks

Sep 16, 2013
garlicvampire in Home Cooking

Changing baby in the seating area and then dumping your coffee on the floor....

the various "moonshines", comments please

I'm not being a smart a$$, but it's kind of like I've entered the Twilight Zone. I both love and can't believe that I'm sitting here, reading about legitimate moonshine! I may try a few of these suggestions myself, for nostalgia's sake.
Oh, and Velkyn, my grandfather kept his 'shine in a laxative bottle. The Mr. Yuck stickers weren't around then, so what better way to keep nosy kids out of danger?

Nov 06, 2012
garlicvampire in Spirits

Our Cat Likes People Food

Some cats are spice heads. We had one that loved spicy wings (and over confident vet's fingers). He'd start to purr when he smelled them, eat until he went into a sneezing fit, drink water for a couple of minutes and come back to beg for more! The cat had my hubby trained to strip the meat off of at least 3 wings before ever starting to eat one for himself.

Oct 19, 2012
garlicvampire in Not About Food

Help me decide on my husband's birthday gift

I'm the OP, just letting everyone know that my hubby leads a charmed life. His mother just called me asking for birthday present ideas, so now he's getting *both* attachments! Thanks for the tips and recipe, fellow Chowfolk.

Oct 16, 2012
garlicvampire in Kosher

Help me decide on my husband's birthday gift

Thanks for the input everyone. I logged on to check my post and proceeded to laugh myself into hiccups over this -

Oct 14, 2012
garlicvampire in Kosher

Help me decide on my husband's birthday gift

He wants either the pasta maker or the meat grinder attachment for his Kitchen Aid stand mixer. I'm leaning towards the pasta attachment, but also wondering if the meat grinder could be useful during Passover. Any opinions or cautionary tales? Thanks.

Oct 13, 2012
garlicvampire in Kosher

College semester abroad—best location for the kosher student?

No recommendations for a city, just a suggestion. If the school is near a synagogue, the student could work through them to find kosher sources. He might even find a family who'd provide him with room and board. My husband travels a lot and often contacts a local Temple for food recommendations (and to let them know he'll be attending services). He not only gets helpful hints on dining choices, but often is invited for home cooked meals. And there's always the option of regular care packages from home.

Oct 10, 2012
garlicvampire in Kosher

K cups, Single servings, Starbucks...

FH, your concerns are valid. We received a Keurig as a gift and tried for almost 2 months to adapt it to our tastes before donating it. I could never get coffee to my preference - the prepacks were too weak, trying to fill my 10 ounce mug before the first shot went cold was impossible, blow outs from defective pods resulted in grounds and water everywhere and my husband thought it just too fussy and time consuming for making tea. I will say that this was over 5 years ago, so the newer models may have a faster recovery time, smaller footprint and be easier to clean (and require fewer clean-ups) than our model.

Sep 21, 2012
garlicvampire in General Topics

So, Who is Cooking for Rosh Hashana Today?

It's an Oregon sourced theme for us. My wonderful husband is doing all the work. Almost everything is local - wine, apples and honey, heirloom tomato salad, Tillamook scalloped potatoes, almond crusted chicken (usually it's hazelnuts) and he's making cinnamon swirl bread so the house smells marvelous! Shana Tova, y'all!

Sep 16, 2012
garlicvampire in Home Cooking

Cooking with grape seed flour

Has anyone tried cooking with wine grape seed flour? I saw some for sale and was curious if it added a flavor to breads or muffins.

Oct 07, 2011
garlicvampire in Home Cooking

Funniest Thing a Server Said to You

At a pizza joint in New Jersey, we asked the waitress about the chef's special listed on the chalkboard. She stares at the board for a minute, then screeches back into the kitchen, "What's on this ******* chef special?" A Yogi Bear sounding voice yells back, "How the #### do I know?"
"Well $$$$, you the ******* chef ain't ya?" "I'm a &&&&&&&&&&& cook, not a chef!" She turns to us and sweetly says, "We've sold out of the chef's special, how about the sausage?"

Jun 04, 2011
garlicvampire in Not About Food

Songs about Food and Sex

"Sex and Chocolate" by Urban Tapestry

Mar 20, 2011
garlicvampire in Not About Food

What's the weirdest or most awful wine you've ever tasted?

A relative gave us some Tennessee tomato wine. It was like the ketchup had gone bad and someone added window cleaner to cover the taste!

Jan 13, 2011
garlicvampire in Wine

Which Chains Do You Respect?

If local chains count, Burgerville has ruined eating at national chains for me. (Exception being Chick-Fil-A)

Nov 07, 2010
garlicvampire in Chains

Ideas for Passover 2011 new products

I agree! Also, more awareness of the needs of people with medical problems. Too much is still full of sugars. fats, salt and chemicals. When we're at home we make our own salad dressings, mayo, soups, etc.. but if you're not able to do this, off the shelf foods can really mess up dietary restrictions.

Apr 14, 2010
garlicvampire in Kosher

Tacoma -- Dining Near the Hotel Murano

I'll second weeklyvolcano's suggestions. The last 2 times we were in Tacoma, we really enjoyed our dinners at Twokoi.

1552 Commerce St Ste 100, Tacoma, WA 98402

Nov 02, 2009
garlicvampire in Greater Seattle


We went to White Trolley for lunch and I gave the slugburger a try. It's not something I'll add to my regular menu, but I didn't have any trouble finishing it.
We did enjoy the White Trolley, everyone there was friendly, fast and attentive. (Everyone we met in Corinth was friendly and helpful) Good diner selection along with some traditional southern standards. I can see why it's standing room only for lunch. If you're ever in Corinth, give them a try.

Oct 17, 2009
garlicvampire in Central South


We're going to be in Corinth, MS next week and are thinking about trying slugburgers. Anyone have recommendations? Also, my SIL has begged me to bring her some, what would be the best way to pack them for a 2 hour car trip?

Oct 07, 2009
garlicvampire in Central South

In search of buttermilk in Costa Rica

I know we could use the old milk & lemon juice or vinegar trick. I'm just curious - do they use buttermilk in local cooking? Could I find it in the markets?
We practically had a scavenger hunt for wheat flour, but I wish USA supermarkets had employees this helpful!

here's a challenge - write food-oriented lyrics for a favorite song...

Thanks folks, now I'll be hearing Weird Al songs in my head all night!

Jul 13, 2009
garlicvampire in Not About Food

PDX - Anyplace like PFI in PDX for Cheese

Square Deal is not closed.

Tucson for Passover

mscaroline, thanks for the tips, we managed to get everything needed. It was a scrumptious meal. My FIL is a great cook and has now ruined us for future Passover Seders. (and this was his first K for P meal!)
We usually go on line to find our KP wines. I think AZ may restrict internet wine purchases, but a local wine shop might be able to order something for you.
Enjoy the rest of the Holiday!

Apr 12, 2009
garlicvampire in Kosher