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BEST real life food related joke of the day!!

Ha!!!!!

Aug 29, 2014
truman in Not About Food

What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition [through August 30th, 2014]

Tonight is leftovers tonight: babyback ribs (sans sauce) and Kraft Mac & Cheese (Ninja Turtles shapes) for the 4yo, a turkey burger (sans bun since we don't have any left) and this awesome salt and vinegar potato salad for me: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Interestingly, I printed that recipe out in June 2006, when it was published. This week was the first time I'd made it - why oh why did I wait so long???

Evernote vs. Pepperplate?

I use Pepperplate but haven't tried Evernote. I like being able to import recipes on my computer(s) or iPad, and then view/cook from the recipes on my iPad or phone. It has been a godsend to have a single source - accessible from all my devices, and DH's if I delegate shopping or cooking to him - that stores recipes from so many online places.

Though I have to admit, I use it mostly for recipes I want to try sometime. Most of the recipes I cook from are hard copies in two huge 3-ring binders on the kitchen bookshelf! One of these days I will get more organized...

Aug 28, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

In n Out - we're East Coasters.

Just went to Shake Shack (yum!) and Sonic (meh) recently, so I can cross those off the list.

"back to school" shopping... for ME!

A can opener and a bowl big enough to hold a can/pouch of soup! We keep soup in the pantry at home for emergency lunches, and it's much easier to not have to schlep the "hardware" too.

In my food cabinet right now, I also have oatmeal packets, a big bag of trail mix, and a box of Triscuits. I just ran out of granola so will restock that this weekend. I also keep a sharp knife to cut up fruit (I don't like biting into whole apples, pears, etc), but I can see how that might be frowned upon in a school...

Aug 28, 2014
truman in General Topics

Where to eat in/near Marco Island?

We're heading south for a week in November, staying on Marco Island. The resort (Hilton) has a few restaurants but I don't have high expectations for them. What's within a 30-min drive or so that's good and tasty? We will have a car, and a 4-year-old, so we're not looking for anything too fancy.

Thanks in advance!

Aug 26, 2014
truman in Florida

I need a baked egg dish

What about something like a quiche or strata instead? It seems like you should be able to transfer the baking dish straight from the oven into the chafing dish...

Aug 26, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

I don't usually chime in on these threads, but I was so enamored of something I made on Saturday that I want the whole world to know about it!
Crispy Mustard-Roasted Chicken, http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/cr...
I used b/s breasts instead of bone-in pieces.
Served with corn-cheddar mini muffins and garlic-fried zucchini.

Your favorite meatloaf bread filler

The two recipes we make most often both call for dry breadcrumbs.

I do have a suggestion for what NOT to use: farfel (small pieces of matzah). That's how my mom always made her meatloaf, before overcooking it, and why I thought I did not like meatloaf. Who wants to see a dry white chunk in the middle of the meat???

Aug 25, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

Berwyn/Devon(ish) dinner suggestions needed

lol, Courtney was our server... She got the kitchen to make an off-menu dish for the about-to-die-of-hunger-and-therefore-picky 4yo. :) But thank you, arepo, for the suggestion!

Aug 23, 2014
truman in Philadelphia

Berwyn/Devon(ish) dinner suggestions needed

Thanks - we ended up going to Fellini Cafe right across from the Berwyn train station. Had a great meal and amazing service (thank you, Courtney!!). We'll definitely go back.

Aug 22, 2014
truman in Philadelphia

The Wedding Won't Go On Without Your Help!!!! [Tucson]

I've never been to Tucson, but could this be a place to start?
http://www.downtowntucson.org/visit/d...
(thanks to Google!)

Aug 22, 2014
truman in Southwest

A Four-Year-Old reviews... The French Laundry

Mine too. He would have eaten the fish, and otherwise filled up on bread.

Aug 22, 2014
truman in Food Media & News

Berwyn/Devon(ish) dinner suggestions needed

We're going out tomorrow night (to celebrate DH's new car!) but can't quite figure out where. We will be in Devon and finishing up around 6pm, with the 4-year-old in tow, so we'd like to eat somewhere in that area. I searched these boards for Devon, Berwyn, and even Wayne, but kept coming up with more "fine dining" establishments...

We're looking for something more casual/low-key than Nectar, and the menu at White Dog Cafe will not work for the 4yo. In Wayne, Teresa's Cafe sounded good, as did Creperie Bechamel - though I couldn't find any Chow reviews of the latter. We've been to the McKenzie's in Devon plenty of times.

What am I missing - any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

Aug 21, 2014
truman in Philadelphia

What makes you sick or react that you love?

I have no problems with dairy products in general - cheese, butter, yogurt, milk, ice cream - but I cannot eat anything with heavy cream. Cream soups and cream sauces send me running for the hills (aka the bathroom).

Aug 21, 2014
truman in General Topics

What makes you sick or react that you love?

Do you have that problem with other hard cheeses? It might be a reaction to the tyramine... migraines, high blood pressure...

Aug 21, 2014
truman in General Topics

A few things to get off my chest ...

Try making nachos with them: dollop of salsa, sprinkling of black beans, handful of shredded cheese, zapped till the cheese melts... yum!

Aug 21, 2014
truman in General Topics
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Food Humor in Cartoons

I like this: A Guide to Eating Fish in the Workplace

http://www.pleated-jeans.com/wp-conte...

Aug 20, 2014
truman in Food Media & News
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Bundt cake

My absolute favorite bundt cake recipe is a chocolate chip beer cake. I'm not sure of the original source, but this is the same as the recipe I use:
http://www.bigoven.com/recipe/chocola...
Cut back on the cinnamon (maybe 2T instead of 4), or skip the "swirl" entirely and just mix in the chips and nuts. It works well with a stout (like Guinness) or a chocolate stout. I've never made it with any other style of beer like an ale or lager... but I can't imagine how that would taste.

Aug 20, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

Newly single chow-dude and his crockpot

Unlike others, I haven't had good luck with the crockpot365 recipes - maybe I picked the bad ones, but the 3-4 we tried were either meh or badly overcooked. Just keep in mind that when the crockpot is on "warm," it's still cooking your food...

A few other suggestions:

Shredded pork for burritos or pulled pork sandwiches: Slice a big onion and lay the rings on the bottom of the crock (sprayed with non-stick spray). Place a ~3 lb boneless pork loin on top. Pour in a can of root beer (or birch beer, or probably even cola). Cook for about 6 hours on low, then shred the meat.

Meatballs - http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20... . I mix the sauce ingredients in the crock, then make and add the meatballs. I use crushed tomatoes and omit the wine (I prefer to drink it on the side!).

Taco chicken: bone-in, skin-off pieces + 1 packet of taco seasoning + 14-oz can of diced tomatoes (with liquid) + optional peppers and onions.

Aug 18, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

Peanut butter and jelly sandwich ice cream

+1 to babette's suggestion - that sounds awesome.

Aug 18, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

corn bread

I like the one on the side of the Quaker cornmeal box:

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 cup skim milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 egg whites or 1 egg, beaten

Heat oven to 400 F. Grease 8 or 9 inch pan. Combine dry ingredients. Stir in milk, oil and egg, mixing just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

This is not as sweet as the Jiffy box mix, so if that's what you are used to, add more sugar.

Aug 12, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

Fun kitchen tips to share? - moved from Home Cooking board

I've posted this on CH before... I spread the contents of a can of tomato paste onto a piece of plastic wrap, then roll it into a tube (think slice-and-bake cookie dough) about 1" in diameter. Twist the ends, pop it into a ziploc bag, and throw in the freezer. When you need some tomato paste, just remove from the freezer and slice it off with a sharp knife - a 1/2" slice is about 1 T.

Aug 11, 2014
truman in General Topics

Mother kicked out of restaurant for changing baby's diaper at table.

I can't get past the contradiction that some restaurants present: they offer a kids' menu, but do not have changing tables in the restrooms. Make up your mind, please! Do you welcome (or tolerate) children, or not? Kids who are still in diapers often eat their own meals...

PattiCakes, I totally agree with you that the reporter should NOT have brought up breastfeeding in the same article. Food in is appropriate; food out is not. :o

other 1 pan dinner ideas?

Very similar to the recipe we make with white beans instead of chickpeas: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipe... - definitely use the white wine. Serve with crusty bread on the side.

Aug 08, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

Concordville, PA last week: white peaches (12-pack, 6lbs or so) are perfect. They did not have any yellow ones post-recall.

I also impulse-bought a bag of Made In Nature (organic) dried banana slices. I expected these to be like banana chips, but they're soft and chewy... yum. No added sugar, just bananas. A good office snack! 20oz bag was about $7?

Aug 07, 2014
truman in Chains

Mac and Cheese

One more recipe - this was my Grandma Katherine's way of making it... not typical, not particularly healthy, but tasty.

2 C elbow macaroni (measure 2 C dry, then cook it as per the package directions and drain)
1-2 T butter (add directly to hot noodles)
2 C shredded cheddar cheese (ok to use pre-shredded)
1 can condensed cream of tomato soup ("healthy" version works just fine)
1/2 soup can of water (maybe 3/4 C?)

Mix everything together. Transfer to a greased casserole dish or Pyrex. Bake at 325F for 1 hour - and run it under the broiler for a few minutes if you want the top to be extra crispy.

Aug 04, 2014
truman in Home Cooking
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Mac and Cheese

My M&C recipe is modified from an old Cooking Light recipe (http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/cream...). I use about 1 1/2 C sharp Cheddar cheese, 2/3 C Fontina or Monterey Jack, and 1/3 C Parmesan or Romano - no Velveeta! I also just use seasoned bread crumbs on top. Oh, and it's fine with skim milk or evaporated skim milk instead of 1%.

We've added things like diced ham or (well-drained) tomatoes and spinach. And if you are impatient, it's fine right off the stove!

Jul 25, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

Introducing New Conversation Types

I completely agree with this. I refuse to use the badly drawn heart either.

Jul 25, 2014
truman in Site Talk
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How can I use up massive quantities of alcohol in cooking?

Serious Eats did a series of recipes recently that used vodka in the batter for deep-fried Chinese chicken dishes, eg http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/07/fo...

Jul 23, 2014
truman in Home Cooking