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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...

about 3 hours ago
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.

about 5 hours ago
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

Aug 11, 2014
truman in Food Media & News
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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

Breakfast and lunch restaurants near the aquarium

We did this same trip several years ago (pre-kid) and had a great breakfast/brunch at Miss Shirley's, http://www.missshirleys.com/ (Inner Harbor location). Perhaps someone who's been there more recently can comment on whether it is still good...

Jul 23, 2014
truman in Washington DC & Baltimore

Good and cheap with no fridge.

I've seen these meal/snack boxes at Target and BJ's, but haven't tried them. www.gopicnic.com They are not inexpensive (BJ's had a pack of 4 hummus meals for $12; they are about $5 from the manufacturer's website) but I wonder if the manufacturer might be willing to offer a volume or charity discount?

Jul 22, 2014
truman in General Topics

Amusing menu gaffes - what's yours? [moved from Boston board]

Not a menu item, but still food-related: I work in R&D in the pharma industry, and get a daily newsletter from one of the professional organizations for this field. Yesterday's newsletter included the following headline: "FDA Appoints Four New Leaders to Generic Drug Supper Office." So all the leaders in the office get together for dinner on a regular basis? Sounds pretty cool, though I'm curious about the menu... (mescaline salad, anyone?)

Jul 22, 2014
truman in Not About Food

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

+1 to the peaches (also from Concordville) - the batch they had last weekend were amazing.

Jul 21, 2014
truman in Chains

Easy Slow Cooker Peach Crumble

oooh, I like that idea - thanks for the suggestion!

Jul 21, 2014
truman in Features

Easy Slow Cooker Peach Crumble

I made this on Saturday - cooked for 3:30 on low, removed the lid to pour off the water droplets, then let it sit (turned off) or about another hour before eating.

The good: It was really, really easy - and not having to peel the peaches was wonderful! The skins didn't quite "melt away" but did help hold the peach slices together (I cut each half in about 6 slices).

The not-so-good: It was not crisp. As others feared, it was quite gooey - more like a crisp cookie that has been dipped in milk for a few seconds too long. There were some "crispy bits" along the sides, but the overall texture of the crisp/crumble topping was gooey rather than crunchy.

So I'm not sure what to do next. I did like the texture of the topping before putting it in the crockpot, so perhaps I will use this topping recipe and then cook it in the oven? Or make "crockpot peaches" to use as a filling in some other dessert? Or make it again but cook with the crockpot uncovered? (is that even possible?)

One other comment: DH felt there was too much nutmeg and allspice - I would probably cut both back to 1/4 tsp next time.

Jul 21, 2014
truman in Features

Potential Move to PHI Area

Not to digress too much from the original post or food-related nature of Chowhound, but the NJ state government website has useful info about the paid family leave: http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/form...

I can't comment on repercussions, but can share my family's experience: my company offered 12 weeks paid leave for maternity anyway, so the state money just counted towards that. My husband's employer offered zilch and so he was able to take 6 weeks with some income (his leave was FMLA-protected but unpaid by the company). But his team and boss knew well in advance that he was taking some time off anyway. Employers do not directly pay for this; everyone who works in NJ pays ~$30/year into the fund.

Jul 18, 2014
truman in Philadelphia
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Potential Move to PHI Area

+1 to all that, but as a former Cherry Hill resident, I can think of three pluses to living in NJ:

1. paid family leave - 6 weeks at 2/3 salary (up to ~$600/week) - concurrent with FMLA-type leave but paid!
2. gasoline is cheaper and they pump it for you
3. easier to buy all kinds of alcohol, given PA's archaic LCB regulations

Jul 17, 2014
truman in Philadelphia
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Potential Move to PHI Area

Amtrak's Keystone line also stops in Paoli - a little further west.

We're in West Chester - good access to Wegmans, decent access to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods (though we don't shop there), a nice selection of farmers markets, good restaurants, and good schools with lots of parks.

Jul 17, 2014
truman in Philadelphia
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What is the Best Condiment You Ever Had?

I was going to vote for red pepper jelly! Not just on brie - try it on a grilled cheese sandwich (with sharp cheddar) or a monte cristo.

Jul 16, 2014
truman in General Topics

Memorable Quotes about booze

Oh, and there's an entire song devoted to it - "Alcohol" by the Barenaked Ladies.
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/barena...
or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kAJO...

(I am fairly certain this is not the only song we can think of, but it came to mind...)

Jul 16, 2014
truman in Food Media & News

Memorable Quotes about booze

I've always heard that as one tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor. :)

Jul 16, 2014
truman in Food Media & News
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Salad combinations for everyday...

Baby spinach (or spinach/arugula mix)
Diced red pears
Diced sharp cheddar or asiago cheese
Almonds (we use the roasted sliced almonds intended for salad toppings, but slivered almonds would work well too)
Champagne vinaigrette (2 T olive oil + 2 t champagne vinegar, + a chopped shallot if you feel so inclined)

Jul 16, 2014
truman in Home Cooking

Peaches! 7 Things to Make with Summer's Perfect Fruit

Can you please share the recipe? Thanks!

Jul 15, 2014
truman in Features

Easy Slow Cooker Peach Crumble

Looks like the peaches are not peeled - is this correct? I've never seen a peach dessert that used unpeeled peaches...

Jul 15, 2014
truman in Features

Book Recommendation

My library's July Biography/Memoirs newsletter included these as "Food and Memories" recommendations (I have not read any so can't comment on them):
As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto - by Julia Child and Avis DeVoto; edited by Joan Reardon
Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War - by Annia Ciezadlo
Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India - by Madhur Jaffrey
Stealing Buddha's Dinner: A Memoir - by Bich Minh Nguyen
Yes, Chef: A Memoir - by Marcus Samuelsson

Jul 15, 2014
truman in Food Media & News

How to transform awful Amazon sesame sticks

that was going to be my idea. I like the classic Worcestershire/season salt recipe, but also Worcestershire/hot sauce/Old Bay (kind of like the Serious Eats recipe for Old Bay wings).

Jul 14, 2014
truman in General Topics