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Dec 16, 2014
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My family situation/pink pork

As long as you did not convey your anger to the cook, and just internalized your reaction, I think you are OK. You come from a particular background that makes you approach cooking with a different set of priorities. Your hostess was second-guessing herself, and made a choice you would not have made, but it's her party, right? Maybe she learned something from this that she would not have learned otherwise -- a mistake is a powerful teacher.

Dec 16, 2014
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ILLG'S IS GONE!!!!!

That's correct. All of the German folks in my son-in-law's family have switched to Rieker's. It is a worthy alternative to Illg's. My husband visited Illg's before they closed and stocked up on some of our faves, like smoked pork chops.
http://www.riekersmeats.com/

Dec 15, 2014
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Dress Code - William Penn Inn

We have reservations for next Thursday night. Too bad we will miss this crew : )

I remember dining in places where a rack of ties was kept by the hostess station "just in case the gentleman forgot his".

Dec 11, 2014
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Ham Bones For Soup

For a bit of a different flavor, try a smoked turkey leg some time.

Dec 09, 2014
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Repair for Wusthof handles

Sounds like a plan to me!

Dec 04, 2014
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Good steak dinner -- Ambler area

Hubby's birthday, and he's jonesin' for a steak. Any place somewhat local that you'd recommend? Not looking to go into the city.

Dec 03, 2014
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Repair for Wusthof handles

I am a notoriously inept typist. Sorry. My son is quite successful and can afford a new set of knives far better than I can at this point. Knowing him, he will want also want to upgrade. And if I lucky, maybe he will buy ME a new set of knives : )

Dec 03, 2014
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What makes the Philadelphia Italian Hoagie different from the rest?

My bad. Just too darned many posts to wade through.

"I'm a German; we don't reheat spinach."

I have both German and Russian blood. We never reheat spinach, especially creamed spinach, because there's never any leftovers! Yum!

Dec 02, 2014
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can i cook a bag pork loin boneless center in a slow cooker

You could, but it is not the optimal way to cook that cut of pork. You can roast it, or you can butterfly it out, marinate, and cook on the grill.

What makes the Philadelphia Italian Hoagie different from the rest?

Chuckling at "hoggies". There is a theory that the word "hoagie" is a derivation of "hoggy", so named because it was what the ship workers carried for lunch to the shipyards on Hog Island, in Philadelphia.

Repair for Wusthof handles

I purchased these as a set, with the knife block, probably a year or so after her graduated from college, and would never have spent enormous amounts of $$ on them. Now that he is 35, married, and turning out to be an excellent cook, it may just be time for him to buy himself a better set. His Christmas request? A stainless steel mandoline.

Dec 02, 2014
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Repair for Wusthof handles

Knowing my son, I would not be surprised if that were the case. I am not sure that these knives are worth that cost. Might be better to just purchase another set.

Dec 02, 2014
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Repair for Wusthof handles

These have rivets

Dec 02, 2014
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Tea Discussions

I love tea, but am really affected by caffeine. I keep a large basket in my office loaded up with 2 ounce pouches of different loose herbal teas, tisanes, rooibos teas, and a few caffeinated grenn or white teas. I must have over 25 different kinds. I also have one of those electric pots to heat water, as well as a few tea balls and a fill-your-own tea filter bags. I just love making tea throughout the day, and really like being able to pick what suits my fancy at the moment. Right now I am drinking a Gingerbread Rooibos from Capital Tea.

Mom isn't eating well any suggestions?

Like many of the other folks who have replied, we went through this with my mom after she had heart surgery. She was in her 80's. She became severely depressed, and that affected her appetite in a major way. The doctor prescribed an antidepressant, which helped a bit. I think the major issue, however, was that she said food had no taste; it felt like cardboard in her mouth. She would look at food, expect it to taste good, take a bite and then lose all desire to eat more. Some of that was medication related, so you might want to talk about that with her doctor. Lastly, my mom had always liked a glass of wine with dinner. She was recuperating in a nursing home, so we had the doctor "prescribe" a glass of wine with dinner for her. That helped a bit.

There is no easy answer, and no right answer. You and your family are traveling a challenging road.

Repair for Wusthof handles

Many years ago (10+), I gave my son a set of Wusthof knives. Not top end, but rather meant for use in a home kitchen. They came as a set, fitted into their own butcher block. I can't even remember where I got them. The handles on a number of the knives need to be fixed/replaced as they have cracked and chunks of the handles have chipped off.

(1) Can these be repaired?
(2) Are they worth repairing?
(3) Where would one go to get them repaired?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Dec 01, 2014
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Taqueria del Sol/Sweet Taco: Willow Grove

Me again. After much debate, we finally did go back. It was good, but I still missed some of the old menu items, like enchiladas. And I really don't get the donuts. The way this place works, you give your order at the counter, then go sit at a table to have it delivered. The line was held up for considerable lengths of time when families with kids could not get the kids to make up their minds about what donut they wanted with their meal. And the adult weren't any better. They need to rethink that whole system.

Nov 24, 2014
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Torani Syrups

Nov 24, 2014
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Humpty's Dumplings, Glenside

Is there any way to order during the week? I went to your website to try to order, but there is no info on pickup, and the "order buttons" don't seem to work.

Nov 20, 2014
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Guest Calling the Shots

I am sensing that your upset is more with this individual usurping your role as host/provider at the party rather than with the amount of money spent. If you are hosting the party & paying for it, YOU should be the one to order apps for everyone or shots for everyone. You could just make a pre-emptive move at the beginning of the party, and order the shared apps yourself -- "hey guys, I've noticed in the past that you all seem to enjoy the app selection that Joe here has ordered, so I've arranged for a selection to be brought out in a few minutes." Also inform the servers/bartenders that they should not be taking any group order for drinks. If anyone asks, it's a liability thing. "I've noticed in the past that someone occasionally orders a round of shots. Because of liability issues, please make sure you are ordering your own drinks only. "

Breakroom Freezer

Then make room. A plastic bag does not take up that much space. This seems to be important to you, so find a way to get it to work. I'm not trying to be mean here, but every time you see that partially filled ice cube tray, you get annoyed -- been there, believe me! You are going to keep getting annoyed until you figure out a way to stop the half-tray behavior or you create an alternative.

Oct 09, 2014
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Winter Emergency Stock-Up

Dry/powdered milk might be good too. I don't drink it, but really cold weather makes me want creamy things.

So I just complained to the manager of the montgomeryville wegmans

Bingo!

Oct 07, 2014
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Breakroom Freezer

Put an empty plastic container (clean) in the freezer for the cubes. Or a plastic bag. It's not rocket science.

Oct 07, 2014
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jules thin crust pizza

I like Anthony's, but don't like burned crust. I don't know if that's just the nature of the coal-fired oven, or if they just tend to overcook it, but most times my crust is burned. And not just a tiny bit.

Sep 23, 2014
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I think I saw a mouse in frying pan....throw out or clean it?

Did you freeze them so you could make mouserolles amd mousesickles for the cat? Waste not, want not!

Foldable grocery "tote box"

Our local Giant Markets have them, but cannot always keep them in stock. They are really wonderful, but can hold TOO much, making it difficult to carry if you are not a weight lifter. I don't use them for groceries, though. I have several that I use for my quilting projects, and my daughter has one she keeps in he car loaded up with diapers & other kiddie stuff.

Sep 22, 2014
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The ugliest shepherd's pie you've ever seen....

Where is Gordon Ramsey when you need him?

Sep 18, 2014
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