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Pink Slime...fallout?

This morning, I started thinking about the whole pink slime debacle and how it changed my entire outlook on supermarket shopping. I can't be the only one who felt deceived and disgusted by the whole thing. It also made me wonder what else they're doing with my food that I don't know about. Since then, I try to be a lot more selective about foods I buy, use a butcher, etc. I can't be the only one. Do you think that the major retail food supermarkets are feeling a backlash?

Yes, I know that there's no escaping a lot of this... And yes, I know that technically pink slime is 100 percent beef.

Mar 23, 2013
60s Girl in General Topics

How to Use the Drippings from That Roast Chicken

I roast chicken all the time for my diabetic cat. I pour off all the pan drippings and put them in a small, half-cup tupperware container. Then I freeze it. Whenever I want to add the juices to a recipe, I remove the frozen fat that has risen to the surface (It scrapes off really easily), defrost the rest in the microwave.I suppose you could even add it frozen to the dish, but it's easier to get out of the tupperware that way.

Feb 26, 2013
60s Girl in Features

Where can i buy delicious but light and beautiful Buche de Noel?

Swisshaus Bakery on 19th bet. Market and Chestnut (I think) makes very light sponge type cakes (in many flavors among them, their infamous hazlenut) with a very light whipped buttercream icing. Not sure if they do bouche noel, but it might be worth a phone call.

Dec 12, 2012
60s Girl in Philadelphia

My confession: I drink instant coffee!

Another instant coffee drinker here! But I fully understand...people look at me as if I have two heads when I tell them that I drink and actually like instant coffee. So I don't come out of the closet unless I have to ;-) My brand of choice is Maxwell House.

Jun 12, 2012
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Birthday Cake

I second Sweet Eats! Someond bought me a birthday cake from there some years ago and it was sensational. I had forgotten the name of the place Philly Ray until your post. Thanks for the reminder!

May 25, 2012
60s Girl in Philadelphia

what are the best happy hour food specials in downtown area?

That would be me! :-)

May 17, 2012
60s Girl in Philadelphia

Love the visual of it all....Pinterest

Thank you Beach Chick, that blog is insanely beautiful and inspirational. Favorited!

May 15, 2012
60s Girl in Food Media & News

what are the best happy hour food specials in downtown area?

FWIW, I am very well into my fifth decade and LOVE the happy hour at Sampan. I've never felt out of place there and have been treated royally. (OK, maybe they laugh at me behind my back after I leave, but the experience is still a great one! ;-)

May 15, 2012
60s Girl in Philadelphia

Buddakan rides again

Count me in as another Budakkan fan. This is our go-to special occasion restaurant. Never had a bad time or bad food. In addition everyone we've ever bought there has loved it, and these range from teenagers to 80-year-old grandmoms, as well as foreign visitors.

Don't quite understand the complaints about high prices though. Given the huge, family-style portions, we find the prices to be reasonable...esp. when contrasted with prices charged for some small, tapas-style plates around the city. I'm with you tfalbo! And judging by the crowds, so are a lot of others.

Apr 04, 2012
60s Girl in Philadelphia

POLL: Can you walk to an actual grocery store?

I can because I live in Center City Philadelphia. I'm about a seven-minute walk to a SuperFresh and a Whole Food.

Mar 08, 2012
60s Girl in General Topics

Valentine's Candy-drugstore variety

That's hilarious, Mr. Bigshot! You sound like a fun guy to have around the office!

Jan 21, 2012
60s Girl in General Topics

Valentine's Candy-drugstore variety

Uh oh. I may have to check them out, just out of curiousity, of course! ;-)

Jan 20, 2012
60s Girl in General Topics

Valentine's Candy-drugstore variety

Yes, Buttertart... in searching for more red Tootsie pops, I happened to notice several varieties of SweetTarts Valentines candy (including ST gummies!) It took all my resolve not to buy any.

Jan 19, 2012
60s Girl in General Topics

Valentine's Candy-drugstore variety

That's funny, Brianne, I'm from PA too. Must be a Pennsylvania thing!

Jan 19, 2012
60s Girl in General Topics

Valentine's Candy-drugstore variety

I don't usually cruise the candy aisle but...I just bought a bag of ALL CHERRY Tootsie pops--score! Another dangerous once a year must-have: Cherry Juju Hearts. I think it's a texture thing. Unless I'm mistaken, it's the only candy of its kind and only available once a year.

What are your favorite "limited edition" or hard to find treats?

Jan 19, 2012
60s Girl in General Topics

Shrimp: wierd, mothball-like taste

Thanks Geppetto, I didn't know Samuels and Sons sold to the public. Also curious to give the frozen shrimp a try. I think I tried the "cooked, frozen" at one time and didn't care for them. I'll try the raw frozen.

Not sure if what I'm tasting ( a recent phenomenon) is iodine, but it certainly could be.

Jan 11, 2012
60s Girl in General Topics

Shrimp: wierd, mothball-like taste

No, it's definitely not ammonia-like. Unfortunately, I've experienced that too, with fish filets. And these are not the gigantic shrimp at reading terminal... just run of the mill large ones.

I wouldn't even mind the iodine odor so much (if that's what it is) if it dissapated when cooked. But you (or at least I) can definitely taste it. And it's wretched.

You guys are killing me with the mothballs and the schweddy balls btw!

Jan 03, 2012
60s Girl in General Topics

Shrimp: wierd, mothball-like taste

These were fresh shrimp purchased from a fish stand at Reading Terminal Market and also from a very reputable "natural foods-type" grocery store. They may have been previously frozen however... I don't know for sure as I didn't ask and they weren't identified as such.

I suppose it could accurately be described as a wierd metalic taste, yes.

So it could be bleach or iodine then? Is this becoming more common practice? I've never experienced it before!

Jan 03, 2012
60s Girl in General Topics

Shrimp: wierd, mothball-like taste

I don't know...Like I said, it's the best description I can come up with. This occurred twice in the past several months, but I did not notice this "off" taste with one source, so I guess I'll stick with them. Thanks for your response!

Jan 02, 2012
60s Girl in General Topics

Shrimp: wierd, mothball-like taste

OK, admitedly, I've never eaten mothballs but this is the closest I can come to describing the taste and aftertaste of fresh shrimp from two different reputable purveyors (in Philadelphia) now. Has anyone else noticed anything like this, and if so, can you shed any light on it? Is it some kind of preservative?

I have done a google search without any info to speak of. My husband claims that he doesn't detect anything different, so I suppose it's possible that it's in my head... but I don't think so. Thanks in advance for any feedback!

Jan 02, 2012
60s Girl in General Topics

Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman, gets her own show

I totally agree Chowser. I don't know how they manage to do it, but they can take a unique person (ie, someone who lives on a ranch; someone who comes from down south; etc.) and homogenize it into a show that's different, yet oh so similar. And I know they pride themselves on incorporating plenty of those "personal" stories, but somehow, it's all so generic.

Dec 21, 2011
60s Girl in Food Media & News

Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman, gets her own show

Pedestrian? Really? IMHO hot dogs and hamburgers are pedestrian. Surely not creative, inventive or far-reaching, but then a lot of people aren't into that. "Traditional" might be a more appropriate description.

And her husband...he can be as sullen as he wants because, my oh my, that man is smokin' hot! (Again IMHO) ;-)

Dec 20, 2011
60s Girl in Food Media & News

Red Velvet Cake at Garces Trading

OK, thanks Barry. I think the solution is for me to go in there and order a slice if it's on the menu.

Nov 02, 2011
60s Girl in Philadelphia

Red Velvet Cake at Garces Trading

Thanks for this... exactly as I suspected! I will defintely try Brown Betty.

Nov 01, 2011
60s Girl in Philadelphia

ISO: The best Sharp Provolone

I've gotten some amazing sharp imported provolone at DiBrunos (both on 9th Street and in town). If I remember correctly, they have a couple of different choices and offer tastings so that you can make a good selection.

You cannot necessarily slice the "good stuff" the way you'd buy sliced provone for sandwhiches, but you can cut off smallish pieces and layer them on the way they at DiNics for example. Hope this helps!

Oct 29, 2011
60s Girl in Philadelphia

Red Velvet Cake at Garces Trading

I was at Garces Trading for lunch yesterday, and was captivated by the most beautiful red velvet cake. Before I order one for the holidays, can anyone tell me how it is? Actually, I'd be interested in hearing about the bakery items there in general. Everything looked absolutely gorgeous and seemed very fairly priced. Also, if you know of a place to get a superior red velvet cake, I'd like to hear about that too. Thanks in advance!

Oct 29, 2011
60s Girl in Philadelphia

Fried Clams

One more suggestions: Standard Tap!! I love their fried clams. I am almost certain they are whole belly. Tender, tasty, crispy and not one speck of grease. They don't have them on the menu every day, so I'd place a call first to check.

Aug 22, 2011
60s Girl in Philadelphia

7 Ways Menus Make You Spend

Loved this article. I've been suspecting these rip off tactics for years with increasingly low cost ingredients (sweetbreads, organ meats, etc.) that are touted as "sophisticated and edgy," but really represent healthy profits for the restauranteur. Feel similarly about small plates too.

Flame me if you must, but I've often wondered how many people really eat these more "creative" dishes. A friend-of-a-friend who owns the most upscale, popular Italian restaurant in my city confessed that the menu item he sells most of is the more mundane Spaghetti Lobster.

Apr 21, 2011
60s Girl in Food Media & News

Carrott Cake

I also liked Whole Foods' carrot cake very much.

Nov 13, 2010
60s Girl in Philadelphia

Horizons?

Hi Barry. Well, we were there in June (downstairs), which was ultra-casual and then specially requested to be seated upstairs in July, which was a shade less casual, but still a bit of a disappointment. I remember what it was like there when it first opened. Although the food is every bit as wonderful, I feel that the service and "fine dining" atmosphere are not the same. I don't think I'm overly sensitive to this kind of thing, honest! ;-)

Oct 21, 2010
60s Girl in Philadelphia