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  Topic: the USA elections
vickyc

Replies: 34
Views: 52958

PostForum: Other things   Posted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 6:30 pm   Subject: the USA elections
I'm with you Donna--after 8 years of embarrassment I can finally smile and say that I'm from the U.S.! It feels wonderful to have hope and faith that whatever lies ahead, we have an intelligent, enlig ...
  Topic: Happy Happy Happy Halloween Everyone!
vickyc

Replies: 36
Views: 55576

PostForum: Other things   Posted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:30 pm   Subject: Holidays too early
I was feeling particularly irritable yesterday (the day after Halloween) when I saw a commercial on TV with Christmas music (my husband was watching football)! I said "Turn that off, I can't deal with ...
  Topic: NOVEMBER '08 DISCUSSION: Do You Wear An Apron When You Cook?
vickyc

Replies: 38
Views: 58252

PostForum: Cooking & Eating   Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 7:29 pm   Subject: NOVEMBER '08 DISCUSSION: Do You Wear An Apron When You Cook?
I wear an apron when cooking and also when washing dishes--I always end up with a wet and/or stained shirt if I don't!
  Topic: Are supermarkets becoming places for people who don't cook?
vickyc

Replies: 52
Views: 63391

PostForum: Cooking & Eating   Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 7:35 pm   Subject: The Learning Curve
It's great that you accept "messing up" as part of the learning process and just get on with it. Being a perfectionist, I hate to make mistakes and get angry with myself for messing up a recipe. I hav ...
  Topic: Wish List
vickyc

Replies: 36
Views: 44450

PostForum: Cooking & Eating   Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 6:13 pm   Subject: Wish List
My husband (who is Mexican American), when making his Spanish Rice will toast the rice first with a little oil before adding the onion. It takes about 5 minutes and the rice starts to make a lovely po ...
  Topic: Ann Miller and The Great American Soup commercial
vickyc

Replies: 16
Views: 22507

PostForum: Cooking & Eating   Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:18 pm   Subject: Ann Miller and The Great American Soup commercial
Hooray for the days in Hollywood when women actually looked healthy! Most actresses today look like they would pass out from a dance routine like that!
  Topic: what to do with fresh pistachios?
vickyc

Replies: 3
Views: 8098

PostForum: Cooking & Eating   Posted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 6:46 pm   Subject: what to do with fresh pistachios?
If you make pistachio ice cream I would suggest adding a little rose water. (You can usually find it in Middle Eastern markets, or the International section in a higher end traditional market). I once ...
  Topic: Wish List
vickyc

Replies: 36
Views: 44450

PostForum: Cooking & Eating   Posted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:34 pm   Subject: Wish List
Griffin,

You must definitely have a spot for the cat in the kitchen! My kitchen is too small for them to be in there when I'm messing about, so they--I have two--sit in the doorway as if waiting to ...
  Topic: Wish List
vickyc

Replies: 36
Views: 44450

PostForum: Cooking & Eating   Posted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 6:24 pm   Subject: Wish List
Years ago when I worked a job that paid a little more than minimum wage I lived in a studio apt--the rent was $300/mo! The "kitchen" consisted of a laundry-style tub sink (and it was in the basement, ...
  Topic: Least Favorite/Most Favorite Bread?
vickyc

Replies: 35
Views: 42822

PostForum: Cooking & Eating   Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 6:04 pm   Subject: Re: Bread proofing
In culinary school I learned that you are looking for 50% springback. The dough starts to come back, but you still see the indentation your finger made. Now mind you, this is one instructor and they o ...
  Topic: Baking with Shortening?
vickyc

Replies: 31
Views: 39371

PostForum: Cooking & Eating   Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 6:03 pm   Subject: The I Hate to Cook Book
Dory,

My mother had the I Hate to Cook Book too! When I read your post I laughed out loud because I had completely forgotten about that book. Isn't it amazing that we've come to love food so much a ...
  Topic: Baking with Shortening?
vickyc

Replies: 31
Views: 39371

PostForum: Cooking & Eating   Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 5:58 pm   Subject: Crisco
I have tried the Crisco shortening with the non-hydorogenated oil. While I appreciate a healthier version, to me shortening is shortening, and falls into the "deal breaker" category. I tried baking a ...
  Topic: the sometimes danger of following a recipe :-)
vickyc

Replies: 23
Views: 29634

PostForum: Cooking & Eating   Posted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 5:59 pm   Subject: Cookbook Authors to Trust
Dory,

Your mention of Molly Katzen's cooking show reminded me that I used to use her cookbooks when I was a vegetarian. For the most part her recipes are straightforward and aren't so involved that ...
  Topic: the sometimes danger of following a recipe :-)
vickyc

Replies: 23
Views: 29634

PostForum: Cooking & Eating   Posted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 3:45 am   Subject: the sometimes danger of following a recipe :-)
Dory, regarding cookbook authors you trust: I really like Deborah Madison, of Greens Restaurant fame. Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is one of my staples, and I just picked up Vegetarian Suppers, whi ...
  Topic: my newest kitchen friend :-)..microplane
vickyc

Replies: 22
Views: 28116

PostForum: Cooking & Eating   Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 6:52 pm   Subject: my newest kitchen friend :-)..microplane
Actually, my instructor was a she Wink and yes, we did discuss the importance of maintaining and caring for our equipment. I'm still not that great at sharpening knives.
 
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