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  1. I have almost the entire collection of those Better Homes & gardens cookbooks from the 70's and early 80's. For example: Meat Cookbook Best Buffets Meals Men Like Salad Cookbook Country Cooking Mexican Cooking and many, many others........ I just can't stop myself from buying them. I think it is more of a Lileks Regrettable Food Gallery type thing more than I would actually cook anything from them...although I do have one that has handwritten recipes inside the back cover. The one for "crumble" is delicious !
  2. jilli42

    Dinner! 2007

    Ok, the duck made me laugh out loud because it reminded me of A Christmas Story at the end... Those little flat pretzel things, I can find in my local grocery stores (Weis, Bloom & Giant), but not in cheddar horseradish flavor...I bet those tasted good !
  3. Ketchup, mayo/ketchup or sriacha mixture, malt vinegar, gravy, cheese sauce are all good. But it really depends on the fries: McD- Honey or their sweet & sour sauce. Or plain, they are always good plain. BK- Honey or ketchup. Checkers - Chili cheese fries. Wendys - Salt, always need salt and ketchup, if not dipped into a Frosty. Five Guys- Malt vinegar with cajun seasoning and ketchup. Chick Fil A - Ketchup & mayo, occasionally their Polynesian sauce. KFC- Ketchup. Popeyes- Cocktail sauce (they always have that b-cuz of their shrimp baskets !) Cluck U Chicken - Buffalo wing sauce &
  4. Ooooh the BK Rodeo Burger.....BBQ onion-ringy goodness. I am also missing the Arby Q...Arbys chopped BBQ beef sandwich..... (SOB)
  5. Jell-O pudding pops are back under the Popsicle umbrella. I bought them about two months ago. They come in chocolate, vanilla and your beloved chocolate/vanilla swirl. They still taste almost as good as I remember them as a kid. And I still enjoyed the icy/crunchy exterior of the pop. My favorite is chocolate. As for fast food favorites that I miss: McDonald's fries cooked in beef fat McDonald's fried apple pies Wendy's Monterey Ranch chicken sandwich Burger King's honey mustard chicken baguette Someone posted a while back that the KFC Little Bucket parfaits were gone. But I still see th
  6. - Butter & hot sauce - California onion powder and garlic powder with freshly grated parmesan - Seasoned salt or 'Hot Salt' with pepper - Penzeys 'Sandwich Sprinkle' with freshly grated parmesan - Wasabi powder with furikake - Penzeys 'BBQ of the Americas' seasoning - Unused portion of ramen flavor packets - Mini marshmallow, peanuts and chocolate syrup, or powder (my kids came up with that one) - Penzeys 'Bangkok Blend' with Sriacha
  7. Red Hot Cheese Curls. I can eat the whole bag in one sitting. I always hide the bag in the trash after I polish it off 'cause I don't want to hear, " You ate the WHOLE bag ?"
  8. My best find was a large cast iron chicken fryer. It was in excellent condition. It cost me $1. I use it all the time, it makes the best fried chicken. My grandfather is a great "yardsaler". He is always buying cooking related things for me & my granmother. Recently, I have gotten cookbooks, cake pans, a set of vintage glassware and a curly fry maker. The kids love it !
  9. I find that very alarming. I always read food labels before I purchase foods, I want to know what I am getting.
  10. Like: onions/garlic frying in butter bread baking chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven Hershey, PA - whole place smells like chocolate onion confit in the slow cooker chicken stock simmering on the stove roasting chicken fresh basil & cilantro, most fresh herbs actually lasagna in the oven pot roast cupcakes/cakes baking in the oven fresh roasted coffee Krispy Kreme donuts - when the HOT sign is on steaming shrimp grilling meat driving by the spice manufacturing plant lemon; citrus smells Dislike: burnt onion or garlic the lingering aroma after frying salmon cakes kimchee unfresh fish
  11. I do the same thing ! And I got it from my dad too !
  12. I am willing to spend up to $35 for the wine. The chicken will be sauteed and the wine will be used for the cream sauce to go with it. Other flavors in the dish as a whole are thyme, lemon and scallions. Thanks.
  13. I need a recommendation for a good dry white wine. I am using this to cook and drink with a chicken focused dinner. I am looking for something moderately priced but good tasting. I don't drink wine that often so I am in need some help. TIA
  14. I agree with you on the crabcakes !!! Nothing like a good MD crabcake stuffed with lump crabmeat & not much else ! Real cheddar cheese. (Recent conversation with the deli guy at my local supermarket..) "I would like 1pd NY Sharp Cheddar please" He grabs a hunk of cheese, not really looking at the label... "Ummm is that NY Sharp Cheddar ?" DG- "Yeah, I guess..." Yeah ok, it isn't going to be that easy with me "Can I see that please ?" I examine the label and proclaim "Oh I don't want this, it's processed cheddar not real cheddar" DG- "What's the difference ?" My hubby swears he is not com
  15. My grandparents are still living (they are in their late 70's) and I spend at least 2 weeks a year with them on their farm. Everytime I leave I am loaded down with fresh squash, zuchinni, tomatoes, corn, onions, cucumbers etc. I used to spend summers there when I was younger and was raised by my grandparents for the most part, before they moved away. I will always remember picking and preparing vegetables fresh from the garden. I would eat the vegetables raw most of the time, they were just so good. The tomatoes that my grandfather grows are beyond compare. I remember always picking the black
  16. jilli42

    Kraft Dinner

    It isn't, and 9 times out of ten I will do one of the above. Like everyone else mentionned above, KD is just a taste I grew up with and sometimes I find myself wanting it (like about once every couple of months). Also, I find it amazing how the exact same box can end up making so many different things when put into the hands of different people, and that's not even counting all the additions! Adding green peppper and ground beef was mentionned upthread, this is widely known as "rocket fuel". Would anybody here confess to putting ketchup in their Kraft Dinner? I've only seen it done a couple o
  17. Oh, I am right there with you. My darling hubby, who I love and would walk the ends of the earth at his direction, somehow thinks it is cute to feel me up while I am in the middle of some critical point of putting the dinner together. I don't know if it turns him on watching me stir the roux and waiting to pounce with the broth when it is absolutely perfect, or what. That is when he gets the wooden spoon treatment. Don't get frisky while I'm making the gravy please dear. That's for AFTER dinner. He still does it, and giggles when I get mad. Oh well, I love him anyway, but boy is it infuriating
  18. I get carded all the time, I am 28 but look much younger. No one ever believes I am 28, I even had one guy tell me my ID was a fake & he was keeping it. I told him he better give my ID back or I was coming across the counter to get it... As a former server I know that some places require you to card everyone at the table, but that waiter was beyond rude. There were better ways of handling the situation. I would write a letter to management about the situation.
  19. The worst meal I was ever served at someones home HAD to be the meal my friend served me when she moved into her first place with her (then) boyfriend. This was a long time ago, we were about 19, but I had been cooking family dinners since 14 and loved all things food related. She on the other hand only cooked Ooodles of Noodles,grilled cheese, spaghetti-o's and things like that. So, she invites us (me & my -then- boyfriend) to dinner. I should have known there was going to be trouble when she called & said "How long do I bake chicken wings ?" Followed by "see I told you so" once I tol
  20. I have a rather large condiment & food selection at my office (I have my own office & a refrigerator that I share with one other person) My collection includes: Siracha pepper mill salt 3 kinds of mustard ketchup 2 kinds of mayo hummus Pickapeppa sauce good soy sauce wasabi paste 3 kinds of salad dressings- normally use homemade but these work in a pinch red pepper, red pepper flakes Crystal butter 2 different salas Penzeys sandwich sprinkle - good for subs Franks Red Hot sauce Food/Drink: chai teas green teas water kashi cereal granola bars dried fruit wasabi peas-you should
  21. skrimps....overheard at the seafood market (and several other places) My brothers used to say p'sgetti, instead of spaghetti.
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    slummin' it!

    White rice with brown gravy (powdered or from a glass jar) and hot sauce. I used to eat alot of that when I was younger and couldn't cook much else. Haven't had it in a long time, but I want some now... Had tuna, rotini pasta, steamed brocc (leftover), frozen peas & ranch dressing all mixed together with hot sauce & lots of pepper for dinner last night. It was GOOD, but suitably low brow enough to be posted here. Kids ate Beef-A-Roni because they didn't want any of my "tuna pasta salad mush" (my 12 year old decided on that name). A few more slummin' foods: Sharp cheddar, mayo on whi
  23. Gai phuket - crispy chicken stir fried with onions, chili & basil. So good hot out of the kitchen, not quite as good at home. But if I do take some home, I eat the leftovers cold. Reheating it makes it taste horrible ! Daniel, I am with you on the fries.. Eggrolls Quesadillas Tacquitos Any type pf pressed sandwich; pannini, cuban... just not as good once the bread loses it's crisp.
  24. Baked, not fried--the really airy, puffy variety, of course, right? Here in Philly we go Cheetos one better: Herr's Hot Cheese Curls These have a nice little afterburn. The more you eat, the stronger it gets. ← Oh, the Herrs Hot Cheese Curls, I can eat a WHOLE bag of those and not blink (so I try not to buy them !!) Better than Red Hot Cheetos, although those are still good. Herrs Jalapeno Chips are really good, the heat sneaks up the back of the your throat after the first couple..very good. Gibbles Red Hot chips used to be my favorite, but I can't find them anymore. I am addicte
  25. Whole wheat english muffin topped with leftover bbq chicken breast and sharp cheddar. Broiled until bubbly...very good.
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