Jump to content

Susan G

participating member
  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by Susan G

  1. I use the margins of the recipe books. Notations include: "This was terrible!", or scratching out the printed quantity to include my own corrected version, or adding another ingredient that was sorely lacking - like chives over mushroom soup. I always include the date.
  2. Canned black olives. I can snarf them down really quickly!
  3. Gotta get a cow magnet...............if only for the story it adds to my kitchen!
  4. Susan G

    Soup Helper

    Turkey and rice soup, Chinese hot and sour soup, avolemmeno, French onion, and tortilla soup. Good luck!
  5. I believe I've heard that the poorer you are, the greater a percentage of your income is spent on food........but I don't know if this correlates to how much of your food is pre-cooked.
  6. I'm gonna open up a new territory here: Eating to *provoke* neuroses. It's a Shibboleth in every EMS system I've worked or volunteered in across the country: After working a particularly wretched and gory scene, inevitably the crews go out for a meal together.........and *somebody* in the group will order scambled eggs and put ketchup on them. It's a test. The people who won't eat meat with a bone in it because it reminds them of the origins........would never be happy in a VFD.
  7. The owner of an Italian place where I waitressed would occasionally tell a particularly annoying customer, "Please, do me a favor: Don't ever come back here." The patron here is being extortionist. The business has already repeatedly offered to make good, on a situation that was partially *caused* by the patron.
  8. Not only do *all* the major grocery stores in New Mexico sell beer, wine and liquor, but the chain *drug stores* like Walgreens do too. (How's that for truth in advertising?) We also have package stores. Some of them have drive-through windows. Blue laws? The only one here is no alcohol sales before noon on Sunday.
  9. Susan G

    Why I Cook

    Whee! The JoyAnn Cake Shoppe! I used to eagerly wait for 2am to ride my bike from Olvey-Andis dorms to the proofing racks there - warm glazed donuts - outstanding!!
  10. When I was a graduate student in Beijing, Chinese tourists from other cities would tell me there was nothing good to eat in this city compared to "their" homeotwns. One suspects the Discovery channel was blathering........ Ditto the vote for Chengdu - but only because my taste runs to the garlicky-spicy.
  11. Church suppers *always* have posole. (stewed pork and hominy). With red chile. Around Christmas, there are also tamales. Biscochitos for desert. Office gatherings (birthdays, baby showers) are usually centered around Frito pies, because everyone can bring in an ingredient from home, and everyone assembles their own dish: A layer of Fritos corn chips, a layer of cooked ground beef with onions, a layer of stewed pinto beans, some shredded iceburg lettuce, some chopped tomatoes, some shredded chedder or jack cheese. Someone else brings a store-bought cake with chemical tangs and gummy textures........
  12. My first response was that You. Are. Seriously. F*#!*ed.......and then I thought about it. How many days? Can you treat this as if you were trying to cook after a massive storm, with limited cooking resources? Even though half the group is omnivore, with limited space resources for cooking, either you're making the vegans eat meat (unlikely) or the omnivores are going to eat veggie......Make life as easy on you as possible - within that narrow, limited range you have left for yourself! For example: Hummus/ taboule with pita bread and chopped tomatoes and shredded lettuce. Carrot soup. Vegetarian chile? With TVP? Soy dogs and mashed potatoes? I'd say forget anything that demands individual portions, unless they're already pre-made (like the soy dogs). Breakfasts are easy: Oatmeal with nuts and raisins and brown sugar............ Lunches: salads based upon cukes, tomaoes, or shredded carrots.......breads with spreads? Dinner: Vegetable stews. Good luck!
  13. Great writing! I had the same response to the first Gulf War: The constant, lingering unease was dissapated only by spending hours cooking curries.
  14. When I lived in the PRC, it was unthinkable to accept the first asking price from a sidewalk vendor: It was like wearing a large sign on your back saying, "Dupe"......but to haggle at an American farmers market? I've started a conversation whose premise is, "To me, your labor isn't worth your asking price." Aiyee! Certainly there are many times when this is so......I've passed on those $3/apiece tomatoes as well. For the sake of social niceties, I'm going to keep that disparagement to myself: The farmer will know if he's correctly judged my assessment of his/her labor worth by the sale (or lack thereof).
  15. Susan G


    Dude! Get yourself a decent basic cookbook! Something like "Joy of Cooking" or "Mastering the Art of French Cooking".....something organized along the lines of recipes according to food type. Me, I'd can them with a tablespoon of brandy - see Fannie Farmer for canning instructions - or make cherry clafoutis - see Julia Child. Lucky you!! What riches you have!
  16. Hey Chris! Congratulations!! Outstanding! Albuquerque/ Santa Fe for chile comparisons! Tri-cultural fusion foods: Native/Hispanic/ Anglo......
  17. Hanging lamps over the table: Are they dusty? Sticky or oily salt and pepper shakers? Do the waitstaff slouch? Please, please, please, *do not* spray tables near me with disinfectant while I'm eating: The cloths should be sprayed, then applied to the table.
  18. American Heritage Dictionary is like the New World Dictionary: It's the trendiest of reference materials. Instead of leading from the front (as dictionaries used to be bastions of proper usage), many now are reduced to reporting only "popular usage". Help yourself to the Webster's: It's starchier, more conservative, more librarian-friendly. "Ex-presso": The horror!
  19. Congratulations, aaustin, on your pregnancy! You're not entirely knocked out of the sushi park in your condition: Even at one's most conservative, there are non-raw sushi option: Cucumber, California , and Alaska rolls; taco (otopus) sashimi or sushi - it's been simmered in a ginger-water bath until gently cooked; tamago sushi(sweet scrambled egg) , crab and shrimp sushis; anything with eel. Then, too, there are the seaweed salads, the gyoza, and the teriyaki offerings which most sushi places also offer. Good luck eating your way through Vancouver/Richmond! You can even tell your partner: I need to eat every 90 minutes or I'll start feeling nauseated!
  20. Mix balsamic vinegar and mayonnaise ......dollop into the well.
  21. Yes!! For the last two weeks I had been craving (and eating alot of ) saag paneer! I won't be posting to this thread for awhile: The pregnancy was an ectopic one, and yesterday I had surgery just in the nick of time. I've been comforting myself today with the recommended doses of painkillers, and lots of chocolate. Lots and lots and *lots* of chocolate. ...Already, I notice I'm fine with food smells. Funny how quickly that changes?
  22. I hope you're a personal chef and not a professional baker: My first instinct is, a line got crossed here.
  23. Thanks so much *everyone* for all your good wishes and advice! *Love* this community! I found lots here to use - like where to find sea bands, the fact that the pre-natal vitamins may be causing some of the nausea (in retrospect, duh!) and the expected hypersensitivity to smells. I had just started having this with other people's foods; knowing others had gone through it made me feel like less of a freak! Also eating a small meal every ninety minutes to two hours is *really* helping keep the nausea at bay.... My new favorite snacking combo: Salted, smoked almonds (in smalll quantities) and pink grapefruit juice! I have a pilot coworker who smokes cheap cigars outdoors and then comes inside where he radiates fumes. Imagine my joy. The other night another co-worker broiled salmon in the kitchen and left the pans out for 12 hours.......anyone have tales about the food smells that completely did them in during pregnancy? Peanut butter is another scent I'm suddenly prepelled by: I'm wondering if it's the afflotoxins?
  • Create New...