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  1. Hmmm- I'll have to check on the availability of the 2 mcpicks in my area. When I go, my 3 go to items are a Big Mac, qp w/ cheese or the fish fillet. I also prefer their fries over the other fast food joints here. Again, as with other fast food vendors, the quality can really vary from shop to shop ( also dependent on the relative IQ of the staff behind the counter that shift). I will no longer go to the one nearest my home because of this. Btw, MCD closed at 115.83 today!
  2. NWKate

    KFC 2012–

    I do believe that the quality does vary from store to store. Unfortunately, the one KFC we have left locally is not that good so I haven't partaken in several years. However when I was commuting to Tacoma, I used to like extra crispy. I remember it still having the skin on. i also agree with the posters who have noted the difference in quality over the years.
  3. ...and then I hope that you and your girlfriend hit "The Fish Houuse" for dinner!
  4. I always had to share my birthday with a neighbor at our lake cabin and generally hated it. Now, I get to choose and it generally involves seafood and a double chocolate cake with fresh raspberries and a whipped cream frosting. Why oh why did it take me so long to wise up? My son was home this year for his birthday and requested salmon and rice pilaf- so glad we're able to get wild caught here- he said it was the best he'd ever had! I'm one proud mama!
  5. @gfron1 Re: the dust jackets- I buy a roll of clear shelving cover to cover them. Works like a charm and keeps them like new forever.
  6. I would rather have a Big Mac...
  7. JoNo, you are so right! I almost posted this under another topic but this is yet another reason I won't patronize this restaurant. For those of us with such a small green ( read cash) footprint, there are so many better restaurants with succulent food to bother with this one!
  8. NWKate

    Dinner 2016 (Part 8)

    @anna Thank you for the microwave corn answer! Yes, I believe! I doubt I will ever try another( or tried/true solution!)!
  9. I have several of her books and had purchased 1000 foods before my recent retirement. I recently unearthed it from my Subaru and must recommend it to you all. She has such a gift for writing and for taste that I am almost able to taste the flavor from her brief descriptions. I am going to make baked apples, latkes (with our beloved Steve Shaw in mind), Cioppino, and Kim Chi. What do you think?
  10. NWKate

    Burger King

    Just need to say, in Olympia, WA, I find Burger Thing to be first ( especially since I can see and smell the grill) comes first, McFondalds a distant second ( and I am a stockholder) and Wendheaves a deep distant third. And, may I say, I have never had as bad a burger, sober or not, as I had last night at our local Wendy's. YUCH!
  11. NWKate

    Dinner 2016 (Part 8)

    No pics- still computerally inept but a good French dip with Caesar salad. Sourdough, toasted and buttered, with roast beef simmered in beef broth and dipped in same- YUM!!!
  12. @Jaymes Given what you said, I won't be eating there either. I can't believe that in 2016 we still need to support such discriminatory employment practices or even have the discussion.
  13. Unfortunately, I have to land solidly on the side of the proprietor. My 25 year old son grew up in the midst of the entitled parent/ child generation. Oh, the stories I could tell! I did not and would not ever tolerate this behavior. He learned this early on after attempting to throw a fit in a grocery store. At the age of 1 1/2, he learned that I would count to 3 and either his behavior or the trip would end. It never happened again. I feel sorry for this child- I've seen the result 20 or so years in the future and it ain't pretty. While I don't condone ever yelling at a child, I also can't condone allowing the rest of my customers to suffer the child's behavior and the parent's apparent ineptitude.
  14. I have a friend who is fairly notorious for her disasters. She is one of those folks who sees food as a necessary evil- and her meals reflect that. The worst Thanksgiving meal I ever had was at her house and the worst part were the potatoes. She MEANT them to be mashed- after all, she reasoned, how hard could that be? To her credit, she did remember to quarter them. There was no cooking until tender or peeling involved. When my sister & I arrived, she was attacking them with a demonic gleam in her eyes and sweat pouring down her brow. We did our best to salvage them to no avail... Thank G-d for Parker house rolls! The dinner was memorable- as were most at her home. But the company was congenial and heartwarming and it was truly one of my favorite holiday memories ever! P.S. This is the same friend who once fed her child compost but that's another story.
  15. NWKate

    Dinner 2016 (Part 7)

    @sartoric That looks wonderful! Gives me idea of something to try with my leftover pork roast!
  16. @JoNorvelleWalker She would peel and quarter red potatoes and boil until soft. Then drain and place briefly back on heat to evaporate any lingering moisture. Here is where the muscle comes in- get you hand masher and mash! Add milk and continue mashing until smooth. Add butter and salt to taste and mix. She always said it was most important to add the milk before the butter because adding the butter first coated the potatoes and prevented absorption of the milk. Nothing very complicated but I never fail to think of her when I do it.
  17. This is more of a sad meal than a bad meal. My grandmother was an excellent cook. She raised 5 children alone in a small rural town after her husband's untimely death. She also took over and successfully ran his title business. We celebrated every major holiday at her house- no small feat given that each of her children also had at least 3 children. She taught me how to bake apple pies, make extraordinary and lump less mashed potatoes, peerless giblet gravy and REAL whipped cream. I still make those things today. Fast forward a few decades. I was in my late twenties and my family was beginning to despair of me ever meeting "the one". Finally, I had begun dating the first likely candidate. Somehow, Grandma got wind of this and insisted that I bring him to meet her over lunch. So, we drove to her house and I helped her set up the table and bring out the food. We enjoyed ourselves immensely- until I began serving her casserole and spooned out a cream of something soup lid. Short of a death, I don't think I've ever been so saddened. That was the end of the holiday meals and not long thereafter, the end of her ability to live independently. I remember her fondly and dearly every major holiday. Especially on Thanksgiving when I proudly serve her apple pie with homemade whipped cream, lumpless mashed potatoes and her extraordinary giblet gravy.
  18. NWKate

    Dinner 2016 (Part 7)

    Okay, I'll bite... How does one make corn in the microwave (I've only made it on the grill)?
  19. NWKate

    Dinner 2016 (Part 7)

    Hot here as well. Tonight I will be marinating a pork roast so that I can roast it off in the wee hours of the am. Also picked up some lovely patty pans at the farmers market- great dinner for tomorrow! Basil is coming in so I see pesto in my future this week. I freeze it in ice cube trays to make it last through most of the year.
  20. I, too, miss many of the old members. I've recently returned after lurking for awhile. I've been reading a lot of the old posts- especially in food culture and traditions and am especially enjoying those about the worst meals & guests and what our families did NOT teach us about cooking!
  21. Personally, I liked the clip of you and Tony in the restaurant better than the park bench one. And, while I've never made your annual salary in my entire working life, I can totally relate to being servied bad food in a restaurant!
  22. Cali- I am so sorry for this but let it be the stepping stone to greater things! Your perseverance through all of this has been remarkable and I have great pity for whoever they hire next. It was clear from the start that your superviser had it in for you. I was shocked by the things she said and her unethical behavior( taking the agency bought food home and serving it to her husband). Walk away with your head held high- you deserve the best!
  23. It does seem like mass paranoia. Did some school get sued, because some toddler with a nut allergy took a bite of some other toddler's PB&J? My wife attended a meeting for parents at the school where the food policy was discussed in very serious tones, suggestive of the pronouncement of a moral imperative, and the parents of the children in question seemed thoroughly unapologetic and even to profess a sense of entitlement about their child's school's adoption of the nut-free/allergen-free policy. ← It may seem like mass paranoia unless you are the parent whose child develops an anaphalactic reaction after a classmate coughs spraying peanut oil on them. Having worked in classrooms with such children, I can assure you that these very real health risks are taken VERY seriously.
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