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  1. BeeZee

    Food Waste @ Home

    I usually have around 6 yogurts in the fridge at any time and I will eat them based on expiration date. Since DH will only take what is on the front edge of the shelf. And his yogurt consumption ebbs and flows.
  2. Roasted seaweed snacks are pretty common in our local supermarkets, they show up the in the Natural/Health food aisle, or the Asian food aisle. I like them, although some of the brands are quite greasy. Several years ago I was treated to a sushi lunch by my boss in NYC and we got a seaweed sampler platter as an appetizer/salad course, it's interesting to try the different textures. Hijiki is probably the one we see most often in our local Japanese restaurants (cold salad).
  3. BeeZee

    2018 Holiday Cooking and Baking

    As I was the one who originally posted, I will update to say that I will not be having a guest with gluten issues, so I no longer need suggestions, but thanks to all.
  4. BeeZee

    Fast Casual expansion

    as the Chipotle thread looked like it was starting to veer to "non-Mex" discussion, I thought I'd open up a new thread. There have been a bunch of quick serve/fast casual chains (of varying sizes) opening near my home an office. There is a local burrito chain Bubbakoo's, which started in NJ in 2008; it seems to be a "design your own burrito/bowl/taco salad, etc." Haven't been yet, just opened about a month ago near my house. The Simple Greek is (as the name alludes to) Greek style, start with a bowl or pita, add your protein, etc. Haven't been there yet, but I do go to Zoe's, which has a lot of vegetarian options and is marketed as "Fresh Med". There are places specializing in Poke Bowls near my house and near my office, which also offer some "cooked" food options for those not sure about raw fish. The QC varies day to day in a lot of these places, but as someone who seeks "healthier" and vegetarian options, it is nice that there ARE more options to choose from.
  5. BeeZee

    2018 Holiday Cooking and Baking

    Not a bad idea, I can just separate a small amount of the stock. Will keep it in mind if needed.
  6. BeeZee

    Chipotle's Mexican Grill

    Of the "fast casual" type Tex-Mex chains, I liked Baja Fresh the best. Unfortunately they closed the one near my office a couple of years ago. They have a fresh salsa bar with 6 types of salsa, usually hot, med, mild (green?), pico, and 2 seasonals (IIRC) plus fresh chopped cilantro and some other stuff.
  7. BeeZee

    2018 Holiday Cooking and Baking

    @Smithy, thanks found that recipe online. It has apples, cranberries, and pecans, which will be a nice counterpoint to the bread dressing if I do need to make both.
  8. BeeZee

    2018 Holiday Cooking and Baking

    I may have a guest for Thanksgiving dinner who must eat gluten free (sorry, no gravy for her, not making two batches) does anyone have a favorite recipe for rice dressing in case I need it? I don't mind making a small batch in addition to the bread variety since I will eat the leftovers. My bread stuffing/dressing has mushrooms and onions, so an alternate flavor profile would be nice (maybe dried fruit?).
  9. Roasted delicata squash seeds. They are pretty small so you avoid the “woodiness” that larger seeds (like pumpkin) can have. Got a little darker than I intended, I was preparing dinner and heard popping sound in the oven...
  10. BeeZee

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    I am on a mission to clear out the freezer in advance of Thanksgiving, so I have been pulling leftovers out and also using all of the odds&ends I had saved (for future lunches) to supplement. Friday was chicken chili with rice/beans. Saturday was riced cauliflower “fried rice” with some leftover quinoa mixed in, leftover grilled chicken diced up, the remnants of a bag of frozen edamame, and a few fresh carrots sliced into the mix for some color. Served with a couple squirts of sriracha.
  11. BeeZee

    Thanksgiving 2018

    First thing I would check if the turkey needs to be Halal. If they are very observant, they may not eat it otherwise. I would try to integrate some more savory flavors rather than everything being sweet, so for example roasted or mashed potatoes. And maybe a fresh cranberry relish with orange and ginger, which would be leaning towards chutney and more familiar. Sounds like you will have a very nice time regardless of the food!
  12. BeeZee

    Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    Chicken cutlet with roasted eggplant and ricotta on Italian bread/roll from DiPascale's at Meadowbrook deli. Sorry, hungry and took a bite before I remembered the photo!
  13. BeeZee

    Restaurant flatware thoughts

    Georg Jensen...I like Scandinavian design for tableware. Simple, sculptural, functional.
  14. BeeZee

    DARTO pans

    Well, it was a steal...😜