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  1. Fast Food Localisation

    Is that what they're calling SMOG now?
  2. Breakfast! 2018

    I love the plates and I love your rubber ducky too. Now may I please have half of your sandwich?
  3. What's New in Kitchen Gadgets?

    Dare ya to try!
  4. What's New in Kitchen Gadgets?

    Look like hand grenade molds to me. Something leftover from a G.I. Joe accessory kit.
  5. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    It all looks like dessert to me. Top is a mocha brownie, to the right of that a date bar with cream cheese frosting and the green deal is a matcha mousse with raspberry sauce. Am I close We need a tongue in cheek emoji
  6. You sneaked past us . I had planned to put out road blocks so we could meet you! Thanks for taking us along again.
  7. Okay, Bisquick, Hamburger Helper, Shake cheese and canned soup all had a welcome place in our camper. With two little kids who were picky eaters, I knew there would always be something that they would eat. And to be honest, the whole point of camping for me was to get out of the kitchen and into nature and all those things made it easier by far. And I can't forget the thing that was a family favorite ...Jiffy Pop. If using these "crutches" makes for a better family meal time, go for it with my blessings!
  8. I got to thinking about that celery stalk and recalled an Amish friend telling me that she and the other quilters in her family always make sure that there is an error in every quilt they make. It is to show God that they are not driven by the need for perfection. If there is a God, she must love me and my messy life!
  9. Please note that in the last photo, the head of celery on the left has a stalk out of place! Had to find something, anything to make me feel better doncha know? There is hope here in recently thawed Iowa. Many planters in the fields today.
  10. Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    Thank you for this. I have felt the same way but could never express it as well as you have! I also get riled at the idea that in Mexico the nuns in convents invented classic dishes like moles. Do people not remember that the natives had centuries of experience with the ingredients? And no, it was not divine intervention that allowed the nuns to do that...it was taking advantage of what had gone on for centuries before they even got there.
  11. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    No, your level of cooking is way above mine! I'm still wallowing around in the land of the occasional foil envelope for a sauce mix. The day I post a photo of a meal, you will know I have arrived as a rightful egullet member. Right now I'm still a groupie.
  12. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    LOL, I'd bet money that I"m the only person here that gets this jingle stuck in their head. "Sam Parraconi pack his oranges in a bag" It goes on for several more verses but that is the jest of it. As a newly minted Girl Scout, I went with my troop to a radio show and that was one of the commercials. The other one wasn't food related but just as strange. "Bandini is the word for steer manure" I think it was one of the first companies to bag it up and sell it. Citified shit so to speak. I was a big fan of Rice a Roni for years. And now I want some!
  13. Bastard condiments?

    This was my salad dressing as a kid. My folks were into that "nasty" to me at that age, bleu cheese stuff. Funny I actually served it to my not-yet husband and he was so impressed with my cooking skills. Took awhile to admit what it was. He still stuck around so either it was really tasty or it was true love (for me). We still use it for fries and with clam strips with a little relish added.
  14. Trader Joe's Products (2017–)

    The nearest TJ's is 130 miles from here but our daughter works within a mile or two of one. We raised her right because she never comes home without a supply of cheese and other goodies. Just finished a bottle of their Korean BBQ sauce and added to our "need" list. And tamales are just assumed to be needed every time.
  15. Trader Joe's Products (2017–)

    If that amazing piece of cheese happened to be between us, I"m afraid we might have our own version of The Battle of the Bulge. Winner take all (the cheese). I too love TJ's cheese.
  16. I wondered about that as well. It strikes me as something connected with weaving. Looks like it might be a comb of some sort.
  17. Oh my, I glanced at the item (chicken or duck I assume) on the top left. I thought it was a bat A fat one but none the less a bat. I think I just April Fooled myself!
  18. Breakfast! 2018

    I love Culture mag. The only possible way to improve it would be to add several scratch 'n sniff pages! It would be such an improvement on all those magazines with the nasty perfume strips in them.
  19. Oh that list made my teeth ache. Never mind the container of caramelized condensed milk sitting on the counter with the spoon in it.
  20. Happy Pi Day!!

    I have invited Marie Callender and hope she won't arrive empty handed.
  21. Happy Pi Day!!

    In my twisted mind, a quiche is just another version of a savory pie. That counts doesn't it?
  22. Best First Cookbook

    Looking back, I realize that Sunset cookbooks were often my introduction to many different cuisines , Mexican, Asian, French and more. I probably have at least 20 of those specialty paperbacks and I can never resist one at a sale or thrift shop. I can honestly say that I have almost never had a failure using their recipes. And when I do, it is usually my own fault. And don't get me started on all the Sunset books on houseplants, gardening and more. When the offices were still in Menlo Park, CA., we made a point of visiting them and wandering through the test gardens. The test kitchens were in use that day so we couldn't poke around in them....drat.
  23. Peeps: Marshmallowly Goodness

    That is just peeprosterous and must be stopped.
  24. St.Patrick , AKA CornedBeef 2018

    Aldi ad that came yesterday advertised flat cut USDA Choice corned beef brisket for $2.89 per pound. I think the ad is only good for a week but the regular price is only $3.29 per pound. I plan to get a hunk or two while it is super cheap. Never had meat from Aldi's but I'll sure give it a try. Also curious to see what they may have in the way of lamb.
  25. Is a "bullet cake" a thing?

    Sorry but I just had to give it my best shot!