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  1. Here's one more for the trip! My sole experience with Las Vegas was stopping for gas in 1985 at 5:30 am and being stunned watching people play the machines inside the gas station. I wish we had taken at least a bit of a drive around the city. Maybe I could have spotted my hero, Gil Grissom.
  2. Refrigerator Magnets

    Those people don't live in my house, a farm with a husband and two big dirty dogs. OTOH, I am not a dedicated house cleaner I guess. My Mother once said about my kitchen (and I printed it out and put it on the wall): "Having a dirty kitchen is better than living a life of thievery and killing". No I am not kidding. I guess she was appalled by a fingerprint. Or pawprint.
  3. Dipping stem ginger pieces in chocolate and so disappointed that many of them have sprung a little leak. What to do? So I google the question and guess what I get? The last time I asked the question on eGullet with the answers of what to do. With luck I won't forget a third time. How stupid can I be? [Moderator note: The original I will never again . . . topic became too large for our servers to handle efficiently, so we've divided it up; the preceding part of this discussion is here: I will never again . . . (Part 3)]
  4. It seems to me that you have a Mother's memory. Was that my last problem?
  5. And I shall never (well, good luck on that one) use the hand mixer on a smallish bowl which I am not holding with the other hand. And I don't think I want to say anything more about this episode.
  6. Valentine's Day Plans??

    The sole celebratory plan is to make a new recipe: Dark Chocolate Souffle Cheesecake.
  7. What's your favorite quick-to-make sauce?

    About a decade ago we lived in Moab Utah for 6 months (and loved it). Gave many dinner parties and loved that too. One night I needed a sauce for a dessert...can't recall why now...but threw together my subsequently 'famous' raspberry sauce...which is somewhat of an embarrassment to me. But by Jove, it worked. Raspberry seedless jam plus Chambord plus butter in a small pot. Yumm.
  8. We eat breakfast separately now and for me it circles around meds I have to take. Noon, well actually 12:30 is our main meal of the day. And then supper, which is either a salad or a soup or a vegetable dish is at 6:00 pm Not exciting but it suits us. If we have overnight type guests, we usually revert to the more familiar light lunch and heavier dinner...but I don't really like it.
  9. Sorry...,but does CATO mean Catastrophe at Take Off?
  10. We are just two also...wait, no four...our two 100-pound dogs sometimes eat pork and lean ground from Costco...and find Costco very useful for a lot of basics. And we have the space to store large amounts in our cellar. And I love the snacking aisles. We've found a number of useful items in these freebies that we would never have tried otherwise. Most of our food is from scratch...but oh, those artichokes in oil I do love.
  11. How long have you owned each oven? We have found that all electronic products simply fail after a certain length of time. Just part of this AI life we lead. We used to shop at a certain local appliance dealer which closed up years ago. DH was a former teacher of one of the employees who told him that if someone gets five years from a stove, fridge, etc...that person is very lucky.
  12. New Member from Canada!

    Always good to welcome a fellow Canuck to eGullet. Happy posting.
  13. The Soup Topic (2013–)

    The soup looks good...but it's the pumpernickel photo which gets my attention. Would you be so kind as to send me the recipe for that bread? I'd be indebted to you. It looks like the pumpernickel of my childhood in Montreal. Very dark and moist. Thanks.
  14. Nutella.......mmmm, Nutella

    Imagine if we could have tasted it when it first came on the market...
  15. Hooray for you, Chris Hennes, and I look forward to reading about your Indian cooking experiences. DH and I both love Indian food...but I don't cook it. And I don't really know why. And living in Ontario Canada, even outside a small city, we have access to several decent Indian food restaurants and all the ingredients we could need. So why don't I cook Indian food? ???? So, I am going to be inspired by your delving deeply into the subject and will no doubt start to cook this wonderful and so varied cuisine. My thanks to you, good sir.
  16. A friend recently gifted me with a small jar of this incredible Bomba Calabrese. I thought I'd died and gone to spicy heaven. :wub: This particular brand is made by Gigi and is a product of Italy. The ingredients are: eggplant, pepper, hot chili peppers, mushrooms, artichokes, sunflower oil, olive oil, spices and salt. It is also not in chunks or pieces, but is easily spreadable. I found a few recipes for Bomba Calabrese online, but would like to try one that someone from eG recommends if possible. Barring that, I will make one of the found recipes and blenderize it perhaps. And also try to locate the product locally. I've contacted the distributor but not heard back yet. Thanks for any help.
  17. This I would love to do.
  18. Wow! But then at our house, DH puts the coffee on each evening and I check. I can't begin to tell you of the disasters we have had with this process. Unholy messes indeed! One morning the coffee was all over the counter, down the drawers, across the kitchen floor and out into the hall. I didn't cry...but it did occur to me to do so. Now I check faithfully. ....he means well....
  19. Yes, it does bring back pancakes memories. Such as the time I make Finnish baked Pannukakku without the four eggs. It didn't rise much....
  20. Thanks HungryChris. I just might try it. My friend brought me some more jars of Bomba Calabrese...but something has happened to the formula in the interim and it was a great disappointment (although I didn't tell my friend). And, the guy's presentation is a LOT annoying. Thanks again.
  21. Here we go again, guys. Just love Kerry's posts. Always. So much fun. And so we live vicariously....
  22. Fruit

    The eGullet expert on bananas is Panaderia Canadiensis. You could try sending a message to her to catch her attention.
  23. Looking for Breadmachine recipes

    Made Kim Shook's Brioche recipe today. I can report it was a smashing success. Thanks, Kim
  24. Caramel Sauce

    Tropical Senior...going back I seem to recall that name in Costa Rica...I would love your recipe. In the meantime, going back one and a half years, I finally had settled on "Creamy Caramel Sauce" by David Lebovitz in The Perfect Scoop. But I'm all for a recipe which is less work. Thanks.