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  1. 47 minutes ago, Smithy said:


    Thermoworks makes great timers: easy to use, loud if you need them to be. Their Timestick is small and lanyard-capable but will also fit in a pocket. The Extra Big and Loud Timer weinoo notes above may not be as conveniently sized but is adjustable. This page shows their current offerings.



    By now I have Googled timer on a lanyard and seen that many are out there.  And thanks, @Smithy and others for the help.  

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  2. 21 minutes ago, weinoo said:


    Isn't this why they make timers?

    Yes, but you have to have left the timer somewhere you can hear it.  And the timer must have a loud ring...which many of them don't.  Better yet, bring the timer with you into whatever room you are going to.  And again...don't go onto the computer reading where you (aka I) always lose track of time and everything else. 


    We are going to buy a small electronic type timer and I am going to hang it on some kind of lanyard.  That might help...

  3. Maybe this topic should be called "I will never again...except I know darned well that I will".


    Made Tahini Cookie Strips this morning and the recipe calls for switching the cookies on the oven racks half way through.  I heard the timer at the half-way mark and switched the loads but alas, that was it.  By the time I remembered again that I was baking cookies, said cookies were horribly charred and straight into the garbage they went.  I was so angry at myself.  I usually take the timer with me so that I actually hear it.  This time I forgot and was watching a fascinating video about the recent discoveries that the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker may not be extinct after all.  


    Still...I know I'll do it again....


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  4. On 1/22/2022 at 11:16 AM, kayb said:

    Out west — 28k pounds of ground beef recalled. Link

    The EST number on that load is EST. 965.  And today, Consumer Reports noted another load of ground beef and hamburgers, also potentially E. Coli infected, with the EST of 46841.  


    My question is: is American ground beef imported into Canada?  And would we be informed if potentially contaminated beef came into this country?

  5. 7 minutes ago, ElsieD said:


    If you ordered yours from Amazon, when will you be getting it?  I ask because Amazon Canada is not delivering mine until at least May 13.

    I have a friend who has an IP and she was slated to bring it to our now defunct library cookbook group.  Then covid hit.  I've written to her, asking if she would find a way to demonstrate it to me.

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  6. 6 minutes ago, Tropicalsenior said:

    That sounds like the way my foot looked when a Tennessee Walker stallion stepped on my foot, picked up the other three feet and pivoted. At least it felt like he did. I was wearing sandals at the time.

    I am not allowed to wear sandals.  Period.  Too many accidents where the sandal sole stayed put, but my foot didn't.  I had no idea that head wounds had so much blood.  I'd never seen arterial spray before.  I heard about it, of course, on CSI Las Vegas, but never seen it.  

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  7. Recently Ed found a commercial brand of foods, products of Mexico, in a local Ontario grocery store.  For fun we decided to try the Cochinita Pibil.   We love Puerco Pibil which I make regularly (and imperfectly) from a recipe from film director, Roberto Rodriguez.   


    Not sure what we expected to find...we don't eat much in the way of prepared foods...but we won't buy this one again.


    Has anyone had any luck buying this brand?

  8. My long time go to dessert is a lemon or lime cheese pie with a chocolate ganache topping.  It's this amazing cheese pie which calls for only one egg and it actually predates my interest in cooking.  From an old Culinary Arts Institute cheese cookbook, 1982.


    Made it for Easter dinner today after a hiatus of 11 months with no dairy, no gluten, no alcohol, no caffeine , (no fun).  Hope my system weathers it well....

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  9. 1 minute ago, paulraphael said:

    Re: books ... I wrote a comparative review of several, biased strongly toward readers willing to jump through some hoops for quality. 

    Great article, @paulraphael  ...who was my ice cream mentor many years ago.  We love homemade ice cream and I've been making it constantly for about      14 years now in my little second-hand ICE 100 machine.  


    The David Lebovitz book is still one of my goto books although I don't use any of his basic mixes.  

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  10. The cheese pie is baked and it's from an old cookbook which even predates my interest in cooking.  


    As for lamb...I'd love some...but the big guy won't eat it.  When we were first married, 100 years ago, lamb was the cheapest meat you could buy and so we did.  

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  11. Roast beef for two with all the trimmings.  Lime cheese pie for dessert.  Haven't make a cheese pie in over 10 months of this no gluten, no dairy, no caffeine, no alcohol, no sugar (well, that one didn't really work too well).  


    Would be nice to have company but apparently the numbers are skyrocketing in Ontario.  

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  12. 1 hour ago, weinoo said:


    I think the nice thing about the Zo is that many of them will properly cook every type of rice, oats, porridges, etc. etc. I can load up the one I have with washed rice and water, set a timer for whenever, and the rice will be ready at the exact time I've set. (I  think the retractable cord is a big plus, especially in my tight kitchen).

    No quarrels with the excellence of the Zo.  Would be lovely to have one.  Along with a lot of other kitchen appliances that are featured in this forum  And some amongst us  can find the money to buy them...others, for whatever reason, don't or can't.  It seems that whatever extra we have goes towards maintaining two elderly 100-pound dogs.  Our rice cooker didn't.  

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  13. 5 hours ago, MetsFan5 said:

    Although I’d really like to have a good rice cooker. So recommendations are appreciated! 

    OTOH, I've had a really inexpensive Black & Decker rice cooker for a good number of years now.  And it's just fine.   Is the bare bottom of options, no doubt, but all I want is cooked brown rice.   

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  14. Question:  why is it that liuzhou and chromedome post all the food funnies?  Where do they find them?  I have yet to find a food funny anywhere except on this thread.

  15. Not only are the high end hotels hit...the  low end motels are also. 


    We stay with the dogs in Motel 6s (and Red Roofs) all over Ontario and the States and they always have a sort of cafeteria/common room where you can get coffee (we make our own) and breakfasty things like pastries and muffins and cereals (which we don't eat).  But Ed has been known to drink one of the coffees and I'll often grab a muffin or two for emergencies should they arise.  


    Well, now they aren't there.  Nada.  Covid.  

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  16. 22 minutes ago, TicTac said:

    Just saw this as well - heard good things about this mix, want to grab one and try it for my kiddos (one has Celiac).


    I can second Bob's red mill products, their cornbread is excellent (GF).


    Will have to check out the Sobeys in the area....

    OK.  I'll get the cornbread mix also.   Ed does all the grocery now so I have to put it on the list.


    3 hours ago, chromedome said:

    Just saw this.

    If there's a Sobeys anywhere within range, they stock the GF Bisquick in their natural/health foods section. Of course, your Superstore may now have it back in stock as well.

      Thanks CD.  He can go there this coming week. 

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