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  1. As someone with type 2 diabetes, I've seen a nutritionist for meal planning advice. One thing I've been told (and of course your mom may be different) is that the first meal of the day should be lower carb. In particular, my diet plan called for 30g or less at breakfast. So pancakes or oatmeal and fruit would be quite bad for me. Honestly, a scrambled egg or a pot of hard boiled eggs are two really easy things even if you make something else for yourself. As above, turkey or chicken-based sausages would be good. How about english muffins with peanut butter? You need a protein source in there, particularly for the first meal of the day. For pancakes, perhaps a recipe that includes some ricotta in it?
  2. A press pot/French press doesn't use a filter. When I used to use a filter, I never noticed a big difference in taste in regular and unbleached. But I vastly prefer the press pot method now.
  3. Some of the restrictions on that are dumb. Why no nuts allowed in bread or cereals? Umm...good source of protein & calories? And many of the restrictions make it harder to send with a child going to daycare or a mother going to work (no single serving yogurts, chunks of cheese, individual servings of cereal). Sure, you can buy containers or ziploc bags to make portions, but that requires an initial outlay of those bags/containers and those can get up there in price, stretching a budget. That thing reads like a subsidy list.
  4. Basic Income. Much less administrative costs, no one cares what you do with the money. It replaces ALL programs, so no one plays politics or tries to enforce morality with it. One reason I can see for soda is it's a very simple source of caffeine. No (iffy, possibly yucky) water needed (could you afford the bill or was it shut off), doesn't need to be heated, doesn't even need a cup. Maybe because they LIKE soda. I hate the stuff, but that's me. It's really none of my business.
  5. I would also suggest things that can be eaten with one hand, but NOT soup. Even if you're not nursing, you spend a lot of time holding a baby and eating soup over them is nerve wracking. I too was denied coldcuts and craved a chef salad. And carbs bc I was on a low carb diet. If she likes sushi, she probably was denied it. Healthy bc I ate a lot of takeout those first few months because we were EXHAUSTED.
  6. It's funny, my mom, who's 2nd generation Italian-American, refuses to make anything Italian for Thanksgiving. My grandmother was the same way. Thanksgiving was an "All American" holiday. OTOH, it's also a chocolate-less holiday. My mother says we make up for it at Christmas, though, especially on Christmas Eve. But it's always a challenge to come up with an appetizer when you can't rely on the standards of stuffed shells, manicotti, or antipasto.
  7. Single Origin Beef

    There's a few farms near me that will sell you a half or quarter of a cow or a half of a pig. They pre-cut and pacakage it for you, too. The beef runs in the $4/lb area, but of course there's a lot of weight to a quarter of a cow. Generally the more unusual cuts can be turned into hamburger f (or sausage in the case of the pork).
  8. I've been meaning to ask: are these meals during the shows or after hours? I've only worked a smaller (6 week) faire as a vendor, so we didn't stay on site, but I gather it's not so in character for the folks who do camp out. But I know the west coast (and socal specifically) has a very different faire "culture" than most.
  9. I'm particularly interested in this as our church is starting to get involved in settling refugees in our home state in the US. It's a very slow process in the US, and so far they're all settling in one city that already has a large Syrian demographic. I think most organizations try to do that, which may be why you're not getting as many folks. Regardless, your thoughtfulness has given me another idea for something our group could do. Thanks!
  10. I know Kosher prohibits combining meat & dairy, but does that hold for fish? That might be a concern for a chowder. You could do something meat-based if you purchase Kosher meat. You just can't use dairy anywhere else.
  11. It's not the whole restaurant. It seems more along the lines of the photography tours that a friend of mine does. Special vacations just to get the best photos. He said he takes less photos during his "regular' vacations now.
  12. Turkey Prices

    Heh, I was going to say the same thing as rotus. I had to wait for a whole flock of those to cross the street on my way into work today. I've always been a guest at Thanksigiving, so I've never bought the turkey.
  13. You're cooking for one of the guilds, then? I've worked a smaller faire on the east coast, but just as a vendor so food was whatever we brought in the cooler or bought on site. It's funny, I initially thought you were doing this for an SCA event. The east coast faires don't really do guilds the same way, as far as I know, so it threw me off. Are you aiming for period food? And these are behind the scenes meals, right?
  14. Every year my in-laws give us a small bottle of homemade limoncello or another liquor (a Spanish citrus one that I forget the name of) and a big bottle of homemade coquito. I don't drink at all, I just never was interested, and DH drinks very little. And I always ask if they used pasturized eggs for the coquito, and they tell me they used egg beaters...which EXPRESSLY say not to use them raw. I don't care how much booze is in there, I'm not risking salmonella.
  15. Cooking for Diabetic Visitors

    I am a type 2 diabetic, and the easiest thing is just to keep things separate. Keep whatever starch to the side because at most they'll eat a very small portion (I can eat 2/3 cup brown rice or potatoes generally). I grew up without bread on the table, so it's not something I expect. For dessert, I prefer things that are better in small doses rather than mess with artificial sweeteners. Perhaps do something flavored with cinnamon, as that's a spice that actually lowers blood sugar (not an extract, only the bark works, apparently). Your suggestions of roast beef or chicken sound fine to me. I might or might not eat the Yorkshire pudding with it. If I did, I might ask that we ate dessert later in the evening. Breakfast breads are a challenge. Generally breakfast needs to be my lowest carb meal of the day, so I stick with eggs and just a single slice of toast or small English muffin. Something along those lines. If you want to do something with yogurt, please get plain not vanilla (parfaits are a decent breakfast, esp if you just lay everything out and everyone does their own). And coffee.