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  1. Hash Brown

    I definitely use a nonstick. I have suffered from using too much oil as well. I've found 'hash brown patties' (frozen and pre cooked) to work easier in a pinch-- I throw them in my Breville toaster oven for about 15-20 minutes at 450 and they are nice and crispy.
  2. Orzo: side and salad

    Simple, fattening but comforting as hell when your mind or tummy is hurting-- orzo is my comfort food. Orzo with a knob of butter and either Rao's or Victoria's vodka sauce and a nice crusty loaf of French bread.
  3. Dinner 2017 (Part 4)

    Wow that looks amazing! Despite the title of the cookbook I can't warrant buying the book just for this recipe but will search it out. I love anything with zucchini and that picture has me drooling and wondering how well the random zucchini in my veg drawer is holding up.
  4. I know I am very fortunate to have my parents and the means to afford meals out at fine dining restaurants. My family has always been a bit more comfortable dining out on holidays for a multitude of reasons. One, my father has a severe poultry allergy. So even if we go to extended family's homes, it's up to my mom or me to prep and bring something that can be reheated and avoid any cross contamination. Chicken stock is prevalent in so many things from soups to sauces and home cooks, as well intended as they are, don't always keep serving utensils seperate and can forget they used a boullion cube. Restaurants take allergies much more seriously and I mention my father's allergy when making reservations. When coping with the loss of an abusive addict, staying "home" is filled with extremely sad, violent and verbally abusive memories. A neutral ground is much easier for all of us, especially for my husband when the holiday proceeds a work day. And we've been going to the same restaurant for I think at least 3 holidays now. I know the waitstaff, some from having worked with them in a different restaurant. And that type of hospitality can, at times, feel more like family than actual family does. I also have to be sensitive to my parents who have a hard time being around teenaged kids, people with questions surrounding a sudden death of a 33 yr old and go with what works for them. But believe me. I thank god for them every. Single. Day. Death is a personal process for everyone; it isn't a competition where any one wins-- everyone suffering loses and there isn't a barometer for measuring who's loss is more painful. And that's the funny thing about restaurants. Sometimes the servers are a lot more genuine and kind than family would be. Which I suppose would surprise some, but not me.
  5. Another holiday and I took the easy way out. A 3 course dinner at a local fine dining restaurant for $59++ per person. I had a Caesar salad and scallops with an artichoke purée and crispy guicncale and chocolate mousse. My husband had grilled and smoked (which suffered from too many preperations) octopus and lamb loin. My parents had tenderloin and I wasn't surprised my dad's was over cooked as he could even get it done rare. That's to be expected to me so we didn't complain. With drinks and tax and gratuity it was about $100 per person so not insane. It's about keeping calm during holidays and we did so mission accomplished. How the hell I will even begin to help my mom during Mother's Day is beyond me. I might ask her to go on a long weekend trip. These holidays are rough.
  6. This topic is a great, yet very sad read and shines a light on things I personally was unaware of. So what can the average person do? I cook a few times a week and otherwise leave "dinner" for my husband and I to pick on whatever we feel like (Campbell's Chicken and Stars in my #1 comfort food) and or eat odds and ends. Most of my grocery stores ask for donations towards various local soup kitchen type organizations but I can't imagine my odd $15-20 a month really helps. Any suggestions how to truly benefit those in need v. paying the exhorbinent salaries of some of the better known charities? What should people be doing to make a difference on a local level if possible?
  7. Lunch! What'd ya have? (2017)

    @blue_dolphinWhat's EYB? Looks good to me.
  8. Requesting Half Portions

    I'd never ask for a half portion of a dish. I think it's rude. No one is stopping you from taking half the meal home. It also puts an added stress on the kitchen and the waitstaff. If you want a half portion would you only tip half, or would you tip full price and then some for the inconvenience of your special request?
  9. Can an you share more about these dishes? The bottom one especially looks great.
  10. eG Cook-Off 75: Meatballs

    @ElsieD how were the meatballs? They look and sound amazing. On my to do list!
  11. Breakfast! 2017 (Part 1)

    Chris every single time I see that hash I get immediately hungry. I love corned beef hash (corned beef though not so much). It's great in an omelette. In college my roommate and I would always go to the local diner on weekends and order "dog food omelettes" because they look awful but tasted great!
  12. Subway 2011–

    See if you have a Blimpies nearby. They are gooood!
  13. Subway 2011–

    @Tri2Cook please forgive my ignorance-- is your grocery store so limited that you can't have a made to order sub (sandwich) at the deli case? I'm sure some of their employees work hard and are cognizant of health code regulations. Personally, I don't buy the pre sliced deli meats, I have them sliced to order and to my preference of thickness. Or thinness as it applies but at the very least I know then when it was sliced and what brand it is.
  14. Subway 2011–

    I simply cannot abide by subway. From the horrible, smelly bread to the pre- sliced bottom of the barrel cold cuts and the employees with little to no concern for cross contamination I honestly don't think I have ever eaten there. I've been there but won't eat there. Grocery stores make better sandwiches- at least they can be made to order with name brand cold cuts.
  15. Dinner 2017 (Part 2)

    You guys are champs. I have central A/C and keep my home at 63 degrees in the summers (which are thick with humidity) and I still don't like to turn on the oven.