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About Tropicalsenior

  • Birthday 05/21/1939

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    San Joaquin Costa Rica

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  1. Food funnies

    I liked that sentence but this one is my favorite "Well, pack the ass cream baked".
  2. Food funnies

    I know that I've posted from this site before but I couldn't resist this one. Despite the name, I'm going to give this recipe a try. It really is a shame that the translations are so bad because she has some pretty good recipes on her site.
  3. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    I've used this method for years and it always seems to turn out well for me. The only thing that I do differently is to put the chicken on a rack and put about 2 in. of water in the pan. If the bird is exceptionally large I usually have to add a little water.
  4. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    If it were just me, I could have eaten all four of them by myself. I love sandwiches and these are outstanding. But I have to take the preference of my housemate into account, too. He doesn't like large portions of meat and it is for a very good reason. He was raised in the countryside of Nicaragua during the Sandinista/Contra war. Periodically, the armies of both sides would come through the communities and kill their livestock. Then they would give the ‘bounty’ back to the people saying “ Look how much we care for you. Look at the meat we’ve provided for you.” Because they were poor people, they didn't have the means to preserve the meat and everything had to be eaten rapidly to keep from losing it. To this day, large portions of meat just bring back bad memories. That's why, in my postings, dinner portions are usually small and the dessert portions that you don't see are usually pretty large.
  5. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    I think I kind of got carried away on the size. Mine were as big as a good-sized hamburger. Next time I'll try making them a little smaller.
  6. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    When I saw @liuzhou's Rou Jia Mo they looked so good I just had to make them again. They aren't as pretty as his, but they sure did taste good. I served them with some fried rice (with no soy sauce). For dessert, the housemates got brownies with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. I was too full for brownies. He's right, one Rou Jia Mo is never enough.
  7. I've had craft syndrome for years. my latest episode was a frantic 2 days search for my car keys. I finally decided I needed some ice cream to soothe my nerves and there they were, right on top of the ice cream in the freezer. I'm not worried about it being old age dementia though, because I've had it too long for that.
  8. How much are you willing to bet that you 'will never again'? I speak from experience.
  9. I'm all over the place on this one. Some days, I love trying new things but some days I just want to grab a package of spaghetti sauce from the freezer (the same spaghetti sauce that I've been making for 25 years) and have a quick dinner. When my husband was alive, he liked his tried-and-true favorites and wasn't really interested in trying new things. My housemate and his girlfriend, who is living with us temporarily, are game for just about anything. I do have limitations on what I can make because dinner hours are erratic due to their work schedules, they prefer to have light dinners, and I can't cook with any onions, garlic or green peppers. If I use a new recipe, I can only use it as a guideline and substitute as I go along. I don't think I've ever made a dinner in my life that I could repeat exactly. if I could just put my two cents worth in about the title of this topic, I do agree that it should probably be ‘one off’ but, it hasn't seemed to hurt it a bit that it isn't that way given the response that it has gotten. Our brains are hardwired to fill in the missing parts. As for all of our posts, it would be an absolute crime if we were policed to the point where we all had to sound alike. The idiosyncrasies of the different people give me a glimpse into the personalities of people that I will never meet face to face but I am still proud to call my friends. If we were to demand perfect English think of all the people that don't have English as their first language that we would lose. The diversity of our members is what makes this place so interesting. And, all the typos, bad grammar, abbreviations, arrogance, humility, and such define us as a community of free-thinkers instead of a pack of robots. I love it all, just the way it is.
  10. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    If dear Google brought up the same recipes for you that it showed me, revolting is an understatement. @liuzhou do you have any ideas as to the origin of the name?
  11. Food funnies

    No, this isn't photoshopped. I saw this in Walmart today in Costa Rica and I just had to take a picture of it. It struck me funny the moment that I saw it. Nothing like reviewing your own product.
  12. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    To what do they rely for their flavor? Is it strictly the aromatics in the rice? It is so prevalent here that even all the little Chinese restaurants do it. My housemate absolutely adores this stuff and sometimes he will pick some up on his way home from work just to do his part so that I don't have to cook every night. I suck it up and eat it, but every time, I feel like I've earned an Academy Award.
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    Thanks for the memories. I must have read those books 4 or 5 times each.
  14. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    @liuzhou I'm sorry to hear that you had a blah day but it's good to know that I'm not the only one that feels that way sometimes. Yesterday was one for me, too. We haven't had any rain since November and yesterday was hot, windy and dusty. All I could do all day was sneeze, so dinner last night was also blah and boring. We had pork cutlets sandwiches on homemade rolls and cantaloupe. It was so boring looking that I didn't even take a picture of it. BTY, is it true that they don't ever put soy sauce in fried rice? Almost every recipe that I see calls for soy sauce. @Kim Shook That tonkatsu looks wonderful. Now I'm kicking myself for not picking up the thick boneless pork chops I saw last week. That is a beautiful meal.
  15. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Do you steam them or fry them? I've heard that you need a different dough for each method and I can't remember which is which.