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  1. 2 hours ago, scamhi said:

    It took me 2+ hours to clean the oven

    I had the same experience with the first convection oven that I bought. It had this lovely rotisserie Gizmo and the first thing that I did was stick a chicken on it. It took me more than 2 hours to clean the oven and the oven and I were never the same afterward. I've had two convection ovens since and the first thing that I pitch is the rotisserie Gizmo.

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  2. 2 hours ago, liuzhou said:

    But I have an irrational attachment to them.

    My husband was a fine wood carver and to him, the feel and the balance of his tools meant everything. We have three sets of silverware and the only forks that he would use were two old forks that he had had for years. No amount of polish or elbow grease would ever make them look 'presentable' but they felt right in his hand and made his meal more enjoyable.

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  3. 1 hour ago, Shelby said:

    pretty sketchy parts of the city

    That reminds me of the time when we had first moved to Costa Rica. My husband asked me to go into San Jose and find him a piece of sheet metal because my Spanish was better than his and I was better at finding things. So I took the bus in and was directed from place to place until I found someone that could make it. I had finally wound up in a really sketchy part of town. Correction, bad part of town. When it was time to pick it up, I told my husband where he could go to pick it up and he informed me that he wouldn't take me with him because that part of town was too bad for me to ever go to. Duh!

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  4. 17 minutes ago, jimb0 said:

    honeycomb desserts

    Yep, I always use it in my peanut brittle and in my caramel corn. I forgot it one time in the peanut brittle and had to crush it up with a hammer to use as sugar sprinkles.

    I could have used it to pave the driveway and I would never have had any holes.

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    3 minutes ago, heidih said:


    You're right, it is. But the baking soda float just does not give the same taste to the crust. It could have been something special in her recipe but we will never know because she never wrote it down.

  6. 50 minutes ago, shain said:

    (pasta cooked in alkaline water)

    Thank you. I had to Google this and I learned something new. My grandmother used to use a lye water solution when she made her big German pretzels. It gives them a flavor that is completely unique. I'm going to give this a try and see if it does the same thing.

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  7. 11 minutes ago, Shelby said:

    You can totally skip it!  

    Thank you, that is good to know. A while back, someone gave me a recipe for meatballs that are made with sauerkraut and cranberries (my other most hated food). I skipped that one completely.

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  8. 8 minutes ago, Margaret Pilgrim said:


    It's not the food elements, it's the way that they are put together. The Costa Ricans are notoriously bad cooks. In the typical food, the only seasoning is salt and a prepared combination of seasonings that everyone uses in everything. The Motto seems to be, that if it's done cooking it's not edible until you cook it at least a half an hour more. But you are right, the food products that we get here are marvelous.

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  9. 14 hours ago, JeanneCake said:

    round spaghetti that came from a can.  Chef Boyardee

    I get rave reviews on my spaghetti sauce and yet one of my husband's favorite foods was canned ravioli from Chef Boyardee. He grew up with a stepmother that was a terrible cook and practically starved them to death. One of his favorite food memories of his childhood was when he could get enough money to buy a can of Chef Boyardee.

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  10. Since we have gotten on the subject of famous local foods I think that it is appropriate that I should write about famous foods in the state where I grew up. In order to do that, regrettably, I will have to admit that I was born in Nebraska. Therefore, this will be one of my shorter posts. According to what I have read lately one of their most famous foods is something called Runza. Growing up, I never heard of them. I have asked family members who are all still in Nebraska (still eating sauerkraut) and none of them have ever heard of it.

    Our most famous food invention was Kool-Aid. And as far as I can find out, it is the only one. I am proud to say that it was invented 63 miles from where I was born.

  11. 23 minutes ago, heidih said:

    (I won't go into my issue with crack descriptor)

    Me too! I'm still stuck back in the day when it was something that you didn't step on so that you didn't break your mother's back.

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