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  1. Reads cookbook, " A quarter teaspoon black pepper." Gets out quarter teaspoon. What was that ingredient again? Reads, "Black pepper". Takes mill to cutting board, grinds, wonders, "How much was needed?" Oh, a quarter teaspoon. Etc.... And this was why I gave up drinking: It interfered with good, orderly cookery!
  2. ...when all your linen tea towels are soft.
  3. Heck, I could do that as a beginner!! Also, see original post re: wine. 🙄
  4. * When starting dinner means first finding your glasses. * When you remove all throw rugs in the kitchen, worrying about twisting something. * When you can eyeball a cup, identify all spices by smell, and remember 100+ recipes. * When you no longer use a timer for baking, but sense of smell. * When Julia Child's maxim about wine, "One for the soup, one for the chef" means prepping dinner takes three times longer!
  5. Yes, that's it exactly, but I think Hobbs may have closed: I don't find a store under this name.
  6. Hello everyone, good news! I have a nice problem to have: We're coming back to the States in a few weeks, and buying our first home together. Austin, TX area looks like the destination. I'm looking for multiple sets of tableware. I'm looking for special occasion formal dinners, family breakfasts, and everyday use ecclectic/vintage. I vaguely remember this topic about Tableware Lust, in 2005 (I've been a longtime lurker), but. researching the Refrigerator, I was unable to find a reference to a vaguely-remembered place in the Midwest. They sold tableware from restaurants that h
  7. fondue

    Bad food?

    The secret to Madagascar food is a tiny, explosively hot pepper called "pili-pili", and tomatoes and lime juice. Very acidic and spicy. The stews are boiled for a long time before they are eaten. Most people still do not have refrigerators here.
  8. Our family has a new favorite: Sub a large can of thinly-sliced pears for pineapple rings, sub almond flavoring for vanilla, and add a pinch of nutmeg for the loss of marashino cherries - and this is a damn fine upside-down cake. Single serving size, now matter how big or small your family! 😏
  9. After making pineapple upside-down cake multiple times this week (I tell myself it's for my son, but who am I kidding?), I'm adding it to the list.
  10. Welcome! There's a recipe section; there's a thread where people post pictures on breakfast, lunch and dinner for inspiration. Just poke around!
  11. Here's where the rubber hits the road: Going outside is prohibited unless absolutely neccessary. What foods do you absolutely need to stay sane? For me: Bleu d'Avergne or Papillion or Roquefort smeared on a baguette. Eggs. Basmati rice. You?
  12. Here's where the rubber hits the road: Going outside is prohibited unless absolutely neccessary. What foods do you absolutely need to stay sane? For me: Bleu d'Avergne or Papillion or Roquefort smeared on a baguette. Eggs. Basmati rice. You?
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    IHOP

    In Florida, most of the IHOP customers were *profoundly* elderly: Wide spaces between booths were handy for canes, large print on menus, a 24-hour availability (for those who arose at 04:00) and lots of overhead lighting for dim eyesight made it a safe place to take my 90-year old MIL to. She would have been completely annoyed by having to stand while placing her order. I wonder if the soundtrack for the restaurant will reach beyong 2010?
  14. The dinner went really well: The invited family had never heard of jambalaya or gumbo before, but liked them both, but the donuts were the real hit of the evening: My son supervised the two oldest of the guests' children, to shake hot donuts in a bag with cinnamon sugar. I remember how happy Fastnacht kuchen used to make me as a child. With half the donut dough remaining, I mixed in dried candied fruit peel, and let it do its third rise in the refrigerator. After the guests left, I put the loaf into the oven (with a milk bath). 30 minutes later: Success!!
  15. It was in French to advertise to their *African* customers that it was red pepper. My back still aches from the adrenalin dump! The take home lesson? Don't start cooking without a cup of coffee in you!
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