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Are You Snacking on Anything Right Now? *Happy Holidays Edition*

mamachef Dec 3, 2013 06:24 PM

Seems to me that this particular time of year (actually, beginning around Hallowe'en, what with those "fun-size" candy bars, and all...) is the BEST time of year for us snackers. Not only do we have tacit permission; it's actually made easier for us because of the parties that revolve around appetizer portions and snack-type foods! Also, at least for me, I keep around a greater variety of easy-to-eat, -prepare and -serve items. Works for drop-in company and dinner both.
My FAVORITE prepare/freeze food is sharp cheddar biscuits that I sandwich w/ peppered ham and honey butter when thawed, followed by stuff on a stick. Pretty much anything.
What about you?

  1. fldhkybnva Feb 26, 2014 11:19 AM

    Roasted fennel with smoked paprika

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      vttp926 Feb 25, 2014 07:06 PM

      Finally this NOLA girl gets some king cake! Miss it a lot!

      1. fldhkybnva Feb 25, 2014 11:08 AM

        Garlic stuffed olives and another round of "big bowl of lettuce" seasoned with Penzey's Chili con Carne and Cholula hot sauce. btw suzigirl, I enjoyed this while snacking, you'll love it http://www.boredpanda.com/funny-cats-...

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          suzigirl Feb 25, 2014 04:28 PM

          You're right, I love it. Kitty in a wicker fish is the winner. Followed closely by kitty in the storage bin with eyeballs peering out the handle and orangie in a teapot. Adorable.

        2. fldhkybnva Feb 24, 2014 04:45 PM

          Crunchy PB...on a spoon!! I think there was some triple dipping. Good thing I'm the only one in this house at the moment.

          1. fldhkybnva Feb 22, 2014 10:19 AM

            An odd, yet very satisfying snack - fresh, super crisp, shredded Iceberg lettuce doused in Picallili relish and sprinkled with Badia

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              MrsPatmore Feb 22, 2014 10:26 AM

              Oh, I love piccalilli relish. Great idea for a snack, fldhkybnva. I just ate almost a whole jar (16 oz!) of homemade bread and butter pickles and now I'm noshing on cheddar flavor rice cakes

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                fldhkybnva Feb 22, 2014 10:44 AM

                Ooh yum! Pickles have been banned again here. I tried to have a jar last week to last a few days and it disappeared in a day. I'm still suffering refeeding bloat so probably for the better :)

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                suzigirl Feb 22, 2014 10:34 AM

                That snack has my fingerprints all over it. Too bad I can't have lettuce because that sounds like it would be good.

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                  fldhkybnva Feb 22, 2014 10:43 AM

                  I get the oddest cravings for lettuce. I guess it's cleansing. Sorry you can't partake :( my belly is now pooched out full of roughage...I forget that consequence sometimes.

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                    suzigirl Feb 22, 2014 10:46 AM

                    If it only pooched out my belly I would still participate. I actually dream of salads. Hehe, so silly.

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                      fldhkybnva Feb 22, 2014 10:51 AM

                      Not silly at all

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                        suzigirl Feb 22, 2014 12:57 PM

                        I was tempted the other night when we were having tacos. That sweet vegetal smell was mocking me while I cut it up for James. And then logic took over when I remembered nothingswrong curled up in a ball from a peanut butter sandwich. I put the brakes on that idea.

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                          MrsPatmore Feb 22, 2014 01:14 PM

                          I'm so sorry to hear of you folks with GI issues :-( I'd like to give you each a virtual hug . . .

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                            suzigirl Feb 22, 2014 01:25 PM

                            I will take that virtual hug and send one right back at ya. It really is hard to be so in love with food and have so many issues with digestion. I have been doing really well lately though. Cheers to that.

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                            nothingswrong Feb 22, 2014 05:53 PM

                            Mmm, lettuce. I ate a piece about 2 months ago. Just one little tender leaf of Boston lettuce atop a cheese sandwich. It was so good to eat something RAW and crunchy.

                            What I wouldn't give to face-dive into a gigantic bowl of greens and all the fixins from an old school salad bar. I dream about it. Normally I'm an oil/balsamic girl, but given the chance, I'd just glop the whole thing in ranch dressing.

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                              suzigirl Feb 23, 2014 01:21 PM

                              I dream of salad and corn. When (not if) we get better I am flying to Cali and we will split that gigantic salad. Either dressing is fine with me. I have to say it would be nice to eat a giant anything.
                              That was a nice treat to eat lettuce. I haven't had a bad attack in so long that I keep debating trying forbidden foods but my bf is very adamant about me not pushing it. Lucky for me I have listened so far. I have to take into account that I am not the only one involved in my illness. He is my nurse when I am sick.

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                                nothingswrong Feb 23, 2014 05:34 PM

                                Yes, I'll take you up on that offer! In boarding school, there was a salad bar with crispy chicken strips to add too; that's the salad of my dreams.

                                We will also eat popcorn and buttery sweet corn on the cob on the side.

                                Please don't push it. Let me do the pushing for the both of us. Ate some (cooked) spinach night before last and woke up sick yesterday. It really hit me around 2 PM. Spent the next 15 hours curled in a ball. Couldn't lie down, couldn't talk, or move. Just sitting curled in a ball with pain, nausea, heaves, lower GI issues, etc. Finally was able to lie down around 4 AM. Not fun.

                                Heading to the ER in a few, waiting for a ride. I somehow lost 3 lbs since yesterday morning. Need to go get "topped off," and some nausea meds so I can get some R&R. I'm utterly exhausted and weak.

                                Stay away from the greens suzigirl!

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                                  suzigirl Feb 23, 2014 06:15 PM

                                  OH NO. Not the dreaded hospital again. You know they never just top you off and send you home. That's just how they are. They like to keep you at least overnight. We know that and are all too familiar.
                                  You shouldn't be pushing it either. We both need to cyber pinky swear that we won't eat our trigger foods until our docs say so. Everything you say is so familiar. Even the simple act of speaking or moving causes such distress and leads to a retching fit. I have to lie flat on my back in a pitch dark room with the air off and no fan. It is too much stimulation. It zapps everything we have in reserve and weakens you for days. I feel your pain.
                                  I am so sorry you had a setback again. I feel good that you have been doing so much better and I have all kinds of hope that we can do this with a little encouragement and discouragement( like no greens) to each other. We can be each others support system.

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                                    nothingswrong Feb 24, 2014 01:21 AM

                                    Woot, I'm home! It's 1 AM, not too shabby. They had me in and out pretty quick. I hate to say it, but ever since I got this picc line in, things get expedited in the ER. I have an infection that keeps coming back and we can't figure it out. My doctor looked EXACTLY like Lucy Liu. She did a really thorough exam of my entire body, prophylactic IV antibiotics (because of my crappy immune system + the picc line), plus multiple blood cultures, labs, etc. I also had a super hot murse with dimples taking care of me.

                                    Boyfriend rushed in on the motorcycle just as they were discharging me. To his credit, I didn't tell him I was going. Must. Shield. Boyfriend. From. ER. Horror.

                                    Suzi, I will take your virtual pinky swear. I eat spinach probably every other week. It was one of the only veggies on my safe list. The last couple times, it's left me feeling progressively worse, so I guess it's time to cross it off the list :(

                                    Your description of being sick... ugh... My happy place is in the bathtub. No plug in the drain, I just squat in front of the faucet and let the water run over me, put my head down, close my eyes. Sometimes I fall asleep in there, cold water and all. The shivering helps a lot with nausea, even though it's super uncomfortable to be that cold. I feel safe in there--no matter what comes out of me (and from where) it'll be contained. TMI but true. I have to be sitting upright, curled in a ball, knees to chest when I'm sick. Can't lay down.

                                    Anyway glad to be home! No real answers, and a whole purse full of antibiotics and antifungals I'm supposed to start on tonight. Ugh.

                                    Thanks for commiserating, lady!

                                    Before Chow shuts me down: what I'm snacking on right now... This morning I anticipated that I'd be feeling icky and wanting something bland at some point tonight. I prepped a loaf of Italian bread. Baked off a boule. Ate a few slices just now with the bf, slathered with margarine (!) and it was perfect. Sipping on a Coca Cola. Watching home renovation shows. Ready for bed. The rest of the boule is going to be sliced and frozen for the toaster.

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                                      suzigirl Feb 24, 2014 02:01 PM

                                      I can't believe that you got in and out of the ER that quickly. That never happens. I didn't know a picc line got you put ahead. I did however find out the hard way that a heart attack gets you seen first. I also found out that when having chest pains that joking with the boyfriend about how many people have seen your boobs isn't as funny out loud as it is in your head. He was so serious. I hear you about shielding the bf as much as you can but I know it really pissed my man off the time I did it. Sometimes we just don't need the added stress of them worrying too.
                                      That is difficult to hear that you are having a reoccurring infection along with your evisting issues. Hopefully Lucy Liu cracked the code on the chemical cocktail and this time you shake it off. Antibiotics are so hard on your system.

                                      And, my pledge...

                                      I, suzigirl virtually pinky swear with nothingswrong that I will avoid trigger foods at all cost no matter how they mock me. I will continue to avoid them until a dr gives me the okay. :-)

                                      And to also stay on topic, I am having a cup of beef noodle soup from a local deli. It's kind of like a spaghetti soup. Quite tasty.

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                                        nothingswrong Feb 24, 2014 04:42 PM

                                        Yeah well I think this ER is sick of seeing me, so they just try and get me in and out fast :)

                                        I've been known to unplug my IV once I'm feeling better and saunter out the back exit. I know that is super evil, but sometimes I just get the urge for some fresh air and can't wait another 2 hours for someone to discharge me.

                                        What brought on the heart attacks, if I may ask? Was it related to your stomach at all? Sounds awful; glad you are still with us!!!

                                        I, nothingswrong, take suzigirl's virtual pinky swear. "Just say no."

                                        To stay on topic: I have been on an epic quest as of last night at 2 AM to find some cookie-biscuits from my childhood. They looked like tea biscuits but were a tad sweeter and flavored like vanilla. I remember they came in a roll. My nanny bought them for me, and we ate them most afternoons in the park. The cookies were always hidden from the rest of the family.

                                        After some sampling this morning and about 4 hours of internet research, I've decided they must have been Mother's Marias, which are no longer made. I am SOOOOOO BUMMED. Nothing else will end this craving I've been having. Plan this week is to contact the old nanny and confirm if this was the brand. Obviously I have a lot of time on my hands.

                                        So what I'm snacking on: Several varieties of cookies and biscuits which are not what I want them to be. Iced espresso. Painting ma nails.

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                                          nothingswrong Feb 24, 2014 04:44 PM

                                          This is the only photo of said cookies I can even find on the interwebs

                                           
                                          1. re: nothingswrong
                                            suzigirl Feb 25, 2014 10:28 AM

                                            I understand wanting to get out of there as quickly as possible. Last time I was there I had the opposite thing happen to me. Bf was at home asleep and they released me at 6 am. They said the paperwork wouldn't go through til at least 8. I had to have a volunteer wait with me in the lobby til James got there.
                                            To answer your question about my heart, it is not stomach related. I have prinzmetal angina. Just a bad ticker to add to my medical collection. :-)
                                            I hope that you find your cookies and that they are as good as you remember. I found a Publix brand ice cream a while back that I hadn't had in years that was a scoop of memories on a spoon. I bet your nanny will be glad that she gave you such a wonderful memory.
                                            And for a snack I am heading over to a local take out for fried dumplings. They make a 5 piece that is just the right size.

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                                              nothingswrong Feb 25, 2014 01:12 PM

                                              Maybe it's just me, but I seriously can't get out of the ER fast enough. Or the hospital after a lengthy stay. I literally start crawling the walls. Anxiety, much? I just want to go home, shower the nastiness off of me, and get comfy.

                                              Sorry to hear about your ticker. Sometimes I wonder if I just had ONE health problem, would it all be more tolerable? I'd like to think so. But of course, all good things come in threes (or twelves? twenties?).

                                              What kind of dumplings do you get?

                                              What I'm snacking on: Made some scones. Was drizzling in the cream but it had that weird smell dairy products sometimes get. It didn't expire for another 2 months (it was ultra-pasteurized) but it grossed me out so I started over again. Only had whole milk, so they are "milk scones" but surprisingly tasty and tender nonetheless.

                                              Half the batch with cinnamon chips, half the batch with raspberry "jammy bits" from KAF. I'm obsessed.

                                              Iced espresso for drinking.

                                              1. re: nothingswrong
                                                suzigirl Feb 25, 2014 04:19 PM

                                                I haven't ever attempted scones. I am not much of a baker... too many rules. Those scones sound very good.
                                                I hear you loud and clear about getting out of the hospital and showering. Every time I have been there I can't get a dr to approve a shower. I came really close to showering anyway when I was there for four days but couldn't convince myself to break the rules. But even if it is a three hour stay I need to wash off the experience.
                                                I got the pork and shrimp dumplings. They have an order of 6 now and I didn't make it. I love them because they make the wrappers from scratch and they are slightly thick and chewy.

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                                                  nothingswrong Feb 25, 2014 06:24 PM

                                                  Ever since finding this recipe from Smitten Kitchen, I make scones probably once a week. Usually with 1/2 and 1/2 instead of cream and they're perfect: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2006/1...

                                                  They are so perfect for me--bland enough to eat when I don't feel good and of course full of carb-y goodness. Bf loves them for breakfast in the car.

                                                  That is crazy about not letting you shower. What is the reasoning behind that, I wonder? When I was in the hospital last month, I kept asking for a shower but they were too busy to accommodate. So the next day, my mom came down (her office is one floor up) with some Tegaderm and shampoo and taped my picc line off and herded me in there. I love her.

                                                  Nothing worse than feeling dirty and gross in the hospital.

                                                  I have never had a dumpling! Or a potsticker or anything of the sort. My Asian friends tell me to eat dumplings and congee when I feel ill.

                                                  That sounds lovely though with homemade wrappers.

                                                  What I'm snacking on now: Aside from aforementioned scones, I have an out-of-control sweet tooth the last week or two. I have been eating lots of chocolate Pocky sticks after being reminded of them from this thread. About to make some carrot chips, which are also a new regular in the snack routine: Carrots sliced very thin, tossed with OO, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and some chipotle pepper. Roasted at 425 until crispy. OH YUUUM.

                                                   
                                                   
                  2. MrsPatmore Feb 20, 2014 11:22 AM

                    Aldi's honey goat cheese smeared on salted sundried tomatoes. It was good, but I've still got room. As it happens, yesterday a friend from school gave me some coconut-mango sticky rice that her mom made (her mom is Filipino and a great cook). So that's what I'm going to snack on next.

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                      fldhkybnva Feb 20, 2014 11:25 AM

                      I'm finally going to Aldi's tomorrow! I'm quite excited.

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                        MrsPatmore Feb 22, 2014 01:10 PM

                        fldhkybnva, did you make it to Aldi's? I'm hoping to go there tomorrow. I'm running dangerously low on snacks here. LOL

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                      itsmejessica Feb 16, 2014 06:03 PM

                      a few slices of hard salami with goat cheese and mild banana peppers rolled together mmmm ,salty goodness.

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                        vttp926 Feb 16, 2014 05:48 PM

                        Well my dessert is a snack size. A yummy snack size Mexican bread that has the sugar topping like the concha but filled with strawberry jam and a flatter shape. Wish I had taken a pic before I cut it and ate 1/2.

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                          vttp926 Feb 16, 2014 05:50 PM

                          And I forgot accompanied with a cup of soda xi muoi aka salty plum drink.

                        2. MrsPatmore Feb 16, 2014 05:35 PM

                          I'm snacking on overly-ripe bananas, sprinkled with sea salt. (Don't dismiss this salt-on-banana until you've tried it!)

                          I'm also eyeing some goat cheese in my fridge, but not sure what I'm going to do to it, yet.

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                            suzigirl Feb 16, 2014 05:43 PM

                            I used to get the honey banana coins at my local thai place that was banana slices wrapped in spring roll wrappers, drizzled with honey syrup and sesame seeds. I salted them to give it the sweet/salty thing. They were awesome.

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                              nothingswrong Feb 16, 2014 06:02 PM

                              Oh, I see you love your salt too :)

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                              nothingswrong Feb 16, 2014 01:37 PM

                              I have a new addiction. It can't be stopped.

                              Every single day the last 2 weeks, I've felt the need to eat 2 giant slices of sourdough, toasted, spread with margarine, and drizzled SUPER liberally with honey.

                              The margarine is a throwback... mom never ate butter and gave us margarine on everything. I tried the sourdough with butter, but went out and got a tub of margarine instead. It's just not the same.

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                                suzigirl Feb 16, 2014 02:58 PM

                                Certain things just have to have margarine. It is a nod to the old days when mom "buttered" our sandwiches as a kid for me. I have to have some margarine on my sandwich to this day. I totally relate.

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                                  nothingswrong Feb 16, 2014 05:59 PM

                                  Interesting! Yes, I actually had no idea what I thought was "butter" wasn't butter until I went off to boarding school. We were given butter with our toast in the morning and I remember going "God, what is this crap?"

                                  I also like margarine on noodles sometimes, but don't usually have it in the house.

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                                  MrsPatmore Feb 16, 2014 05:33 PM

                                  I respect your urge for margarine, but I've had the totally opposite experience . . . we only had margarine growing up (never real butter). Now that I'm in charge of my groceries, only real butter will suffice!

                                  I would love to eat 2 slices of sourdough, toasted extremely dark (black), and slavered with butter and honey. Oh my

                                  The only thing that I would add is coarse sea salt.

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                                    nothingswrong Feb 16, 2014 06:01 PM

                                    I loved "burnt" toast. My Greek grandfather would only eat BLACK bread. When we'd go to restaurants, he'd send the bread back 2 or 3 times to have them toast it again. The servers always looked horrified.

                                    At home, I like my bread with a tinge of black on the edges.

                                    And I do add sea salt to the sourdough/honey! Coarse grind. Sometimes I am too heavy handed with it though, so I've been omitting the last day or two. I love salt.

                                3. suzigirl Feb 15, 2014 10:15 AM

                                  Sultan brand Halal beef bologna. A client gave me a pound because her son got a bunch when a trucking delivery was refused. I am just eating it dipped in yellow mustard and having a small chunk of aged provolone cheese and tropical punch Koolaid.

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                                    fldhkybnva Feb 15, 2014 10:38 AM

                                    Wow, bologna it's been so long.

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                                      suzigirl Feb 15, 2014 10:48 AM

                                      For me too. But I couldn't refuse trying something new. I just hope I can get more. James is really a fan. I want to try it with a little cream cheese but I fear he will finish it before I am ready to snack on it again. That's the price of poker.

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                                        nothingswrong Feb 16, 2014 01:35 PM

                                        Me too. Haven't had bologna since the ol' Oscar Meyer days.

                                    2. fldhkybnva Feb 12, 2014 05:23 PM

                                      Can of tuna mixed with Wegmans Thai peanut sauce. They have been showcasing Asian-style sauces recently and I bought this on a whim, it's very tasty.

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                                        vttp926 Feb 8, 2014 07:09 PM

                                        Lay's wavy Roasted Garlic and Sea salt chips with some french onion dip

                                        1. fldhkybnva Feb 8, 2014 10:26 AM

                                          Can of tun mixed with TJs guilt-free guacamole and marinated spicy garlic cloves

                                          1. MrsPatmore Feb 2, 2014 12:25 PM

                                            I've been super busy lately but finally found time to get down to some serious snacking today. Whole wheat flour tortillas charred black - and I mean black like I prefer my toast, totally burned - then spread with refried beans, shredded jack cheese, and covered with a TON of pickled jalapenos. Broiled for a couple of minutes to melt the cheese. Like a tostada, I guess, but the tortilla is charred black, not fried. Fresh cilantro to finish! Oh, and a blob of plain Greek yogurt because we're out of sour cream. I *had* some Stonewall Pineapple Salsa but decided it was too sweet, and discarded it. Now I wish that I had a bit of that sweet salsa to complement the fire of the jalapenos!

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                                              suzigirl Feb 2, 2014 12:34 PM

                                              We are kindred spirits. I love burnt toast and tortillas. And I mean burnt, too. Don't give me that mamby pamby tan crap, burn it. I never seem to get a server to believe me in a restaurant either. Do you hunt out the burnt chips and pretzels too?

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                                                MrsPatmore Feb 2, 2014 06:16 PM

                                                Yeah, for sure. I love me a good BURNT anything . . . I just took a couple of Sicilian eggplants out of the oven. I roasted them at 500F until they were totally charred. (Most people would throw them out at this point). Oh no, in my mind, this is perfect! Get rid of the skins, then throw in a food processor with a bit of garlic, lemon juice, tahini and some fresh parsley to finish . . . um, just give me a spoon! LOL

                                            2. suzigirl Feb 2, 2014 10:11 AM

                                              Self explanatory...

                                               
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                                                fldhkybnva Feb 2, 2014 10:16 AM

                                                perfect! It's national tator tots day in case you needed another fix.

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                                                  suzigirl Feb 2, 2014 10:25 AM

                                                  Really? I may have to make tater tot casserole tonight. Damn I love that trashy stuff.

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                                                    fldhkybnva Feb 2, 2014 10:30 AM

                                                    Indeed http://foodimentary.com/2013/02/02/fe.... I must admit I keep that cheese dip out of the house...it is prone to be inhaled.

                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva
                                                      suzigirl Feb 2, 2014 11:14 AM

                                                      It gets inhaled here,too. I love that junk so much. I would eat it on a flip flop if I thought I could.

                                              2. fldhkybnva Feb 2, 2014 06:42 AM

                                                Mixed olives! I've always hated them but this past Friday we had a catered lunch from a Greek restaurant at work and I gave them another try and am in love! Thank goodness for the Whole Foods olive bar!

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                                                  suzigirl Feb 2, 2014 08:47 AM

                                                  I can't believe you have missed out this long on the true pleasure that a great brined olive has. Welcome to the dark side.

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                                                    fldhkybnva Feb 2, 2014 08:53 AM

                                                    I know!! I think I had only had the sliced ones used on standard run of the mill pizzas. I'm hooked. I don't even care about the sodium :) Of course there are a million varieties, so my bobble head will be buying them all over the place.

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                                                  vttp926 Jan 29, 2014 02:22 PM

                                                  New favorite snack: Trader Joe's marinated mushrooms with garlic. What was I thinking only get 2 jars? I need to make a return trip very very soon!

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                                                    fldhkybnva Jan 29, 2014 02:27 PM

                                                    Wow, we think a like. I just plopped on the couch with the jar.

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                                                      vttp926 Jan 29, 2014 04:44 PM

                                                      I wanted to eat the whole jar but I gotta ration them out because who knows when I will get to go to Trader Joe's. My next scheduled visit isn't until May. I doubt I will last that long but already said because I want my chili mangoes and they didn't have it last time.

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                                                        fldhkybnva Jan 29, 2014 05:37 PM

                                                        Oh wow mine never even last the week. I usually inhale them in a day or two and then go without until the next week. I am only allowed to buy 2 jars at a time, otherwise I'd spend a fortune.

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                                                          vttp926 Jan 30, 2014 05:30 AM

                                                          Mine wouldn't either if I hadn't been forgetting that I had them. I gotta ration all my Trader Joe's items since they are pretty much elusive for me to get to.

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                                                    nothingswrong Jan 27, 2014 06:42 PM

                                                    Can't find it in the thread, but whoever told me to try chocolate-dipped Barnum's Animal Crackers, thank you.

                                                    I was making a cheesecake the other night and had all this melted white and dark chocolate left over from garnishing.

                                                    Couldn't let it go to waste, so I broke out the animal crackers. And then I found some Peanut Butter Ritz sandwiches in the back of the cupboard, so I broke those out too. Things got weird after that.

                                                    Ended up on the couch at 1 AM with the animal crackers in one hand and a piping bag full of melted dark chocolate in the other hand. It was heaven (no photos, too ashamed, chocolate all over face).

                                                    Thanks for the tip!

                                                     
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                                                    1. re: nothingswrong
                                                      suzigirl Jan 28, 2014 08:56 AM

                                                      Those look so good. I can't remember the thread either but i remember the conversation. I think it was a thread about food(grins sheepishly).

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                                                        suzigirl Jan 28, 2014 02:29 PM

                                                        I found it. It was Brilynn on late night food inventions.

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                                                          nothingswrong Jan 28, 2014 03:44 PM

                                                          Wow, nice.

                                                          Well, thanks Brilynn, you helped me achieve my daily sugar/carb quota the other day :)

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                                                            brilynn79 Jan 28, 2014 07:38 PM

                                                            You are welcome! Amazing combo, now I want some:)

                                                      2. EWSflash Jan 27, 2014 06:12 PM

                                                        An avocado, halved, pitted, with the divot filled with lime juice, salt, and fresh ground pepper. Que ensalada!

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                                                          suzigirl Jan 28, 2014 08:52 AM

                                                          I love that. It's so good and light.

                                                        2. fldhkybnva Jan 27, 2014 05:13 PM

                                                          Can of sockeye salmon with Piccalilli relish. I might hide my face in shame but it's really good.

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                                                            suzigirl Jan 28, 2014 08:50 AM

                                                            That sounds like a weirdly good combo. I bet bf would like that use of picalilli.

                                                          2. MrsPatmore Jan 26, 2014 05:03 PM

                                                            Sweet, salty, spicy Cajun snack/trail mix from Aldi's. Geez Louise, I need to stay away from that store!!! Someone on this board recommended the Aldi's honey goat cheese. Well, that didn't even last long enough for me to take a photo!

                                                             
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                                                              nothingswrong Jan 26, 2014 09:27 PM

                                                              Ooh, flavored trail mix. Evil.

                                                            2. suzigirl Jan 26, 2014 01:35 PM

                                                              Walkers tomato ketchup crisps. I love that these have no weird food coloring to stain your fingers.

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                                                                suzigirl Jan 26, 2014 01:40 PM

                                                                OOPS. I forgot the pic

                                                                 
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                                                                  fldhkybnva Jan 26, 2014 01:44 PM

                                                                  Where'd you find those?

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                                                                    suzigirl Jan 27, 2014 08:16 AM

                                                                    A place called Scottish Corners. A place specializing in British/Scottish/Irish treats.

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                                                                      fldhkybnva Jan 27, 2014 10:39 AM

                                                                      I love to browse the British aisle at Wegmans.

                                                              2. fldhkybnva Jan 23, 2014 05:49 PM

                                                                Chia seeds in Orange Ginger Skyr

                                                                1. fldhkybnva Jan 22, 2014 07:32 AM

                                                                  ATK radio, slides, a microscope and braised collard greens tossed with wasabi almonds.

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                                                                    nothingswrong Jan 21, 2014 02:31 PM

                                                                    Snacking on some of these. Anyone tried them?

                                                                    Bought on impulse at the grocery store and find them strangely addictive. Been bastardizing the hell out of nachos and smothering these things in cheese, grilled veggies, seasonings, and balsamic glaze.

                                                                    Shh, don't tell that nacho thread.

                                                                     
                                                                     
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                                                                      suzigirl Jan 21, 2014 02:41 PM

                                                                      I haven't even seen those' They look yummy

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                                                                        vttp926 Jan 21, 2014 07:14 PM

                                                                        Those are really yummy! I like the Mediterranean Herb. We almost always have those with a cheeseball when we bring them into work for food days. Man why didn't I think to bring a cheeseball for Thursday's work food day??? Oh well too late since I already bought the paper products I said I would bring in.

                                                                      2. suzigirl Jan 21, 2014 01:55 PM

                                                                        A delicious strawberry fruit bar

                                                                         
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                                                                          fldhkybnva Jan 21, 2014 02:01 PM

                                                                          I can send you a lot of icicles! I hope you're enjoying warm weather :) My mom loves those things btw. It's great for her. It's a treat she has always loved and can eat on her prescribed soft food diet.

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                                                                            suzigirl Jan 21, 2014 02:39 PM

                                                                            Send those icicles. I would love them.

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                                                                            nothingswrong Jan 21, 2014 02:27 PM

                                                                            I love the banana ones! Such a treat when I was a kid.

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                                                                              suzigirl Jan 21, 2014 02:40 PM

                                                                              I haven't seen the banana ones. I am trying the pineapple next time.

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                                                                              Sra. Swanky Jan 21, 2014 06:08 PM

                                                                              Yum! There's a great brand called Outshine and they came out with seasonal flavors. The last one I tried was blood orange. So good!

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                                                                                suzigirl Jan 22, 2014 03:32 PM

                                                                                Mmmm...blood orange. Bet that was good.

                                                                            3. fldhkybnva Jan 20, 2014 02:06 PM

                                                                              Whole artichoke hearts!!! The hospital salad bar has these addicting artichoke hearts and I've searched all over but could never find jarred whole, not quartered, hearts (there's something about popping the whole thing in my mouth that I like) until today!

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                                                                                nothingswrong Jan 19, 2014 08:32 PM

                                                                                Homemade jalapeno cheddar crackers.

                                                                                This was like the most inefficient use of my baking time ever, but yielded tasty results.

                                                                                Roasted jalapenos, chopped and mixed with butter and shredded medium cheddar. Add salt and flour and knead into a dough. Roll very thin, sliced with a pasta cutter (xmas gift from mom), and baked 'til crispy.

                                                                                It was time consuming. But during baking, my whole house smelled like a jalapeno popper meets mac and cheese. Yum.

                                                                                 
                                                                                 
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                                                                                  fldhkybnva Jan 19, 2014 08:59 PM

                                                                                  Impressive!

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                                                                                  itsmejessica Jan 19, 2014 07:02 PM

                                                                                  Homemade creamy mushroom soup topped with goat cheese and crispy bacon.

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                                                                                    fldhkybnva Jan 19, 2014 07:08 PM

                                                                                    Yum!

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                                                                                      itsmejessica Jan 19, 2014 07:15 PM

                                                                                      Oh it is delish. mushrooms cooked in bacon fat with garlic, onions and celery, thyme and salt pepper a little chicken broth, heavy cream all blended up till smooth topped with bacon and goat cheese,
                                                                                      husband hates soup so I only make a little but its so simple easy.

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                                                                                        fldhkybnva Jan 19, 2014 08:59 PM

                                                                                        Wow I love nearly everything in that soup! I always save mushroom stems and this would be a great way to use them.

                                                                                  2. fldhkybnva Jan 19, 2014 06:35 PM

                                                                                    Thick chopped romaine lettuce and spinach dipped in a bowl dipped in Picallili. I don't know what's wrong with me but for 2 weeks I have to have a bowl of lettuce at least once a day and suzigirl have me the great idea for a new dip option tonight.

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                                                                                      nothingswrong Jan 19, 2014 07:00 PM

                                                                                      Could it be the water in the lettuce? What ever happened with the swelling?

                                                                                      Your snack sounds yummy (and healthy).

                                                                                      I used to love romaine hearts with a little dish of thick vinaigrette for dipping as a kid.

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                                                                                        fldhkybnva Jan 19, 2014 07:07 PM

                                                                                        I can inhale a whole bag of lettuce with some mustard or balsamic :)

                                                                                        I find it very refreshing which could be because for once in my life I'm always hot. The water retention is better than last week. I had a full work up on Friday. The worst part now that I'm getting used to the madness is the stares and comments from others. The "hmm you look different" or "why do you look so fat all of a sudden" are not very welcome. :) I'm hoping it continues to improve or we find a solution. I'm on a mild diuretic so maybe that will provide some comfort at least.

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                                                                                          nothingswrong Jan 19, 2014 08:03 PM

                                                                                          Could this all be hormonal? Or a baby fldhkybnva in the works...?

                                                                                          When I started TPN, my fingers swelled up so large overnight, a team of nurses had to cut my rings off. My fingers were purple.

                                                                                          And then the worst swelling was actually in my face. It was like I had little water balloons fill up under my eyes. They literally squished around if you poked them.

                                                                                          It went away after the first week, but even now, if I infuse overnight and sleep on one side without moving, that side of my face will be slightly swollen in the morning. It's very bizarre.

                                                                                          Yes, lettuce + balsamic! I've never been a fan of mustard though.

                                                                                          Another favorite as a kid and teen was cold fusilli pasta dipped in Italian dressing. I think I first discovered it on a family trip to Souplantation (ever been there?!) and adored it.

                                                                                          Also, black olives from a can.

                                                                                          And pickles.

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                                                                                            fldhkybnva Jan 19, 2014 08:58 PM

                                                                                            The ER confirmed I'm it preggers :) the current opinion is that it's refeesing related to not eating much for nearly 3-4 weeks due to that nasty stomach virus. With that comes hormonal changes apparently which could explain the sweating! The swelling is interesting. Actually I ran into my favorite grocery cashier this morning and he was so confused "I'm not used to seeing your face so puffy but uh it's really mostly on the right side" which of course is the side I sleep on. Your fingers sound like my legs last week, I gave up on shoes for most of the day.

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                                                                                              nothingswrong Jan 19, 2014 09:48 PM

                                                                                              Ohh. Refeeding syndrome.

                                                                                              Well that nasty bug certainly has had a profound effect on your poor body!

                                                                                              Toss around in your sleep to spread out that swelling. It makes a big difference for me.

                                                                                              Have you tried compression stockings? I don't even know if those are recommended for edema but my dad gave me a pair a while back for orthostatic hypotension. They didn't help at all but they were sure funny to hang out around the house in. I wonder if they'd help with the feet swelling.

                                                                                              What a PITA. Hope you get all back to normal soon.

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                                                                                                fldhkybnva Jan 20, 2014 07:09 AM

                                                                                                Thanks! I used to be a wailer of a sleeper but have calmed down with age. I do wake up occasionally so will try to remember to shift around. This yhibg is awful but I'm trying to be positive that'll it'll work itself out soon but the doctor says it can be months for the body to readjust.

                                                                                                I actually have multiple pairs of compression stockings from med school (low blood pressure doesn't jive well with surgery). I wore them so much they all are missing feet so now would be a good time to buy some new ones!

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                                                                                                  nothingswrong Jan 20, 2014 01:35 PM

                                                                                                  Yes, I recall my dad saying many of the surgeons at his hospital wear them. My mom is a surgeon and does a lot of (incidental) facial reconstructive work--8+ hours standing.

                                                                                                  She had worn the stockings back when she first started but now she just struggles with the pressure on her knees and ankles. She's 61.

                                                                                                  Well, god willing you'll get back to normal. The whole thing is a nightmare but at least it seems to be getting better slowly. It's interesting to see your progression, given my whole post-infectious gastroparesis issues. My GI is still holding hope that one day I will begin to spontaneously recover. It's been 9 years; I don't see it happening, but I do like seeing it with you. If I start to puff up one of these days and crave salad greens and TJ's cheddar, I'll know things are looking up :)

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                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Jan 20, 2014 02:05 PM

                                                                                                    Yea, I never would have thought that a stomach virus would turn into months of recuperation :) My Mom Mom was always my biggest supporter and a huge source of comfort. Unfortunately, she passed away in the midst of all of this but I talk to her everyday to send me some of her strength. As she always would tell me "this too shall pass." I'm getting used to the body warp so that's good but would like to see my old body again, I feel like I've wasted decades lifting weight only to turn into a Michelin woman in weeks and still be struggling with belly issues. As I type, I have a Buddha belly which is still hanging around even several hours after lunch. You'd think the body would crave something else when it decides to like food again...like uh Cheetos or donuts, but all I want is fruit, veggies and meat however that's how I've always been so my old self seems to be truly coming back. I can imagine it's hard for you to maintain hope, but while I've seen crazy insane, devastating diseases at Hopkins, I've also seen more than a few true miracles and unexpected recoveries.

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                                                                                                      nothingswrong Jan 20, 2014 02:34 PM

                                                                                                      I know about your grandma, that was so terrible to hear. I don't think I said it before, but I'm sorry for your loss!

                                                                                                      It's good you still take comfort in speaking with (and thinking of) her. My last living grandmother lives across the country and was just diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer, which she's refusing treatment for. She's on oxygen 24/7. We talk on the phone but mostly write old-fashioned letters to one another. I send her photos of my dogs and she'll reply with a 2 dollar bill.

                                                                                                      Continue to listen to your body and treat it well, no matter what it looks like. I really believe our bodies tell us things--what they want to eat, drink, when they want to rest, etc. Many people are not in tune with these cues. But your body is obviously craving nutrition and lots of it, and that's a good thing. It's using food to heal itself!

                                                                                                      I wish often that my stomach of all things wasn't what is messed up; prior to all of this I embarked on an almost psychotic food-based recovery. It was very regimented, cutting out all processed stuff, no flour, sugar, etc. I was following a vegan macrobiotics based diet. I had been on immunosuppressant meds for almost 10 years at that point for Graves Disease (diagnosed at 14) which was out of control and not responding well to conventional treatment.

                                                                                                      Anyway, the food really seemed to help with any symptoms I had and somewhere in there I was able to get off of medication (including the heart medication for tachycardia).

                                                                                                      Now with the chronic malnutrition, I often feel I could heal myself with whole foods--leafy greens and fruits, nuts, seeds, and some meat. But I cannot stomach any of it. It's supremely frustrating. Often times, the more processed the food, the better I feel in terms of nausea, but I am totally cachectic. Was diagnosed as "adult failure to thrive" last year.

                                                                                                      I didn't know you were at Hopkins; my brother just finished his PhD there and went to work for NIH. He is determined to find a "cure" for gastroparesis, aww, gotta love that.

                                                                                                      I am told by friends who attended Hopkins years ago that Baltimore is full of amazing food!

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                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Jan 20, 2014 02:47 PM

                                                                                                        Thank you, she was a wonderful woman. When I get sad, which unfortunately is often, I just remind myself that she lived a very full life right up until the last day she died and passed peacefully in her sleep. Oh wow, your grandmother sounds similar to mine, must be the generation :) I'm sorry to hear that she is ill. My grandmother also refused treatment for many diseases some of which she lived with for decades including breast cancer and a blocked coronary artery. For years my other grandmother who is still living would send $1 for every holiday, she's now upgraded to $100 checks, but I really do miss those single bills.

                                                                                                        "Many people are not in tune with these cues." - I'm a classic introvert and on the OCD spectrum so I notice even minute changes in my environment including my own skin. It's funny you mention this as people will laugh at me as I sit around pondering "darn why do I keep craving vinegar" and then read articles for hours to figure it out. I did find a plausible explanation for this related to acid/base balance and protein intake which I found fascinating, but as you say many people are not in tune to these things and don't pay attention. I guess it's a blessing and a curse that I do notice - I know how my swelling varies in every extremity on a daily basis whereas the rest of the world concludes that it looks the same - "but no no, yesterday that vein was hidden and today it's visible, it's different!"

                                                                                                        Wow, congratulations to your brother. I'm not sure my mother has accepted that as a pathologist I am not planning to find a cure for MS. It's a task for people with more patience than me :)

                                                                                                        Even if you can't eat all the nice green nutritious stuff, it seems like maybe you can still nibble on the not so "healthy" stuff which makes for great snacks and all of your wonderful posts here. I'm thinking of making those crackers for SO, he loves cheez-its and loves jalapenos.

                                                                                                        Baltimore is great and an emerging foodie town! It doesn't always get the respect it deserves and the local board here on Chow is a wasteland with minimal activity which is unfortunate. There are so many hole-in-the-wall restaurants that are outstanding. This city is so down-to-earth and unpretentious, and as I'm not one for much pomp and circumstance, I love it.

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                                                                                                          nothingswrong Jan 20, 2014 04:58 PM

                                                                                                          Our grandmothers do sound similar. Mine lives across the country but I've always felt a special kinship with her. I wish wish wish she would move here to LA; I would insist she live in my house. She adores animals but can't take care of one anymore, and I know my 2 dogs would make excellent companions.

                                                                                                          It's funny about the $1 thing. My grandma will drive all the way to this tiny family-owned bank and make it her big excursion of the day to get me a crisp, never-used $2 bill. I love it. I probably have hundreds of them stockpiled from the last 20 years.

                                                                                                          I am also on the OCD spectrum; I had never thought of that being why I'm so "in tune" with my body. It is a blessing and a curse, as you say. Especially now with my stomach and intestines doing all sorts of crazy things. I often wonder if my nausea is exacerbated by my noticing every grumble, rumble, and pain. Incidentally, "borborygmi" is like the coolest word ever.

                                                                                                          Care to explain further the vinegar craving?! I have had that for many years. I crave balsamic vinegar specifically and eat it daily. When I do make vinaigrettes, a 1:1 ratio of vinegar/oil is required, and for dipping bread, it's more like 3:1 vinegar/oil.

                                                                                                          I'm very proud of my brother. He seemed to be the "cool" slacker guy at Hopkins. More or less straight A's in his classes, but lots of partying and procrastination. He originally went to business school but changed to public health and now is taking his MCATs while working full time at NIH. He's changed his area of focus several times too, from AIDS/HIV to obesity/diabetes education to cancer research (what he's doing now). I'm not sure if he'll follow through with the gastroparesis/motility disorders study but it would be pretty awesome to have a family member advocate for me in that way!

                                                                                                          I've had quite a few friends and family who attended Hopkins, and several who just grew up in Baltimore and inevitably they mention the food. My brother ate (and drank) like a king. Discovered soft shell crabs and all the fresh seafood, and took up cooking in his second year of college. Prior to that he couldn't make spaghetti, but now he does full on multi-course French meals for friends.

                                                                                                          My uncle went to Hopkins for med school back in the 60s or 70s. His favorite story to tell is about his little TV. My grandfather sent him a television for his dorm room (rarity for grandpa to spend that kinda loot) and my uncle set it up--ecstatic--and put the box out in the hall to take to the garbage, then went to class. Came back later that day and someone had stolen the TV!

                                                                                                          This repeated 4 times in 2 years.

                                                                                                          If you try the crackers, use a sharp cheddar. I'd made them before with a good sharp and they were delicious, but yesterday accidentally picked up a medium and they are not cheesy enough. Also, I always have to bake longer than the recipe stated for them to crisp up. After sitting overnight, they are even more crispy, just like Cheez-its.

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                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Jan 20, 2014 07:19 PM

                                                                                                            You reminded me the $1 bills and the darn saving bonds!!! I think my parents have dozen at home in the safe box. I read a great book on introverts which explains what that actually means and also discusses aspects of OCD and anxiety. In general, these people are very sensitive to their environment and thus are more likely to be stressed about things because they notice them. As I explain to my very extroverted mother - it's not that I don't like people or parties, I do. It's just that I hear every noise, feel every temperature change, see every change in lighting and after a while it gets overwhelming and I need quiet time alone to recharge my batteries. But, she doesn't notice any o fit so it doesn't bother her. You can't be OCD if you don't notice the chairs are misaligned.

                                                                                                            Wow!! I thought I was the only one who made vinaigrette with more vinegar than oil. It's been my secret for years, I'm embarrassed to admit it and often drink vinegar. I'm not sure if it's true but it made sense to me that if your acid/base balance is off, that is, you are too acidic, you will crave acidic substance which via metabolism are converted to alkaline substances which raise the pH. This made sense to me as I go days without many carbs and am often probably ketotic meaning my serum is likely very acidic. It's probably all hocus pocus but I do think there must be some reason I crave something that literally can burn.

                                                                                                            The TV story is so Baltimore. I actually had a neighbor knock on my door to let me know that it wasn't safe to have planted flowers out front around Mother's Day because people would steal them. It's even more hilarious that the park benches read "Baltimore - Charm City." It does have it's charm but it's a rough place and not sure and with the city had more means with which to really invest in the community and help the families that have lived here for generations.

                                                                                                            The crackers sound perfect! I'm sure that TJs cheddar will work well!

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                                                                                                              nothingswrong Jan 20, 2014 10:31 PM

                                                                                                              I understand all of that about being introverted, noticing the small details, etc. My boyfriend is quite introverted as well, and he is super in tune with his body but not so much with his surroundings.

                                                                                                              For years now people comment that I always seem to be "in the right place at the right time" to witness so many odd things. IMO it's not luck or chance, but rather I'm just always looking around, analyzing situations, etc. Even things that seem glaringly obvious, I guess a lot of people are wrapped up in their own thoughts and don't notice.

                                                                                                              That's interesting about the vinegar acid/base balance theory. I don't drink it, but growing up, my older brother would drink my mother's homemade balsamic-heavy vinaigrette. It was full of garlic and herbs. He'd pour it in a bowl and eat it like soup with a spoon. It got to the point where my mother would have to hide the vinegar cruet from him.

                                                                                                              One thing that irks me wildly is when you go to an Italian joint and the server pours oil and vinegar into a dish. It's always tons of oil with a few drops of vinegar.

                                                                                                              I had no idea Baltimore was "Charm City." Lol. Never been there, just watched The Wire.

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                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Jan 21, 2014 05:23 AM

                                                                                                                There's also a blog that refers to it as "the city that breeds."

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                                                                                      kerj Jan 19, 2014 03:58 PM

                                                                                      Fresh blueberries !

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                                                                                        MrsPatmore Jan 19, 2014 04:17 PM

                                                                                        Oh, love me some blueberries. Where are they from, kerj? You just reminded me that I've got some frozen berries in my freezer. I think I'll make a berry smoothie for a late night snack

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                                                                                          kerj Jan 19, 2014 05:30 PM

                                                                                          They're from Ca. & at $2. ea. for a pint, they were a bargain. Yea, a smoothie would be great ! Maybe that's what I'll do tomorrow.

                                                                                      2. MrsPatmore Jan 19, 2014 08:17 AM

                                                                                        I'm eating sweet and spicy Dijon mustard from Aldi's, right out of the jar, with a spoon. Yup, that's what I'm snacking on right now. And I'm not embarrassed to admit it, because I know my fellow snackmeisters here on this thread won't judge me harshly. :-)

                                                                                         
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                                                                                          fldhkybnva Jan 19, 2014 08:30 AM

                                                                                          I love to eat condiments, thanks for making me feel "normal."

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                                                                                            suzigirl Jan 19, 2014 03:36 PM

                                                                                            I eat picalilli straight up. No shame in your game.

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                                                                                              fldhkybnva Jan 19, 2014 03:57 PM

                                                                                              Ooh you remind me again of the unopened container on my counter that keeps hiding.

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                                                                                              vttp926 Jan 20, 2014 04:33 PM

                                                                                              I thought about buying this the other day because I wonder how it compares to honey mustard. But unfortunately mustard is what gives me a tummy ache.

                                                                                            3. fldhkybnva Jan 18, 2014 12:49 PM

                                                                                              My favorite homemade frozen yogurt - double rich chocolate whey protein, unsweetened cocoa powder, Greek yogurt - plucked out of the freezer, dollop of peanut butter on top

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                                                                                                suzigirl Jan 18, 2014 02:28 PM

                                                                                                Oh my. Yum.

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                                                                                                vttp926 Jan 17, 2014 08:00 PM

                                                                                                Thinking I may open snack on some spinach and artichoke chips. Or I may open the candy cane cookies I still have left...hmm too many choices...

                                                                                                1. MrsPatmore Jan 17, 2014 05:28 PM

                                                                                                  A new thread is needed . . . There are over 500 posts in this thread, and it takes forever to open! Calling mamachef . . . Please start a new thread for us, in your own inimitable way! :-)

                                                                                                  1. fldhkybnva Jan 17, 2014 01:08 PM

                                                                                                    I couldn't resist the smoked duck breast in the store this afternoon. I've never had it so that's a good enough reason right? I'm currently tasting it to make sure it's OK for tomorrow morning's omelet.

                                                                                                    1. MrsPatmore Jan 14, 2014 07:37 PM

                                                                                                      "Benton's Best Maple Leaf Cream Cookies" from Aldi's. Oh my these are quite tasty, and the real maple flavor is pronounced. I'm going to have to find someone to help me, otherwise I'm eating the whole box.

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                                                                                                        MrsPatmore Jan 14, 2014 07:39 PM

                                                                                                        Oops, don't know where the photo went

                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                          nothingswrong Jan 14, 2014 09:46 PM

                                                                                                          What an interesting looking snack. You don't ever see maple-flavored processed goods, do you?

                                                                                                          I just put some in the pastries I made yesterday. The filling called for maple syrup, brown sugar, nuts, and cinnamon made into a paste, then rolled in puff pastry. The maple syrup created this amazing caramelized gooey thing with just enough flavor to not be overly maple-y but enough to make them different. Yum!

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                                                                                                            MrsPatmore Jan 17, 2014 05:25 PM

                                                                                                            I've already discarded the box, but the ingredients, as I recall, were very normal. E.g., flour, sugar, maple syrup . . . There was nothing in the ingredients that I couldn't pronounce LOL

                                                                                                      2. suzigirl Jan 13, 2014 01:06 PM

                                                                                                        Popeye's cherry cream cheese fried pie. Meh. It was okay

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                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Jan 13, 2014 01:13 PM

                                                                                                          Wow that's a new one. Last time I was at Popeye's I noticed they had mac and cheese. I was really jonesin' for it but I figured since I already had enough chicken and sides to feed a small family but only intended to feed me that I'd pass on it. But, as usual I muttered this thought aloud (consequence of being an only child and being used to muttering aloud without anyone listening) and I arrived home to find that the cashier wiggled a large container of it into my bag. It was very kind of him, but the mac wasn't really all that.

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                                                                                                            suzigirl Jan 13, 2014 01:26 PM

                                                                                                            My Popeye's doesn't have mac and cheese. I would try that. How nice of him to slip you a container.

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                                                                                                          nothingswrong Jan 12, 2014 09:25 PM

                                                                                                          Okay, here we go again with the daily carbfest:

                                                                                                          1) Baked more biscotti. They are constantly on my counter now. Bonus is I make a recipe calling for veg oil in place of butter, so they last for weeks if I let them. The ones tonight were baked with some ground spices and sprinkled liberally with coarse sanding sugar and cinnamon. I love biscotti, can eat them any time of day and they are satisfyingly textured (not too hard, still slightly soft in the middle).

                                                                                                          2) Baked a scaled-down single-layer of my favorite vanilla bean white cake. It's always super fluffy (enough so that when baked into cupcakes, it will collapse under heavy frostings). It was my birthday last week when I was in the hospital so I never got a damn cake. My boyfriend is coming over in a bit to decorate it for me. He was going to bake me one, but that would probably not be a good idea.

                                                                                                          3) An experimental cookie recipe which I'm still unsure of. Found this recipe somewhere on the interwebs, calling for peanut butter cookies made of just peanut butter, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla (I added a pinch of salt too). Baked and cooled, then sandwiched with a semisweet chocolate/butter mixture. Very interesting, good texture, but lacking in flavor. I will probably just stick with normal cookie recipes from now on.

                                                                                                          4) Lastly, made a big batch of pasta salad to eat tonight or tomorrow. I had a little just now and stuck the rest in the fridge. Rotini, roasted sweet carrots, sautéed zucchini, garlic, herbs, and a light coating of EVOO and 2 vinegars. More vinaigrette and some cheese will be added when it's time to eat.

                                                                                                           
                                                                                                           
                                                                                                           
                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                            MamasCooking Jan 13, 2014 01:35 AM

                                                                                                            If you live in California pack up the cookies and come on over. I have cheap wine and Netflix streaming for the big screen:):)!!!!! The P.B. cookies look divine with that chocolate filling.

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                                                                                                              MrsPatmore Jan 13, 2014 03:02 AM

                                                                                                              Hey nothingswrong and mamascooking . . . I'm off at 1pm today and I'll be over for carbs and movies. If you're not home then, just leave the house key under your welcome mat and the cookies on the counter. I think I'll bring some chocolate milk!

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                                                                                                                suzigirl Jan 13, 2014 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                Happy belated birthday. Sorry you missed it.Looks like some great treats.

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                                                                                                                  nothingswrong Jan 13, 2014 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                  So, my boyfriend woke up this morning and ate 3 PB cookies and 2 biscotti, then a bagel with cream cheese before waking fully. I fear I'm giving him diabetes.

                                                                                                                  I am in SoCal! I would gladly share cookies with you lovely ladies! I have more in the freezer, left over from Christmas baking. They will be baked off today before I forget about them:

                                                                                                                  1) Sugar cookies (pardon my decorating) flavored with lemon and vanilla (I adore these)

                                                                                                                  2) Martha Stewart's Lemon Wreaths--these were a new one this year and were SO TASTY! Delicate buttery lemon cookies topped with a lemon icing and white candy pearls.

                                                                                                                  3) Soft and chewy ginger cookies with sanding sugar--these were also new this year and absolutely perfect. My mother is a ginger cookie fanatic and she demanded I bring her extras, which was a huge compliment. She is one picky eater. Recipe adapted from allrecipes I believe, with molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                    suzigirl Jan 13, 2014 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                    MMM. You can give me diabetes.

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                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Jan 13, 2014 10:57 AM

                                                                                                                    Happy birthday!! Wow, that's a nice spread of treats!!!

                                                                                                                  3. fldhkybnva Jan 12, 2014 07:03 PM

                                                                                                                    It's one of those nights - a snacking night! Leftover soup from lunch - roasted turkey stock (using MrsPatmore's oven method) with black eyed peas, bacon, spinach and turkey breast.

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                                                                                                                      nothingswrong Jan 12, 2014 08:47 PM

                                                                                                                      Sounds yummy! Do you ever use kale in your soups?

                                                                                                                      The first time I had kale I enjoyed was in a long-simmered ribollita, which called for spinach as well (to be added just before serving). I loved that it kept some texture in there despite having cooked for the last hour of the soup. Since then, I always add a handful of kale into my soups.

                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Jan 12, 2014 09:32 PM

                                                                                                                        Wow that looks great. As you know, the pile of fiber in that bowl was not ideal but I put up with pain for now for a good bowl of soup! I've not made kale twice, once as salad and as chips and didn't like it in either form. I'm convinced I do really love it. Perhaps I'll try it in soup, great idea! It's on the grocery list. Also unlike spinach I won't have to blanch it to prevent spinach teeth :)

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                                                                                                                          nothingswrong Jan 12, 2014 10:32 PM

                                                                                                                          That bowl was DELICIOUS but from a few years back when I could still stomach such things.

                                                                                                                          I had tried raw kale, kale chips, etc too and was not a fan. Like that other thread about eating things that are good for you even if you hate them, I kept trying it out.

                                                                                                                          The recipe for that soup looked delicious and called for half kale, half spinach. My mother had never had kale and we almost omitted it, but we both couldn't stop talking about it afterward. Try it in soup! I've also used it in chicken soup but think it tasted much better in the tomatoey broth of the ribollita.

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                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Jan 13, 2014 05:44 AM

                                                                                                                            Will do, I'm really into soup these days. My house smells of stock at least once a week.

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                                                                                                                      vttp926 Jan 12, 2014 06:39 PM

                                                                                                                      Really tempted to snack but must resist...:( Maybe some pistachios won't raise my blood sugar.

                                                                                                                      1. suzigirl Jan 12, 2014 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                        A big spoon of creamy peanut butter and strawberry jam mixed together and eaten with a spoon. I know, gross. It was a latchkey kid special years ago.

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                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Jan 12, 2014 02:21 PM

                                                                                                                          You just made it more accessible - PB&J on a spoon. No need to pull out a knife and bother with all that bread :)

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                                                                                                                            suzigirl Jan 12, 2014 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                            Exactly. Why bother with all those carbs?

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                                                                                                                              MrsPatmore Jan 12, 2014 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                              Remember Goober's? For some bizarre reason, it called out to me at the grocery store awhile back. I ate spoonfuls out of the jar the other night!

                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                suzigirl Jan 12, 2014 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                                Good to know I am not alone.

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                                                                                                                                  MrsPatmore Jan 12, 2014 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                                  I think we're snack soul sisters . . . fldhkybnva is definitely in the sorority too

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                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Jan 12, 2014 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                    Snack Soul Sisters... love it. Triple S Girls.

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                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva Jan 12, 2014 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                                  Wow I didn't know they still made it! In school, the other kids would rave about Goobers. As someone who dislikes jelly I've never tried it but seems convenient.

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                                                                                                                                    MrsPatmore Jan 12, 2014 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                                    Honestly, it wasn't as good as I remembered. But when I was a kid, we never got "treats" so the few times that I got something like this, it was always at a friend's house. The novelty factor made it taste better, I think.

                                                                                                                                    Anyone remember "Zarex" (sp?) - a liquid concentrate like Koolaid powder, but a liquid. We could never have it at home, but my friend Darlene's mom made it by the gallon, and Darlene could have as much as she wanted. I was soooo envious

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                                                                                                                                      suzigirl Jan 12, 2014 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                                      I also rarely got treats as well. That was the reason I had my pb&j after school before mom got home

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                                                                                                                                        nothingswrong Jan 12, 2014 04:23 PM

                                                                                                                                        I love that you had to sneak a PB&J.

                                                                                                                                        We had a live-in nanny when we were young, and she'd do the same: sneak us PB&Js immediately after school but before the folks got home because mom always said snacking would ruin our appetite.

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                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Jan 12, 2014 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                          My aunt is 10 years older than my mom and would sneak her to the corner store before my grandmother's got home and they would eat cans of frosting on the back stoop. The both shudder at that fact now but apparently it was the highlight of the summer for them back in the day. My aunt would also often feed my mom raw bacon...it's a good thing that to this day she refuses to cook for any of us :)

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                                                                                                                                            nothingswrong Jan 12, 2014 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                                            Ha!

                                                                                                                                            My mother wasn't much into cooking or baking when I was a child. She always used Betty Crocker cake mix to make cakes, and the canned frosting to top them. I remember standing there at the counter waiting for her to frost the cakes so I could snatch the almost-empty frosting container and stick my little hands in there, shoveling anything left into my mouth. Was so tasty.

                                                                                                                                            Which reminds me of those Dunkaroos. Do you remember those? The little graham flavored cookies that came with some frosting for dipping. I loved those in my lunchbox, even through high school.

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                                                                                                                                              Sra. Swanky Jan 13, 2014 06:25 AM

                                                                                                                                              Hi! I know you were talking to fldhkybnva, but I LOVED Dunkaroos -- it was frosting disguised as a healthy treat! (Cause graham crackers aren't *really* cookies!) :)

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                                                                                                                                                nothingswrong Jan 13, 2014 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                I would just scoop the frosting out with my fingers... My favorite Dunkaroos were the ones with the rainbow sprinkles in white frosting. Not sure what those sprinkles were made of, but they were excessively chewy.

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                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva Jan 13, 2014 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Ahh, oh yes I totally remember Dunkaroos too!

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                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Jan 12, 2014 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                Thanks, suzigirl!! Now I have a spoon and a mini ramekin of crunchy PB! I declare it medical therapy...doctor said I have to keep up a high calorie intake despite my ginormous jiggly backside.

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                                                                                                                                  nothingswrong Jan 12, 2014 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                  Melt some chocolate into that thing! That should make your doctors happy :)

                                                                                                                                  I remember in boarding school, when we were "good girls," we were given little containers of PB and 6 Oreos for dipping. I'd never heard of such an abomination, but followed the lead of the other girls. Oh my! Oreos (which I don't particularly like by themselves) are SO GOOD slathered with PB.

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                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Jan 12, 2014 05:10 PM

                                                                                                                                    Wow, I rarely eat Oreos but I think I might actually enjoy them with PB. Actually, when I do eat them I remove the center filling and give it to the highest bidder and I think I'd love the cookies filled with PB instead.

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                                                                                                                                      nothingswrong Jan 12, 2014 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                      Oh, try it! I don't like Oreos much either by themselves, mostly because of that nasty filling. It's chalky. But with the PB, they're soooo good. If I could do PB anymore, I would totally do it right now.

                                                                                                                                      So I wonder if maybe PB with those famous chocolate wafers would be an even better substitute...

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                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Jan 12, 2014 07:02 PM

                                                                                                                                        Next time I have Oreos around it's a done deal if I can wrestle them from SO. He has enough of a sweet tooth for both of us and can inhale the entire package in a single sitting. He'll back from duty in a few weeks, maybe months, and Oreos will for sure be on the list of things I'll have to have in the house.

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                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Jan 12, 2014 05:55 PM

                                                                                                                                    Anything I can do to help' ;-)

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                                                                                                                                  SeekingBeauty Jan 12, 2014 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                  I always snack on raw nuts(Pistachios from International harvest and macadamia nuts. Or sometimes sprouted almonds), plain yogurt (I love Bellwether farm's sheep milk yogurt. Trimona and Erivan are also good. I prefer artisan yogurt with no additives. And I like my yogurt have that tangy flavor).

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                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Jan 12, 2014 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                                    I love that sheep's milk yogurt! The ginger is my favorite. Have you tried Siggi's Icelandic style yogurt (it's technically a soft cheese, but for all intents and purposes it's yogurt)? It's pretty darn tangy.

                                                                                                                                  2. ChrisOfStumptown Jan 11, 2014 08:09 PM

                                                                                                                                    Is snack envy a real thing? I'm asking because I thought I was happy with my apple. Now I realize I'm missing out.

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                                                                                                                                      MrsPatmore Jan 12, 2014 12:50 AM

                                                                                                                                      Hi ChrisOfStumptown,
                                                                                                                                      <Is snack envy a real thing? I'm asking because I thought I was happy with my apple. Now I realize I'm missing out.>

                                                                                                                                      Yes, it's real! And an apple is a great snack. My favorite apple variety is Honeycrisp, but they're not always available.

                                                                                                                                    2. suzigirl Jan 11, 2014 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                                      To fldhkybnva, I tried just a tiny piece of the steakhouse onion cheese from Yancy's Fancy. I shared it with my bf and we both agreed that some hot beef broth with some croutons and that cheese would make a delicious lunch. A mock French onion soup of sorts. Thanks for recommending it. Oh wait, a French dip sandwich with that cheese. MMM. I need to play with this cheese.

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                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Jan 11, 2014 08:19 PM

                                                                                                                                        Yea, I agree. It's definitely a "do something with" cheese rather than an eating cheese at least for me. It works great with cheesesteaks or a French Dip, I also like it in stuffed mushrooms combined with bacon. It has a very distinctive taste so I usually buy it when I plan to use it in a particular dish vs. other cheeses I just buy and go with nearly anything. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I still need to try some of their other cheeses - I have the buffalo cheddar in sight. Seems odd enough to be worth trying.

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                                                                                                                                        vttp926 Jan 11, 2014 07:07 PM

                                                                                                                                        Thinking I may open the last bag of crab chips I got from the Asian grocery store.

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                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Jan 11, 2014 08:09 PM

                                                                                                                                          Crab chips now I want some!! I love crab chips but now that I'm in Baltimore I can only get the UTZ brand and my favorite is Herr's.

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                                                                                                                                            vttp926 Jan 12, 2014 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                            I wish it was the Utz or Herr's one. I been looking for it at the grocery stores here but they don't have. But the crab chips from the asian stores taste nothing like the crab chips byt Utz or Herr's.

                                                                                                                                            This is the one I was snacking on last night.
                                                                                                                                            http://www.paldofood.com/User/Product...

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                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Jan 12, 2014 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                              I'm sure they were tasty in their own right. Darn still need to fill my crab chip craving. I might just have to whip out the old bay and cook something.

                                                                                                                                        2. suzigirl Jan 11, 2014 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                          Doritos Dinamita chile limonfrom a local latin market.Pretty good, not great.

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                                                                                                                                            nothingswrong Jan 10, 2014 08:44 PM

                                                                                                                                            I quartered a KAF recipe for grissini (breadsticks), thinking it would yield just the right amount for me to eat over the next few days... Holy cow I was churning them out on multiple sheet pans.

                                                                                                                                            I seasoned them with garlic, herbs, and pepper. They are so freaking tasty! Already ate 5 off the cooling rack.

                                                                                                                                            For later, I baked a batch of cookies. Divided the dough into thirds, did one with just chocolate, one with chocolate and nuts, and the third "plain" and tossed with cinnamon sugar out of the oven.

                                                                                                                                            Like a psycho, I also baked off some taters (to make loaded potato skins at 1 AM).

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                                                                                                                                              MamasCooking Jan 11, 2014 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                              You are walking on the wild side there Missy:) Freshly baked hot out of the oven carbs? That is living on the edge and if it were at my house (especially if my grown kids and b/f were here) the aftermath of the human food vultures swooping down would not be pretty")!!!!!!!! Sounds delish as always. I myself have an 8 ounce bag of salted peanuts to mix with a box of Raisinets to munch on later while watching Star Trek:Into Darkness on the plasma.

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                                                                                                                                                MrsPatmore Jan 11, 2014 03:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                Nothingswrong, I wish you were my neighbor (I'd invite myself over) You make some good eats, for sure! Afterwards, I'd wander over to Mamascooking, for movie night :-)

                                                                                                                                                Today I've been snacking on hard boiled eggs (but only cooked for 11 minutes, so the yoke is *barely* set) and Key West pink shrimp dipped in remoulade sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                  nothingswrong Jan 12, 2014 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I wish I had a neighbor to unload my baking on! I feel bad constantly feeding it all to my boyfriend, who was kind of a carb-avoidant before we started dating :/

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                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl Jan 11, 2014 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Those grissini sound yummy. I love bread in many forms especially sticks with herbs.

                                                                                                                                                3. fldhkybnva Jan 10, 2014 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                  TJs sun dried tomatoes - the only sun dried tomatoes I've ever liked and quite addicting.

                                                                                                                                                  1. MrsPatmore Jan 8, 2014 06:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Okay so maybe I had to try some of the bahn mi that I brought home for the family . . . and just a *few* bites of the bun (vermicelli rice noodle) with grilled prawns . . . Hey, you snooze, you lose, right? Oh, and I may or may not be done for the day :-) in which case there are some Pepperidge Farm - Pirouette Rolled Wafers (chocolate-hazelnut filling) with my name on them.

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                                                                                                                                                      vttp926 Jan 8, 2014 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I want a bit of everything. It would probably have made a good dinner for me.

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                                                                                                                                                        MrsPatmore Jan 8, 2014 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I swear if you put nuoc mam vinaigrette on a kitchen sponge, I'd eat it!

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                                                                                                                                                          vttp926 Jan 9, 2014 05:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                          hehehe. I don't know if I will go that far. But if you ever make nuoc cham at home which is the name of the mixture then you should do it on chicken wings and it would be really good!

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                                                                                                                                                      vttp926 Jan 8, 2014 06:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Long time but M&M. I really wish they were the almond ones but the plain ones for now.

                                                                                                                                                      1. MrsPatmore Jan 8, 2014 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Bahn Xeo at a new Vietnamese restaurant nearby. Oh so good! (It's on the appetizer part of the menu, so that's a snack, right?)

                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Jan 8, 2014 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Wow looks delicious! Yes, totally a snack

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                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl Jan 8, 2014 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Man, that looks good. Snack worthy, indeed.

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                                                                                                                                                              vttp926 Jan 8, 2014 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I need to get my mom to make that soon! Especially while my dad is gone. Maybe that will be Sunday lunch this weekend.

                                                                                                                                                            2. fldhkybnva Jan 8, 2014 09:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Yucca fries dipped in aji verde sauce

                                                                                                                                                              1. fldhkybnva Jan 6, 2014 09:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Stovetop popcorn popped in coconut oil drizzled with butter and sprinkled with old bay

                                                                                                                                                                1. fldhkybnva Jan 6, 2014 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Last of the collard greens :(

                                                                                                                                                                  1. suzigirl Jan 6, 2014 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Keva Juice Hawaiian holiday. Pretty tasty. It's more of a lunch since my stomach has been bitchy all day.

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                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Jan 6, 2014 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Tell your stomach to go back to sleep and wake up on the other side of the bed. Feel better.

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                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl Jan 6, 2014 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        I will. Thanks. Some days are better than others. I think my stomach heard me bragging to you that I have been doing better and it is reminding me that she is still limping along and don't get cocky. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Jan 6, 2014 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Oh yea, they have ears I'm convinced. I'm kind of glad the collard green are finished. I will miss them dearly and almost bought more to cook today for the week but my stomach has been tortured by the fiber load of the greens and beans. The lovely colony of bacteria that hangs out in my small intestine has been feasting for a week now which makes for a very bloated Buddha belly.

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                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl Jan 6, 2014 01:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            The high fiber is one of the reasons I wasn't terribly sad about giving away my collards and peas. You shouldn't have a lot of fiber with gastroparesis. I have Buddha belly a lot so I can relate.

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                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Jan 6, 2014 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Unfortunately I'm one of those kids who always loved her veggies which sucks because the fiber really does make it worse. I ordered Chinese food a few days ago and even though the meal was not intended to have any sort of worthwhile nutritional benefit, I always ask for extra broccoli but these days I find myself hesitating and considering even that a bad idea. It's so different to cut out veggies I really love but it really does cause a lot of pain. If only I was 4 years old and could use it as an excuse to not eat my veggies :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Jan 6, 2014 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                I also was a good eater as a child. My grandma grew veggies and picking them and eating them fresh makes it more appea ling to a kid. It's the " I helped" factor. I am surprised that broccoli doesn't bother me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva Jan 6, 2014 03:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I am quite jealous of all of your fresh veg down there in the sunshine state.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Jan 6, 2014 03:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I love that I can grow tomatoes in January. Ya gotta love that. I am spoiled here with getting fresh produce. Last year this time I had fresh peppers and broccoli and tomatoes in the garden. So cool.

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                                                                                                                                                                      vttp926 Jan 5, 2014 05:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      red bean pineapple bun from the chinese bakery. been so long since i have had one. i wish the bakery was closer. sadly it is almost 2 hours away. :(

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                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Jan 5, 2014 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        I always forget to browse the bakery at H Mart, I've heard they have very tasty treats.

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                                                                                                                                                                          MrsPatmore Jan 5, 2014 05:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Red bean AND pineapple filling? That truly sounds heavenly . . . Are these heavenly delights baked or steamed?

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                                                                                                                                                                            vttp926 Jan 5, 2014 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            MrsPatmore--Actually the pineapple bun really doesn't refer to the filling. Red bean is the filling to the bun. But the pineapple part actually refers to the top of the bun that has a pineapple design. They are baked.

                                                                                                                                                                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pineappl...

                                                                                                                                                                            Fldhkybnva--I haven't been to an H Mart. The local chinese bakery/grocery store here is called Grand Asia and I love the place. Especially the bakery and the steam table. I got a box meal from them earlier that was comprised of long rice noodles, eggplant with garlic sauce and some kind of spicy chicken (could potentially be sa cha chicken but didn't ask for the name). I just wish they were closer. The food is definitely awesome!

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                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Jan 5, 2014 06:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Ooh love H Mart it's a giant Asian grocery store with a Korean slant but has nearly anything I've ever wanted. They also have a great food court and the kimchee made in store every Saturday is worth the 40 minute drive :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                MrsPatmore Jan 5, 2014 06:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Aw, man . . . Well, they still sound delicious and I love me some red bean buns (baked or steamed). I also like the custard fillings. Actually, I love all kinds of buns. No good purveyors nearby, so when I get the craving, I often resort to frozen. This brand is actually *not bad* especially considering that they come from the freezer! PS your box meal sounds so good. I may need a road trip to my nearest Asian Megamart ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                  vttp926 Jan 5, 2014 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhlkybnva--We have a Super G mart which is the Korean version but they don't have a bakery like Grand Asia. Well they have a bakery but it is a Mexican bakery. Not much of a food court though. Makes me jealous of other big cities with a more diverse Asian population.

                                                                                                                                                                                  MrsPatmore--I have had the frozen kind but nothing beats the baked kind. I like steamed buns but really like the baked kind more. I need to go buy or learn how to make the dough myself though. I am actually going to attempt to make my own mochi sometime this month so hopefully that will be one of my snacks to follow since I found ready made red bean paste when I went to Grand Asia today.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    MrsPatmore Jan 5, 2014 06:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Please let us know how your red bean buns @ home turn out, vttp926!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      vttp926 Jan 5, 2014 06:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Will do! I did find a couple hopefully easy recipes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl Jan 5, 2014 06:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes please. I would love to know also.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          vttp926 Jan 5, 2014 07:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          This is the recipe that I am looking to use if y'all are interested.

                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.the350degreeoven.com/2012/...

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                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl Jan 5, 2014 07:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I would love to hear the results when you try it vttp926

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                                                                                                                                                                                              vttp926 Jan 6, 2014 05:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I will definitely try my best to remember to post and take pictures. Might be close to the end of the month before I try because I have to study for an insurance exam for majority of this month.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                MrsPatmore Jan 6, 2014 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Hi vttp926,

                                                                                                                                                                                                <I have to study for an insurance exam for majority of this month.>

                                                                                                                                                                                                You have my most sincere condolences! I prescribe extra pineapple red bean buns to combat fatigue and stress. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  vttp926 Jan 6, 2014 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks! I will probably be needing extra buns until the end of the year since I have 3 parts to the insurance exam I have to pass by end of year. Just my own self imposed deadline.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. fldhkybnva Jan 5, 2014 04:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Leftover slice of pizza courtesy of SO's mom from the best pizza place in his hometown. I'm trying to eat strategically to avoid drips of drool falling from the mouth of the cat laying smack dab on my chest. I don't think I'm going anywhere for a while.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. suzigirl Jan 5, 2014 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Busetto Italian dry salami

                                                                                                                                                                                1. GraceW Jan 5, 2014 02:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Smartfood Cinnamon Brown Sugar Multigrain Popped Chips.. I have never had these before, but they are really good, and they taste almost like a dessert or thin cookie: even though they have 4 grams of sugar per 22 crisps.
                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.smartfood.com/popped-chips...

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. suzigirl Jan 5, 2014 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    A slice of French toast with ham and American cheese and maple syrup. So bad and yet so good.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. fldhkybnva Jan 4, 2014 07:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Cara cara orange

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. GraceW Jan 4, 2014 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I found Simply Asia Ginger and Garlic seasoning.. AMAZING. So I put it on a big-salad with soy-sauce+vinegar, soy nuts, and sunflower seeds.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. MrsPatmore Jan 4, 2014 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          A full order of bang-bang shrimp from Bonefish Grille. I just undid the 2 hours of cardio this morning!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Jan 4, 2014 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I've never been there but that shrimp sounds like it's worth the trip.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              MrsPatmore Jan 4, 2014 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, ma'am. I'm not a fan of "chain" restaurants, but Bonefish Grille is not too bad. Also, the *generic* fish tacos are actually pretty good, by Southeast Coast standards, anyhoo. To my knowledge, this chain does use local ingredients. So the fresh catch was local mahi, the shrimp was Cape Canaveral rock shrimp or Key West pink, etc. as stated on the menu (no claim was made that everything on menu was local, though, and I'm sure that is not the case, after all, it is a chain, albeit relatively small)

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. suzigirl Jan 4, 2014 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Half an avocado, salt and lime.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              MrsPatmore Jan 4, 2014 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't want to yuck on your yum (you of all people, suzigirl), but avocados just don't do it for me. I'll gladly prepare them for others - everyone here is mad for avocados - but unless they are well hidden in a batch of guacamole with a bunch of garlic, tomato, cilantro and whatnot, avocados give me the shivers! LOL

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                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Jan 4, 2014 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm with you...sometimes. 8/10 I just don't get it but 2/10 I love them. I don't know if it's hit or miss quality but I keep buying them hoping for a 2/10 day and when those days happen I truly love them. If it's an 8/10 day I give it to SO or mix it into something.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  MrsPatmore Jan 4, 2014 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fldhkybanva, do you differentiate between haas and Florida avocados? My folk claim that haas taste better, but mostly what's available here and at good prices are the big Florida avocados . . . They were only .49/lb a few weeks ago at the farm stand

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Jan 4, 2014 06:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I eat them both but like haas better. Ours are bland and really big. Good for a big bowl of guac but to much for eating out of hand IMO.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Jan 4, 2014 06:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Florida are the ginormous ones right? I don't think I've ever bought them, seen them in H Mart. I've only had the Haas avocados I think, dark skin, mottled, pebbled surface.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl Jan 4, 2014 06:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes. they are huge and people describe them as watery. They have the smooth green skin.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Jan 4, 2014 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I first had one when I was about 13. My best friend cut one in half , filled the well with salt and lime and handed me a spoon. It was so foreign to me and I loved it. I introduced her to French toast. Funny how something so basic to you can be so exotic to someone else.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      MrsPatmore Jan 4, 2014 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maybe if I didn't grow up in NH, I would like avocados? If a dear childhood friend introduced me, I very well might feel differently! BTW Happy New Year! :-) MrsP

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl Jan 4, 2014 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Avocados, persimmons, pig tail soup and Chefboyardee spaghetti and meatballs wrapped in lettuce leaves are all Angelita all the time. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. MrsPatmore Jan 3, 2014 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  An embarrassingly large piece of homemade cornbread with lots of Tupelo honey. ♡♡♡♡

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Jan 3, 2014 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    No piece of cornbread is too large!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      MrsPatmore Jan 3, 2014 06:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      <No piece of cornbread is too large!>

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'll be sure to tell that to the carb police . . . I can hear them pounding on my door right now! LOL ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Jan 3, 2014 06:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        My body hates carbs and since my grandma died I can't seem to stop torturing it with way too many of them. I'm letting myself go in the name of healing perhaps. Cornbread is a great especially homemade. I have some pot likker you could pour over. I finally have a good 2 quarts of it. I remember I was longing for it on the Thanksgiving carcass stock thread.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl Jan 3, 2014 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      My lunch today was a piece of buttered cornbread soaked in pot likker from collard greens sprinkled in hot peppered vinegar. It seems like a cornbread day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        MrsPatmore Jan 3, 2014 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Suz, did you also have ham, black-eyed peas, okra and tomatoes, and/or yellow rice? I might be a Yankee by birth but I've had no trouble adapting to Southern foodways. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Jan 3, 2014 07:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I had black eyed peas with ham hock, collards with ham hock, jasmine rice and corn bread. I shared the peas and greens with a couple of clients, but I saved the pot likker and cornbread for me. I'm no dummy. I got the hocks at the butcher and I was floored how meaty and wonderful they were. Now I get the reason people talk about the difference between these and the stupidmarket. You can be an honorary southern girl. Mamachef is. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Jan 3, 2014 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm currently inhaling another bowl of collards and the last of the cornbread, it seems it is a corny kind of day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl Jan 3, 2014 07:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am sort of regretting giving away my peas and greens. The only reason I am okay with it is the delight on my clients face when I gifted it to her and her husband. Good thing I saved the likker for me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Jan 3, 2014 07:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              It was nice of you to offer. I made extra peas and greens thinking Id send some over to my northerner colleagues but I can't stop eating them. I made another pot of beans yesterday to freeze. I could eat this food for days, bitter greens cooked to death...sign me up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              How do you like to use the likker? I drink it straight or soup but new ideas are always nice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Jan 3, 2014 08:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                My favorite way is on cornbread or straight up in a mug with peppered vinegar. I need to grow more peppers as my homemade peppered vinegar has lost it's punch. Sorry I have no new ideas but if it ain't broke right?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          nothingswrong Jan 3, 2014 08:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          YUM! A friend told me several months ago to eat my cornbread warm with melted butter on top, a sprinkle of salt, and loads of maple syrup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          This had never occurred to me. I went on a cornbread binge, where I was baking trays of it twice a week and eating it for snacks and lunch. My calorie intake consequently doubled for several weeks. It was awesome.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            MrsPatmore Jan 3, 2014 11:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh, my yes to the maple syrup + butter. In fact, when I grabbed the honey, it was on the shelf next to the maple syrup and I was having a dilemma which to choose. So honey today, and maple syrup tomorrow. Also I always add 1 cup of fresh (or frozen, thawed) corn kernels to my cornbread recipe. It adds natural sweetness and moisture, and a nice textural component.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            You all might be too young to remember a PBS series, "Ramona" about a precocious young girl but there was an episode where she complained about her mother's cooking (and "regular" bread) so her father decided that she and her sister had to make dinner the next night and serve cornbread. To this day, I can't make cornbread without remembering the episode! Ramona lamented, "all I want is cornbread . . . NICE, YELLOW CORNBREAD!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Haha this is amazing, but I found it on YouTube, circa 1988: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lXCA...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Jan 4, 2014 09:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Skip the cornbread... gimme the tongue. I haven't had it in years. My bf won't hear of it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Jan 4, 2014 10:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've only seen it a H Mart, I'm wondering if I can order it from a butcher.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MrsPatmore Jan 4, 2014 10:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm sure you can order it pretty much anywhere . . . For example here in FL, you can order it (and any other not-normally-stocked meat items) just by calling the meat dept of any regular grocery store. They usually need a couple of days' notice. PS around here, beef tongue is always for sale in the meat section of Walmart, next to tripe and kidneys - no special order required! LOL

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Jan 4, 2014 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think MrsPatmore is right. I would try the butcher in the grocery. you are pretty well known by your local stores. I bet you can get them to order it for you. When cooked right, it is like meat flavored butter. mmmm. And we can get it pretty easily here in fl. take a peek near the offals section. You may have just overlooked it because you weren't looking for it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Jan 4, 2014 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Very true, I'm sure the butcher would be willing to help out. I might try wegmans over whole foods, they seem to not believe in offal or scraps...drives me crazy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MrsPatmore Jan 5, 2014 02:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        <When cooked right, it is like meat flavored butter. >

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Haha, how did I miss this? First time that I saw beef tongue was in a bucket on my neighbor's porch (they had just butchered old George) and it was HUGE and scary-looking. I already didn't eat meat, but that put me over the top. Fldhkybnva will be okay though since I think she's seen a lot of weird bits and parts in anatomy lab! (Peeling tongue is not the best job, either IMHO)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Jan 5, 2014 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Peeling tongue is a pain and so is cooking it til your next birthday but it IS good eats.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Jan 5, 2014 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I read about the peeling of skin and that uh was "interesting." I have a pretty high threshold for gross after med school and 50 or so autopsies under my belt, I think I could tackle the tongue but keep any and all eyeballs away from me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MamasCooking Jan 5, 2014 12:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Watch out or like me you will be in danger of doubling:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      nothingswrong Jan 5, 2014 01:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lol, believe it or not, I wish I could gain a few pounds. I'm about the size of a 12 year old boy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl Jan 5, 2014 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Me too. Sucks, don't it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. FoodWacky Jan 2, 2014 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You bet I am! I just can't keep my hands off of that nice, fresh loaf of Tsoureki I made the other day...yasou!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vttp926 Jan 2, 2014 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    honey roasted cashews with a cup of hot berry blend tea with a squirt or agave.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. suzigirl Jan 2, 2014 01:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cup of beer cheese with ham soup.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Jan 2, 2014 02:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Is this your own creation? It's on my list of soups to make and when I shop I'm tortured when I see a pot simmering at Whole Foods but price and sodium content keep me away from the ladle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Jan 2, 2014 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sadly, no. It is one of my Thursday weaknesses. A little deli called Anger's makes it every week. It is the bees knees.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Jan 2, 2014 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What a treat to look forward to!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. fldhkybnva Jan 2, 2014 11:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pot likker soup and a handful of blackberries

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. fldhkybnva Jan 1, 2014 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Steamed shrimp and grape tomatoes while perusing a soup cookbook I discovered this afternoon in the closet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. MrsPatmore Jan 1, 2014 04:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There are some very interesting snacks on the "late night food inventions" thread, along with some great photos. Just a heads up for any snacking fan who missed it: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/927639

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Jan 1, 2014 09:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That amazing looking burger on that thread is a Suzivention. The only thing I do besides what helmut did was press my sandwich. Oh so freakin' good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              betsydiver Dec 31, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              pretzle rods with raspberry/wasabi/mustard dip

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Dec 31, 2013 08:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow, what a combination!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MrsPatmore Jan 1, 2014 04:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Betsydiver, that sounds fab and I have some raspberry sauce from Penzey's that I need to use up. Good idea, thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. fldhkybnva Dec 31, 2013 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TJs chianti red wine salami with a trio of cheeses - Somerdale Champagne Cheddar, Ossau Iraty and Uniekaas Parrano...oh and a fried chicken thigh I HAD to have from the drive through on the way home

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Sra. Swanky Dec 30, 2013 07:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pates de fruits from a French bakery near me. Raspberry, apricot, cassis, strawberry, grapefruit. I usually splurge on these once a year, but I'm planning on a refill already. I'm inhaling these things!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. fldhkybnva Dec 29, 2013 08:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm on call and it's the cat crazy hour so Take and I are having a party - TJs marinated mushrooms, chocolate covered ginger and warm mug of beef stock are on deck.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        vttp926 Dec 31, 2013 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I need to go get some the marinated mushrooms. I wish TJ was closer... :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Dec 31, 2013 05:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Me too! I need to restock. I've been buying the Whole Foods mushrooms daily for probably 4x the price. TJs here I come. I wish I could send you some via the interwebs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            vttp926 Dec 31, 2013 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yikes to the Whole Foods price! I actually found them in Aldi once (seasonal item) and I wish I stocked up on them then.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Dec 31, 2013 08:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They are an item on the olive bar and mushroom are heavy!! I think I'm making a trip to TJs tomorrow so will pick them up. I have 3 returns unfortunately but that means more buying! I have been resisting them when I go but so much cheaper then buying at Whole Foods so should just pay up front and save in the long run.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                vttp926 Jan 1, 2014 06:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I wish we had an olive mushroom bar at the grocery stores I shop at. What's really bad is that I moved from a small town to a bigger town and the small town had so much more variety. Maybe I just need to find my own recipe. But the vinegar part is what get's me the most. Because I normally don't like vinegar but enjoy it in the marinated mushrooms.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        vttp926 Dec 29, 2013 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        quaker rice snacks in caramel corn even though I really want something salty but don't really have anything but the Frito big scoops which I need dip for since those would be too salty for me right now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MrsPatmore Dec 29, 2013 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          vttp926, try alternating a bite of sweet rice cake with a piece of Frito scoop . . . sweet + salty sounds good right now. Maybe add a handful of wasabi peas, and that would do it for me

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            vttp926 Dec 29, 2013 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That doesn't sound too bad. But definitely no wasabi peas. Not a big fan of them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. fldhkybnva Dec 29, 2013 11:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Leftover mussels - mixed up a quick broth to pour over with loads of garlic and fire roasted tomatoes, eaten right out of the pot

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. GraceW Dec 28, 2013 11:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            --Two different types of stollen... my fix until next Christmas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. suzigirl Dec 28, 2013 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pita bread with tzatziki earlier today. it was worth the faint inducing garlic breath.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MrsPatmore Dec 28, 2013 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Um, well, my low carb situation would have to wait if I had that snack here! Love me some grilled pita and tzatziki . . . I wouldn't object to a side of Greek salad, either ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl Dec 28, 2013 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, if only I could have greek salad. Lettuce HATES me. I don't know why, I am so nice. the pita and tzatziki came from a new restaurant that will be frequented by me if they keep making that tzatziki. To bad they don't make scordalia.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    nothingswrong Dec 29, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Skordalia is the BEST dip! I'm surprised it has never "caught on" in the US as a party appetizer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My Greek side of the family used to frequent a restaurant in Chicago that made it so light and fluffy. As a kid, I would ask for my own bowl of it, and an extra plate of crusty toasted bread for dipping. I would completely ruin my appetite on that and saganaki (flaming Greek cheese). F*ck the meat, I was there for the cheese and bread.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl Dec 29, 2013 03:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You're my kind of eater!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Dec 29, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I had to Google skordalia but uh can I have some NOW? It's like Toum on a whole 'nother level.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Avocado drizzled with balsamic vinegar. I rarely eat avocados but in the midst of a grocery store binge shopping trip, I spotted a perfectly ripe fruit and couldn't resist. I also happened to replenish the balsamic supply so it was destined to be.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    nothingswrong Dec 29, 2013 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I used to buy avocados at WF after work and wrap them in a charred tortilla drizzled with hot sauce and lemon. Was such a good, quick, satisfying snack.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Then one day OUT OF NOWHERE my mouth swelled up after eating one. I tried again a few days later; same reaction. I tried again two more times and ended up with my tongue protruding and lips so big, it looked like I'd had some awful plastic surgery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It seems really weird to develop a food allergy literally overnight in your late 20s. I miss avocados...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Dec 29, 2013 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh wow, sorry to hear that. It's not the norm, but adult onset allergies have become much more common. I have a friend who grew up in Colombia until she was 25, and then all of a sudden one day in Utah had an allergy to beans. Very strange our bodies are sometimes :) Another friend developed an allergy to shrimp and yet I'll catch him with sushi in hand that might contain shrimp and ask "are you sure it doesn't have shrimp or was near shrimp" to which he responses very nonchalantly "uh I have no idea, I'll let you know if my lips start tingling or I start coughing, sometimes that happens and I keep eating hoping it doesn't get worse." And yes, he's a doctor :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. MrsPatmore Dec 28, 2013 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Salem Baking Company Moravian Cookies - Ginger Spice" Oh.my.word. These are crazy good

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vttp926 Dec 28, 2013 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My favorite from them are the classic sugar. Where did you buy them at MrsPatmore?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MrsPatmore Dec 28, 2013 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They were a gift from a friend that apparently has excellent taste! Now I'm excited to try the other items in the same gift basket. . . . after a trip to the gym. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          vttp926 Dec 28, 2013 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I guess I need to go to Dewey's then since that is where my friend got it for me last year but it's almost 2 hours away.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MrsPatmore Dec 28, 2013 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hi vttp926,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm almost afraid to ask where she got them - they are that good. I'm guessing that she got them online or at a specialty retailer in a larger city (I live in the middle of nowhere). You should see the other goodies in this basket - I'm going to have to spend many, many hours at the gym for this :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              vttp926 Dec 28, 2013 05:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I bet. The Salem Baking Company is also known as Dewey's which is like my favorite bakery in the entire world. And thankfully it is 2 hours from me otherwise I would be worst off then I am now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We can spend our lives at the gym together...in 2014! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. fldhkybnva Dec 27, 2013 08:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Champagne cheddar and leftover turkey breast wrapped in a Romaine leaf

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MrsPatmore Dec 28, 2013 02:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That sounds low carb and tasty. After all the feasting these past few weeks, I feel the need to reduce my carbs for awhile (after finishing the tin of cookies mentioned below, of course, hehe)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I naturally prefer a low carb diet, but during the holidays I get my fill of carbs. I load up for a few days but then seriously crave low carb food usually after 4 days or so. I'm on a carb break until New Year's Eve and my vacation next week! It was quite funny to watch my coworkers stare at me as I repeatedly kept going back to the break room to load up my plate literally with chopped iceberg lettuce leftover from some luncheon. It was truly delicious with a dip in balsamic on the side. I needed water and crunch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          vttp926 Dec 27, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cinnamon twists from aldi. yummy! not too sure if they still have them at aldi though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            molomo Dec 26, 2013 12:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wow that sounds delicious!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have a soft spot for peppermint bark.. Made some the other night and just munched on a few! Good thing this only happens once a year!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh and crackers with baked brie and red pepper jelly (:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              vttp926 Dec 25, 2013 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Eggrolls from Christmas lunch. Maybe moving onto the pork paste wrapped crab claws in a bit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. fldhkybnva Dec 25, 2013 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In full on Christmas Day snacking mode, so I couldn't resist - bowl of hot and sour soup from the wonderful Chinese take out place open on Christmas :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. fldhkybnva Dec 24, 2013 04:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Trader Joe's frozen macaroni and cheese - I went on a last-minute-I-am-unprepared-for-the-holidays grab and go grocery shopping extravaganza this afternoon. The original plan was to make macaroni and cheese for Christmas but after the past week I decided to take the lazy holiday route and test out a reported tried and true frozen favorite around here. It's pretty good actually! Too bad I ate both servings.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    nothingswrong Dec 25, 2013 12:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I used to have a real hard time with Stouffer's frozen mac'n'cheese. My first real boyfriend and I would "splurge" on a pan of it (it was expensive to us back then!), and eat the entire thing between the two of us, sitting in bed watching TV.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hope you are feeling better!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Dec 25, 2013 08:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks! Actually, I'm feeling perhaps slightly worse in re: to stomach issues. When I was home last week, my entire family noticed my massive belly expansion after samll amounts of food. It's quite frustrating but the food just doesn't move. I'm learning to live with it and to eat smaller meals. My mom recommended Miralax which has been helping and I use Gas-X after meals to try to help with the bloating but it's really hard to know how much I can eat without risking serious stomach distension. I'm looking very closely at the information that you sent because this is not very comfortable to live with. However, I can eat whereas before my stomach just wouldn't tolerate anything. Baby steps :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nothingswrong Dec 26, 2013 12:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Aww, that sounds miserable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The drug I mentioned that I take helped me so much, I can't describe. Even now, my stomach is crap again, but the bloating I used to have is still gone. I remember vividly how awful it was, and I hope you figure out a way to rid yourself of it soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Or maybe it's the small bowel bacterial overgrowth. Some courses of the recommended antibiotics might make you all better lady! Or even just probiotics in the meantime.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Glad you are eating! You are right, sometimes it's just baby steps! Hope you enjoyed your holiday anyway :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Dec 26, 2013 08:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks! I was on call but it was a lovely, relaxing, peaceful holiday spent with the kitten.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sueatmo Dec 24, 2013 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Salt and pepper cashews, and they are really good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Dec 24, 2013 04:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love them. I no longer buy them it's dangerous. I also tried some really good dill pickle cashews from Target.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        vttp926 Dec 24, 2013 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Love the dill pickle cashews but I haven't seen them the last couple times I went to Target.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sueatmo Dec 24, 2013 09:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My salt and pepper cashews came from Winco bulk foods. Very good price for a nice indulgence. I've never run into dill pickle cashews. I've never bought nuts at Target! I would probably try dill pickle cashews though if I spotted any.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            nothingswrong Dec 25, 2013 12:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cashews are the most dangerous nut in the kingdom. They taste like butter to me (in a good way). I can eat handfuls and handfuls without tiring of them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        vttp926 Dec 24, 2013 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Going from Taste of Home cherry almond bars to Taste of Home Fruitcake bars. These are even better with the pineapple and walnuts. Next time I am going to try 1/2 pecan 1/2 walnuts instead of all walnuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Dec 24, 2013 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They look wonderful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            vttp926 Dec 24, 2013 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I just need to cut them into smaller bars next time. But they were the perfect touch of sweetness.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Dec 24, 2013 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Can i find them at the Taste of Home website?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                vttp926 Dec 24, 2013 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yup! But to save you a trip.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/fr...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl Dec 24, 2013 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks. Those look so simple.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vttp926 Dec 24, 2013 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They really are. The only thing that took me forever was cutting up the cherries and pineapple since i was slicing them in 1/2. I wish I had a mini chopper for the job.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Londonlinda Dec 23, 2013 02:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This time of year, a day that doesn't contain a mince pie is a rare thing.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. suzigirl Dec 22, 2013 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A really handy little package of nutella breadsticks called nutella & go. Not for the faint of heart. It is rich as hell.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              vttp926 Dec 22, 2013 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Whenever I see that it reminds me of the Yan Yan packs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Dec 22, 2013 05:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Exactly!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. suzigirl Dec 21, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Since i know this is not a judgemental crowd... truth. A cold hotdog dipped in a mustard ketchup tag team and a chunk of cheddar cheese. There are some rosemary triscuits that keep eyeballin' me from the pantry that may need delt with. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                nothingswrong Dec 21, 2013 01:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'll see your cold hot dog and raise you some of these...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just finished the box. My head is hanging in disgust.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl Dec 21, 2013 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh boy. I have pretzel crisps and peanutbutter. Not as good as that cheese dip but it may trump the triscuits. Hmmm

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    nothingswrong Dec 21, 2013 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Have you ever had the PB-filled pretzel nuggets from Trader Joe's? Pure evil. I used to have a boss who kept bags of them around the office and I would eat them for two meals a day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I shy away from most processed foods, but I have this awful soft spot for Handi Snacks in all their horrid forms. Someone at the grocery store once asked how old my child was as I was buying a box... Even my boyfriend can't watch me eat them, so I do it in private.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl Dec 21, 2013 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I haven't tried the pretzel nuggets but i have a TJ's and i will try them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I feel your pain on the Hand I Snacks. I love that fake cheese in many renditions. Spray cheese, the salty powdery stuff on crackers, nacho cheese etc... you get the idea. If it is fake, chances are that i love it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nothingswrong Dec 21, 2013 03:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Me too. I just love cheese, I've decided--real or fake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have never had spray cheese. I've *almost* purchased it many times. But I feel like I would end up keeping a can of it on the coffee table and my nightstand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You know what's my favorite? Can't believe I'm posting this, but after the Handisnacks admission, anything goes I guess. Tostitos Queso in a jar. I got married really young and my ex hubby and I were both in college full time and working full time. We used to come home after a long day and just split a jar of this crap on the couch watching TV with bags of tortilla chips. I will NOT put this stuff in my shopping cart anymore:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Dec 21, 2013 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I cannot be trusted with a jar of that in the house. I used to buy in the large two packs at Sam's club. I asked my bf why the jars were going so fast and his response was" you have to ask yourself that. I don't eat it." Oops. I stopped buying it at Sam's. I can't handle the responsibility.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            nothingswrong Dec 21, 2013 04:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ha! I never see anyone buying them. Good to know others love it as much as I do!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            vttp926 Dec 21, 2013 06:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have 1/2 a jar sitting right next to me right now with an unopened bag of corn dipper chips.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              nothingswrong Dec 21, 2013 11:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lucky... I just had dinner at my parents' house: pepper rubbed tenderloin, grilled asparagus with garlic, baked potatoes, fresh baked rolls...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'd trade all the space in my stomach for some of that queso dip...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                vttp926 Dec 22, 2013 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I want some of the asparagus, baked potato and rolls. Sounds so good haven't had dinner yet!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  vttp926 Dec 21, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Time for a maple long john from a local donut place. But then I also have some goodies from the local panaderia. Too many choices.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. fldhkybnva Dec 19, 2013 07:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have my umbrella permanently open and up so at least not getting so wet from the downpour anymore. My stomach is on the fritz which is to be expected and refuses to let any food pass through so I'm forced to snack, a tragedy right? :) right now enjoying a super juicy red grapefruit with TJs chianti salami. Stovetop popcorn is on the docket...literallly...I poured the kernels in coconut oil and left them there for efficiency of popping later if I have room. If not I'm sure SO will indulge for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MrsPatmore, next week I'm hoping the world might give me a break and I plan to wander Aldi for holiday snacks. I have my eyes on the cheese :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vttp926 Dec 19, 2013 06:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Finally back for the holidays from Aldi are the caramel wafers. Had a couple already now I want something salty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. MrsPatmore Dec 19, 2013 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I just ate a hot pretzel at Sam's Club and along with the pretzel, received my daily allowance of sodium for 2014.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Dec 19, 2013 02:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So it was the perfect pretzel. There used to be a pretzel guy right next to a restaurant/bakery where i live. I would get the pretzel and follow it up with a mini peanutbutter long john. Perfection.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MrsPatmore Dec 19, 2013 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, I'll admit that it was very tasty. But I had to buy a case of water afterwards - which reminded me why I only eat salted pretzels and salt bagels about once every other year. It was literally drowning in salt. There was a swimming pool of salt on the plate. But boy it was good going down

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              nothingswrong Dec 20, 2013 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That's how I feel a couple hours after cheap Chinese food. Like I'm drowning in salt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sounds good with a pretzel though...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. fldhkybnva Dec 18, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Roasted asparagus with a side of a stray lamb mergeza sausage and balsamic vinegar for dipping. Bottom of the barrel scrapings, yet surprisingly satisfying.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Sra. Swanky Dec 18, 2013 07:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just brought in my treats for my coworkers today. So many people are exchanging cookies, so I made cheese straws instead - added a little green Tabasco sauce for kick. Figured a little savory to go with all the sweet!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MrsPatmore Dec 18, 2013 03:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Brilliant, swanky! I'm going to bring savory treats to the cookie swap this weekend. Thank you for the idea. ☆

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sra. Swanky Dec 19, 2013 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My pleasure! They went over really well. A nice change from the sea of cookies! Enjoy your swap! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. fldhkybnva Dec 17, 2013 04:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Roasted red pepper hummus with triscuits - super stale as they've been here for probably 6 months and I never eat them but surprisingly still tasty enough :) I might have to break out the Boursin since you all mentioned it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Meann Dec 17, 2013 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Today was the cookie exchange at the office I worked in for 36 years before retiring. I was at the Christmas luncheon last week ... they include the retired folks ... and dealt myself into the exchange. So I am really cookied up, and one batch was Earl Grey shortbreads: a recipe I introduced to them 5 years ago. Happy, Merry!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. suzigirl Dec 17, 2013 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Split an antipasto platter with the bf. Carrots, red peppers, celery, Alouette garlic and herb cheese, Gouda, olive loaf, liverwurst, dry italian salami, several olive types and crackers. Very hearty and yummy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MrsPatmore Dec 17, 2013 02:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    《Alouette garlic and herb cheese》

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What do they put in there that makes it so addicting? Love that stuff and Publix had a BOGO special on it just before Thanksgiving. Added to mashed potatoes . . . oh my

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl Dec 17, 2013 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mmm. I bet it would be good in mashed potatoes. Now that i think about it, it might end up in my chicken and broccoli casserole tonight to add the cheesy element. Thanks for that. Yum

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl Dec 18, 2013 03:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It endied up in my pasta dish and was really good. Thanks Mrs Patmore for the inspiration.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. MrsPatmore Dec 17, 2013 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Six huge key west pink shrimp from the fort pierce fish market. Dipped in barely simmering water for 75 seconds, then ice bath. They are so good, they don't need no sauce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There are six more in the fridge. Someone better get home quick or I'll probably eat those, too

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. fldhkybnva Dec 16, 2013 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pancetta navy bean soup alongside a hope that the sun will shine again. I had a wonderful conversation with my grandmother about navy bean soup on a very frigid Saturday morning and was excited to make a big vat for the winter. Unfortunately, my beloved Mom Mom passed away yesterday and so I'm guzzling soup in her memory :) There shall be much snacking, my friends :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sra. Swanky Dec 16, 2013 10:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So sorry for your loss. Grandmothers are so special. May good memories and hot soup soothe you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Dec 16, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks. She is and probably wyll remain the most amazing prison I've ever met. I'm fortunate that she had visited a few days before and know that she is at peace. I'll miss her dearly and the past 24 hours have been a struggle but she'd prefer to see me smile then cry. The soup was amazing as most southern delights are. It'll defintely be in the soup rotation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Dec 16, 2013 12:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh no. I am so sorry that she passed. I am glad that you got to enjoy her company just the other day. And you have a freezer packed with her handmade love to comfort you when you miss her. It may sound silly, but when my ex husbands mother passed the most treasured thing she left behind was a big batch of french onion soup in the freezer that we enjoyed together with family. It was her specialty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Dec 16, 2013 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not silly at all I've been gorging myself on that food and not really giving a crap about the calories or my weight. I just want reminders of her. It was so sudden and unexpected, she was just fine and I talked to her Saturday and she sounded as usual. I keep thinking it's a joke, but I guess it's not. Mac and cheese, collards and sweet potatoes her thing so my plates have been loaded with them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Go figure I'm an eater when distressed. I hoped to be one of those no appetite people like I usually am when stressed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Dec 16, 2013 03:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I feel greatful for you that you got to spend the time with her so close to her sudden passing. That will be some special memories. We all wish for something like that with our loved ones. I understand the feelings you are having about it being a joke. When my MIL passed at 52 no one expected it and we all felt like it we would just "wake up" from the bad dream. My heart hurts for you. You spoke so lovingly of her.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MrsPatmore Dec 16, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva, I'm sorry for your loss. If your meemaw was responsible for your love of good food (and it sounds that way), I'm sure that she'd be very happy to know that you are honoring her memory in this way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Dec 16, 2013 04:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh yes she was a southern cooking master, I would know nothing of fried fat back and delectable comfort food without her. I'm giggling thinking of mornings with her eating delicious biscuits and fried pork chops with gravy while she noshed on burnt to a crisp bacon, her favorite thing ever! She lived a full life and was a busy bee with a life full of daily Pilates and card game nights until the end. She was remarkable and would LOVE my expanding waistline as I eat up her food and other treats without hesitation in my "I just don't give a crap" state.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Current snack-dark chocolate covered ginger, seriously out of season not quite ripe but darn tasty raspberries and blackberries

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Dec 16, 2013 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And i am giggling about the post you wrote ages ago about Mom Mom eating that bacon in the kitchen and mumbling to herself how delicious it was. She even touched the Chow community's lives.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MrsPatmore Dec 16, 2013 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  +1M. That is the sign of a true chowhound - sharing the love of great food with others. And not being snobby about it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. GraceW Dec 15, 2013 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cookies--Unfortunately or not, I think I have only had mostly cookies since Friday (it's now Sunday). I have been making holiday cookies.. and with each batch, I somehow end up eating more than just 1 to sample. Ooops.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have had some scrabbled eggs and .. I needed to clean out freezer space, so I made some sweet potato wedges and broccoli... but really it had been all cookies for two days. [I hope I never see another cookie again.]

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MrsPatmore Dec 15, 2013 06:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hi GraceW,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              《Unfortunately or not, I think I have only had mostly cookies since Friday (it's now Sunday).》

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              IMHO,there is nothing wrong with eating nothing but cookies a couple of days out of the whole year. It's the holiday season. And I expect that your cookies were delicious! I'm envious. Don't beat yourself up. You're amongst friends here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Best wishes for a happy holiday season, MrsP

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MrsPatmore Dec 15, 2013 06:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                PS I would love to see some pictures of your cookies

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tripeler Dec 21, 2013 10:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This reminds me of the OP

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                OhioHound Dec 15, 2013 06:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pitted dates dipped right into a jar of peanut butter. Good thing I live alone!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  vttp926 Dec 15, 2013 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Already snacking even after a dinner of summer rolls. Just had nutella and multigrain cracker. The perfect sweet, salty and crunchy snack.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kontxesi Dec 15, 2013 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Munching on chocolate chip cookies right this second. I've been making cookies since 12:30 today, finally sitting down and eating some of them. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Dec 15, 2013 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm shocked you resisted nibbling while making them :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MrsPatmore Dec 15, 2013 06:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Seriously! I bought refrigerated cookie dough during my recent Aldi's shopping trip. On the back of the package IN HUGE LETTERS it states, "do not consume raw dough" even though the use-by date is like February . . . and I thought oh yeah, right . . . like I'm not going to try any of the dough. Who does that? PS I will post a report when I get around to trying it

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kontxesi Dec 16, 2013 03:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pffft. I LIVED off of raw dough when I was a kid. And I was sickly, so if something was going to happen, it's not like I had this super immune system fighting off my cookie dough bugs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'll never stop eating raw cookie dough. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kontxesi Dec 16, 2013 04:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I did a little bit. :) My friend and I each took a beater, and then had like two spoonfuls of dough. We didn't nibble on any of the other doughs, however, just the chocolate chip. I find that most other cookies taste better when baked.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        vttp926 Dec 15, 2013 03:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Had a leftover taro and shrimp fritter from dim sum this morning and a bbq pork bun from another location for a snack just a little bit ago. Almost dinner time though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. suzigirl Dec 15, 2013 11:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A very satisfying plate of steak fries covered in melted cheddar and dipped in ranch dressing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. fldhkybnva Dec 15, 2013 05:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Freezer clean out is going well but makes for more snacks. Pre lunch snack-a quick few steamed mussels I grabbed this morning after I picked up coffee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. fldhkybnva Dec 14, 2013 02:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I ate dinner for lunch and now I have no idea what to eat for dinner and no real appetite for any legitimate food, so snacking until I figure it out or fall asleep. Ginormous grapefruit wedges, Parmesan crisps and a few leftover roasted shrimp. I hate when I have no interest in anything in the house for dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                nothingswrong Dec 14, 2013 07:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well, you have all your food groups covered there, so...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva Dec 14, 2013 07:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Leave no nutrient behind :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MrsPatmore Dec 14, 2013 07:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sounds like a perfect dinner to me. I had to go to a friend's house for a dinner party tonight. I was so bummed because it was the predictable food and food groups, together. I prefer grazing to eating "real" mealw anymore

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Dec 14, 2013 09:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, it was just the prelude to actual dinner which I happened upon as I was gazing in the fridge for snacks. I actually used to rarely snack but ever since I've had tummy issues the past few months I find it's much easier to eat smaller meals and more snack. Best of both worlds, get to have all the things you're craving that day without breaking the reasonable intake bank.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MrsPatmore Dec 15, 2013 12:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      《 I find it's much easier to eat smaller meals and more snacks. 》

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I believe recent studies have shown that smaller, frequent meals are healthier for everyone - which suits me just fine. It's 3 am here and just noshed on some watermelon chunks and I've got my eye on rosemary-flavor triscuits ♡

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Dec 15, 2013 04:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh no those are my favorite right before the black pepper triscuits. I don't know the last time I bought triscuits, might have to remedy that for vacation next week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. suzigirl Dec 14, 2013 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wavy Lays alternated with Poppycock cashew lovers. Okay, maybe a bite or two contained both snacks in one bite. Maybe. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vttp926 Dec 14, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was just thinking about snacking on the wavy lays here too. Too bad no dip.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl Dec 14, 2013 02:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I like them dipped in A1 when there is no dip around. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Dec 14, 2013 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You rock! I know what I want for dinner now, steak! Tomorrow is usually steak night but in my usual form I bought a steak at Wegmans and the same cut at Whole Foods 30 minutes later because they both had good looking strip steaks. I planned to freeze one but that hasn't happened yet so it only makes sense to eat one now and the other tomorrow. The thought of that actually made me hungry which nothing else has since lunch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Dec 14, 2013 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Steak sounds really good right now. Good choice. I could eat steak two nights in a row. If i were you I would see which tastes better if it is the same cut. That way you will know who gets the better quality meat and you can shop there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Dec 14, 2013 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Exactly! I felt like an idiot buying the Whole Foods steak but it was thicker though less marbled so pondered a comparison taste test. It's either steak or tuna at this point and the former sounds more exciting, the latter can certainly be had later as a snack best of both worlds .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Dec 17, 2013 07:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              btw, Wegmans won! I was surprised, well not really, but it was definitely better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Dec 18, 2013 07:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Good to know.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            nothingswrong Dec 14, 2013 07:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I disgusted myself recently by dipping potato chips in ranch dressing. It was awesome until it was over.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Dec 14, 2013 07:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I just had pretzels in ranch yesterday. Still think it was so good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        vttp926 Dec 13, 2013 07:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yummy Nestle Drumstick vanilla caramel covered in the cookies pieces.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MrsPatmore Dec 14, 2013 02:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That sounds really good right now and it's only 5 am here. That's not to early to start snacking, right? This sounds like a new and improved version of one of my favorite childhood snacks, Nutty Buddy

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            vttp926 Dec 14, 2013 05:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Very different from the Nutty Buddy since that is more like a cake/snack cake. The Nestle Drumstick is ice cream. But I do wish I could still eat the Nutty Buddy. Unfortunately peanuts/peanut butter doesn't agree with me anymore.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              nothingswrong Dec 14, 2013 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Choco Tacos are what I dream about. Can't do the dairy anymore though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A Choco Taco from the ice cream truck at the park was the best thing ever as a kid. Or those strawberry-shortcake ice cream bars covered in those weird plastic like "crumbs." Ohh...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MrsPatmore Dec 14, 2013 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, gosh, yes to the strawberry-short cake ice cream bars with the weird crumbs. I'd forgotten about those. What I remember the most is that they never froze solid - they always seemed to be slightly soft even if you ate them immediately after removing them from a freezer

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  nothingswrong Dec 15, 2013 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes! They are sooo good. A few years ago, my mother found them at her local Gelsons and was eating them in front of me. I nearly had a hissy fit.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm an adult btw.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. fldhkybnva Dec 13, 2013 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          wow, i forgot I loaded up on Boursin cheese before Thanksgiving and never got around to inhaling it. Problem solved - enjoying shallot and chive Boursin cheese spread on warm cornbread. I love the garlic and herb flavor and this is my first adventure with the shallot and chive and it's also great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl Dec 13, 2013 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sheeeee's back!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Dec 13, 2013 04:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yay, I'm taking advantage of the good times. I hope they continue.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Dec 13, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I hope they continue too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kcshigekawa Dec 13, 2013 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The second half of a pupusa with shredded cabbage and sauce. My boss (bless his fuzzy little heart) brought these in for everyone just before I went to heat up last night's leftovers in the microwave. It was so filling I could only eat half for lunch, and just finished the rest for second lunch. Yum.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MrsPatmore Dec 14, 2013 02:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What a great boss! I had to Google puposa. Sounds fabulous esp with shredded cabbage and sauce.