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so i bought a cast iron skillet last week and have been liking it so far

if you have any good recipes specifically for cast iron let me know



Did you put cabbage in your sandwich?

lets just say it was too close for comfort



in other news:

Sometimes, when I wake up early enough, I'll cook bacon for breakfast. I take a bowl, and put a bunch of cheese on the bottom (usually cheddar) and then lay a few strips of bacon on that. I put some more cheese (usually Colby) on top of that bacon, and then put more bacon on the cheese. Then I put a few slices of butter on that, cover it all with more cheese, and stick it in the microwave. I only put it in for long enough to melt the cheeses, because I've already fried the bacon. When it gets out of the microwave, I have a rule - I eat it all in one sitting.


I call this masterpiece baconcheese.


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Ew, sounds greasy.

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Found this in the comment section of a video on how someone has been eating roadkill for the past 30 years. Site: http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2011/10/17/30-yea...kill/?hpt=ea_r5


As long as the gastrointestinal tract has not been ruptured, chances are the meat has not been adversely affected, at least not in deer. First rule of dressing out an animule is to use a tie wrap to seal off the top and bottom of the entrails before you remove and then only do so gently and without knocking the lining with your knife. Take your time and you should be ok.

I have never gut an animal before but it sure is a good lesson to learn. I remember someone talking about fish-- when you gut it, you have to slit the stomach open gently so you don't cut the liver which will release bile and ruin the meat.


Has anyone here gut anything before?

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Do not attempt to replicate. Great for the pallet deadly for the waistline.




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KFC Double Down Luther Sandwich


A KFC Double Down sandwiched between two glazed donuts.


(submitted by Heesa Phadie via topcultured)

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Not cooking related-- uses for vinegar:


Here are 20 unusual, thrifty, and eco-friendly uses for vinegar that you may not have thought of.


1. Condition hair

Silky, shiny, buildup-free hair using a single cheap, natural product? Sign me up! It may sound odd, but using apple cider vinegar as a rinse after shampooing really does work like a dream. It removes residue from the hair shaft and closes the cuticles. Just add half a tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of water, plus a few drops of essential oil if you like. Pour it on in the shower and then rinse it out. Sure, your hair will smell like salad dressing for a while, but once it?s dry, the smell dissipates.


2. Kill weeds

A few rogue weeds can wreak havoc in an otherwise flawless lawn, vegetable garden, or flowerbed and are especially annoying when popping up in the cracks of a sidewalk or driveway. Forget pricey weed killers full of toxic ingredients -- household vinegar really does kill unwanted plants; stronger vinegar made for horticultural use, which is 25% acetic acid, works even better.


3. Remove underarm stains

Unsightly sweat stains can really ruin an otherwise beautiful blouse. Ironically, if you use aluminum-based antiperspirants, they?re even more likely to appear, thanks to a reaction between aluminum compounds in these products and salts in your sweat. Spray full-strength white vinegar on the stain before washing, and it will disappear.


4. Soften fabrics

Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the wash cycle, and not only will it prevent lint from clinging to your clothes and keep colors bright, it?ll also remove soap scum from both the clothes you?re washing and the washing machine itself. Vinegar is also recommended in place of dryer sheets -- simply add 3/4 cup to your washer during the final rinse cycle.


5. Remedy sore throats

Many people recommend sipping or gargling with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of warm water to soothe a sore throat. Add a few tablespoons of honey (also a seriously versatile product!) to this mixture in order to make it even more effective and far more palatable.


6. Deter ants

Got trails of tiny ants weaving their way around your home? These annoying insects aren?t big fans of vinegar, so spraying a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water anywhere you have seen them can help encourage them to move out. The vinegar also erases the scent trails that they use to indicate sources of food to their brethren.


7. Soak sore muscles

Apple cider vinegar helps draw out lactic acid, which accumulates in muscles after exercise, causing that sore feeling. Mix a few tablespoons of vinegar into a cup of water, dip a cloth in the mixture, and apply it to sore areas for 20 minutes.


8. Freshen air

Whether it?s smoke, mildew, pet odor, or lingering whiffs of burnt casserole, bad smells can make a home less than welcoming. Store-bought air fresheners just cover up the smell with strong, clearly artificial scents, creating disturbing hybrid smells that only serve to worsen the situation. Acetic acid in vinegar absorbs odors, so spritzing it around the room will neutralize the smells. You can also use it to wipe down surfaces in the room that needs freshening.


9. Remove stickers

If you?re just getting around to removing that Kerry/Edwards decal from your bumper, or trying to peel a price tag off a new purchase, you?ll never guess what magic ingredient is about to make your life a lot easier. Warm a little bit of white vinegar on the stovetop or in the microwave and then dip a rag into it. Hold the rag over the sticker until it?s thoroughly saturated, and it will peel right off without leaving sticky residue behind. This trick also loosens wallpaper adhesive.


10. Cure hiccups

Most doctors claim that hiccup cures don?t actually work, but tell that to the thousands of people who swear by vinegar as a way to ease these involuntary spasms. It?s not clear how a shot of vinegar would actually help -- other than to distract you with its acidic flavor -- but next time you?ve got a bout of the hiccups, give it a try.


11. Clean crusty paintbrushes

So you forgot to clean your paintbrushes last time you used them, and now they?re so stiff and crusty, it seems that you?ll have to throw them away. Not so fast! Fill a saucepan with undiluted white vinegar and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Dip the paintbrushes into the boiling vinegar, one at a time, dragging the bristles along the bottom of the pan. Continue this process until the paint is dissolved.


12. Dissolve rust

The acetic acid in vinegar reacts with iron oxide to remove rust from small metal items like hinges, nuts and bolts. Simmer them in a saucepan full of vinegar, then rinse well with water to prevent the vinegar from further affecting the metal.


13. Eliminate stale odors

You know how lunchboxes and other food containers can take on a funny smell after a while? Vinegar can take care of that, too. Either wipe down the surface well with white vinegar or, in severe cases, leave a cloth soaked in vinegar in the container for a few hours to absorb the odors.


14. Remove mineral deposits

Calcium and lime deposits from hard water don?t just stain coffeemakers and bath tubs, they can actually clog showerheads and reduce dishwasher function. Run a mixture of half water, half white vinegar through your coffee machine to remove them. Use straight vinegar as a rinsing agent in your dishwasher to prevent buildup, and wrap a vinegar-soaked cloth around stained faucets until the deposits can be easily scrubbed away. To clean a clogged showerhead, remove it from the pipe and place it in a saucepan full of white vinegar. Simmer for just a few minutes, being careful not to allow it to boil, and then wash off the stains.


15. Neutralize spice in foods

You?ve got a dinner disaster on your hands: One too many shakes of cayenne powder has turned your award-winning chili into an inedible five-alarm blaze, and your guests are waiting at the table. Vinegar to the rescue! Add white or apple cider vinegar to your food, one teaspoon at a time, to neutralize the spice.


16. Prolong the life of cut flowers

Bouquets of cut flowers brighten a room all too briefly, often wilting after just a few days. Squeeze a little extra enjoyment out of your arrangements by adding two tablespoons of white vinegar per quart of water in the vase, which will keep them perky just a little bit longer.


17. Clean glass, plastic, chrome, and floors

A half-and-half solution of water and white vinegar will cut the grime on the shelves and walls of the refrigerator and eliminate spoiled-food smells too. Full-strength vinegar will remove tough smudges on glass and make porcelain sinks shine. Make it into a paste with a little baking soda to scrub chrome, or mix 1/3 white vinegar with 1/3 rubbing alcohol, 1/3 water, and 3 drops of dishwashing liquid for an economical floor cleaner. Just be sure not to get vinegar on marble, granite, or slate surfaces.


18. Treat fungal infections

Fungal infections like athlete?s foot, toe nail fungus, and dandruff are definitely no fun. White vinegar and apple cider vinegar can both be applied topically to affected areas of the body to kill fungus. For foot-related ailments, soak in a solution of one part vinegar to five parts water for about 30 minutes a day.


19. Tenderize and kill bacteria in meat

Marinate meat overnight in apple cider vinegar, and it will be delectably tender. This can reportedly also kill the bacteria that causes food-borne illnesses, including e. coli.


20. Open drains and freshen garbage disposals

Clear a clogged drain without the nasty, headache-inducing chemicals. Dump about 3/4 cup of baking soda down the drain and chase it with 1/2 cup white vinegar, then plug the drain. Leave it for about 30 minutes before rinsing with a kettle full of boiling water. You can use the same trick to clean and deodorize garbage disposals, or freeze vinegar in an ice cube tray and grind them up in the disposal to clean and sharpen the blades at the same time.


source: http://shine.yahoo.com/event/green/20-unus...inegar-2588664/

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Table Manners:

If you think people don?t care about etiquette at the table as much as they used to, think again. One soup slurp or tooth pick is all it takes to turn some people off. So to stay on your toes, here is a quick?and necessary?table manners refresher course from Louise Fox of the Etiquette Ladies, Canada?s Etiquette Experts:


If you are the recipient of a toast, keep your glass at arm?s length?never drink from it. Instead, simply nod your head and graciously say, ?Thank you.?

Never take your cocktail to the dinner table.

Allow your food to cool on its own?never blow on anything.

If you wear lipstick, keep it off your plate and napkin by blotting it as soon as you apply it.

Your napkin is there for you to dab your mouth only. Do not use it to wipe off lipstick or (God forbid) blow your nose.

Keep your elbows off the table at all times.

Don?t put your purse, keys, sunglasses, or eyeglasses on the table.

Take food out of your mouth the way it went in. If a piece of steak fat went into your mouth with a fork, spit it out onto the fork.

Remove an olive pit with your thumb and index finger.

Taste everything on your plate before you add salt or pepper.

Leave your plate where it is when you are finished with your meal?don?t push it away from you.

Good Table Manners vid to watch:



BMW from left to right. (Bread on far left, meal in the middle, water on the right).

Break bread with your fingers, don't cut bread. Put butter directly on your plate not on the roll.

Don't blow on your food, let it cool

Don't spit unwanted food in your napkin. Remove with your fork and place it on your plate in a corner.

Don't salt your food until you've tried everything first

Use silverware from outside in. And don't gesture with utensil.

Use knife and fork to cut an item at a time.

When done, place your utensils at the finished position which on the face of a clock is the tip at 10 o'clock and the handles at 4 o'clock.


Mm.. good stuff. I didn't know about the finished position. The only time I have heard of something like this is with the Japanese culture-- never place your chopsticks on your plate vertically-- it is considered rude. Instead, place chopsticks horizontally.

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If I was going to a very formal, high class, dinner I would definitely be much more conscious of my table manners. Even then, and especially for everyday eating, that list of "manners" (which seem more like ceremony) is beyond silly.

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Anyone here good at baking?


As I mentioned before, I want to bake some cookies this weekend. (I'll bring them out on Saturday for you guys to try but may I drop them off at someone's house? I don't want to keep them in my car from 1pm-4pm....)


Normally when I bake pies or cakes, I use liquor to give it some flavor. Since it's macademia nut white chocolate cookies, I was going to use frangelico liquor. Only problem is, if I put more than 1 teaspoon it's probably going to make the batter watery. Alternative is to add more flour or to take out the yoke from one of the eggs. I'm not sure what would happen to the cookie though.



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So I really wanted a patty melt for lunch but I didn't want to go out so I made one at home..... but I didn't have the right bread.... or the right cheese.... or onions..... or the right meat..... but I made one anyways god dammit..... and it was satisfactorily tastificul.

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what is that last picture? Slices of brie cheese and raspberry/strawberry current on bread?

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looks to me like sourdough bread with slices of butter being topped with fresh berries.

picture was uncaptioned so I'm just taking my best guess.



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it doesn't look like butter. Look closely, the outside is coated with a bit of white and the middle is more yellow-- looks like brie cheese.

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I'm pretty sure its butter. this is what the poster wrote:

In my personal vision of heaven, there are no such things as blood sugar and calories and simple carbohydrates....and I am able to have chewy, tangy, crusty sourdough with butter and tea (with sugar!) for breakfast every damn morning. As much as I feel like.

besides, who puts cheese on sourdough bread? blech.

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Hmmmmm. Sourdough sandwich? Put a couple leads of lettuce, meat of choice, a tangy spread, slice of cheese, and a few slices of tomato. There you go. Cheese on sourdough bread... Albeit amongst other ingredients.

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We don't mess around when we do granola. I think we make more every time we make it........ this will last about a week.....


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I want to make spam masubi.




You Will Need


1 can Spam

3 cups uncooked sushi rice

Soy sauce


Nori sheets

Furikake or li hing mui

A musubi-maker


Tip: Before you begin, have all your ingredients at the ready so the Spam is at its hottest and crispest once it hits the rice.



So I was curious about spam... so I looked around and found this article...


What does make you a bit queasy is the nutritional labeling on the side of the can. A single serving ? two thin slices ? contains 30 percent of your daily saturated-fat quota, 31 percent of your sodium, and 13 percent of your cholesterol. If people ate Spam exclusively we'd solve the Social Security crisis in a generation. Nobody would live long enough to collect.



For full article: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1...-really-in-spam

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So last night I was making this cod and rubbed some seasoning on it (trivia, I put a bit too much on). I've washed my hands at least 3 times since then but when I put my hand near my face I can still smell the seasoning... wtf...


(Thread needed a bump)

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