anzadel

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    Cookware Recommendations?

    OMG THANK YOU! As I said, I got the martha stewart one second hand so I had no idea. I just took the handle off. And I burn myself with steam on a regular basis. Im leary to put plastic in the oven....but I will try it. Good thing I didnt' chuck it in the trash! I am not going to go to the sur la table site to look at the handles of which you speak. I just spend too much money if I even look at their site
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    Cookware Recommendations?

    Cast iron for skillets. I love my All Clad sauce pans but as for skillets or sautee pans? I will never use anything other than cast iron again. I have 8 cast iron in various sizes I bought at garage sales and thrift shops for very cheap. They needed a good scrubbing and re-seasoning but they will last for generations. They cook evenly, are easy to clean and care for and they are the best! I stopped using non stick years ago when I got one so hot that the coating burned, set off the smoke alarm in my apartment building and they had to evacuate the entire building and the fire department came.. um...no that wasn't embarrasing AT ALL. I covet a Le Creuset dutch ovens but they are too expensive! I found a martha steward on at Goodwillf or 8 bucks. It's enamel coated cast oven and it's great. The only problem is that the lid on the handle is plastic. It is removable so I can put it in the oven but it sucks to remove the lid without a handle.
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    Complete and utter food boredom

    I totally feel like I could have written your post. I also love to cook, have a well stocked kitchen etc. Hell I kicked off day 1 of my w30 by making a standing rib roast with a platter of roasted veggies and mashed sweet potatoes. I got to a point where I was sick of meat. Sick of chicken and missed pork badly because I can't source the good stuff (yet) I had bought up a ton of grass fed ground beef on sale. And after a week of burgers and meat balls and taco salad I wanted to die. It was wierd. My hubby asked me what I was missing. If could eat anything what would I eat. Like last meal type food,....and other then high end pastries I just didn't know. I couldn't put my finger on it--why I wanted to go on hunger strike but I did. . Sure I missed rice a bit, and longingly looked at ravioli and gnocci at the store. I make a mean gnocci from scratch, too. Even tho I rarely eat these things pre w30 because they make me feel sluggish and fat. But it wasn't what I was craving. I still don't know what caused it, but I did end up eating a few meatless Dinners. Just big plates of veggies with avocado. In the end what helped was doing what any junkiie does.,. I went on a shopping spree. I splurged on a bunch of 'exotic' ingredients. Coconut Amino's, red boat fish sauce, curry pastes. Splurged on things I don't normally get like purple cauli, organic shallots, fancy mushrooms, dragon fruit etc. I purged my spice cabinet, reorganized it and ordered fresh spices from penzys. I also got some new tools. Norpro mini scoops, silicone muffin cups, a sprial slicer and a crock pot. Oh and a new set of containers. Yes I'm lucky I can afford to do this as a pick me up, but it helped. A lot. My cooking always was more Mediterranean/middle eastern with a lot of standards and classic dishes like mustard crusted pork loin. I'm half German half Lebanese so I just cook what I grew up eating but I love all food. So I gave some serioua effort cookinng authentic thai food. stiill working on it. But larb, papaya salad, curries are all easy to modify into compliance. I went out to mexican places and got some ceviche. Just new flavors to spice it up. I'm 2 weeks post w30 and since ive pretty much stayed on track. I reintroed cheese (fail) atena sushi meal out and a bit of maple syrup used as a sweetener Here and there but that's it. I tried pumpkin pancakes, hated them, but I'm more of a biscuitsnand gravy girl and I'm not even gonna try to recreate that. I do miss a good pizza but that was a once a month thing anyway, if even that often. It gets better! I think its just the knowing you can't have something,
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    The crazy things people say

    I would have said. Awesome! Sounda great. Then dump in the trash on the way home. I try to engage as little as possible with people in regards to food. Ugh. So frustrating. At lunch I make a huge salad almost everyday for work. Even long before w30, and every day someone says to me 'wow that's so much food you're going to be at all that?' All that being three cups of veggies and some meat. Probably a third of the caloriesn in their burger etc
  5. hello, I am trying to read everything in this thread. I just started a batch last night, first time brewer but long time drinker. Me and my husband love the stuff, and we've talked about needing to brew our own forever. I bought some at the farmers market a few weeks ago, ginger and tumeric and I said "THATS IT! I am done buying this stuff" The last 6 months have been pretty chaotic for us, including a major move, but things have settled down and we're finally settled and time to brew. I think my biggest fear is having enough for both of us, I started a one gallon last night and will do second one gallon tonight. Just in case I mess one up. Thinking about getting a CB system! Appreciate all the good info here : ) Do those of you in warmer climates use a heating pad? Its in the 70s where I am during the day. Saturday was in the 80s.