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Old 12-05-2012, 10:15 PM
 
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I'd be a happy guest if someone cooks for me! My definition of good food is that which is prepared by someone who isn't me. I even do dishes. I bring flowers for the table or a bottle of something. I'm a great guest and would be happy to make conversation with a cook!
I agree about HGTV. I wonder about all that entertaining, too!

Am having breakfast with a former co-worker in the morning. She's 78 and finally fully retired recently. We've had a lot of conversations about life as an older person and friends and such
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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I live in an affluent part of Chicagoland although my abode reflects my very simple tastes. I have been in at least one dozen homes with $100k+ kitchens. It has been my experience that the more costly the kitchen, the less likely that I will be served a good, homemade meal. Instead, you will get served a meal that comes straight from Costco.
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I can't help with this comment to be reminded of the 10 best meals I ever had, all made in a galley kitchen in a farmhouse in Tuscany, the kitchen so tiny that two people had to literally press their bodies together to get past. The stove took up the entire space with a tiny formica counter. What happy memories of huge delicious homemade meals (all except the cooked boar!) around a huge cracked wooden table in the dining room.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:57 AM
 
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ipoetry, I have trouble understanding the bond of 'smoking friends'. Why does the act of smoking provide sufficient interest in another person or in another couple?
Me too! I said nowhere near what you think I said. If you have friends who smoke then dine outside. Everyone can be accommodated in any environment.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Canada
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If you have friends who smoke then dine outside. Everyone can be accommodated in any environment.


I'm trying to imagine holding or attending a dinner party outside in winter in my climate in -30 degrees C. temperatures.

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Old 12-06-2012, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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I don't mind preparing menus for health/religious reasons for people - even in addition to a regular menu. However, I will NOT cater to weird requests. Most diabetics can eat MOST foods - when I was in the business, I prepared hundreds of diabetic meals DAILY. You modify certain dishes, offer a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables and the like. However, you do that and many of the diabetics who ask for such are eating the regular food.

You are making me hungry with the potato pancakes ....
Well - you combine kosher with diabetic - and you're basically limited to vegetarian with no sugar. Unless you're willing to go far - perhaps very far - out of your way to get kosher meat/fowl. On my part - I dislike kosher meat/fowl - I find it much much too salty. And I hate the taste of sugar substitutes. Luckily - there are many fun yummy vegetarian pasta dishes that - along with a good salad - will work for a whole meal.

Two hints about potato pancakes my husband and I have learned over the years. After you grate the potatoes (I shred mine in a food processor) - immediately plunge them in a bowl full of ice water (that will keep them from turning brown/gray). When you're ready to start assembling the pancakes - dry the potatoes thoroughly by squeezing them in towels. I have a huge package of cheap towels (like 40 towels) I bought at Costco for about $15. I use them for various things - including this. The towels will have to go in the washer/dryer after - but they'll be fine. Reckon you could use paper towels - about 10 rolls of them . Robyn
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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How many of those HGTV shows have their hosts ripping out a perfectly good kitchen countertops and cabinets? After all, every house has to have granite countertops and stainless steel appliances and the like.

I live in an affluent part of Chicagoland although my abode reflects my very simple tastes. I have been in at least one dozen homes with $100k+ kitchens. It has been my experience that the more costly the kitchen, the less likely that I will be served a good, homemade meal. Instead, you will get served a meal that comes straight from Costco.

(I have to admit that just once, I would like to have a great kitchen to work out in ... For now, I do my best work in church kitchens.)
Well - a lot of $100k kitchens are huge - but cheap and inefficient. I spent about $25k just on (German) kitchen cabinets for my 12x14 kitchen when we built we our house. Mostly because the storage is incredibly dense - efficient and easy to use (don't have to bend over to dig things out of bottom cabinets). This was the 3rd kitchen I designed - and I only got one thing wrong. I should have had an extra prep sink (my husband and I tend to cook together a fair amount these days). No way to add it now though. Robyn
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:57 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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When you're ready to start assembling the pancakes - dry the potatoes thoroughly...
Salad Spinner.
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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Salad Spinner.
I don't think a salad spinner will extract enough water from the potatoes. Won't work fast enough either (if you don't get those potatoes dry and mixed with the other stuff and in the pan fast - they'll turn a very ugly color). Robyn
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Boonies
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By "boating", we mean........tubing and fishing. Right now we have a 16' Invader Ski/Fishing boat.
As far as getting the neighborhood together for wine and a DVD movie......I DON'T THINK SO!!!!!!! 99% of our neighbors (moms/dads) are young enough to be "our" kids. Besides that, we really aren't into wine. Now, give us a Coors Light and a shot of Tequila........let's start the party!!!!!!
Fortunately (or unfortunately......depends on how you look at it), I have a very outgoing, funny, sometimes sarcastic type personality. The "quiet people" of society don't know how to handle that. But, my wife sure loves my personality. Laugh, laugh, laugh, we do a lot of that.
Now only that, at 57 years old, I'm still listening to Aerosmith, ACDC, Styx, BTO, Foghat, etc.. And, as we are flying across Chatfield lake in our boat, I have the old CD player blarin' with that music. Chatfield is south of Denver.
Yes, I'm a "live one" and my wife loves it.
I just have to comment! My kids who are in their 20's and my coworkers in the 40+ age group enjoy all of the bands you listen to! They also like Tequila, beer, tubing, boating. My husband and I are early 50's and enjoy wine. Sometimes you can have friends of all different ages.
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:27 PM
 
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Normally the older retired people will congregate at some place for breakfast or coffee in morning and in afternoon. Another is thru a hobby and the palace where those people tend to hangout. Really good place to meet new retire people and start a friendship. How about having a cookout and getting to know your neighbors better and possibly makes friends. Invite some of the people you meet at all these to dinner or to go out to say dinner.
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