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Comment by Patricia on February 9, 2018 at 1:46pm

Eating out is a treat, & shouldn't be a constantly regular thing in my books.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 9, 2018 at 7:48am

Since Daniel left A/N, this group has become rather inactive.

When I was in Florida, I ate out several times--mostly buffets. I like my food hot, so I take a little at a time and return to the line frequently. I did Chinese, pizza, and a breakfast buffet. 

IHOP had an "all you can eat pancakes" breakfast for $3.99. I could only eat 3 of the 5 pancakes they brought me. They were very large. (I "doggy-bagged" the remaining 2.) But the "cheap" meal came out to about $8 when adding coffee for $2.50, taxes, and a dollar tip.  My self made pancake with coffee breakfast this morning probably cost less than $1. More like 50 cents.

But, it's fun to eat out on occasion. I don't do it very often. 

Comment by Randall Smith on January 19, 2018 at 7:27am

Thomas, yogurt is definitely good for you. I've never made it before, but I know many people that do. Good luck.

Unrelated, I cleaned out my 15 cubic foot chest freezer yesterday. I think it's been a couple of years since I last did it. The oldest labeled food was a 2015 jar of peaches. So, in rearranging and sorting everything, the oldest foods were brought to the top. I did find some forgotten containers. If we ever have a food crisis of some sort, I'm well supplied to last a long long time!

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 17, 2018 at 10:22am

   I've been reading up on yogurt and I am surprised at how easy it is to make. I think I'll go with making my own yogurt incubator. The incubators I looked at were all small that holds 6 or 7 pints sized jars. My family eats a lot of yogurt so I'll be cooking yogurt in big batches. Interesting is that if anyone lives near a cave the cave can be used as an incubator. Anyway, a simple light bulb installed in an ice cooler will do.

Comment by Patricia on January 16, 2018 at 1:43pm

I've made many jello cheesecakes....usually lime.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 16, 2018 at 7:25am

Yesterday, I made an "orange jello" cheesecake. The idea came from an old Indiana recipe book. I was perusing through it for a clue, and, knowing I had an old pack of orange jello, voila, there it was! And I had all the ingredients, surprisingly. I couldn't wait the 12 hours recommended to set, so it was a wee bit soupy 6 hours later, but oh so good!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 10, 2018 at 11:01pm

Thomas, I am glad you had a source of food during the shortages at your home. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 10, 2018 at 11:00pm

Thomas, may I ask what years those memories occurred. I have relatives that live in Belgium who tell of hunger during WW II. Their lives were traumatized by those events, even as we had plenty to eat during the war. We were on rations, sugar and fats are the ones I remember the most. We didn't need protein, fruits, or vegetables because we grew all of those kinds of things. I remember saving buckets of fat, but I can't remember what we did with the buckets. 

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 10, 2018 at 6:13pm


I envy your wood stove memories. My memory were that of an Austrian family, and my friend,  living next door to us. When there were times when we didn't have enough to eat at home I would go over to my friends home and enjoy Austrian home fried potatoes, eggs, and more. My friends mother was a great cook and she was warm and wonderful.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 10, 2018 at 3:52pm

My great aunts and grandmas made coffee with eggshells when I was a kid. They claimed the shells collected the grounds in the boiled coffee. That was the only kind I knew when I was a child. We had no percolators or drip systems in the households with which I was familiar. 

I remember the smell of coffee and the wood-burning kitchen stove cooking the morning breakfasts. There was some form of pork, some form of carbohydrates: oatmeal, pancakes, potatoes, or biscuits baking in the oven, gravy cooking in the cast iron skillet in which the pork was cooked, and canned fruit. Wonderful memories.


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