As a server, there are a lot of things about which I'd like to address the general public. This is not about tipping, and I'd like to keep it that way so as not to make anyone hostile. This is about some behaviors that customers engage in that are a little off putting.
For example, when only a single diner at a table is finished and asks, "Well, don't you have a dessert menu?" in a tone that suggests that I neglected to present said menus. I generally present dessert menus after everyone has finished their dinner and it is rude to your dining companions to insist on them before they are finished.
I'd like to hear what other servers have to say about customer behavior and any defense customers have of said behavior. I'm a little bored today and up for some back and forth.
When I make ravioli, I like to make mass quantities and freeze them. I lay them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze before putting them in a freezer bag. The problem is that the tops crack in the freezer, spilling the contents when I put them into boiling water. I use the standard recipe for homemade pasta, the recipe that came with the mixer attachment for making pasta. I don't overfill and I press out the air. Any suggestions?
Although I enjoy cooking, I also enjoy it when someone else cooks or throws a party and then invites me to their house. Unfortunately, frequenting parties can result in the sampling of some pretty awful fare.
The responses to the post asking for suggestions for a Super Bowl party where all good. However, there are people who (I think) have some unusual ideas about what to serve to guests, at a Super Bowl party or otherwise.
The Food section of yesterday's Post-Gazette published some reader recipes for football food. Not only did they not sound good, they sounded down right disgusting. For example, cocktail rye topped with Cheez Whiz and pepperoni was described as "mmm". Another recipe suggested making pierogie pizza by actually putting pierogies on a Boboli.
I experienced similar fare at a party I attended around the holidays. The cookies weren't even good. Am I expecting too much? Am I snobbish to expect something better than a jar of salsa dumped over a block of cream cheese?
The All Clad 40 - 70% off factory sale starts tomorrow and runs all weekend. If you are within driving distance to the Washington County Fair Grounds outside of Pittsburgh, it is sooo worth it. The factory is here, so they do this twice a year in June and December. The deals are unbelievable and the selection is huge (hence the fair ground venue), but so are the lines. I've met many people from far away. It is not advertised on the All Clad website, but it was in the paper today. Everyone around here just knows about it.
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