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Sharing in Your Kitchen

My roommate in college couldn't even be bothered to put a dish in the sink. She just put the dirty dish and fork under the sofa cushion. After breaking a couple dishes when I sat down on the sofa, I would always check under the cushion before sitting down.

How to crack an egg

The next time I need 2 or more eggs I'm going to try the method of cracking the eggs against each other!

How to crack an egg

@lemons - My knife cracking coworker said everyone she knew in her town (in the former Soviet Union) did it that way.

How to crack an egg

*How to crack AN egg

"Bake These OFF?"

If Giada's pronunciation is correct and she is truly speaking like "an educated Italian of the upper class in the middle of Italy" then why in her earlier episodes of Everyday Italian does she say spaghetti, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and pancetta in "the bastardized Italian we usually hear in the US"?

Is it a processed food?

@Lorenzo - I was thinking the same thing about molecular gastronomy. Can you say transglutaminase? Meat glue doesn't sound any better but it's more fun to say!

Is it a processed food?

Yes, it does seem that processed has a perjorative meaning these days. When it means chemical and HFCS laden food stuffs, then it seems rightly so. But if we used the most literal definition, then herbs, honey, chopped, roasted, etc - basically everything - would be processed.

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@mollykate - I'm not sure why you are suspicious about my post. It's an honest question and I was curious to see what others had to say.

@buffy - I didn't know that SDAs don't eat pork. I learn something new everyday. :)

@morgancain - LOL. I think you could be right. These friends of mine are the same ones who don't think twice about consuming empty calories in the form of alcoholic cocktails.

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I'm pretty sure these women I speak of are not dissing pork for religious reasons. As far as I know, Christians are allowed to have pork. But even if it were for religious reasons or flavor aversions, I don't understand why it's an automatic reflex for these girls to announce that it's not pork. But, like some of you have mentioned, maybe it's just the girly girls that I know. Perhaps I need to find some more pork loving lady friends.

I was too lazy

...to get up from my desk to get a spoon from the office kitchen so that I could eat my peanut butter. (1 ounce of PB is my daily afternoon snack). So I "scooped" my peanut butter with a Biscoff cookie I had in my desk drawer.

How to crack an egg

I prefer to crack open my eggs by tapping the egg on a flat surface like the countertop or chopping board and then pulling the shell apart with my thumbs. Others prefer tapping it on the side of a bowl or the frying pan. And let's not forget the one handed method too. But I've never heard about placing the egg in the palm of your hand and striking it gently with the back (aka the dull side) of a knife...until today.

My coworkers and I were talking about the as-seen-on-TV egg cracking product "EZ Cracker". We were so baffled by the need for this product since cracking eggs is not a difficult task. I was miming the motions of cracking an egg and one of my coworkers didn't understand what I was doing. So I asked her how she cracked eggs and she told me with a knife. She said that's the only way she's ever been aware of. She's never even heard of people cracking eggs on the countertop or side of the bowl. When I got home I had to try this new-to-me way of cracking an egg. Seemed to work just fine, but now I have an extra knife to wash.

So I wondered how many other ways could there be to crack an egg? And is the method of cracking an egg cultural or regional? How do you crack open your eggs?

Is it a processed food?

Recently I was reading a food related article and the woman being interview was asked what kind of food she eats. She said that she's vegetarian. She also avoids foods that are processed. Later she mentions that she loves to bake and uses Earth Balance "butter".

So that got me thinking about food substitutes. Is the faux version of something considered a processed food? Vegan butter definitely seems more processed than cow's milk butter, but it's not nearly as processed as a Snackwells cookie or Nutrasweet. How much processing makes something "processed"?

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Why does pork have a bad rap especially among females? The women I know who eat sausage are always quick to point out that their sausage is chicken not pork. I'm a female and I love pork and pork products. Long live the hog!

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