have been thinking tonight, and i far prefer hand-washing dishes. the apartment i currently live in has a dishwasher, but i hadn't had one since the place i moved out of in summer 2011, and fell out of the habit of using one. haven't used the one in this apartment yet, and i don't intend to.
it's kind of relaxing to put on some music or a podcast and wash all the dishes and wipe the stove and counters (and then realize that i'm hungry, but don't want to cook and ruin the nice clean kitchen!)
how about everyone else? dishwasher or hand-washing, and why?
so, here's the deal. i'm newly moved in with my boyfriend, across the country from my family. since going to my mom's is sadly not an option, i hear thanksgiving will be at boyfriend's grandma's house. before i moved, every thanksgiving dinner at my mom's was a non-issue, as i'd just bring my own vegan stuff over and cook things i wanted to eat. no problem, no awkwardness.
i am not about to do the same this year. so, i don't quite know what to do. boyfriend says i should just bring my own (i'm assuming ready-made?) things to eat, that his grandma is pretty easygoing. i'm concerned about making a bad impression or insulting her and whomever else may be cooking the meal. but i'm also concerned that there won't be anything there i'll be able to eat. if i eat little or nothing, that would also be awkward, and insulting to the hostess.
anyone been in a similar situation before? what shall i do?
hey everyone... on thursday i'm going on a picnic with my boyfriend. i'm vegan, and while he isn't, he's completely open to eating vegan food. i'm looking for recipes, aside from the typical veggies and hummus/hummus sandwiches/etc. i saw a recipe for a bbq tofu and corn salad that sounds pretty good to me, but, i'm trying to think of good and interesting things to make, as it's our first picnic. let me know your ideas! :)
this is my standard drink when i go out. i know g&t is usually garnished with lime, but i'm not a fan in that instance and instead always request lemon to squeeze into the drink -- i think it's much better. (ideally i'd have a splash of fresh grapefruit juice, but most places seem only to have it from a can.)
does anyone else have a favorite drink that's a bit of a twist on the usual?
has anyone else tried and/or loved these chips? they're made in laguna beach ca, and the company that makes them doesn't even seem to have a website. the co-op near my work sells them, and i've only started buying them as of recently, but i think they may be my favorite tortilla chip. they're interesting because instead of having salt as an ingredient, they have soy sauce, which gives them a really good savory flavor. super good!
...in regards to kitchen tasks.
my first try making hummus with dried chickpeas instead of canned. did the quick soak method, and when i drained the water to replace it and cook them, i decided to rub the skins off of the beans so my hummus will be extra smooth and awesome.
most tedious endeavor i could ever imagine. especially since it was probably close to 2lbs of chickpeas. it took a long time and a lot of rinsing, but i got probably 90% of the skins off. argh!
on what occasions have you all set out to do something in the kitchen that ended up being more than you bargained for?
what would you do with them?
i bought a few recently, on a whim, but i'm not sure how to use them, as i rarely cook fresh beets. other than cooking them as a side vegetable, in what recipes could they work? what are your favorites?
i made kenji's Andalusian Gazpacho recipe today, and, wow.
so, i'm looking for other great recipes for cold soups, as it's already getting really hot here in arizona. it's going to be a loooong summer and i need some good ideas -- vegan recipes would be ideal, but for the sake of the other readers, any recipes are encouraged!
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