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Old May 10 2013, 12:01 AM   #151
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^Oh god, you quoted me having typed there instead of they're. I hang my head in shame.
You're excused (this time)
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Old May 10 2013, 12:09 AM   #152
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^Oh god, you quoted me having typed there instead of they're. I hang my head in shame.
I feel for you, I was quoted once using "it's" for "its". But we know you didn't mean it.
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Old May 10 2013, 04:20 PM   #153
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^Oh, nothing beats fresh tomatoes. With some produce there's not really a difference between grocery store and fresh, but tomatoes taste like a whole different fruit. They're the one thing I will never buy at the grocery store, only the farmer's market. Unfortunately, I don't get enough sun to grow them myself. My mom used to grow them, and one of my favorite things was a tomato right off the vine cut in half and sprinkled with sugar.
You too? My mom talked about summers spent with her grandparents, having the same!

And while we've had good luck with Costco Romas, there is nothing like a cherry tomato coming right off the vine. I bought my dad three Super Sweet 100 plants and they're growing like wildfire right now!
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Old May 10 2013, 09:35 PM   #154
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^Better yet, buy a mint plant. They're easy to grow!
I am not looking to go that far. I do have recipes that call for mint, but not enough to where I need to buy a mint plant. A few leaves is all I need.
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Old May 10 2013, 10:47 PM   #155
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You too? My mom talked about summers spent with her grandparents, having the same!
When I was a kid I'd spend summers with my grandparents, too, where we'd come in from the farm to have "dinner" around one in the afternoon, and then in the evening have "supper" which was generally bread (baked that morning) and butter, maybe some leftover meat, and fresh from the garden tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions, and radishes. Heavenly. Their vegetable garden was about the size of my whole backyard.

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I am not looking to go that far. I do have recipes that call for mint, but not enough to where I need to buy a mint plant. A few leaves is all I need.
For what you spend on a few recipes' worth in the produce section you can buy a plant and a pot and have mint whenever you need it all summer long. If you're partial to combining mint with rum and lime the way I am on a summer night, I can't recommend it highly enough.
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Old May 11 2013, 12:45 AM   #156
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I hate the taste of mint. At the house before my current home we had mint growing wild in the yard and two of my neighbours would pick some whenever they needed it.

I usually grow tomatoes and cucumbers each year but this year both crops failed. Talking to a neighbour (5 houses away) I found out his tomatoes also failed. He said it happen to others in the neighbourhood as well. No sign of pests. The neighbour thought it might be as a result of toxins released by the big bushfires we had but I am far from convinced of that.
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Old May 11 2013, 04:33 AM   #157
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I still have a problem with the ground turkey, there isn't an Aldi's near me.
You live too far away from civilization. I live in rural NC and we have just opened a second Aldi.
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Get a wok if you don't have one...
I've had woks over the years but I'm not crazy about their utility; as Alton Brown would say, they're uni-taskers. A large non-stick skillet works fine and is more versatile. Now I do all my stir-frying in a enamel/cast iron braiser, it works great and can do a lot more besides.
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^Better yet, buy a mint plant. They're easy to grow!
I am not looking to go that far. I do have recipes that call for mint, but not enough to where I need to buy a mint plant. A few leaves is all I need.
I'm sensing a pattern here. Every time someone suggests an answer to your questions, the response is that it is too much work, too far away, etc. My grandma called this Southern Laziness. Please tell me that does not apply to you.
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Old May 11 2013, 04:53 AM   #158
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Kenbushway, if you have a mint plant, it's actually cheaper than buying a few mint leaves every time you need it. You can grow it in a planter box or a pot and keep it inside if you need to. Same with other herbs. If you can grow a houseplant, you can have an inside herb garden.
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Old May 11 2013, 06:35 PM   #159
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I still have a problem with the ground turkey, there isn't an Aldi's near me.
You live too far away from civilization. I live in rural NC and we have just opened a second Aldi.
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I've had woks over the years but I'm not crazy about their utility; as Alton Brown would say, they're uni-taskers. A large non-stick skillet works fine and is more versatile. Now I do all my stir-frying in a enamel/cast iron braiser, it works great and can do a lot more besides.
Woks have many uses, if one cares to discover them.
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^Better yet, buy a mint plant. They're easy to grow!
I am not looking to go that far. I do have recipes that call for mint, but not enough to where I need to buy a mint plant. A few leaves is all I need.
I'm sensing a pattern here. Every time someone suggests an answer to your questions, the response is that it is too much work, too far away, etc. My grandma called this Southern Laziness. Please tell me that does not apply to you.
Funny thing my mother actually mentioned Aldis to me a couple days ago. I told her I couldn't find one around but she's confident she passed one on her travels. I've looked at my area and how far I am able to go (15-20 mins away tops.) Its still not showing one for my area. But I will look again, she said its like Costco, if so then they should hold a good amount of food products I would hope.
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Old May 11 2013, 06:38 PM   #160
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As far as the mint plant, I understand all of your comments, I really do. I agree with them. However it will be on just me to care for the plants and with cooking these meals, thinking about changing my major, a new job I am about to take over. I just don't want to bother with it until I know I am able. I would love to have a garden of my own, but currently not able. You can always assume that if I have the time and resources, I will have a big one.
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Old May 11 2013, 08:04 PM   #161
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Funny thing my mother actually mentioned Aldis to me a couple days ago. I told her I couldn't find one around but she's confident she passed one on her travels. I've looked at my area and how far I am able to go (15-20 mins away tops.) Its still not showing one for my area. But I will look again, she said its like Costco, if so then they should hold a good amount of food products I would hope.
It is like Costco, but on a grocery store scale. Easy to get in and out if time is a factor. They have mostly their own "store brands", but lately Aldi is carrying more and more brand names, too. The prices are unbelievably low. It is the first stop on my grocery days. I go once, sometimes twice, a month.
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As far as the mint plant, I understand all of your comments, I really do. I agree with them. However it will be on just me to care for the plants and with cooking these meals, thinking about changing my major, a new job I am about to take over. I just don't want to bother with it until I know I am able. I would love to have a garden of my own, but currently not able. You can always assume that if I have the time and resources, I will have a big one.
I think they are talking a one-pot project with the mint. Just a flower pot, like any other houseplant.

"The longest journey begins with but a single step." Start small then, when you have the time, grow your larger garden.
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Old May 11 2013, 09:08 PM   #162
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Yeah, with mint, all you need or want is one pot. They go bonkers without restraint. Trust me. Kenbushway, mint is freakin' easy.
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Old May 12 2013, 12:35 AM   #163
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Seriously, it's harder to kill a mint plant than to grow one.
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Old May 12 2013, 01:52 AM   #164
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I am amassing quite a vegan chili recipe collection. However I have some concerns. I read that to much Vitamin A can be bad, some recipes have small serving sizes and 586%-228% daily Value of Vitamin A in each small serving size. Neither is from meat recipes but I hear vegetable Vitamin A is better than animal Vitamin A and apparently somehow its not as dangerous? Am I potentially going to kill my folks giving them these recipes?
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Old May 12 2013, 11:43 AM   #165
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I am amassing quite a vegan chili recipe collection. However I have some concerns. I read that to much Vitamin A can be bad, some recipes have small serving sizes and 586%-228% daily Value of Vitamin A in each small serving size. Neither is from meat recipes but I hear vegetable Vitamin A is better than animal Vitamin A and apparently somehow its not as dangerous? Am I potentially going to kill my folks giving them these recipes?
No, vitamin A overdose is a condition, true, which occurs when the liver's natural storage of the vitamin is full and so it begins to cause problems. The main cause though, is excessive vitamin 'supplements' taken by people who already have a perfectly healthy diet. Pretty much anything in huge excess will make you ill, you have bigger fish to fry (or steam) right now than worrying about too many vitamins!
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