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Old 06-16-2005, 12:34 PM   #1
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There was this nice thread on smoke curing food and then some BBQ recipies so I got to wondering, for the retirees, how has your retirement changed in relation to food? Does having more time mean that you can now bake those scratch cakes, pies with real fruit, home grown vegetables, home made BBQ sauces? Or do those restaurant discount deals prove irresistable? Or is food less interesting, just something that takes up time better spent on something of more importance?
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Absolutely changed. Used to eat out all the time with an occasional boutique dinner cooked at home.

Hardly eat out now. Have definitely worked on my culinary skills.

I've gotten lots of cooking toys like the smoker and large deep fryer for turkeys, chickens, and prime ribs. Tried and succeeded with a lot of different ethnic cuisines. Even made stuff thats a pain in the butt and cheap to buy just to see how its done. My home-made bagels looked like crap but tasted good.

We still eat out now and then, but its usually on a 2:1 coupon or if we're starving at one of the many inexpensive but decent buffet places. Theres an asian seafood super buffet place up the street thats ~$6 for lunch and ~$8 for dinner, which includes mongolian bbq, sushi and some excellent wonton and hot&sour soup.

But 95% of the time we eat out my wife says "you can make this better, i'd rather get this at home next time".

Its also nice to shop almost every day.
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Retiring means that I have fully embraced my laziness. We eat out all the time.
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I'm too lazy to pack up the baby and get in the car and drive somewhere

In fact, i'm so lazy I cant believe I typed this.
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* Even made stuff thats a pain in the butt and cheap to buy just to see how its done.* My home-made bagels looked like crap but tasted good.
Wow, am duly impressed. Favorite bagel place had wonderful flavors like carrot bagel, chocolate cherry, but cost 80cent apiece. I figured, even if I buy the most expensive organic flour and use Vahlrona chocolate, could make it cheaper. As I remember, the whole evolution took something like 8 hours. And after pulling the anemic pallid things out of the oven and biting into something with a taste vaguely reminiscent of packing foam, decided to just fork over the weekly 5 bucks.
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Heh, heh, heh - step daughter in spare room - fried chicken breast - beer batter with Tony C's Creole spice/Zatarains, potato salad, baked beans. May not make it toooo far off the couch today.

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We've made a big change since you guys convinced me that we've been paying too much for food.

No more convenience foods (that is, ready-prepared).
We make all our own bread.
We make our own yogurt.
We make our own pizza.
We make our own beans.
A lot more cooking from scratch.

This has resulted in a big improvement in the quality of our food. Tastes good!
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[homer]Mmmm...bean pizza on yogurt bread crust...[/homer]
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Mexican or Thai, local establishments, about twice a week! Occasional lunch with a pal.
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[homer]Mmmm...bean pizza on yogurt bread crust...[/homer]
Add me to the "exhaling milk through the nose group". Some great posts on this board. This one was so funny I would report it to the webmaster except... it was posted by the webmaster...there goes some more milk...note to self: don't eat/drink while reading this page...
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I aint no steenking wabmester.

Oh...you said webmaster.

I aint no steenking webmaster either!
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Tony C's Creole spice
Bar none the best seasoning for corn on the cob (in addition to butter of course!)
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And another thing! (Hey, this is fun!)

Bean pizza recipes abound. And indian Naan bread which would make an excellent pizza crust is made from yogurt...
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Bar none the best seasoning for corn on the cob (in addition to butter of course!)
Try Tony's on popcorn!!
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I eat anything as long as it swims. Never eat out unless I am traveling. I enjoy my cooking more. Sometimes I show up at a friend's house with some halibut or salmon and a stick of butter...

Now I have to go broil some salmon....


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I'm grilling teriyaki salmon tonight. I think I'll take a nap first though.
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I have a brisket that I rubbed and seared thats currently bubbling in some homemade barbecue sauce
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I have a brisket that I rubbed and seared thats currently bubbling in some homemade barbecue sauce
Ummm-dat looks good!
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Oh, wow .. that does look good. What time is dinner?

I'm reaching the point where I'd just as soon eat in -- tired of so-so food, and very tired of crappy service.
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Notth the brisket looks great. I could be there in about 15 minutes. Is that OK?

I have been cooking much more than before er. I am enjoying having the time to plan and prepare dishes that I have never attempted before. My hubby says he wants to try somethings in the kitchen. I hope that means preparing meals.
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