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TastyReuben

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I feel exactly the same. I pretty well hate any abbreviations for food (or maybe other things?).'Mayo' and 'EVOO' also irritate me a lot. 'EVOO' is not used at all in the UK. Why is it in caps, anyway? 'Mayo' is sometimes used but not as much as in the US.
I'm assuming EVOO is capitalized like that because it's an abbreviation for Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and anytime I've heard it (just watch Rachel Ray for five minutes) it's handled like an abbreviation and not an initialism (or do I have that the wrong way round?), so it's spoken as "E-V-O-O," although someone did ask me once what "Evoo," pronounced like a word, meant. :)

EVOO bothers me a bit, I will never speak it, though I'll write it in a post if it's not apparent what "olive oil" means. It shows up in more and more "proper" recipes now as well.

I buy two kinds of olive oil regularly, EVOO and "light" olive oil ("suitable for frying"). When I write it out on a shopping list, I just put "olive oil," because I always know which one I need.

"Mayo" doesn't bother me much, but as strange as it may seem, "mayonnaise" is such a pretty word when spelled out, I think it's a shame not to write it out! :)
 

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This is an American questionnaire so lots of the questions will not be familiar to a UK audience. Mac 'n Cheese is just short for what we call Macaroni Cheese.



Okra is often used here in Indian dishes and is available from the supermarket. It looks like this:

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In the USA it is often used in Southern style dishes such as gumbo.



Its a sort of porridge made of cornmeal which is a traditional dish in parts of the USA. Its a bit like coarse version of polenta, if you have ever had that. Its not really known in the UK.

Thanks Morning Glory, I agree with you and TR it seems to me people shorten words and phrases because they are lazy. But what do I know, thanks again I'll look for Okra, yes I have used polenta I'll look for grit as well.
 

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1. Made biscuits from scratch? Yes
2. Fried fresh okra? Hell no. I don't like it in gumbo, either.
3.Made sourdough bread? No
4. Fried chicken? Yes
5. Made spaghetti sauce from scratch? Frequently
6. Made any kind of yeast bread? Not from scratch.
7. Baked a cake from scratch? No. Boxed stuff is easy. My mom could make lovely cakes from scratch. I didn't get that gene.
8. Made icing from scratch? No, but I don't really bake much anyway.
9. Cooked a pot roast with all the veggies? Oh yes!
10. Made chili from scratch? Yes. Frequently in cooler weather. I love rice, cheese, sour cream, and Fritos or corn tortilla chips with mine.
11. Made a meatloaf? No way! I won't eat it, I won't cook it.
12. Made scalloped potatoes? Yes
13. Made mac/cheese from scratch? Yes, I have a great 5 cheese version I make a few times a year, baked in the oven atop chicken tenders.
14. Made a jello salad? No
15. Made peanut brittle? Yes! Love it! But I think cashew brittle is the bomb.
16. Made fudge? No.
17. Made cookies from scratch? Yes
18. Cooked a pot of beans from dried beans? Yes
19. Cooked a pot of greens? Yes
20. Made cornbread from scratch? Yes
21. Make a pie dough from scratch? Yes
22. Cooked a whole turkey? Yes, many times
23. Snapped green beans and cooked them? Yeah, once. Not my favorite.
24. Made mashed potatoes from scratch? Only way I like them. I had them prepared from dehydrated ones a few times, not a fan.
25. What’s the most people you have (alone main dishes) prepared a whole meal for? Mmm, 50+? When the kids had their graduation parties (4 kids) I cooked the food for each one. I didn't mind and it wasn't hard to do.
26. Poached an egg? Yes
27. Made pancakes from scratch? Yes!
28. Roasted vegetables in the oven instead of boiling them? Yes
29. Made fresh pasta? Yes
30. Made croissants from scratch? No.
31. Made tuna salad? Yes
32. Fried fish? Yes
33. Made baked beans? Yes
34. Made ice cream from scratch? Once
35. Made jam or jelly? No
36. Zested an orange or lemon? Yes
37. Made grits from scratch? ? Yes.
38. Made an omelet? Yes
39. Lived in a house without a dishwasher? OMG unfortunately yes. Several times. Ouch.
 

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Question - for the spaghetti sauce "from scratch," I'm interpreting that as using fresh whole tomatoes, not canned.

How's everyone else reading that? If made from fresh tomatoes, my answer is no. If canned tomatoes are allowed, my answer would be yes.

I make 2 litre batches and freeze from scratch. I made some sauce Saturday but from a can, I didn't want to thaw out the big batch. Convenient.

Russ
 

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1. Made biscuits from scratch?​
Yes - Aussie biscuits (US cookies) and scones (what I think Americans call biscuits?)​
2. Fried fresh okra?​
No
3.Made sourdough bread?​
No​
4. Fried chicken?​
Like a KFC equivalent? Then yes
5. Made spaghetti sauce from scratch?​
Yes
6. Made any kind of yeast bread?​
Yes​
7. Baked a cake from scratch?​
Yes​
8. Made icing from scratch?​
Yes​
9. Cooked a pot roast with all the veggies? I assume a pot roast is just a roast​
in a pot rather than a pan?​
10. Made chili from scratch?​
Like a chilli beef sauce for nachos? Then yes, otherwise, dunno!
11. Made a meatloaf?​
No - bleugh
12. Made scalloped potatoes?​
I had to look this one up. Potato gratin - yes
13. Made mac/cheese from scratch?​
Yes​
14. Made a jello salad?​
Eww this sounds disgusting. I've made jelly for trifle though :)
15. Made peanut brittle?​
Yes​
16. Made fudge?​
Yes​
17. Made cookies from scratch?​
Yes​
18. Cooked a pot of beans from dried beans?​
Yes​
19. Cooked a pot of greens?​
Not American collard greens (not something we eat). But a pot of general greens (like wilted kale/spinach etc) then yes​
20. Made cornbread from scratch?​
No - not something we eat
21. Make a pie dough from scratch? Is this pastry? Then yes​
.​
22. Cooked a whole turkey?​
No - never had an oven big enough!
23. Snapped green beans and cooked them?​
My gran showed me how to take them off the vine, top & tail & string them when I was a kid, so yes
24. Made mashed potatoes from scratch?​
I don't know if we even get that foul stuff in a box. From scratch is the only way I know
25. What’s the most people you have (alone main dishes) prepared a whole meal for?​
I volunteered years ago, and plated a main meal once a month for 60 people (it involved a LOT of prep work). Nowadays probably 10-12 several times a year
26. Poached an egg? Y​
es​
27. Made pancakes from scratch?​
Yes​
28. Roasted vegetables in the oven instead of boiling them?​
Yes
.​
29. Made fresh pasta?​
Yes​
30. Made croissants from scratch?​
No (but I'd like to try one day)
31. Made tuna salad?​
Yes​
32. Fried fish?​
Yes
33. Made baked beans?​
No - another bleugh
34. Made ice cream from scratch?​
Yes​
35. Made jam or jelly?​
Yes​
36. Zested an orange or lemon?​
Yes
38. Made an omelet?​
Yes​
39. Lived in a house without a dishwasher?​
Yes - most of my life actually.​
40. Eaten a bowl of cereal for supper?​
Yes​
 

TastyReuben

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scones (what I think Americans call biscuits?)
American biscuits and scones are a bit different. American biscuits aren't sweet, more of a neutral, really, and made for sopping up breakfast gravy (cream gravy).

I assume a pot roast is just a roast
in a pot rather than a pan?
Pretty much, and pot roast is usually understood to mean beef (but not always).

Like a chilli beef sauce for nachos? Then yes, otherwise, dunno!
You could put it on nachos, people here frequently do, but it's a thick meat...stew, I guess, and may or may not have beans, depending on where you're from.

Eww this sounds disgusting. I've made jelly for trifle though :)
You've no idea how disgusting. :laugh:
 

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I feel exactly the same. I pretty well hate any abbreviations for food (or maybe other things?).'Mayo' and 'EVOO' also irritate me a lot. 'EVOO' is not used at all in the UK. Why is it in caps, anyway? 'Mayo' is sometimes used but not as much as in the US.
EVOO is an acronym, that's why. I call it what it is, olive oil, and I never would need to give the descriptor of extra virgin, because like many of you, it's the only kind I will use. Oh, and of course it's cold pressed and organic whenever possible.
 

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1. Made biscuits from scratch? Yes
2. Fried fresh okra? No
3. Made sourdough bread? No
4. Fried chicken? Yes
5. Made spaghetti sauce from scratch? Yes
6. Made any kind of yeast bread? Yes
7. Baked a cake from scratch? Yes
8. Made icing from scratch? Yes
9. Cooked a pot roast with all the veggies? Yes
10. Made chili from scratch? Yes
11. Made a meatloaf? Yes
12. Made scalloped potatoes? Yes
13. Made mac/cheese from scratch? Yes
14. Made a jello salad? Yes
15. Made peanut brittle? Yes
16. Made fudge? Yes
17. Made cookies from scratch? Yes
18. Cooked a pot of beans from dried beans? Yes
19. Cooked a pot of greens? Yes
20. Made cornbread from scratch? Yes
21. Make a pie dough from scratch? Yes
22. Cooked a whole turkey? Yes
23. Snapped green beans and cooked them? Yes
24. Made mashed potatoes from scratch? Yes
25. What’s the most people you have (alone main dishes) prepared a whole meal for? ~25
26. Poached an egg? Yes
27. Made pancakes from scratch? Yes
28. Roasted vegetables in the oven instead of boiling them? Yes
29. Made fresh pasta? No
30. Made croissants from scratch? No
31. Made tuna salad? Yes
32. Fried fish? Yes
33. Made baked beans? Yes
34. Made ice cream from scratch? Yes
35. Made jam or jelly? Yes
36. Zested an orange or lemon? Yes
37. Made grits from scratch? No
38. Made an omelet? Yes
39. Lived in a house without a dishwasher? Yes
40. Eaten a bowl of cereal for supper? Yes
 
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