Meal time staples

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Meal time staples
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Sat, 07-31-2010 - 9:01pm

I'm getting tired of the picky eater discussion, lol.


What are the *regular* foods that you set at the table at meal time?


When I was a kid, my dad didn't consider the table set unless there was bread and butter out...and milk.


When my kids were younger, we always set bread and pb on the table, as an option.

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Sun, 08-01-2010 - 7:31am

it depends on what i'm fixing.

 

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Sun, 08-01-2010 - 7:38am
I love red bell peppers. They actually have more vitamin C than oranges, too.

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Sun, 08-01-2010 - 7:53am

I think the only *real* staple I could point to is a salad. It's a very rare dinner or lunch that doesn't include a salad. Doesn't have to be very complex--just romaine lettuce will do in a pinch. But usually it has sliced english cucumbers and red bell pepper, with some feta and Newman's Lite Northern Italian dressing (which also makes a good marinade in a pinch).

I think the Newman's is the only prepared salad dressing that I like anymore. There's too many good ones to make fresh.

My favorite summer dressing is the one that I made for the nicoise-style salad last week: 2/3 C chicken broth; 2 Tbl lemon juice; 2 Tbl Dijon mustard; 1/4 C chopped fresh basil; 1/4 C chopped fresh parsley; 6 cloves of garlic, peeled, sliced in half; 2 Tbl tarragon vinegar, 1/2 tsp black pepper. Process the garlic by itself for a few seconds in the food processor (or blender), then add the rest of the ingredients with it, til it's all mixed up. it's delicious and really REALLY light tasting for summer.

Another one I like I got from Pampered Chef and it's really good with pork and a salad of spring greens. (From "29 Minutes to Dinner", page 23)

1/4 C peach preserves; 2 Tbl prepared mustard; 1 tsp cider vinegar; 1/4 tsp salt; 1/4 tsp pepper; 1 garlic clove, pressed; 2 Tbl vegetable oil. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl.

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Sun, 08-01-2010 - 7:54am
I guess I am an oddity when it comes to drinks. Many have mentioned having a container of water, milk etc on the table. We have never done that. The drink containers are not on the table, everyone goes to the frig etc to fill up.
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Sun, 08-01-2010 - 7:59am
I never kept milk on the table because it goes bad much more quickly when it's exposed to room temperature. I don't even store it in the door for that reason.

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Sun, 08-01-2010 - 8:00am
That makes good sense if the fridge is not 2 rooms away from the table where you eat. We have never had a kitchen big enough to eat in, so we always eat in the dining room.

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Sun, 08-01-2010 - 8:27am

That's true.

We have not always had eat in kitchens but the kitchen and dining room were almost always adjacent. The one time it wasn't it drove me crazy. Seemed like so much wasted time.

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Sun, 08-01-2010 - 8:27am
We pour milk for me and the kids and DH drinks whatever, usually diet soda. Otherwise, it really depends on what we're having. Quite often we have some kind of fruit on the table. If we've made a starchless entree, we'll often have bread and jam on the table-- unless it's something that goes well with rice, in which case, we make rice instead. Generally, we try to have a main dish, starch (which may or may not be in the main dish), salad or other veggie, and maybe 75% of the time, fruit.
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Registered: 08-22-2009
Sun, 08-01-2010 - 8:30am

Same here.

I had to convince my family that even though we have doors large enough to fit a gallon of milk and all the commercials and pretty print ads for refrigerators show the milk in the door it is not a good idea.

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Sun, 08-01-2010 - 8:38am
No roast beef sandwiches with mashed potatoes on bread with gravy over top of the whole thing? Lol. It's one of my favorite meals, but since it's so unhealthy, we only have it about twice a year.

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