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 - 10:22am

I prepare & serve the drinks myself. Sweet tea pitcher is on the cabinet right behind me (we eat in the breakfast area btw the kitchen & den over the formal dinging room). I usually set the table early (sometimes as I'm preparing my 11am lunch) so the salt and pepper grinder, all dining & serving dishes, silverware and serving utencils are on the table. If drinking something other than sweet tea dh or I get those drinks before the kids get to the table for them and one of us or our teenager will get up to go do refills. We don't put the milk or juice either on the table.


As far as the food, I usually put all of that in the middle of the table and we pass it around. On occasion I do buffet style (that works best for the big homemade pizzas and things that are in the slow cooker like the potato bacon & cheese soup or chilli for example).


I don't set the dessert on the table. We serve that after we leave the table anyway.


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Sun, 08-01-2010 - 10:25am

ha ha yes but I don't like 'chunks' or 'thick' places in my potatoes generally. Although often when we eat out they are like that and I can eat them fine and some places serve them w/the skins on (I peel mine before I boil and prep) and that isn't my favorite way but it is hard for a mashed potato serving to be bad ha


my grandmother did both, mixer and potato masher so I grew up with them both ways. my mother always used a mixer.


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Sun, 08-01-2010 - 10:26am

I serve gravy with pork roast, meatballs (rice and gravy), roast chicken, turkey (at Thanksgiving with mashed potatoes), and mushroom gravy over rice cakes. Other than that, potatoes are usually baked, roasted, or "french fries" (done in the oven--not fried). Rice is most often served plain (except for the above meatballs), usually as a base for stir fries or served as fried rice or rice cakes. Rice cakes with mushroom gravy is a vegetarian entree.

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Sun, 08-01-2010 - 10:30am

Made from scratch mac and cheese (or dinner mac and cheese as the grandkids call it) is served as a vegetarian entree here with a salad and a green vegetable as sides. And not that often as dh really shouldn't have it.

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Sun, 08-01-2010 - 10:32am
ACK! No mixer to make mashed potatoes. what results in whipped potatoes. ACK!
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Sun, 08-01-2010 - 10:35am

We rarely have gravy.

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Sun, 08-01-2010 - 10:37am

The table gets used for way more than just for eating so setting it any earlier than just before we sit down is out of the question. It's also my cutting table, the school table, art center, Lego building area, etc. Way back before we had kids, it was my "sewing room". The sewing machine was set up at one end of the table and we ate at the other end. We've never had a room solely for eating in. We either have had an eat-in kitchen or a great room set up where the living room, dining room, and kitchen are all open to each other.

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Sun, 08-01-2010 - 10:46am

The best way to get smooth mashed potatoes is with a ricer. A stand mixer destroys the cell walls too much and creates starchy paste that simply cannot compare to smooth mashed through a ricer.

I figure if you're going to go to all the effort of homemade mashed potatoes, there's no point in not using the right kitchen tools.

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Sun, 08-01-2010 - 10:57am

one of the many kitchen items I do own but nah, I don't like it as well. I have two potato mashers and don't prefer those either. I think for me it is what I grew up with (the way my mother, grandmothers did it).


mashed potatoes is about one of my all time favorite things and a must to accompany beef roast, fried chicken, or meat loaf (all w/their gravies)


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Sun, 08-01-2010 - 11:23am
My problem is twofold, we never had gravy growing up, except for very rarely served, traditional dishes served on special occasions. As a result it really is not part of my arsenal and I don't know how to make it.

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