I agree that a covered container of cream cheese that has only been left out for a day is unlikely to hurt you. It would taste sour or bad, or your stomach would reject it. It's not nearly as dangerous as raw chicken, say, or cracked raw eggs. Not good to make a habit of but I wouldn't worry too much either.View Thread
I've made bread or cookies before, and my folks make fruitcakes each year. One of the most fun things I've made for a gift is custom cocoa mix. You take a can of baking cocoa, add dried milk, sweetner (sugar or stevia) and spices of your choice such as cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, chinese five spice, nutmeg, cloves, etc. A fun addition is a little cayenne for those who like chocolate with pepper in it. It's good!View Thread
Replacing part of the oil with apple sauce in cakes is a good way to lighten up the recipe. Replacing part of the sugar with stevia can help too. If you eat grain, replacing half of white flower in a recipe with whole wheat is good, as long as you aren't baking something that needs a really fine texture. There's always the lighter versions of foods too, such as sour cream, eggs, etc, but I don't like those because of the additives.View Thread
It would have to be racing through your body pretty fast for the oatmeal you eat at breakfast to be formed into stool already by 10:30. What you are excreting then could be the meal from the previous day.View Thread
Oh, completely forgot to include my favorite spices... garlic is good, especially powdered garlic. Nutritional yeast is also good but you need to experiment with it, because it's such a mild taste. Lime and cilantro and tomato are nice too. Of course, much depends on what you are cooking. Herbed vinegar can be good, especially if you make your own, or herbed olive oil- great herbs for that are basil, oregano, thyme, savory spices like that.
My favorite way to make mashed potatoes (this is a once a year only thing) is as follows: Boil red potatoes. Brown or purple will work too. Boil the hell out of them, until they are mushy. Drain most of the liquid off and save for soups. During last five minutes of cooking, drop in several cloves of peeled garlic so that they soften but don't lose all their flavor. Put the potatoes and garlic cloves through an old fashioned Foley food mill so that most of the peel is caught and it's a finely textured mash.
If you don't have a food mill, mash them with the butt of a glass coke bottle or other heavy duty bottle. The bottom of a heavy duty plastic container is good for this. Mix the mashed potatoes with good amounts of butter, sour cream, black pepper, garlic powder, and a little salt. Make sure it's all well blended.
This year I probably won't make this recipe so I hope someone else can use it.View Thread
Stews, particularly ones containing beans, are winter only foods because of the long cooking time. They sure are tasty though! Our recently devised beanless chili will probably also be a winter only food. Ceviche is a summer only food for us, because it doesn't need cooking, only refrigeration, the way we make it. I crave starch more in the winter, that's for sure. I crave sours and fruits more in the summer.View Thread
I hear ya. Though, if you cut out the processed foods and cut down on other salty products, that gives you a little "sprinkle room" for when you really want salt. Spicy foods (especially homemade ones so you can limit the sodium) help satisfy. Also, just using less salt habitually helps. You already know the "salt after tasting" trick I'm sure. Some people use potassium in place of salt for cooking as well. Good luck with everything!View Thread