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    Have to recommend a movie - Argo

    I just saw Argo today. And thoroughly enjoyed it. If you get an opportunity, I highly recommend it. My friend enjoyed it lots too. I was young enough when the Iranian hostages was happening to not...
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    I was at Barnes and Noble today. In the mystery...

    I was at Barnes and Noble today. In the mystery book section. And ended up buying the cookbook Brunetti's Cookbook. Inspector Brunetti is a character in Donna Leon's mystery series. He lives in...
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    Well I got more ideas today for friends but none...

    Well I got more ideas today for friends but none for family. I am a member to Massage Envy (mainly due to my screwed up back). When I was there today they told me about their gift card special. Buy...
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    That is a great idea. I actually might try...

    That is a great idea. I actually might try freezing myself.

    Although I am thinking that I would just try to do it by chopping it in food processor. And then maybe spreading out in thin layer on...
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    I've never been a fan of fresh mozzarella either....

    I've never been a fan of fresh mozzarella either. I guess I just prefer stronger flavored cheeses. I would probably have to do the dog treat idea if it were me. :)
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    I just finished A Beautiful Mystery. I like the...

    I just finished A Beautiful Mystery. I like the way you put it. Her characters are tortured. I like it though. :).

    Right now I am almost done with Linda Fairstein's Night Watch. I am enjoying...
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    This sounds yummy . . . Maybe I should make this...

    This sounds yummy . . . Maybe I should make this for my solo Thanksgiving dinner.
  8. Not wanting to do any turkey or stuffing since my...

    Not wanting to do any turkey or stuffing since my cooking club is doing that the weekend before. Thinking something less traditional for myself. I thought about going out but don't feel like going...
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    That's how I feel! It is your house to love and...

    That's how I feel! It is your house to love and live in. Btw, I totally prefer no carpeting also.
  10. That is one of my stories. :).

    That is one of my stories. :).
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    I'm not sure what my niece makes. She is in a...

    I'm not sure what my niece makes. She is in a small town in IL at the local town dentist. But they couldn't take her full time. So she works at another office in a nearby town. I think she also...
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    Hmmm. I like that idea. They live in a small...

    Hmmm. I like that idea. They live in a small town, not near theaters. But my Dad likes to go to movies and hardly ever goes. So maybe movie tix, with the package deal for popcorn, etc. just have...
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    That's a cool idea. I gave my parents one a few...

    That's a cool idea. I gave my parents one a few years ago. They hardly ever use it. :(. I thought they would live it like your parents do.
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    Both of my nieces do have pets. I like the idea...

    Both of my nieces do have pets. I like the idea of giving them some dog stuff. I am a dog nut and have access to some cute doggie shops.

    I am cutting back on buying for them in general. We...
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    Thanks DeeK - I actually think I like that idea...

    Thanks DeeK - I actually think I like that idea better for some friends of mine. But it did spark me thinking about how my mom needs a new large round pan. Kinda like a Le create Dutch oven but not...
  16. Corona (and reasonably nearby Inland Empire) Cooking Club

    I've been the organizer of a cooking club for a few years now. We have about 10 members but find that we average 6 being able to attend at a time due to other commitments. So would love to see about...
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    Any Christmas gift ideas?

    I know it is early but since I am not flying home for Christmas, I like to shop early and mail everything wrapped the weekend after Thanksgiving.

    Usually my family gives me wish lists. But this...
  18. Where else would I go to get ideas for T-day dinner than here :)

    I found Facebook and all but stopped coming by the bulletin board.

    But started thinking about Thanksgiving dinner for one and remembered posting on that a few years back for ideas. Thought to...
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    Fabulous! I love it!

    Fabulous! I love it!
  20. Thread: Australian Open

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    Kutznetsova v Shchiavone has turned into a good...

    Kutznetsova v Shchiavone has turned into a good match!
  21. Thread: Australian Open

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    Thanks. I wondered what happened to her. I...

    Thanks. I wondered what happened to her.

    I was caught up until today. I am taping tennis while I am watching the Bears game. So those spoilers weren't spoilers for me. I know . . . rare . . . I...
  22. Thread: Australian Open

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    Did Serena not play? I tape a lot of tennis...

    Did Serena not play?

    I tape a lot of tennis and fast forward through what is on my DVR. Watching some matches and avoiding all the talking head stuff. So Venus must not have been playing any of...
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    I definitely am in. I have 3 refrigerators and...

    I definitely am in. I have 3 refrigerators and one upright freezer. And all of the freezers are full. So I am determined to eat them down.

    I have found 3 packages of Trader Joes Sweet Potato...
  24. Thread: Australian Open

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    Australian Open

    It's that time again . . . Anybody else watching. I am watching the Djokovic v Dodig match right now so per my usual a couple of days behind.

    I haven't seen anything about the Williams sisters. ...
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    I don't give the stuff to neighbors or...

    I don't give the stuff to neighbors or co-workers. I rarely am in the office. But I do go or host a lot of food events. So it may be a dinner party I am hosting or going to. Or like this Sunday I...
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    That is a good point. I always seem to have to...

    That is a good point. I always seem to have to buy something for a recipe. Last weekend when I made the Nuevo Cubano bread pudding, it called for light brown sugar. Well I had two boxes of dark. ...
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    I went thru the fridge and discovered that today...

    I went thru the fridge and discovered that today is the use by date for my steak. Glad I checked. My seasoned potatoes had a use by date of 1/4. :( and my onions were bad.

    But my snow peas are...
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    Ok this is the best New Year's Resolution ever! ...

    Ok this is the best New Year's Resolution ever! I love it.

    When I entertain, I typically provide one beverage as well as water. I try to have it match the theme of what I am making. Well except...
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    Interesting discussion. I do end up throwing...

    Interesting discussion.

    I do end up throwing food out. I will try to pre-plan and then still over-buy. I just can't seem to get the knack of it.

    I like the idea of keeping track of what I...
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    Food Budget for One?

    I am trying to be more conscious of my budget and not spend so wastefully.

    But I am not sure what is even a realistic food budget for one. It should include things like household products too. ...
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