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81 general / Re: door slamming neighbor
« Last post by bah12 on Yesterday at 07:29:48 PM »
The note is fine, but I think it would come off a lot more casual and friendly if you could do it in person.  When you see them in the hall say "hi" ask a friendly question about their day and then mention the noise.  I do get that this can be awkward and difficult if you don't see them a lot, but this worked for me years ago, at the end of a short friendly conversation.

"Oh yeah, I've been meaning to mention that I can hear your door close early in the morning.  It's woken me up.  For some reason, the noise really carries.  Maybe we can talk to the landlord about fixing it so that it closes more gently.  I'll speak to her about mine as well.  In the meantime, I just wanted to let you know how loud it is.  I'm pretty sure others probably hear it too and I would feel bad if someone complains and you didn't even know you were doing anything."

If you really don't feel comfortable though, a note should be fine.
Entertaining and Hospitality / Re: vegetarian, fish-free, gluten-free
« Last post by Valentines Mommy on Yesterday at 07:27:27 PM »
Beans: I will cop to opening up a can or two of Goya brand, rinsing them, heating them and adding Goya sofrito to them. A bit of lime juice, fresh tomatoes, onions, cilantro, garlic and salt and pepper, too, a jalapeño if I wanted to get fancy.

I would add sliced avocados, shredded lettuce, diced onions to my list for garnishes.
Entertaining and Hospitality / Re: vegetarian, fish-free, gluten-free
« Last post by Valentines Mommy on Yesterday at 07:24:00 PM »
The rice is very simple; DH's Tia used to make this for us. While not tomato based, it was delicious. Sometimes, I'll substitute some cilantro for the parsley. When I do, it is usually 1/3 or half the amount.

6 cups veggie broth or water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
4 1/2 cups medium-grain white rice
1 large white onion, diced
6 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
3 tablespoons  fresh lime juice
½ cup chopped parsley

Preheat the oven to 350.
Heat the broth/water to steaming. Cover and keep warm. Tia never really measured out the salt; she just told me not to over do it.

Heat the oil in a Dutch over, add the rice and onions and sauté for 7-8 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for a minute. Add the broth and the lime juice. Stir well. Cover and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Keep the rice warm if you aren't serving it right away. Add the parsley/cilantro just before serving.

I love using this rice with leftover shredded chicken too. Comfort food.

Saw this article, it says less than 2% go on to the NFL.

I can understand the community aspect, a little.
Here's something I don't get: college football. Why is it such a big deal? These are essentially amateurs who don't get paid but make huge amounts of money for their university, but they get a free education which is the expense of them playing football for their school.

But why is it so big, even for those who have never been students of the said college? They aren't professional players, are gone in a few short years and I think it's unfair how much money they make for their university and they don't get any monetary benefits from it.

I don't think there's an equivalent to American college football anywhere else in the world. Yes, there are universities and university sports, but not like this and the only non students who may take an interest it it are alumni.
I love football, both college and NFL  :P

College football is an extension of high school football, which is an extension of pop warner and other small leagues.  There are a lot more kids filtering into college football programs than into the NFL.  Most kids go to schools in their own states or nearby states.  Which means that their families and friends can see them play a lot more often.  In many places, college football is much more important than the NFL.  I'm pretty sure that the 10 biggest stadiums in the USA are college football stadiums, not NFL stadiums. 

There are maybe 2000 total roster spots on the 32 teams in the NFL.  However just in Division 1 alone there are about 20,000 roster spots.  And that doesn't include the lower levels of college football.   It's also closer to the community, a lot of the division 1 teams are the flagship teams of their state universities.  These universities are responsible for educating a large portion of their states college students.  In some states, even if you go to a satellite campus, you are considered an alumni of the main state university.  So you hear about your college football team on a much more constant basis.  The games are a bit more accessible.  If you go to a flagship university, student tickets can be as little as $10 and you get to sit in the student section which can be fun.  Regular season tickets are also more affordable as well.  So it's a heck of a lot easier to go to a college game than to an NFL game. 

Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: What's for Dinner?
« Last post by ladyknight1 on Yesterday at 07:15:38 PM »
Soup and sandwiches. Low key for the rest of the week.
Relatives And Rugrats / Re: declaring someone part of the wedding party
« Last post by Ceallach on Yesterday at 07:15:07 PM »
I think being expected to pay more than $100 for a bridesmaids dress is unreasonable, I don't think I could ever justify that. 
Entertaining and Hospitality / Re: vegetarian, fish-free, gluten-free
« Last post by Valentines Mommy on Yesterday at 07:10:02 PM »

This is a Rick Bayless recipe that I used for that dinner. I used 16 oz of spinach and added 4 oz of cheese to the filling.

I also used vegetable broth, instead of chicken broth. I used local texas goat cheese over feta because it was milder.

Also, The Frontera grill makes and sells tomatillo enchilada sauce in grocery stores now, eliminating a lot of the roasting, chopping, etc. for the sauce.

I have rolled enchiladas but I have also done as others have suggested and just layered tortillas in s baking dish. Flat enchiladas are popular out west.
89 general / Re: teens and Halloween
« Last post by dirtyweasel on Yesterday at 07:04:59 PM »
I would like my teenager to not ToT, but he's not completely under my control. I'm at work.
I'll admit I also abdicated on this point; I pick my battles.

He gets dressed up (bcs he can buy candy any day; it's the total experience).

And he's polite. I've reminded him to be extra solicitous of any littler kids (pointed out, it'll make the grownups like him more).

This is slightly off topic, but I've always wondered how kids in New York City go trick or treating?  If you live in an apartment building do you just go door to door inside the building?
Entertaining and Hospitality / Re: vegetarian, fish-free, gluten-free
« Last post by POF on Yesterday at 07:02:11 PM »
Oh, I used to make one of those! My recipe used ground beef and cream of mushroom soup (plebian,  yes, I know, but it was good!). It was an impressive thing.

But if you can find your recipe, that would be nice.
(and yeah, I'd have to sub something for the bacon)

Nothing is better than cream of soups !.  I usually use smoked slivered almonds for the bacon ( my neice is vegetarian - so I often make different htings for us to enjoy ).
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