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billhike posted:

Good on you guys for helping out local places. There is a small taco place down the road and we’ve ordered from them a couple of times - plan to do so again.

Ordering pizza tonight. Thin crust with sausage, onions and green peppers. 

This may have been addressed already but I'm too lazy to look for it.  When you're picking up take-out or having food delivered, do you take any special precautions handling it? We'd like to support local restaurants but are leery of all the various potential points of cross-contamination.  Are we just being paranoid? 

vint posted:
billhike posted:

Good on you guys for helping out local places. There is a small taco place down the road and we’ve ordered from them a couple of times - plan to do so again.

Ordering pizza tonight. Thin crust with sausage, onions and green peppers. 

This may have been addressed already but I'm too lazy to look for it.  When you're picking up take-out or having food delivered, do you take any special precautions handling it? We'd like to support local restaurants but are leery of all the various potential points of cross-contamination.  Are we just being paranoid? 

I wouldn’t call it paranoid - the stakes are high. I generally will sign for an order with my own pen if I need to sign. Last night I forgot to bring one to the front door. I washed my hands immediately after. I think someone else posted about wiping down their grocery packages. I’m still shopping for my own, and am in the minority by not wearing a mask. We will probably get crafty this weekend and jury-rig some. I cleaned the kitchen counters with Fantastic after putting the groceries away. 

Thanks, Bill.  I presume any nasties in the food were killed by cooking, but should we care about the person who packed the food? Or who handled those containers before they arrived at the house? A lot of forumites seem to be ordering in and just wanted to see if there was any concensus on what makes sense. 

I guess I’m trusting the couple of places I order from more than would be advisable. My assumption is that they are cleaning more often than usual and extra mindful about not letting sick employees come to work. I tend to not patronize a place if it looks at all dirty even before all this. For the taco place I mentioned, it’s one of the cleanest places I’ve been to, consistently. To this point, my focus has been on not breathing towards others in my proximity and avoiding contact as  much as possible. 

We don’t order food as much as others on here! I think. The vast majority of our meals have been prepared by us. I’d also be interested in hearing from others here about precautions they are taking.

We haven't ordered any food - house is stocked.  I would though but only from places I really trust - Key West is small so we personally know most of the places anyway - Mostly buying gift certificates to give $$ and cash flow to the places we hope survive and will frequent when we can - 

Otherwise, I would treat the same as other stuff - get rid of the packaging - disinfect, etc.  

My neighbor (who by the way knows justaskosh) made too much Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole yesterday and asked me if I wanted some.  She's a great cook, so of course I grudgingly agreed to take some.  I wasn't expecting much, but it was actually quite savory and delicious.  That's savoury for you Canuks and Brits out there.  Yes bman, I'm talking to you...  

spendwithpennies.com/broccoli-rice-casserole-scratch/ 

For those of you with more adventurous palates, I'd recommend some heat in the mix.  Jalapeños, chili flakes etc.  It's definitely kid safe, and perfectly good as-is.  Next time I make it, I'm going to add some grilled chicken or pulled pork.

This angel of a neighbor has given me tubs of Chili, Split Pea Soup and Turkey Rice soup over the past week or so.  God Bless America.

PH

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@jcocktosten posted:

We had a Vacqueyras that night.  Last night chili over pasta.  Sort of a play on Cincy chili

Interesting pairing.  I've had BB with Cotes du Rhone once or twice, but otherwise have always paired it with PN.  And anyone who knows me who read the last sentence is likely snickering.

re: chili and pasta, there was a familiar sequence in my college dorm cafeteria.  One day early in the week, they'd make hamburgers.  The next day, there'd be chili on the menu.  In a day or two...chili mac.  They weren't fooling anyone.  

PH

Oh!  And regarding Cincinnati Chili, as people with a connection to the DC area, you all may remember the Hard Times Cafe.  

The original location was in a minuscule shopping center next to my old neighborhood in Rockville, MD.  A 10 minute joint smoking walk from my front door.  This shopping center had room for 3-4 stores, max.  They were the first restaurant to offer Cincy Chili in the DC area. They never really got it right, and I haven't had their chili in a couple of decades.  Amazingly, they're still there.

They do make a ridiculously great cheeseburger. Top 10 in my experience.  The fries are also first rate.  Try 'em next time you're in the area.  And try a small bowl of their Cincy Chili.  It's actually pretty good, if a little bit too cinnamony.  

Where they go wrong is in the pasta and other ingredients.  Never had smellier chopped onions in my life.  

PH

@purplehaze posted:

Oh!  And regarding Cincinnati Chili, as people with a connection to the DC area, you all may remember the Hard Times Cafe.  

The original location was in a minuscule shopping center next to my old neighborhood in Rockville, MD.  A 10 minute joint smoking walk from my front door.  This shopping center had room for 3-4 stores, max.  They were the first restaurant to offer Cincy Chili in the DC area. They never really got it right, and I haven't had their chili in a couple of decades.  Amazingly, they're still there.

They do make a ridiculously great cheeseburger. Top 10 in my experience.  The fries are also first rate.  Try 'em next time you're in the area.  And try a small bowl of their Cincy Chili.  It's actually pretty good, if a little bit too cinnamony.  

Where they go wrong is in the pasta and other ingredients.  Never had smellier chopped onions in my life.  

PH

I went to the one in Alexandria once.  Our best friends here are from Cincy and they do Cincy Chili and a 3 way on their menu.  It is divine and what inspired ours the other night.

Anyway last night we repurposed the pita Stef made and had grilled chicken in pita sandwiches with tahini, onions, pickled carrots and baked sweet potato fries.

Grilled chicken tacos today

 

put on the handsfree headphones and spent the afternoon on calls while making butternut squash ravilolis.  tossed in brown butter & sage with some grana padano.  raddichio/beets/parsley in a clementine vinaigrette.  2018 Francois Mikulski Bourgogne Cote d'Or Rouge while assembling, 2007 Vajra Albe with the meal.  Really losing track of what day it its.

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