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I think the thing i most resent about the quantity of salt in these things is that it has created a backlash movement .....

I reckon you're on to something there, Siduri.

Of course, when something is low in salt we can fix it. But with the opposite we're just stuck. Not much can fix oversalting; especially to the degree of those soups.
 
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I think the thing i most resent about the quantity of salt in these things is that it has created a backlash movement .....

I reckon you're on to something there, Siduri.

Of course, when something is low in salt we can fix it. But with the opposite we're just stuck. Not much can fix oversalting; especially to the degree of those soups.
True enough, and considering my tendency to like salty food, I always undersalt when cooking and have a salt shaker handy.  But i wonder how these canned products survive - but then again, I wonder how most people seem to eat crap every day all the time.  My brother, in the US, buys all kinds of low-fat, low-salt, low-calorie junk food.  They get home and start opening things - of course none of it is very satisfying so they keep eating more.  They consume large quantities of junk - from before dinner with low fat low salt chips with low fat "lite" dips and "cheese", followed by some takeout or some pre-made thingy, or a steak on the grill, followed by "lite" pudding cups (not even refrigerated, because nothing they contain is made of cells or organic matter, and so it doesn't go bad! Then at last, a big half gallon of ice "creme" ("lite") with "lite" "chocolate" sauce.  I guess at that point, they don;t notice the salty soup which is the least of their problems!

Good luck with your surgery.  Maybe you should freeze some soups for the first days and you can puree them at different levels of creaminess for the gradual healing process.  Having had several teeth removed (one at a time) in the past, my problem after the first day of pain, was that tiny bits of food would get stuck under the stitches or in the holes and bumps of the healing gum.  You don;t want to have to dig them out with your tongue until the gum is completely healed because they hurt.  

I imagine you'll want very savory things, because most creamy food is not very satisfying for real hunger.  How about baba ganoosh? nice and garlicky and satisfying - or did i mention it already?  And don;t forget you can grate parmigiano onto soups and things and add a level of savoriness and also some valuable protein. 
 
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Well, I'm back from the dentist, sans teeth.

Before the pain kicks in I wanted to thank all y'all for the suggestions and expressions of support. It is well appreciated. And demonstrates why this is a true community, not just a bunch of folks posting on forums.

Thank you one and all.
 
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Cook luck and bon appetit /img/vbsmilies/smilies/thumb.gif

At least you got plenty suggestions for meals!

Hope you recover quickly
 
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Get well soon KYH, or else!

The moment you can pronounce this french sentence correctly, you're good:

"Un chasseur sachant chasser sait chasser sans son chien de chasse". This is how it sounds like:

 
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Good one Chris!

The one we were taught at school:

Le chien ne chasse pas le chat, parceque en france les chien and les chat sont amis

That was more than 30 years ago and I never forgot (although my spelling is probably slightly faulty)

(the dog doesn't chase the cat, because in France, dogs and cats are friends)
 
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I reckon I'll never be good, Chris, cuz I couldn't pronounce that even before my teeth went bad. /img/vbsmilies/smilies/redface.gif
 
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I reckon I'll never be good, Chris, cuz I couldn't pronounce that even before my teeth went bad. /img/vbsmilies/smilies/redface.gif
Try it after a glass or two... and then it doesn't matter if you are French or not, it doesn't matter if you have teeth or not, it's a big laugh, guaranteed. Well maybe not if you're doing it by yourself, but if you're trying it with some friends. /img/vbsmilies/smilies/biggrin.gif

Hope you don't suffer too much from the pain KYH. Now starts the challenge of producing good tasting soft foods! Let us know how that goes.
 
 
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Have a good recovery KY!  I wish you lots of crunchy things and corn on the cobs in the not too far future.
 
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ky,

glad you made it back alive....i do have a question though, not to hijack your thread, but its driving me buggy not to ask...not just you, but to all here....are you the main kitchen domo in your house? do you do the lions share of the meal planning, shopping, schlepping, cooking? i know in my house i pretty much do it all as my husband has absolutely zip, nada, zero, interest in anything food, except for eating...he thinks putting cereal in a bowl is making breakfast, god love him...god knows what he thinks the refrigerator is for...guess to hold the milk!...and of course the beer!...anyway,please don't take this wrong, ky, as it is nothing more than curiosity, but when you asked for soft foods ideas, i kept thinking, why doesn't your lovely wife cook you up a few things, for a few days...please forgive me if i stepped where i shouldn't...you know, it is not my style to be nosey...maybe, you just needed/wanted some new ideas....

joey
 
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Friend Wife and I do meal/menu planning and shopping together. But I do about 90% of the cooking. Maybe even more than that.

When we were first wed she, literally, could not cook. Her mother was the worst cook I've ever known, and, thankfully, my bride at least hadn't picked up bad habits from her mom. Instead, her attitude was that the only thing a lady made for dinner was reservations.

So I taught her how to cook. But it's not something she particularly enjoys doing. In fact, she belongs to the Rachal Ray school of cooking: if it takes more than a half hour it's not worth making. So, by way of example, she went out and bought some puddings for me. When she got home and unpacked them she was complaining that she'd accidentally grabbed one that required cooking. Uh, huh! Waddawe talkin? Throw the stuff in a pot with some milk and bring it to a boil, right?

That most emphatically does not apply to eating, you understand. She loves to eat; just prefers that somebody else prepare it.

All that aside, I was just basically looking for new ideas. You know me, Joey; I bore easily.
 
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Just an update.

First off, either my dentist is a genious (quite likely) or others have made more of this procedure than there is.

I was in the chair about 2 1/2 hours. A little longer than I've heard, but maybe that's why I'm in better shape? Following his instructions, I took a pain pill as soon as I got home, before the novacain wore off. I took a second one, on schedule. And should have taken at least one more, but fell asleep before it was due.

Woke up yesterday morning with virtually no pain. And not enough swelling to even mention.

So, so far, the worst part of the procedure was the taste of the topical anesthetic he used before administering the shots. And getting used to the fact there are no teeth there. I keep wanting to use them.

So far as food. Tuesday I had puddings, jello, and liquids. Yesterday I had more or less real food, so long as it didn't require chewing. For lunch I made steamed pot sticker in broth, for instance. For dinner I made a tuna tortilla topped with caponata. Also discovered that I can handle quick breads, so long as I break them into small pieces first. Been gorging on my pumpkin-cheese bread, for instance.

Haven't decided on lunch for today, yet. But I'm planning a Tortilla Espanole for this evening. And will be trying Chris' shiitake flans as well.

Based on all this I'm guessing that as soon as the gums start to heal and harden up there won't be too many things I won't be able to eat. Maybe not steak and corn on the cob until the dentures go in, but no a whole lot less than that either.

Thanks again to everyone for your suggestions and well wishes.
 
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There's a nice dipping sauce that you can make very easily. And it surely is a soft one. You can use it with potato chips (taco chips very good too). Why not with everything else as well :D

Finnish Way Dipping Sauce

- 4oz sour cream

- 4oz salsa sauce (Like this)

Just put them in a deep plate and mix with spoon. Leave in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

Were you excepting something more complex? This is it. Just 2 ingredients and very easy instructions. The sour cream brings freshness to the salsa sauce so it's a nice combination!

Bon Appétit / Hyvää ruokahalua!
 
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Thanks, Aksellson.

Right now the only way I could eat that would be by the spoonful. Give my gums a chance to harden up, though, and it sounds like a nice snack.
 
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