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how do you store your glasses/stemware?

There are 2 main reasons why it remains packed away...

1) We are in the process of buying furniture for our dining room so there is no place to display it.

2) We have young-ish kids. And our friends all have young-ish kids. So while I had 16 people for my seder this week, 8 of them were kids and I don't trust the kids (not mine but other people's!) with the good stuff.

about 2 hours ago
valerie in Cookware

how do you store your glasses/stemware?

Waterford stemware, which rarely, if ever, gets used, is stored in these cases in a cabinet.

http://www.containerstore.com/shop/ki...

Regular Crate & Barrel wine glasses are stored in the cabinet, bottom up. Even though the cabinet is closed, I don't like the idea of dust settling in them.

about 2 hours ago
valerie in Cookware
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Asparagus Assistance Please

I haven't made these but just came across this recipe. Maybe baked would work.

http://bitebymichelle.com/2014/03/26/...

about 13 hours ago
valerie in Home Cooking

Egg entrees for egg haters?

I loathe deviled eggs. It is most definitely not a way to convince a non-egg person to like eggs. I do, however, like omelets, frittata and quiche.

about 16 hours ago
valerie in Home Cooking

dishwasher detergent

I use the Finish tabs too. They sell them at Costco and the price is pretty good.

about 21 hours ago
valerie in Cookware

Corn Casserole?

I like this one. I made it for Thanksgiving last year and it was a big hit. Similar to Paula Deen's but no cheese.

Corn Souffle

1 can creamed corn
1 can corn, drained
1 stick melted butter
1 box Jiffy corn bread mix
1 cup sour cream
1 egg

Mix together, bake at 350 in a deep dish until done (about 45-55 minutes).

about 23 hours ago
valerie in Home Cooking

Basting braised brisket??

Agree with all, no need to baste. Here's my brisket for tomorrow night. Cooked all the way, cooled, sliced and arranged back in a dutch oven ready to go into the refrigerator. I will take it out around 12ish and let it come to room temp and then I will reheat for about an hour.

Apr 13, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- No Fooling, It's the April Edition!

I just came back from the supermarket and I bought the honey mustard yogurt dressing. I tasted it and I certainly did not taste pineapple. I usually like to buy a vinaigrette type dressing since I feel like a little goes a longer way but I really needed a change.

Apr 12, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- No Fooling, It's the April Edition!

Thanks. I have heard people recommend Bolthouse dressings before. I just looked and most of the dressings were 1 point for 1 tbsps. which is good. I will look for them when I am out shopping today.

Apr 12, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- No Fooling, It's the April Edition!

I weighed in yesterday after staying away for a few weeks. I was down 2.8. Even thought it was for 3 weeks, it still made me happy to see the scale move in the right direction.

Apr 11, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking
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Easter - Grape Jelly and Ham?

+1.

Apr 10, 2014
valerie in General Topics

the original pancake house (white plains)

About 2 weeks ago my husband and I drove around there one night looking for it but couldn't find it. It was dark, but we didn't even see signs.

I think it's on the opposite side of the street of the mall where DMV is, on the side by McDonald's...address is listed as Hamilton Avenue. But we didn't see anything.

Apr 10, 2014
valerie in New York State (exc. NYC)

What's in your slow cooker today

Good idea on the water or lentils! Thanks.

Apr 10, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Easy make ahead chicken dish

Love it, but it's not good for Passover if you are strict about Passover. If you don't use wheat products at all, you'd have to use wheat-free soy sauce.

Apr 09, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Your favorite dish for pesach (new or old)

I'm sick of serving asparagus! This so simple. I tried it out the other night and it was delicious. The toasted almonds tasted so good.

The only thing that I will change is that I had finely grated zucchini in my refrigerator (leftover from zucchini muffins) and it got too mushy. I will use a different blade on my food processor so the pieces are not so thin.

Apr 09, 2014
valerie in Kosher

Your favorite dish for pesach (new or old)

I'm actually going to make this dish this year. Similar, with almonds instead of pine nuts.

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2007/0...

Apr 09, 2014
valerie in Kosher

Easy make ahead chicken dish

Apr 09, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

What's in your slow cooker today

Not sure what happened but last night I made (well, almost made) shredded/pulled BBQ chicken to make sandwiches with. I even made my own bbq sauce. At 11am, I put the chicken in, put the sauce in, turned it on. I made sure it started to heat up. Went about my business during the day and at around 4:00, I looked at the slow cooker. It was not on. My husband was home during the day and I asked him if he noticed whether it was on or off at all during the day. He said that he was in the kitchen around 1 and noticed that it was off but he figured I knew what I was doing so he didn't think twice about it.

So now it was 4:00 and the chicken was still raw...argh! Even if I could have cooked it by dinner time, the thought of partially heated then cooled chicken sitting around for a few hours sounded like a recipe for food poisoning. So the whole thing went into the trash and my kids and husband and chicken fingers and tater tots for dinner.

I was actually looking forward to the dinner and my homemade bbq sauce...might have to try this again on Friday and pay more attention to the slow cooker to see if there is a problem with it.

Apr 09, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- No Fooling, It's the April Edition!

Remind yourself of the progress you have made! Even during rough times I tell myself that if I stop going, I will gain back all the weight I lost...and then some.

Apr 09, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking
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Passover brisket: Joan Nathan's Mothers or "My Favorite?" Input please!

I always buy my brisket at Costco and, I agree, it's always very good.

Apr 08, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- No Fooling, It's the April Edition!

I go into my office 2-3 days a week and on those days, I always bring a salad for lunch. And for the past maybe 2 years, I have been using Newman's Own Low Fat Sesame Ginger Dressing. It's low in points (only 1 point per serving and you really don't need a lot) and I just like it.

Or I should say *liked* it. For the past 2 weeks or so, I haven't been happy with my salads and today I realized that I am officially over the Sesame Ginger dressing. I don't want to see it for a long time.

So now I need to find an alternative. Any suggestions for a salad dressing that's low in points and tasty? Yes, I could make my own, but I'd rather not...I make enough other things from scratch so I'm ok buying salad dressing.

Apr 07, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Passover brisket: Joan Nathan's Mothers or "My Favorite?" Input please!

I have not had My Favorite Brisket but I did make My Mother's Brisket a few years ago. I make brisket with a sweeter sauce but wanted to change it up so I tried My Mother's Brisket. I didn't like it.

My guests all said it was good, but I think they were just being nice! Between the 2, I'd go with My Favorite Brisket.

Apr 07, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Foods Without Enemies

Same here. If I'm going to splurge, it's going to have chocolate.

Apr 06, 2014
valerie in General Topics
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Arthur Schwartz Potato Kugel

That looks nice! I am planning to make this potato kugel this year too. This is the recipe you used? It's the one I am going to make.

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

Apr 05, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

How often do you drink alcoholic drinks?

I'm with you. I have a mixed drink about once a month, usually at a party or dinner with friends. I just don't enjoy drinking all that much. Never did, even in college. Oh and I loathe the taste of beer.

And as someone who has always been fighting the battle of the bulge, I'd much rather eat than drink. To me, alcohol is empty calories.

Apr 04, 2014
valerie in General Topics

Passover 2014

Thanks. Glad to hear you liked the slow cooked chicken.

I have made chicken marbella a few times for this group, so just wanted something else.

Apr 03, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking

Foods Without Enemies

Can't stand cheesecake either.

And yes, there are people who don't like chocolate. I am not one of them...I love chocolate.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9603...

Apr 03, 2014
valerie in General Topics

How far ahead to dress roasted vegetable salad

I'd wait until right before your guests arrive to add the dressing.

Apr 03, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- No Fooling, It's the April Edition!

Hey, any loss is a loss!

Apr 03, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #288 - April Fool Edition! [Through April 3, 2014]

The weather is nice today so I'm grilling hamburgers for dinner tonight. The grill has not been used in months since it was covered in snow since early December.

When I go to the store I will see what vegetables look good for grilling.

Apr 03, 2014
valerie in Home Cooking
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