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Marinating with lime in foil; problem?

I am marinating some carne asada with salt and lime. I wrapped it up in foil. Someone told me to take it out of the foil because there would be a bad reaction... anyone heard of this? Thx!

Sep 17, 2009
Lemonii in Home Cooking

Lunch for 40 wine cellar crew workers [moved from General Chowhounding board]

So every Friday during Harvest we provide lunch for our cellar crew. Normally we order pizza or sandwiches because it’s so easy. I love to cook though and was hoping to get a few suggestions. There are about 40 of us to feed; we have 2 ovens and lots of fridge space. We are limited by $$ we want to spend about $5 a person, and time… I do have my own work to do so I can’t be in the kitchen cooking all morning. I want something to fill up these hungry workers, and there’s got to be a few vegetarian options. Thanks!

Sep 15, 2009
Lemonii in Home Cooking

keeping the caramel on the apple. What's the secret?

Am I going to be able to do this all in a crockpot?

Oct 24, 2008
Lemonii in Home Cooking

Wedding Day lunch with Family

Need a suggestion for lunch in Austin on Wedding day. There will probably be about a dozen or so of us. Nothing too exotic, and there might be kids. Something pretty and peaceful…but not dress-up fancy. I guess it’ll be too hot for a patio… We’ll be a the Hotels Omni and the Super 8, and the wedding is at Mercury Hall, so somewhere not far from those places. Thank you!

Jul 18, 2008
Lemonii in Austin

Camping ? about ck fajitas and marinating for 2.5 days?

I want fajitas for one of my meals when I go camping this weekend. I have some frozen chicken breasts. I was planning on putting the frozen chicken in a zip lock with marinade on Thursday morning; keep it on ice in a cooler, and then eating it on Saturday for lunch. 2 ½ days of marinating… hmmm, is that too long? And can anyone suggest a marinade for chicken fajitas; keeping in mind the length of marinating time?

Jun 09, 2008
Lemonii in Home Cooking

How/what to order, Dim Sum.

Thanks everyone! Very helpful info.!

Jun 05, 2008
Lemonii in General Topics

How/what to order, Dim Sum.

Hello,

I have never had Dim Sum. I am going to San Francisco this weekend and plan to eat some Dim Sum in Chinatown. There are a million suggestions on where to eat; I've yet to pick a spot... But once I'm there, what do I eat? Is there etiquette? What's do they generally have at Dim Sum joints, what's good to start off with for my first go? I'm not particular about food; I'll eat anything (just about...).

Thank you!

Jun 05, 2008
Lemonii in General Topics

Country Fried Steak....

I am from southern Texas and love chicken fried steak. I just saw a special on the food channel about this food. Apparently if it has brown gravy it is called Country fried steak and if it has White it is chicken fried steak.

Mar 26, 2008
Lemonii in General Topics

What to do with a bunch of saltine crackers….

I have ¾ of a box left of saltine crackers at home and don’t know what to do with them. I could just throw them out, I don’t like to eat them myself…I got them for a recipe over Christmas and only used a quarter of the box. Who’s got an interesting recipe to use a whole bunch of them… Superbowl is coming up, maybe something for that party?

Jan 30, 2008
Lemonii in Home Cooking

Where to get wedding cake?

Need a cake, the wedding is in Austin, money is very tight but we want it to be yummy and special! Help!

Dec 27, 2007
Lemonii in Austin

What's on your Christmas menu?

I got a deisel heritage turkey for thanksgivng and it was so yummy, so juicey, soooo worth it! Best turkey I've ever had. Just put onions, lemons, carrots, garlic inside for flavor and stuffed salty sage butter under and on top of skin. Perfection.

Dec 12, 2007
Lemonii in Home Cooking

Goose AND Turkey?

My husband wants goose for Christmas. His parents do not, they want turkey. I love the idea of having some of the goose fat. I wonder if I can get a small goose, cook it before the Turkey and then use the meat for something…. I’ve never cooked a goose… What about this, cook the goose, retain the fat and smother some on the Turkey. Since geese don’t have much meat on them anyways, and I’m getting a small one, what can I do with the goose meat? Flavor the gravy? Put it in the dressing?

Dec 05, 2007
Lemonii in Home Cooking

Well, how did you Thanksgiving Go?

My thanksgiving was so fantastic! It was my first turkey, on my own. I got a deisel turkey, and with loads of advice from chowhound, it was in fact the best Turkey I've EVER had! And the giblet gravy was so yum. The only thing I would do differently with the gravy is add more broth. It was so flavorful, it wouldn't have hurt to thin it out a bit. My mashed potatoes were a little gluey even though I tried not to over stir it... My pecan pie with bourbon and homemade pie crust was very good. I'm so proud of myself :)

Dec 05, 2007
Lemonii in Home Cooking

Scone with a sugary cinnamon topping

Was just at the coffee shop and saw some yummy scones with a sugary cinnamon encrusted top. From what I remember scones are fairly easy to make, does anyone have a yummy recipe for me?

Nov 13, 2007
Lemonii in Home Cooking

Crockpot Mac-N-Chz recipe?

Thanks, I do appreciate that suggestion, but I want to hear from chowhounders not people making mac for their kids on a weeknight... I want it to be special. I want quality ingredients.

Nov 13, 2007
Lemonii in Home Cooking

Crockpot Mac-N-Chz recipe?

I want to make an amazing yummy gourmet mac-n-chz for one of my starchy sides for Thanksgiving. I want to make it in my crockpot, as my oven and stove will be otherwise occupied (I have no microwave). I found this yummy looking recipe online, but it's not adapted to do in a crockpot; any suggestions? Or do you have another recipe? Here's the recipe I have:

1 1-pound box large elbow macaroni
1 1-pound block New York extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1 8-ounce package cream cheese
2 heaping tablespoons butter
2 beaten large eggs
1/8 to 1/4 cup milk or half-and-half
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 to 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) In a large pot of boiling water, cook macaroni according to package directions and drain.
3) Cut cheddar and cream cheese into cubes.
4) To macaroni add butter, cheeses, eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Mix well.
5) Pour into greased 9-by-13-inch pan.
6) Top with seasoned bread crumbs.
7) Bake 30 minutes.

Nov 13, 2007
Lemonii in Home Cooking

Saganaki at home?

Thanks everyone! I ended having to use Hallomi, it's all I could find on short notice. It was great!!! The whole feast was great actually!

Nov 12, 2007
Lemonii in Home Cooking

Saganaki at home?

I'm calling around, and haven't had any luck yet. What if I can't find Kasseri cheese? Can anyone give me a couple of other options?

Nov 07, 2007
Lemonii in Home Cooking

Great Food + Great Jazz in San Fran

Any rec's? I'd love to sip some wine or a nice martini in a great jazz bar and eat some great food, even if it's just great appetizers....

TIA!

Nov 07, 2007
Lemonii in San Francisco Bay Area

Saganaki at home?

We're having Pork and Chicken Souvlaki, Spanakopita, green lentil salad, and various olives and dips; including my homemade baba ganoush. I'm asking everyone to bring a bottle greek wine, and I'm sure they will bring more Greek yummy things to eat. I haven't thought about any dessert yet...I'm not too big on sweets. Any ideas there would be good too.

Nov 07, 2007
Lemonii in Home Cooking

Saganaki at home?

Hello,

I am planning a Greek Feast this Saturday night. I would LOVE to have some saganaki. Can someone please tell me what kind of cheeses are best for this and what the process is for doing it. I've only had it at a restaurant; it's so much fun!

TIA!

Nov 07, 2007
Lemonii in Home Cooking

"I made ____ myself!" - the Thrill of Home Cooking Victory

Nice Valerie! Even the utensils!! THAT'S organized!

Oct 29, 2007
Lemonii in Home Cooking

"I made ____ myself!" - the Thrill of Home Cooking Victory

Valerie, you sound just like me. I've no problem with risotto, but the idea of making bread freaks me out a little. I did my first Thanksgiving dinner a couple of years ago for about 8 people; I was so nervous I didn't eat anything! Once everyone left I scarfed tons of yummy food. I was so proud of myself I kept the piece of paper where I had the whole day planned. It was so detailed...quite silly actually. Very meticulous with the timing of everything since I didn’t have a microwave and only one little oven. My detailed plan even had stuff like, "Such-n-such has been cooking for 10 minutes now, you should have 10 minutes to kill, refill your wine glass and change cd." Hee hee, it was so much fun; I only got nervous when people started to show up.

Oct 26, 2007
Lemonii in Home Cooking

LEFTOVER STEAMED CABBAGE

I have 3/4 of a steamed cabbage left over, what to do with it?

Oct 23, 2007
Lemonii in Home Cooking

ISO Best darn Meatloaf EVER...PERIOD!

Looks really good but... I don't like green bell peppers. Love red ones though, do you think this will make a huge difference?

Oct 18, 2007
Lemonii in Home Cooking

Ordering food/condiments, etc. online [Moved from Home Cooking board]

Perfect! Thanks!

Oct 18, 2007
Lemonii in General Topics

Ordering food/condiments, etc. online [Moved from Home Cooking board]

Is there anything that you prefer to order online (and where do you go to do it)? Coffee? Holiday Turkeys? Steaks? Sea Salt?

Oct 18, 2007
Lemonii in General Topics

Weekend Warrior

Nice, that's the kind of stuff I'm looking for! Thank you!

Oct 18, 2007
Lemonii in Home Cooking

Freezing Fun Times

I have learned so much on this site (my new best friend!). Things that I’ve learned you can/could freeze:

Bacon (separate in groups of 4 or so first)
Bananas (to use for banana bread later)
Herbs
Some cheeses
Vegetables - bits and pieces (to make broth later)
Bread
chicken bones (broth)
shrimp shells (broth and apparently dog treats)

Any other ideas for stuff you can freeze before it goes bad? Or please elaborate on some that I've listed above.

Oct 17, 2007
Lemonii in Home Cooking

Weekend Warrior

I need some ideas… I want to cook over the weekend what I will eat during the week. My only requirement is low carbs (not “no carbs”). It’s just the hubby and I and we love all food.
TIA!

Oct 17, 2007
Lemonii in Home Cooking