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What is your favourite thing to do with a chuck steak?

Pot roast is my favorite. I brown it a frying pan on stove then finish in oven or in the crock pot with potatoes, carrots, and onions. Leftovers include, beef and provolone cheese and pepper sandwiches, beef burritos with refried beans and potatoes, beef enchiladas, or beef and potato hash.

Jan 09, 2015
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Color me frugal

Hey, when my husband and I went to Maui the first place we stopped was Costco. We bought some hot pockets and breakfast items we would need for the condo. The cost to eat out every meal was not in our budget. When we travel we always go to the drug store to get snacks/water and stay clear of the mini bar.

My dad taught me frugal big time. Everything he bought was on sale and we took our own sandwiches when we went to amusement parks. I never buy soda at a restaurants or fast food. I always get water.

Dec 31, 2014
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What to do with leftover prime rib?

How about cubing the meat and making a nice thick beef gravy? Then you could serve over mashed potatoes.

Dec 30, 2014
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Peanut Butter cookies

How about the butter? Are you using salted or unsalted butter? Is that possibly where the change occurred?

Dec 30, 2014
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Suggestions for buttermilk

Banana or blueberry bran muffins
Buttermilk coffee cake
cornbread

Dec 29, 2014
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Lasagna withour ricotta

I'm with you on the ricotta issue. Never have liked the texture or taste. I use cottage cheese in my lasagna. I like cottage cheese so it works for me. It melts up fine too. I mix in some basil, Parmesan cheese, and pepper in my cottage cheese then drop some on top of a layer of sauce. Only a very light amount.

Dec 28, 2014
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Turkey Breast- Is it safe?

It was a fantastic moist turkey breast. No reactions so far.

Dec 28, 2014
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Turkey Breast- Is it safe?

I have decided to cook it tonight. Smells fine, looks okay with the exception that the top of the breast was opaque when I took it out of oven the first time. I may just carve that away after I give it a try.

Dec 27, 2014
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Turkey Breast- Is it safe?

Do to an unexpected event, I had to rush out of the house Thursday and I had just put a turkey breast in a preheated oven. It was in the oven for about four minutes. The very top of the breast was warm when I took it out of the oven but the under layer was still cold. I still had the cold brine so, I tossed it back in the brine and in the fridge and left. Got back home a few hours later and poured off the brine. Would you toss it, or roast it, cut the top layer off and roast?

Dec 27, 2014
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Pear Puree- Now What? (not baby food)

I made pear sauce and cooked it down a bit. Then I tasted it while still warm with a drop of Greek yogurt and a little honey. Had to stop myself because it was so delicious. Pear sauce cake sounds divine.

Dec 27, 2014
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What to do with failed fudge?

Did you try and freeze some of it, or put in the fridge? Wondering if it would set up a bit after being cold. Not seeing the consistency, I am thinking you could top brownies or, mix into a frosting. Maybe some sort of filling for a cake or, a filling in for layer cookies.

Dec 26, 2014
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My Cookies Melted?!

Well it sounds like too much butter to flour ratio to me, or oven temp not correct. Most likely too much butter. Are you using a different kind of butter, something with a blend of oil? Leaving the dough in the fridge should not be an issue at all.

Dec 20, 2014
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What kind of giftable quick bread or simple cake would you bake in these?

I'm crushing on these paper bundt pans. I'm thinking Chocolate rum cake, chocolate marble, red velvet, or cinnamon streusel coffee cake.

Dec 17, 2014
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Christmas Dinner: in charge of turkey and ham and mashed potato -- but traveling 5 hours to get there, arriving just 2 hours before scheduled dinner time

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/best-ove... I like to use Challah bread. I cook on Holidays and know how stressful it can get. The more that done earlier when you travel with the food the better off you are.

Dec 17, 2014
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Christmas Dinner: in charge of turkey and ham and mashed potato -- but traveling 5 hours to get there, arriving just 2 hours before scheduled dinner time

Don't forget to let us all know how it went. Happy cooking.

Dec 16, 2014
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Christmas Dinner: in charge of turkey and ham and mashed potato -- but traveling 5 hours to get there, arriving just 2 hours before scheduled dinner time

I would not freeze the mashed potatoes. I would take them in a pan, and put the pan in the cooler with ice. If your concerned about the potatoes peel and cook leave whole/cut and mash when you get there. Making the gravy in advance is much easier on you and your time. I do it all the time. Bobby Flay gave me this tip. Also, I would consider an easy Christmas breakfast like baked french toast, cinnamon rolls, egg strata made in advance breakfast sandwiches and juice bottles to go that you could take with you if you are tired or, running late. Sounds like you are already committed to this task. You can take up future holiday dinners with the family after you get through this one.

Dec 16, 2014
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Christmas Dinner: in charge of turkey and ham and mashed potato -- but traveling 5 hours to get there, arriving just 2 hours before scheduled dinner time

I was informed by a chef to never under cook poultry. Cook the turkey and it all the way, maybe on or by Dec. 23 and slice it, freeze it. Make the gravy early too and freeze it. Just go ahead and make the mashed potatoes as you would and reheat with adding a little more milk and some butter, be careful when reheating on stove. Watch and stir on low heat. Reheat turkey with a splash of chicken broth covered in foil. Take the ham (sliced) and cook it there in the crock pot, or in a bag in the oven. Reheat gravy in a pot add broth as needed. Stir up with a whisk. Carefully transport everything covered to stay cold, keeping turkey and gravy frozen and in coolers with ice. Make Christmas eve a relaxing family time is my suggestion if you can. I have transported meat and hour away and did my best to keep it hot, and that's difficult. You can do it, just keep it all cool.

Dec 16, 2014
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Pumpkin Pie-first time making/too many recipe options!

I second that. Costco pumpkin pie is just okay. Nothing like a pumpkin pie baking in your own oven, and the joy of eating the end results. Much better to make your own.

Nov 20, 2014
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Making Mozzarella in a Bread Machine?

I would be concerned about my bread machine. My dough cycle does not kneed very long. You could stress your machine. Do you have a kitchen aid? I would not risk it unless you can easily replace it.

Nov 17, 2014
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Turn a pudding into a cake?

Hey, some recipes are trial and error, and then success. I always add more chocolate to a chocolate cake recipe. Standard recipes do not have enough chocolate taste. I like adding melted semi-sweet chocolate. But you did make due with what you had, and that's what cooks do.

Nov 17, 2014
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Make-ahead appetizers / snacks to be served at room temp for 25, including vegetarians

I was thinking of making homemade pretzels with a hot cheese dip for our family Thanksgiving appetizer.

Nov 17, 2014
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Turn a pudding into a cake?

I think if you have a cake recipe that calls for water, or milk, you can substitute your pudding. Never tried it, but I bake a lot that's what I would do. If you try it, let us know if it turns out.

Is canned pumpkin pie filling cheating?

I have baked my own pumpkin to make pumpkin pie, and I have have used the can pumpkin and added my own spices. I really cannot tell the difference. As others have said, stay clear of the "canned pumpkin pie filling". Use can pumpkin and add your own spices to a nice pie crust and you will come out with good results. Also, if you go to a store that sells bulk spices you can just purchase a smaller quantity.

COOKIES - Home Cooking Dish of the Month (December 2013)

Yes on the nuts. I don't think they will melt in your mouth or be as decadent without chopped pecans. I guess you could put in walnuts or almonds if you like. One of my favorites too.

Dec 05, 2013
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Old Cake Mix

I would use it. It should be fine, and should taste fine. I have used cake mixes that were older.

Nov 27, 2013
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birthday brunch menu - feedback, please!

I would make some cheese Quesadillas for the kids, and a simple green salad, or veggies of some sort would go great too.

Nov 24, 2013
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Is my canned pumpkin too old?

I second Ruth's response. If the can is in the original condition, and the can does not appear to be expanded at all it is fine.

Nov 24, 2013
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Homemade Lasagne

Hi there,

I have a pan of lasagna in the freezer right now.

I always make two lasagnas and freeze one prior to cooking. I let mine thaw out in the fridge in the afternoon then pop in the oven and bake in the evening. Works for me. Comes out like I just made it. Bake at regular oven temperature and time for lasagna. Might need a bit longer if not completely defrosted.

Nov 22, 2013
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Mashed Potatoes early the day before Thanksgiving?

Hi, Yes Springhaze 2, I plan on some appetizers like meatballs, cheese and crackers with Jalapeno Apricot Pepper Preserves, chips and veggies. Putting out puzzles, and games and playing soothing music. Some people just can't wait till the big meal because they want to rush through it to get to shopping or just can't relax and have fun. It can be stressful.

Nov 18, 2013
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Mashed Potatoes early the day before Thanksgiving?

I am trying to avoid a group of family/women hovering over me on Thanksgiving day. Can I boil the potatoes drain, chill the night before Thanksgiving? Heat and mash up with butter and milk just prior to the dinner without creating a mess of starch? I am trying to do things early because I get overwhelmed with hungry folks waiting.

Nov 18, 2013
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