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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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are ya thrifty, frugal, or almost CHEAP!?!

At Whole Foods I am looking at the bulk organic beans for $2.00 lb, and brown rice $1.69 lb, carrots, $1.00 lb. Yes, try and buy organic where ever I can, no GMO, and no pesticides. I have a small organic garden I am growing what I can. I am all for the cheap, and discount. Markdown is my favorite word. I shop the sale, and the season. Organic beef is now $8.00 lb and up. I stop in one local store to see if they have marked down the grass fed beef. Timing is everything. My husband says buy organic now, save on Dr. bills later. That is if you can get in to see a doctor in the future. Good luck on that.

Nov 14, 2013
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Torrance/Lawndale Resturants suggestions

Help stop the madness of my family fighting over where to take my mom for her 80th Birthday lunch today. Looking for quite, budget, family friendly place to take everyone. Mexican or American please. Thanks guys.

Oct 27, 2013
mara44 in Los Angeles Area

Inexpensive Christmas dinner for 8, but NOT turkey

Lasagna and maybe a vegetarian manicotti too and a nice salad with crusty garlic bread. Ham would be good with al gratin potatoes too.

Dec 07, 2012
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Apple pie with crumble topping ahead of time?

Sounds like Thanksgiving day will be busy for you. I would bake the pie tonight. I am going to make a apple-blackberry crumb topping pie tonight. I want to enjoy the little time I have tomorrow with coffee and a nice sweet bread I am baking tomorrow morning. Your pie should be good and cool to transport too.

Nov 21, 2012
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Refrigerate Pumpkin Pie?

Hi,
I know I have read somewhere that Pumpkin Pie should be refrigerated as a food safety measure. It has eggs/milk. I would make room in the fridge to be on the safe side.

Nov 21, 2012
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Pie crust troubleshooting

Sound like they will be just fine. I agree with the suggestion of whipped cream will hide any imperfections. Remember, never apologize. Say nothing, and no one will ever know. Except us Chowhounds.

Nov 21, 2012
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Simple things you can't get right

Yes, you are correct! I was attempting dulce de leche for banoffee pie. Not even a hint of caramel was present in the opened cans after four hours of simmering in bath in hot water. It worked before in 3 hours. ????

Dec 01, 2011
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Simple things you can't get right

Pan was full of water covering cans at all times. I still failed.

Dec 01, 2011
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Simple things you can't get right

Fail. Submerged two cans of condensed milk in water on stove top this morning. Simmered for 4 hours (fell asleep). Opened cans to find original contents of condensed milk and, no carmelization at all. Still shaking my head. Have successfully accomplished this in past.

Dec 01, 2011
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How to use leftover gravy?

Oh no! Don't throw away the drippings.They are the best part of the flavor of the turkey. Buy a turkey breast or dark meat thigh and make turkey tetrazzini, open face turkey sandwiches, turkey and noodle casserole,turkey meatballs and rice or noodles, cream of turkey and wild rice soup, turkey bits and gravy over mashed potatoes.. I make a brown rice casserole with turkey, or chicken, leftover gravy, carrots, onions, zucchini, green beans, and thin down with chicken or turkey stock.

Nov 29, 2011
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Dutch Apple Pie

This one sounds yummy. I love dutch apple pie. It is a bit easier with the topping than a crust. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/dutch-ap...

Nov 22, 2011
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Hard boiled Eggs in Gravy

Yes Paula Deen has a recipe with eggs in her gravy. First time I heard of adding eggs to gravy. My family is from Kentucky and never had it. Here it is http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/pa...

Nov 22, 2011
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stuck with dessert, help.

I would go with pumpkin pie, apple pie, and Banoffee pie. A British friend make it a few weeks ago for a dinner we had. It was brilliant and everyone loved it. http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes.... Buy the pumpkin, apple pie, and make the Banoffee pie. It's easy, no baking and I used chocolate covered biscuits from Trader Joe's. A fruit tray would be great too as someone suggested.

Nov 21, 2011
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What are you baking these days? November 2011, part 2

Sounds heavenly.

Nov 21, 2011
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ISO Weird Jello Cake

Hi Querencia,

I have made angel-food cake dessert made with strawberry jello, berries, and everyone having the dessert was licking their plates. Here is one I found with orange jello.
http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Or...

Nov 21, 2011
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I never eat _______ out because nobody makes it right but me.

Eggs. I like scrambled eggs not runny or raw at all, not over done and brown, and cooked in butter.

Jan 29, 2011
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More Trader Joe's Exposed

Having a late night chocolate attack. I was already deciding on what to make right now, chocolate waffle cookies vs. chocolate biscotti Wish I had TJ's Ultra Chocolate Ice Cream right now!

Jan 13, 2011
mara44 in Features

Inexpensive hole in the wall good American food Pasadena?

They took me out to a little roadside country restaurant called Clarence's Drive In,TN. Biscuits & gravy, chicken fried steak kinda place. Real down home country I would say. I asked for a meal that would represent the area, and said it did not necessary need to be fancy. They laughed and said, "This is not fancy". They were correct in that definition.

Jan 03, 2011
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Inexpensive hole in the wall good American food Pasadena?

Hi guys,

Anyone know of a good American inexpensive "hole in the wall" but good food restaurant in the area around the Rose Bowl. One that is still open? It's kinda a joke I am playing on relatives who took me to a hole in the wall in Tennessee. Need to get them back. Mexican 2nd choice. Thanks, you guys are the best!

Dec 29, 2010
mara44 in Los Angeles Area

Am I a Better Hostess If I Don't Serve Dessert?

Depending on your guest, you can't go wrong with fruit, cheese, and little chocolates.

Dec 29, 2010
mara44 in Features

Ham question

We just had one for Christmas and it was dry. I did not cook it, and it was cooked in a roaster, and it was dry, dry, dry.

Dec 28, 2010
mara44 in General Topics

Trader Joe's Cookie Kit Not for Losers

I tasted the cookies and they are pretty good. The sugar alone would cost more than .99, and it's nice sparkling sugar different color packets too. Worth it!

Dec 23, 2010
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Trader Joe's Cookie Kit Not for Losers

I am recovering from a hand injury. Just picked up two boxes for 99 cents for a first time cheating & short cut to baking. Tomorrow deliver cookies to kids and friends. How bad is that?

Dec 22, 2010
mara44 in Features