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Need help Please- Mincemeat cake

Thanks so much! Will just use the butter, and not adjust the recipe! It is an odd recipe- no eggs, but lots of water. Thanks! My brother will be happily surprised ( hopefully it will taste like my Mom's!).

Dec 20, 2014
macca in Home Cooking
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Need help Please- Mincemeat cake

My mom always made a mincemeat cake for one of my brothers. It was a tradition for his family to eat it on Christmas morning. My mom passed earlier this year and I would like to make one for my brother for Christmas, but have a question. It is an odd recipe, but the cake was delicious. Here are the ingredients:
2 cups water
1 3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cups shortening
1 3/4 cups sifted flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 package None Such condensed mincemeat.

I am puzzled by the shortening. I did all of my Moms food shopping for the past few years, and cant remember buying Crisco. Can I use butter instead? TIA.

Dec 20, 2014
macca in Home Cooking

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

Cookinglisa- sorry if I was one of the posts you thought of as snarky. I apologize if so. But I think your request for advice from chowhound posters is a difficult one for a lot of us to understand. Many of us, myself included, enjoy cooking, love good food, and want the holiday meal to be special. The meal you are trying to prepare makes it almost impossible to deliver good eats! I do wish you luck, but I still think your best, most stress free option is to find a caterer/store near your sisters house.

Dec 18, 2014
macca in Home Cooking
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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 really have a hard time understanding this! To be truthful, I initially thought it was a joke. But- I will not be snarky and will offer my best advice. By agreeing to cart the meats and the mashed potatoes on a four hour car trip, I would imagine that everyone involved in the planning of the meal agrees that the dinner does not have to be perfect! In that case, I would absolutely find a store/caterer near your sisters who can provide a roast turkey dinner. It is beyond insane to expect anyone to transport a meal that far and have it turn out safe, hot and delicious for the guests. Good luck, and please post back!

Dec 17, 2014
macca in Home Cooking
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I too need help on uninvited guests.

Sounds like not much you can do. I understand why your brother wants to include his kids/grandkids, but they do sound clueless. I am a 61 yo, who hosts the holiday, and like you, I do the entire meal. This year I had a small crew of 17 ( usually I have 25-29!). The crowd includes children, celiacs, and a few food allergies. WE had a wonderful day. The kids had a ball. They had a few toys to play with, and the older kids (home from college), made paper snowflakes with the little ones. No one allowed in the kitchen while I was busy. Easy. And everyone watched their kids. Easy. The kids even moved all my tables, hutches, etc back to where they belonged before they left. Maybe a conversation with your brother may help. Good luck.

Dec 01, 2014
macca in Not About Food

Pie for breakfast!

Had pumpkin pie and a pizzale. Tried to rationalize it, as I did not have any dessert yesterday, but that really would not have made a difference!

Nov 28, 2014
macca in General Topics

Pre-marinated wings?

And stop by piantedosi's down the street for some bread/rolls!

http://piantedosi.com/

Nov 25, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

Wow- he is rude, I think. I cook dinner for my family- and the family includes 6 brothers who played football, and now lots of nephews who play football. In addition, I am a huge football fan, as is most everyone coming to dinner. We would never think of having the tv on at dinner, and no one has their cell phones working then, either. Thanksgiving, or any type of dinner, is for enjoying food and conversation. But I think you left the door wide open when you told him he could check the score throughout dinner. Good luck. Maybe someone else at the dinner will tell him to smarten up!

Nov 25, 2014
macca in Not About Food
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Making Mashed Potatoes one day early?

I have a crowd, and the mashed potatoes used to be the thing I hated to make the most. They have to be hot and creamy when served! now I make them early Thursday morning ( I make 20 pounds), use my ricer, add the butter and c ream and put in the crock pot on warm. Before I put the lid on the crock pot, I cover the top of the crock pot with a cotton dish towel. Perfect potatoes at dinnertime. This may work for your MIL. Potatoes are done early, mess is cleaned up, and no worries about searching for over space before dinner. Good luck!

Nov 25, 2014
macca in Home Cooking
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Anyone seen Ambrosia apples?

Wilson Farms did have them this weekend. Bought one for my Thanksgiving fruit bowl- so pretty!!

Nov 24, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area

Thanksgiving--how many side dishes do you make for small groups?

I would, but only because that is what I have had every year for 50+ years! easy to make small portions- and can always send food home, it you do not want leftovers. this year, I have a crowd, and will still have leftovers to send home with whoever wants them. I bought some of the containers that are used for Chinese take out, and can fill them up and mark them up after dinner for the guests.

Nov 22, 2014
macca in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving--how many side dishes do you make for small groups?

Cant have too many! We have mashed, sweet potatoes, spinach, green beans, carrots, butternut squash, brussel sprouts, corn, cauliflower and onions in cheese sauce, stuffing, cabbage salad, gravy, rolls and cranberry sauce. Like many other posters, this is what my mother and grandmother both served, so it is now what my brothers and I , and our families look forward to. I simply adjust the amounts to the number of people expected. Plus- we have 6 celiacs in the family, so the stuffing, rolls, gravy and creamed sauces are made two ways!

Nov 21, 2014
macca in Home Cooking

Pumpkin Schmumpkin: What About Cranberries?

Following this thread! Love cranberries! This weekend, I had a roast pork. Was making stuffing, and added apples and craisins as I sautéed the onions and celery. Tasty!

Nov 18, 2014
macca in Home Cooking

Pennsylvania Dutch Egg Noodles...not the noodles I remember

I tried the no yolks one time. For some reason, they do not stay hot. By the time the noodles were done, and dinner was plated, the noodles were luke warm at best. Have no idea why, but it was really noticeable. Back to PEnn dutch!

Oct 15, 2014
macca in General Topics

Van Camps Beans What happened to all the beans ??? Chef Boyradee all sauce and very little product!!

Agree! I would rather pay more. I use Ore Ida frozen has browns in a casserole recipe. I think they must have made the bag smaller, as the last time I made the casserole, it was not as good, and the potatoes did not "fill up" the casserole pan. The recipe was easy, no measuring involved, just one container and/or can of each ingredient. Now I am going to have to fiddle with the recipe. Aggravates me!!

Oct 02, 2014
macca in General Topics

Issue roasting chicken thighs on foil lined baking sheet?

Yup! years ago I had a pyrex pan shatter.Forget what I was cooking, but what a mess!

Sep 20, 2014
macca in Home Cooking

Issue roasting chicken thighs on foil lined baking sheet?

Had chicken thighs last night. Cooked them in a pyrex pie pan. Had some leftover rice, so put the rice in the bottom of the pan, along with some mushrooms and spinach. A slice of lemon under the skin of the thighs, seasoned with S/P and a bit of olive oil. Cooked for about 45 minutes at 350. Skin was brown and crispy, rice and vegetables were moist from the drippings, the pan was easy to clean, and the one pot meal was delicious!

Sep 19, 2014
macca in Home Cooking
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Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures

Cheez Its, American Chop Suey, Cheesy Potatoes. There- I said it!!!

Sep 11, 2014
macca in General Topics

"Market" in Melrose has opened, a few thoughts

Good points! I stopped by recently to try the bacon, egg, cheese sandwich. Threw half of it away. I love pork belly- but only if it is crispy. This was "flabby". I also would have preferred the egg to be fried, not scrambled- though that may have added to the sogginess. May try it again, but will not pay almost 8 dollars for a breakfast sandwich, and end up throwing half of it away.

Sep 02, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area

Shaw's > Star

No big changes in the suburbs. The Melrose Shaw's has moved products around ( no idea why!-maybe to make the shoppers go up/down every aisle and spend more money!). Still have self check registers, and no beer/wine sales.

Aug 18, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area

On the road

We drive by Stuckeys every year on the way to the Outer Banks. Signs for miles before it. I know it is on Rt 13, but cant remember if it is in VA or Maryland. Too funny. have never stopped in, though. Guess I wont if it is stinky!!!

Jul 23, 2014
macca in Not About Food

Good Scali Bread in Boston, Outside/Inside the North End

Looks good!

Jul 23, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area

Good Scali Bread in Boston, Outside/Inside the North End

Well- I am irish American from Melrose, too! That's funny!

Jul 23, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area

Good Scali Bread in Boston, Outside/Inside the North End

When I was a kids, everyone knew what a spuckie was!! I would guess it must be a regional thing!

Jul 23, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area
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On the road

Love road trips. Every year our family takes at least two trips. We live just outside of boston. We travel to the Outer Banks in North Carolina in July and also make at least one trip to Ohio- near Akron/Canton. Love it. We bypass dc, Philadelphia and Baltimore on our way to NC, but we do take 90 all the way from Boston to Ohio. For some reason, our sandwich of choice is a BLT, and we bring grapes for snacking. So much fun!

Jul 22, 2014
macca in Not About Food

Native Corn

Yup- got the same email. I will try to stop by tomorrow and take a look.

Jul 09, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area

Is there any good way to slow-roast a chicken (over 4 hours)?

My mom used to roast chickens for hours- they were always moist and made fabulous gravy. She would stuff lemon and butter under the skin. Lemons and garlic in the cavity, rub with olive oil, salt and pepper. She would cover with foil, and remove the foil and crank up the heat at the end to get crispy skin. So good.

Jun 04, 2014
macca in Home Cooking

Delicous Pizza Dough

Hope they still carry them. They were great. Sliced thin with a bit of vinegar and a warm tomato with salt. Perfect lunch. Add basil and mozz and you have a perfect dinner!

May 06, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area
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Delicous Pizza Dough

Give it a try and let us know! Farmland dough is large- I made a two rectangular pizzas ( fit in a large cookie sheet) with my dough. I think next time I will cut it up and freeze to be able to make individual pizzas. But- speaking of Calaressos, if you have a garden, they used to carry Market More cucumber plants. Best ever, I bought them several years ago, and got literally dozens of cukes from each plant. I planted three plants and was giving away cucumbers for weeks!

May 06, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area

Delicous Pizza Dough

Calaresso is good, too- and lots of dough in each bag. But I like The Farmland better- and cheap, too! It was either $1.29 or $1.99, cant remember!

May 05, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area