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Gone Christmas Cookie crazy!

That gingerbread house and family sounds like the kind of thing I get over-ambitious with. If you do it, I'd love to see pictures!

Dec 17, 2009
The Cats Other Mother in Home Cooking

Gone Christmas Cookie crazy!

In the grip of mania, I decided I would give cookies to about 50 people this Christmas. Even more insanely, I decided it would be a grand opportunity to try out half a dozen different varieties!

I'm making Chocolate Chip, Macaroons, Ranger Cookies, Shortbread, Oatmeal Raisin, Sugar Cookies and Orange Macadamia Nut Cookies.

Just finished the first round of everything but the shortbread. Whew.

<Brando> The sugar! The sugar! <Brando>

Dec 16, 2009
The Cats Other Mother in Home Cooking

Quick! Chocolate Frosting, Sour Cream vs. Cream Cheese?

Cream cheese it is. Thank, guys.

Dec 04, 2009
The Cats Other Mother in Home Cooking

Quick! Chocolate Frosting, Sour Cream vs. Cream Cheese?

I'm making a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting alternated with raspberry filling, and I can't decide whether to make the frosting with the sour cream (cooked) recipe or the cream cheese (no cook) recipe. I've made the lemon version of the cream cheese frosting, and it was lovely, but the sour cream frosting looks great too.

Which do you chowhounds think will work best?

Dec 04, 2009
The Cats Other Mother in Home Cooking

anyone making candy for the holidays? What are you making?

I am going to attempt chocolate covered cherries and homemade caramels this year. It's my first try at any kind of candy making, so wish me luck!

Nov 30, 2009
The Cats Other Mother in Home Cooking

Traveling chicken livers wanted.

I think I will just have to experiment till I get it right. YUM.

Sep 12, 2009
The Cats Other Mother in Home Cooking

Living with a non-chowhound.

Well, I went by this morning at opening time, and as usual, they were already slammed. I managed to catch my vet at the reception desk, and her face lit up when she saw my tray of goodies. She told me "I think you're my new favorite person". Happiness spread. I am thinking muffins or cookies for the rescue people, though. Busy, busy people, scads of flying pet fur and gooey frosting might not be the most compatible match!

Sep 12, 2009
The Cats Other Mother in Not About Food

Traveling chicken livers wanted.

My brother and I have loved fried chicken livers since eating them at our grandmother's table as children, but we are the exceptions in our families, so we seldom get to eat them. I wanted to make some to take with me to the next family lunch, but they live an hour away, and I'm worried that the way I make them, they would be dry and leathery by the time I arrived and we were ready to eat, and I don't think they would take reheating well in the microwave. There's no way I can cook on site. Mom hates them and would never let me 'stink up her kitchen' with them. Like shrimp, chicken livers seem to have one perfect moment between underdone and overcooked. I'm almost read to break down and try a paté instead, but I don't think it would be the same.

Sep 12, 2009
The Cats Other Mother in Home Cooking

Living with a non-chowhound.

Thanks for the suggestion! I whipped up a batch of 30 lemon cupcakes with lemon buttercream frosting. My attempt to frost prettily wasn't as successful as I would have liked, so I decorated with gummi slices, and I am going to run them down to my animal hospital for the staff. I have six cats, and they've been fantastic about helping me keep them healthy without breaking my budget. The next attempt will go to the people who spay and neuter rescues.

Sep 11, 2009
The Cats Other Mother in Not About Food

Living with a non-chowhound.

Hi Junnefah. Boy, that sounds familiar. I always try to ask whether or not he's hungry and if what I'm making sounds good to him. Usually he shrugs and says 'I guess' or 'Whatever you want to do'. And he doesn't like desserts! I was in the library this morning, looking at a book of really cute and creative cupcakes. I'd love to try some of these, but I'd wind up eating all of them myself, or throwing them away. Sigh.

Sep 10, 2009
The Cats Other Mother in Not About Food

Living with a non-chowhound.

Heh. It looks like I haven't quite got that search dealie figured out... But thanks for all the links. Nice to know I'm not the only one!

Sep 09, 2009
The Cats Other Mother in Not About Food

Living with a non-chowhound.

My husband is one of those people who mainly eats for fuel, rather than enjoyment. He claims not to have much of a sense of taste, unless things are very spicy, which is not to say he particularly wants spicy food. He doesn't care that much what he eats. He has said that if they made Human Chow, he'd live on that. As someone who is totally enamored of food, I find this baffling, and sometimes discouraging, especially when it comes to cooking. I just sometimes wish I had someone to feed who would appreciate it.

Anybody else cooking mostly for themselves?

Sep 09, 2009
The Cats Other Mother in Not About Food

The best thing your school cafeteria served

I remember liking cafeteria food up till about junior high, after which things got mediocre to downright gross. The one thing that springs instantly to mind, though, is the yeast rolls. I used to sneak into the lunchroom during recess to do some light chores in exchange for one right out of the oven. MMMmmm.

Sep 09, 2009
The Cats Other Mother in General Topics

Countertop material: granite vs. solid surface (corian) vs. engineered stone (silestone)

I like porcelain, but not enough to pay extra, seeing as I am budgeting for several other home repairs as well. =)

Sep 09, 2009
The Cats Other Mother in Cookware

Countertop material: granite vs. solid surface (corian) vs. engineered stone (silestone)

I'm getting the choice of stainless or Corian for free from the installer. I have stainless now, and I don't hate it. I love the way the integrated Corian sink looks, but I'm kind of rough on sinks, sometimes putting hot pots in or leaving dirty dishes overnight, etc. I don't want something that can't take some abuse.

Sep 08, 2009
The Cats Other Mother in Cookware

Countertop material: granite vs. solid surface (corian) vs. engineered stone (silestone)

This thread, especially with your comments, has been tremendous help with deciding on new counter tops. I've decided to go with Corian, with the stainless steel sink. I've called around for quotes, and being something of a penny pincher, I'm tempted to go with a company offering a similar product called 'Solid Ace', at a lower square foot. Have you ever heard of it? Is it the same basic product, with fewer colors, or should I go with a reputable and tested product?

Sep 08, 2009
The Cats Other Mother in Cookware