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Slow Cooker Cheesy Sausage Breakfast Casserole Brunch

This isn't going to "magically appear when you finally do roll out of bed" unless you get up 4 hours earlier to get it started in the crock pot - false advertising!

It does look tasty if you have the time to do it, though. I've had a very yummy vegetarian version of this from America's Test Kitchen slow cooker cook book which I highly recommend.

Aug 30, 2014
torybug in Features

A Bean Recipe Seasoned with Communism

My (non-Cuban) stepmother from Miami passed me down a hand-written version of this recipe years ago, this cookbook must have been where it ultimately came from! The version I have calls for 4 TBS of salt, which is definitely too much (and I love salt) - I always wondered if it was supposed to be 4 teaspoons :) These beans are delicious by themselves and even better with grilled chicken. yum

Sep 28, 2010
torybug in Features

In dire need of help making YELLOW SQUASH palatable

Am I the only one who eats it raw? I'm not nuts about how quickly it turns to mush when cooked; my favorite way to take care of a lot of it really quickly is to slice it and dip it in hummus or white bean dip. yum!!!

Aug 10, 2010
torybug in Home Cooking

Red Lentil Pâté Bruschetta with Poached Eggs

Careful using non-red lentils, red lentils are split and regular aren't. Require a longer cook time and will have more texture (less of a spreadable paste kinda thing.) It'll still taste good. Refried beans would also be delicious, though very different.

Mar 26, 2010
torybug in Recipes

Spice-Rubbed Pot Roast

I rubbed the salt/spice mix on pretty thickly and let it sit in the fridge 24 hours (not originally what I had planned, but I figured it would be okay.) This was tasty but A LOT of salt and paprika, I would use less next time. And I'm someone who likes a lot of salt! I also couldn't resist adding several chopped potatoes to the pot, which was a good call.

Feb 17, 2010
torybug in Recipes

Beet recipes - other than roasted or in a salad?

i love this!

Beet and mushroom curry
3T peanut or canola oil
1/2 tsp whole cumin seeds
1/2 tsp whole yellow or brown mustard seeds
6 oz med mushrooms, halved lengthwise
14 oz beets, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch dice
2 tsp peeled and grated ginger
2 lg. garlic cloves, peeled and crushed to a pulp
1fresh hot green chile , very finely chopped
1 c canned tomato sauce
1 tsp salt

Heat oil in med pan over med-high heat. When hot, put in cumin and mustard seeds. As soon as mustard seeds begin to pop, a matter of seconds, put in mushrooms. Give a quick stir and put in the beets. Stir and fry the beets for 2 minutes. Now put in the ginger, garlic, and chile. Stir fry, still on med heat for 2 minutes. Now put in tomato sauce, 1 c water, and the salt. Stir to mix and bring to a boil. Cover, turn heat down to low, and cook gently for about 40 minutes, or until beets are tender.

Dec 11, 2009
torybug in Home Cooking

breakfast/brunch in Charlottesville, VA

I visited friends in C'ville recently and we had brunch at Bluegrass Grill. I thought it was fabulous! I got whole grain pancakes (yummy yummy) that came with real maple syrup and real butter. The OJ was fresh squeezed and the coffee was good as well. Others at the table got french toast and breakfast burritos and egg dishes, everyone was happy with their food. I don't have anything to compare it to so I have no idea if it's the "best" place.

Healthy Mini Pizza Roll Adventure

I just threw up in my mouth a little

Oct 06, 2009
torybug in Features

Mexican food in the Balto burbs

I'm a huge fan of Los Amigos! Never had the overcharging issue there, although I think the owner likes us because we have been to Peru and know a tiny bit (really tiny bit) about Peruvian food. Not sure if the Mexican is as authentic as the Peruvian, but everything I've had there has been delicious!

I eat at Holy Frijoles quite a bit, just because it's the closest place that's decent and cheap (and I like the atmosphere.) Food is far from great, but better than most of our other local options! Zen West is practically inedible, Loco Hombre is only so-so and way overpriced, etc.