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Retire where?

DH has been reading a lot about Panama and what a good retirement place that is for both medical and cost of living for Seniors (being careful as to which part you choose and easy access for food, etc.). Anyone have more input on that?

Apr 15, 2015
boyzoma in Not About Food

Japanese restaurant salad dressing

I've used the one that "Benihana's" supposedly uses and I think it tastes great. Here's the link:
http://www.topsecretrecipes.com/Benih...

Apr 13, 2015
boyzoma in Home Cooking

Let's talk about Penzey's:

Mine are 11" wide x 7 3/4 high x 10 3/4 " deep each if that helps. I've had them side by side and stacked.

Mar 10, 2015
boyzoma in Chains

Let's talk about Penzey's:

I like a lot of the recipes too.

When you talk about blends, one of my favorites that I love is the English Rib Rub. I'll never buy packets of Au Jus again. Love it in gravy's and a multitude of other things.

Mar 09, 2015
boyzoma in Chains

Let's talk about Penzey's:

It holds a variety of sizes (I've included another close-up photo). Since my jars vary in weight/size, I hope this helps. Each of the front racks holds one reg. jar or 2 small jars. The back racks hold one reg. jar, 2 small jars or 1 larger jar (such as my basil). The racks pull out and tilt. I'm in the middle of rearranging my kitchen, so I stacked them on top of the microwave but they also fit side/by/side on my small upright shelf. Hope that helps. As I said, I got mine at Overstock, but other places carry them. I also got mine on sale!

Mar 09, 2015
boyzoma in Chains

Let's talk about Penzey's:

I've got Wasabied Steak & Noodles on my menu for next week. Got this out of a Penzey'a catalog a while back and just loved it. I believe it is still posted on their website. Of course, I am a wasabi freak even though DH isn't. But he liked it and is looking forward to it again. My spice rack is getting fuller of Penzey's and less and less of anything else. (and I love my new spice rack from Overstock - it stores so many jars in a small amount of space with pull out drawers - I'm attaching a couple of pix).

Mar 09, 2015
boyzoma in Chains

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (March 2015) Nominations!

I'm using FF. The two don't show for me either. I cleared my cache but no change. Fooey!!!!!

Your favorite recipe using a ham bone?

I use Navy beans, but yup, beans & ham soup. Thick and hearty. Don't forget the Beano! :)

Feb 12, 2015
boyzoma in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner? #348 -- The Valentine's Day Edition [through Feb 15, 2015]

Using up some of the beef stock I made a while back and tonight will be Vegetable Beef Barley soup. Sounds good for a funky night. Will also make some good freezer dishes, too. Probably will make a couple of tubs for the MIL while I am at it.

Masterchef Junior 2/10/2015

As great as these kids all are, I'm sorry to admit that I really dislike Andrew (and it breaks my heart to say that about anyone - especially a child) but I think he is a little too big for his britches if you get my drift. I'm not sure who I want to win, but it's just not Andrew. All the kids are amazing. My favorite little guy was Riley. He did great for his age. But we shall see.

Feb 11, 2015
boyzoma in Food Media & News

Husband Coming from 3 months stay in China; What to cook .

I know when my hubby was gone for 3 months (to Alabama), the first thing he wanted is Fried Chicken, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Country Gravy over the top of everything. Maybe corn on the side. It's his favorite meal. But that's just him. :)

Feb 10, 2015
boyzoma in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner? #348 -- The Valentine's Day Edition [through Feb 15, 2015]

That does look soooooo good. My mouth is watering.

Feb 10, 2015
boyzoma in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner? #348 -- The Valentine's Day Edition [through Feb 15, 2015]

Oh, my goodness. I've been off grid lately. I hope somebody hears from him soon. Now we are all worried.

Husband Coming from 3 months stay in China; What to cook .

If he loves mexican, how about Chile Rellenos. Sides could be spanish rice and refried beans. Taco pie is also a great meal.

Husband Coming from 3 months stay in China; What to cook .

I would want a good ole' pot roast with the carrots and potatoes cooked in with the roast towards the end. Then some really nice brown gravy to top it all off. Leftovers can be used for open-faced beef sandwiches.

Roast a whole chicken stuffed with Orange pieces, lemon half's and Rosemary on top of roasted vegetables and potatoes. Leftovers can be used for "grazing" as well as the pot pies.

Soups would also be good. Beans & Ham, split pea, etc.

Good luck and enjoy him while he is home.

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

OMG, no, no, no, no, no! Did I mention NO! If I wanted arsenic, I'd do myself in. I'm sorry, I should be more gracious, but I'm sure if I used the wrong utensil, the whole block would know about it before I was done. They are nice people, but don't know how "not" to cross a line. So NO :)

Feb 03, 2015
boyzoma in Not About Food

What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition! [through Feb 3, 2015]

Awwwww, you just made my night. I want to give some ear scrubbies, butt scrubbies and some belly rubs. I'll take a few puppy kisses in exchange. Hope you are making home-made doggie treats!

Jan 30, 2015
boyzoma in Home Cooking

What's the point of celery in recipes?

Celery and chopped water chestnuts. Best crunch ever (especially in summer salads and Chinese food).

Jan 28, 2015
boyzoma in Home Cooking

What's the point of celery in recipes?

I love celery! Recently, I got Chinese take-out Almond Chicken. When I opened it up, there was NO celery (and I asked specifically if it had celery). It tasted BLECH!!! So, I chopped up some celery, zapped it in a baggie for 45 sec. in the micro. - it was warm and crisp - and stirred it into the Almond Chicken. Much, much better. Made it at least edible! Yeah for celery. I love the stuff.

Jan 28, 2015
boyzoma in Home Cooking

Suggestions for Steak Marinade

I never marinate steaks - just my preference. S&P are my weapons of choice. As well as here, you might also check on the BBQ, Smoking & Grilling site. They have some wonderful ideas.

Jan 28, 2015
boyzoma in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

Simple dinner tonight. Good old fashioned Cheesy Chicken and Rice with mixed California Veggies. Comfort food at it's best.

Penzey's Free Shipping Reduced Minimum

I just got an e-mail from Penzey's that Now through Thursday at midnight, they have dropped their usual $30 minimum for free shipping to $20 (the average store sale in the area) so that regular customers of the closed stores in the Northeast can still get their spices without paying extra. With the way the website works they have to drop the minimum for all 48 states, so New England’s opportunity is yours as well. (excerpts from the e-mail). Good news for you North Easterners!! So go spice it up!

Jan 27, 2015
boyzoma in General Topics
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Using up Cream Cheese

Clam dip. Cream Cheese - softened. The rest is to taste/texture. Add garlic salt & Worcestershire. Slowly drain in clam juice and blend until you get the consistency you want. Drain rest of clams and mix into the cream cheese mixture. I usually make a double batch which means 2 softened cream cheese and about 4 cans of chopped clams. Never have any left.

But like fourunder said - Mashed potatoes. Yummy!

Jan 12, 2015
boyzoma in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #342- The Return of the Polar Vortex Edition! [through Jan. 10, 2015]

Wow, that looks yummy. I have some Swedish Meatballs in the freezer. That looks like the perfect way to use some of them. Thanks for inspiration.

Jan 08, 2015
boyzoma in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #342- The Return of the Polar Vortex Edition! [through Jan. 10, 2015]

I have to admit - not too appealing. Sorry foodie. Better luck next time.

Jan 08, 2015
boyzoma in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #342- The Return of the Polar Vortex Edition! [through Jan. 10, 2015]

That looks fantastic JoeV. I'd eat at your table any day!

What's for Dinner #342- The Return of the Polar Vortex Edition! [through Jan. 10, 2015]

Tonight I am using some of that chicken stock I made the other day and we are having chicken vegetable rice soup. Oh, so good. I've been tasting all day. Hope I'm not too full to eat more tonight (I'm sure I'll give it a good go!) Might just have a salad along side. Had enough stock left for another batch of something for the freezer!

Favorite Freezable Soups/Stews

Just a note on the Hungarian Mushroom soup - Instead of thickening with the milk, use stock and then add milk at the end or the reheat. That way you are not freezing the soup with the milk. :)

Jan 07, 2015
boyzoma in Home Cooking

Your kitchen in a word (or two, or three...)

When we bought our house (back in the late 80's), it had carpet in the kitchen! It was patterned with words in different colors like Ketchup, Mustard, Tomatoes, Relish, Lettuce, etc. and the words were all going different directions. I remember how I couldn't wait to tear that stuff up!

Jan 07, 2015
boyzoma in Not About Food

Dinner Jan 6, 2014

Well, JoeV, we're happy to have you. There is also a Dish of the Month thread you might enjoy. And, we LOVE pictures! Welcome.

Jan 07, 2015
boyzoma in Home Cooking