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What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

It's cold and rainy here. So tonight is Tomato soup with diced tomato chunks and the soup is blended with a brick of cream cheese. To go with, will be a pizza dough log with ham and mozzarella rolled up inside and then baked. A new version of ham & cheese.

Any recipes for using up leftover roasted turkey slices?

You could make a version of Shepard's Pie. Make a roux with butter and flour then add milk just enough to thicken, add mixed veggies (you can get frozen mixed veggies of peas/carrots/corn/beans). Add chicken chunks, season as you like and put into pie pan or casserole dish. Top with mashed potatoes and bake. Leftovers are great too.

Does she eat salads? Turkey Caesar Salad would work well with slices.

Chicken spaghetti

Turkey lettuce cups (mix shredded turkey with 1 cup minced water chestnuts, 2/3 cup minced cooked mushrooms, 3 tablespoons minced onions, 1 teaspoon minced garlic) and gently warm through. Put in lettuce cups and top with favorite asian sauce.

Sub turkey for beef in a French Dip

Just a few suggestions from things I have actually made. You can also sub turkey for almost anything that calls for chicken.

Nov 20, 2014
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Should I be offended over a frozen pie?

I don't know where you live, but I'm in Oregon. And heck, if you want to bring the pie, I'll feed you the turkey and all the goodies!

Nov 17, 2014
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looking for a diff. stuffing recipe

My family would absolutely kill me if I did not do my usual stuffing. The Croutons, celery/onion saute', egg and poultry seasonings moistened with chicken stock. My daughter even had me get up at 5 am one christmas to go to her "mother-in-laws" to make the stuffing for MIL's turkey. That was to be my contribution. Oh well, I did it and all were happy - apparently her MIL made terrible stuffing!

Oct 27, 2014
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What's for Dinner #332 - The Wee Ghosties and Goblins Edition! [through Nov. 1, 2014]

We love Minestrone, but DH HATES spinach. So usually leave that out. But might have to try some other leafy greens. Never thought of arugula. Thanks for the idea.

What's for Dinner #332 - The Wee Ghosties and Goblins Edition! [through Nov. 1, 2014]

Have not been posting much lately. Lots going on. Saturday night was Cajun Chicken Fettuccine. Was excellent. Last night was Oven baked Spare Ribs. They were so meaty. Brushed them with some liquid smoke, then a dry rub. Roasted for 2 hours at 250, then basted with some Sweet Baby Ray's (I know - but I was too lazy to make my own) and covered for 3 hours. OMG they were fall off the bone tender and the house smelled fantastic. Served with 3 cheese Hassleback potatoes and some easy Rhodes rolls. It was a great dinner!

How should I cook country style boneless ribs in the oven? I don't have a BBQ/grill

I did these last night using Sweet Baby Ray's original BBQ sauce, changed the covered time to 3 hours instead of 2 since these were extra meaty and they were FANTASTIC. I used their rub, and did brush on some liquid smoke which really worked. http://www.deepsouthdish.com/2009/03/...

I'll be doing these again soon. They really did literally fall off the bone. The meat just pulled apart. Great for something on a Sunday afternoon!

Oct 27, 2014
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ISO Quick & Dirty Dinner Ideas for Mom & Kid While Dad is Out of Town

I hear you on freezer space. That's why I vacuum seal everything (including soups) flat so I can put more in the freezer. I don't freeze anything in dishes or tins. Makes stacking easier. Good luck. :-)

Oct 25, 2014
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help. Peppers (green and yellow) giant Zucchini, giant cukes

Do you do a water-bath canning with that?

Oct 24, 2014
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ISO Quick & Dirty Dinner Ideas for Mom & Kid While Dad is Out of Town

This is why I like to prep extras and freeze them. I love to do double batches of almost anything. Vacuum seal and pull out to "reheat" for another night. Great for pasta meals, single plate servings and a multiple of others. Soups freeze well (made split pea soup last night and will have a nice batch for the freezer). Next time you make a family favorite, double it and freeze half.

Oct 24, 2014
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What do you make with your Thanksgiving leftovers?

I'm making FOS next week. I do have some turkey stock in the freezer in addition to chicken stock. Maybe I'll try that along with the beef stock. But love the FOS! Thanks for the suggestion.

Oct 22, 2014
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What do you make with your Thanksgiving leftovers?

Turkey Tetrazzini. I love this. Along with many other dishes. I also make a lot of vacuum packed full meals using those divided trays. They work well after the holidays.

Oct 22, 2014
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Surprisingly simple ingredients you make, never buy

I always make my own tartar sauce. So much better than store bought. And I only make enough for the meal, so none sits around and goes to waste.

Oct 22, 2014
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Tips from the commercial kitchen for the home kitchen

This is why I totally love to save my "Cottage Cheese/tub-like containers". Also my week ahead meal planning. I do my weekly mise en place in one day and then store in containers to pull out during the week when needed (and where possible). Some things obviously need to be done day of.

Oct 22, 2014
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Give me your Best Baked Pasta Recipes (Please)

Mine too. I never make a small turkey. I love all the leftovers and the things you can do with them.

Oct 22, 2014
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Give me your Best Baked Pasta Recipes (Please)

ElsieDee & brooklynsabra:

Sure. Not a problem. Hope that you enjoy if you make it. Let me know

TURKEY OR CHICKEN TETRAZZINI

INGREDIENTS:

1 (16-oz.) package vermicelli (I use angel hair pasta)
½ cup chicken broth
1 Large Onion
1 Large Green Pepper
1 Large Red Pepper
2 Tbsp. Butter
4 cups chopped cooked Turkey or chicken breasts
½ Bag frozen peas/carrots (thawed)
1 (10 3/4-oz.) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (10 3/4-oz.) can cream of chicken soup
1 (10 3/4-oz.) can cream of celery soup
1 (8-oz.) container sour cream
1 (6-oz.) can sliced mushrooms, drained
½ cup (2 oz.) shredded Parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
3 cups (24 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese

DIRECTIONS:
1. Cook vermicelli according to package directions; drain. Return to pot, and toss with chicken broth.

2. Sauté chopped Onion, Red and Green Pepper in Butter.

3. Stir together Turkey or chicken and next 9 ingredients; add vermicelli, and toss well. Spoon mixture into 2 lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dishes. Sprinkle evenly with cheese.

4. Bake, covered, at 350° for 30 minutes; uncover and bake 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Prep: 15 min., Cook: 10 min., Bake: 35 min. Makes 2 casseroles. Freeze unbaked casserole up to 1 month, if desired. Thaw overnight in refrigerator. Let stand 30 minutes at room temperature, and bake as directed.

When I do a batch for freezing, I omit the cheese until ready to bake. Since there is only 2 of us now, sometimes I vacuum seal in thirds. (And yes, it does use canned soups, but it certainly is a time-saver) and the flavor is very good.

Oct 21, 2014
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Give me your Best Baked Pasta Recipes (Please)

Chicken Tetrazzini is a favorite in our house. There are a ton of recipes out there depending on what you like in your pasta. I like mine colorful, so I add diced red & green peppers, peas and mushrooms in this. I usually make a large batch and then freeze half. It freezes well. Then you can thaw and bake. If you want my specific recipe, please let me know.

Oct 21, 2014
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Party Early Birds

That would be me as well. I'd have to be hit by a truck or actually in the hospital before I'd be late. I'm usually early. But I have been known to sit in my car and wait, and then ring the door bell at exactly 4pm (or whatever time was stated). Years ago, I worked as a hairdresser. If a client was late, it cost me money. And I needed every dime I got. As they say, time IS money.

Oct 07, 2014
boyzoma in Not About Food

I got a Le Creuset Dutch oven for $99. What are some good newbie recipes to try?

This is another one that works in a DO. But it would stand up to a mixer with a dough fork. I've had this recipe for about 40 years!

Sheepherder Bread


3 cups very hot water
½ cup margarine
½ cup sugar
2 ½ teaspoon salt
2 packages yeast
About 9 cups flour
Dutch Oven

In bowl, combine hot water, margarine, sugar and salt. Stir until butter melts – cool until luke-warm. Stir in yeast. Cover and sit in a warm place until bubbly. (About 15 minutes). Add 5 cups flour and beat with a heavy duty mixer or wooden spoon to form a thick batter. With a spoon, stir in enough of the remaining flour (about 3 ½ cups) to form a stiff dough. Turn dough out on a floured board. Knead until smooth (about 10 minutes) adding flour as needed to prevent sticking. Turn dough over in a greased bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place (about 1 ½ hours) or until double in bulk. Punch dough down and knead on a floured board to form a smooth ball. Cut circle of foil to cover bottom of Dutch Oven. Grease the insides of Dutch Oven and the inside of the lid with vegetable oil, place foil in bottom. Place dough in Dutch Oven and cover with the lid. Let rise in a warm place until dough pushes lid up (about ½ inch) – about 1 hour. Watch closely.

Bake covered with lid in a 375 degree oven for 12 minutes. Remove lid and continue baking for another 30-35 minutes. Remove from oven and turn loaf out on a rack to cool.

Oct 07, 2014
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I got a Le Creuset Dutch oven for $99. What are some good newbie recipes to try?

Heck, I even peel and quarter potatoes and throw them in towards the end with the pot roast. A full one-pot meal. Also the drippings make wonderful gravy. Good on-ya brooktroutchaser!

Oct 05, 2014
boyzoma in Home Cooking

I got a Le Creuset Dutch oven for $99. What are some good newbie recipes to try?

Oh, my goodness. Lucky you. Short ribs a must. Soups, soups, soups! Beans and Ham, Split Pea, Minestrone, chicken noodle, chicken tortilla, you name it. Beef Stew, Chicken stocks, I could go on and on. Even breads if you want. They are limitless. Let me know if you want some specific recipes. Anything braised is great.

Oct 05, 2014
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Read the whole menu then decide or stop when you see something you want?

That's fine if you want to share. But some people DON'T like to share! I've read that many, many times in Chowhound. There are a number of threads on this topic.

Oct 05, 2014
boyzoma in Not About Food

Question about freezing fresh corn to cook later

I love to freeze corn. I do mine on the cob. I shuck and blanch for 3 minutes, then shock in ice water. Vacuum seal (about 3 ears per bag). Then when I want corn, I can have it either on the cob or cut it off at that time. I've never had a bad ear of corn doing it this way and sometimes I just like the feel of eating it actually on the cob in winter.

Oct 03, 2014
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help me create a simple rustic dinner menu

I'd opt for the roasted veggies. Whatever is best in-season. If you can still get asparagus, go for it. Otherwise squash or even spaghetti squash would be a good item for a group. If you do need a starch, I'd throw my hat in for the yams. Your meal sounds great.

Oct 03, 2014
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What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition! [through October 3, 2014]

Silver Oak is one of our favorites, but it is pricey. Another one to try if you haven't had it is Brunello di Montalcino, but it is up there in price as well.

Lucky you!

Oct 03, 2014
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What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition! [through October 3, 2014]

That looks so yummy. But then, I'm a mushroom fanatic!

Sep 29, 2014
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What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition! [through October 3, 2014]

Yesterday was spent with my dad. His cancer is spreading quickly and things don't look that good. So we'll spend as much time with him as we can. He wanted Chinese so that's what we did!

Tonight will be B/S chicken breasts, mashed potatoes, mixed petite veggies and chicken gravy. We were going to have that last night, but then we got Dad's call. Was going to do it on the grill, but here in the NW, it's supposed to be raining by dinner time :-(

Tomorrow night will be cod filets topped with an orange citrus sauce and sliced veggies all wrapped in foil packets and baked. To go with will be steamed jasmine rice.

Sep 29, 2014
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (October 2014) Nominations

SQUASH SIDE DISH which could be a soup or a filled squash or something else including pumpkin. There are so many types of squash. I would love to hear what people do with different types of squash.

And thanks SS for stepping up. We'll miss LN, though, but I'm sure you will do a fantastic job.

Sep 25, 2014
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What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition! [through September 25, 2014]

OMG - now you have me craving risotto again. Dog gone, you! Asparagus is getting weary here. But boy, that sounds sooooo good.

Sep 22, 2014
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What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition! [through September 25, 2014]

Sounds like that flea market find is definitely a winner for both of you. Also a great weekend for food. And of course, what would the evening be like without wine????? Glad you had a great one.

Sep 22, 2014
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