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"Toasted" Ravioli -- Make At Home

I make a non-St. Louis variant, I simmer the pasta until just about done, then drain, toss gently with olive oil, and put into the toaster oven until points are medium browned (flip once). They come out crisp/chewy. Works best with spinach/cheese or toothy fillings, the butternut squash ones were just okay.

1 day ago
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving Guests! What are you bringing?

I love the Redneck Cheesecake (great name lol), my husband and friends turn up their noses at it, so I never make it. But so tasty.

Thanksgiving Guests! What are you bringing?

Sounds lovely, I can work from that, thanks. :)

Nov 20, 2014
DuchessNukem in General Topics

Thanksgiving Guests! What are you bringing?

That pate sounds tasty... willing to share a recipe? :)

Nov 20, 2014
DuchessNukem in General Topics

Thanksgiving Guests! What are you bringing?

Big bottle of Tums. And some paper Easter-themed napkins.

Rule #1...always...

If your crockpot doesn't have an indicator light, check on it half an hour after you start it. Don't just go to bed dreaming of tasty beef stew.

Rule #1...always...

"Oh man, that was a hectic day at work. Never even got to eat my lunch. I'll just leave it on the counter while I drop on the sofa for 10 minutes, it'll be fine for tomorrow's lunch."

Nov 19, 2014
DuchessNukem in General Topics

Global launch for booze-free Halal ‘whisky’

That's an interesting thought on vodka flavor.

I actually briefly considered buying the "whisky", soaking off the label, and printing up a faux label to make a har-har-har gift for a friend, but the $25 price plus $10 ship made it ridiculous.

Nov 19, 2014
DuchessNukem in Spirits

What to do with lots of raw tuna other than sushi.

Wow, this post inspired me to try something similar, pumpkinspice, but I lightly seared the tuna and used fresh ginger in the cream; added chopped scallions to the bowl. Was AWESOME, your description gave enough for me to riff off. Thank you! :)

Nov 18, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

Global launch for booze-free Halal ‘whisky’

Lol Dan, the company already scooped ya.

http://shop.arkaybeverages.com

Nov 17, 2014
DuchessNukem in Spirits

Who makes this unique roasting rack?

Yah, I saw $76.82. Walmart does have it for $106. Either way, too spendy lol. :)

Nov 17, 2014
DuchessNukem in Cookware

Who makes this unique roasting rack?

http://www.amazon.com/Paderno-World-C...

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(ETA: Out of stock! Lol, sorry.)

Nov 17, 2014
DuchessNukem in Cookware

Need some advice about slow cookers?

I have several sizes of slow cookers, and love them all. My workhorse right now is the 1.5 qt, for the two of us. Filled, it makes approx 3-4 large servings of hearty stews/chili/oatmeal, 2-3 large servings of thin soups, and 4-6 servings of saucy dishes that are served with rice or pasta or in sandwiches (ex: curries, chicken paprikash, beef stroganoff, pulled pork, Italian beef, poached chicken); also cooks 4-6 servings of beans. The cooker cost $15.

We like variety, we cook frequently, and the smaller one fits our needs most often. I use the 3.5-qt for stocks, corned beef, occasional large batches pulled pork/chili with intent to freeze some. I can't imagine what I'd do with a 5 or 6-qt pot. And small amounts cooked in large cookers, really do suffer in my experience, it's hard to control the heat without overcooking.

My first cooker was the 3.5-qt, but I wish I'd started with the 1.5-qt. It was hard to tailor what we wanted with the too-large pot and we ended up with some meals that initially turned us off using it. Basic slow-cookers are inexpensive enough that getting a second is generally not a hardship; many folks have different sizes of skillets/saucepots/bakers so why only one slow-cooker?

That wasn't exactly a straight answer lol, but hope the info helps. :)

Nov 17, 2014
DuchessNukem in Cookware

Bottled hard apple cider in garage -- still good after a year?

Hmm, I took a look around (interesting question lol!) and the webz suggest a 2-year shelf life. (I'm assuming this is commercially bottled stuff, not home-brew, correct?)

How-EV-er, our TX heat is a total flavor destroyer, so while it still may be carbonated when you pop the lid, it may taste awful. Only way to know will be to chill and open one. Invite a friend over to be your guinea pig. :)

Hard cider is fantastic as a braising liquid for pork, BTW, if it hasn't turned. Also nice to use a bit in squash soups, and sweet dressings. If you don't use alcohol at all, then please disregard this paragraph.

Ref:
http://www.foodrepublic.com/2013/04/1...

Nov 15, 2014
DuchessNukem in Beer
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‘World’s first’ alcoholic olives launched

So these new guys are "steeped in either gin or vodka and infused with either natural lemon or orange zest".

Versus Sable & Rosenfelds' "bathed", "packed", "spiked", "kicked", with vodka, sake, vermouth, whiskey or gin.
http://www.sableandrosenfeld.com/inde...

Not really seeing a difference or that the new thing is anything new? Sounds like the packing juice just may have more alcohol. Though they do sound tasty.

Nov 14, 2014
DuchessNukem in Spirits

Nightshade-free freezer meal recipes?

Sausage/kale/white bean soup. Here's a typical recipe:
http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/me...

It's a great use-up soup, and changes every time I make it. I just cook the beans separately in a crockpot, rinse, drain, hold. Pan-fry sausage links of choice (most any will fit: Italian, smoked beef, andouille, even breakfast sausages), slice into rings. Saute the onion, garlic, celery, carrot; add kale/greens at end for light wilt (chard, spinach, bok choy, etc. all acceptable). Then into pot with chicken broth and seasonings of choice (salt, pepper, bay, marjoram, Tabasco, oregano, cayenne). Freezes beautifully.

Honestly, sometimes the raw veggies just go into the crockpot with the broth/seasonings and the cooked beans and sausage get added later. :)

Nov 06, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

Carry-on Packable Foods to Take to a Food-Challenged Thanksgiving...

If hostess is not gonna freak out, I might suggest:

-Jiffy corn muffin mix x2 (eggs, milk locally)
-Frontier Soups has dry Homemade-in-minutes soups, about half hour, Arizona Sunset Enchilada soup - also bring boullion cubes/powder (salsa, turkey cold cut pack, cheddar block, sour cream from 7-11)
http://www.frontiersoups.com/enchilad...
-I like your stuffing and gravy packets

-Scrambled egg/turkey coldcut/roasted red peppers tortillas w/salsa (all available at 7-11, sub pickled jalapenos/peppers if no roasted reds) -- but I really don't think the kid should be paying for much if anything at the market, so scratch if adults won't be adults about it.

Nov 06, 2014
DuchessNukem in General Topics
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Carry-on Packable Foods to Take to a Food-Challenged Thanksgiving...

If the hostess is volatile, then no one can predict her reaction. Can the kid handle it (alone I'm assuming?) if hostess goes off?

Nov 06, 2014
DuchessNukem in General Topics
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$3,750 Sticker Shock at Bobby Flay Steak

In-ter-est-ing lol.

So, from the orig article:
"I asked the waitress if she could recommend something decent because I don't have experience with wine," Lentini said.

And with the new info:
http://abcnewsradioonline.com/busines...

The Borgata says Lentini had asked for "their best bottle" of Cabernet and that the server and sommelier both verified that they wanted the bottle before the group drank it.

Hmmm now. Maybe I don't feel so bad for the schlub.

ETA: and another link from Eater with a bit more info from restaurant:
http://www.eater.com/2014/11/5/716283...

$3,750 Sticker Shock at Bobby Flay Steak

I kinda feel for the poor dumb shlub. Doesn't know wine, put on the spot by the host to pick a wine, MASSIVELY upsold by the waitress, then humiliated at the end by the pass-the-check-around bit. Stupid: doesn't have his glasses, doesn't know enough to expect pricy wine at a pricy venue.

Most of us learn this lesson with not asking "Market Price" or "Today's Special" sometime in our early 20s.

That waitress had a HUGE pair of brass balls to rec that wine. I'm not knowledgeable about wine more than basics, but in nicer places (actually, even less nice places) we always have a brief, discreet chat about prices/wine type/expectations with waiter/sommelier. She seems to have completely blown that off with dollar signs in her eyes.

Do-it-yourself recipe kits to mail to family with a new baby?

Frontier soups are dry mixes that store in a cupboard.

Nov 05, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

Do-it-yourself recipe kits to mail to family with a new baby?

I appreciate your homemade concept. Still, when time and effort become a crunch, maybe some quality dried soup mixes (as gourmanda suggested already), plus some frozen meats, might fit the bill? Starting to get spendy but would depend on your budget.

frontiersoups.com -- quality soup/stew products
and
omahasteaks.com -- beef, poultry, even seafood

Nov 04, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

Can I make jook with a smoked turkey wing?

Oooh, you'll get lovely flavor. Enjoy. :)

You can pull the meat off and reserve, sure.

Nov 04, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

A really really difficult vegan thanksgiving challenge

I'm kinda charmed that you're going the extra mile for the beloved niece. Fifty years from now, she'll be flipping through old photos (holograms via an implanted lens, maybe, lol) and will be remembering Aunt Katnat who 'totally got her, when everyone else had something to say about her choices'. (Then she'll call Aunt K and make dinner plans, because we'll all be living till 200 years old then.) :)

Field Roast Italian sausages are kinda fab, and I'm not usually a fan of faux meats. Sausages, peppers, onions in tomato sauce makes a hearty dish that everyone can enjoy. Or stuffed peppers with their Italian or chorizo sausage, rice, veg, etc. But I'm from NY orig so plopping a red-sauce dish on the holiday table isn't weird for us.

(Do read the label carefully if you do consider the Field Roast option, I did see mention of hazelnuts in some of their products.)

Ice milk from the 70s.... anything that resembles this now?

I've just had a weird craving since end of summer, for 'ice milk' that we ate growing up in the 70s. Yes, I've read up on the labeling changes, dug through CH threads, etc. I have a lovely heavy-duty ice-cream maker and could do recipes, but....

But right now, I just wonder, is there any commercially available brand that resembles the 70s product? A bit gritty, less "dairy" than ice cream, less creaminess? I just want to get my hands on some. :)

Oct 30, 2014
DuchessNukem in General Topics

Slow cooker 101 question

You've probably already started, but do be aware that slow cookers don't 'roast' chickens the way an oven does, so the skin will likely be somewhat pale, flabby, rubbery. Many recipes online have you brown the chicken in the oven after slow cooking.

Oct 29, 2014
DuchessNukem in Home Cooking

5 bags of Lundberg brown rice about to expire

Oh, and if the bags have been opened, and have that 'plastic velcro' closure, then put them into a ziploc or other airtight container. That velcro is in no way airtight (I actually just emailed them about this this week lol).

Oct 24, 2014
DuchessNukem in General Topics

5 bags of Lundberg brown rice about to expire

What boogiebaby said. And:

http://www.eatbydate.com/grains/rice-...

Oct 24, 2014
DuchessNukem in General Topics

Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

We've gone out to a nice steakhouse the last 3 years with a small group of friends. We have a ball. We debate whether to order the turkey special, then we all order steaks.

I bring along the 'holiday headgear', headbands with turkeys, snowflakes, etc and we take a few photos. One year my husband and I came dressed as pilgrims.

After the first year we realized we could get a bit loud (laughing) so we ask for more a secluded table so we won't disturb others. We have a leisurely meal, tip heavily,and sometimes stop elsewhere for a drink afterwards.

I don't know why a meal enjoyed with friends or family would be depressing. I've cooked the full meal some years, as has another in the group; sometimes we're busy and not able. We get together again for Christmas, this time at someone's house.

Anything & Everything About Seeds

sproutpeople.org is a great place for sprouting seeds. Not cheap but you get great quality seeds.

For you Canadians out there, sprouting.com is Mumm's seeds (also ship to US).

Important thing to remember is that seeds intended for gardens may be coated, with fungicides/fertilizers/etc., and aren't suitable for kitchen sprouting. Seeds intended for sprout-eating can be used in gardens though.

Oct 22, 2014
DuchessNukem in Gardening