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King Taco: what's in that sauce?!!?! [moved from Los Angeles board]

Hi.. I have no idea what King Taco anything tastes like but..it occurred to me..when you said it gets its richness AND COLOR from tomato sauce-you might want to try caramelizing some tomato paste first. I have sauces and soup bases that start with a tablespoon or two of tomato paste mixed with onion; garlic, and spices--then cooked over medium until the spices are toasted and the paste turns just a shade darker. Its especially effective in giving sauces and soup bases a deeper red color.

Sep 19, 2014
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking

"Dirty" recipes that are crowd pleasers

yum yum yum! :o)

Sep 15, 2014
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"Dirty" recipes that are crowd pleasers

Or sugar coma. :o) Sounds wonderful though.

Sep 14, 2014
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking

"Dirty" recipes that are crowd pleasers

I've made sun tea for years. Everybody is still alive and healthy. As a westerner whose family goes back to the Oregon Trail..I seriously didn't know anyone drank iced tea without lemon and sugar into my adult years. The concept of heavily sweetened tea completely eluded me--until I had Luzianne. Lights went on. I get it! Still not the favorite but--I get it!

Sep 14, 2014
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking

"Dirty" recipes that are crowd pleasers

Even water will kill you eventually if thats all you ever have. Many of the recipes here have ended up in my recipe box (and I thank you all profusely) but moderation is a part of it. Everybody has at least one old favorite that wouldn't make it in haute cuisine. Its still good though. I treasure my trash roots.

Sep 14, 2014
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking

Gluten-Free Is the New Normal

I think you're missing the point. I seriously doubt any of us here care much about what you eat..or don't eat. Mouthy statements like "get over it" and obnoxious assumptions like..this is "normal"..when it isn't..is just plain bad manners. You're just not that--important. Eat what you like..keep it to yourself.

Gluten-Free Is the New Normal

Studies have shown conclusively that a gluten free diet causes an exaggerated sense of self importance and stringy hair.

Your mom's weird cooking ... and other stories? (recipes encouraged)

cold coffee mixed with powdered sugar, some butter and a little salt on graham crackers..with a cold glass of milk.

Aug 10, 2014
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

I haven't even thought of smelt in years. My dad used to dip them in flour; pan fry--same thing..bones and all. I loved those things! I saw some on a menu at a place in Berkeley sometime ago, but..they were disappointing. Very tiny..more the size of a french fry. I was beginning to think no one knew about them anymore. Thank you for the memories. :o)

Aug 10, 2014
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking

"Dirty" recipes that are crowd pleasers

For anyone interested, there's a board on Facebook called Nell's Old Fashioned Recipes. She worked in a Rest Home for a number of years and collected all these very old..tried and true recipes from the residents--some giving her their entire collections. I've gotten some really nice things from there..that you really don't see much anywhere else. Its worth a look!

Aug 07, 2014
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What discontinued products do you miss?

!! Of course. I'll ask at the deli! :o) Does throwback pepsi have HFCS in it?

Jul 12, 2014
Charlotte313 in General Topics

What discontinued products do you miss?

Goodness..where to begin. MacDougall's Tamale Pie Soup; Newman's Honey French Dressing; Hey Day Cookies; Mint Three Musketeers; Unsliced American Cheese; Pepsi like it was in the seventies; L&L Bakery frosting; tasted like it had a cream base; La Creme whipped topping; La Choy Egg Fu Yung mix; The frosting mix used to make a Tunnel of Fudge Cake; Panda fruit filled chocolate bars; Pioneer Chicken; Shoney's Breakfast Rice; Arctic Circle Tacos, Ranch Burgers, Onion Rings and Fry Sauce; 10 Minute Cream of Wheat; Franz or Mother's Date Filled Oatmeal Cookies; Cyclamates; Indofood's Chicken soup broth mix--you can still get it but they changed the recipe..for starters Jello 1-2-3 and Brach's French Creams

Jul 12, 2014
Charlotte313 in General Topics

Thanksgiving relish tray?

Relish trays! These all sound like my mother-in-laws..and our house too, growing up--and I'm just plain ol' Protestant Nondenominational!

Considering ourselves foodies (right) in the early eighties, we upped it a little; added small thin slices of cold beef, ham, and/or chicken with cocktail bread--those tiny squares? That and a little horseradish mixed with mustard and mayo. We'd do sliced fruit and pickled things--garlic; okra; asparagus; stuffed olives; sometimes smoked clams or oysters. Anything you could pick up with a tiny fork. Smoked fish--nothing was off limits. These days..every now and then we'll do one for dinner over a movie just to clean out the fridge, but..when the holidays come around? I make sure I'm stocked up for it.

Jun 04, 2014
Charlotte313 in General Topics

The "slow fry" fried egg

I do something similar. My father taught me a method that he got from his family. I don't do panfried eggs any other way. Heat a nonstick pan to warm; spritz with cooking spray, or lightly oil evenly. Gently crack in an egg, to minimize spreading. Wait for the white to set; add 1 tsp. water; cover with a glass lid (so you can watch). Steam until it completely sets. How long is preference. Use fresh eggs; they come out perfect every time.

Jun 04, 2014
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Kachka Love or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Zakuski

:o) Yeah.

Jun 04, 2014
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Kachka Love or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Zakuski

I wish others had as well. This young man is obviously very bright. Food and circus I guess. It makes me sad.

Jun 04, 2014
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Kachka Love or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Zakuski

That has got to be the most small minded article I have ever read. Astronomical issues are at risk here and you're critiquing dumplings. No wonder we're in so much trouble.

Where's the "I don't care" button.

Jun 04, 2014
Charlotte313 in Features

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

Oh..we fixed that. We'd take out mom's stock pot instead..that always..somehow..tended to get left in the yard somewhere. She never really did like that much. :o)

May 22, 2014
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

My dad did something similar..boiled potato and onion with salt and pepper in water. He would add butter..milk..salt..and LOTS of pepper at the end. To die for!

May 22, 2014
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

Oh my..yes. Blackberry dumplings; cook down berries; some sugar; drop in dumpling dough; cover and simmer..serve with fried chicken. Steam fried eggs; break into a lightly oiled pan; cook to set the whites; add a tsp of water; cover and steam til opaque. Coffee so strong you could melt a spoon in it--and it was on purpose! BLTs with pickled beets. Snow cream--made in the winter; a heaping bowl of fresh snow; vanilla; milk; sugar to make a slush. Salt pork--all lean; no fat. Vanilla cookies; not too sweet--as soft as cake. Hard ginger bread with a thick slab of government cheese. Frozen blueberries with milk and sugar.

Mar 09, 2014
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking

Would you be embarrassed to share a really trashy recipe?

LOLOLOL!!!!

Mar 08, 2014
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100 Recipes Every Mom (or Dad) Should Know, Chowhound edition

How generous..I'll keep these--every detail. :o) Your daughter is going to love this! :o)

Nov 17, 2013
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100 Recipes Every Mom (or Dad) Should Know, Chowhound edition

Do you share recipes? I'd love a couple of them..

Welsh Cakes
Armagnac and Prune Cake
Spinach and Goat Cheese Pie
Miso Soup..

..didn't think it would hurt to ask. :o)

Nov 16, 2013
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"Dirty" recipes that are crowd pleasers

Well, it was but..they qui\t making that stuff, so now--every secret is now ancient AND Chinese. :o)

Nov 06, 2013
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking

"Dirty" recipes that are crowd pleasers

Yes! :o) Its very good.

Nov 06, 2013
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking

100 Recipes Every Mom (or Dad) Should Know, Chowhound edition

You're hired! :o) But seriously..if thats true? You could make some serious money. I like to organize too but..factor in the info I have on the computer and I want to flush it all. I seriously doubt I'm the only one.

Jul 25, 2013
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking

Would you be embarrassed to share a really trashy recipe?

LOL! Actually, I'm more likely to be embarrassed by something like this (cuz I do it. Often)..than I would be to dish up jello. :o)

Jul 25, 2013
Charlotte313 in General Topics

100 Recipes Every Mom (or Dad) Should Know, Chowhound edition

Well? I have a son, close to grown now. We've always been a family that enjoys trying new things. There's a few things I think he'll take with him--none of them terribly exotic; top of the list is definitely the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies; things like..beef burgundy stew; meatloaf; chicken and rice soup; definitely the minestrone; cornbread; honey limeade. Basic things like that, but above all? I think he will remember times like when we pulled the cars out of the garage; set up tables covered with butcher paper in the middle of December; did a giant crab boil and invited the neighbors. All of us..freezing or patooties off--eating steaming hot crab, shrimp, corn and potatoes, or our annual Halloween tradition. My husband rolls out the barbecue; makes mini tacos by the boat load and "treats" the adults..while I give out candy to the youngsters. You can smell them for blocks.

There've been tons of tailgate parties--in our own drive way; lots of barbeque--no matter what time of year it is. My husband took a tractor disc and make a huge "wok" out of it, to do vegetables and sides for the meat. There's the family campouts--in my sister's back yard, where we take turns cooking for 50 or so. Some great; some..nosogood--but everyone takes a turn and no one complains.

Because I try so many things--our "go-to" file is pretty big. With him getting older, I asked him not too long ago, if he wanted a copy of those recipes. His eyes got..SO big; he said..yes! How else will I EAT?? :o)

Jul 23, 2013
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Your mom's weird cooking ... and other stories? (recipes encouraged)

BIG smile. So..when should I be over? :o)

Jul 23, 2013
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Deschutes in Philly

ohh..homesick. Was born and raised in Bend--about 4 blocks from..Mirror Pond.

Jul 22, 2013
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