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Target has Wine-In-A-Box. . . .

I just tried the wine in a box at Target, the Cabernet 2007. It's pretty good! They had 2008's but I dug around and found an older box. It was $11 and is the same amount as 2 bottles so not bad and I like the convenience of it. I'll buy it again if it's just for my own consumption. I'd never serve wine-in-a-box to guests, though.
Over at I got (for free) a wine-box stand last year but I didn't drink wine-in-a-box so I gave it away. It was cute and now I wish I'd kept it.

Jan 25, 2010
karabe in Wine

Your tried and true Cook's illustrated Best recipes.

Hands down the Crisp Skin High Roast Butterflied Chicken with Potatoes from The Best Recipe, American Classics. The potatoes are amazing although a bit of work. Halved tiny creamer potatoes cut the prep-time in half and my family liked it the same. There's nothing like potatoes cooked until browned in chicken fat.
I've also had good luck with the Simple Pot Roast, Scalloped Potatoes (fast and easy), Potato salad with Hard boiled Eggs and Sweet Pickles (a lot of work but it is the best), Cranberry Nut Bread. There are a lot of recipes that have "a lot of work" written next to them. (I write in my cookbooks).

Dec 31, 2009
karabe in Home Cooking

Stupid easy recipes you really love

Not really a recipe but stupid-easy dinner for a family.
Salt and pepper a boneless pork loin and put it in the oven at 350 for 1 1/2 hours. Throw in some potatoes to bake and open a can of green beans or any other veg. You don't even need to make gravy, just slice the roast and pour the juices over the meat.
I have a friend who used to make your salmon recipe for dinner parties. She'd put it in a disposable foil pan and put it on the grill to cook. She did the same for chicken breasts and serve it all with rice. If you sprinkle a little cilantro over the top, it's fit for company.
I used to make my own spaghetti sauce but I find it tastes the same if I buy a good brand and add extra tomato sauce (unflavored) to it. The jarred stuff has too many spices to taste like homemade. Diluted a bit, it's perfect. Heat that up, boil a pound of spag., fry up some sausages, throw a bread in the oven and voila. It takes less than 1/2 hour to have a very filling meal on the table.

Dec 29, 2009
karabe in Home Cooking