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Your favorite recipes with goat cheese?

Oh my goodness, that all sounds so good!

I don't have a recipe but some of the best fudge I have ever had was made from goat's milk.

Feb 26, 2013
RowanGolightly in Home Cooking

Best Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Some really great recipes on this thread! One of the guest is an alcoholic so I can't use any liquor at all in my recipes, durn it. But this one is one of my favorites and like some others, convinces people who think they don't like cranberries, that they do. No clue where I got the recipe, I'm afraid; as I usually do, I find things online and then change them up.

Amazing Cranberry/Fruit SauceĀ 

1 cup water
1/2 to 1 cup white sugar
12 ounces fresh cranberries, washed and sorted
1 small can mandarin oranges
1 apple - peeled, cored and diced
1 pear - peeled, cored and diced
1 cup chopped dried mixed fruit (SunMaid makes a good blend)
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (Penzey's new blend ROCKS!)
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

In a medium saucepan, combine 1/2 cup water with mandarin oranges, apple, pear, dried fruit, pecans, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Put into food processor and pulse to chop slightly.

In larger pan, boil 1/2 cup water and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to simmer, and stir in cranberries. Cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst. Stir in processed ingredients and simmer for 15 more minutes. Taste and add more sugar if desired. Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature.

This is marvelous served either hot or cold, improves after being refrigerated.

This is also really good done the crock pot; process the ingredients (other than the cranberries) before adding to the cranberries in the crock pot. Decrease water to 1/2 cup.

Nov 13, 2012
RowanGolightly in Home Cooking

Turkey Doesn't Have to Suck

I've never had any trouble getting a wonderful, juicy smoked turkey on my propane smoker. First, slow roasting keeps the juices in; second, there's no messy clean-up and third, the drippings in the water pan make for wonderful gravy. I don't, of course, stuff the bird, since slow roasting could result in spoilage but I prefer dressing anyway. I use Penzey's Bicentennial rub and inject herbed butter underneath the skin; not skinny but oh-so-good. The skin turns a golden brown so it makes a lovely display on the table. It does mean getting up 0h-dark-30 to get the thing going but it's worth it.

Oct 19, 2012
RowanGolightly in Features

Tips for Crunchy Oven-Fried Chicken

I use a combo of several of those techniques; I rinse and de-fat the chicken pieces, pat them dry and put them aside while I combine:
1 bowl: 1 beaten egg with a 1/2 cup of milk with a dash of liquid smoke
2nd bowl: crushed saltines, breadcrumbs, Penzey's pork chop seasoning, dried basil, crushed potato chips (if I have any on hand)
Then put the chicken pieces in the egg/milk mixture, coat with the crumbs and put on sprayed baking sheet. Before popping into a 350 oven with thermometer probe in thickest piece, I spray the chicken with olive oil. Turns out nice and crispy.

Jul 27, 2012
RowanGolightly in Features

Is It OK to Grind Coffee the Night Before?

Most of my friends think I'm snooty because I insist on buying beans and then from Roasterie Coffee rather than the canned crap. So I guess having htem ground overnight doesn't hurt that much. And yes, I use the cheap whirly-blade grinder. *shrug* It's what I have.

Jul 27, 2012
RowanGolightly in Features

Spreadable Cheesecake?

I had a taste of the dark chocolate flavored cream cheese last weekend at a grocery store demo and it was *very* good.

Mar 16, 2012
RowanGolightly in Features

Food combinations that shouldn't taste good but do.

Well, since this is a menu for a party, don't think that would work but it certainly sounds pretty bad!

My mother used to eat peanut butter and onion sandwiches. *shudder*

Mar 12, 2012
RowanGolightly in General Topics

Food combinations that shouldn't taste good but do.

These are all great, thanks!

Mar 05, 2012
RowanGolightly in General Topics

Breakfast Sausage: Patties or Links?

Eh, to each his or her own. I love Hormel sausage. Also love Bob Evans but it's often a bit pricey for me right now.

Mar 05, 2012
RowanGolightly in General Topics

Food combinations that shouldn't taste good but do.

Huh, I'll have to try that one myself, thanks!

Mar 05, 2012
RowanGolightly in General Topics

Food combinations that shouldn't taste good but do.

*gulp* I'll take your word for it. But then, I'm allergic to seafood.

But I'll pass the idea along, thank you.

Mar 05, 2012
RowanGolightly in General Topics

Food combinations that shouldn't taste good but do.

I have a friend who is working on ideas to plan a company dinner. She came up with the idea of "Things that shouldn't taste good, but they do" and of course was immediately put on the planning committee.

She's looking for ideas for appetizers, main dishes and desserts.

Examples:
Zucchini bread
Sweet potato (and pumpkin) pie
Strawberry rhubarb pie
Cocktail meatballs made with grape jelly and chili sauce
Bacon chocolate chip cookies

I've suggested to her my Texican Lasagne and my Bacon-Apple-Gruyere-Pecan fold-ups and some other friends have suggested some things as well.

But I wanted to post this here. Please note; this isn't just weird food combos that you like (my mother lived peanut butter and onion sandwiches *shudder*) but rather, ideas for recipes (or the recipes themselves) for food combinations that don't sound, from the title, as if they'd be good but that are.

Ok, go....

Mar 05, 2012
RowanGolightly in General Topics

Breakfast Sausage: Patties or Links?

Ah, a subject after my own heart. My preference is for ground sausage rather than links but depending on the situation or the brand, I will sometimes order links.

Also, I'm *very* particular when it comes to sausage. I'm trying very hard to avoid MSG and HFCS so I read labels like crazy.

The one ground sausage I have found that has none of either is Hormel and it is so low fat that if I'm making biscuits and sausage gravy, I have to add some bacon grease when I make my roux.

The other sausage I like is Bob Evans; lovely, lovely stuff. If I am at a Bob Evans restaurant I have to decide if I'm going to have patties or links. For use at home, though, I always buy the ground Hormel's sausage because it has so many uses.

I've recently started working part time doing grocery store demos for Aidell's sausage and I *love* their Chicken/Apple link sausage for breakfast, especially if I'm making a Fritatta (which spellcheck wants to change to "Frito"!)

Mar 05, 2012
RowanGolightly in General Topics

How do I (politely) shut down a dinner party at my house?

As LeoLioness said, politely but directly is always best. Perhaps something like, "Hey gang, you know we all have to work tomorrow; I'm beat. This has been such fun but now we need to close it up and everybody head home." When I throw I dinner party or a musical party, I always put a time range, like from 7pm - 9pm. That way people know in advance that there is a definite end time.

Mar 05, 2012
RowanGolightly in Not About Food

Comfort food after a break-up

Those toaster oven s'mores sound SO good! Now I'm gonna have to go get some marshmellows!

Mar 11, 2011
RowanGolightly in General Topics

Comfort food after a break-up

Miri1, you have my sympathies. I'm one year out from a surprise divorce after 6 years of living together and only 2 married, he walked in and said, "I don't think this is gonna work." So here I am starting over with nothing but my stuff, my determination and my sewing business at 56. I've been looking for a job for a year but nobody wants to hire someone who isn't already working. Karma came when he recently got fired from his job.

What I do is mac-n-cheese with sliced hot dogs, nachos by browning some hamburger with chopped onions and garlic, add some salsa, chop up black olives, grate cheese on it, add some salt and cumin; then pop in toaster oven until cheese melts. Then I add sour cream and chow down. I read a lot. I use baking therapy and have perfected my muffin recipe. I also made apple butter and baked pumpkin and zucchini bread to sell over the holidays.

Good luck, know you're not alone so long as you have sympathetic friends. Also know that he didn't deserve you and that you'll find better.

Mar 11, 2011
RowanGolightly in General Topics

The Basics: How to Make Seven-Layer Bars

Guess I had a deprived childhood because I've never had these before. I'll have to try them, or a variation as soon as I can go out to get a can of sweetened condensed milk. It doesn't survive long around here because one of my comfort "guilty pleasures" is to eat it right out of the jar.

Jan 21, 2011
RowanGolightly in Features

Bacon fat

*perk* Another reason ti wish to visit Brussesls!

Y'all are making me hungry! I have NO bacon in the house, just moved so I have no bacon fat in the 'frig. I mist remedy both these situations!

My guilty pleasure is taking home-made oatmeal date bread, making French toast ouf of it and frying it up in bacon fat.

Yum!

Aug 20, 2010
RowanGolightly in General Topics

Cherry Crisp

Mar 11, 2010
RowanGolightly in Recipes

Do you have a favorite I'm-alone-now-so-nobody-will-know favorite dish?

Dill? *shudder* Sweet!

The combination of sliced sweet pickles with creamy peanut butter on a slice of toasted wheat bread, now THAT's my sammich, from way back in childhood.

Yeah, I'm weird...so?

Rowan

Feb 12, 2010
RowanGolightly in General Topics

Cheetos Cheese Puffs

I've recently discovered the white cheese puffs...OMG, good!

Some friends and I used to eat the regular cheese puffs with sour cream, yes, sour cream. There's a brand of low fat sour cream in the midwest with a cow-print design on the container and even though low fat, it is REALLY good (I am a butter-not-margarine person so if I say it's good, well...)

Anywhoo, silliness ensued and we ended up calling this delicacy...CheesyFeet. No clue why; chalk it up to silly women having fun.

The combo is just as good with the white cheese puffs. Yum.

Feb 05, 2010
RowanGolightly in General Topics

Anyone heard of 'peddled parmesan cheese'??

BINGO! Everyone is talking about it, which of course, is different than everyone *eating* it. I certainly won't.

But thanks for the chuckle this morning.

Feb 05, 2010
RowanGolightly in General Topics