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Can mealy apples be saved?

Another way I use mealy apples or pears is to slice them up (I don't bother peeling) and freeze them in small ziplocs. We then make apple or pear smoothies by adding milk, cinnamon (and a bit of granulated ginger for pear), vanilla, and sometimes a frozen banana. You can also make an "eggnog"-type flavor by using a bit of rum flavoring and nutmeg. A little goes a long way! I use a Blendtec so the texture is like a frosty milkshake. Really delicious and you won't feel at all as if you've had to "settle" with your apples or pears.

Aug 14, 2012
livvyliv10 in Home Cooking

Have you ever baked with "WheyLow" sweetener?

I wanted the powdered sugar version for things that needed something finer -- things I would normally use confectioners sugar in, like frosting, but I have used it in everything else and it's great. I still sometimes use it blended with regular powdered sugar in icing, etc., but I can still detect the graininess if I just use it straight.

Jul 01, 2011
livvyliv10 in Home Cooking

Li Ming's Global Market in Durham

That's funny about Asian bakeries. i love Asian sweets -- mostly fried or steamed -- sesame balls or glutinous rice sweets, of which there are many, many kinds. one of the few kinds of desserts that I really can only have one serving because they taste so rich and heavy. I've always gone to Grand Asia market in Cary for the bakery inside, but I'm excited to check out the baked goods at Li Ming's. Last time I went it wasn't opened yet.

Apr 29, 2011
livvyliv10 in Southeast

Yes, Boise is in the Pacific NW [Moved from PNW board]

The salmon hash at Goldy's is wonderful. I'm from the triangle in NC, but was visiting Boise recently. I also sampled the pancakes my fellow breakfasters were having, and they were also very nice. I would definitely go back. We got there late in the morning so there was a line, but we didn't wait too long. Next time I'm visiting, I'll eat there earlier. The service was very good.

Aug 11, 2010
livvyliv10 in Mountain States

Requesting Decadent Blondie Recipe

That CI recipe is the real deal. One trick that makes them have a deeper butterscotch flavor is to replace the light brown sugar with dark brown sugar. These are very chewy and they stand on their own. You could even omit the stir ins (like some of the nuts, all the coconut and sometimes the choc chips) if you want an uncomplicated blondie. This recipe is good enough to do that -- enough flavor and texture all by itself.

Aug 11, 2010
livvyliv10 in Home Cooking

Have you ever baked with "WheyLow" sweetener?

I just tried Whey Low for the first time last week. I had to order it online. In the past I have really disliked all other artificial sweeteners (except Fiberfit, which is a liquid). I even think sugar-free Davinci syrups have a bitter aftertaste. I was really pleased with the Whey Low. I used their version of brown sugar and their regular granulated to make chocolate chip cookies and they were great. I also made a chocolate cake with it and no one could tell the difference . The powdered sugar is grainier than regular though so I only replaced 1/3 of my powdered sugar in the frosting with it. All in all, I'm thrilled with this find. I can even use the Whey Low Gold (brown sugar) in hot cereal, and it's perfect. Some Whole Food stores carry this if you don't want to make the investment of ordering online.

Mar 23, 2010
livvyliv10 in Home Cooking

Crack-Coated Crack

Tim Tams are great. Pepperidge Farms is now making them -- I heard they are handling the distribution here in the U.S. Don't know if they are exactly the same as the Aussie original. We've always ordered or bought the real deal at World Market. My brother-in-law who lived in Australia learned what is called the "Tim Tam Slam" there. Get hot milk or chocolate in a mug, bite off a corner of the Tim Tam and then slurp the milk through the Tim Tam like a straw (quickly before the Tim Tam gets soft) and then quickly throw the Tim Tam in your mouth. It's a fun food culture tradition we do with the whole family during the holidays.

Feb 05, 2010
livvyliv10 in Features

Not-to-be-missed BBQ in and around Raleigh

If you ever go back to the Pit, you have to get the ribs! I've had their chopped pork, and it wasn't terrible, but it wasn't wonderful either. I also love their banana pudding -- a fancier take on the traditional, but delicious. My husband and I are rib people so the Pit is worth the trip just for those.

Jan 30, 2010
livvyliv10 in Southeast

Crack-Coated Crack

Trader Joe's dark-chocolate covered Joe Joes (or whatever they call them) are FANTASTIC. To qualify myself though, I must confess that I've been known to eat an Oreo or two at times, but only the trans fat free variety, and always dunked in milk.

Jan 29, 2010
livvyliv10 in Features