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STUFFED VEGETABLES! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (September 2014)

Those look great! I have a bunch of baby bellas (bought the industrial size Costco package) so now you've inspired me to stuff some.

Sep 17, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking
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STUFFED VEGETABLES! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (September 2014)

Those are beautiful! I recently made almost the identical dish but my peppers didn't stay together as well as yours. I had a bunch of poblanos I had bought for another purpose, I had forgotten that I'd thawed some Mexican chorizo, so it was kind of an accidental dish. Tasted great, though!

Sep 17, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

Just tried the gouda and I agree! A definite Yay!

Sep 17, 2014
Barbara76137 in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

I had the same experience a while back. I bought them and cooked them the same day, so not a transport or storage problem on my end. I won't be buying them again.

Sep 17, 2014
Barbara76137 in Chains

Moving a fridge full of food... HELP?!

Considering the heat wave you are having right now & LA traffic (lived there for 25 years), I would leave everything in the freezer with the door taped, I mean, REALLY, taped well, and then transport everything from your fridge in ice chests and boxes in your car with the a/c cranked up all the way. It should be obvious, but don't put anything in the trunk. You can cover the ice chests/boxes with blankets or towels for added insulation as well.

Even with the bumps and jostling around, the frozen food won't create a mess, but it will stay better insulated than outside the freezer. It's amazing how quickly frozen food will begin to unthaw in that heat, and you don't want to then refreeze it.

Sep 16, 2014
Barbara76137 in General Topics

How to survive without Trader Joes & Costco???

I see you originally posted this over a year ago, so I'm wondering how you've survived.

Regulars here know that I'd drive from Memphis, TN to St. Louis, MO to the nearest TJ's. Fortunately I lived right next to a Costco in Memphis. About once a month I'd make a day of it, driving to TJ's. I also discovered that St. Louis has one of the best Little Italys (The Hill) in the country, so I'd go there as well.

Sep 16, 2014
Barbara76137 in Chains

Does anyone own a vacuum sealer?

Yep, that's the one I got. So far it has worked great for everything I've sealed. Didn't have any trouble sealing soup for freezing, as some hear had warned me of. I've even been experimenting with cutting down the 11" rolls to half that width for freezing single turkey burgers I found on sale.

Sep 16, 2014
Barbara76137 in Cookware

Hello, I am looking for some recommendations for some store bought marinades,sauces, and pre mixed seasonings for chicken.

I also love Penzey's. I like that they have different sizes, so you can get the smallest jar to try it out, and then buy larger quantities as needed.

There is a jar marinade I've only seen at Sprout's called Matheny's Carne Asada. It is made in Southern California. It is wonderful on chicken thighs.

Sep 16, 2014
Barbara76137 in General Topics

seasoning a molcajete (and other stone mortar/pestles) - an endless process?

I recently bought one at Costco and have been sitting on the sofa every night grinding dry rice for the past few weeks while I watch tv. After reading all these posts I think I'll just stick to using the small granite one I bought in Italy and use this new enormous one as a doorstop.

Sep 16, 2014
Barbara76137 in Cookware

Foodsaver questions

I just bought a Foodsaver primarily to freeze things for longterm storage.

However, what foods do you think would benefit from it short-term (refrigerator or pantry) most? I only have bags, no containers right now, but am open to buying some.

Last night I did my weekly grocery shopping and this is what I brought home:

Large container mixed baby greens
1 eggplant
2 broccoli crowns
1 cucumber
2 zucchini
3 unripe avocados
4 peaches
1 package strawberries
1 package mini bell peppers
Gorgonzola, pepper jack & cheddar cheeses
Non fat plain Greek yogurt (large TJ's tub)
Non fat vanilla yogurt (large TJ's tub)
2 ears sweet corn

Remember, I'm cooking for one, and I'm also still getting some things from my garden and already have stuff in the fridge & freezer.

Thanks!

Aug 28, 2014
Barbara76137 in Cookware

Too much corn on the cob! Help me use it!

I just got a foodsaver, so can I just freeze the cleaned whole ears without blanching so I can throw them on the grill this winter? I absolutely love grilled corn on the cob.

Aug 28, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

Are you a herb, spice and seasoning junkie?

I agree with Gojira. I try to only buy what I can use in a reasonable amount of time.

I love visiting Penzy's, since I can get a small bottle of an herb or spice to "try it out" and then if I find I'm using it a lot, I can buy a larger quantity.

Aug 28, 2014
Barbara76137 in General Topics

Anyone else been to the Nespresso Boutique?

Went there again with my boyfriend on a Friday vs. Saturday and was treated much better. We had a chance to taste as many varieties as we wanted (how much espresso can you seriously drink at once without being seriously wired?? :) ) We ended up buying another machine and about 20 more sleeves of espresso.

DFW - lunch & dinner - one day

I've had lunch at Lonesome Dove twice, and the first time it was really good. Took my mom there, the first time, so the two of us had the lobster hush puppies, wild boar ribs, chicken thigh entrée, and the daily special was a chicken piccata risotto. About two weeks ago I went again and the daily special was chicken flautas. I think they must have been leftovers from the catering business. They were dry, tough, and very disappointing.

Rabbit for K9

I've seen it at the 99 Ranch on Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. It is in the frozen section.

Small town restaurant + Bad experience = Would you go back?

'Zucchini was considered exotic and you couldn't find one that wasn't rotten.' Love it!
Recently I realized my cilantro was over the hill and ran to the little supermarket here in town. The cilantro they were selling for .99 was WORSE than the bunch I had just dumped in the trash!

Aug 26, 2014
Barbara76137 in Not About Food

Small town restaurant + Bad experience = Would you go back?

Texas/Tennessee.....about the same thing :)

Aug 26, 2014
Barbara76137 in Not About Food
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Small town restaurant + Bad experience = Would you go back?

I live in a very small town and all of the restaurants are horrible. I gave them all more than one chance, but I can't afford to waste my hard-earned money eating out. Sometimes I get tired of cooking, but it's better than getting annoyed and disappointed at these restaurants.

Does anyone own a vacuum sealer?

Thanks to all for the advice.

Aug 21, 2014
Barbara76137 in Cookware

Does anyone own a vacuum sealer?

Through the end of the month Costco has one for $69 with an instant $20 rebate, so I finally got one. I really like it so far, and look forward to using it mainly for freezing soups, chili, etc. in single servings.

Aug 20, 2014
Barbara76137 in Cookware

gazpacho??

Was at a Jon Bonnell cooking demo a few years ago featuring Hatch chilis, and he used a meat grinder instead of a blender/food processor. Really liked the consistency.

Aug 14, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

Lingua, I'm so sorry for your loss. Both of my critters, as well as myself, send hugs.

Aug 06, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

My Chowhound Wedding

Congrats! Fabulous pictures, sounds like an amazing wedding!

Jul 29, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition! [OLD]

It's not just fish & seafood, but everything from cocktails to dessert from the restaurant. I'll try to take a picture of the table of contents.

The recipes are pretty confusing. I tried the gumbo and it seemed to not make much sense.

Jul 28, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

Suggestions for Thursday, July 3rd w/79 yr. old mother

It was in Huntsville....so what would you expect? :) Little place on the Interstate called the Bandera Grill. Waitress was clueless.

Jul 23, 2014
Barbara76137 in Houston

Suggestions for Thursday, July 3rd w/79 yr. old mother

We had excellent servers at every restaurant, not just Gaido's but Guadalajara Grill in the Woodlands Wednesday night & Bone Fish Grill Thursday night. Then reality set in Friday night when we met my bf for dinner on the way back home.....

Jul 10, 2014
Barbara76137 in Houston

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition! [OLD]

Last Friday my mother bought me Guido's (Galveston, TX) cookbook. I can't wait to try some of the recipes!

Jul 10, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

Love my new immersion blender

I don't know how I ever survived before I got mine!

Jul 10, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

Easy way to make frozen yellow squash a side dish?

I like to sauté it in oil with garlic & fresh herbs. Tonight I'm slicing and grilling it.

Jul 09, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

Used the cracker/cheese/jelly combo for a quick appetizer Sunday night and my two guests devoured an entire bag of crackers & wedge of cheese! All that's left is some of the jelly (16 oz. jar! )

Jul 08, 2014
Barbara76137 in Chains