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T-day leftovers game plan

IF it were me, I'd take the meat off the bones. You can use the bones & rest of the carcass to make turkey soup. I'd portion out some of the turkey & sides to freeze as quick "tv dinners". I'd also freeze some of the turkey to add to salads.

Would you say your Thanksgiving this year is going to be a big deal . Or your just going to make it simple ?

I'll be alone, but I'll still break out the silver and set the table to make my meal festive. I'm making the roasted butternut squash soup I found here on chowhound, roasting turkey thighs on top of dressing, and doing a bunch of veggie sides. So far the list includes green beans with shallots & pancetta, cauliflower gratin with goat cheese & mushrooms, roasted veggies, and a baby arugula salad. The weather is supposed to be warm and sunny all weekend, so I need to do a lot of work outside.

about 15 hours ago
Barbara76137 in General Topics
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Kitchen Cabinet Organization ideas?

I use baskets and organize much like CindyJ does. I got all of mine at the dollar store and they work great. I have plenty of cabinet space, but just pulling down a basket for Asian, Hispanic, baking, etc. is really a big help.

1 day ago
Barbara76137 in Cookware

What did I do to my All-Clad? [Moved from Home Cooking]

When I've burned something in my All-Clad, I've found filling the pan with hot water, some powdered dishwasher detergent and some dish soap and soaking overnight helped.

1 day ago
Barbara76137 in Cookware

Polar Vortex is coming

Had my mom pick all of my tomatoes left in the garden. I was shocked when she had an entire shopping bag of them. I'm heartbroken that my biggest and best harvest was now, right before the freeze. I'll have to find some good recipes for green tomatoes. I dug up my jalapeno plant and two basil plants and repotted them for in the house. Everything else is done for the season.

Today was COLD, COLD, COLD!!! Wind chill of 21 and actual temperature of 30. Hate to think about the temps the next few nights.

Nov 12, 2014
Barbara76137 in Gardening

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

Candy Cane Joe Joe's are there....bought two boxes last week.

Nov 11, 2014
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Winter Emergency Stock-Up

I got stranded in Washington DC during the blizzard of 1996. I bought a snow shovel at the local Safeway and knew it was bad when I was shoveling out stuck tow trucks! Thank goodness for that Safeway...all the restaurants were closed, they even closed the bar in our hotel. BIG mistake with about 2 dozen musicians :) Our hotel rooms had kitchenettes so we scavenged what we could and had a fabulous feast!

Oct 14, 2014
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Prices for Butter?

I just paid $3.99/lb. for Trader Joe's last Friday. I thought that was higher than before, but I don't use a lot of butter, most always use olive oil or canola oil.

Oct 14, 2014
Barbara76137 in General Topics

What's in your Freezer 2014 version

So sorry for you! Well, at least it sounds like you are being optimistic about it.

Oct 14, 2014
Barbara76137 in General Topics

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

I had never tasted or cooked butternut squash before. It was delicious! And, very easy.

After reading the other reviews, I roasted mine for an hour and 15 minutes so it was nice and tender. I left out the cream and used the immersion blender. I didn't miss the cream or all that extra fat one bit. It tasted wonderful as is, but then I added a tablespoon of chile en adobe to give it a little smokiness and kick. I will definitely be making this again.

Oct 14, 2014
Barbara76137 in Recipes

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014 [old]

Yay to the Cowboy Quinoa meatless patties. Had a sample yesterday and they were pretty tasty.

Oct 10, 2014
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Ebola: Do you think it will change how we dine out?

I live just north of Dallas, so really close to all the hype. I'm not concerned. All this hype with the news media is ridiculous!

What would YOU do??

I'd think it was charming and extremely creative. Last year my Christmas present was wrapped in a 50lb. bag from horse feed and tied with baling twine. Inside was an espresso machine! Right then I decided he was "a keeper". :)

Eating healthy. . .what's on your plate?

Sounds a lot like my menus! Except around here I can't stand "Tex Mex", so I'll enjoy my quesadillas & tacos at home.

Just had to refill the propane tank on my grill, so I guess I grill a lot, practically every night. Grilled seafood, chicken, veggies of any sort. Salads are often a full meal, not just a side.

I also love cheese, but stick to really bold, flavorful ones so a little goes a long way. Always have 4-5 varieties handy.

Pretty much no processed foods whatsoever in the house. Canned beans or tomatoes, but that's about it.

Last night had a homemade pizza with chicken sausage, red & yellow peppers, grape tomatoes, and fresh arugula & basil from the garden.

I love eating healthy!!!

What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

Didn't do much cooking over the weekend. Ran out of propane for the grill & couldn't get it refilled until today. Plus, the weather finally cooled down and I had a ridiculously long list of chores I wanted to get finished. Almost finished with a 3-sided shelter for my horses, got plenty of weeding done in the gardens, planted an 8' silver maple tree, deep-cleaned the house and decorated inside & out for Halloween.

Tonight I'll toss some baby yellow potatoes with evoo, garlic, rosemary and s&p and throw a few chicken thighs on top. Put those in the oven & by the time I finish running, dinner will be ready...or else the house will be burning down :) That & a salad will be dinner.

Rudest grocery checker remark

I was checking out at Costco and the checker looked at my membership card, which shows I've been a member since 1988. He said 'wow, you've been a member longer than I've been alive!'

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

Not food, but "food related"....this summer I bought a Food Saver Vacuum sealer when there was a $20 instant rebate. Friday I got the package of rolls and bags for $31.99 thanks to the $8 instant rebate this month!

Oct 06, 2014
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How much do you spend on groceries each month?

Small town in North Texas here, and I know exactly what you mean. I refuse to shop here & drive the 35 miles for all my shopping. Makes you prepare a detailed shopping list since you definitely don't want to forget anything!

Oct 03, 2014
Barbara76137 in General Topics

Liver Nips are not for cats but perhaps a link to our past?

Czechs (Bohemians) have a liver dumpling soup that sounds identical to this! I haven't had it in years, but it was very good.

Oct 03, 2014
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Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

10 lbs. of carrots go very quickly with two horses! :)

Oct 01, 2014
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Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

Forgot about the glasses. I got some frames for a fraction of the cost at my optometrist. Costco actually had a better selection than he did!

Oct 01, 2014
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Anything worth trying from Walmart in store Deli and/or bakery?

I've been very pleased with the rotisserie chicken as well.

Sep 30, 2014
Barbara76137 in Chains

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

Been a member of Costco since 1988 and have been living solo all that time. It definitely is worth it. Right now I have great storage, but even when I was living like Anne Frank I still saved a ton at Costco and nothing went to waste.

This summer I bought a Foodsaver there for $49 ($20 instant rebate) and so I can vacuum seal things in smaller portions. The twin pack of goat cheese is a bargain, and when I open one I can immediately vacuum seal the portion I won't use right away. I buy the case of chicken stock because each container is only 16 oz., fine for one person. I like their whole bean coffee.

For non food items, these are all on my Costco list:

Kitty Litter
Paper Towels
Toilet Paper
Plastic wrap
Cleaning & Laundry products

Also, I found some really cute rubber boots w/fleece lining for $19.99 and winter running gloves for $12. You never know what you might find at Costco. Once I bought a paddle boat :)

Sep 30, 2014
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Need new Drip Coffee Maker, under $75

I've had a Melitta for the past 10 years and I've been very pleased with it. I bought it at Tuesday Morning for $32 and it HAS the built in grinder/clock/timer....I know, all the things you don't need, but it really makes a good cup of coffee and obviously has lasted. My boyfriend is picky about coffee he really likes it, so it isn't just me. He gave me a Nespresso machine 2 years ago, but we still have our pot of coffee in addition to espressos in the morning.

Sep 30, 2014
Barbara76137 in Cookware

Thanksgiving and Christmas in the US

After spending quite a few years burying my head in the sand and trying to avoid the Holidays, now I'm in a place where I'm really embracing them. Like everyone else said, there really isn't a right or wrong way.

For me, I will start decorating the house for Halloween this weekend. After Halloween I'll keep all the pumpkins/scarecrows, etc. that can transition into Thanksgiving. The weekend after Thanksgiving I'll decorate for Christmas, maybe wait a week or so before buying a live, potted Christmas tree. I'll keep the decorations up until the Epiphany.

Since I'm alone, I make parts of the "traditional" Thanksgiving dinner that I like with my own twist. Christmas Eve & Day may have an Italian feel, and New Year's I will try to do something I think of as elegant.

I grew up in a family where Thanksgiving had a Czechoslovakian angle with dumplings and sauerkraut instead of mashed potatoes & green bean casserole.

Sep 30, 2014
Barbara76137 in General Topics

Halloween and Pumpkins in Colonial America

Very interesting article...thanks for posting it.

Worst Cooking Disaster Thread

Went to Costco and forgot to take the package of smoked salmon/lox out of the SUV. Discovered it about 3 days later after the SUV had been sitting in the hot California sun.

Not exactly a cooking disaster, but I was driving a vegetarian friend's vehicle and had bought half a dozen live crabs at the Asian market. The crabs got loose on my drive home! Fortunately I made it home safely, but could you imagine me explaining if/how I had gotten into a wreck?

Sep 26, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

Tony Chacere Creole

yes, way too salty.

Sep 26, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition! [through October 3, 2014]

Sounds like we were both in the same boat. Can't believe how empty my fridge is, but it gave me a chance to clean the shelves.

I'll be sad when the last of the local tomatoes vanish. The tomatoes in this part of the country are fabulous.

Does Anybody Really Like Fennel?!

I use a mandolin to thinly slice it and then roast it with just olive oil, salt & pepper. When I used bigger pieces it seemed "tough".

Sep 25, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking