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What's for Dinner #381- The Summer Doldrums Edition! [through August 16, 2015]

Seems like ages since I've been on Chowhound. I've been trying to lose weight & get my running/exercise back on track.

Tonight I'm slicing a beautiful tomato from a local farmer, covering it with basil, minced garlic, s&p, evoo, and topping with a fresh rockfish filet. Fresh, wild fish of any sort is hard to find around here. I'll bake it and then top it with more basil. An arugula salad with cherry tomatoes from my garden will be on the side. The basil is also from my garden. All of my other veggies from the garden are done, but I'll have more back in the fall.

What's for Dinner #381- The Summer Doldrums Edition! [through August 16, 2015]

How long and at what temperature do you roast the okra?

Aug 13, 2015
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

Vegetable gardens 2015

Here's the garden again, 2 weeks later. I've made sure to label everything, not like last year!

First picture is green beans planted from seed. Second is obviously a variety of hot peppers with a few ichiban eggplant to the right. Third is my 14 tomato plants of varying types.

May 04, 2015
Barbara76137 in Gardening

Tips and tricks for new basement freezer!

Took the words right out of my mouth!

Apr 23, 2015
Barbara76137 in General Topics

Smoking on gas grill

Thank you! So I don't soak the chips?

As a foodie, what do you do for lunch during the week?

I live & work in the sticks where the few restaurants are awful and overpriced. No matter, I can't afford to eat out anyway.

Fortunately I only live minutes from the office, so I go home and enjoy my lunch hour at home. Today I made a tarragon/grape/pecan chicken salad sandwich with chicken breast I poached over the weekend and fresh tarragon from my herb garden. Even topped it with a few of the first lettuce leaves from the garden. A horrible sandwich from Subway would have taken more time.

When I'm home at lunch I also can check my horses' water trough and let my two kitties explore the yard. Every time I hate my job I think about how great going home for lunch is!

In the winter having homemade chili or soup last night's leftovers are the norm. In the spring & summer I love a good salad.

Smoking on gas grill

What is the best way to add smoke to whatever I'm cooking on my gas grill. I have the foil pan with hickory or mesquite chips, but where do I put them, and do I change the temp I'm cooking the chicken or fish I'm grilling?

I've looked online and just can't find any simple explanations for a dummy like me. I'm not talking about cooking a big brisket or ribs for 20, I'm just looking at adding a nice smoke flavor to some chicken thighs or maybe a piece of salmon.

Thanks!

Vegetable gardens 2015

Sorry to hear that. Hope you heal soon.

Apr 15, 2015
Barbara76137 in Gardening
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Is it safe to eat the wild onion/garlic chives in my yard?

These are what I have all over my pasture. The two horses don't care for them. So, can anyone tell me what these are? And are they edible?

Apr 15, 2015
Barbara76137 in Gardening

What's for Dinner #359 - the April Showers Edition [through April 15, 2015]

April Showers???? Check out the picture of my pasture from yesterday morning!

Tonight it is somewhat damp and chilly here, but was able to use my new gas bbq grill over the weekend and so I'm having leftovers tonight. It will either be herbed Cornish hen with baby rosemary garlic potatoes or Italian sausage sandwich with peppers, onions & fennel. And a glass of wine, of course. I had never tried a Cornish hen on the grill before, and it was very good, although I wish I would have done the skin better.

The D.I.Y. Tomato

Where I lived in Southern California, I never had any luck growing anything. I also was in very small areas, either apartments or condos most of the time. I can sympathize with lack of space.

I feel really blessed that here in Texas I'm in a house on two acres and have the room to grow whatever I want. I'm on a really tight budget so I was thrilled to find everything I needed at great prices!

Julichuk, I think you misunderstood me...I'm very happy you've found what works in the space you have. I was addressing the author of the original WSJ article who seemed to inflate the cost of every item, from gloves to cages to the plants themselves.

Apr 14, 2015
Barbara76137 in Gardening

The D.I.Y. Tomato

I guess the author has never heard of .99 Only stores or Dollar Tree! I've gotten all my garden tools and gloves there, and I even got cages there this weekend for my 14 tomato plants. The plants were on sale at Lowe's this weekend: Bonnie 19.3 oz. veggies & herbs were 5/$10, so $2 each.

And, as everyone else has said, store-bought tomatoes are NOTHING like homegrown!

Apr 13, 2015
Barbara76137 in Gardening

Vegetable gardens 2015

Two years ago I went through all the trouble of starting things in a green house & transplanting, only to have most of my hard work go down the drain after a late freeze. :( Last year I planted seeds but the grasshoppers devoured almost everything. This year we've finally had some decent rain so I've been told we won't have the grasshopper invasion.

This year I'm "cheating". Lowe's had Bonnie veggies & herbs 5/$10 so I bought 14 tomato plants, 3 different hot peppers, 2 Ichiban eggplant and assorted herbs. String beans & lettuce I planted from seed are coming up. I hope this year my garden is a success. It's been quite the "learning process"!

Apr 13, 2015
Barbara76137 in Gardening
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Completely new to grilling - useful for weekdays, quick dinners?

I had been living in apartments for a number of years and had a little gas tabletop grill. Moved into my house 2 years ago and last year bought a used gas grill on Craigslist that was already on its last leg. Saturday I bought a brand new gas grill because I realized just how much I enjoy grilling and how much I use it.

When I get home from work I start the grill and by the time I do my prep the grill is ready. I love grilled veggies, chicken, fish...so much better than the oven.

I bought a Charbroil with 4 burners & a side, it was $150 which was all I could afford, and I don't expect it to last forever, but I'll definitely get my money's worth out of it.

On the weekend, when I have more time, I'll grill extra so I can have quick lunches. I'll grill extra chicken breasts or veggies so they can be added to salads or even burritos during the week.

I think once you get a gas grill, you'll wonder how you ever lived without one!

What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

Pizza! I get the dough from an Italian store in Dallas, so I've thawed it out and it will be ready to go when I get home in about 15 minutes. Also thawed the hot Italian chicken sausage. Other toppings will of sauce & cheese (of course), and probably mushrooms and bell peppers.

It went from almost 80 on Saturday to below freezing this morning, and it really hasn't warmed up all day. Wind chill in the teens and the temp will drop again tonight with a chance of snow. These extremes are crazy!!!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

Nay to the Brunello de Montalcino. Yes, it was only $19.99, but I thought some of their $5 Italian reds are better.

Feb 11, 2015
Barbara76137 in Chains

Freezer meals for a father-in-law in mourning

To add to mountaincachers excellent suggestions, use the small foil pans from the dollar store for the unbaked lasagna and meatloaf. Write the cooking instructions on the lid that comes with them.

Feb 09, 2015
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner? #348 -- The Valentine's Day Edition [through Feb 15, 2015]

Please don't hate me, but it is 75 and sunny here in N. Texas. I grilled chicken & veggies yesterday, and may throw something on the grill again tonight. All of you getting dumped on with the snow, please stay safe & warm :)

went to supermarket... what was I thinking!?!

I figured going to the Fort Worth Stock Show on Superbowl Sunday would be a smart move, but it was packed!!! So, instead I thought I'd stop by Central Market to pick up something for a quick lunch. Again, packed!!

Feb 03, 2015
Barbara76137 in Not About Food

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

My AllClad cookware really helped me improve my cooking on electric stoves. I hate electric, but at least the AllClad heats evenly and I don't end up burning things.

Don't know how I ever lived without my immersion blender. Love it for making soups creamy without the cream or fat.

My latest gadget is my mandolin. Could never slice fennel thin enough before.

The vacuum sealer is nice, knowing that I have less of a chance of freezer burn or leaks from inferior ziplock bags. But I wouldn't say it changed my cooking life as much as the other three items mentioned.

Jan 27, 2015
Barbara76137 in Cookware

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

It is sunny and 77 degrees here in North Texas (Yes, I said NORTH TEXAS!!)

I'm loving this unseasonably warm weather and therefore I want something cold and light for dinner. I think a large salad topped with grilled something (whatever falls out of the freezer :) ) will hit the spot.

I found red peppers on sale for .48 so I'll be making a batch of stuffed peppers for when the weather turns cold and rainy by the weekend.

Tortelloni con funghi porcini - sauce to go with?

I'd go with a light lemon/garlic/thyme sauce.

Jan 22, 2015
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

Help with Royal Icing

Well, here's the finished product! It was really fun, and I have icing left over, so I may have to make some sugar cookies too.

Dec 23, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #340 - the Pre-Christmas Rush Edition [through December 29, 2014]

I'll be decorating gingerbread cookies (see my request for Royal Icing help) so I'll be having leftover roasted turkey & dressing, broccoli salad and roasted fennel. Fennel is the only thing I have to cook, everything else is already in the fridge.

I still have absolutely NO idea what I'm going to make for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, but the freezer, fridge & pantry are stuffed. Oh, and the wine rack & liquor cabinet too :)

Help with Royal Icing

Thanks to both of you! I didn't realize I could use parchment, but that will be much easier than messing with tips. I may thin the icing so I can fill the stars with a Texas flag, but I mainly want to do the tops of the cowboy boots with different designs.

How long does it take for the icing to "set up"?

Dec 22, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

Help with Royal Icing

I've never made royal icing or decorated gingerbread cookies before. I made the cookies last night & they are cowboy boots and Texas stars, so I'm going to decorate them tonight.

Obviously I'm going to do quite a few colors, so what will be the best way to color the icing and then decorate the cookies?

Can I use plastic squeeze bottles, since I only have three decorating tips? I don't want to constantly be washing and changing tips.

What other tips can you give me?

Thanks!

Dec 22, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

Need help making bark

Thanks, I just thought it would be fun to use booze instead of an extract or oil. I used to have a recipe for a pie that used crème de menthe & crème de cocao (sp) & I never had that problem.

Dec 10, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

Need help making bark

I'd like to make "Grasshopper Bark" using semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate and crème de menthe. I thought it would be pretty easy, melt 1 1/2 cups chocolate morsels with 1 TB. vegetable oil, do the same for the white chocolate in separate bowl, and then add crème de menthe to the white chocolate. However, when I added the crème de menthe the white chocolate got almost granular and lost the smooth melted consistency. Also, it didn't have a strong crème de menthe flavor even though I added quite a bit.

So, was it the alcohol that dried out the white chocolate? Or would I have better results adding the crème de menthe to the semi-sweet chocolate? Or could I pour a layer of crème de menthe between the two layers of chocolate?

Sure would appreciate any suggestions.

Thanks!

Dec 10, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

Polar Vortex is coming

The majority of the tomatoes have been ripening. Not as good as vine ripened, but still perfectly acceptable. Some did rot, but I just check the paper bag and discard what has gone bad.

Dec 02, 2014
Barbara76137 in Gardening

What's for Dinner #337 - the It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas & Hanukkah 2014 Edition! [through December 8, 2014]

Have guests arriving on Thursday for the weekend, so I managed to decorate both the inside & outside of the house already. Have Christmas lights strung along the front of the house and a live wreath on the front door. So far the cats have left alone the live, potted tree in the living room, but the Christmas stockings didn't last more than a few hours. Must have been the residual catnip from last year.

Since I had an uninvited guest on turkey day, I still need more poultry. I found an already stuffed Cornish hen for only .99/lb. so I'm roasting that with some asparagus and pancetta. My green tomatoes I picked before the freeze a few weeks ago have finally ripened, so a simple salad is also in order. And, of course, wine.