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what do you put on your cottage cheese?

When I was a little girl, honey. It's good. Try it. Nowadays, fresh chopped chives from my garden and a good smoked finishing salt.

Jan 11, 2015
natewrites in General Topics

Help with planning a meal around Anne Burrell's turnip gratin, please.

Chicken Kiev. Classic. Fairly healthy, and simple, so it wouldn't compete with Anne's rich dish. Seems it would fit all guests. A classic Caesar salad like Ina Garten's minus the egg. A puff pastry tart would be a nice finish.

Jan 11, 2015
natewrites in Home Cooking
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Home Cooks - How do you minimize food waste?

By "waste" I'm going to bring up the obvious: veggies.

For health and economical reasons (I'm a single doggie-mother), I center a lot of meals around salads, where the focal point is veggies. This helps me go through my veggies with very little waste. Think, Chicken Caesar, Salmon Caesar, Venison Taco Salad, Asian Chicken noodle salad, Pho, etc.

Also, try portion-freezing leftovers. I'm assuming you're a family like most, not single? Then everyone can decide which individual frozen dinner they want. If you have picky teens, this might be handy.

Jan 11, 2015
natewrites in Home Cooking

Not So Pioneer Woman?

Puff,
I'm a Food Network addict, but unfortunately her stupid show comes on when I have to work out at the gym, and our gym has TV's at every cardio station. I usually photograph with my cell what unhealthy abomination she's whipping up, then send it to my sister with some sarcastic response and a sound effect for sheer laughs. That's what I think of her show. There's a blog out there if memory serves that does nothing but make fun of show. Enjoy. Her annoying voice makes it worth hate-watching.

Jan 11, 2015
natewrites in Food Media & News

Bourdain's new book ........ Medium Raw

Love Bourdain. He could read the phone book, and I'd crack up. If you're a food person, or even if you're not, if you're a person who's always been a rebel, constantly challenged authority or is just a gritty "grab life by the balls," type, then how can you not like this book?

Is it me, but at times, doesn't he remind you of a mischievous, bright, overlooked and angry about it, little boy? I love that about him.

Jan 11, 2015
natewrites in Food Media & News

Anyone read Anthony Bourdain's MEDIUM RAW (book)?

I inhaled Tony's KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL. Loved it, love him.

I'm now reading MEDIUM RAW: A BLOODY VALENTINE TO THE WORLD OF FOOD AND THE PEOPLE WHO COOK.

Anyone read it? What'd you think?

Jan 11, 2015
natewrites in Food Media & News

Giada De Laurentiis and Husband to Divorce

Pookipichu, here's a hilarious article lampooning all her pronunciations:

http://www.thesavory.com/food/7-most-...

Giada De Laurentiis and Husband to Divorce

Hahaha! Amen to that!

Jan 11, 2015
natewrites in Food Media & News

Most used cookware? Any surprises?

Ironically, my no name hand-held electric mixer. I've had a stand up mixer that was expensive only last a few short years. But this no name one I've had since I was in college, and believe me, that's been a long time ago.

Jan 11, 2015
natewrites in Cookware

Acupulco Chicken Breast Recipe?

Mscoffee, that looks very close. Thank you! Smiles!

Dec 21, 2014
natewrites in Home Cooking

Acupulco Chicken Breast Recipe?

A friend of mine had a great recipe for this dish, but she lost the original recipe, while cleaning out her cookbooks. It was basically chicken breasts pounded out with green chillies and Monterrey jack cheese inside then toothpicked closed, floured, then egg, maybe panko sauteed then baked. Seasonings?

I told her, I'd look here. Anyone have this recipe?

Dec 21, 2014
natewrites in Home Cooking

Saying thank you to the host

Weezie, me too.

Jan 28, 2014
natewrites in Not About Food

Do you watch you tube for cooking?

I have youtubed various unknowns like OMGpaleo's site on Youtube.

But mainly, I use Youtube more for home-fix-it projects like last summer, to learn how to use concrete patch on my front stoop.

Jan 28, 2014
natewrites in Food Media & News

Incorrect Recipe Directions Yet Again on Food Network

Interns, exactly. That's what I was thinking. . . . I'll have to check out FN's site and see if they have an "error" button or whatnot. Thanks!

Jan 28, 2014
natewrites in Food Media & News

29 signs you worked in a restaurant kitchen

They forgot some, like you use a grease pencil and write the dates on everything (prevent spoilage), lol.

Jan 12, 2014
natewrites in Food Media & News

Bitchin' Kitchen - Are they kidding???

I dunno. As a single woman, I LOVE her humor. I'm sick of all the family-oriented cooking shows.

So she makes some pretty funny cracks at her ex's, some killer fashion-statements, and then some hunky guys, like the ripped guy with his shirt off all the time, popping by, and what's not to love?

I love her sarcasm and making fun of bad bands like Nickelback. You go, Nadia G!

The People On America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country

Earlybird, lol. Perfect!

Jan 12, 2014
natewrites in Food Media & News

Pioneer Woman

The show doesn't challenge me one iota. It seems tailored to people who know little about cooking, and it is utterly corny.

Her mousey voice also grates on my nerves.

I am utterly puzzled why the show is as successful as it is, especially when there are other lesser-known PBS cooking shows/biogs that are more challenging and healthy out there.

Simple yet delicious meals to freeze?

Chilli is good. You should make it and freeze it in 2-serving sizes, so she can throw it in the crockpot when it is convenient . Soups, all the way around are good because you can save a bit for yourself while also giving the rest away.

Jan 12, 2014
natewrites in Home Cooking

Holiday Parties

Sounds yummy. I love soup parties.

Dec 17, 2013
natewrites in Home Cooking

Why do my slow cooker recipes always taste bad?

The key here is to realize that not everything can go into a crockpot, and I'd say that a recipe has to be DESIGNED for a crockpot to be successful.

I'd get a good cookbook for crockpot cooking only, and make sure to read all the reviews posted about the book on Amazon.

The best crockpot cookbook in my opinion is Best-Loved Slow Cooker Recipes by Publicans International. There is an eggplant couscous recipe in there to die for.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/38079333...

Sadly, I think it's out of print, but I found it on E-bay.

Dec 17, 2013
natewrites in Home Cooking

What Christmas food gift can I make that will fit into coffee mugs?

Homemade hot chocolate mix in a pretty glassine bag. Also, pair it with one homemade jumbo marshmellow (use Ina Garten's recipe) also in a glassine bag.

Tie up both with pretty satin ribbon.

Dec 17, 2013
natewrites in Home Cooking

Holiday Parties

What parties have you thrown for the holidays, and what did you make?

I threw an appetizer party for my cycling group and made Parmesan crisps, salmon canapes, baked brie, homemade fat-free chips and low calorie dip.

I'm hosting another party this Saturday for my writers' group, and right now I'm thinking venison slow cooker meatballs. But what else I'll make, I'm not sure yet.

So what have you guys made for parties this season?

Dec 17, 2013
natewrites in Home Cooking

I just found out one of my favorite restaurants will be on Restaurant Impossible...

What a fun post, even if it's old.

Many of the episodes have the same problems over and over again, so much so, that you can already spell out what's going on: 1. the restaurant doesn't make any fresh food, only gross canned and frozen. 2. someone on staff is an ogre. 3. someone on staff is a pushover 4. someone on the show always has to have a hissy fit then burst out bawling. 5. two family members do not get along. It's really the same show everytime, just a different restaurant. Although, I find myself drawn in anyway.

Dec 17, 2013
natewrites in Food Media & News

Incorrect Recipe Directions Yet Again on Food Network

OK, this has happened to my sister and I yet again this fall!

I go onto Food Network after watching one of my favorite shows to get a recipe, follow the recipe to a T, then it fails and I later find out that the recipe was posted to the website with errors in the cooking instructions.

Most recently, this happened this week, when Paula Deen's video posted one set of cooking times/oven temperatures, but whomever posted the actual recipe made mistakes.

Anyone else experience this? Frustrating! Why does this happen?

Dec 17, 2013
natewrites in Food Media & News

Pioneer Woman

I'm from South Dakota, and can't stand that show. Pioneer? I don't think so.

I'm sure she's a nice neighbor and all, but that's NOT pioneer living whatsoever.

Many of the recipes aren't really recipes, and are not challenging or interesting at all.

Dec 17, 2013
natewrites in Food Media & News

Anyone read dated cookbooks?

Heck yes.

I have a huge collection of what I will call "old timey church farm women" cookbooks.

The best are the ones from the 1960's-1970's who had contributors who at the time were octogenarians, submitting recipes that they have used their whole lives, particularly ethnic, old school recipes like homemade sauerkraut, lime pickles, piccalilie, apple butter, etc.

I'm NOT talking about the nasty jello or cream of mushroom recipes, but women who were submitting their and their mothers' recipes from the 1900's-1940's before processed foods were developed.

Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood, Black Hills of South Dakota!

Yup, sorry MWK that you didn't have a good culinary experience. This is why I posted this. Hopefully, chowhounds will see this and take note for their vacations. There's excellent food here, but it is in places like Rapid City, not near the tourist traps.

Jun 03, 2013
natewrites in Great Plains

Compared to your family, what new thing are you doing?

OMG. For me, that's 1. smaller portions 2. way less meat 3. eating before 8:00 p.m. And I could list way more things too, so what are you doing differently than your parents?

May 31, 2013
natewrites in Home Cooking

Compared to your family, what new thing are you doing?

What new cooking thing are you doing, that is not the way you were raised, that you are doing differently?

May 31, 2013
natewrites in Home Cooking