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Recommended vegetarian slow cooker cookbook and/or your favorite tried and true recipes?

This author has a few slow cooker Indian cookbooks out. I have read 2 of hers and they are great! http://www.amazon.com/The-Indian-Slow...

Jan 31, 2013
Main Line Tracey in Vegetarian & Vegan

Gluten free whole wheat flour alternative-your advice please

Hello! I recently started an anti-allergen elimination diet and gluten is out. I purchased a flour blend but my pancakes and baked goods are turning out a bit gummy and they don't have the depth and earthiness that whole wheat flour used to give me. The blend consists of white rice flour, tapioca, and potato flour.

There are so many alternative flours out there: sorghum, chestnut, millet, almond, coconut, brown rice flour, sweet potato, etc. I hate to purchase bag after bag of flour, only to find that they don't work and I've spent a mint. We have no nut restrictions. Is there a mixture that you would recommend as a whole wheat flour alternative?

Jan 15, 2013
Main Line Tracey in Special Diets

Calling all brown baggers

Whatever we had for dinner.

Oct 26, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Need main for dinner party

My rule is never to try out a new recipe for a party. If you'd like, it would be best to make the Chicken Marbella in advance and see how it turns out and how you like it.

I would make the beef tenderloin. It may be old to you, but other people will enjoy it as it is something special. Then you will stress less and enjoy your party more.

Oct 21, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Fermented Foods!

Does adding honey or ginger to fermented foods kill off some of the good bacteria?

Sep 19, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Appetizer suggestions for a grad student!

Why not make 4 appetizers: one very popular and common (meatballs, pigs in blanket, crescent rolls w/filling), one cheese selection, and two more interesting items? That way you have something for the less adventurous and something for those with more exotic taste.

You know you friends better than we do though. I have friends who would LOVE pigs in a blanket, and others who would lovingly mock me for years if I served it.

Sep 06, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Pepperoni - What would you make? Suggestions please.

I really like the old crescent roll standby: Unroll the whole roll of crescents. Press 2 triangles together to make rectangles. Roll thinner with rolling pin and sprinkle with chopped pepperoni and shredded cheese. Roll up tightly and repeat with other crescent triangles. Freeze for 15 minutes. Slice 1/2" thick and bake at 350 until puffy and golden. (5-7 minutes maybe) SO tasty and easy!

Aug 18, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Scrambled Eggs

If your eggs are chewy then you are cooking them on too high heat and maybe for too long. I'd do everything that you did before: Crack eggs into a bowl, add 1 T. of milk per egg, sprinkle salt and pepper, and then pour them into a cold skillet. I use stainless steel (not non-stick) with great results. Put the heat on low-medium and scrape the bottom of the pan constantly. You will be moving the cooked eggs from the bottom of the pan and incorporating them into the uncooked eggs. When the eggs are lovely moist, fluffy clouds, but slightly not done, take them off the heat immediately and move them to a plate. The residual heat will continue to cook the eggs and they will be fabulous! (If you would prefer them a bit more done, you can always microwave them for 5 seconds, but NOT TOO LONG or you will have rubber eggs)

Jul 23, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

If you could eat any food/meal and it have no effect on your health, what would it be.

Bacon, camembert, bread, chocolate croissants, gosh there are so many things!

Jul 23, 2012
Main Line Tracey in General Topics

peeling FRESH eggs

You could try the gadget called "Eggies"!

Jul 20, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

What can I do with leftover grilled vegetables?

I made a ratatouille pizza this weekend! I used the roasted veggies and placed them over Artesian Bread in 5 rolled into crust, topped it all with small bits of chevre and shredded mozzarella. Yummy!

Jun 13, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Quick Stop in Charleston/Casual Food

I went to Charleston YEARS ago, but loved Jestine's kitchen.

Jun 11, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Southeast

Are you able to smell asparagus metabolites in urine? [from General Topics]

Very interesting thread!

Jun 04, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Not About Food

What to do with Kohlrabi?

I really like Kohlrabi if you peel it and steam it with butter, salt, and pepper. Very simple. It has a nutty taste and kind of reminds me of turnip. It's tasty!

May 31, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Ok clever cooks! Money/time saving tips on multi-purposing items!

I hadn't thought of using wooden clothes pins for so much! That would definitely save money. Great tip!

May 19, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Ok clever cooks! Money/time saving tips on multi-purposing items!

It's a great idea to use binder clips instead of chip clips! Definitely saves money and then you can also use them for office work. I would be careful about taking them from the company supply closet though. ;)

May 18, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Ok clever cooks! Money/time saving tips on multi-purposing items!

Hello chowhounds! I love reading tips that other people have discovered. It saves me the time of having to either discover it myself, or cooking without knowing such a great idea.

The threads that have enlightened me recently with useful tips were ones where I found out about using coffee filters instead of cheesecloth, and using a rasp for garlic! Awesome ideas! Both save time, money, and also kitchen space by me not needing to buy multiple items to do different jobs!

Do you have any clever tips?

May 18, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Ok clever cooks! Money/time saving tips on multi-purposing items!

Hello chowhounds! I love reading tips that other people have discovered. It saves me the time of having to either discover it myself, or cooking without knowing such a great idea.

The threads that have enlightened me recently with useful tips were ones where I found out about using coffee filters instead of cheesecloth, and using a rasp for garlic! Awesome ideas! Both save time, money, and also kitchen space by me not needing to buy multiple items to do different jobs!

Do you have any clever tips?

May 18, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Cookware

"Cooking" with a toddler?

I had an easy bake oven, and I remember wanting to use the REAL oven. I let my kids use it. 4 and 1, and just supervise them all the way. We just made pop corn from scratch last night, and my son LOVED it. I heated the oil then he poured the pop corn in and I quickly put the lid on. We then carefully shook it together until it stopped popping. He LOVED it!

Just make it fun and think ahead of time how to do it safely. My son loves when I tickle him with the beaters to the hand mixer. Try it yourself! Put your palm on the bottom of the hand mixer beaters (fingers have to stay safely together). It tickles!

Mar 31, 2012
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

12 Meals in Tampa/St. Petersburg

Hello! We are staying in St. Petes and would love recs of reasonably priced, can't miss places. I am a chowhound who was relocated to Indiana, which is NOT any place that I would recommend for good food, and am interested in all types of food, especially local specialities. I am so excited to eat good food on our trip! Thanks for your recs!

Mar 26, 2010
Main Line Tracey in Florida

How do I make rich, dense bread instead of "cotton candy" bread?

Thanks so much to everyone for the advice! I will try the Cooks Illustrated version, as their recipes have been awesome for me in the past. I will post results.

Sep 07, 2009
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

How do I make rich, dense bread instead of "cotton candy" bread?

Hello Chowhounds!

I have gotten into bread making, and use my bread maker for it. I have tried to make a rich, dense bread, such as the ones that I get in some good restaurants, but it keeps turning out airy with no body. Like fluffy cotton candy bread.

Do you recommend using a particular flour, not using the bread maker, or anything else? What are your tips for this?

Sep 07, 2009
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Moussaka Help Please

I have used soy sausage (called Gimme Lean) that comes in a tube for my moussaka and have had excellent results. Break it up and brown it over med-high heat, then treat like ground beef. Definitely add extra oil to make up for the lack of fat normally found in the ground lamb/beef.

Meat eaters won't be able to tell the difference because of the spices and flavorings added to the ground meat layer. That would be nice to do because the vegetarian won't feel odd because you have made a dish just for them, since everyone will enjoy the moussaka together.

On a side note, I like adding a layer of thinly sliced potato to the bottom of my moussaka now. I didn't used to, but my husband's favorite Greek restaurant did it and he asked me to try it. One time and I was sold. The potato soaks up the wonderful drippings from top and tastes so great!

Aug 29, 2009
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Need quick, vegetarian potluck dinner dish.... tonight!

Baked ziti. One jar of marinara, one box ziti, small (16 oz) container of sour cream, small package of shredded mozz.

Cook ziti al dente. Layer 1/2 ziti in 9x13 deep (3" or so) baking dish, spread sour cream, layer other 1/2 of ziti, pour on marinara, top with cheese and bake covered for 45 mins at 375, broil until top is lightly browned.

Aug 19, 2009
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Indianapolis ethnic

I have heard good things about Mama's place/house, a Korean restaurant. It is supposed to be VERY low key looking, but have good authentic food. Korean BBQ would be fun with a group!

Aug 14, 2009
Main Line Tracey in General Midwest Archive

Making my own Breast Milk Yogurt

The idea of making yogurt or butter with breast milk is great. We have some Korean visitors staying with us and they said that it is generally understood that children wait until after 1 year old to have cow's milk. Making the products that are normally made from cow's milk, from breast milk, would alleviate any concern about allergies. Granted, it could kill some of the good components of the breast milk, but it's still better than the alternative of using cow's milk. Good luck and let us know how it goes!

Aug 13, 2009
Main Line Tracey in Home Cooking

Anyone eaten at Joseph Decuis in Roanoke near Fort Wayne, IN?

I am already researching their menu and will report back. Thanks!

Aug 06, 2009
Main Line Tracey in General Midwest Archive

Anyone eaten at Joseph Decuis in Roanoke near Fort Wayne, IN?

Hello! I am scouting out restaurants to enjoy for my birthday dinner and wondered if anyone has eaten at Joseph Decuis. Do you recommend it? Any favorite dishes? Thanks so much for your advice.

Aug 05, 2009
Main Line Tracey in General Midwest Archive

Need PA-centric foods for my new book

Black cherry wyshniack (sp?) soda. I haven't had it in years...

Jul 22, 2009
Main Line Tracey in Pennsylvania

Good Italian pastry in Indianapolis?

Hello chowhounds! New to the Indy area and missing the awesome Italian pastries back in Philadelphia. Any places to get a good cannoli in Indy?

Jul 22, 2009
Main Line Tracey in General Midwest Archive