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Is my Christmas Eve menu too orange?

Can you slip in some fresh spinach into your beet/orange salad perhaps?

Dec 16, 2014
jnky in Home Cooking

Your Thanksgiving Stuffing--What type of bread do you use?

If you have a Jimmy John's nearby, they sell their day old loaves of bread for like .49 and they make superb stuffing/french toast/bread pudding. No, really :)

Nov 18, 2014
jnky in Home Cooking

America's 25 Favorite Home Cooked Dishes

No Meatloaf? Wow....

Nov 12, 2014
jnky in Home Cooking

Easy Appetizers for a large crowd

Take a couple of strips of phyllo, stack and spread with boursin cheese and a piece of proscuitto, wrap around an asparagus spear, brush with butter and sprinkle with kosher salt and a bit of parmesan and bake till golden. Good hot/warm/room temp and will stay edible for a long time. Good luck!

Mar 14, 2014
jnky in Home Cooking

mini sandwiches for SuperBowl

Easy and good cold or hot.... Roasted Pork Tenderloin sliced thinly, nestled into the small SIster Shubert parkerhouse roll with a smear of Major Gray Chutney... OMG good.

Jan 09, 2014
jnky in Home Cooking

Forgotten Fast Foods's still there, just off menu. Ask for 'Red Ranch' sauce and you will be a happy camper :)

Aug 02, 2013
jnky in Chains

Road trip: Mid-Mo to Nashville via Owensboro, KY & Murphysboro IL

Paducah is a wonderful little Southern Food town.... Several non-chain very excellent restaurants downtown that are all unique and very well done. Max's Brick Oven, Tribeca Mexican, JP's fabulous alfresco dining, Cynthia's impeccable Italian, Doe's Eat Place famous for steaks, Whaler's Catch for fish and frog legs, Di Fratelli, Martin Fierro Argentinian Grill, Shandies run by the owners of Artisan Kitchen....all are in historic settings and offer great food opportunities! BBQ ~ Starnes and Backwoods are both superb...offering different sauce types. Starnes tends to be more vinagar-y and Backwoods a little sweeter. Wonderful ribs!
Hope this helps~~

Jun 10, 2013
jnky in Kentucky & Tennessee

Does Anybody Really Like Fennel?!

Not in any form.... can't take that licorice flavor :(

Jan 14, 2013
jnky in Home Cooking

What to serve with macaroni and cheese

A Southern Staple....Salmon Patties :)

Jan 09, 2013
jnky in Home Cooking

Cairo Illinois for Chowhounds?

Please...come to Paducah!
Whaler's Catch
Martin Fierro
All superb historic downtown local restaurants that consistently draw big crowds with their amazing food!

Dec 27, 2012
jnky in Great Lakes

Your favorite pan for meatloaf

I like using a jelly roll pan rather than a loaf pan....a loaf pan results in a more 'steamed' meatloaf, and the jellyroll pan results in more of that wonderful meatloaf 'crust' and a firmer texture.
I can't abide a meatloaf that falls apart and has a spongy/meal-y texture :)
Just my .02

Oct 19, 2012
jnky in Cookware

Catfish or other fresh water fish in Louisville KY?

Not sure how fancy/casual you are looking for, but you might glance at the menu at Mike Linnig' is their specialty.

Jan 25, 2012
jnky in Kentucky & Tennessee

KY I-24 Restaurants

I forgot to mention Doe's....that's bad since I eat there at least a couple times a month! Wonderful steaks, tamales, chili, fun/funky atmosphere....great place. Also, I forgot a good fish restaurant right on I-24 about 20 min from Paducah at exit 27. Willow Pond has great Catfish and southern fixins :)

Jan 24, 2012
jnky in Kentucky & Tennessee

KY I-24 Restaurants

You will pass through Paducah, which is home to some really great restaurants...especially about 10 min off the interestate on the Ohio River in the historic downtown area. Cynthia's, Max's D'Fraetelli, Shandies, JP's Grill, Tribeca, Martin Fierro, Whaler's Catch....all are wonderful in their own genre. About 30 min so of Paducah, you will see signs for Grand Rivers, Ky....a little burg about 10 min off the interstate where you will find Patti's....renowned for their 2" porkchop, flowerpot bread, incredible desserts, and a whole destination itself. All the restaurants are locally owned and you couldnt go wrong with any of them....happy travels!

Jan 23, 2012
jnky in Kentucky & Tennessee

Bread Pudding

If you have a Jimmy John's Deli available locally, they sell their day old loaves for 45 cents, and they make superb bread pudding...just made a dried cherry batch a couple days ago!

Nov 22, 2011
jnky in Home Cooking

Cost of Fresh Tomatoes at Farmers Markets

Holy Cow....we are paying 1.25-1.59/lb here at the local Farmer's Market...just did so Saturday :)

Aug 22, 2011
jnky in General Topics

Nasty frozen strawberry lemonade at McD's...

Try it with two shots of tequila .... :)

May 16, 2011
jnky in Chains

Self-Rising Flour

Thanks guys....I appreciate the ideas.
The flour is in the freezer wrapped and stored safely...I bought it some time back upon reading something about the scarcity of this particular brand of flour, not thinking about how long it would take to run through 10 lbs of it. I had started making that simple bread of Self Rising Flour/Beer/Sugar and melted Butter....but quickly tired of it.
Now I want the freezer space :)

Will definitely check out some of these are great !

Apr 08, 2011
jnky in Home Cooking

Self-Rising Flour

I have 2 5lb bags of White Lily Self Rising Flour purchased for a beer bread project that we have grown weary of...and am now in search of the best use for self rising flour.
I would appreciate your best recipes/uses where you use self rising flour instead of all purpose.

Thanks !

Apr 07, 2011
jnky in Home Cooking

Pimento Cheese Recipe

West Ky here :)

Feb 26, 2011
jnky in Home Cooking

Pimento Cheese Recipe

Gently beg to differ :) Here in THIS part of the south, if you dont use MW in your Pimento Cheese <devilled eggs too>, you will be disgraced and kicked out of the potluck :) Pimento Cheese here is sweet....not so savory. Interesting how location determines taste sometimes.

Feb 25, 2011
jnky in Home Cooking

Finger food desserts for 50 -- what's better than brownies?

I have done this same charity fund raiser before with this.....VERY simple and always a crowd pleaser. Purchase pre-made chocolate cups/shot glasses.....fill with a finely chopped fresh fruit salad of mixed berries, or pineapple, kiwi, blueberry, apple, really whatever you can find that is fresh, flavorful and colorful. People can pick it in one bite, no mess, no fuss....and just enough unusual that they always get noticed. Hope this helps ~

Jan 27, 2011
jnky in Home Cooking

Ideas for goat cheese

2 easy things I did just yesterday.... Stuffed goat cheese and caramelized onion inside burgers and grilled on a brioche bun. One embarassingly simple treat....Goat Cheese and Fig Preserves on a Ritz. Salty/Sweet/Creamy/Sublime. :)

Apr 07, 2010
jnky in Home Cooking