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What are you baking these days? August 2015

I sliced them earlier to do just that, but got sidetracked. Just went back to wrap them and only a few are left. The man tells me he's eaten "a few" when I wasn't looking. I guess we'll just leave them on the counter :)

Favorite discontinued food items

I ordered mine too, overnight. It's coming tomorrow! Gotta love Amazon. Thanks for the tip, chartreauxx. I am so excited!

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Yuck. I'm always on the man's case about washing his produce before eating, but he doesn't listen. Too bad I can't seem to keep a cilantro plant alive (without bolting) for more than a couple weeks. I hate buying the stuff, and this just adds to the list of why.

Aug 25, 2015
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

Favorite discontinued food items

Excellent list. We must have grown up in the same time period. I bought some Dunkaroos a few years ago and still enjoyed them. I always hated yogurt as a kid (still do) but would eat those Sprinklins yogurts every day. Kinda gross now to think about just adding sprinkles to yogurt though. McD's fried apple pies are still one of my favorite things to think about.

Off to Amazon to look for Rice Krispies Treats cereal. I adored that stuff.

Aug 25, 2015
nothingswrong in General Topics

Favorite discontinued food items

Yes, that's the one!! Where do you live, Tabaka? I have seriously searched stores here over and over and it's nowhere to be found.

You know once you get something on the brain and become obsessed with it. That's where I'm at with this cake.

Aug 25, 2015
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What are you baking these days? August 2015

Oh... now I'm realizing I have made wacky cake before. For some reason I thought it contained an egg. I knew it had no butter or milk though. I can't recall which recipe I used, so not sure if it was KAF's. But yes, it's a good cake and totally easy to whip together. Will have to keep it in mind in the future for vegan friends.

Odd Lasagna Question About Acidity

Right. I'm really not sure, except that most foods simply taste different after sitting for a while. I've never specifically noticed the acid spike with lasagna or other red sauces though. Usually sitting for a day will mellow things out, but who knows.

I've also taken to adding a pinch of baking soda to sauces sometimes, as it helps the man with his acid reflux. I wonder if you just tried lowering the acidity to begin with if it would help after the refrigeration, like you said elsewhere.

Aug 25, 2015
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

Flour Tortillas - What do You do With Them ?

Gotcha. I suppose if I saw one for $5 I would pick one up. It's the kind of thing that I've never bought because I figure I wouldn't use it, but I'd probably use it if I had it. We do prefer corn, but I could make those in it obviously. I make all of our breads, pastries, etc. so why not tortillas? Will keep an eye out for a cheap press. Thanks.

Aug 25, 2015
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

Brownie Mix Contest--Ideas!!!

These are almost identical to one of your links, but have been tweaked some. They are soooo good, and my boyfriend requests them all the time: http://www.howsweeteats.com/2010/08/b... I think it's the marriage of wonderful combos: chewy and crunchy, PB and chocolate, sweet and salty. So good.

Aug 25, 2015
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

Flour Tortillas - What do You do With Them ?

I make homemade biscuits only, and make them all the time. From walking in the kitchen to getting them in the oven takes me about 8 minutes. Well worth the "effort!"

I don't have a tortilla press, so I'm sure that's what annoys me about doing tortillas from scratch. I loathe portioning and rolling the dough thin enough. I've never seen one for $5?

Aug 25, 2015
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What is it that really turns your stomach?

When I was a kid, we got to watch TV while we ate dinner on occasion. It was always a special thing for us, and we'd find some fun family movie to watch.

Then my dad started putting on heart transplant videos. These were videos from the 80s and 90s, just a close-up shot of surgeons' hands wrist-deep in someone's bloody chest cavity. The first few times I couldn't choke down my dinner but eventually got used to it. Mom and dad would chat about it casually while eating their steak.

Now during big family get togethers, there are no videos, but constant discussion. All adults in the family are doctors, surgeons, and a hospice oncology nurse, so it's plenty gruesome. We "kids" are so used to it, I could see how oblivious we all are to how gross that might be to others. I'm okay with the talk, but the visuals get to me.

Chocolate Cake - Mistakes in the recipe..?

You know, I agree with you both about coffee in chocolate recipes, but last year I made some brownies (a Chow recipe) which called for a bit of it in the batter. They also had homemade caramel in them, and other things. They were ooey gooey and delicious. I brought them to my mom's for guests, and everyone devoured them.

My mom took one bite, spat it out, and said "Sorry, it's the coffee." She has never drank coffee her whole life, can't even stand the smell of it. I suppose her palate is just super sensitive to it, whereas nobody else could understand what she was talking about.

Aug 25, 2015
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? August 2015

Interesting that it has no eggs. Looks delicious.

Aug 25, 2015
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What are you baking these days? August 2015

...aaand I caved last night and made a pan of brownies!

Favorite discontinued food items

I think you're right about the plain coffee cake. But it's this one: http://www.entenmanns.com/op-prod.cfm... which I've actually never tried, but have no interest in. It's sold in little individual packages.

It's the raspberry twist I want! I am honing in on my own copycat recipe. I'm like 95% there.

I do see their muffins in stores too. Blueberry I think. I have never heard anyone who was especially into any of their products aside from the danishes and coffee cakes, so I'm really curious as to why they've only continued to produce donuts and muffins.

Aug 25, 2015
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What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

It's 9 AM here and I just turned on the A/C. At least your chicken will be worth it!

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

I agree check them early. My chicken breasts were gigantic.

I always forget to add parm to my coating, and someone always mentions it here, and I go "I'm going to do that next time!" Okay seriously will try to remember now! Thanks MTT

Aug 25, 2015
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

Favorite discontinued food items

I didn't know Entenmann's was bought out. I am tired of these companies getting bought out and then changing all of their products! I do see the Entenmann's products, but it's only the donuts (which are HORRID--we bought some recently out of curiosity and tossed them) and a few other things that don't look at all appetizing. We always seemed to have a coffee cake on the kitchen counter growing up for a slice here and there.

Good to know about the chips. Am off to search now! They were so insanely addictive.

Aug 24, 2015
nothingswrong in General Topics

Flour Tortillas - What do You do With Them ?

I admit, I'm not a fan of flour tortillas at all. I only buy them for making wraps for the man's lunch, but I never use them in actual meals (for all things Mexican/Latin, we prefer fresh corn tortillas).

But your recent shares have my wheels turning. Interested to see what others use them for.

As an aside, what brand of flour tortillas do you prefer, hannaone? I find they vary so greatly in taste and texture. I have made homemade, which are much tastier than store-bought, but I'm not a huge fan of the process.

Odd Lasagna Question About Acidity

Have you tried cooking your tomato paste before adding it? I always felt my red sauces were too acidic until I started doing this. Saw some old chef do it on TV. I'll brown onions (or a mirepoix) and garlic, then add the paste and stir it around for a few minutes before adding the remaining tomatoes and seasonings. It really cuts the acidity and cooks out some of that metallic taste from the can (or even tube, which I buy now instead of the can).

I also find a splash of cream or sharp cheese stirred into the sauce at the end makes a huge difference.

Aug 24, 2015
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

Let's Do Something Different for the Holidays

If you're going for stress-free, I think a potluck would be good, like Caroline suggested. Just divvy up dish assignments (meats, starches, veggies, desserts, apps, etc.) and let the cards fall where they may.

I suppose you could do a themed dinner this way too, but let others decide what exactly they'll make/bring.

I think a lobster boil sounds like a ton of fun for the holidays, as long as you can get your hands on good ingredients around then.

Personally sandy, I think you are a dear, and deserve a nice relaxing holiday season with your loved ones. Whatever feels "right" to you I think you should pursue. Whether it's making tamales, sushi, pizza, fried chicken, Italian, or grilling in the cold. Sending virtual hugs your way.

Rustlers Burgers Left Out for 7Hrs Ok?

Is this a serious question? No to both grievances, though waiting 5 days to eat them is far more disgusting than the 7 hours.

Chocolate Cake - Mistakes in the recipe..?

Sounds like it turned out well. Glad to hear it!

I'm not sure I know what a mud cake is; we did grow up eating mud pie though.

I suppose you could use a heating core, though if it seems like the cake baked well as is, then I wouldn't bother changing anything.

Aug 24, 2015
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What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

These were (I think!) at 375° for maybe 24 minutes. I really wasn't paying attention! I baked them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment, flipped halfway through, and they were super crisp on both sides. None of that soggy bottom business.

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Yum to all that gooey looking frosting!

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Congrats steve! Very cool. Can't wait to see where you're headed.

Perfect welcome home dinner.

Aug 24, 2015
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
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Favorite discontinued food items

I've noticed they no longer have Entenmann's coffee cakes anywhere I go. I like my own homemade yeasted coffee cakes better, but I yearn for the nostalgic taste of the raspberry one constantly. I've checked every grocery store in a 10 mile radius, as I did last year when living in a different part of town. Nothing!

Also I've never heard anyone talk about these, but as a kid almost every day I would eat a bag of these chips from 7-11. I believe they were called Sabrositas (or Sabrasitos?). They were basically Fritos corn chips thoroughly coated in this spicy (hot) flavorful bright red stuff. They tasted nothing like Flaming Hot Cheetos, or the Flaming Hot Fritos I see now in stores. I'm not sure at what point they stopped making them, but they were my absolute favorite savory snack as a child.

Aug 24, 2015
nothingswrong in General Topics

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Simple dinner tonight. This would have been a perfect comforting no-frills dinner to me if I could eat it.

Seasoned some panko and breadcrumbs with lots of spices and herbs, then gave some pounded chicken breasts the dredging treatment. Roasted until just cooked through and very crispy.

Sides were white rice cooked with a bit of bouillon and parsley and pepper. Roasted broccolini with garlic, red pepper flakes, and lemon.

There's ice cream if he wants dessert.

What are you baking these days? August 2015

Hmm then I have no idea why it separated. It is always a very moist rich cake for us. I agree it is best saved for special occasions. I always only make a 1/2 or 1/3 recipe for the two of us, and we will usually still have a bit that we can't finish. I love the flavor though, and wish I could stand to have a slice every day!

Aug 24, 2015
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? August 2015

Ugh I am having bad brownie cravings, and those don't help. Look delicious!!