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T-day leftovers game plan

Turkey tamales are incredible. And aside from eating cold turkey sandwiches with various fixings for a couple days after Thanksgiving, all of my favorite dishes for re-purposing the meat have Mexican flavor profiles.

Mom always ALWAYS made turkey flautas the day after growing up. Just shredded turkey with some cilantro and cheese in flour tortillas, fried and served with guac. That was it. We'd eat our weight in those things for days.

Nov 26, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

Yum, there are so many good looking recipes in this thread. I'm back from hiatus and catching up, and feeling very inspired!

Today I baked the family's pumpkin pie for tomorrow. My mother despises pumpkin but she will eat a slice of mine every year. I haven't made a crust in a while, and I'm too ashamed to post a photo. Sigh...

Also did a heavenly apple Bundt cake with a thick brown sugar-caramel glaze. I have an uncle who only eats apple things, and we'll have too many pies as it is.

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday tomorrow!

Nov 26, 2014
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What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition! [through 2 December 2014]

I think I spent a good 5 hours straight in the kitchen today.

WFD was quick and easy: a ton of grilled peppers, onions, corn, and mushrooms with spices and herbage. Stuffed 'em into charred corn tortillas, with cheese, greens, salsa/guac/sour cream. Getting the man's veggie fix in now, since I know it will be all heavy eating for the next few days.

Also used up the remaining ground turkey from last night. Made meatballs two ways: the feta/spinach mix from last night, and more traditional balls in tomato sauce. Used the last 1/4 lb to make some stuffed shells with ricotta and spinach, topped with marinara and mozz. All were portioned into airtight containers, sides were added, and now the man's freezer stash is nicely replenished.

The pumpkin pie for tomorrow was also made, as well as a cinnamon apple Bundt cake with a gorgeous brown sugar caramel glaze.

Dishes, everywhere.

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition! [through 2 December 2014]

Looks divine, all of it.

My dear Greek mother always used entire heads of garlic in all of our dinners growing up. Can't remember how old I was when I realized it wasn't normal to sweat garlic from your pores...

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition! [through 2 December 2014]

Have a wonderful turkey day, Linda! Your pies look great.

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition! [through 2 December 2014]

I've only cooked it once before and it was a nightmare. Pink slime before cooking, dried-out hockey pucks afterward. Not sure what was so different about this recipe, but the turkey burgers were so juicy and smelled absolutely incredible.

Nov 26, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition! [through 2 December 2014]

Thanks JT!

Nov 26, 2014
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What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition! [through 2 December 2014]

I've all but given up on poker night. Won big the first 3 times in a row, then it was all downhill from there. I think they were being easy on me :( $7 not too bad.

Wish it was snowing here, sounds lovely!

We are doing ravioli here tonight too. Stay warm!

Nov 26, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

Easy Pie Crust

You can totally make it the day before. In fact, it helps to let pie dough chill for up to 24 hours to make sure the butter is cold enough.

You can leave it wrapped in plastic or rolled out in the dish, it's up to you. If you're going to blind-bake the crust (i.e. without the filling in it), it might be good to refrigerate or even freeze it overnight already rolled out in the pan. That will greatly reduce the risk of your crust shrinking in the oven.

Nov 26, 2014
nothingswrong in Recipes

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition! [through 2 December 2014]

Finally found what to do with ground turkey.

I was all set to make some stuffed meatballs, and because I have too much time on my hands, decided to make an "all-stuffed" dinner. With stuffed mushrooms, zucchini, and tomatoes as side dishes.

The bf called as I was opening the turkey to say he really wanted a burger and fries. So plans shifted to this "Greek turkey burger" recipe I bookmarked ages ago.

He groaned and moaned the whole time he ate them and begged for leftovers for lunch.

Ground turkey was mixed with sautéed red onion, garlic, wilted spinach, lemon juice, feta, paprika, and an egg. Charred in the CI grill pan then into the oven to finish.

On the side were Yukon Gold fries and some homemade tzatziki. The bf saw all my stuffed veggies and ate them too. Caramelized onion stuffed shrooms, rice/cheese/herb 'maters, and zucchini with bacon/breadcrumbs.

Disposable utensils because I became ill and he had to fend for himself come plating time. I've never been so complimented on a dinner before, made me feel nice. He said the burgers and all of the veggies were incredible. Finally found a way to get him to eat zucchini, big win.

Best Flour for Parker House Rolls, Other Ingrediants

Agree about the dry milk powder. It really gives bread and sweet rolls a wonderful texture and mouthfeel.

Nov 25, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

Does anyone have a recipe for Thick balsamic dressing??

I agree about reducing your own. Start with a decent balsamic, not the cheap-o stuff, but it doesn't need to cost $40/bottle.

Or you could try making a dressing with balsamic glaze (already made). I love this stuff from Trader Joe's: http://eatingatjoes.com/2013/05/23/tr... It's already very thick, almost the consistency of honey. It can be used as an ingredient, but it stands nicely on its own and look pretty when used as a garnish on the plate.

I've made it into salad dressing a few times for the man and he loves it. We like vinegary dressings, so use a 1:1 oil to vinegar ratio (instead of 1:3). A squirt of honey would be good, or brown sugar like you said, if you're after a sweet dressing. I also think all salad dressings need some garlic, and I usually add fresh herbs, sometimes a squirt of Dijon to emulsify further.

Nov 25, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

Most useless/useful kitchen thing you've ever been given?

How about using it for sauces? I have a nice blender too and don't drink smoothies, so it just sat there for months. Then I was hosting a dinner party and needed a bunch of homemade condiments/sauces to be pureed. Food processor was busy with other things and the blender did a much better job in the end. Now that's all I use it for.

Nov 25, 2014
nothingswrong in Cookware

Best Flour for Parker House Rolls, Other Ingrediants

I've always made mine with regular AP flour. I save the bread flour for more savory breads and rustic loaves.

Adding eggs will create a nice rich dough.

Adding the potato flakes adds more starch, the rolls will be very tender.

Typically all of the Parker House rolls I've had are delicious, so I say just pick one and go with it. They'll be good no matter what.

Nov 25, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition! [through 2 December 2014]

I posted below, not well, but happy to "see" you all and read about your dinners! I'm back now, and so excited for all this fall/winter cooking!

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition! [through 2 December 2014]

Hi all, I'm back. I hear some of you were asking after me, and I appreciate it greatly!

The last month has been very trying. I've been tentatively diagnosed with a chronic intestinal condition in addition to my stomach troubles. It is incurable and I've already blown through every recommended treatment with bad results. It's been difficult to say the least, in and out of the hospital, sleeping a lot. I have carved myself a nice spot on the sofa and am taking things day by day, hour by hour. I'm seeing that I think I'm going to die and it is ugly and depressing so I try not to think about things.

Your meals all sound lovely. I'm no longer eating but I'm cooking for the bf still. I feel like I've learned a lot and am venturing outside my comfort zone.

Made sushi for the first time. Several veggie rolls, and two with salmon. Edamame and miso on the side, with homemade pickled ginger and a carrot/daikon pickle. He loved it and we're going to make Fridays "Sushi night" from now on.

Tonight I have some ground turkey in the fridge and am planning on stuffed meatballs. I have a recipe bookmarked somewhere that looks good. The meat will be mixed with pesto and stuffed with fresh mozz. Prob will serve over pasta with a side salad.

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition! [through 2 December 2014]

Don't kill me, but that looks and sounds like the most gourmet version of a Hot Pocket ever. I need to do this for the bf, he would love it.

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition! [through 2 December 2014]

That spice mix sounds like it would be delicious on roasted chicken. I love seeing your dinners, Linda. I would eat with you every night if I could!

Nov 25, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition! [through 2 December 2014]

That cellist sounds amazing. Easily my favorite instrument to listen to.

Nov 25, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition! [through 2 December 2014]

I LOVE twice baked potatoes. It's a meal in a handheld package :)

How did you make those turnovers? With storebought puff pastry? They look divine.

Nov 25, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition! [through 2 December 2014]

Yes, thanks for this!. I've been looking for a tuna noodle casserole for the bf's freezer meals.

Nov 25, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
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What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

Thanks. Feel better!

Oct 09, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

Those pot pies sound good. I've been searching for a veggie pot pie for the man. Have you made them before? Do you think they'd freeze well?

Oct 09, 2014
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What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

Haha! As much as I love baking my own bread and sweets, if a decent bakery opened up on my block, I think my hobby would take a back seat. Sounds very dangerous JT, but awesome.

What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

Hope you feel better soon, LW.

Oct 09, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

Yum, nothing like a burger and fries after a workout. We used to go to In & Out after our track meets in high school. To "refuel..."

Oct 09, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

Thanks suzi. I've been having loads of issues with Chow too as of late, grr.

Dinner didn't happen last night, as I was too ill to leave the house and the guests of honor were jetlagged anyway. The man had leftover pizza and I had a bunch of Zofran.

Rescheduled for tonight. Can't wait to see my big bro and SIL!

Oct 09, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

Roxlet's CCC factory...

Have a good trip!

Oct 09, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

I tried the plum cake again on day 2. It was still just okay to me. The boyfriend thought it tasted like a sugar cookie. Honestly, I tossed the rest of it. I baked 2 of the caramel apple Bundt cakes and we'd much rather waste our stomach space on that!

The cookie thing is killing me! The aunt is still around and only bakes her cookies at Christmas, so I will be bringing Ziplocs and stealing a dozen from her cookie tray (no one else ever eats them but me). My family is ridiculous about sharing recipes so I don't think I should even bother asking, but I might anyway.

Oct 09, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

Ads That Play Automatically

Well. I'm obviously no computer genius but after complaining about the ads last week--and with Chow open on my laptop and several videos playing and freezing up my screen--my computer crashed and is now totally dead.

Not sure if there's a connection but just thought I'd share. I'm annoyed to say the least.

Oct 09, 2014
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