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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2015) Voting!

I'd like some further clarification... It's supposed to be an ingredient and a specific technique, right? So... Fresh corn (insert specific technique) or (insert ingredient) dips or fresh corn dips! :) Right?

about 21 hours ago
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

No kids allowed?

Yes, we would try it. We avoid family places now, not everyone enjoys the company of most small children.

Food for mama while she cares for newborn twins: strategies?

MealTrain.com is an awesome site to organize meals and is free to use. Everyone has access to the calendar at their convenience and what meals are being brought by other people as well as any restrictions/ likes and dislikes of the meal recipient without having to rely on a central coordinator.

I've both participated in MealTrains and started one for a neighbor and it's awesome!

What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition

More work now means more time for fun later!

Jul 30, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition

That is so crazy! They are very easy to grow and they are very prolific. If you get a chance, give growing them a try!

Jul 30, 2015
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What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition

I actually did 4 loads of laundry today too (the machine did the hard part!)

What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition

Yep, it's hot.... that's been known to happen during summer. :)

Around 100 here all week, a hot kitchen today will payoff in the long run... so I roasted 2 chickens to turn into chicken salad. Bones are simmering into stock so the bones can make it out by morning for garbage pick up. I turned 10 pounds of garden tomatoes into paste which is cooling and headed for the freezer. The eggplants picked this morning will be sliced, baked and turned into ready to bake eggplant parm in meal sized pans and frozen for cooler times (last weeks tomatoes were turned into sauce with Italian sausage before we headed out for our weekend road trip so nothing went to waste so I will use that sauce. ) Various other veggies will be turned into salads and slaws. I'll be checking the July DOTM for ideas.

Grass fed strip steaks have been thawed to grill tonight. Figs picked over the last couple of days will be stuffed with gorgonzola, prosciutto wrapped and grilled. We're up to our eyeballs in padrons so some will be blistered and salted. There are lots of popsicles in the freezer for dessert.

Need Breakfast Ideas...

Food doesn't know what time it is, don't limit yourself to "breakfast food."

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2015) Voting!

If this thread "evolves" it isnt any different than any other general thread. IMO it would benefit from more moderation- the challenge of it being specific is whats cool about it. :)

Jul 27, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Q. What do you get after 25 years of a glutinous diet and alcohol abuse?

I eat low carb by choice, I've never had a high blood sugar reading or symptoms or have a family history or anything- I've just found that it really works for me. I'm not much of a snacker, I prefer big enough meals to get me to the next one without being hungry but on the occasion I'm looking for just-a-little-something here are some low carb choices:

hard boiled eggs/ devilled eggs (a million varieties to choose from)

frico

olives

string cheese (or measured amount of other cheese since it has a small amount of carbs)

meat wrapped around cheese (with really good mustard!)

avocado

bacon

hummus and/ or Baba ghanoush with cucumber slices for scooping

cucumber sprinkled with lime and chili powder

pepperoni "chips"

whole milk yogurt (no sugar or sweetener added, add fresh fruit if it fits in your carb count that day)

beef jerky (make sure it doesn't have a bunch of added sugar- best when homemade anyhow)

BLT lettuce wraps/ Asian lettuce wraps/ Taco lettuce wraps

jalapeno poppers (not breaded!)

coconut chips

Lots of people like pork rinds (I'm not one of them,) and use it as a bread crumb replacement. Learn to make good fauxtatoes from cauliflower. One thing that really helps fight the feeling of deprivation when giving up some foods in favor of others is to go big with flavor. Nothing feels more like punishment than bland food! Keeping things like chicken salad in the fridge and shrimp in the freezer also make getting food fast easy so you don't get derailed by hunger.

What is worth making from scratch to save money?

Don't forget about using the savings offered by regular grocery stores too. If you register your store cards you can load digital coupons and receive coupons in the mail that are based on what items you actually buy. Learn to stack the deals for maximum savings. (Look for a good couponing blog that covers your area- they do the work of finding a lot of the coupons and deals for you.)

Here's an example of a recent trip of mine so you can see the difference it makes:

1 pound grass fed ground beef $8.99
1 package Simple Truth ground turkey (20 oz?) 7.99
1 small package organic chicken tenders 2.23
Feline Pine cat litter 4.69
2 6 oz fresh blueberries (.88 each) 1.76
fresh dill .49
organic carrots 1.29
fresh turmeric .99
3 bunches parsley 2.97 (I didn't have any ready to pick in my garden, having to buy it really bummed me out!)

$31.40 subtotal

- $3 off $30 Facebook digital coupon (I don't even belong to Facebook and can still load the coupons)
-$5 off $15 meat Facebook digital coupon
-1.25 Simple Truth Grass Fed beef coupon (store coupon from mail)
-1.20 Simple Truth ground turkey (store coupon from mail)
$1 off $4 vegetables coupon (store coupon from mail)
$1 off chicken (manufacturer coupon from same mail as other coupons)
-$3 feline Pine printable coupon from coupons.com
-.40 herbs (store coupon from mail)
$15.85 in coupons

$15.69 (includes 14 cents tax,) instead of 31.40 plus tax.

$34 and change remaining in the weeks budget and I have lots of options of what to do with the meat from this trip- I estimate at least 5 dinners can be made from it (meatloaf or meatballs, tacos, stuffed peppers, larb, etc.)

What is worth making from scratch to save money?

We eat awesome food on a self imposed $200 a month budget including organic dairy and chicken and grass fed red meats! A lot of saving money is in the shopping but making sure there is no waste and growing what you can are huge money savers too.

I'm on my phone so its a pain to search and copy/paste but there are some great budget meal threads on CH to read over.

Also, start reading sites like totallytarget.com to learn to save on household and baby stuff.

Jul 23, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What is worth making from scratch to save money?

Its super hard to say without knowing what you like to eat, what part of the country you're in and what items you consider pricy now. Any particulars you can share? (there have been past "on a budget" posts like this where the person insisted on buying everything at whole foods.....) you'll get the most helpful responses if people understand where you're coming from.

Jul 23, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Vegetable gardens 2015

I almost forgot! I also grew San Diego and homestead and enjoyed both, they're determinates and already done for the season.

I never got to have a garden when Iived in Mpls. :(

I'm a sucker for pretty tomatoes, too- except for the blue ones. I think they're all awful tasting! Costoluto Genovese are best cooked- they make incredible sauce.

Jul 22, 2015
weezieduzzit in Gardening
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2015) Nominations!

Historically there has been an ingredient and a technique. See L.Nightshade's post earlier- she ran the show (very well!) for quite some time.

Jul 22, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

can anything be done about cucumber beetles?

Also investigate which varieties are resistant or known to not attract the beetles.

Jul 22, 2015
weezieduzzit in Gardening

can anything be done about cucumber beetles?

Rotating your crops is one of the simplest, most effective, non-chemical ways to reduce pests and diseases. As far as you can, however short or far that may be, could be helpful.

Jul 22, 2015
weezieduzzit in Gardening

can anything be done about cucumber beetles?

Here are some organic options: http://www.extension.org/pages/64274/...

I would definitely plant them in a different part of the garden next year.

Jul 22, 2015
weezieduzzit in Gardening

Gigantic cucumber?

That's great! I go through 4 or 5 cucumbers a week just sprinkled with lime juice and sprinkled with chili powder/ hot spice mix.

Jul 22, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Vegetable gardens 2015

Sungold plants are monsters! Its no exaggeration to say we've picked a couple thousand sungolds so far this season. The plant is about 9 feet tall and 6 or 7 feet across.

In the pic, in addition to the sungolds, are Momotaro (the round pink ones,) Costoluto Genovese (the half ripe ruffled one,) German Johnson (the big one under the costoluto,) and Pantano Romanesco (Green shouldered round red one- a little under ripe in the pic.) We also have brandywine. I'm getting the garden ready to plant fall tomatoes now. I will clone some of these to plant and will pick a few shorter season varieties.

Jul 22, 2015
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2015) Nominations!

Here are a few without gelatin (there are many many recipes out there:)

Wild Mushroom Terrine
http://www.food.com/recipe/wild-mushr...

Roasted Sweet Pepper and Eggplant
http://www.food.com/recipe/roasted-sw...

Eggplant and Feta Terrine
http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/25819/...

Grilled Vegetable
http://talesofakitchen.com/pies/grill...

Ombre Golden and Red Beet and Cream Cheese Terrine
https://francesjanisch.wordpress.com/...

Vegan Summer Squash Terrine (non vegans could use regular ricotta
)http://rachelcarr.com/summer-squash-t...

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2015) Nominations!

I'm still in bed and on my phone, its 6:30 here. :) i'm sure you can Google vegetarian terrines and find some, though. I' e had them with veggies pureed and soft cheeses doing the same job as gelatin.

Jul 22, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2015) Nominations!

Gelatin is not required. You might be thinking of aspic.

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2015) Nominations!

And it doesnt exclude anyone since each of us can use the veggies at their peak in our area.

VEGGIE TERRINES

Jul 22, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2015) Nominations!

And it doesnt exclude anyone since each of us can use the veggies at their peak in our area and/or what they prefer.

VEGGIE TERRINES

Jul 22, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2015) Nominations!

Peaches have been over for 2 months here and I'm pretty sure the corn is from Mexico at this point. Specific seasonal items will almost always exclude a portion of the country.

Paleo Principles - worth raving over?

Paleo is only low carb if you make it low carb. Fruits and veggies are full of carbs (and fiber) and you can eat them to your hearts content when you eat Paleo/ Primal. Macros are totally individual based on your needs and lifestyle.

Jul 22, 2015
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Portland diner owner under fire for yelling at toddler, Facebook posts

I wish we had a local breakfast place where parents didnt want to take their children because it was known the owner wouldnt tolerate bad behavior. We've pretty much given up on going out to breakfast on weekends.

Canning question - peaches

You can always go smaller but never bigger. The processing time stays the same unless there is a time that has been tested for the smaller sizes.

Vegetable gardens 2015

This mornings pick 5 pounds 8 oz