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What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Haven't made up my mind; either cheese and crackers or a slice of margarita pizza.

VEGGIE SLAWS/COLESLAWS! Home Cooking Dish Of The Month (July 2015)

I do that, too, Cindy. I have one of those old, very large Tupperware bowls with the lid that I use when making the whole recipe and a smaller one when making half the recipe. I do cool the dressing to room temp, as the recipe instructs, before pouring over the cabbage, et al. It is so good. I get asked for the recipe all the time. I bet you get many requests for the recipe, too.

Jul 05, 2015
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VEGGIE SLAWS/COLESLAWS! Home Cooking Dish Of The Month (July 2015)

I know I have posted these two recipes before, but don't have the links. These are our two favorite dressings for coleslaw. We use whichever one suits what we are serving as the main course and sides. One is mayo and one is vinegar.

Joe Vigne’s Coleslaw

I took this recipe from the Fort Worth Star Telegram when I first moved to Arlington in 1989. It was said to be the recipe for the much sought after coleslaw sold at an old BBQ restaurant in Arlington Heights in Fort Worth – Old Joe Vigne’s BBQ. This slaw is so, so, so good. We just love to eat it (sometimes just by itself). It is a wonderful, creamy coleslaw.

1 small head cabbage, shredded
2 large carrots, shredded
3 scallions, chopped (I use the whole bunch of scallions)
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1 T prepared mustard
1/3 cup mayonnaise

Toss vegetables together.

Combine sugar and vinegar and stir until sugar dissolves. Add evaporated milk and mix well. Add mayonnaise and mix well. Pour over vegetables and toss. Serves 6

Carolina Coleslaw

I got this recipe from the July 1974 issue of Family Circle. There was a Grass Roots Cook article about a Mrs. McCollum, a farm wife in North Carolina, which contained several of her recipes. We absolutely love this slaw. I get many requests for the recipe. As Mrs. McCollum said, “It just gets better and better the longer it sits in the refrigerator.”

1 large cabbage (about 3 pounds), trimmed, quartered, and cored
1 medium-size sweet green pepper, cored, seeded, and minced (for color use 1/2 green pepper and 1/2 sweet red pepper)
1 medium size sweet onion, (Bermuda or Spanish), peeled and chopped fine

1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon celery seeds
1 cup cider vinegar
2/3 cup vegetable oil

With a sharp knife, slice each cabbage quarter very fine; combine with green pepper and onion in a large bowl and toss to mix.

Mix sugar, salt, mustard, and celery seeds in a small saucepan; add vinegar and oil and let come to a boil over moderate heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Pour over cabbage and toss well to mix. Cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Note: This makes such a large amount, I normally half the recipe.

Cooking from People's Pops

Thank you so much for the quick reply.

Jul 05, 2015
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Cooking from People's Pops

This sounds like a dish we would enjoy. How much jam did you use, please.

Jul 03, 2015
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Chicken help!

That herbed mayo does sound good. Are the herbs to be fresh or dried?

Jun 24, 2015
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What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

Having spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, and garlic bread.

Boxed cake mix?

Through my own experience, I will share that IMO that cake mix for red velvet cake is not good at all. And, I am not averse to using cake mixes, that is why I purchased and made it. We threw it away, because none of us could eat it. Also, it tasted nothing like red velvet cake. Just FYI and consideration.

Jun 21, 2015
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Three chocolate pies and their crust: a cooking experiment

Nabisco wafers do not have a filling; they are purely a wafer cookie. And, they hide in grocery stores. I have been able to find them at only one grocery store in my area and had to solicit help from the employees (who couldn't find them either) and finally had the employees had to put the computer to use. What a surprise, they were not even with the cookies, but with the crackers. Strange, and the store employees thought it was very, very strange.

Jun 16, 2015
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What's for Dinner #367 - June's Summer Song Begins [through June 3, 2015]

Nothing exciting tonight, but we like it. Pinto beans, Texmati brand brown basmati rice, polish sausage, mustard greens.

A no-knead bread question

That looks wonderful and delicious, Cindy.

What's for Dinner #365: A Broad Abroad [Through May 23, 2015]

Had rib eye with roasted asparagus and roasted potatoes last night. The steak was big, so we had only 1/2 of it. So tonight will be steak, rice with gravy, and green beans.

what do YOU serve for dinner with beef/calve's liver (and onions)?

Mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans or green peas, and biscuits.

Apr 26, 2015
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QUICHE! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (April 2015)

Anything with fontina has to be good.

salmon croquettes ahead of time

Isn't it strange how our tastes change as we grow older.

Apr 09, 2015
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Ground Beef: Pound to Cup Conversion

That is one of the best conversion charts I have ever seen. I have saved the site. Thank you so much.

Apr 09, 2015
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salmon croquettes ahead of time

Berkshire, my Mom in the 40s always used leftover mashed potatoes as the binder in the canned salmon, plus a bit of diced onion, an egg, that is all that I remember - I remember how good they were.

I made salmon patties the same way until a few years ago. Then I started making my own bread crumbs, drying them in the oven, and adding the crumbs to the canned salmon. I prefer it made with the homemade bread crumbs instead of mashed potatoes now.

Apr 09, 2015
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QUICHE! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (April 2015)

I have made it with so many different choices over the so many years. We have loved every single one of them.

QUICHE! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (April 2015)

Here is a recipe for a very simple quiche, you make of it what you will. A co-worker gave me her recipe in approximately 1980.

Karen’s Quiche

3 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk or mixture of milk and cream or evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups cheese, your choice(s)
1 cup meat or vegetables or combo, your choice(s)
Seasoning, your choice(s)
Pie crust

Put cheese in pie crust. Add meat, vegetables, or combo. Mix milk and eggs; pour over items in crust. Take a knife and work through. Bake at 375˚ for 50 minutes.

Help me with my pot roast please!

Apologies. Just saw this inquiry. No, if I cook the roast in the crockpot, I do not sear beforehand.

Apr 02, 2015
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What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition [Through April 2, 2015]

Made cheese quesadillas last night. That is all we had.

What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition [Through April 2, 2015]

I have looked and looked for the recipe I used and cannot find it. I can give you a list of the ingredients I used, because I copied them and printed, then went on to prepare the bread.

1 cup warm water
1 pk. Egg Beaters (or 2 real eggs [I used the real eggs])
2 T olive oil
2 T brown Sugar
2 t salt
4 cups bread flour
1/8 cup gluten (I did not use)
2 1/2 t dry yeast (I used 1 T)

I was going to use the bread machine to make the dough, but ended up having it bake in the bread machine. Regardless, it was pretty darned tasty and makes excellent crunchy toast.

Apr 01, 2015
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Demi Glace, my particular induction hot plate, and other interesting (maybe) things...

My gosh! My mouth is watering. What a great accomplishment.

Apr 01, 2015
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What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition [Through April 2, 2015]

Having cod baked in butter and soy, roasted French fries, coleslaw, and Challah bread that was baked yesterday.

Persian or Turkish Beef Stew (or Beef Filling)?

Thank you so much, roma_cranberry. This stew sounds delicious to me.

Mar 29, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition! [old]

Baked Challah. It is on the wire rack cooling and the smell is tantalizing. Having to persuade myself to let it cool before cutting a slice and slaving it with butter.

Persian or Turkish Beef Stew (or Beef Filling)?

How much of the baharat and seven spice mix do you use, please.

Mar 28, 2015
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Easter 2015

I have added the Strawberry Pretzel Salad to our Memorial Day menu.

Mar 23, 2015
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Easter 2015

This is a recipe my sister sent to me.

Greeked and Wined Tomatoes

Approximately 1 pound (5-6) fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped into a bowl to retain juices OR 1 16-oz can any style tomatoes, undrained
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 tsp red or white wine vinegar
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon oregano or Greek Seasoning (we prefer to use Cavender's Greek seasoning)
Salt and pepper
1/8 cup crumbled feta cheese

Combine above. Can chill or serve at room temperature.

Easter 2015

Thank you so much.

Mar 22, 2015
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