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Favorite Mollie Katzen recipes?

I haven't cooked from the Moosewood Cookbook (1977 edition) for a long time, but I made notes in it when I tried something. Some or all may be in your revised copy:

Cranapple-Walnut Cake (very good)
Carrot Soup (good)
Tabouli (delicious)
Tahini Lemon Sauce (very good)
Humus (delicious -I used one garlic clove, more tamari
and no salt)
Baba Ganouj (good)
Lentil Walnut Burgers (not good)
Vegetarian Chili (very good)
Swiss Cheese & Mushroom Quiche (good)
Spinach Ricotta Pie (very good)
Vegetable Stew (very good)
Felafel (very good)
Vegetarian Eggrolls (very good, but need more seasoning )
Delicious Corn Bread (good)

Jun 23, 2014
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Favorite organic peanut butter?

I like Smucker's organic peanut butter, but I've only been able to find it in one store in central Vermont.

May 07, 2014
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Recent cooking fails?

I once made Indian pudding in the crockpot and it came out looking like sloppy joe filling in color and consistency. I have no idea what happened. Tasted good and we ate it with our eyes averted.

I tried to make kale chips three times using a couple internet recipes that came with rave reviews. I followed them carefully checking the kale chips closely to avoid charring. All had a carbon taste. Never again.

Apr 17, 2014
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how do you you store your bread and potatoes and onions?

I keep onions in a shallow basket on the bottom shelf of my open cookbook shelves. I try to keep them about an inch apart to keep them from rotting too quickly before I can use them up.

I keep potatoes in an open basket apart from the onions because they have a rotten influence on each other. I store garlic in a garlic keep in a closed cupboard.

I keep bread in the freezer because we don't use it up quickly enough.

Mar 19, 2014
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Food from childhood you cannot eat

Creamed corn

Broiled eels (I didn't mind it then, but seeing them today at the fish counter makes my skin crawl)

Feb 24, 2014
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Quick, while we still have power! Blizzard comfort food?

For supper tonight, I made a big pot of beef and barley soup, served with a big hunk of buttered baguette, perfect for a snowy night in Vermont. Finally, we're getting some snow up here.

Feb 13, 2014
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How do you brew your morning cup of coffee?

My little 10 cup Krups coffeemaker crapped out on me after nearly 20 years of service. Just bought a Cuisinart. Makes very good coffee. I also have a Bodum French press and use that occasionally. I find the Keurig K cups coffee a bit weak and expensive.

Feb 13, 2014
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Weird food secrets

Hmm that sounds good. I also like Campbell's vegetable soup over mashed potatoes.

Feb 13, 2014
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Weird food secrets

I did too. My friend used to come in with mustard sandwiches too as well as ketchup sandwiches. No one made fun of her though. She was the smartest kid in the class. So much for good nutrition.

Feb 13, 2014
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Weird food secrets

When I was a kid I liked the malted milk powder right out of the jar. Haven't had it in years. Think I might get some

Feb 13, 2014
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What are you baking these days? February 2014 edition! [Through February 28, 2014]

Today I tried Joy of Cooking's quick banana bread. Very delicious.

Feb 09, 2014
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Ideas for a tasty hot dish using leftover chicken?

Chicken Tettrazini

I also sautee some vegetables with some garlic and add the cubed chicken and some Trader Joe Thai Red Curry Sauce and serve with rice.

Jan 27, 2014
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Guilty Pleasures

Hot fudge sundae with good quality vanilla ice cream and fudge topped with whipped cream and nuts;

Pistachio ice cream sundae with hot butterscotch sauce;

Spaghetti with good homemade meaty spaghetti sauce;
Grilled cheese with tomato;
Good fried whole belly clams or clam cakes, preferably at the beach

Jan 19, 2014
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Dunkin Donuts bakery series coffee flavors

I don't like DD regular coffee (bitter and burned tasting) let alone those disgusting sounding flavors. Why mess with something so wonderful as a coffee bean?. Can there be that many people out there who want their coffee to taste like a sugary donut? Next thing we'll be offered coffee that tastes like a cheeseburger or why not a nice cup of bbq chicken flavored coffee?

Jan 12, 2014
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What Grocery Store Sales or Bargains Have You Bought Recently?

I routinely look for marked down meat when I'm in the grocery store. I recently bought a small chuck pot roast for $3.00 off the original price. It looked as good as the others not on sale. I also regularly buy pork chops marked down a couple of dollars. I've never regretted those purchases. I never buy chicken this way and prefer the organic chicken at Costco. I've also periodically found bags of fresh spinach for a dollar.

Jan 12, 2014
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what's your go-to recipe on the back of a box?

I love the Ghiradelli double chocolate brownie mix too. I've made brownies from scratch for years and even tried the Cooks Illustrated version, but Ghiradelli is better and faster.

Jan 09, 2014
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Thomas's English Muffins

I too have eaten TEM for well over fifty years, and switched a couple of years ago to Bay's when I noticed TEM getting gummy and raggy. They just don't toast up the way I remember them.

Jan 09, 2014
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Foods you don't have to chew

Had an upper incisor removed last year and had a time lag before I could take a painkiller. I thought my eye was going to fall out it hurt so much, wimp that I am. My husband made me pancakes with butter and maple syrup for supper. Comfort food....little chewing.

Dec 20, 2013
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Any foods you are selfish with ?

I got tired or baking cookies on a Saturday only to come home from work on Monday with the thought of having a couple for dessert to find the cookie tin empty. I had to institute the "last cookie" rule and luckily the people in my house are complying. Some times you just have to spell out a plan instead of complaining.

Also, crispy roasted turkey and chicken wings are mine alone. Mine..mine...mine.

Dec 20, 2013
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SURVEY: When/Where/How did you learn to cook?

I grew up in the 50's and 60's. My parents were both good home cooks, but they rarely baked, and I learned pretty much by observing, but never cooked a meal or anything for that matter until I was married in 1967. My H. was in grad school and I worked to support us, so money was very tight. I figured out how to make $20 a week stretch to feed us and if I say so myself did a pretty good job. Found economical recipes in magazines and experimented. My first real recollection of a meal was baking chicken in our basement apartment, a chicken that would not cook after hours of being in the oven. I don't know what was wrong with that chicken, but I threw it out. I also remember trying my hand at Boston baked beans. Neglected to soak the beans and we waited an entire day for them to be ready to eat (they never were). We still laugh about it. I think you have to be interested in cooking to begin with. I love it still.

Dec 17, 2013
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Snows clam chowder tragedy

Anyone tried the Bar Harbor brand clam chowder? I've seen it here in Vermont, but haven't tried it as it's a bit pricey.

Nov 25, 2013
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Would you risk it?

It would probably be fine if you cooked it well, but if I were you I would toss it. The price you paid for it is probably low compared to the worry you will experience eating it and serving it to others. Toss it and forget it.

Nov 24, 2013
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Peanut butter taste tests; PB devotees: what's your favourite?

Tried many peanut butters over the years. Stopped using the ones with all the added ingredients. Settled for Teddie's for a while and added my own salt to the unsalted one. Tried the health food store's natural peanut butter and found it sweetish and oily. Went with Smucker's for a long time and found it okay. THEN...I discovered Smucker's is now putting out an organic peanut butter. A buck extra a jar, but what the hell. Wow, what a difference. Great peanut taste, not too salty, very spreadable once stirred and refrigerated. I can only find it in one store right now, but will spread the word to the other supermarkets. No pun intended.

Nov 21, 2013
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What dish challenges you to not 'yuck another's yum'?

Grilled chicken breasts or steak cooked till they're juiceless.
We have good friends who grill like this and love their hot dogs black. After a few times of silently choking on these foods, they finally got the hint and ask us how we'd like our meat cooked.

Nov 16, 2013
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Partially hydrogenated oils ban effect?

I'm not sure, but I think the food industry chemists are ingenious in coming up with new versions of their products to comply with regulations. The result of this will, of course, be the production of old favorites that will not taste quite right. I've seen this over the years with baked goods. I'm also wondering myself what Crisco will do now.

Nov 09, 2013
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So what seasonal food items are you cooking?

Today I made Ina Garten's recipe for oven baked apple sauce.
Had it tonight for dessert topped with half and half. Heavenly.

Nov 03, 2013
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Frequently used recipe instructions

Cream butter and sugar
Bring to a boil
Sift dry ingredients
Preheat oven to ....
Peel, chop, slice, mince, cube, grate, zest.....
Drop by teaspoonfull....

And of course, "serves 4". Right..............

Nov 03, 2013
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What DON'T you like in a sandwich?

Egg salad (had way to much in school lunches)
Deli ham, except a good Black Forest ham occasionally;
Swiss cheese;
Peanut butter (love it on crackers, toast and bananas, but no pb&j please;
Too much bread such as big fluffy deli rolls.

The subject of ketchup in sandwiches reminds me of a girl I went to elementary school with. She had a ketchup or mustard (only) sandwich on Wonder Bread for lunch for years. So much for a nutritious lunch and she was the smartest in the class.

Nov 03, 2013
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What DON'T you like in a sandwich?

Egg salad. Had way too much of that in my school lunches;
Too much bread like big fluffy rolls;
Peanut butter; love it on crackers or toast, but not pb&j please;
Sliced deli ham and most other cold cuts. Again school lunches;

Swiss cheese

Nov 03, 2013
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How to make Pizza?

II use a pizza dough recipe from an Italian cookbook I have, let it rise for an hour, roll it out and place it on a pizza pan (there's actually enough dough for two), top it with olive oil, spread any tomato sauce I have on hand or I some times buy pizza sauce in a can, top it with shredded cheese, then sliced pepperoni or sausage, some thinly sliced green pepper, chopped onion, mushrooms, chopped Greek olives (depending on what I have on hand), and some Italian seasoning. I make sure to put the cheese on before the toppings so they get nicely cooked. Also never put too much of the toppings to avoid the heavy soggy factor. I bake it in a 500 degree oven for about 12 minutes. Always good.

Sep 18, 2013
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