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Does anyone else not like chocolate chips?

I use Hershey's Special Dark chocolate chips and find them better than all the others, muuch better than the Ghiradelli brand, which you'd expect to be the Cadillac version of chocolate chips and isn't.

Jun 21, 2015
noodlepoodle in General Topics

Canned Salmon Ideas Please

Salmon pie was something my husband ate as a child and asks for often. A large can of salmon, drained and mashed with the bones, mix with some mashed potatoes, salt and pepper, a bit of minced onion and some dried dill. Put all in a double pie crust and bake. He eats it with catsup.

Apr 01, 2015
noodlepoodle in Home Cooking

freezing fish

You should make sure that the fish wasn't frozen at sea and then defrosted to sell. I'm not sure about the fish at Costco, but was told by my local supermarket fish man that one should never home freeze fish that was frozen at sea. It's my guess much fish is frozen at sea.

Mar 17, 2015
noodlepoodle in General Topics

A Pound of Lovely Dover Sole - No Parsley. How Would you Cook it for Dinner??

I made baked sole last week and it came out great.

I placed the filets in a baking pan, dusted them lightly with some salt, pepper and paprika. Squeezed some lemon juice over the filets and topped them with a fairly thick layer of panko crumbs. Over the crumbs I drizzled some melted butter. Baked it for about 10 minutes in a preheated 400 degree oven and checked it to see if it was cooked. The filets are pretty thin so don't take a lot of time to bake.

Mar 02, 2015
noodlepoodle in Home Cooking

When a food is good it's good......when it's bad it's eeeehhhhhhh

Deep-frying potato chunks and calling them home fries;

Overdressed salads. Most places do just that. Have to order dressing on the side.

Mar 02, 2015
noodlepoodle in General Topics

What's your regional fry sauce and what do you like?

I'm in Vermont and there's a restaurant here that serves homemade crispy fries with garlic aioli. It's a great restaurant, but the draw for me are those fries. Hmm

Why no smaller containers?

Thai Kitchens puts out cans of lite coconut milk in 13.66 oz cans.

Feb 08, 2015
noodlepoodle in General Topics

red wine vinegar favorite

I like the Star brand red wine vinegar. I've tried others and always go back to that one.

Feb 06, 2015
noodlepoodle in General Topics

What to do with leftover boneless pork chops?

This past December we had a power outage that lasted six days. I had a bunch of thick pork chops that had defrosted. I seasoned them, cooked them in the oven, and froze them. I've been defrosting them and using the thinly sliced meat in a stir fry. I saute thinly sliced carrots, celery, onion, garlic, red peppers in coconut oil. Just at the end I add the sliced pork and some Trade Joe's jarred red curry sauce, some peanuts and sliced scallions. It's now one of our favorite dishes.

Feb 05, 2015
noodlepoodle in Home Cooking

Lemon and orange-infused olive oils

Ive had the orange infused olive oil on kale greens.. very nice.

Jan 21, 2015
noodlepoodle in General Topics

Foods you don't like … redux?

jelly beans
lima beans
diet soda
most offal
flavored coffee creamers
flavored coffees
most herbal teas
warm milk
grape juice..anything grape
plums (texture)
raisins, although I do like currants
most dried fruits

Jan 03, 2015
noodlepoodle in General Topics

Sugary honey

I was just heating it and not boiling. I did remove it from the plastic bottle because I didn't want to heat that. I will put the melted honey in a glass jar. Thank you for your input. :)

Sugary honey

My bottle of honey has gotten thick and sugary. I'm in the process of melting it in the top of a double boiler, but my question here is, do I have to cook it or boil it for a certain length of time before I cool it and rebottle it? Thank you!!

Jan 03, 2015
noodlepoodle in General Topics

Forgot Frozen Stouffers Lasagna in trunk of car for 2 weeks, is it okay to refreeze and eat since its been cold out?

Two weeks in variable temps is too long. Chuck it.

Dec 19, 2014
noodlepoodle in General Topics

Food For The Afterlife

Bury me with a box of spaghetti (I'll cook it when I get to heaven), some spicy chicken wings and some plain cake donuts. The latter two I'll eat on the way.

Dec 19, 2014
noodlepoodle in General Topics

What turns you off about restaurant restrooms?

My pet peeves:
watered down bottled hand soap;
toilet paper rolls so tight they don't roll;
ear-splitting automatic hand driers;
empty towel dispensers;
overflowing waste baskets;
toilet stalls you can't turn around in.

Restaurant owners out there, please update your bathrooms on a regular basis. A freshly-painted, clean, well-stocked bathroom is more important than you think. When I enter a dingy, not so clean bathroom, I wonder what the kitchen looks like.

Nov 13, 2014
noodlepoodle in Not About Food

What are Your Favorite Ways to Eat Jam & Jelly?

For me Krispy saltine crackers with butter and Smuckers seedless raspberry jam.

Oct 08, 2014
noodlepoodle in General Topics

Looking for light and upbeat or soothing conversational cooking shows

I love Laura Calder.

Farmhouse Rules--a new show on Food Network

I watched it today and I was okay with it up until she made potato salad, roughly cutting up an onion with a few chops of the knife, a stick of celery with maybe six chops, a huge gob of mayo and mixing it all up with her hands. Ughhh.

What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition! [through August 23, 2014]

Tonight I did a bit of fridge clearing. Stir-fried cut up red and green bell peppers, sliced red onion and celery, julienned carrots, and bits of leftover sliced grilled chicken and pork and some leftover ground beef in some coconut oil, stirred in some Trader Joe
red curry sauce and some sliced garden scallions, all over some brown rice. The only thing missing was some peanuts for crunch, but there wasn't a scrap left.

I'm not quite ready for summer to be over...I never am...but it was kind of a chilly summer for me here in the northeast. Got up this morning to 60 degrees. Hoping for Indian summer in the 80s.

Aug 18, 2014
noodlepoodle in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #318 -- There Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues Edition! [through August 13, 2014]

Tonight we had grilled marinated pork loin shish kebab, grilled orange peppers and pineapple, and a side of potato salad. Very yummy.

Retail cleanliness

Me too. I have a few pet peeves about restaurant cleanliness, one of them being the practice of wiping down a table with a wet cloth they use for every other table, and leaving the table damp while they leave menus. Uhhhgghh.

Aug 01, 2014
noodlepoodle in General Topics

Can only find curly noodles

I just bought a bag of Pastene fettuccini nests, which are flat noodles, but without egg.

I'm with you. Those curly noodles they sell don't taste like much and I avoid them.

Jul 29, 2014
noodlepoodle in General Topics

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
noodlepoodle in Home Cooking

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
noodlepoodle in General Topics

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
noodlepoodle in Home Cooking

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
noodlepoodle in General Topics

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
noodlepoodle in General Topics

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
noodlepoodle in Home Cooking

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
noodlepoodle in General Topics