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Is Anyone Food "Couponing"Anymore?

I clip coupons from Sunday papers for items I know I'll use. Kroger loyalty coupons, both the paper ones that come in snail mail and the digital ones are geared to what I buy. I do use those a lot. They have coupons like $2-$4 off produce/meat/dairy if you buy $10-$20 worth in that department.

Lozo.com has the Redplum coupons, but they also have digital coupons and manufacturer's coupons. I check those out and print a few when I'm planning a big shopping trip or when I'm bored.

Apr 12, 2014
LRuthers in Not About Food

Your Best Soup Recipe

Sorry, they're served on the side. Or sprinkled on top, whatever you want to do with them....

;-D

Jan 31, 2011
LRuthers in Home Cooking

Best gizmo for opening jars

I've had my OneTouch for almost a year now, and it opens all except the largest jars. I LOVE it.

It's small enough to stay in a basket on the counter, but it's mighty. I set it on the top of the jar, push the black button until I hear it's little motor going, and walk away to keep working until I hear the "pop" of the lid opening.

And it was only $20!

Jan 31, 2011
LRuthers in Cookware

Your Best Soup Recipe

Chicken Tortilla Soup

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium jalapeno pepper, chopped [include seeds]
4 cups cooked chicken [one 4.5 lb chicken processed in a pressure cooker to make broth]
2 cups fresh or frozen corn
3-4 cups of chicken broth
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 can black beans [frijoles negros]
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
1 15 oz can tomato sauce

Sautee the onion, garlic and pepper in the oil and butter until soft. Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Jan 30, 2011
LRuthers in Home Cooking

Cooking spaghetti in beef broth?

Good points.

I'd use chicken broth before beef broth, I think.

Jan 30, 2011
LRuthers in Home Cooking

Giant cheesecake in a foil pan

Maybe we could have a thread of recipes for that serve 20-25 people? I cook for the commuters at our local college once a week, and it certainly would be nice to only have to make one or two items.

Jan 30, 2011
LRuthers in Home Cooking

What did Santa bring you?

In 2009, I requested money gift cards for all gift giving occasions, and finally bought myself a KitchenAid Artisan.

In 2010, I did it again and got a FoodSaver vacuum food system, a bunch of bags/rolls, and a pair of shoes I wanted.

It sure beats the heck out of all the tcotchkes.

Jan 30, 2011
LRuthers in Cookware

In need of rice cooker introduction

Get a Black & Decker steamer. I use mine at least twice weekly to either steam vegetables or make rice. It makes great rice.

Jan 30, 2011
LRuthers in Cookware

Pressure Cooker Users Unite!

I have a 16 quart Presto that I got to can home made soups, and it became slippery slope, leading to making the broth first from a whole chicken or several ham shanks. Then, before I knew it, I was making 1.5-2 gallons of soup at a time. I mean, if you're gonna do it, make it worth while.

Jan 30, 2011
LRuthers in Cookware

BASED IN WHEELING, WV FOR 1 WEEK

You can't go wrong at Ye Olde Alpha. The food is wonderful and the atmosphere is as friendly and fun as you'll find anywhere.

Jan 30, 2011
LRuthers in Mid-Atlantic

Shepherdstown, Berkeley Springs, Charlestown, WV: Where? 3 Onions, Press Room...

We eat at Tari's Cafe in Berkeley Springs, WV every time we go through there. It's a lovely place, decorated with local art work. And the food is amazing.

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Tari's Cafe
33 N Washington St, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411

Jan 30, 2011
LRuthers in Mid-Atlantic

Make Your Own Potato Tots

I'm with you, Steve2! These are awesome.

Jan 30, 2011
LRuthers in Features

Best place to buy Chinese ingredients in Pittsburgh area?

Link?

I found this, too.

http://www.neighborsinthestrip.com/th...

And I've emailed friends to plan a day trip. ;-D

Jan 29, 2011
LRuthers in Pennsylvania

Best place to buy Chinese ingredients in Pittsburgh area?

True...

Jan 29, 2011
LRuthers in Pennsylvania

Best place to buy Chinese ingredients in Pittsburgh area?

Thanks loads! I've written this all down.

Now, I'm going to look for more recipes so I can make the trip really worthwhile! ;-D

Jan 29, 2011
LRuthers in Pennsylvania

Best place to buy Chinese ingredients in Pittsburgh area?

Thanks to everyone. I see a trip to the strip in my future...

Jan 28, 2011
LRuthers in Pennsylvania

Best place to buy Chinese ingredients in Pittsburgh area?

Oh, take me into home cooking territory any day. LOLOL

I always thought that the correct spelling was Szechuan, but this lovely recipe that I have to try spells it differently. I hope that isn't a sign. ;-D

Jan 28, 2011
LRuthers in Pennsylvania

Best place to buy Chinese ingredients in Pittsburgh area?

I'm especially looking for dried Facing Heaven chiles, but I also want things like Sichuan peppercorns, Shaoxing rice wine, chile bean paste...

Is there a good place in the strip district?

TIA!

Jan 28, 2011
LRuthers in Pennsylvania