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How do you cook your meatballs?

Hi, I put them on a shallow tray (the broiler type with the ridges so the fat runs off) and bake them in the oven at about 350 degrees for about 20 minutes and finish them in the sauce. Hope this helps!

Sep 12, 2014
msgenie516 in Home Cooking

Food that Most People Love and You Don't...

I tried to keep my list to include things that I feel most other people would like but I don’t. This doesn’t necessarily mean things I hate or would never eat, but things I wouldn’t go out of my way to look for.

So here goes…

Hot dogs (I don’t hate them but they’re just not a favorite)

Veal (Just does nothing for me.)

Potatoes (Except the French Fries from Nathans)

Pasta

Mint (That is something I really don’t like)

Mustard (Only use it for two things, hot dogs but I must also have sauerkraut--if no sauerkraut, I’ll eat the hot dog plain--and I put it in with a baked beans recipe that I make.)

Strawberries

Blueberries (I think this comes from having to go blueberry picking when I was young, and I HATED that.)

Bananas

Bread (The only way I like it is fresh from the oven with butter when I make it myself. I even eat my smoked salmon with cream cheese on crackers.)

Pizza (I can enjoy it if the crust is super thin and crisp--goes back to not liking bread, I guess--I also like it when I make it myself.)

Root beer

Colas

Water (Just tastes like nothing, rather have some fruit juice.)

Beer (Well, sometimes. I have to have the right food to go with it such as something nutty or clams on the half shell.)

Sandwiches (Usually, I just rather eat the cold cuts out of the package without bread. But I do have a couple of favorites, ham and Swiss on a hero with lettuce, tomato, onions, oil and vinegar, and an Italian style hero with lettuce, tomato, onions, oil and vinegar. Also the same with rare thin-sliced roast beef. And I like a good shrimp or egg salad on white bread. But usually I leave some of the bread behind, the less consumed, the better.)

White meat poultry (Usually, too dry. Maybe I would give it a try on a Capon.)

Calamari

Bologna

Meatloaf (Unless it’s made with LOTS of onions.)

Goat Cheese (Had it once and it was dreadful but I would give it another try.)

A1 Steak Sauce (Nasty! I have no idea how that stuff stayed on the market so long.)

Starbucks Coffee (Just vile.)

McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, White Castle, Checkers, and similar places. (I’m assuming many people like those places as there are so many of them, but I REALLY don‘t like any of them.)

Feb 07, 2012
msgenie516 in General Topics

Food that Most People Love and You Don't...

I only make an exception with GOOD strawberry shortcake! But then it needs a good homemade soft, spongy cake, REAL whipped cream, and superfresh strawberries. Otherwise, I can live without strawberries, in flavoring, ice cream, or whatever else.

Feb 07, 2012
msgenie516 in General Topics

Food that Most People Love and You Don't...

I can't stand the smell of any spoiled food, so I broke down and bought one of those standby generators that go on automatically when the power goes out. We live in an area where it seems we lose power rather frequently so it's working out well.

Feb 07, 2012
msgenie516 in General Topics

What's The One Thing You Can't Eat, even for money.

I always hated Miracle Whip. I was never sure what I disliked about it but maybe it's the sweetness, although I think there's something else that makes me hate it.

Feb 06, 2012
msgenie516 in General Topics

What's The One Thing You Can't Eat, even for money.

I dislike mint throroughly but love roast lamb (cooked medium rare without the mint)!

Feb 06, 2012
msgenie516 in General Topics

What's The One Thing You Can't Eat, even for money.

Love both Limburger and Liederkranz. They're both stinky!

Feb 06, 2012
msgenie516 in General Topics

What's The One Thing You Can't Eat, even for money.

I like bananas that are a little green, also. Don't taste so much like bananas!

Feb 06, 2012
msgenie516 in General Topics

foods you ate as a kid (or young adult) that you wouldn't eat now?

Never really cared for McD's fries (or actually anything else from there except maybe the fish sandwich if I'm desperate--even when I was a kid) but I LOVE Nathan's fries and hot dogs with sauerkraut and mustard.

Feb 05, 2012
msgenie516 in General Topics

foods you ate as a kid (or young adult) that you wouldn't eat now?

Fried bologna! I never even heard of this before reading CH. Somehow, I don't think I would like it because I don't like bologna to begin with and I feel frying is likely to make it more salty tasting. Just like I prefer my hot dogs boiled rather than grilled.

Feb 05, 2012
msgenie516 in General Topics

foods you ate as a kid (or young adult) that you wouldn't eat now?

Me, too!

Feb 05, 2012
msgenie516 in General Topics

foods you ate as a kid (or young adult) that you wouldn't eat now?

I have always loved Peeps! I guess that will probably never change, as I'm 64 already. Never tried Spaghetti-o's, so I'm not sure about that. But I know I used to like Franco-American spagetti in the can not that long ago and I still like Chef-BoyArDee canned meat ravioli. Crazy, I know, as there's much better stuff out there. Maybe it reminds me of my childhood. And I'm not Italian, so perhaps that explains it. My husband is part Italian and he hates any of that stuff.

Feb 05, 2012
msgenie516 in General Topics

Did Your Mom Repeatedly Cook a Dish You Despised?

My Mom was never the greatest cook but I can't remember anything I disliked as much as "Rouladen". Even her stuffed peppers made with UNCOOKED rice were better, although a bit crunchy! I don't think she made the Rouladen wrong but they are thin pieces of pounded steak that are rolled up with a filling of bacon, onions, mustard, and pickles. And I never liked mustard or pickles (could tolerate the pickles by themselves but never with meat, pick them off hamburgers to this day). I also don't like bacon with any other meat. She thought they were the greatest thing, so I never said anything and suffered in silence.

Feb 05, 2012
msgenie516 in General Topics

Did Your Mom Repeatedly Cook a Dish You Despised?

Love all of them, but the liver MUST BE rare!

Feb 05, 2012
msgenie516 in General Topics

What did your Mom always have on hand, that you NEVER do?

Yes, my Mom and Dad were both originally from Germany, different parts-Mom from Bremerhaven and Dad from Berlin, but both Germany. I never thought of Liederkranz & Limburger as the name of a German law firm but, yes, it sounds right! I remember cutting the Liederkranz and eating it right off the knife, not putting on a cracker or anything, just straight Liederkranz! Could do the same with the Limburger spread.

Oh, do I love those smoked eels! I hope the one I ordered on line is good, got it from a site that specializes in German food.

Funny thing, no one else in my family eats this stuff--good thing, it's expensive. They don't know what they're missing, they won't even try it.

As for the meat grinder, I really don't know what happened to Mom's and I wasn't about to replace it with another hand grinder (don't know if my table could take the beating of it being clamped on) so I bought an electric one which I am very happy with, just can't kill it.

Feb 05, 2012
msgenie516 in General Topics

What did your Mom always have on hand, that you NEVER do?

Okay, here goes…

My mother passed away last year at the age of 89, so she didn’t have many of the things mentioned. And I still like a lot of the things she gave me to eat when I was a child, so my list is not that long and also a bit strange. There was hardly any money allocated to “junk” food and our food budget included mostly “wholesome” food.

These are the things I remember Mom had and I don’t:

Breyer’s Ice Cream (one of the few “junk” food items allowed but I just don’t like the texture, not creamy)

Homemade sauerkraut and head cheese and home-canned vegetables

Cooked prunes (they were always in the refrigerator)

Canned mackerel with tomato sauce

Canned sardines

Pork brains (We didn’t always have them but we had them a lot. Fried them up and I remember them as being “yummy”).

Postum (I do have a jar of Cafix (similar drink that I bought for my Mom before she passed away). She lived with me the last 4 years of her life so I tried to find things she enjoyed.

These things Mom had but I didn’t because I couldn’t find them anywhere. I did just order them on line so I hope they are as good as I remember:

Liederkranz cheese

Limburger spread

Smoked eels

And here are some of the kitchen gadgets she had that I don’t:

Hand crank meat grinder (I do have a meat grinder but it is electric so I can eat my homemade ground beef raw)

Egg Beater (I now use a whisk and I have 2 large mixers--one old Kitchenaid that started pushing out black grease when under a heavy load, but I still can’t part with it, and a Hobart N50, their smallest commercial mixer that I bought to “save the life” of the old Kitchenaid. I also use a Kitchenaid hand mixer.)

And, last but not least, a still! Yes, the kind for making alcoholic drinks! I remember we made assorted fruit brandies. My most vivid recollection of the still is when I woke up one morning to find the kitchen stove on fire due to some malfunction of the still. They got the fire out without much damage but it’s something I will never forget!

Feb 05, 2012
msgenie516 in General Topics

What did your Mom always have on hand, that you NEVER do?

I have to laugh at your last comment. I am also guilty of having two large refrigerator/freezers (one in the garage) plus an additional large upright freezer (also in the garage) and LOTS of pantry items in the house. It is only my husband and myself living here and I'm always worried that we are short on some kind of food. I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't buy more food until I cleared a lot of this stuff out but it seems that there is always something that I want that I don't have. So it is not only your Mom and Dad!

Feb 03, 2012
msgenie516 in General Topics

well known brands that just arent as good as in the past

Don't waste your time looking for the peach and tasting it. It is "blah" at best and I find the texture of all their flavors is terrible, not creamy at all. My favorite flavor is peach and Breyers is one of the worst. I was very disappointed when I tried it.

Feb 01, 2012
msgenie516 in General Topics

What is your "go to" meal when there is too much month left at the end of the paycheque - past or present

I did it in the mid to late 60's for $15.00 a week including all extra bread and milk and GAS! Of course, you could get about 4 gallons of gas for $1.00 then! The biggest problem was that my husband was a very picky eater, so he got the most desirable food and I ate whatever was left. But it didn't matter much to me as I always liked beans and vegetables. Even now, at 64, I'm not exceptionally heavy (a little overweight, but not so much considering my age) even though I can afford to eat anything I want. I think it gets to be a habit not to eat too much!

Jan 25, 2012
msgenie516 in General Topics

What is your "go to" meal when there is too much month left at the end of the paycheque - past or present

We make something similar--1 pound (weighed before cooking) spagetti with most of the water drained but enough left behind so it is a little "soupy", 1/4 pound of butter, about 4-6 beaten eggs (I have chickens so I can be flexible with that) but no black pepper (just because I don't like it, but give me crushed red pepper in spagetti sauce or on pizza anytime). On top of that, we add the grated cheese in the "green can".

Jan 25, 2012
msgenie516 in General Topics

Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

I'm not sure this fits in this thread, but it sure is "poor people food". I previously posted but my husband mentioned this afterwards. He told me that when there was nothing else in the house, he would make sauerkraut sandwiches on white bread with mustard. However, he never "craved" them and doesn't now. I can't even imagine eating them! If there was no other food and I was hungry, I think I would rather eat the bread and the sauerkraut separately and forget about the mustard altogether!

My family wasn't as poor as some I remember (especially those that didn't have electric and it was the 1950's already) but they were REALLY frugal when it came to spending money on food. This meant we didn't have goodies, as the money spent on food had to go toward "wholesome" food. I don't think that would have included sauerkraut sandwiches!

Jan 25, 2012
msgenie516 in General Topics

Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

Since my folks were from the “old country”, we ate a lot of strange food (they weren’t known to throw anything out). When I was a child, there was a chicken farm down the road where we could buy a fresh killed chicken and we got everything with it. My favorite was the chicken feet, which we cooked in soup. We also cooked the gizzards, but quite a few of them, not from just one chicken. We cooked them in chicken broth with celery and onion, thickened the broth with corn starch, and added fresh chopped parsley and served this over rice--we ate a lot of rice! To this day, I love the gizzards over rice. Not only were most meals accompanied with rice, we also had a lot of rice pudding with raisins, one of the few sweets I was allowed. We couldn’t afford soda or ice cream, so we had none.

We also ate fried brains (pork, I think), beef tongue and kidneys (not favorites), pig’s knuckles and feet, and chicken, calves, and beef liver.

Now I don’t think this is considered “poor” food (my Mom considered it something special but I HATED it), beef Rouladen. You use a very thin cut of beef (possibly flank steak--I’m not an expert mostly due to my dislike of this dish), pound it extra thin, spread it with mustard, sprinkle chopped onions, arrange slices of pickles and cooked bacon. Then roll them up and tie them and brown them in oil, add beef broth, and simmer until tender. Many people enjoy this dish but since I dislike both mustard and pickles (I will eat mustard on hot dogs and pickles by themselves but that‘s about it), it’s something from my past that I have no yearning for.

I still eat the livers, pig’s knuckles and feet (love the knuckles in some type of bean or pea soup), chicken feet and gizzards cooked in broth (can only find them in Compare supermarket). I imagine that to folks not used to it, chicken feet sound “gross” but they really are good, just have to make sure they are good and clean!

I haven’t eaten (in AGES) fried brains, beef tongue and kidneys and Rouladen. I hope this brings back memories for someone, perhaps someone of German descent.

Jan 23, 2012
msgenie516 in General Topics

Does ground hamburger have to be ground twice?

Hi,

I just ordered a 1/4 HP All stainless LEM electric meat grinder from Amazon. I did some grinding a long time ago with my KitchenAid but it is 22 years old now and I thought I should give it a break, as it is acting up when kneading bread dough. I vaguely remember that the directions said to run the meat through grinder twice, but I'm not sure.

The grinder I ordered comes with both a fine and coarse blade. Which should I use to grind beef hamburger? And should I grind it twice? I plan on using beef chuck for the hamburger, as I would like some fat in the meat for juiciness.

Also, did I make a good choice with the grinder? I hope so! Thanks for your help! Genie

Apr 05, 2011
msgenie516 in Home Cooking

Le Creuset colors--Victoria Green and Burgundy?

Hi,

I know this thread is old, but I thought I would let you know that I just (today) purchased at Tuesday Morning a Le Creuset 2 3/4 quart oval French oven in the Victoria Green color. Unfortunately, I know nothing about the history of the color, but I LOVE it! I can use the pot but I really bought it because of the color.

Feb 27, 2011
msgenie516 in Cookware

Help Me Like Sam's Club

I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree! We have all three (Costco, BJ's, and Sam's Club) very close by and I belong to both Costco and BJ's but never gave Sam's Club a thought due to issues with the ownership.

Feb 11, 2011
msgenie516 in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 1st QTR 2011 - Old

Hi,

Thanks for the advice, but I'll probably just keep it and eat it anyway, since the flavor is good. Just wish they would have used less salt. Thanks again!

Feb 08, 2011
msgenie516 in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 1st QTR 2011 - Old

Oh, no, goodhealthgourmet, not offended at all! I'm just new to this board and I wasn't aware that I should be looking for newer threads. Thanks for your help!

Feb 08, 2011
msgenie516 in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 1st QTR 2011 - Old

Hi,

I was just made aware that I posted on an old thread. Here is a link to where I posted my reply:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/712263

BTW, I just went to Costco today and they had a lot of samples to try. I purchased the frozen shrimp wonton soup last week without ever trying it. They had samples available today. Wish they would have had them sooner because it is too salty for me and I wouldn't have purchased it. Darn!

Feb 08, 2011
msgenie516 in Chains

Best Food Finds at Costco Part 2 6/10

Since both stores are within 5 minutes from my home (LUCKY me!), I am more of a fan of BJ’s but there are things that I make a special trip to Costco for. The ones that come to mind right now are:

White flesh peaches (OMG, are they good)! I know I purchased more than a dozen cases last season. And the season is long, starting somewhere around May or June and lasting until OCTOBER! I did notice the last case I bought in October wasn’t as good as the earlier ones. And I remember one case bought in mid-season that just wasn’t up to par. But, other than that, they are to DIE for. The only downside is that they keep my kitchen warm all summer baking those delicious peach pies! I care for my Mom, who is 89 years old, and she had one for breakfast every day. I also can eat them up in no time. The only one who doesn’t benefit from them is my husband, who insists he doesn’t like peaches--I can’t imagine anyone not LOVING peaches--I can’t wait until they have them again!

The boneless short ribs. I cut them up and use them to make beef stew--much more tender than the regular stew meat (and, of course, more expensive) but there is very little waste.

I see some posters mentioned that the beef rib roast was only available around the holidays, but my Costco (Nesconset, NY) carries it year round and I take advantage of that. It is very good and I already cooked one on my barbeque in the summertime for 4th of July (DELICIOUS)!

Pumpkin pie. They don’t always have it but when they do, I make sure I get at least one. Excellent price for a delicious, large pie. I find their other pies to be “chancy”, sometimes they’re great, other times not.

Leg of lamb. Very good (not marinated or seasoned) but I don’t buy it often because lamb is not popular in my house with anyone but me.

The fish I buy (flounder, cod, and scallops) are also excellent.

The rotisserie chickens. When I’m in a pinch for time, I pick one up along with some prepared mashed potatoes and add a vegetable. It makes a great, inexpensive meal and I save the carcass for soup with my FoodSaver (which I also purchased at Costco) and keep it in the freezer until I need it.

The Yukon Gold prepared mashed potatoes. They are the best prepared mashed potatoes I have ever tried, including Country Crock.

The frozen Organic Whole Green Beans, tender and delicious.

Red Velvet mini cakes with cream cheese frosting. Each one is a delicious mouthful.

Kirkland Solid White Albacore Tuna In Water. Better than any of the leading brands (Bumble Bee, Chicken of The Sea).

There are some non-food (but food-related) items worth mentioning:

Kirkland paper towels. They are strong and each sheet is a nice, large size.

The Rubbermaid Premier set. They are so much better than the regular Rubbermaid and a great price. The downside on them is that I feel I have to use a brush to clean the lids properly because they have deep ridges around the edge.

The Kirkland Cast Iron Enameled Dutch Oven. I actually wound up buying the Le Creuset ones--I have several as I discovered that I LOVE cooking in cast iron--for myself (at my husband’s urging) but I bought the Kirkland Dutch Oven for my neighbor for an anniversary gift along with supplies to make no knead bread and she was thrilled. I think I would have been very satisfied with this oven had my husband not insisted on the Le Creuset. Just a note to anyone interested--they just reduced the price by $10.00 to just around $40.00, a very good buy, especially considering I just paid $150.00 (for a “second”) for one that is a little smaller, because it is Le Creuset and made in France.

The FoodSaver is great and the price is fair.

The Kirkland Stainless Steel pots. I, unfortunately, purchased them when they changed their manufacturer to Thailand, instead of Italy. However, I have experienced no problems and I’m very pleased with them so far. I find the only downside with them is that it is a “pain” to polish the copper band around the bottom each time I use them. It looks nicer than all stainless but I would rather have less work. And they have to be polished each and every time, as the heat turns the copper dark. I use Bar Keeper’s Friend for the stainless and Wright’s Copper Cream for the copper.

Stretch-Tite Plastic Wrap. This is the best plastic wrap I have ever purchased and a very good price.

The Perfect Touch hot cups. I will definitely go out of my way for these.

Well, I guess that’s it for now. If I come up with anything else, I will post again! Genie

Feb 08, 2011
msgenie516 in Chains