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This Friday: CHOW's Thanksgiving Helpline Is Live on Facebook

A friend of the family solved snow8150's problem of what to serve before a heavy dinner by putting out a dish of sliced up fennel crisped like celery and a dish of Marcona almonds. You could add some carrots and radishes and a small bowl of salt. It's just enough to take the edge off and not tasty enough that you wanted to chow down.

Nov 16, 2012
Snorkie47 in Features

Friday: CHOW's Live Thanksgiving Helpline on Facebook

No-marshmallow sweet potatoes - you might try this.

8 servings

2-1/2 lbs. sweet potatoes (try Red Garnet)
4 C. apple cider
2 T. minced peeled fresh ginger (watch this – it can be way too strong – taste as you go)
2 T. butter

Place potatoes in large pot; add enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium low; simmer until potatoes are very tender, about 40 min. Drain, cool. Peel and cut into large chunks. Transfer to processor.

Bring cider to boil in heavy medium saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium low; simmer until cider is reduced to 1 cup. Transfer cider, ginger and butter to processor with potatoes. Process until very smooth. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 4 hours ahead.) Transfer puree to heavy medium saucepan. Cover; chill. Stir over medium heat to rewarm before serving.)

Nov 09, 2012
Snorkie47 in Features

Awesome Blueberry Muffin Recipe Needed

This family favorite is actually a breakfast cake, originally made with cranberries, but awesome with blueberries. Super simple and fast to make.


Oven 350

1 C. flour
1 C. sugar
1/4 t. salt
1/2 C. broken walnuts
1/2 C. melted butter
2 eggs beaten
1 /2 t. almond extract
2 C. cranberries

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9" pie or cake pan.

Mix all ingredients except berries. Fold in berries. Pour into pan. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Cool in pan. OPTIONAL: About 10 minutes before cake is done (or at about 30 minutes) you can sprinkle on 1 T. sugar to give it a slightly crunchy crust.)

Mar 09, 2012
Snorkie47 in Home Cooking

Need PA-centric foods for my new book

The bakery at Kaufmann's Department Store (now Macy's) used to sell Mediterranean Macaroons (coconut macaroons with nuts and dates and other good things). Does anyone have a recipe? The only mention I've found anywhere on the internet was from a funeral home cookbook from Southern Virginia, but it didn't include a recipe.

Nov 15, 2011
Snorkie47 in Pennsylvania

Trick-or-Treating in the Rich Neighborhood

My neighborhood is next to a poor one, so I used to get many non-neighborhood kids. I love the little ones but I really object to the teenage boys who show up, no mask or makeup or costume, and shove a bag into my face and say "Trick or treat lady." They're intimidating! I also object to the young mothers who bring their babies around, to whom I gladly gave treats, but then the young mothers also hold out bags wanting goodies. I've turned the lights out! I'm now officially a Halloween Scrooge.

Oct 31, 2011
Snorkie47 in Features

REAL Maple syrup

Transfer the maple syrup to a good freezer-proof container and keep it in the freezer. It becomes very thick (like cold molasses) but heat it up and it's right back to normal. A good way to extend the amount of syrup you have is to pour it over blueberries in a microwaver-proof container and heat it until the berries pop. Yum!

Sep 23, 2011
Snorkie47 in General Topics

Just an excuse for butter!

For those who love buttery pancakes, try these (with more butter on top, of course)


2/3 C. rolled oats processed until very fine ]
1-1/3 C. whole wheat flour ]
2/3 C. yellow stone ground cornmeal ] These ingredients can be
2/3 C. flour ] mixed together & frozen to take
4 tsp. baking powder ] with you for a trip. Will keep
2 tsp. baking soda ] frozen for months.
2 tsp. salt ]
1-1/2 sticks butter, softened ]

Process in food processor until well combined.

In a bowl combine:
4 C. buttermilk,
4 eggs lightly beaten
1/2 C. maple syrup.

Add flour/butter mixture to milk mixture. Stir until just combined. Let stand for 5 min. Batter should be thick. If necessary, thin with more buttermilk. These need to be cooked longer than usual.

Makes about 36 pancakes using a ¼ C. measure. Serves 6-8.

Can add blueberries to batter. Try adding some coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts.

I like to combine blueberries and maple syrup in a large microwave-proof cup and heat in the microwave until the berries pop.

Jun 13, 2011
Snorkie47 in General Topics

Need PA-centric foods for my new book

Haven't seen any mention of scrapple which I believe is PA Dutch.

Jun 08, 2011
Snorkie47 in Pennsylvania

"cookie of the day"

Here's another really good one to try. It was in my local newspaper.

This recipe came from Sally Cecil, a legal secretary at Eckert Seamans, who wrote to me after a column about the iconic "Betty Crocker's Cooky Book." And you can't beat chocolate any time of the year. Ms. Cecil of North Point Breeze got the recipe from her niece, who is living in Abu Dhabi. She was asked to make the cookies for an Uno de Mayo party. "These are very chocolatey when you first bite in, with a nice but not too hot, pepper finish. The currants almost seem to melt into the cookie," Ms. Cecil writes. She found that slightly underbaking the cookies makes them "delicately crunchy" on the outside, creamy in the middle, creamier still after a few days and "simply wonderful and delicious."
She used a Lindt Excellence Chili Bar and only 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper (another recipe uses 1/2 teaspoon each of black and cayenne peppers).
• 1/2 cup dried currants
• 2 tablespoons Kahlua
• 2 ounces good quality unsweetened chocolate
• 4 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate
• 3 tablespoons butter
• 6 tablespoons flour
• 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/2 to 1 teaspoon coarsely ground fresh black pepper
• 2 eggs
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 2/3 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use nonstick cookie sheets or line regular pans with parchment paper. This is important. These are sticky cookies.
Heat currants and Kahlua in a small saucepan over low heat. Set aside to cool.
Combine unsweetened and bittersweet chocolate with butter in a small saucepan and melt, stirring frequently. Set aside to cool.
In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and pepper.
Beat eggs and sugar until pale and thick. Beat in vanilla. Pour melted chocolate into egg mixture and fold to combine. Fold in flour mixture. Gently stir in currants and chocolate chips. The dough will be loose.
Drop by spoonfuls onto lined cookie sheets and bake 8 to 10 minutes.

May 16, 2011
Snorkie47 in Home Cooking

"cookie of the day"

Love these cookies. Different.

HUNGARIAN WAFERS (Gourmet Magazine)

Oven 350° Makes about 40

2 C. cake flour
2 T. poppy seeds
2 t. ground allspice (either make sure it's fresh or grind your own whole berries)
1/4 t. salt
Grated peel from 1 large orange
1 C. granulated sugar
1 C. (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
2 large egg yolks

1-1/2 C. powdered sugar
2-3 T. (about) cream or milk

More poppy seeds

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350. Grease heavy large cookie sheets.

Combine flour, poppy seeds, allspice and salt in bowl. Combine grated peel and sugar. Using electric mixer, beat butter and orange-sugar mixture in medium bowl until fluffy. Beat in egg yolks. Add dry ingredients and beat at low speed until smooth soft dough forms.

Transfer half the dough to a pastry bag fitted with a large (No. 7) star tip. This is a stiff dough. Pipe dough onto prepared sheets in 1 inch mounds, spacing the cookies 2 inches apart. Repeat with remaining dough. (If you don't have a pastry bag, a rounded tablespoon of dough will be about the same amount.)

Bake until cookies are golden on top and brown around the edges and bottom. The recipe says about 12 minutes. I cooked mine 15-16 minutes. Let stand on sheets 1-2 minutes. Transfer to racks to cool completely.

For Glaze: In a small bowl, blend powdered sugar with enough cream to form smooth medium glaze.

Spread glaze over cookies. Sprinkle with poppy seeds. Let stand until glaze sets, at least 45 minutes.

If wrapped airtight, will keep about one week at room temperature or one month if frozen. Can be frozen without the glaze. Thaw and then glaze.

May 12, 2011
Snorkie47 in Home Cooking

Pgh Restaurant Closings/Changes

Went to Park Bruge last Tuesday. Excellent roast chicken. Different fries. Garlic mayo instead of the basil mayo to go with the fries. Very noisy. Didn't have to wait for a table, but it filled up quickly.

Mar 28, 2011
Snorkie47 in Pennsylvania

What do you make for breakfast on Christmas morning?

I just found this thread and its great. For fruit salad, I always mix orange juice and lots of Grand Marnier and pour it over. When that mixes with the fruit juices, its wonderful.

Mar 17, 2011
Snorkie47 in Home Cooking

What's the difference between Braunschweiger and Liverwurst?

I agree with the addition of mustard and onion, but we always had celery leaves added to the sandwish.

Feb 21, 2011
Snorkie47 in General Topics