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Well, how did you Thanksgiving Go?

I would love that recipe as well! I love anything pumpkin and the time is almost done!!!

Is there anything you just can't make, no matter how hard you try? [Moved from General Topics board]

My roasts are so badthat I have given up making them. We had to salvage dinner many times by ordering an emergency pizza. I finally found a pre cooked (gasp!!!) pot roast at Costco that is really good. I make some gravy to go with it and I think I could trick anyone!

What did you cook today, and was it good?

I baked today. I made Apple Cheesecake Bars with Maple Cream Sauce. I found the recipe on I don't know how they turned out as I made them for a party I am going to tomorrow night. We went out for dinner so I didn't have to cook!

Best Buffalo Wings in Fort Myers area???

Hogbody's (although the place is gross) has good wings and a ton of different sauces. Be sure to have them cooked well done though. I would have to say that those are the best (so sad) around!

Is your Thanksgiving menu/setting formal/informal, traditional/contemporary, family/friends?

It is a very casual affair. We invite anyone who is without family around. Or that work for our local Soup Kitchen. I do pull out the good china and cutlery but we have it outside around the pool! We have plenty of the traditional dishes as well as Deep Fried Turkey and oyster dressing (truly southern!) We so this meal for about 20 + people every year!

Savannah--what not to miss?

Oh yeah we also loved Uncle Bubba's (Paula Dean's brother). I can't remember what my main dish was but I sure remember the char-grilled oysters!

Savannah--what not to miss?

I loved the Lady and Sons. Not being a big buffet person I still went with it and was not dissapointed. You have to go early in the day and get your reservation and then go back at the appointed time. There is defiantely plenty to do in between! I also loved The Crab Shack. Also on Tybee Island is the Breakfast Club which has such amazing (you guessed it) breakfasts that you can go all the way to dinner without another munch!!!

Suggestions for using canned pumpkin, refried beans...

We use refried beans on homemade nachos. Add a can of chopped chilies and some cheese and you are good to go!

What is Wild Boar

We are in FL and my husband goes boar hunting with his buddies. It is a feral pig. Pretty intense process using dogs which usually get injured blah, blah, blah!

What are the best foods to buy at Costco? [Moved from General Topics Board]

I have a terrible time making pot roast. Have never been able to make one but Costco has one that comes ready made all you have to do is heat it make some gravy from the juice and eat. My husband is a huge food snob and we don't eat any processed food but even he really likes it...or maybe it's just because he has tasted the alternative - one of mine - LOL

Mayo - No Refrigeration Needed?

Trust me even thought they tell me it does not need refrigeration mine is still in the refrigerator. I also know from experience (not sure if it just here in FL) that if you leave ketchup out it can build up gasses and explode! Happened in our kitchen. Pretty gross to be cleaning ketchup off the ceiling and cupboards!

Mayo - No Refrigeration Needed?

When I worked in a restaurant it was explained to me like this: It is not the mayo that can go bad but the food that gets mixed into that will turn everything. When you swipe your knife into it and then spread what ever you are spreading on and then go to take another scoop of Mayo using the same knife you are adding to the Mayo. This will allow for the growth. Maybe with the new squeeze bottles there is no risk of this happening so they say that it does not need refrigerating!

5 "Must Have" cookware?

All Clad are definately the way to go and they can help you with your deciion making on what 5 essential pieces. It is always sheaper to buy them by the set. I think they have a small set and then a larger set. We have used All Clad for about 15 years now and I would never use anything else.

What foods, available in the U.S. and not in Toronto, do you covet? [moved from Ontario board]

Well..I as well have looked and looked and looked and I cannot come up with a source on that bad information. So sorry...Maybe they should ban HFCS???

bag of raspberries

Cook them down and allow to cool a bit and pour them over ice cream (vanilla or chocolate). Yummy

Or you could freeze them and pack them in dry ice and send them down to me in FL?

What did you make today?

Not very exciting...nachos. Lots of cheese, jalapenos, refried beans with chilis...Yummm.

5lbs of apples, too soft to snack on

I found that recipe. It was posted on The Clumsy Cook blog at

Chunky Spiced Cranberry-Applesauce

The amounts of this recipe are based on the amount of apples I had in my kitchen today—2 pounds. If you have more or less, however, just tweak the other ingredients to match and don’t worry about it—applesauce is very forgiving!

Makes 3 heaping cups

2 pounds apples (anything on hand—I used Pippen, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 cups fresh cranberries
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup real maple syrup
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp allspice
1/3 cup water
lemon juice for sprinkling
Peal and chop the apples. Place them in a bowl with cold water covering them, sprinkle in lemon juice. In a dutch oven, bring the rest of the ingredients to a boil and stir until cranberries begin to “pop,” about 3 minutes. Drain apples and add them to dutch oven. Turn heat down to low-medium, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Uncover and bring back to a boil. Mash the apples to your chunkiness level—using the back of a spoon or potato masher. Cook for 15. Pour applesauce into a big bowl, throw on a sweatshirt and go sit on your patio, watch the falling leaves, and enjoy!

5lbs of apples, too soft to snack on

I just saw a recipe on a blog but I can't remember which one it was that had applesauce with fresh cranberries, plenty of allspice and cinnamon. Sounded really good to me. Maybe search apple, cranberry sauce. I think it used 3 pounds so you would be well on your way!
I guess that isn't really that helpful is it???

What foods, available in the U.S. and not in Toronto, do you covet? [moved from Ontario board]

I can't find where I know that from but I can tell you that my heinz ketchupin Florida has HFCS and my sisters in Canada doesn't. I did have something that told me this me I will dig it up. HFCS is a huge issue to me! Stay tuned...

What did you make this past weekend? [Moved from General Topics board]

I really cheated! I used wonton wrappers...sorry to disappoint!

What foods, available in the U.S. and not in Toronto, do you covet? [moved from Ontario board]

I don't know if anyone has mentioned this but when I was reading the question kept coming up "why can the states get this and we can't?" Canada has banned the use of High Fructose Corn Syrup. That is why your Ketchup, peanut butter, candies etc. taste different. I was born in Canada and now live in FL and I miss the good old taste of sugar as opposed to HFCS products that we have here!

What did you make this past weekend? [Moved from General Topics board]

I made Pumpkin Tortellini with a brown butter sauce...Yummm!

Deep-Fried turkey.. brine or not?

I would not brine the turkey. When it hits the grease it will overflow (explode) and burn you. We always use a fresh turkey that has never been frozen to help avoid this as well. The frozen ones are generally injected up to a 10% solution of brine or water. You can order fresh ones and do a nice rub on the outside. You don't have to worry about it not being moist on the inside when you fry. This will be the best turkey you have cooked. If you want more info on the rub let me know!

Cooking with fresh ginger

I'm remove the chicken from the marinade but I always make sure that I leave some of the paste from the marinade (the ginger and garlic) on the skin of the chicken. It adds such a rcih ginger flavor to the recipe!

Sweet Treats For Holiday Gift Giving? Need help with ideas...

Homemade individually wrapped caramels and toffee.

Cooking with fresh ginger

I have the best recipes for Ginger Chicken. I haven't made it in a long time so I'm glad that I had to look it up. This might be dinner this week!

Ginger Chicken

6 inch piece of ginger (peeled and grated)
3 garlic cloves (minced)
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce (you can use soy instead but the marinade won't be as thick)
3 pound of chicken pieces.

Mix all ingedients and marinate the chicken for about 10 minutes.
Bake in a 450 degree oven until chicken is cooked through.
Broil on high for a minute or two to crisp up the skin.

This is a nice quick recipe that the whole family loves!

To Dishwasher, or Not To Dishwasher?

I have a dishwasher and would personally never want to be without one. I don't mind having to wash a few pots and pans by hand but the rest of the things can and do get squished into the dishwasher. I also think that because of the temperature that things can be wash at in the dishwasher, as opposed to by hand, they are being sterilized a bit better. I have a real phobia of raw chicken (poisoned myself several times???!!!) and if I can make sure that the cutting board is being washed in there I feel much better!

Slicing Ginger for Pickling

I use a mondolin that my sister bought me from Williams-Sonoma for a wedding gift. It is the best thing in the world for thin slicing things (cucumbers, onions, ginger etc)

Campfire Trout with Herbs and Bacon

Yummmm...we have done this using pancetta instead of the bacon. I guess it's all bacon anyway right!!!

How to best cut up raw flank steak?

To slice it before it is cooked you should freeze it for about 5 min. Just to firm it up a little. Otherwise you will just be tearing it apart!