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Looking for a slow cooker Alfredo, without using a jar of pasta sauce.

Yeah but, I can't do the original, hence my question. I think you must've only read the title of my question, rather than my post?

Aug 17, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

Looking for a slow cooker Alfredo, without using a jar of pasta sauce.

Great tip! I think that's how they did pasta in Italy back in the day. I'd forgotten all about that.

I was trying to come up with a way to do the pasta. I was going to use the microwave pot we have, but that seems way easier. I can probably put the pasta in the last few minutes.

Seriously, many thanks!

Aug 17, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

Looking for a slow cooker Alfredo, without using a jar of pasta sauce.

Hello fellow Chowians! I'm going on a business trip with my husband and we'll be staying in a hotel for two weeks. To cut back on costs, I plan to make a few slow cooker meals while he's at work and I'm stuck in the room.

I have a number of great unusual slow cooker meals like chicken piccata and such, but I'm really wanting to try an evaporated milk alfredo of some kind.

The only slow cooker recipes that I can find all includes using a jar of pasta sauce. Why do I need a slow cooker for that when I can just heat it in the microwave? :/ Besides, I'm trying to do less salt, fat and such. \

Do any of you have a good recipe for this? If not, can you help with some sort of ratio of cheese to evaporated milk that would work well with this? I mean, I know the flavor won't exactly be the same, but it'll be a nice change.

Oh and I plan on cooking chicken breast in the sauce during the slow cooking process, so should I add more liquid or something?

Many thanks for any suggestions.

Aug 17, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

Newbie Tom Kah Gai questions

My husband, who spent a lot of time in Thailand, loves this soup. I would love to surprise him with one that is homemade.

I have searched far and wide and watched dozens of videos. I've noticed that there are certain ingredients that every recipe has and certain ones that some add but not others.

For recipes using chili (or is it chile?) oil, is that an oil that has Thai peppers in it? Or what kind is best for that?

Do standard American Thai restaurants strain out the lemongrass, galangal and kaffir leaves? I know it's traditional to leave in, but I'm curious what restaurants do. It's what he always orders here too, so I'm assuming he likes the American Thai restaurant soups also.

About.com suggests basil leaves, but that's the only recipe I saw (I'm sure there are more) that used those. Wouldn't that taint the flavor? Or is that commonly used?

Any fish sauce suggestions?

What about accompaniments? Are there some easy recipes that would go good with this soup?

Do you have a Tom Kah recipe that is to die for? I'm all ears!

Many thanks for any direction whatsoever. I don't live in an area with a heavy Thai community so our resources are a little limited.

Jul 31, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

Tell me, what utensil do YOU use to cut shortening into pie dough?

I use the pastry blender too. My grandmother used one and that's all I've ever used.

I tried the grating butter thing, but it turned into a greasy mess. I just can't beat my pastry blender.

Jun 21, 2014
magnoliasouth in Cookware

Cilantro rice

Great idea!!! I might have to try that as well.

May 02, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

Cilantro rice

A good rule of thumb is that if a pepper has seeds, it's going to be a bit spicy. My guess is that's why no one mentioned it. We forget that some people aren't aware of that.

May 02, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What are your best but fairly easy side recipes for Southwestern or Italian foods?

Thank you! This sounds wonderful. Kidneys are one of my favorite beans too. They're so creamy.

I've found an excellent substitute for crispy veggies in a salad. Chayote is really good, especially with a good sauce like yours.

May 02, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What are your best but fairly easy side recipes for Southwestern or Italian foods?

That bread looks super easy! I never would have thought about something like that. It looks really good.

I was tired of the same 'ol Italian bread with garlic and olive oil. This will be a nice change.

May 02, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What are your best but fairly easy side recipes for Southwestern or Italian foods?

Those sound delicious and the roasted garlic with beans sounds like a great idea! Anything with roasted garlic is usually a no-miss hit.

May 02, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What are your best but fairly easy side recipes for Southwestern or Italian foods?

YUM! You can't go wrong with Rotel tomatoes, I don't care what anybody says. lol!

You know, I think I've eaten something like this before and I loved it, but I'd forgotten about it. Great idea!

May 02, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What are your best but fairly easy side recipes for Southwestern or Italian foods?

That sounds lovely. Rome must have been amazing.

There is not enough spinach in the world, in my opinion.

May 02, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What are your best but fairly easy side recipes for Southwestern or Italian foods?

Those are great ideas and sound fabulous. Is that green rice this one? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/328780

May 02, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What are your best but fairly easy side recipes for Southwestern or Italian foods?

Wow, excellent ideas! I'm not an olive fan but I love capers which is a great substitute.

Thanks for sharing all of those.

May 02, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What are your best but fairly easy side recipes for Southwestern or Italian foods?

LOL! Good for you on the no-beans rule. I fell in love with Tex-Mex when I lived in Texas during my coming of age years. There was one hard and fast rule I learned, NO BEANS.

As teens, when we'd get the munchies we'd eat beans and cheese, that is heated up refried beans with cheddar cheese. YUM! That was just for snacks too.

May 02, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What are your best but fairly easy side recipes for Southwestern or Italian foods?

These are my two favorite ethnic type foods (besides southern food, but I'm an expert there, lol!). I love Southwestern, TexMex, Mexican whatever stuff and most Italian dishes. I'm just tired of the same 'ol sides. For Italian it's almost always a dinner salad, bread and some pasta. For Southwestern spicy dishes, it's just beans and tomatoes or something.

Apr 28, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

Tukey Brine, Substitute Ground Allspice for Allspice Berries?

See and I had 19 per tsp. They really range in size. I posted more details above (or below, or whatever).

Mar 24, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

Tukey Brine, Substitute Ground Allspice for Allspice Berries?

Oddly enough, I just went in there and measured it myself. I measured out 1 tsp allspice berries and I counted them. There were 19 berries (they weighed 2 grams). Now here is the weird part. I weighed 1 tsp of ground allspice and to my dismay, it weighed 2 grams.

Using the FDA's weights and measurements, it says 1.9 grams per 1 tsp ground, so 2 grams if rounded.

Now, I don't know where I got this measurement but I have that an average allspice berry weighs 0.07917 grams (my scale won't go that low). If I multiply that by 19 I get 1.5 grams. However, my 19 allspice berries were a range of sizes.

So! According to mine there are two variances:
1 tsp allspice berries = 1 tsp ground (I still can't believe that, but I even calibrated the scale).
OR
1 tsp allspice berries = 3/4 tsp ground

HTH!

Mar 24, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

gebhardt's chili powder

I was wondering about that too. I don't want to even buy a spice blend. I like to grind my own stuff and I read this thread with interest, to find out what a copycat recipe may be.

*sigh* How disappointing.

Mar 23, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

Achiote - substitute?

Actually, a lof of America cannot. Not everyone lives in a multi-racial city. A small town in Alabama, let's say, that is miles from Montgomery or Birmingham will never carry something like that. It's a real shame, believe me. I find it very frustrating too because there are so many good dishes I've experienced in my travels that I would love to try at home, but cannot.

I know you can buy stuff like this online, but when I only need it for one recipe, I cannot validate the purchase. :(

Mar 18, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What else can I make with eggplant?

I know it's an old thread, but I wanted to second the salad suggestion. When I lived in Atlanta I worked across the street from Qdoba, which I loved, and they had eggplant in their naked burrito. Oh my gawd, it was SO good!

Mar 11, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

How to make thicker chili?

I know this is old, but I had to add my +1 on the beans, so long as they're the right ones (more in a moment). I actually put them in my blender and puree them. It's SO freaking good!

Note that it works best with white kidney/cannelini beans and not so much with any of the other white beans. The kidneys are very creamy, whereas the others are just... not. lol!

I make thick white chicken chili all the time and it's my favorite recipe. I could eat it every single day of my life, until I die. The irony is that I refused to eat it until last year. Being raised in Texas, chicken was for silly Californian types. I steadfastly refused to try it. When I did, I was floored.

Feb 19, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

Chili powder questions.

Many thanks. Your post along with CDouglas helps me tremendously. I didn't know that about fresh garlic and onions and now that I think about it, I can see why it's the powder.

Not only is it more smooth, but it's also how it would have been used in the old west days. Everything was dried, to include garlic and onions.

I also agree with everyone else about Tabasco, which should never be in a chili. Totally different flavor!

Feb 11, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

Chili powder questions.

Excellent answer and thank you for taking the time to explain the different NM chiles. I'm new to chile experimentation so I seriously needed your little primer.

"Gebhardt is a "chili" powder meaning it contains ground chiles, cumin, garlic etc..."

Right and this completely confuses me. Why would you use a blend when you already have the ingredients that it was blended with? Why not make your own? It's almost as though he just grabbed a bunch of containers and threw them in. :/

Interesting about the prunes. I Googled that and some insist it adds a "richness" to the gravy but all I hear is fiber which has no room in chili, or at least chili in my kitchen.

I was originally looking at this because I wanted to make an award winning chili for my husband, who is a chili fiend. After looking at it though it didn't appear to be all it was cracked up to be.

Feb 11, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking
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Chili powder questions.

Yes, but he still called for ground chiles too. It's very strange.

It's a big award winner, but it's overly confusing.

Jul 05, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

Chili powder questions.

Hi all!

I have a recipe that I'm looking at making and it is very confusing. It's located here:
http://goo.gl/rauHw

Now the problem I have is all the different chili/chile powders in his ingredient list.

What is the difference between "New Mexico Chili Powder" and "New Mexico Light Chili Powder"?
Could he mean Chile Powder instead of Chili Powder?
If so, then why does it call for "New Mexico Ground Chili Pepper" as well?
And what about the regular vs. light?
Then what is "Texas Style Chili Powder" and how is that different from "Gebhardt's Chili Powder"?

Good googly goo! I can't make sense of all that. I mean I know what a New Mexico chile is (and how to grind it, of course) and I know what Gebhardt's Chili Powder is but all the rest is confusing to me.

Any suggestions on what to do here?

Jul 05, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What are some low potassium substitutes for tomatoes and dried beans/peas/lentils?

I'm allowed less than 2 grams of each per day.

It is nearly identical to a renal diet. The problem is that I'm allergic to sulfa drugs. I've lately had an abnormal heart rhythm coupled with an uncontrolled raised blood pressure, which has complicated matters. The blood pressure has been non-responsive to medication too. Mine is an inherited problem, which is unfortunate.

The best diuretics are the ones that contain sulfa, which I cannot take because of my allergy. I have to take medication that is potassium sparing and I'm having to take an unusually high dose, for it to be effective.

To be frank, I'm scared as hell. I'm in a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation. Either my heart will give out (from my blood pressure) or my kidneys will (from the medication). :( I am in a dangerous situation.

I am praying that this is only temporary. I just don't know how I can deal with this on a permanent basis. Hopefully I won't have to.

The other problem is that I do NOT qualify to see a dietitian. If my kidneys fail, or if I become a diabetic I will. An allergy to a medication is evidently not important enough.

Sorry, I didn't mean to start a pitty party here. lol! I really am trying to keep a positive attitude. It's just hard sometimes.

As for the processed foods, you're right, I really don't like processed foods. The only thing I really depended on, processed-wise, was tomato paste. I tried doing that myself. It wasn't pretty. Now though, that seems to not matter too much.

Many thanks to you and all the others for your help. :)

Mar 19, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What are some low potassium substitutes for tomatoes and dried beans/peas/lentils?

Actually, sun dried has a lot more potassium than a regular tomato, well... by volume anyway. Evidently the drying process doesn't eliminate the potassium and since they become smaller it becomes more concentrated.

I couldn't have told you that last week! I only learned that this a few days ago.

Mar 19, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What are some low potassium substitutes for tomatoes and dried beans/peas/lentils?

Maybe. One problem is that broth (even reduced sodium) is not allowed. :( Some of the sodium free bouillons have potassium in it to make up for the salt, so it's really difficult.

I was wondering the same thing about beans, if they could be leached. I would SO be all over that if it's possible.

I don't have a nutritionist yet. I'm not sure I'll get one either. I do have a nutritional book though that gives me the potassium values of most foods.

Mar 18, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What are some low potassium substitutes for tomatoes and dried beans/peas/lentils?

Funny you should mention that. My doctor gave me a print out of that very page. I cannot tell you how disappointed I was when I read it. I think I cried real tears. No tomatoes? No broccoli? No brussels sprouts? No beans?

Many thanks though for your empathy and taking the time to answer. You're very sweet. :)

Mar 18, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking