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What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

That would be great!

about 9 hours ago
rasputina in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

Thanks, I'm not usually a cake mix user and try to find a scratch recipe.

about 13 hours ago
rasputina in Home Cooking

Time to start a jar of Rumtopf

I don't know I did one last year and it tastes like cherry cough syrup. I'm annoyed I wasted all that rum.

about 14 hours ago
rasputina in Home Cooking

Vegetable gardens 2015

Oh yes, I know what you mean about not thinning. Last year my husband spaced out and planted radishes in groups instead of in a line and no matter what I said he didn't want me to thin them. Well they were so close together they eventually burst from the ground and ended up on top of the soil in bunches.

Vegetable gardens 2015

I know, it's crazy isn't it.

Vegetable gardens 2015

They are so pretty. We grew carrots last year but realized we really needed a more sandy soil for the carrot crop. They were a pain to harvest and ended up really odd shaped. And our soil is a nice loam that we had tilled and amended before planting.

1 day ago
rasputina in Gardening

Vegetable gardens 2015

I picked my first napa cabbage today from the garden, my first time growing them.

Kirkland brand fresh chicken

I googled it and found a lot of news articles about the Feds considering allowing US chickens to be processed in China. I really don't know the current regulations though.

I know beef and seafood is allowed to be sourced and processed outside the US and I've seen the country of origin stickers on Costco meat packages. I didn't think chickens were excepted from that so I thought I'd see what I could find.

May 21, 2015
rasputina in Chains

Kirkland brand fresh chicken

I posted about it in the main Costco thread, I didn't see a supplier listed but it says, hatched, raised and processed in the US.

May 21, 2015
rasputina in Chains

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition!

It finally arrived today. I had bought it used so shipping was slow. Anyway, wow it looks like a great cookbook. Not only does it have tacos, tortas and tamales but also chapters on salas, drinks and desserts. It's not just the typical recipes either. Of course, carne asada, pibil and carnitas are covered but it also has recipes for strawberry tamales, coconut tamales, potato and chorizo tacos, an avocado salsa verde, habanero cream sauce among others. I'm really glad I got it.

Can I Season My New 8 inch Lodge in My Breville Smart Oven?

Smoke? I've never had smoke. Why would you want to use the Breville if you already are going to have the full size oven going for the 12 inch pan? Just put them on separate racks if they don't fit on one together.

May 21, 2015
rasputina in Cookware

Even heat challenge -- copper diffuser plate?

I use mine above medium pretty often. I think I scrubbed them back to shiny once or twice and then decided it wasn't worth it since I use them all the time. So, I just wash them with bar keeps friend if they need more of a scrubbing than a soapy sponge provides.

I don't use my copper plates for boiling water. I have clad stainless pots for that and using the copper plates will just slow the process. I do use them to maintain a bare simmer though. I use them all the time for normal cooking which includes browning meat with the flame higher than medium.

May 21, 2015
rasputina in Cookware

Table Hogs and Coffee House Etiquette

I'd have given him a refund just to rid of him though. And then added him to the banned for life list for being an ass.

May 20, 2015
rasputina in Not About Food
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How do you deal with the compulsive need for everyone to like your food?

And someone who doesn't like the same things you do isn't automatically " picky" or " non adventurous"

What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

Yes, we call it confectioners sugar or 10x sugar down here.

May 20, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

I haven't made tassies in a couple years. I usually make them for Christmas, I just love them though and any time of year is perfect. Great dessert idea for a bbq.

May 20, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

Yesterday I baked a rum cake using Pioneer Woman's recipe. I've never made rum cake before and I can't remember the last time I baked anything with a cake mix but it did come out so good. It's one of those, box of yellow cake mix, box of instant pudding mix, eggs and oil recipes. Well rum also, lol. Plus a little brown sugar and chopped pecans in the bottom of the bundt pan. Afterward there is rum syrup with butter and sugar to spoon over the top.

It was so good I ate two pieces.

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2015

These are so incredible. I had to quit buying them as I'd eat the whole bag within a week.

May 19, 2015
rasputina in Chains

Bacon is so cheap, even veggie burgers get two strips

I didn't even know Fatburger had veggie burgers, but I haven't eaten there in 20 years.

May 19, 2015
rasputina in Food Media & News

How do you deal with the compulsive need for everyone to like your food?

Maybe cognitive behavior therapy will work? I don't know, my BFF has this problem with needing approval and being over critical of herself and no matter how I've tried to help her it doesn't work in the long run. Personally I can't relate, I think people in general take way too many things personally that really aren't about them. Everyone in my family has their own individual food preferences. It's not going to stop me making something I love, it's just more for me. I make berry pie and chocolate cake because it's my husbands favorites. I make white cake and cheesecakes because I like it.

One dinner in Baton Rouge

Well I've never had a bad meal at Parrain's and the barbequed drum is fantastic.

May 19, 2015
rasputina in New Orleans

Barbecuing - Does ANYONE Think Of Food Safety When Grilling?

There is no doubt that the dog would have gobbled it down before anyone could get it anyway.

What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

Oh that sounds great. Your post reminded me I need to order more rye berries.

May 18, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking
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Need a Tex-Mex itinerary

Are you making the tortillas from scratch? I'm not talking about frying tortillas you buy in the grocery store, those are cooked on a comal. I'm talking about frying uncooked tortillas that are just fresh masa pressed or rolled out. By the way you can buy uncooked tortillas in the refrigerated section of some Costco stores. I'm not sure if they sell them nation wide or not.

May 18, 2015
rasputina in Texas
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Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2015

"Kirkland Signature Thick Cut Bacon - Didn't get any but first time I saw these. They're processed in the US but made from European pork bellies. Really thick slices and good meat/fat striations. I think it was 3lbs for about $13? Could be very wrong about that."

I just tried this for the first time too. I haven't been happy with the regular Kirkland bacon for awhile, I think they changed it somehow. Anyway, I decided to try the Kirkland thick center cut hickory smoked made with european pork bellies. I do prefer center cut bacon and this bacon is great. I'm going to be buying it from now on. I also thought it was about 13 dollars for the two pack that are 1 1/2 pound each.

May 17, 2015
rasputina in Chains
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Foods to pack for long day & night at hospital

When my husband was in the hospital out of town I hit the co op and stocked up on fresh fruit, hummus, pita and whatever prepared salads they had. For the hotel and rotisserie chicken would be a good addition.

What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

They look great!

May 16, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

Jamming, Canning and Preserving 2015

I canned 10 pints of garbonzo beans and 4 pints of pintos ( added those get a full canner load).

May 16, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

Appetizer suggestion? (Chicken enchiladas/main)

I wouldn't bother with an appetizer, but melon is a great side dish with Mexican food IMO.

May 16, 2015
rasputina in Home Cooking

Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here

Nice!

May 16, 2015
rasputina in Cookware