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Pie help

I use two cans of cherries. I leave out much of the gooey non cherry sweet stuff. The
trick...a bit of almond extract. That makes it taste more intensely of cherries.

Mar 22, 2015
barbaract in Home Cooking

How to eat frugally?

I find that a can of soup will stretch with jarred bouillon. I usually put some extra left over chicken in, too. Pork would work as well. We make a nice lunch out of a can of soup with leftover chicken, some water and the jarred bouillon. I am a bouillon nut. I use it to make gravy go farther, and that way I can have enough for another meal...pot roast cut up into chunks and cooked in gravy...yum. Add the veggies you like.

That left over pot roast is even better and more tender when cooked again. I cook for two, so a pot roast is more doable. Maybe you and a neighbor could eat together?

Is it difficult to convert from 32" to 36" cooktop?

Measure the cabinet below the cook top. If it is 36 or close, there should be no problem. Yes, you will have to cut the counter top.
Stock cabinets come every three inches. The cook top will have a bit of an over hang. Take your measurements, and maybe a snap shot to your local appliance store.

Mar 14, 2015
barbaract in Cookware

Easy Teriyaki Chicken

Mar 14, 2015
barbaract in Recipes

What tools do you take when you travel?

I always travel with Splenda, and a champagne keeper, for when you want to save half the bottle. Also cheap throw away plastic glasses. You know they are clean, and you can wash them or not, after your happy hour.

In the U.S., I do bring ice cube trays, paper plates, and salt and pepper from the fast food places.

Mar 04, 2015
barbaract in Cookware

Lent Starts One Week From Today

Sorry, you are right. As I said, it has been awhile. :)

Wow, as I think about it , I learned that about 55 years ago. No wonder I got it wrong.

Feb 23, 2015
barbaract in General Topics

Easy things to prep/eat while on crutches

I forgot to add...my husband did all the shopping. I didn't eat chocolate at all for weeks. I got sick when I finally bought some. So...buy yourself some now, so you will have a stash. Make it a large stash. :)

Feb 23, 2015
barbaract in General Topics

dutch ovens vs. slow cookers

Meat can be browned in a slow cooker before low and slow cooking. You can't really brown meat in a slow cooker. Maybe?

Feb 23, 2015
barbaract in Home Cooking

Easy things to prep/eat while on crutches

Years ago I had a broken foot. My best friends were a stool, and a robe with pockets. You take a waist high stool, and use it like a walker, lift it forward, lean on it, walk with one foot, push forward again. Midstride, sit on it to rest. Go to refrigerator, grab a soda, or water, put in the pocket of your robe, and go back to your chair. Obviously, use the stool to sit on in front of the stove. Best of luck.

Lent Starts One Week From Today

It has been awhile...but the forty days of Lent refer to the forty days of wandering in the desert/wilderness. Sundays don't count as Lent. Don't believe me? Count the days on the calendar.
Shrove Tuesday/Fat Tuesday /Mardi Gras is when you use up all the fats in the house, and the syrup.

The Thursday before Good Friday was called Maundy Thursday.

Oh, Ash Wednesday...the palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday were burned, and their ashes were used on the forehead.

Feb 13, 2015
barbaract in General Topics

Need input on a natural gas grill

Have had a natural gas grill for at least 45 years. I like one with a post. It doesn't take up as much visual space. Don't know where you live or if you have air conditioning. I would like one with a side burner. If you can get one so that one side heats up, and the other side doesn't, you can bake in it. I have used ours even in the snow. It takes longer to heat up though. :)

You can always tell if the flame blew out in the rain, because the top is wet. As long as it is dry and steaming in the rain, you are good to go. As I age, I am more reluctant to walk through the ice to get to it. Hope it is fairly close to the house, or an overhang. I have done some nice contemplating as I sit on the steps by the grill, and wait to turn a burger or steak.

what do you put on your cottage cheese?

I can't believe nobody eats it the way I do...chopped onions and ground pepper. Excellent!

Jan 09, 2015
barbaract in General Topics

Mom isn't eating well any suggestions?

I feel for you. I took care of my MIL and found she would eat soft food. So I made lots of spaghetti, and mashed potatoes and gravy. Her teeth were fine, but she still liked easy to eat food. She loved sweets, too. Cake was always a hit.

Hope this helps.

Nov 26, 2014
barbaract in General Topics

Hard boiled Eggs in Gravy

I grew up in the south, middle Ga. and Atlanta. Never saw eggs in gravy. Giblets, yes. Mom would buy extra chicken livers to make chicken gravy sometimes. If not, then she would cook the neck and heart, liver, and gizzard to make stock, then cut up the meat for gravy, or dressing. The gizzard was fed to the dog. :)

Nov 24, 2014
barbaract in Home Cooking

Driving from MA - GA

Oh, if you do stop there, it is pronounced like Stanton.

Also, if you take a little detour either coming or going, go to the Dillard House in Dillard, Ga. It is on route 23 a little south of the South Carolina border. You can look it up on the Internet. It has been around forever, and the food is very good. They bring you food until you say "uncle". Great fried chicken, and try the country ham.

Nov 21, 2014
barbaract in Mid-Atlantic

Driving from MA - GA

In our twenties we drove straight through from Ct. to Atlanta. We vowed never to do it again. And...we never have. Please make a stop. We then stopped in Staunton, Va. Exit 222 on route 81, many times. When we did the straight through, the last 200 miles were a blur.

Staunton has many motels right off the exit, and several places to eat. Not fine dining, but okay to good.

Nov 21, 2014
barbaract in Mid-Atlantic

Solo Thanksgiving

Many years ago when I had to spend Thanksgiving alone, with my dog, I made a turkey and most of the fixings. Since it was just me, I just threw the dressing together. Well...it was the best I have ever made! I enjoyed watching the parade, and chopping vegetables like I always did, and it really felt like Thanksgiving.

What ever you do, I hope you have a happy one.

Nov 15, 2014
barbaract in Greater Boston Area

Current (11/14) gas range recommendations?

I have the new Samsung chefs collection, all gas. $2799.00, but you can get the at 10% off sometimes at Home Depot, Sears, etc. it has a 19,000 btu right front burner with a wok thing if you want to use it, and it goes down to a low simmer. The right back burner is only for simmering. Middle griddle burner, left front is a normal high burner, and left rear is normal low.

HUGE oven. With one shelf with ball bearings. I like it very much. It just hit the market here last month. I think Samsung did well in the last Consumer reports, too.

Nov 14, 2014
barbaract in Cookware

Samsung Range: Induction stove and Flex-Duo Oven - Your Pros/Cons Please!

I have the gas model from the Samsung chef collection. Just installed. Love it so far. The oven is huge. Lower drawer is small, but a warming drawer. 19,000 btu front right burner. Takes getting used to. Middle grill. Plus it has a plug in thermometer for the oven. 30"

Oct 28, 2014
barbaract in Cookware

i need help with southern caramel cake icing!

I am from the south, and what you made is exactly the way my mom always made it. It would puddle around the bottom. Boy was it good! Mom put it on a spice cake. Of course, the recipe is gone, now.

Oct 23, 2014
barbaract in Home Cooking

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

I think each Golden Corral must be run differently. We go to one in Virginia that is very good. Their fried chicken, stuffing and gravy are wonderful. I know it is busy, and a pain to get up and serve yourself, but that one is worth it. They have a huge fresh salad bar, with fresh dressings made in house. Their mint chocolate chip ice cream is good, too.

Sep 10, 2014
barbaract in Features

Do you grill with aluminum foil (and no, it's not what you're thinking of)

I like the non-stick foil. It is good for either baking chicken wings in the oven, or, after grilling them, putting them on the foil to finish. That way you are able to remove them from the grill.

I line a half sheet pan with this to bake the wings. Spoon off the grease a few times, and am able to sauce them and still remove them intact. Yum. :)

Musings on the relatively low activity on Southern New England Board

I lurk too, more than post. I just recently had to replace my range, and I did use thus site to help me make my decision.
I live in the same town as bagleman and tend to agree with him.

There are few places around here to eat, but I don't give up hope. :)

Post shoulder surgery meals

Hope your robe has pockets. They are like an extra hand. They hold the can of soda, fork, napkin, etc.

Best of luck. I don't know you, but my thoughts are with you.

Jun 09, 2014
barbaract in Home Cooking

My wedding

The Artisan Restaurant at the Delmar Hotel. I went to a party there and the food was great. They are right off I-95 in Fairfield. Good parking, too.

What to order on the menu?

Please reply re Anthony's. I always get clam chowder that is all potatoes. Never a good meal. It must be me.

About the Brick Alley, go for lunch on Tuesday. The soup at the salad bar on that day is great, and sold separately for $$. I love their salad bar. At the bar, order your drink "up" and you get a huge one. Yes, it may be more, but it is huge. :)

Bos'ns Landing overhaul

You sound very knowledgeable. A great thing for ice cream lovers! Try this one this summer, and give me your impression.

I will try some of yours. Oh! What we do for science!

Bos'ns Landing overhaul

Drove by there this week. Couldn't count all the trucks there. Between 20 and 30. No kidding! Talked to a local who said Johnson's Dairy Bar is going in there.

We have been to their place in Northwood, N.H. Their Death by Chocolate ice cream is very good. They are re-doing the building, and putting on a new roof. With all the workers there, it should be done by the beginning of summer.

She's Baaaacccckkkkkkk Paula Deen's comeback..........

That's what I thought. An expert on South Georgia accent, but never lived there. You can proclaim her accent overdone, with nothing to compare it to. Like her, hate her, but her accent IS spot on. I lived 8 years in Macon. 4 years in Athens, (Univ. of Ga.) and 12 in Atlanta. I know a Georgia accent. You are talking out of your hat. Find something else to complain about.

She's Baaaacccckkkkkkk Paula Deen's comeback..........

How much time have you spent around southerners her age?

I am originally from Atlanta, born and raised. Our next door neighbor, a dear, sweet lady, sounded just like her.

It is something you can try to fake, and southerners can always tell, but Paula's is the real thing. You may not like it, and that is fine, but it doesn't make it fake.

Feb 14, 2014
barbaract in Food Media & News