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Your Absolute Favorite Weeknight Recipe

Would you mind sharing your marinara sauce recipe? Thanks.

Jul 25, 2015
cstout in Home Cooking

How to make a really good beef stew

Hey everyone, you all have taken the humble beef stew to a whole new level for me. No wonder my stew looked & tasted so bland.

Chowhound folks always come together, share their expertise & leave the OP with all kinds of ideas to make a better dish. These kinds of tips & recipes are not found in cookbooks. It is as if there are all kinds of gems being laid out for one to pick & choose from.

And so it is, another wonderful dish emerges from all the offerings brought forth. I totally agree with Walker's comments, Chowhounds are the best. Thanks for your recipes & tips. I can't wait to start a "real" pot of stew, my mouth is watering.

How to make a really good beef stew

Some very good suggestions here. I have never tried tomato paste. Does anyone throw in a bay leaf?

Jul 10, 2015
cstout in Home Cooking

How to make a really good beef stew

This sounds like a good recipe, thanks.

Jul 10, 2015
cstout in Home Cooking

How to make a really good beef stew

Don't know what MTAOFC stands for. What cut of meat are you using?

Jul 10, 2015
cstout in Home Cooking

How to make a really good beef stew

All of the above, I must say.

Jul 10, 2015
cstout in Home Cooking

How to make a really good beef stew

I can't seem to find the magic stew recipe that tastes as good as it smells. I have tried several recipes but so far none have made it past ho hum.

I guess the following things need to be addressed:
Cut of meat
vegetables
liquid
thickener
seasonings
cooking method - stove top, oven, crock pot or whatever

Perhaps you could share a general recipe that you love.
Thanks in advance

Jul 10, 2015
cstout in Home Cooking

Living Butter Lettuce - can this be done at home??

Yes, lettuce is definitely a cool weather plant. Sure hope your garden does well. I gave up in this
Texas heat/dry climate.

Where are you located?

Keep us posted & good luck

Jul 01, 2015
cstout in Gardening

Living Butter Lettuce - can this be done at home??

Thanks for the picture. I tried planting a ginger root in a pot & about a month later I dug it up to see if it had any sprouts & there was nothing, so I just dug a hole in the ground & forgot about it. Well, now the plant is about a foot high & am totally shocked. Just goes to show that no matter what, a plant or seed has a deep instinct to grow.

Jun 07, 2015
cstout in Gardening

Living Butter Lettuce - can this be done at home??

Let us know how the lettuce turns out. Will be great if it grows a whole new head of greens.

Jun 04, 2015
cstout in Gardening

The Perfect Biscuit - what are your secrets to make it happen?

Sounds like what you are saying is it is not so much the recipe but the technique. Thanks for sharing this with us, wish you could be standing by me to bake a batch. The "feel" of it is important & if you don't have that right, you can chalk it up as pretty much a flop.

May 30, 2015
cstout in Home Cooking

Tomato Gravy - tasted a lot, but not the "real" thing

Thank you so much for that recipe. I will get that brand of tomatoes, don't know if I can find the white cornmeal, may need to stick with whatever I can find.

Grits & tomato gravy, here I come.

Jan 19, 2015
cstout in Home Cooking

Tomato Gravy - tasted a lot, but not the "real" thing

Please tell us how you make your tomato gravy, the allspice sounds interesting.

Jan 17, 2015
cstout in Home Cooking

What is your biggest recipe pet peeve?

Absolutely my favorite gripe....200 reviews & half of them are totally useless.

Jan 15, 2015
cstout in Home Cooking

Baked turkey thighs - tough as a boot. What happened??

I purchased a poultry injector & this has solved a lot of my problems. I have tried it on all turkey parts & ages of birds. I mixed some melted butter & olive oil along with some spices & randomly injected the turkey parts. I think it is best to do this the night before or early in the day, as quite a bit of the juices ran out, but I just basted the juices over the meat, covered with foil & baked low & slow. The last 30 minutes I took the foil off & let brown. Very moist & delicious.

The injectors should be on sale now since the holidays are over. Also can be used over & over.

The temp I use is 240 deg.

Jan 05, 2015
cstout in Home Cooking

Baked turkey thighs - tough as a boot. What happened??

Gosh, I thought a hen would be the most tender instead of a tom. Thanks for the info. I wonder why a hen is more expensive?

Dec 16, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

Cook's Illustrated All-Time Best Bread Recipes (special collector's edition)

Gosh, I don't know about using a bread machine. I never had one.

I wish I would have kept my receipt, but of course I fell in love with the beautiful pictures. I may try a different recipe in the book just to see if the results are more satisfying.

Good luck to you, whatever you decide to do. Let me know if you try anything in your bread machine.

Dec 04, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

Holiday Dinner - what went wrong? What went well?

Yes, I guess I was just having a bad day, I forgot what Thanksgiving was all about. Thanks for reminding me.

Dec 01, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Holiday Dinner - what went wrong? What went well?

Glad you mentioned the make ahead mashed potatoes. I was always hesitant to do a make ahead thing since it did not sound appealing to me.

So happy you had the best ever holiday. Hope you have many more just like it.

Dec 01, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Holiday Dinner - what went wrong? What went well?

The gravy boat sounds really neat. I was wondering if I could justify a once or twice a year use, but it could be used for things like biscuits & gravy or any other type of sauce.

Thanks for sharing.

Dec 01, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Holiday Dinner - what went wrong? What went well?

Frog eye salad, that gives me the willies!!!!

Actually that recipe was sounding pretty good until I came across the pepperoncini.

Who thinks up these things anyway?

Dec 01, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Holiday Dinner - what went wrong? What went well?

Yep, nothing can salvage a bad cook. Let them bring what they may. After all, it's only once a year.

Dec 01, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Holiday Dinner - what went wrong? What went well?

Where did you get your gravy boat? Does it hold a lot of gravy?

Nov 30, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Holiday Dinner - what went wrong? What went well?

I guess delegating the side dishes is a bad idea since there are those who think their one claim to fame is the pea salad or whatever it is.

Only trouble is their food is taking up valuable real estate on the crowded table & no one really touches the dish unless some newcomer appears & spoons a glob of the stuff on their plate & he/she is doomed from the get go because Auntie is watching that bowl with hawk eyes & swoops down on the unsuspecting guest with more of the stuff before they can utter a protest.

Then comes the "take home" ritual. There she is again holding her precious bowl & slinging big spoonfuls of the stuff on every plate that even remotely looks like it is a dish to be sent home with someone. Finally, the bowl is empty & she scurries off well pleased that her dish was another success this year. Now how in the world do you break that ritual?

Oh yes, one teen (heathen) plops down & grabs both turkey legs & immediately starts to scarf down before anyone is seated. Another teen grabs the 2 wings & repeats the process. And to think they were such well behaved kids last year. By this time, everyone starts to get plates & help themselves. Whatever happened to saying grace before everyone sits down?

Uncle Bill is stuck in the back of the dining table wedged in with his walker & as soon as he gets settled, he needs to go to the bathroom. How in the world did he get back there between 2 of the fattest guys in the house? After much jostling & an overturned tea glass, dear Uncle has emerged from his cocoon. But guess what? Too late. Uncle comes tottering back & by this time most folks have vacated the table with their food for a sweeter smelling environment. Such is life. So much for the family gathering around the table to share a meal.

That sums up the holiday people. The food has its story to tell also, but I will pass on that one & let you all talk about your food happenings.

By the way, does anyone LIKE pea salad with peanuts in it???

Holiday Dinner - what went wrong? What went well?

As usual, too many desserts showed up, most being purchased. Hodge podge of sides that did not seem to compliment each other.

I think the person hosting the meal should make up a menu & delegate who should bring what. This will probably ruffle some feathers, but I see no other way of preventing duplicate pies, bland textures & blander tastes.

Hope your meal struck a better note than mine. Share your experience.

Nov 29, 2014
cstout in General Topics

American South or Southwest Christmas appetizers or sides

I had no idea the rum/bourbon balls & other alcoholic cakes had to sit & degas. I kept away from those things because they had such a terrible taste No wonder, since I was eating them as soon as they cooled. Just always wondered how anyone could enjoy these.

Now I understand...thanks for sharing this.

American South or Southwest Christmas appetizers or sides

So sorry that was no help, perhaps I was thinking about her 2 books she has out.

Nov 19, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

American South or Southwest Christmas appetizers or sides

Look on www.homesicktexan.com. She has several salad recipes.

Nov 19, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

American South or Southwest Christmas appetizers or sides

Be careful with the spiced nuts recipes. One year I did a whole pound of pecan halves (quite pricey) with one of those spicy pecan recipes. It called for cayenne & a little chili powder plus some other things. Well, after roasting those pecans, the flavor was very acrid & just was off. I ended up throwing out the whole batch. Won't do that again!!!!

Left a bad aftertaste in my mouth & hole in my pocketbook.

American South or Southwest Christmas appetizers or sides

Add a can of chili without beans & you are good to go.

Nov 19, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking