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vegan cooking blogs

I'm not vegan but I have tried recipes from this site: http://weeklyveganmenu.blogspot.com/

I've liked everything I've tried.

Oct 15, 2012
joan828 in Vegetarian & Vegan

Help me like green bell peppers

I love green bell peppers. Cut some of them into small cubes and freeze them for all sorts of egg and other recipes. Use some of them for stuffed peppers- hamburger, rice, onion,tomatoes. Pepper steak! Gazpacho. Salads. Green Tomato Relish.

Jul 20, 2012
joan828 in Home Cooking

American Chop Suey

Yeah I always make too much too! My parents only had 4 kids, but 3 of them were boys so it was like feeding an army. Mom taught me that way and some recipes are hard to change. :)

Jun 06, 2012
joan828 in General Topics

American Chop Suey

I grew up in Boston (Dorchester) and my mother made American Chop Suey with hamburger, stewed tomatoes, chopped onions, pepper and celery. We had a tomato garden so she often used her own tomatoes but the canned are fine too. She never used her tomato sauce for this recipe but when it was served at school for lunch it was with tomato sauce. Mom's was much better! I made it for my own kids and now I make it for my granddaughter.

Jun 05, 2012
joan828 in General Topics

Need recipes for no sugar-no salt-no cholesterol diet

I have found recipes on the web. Also there are lots of heart healthy cookbooks out there. I had a stent put in Nov. 30 and the dr. put me on a no salt, no fat no taste diet. :) I at first ate lot of yogurt and cereal but then I got real hungry. I like stir fries, lots of vegetables, etc. The dietitian at my cardio therapy said to use whole wheat pasta but I don't like it at all, and no one in my family does either. Brown rice isn't bad. Spicy foods are ok, as long as it's not real hot. Mostly I'm cooking my regular recipes, just leaving out a lot of the salt. I made my homemade tomato sauce without salt and no one in the house could tell the difference.

Apr 25, 2012
joan828 in Special Diets

Heart-healthy recipes --particularly snacks, red-meat-makeovers & low-sodium marinades/sauces?

Thanks! They have it in Roche Brothers and Stop & Shop near me.

Dec 10, 2011
joan828 in Home Cooking

Heart-healthy recipes --particularly snacks, red-meat-makeovers & low-sodium marinades/sauces?

I think onions added to anything is good! I already make my own tomato sauce and chicken stock. I'll just have to be extra vigilant removing ALL the fat. And cut the sausage out of the sauce.

Dec 09, 2011
joan828 in Home Cooking

Heart-healthy recipes --particularly snacks, red-meat-makeovers & low-sodium marinades/sauces?

I was afraid of that. :(. I happen to love steak, liver, and beer. I can have some dairy products, no or low fat yogurt, skim milk, that vile alpine lace cheese. Anything with hydrogenated oil is out. You're not boring me at all! Fun times ahead. Thanks for the advice! :)

Dec 09, 2011
joan828 in Home Cooking

Heart-healthy recipes --particularly snacks, red-meat-makeovers & low-sodium marinades/sauces?

Good idea! I love dark meat on chicken and turkey. Maybe I could eat a half of one. Right now I am very restricted as to saturated fats, so I really have to watch it. Even with the skin off, dark meat is fattier than white meat.

Dec 09, 2011
joan828 in Home Cooking

Heart-healthy recipes --particularly snacks, red-meat-makeovers & low-sodium marinades/sauces?

Thank you for those links. I had a heart attack on Nov. 30, they put a stent in. The list of "NO's" they gave me is unbelievable. Processed foods are very high in sodium, and I usually have avoided them but now we'll have to make everything from scratch around here, low sodium, no fat, etc. The Dr. said today I can have Morton's Salt Substitute in moderation, it doesn't taste bad. Also Kirkland's seasoning from Costco is good. I love vegetables so that's a help. I'm not crazy about boneless skinless chicken. It just has no taste to me no matter what I put on it. We had a pork tenderloin last night with the Kirkland's on it and even my 6 year old granddaughter loved it.

Dec 09, 2011
joan828 in Home Cooking

What to Feed my Finicky Five-year Old?

We do that too.Just this morning we got some sliced turkey and ham from the deli, and we also bought lettuce, cukes, scallions, cherry tomatoes etc. for her to make her own salads. If we don't watch her, Sara will eat the whole tub of tomatoes in one sitting, like my father used to. She likes to make her own english muffin pizzas (we don't have a toaster oven, so we just put them in the regular toaster and she puts her own sauce, cheese and pepperoni on it). Our granddaughter lives with us so we have more time with her, I suggested the Lunchables because I wasn't sure of the OP's situation. We have a Cuisinart Griddler which we love and Sara loves it to build her own sandwiches so we can cook it for her (it gets way too hot to let us even attempt to let her help).

Jul 23, 2011
joan828 in Home Cooking

What to Feed my Finicky Five-year Old?

I'm a grammy to a 5 year old. Sometimes you get desperate. Eggs (scrambled, let him stir), pancakes (more stirring), plain pasta (wheels, bow ties, elbows) with just butter, cereal, oatmeal (my granddaughter will eat oatmeal 3 times a day, hey its food), chicken noodle soup (Campbell's has character soups, Cars, etc. - again, it's food), peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, bannanas, I know it's bad, but Lunchables, the ones where they make their own pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers. Corn on the cob. If he can help, I'll bet he'll at least try it. Weird: If you tell my Sara not to eat Grampa's whatever vegetable (peas, green beans, carrots), she'll eat her whole serving and come back for more, because she's "stealing" from Grampa (my husband) who pretends to put up a big fuss about thieves, etc. So we're contributing to her future delinquency, she eats for us right? LOL

Jul 21, 2011
joan828 in Home Cooking

Grilling Italian Sausage-split or not to split?

What roxlet said. We do these all time during during grilling season at our house. Topped with peppers, onions, mushrooms and garlic. Best ever!

Jun 20, 2011
joan828 in Home Cooking

Kindle and Cookbooks

I have Julia's Kitchen Wisdom, Bittman's How to Cook Everything, Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food, and The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The Original Classics, among others on my Kindle. I like Julias, Bittman and Stewarts mostly because they each have a table of contents which you can click on by recipe. If you look up "roast chicken" you'll find and you can click on that recipe.

Apr 06, 2011
joan828 in Home Cooking

What Foods and Food Products Are Still Just As Good As Ever?

Cain's Mayonnaise (NE Brand)
Bell's Seasoning (NE poultry seasoning - must have for stuffing)
French's Yellow Mustard
Marshmallow Fluff
Ah So Sauce
Moxie
Twinkies

Mar 11, 2011
joan828 in General Topics

Looking for very low fat salad dressing recipes

I do something similar. I sometimes save the juice from cans of diced tomatoes that I use in other recipes and put it on my salad, except in the summer when I can get tomatoes off the vine. My family likes creamy dressings but I don't need much beyond some ripe tomatoes and onions for flavor. I don't need (or like) vinegar at all unless it's like 5 tbs oil to 1/2 tbs vinegar so I don't have to taste the vinegar.

Mar 01, 2011
joan828 in Home Cooking

I Don't Like Cheese - Am I Alone?

Oh and we are Boston Irish. All of us are meat lovers. She just does not like the taste of any kind of cheese, including cream cheese. :)

Feb 06, 2011
joan828 in General Topics

I Don't Like Cheese - Am I Alone?

My 28 year old daughter hates cheese. She orders pizza without cheese and also hates chocolate. We think she's an alien. :) This has been going on all her life. I have a picture of her in her high chair spitting out chocolate pudding.

Feb 05, 2011
joan828 in General Topics

Mrs. Cubbison's Herb Seasoned Cube Stuffing Mix vs Kellogg's Stuffing Mix

I said in another thread last week that I had trouble last year finding the Kellogg's Stuffing, which my mother used for years and years. I never saw Mrs. Cubbisons here in MA but I have bought Pepperidge Farm Sage and Onion cubes and another brand, Arnold's Cubed Stuffing. What I did was add onions, celery, bell peppers, and lots and lots of fresh cracked black pepper and Bell's Seasoning (poultry seasoning). I cant' tell you how much, I just kept adding the black pepper and Bell's and a little salt until it tasted "right" to me. I cut back on the stock/liquid I used because the Pepperidge Farm stuffing didn't need as much as the Kellogg's did to get to the same consistency that I like - not too mushy, not too dry.

Nov 23, 2010
joan828 in General Topics

Trying to make my mom's dressing but can't find to Kellogg's Croutettes

Until last year or so, I could get the croutettes at Roche Brothers in Quincy, MA. I checked the website too and I got the stuffing recipe but it does look like the croutettes are finally gone. :(
We put our stuffing in the bird, so I don't know about putting bacon in it. But I might put a few slices on the "extra" stuffing before I put that in the oven. :)

Nov 15, 2010
joan828 in Home Cooking

Trying to make my mom's dressing but can't find to Kellogg's Croutettes

My mother used the croutettes, and I did too. Our recipe is very similar to yours, except for the cornbread and bacon. I had a hard time finding them last year so I just bought the Pepperidge Farm cubed sage and onion and extra Bell's seasoning (poultry seasoning). It was pretty good. Another option is the stuffing bread sold in the supermarkets around this time, dry it out and add extra seasonings. I use the stuffing bread when I make my husband's aunt's sausage stuffing, which I am making this year.

Nov 14, 2010
joan828 in Home Cooking

crockpot.. I think I prefer stove?

Putting the beans in the oven is a great idea, never thought of that! :) I also use a little less liquid in the crockpot. As for the beef stew, I don't mind browning the meat first in a separate pan, I just use some beef stock to get the frond out of the pan and it all goes in the crockpot. I also like that I can make these recipes anytime, not just in the cooler weather because the crockpot doesn't heat up the kitchen.

Nov 04, 2009
joan828 in Home Cooking

crockpot.. I think I prefer stove?

I use my 7 quart crockpot for the best stocks I've ever had. Vegetable, chicken, turkey, I can start them at night and they are done in the morning. Thanksgiving is coming up, and I will use it to make the basic stock for turkey gravy. And I won't have to stay around the kitchen to do it. I think it makes pretty good baked beans and beef stew also.

Nov 03, 2009
joan828 in Home Cooking

Freezing Chicken Stock

I usually cool it down by plunging the pot into a sink full of ice water and then pouring into tupperware containers and put them right into the refrigerator. The next day I skim off the fat and freeze that into another plastic container, and split up the stock into whatever I want (ice cubes, 1 pint size, 1 quart size, etc.). I never kept the fat until I started reading Chowhound and discovered the many uses for chicken fat in my cooking. Keep the fat!!!!

Oct 16, 2009
joan828 in Home Cooking

Cruise Line food, some better than others?

My family of 5 just got back from the NCL cruise on the Norwegian Spirit- Boston to Bermuda - 7/31 to 8/7. The food was so-so. The free restaurants, Windows and the Garden has basically the same menu every day. Breakfast in Windows was pretty good. We tried one pay restaurant, La Trattoria, ($10.00 per person extra) and my husband and son liked the chicken parm. I didn't feel well that night and only had pasta fagiouli, which was ok. My daughter and granddaughter had spaghetti, which you can get at the buffet Raffles every night. The steakhouse restaurant, Cagney's, charges $25.00 per person extra. We felt we were paying enough for the entire cruise so we didn't go there, or to the French Rest. ($15.00 per person extra). My son did love the Blue Lagoon (free) and open 24 hrs. He said they made a great cheeseburger. I had one desert at Raffles, a kind of flan. It was good, and my granddaughter ate most of it. :) Other food options were the grill near the pool and a grill at the Bier Garten bar on the 13th deck. Neither looked appetizing. We ate well enough but the food wasn't good enough to write home about.

Aug 12, 2009
joan828 in General Topics

Ritz Cracker Broccoli Casserole

It is good. The onion really adds some extra flavor. When I bring it to family gatherings I always bring home an empty casserole dish!!

Jul 18, 2009
joan828 in Home Cooking

Ritz Cracker Broccoli Casserole

My family has a similar recipe to catrn but I changed it by cooking the broccoli with a minced onion. I put some crushed crackers in the bottom of the casserole add the broccoli and then I melt the Velveeta with 3 or 4 tablespoons of butter and pour it over the broccoli. Top with more crushed Ritz crackers mixed with a tablespoon or so of butter and bake. Real comfort food!!!

Jul 18, 2009
joan828 in Home Cooking

New England Style Clam Cakes

Go to cooks.com and enter R. I. Clam Cakes into the search engine. Personally, having spent many, many summers in Onset, MA ( near R.I.) and also being a long time addict (with no hope of ever giving them up) I think the best clam cakes are the ones you buy from restaurants/stands along the beach. Clam cakes taste better on the beach. :) But if you have to make them yourself to quiet your "jones" I think the first recipe at cooks that comes under ri clam cakes is the best.

May 07, 2009
joan828 in Home Cooking

Making beef broth: what do you do with the meat?

I saw an idea in the North End Italian Cookbook by Marguerite DiMino Buonopane - after making beef soup, take the extra beef and shred the beef, tear vinegar peppers over the beef so the juices go on the beef too, drizzle with lots of olive oil, salt and pepper and serve with Italian bread.

Dec 15, 2008
joan828 in Home Cooking

Stuffing from a box -- best brand and how to spruce up?

Kellogg's stuffing Mix. My grandmother and my mother used it. After 26 years of trying everything else, I use it. Add onions, celery, chicken or turkey broth, and Bell's seasoning (or poultry seasoning). It's the best stuffing I've ever had. Everyone says Oh you made grammy's stuffing! My kid's and my husband won't have anything else.

Nov 12, 2008
joan828 in Home Cooking