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New Soup Thread for 2012...

I've done this sort of soup, but with romaine lettuce, instead of ice burg lettuce, and the addition of barley. Very yummy.

Jan 03, 2012
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New Soup Thread for 2012...

I eat soup a lot. All throughout the year, often 3-4 times a week. In the last three weeks, I've made butternut squash soup quite a few times. I am only cooking for me, and I have been buying a package of precut butternut squash from SAMs club, and then freezing it on a sheet pan, then sealing in a freezer bag. I sometimes do it with red lentils, caramelized onion, carrot, celery, and chicken stock. I vary the flavors, sometimes adding a bay leaf and thyme, sometimes curry blend, and sometimes a garam masala blend. Stirring in some fresh spinach at the end is nice. Other times, I like apple, carrot and onion.

I made regular lentil soup the other day. I made a duck stock with a duck carcass that I hacked up, and then I made a duck and sausage gumbo, that was mad yummy. I also made a sea food gumbo, standard chicken soup, and then turned the left over into chicken and dumplings the next day.

Then I made a 13 bean soup, a bacon bean soup, and a spinach soup.
I love soup.

Jan 03, 2012
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What homemade edible thing do you most commonly gift?

I made this favorite Orange Cranberry fruit relish to put in my gift baskets this year. I love this stuff, I can eat it with a spoon just by itself. Great on turkey, roast pork, ham, on toast....

Orange Cranberry Relish

12 ounces whole cranberries, fresh or frozen

1 cup water
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1  orange, seeded and cut into small, thin slivers (leave the peel on)
1  apple, cored and cut into small, thin slivers (use a firm, crisp variety such as Granny Smith or Honeycrisp
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1 cinnamon stick
6 whole allspice berries
2 whole cloves
Preparation:

Put the cranberries, raisins, apricots,  water, sugar, orange and apple into a large pot over high heat.

Tie the cinnamon stick, allspice and cloves up in cheesecloth, or put in a muslin spice bag. Add to the pot with the other ingredients.

Boil over high heat, stirring often. The cranberries will begin to pop open, making a sound almost like popcorn popping. When almost all of the cranberries have popped, turn off the heat.

If you are going to eat the cranberry sauce within a week, simply transfer it to a heatproof container, cover and refrigerate.

For longer storage (1 year) at room temperature, ladle the cranberry sauce into sterilized 1/2-pint jars leaving 1/2-inch head space. Screw on canning lids. Process in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes.

With either method, the cranberry sauce will thicken and gel as it cools, so don't worry if it still seems liquid when you first turn off the heat. 

When I just made this, I did not have any cheese cloth, so I took my whole spices, and I infused them into a cup and a half of water that I heated on the stove, and then strained out the whole spices, and used that water for my recipe.  

Dec 16, 2011
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What are you baking these days? October 2011, part deux [old]

Sorry, I haven't been here for a while, so I missed this.    I figure, better late than never, I hope.... Sorry Christina.

Oatmeal Banana Breakfast Cookie

1 cup white sugar
1 cup margarine
2 eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 ripe bananas, mashed
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup dried cherries 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F 
In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugar together until smooth. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Sift together the flour, baking soda,  and cinnamon, stir into the creamed mixture. Then add the mashed bananas, rolled oats and chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds and cherries, mix until well blended.
Drop dough by spoonfuls onto unprepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove cookies from pan to cool on wire racks.

Dec 16, 2011
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What Did You Cook Today? Part 1

Recipe also called for hot sauce (which I cannot do), and fish sauce, which I didn't have, and also more cilantro. Since I had the cilantro in the roll, I did not put additional, because I don't like a lot of cilantro. (I finally enjoy it in small amounts. Before, it was very soapy to me)

Oct 28, 2011
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What's for Dinner # 113 [OLD]

I finally made my Mac & Cheese with caramelized onions, bacon and I added cauliflower. (inspired by harters who added zucchini). I have leftovers, which will be fried tomorrow as Mac & Cheese balls for lunch.

Oct 28, 2011
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What Did You Cook Today? Part 1

Just some peanut butter, coconut milk, water, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic.

Oct 28, 2011
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What's for Dinner # 113 [OLD]

Harters, I have been on a bacon kick the last two weeks. Last week, I was caramelizing some onions, and dreaming about Mac and Cheese with bacon and caramelized onions. You just reminded me of it again. I'm pretty sure, that will be my lunch tomorrow, but I don't have zucchini, but I did get a head of cauliflower yesterday and I'm thinking that would be yummy.

Oct 27, 2011
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What Did You Cook Today? Part 1

Made a version of some summer rolls today. Rice paper, rolled up with a mince of poached chicken mixed with cilantro, celery and green onions, yellow heiloom tomato, peppers, cabbage and carrot, and mint leaves. I made a peanut sauce to dip and a cup of homemade broth to drink along. I also had some fresh crisp apple, but forgot to put it on the plate for the photo.

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Oct 27, 2011
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Cooking for One: A Widow's Challenge

I too like to buy the shredded cabbage packs for Cole slaw. I use it in sandwiches instead of lettuce, in stir fry and in fried rice, vegetable soup, I cook it down adding a bit of lower sodium soy and five spice and left over pork or chicken to make egg rolls, and oh ya, I do make cole slaw with it.

Oct 24, 2011
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Cooking for One: A Widow's Challenge

Good subject, and I will definitely be looking for tips that will work for me. I was married for 15 years, now divorced. Not only was my ex a very big eater, but so was I at the time. I no longer eat as much as I used to, or like I used to, due to major side effects from a serious illness I had. So, it was really an adjustment to learn to cook a whole different way, and to make small portions. A lot of leftovers just will not work for me, so I am learning to make very small portions and get a handle on what I should by a lot of and not waste, and what I should not buy or only buy a couple of.

One of the things that really helped me, is to buy smaller pans. Sounds kinda stupid, but it really worked for me. Cannot cook too much, if you use single serving or two serving pans. I also bought a little crockpot. Like it only makes two servings, maybe three if you really fill it up. I also use a measuring cup when I cook pasta or orzo. Like with orzo, or even rice, I measure only about 1/4 to 1/3 cup dry, depending on how much veg I have, and that will be enough for one serving. I find when I just pour stuff in, I cook too much.

The only vegetables I found that I can buy in 5-10 lbs bags, are potatoes, onions and carrots. They are cheaper that way for me, and I do go through them so quickly, that there is virtually no waste. Other fruits and veg, I only buy a couple at a time, or buy small prepacked versions, because they'd go to waste. If you do salad bars, I know people that get a mix of veg that way. I also like Green Giant packs of frozen vegetables. I can eat just about the whole package. I like the healthy vision, healthy heart mixes, the spinach, green beans. These can be mixed in with orzo, or rice, or put over some kind of pasta. Just add a piece of meat or fish.

I find it's easy when I come home from shopping to prep a couple days worth of vegetables. Like if I get some bell peppers, say a red and a green, I will chop them, and I will chop an onion. I have a Tupperware container with a divider. I will use it one day to make sausage and peppers, next day in a stir fry, and if any left the next day, maybe something like a gumbo.

When I do have a little bit of leftovers, I usually eat that with an egg over it or in an omelette the next day. Or sometimes, with the leftover veggies or curry, I make a savory oatmeal for brunch the next day.

I used to cook only dried beans when I was married, but that's a lot of beans, one bag. These days, I find it easier to keep canned beans on hand. Might be sacrilege for some here, but once drained and rinsed, they work well for me. They are neutral in flavor and lend themselves to many dishes, so when I open a can and use half, or a third, I put the rest in a container and use it in different preparations the rest of the week.

Oct 22, 2011
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Is King Arthur Flour worth the price?

The only time I buy KA flour is for the white whole flour. I buy unbleached Gold Medal for the regular all purpose. I live in a tiny town and the only white whole wheat I could find was the King Arthur. I really like it, I detest regular whole wheat products. It's like saw dust to me.

Oct 20, 2011
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The Break Up Diet

Glad you are starting to feel better Phelana. Hang in there. I am one of those people that cannot eat when stressed either. I drop weight quickly. Usually the only thing I could manage is warm tea. I went through hell with my ex husband 4 years ago. Not fun.

Freia, I hope and pray your kitty comes back. I have had cats that haven't come home, and one that finally did show up weeks later.

Oct 20, 2011
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Hi, my name is _______ and I'm addicted to ________ .(food only please!)

My name is Matahari and I am addicted to milk. I have to have it every day. I even brew my tea in straight milk and add my spices like cardamom, cinnamon, clove... To make chai tea. Sometimes Mexican hot chocolate. Or chocolate malted ovaltine. In smoothies. And straight up. Love my milk. It's just me and I drink almost a gallon every two days.

My second obsession lately, is maple bacon. I've eaten bacon every day this week. I'd forgotten how yummy bacon is.

Oct 20, 2011
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Rising food costs. Is it changing the way you eat?

YW, thank you. Yeah, the fb is because I'm always on an iPhone. Can't upload pix with it on here. Not that I've found, anyway.

Oct 19, 2011
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Rising food costs. Is it changing the way you eat?

Hi Chorwin. If this response is for me, I do eat left overs, but making four portions at a time is generally too much for me. There are some things that simply will not work for me as leftovers, like proteins, don't work for me left over. I have severe dysphasia and have problems with meat to begin with, and when they are left over and reheated, even the things I can normally choke down, become inedible.

If I have left over from the night before, I usually have it for brunch or lunch with an egg on top if it's potatoes and or veggies. I made a serving of extra rice to use for dinner tomorrow night's dinner. As a general rule, for me, I never make more than two portions of a dish. Any more just is too much.

Oct 19, 2011
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Recruiting All Ideas for Cheap Homemade Dinners!

Some of the cheapest dishes I routinely make are:

Potato Soup
Corn Chowder
Bean Soup
Arroz con Pollo
Broccoli and Macaroni (cook broccoli in boiling water, take it out of the water and set aside, cook pasta in the broccoli water. Toss broccoli, pasta, garlic and EVOO and a bit of the pasta water together.)
Broccoli Omelette
Peppers and Eggs or Potatoes and Eggs
Beef & Barley Soup
Ratatouille (summertime staple)
Chickpea and Cauliflower Curry
Lentil & Pasta Soup
Sausage Gravy over Biscuits or Potatoes
Sausage and Peppers over Polenta

Oct 18, 2011
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Can't remember the last time I cried chopping onion

Lol. I'm stuck with the 3 of them I think.

Oct 18, 2011
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Can't remember the last time I cried chopping onion

Not that I can tell, but I have them in the bottom veg bin by themselves, and only whole ones. If I have a cut one, it goes in air tight Tupperware.

I also run through onions pretty quickly, even though it's just me, so they are always pretty fresh. I use an onion a day.

Oct 18, 2011
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Easy meat recipes for vegetarian to entertain with

You are a very nice person to do this for your in laws and definitely going above and beyond the call of duty. I would be purchasing a rotessiree chicken and then making all vegetarian dishes to go with.

I hope you find something good and easy for you to cook, and that they appreciate it, and you have a lovely time.

Oct 18, 2011
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What are you baking these days? October 2011, part deux [old]

I have been working on a 'breakfast cookie'. It's an oatmeal banana cookie and I added pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and semi sweet chocolate chips. I've also done almonds and apricots and pistachio and raisins, to switch up the nuts and dried fruit.

Oct 18, 2011
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Can't remember the last time I cried chopping onion

I was actually mulling this over the other day. I couldn't figure out why, when I cut up onions at home, I didn't ever cry. When I cut up onions at my BFF's or my dad's house, I cry like crazy. So the other day, I was went to the store, and came home to cook. One if the things I came home with, was onions, because I had run out. I took one out of the bag right away and chopped it up, and teared up and cried like crazy. Then it hit me. I keep my onions in the fridge. Dad and my best friends do not.

Oct 18, 2011
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Does pasta dough really need to rest? Jamie Oliver is indicating no.

Hmmm. I don't use a food processor, so I'm not sure that would make a difference, but I always wrap mine and let it rest. It's too hard to work with if I don't let it rest.

Oct 18, 2011
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How can Americans incorporate more fruits & vegetables in their diets on a budget?

Sarah, you reminded me, that if you like pesto, you can also sneak a handful of baby spinach in with the basil. I have gotten that past many people who do not eat veg, and say that they would never eat spinach.

Oct 18, 2011
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Rising food costs. Is it changing the way you eat?

Ina- those Facebook photos are so amazing. Want to go live at your house. :) Your dishes are an inspiration.

Oct 18, 2011
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What's for lunch today?

Wondered about the cauliflower. Lol I completely understand about the Benadryl! That stuff makes me comatose.

Three packs of bacon. :) I can't say a word, because I bought my maple bacon from Sam's Club, and it's just me. I threw one pack in the freezer. I don't often eat cured meats, but once in a while, I love me some bacon. I made the same thing for lunch today.

Oct 18, 2011
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What's for lunch today?

Chewing on ice cubes. I have read that iron diffeciency anemia will cause that whole chewing on ice cubes thing. I have a very rare genetic form of anemia, but I've never craved chewing on ice cubes. Maybe it's just the iron deficiency.

The sandwich is good with ham too, if you don't have bacon.

Oct 17, 2011
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Childhood foods you would *totally* eat now...

Hmmmmm. I definitely don't remember meat in the ones I got. I also thought they were actually called Toast-R-Pizzas. Maybe there were a couple of kinds.

Oct 17, 2011
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What's for lunch today?

A Maple Bacon, Cheddar, and Apple Grilled Flatbread sandwich. With fruit salad made from apple, peach, banana, pear and an orange.

Oct 17, 2011
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Rising food costs. Is it changing the way you eat?

I'm really trying to be more frugal than ever and crack down on any waste and to make the most of what I buy. I'm still getting the hang of cooking and buying for one. Figuring out the few things I can buy in bulk to save money. It won't save you money if it goes bad before you can use it. Potatoes, onions, oatmeal, garlic, eggs and carrots, I seem to plow through quickly. So, I have been buying them at Sam's Club which has been cheaper.

I also started a 'stock/broth bag' in the freezer and I'm taking all the vegetable peels and trimmings and any left over bones and making stock from them, for free, instead of wasting or composting it.

Oct 17, 2011
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