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I want to love my slow cooker, can you help?

I'm in your boat - I am commuting/working for 10-12 hours and I need a way to get dinner on the table. I have a toddler and another baby coming this month.
I find a lot of recipes at Southernfood.about.com. A lot of them require adaptation to please more refined tastes... I also omit browning steps because I don't have time. Usually I prep and put the whole crock in the fridge the night before then pop it in the base before I leave it the morning.

Crockpot success foods: chicken thighs and legs, pork shoulder, beef brisket and chuck, ham, split pea soup, ribs, baked beans

Crockpot failures: any lean cuts of meat. Chicken breasts particularly.

Jan 02, 2012
Woodensandals in Home Cooking

Let's talk about Liverwurst.

Aww, we got butterfly sandwiches too! How funny that all the kids get special shapes to entice them to eat lunch, even if it's a simple cut or a drinking glass.

Jan 02, 2012
Woodensandals in Home Cooking

What dessert to bring to in-laws for X-mas eve?

So I was all set to make Struffoli, found local honey, bought extra oil, and then my fryer cord was MIA. Fight with husband ( why do you have to move my stuff, this is the second one lost, why did you throw out my range hood,etc.) I sent him out to the bakery and he chose bakery made struffoli, and two platters of italian cookies and mini pastries, cannoli, rainbow cookies and the like.

Reaction: Poison look. Again.

Oh well.

Jan 02, 2012
Woodensandals in Home Cooking

any *vegetarian* latke recipes without onions??

I don't have any suggestions for the onion sub but I do for the eggs. My sister made latkes with flax meal instead of egg. I was really impressed! They tasted great- couldn't tell the difference from my own.

Jan 01, 2012
Woodensandals in Home Cooking

Let's talk about Liverwurst.

Yes, definitely under appreciated . My personal favorite is liver wurst on white bread with mayo cut into a circle with a drinking glass. Yes, that's how my momma used to make it for me! Big glass of milk on the side with some celery sticks. For something a little more interesting, a local deli makes a Best of Wurst sandwich with liverwurst and bologna in a wrap with coleslaw.

Jan 01, 2012
Woodensandals in Home Cooking

Favourite gifts to receive (food related)

I really like the little novelty items that Jacques Torres sells. They have chocolate covered cheerios, cornflakes, graham crackers, marshmallows, espresso beans, Macadamia nuts, you name it, they dip it... I also love their brittles and bark.

Dec 18, 2011
Woodensandals in General Topics

Making potato latkes -- how do YOU remove the excess liquid?

I've always just squeezed it with my hands and drained out over the sink. Then add more matzo meal.

Dec 18, 2011
Woodensandals in Home Cooking

Too much brisket

Because it is such a fatty cut it really shrinks up in the oven. I would just cook the whole thing.
Between the people asking for seconds and the after dinner picking you'll probably have just enough for one nice lunch sandwich. If by some miracle you do have leftovers, I like to turn it into a quickie stroganoff style meal or add some bbq sauce and put it on buns. It you don't want to rework it you can always make it into some freezer meals.
(Or you can send it to me. I accept all beef donations)

Dec 18, 2011
Woodensandals in Home Cooking

What dessert to bring to in-laws for X-mas eve?

seriously considering struffoli! I am a big fan of fried everything...

I will check back in after christmas.

Dec 18, 2011
Woodensandals in Home Cooking

What dessert to bring to in-laws for X-mas eve?

I know what you mean about the planned menus and not wanting another dish to interfere. I like to plan all the courses to complement each other too. I don't get annoyed by an additional dish though because i am a glutton! They aren't like that though. There is no set plan or theme for their dinners that I can discern.
They serve dessert all the time, like every day. It is usually cupcakes (Betty C) or something from the bakery. They buy their own cannoli for X-mas which is why that idea is take already. Definitely not averse to sweet desserts.

They are vey odd/picky people though. I have never seen a whole piece of fruit in their house and definitely no nuts ever. No cheese plate, no antipasti, never seen a sausage of any kind in their house. They don't keep indoor plants because they attract bugs... Tried that one year when I brought a poinsettia. You see why I am here for advice, right?:)

Dec 18, 2011
Woodensandals in Home Cooking

Not So Rookie Mistake

i'm pregnant and my brain no longer works so i just burn everything now. I completely forget that I'm cooking.

Dec 18, 2011
Woodensandals in Home Cooking

just bought our first bag of chia seeds--now what?

that's so funny because I just saw a recipe that looks delicious, but thought "Where can I find Chia seeds that don't come with a terra-cotta ram?"
Martha Stewart Living has Vanilla Chia Pudding in the Jan issue. it's not on the website yet. I think they are having problems...

Dec 18, 2011
Woodensandals in Home Cooking

Toasting bread for crostini ahead of time?

I toast and then store in a Ziploc too. Sometimes they do get too crunchy, but maybe toast a little lighter than you normally would .

Dec 13, 2011
Woodensandals in Home Cooking

What dessert to bring to in-laws for X-mas eve?

Lol sorry! I am not Italian, but I make a nice meatball.

Dec 13, 2011
Woodensandals in Home Cooking

What dessert to bring to in-laws for X-mas eve?

Thank you all for your suggestions! Now if I can just keep from drooling over these ideas I should be set.

Dec 12, 2011
Woodensandals in Home Cooking

What dessert to bring to in-laws for X-mas eve?

Hi Everyone,

I am looking for the right dessert to bring to my in-laws for Christmas Eve. Every year I make a delicious, beautiful dessert and they look at it like it is poison. Past projects include coconut cream pie, apple pie, carrot cake, pistachio - cranberry biscotti, sweet potato pie, yule log, (chocolate genoise with fluffy mousse inside and ganache outside) and last year pecan pie "bites" in phyllo shells.

I have no idea what to make this year, but I cannot show up empty-handed. At this point I am thinking a box of chocolates... They don't drink wine.

They are italian (from the old neighborhood, not the old country), are very bakery oriented, and only cook at home from a mix. The only thing I don't bake well are cookies because my oven is vintage and half size so I avoid cookies.

Any suggestions are welcome.

Dec 11, 2011
Woodensandals in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving ideas for two

I like the idea of Cornish game hens dressed up like mini turkeys for each of you.

Nov 17, 2011
Woodensandals in Home Cooking

Pre-Thanksgiving appetizer, maybe with cranberry?

I would do cranberry mixed into chèvre to spread on herbed crostini. Both can be made in advance and people love crostini.

Nov 17, 2011
Woodensandals in Home Cooking

Substitue for Walnuts?

For a streusel I would leave them out altogether, but for other recipes that call for nuts on top (decorative) I often use oatmeal. We have nut allergies in our family too.

Nov 17, 2011
Woodensandals in Home Cooking