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My Chow?

dear rworange, I am having so much difficulty changing my email address....my original post avator is cstout....I could not change my email address for that user, so I made a new avator called txmafia using my new email address....I would like to just go back to using cstout & delete txmafia...please help.

Please let me change the email address for cstout & I will forever be at peace.

Jan 23, 2012
txmafia in Site Talk

Name Brand Or Generic?

Homemade baking powder...thank you for the link...this could help a lot of people who are allergic to corn...thanks for sharing.

Jan 21, 2012
txmafia in General Topics

Wasted Food - How to Stop This Horrible Habit

zerowastehome.com...thanks for sharing. I am finding there are all sorts of places to find ideas on how to stop wasting food & everything else. We just all need to become more aware & there are many people doing that & of course others who aren't informed, but I think every suggestion on this this post has helped me in some way. Thank you.

Jan 20, 2012
txmafia in General Topics

What do You Like to Fix When You Get the Munchies?

Yes, a lot of it is now tasting yuky...in fact so many foods have changed...really sad. Sorry I took a zillion words to describe that cheese.. if I would have said that in the beginning, you would have know right then what I was talking about.

Jan 16, 2012
txmafia in Home Cooking

What do You Like to Fix When You Get the Munchies?

Dear, those names I called rat cheese are all one & the same thing...but anyway, I am sure you have seen it in the deli or maybe butcher shop. It is a big round hunk of cheese that they cut off for you. It is bright yellow. Looks like cheddar cheese, oh yes, it is also sometimes called Colby cheese.

Farmers always had some on hand & they would bait the rat traps with it, hence the name. Hope this helps...

Jan 16, 2012
txmafia in Home Cooking

Name Brand Or Generic?

Ha Ha...loved that little quibble....aren't we all "regular people"??? Just askin'

What's "regular" anyway? Something for my pea brain to ponder...I will think about this stuff so you folks won't have to. Lucky you.

Jan 16, 2012
txmafia in General Topics

What do You Like to Fix When You Get the Munchies?

Nachos...prefer plain 'ol hoop cheese or rat cheese or just sometimes called yellow half moon cheese...all the same, just different names. I make a giant nacho by cutting a yellow corn tortilla (purchased) in half...I. just like to fry 2 halves instead of one whole one. Look for the thin ones, thickness will vary by brand name. Fry in HOT veggie oil or peanut oil on both sides till crispy. Drain on a paper towel. Slather a layer of refried beans on one half. At this point you can add some fried hamburger meat on top of the beans, but I am too lazy to make some meat. Shred some rat cheese & sprinkle all over. Add some sliced pickled Jalapenos all around. & then some finely chopped onion. Put on a small tin pan & bake at about 400 preheated oven till cheese is melted. Can add a dollop of sliced avocado or guacamole if you have it on hand.

I keep a can of pinto beans on hand when I am out of fresh pintos. I proceed to doctor them up by doing the following;
Get a small pot out & pour in enough oil (not olive) to cover the bottom of the pot. Add some finely chopped onions in there & let saute. Go empty the pinto beans into a colander & drain & wash all that goopy stuff off the beans. When the onions are soft, add the pintoes & have heat pretty high & let them get real hot. Get out the potato masher & start mashing them, if too dry add more oil or butter. If still too dry, add a little water until they start turning creamy. Add garlic & salt & pepper to taste. Not as good as homemade pintos, but they work when you get the munchies for a nacho late at night. Just buy the cheapest plain canned pintos...you are going to wash all the stuff off them anyway.

I make up a Mexican mix that I add a pinch or two in any Mexican dish I am fixing (including the beans I just described. Here it is if you want to make some...it takes on a different taste in different dishes,,,just brings out that Tex Mex taste that dishes have.

3 Tablespoon course ground pepper
2 Tablespoons salt
3 Tablespoons granulated garlic (not garlic salt)
3 Tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons ground cumin
Mix all together & keep in a little jar

Add to caldo, fried hamburger meat, Mexican rice, hot sauces & a thousand other things...just add a little & then taste to see how much you want to kick it up.

I shared with you these things since Tex Mex food is such a great way to fix something fast & tasty. If you have a corn or flour tortilla, you can make so many things quick munchies. That's it for now....just got carried away.

Jan 16, 2012
txmafia in Home Cooking

Name Brand Or Generic?

Well, I always wondered about the name brand products spinning off generic labeled products...never could see why they would do that since the generic product would most likely be sold at a lower price. I guess there is a reason though.

Whatever, I am now convinced I need to be paying way more attention to generic products.
Thanks for re confirming that for me.

Jan 16, 2012
txmafia in General Topics

What do You Like to Fix When You Get the Munchies?

Thanks, am anxious to get some...have seen several recipes around here having duck fat...must be really good.

Jan 16, 2012
txmafia in Home Cooking

What do You Like to Fix When You Get the Munchies?

Well, at least you weren't at the computer with all those crumbs....somehow I got some crumbs under the "m" key & now I have to pound it several times just to make it print the letter....junk food tastes so much better at the pooter though.

Jan 16, 2012
txmafia in Home Cooking

What do You Like to Fix When You Get the Munchies?

I had no idea...will I find it in the frozen chicken section or someplace else??

Jan 16, 2012
txmafia in Home Cooking

What do You Like to Fix When You Get the Munchies?

Thank you for telling me what to do with duck fat & fries...gosh I wish I had some of that stuff now.

Jan 16, 2012
txmafia in Home Cooking

What do You Like to Fix When You Get the Munchies?

Duck fat...have never tasted it. Do you dip your fries in the fat or what? This is new territory to me.

Jan 16, 2012
txmafia in Home Cooking

What do You Like to Fix When You Get the Munchies?

GEEZ.....

Jan 16, 2012
txmafia in Home Cooking

Few Ingredients - Fabulous Taste

To everybody posting....IT'S ALL GOOD!!!!! Thanks for sharing.

Jan 16, 2012
txmafia in Home Cooking

Name Brand Or Generic?

Great link...Heinz has said they have not changed their formula, but my opinion is the quality of tomatoes being grown all over the country has declined for all kinds of reasons too long to mention here. Therefore all ketchup has declined somewhat.

Well, let's go a step farther & see if folks that make their own ketchup feel theirs is superior to all store bought ones.. Home grown, home made..you can hardly go wrong..or can you???

Jan 16, 2012
txmafia in General Topics

Name Brand Or Generic?

Shredded Cheese...I heard the shredded packaged cheese is coated with a wax to keep it from clumping, that's why it is best to buy block cheese & shred it yourself. The shredded does not melt too well. Maybe that was your problem.

Jan 16, 2012
txmafia in General Topics

Few Ingredients - Fabulous Taste

Chicken Curry...that is a wonderful dish...do not especially like a lot of curry powder...this hits the spot.

Thanks for also posting the great link...I loved those thin potatoes...I will have to wait on getting a mandolin though...the thinness is the secret in that recipe.

Well, 2 more great dishes added to my folder.

Jan 16, 2012
txmafia in Home Cooking

Few Ingredients - Fabulous Taste

That does sound so good....is that the real name of the dish?

Jan 15, 2012
txmafia in Home Cooking

Few Ingredients - Fabulous Taste

Green beans...wonderful dish. Try doing baby Brussel Sprouts that way too, cut them in half first & add a little smashed garlic with the olive oil. I can make a meal of just those beans or any veggie done this way.

Jan 15, 2012
txmafia in Home Cooking

Few Ingredients - Fabulous Taste

Pork Chops...that sounds absolutely divine...I am copying your recipe to my recipes folder...Yes, I want some NOW. Thanks for a great flavor combo.

Please pass the potatoes.

Jan 15, 2012
txmafia in Home Cooking

What do You Like to Fix When You Get the Munchies?

My goodness...buttertart....it"s not even Valentine's Day yet! Only newlyweds do that sort of thing....dessert in bed. Heck, I would be happy with an animal cracker served with a glass of milk. Oh well, enjoy!

Jan 15, 2012
txmafia in Home Cooking

Name Brand Or Generic?

You certainly have given the whole concept of generic & name brand a lot of comparison...wish I would take the time to read the ounces, yes, a big fluffy bag of something turns out to just be a lot of air in there.

I read somewhere that using generics depended on how important the ingredient was in the recipe. For instance, you could use generic tomato sauce in something like lasagna, but if you had something like green bean casserole, it is the star of the recipe & then should have the best tasting beans you can find. Just something to think about.

Jan 15, 2012
txmafia in General Topics

What do You Like to Fix When You Get the Munchies?

Looky here...this lady knows how to nosh...let's see...please pass me the artie dip, but I think I will have a few hunks of toasted French bread with mine.

Since I never go anywhere empty handed, I will bring over some cream cheese stuffed jalapenos wrapped in applewood smoked bacon & slathered with some habanero apricot sauce just before they are done baking. And to cool things off, how "bout a little piece of banana split pie?

Jan 15, 2012
txmafia in Home Cooking

Wasted Food - How to Stop This Horrible Habit

Planning a week's worth of meals & prepping all the ingredients is a good idea...thanks for posting.

Jan 15, 2012
txmafia in General Topics

Name Brand Or Generic?

Generic Cola...I second the motion about adding enough rum....just have good rum though...bad rum + bad cola=bad headache!! Heard that same kind of story about other items like canned corn, etc....are you telling us a fib? Just asking....

Canned items...I just shake the can & if things move around in there a lot...I know it is a watered down product.

Jan 15, 2012
txmafia in General Topics

Home made hashbrowns

Thanks for the update on the potatoes, I think I will try the last version you just mentioned. Will try them tomorrow morning....potato & egg taco with some hot sauce & maybe a couple of slices of bacon. Oh heck, I am hungary NOW!

Jan 15, 2012
txmafia in Home Cooking

Home made hashbrowns

Hash brown potatoes...thanks for the detailed post...I never could cook potatoes right so just bought then in the frozen packages....now I know how to do them. Thank you.

Jan 15, 2012
txmafia in Home Cooking

Few Ingredients - Fabulous Taste

What simple thing do you throw together & end up with something that says, "Less is more, so gimme more"?

Please share the ingredients so we can enjoy along with you!!

Jan 15, 2012
txmafia in Home Cooking

Mexican Cooking

I don't know if you are actually wanting to cook Mexican or Tex Mex? I am a huge Tex Mex fan & any cookbooks by Matt Martinez will get you to cooking some real good food.

www.homesicktexan.com is a great place to get simple recipes that don't require a lot of hard to find ingredients. Her recipe for flour tortillas is the real deal & so simple to make. Maybe she has 2 recipes listed...use the one that requires whole milk. Trust me on this one, I have tried for years to make decent tortillas that taste like the ones you get in a real taco joint. Do try your hand at it...guaranteed success!!

Mexican cooking & Tex Mex don't require special equipment. Your post is several months old but if you need any other advice, let me know. I lean very much toward Tex Mex instead of Mexican...just what I was brought up on & know how to cook.

Also, go to Amazon & search for Texas Cookbooks...you will find many. I collect cookbooks along that line & can suggest which ones you might enjoy.

Muy Bueno!

Jan 15, 2012
txmafia in Home Cooking