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Swordfish recipes

Love swordfish. Simple, delicious seasoning is to rub anchovy paste on both sides and grill.

Jul 21, 2014
nlgardener in Home Cooking

Memorable Quotes about booze

From Russia:

The church is near but the road is icy; the bar is far away but I'll walk carefully.


Jun 30, 2014
nlgardener in Food Media & News

Cheap eats in upper cape

Sorry you're not getting more responses. I'm going to add The Fairway in Eastham for a great breakfast - their homemade corned beef hash is dream worthy. I love their Irish Benedict.

The Local Break in Eastham is Chow worthy. Check out their Facebook page.

Karoo in Ptown and Eastham.....South African cuisine.

Hope others chime in. Enjoy your visit.

Jun 09, 2014
nlgardener in Southern New England

Cheap eats in upper cape

You've got your anatomy upside down. Truro is "lower Cape" (aka "outer Cape"). I'll start by recommending Savory & Sweet on Rte. 6 and the Blackfish restaurant's food truck at Truro Vineyards.

Jun 09, 2014
nlgardener in Southern New England


Don't know where I got this recipe, but it's delish...if it's from someone here, please claim it! I've considered making muffins but haven't yet.

2 c. all purpose flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 c. butter, room temp
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. buttermilk
4 c. chopped fresh rhubarb

Crumb topping:
1 c. flour
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. cold butter

Make the crumb topping: Cut cold butter into dry ingredients until you have coarse crumbs. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan.

Combine the dry ingredients (flour, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg) and set aside. Then cream the butter and sugar - add eggs one at a time, beating after each egg - add vanilla. Alternating the dry ingredients with the buttermilk, incorporate them into the butter/sugar mixture. Stir in the rhubarb. Pour into baking pan.

Sprinkle topping over batter. Bake for 45-55 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

May 12, 2014
nlgardener in Home Cooking

Gift to bring Dutch foodies?

We lived in the Netherlands for several years. Our landlord and his wife would swoon over maple syrup and brownies (I baked the Ghirardelli mix for them). Also, peanuts...specifically Feridies Virginia salted peanuts. Oh, and they adored Triscuits!!

I've taken maple syrup and the Feridies peanuts to hosts in France, as well, and they have been well received.

Apr 26, 2014
nlgardener in Europe

Tuna casserole

One of my favorite, easy comfort foods is a box of Annie's Deluxe Shells & Real Aged Cheddar cooked as directed. Mix in a can of drained tuna (I like it packed in oil - more flavor). I add a bit of finely chopped sweet onion and some frozen peas. All goes into a buttered casserole, pour a bit of milk or cream over and top with sautéed buttered panko crumbs. Bake at 350 until heated through.

Apr 21, 2014
nlgardener in Home Cooking

PB & J Day

Peanut butter, thinly sliced red apple and crisp bacon on toasted multigrain. Not sure about the jelly...maybe incorporated into a "dipping" sauce?

Apr 02, 2014
nlgardener in Home Cooking

Misleading Names of Certain Preparations

It's an unfortunate name for a very savory, wonderful concoction of slurpy goodness. I've been making the same recipe to the letter for 30 years. My only detour is breaking the spaghetti in half before cooking it. Firm, dark red kidney beans a must.

Call it anything but don't you "dare" it chili lol!!

Feel sorry for anyone who can't get past the nomenclature.

Yum. More for me :o)

Mar 30, 2014
nlgardener in General Topics

What's for Dinner #288 - April Fool Edition! [Through April 3, 2014]

Sending healing thoughts your way! I had 4 impacted "wisdom teeth" extracted many years ago. My first experience with codeine :o(

Speaking of mashed, I scored a piece of corned beef for 1.98/lb. Braised it in beer and beef broth. Made horseradish mashed potatoes to go along with it - didn't use the potato broth and mixed in a healthy dose of chopped scallions. Can't wait to have them again with a rib roast at the holidays.


Hope you heal soon.

Mar 30, 2014
nlgardener in Home Cooking

Using up Cream Cheese

Pimento stuffed green olives, well drained, coarsely chopped - mashed with cream cheese ratio 1:1.

This makes a fantastic sandwich filling on your favorite bread with leaf lettuce...

Mar 29, 2014
nlgardener in Home Cooking

How do you feel about dogs in the grocery cart?

Let's see - they're putting dead ground up cow in their carts, dead cut up chicken, dead pig and lamb parts not to mention organs of the animals...

I wouldn't be worried about the live canines.

Mar 27, 2014
nlgardener in Not About Food

Spaghetti with ketchup - does anyone else eat this?

We were just talking about this on a recent visit with my brother and his wife. Their 17-year-old German exchange student loves ketchup as a "sauce" on her spaghetti!

Mar 21, 2014
nlgardener in General Topics

mayo-free/dairy-free chicken salad sandwiches

This is a recipe for a cooked salad dressing that might work for you:

1 tsp dry mustard
2 T sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 T flour
1/2 C cold water
2 egg yolks
1/4 c vinegar
2 T butter

Dissolve mustard, sugar, salt and flour in water. Beat eggs and vinegar on top of double boiler. Add the dissolved ingredients. Cook and stir the dressing over boiling water until thick and smooth. Add butter. Use for chicken salad, cole slaw and country ham salad.

Feb 26, 2014
nlgardener in Home Cooking

Food from childhood you cannot eat

Miracle Whip
Green bean casserole
Wonder Bread
Popcorn with milk for breakfast
Cool Whip
Jello "salads"
Powdered milk
Rubbery American "cheese"
Campbell's tomato soup
Instant Rice
Hungry Man fried chicken dinner (ok - so this was a college stoner staple - still in my "youth" lol)

Feb 19, 2014
nlgardener in General Topics

Leftover roasted vegetables

Lucky you!

I love grilled veggies on a panini with Brie.

Jan 06, 2014
nlgardener in Home Cooking

Hello. My name is PotatoHouse and I am a _______ addict.

+1 Veggo
I recently told my physician my obit would read "death by cheese".....I would die happy eating cheese.

Jan 02, 2014
nlgardener in General Topics

Is it still mac and cheese if...

+1 on the tuna and peas. I add crushed potato chips on top if I have any.

Dec 17, 2013
nlgardener in Home Cooking

chicken cutlet fillings

I've made those chianti braised stuffed chicken thighs. They're delicious! A lot of work, but so worth it. After my second effort, I invested in a bunch of high heat silicone "twisties" to hold the thighs together instead of tying them with kitchen twine. They save me a lot of time and frustration.

Dec 10, 2013
nlgardener in Home Cooking

De Buyer Fry Pans for pretty great prices on West Elm!

Hey, thanks so much for the tip! Mrs. Claus just gifted herself a 10" pan for Christmas :o)

Dec 08, 2013
nlgardener in Cookware

What's for Dinner #260 - The Holiday Decorations are Coming Out Edition [through Dec 11, 2013]

Hope you're feeling better. I had a very painful gout attack in my right foot today. Spent most of the afternoon immobile. Rallied to make a vat of chili for supper. We'll eat on it for a few days.

Dec 07, 2013
nlgardener in Home Cooking

Are You Snacking on Anything Right Now? *Happy Holidays Edition*

I am in love with Stacy's Simply Naked Pita Chips. They work with anything you can dip. They're sturdy, crunchy and delicious. We're polishing off a Gorgonzola cream cheese concoction from Trader Joe's topped with cranberries and walnuts. Leftovers from Turkey Day...

Dec 03, 2013
nlgardener in General Topics

Substituting ground beef for Italian sausage...

Ground pork or ground turkey? I always add some fennel seed when I sub not beef ground meat for Italian sausage.

What does your friend dislike about it? Texture? Fat? Flavor?

Nov 29, 2013
nlgardener in Home Cooking

Can you put meat proteins (not butter, but meat) into desserts successfully? I want to try oyster cupcakes. Can it be done?

Why would you deliberately serve food to people if you know they don't like it?

Nov 28, 2013
nlgardener in Home Cooking

Deep Fryer Turkey Thanksgiving Music Video by William Shatner

Oh, oh, oh - thank you for posting this. Just emailed it to my brother who got his dream machine turkey fryer this week. Too funny!

Nov 27, 2013
nlgardener in Food Media & News

It's Thanksgiving Eve

Do you have to use them all at once? I might sauté the alliums, herbs & red bell in rendered bacon fat...mix in cooked cod, moisten with wine/sherry and bind with breadcrumbs. Add in chopped cooked bacon. Fill scallop shells, dab with butter and bake.

Steam broccoli to crisp tender. Toss with melted butter. Sprinkle with parm cheese. Hope you have lemon wedges.

Who's coming for dinner??

Nov 27, 2013
nlgardener in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's Fresh Turkey- Should I trust the store signs?

Look on the bright side, if you decide to replace it, turkeys will be cheaper on Friday :0)

Nov 27, 2013
nlgardener in General Topics

Mashed potatoes - milk, half and half or heavy cream

While the potatoes cook, I gently heat cream in a small pot with a sprig of fresh rosemary, crushed cloves of fresh garlic, whole black peppercorns and a bay leaf. I always return the cooked potatoes to the pot after draining and keep them over some heat to rid them of moisture. Then mash them with the strained herb-infused cream and as much butter as your heart desires.

OTOH a great shortcut is skip the herb infused cream and mash them with a round of Boursin cheese. Might need a bit of cream to smooth them out.

Nov 24, 2013
nlgardener in Home Cooking

A burger sandwich. Not a hamburger.

A hamburger club will get you 3 pieces of toasted bread with bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo.

Another hamburger sandwich is a patty melt - beef patty, caramelized onions, cheese grilled on rye bread.

Nov 23, 2013
nlgardener in General Topics

Corned Beef and Other Missing Lunch Meats

Thank you for the info - I will try Kroger when I'm home next time.

I can buy Krakus Polish ham at my Stop & Shop. I can also buy Mother Goose liverwurst, which is my favorite. I just prefer the quality of the BH olive loaf to the store brand. Higher ratio of olives to meat, as well...

Nov 22, 2013
nlgardener in General Topics