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Easy hard boiled egg peeling tecnique.

I also find that using a spoon to reach under the cracked shell helps to peel in bigger pieces with less chance of deformity. I use a teaspoon from my table cutlery. It followers the contour of the egg nicely.

Sep 17, 2014
nlgardener in Home Cooking

Apple-themed potluck

Lots of good ideas posted. Here's a recipe I've used for years that might work for you.

Fall Apple Dip

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chopped salted peanuts
3 golden Delicious apples, sliced
1/2 cup orange juice

Combine cream cheese, brown sugar and vanilla in a bowl and mix until smooth. Sprinkle top with peanuts. Dip apple slices in orange juice and arrange around dip.

(This is pretty with a mix of different colored apples).

would you sue for this?

I broke a tooth on a large coarse piece of sea-salt from a grinder on the table at a restaurant, and also eating wasabi peas. Both required very expensive dental work including crowns. I am extremely cautious even with "pitted" olives and chop them before adding them to anything just to monitor for pits.

Sep 08, 2014
nlgardener in Not About Food

Sigh .... turnips

I like them au gratin. Peel, then dice and cook in salted water until just tender. Strain and put into a buttered casserole. Make a bechamel seasoned with some nutmeg & a bit of cayenne. Melt into that some shredded cheddar. Pour over the turnips. Top with buttered breadcrumbs and bake until browned & bubbly. Reheats nicely.

These appear every Thanksgiving at our house.

Sep 03, 2014
nlgardener in Home Cooking

Do you substitue sour cream for plain yogurt?

Daisy Light Sour Cream is always in my fridge. Love Fage regardless of fat content.

Now if I could only get my Stop & Shop to stock 4% Friendship cottage cheese. They've turned into the food police and only stock 2%, salt free and 1%.

Pick your poison lol.

Sep 01, 2014
nlgardener in Home Cooking

What 5 TJ's products...?

Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup
Corn and Chilie Tomato-Less Salsa
Cornbread Mix
Pork Gyoza Potstickers (frozen)
Raisin Rosemary Crisps

Aug 27, 2014
nlgardener in Chains

Mashed potatoes, heated milk question

I heat half and half and infuse it with whole peppercorns, smashed cloves of garlic, bay leaf and fresh rosemary for about 1/2 hour - never at a boil. I drain the salted water off of the potatoes, return them to the pot with the heat on low to evaporate the water and then strain the half and half infusion into them along with a generous amount of unsalted butter and use a potato masher to marry them. Sometimes I throw in a bit of Parm cheese.

These always get a great reception :o)

For Fun: Favorite bad versions of dishes?

Spanish Rice-a-Roni (made with a can of chopped tomatoes with jalapeños) doused with Cholula. Always served with grilled Cajun spiced chicken thighs and whatever green veg is viable...

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.

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.


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...

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)

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.

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