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Lemon Curd

Can this be frozen? I have Meyer lemons that really should be used now, but won't have mulberries for another month. Want to use them together.
(Wish it was possible to write a review/question without leaving rating stars.)

Mar 14, 2013
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Zesty Lime and Ginger Winter Fruit Salad

@jethro stella - have you checked the freezer section of your better grocery stores? Or in Latin markets they sell blocks of dried paste. Fruit drink will be sweet, as are mango and guave juice; natural passion fruit juice is pretty tart. You'd probably want to leave out the sugar if you go that way.

Jan 24, 2013
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Slow-Cooked Carne Adovada

We used to get the most wonderful Carne Adovada at La Tertulia restaurant in Santa Fe - sadly the owners retired and closed. But they served the Carne with Sopapillas, which were perfect! And cold beer or good margaritas, to quell the heat.

Sep 27, 2012
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Pasta with Arugula Pesto, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Pine Nuts

If you love arugula, this is great, but if you don't, then don't bother. I make arugula pesto when the garden arugula bolts and gets VERY pepppery - too much so to eat in salad. But I use pistachios which are a lot less expensive, and use good chicken broth for thinning and so a lot less oil, and add a strong cheese such as pecorino romano. With garlic and s&p to taste. Don't heat the arugula - that turns it brown.

Sep 27, 2012
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Corn-Husk-Wrapped Grilled Halibut with Charred Corn Salsa

I haven't made tis yet but I will, but to answer "thegriz", yes, corn husks make a noticeable and excellent difference. However, if you can't get fresh corn husks (like us in FL where August is the off season), I'm going to try this using dried corn husks, soaked, and then wrapped in foil.

Aug 23, 2012
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Grilled Country-Style Pork Ribs

We made these as written, except we had just 3 lbs of "ribs", so probably we should have done math and cut back on the rub. But with that caveat, we found these to be very very very salty and with a considerable kick. We would make these again but adjust accordingly. The meat came out very tender and was easy to grill to just-right.

Jul 12, 2012
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Fast Hammy Grits

I'll have to try this grits method to see if it's tastier in any way from my microwave version. That is - put the water, milk, S&P and grits in a covered microwave safe dish - best if the dish is about 3x the amount of ingredients (i.e. for this ~2 c of ingred, you want at least a 6 cup container). Nuke on high for 5 minutes, let sit for 10. Check for doneness and adjust by adding more liquid or cooking longer or both. Stir in cheese and butter, zap for a minute more.

May 17, 2012
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Eggplant and Mushroom Polenta Bake

This was great and very easy; I made about a half recipe, sort of tweaked (18 oz. eggplant, 8 oz mushroom, 7 oz. can of Rotel tomato/green chili sauce). We broke up the prep - peeled and grilled the eggplants one night, while grilling something else (gas grill outside). Also chopped the onion and garlic and saved all in a zip lock bag. Next day it was simple to prepare the rest of the eggplant dish, and the grilled eggplant really added deep flavor. Second, I always cook polenta in the microwave; it's so much easier and no hot splatters. So then we just served the eggplant on top of the polenta, didn't do the broiling step, don't think we missed anything. Very very good, I'll definitely make again - this didn't scream "vegetarian", was filling and tasty, and is a nice way to use eggplant without a lot of oil.

Apr 26, 2012
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Oven-Smoked Pastrami

So I'm wondering, that 1 teaspoon of curing salt ($2.50 + 7.50 s&h for 8 oz.) helps the pretty pink color, and in some sense as a preservative, but if you are planning on eating this right after you're done making it, is it essential to that "pastrami" flavor? And, sorry about the stars, it was required.

Mar 01, 2012
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How do you get rid of fruit flies in your kitchen??

I'm enjoying this whole thread - we grow bananas and I made the mistake of letting a bunch ripen on the stem and then bringing the unripe remainders in the house - what a disaster. BUT about the guinea pigs dripping bottle ... we had that problem with our bunnies, and just got rid of the dripping bottle. Instead got them one of those bowls made for birds, with a clamp to attach to the side of their daytime enclosure so they couldn't knock it over. They now drink just like the wild bunnies and get a lot more water, which is overall good for them. And there's no mess.

Feb 18, 2012
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