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If refrigerating tomatoes is supposed to be verboten, then what of gazpacho?

My mother always refrigerated tomatoes and I used to prefer them that way. Sometime along the way I got used to them not being chilled and now prefer that. Your tomatoes, your home: do what you want!

I suppose the same process that causes the mealiness in refrigerated tomatoes also is responsible for the end product of gazpacho. I am sure there is a better way of saying that. lol.

1 day ago
MrsJonesey in General Topics

Turning pimento cheese into pimento mac and cheese?

I have been known to buy a bag of the finely shredded sharp cheddar and a bag of the regular shredded and use a mixer to blend it all. The finely shredded becomes one with the mayo and the regular shredded gives the texture I want. Now, I want pimiento cheese. The problem is that I can never make a small batch and neither of us need that much temptation.

Jul 26, 2014
MrsJonesey in Home Cooking

Metlted Cheese - Flavor?

I have found that I like melted cheese best once cooled down.

Jul 26, 2014
MrsJonesey in Cheese

Need to use 600g/21 oz. of Valbreso Feta before it expires 08/17/2014

I haven't tried this yet but it looks great. http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/...
Then there's baked feta that is divine. http://www.food.com/recipe/evs-baked-...
The quinoa chowder with spinach and feta on this site is delicious. I know it's too hot to think of soup but I wouldn't turn down a bowl of it as long as I the AC's working!
If you still have some you can't use up, freeze it. It would be better than letting it go to waste.

Jul 24, 2014
MrsJonesey in Home Cooking

New incarnations of foods?

I bet that is good. I know baby zucchini is so much better than the regular grocery store fare. I tried growing eggplant so that I could harvest it really small, but the bugs were more determined than me that year. I should try again.

Jul 22, 2014
MrsJonesey in General Topics

Swordfish recipes

That makes me feel more confident, so thank you very much!

Jul 22, 2014
MrsJonesey in Home Cooking

New incarnations of foods?

The broiled figs with balsamic sound wonderful. Your example of super thin sliced celery and apple is much like the zucchini matchsticks. I mean the same dish with sliced zucchini would have me wondering why.

Jul 22, 2014
MrsJonesey in General Topics

New incarnations of foods?

So is this a dessert or a very sweet and thick/tall cornbread?

Jul 22, 2014
MrsJonesey in General Topics

Swordfish recipes

Thanks. Seems I remember hearing swordfish is one of the easier fish to grill, so I'll give it a try.

Jul 22, 2014
MrsJonesey in Home Cooking

New incarnations of foods?

Thanks. I'll take a look on Amazon. I bought a julienne peeler but it is awkward to use.

Jul 21, 2014
MrsJonesey in General Topics

Swordfish recipes

I think I'll give this a try. Any tips on grilling swordfish? Any problems with it sticking?

Jul 21, 2014
MrsJonesey in Home Cooking

New incarnations of foods?

Does she use the tool in the ad? If so, is it easy to clean?

Jul 21, 2014
MrsJonesey in General Topics

New incarnations of foods?

Thought of another one. Grilled okra. I love fried okra but hate to deep fry. I find grilling okra gives that intense okra taste that deep frying does, without the fuss plus it's healthier.

Jul 21, 2014
MrsJonesey in General Topics

New incarnations of foods?

Please forgive the possible improper use of words. Have you discovered a new way to use or prepare a food that excites you, especially when your previous appreciation of said food was at best ho-hum? Last year I discovered I love raw zucchini cut in matchsticks. This weekend I tried it julienned and barely warmed in a pan with garlic and olive oil. Another winner. How about you?

Jul 21, 2014
MrsJonesey in General Topics

Oh, It's so heavenly when I...

Eat raw tomato sauce from fresh summer tomatoes and lots of torn basil. Just chopped the tomatoes and salted them. Now the wait.......I'm starving!

Jul 19, 2014
MrsJonesey in General Topics

Have LOTS of produce - help!

Here is an idea for your squash and zucchini: http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/201...

And if you happen to also have green beans, I really like this salad using raw julienned zucchini. Heck, the dressing is so good it should make a fine salad subbing your squash for the green beans. http://food52.com/recipes/4764-french...

Jul 19, 2014
MrsJonesey in Home Cooking

Buttermilk Granita!

I finally got around to making this. It is very good. Very interesting. First, how delightful sweetened buttermilk is before freezing. I kept tasting it at each scraping and there were times I wasn't sure I would like the final product, but I do indeed like it very much. Reminded me again how important texture can be. For example, I once tried a recipe for a lemon "ice cream" that didn't call for an ice cream machine. I didn't care for it at all until I scraped it like a granita. This is a keeper and next time I will probably add lemon zest.

ETA: Mine took much more than 4 hours to freeze. After 6 hours, it was time to go to bed. At this rate, scraping every 30 minutes was too often and irritating as well. I will plan accordingly next time.

Jul 19, 2014
MrsJonesey in Home Cooking

New Ideas and Tips from Chefs

Aha! Regarding the first tip, I read this years ago and even posed the question here on CH. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/971689
I need to make a note of this and try it once cool weather makes me yearn for that elusive beef stew with very flavorful meat. Thanks!

Jul 11, 2014
MrsJonesey in Home Cooking

Overcooked Chicken Breasts - Help

Agree with chicken salad using lots of mayo. It will be better after it sits overnight in the refrigerator. Definitely add celery and maybe a tiny bit of minced onion, not much at all as it tends to overpower easily. Oh, and a half-inch or so dice as opposed to shredding the chicken.

Jul 10, 2014
MrsJonesey in Home Cooking
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Making croutons

I use Ina's method in this Lemon Chicken with Croutons. It still amazes me the flavor that comes from 4 of the most basic ingredients prepared stovetop. I prefer sourdough, ciabatta, baguettes, almost any yeast bread, but I wouldn't waste my time on hotdog or hamburger buns. Break those up in chunks and whiz in a blender for breadcrumbs if you are just trying to not be wasteful. Just my 2 cents.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

Jul 08, 2014
MrsJonesey in Home Cooking
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Picking fruits and vegetables @ the market, an imperfect science.

I will be looking for a blue tint in the broccoli from now on. Thanks!

I can't imagine trusting my DH to grocery shop for me, especially at Costco. He would come home with 50 lbs. of steaks and hamburgers and 10 bags of chips, plus some $300 electronic something-or-other and the latest kitchen "deal" just for me. Groan.

Jul 03, 2014
MrsJonesey in General Topics
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Quinoa rinse water as a bug repellant?

Update: I have only sprayed my beans once. So far I have only seen a couple of the bean beetles, but that was before I sprayed. I have been seeing some Japanese beetles, so the quinoa water doesn't deter them. Overall verdict is still out though.

Jul 02, 2014
MrsJonesey in Gardening

Picking fruits and vegetables @ the market, an imperfect science.

Broccoli: I look for the smallest, tightest buds. Then I look at the size of the stems. Thinner is better. Lastly, I look at the bottom of the stems. Splitting or hollowing indicates it should have been picked sooner and of course, browning indicates it's not very fresh. When I get home, I slice a bit off the ends and stand the stalks in water, cover with a plastic bag and refrigerate. It stays fresher much longer. Same with asparagus.

Jul 02, 2014
MrsJonesey in General Topics

I'm so over...

Totally agree about sexy.

Jul 02, 2014
MrsJonesey in General Topics

I'm so over...

Foodie.

Jul 01, 2014
MrsJonesey in General Topics
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Favorite gardening forum?

Thank you all. I'll be checking out the sites mentioned. Especially good to know the relation between Dave's Garden and allthingsplants.

Jun 30, 2014
MrsJonesey in Gardening
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Lady-size shovel

You're welcome.

Jun 29, 2014
MrsJonesey in Gardening

Lady-size shovel

Along the same lines as I suggested before, if you can't find what you need, then look for a shovel head the size you are comfortable with. If that is with a too-short handle, buy a replacement handle and have it shortened to the desired length. Heck, the smaller hardware stores will probably do it for a small fee, if not free. Good luck!

Jun 29, 2014
MrsJonesey in Gardening
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Favorite gardening forum?

Yes, "Growhound" would be great! I can't see that happening though. Thanks for your feedback on Garden Web. I was hoping I had missed something and it was easier to read the posts. There is Sprout-Off (?) but it's not very active either. Oh, and there's The Wildlife Gardeners forum. I've not spent enough time there yet to say for sure, but if I recall correctly it might be more active than the other two.

Jun 29, 2014
MrsJonesey in Gardening

Favorite gardening forum?

Do you have one? Most that I know of aren't very active. Garden Web looks interesting, but it seems cumbersome to find new posts. Instead of taking you to a page of recent posts, you get a list of many, many subcategories. On the right side of this page if you scroll down, there is a small box with maybe 8-10 of the latest posts, which may or may not include posts to the other forums as well.

Jun 29, 2014
MrsJonesey in Gardening