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When roasting a chicken, what do you do with....

I know this is super old but I just had to say that this post and discussion inspired me to experiment with the "baggie" that comes with my chicken and I have to say...it has been lovely. The liver is now my special treat that I sauteed and enjoy hot out of the pan. No time for crackers or accouterments. The neck I brown and add chopped onions, garlic, salt, pepper, olive oil and butter and a bit of stock or water and cook on low while the chicken roasts. I combine the pan drippings with this and make gravy. I also pick and eat the neck. So, thank you for opening my world to the wonders of chicken goodies. I just enjoyed another liver and it will not be my last.

May 19, 2014
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Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

My mom would do Macaroni and Cheese (prob store brand) with a can of tuna and a can of peas. I still crave it to this day.

May 14, 2014
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Best Sandwich in the World

I love a good sandwich.
In no particular order:
1. Roast Beef (rare as can be), lettuce (pref romaine), beef steak tomato slices, globs of mayo (Hellman's), raw onion slices, thick cut bread or grinder roll, salt and pepper. My ultimate sandwich when I was a kid and we could afford to get RB. As I got older I have added horseradish to the mayo but the classic is so good.
2. Grilled Cheese -simply a classic
3. Buffalo Chicken wrap! Bleu cheese please!
4. Gyro with loads of tzatiki
5. Eggplant melt on a spinach wrap with baby spinach, boursoin cheese, and dill dressing from my fave local deli
6. Reuben- not grilled, deli style with Corned Beef
7. Tuna grinder- cold, with provolone, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, salt and pepper
8. BLT-can not go wrong!
9. left over thanksgiving sandwich with mayo and cran sauce
10. fried egg sandwich! with the yolk still runny!

May 06, 2014
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simple chicken livers recipe (not pate) - pan frying

So, I have been curious about the goings on inside of my chickens and I finally drew up enough courage to figure it out. I looked up a diagram to figure out what was inside my chicken and saw that this huge deep reddish thing was a liver. I figured, that sounds yummy. I read through this thread and decided to quickly saute it in butter with salt, pepper, and garlic. I then took my first bite, it was almost steak like! I shared some with my curious canine and he shared my enthusiasm. I tossed the gizzards because i wasn't cooking my chicken until later and I didn't really know what to do with it. I saved the neck with the back I cut out (spatchcock) in a freezer bag to use for stock later.

I am pretty excited to try more ways of using everything and wasting little to none.

Aug 22, 2012
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What Foods Do You Hate/Dislike that Most Hounds Probably Love?

That sounds yummy. I love Grapefruit soda. I'm not a sweet drink person, so, when I am craving something that is not savory (Dirty martini/Bloody mary) I go for Ruby Red Martinis or Lemon Drops sans the sugar rim. So, I think I might like that if I tried it.
I have just been scarred by brown Rum. In college the only drink me and my friends knew how to order, aside from a pitcher of Honey Brown, was a Rum and Coke. So many Rum and cokes. A beach trip pouring warm rum into Diet Coke cans, and then for some reason on my Bachelorette party someone snuck a handle of Rum into the limo...add the multiple congratulatory shots of 151 I was forced to imbibe on my honeymoon and the gallons of Bahama Mamas...it cemented the deal. Ugh, Rum.

Haha, now you know my whole Rum history.

Jul 27, 2012
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Have you ever "trained" yourself to eat something?

I eat lobster without butter or lemon. Also, crab legs as well. You can take me out to eat any day. I love, love, love the sweet taste of lobster. Butter or lemon is a condiment. It just adds to the taste, it doesn't create the whole flavor on it's own. I love my condiments but I appreciate the base food just as much.

Jul 27, 2012
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What Foods Do You Hate/Dislike that Most Hounds Probably Love?

Mmmm, everything on your list made my mouth water! I am stinky food lover. The stinkier the better.
I love, love, love Dirty Martinis with blue cheese stuffed olives. It's my go to Happy Hour drink when I am slurping back some raw oysters and munching on Bruschetta!
But, I understand everyone has different taste buds. I love raw raspberries but if you put raspberry syrup or cooked raspberries on or in my dark chocolate cake dessert....ugh, it ruins it for me. I hate cooked fruit.

Jul 27, 2012
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What Foods Do You Hate/Dislike that Most Hounds Probably Love?

I concur. Rum is def on my list. Rum flavored things as well. Honeymooned in the Bahamas and it was very hard to hide my disdain for Rum when everyone was buying as Rum drinks to celebrate...ugh my stomach.
I am a vodka girl, through and through.
Also, coffee. Hate it. Coffee flavored things. Espresso. Espresso flavored things, including Tiramisu.
Fennel, Fennel seeds, Sausage with fennel seeds, Annise, anything licorice-y. I can't abide it. It makes me a bad Italian, I know this, but the taste makes me cringe and shiver.
Ham. (I will eat it but I wont ever crave it)

I am pretty great with trying anything and loving most of it. I don't knock things until I try them. But those are basically my Food Don'ts

Jul 27, 2012
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Family foods I thought was normal

We used to crack a raw egg over our dog's dry kibble to give his coat some shine. It was my favorite thing to do, I have no idea why I got so excited about this weird little ritual. We also bought this kibble that you poured hot water over to create doggy gravy. No idea why this thread about family foods made me think of what we fed our dog...

Jul 26, 2012
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Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

Growing up we were most certainly poor, I didn't really realize until i was older. But we used to get block of American cheese and those plastic containers with bologna in it. Bologna, while it can be a regional food, was definitely a poor food. We couldn't afford the yummy deli roast beef or carved turkey, so bologna roll ups it was. Also, cans of government meat with the animal inside depicted as a picture on the front. My dad used to make this awesome meal, I steal crave to this day, it was with can o' pork cooked with seasonings and ketchup when we couldn't afford tomato sauce, and all of that was lovingly glopped over fresh cut, pan fried, french fries. We had one of those cool gadgets that you put over your potato and pushed andit sliced them. I cut my fingers on it many times. I wish I still had that. He would strain the oil of the fries off by laying them on paper bags from the grocery store. My mom would create something out of nothing every meal. Every dish was better than the last and no one was made the same way twice. She fed us with love. She fed us with soul. She fed us with life.

Jul 26, 2012
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Those weird things you eat when you are in your kitchen

and tons of pepperoncini peppers. Mmmmm.
Basically anything pickled and spicy :)

Jun 01, 2012
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Those weird things you eat when you are in your kitchen

Yeah, that's something I am recently hearing about. So, it's pretty weird around my kitchen.
We always were a typical bread stuffing until my husband's father introduced to me his French style meat stuffing. Actually he is the one who introduced me to smoked oysters as well. I just had too many left over one day and chopped them up in a cup with stove top and made a snack that I just have to repeat whenever possible. Keep the hot sauce close by.

May 31, 2012
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Those weird things you eat when you are in your kitchen

Chopped up smoked oysters mixed with stove top stuffing and topped with hot sauce.
I just ate this hiding in my kitchen while I was prepping dinner...
It was delicious.

May 30, 2012
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Those weird things you eat when you are in your kitchen

Vinegar is definitely one of my hidden loves.
As a kid I would pour pickle juice into shot glasses and chug them on dares from neighborhood kids! Also, a favorite of mine as a kid was gutting tomatoes from the garden and pouring Zesty Italian dressing down the middle and simultaneously sucking down the vinegary goodness and slopping the yummy tomato.
I now make my own vinaigrettes with red wine vinegar (lots of it) and then I slurp down the extra yummy dressing right from the bowl.

May 30, 2012
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"Dirty" recipes that are crowd pleasers

I love this thread. Why are the bad things so good??
A few I am infamous for making and providing to my gluttonous family and friends.
Seven Layer Dip
Buffalo Chicken Dip
French Onion Dip courtesy of Lipton's
Punch with Gingerale and Sherbet
and I sometimes purchase those little packets of Taco and Chili seasoning...GASP!

And my absolute favorite Hashbrown Casserole, that I have yet to make, but I scarf down and steal the left overs every Christmas at my SIL's
http://www.food.com/recipe/cracker-ba...

May 04, 2012
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Your mom's weird cooking ... and other stories? (recipes encouraged)

Oh! Something else I remember was for a treat my dad would let us have our own cup of coffee which was basically light brown milk and sugar by the time we were done with it and then we would crush saltine crackers into it and slop it around until they were much and eat with a spoon.
When he wasn't eating his coffee this way he would slather mayo on a slice of white bread, fold it over, and dunk. I never picked this trait up but my sister loves it.
And how could I forget, Coke Floats. We would keep tall glass mugs in the freezer and scoop some vanilla ice cream into them and cover with Coca Cola and eat with a spoon. When I was young and saw Root Beer Floats on menus I would be so confused that they were made with Root Beer and not Coca Cola like we had.
A treat me and my brother used to love was whole carrot sticks peeled and dunked in wishbone dressing or peanut butter. Me and my sister would dunk potato chips in ketchup.
So fancy.

Apr 15, 2012
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Your mom's weird cooking ... and other stories? (recipes encouraged)

I just spent an inordinate amount of time reading this amazing thread.
My mom was a pretty amazing cook but looking back I remember some odd dinners when she had to improvise when times were hard.
The American Chop Suey one def rings a bell. Elbow macaroni with ground beef, diced tomatoes, and here is where my mom added some flair...a can of peas. I still love this and make it for myself because my husband hates tomato anything.
Soft scrambled eggs on toast. Nothing special but scrambled eggs with butter, lots of butter, served on toast. I still can not get the right consistency to copy this one.
Everything but the kitchen sink soup which contained cabbage, canned whole tomatoes, lots of garlic, and basically any other vegetables. This was said to be a cure all for any illness...garlic would seep out of your pores.
Macaroni and cheese mixed with a can of tuna and...you guessed it! A can of peas.
Pork chops with sauteed onions that have been cooked in vinegar until delicious. My mouth waters thinking about it. Mmmm vinegar-y onions. I would fight to have the remaining juices poured into my mouth...I mean onto my plate.
Our absolute favorite cheapo london broil steaks big and juicy cooked like they were restaurant quality to a nice medium rare seasoned with adobe served with fried eggs and french fries.

My dad was pretty creative as well in that he could make very unappealing items taste delicious. Can of government meat with the animal that was supposedly inside of it pictured on the can. Mostly the can with the pig was our go to fave. This can of meat was cooked in a sauce pan with a tomato-y sauce sometimes ketchup, probably ketchup, seasoned up and then served over french fries. I actually loved this meal.

Other weird meals I remember are my grandmother giving me ham in a pita pocket with diced onions and mustard...I hated every one of these items and for some reason she made this for me.
Since I disliked deli ham when we were having a deli sandwich dinner night I would slice a big beef steak tomato and salt and pepper it and slap it on wonder bread slathered with Hellmans, yummo!

I wish I could remember more.

Apr 15, 2012
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