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French Yogurt Cake recipe using standard container American single-serve yogurt?

This sounds like a great project to do with my 7 year old granddaughter who I am teaching to cook/bake. What temperature and how long to bake?

Apr 07, 2014
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Tips on how to roast a Large Chicken (8 lbs)

I was so happy to see this topic! I too have a hefty 8# chicken that was given to me and it's been languishing in the freezer taking up a lot of room. I have a better idea after reading the comments on how long to roast it. My question is: how long will it take to defrost in the frig?

Feb 23, 2014
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MEATLOAF - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for February 2014

The only liquid is the 1/4 cup of ketchup. Is it dense? Does it hold together OK? Is it moist? For years I've looked for a good meatloaf recipe and tried dozens of them--I keep on trying....

Feb 01, 2014
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Candy recipes wanted using sweetened, condensed milk?

Cooks Illustrated has a very good fudge recipe using sweetened condensed milk. I change it up by using half semisweet and half milk chocolate, chopped. Unfortunately I can't find it online anywhere and I don't think I'm supposed to copy it here. If you have access to their website you can get it.

Dec 21, 2013
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Oven browned potatoes

The recipe I use from an old Fannie Farmer cookbook is for Franconia Potatoes:

Pare medium potatoes. Cook 10 minutes in boiling salted water. Drain. Put in pan with meat you are roasting and bake until soft, about 1 hour. Baste several times with the fat in the pan.

I have made these many times without meat, just basting frequently with butter or bacon fat. I think you could also cut the potatoes into chunks, but don't roast for an hour then--just keep piercing with a knife and remove from the oven when soft.

Nov 18, 2013
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Your flaws as a cook. Here are mine.

I make wonderful braises, stews and casseroles BUT I can't cook a decent piece of meat on the stove, in the oven or on the grill. Even with a thermometer it is either underdone, overdone, or tough. I despair!!

Sep 03, 2013
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Do you have a great cabbage roll recipe?

Here's my recipe which includes kraut. I never heard of this until I moved to southern Ohio--but I will say it makes delicious cabbage rolls.


1 medium cabbage
1 # sauerkraut
1/2 # ground beef
1/2 # ground pork
1/2 c white rice, cooked than cooled
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1 egg
1 c onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 T Hungarian paprika
pinch cayenne pepper
16 oz can tomatoes, chopped (I like whole ones that I chop rather than the already chopped ones which I don't think cook up as well)
1 c water

Core cabbage. Place in large pot and boil until leaves start to loosen, removing 12-16.

Put half of the kraut in a dutch oven or large pan.

Mix meats, rice, salt, pepper, onion, garlic, and egg. Put 3-4 Tbsp in cabbage leaves, roll up and place seam side down on kraut.

Combine remaining ingredients with remaining kraut and pour over rolls. Cover and bake at 325 for 2 hours.

Aug 24, 2013
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Do you tear your lettuce into pieces or cut them up with a knife when making a salad ?

For 40+ years I've cooked at family/friend functions and the most often heard comment is about the crisp salad I make. I know "torn" is the proper way, but I chop iceberg and slice romaine thinly and mix them together. It is either that or the way I store the lettuce--core, wash, drain for awhile, wrap in a tea towel and put in a plastic bag. The lettuce stays crisp for days and has no significant browning--if a smidge, I just cut it off.

Aug 13, 2013
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Croissants or Kouign Amman with Browned Butter?

Kouign Amman just appeared at a small local bakery here in southwestern Ohio. Wow! It is wonderful! I found several recipes on line, none of which used browned butter. The cold butter was layered into the dough as it was rolled out.

Jul 16, 2013
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (February 2013) - Nominations


Jan 23, 2013
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Topping suggestion for funeral potatoes

+1 on the crushed potato chips--I like the rippled ones for this

Dec 01, 2012
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December 2012 Nominations for Cookbook of the Month


Nov 12, 2012
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Christmas Cookies

I have tried so many recipes for Mexican wedding cakes and not been happy with any of them. Would you share? Or does anyone else out there have a good, melt in your mouth recipe for these?

Nov 11, 2012
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Thank you everyone for all the great suggestions. So many great cookbooks/recipes. Now I have to decide which ones to make!

Oct 24, 2012
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Fudge like chocolate frosting recipe, please!

My problem is I never tasted the frosting my sitter made. My son describes it as setting up like fudge on the cake after it's frosted. He doesn't like fluffy or whipped type frosting. I tried ganache but he said that wasn't it, as it was too soft. Does this make sense?

Oct 24, 2012
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Fudge like chocolate frosting recipe, please!

Ooh, this sounds good.

Oct 24, 2012
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Fudge like chocolate frosting recipe, please!

Thanks Chowser. This recipe sounds interesting and I'm going to try it.

Oct 24, 2012
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Fudge like chocolate frosting recipe, please!

If it tastes and sets up like fudge, absolutely would love the recipe Chowser.

Oct 24, 2012
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Fudge like chocolate frosting recipe, please!

I was reading thru a post on chocolate birthday cakes and it brought to mind my search for a chocolate frosting recipe. For years my son has talked about his babysitter's chocolate frosting which he said tasted like fudge. I've made dozens of recipes but never have come close to what he is looking for. Any old recipes around that might be like this? I suspect it is a recipe from the 40's or 50's. Thanks.

Oct 24, 2012
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What a great pdf. Thanks so much--I see several I'd like to try. Any recommendations anyone? Always appreciate when someone else has tried a recipe and can give it a yes/no.

Oct 22, 2012
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Call for Recipes (CFR): Give me your best fruit cake recipes, ideas, innovations and ingredient sources!

I''ve made this fruitcake for 40-50 years. It is not dense with fruit--more cakey. Grey... there is some info on baking different sizes that might work for you.


2 cups whole candied cherries
1 cup diced candied pineapple
1 cup golden raisins (I don't like so I just increase the other fruits to make up for not adding)
2 cups bourbon
2 cups butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 cups dark brown sugar, packed
8 eggs, separated
5 cups flour
4 cups pecan halves
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp nutmeg

Combine fruit, raisins and bourbon. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Drain but save liquid. Beat butter till light and fluffy. Add sugars gradually, beating on medium until well blended. Add egg yolks, beating just till blended. Combine 1/2 cup flour with pecans. Sift remaining flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Add 2 cups to the creamed mixture and mix thoroughly. Add the remaing flour alternately with the reserved bourbon, ending with flour. Beat egg whites till stiff but not dry; fold gently into cake batter. Add fruit and pecans. Grease and line pans. Makes 1 10" tube pan + 1 small loaf (or 4 medium loaf + 5 small loaf). Bake at 275 4 hours for tube, 1 1/2 for others. Cool. Wrap in cheesecloth soaked with bourbon. Wrap in foil and store in a tight container for several weeks. I keep it in the refrigerator.

Oct 21, 2012
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I see I have lots of company! I love those first few cooler days signaling fall is here, and the urge to make soup hits me immediately. Years ago I hastily copied a recipe for Finnish Lentil Soup from a Burt Wolf travel program. I didn't get the amounts, just ingredients but it lends itself well to cooking by sight:

Chicken broth
Bacon, cooked and crumbled
Chopped potato
Cook till done and add
Juice and zest from 1 lemon
Some shredded carrot
chopped spinach
Top with grated jarlsburg cheese

Good served with Kavli (crackers) with jarlsburg melted on them

I've never found the actual recipe so if there's anyone out there with it, please share.

Oct 16, 2012
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I have a couple of older issues of the Martha Stewart's Cookies--do they do a new one each year? You're right they have some good cookie recipes. I found a dark chocolate one a few years ago that I really like (too dark for my family though so unfortunately I have to lighten them up to get anyone else to eat them).

Oct 14, 2012
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Thanks for the recommendation. According to their website this cookie magazine has been reissued in 2012. I may order it or look for it in stores.

Oct 14, 2012
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I can't believe I'm actually thinking about christmas cookies! I'm looking for new or better recipes. What's your favorite cookie cookbook?

Oct 13, 2012
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (Oct 2012) - Voting


Sep 30, 2012
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month October 2012 - Nominations

It's that time of year-warm, comfort food!

Sep 22, 2012
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Cobbler/Crisp combination recipe...

The most cherished recipe in our family is our Mother's apple crisp. It was our favorite dessert when we were kids (and still is for me). It is probably from the 50's. It might meet what you're looking for--it forms a crusty, delicious topping with a cakey bit underneath. I made it today using the last of my farmer's market peaches instead of apples and it was great.

Put 6 cored, peeled, sliced apples in a greased 8" baking dish. Mix 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt. Break an unbeaten egg into the dry ingredients and stir with a fork till crumbly. Spread over the fruit. Drizzle 1/3 cup of melted butter over the top and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

Sep 03, 2012
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Looking to minimize the glue factor when making marshmallow rice krispie treats

I make a lot of RKTs since they are gluten free. I've found that using a stick of butter rather than 1/2 as most recipes call for makes a better, easier to spread, less sticky RKT. I don't have the recipe at hand but I melt the butter, throw in a bag of large marshmallows, stir till melted, and add a pinch of salt, vanilla, and around 6 cups of rice krispies. I've never tried the microwave--maybe you could do it like chocolate--nuke 30 seconds, stir, repeat, repeat?

Aug 17, 2012
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What's your favorite Key Lime Pie recipe?

The last time I made key lime pie I looked up substitutes online. Several recommended 1/2 persian lime juice + 1/2 lemon juice. I opted to just use the bottled key lime juice, but has anyone ever tried this? Does it work?

Aug 16, 2012
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