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Use for lime pulp?

Muffins

1 day ago
Tara57 in Home Cooking

"Cooking Block" What Do You Do?

This happens to me from time to time, too. I like to cook, but putting dinner on the table every day can be a drudgery. I hit my wall this summer and have felt completely uninspired.

I have been letting my nine year old sons look through my cooking magazines and pick out new recipes to try. It challenges us to cook and try new things, so it has been a little more fun.

I have also reminded myself that nothing is wrong a simple, uninspired meal like grilled cheese or grilled chicken. Be nice to yourself!

2 days ago
Tara57 in General Topics
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Boneless wing ideas

Honey mustard
Lemon pepper
Teriyaki
Garlic and parmesan
Peanut sauce

Jul 17, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Need ideas for coconut Thai seasoning blend

It might work in noodles, rice, curries (potato, sweet potato, chickpea, eggplant, squash, zucchini, tomato), soup (coconut soup is delicious), baked tofu, popcorn.

Jul 17, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking
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biscuits & gravy w/ eggs, country ham

A wine bottle or similar can stand in for a rolling pin. Alternately, you can make drop biscuits instead of rolling out and cutting the dough. Just drop big spoonfuls of dough onto the baking sheet once the dough comes together.

Jul 16, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking
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Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

The oatmeal cookie recipe on the Quaker Oats carton is foolproof and delicious. You can press the dough out into a baking pan to make bar cookies if that simplifies the process.
http://www.quakeroats.com/cooking-and...

Jul 16, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking
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Let's talk about white bread

White bread + government cheese = the best grilled cheese and cheese toast. My school received government cheese. These were the gooiest, most melty, cheesiest grilled cheese and toast. I can't imagine any other bread.

Jul 13, 2014
Tara57 in General Topics

Are you snacking on anything right now? **Springtime Edition**

Popcorn topped with nutritional yeast is my obsession this summer.

Jul 13, 2014
Tara57 in General Topics

How to transform awful Amazon sesame sticks

Maybe - find a Chex Mix recipe that appeals and substitute your sesame sticks for the bulk of the cereal.

http://www.chex.com/recipes/chex-part...

Jul 13, 2014
Tara57 in General Topics
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Sprout's Farmers Market

I went today for the first time. Sunday afternoon was not the time to check out this new store. It was packed and I was too cranky to negotiate the crowded aisles. I did get a watermelon for $1.98, chicken Italian sausage, ground beef, and some corn on the cob 10 for $2.00. The bulk bins, which I was most interested in, were so crowded that I gave up for the day. There were lots of good deals on meat and produce. I will return during a quieter time to explore. Thanks again for all the advice.

Jul 13, 2014
Tara57 in Chains

Dish for a Potluck after a Memorial Service?

I'm sorry for your loss. Tomato and cucumber salad can sit out for a long time. Grilled vegetables are good at room temp; maybe drizzle a little vinaigrette over them. I think your friend would be happy to see friends and family enjoying that pound cake.

Jul 06, 2014
Tara57 in General Topics

Have you used this most unconventional of Kitchen Timers?

My nose is my back up timer - when something smells done, it's done.

Jul 04, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking
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Cabbage Preparations That Kids Like

Ramen slaw - crunchy and addictive

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/ramen-co...

Jul 03, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Best condiment to throw on a hot dog?

mustard
saurkraut
relish
cole slaw
chili
chopped onions

Jul 03, 2014
Tara57 in General Topics

Super simple recipes/ideas to involve kids in cooking

Shake chicken, fish, zucchini, squash, etc. in a bag of seasoned bread crumbs, then bake. Even more fun - smash some corn flakes, potato chips, pretzels, etc. in that bag before you shake and bake.

Homemade butter - cold heavy cream in a jar and shake it up.

Decorate cookies, cupcakes, Rice Krispie treats.

Jul 02, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking
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Cabbage Preparations That Kids Like

Your stir fry sounds good.

A few more ideas:
Cut raw into fingers with a little dip
In soup
Ramen slaw
Do they like mayo based cole slaw? You can be easy on the mayo. It's a good sandwich topper. My kids just started enjoying grilled chicken and slaw in a pita.

Jul 02, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking

I'm 8 wks. pregnant and HATE FOOD. :) Need help...

Oh, no. Maybe try a smooth soup like tomato. It does get better. Congratulations!

Jul 01, 2014
Tara57 in General Topics

I'm 8 wks. pregnant and HATE FOOD. :) Need help...

It will get better. Stick with cereal for now if that is what works. Could you sip a little soup or a smoothie?

Jul 01, 2014
Tara57 in General Topics

Cottage menu requires help!

Can you grill lots of chicken, whole or in parts? Maybe grill lots of sausages, too. I like cold grilled chicken as leftovers, with whatever fruit, salad, bread, etc. you have around. We usually grill an extra beer can chicken just to pick at for the next few days. I like any grilled meat cold or at room temp.

Lettuce wraps with grilled meat and veggies and Asian sauces. Tacos with grilled meat and veggies and Tex Mex toppings.

Crockpot - I love a chicken gyro recipe that calls for drizzling a little olive oil over chicken breasts or thighs, sprinkling over lots of Greek seasoning, cook on low until the chicken will shred, then serve it on pita with tzatziki, onions, tomato, lettuce. Grilled chicken would be good in this, too.

Jul 01, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking

What's the best recipe off a supermarket item label you have made recently?

Not so recently, but reliable favorites:

Toll House Cookies
Quaker Oatmeal Cookies
Libby's pumpkin pie
Ro-tel dip
Morton Ice Cream Salt - French vanilla ice cream
Hershey Cocoa Hot Cocoa
Bisquick - biscuits, waffles, pancakes, impossible pies, coffee cake, oven fried chicken

Jun 30, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking
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WANTED: pretty, bite-sized, filling, different cold or room temp stuffings for devilled eggs

Smoked salmon
Guacamole
Shrimp salad
Tuna salad
Crab salad

Jun 30, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking
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Salad ideas for the Fourth of July

Corn, tomato, and basil
Tomato, cucumber, and onion

Jun 28, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Recipes using pretzel sticks

Use as toothpicks for World Cup or Fourth of July snacks - cheese cubes, meatballs, little sausages, cubed chicken, veggie kabobs, etc.

Jun 25, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking
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What sides should I make for my annual crab boil?

That picture looks good enough to eat!

Do you serve cole slaw with the pulled pork?

I might add bread and sliced watermelon and/or grapes.

Jun 25, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Choosing a Dessert

I think you should make the fruit cobbler for this dinner, but I wanted to share a very easy, decadent, and impressive chocolate recipe you might want to try another time. If you can get puff pastry shells similar to these:

http://www.puffpastry.com/products

Bake the shells and remove the inner pastry according to the package directions. Fill with chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (maybe nuts) and pop back in the warm, turned off oven for just few minutes until the chocolate melts. It will be melted before it looks melted. Give it a stir after three or four minutes. Even easier - fill with Nutella. Top with whipped cream or ice cream.

Jun 24, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking
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Choosing a Dessert

Cobblers are very popular and sound just right for your dinner. I think everyone will love it.

Jun 24, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Choosing a Dessert

Steak dinners always put me in the mind of creme brulee.

I love the idea of a seasonal fruit cobbler.

Nothing wrong with some good ice cream.

Jun 24, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Rotel Velveeta Dip

It won't last long enough to need refrigerating!

Jun 24, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking
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Corn: Raw, grilled, roasted, steamed - which do I want?

I think some caramelization and char from the grill pan would add a nice flavor to your salad.

Jun 24, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking

cajun/creole/southern panzanella deas??

You can make cornbread salad:

http://www.southernplate.com/2012/07/...

Jun 24, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking