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First sip of the day

I always wake up thirsty. Clear, cold water just feels so right first thing in the morning. Coffee soon after.

about 17 hours ago
Tara57 in Not About Food

Mother's Day Brunch - Help with menu please.

I would purchase a tray of chicken tenders if I went that route.

about 17 hours ago
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Do you eat where you shop?

Vincent's Market in Birmingham had a very nice pay-by-the-pound prepared food bar and seating. I would eat lunch there occasionally. I believe it is no longer in business.

about 17 hours ago
Tara57 in General Topics

Mother's Day Brunch - Help with menu please.

Fried chicken breast would go on the biscuits, too.

about 17 hours ago
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Need an idea for chili meat, please

Picadilo would go with your rajas.

Spicy Joe's Special

2 days ago
Tara57 in Home Cooking

The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

Chili omelets are delicious. I had a baked potato topped with butter, salt, pepper, a runny egg, and a few drops of soy sauce for lunch today.

Apr 26, 2015
Tara57 in General Topics

Fresh Pickles from Old Brine

I recently sliced some sweet mini peppers and dropped them into a jar of pickle juice. After a few days, they were very good - sweet, salty, sour, crispy.

Apr 25, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

What add-ins (if any) would your ideal cookie contain? Soft and chewy or crispy-crunchy?

I love chewy chocolate chip pecan cookies.

Apr 22, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Your favorite junk food or guilty pleasure?

Ro-tel dip

Food Gift Ideas?

What a kind thing to do. I wouldn't turn down a cupcake, but here are a few other ideas.

cheese straws
flavored popcorn
spiced nuts
seasoned oyster crackers or pretzels similar to these: https://www.hiddenvalley.com/recipe/1...
beer bread
herb bread
cheddar jalapeno bread
any good bread

Apr 22, 2015
Tara57 in General Topics

self rising flour-

biscuits, waffles, pancakes, muffins

Apr 22, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

browning meat with ground spices on it?

I always brown the spices along with the meat when I make chili. The spices don't burn; their flavor is enhanced.

Apr 20, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Uses for about to spoil milk?

bread pudding, rice pudding

Apr 19, 2015
Tara57 in General Topics

What can I do with this stuff?

Maybe paella or curry.

Apr 18, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Salmon banana

We loved this salmon satay, coated with sesame-ginger marinade (I'm sure you could make your own version), peanut butter, and sesame oil. I have terrible luck cooking fish, but this came out delicious and not fishy. The orange jasmine rice was very good, too.


Apr 18, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Hot Crab Dip

Sharp green salad or vegetables a la grecque

Country captain
The rest of the baguette


Apr 16, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Cook Your Vegetables to Death - Bon App├ętit

This Alabama girl loves vegetables that are gently, slowly braised to bring out all that flavor - beans, greens, summer squash, green beans, okra and tomatoes. Some fat helps you benefit from fat soluble vitamins.

Apr 16, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Leftover Cauliflower Rice to Soup

Fake mashed potatoes- cook in a little water until soft enough to blend, add butter, salt, pepper, etc

Apr 15, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

recipes for extra bacon

Club sandwich
Cobb salad
Loaded baked potato
Broccoli salad

Apr 15, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Faster Than Cookies

Your marble brownies sound tasty.

Toll House and Quaker oatmeal cookies both cook up deliciously as bar cookies. The recipes are on the package.

Apr 14, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Throwing a party with no oven...suggestions?

I think your party sized sub plus a few nice salads, crudite and dip, maybe a relish tray, etc. will be all you need. You could make something in your Crockpot if you want a hot dish. I always love soup with a sandwich. I would outsource the dessert - buy or let a friend make it.

Apr 12, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

My Aldi experience!

I've been very happy with Aldi. I try to stock up once a month or so ...
dried pasta
half and half
canned tomatoes and beans
frozen vegetables
pasta sauce
frozen ground turkey - good in chili, sloppy Joes, tacos
coffee beans
tortilla chips
peanut butter
snack items like pretzels, granola bars, nuts
mayo - only if I am out and don't feel like making an extra trip for Duke's. I don't think anyone else in the family sees a difference, and I don't eat enough mayo to care too much.
mac and cheese
olive oil
laundry soap
dish soap
foil, baggies, paper products

Their fresh produce doesn't last long, so I don't buy too much. I know I'm forgetting many other Aldi staples. One year, our entire Christmas dinner came from Aldi. Their wine and beer is fine.

Apr 10, 2015
Tara57 in Chains

60th Birthday BBQ Menu Planning

For drinks, consider horchata, Arnold Palmers (lemonade and iced tea mixed) or infused ice water (cucumber, lemon, mint, etc. - very pretty and refreshing) in a big dispenser with a spigot.

Side salads - cucumber and onion, with or without tomatoes, quick pickled vegetables, three bean salad. Baked beans, cole slaw, and corn feel necessary. Grilled vegetables, hot or cold with a vinaigrette dressing. Grilled romaine with a dressing.

You may not need to worry about keeping things piping hot. I like all your planned dishes at room temperature, although I could be in the minority.

Enjoy the party!

Apr 10, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

What to do with leftover onions and sauce?

Brunswick stew
Meatloaf topping
Cubed steak

Apr 10, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Side dish help?

Happy birthday to your son! I agree with all the fresh and cold side suggestions. A pretty fruit tray would be nice and could transition to cake cutting, too.

Apr 08, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Need Side Dish ideas for homemade pizza

I would enjoy a relish tray with lots of interesting olives and pickled vegetables plus a few fresh bites like grape tomatoes or mini peppers.

Pretty fruit tray.

Apr 07, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Leftover loin lamb chops -- suggestions?

Serve slices in a pita, top with tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, onion, lettuce.

Top Greek salad.

Turning cookie dough into cake batter?

I think it would work.

Maybe - follow the directions for Toll House pan cookies in a baking dish, cool, top with softened ice cream, maybe crumbled cookies or cake crumbs, sprinkles, nuts, syrup, etc. Freeze.

Or - layers of crumbled cookies and ice cream, toppings, repeat, in a springform pan. Freeze.

Apr 05, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Same Dilemma Every Year

Top baked potatoes
Top green salad

Apr 04, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Alice in Wonderland theme

What fun! I'd bring some tea sandwiches for the Mad Hatter tea party. Cucumber, watercress, egg salad, tomato, cream cheese and olive, pimento cheese, benedictine spread.

Mushroom ideas - spinach stuffed mushrooms, mushroom tarts, mushroom flatbread, mushroom quiche.

Apr 03, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking