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Baby shower menu help

You could try turkey with cranberry sauce or cranberry chutney.

The best thing I ate on the 4th was.....

Homemade chocolate custard ice cream
Sweet, juicy, and fruity watermelon chosen by looking for the biggest yellow belly.

Jul 05, 2015
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Pig Roast- alcoholic drink in bulk? Need help ASAP!

Margaritas sound good. A spiked lemonade would be nice.

Jul 04, 2015
Tara57 in Spirits

What to do with goat cheese crumbles?

Stuff dates, wrap in bacon or prosciutto if desired, bake or grill.

Jul 02, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

What to do with goat cheese crumbles?

Stuff mini peppers, wrap in bacon if you like, and grill.

Jul 02, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Good ideas/recipes for ground beef

Kheema
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aa...

Korean beef
http://elizabethbryant.blogspot.com/2...

Curried beef pitas
http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cu...

Salisbury steak, beef vegetable soup, cowboy stew

Jun 30, 2015
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amusement park/camping weekend menu?

I'd be very comfortable with the chicken salad cooled as you described. Wrap sandwiches are sturdy if you want another packed lunch idea -- hummus and veggies, turkey with cranberry sauce and cream cheese, chicken and pesto, roast beef and mustard/horseradish, any cold cut and cheese you like ... no shame in chicken salad again.

Jun 28, 2015
Tara57 in General Topics

What to eat with dips on soft food diet?

Rice cakes and puffed snacks like Pirate's Booty, Veggie Booty, and Tings melt in the mouth.

Gerber makes melt in the mouth crunchy poofs for toddlers that might suit your need.

Would a little square of lettuce be okay?

Jun 26, 2015
Tara57 in Special Diets

Ways to liven up chili?

brown the spices along with the meat
add a dash of cinnamon

Jun 21, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Oral Surgery.. GF, vegetarian, dairy-free

applesauce
cream of rice
enrich thin soups and broth with a beaten egg

Jun 21, 2015
Tara57 in Special Diets

2 VERY ripe avocados... WHAT to do with them??

Spread on a BLT
I love avocado spread on Saltines with a sprinkle of salt and sometimes a little hot sauce.

Jun 21, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

If he gets used to bean/vegetable soups (maybe blended), you may be able to add bits of chicken or other meat to the soup later down the road.

Perhaps he could try some crumbled ground beef by itself or in soup/pasta when he is ready.

Jun 20, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Bouillon

I like Goya and Knorr chicken and chicken and tomato bouillon powders. The Knorr comes in a jar, which is a little more convenient than Goya's envelopes. I often use bouillon powder in place of some or all of the salt in wet or moist mixtures - soup, chili, meatloaf, braises, beans. A steaming hot cup of bouillon mixed with V8 juice is soothing for colds.

Jun 20, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Household Science and Arts, 1913

I love old cookbooks and homemaking books. So fun and informative.

This is a treasure:
http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/c...

Jun 19, 2015
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25 of Our Favorite Food Quotes

"The whole Mediterranean, the sculpture, the palm, the gold beads, the bearded heroes, the wine, the ideas, the ships, the moonlight, the winged gorgons, the bronze men, the philosophers - all of it seems to rise in the sour, pungent taste of these black olives between the teeth. A taste older than meat, older than wine. A taste as old as cold water."

Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990)
'Prospero's Cell' (1945)

Jun 19, 2015
Tara57 in Features

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

Would he eat beans, lentils, or tofu in soup?
You could try making fish cakes with mashed potato.

Jun 19, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Put too much cardamom in my mango chutney. Is there anything I can do to save it?

Peaches would taste good along with the mango. I'm afraid I can't give canning advice.

Jun 18, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

what to do with mini sweet peppers

My husband stuffed the mini peppers with mozzarella cheese, wrapped them in bacon, and grilled them until the bacon was done. Delicious!

Jun 18, 2015
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Soup Kitchen

Freeze until you need it, then

Pineapple bread or muffins
Add to a curry

Jun 17, 2015
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Your Best Dairy Free Dessert

Wacky cake with pear compote or poached pears
Meringue with fruit

Jun 14, 2015
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ISO Budget-Conscious, Meat-Centric Meals for a Crowd

chicken and dumplings

Jun 13, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Could really use some guidance - I need to start cooking at home

I have the Saving Dinner cookbook/weekly meal planner. I followed it for a few months. I don't remember why I stopped. I liked most of the recipes. Each week has a meal plan with recipes and a shopping list. Once you get used to the rotation, you will see what is used frequently so you can stock up when the ingredients are on sale. I still make the black bean and sweet potato burritos. You can also sign up for weekly emailed plans.
savingdinner.com

I go to budgetbytes.com when I need some inspiration.

I try to cook a big Sunday dinner, with enough for leftovers. On Sunday, I also prep a big Crockpot meal for Monday. My week is usually:
Sunday - dinner
Monday - Crockpot dinner
Tuesday - Sunday leftovers, reheated or repurposed
Wednesday - Crockpot leftovers, reheated or repurposed
Thursday - something easy like grilled cheese and soup, quesadillas, breakfast for dinner
Friday - pizza
Saturday - whatever happens

You might like Simple and Delicious magazine. I receive it and like everything I have tried.

Jun 11, 2015
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Could really use some guidance - I need to start cooking at home

Thirty Minute Meals taught me how to cook without a recipe. I finally realized that you could eyeball amounts and combine friendly flavors without needing exact amounts or cooking times. The meals are pretty healthy, with what I consider reasonable amounts of convenience ingredients (frozen corn, canned beans, etc.).

Jun 11, 2015
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Cooking and being friendly to planet earth

My oven isn't very large. Sometimes I rotate the location of the dishes midway through cooking.

Jun 11, 2015
Tara57 in General Topics

Cooking and being friendly to planet earth

I often cook pasta by covering the pot and turning off the heat after adding pasta to the boiling water.
http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/05/ho...

I try to cook several things in the oven at once - chicken, roast vegetables, rolls, etc.

Jun 10, 2015
Tara57 in General Topics

Your dirty little kitchen secret

Five second rule
Drink milk out of the jug
Drink pickle juice out of the jar
Kids lick the mixer beaters and scrape out the mixing bowl after mixing cake batter

Jun 08, 2015
Tara57 in General Topics

Tempting Food?

Milkshake, smoothie, mini muffins

Jun 08, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Please help- Pork tenderloin

This brown sugar and dijon glaze is delicious on pork loin. Should be good on tenderloin, too.
http://www.rockrecipes.com/easy-glaze...

My dad's pork tenderloin was the best. All he did was marinate it in Zesty Italian dressing and grill.

Jun 07, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Need Book club dinner ideas

Shrimp remoulade
Corn and tomato salad
Fruit
Can you make or buy good gluten free rolls?
Maybe a sippable soup to start

Jun 05, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Do you make use of spice blends in your cooking?

Cavender's Greek seasoning
Goya Adobo
Cajun spice - Zatarain's or Tony Chachere's
curry powder
Italian seasoning
Chili powder - I have Mexene on hand at the moment.

Jun 04, 2015
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