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What to do with a can of chiles jalapeƱos and carrots

Add to a taco
Top beans
Serve with or on anything that needs a little relish - chicken, fish, pork

Jan 25, 2015
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recs for teas/juices/soups/drinks/other foods that act as decongestants

I just drank a big, steaming mug of half tomato juice, half chicken broth, with hot sauce, black pepper, and chives. It's soothing.

Jan 25, 2015
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Hosting curious visitors from Germany-- need special dinner ideas

Agreeing with greygarious, my first thought was BBQ with all the trimmings. I'm not above letting the restaurant provide the trimmings as well as the meat.

Brunswick stew and cornbread

Catfish, hushpuppies, cole slaw

Banana pudding, peach cobbler

Country fried steak and gravy

Chicken and dumplings

Sides - greens, green beans, pinto beans, cole slaw, congealed salad, fried okra, braised okra and tomatoes, succotash, sweet potatoes, potato salad, cucumber and onions

Jan 24, 2015
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Sides for Jambalaya and other dinner guest advice...

I agree, jambalaya is a meal in itself, but for guests I would serve a side or starter. A fresh, sharp, crisp green salad would be a nice contrast. Citrus salad. Greens or green beans would be good.

I'm always intimidated by new scenarios. I remind myself that no one knows my expectations but me. If something is missing or not how I planned it, no one else notices. Don't let perfect be the enemy of good.

Menu Planning Help - Baby Shower

The nicest baby shower I ever attended had lots of ladylike finger food like tea sandwiches, ham and pickle roll ups, mini quiches, etc., and a crock of the most delicious warm mulled wine.

Jan 24, 2015
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Kid-friendly and nut-free Italian dish that tastes good at room temp?

I'd likely go with foccacia, panini, or pizza cut into bite sized pieces. Mozzarella balls would be appealing to kids who are used to string cheese.

Maybe - bites of chicken parmesan or cacciatore. Cheese ravioli (mini?) in marinara sauce. Coins or crumbles of Italian sausage. I like things like this at room temperature. Garlic bread, bread sticks, grissini.

You might have a bakery nearby to make a tray of pretty Italian cookies.

Jan 23, 2015
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I bought canned collard greens! Umm... Now what?

Glory brand canned collards are pretty good.

Beans and greens and cornbread - heat the collards in their liquor, cook some pinto beans low and slow, bake a skillet of cornbread, and serve with chopped onions, hot sauce, pepper vinegar, chutney or chowchow.

Jan 21, 2015
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Meatless Meals

Cheese quesadillas or enchiladas, maybe with black or refried beans
Sweet potato and black bean burritos
Red beans and rice
Grilled cheese and tomato soup (or any vegetable soup)
Pita wrap with hummus, tomatoes, onion, cucumber, etc.
Pinto beans or black-eyed peas and cornbread
Breakfast for dinner - eggs, toast, fruit, etc.
Quiche
Pasta

Jan 14, 2015
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Need suggestion for a ladies club dessert

tres leches cake
lemon or lime bars
pretzel salad (sweet and salty pretzel crust, cream cheese middle, strawberries in jello on top - very pretty and delicious)

Jan 10, 2015
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Simple Good Things

Tomato and salt
Buttered toast
Fresh fruit in season
Eggs

Jan 06, 2015
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Help with a Southern Style Supper

I agree that much depends on what type of Southern food she is missing. When I am missing home cooking, I tend to focus on the vegetables more than the main dish. For this Alabama girl:

turkey/chicken and dumplings, catfish, or meatloaf
greens with smoked turkey seasoning
fried okra or stewed okra and tomatoes
sweet potatoes
cole slaw
squash casserole
congealed salad
chocolate cake if that is her favorite, but caramel or red velvet would be more traditional

Jan 05, 2015
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North American destination city for culinary vacation with young kids?

Charleston and New Orleans were my first thoughts. I'll add Savannah - good food and convenient to the beach at Tybee Island.

Jan 04, 2015
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Homemade, OH SO TASTY sauces to accompany unadorned chicken breast, and fish

For chicken or salmon:

tzatziki sauce
peanut sauce

Jan 02, 2015
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Recipes for a tonsillectomy patient

Poor baby. Ice chips or popsicles might help soothe the stinging and get the bad taste out of your mouth.

Dec 31, 2014
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Ideas for using too-sweet Pfeffernusse in a recipe?

The trifle sounds great. Another simple idea - crumble the cookies, mix with a dab of butter, and stuff cored apples before baking. Or, crumble the cookies over poached fruit.

Dec 31, 2014
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What to do with leftover prime rib?

Top a green salad, with onions, olives, croutons, and blue cheese.

Reheat gently in mushroom gravy, serve over a square of puff pastry.

Serve cold in a phyllo cup with blue cheese, mustard, or horseradish.

Dec 30, 2014
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What do you make after Christmas when you're sick of everything?

Indian and Thai food always hit the spot when nothing sounds appealing. I have some samosas in the freezer that sound tempting right now.

Dec 30, 2014
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Pretzel Factory Pretzel Crisps - use up ideas please

Serve with beer cheese soup.

Dec 28, 2014
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Guacamole variations

Avocado with a drizzle of soy sauce is tasty.

Dec 28, 2014
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Suggestions for buttermilk

pancakes
marinate chicken

Dec 28, 2014
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Winter brunch menu

Maybe -

roasted root vegetable hash, topped with poached eggs, cheese, herbs

squash soup

green salad

Dec 27, 2014
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Vegetable dish for brunch?

Oven roasted canned tomatoes if you can't get good fresh tomatoes:

http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/...

I love tomatoes with brunch foods.

Dec 23, 2014
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What did you/would you eat the morning of your wedding?

My sister-in-law insisted on picking up something for me to eat, so I had a quarter pounder and fries.

Dec 22, 2014
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How do you Elvis?

Just peanut butter and sliced banana on sandwich bread. My friend puts mayo on hers. I tried it and didn't care for it.

Dec 22, 2014
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Sides that cut through fat/ richness

quick pickled vegetables

Dec 22, 2014
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addition to cold green bean salad...

Maybe something pungent like olives or capers.

Dec 22, 2014
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Liven up my cheese straws please!

Mustard powder
Cayenne

Dec 17, 2014
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Liven up my cheese straws please!

Mustard powder
Cayenne
Black pepper

Dec 17, 2014
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Need ideas for things to make for under-the-weather preschooler, please!

Poor little guy. Definitely push a lot of fluids - sips of water, soup (lots of broth, little bit of rice or tiny pasta), ice chips, popsicles. You could make fruit juice gelatine if you don't want Jello. When his appetite picks up - toast, saltines, applesauce. My little men just wouldn't eat when they were ill at that age. The BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) diet is really for upset stomachs, but it is soothing and easy on the tummy for anyone with little appetite.

Dec 16, 2014
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We don't eat meat, they don't eat fish.....

Black-eyed peas
Gumbo Z'herbes

Fajitas - make your own - chicken, shrimp, beans, onion, peppers,guacamole

Dec 15, 2014
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