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Side dish suggestions

Maque choux
Potato salad - boil the potatoes in some Zatarain's crab boil
Zapps!

Apr 13, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Sauces to serve over rice, meat, and veggies.

If bottled ingredients like wine, vinegar, soy sauce, mustard, and honey are okay:

tzatziki
dill sauce
marinara
puttanesca
teriyaki
mustard sauce
honey mustard
salsa
chutney

Apr 13, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking

What is your oldest cookbook?

I have a reprint of the 1896 Fannie Farmer Cookbook. I don't cook from it, but it is a fun browse.

Apr 12, 2014
Tara57 in Not About Food

Dunkin D coffee at home

Dunkin' Donuts now sells their own brand of creamer at the grocery store. Maybe that will add that special something you are missing.

http://www.dunkincreamer.com/#landing

Apr 12, 2014
Tara57 in General Topics

Do you like cucumber water?

I love it - tastes and smells so refreshing. Water infused with pineapple and mint is great, too.

Apr 12, 2014
Tara57 in General Topics

What should go in our Easter basket?

Meat and fish jerky
Fruit leather
Freeze dried fruit and vegetables:
https://www.justtomatoes.com/jtstore/...

Apr 10, 2014
Tara57 in Food Quests

Birmingham, AL

Niki's West
Bogue's
Hamburger Heaven
Sneaky Pete's
Jim and Nick's BBQ

Apr 10, 2014
Tara57 in Food Quests

Easter - Grape Jelly and Ham?

Ham sandwiches with plenty of mustard are delicious. How about mostarda di frutta with ham?

Apr 10, 2014
Tara57 in General Topics

Easter - Grape Jelly and Ham?

I have never tried grape jelly with ham, but I know many people who put jelly on sausage biscuits. Ham often has a honey or brown sugar glaze and pineapple topping.

Apr 10, 2014
Tara57 in General Topics

Easy make ahead chicken dish

I recently tried the Pillsbury Cookoff million dollar winner, salsa couscous chicken, and was very pleased with the simple preparation and complex taste. Gently reheated leftovers were just fine. You would never guess it contained prepared salsa, but the winner does have her own version leaving out the commercial salsa. The chicken is delicious by itself if you need to forgo the rice or couscous.

Prize winning version:
http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/salsa-couscous-chicken/9a67f834-8771-4fc8-b183-a08910ff2a4f

Author's no convenience food version:
http://elliemathews.com/alternate_rec...

Apr 09, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Freezable brunch dishes for 80 people

You could add corn tortillas to the breakfast sandwich line for the gluten free guests.

Waffles freeze well. Maybe guests could reheat waffles in a toaster and top with a choice of toppings -- sausage gravy, SOS, chicken a la king, fried chicken tenders, mushroom gravy, syrup, fruit. Most of those toppings should freeze just fine.

Apr 05, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking
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What to feed DH when he's working midday-2am for a week?

You could leave something warm in a Crockpot - soup, chili, sloppy joe meat, taco meat, shredded chicken with salsa, pulled pork.

Apr 05, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking

PB & J Day

Milkshakes

Apr 02, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Looking for tasty cottage cheese recipes for a non cottage cheese lover

Top a baked potato, adding salt, pepper, and hot sauce to taste. It sounded terrible to me until I tried it. It's very satisfying.

Apr 02, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking

kitchen OWIES!?!

I burned my left hand when I put an oven mitt on my right hand and reached in the oven for a hot casserole with both hands.

Mar 30, 2014
Tara57 in Not About Food

Entertaining Ideas for Easter Brunch/Luncheon

Ham is the Easter tradition in my family, so I second the idea of a ham. Serve it with biscuits and / or rolls - Hawaiian rolls are delicious with ham - and mustard and chutney.

fruit salad
roasted/grilled asparagus
crudite, green salad, and/or tomato and cucumber salad
hash browns or roasted potatoes/sweet potatoes
muffins and/or banana bread
devilled eggs
mac and cheese

Mar 29, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking

What food have you lost a taste for?

I've lost my taste for typical fast food in general, although there are those days where you just need some French fries and I will never lose my taste for Taco Bell bean burritos with hot sauce. I'll order soup, salad, baked potatoes, or chili at the rare fast food visit.

Mar 29, 2014
Tara57 in General Topics
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Where to eat in Kissimmee, Florida

Fat Boy's Barbecue

Mar 29, 2014
Tara57 in Florida

What goes with olives?

More olives! Olives are so decadent and delicious. They go well with the pickled items you see at a grocery store olive bar - white beans, artichoke hearts, peppers, garlic cloves, onions, mushrooms.

Mar 28, 2014
Tara57 in General Topics

looking for ideas and tips... "nest' cake for Easter

You can make a nest with shredded phyllo. The cake sounds adorable.

Mar 28, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking
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What to do with leftover fish taco sauce?

Dip for vegetables, tortilla chips, pita chips
Drizzle over grilled chicken, fish, or salmon patties
Dress a burrito wrap
Would it be good in tuna salad?

Mar 23, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Easter 2014

Can anyone share a favorite, foolproof lamb recipe to serve 4-6, including two children? Ham or turkey is traditional for Easter in my family, but I am so tired of both. I have never cooked lamb or eaten it in anything but a gyro or similar pita wrap. Thanks in advance.

Mar 22, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking

What Grocery Store Sales or Bargains Have You Bought Recently?

Kroger today:

chicken thighs 88 cents a pound
cabbage 39 cents a pound
free gallon of milk with purchase of cereal - 3 boxes for $6.00

Mar 15, 2014
Tara57 in General Topics
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Easy Appetizers for a large crowd

Spiral sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, or other nice tea sandwiches are a great idea.

It would be easy to set out shaved ham, turkey, and / or roast beef with rolls and some interesting condiments - mustards, chutney, horseradish, mayonnaise, pickles, etc.

A few other thoughts - chicken wings, toothpick bites of chicken teriyaki or satay, crockpot of soup, tureen of cold soup, chartcuterie to accompany your cheese and bread.

Mar 13, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Cookbooks that are more than just cookbooks.

I think you would enjoy Smokehouse Ham, Spoonbread & Scuppernong Wine by James Dabney. It is similar to the Foxfire book. I have both and pick them up and reread them often.

Mar 10, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking

What to make with 20 drumsticks

Chicken Adobo

Teriyaki drumsticks

Pillsbury Million Dollar Bakeoff winning salsa couscous chicken. I made this for the first time last Sunday. We all enjoyed it.
http://www.elliemathews.com/recipe.html

Mar 09, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking

returning food to supermarket?

Just a few weeks ago, I opened a new pack of cold cuts that were well within the sell-by date. They were slimy and smelly, so we returned them to Kroger. Some time ago I returned to Publix a package of nuts that had a terrible chemical taste. I wonder if they caught a splash of cleaning fluid or bug spray.

Mar 09, 2014
Tara57 in Not About Food

Cookbooks that are more than just cookbooks.

I'll add another vote for the Time Life Foods of the World series.

You may also enjoy:
The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cooking
Joseph Dabney's southern and lowcountry cookbooks
Best Food Writing yearly compilations
Cornbread Nation cookbooks
M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating
Elizabeth David, An Omelet and a Glass of Wine
Jane and Michael Stern, Square Meals
Grandma's Wartime Kitchen

Mar 08, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking
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Waffle french toast!

That sounds wonderful. I love a good browned crust. I make French toast on the George Foreman grill from time to time. You can cut down the grill lines to make French toast fingers.

Mar 08, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking

No Bake, No Cook, St. Patrick's Day treats

I love the idea of rainbow fruit skewers with a pot of gold dip.

You could make ice cream in a bag, which also ties into a science experiment. Add a drop of green food coloring or top the ice cream with green sprinkles or Lucky Charms cereal:

http://scienceofeverydaylife.discover...

Mar 05, 2014
Tara57 in Home Cooking