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Leftover/reuse chicken nuggets/strips recipe ideas

Crispy chicken wrap on flatbread with lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, etc.

Crispy chicken salad - top a garden salad.

1 day ago
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

Our school still has cakewalks at the Fall Festival. We walk to music around a circle of numbered mats. When the music ends, a winning number is picked out of a hat. I have also seen it played as sort of musical chairs. A mat is removed every round. Last man standing wins the cake.

Aug 29, 2015
Tara57 in Not About Food

Ideas for planned leftovers/make ahead meals

I do as much make ahead cooking as I can. I often cook down enough onion on Sunday to use throughout the week. You can start cooking big double batches of soup, chili, meatloaf, etc. and freeze half. I precook and freeze chicken to go into casseroles, enchiladas, burritos, and soup. It is just fine in the fridge for a few days, too. I make a double batch of taco meat and freeze half for the next week.

What really has simplified cooking and planning for me lately is a bit Good Housekeeping - Make Ahead Monday and Taco Tuesday. On Sundays, I prep a Crockpot meal or casserole that is ready to go on Monday. Taco Tuesday is just easy to cook and plan. Your husband can grill meat or fish for tacos, or your teenagers can brown some ground beef or turkey. You can vary it up with all kinds of fillings. Somehow having Monday and Tuesday out of the way gets the week started off right. I usually do a big family favorite or something new to try meal Sunday, making plenty for leftovers another night. Thursday is usually leftover / clean out the fridge night. You could make that fend for yourself night.

Aug 25, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Portable Christmas Dinner

Thinking of dishes that are good at room temperature - ham, sweet potatoes, ambrosia, broccoli salad, potato salad, roast Brussels sprouts or other vegetable. Hot cider in a Crock pot.

What can I make with chickpea pot liquor BESIDES hummus or soup?

I wonder if it would work in making bread.

Aug 22, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Healthy snacks for Disney?

String cheese
Babybel cheese
Hummus and veggies
PB and J

Aug 22, 2015
Tara57 in General Topics

Wet nap suggestion?

Corn on the cob on a stick would help save fingers.

Aug 19, 2015
Tara57 in Not About Food

Clean finger food menu for crafters

Tea sandwiches
Cheese cubes with pretzel toothpicks

Aug 17, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Side dish for Salads?

Not a side dish, but what about a little dessert - chocolates, cookies, brownies, pastries?

Your favorite spaghetti recipe

Sounds good. My peanut sauce is peanut butter, sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and seasoned rice vinegar. Red pepper flakes and green onions for those who want them.

Aug 07, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Your favorite spaghetti recipe

I have been tossing spaghetti with chicken and peanut sauce this summer.

Food for mama while she cares for newborn twins: strategies?

The Indian food that comes packaged in the boilable foil packs are pretty good. You can freeze some pita bread or naan.

You might be happy with substantial snacks during the day - cheese, crackers, muffins, pretzels, hummus, hard boiled eggs, cold chicken.

Jul 30, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Food for a family.

A ham or turkey breast to pick at or slice for sandwiches - good hot or cold.


Hard boiled eggs

Cookbooks geared to teens or young adults, but with visuals?

The Pioneer Woman cookbooks and website have step-by-step photography. Your sister could take a look at the site and decide if the books would suit.

Jul 27, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Star-themed hors d'oeuvres

Star fruit in a salad or dessert
Star anise floating in a punch bowl or soup
Polenta cut into star shapes, topped with pesto, tapenade, or tomato chutney

Jul 27, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

What is your perfect breakfast?

Bacon, eggs, grits, toast, coffee, ice water

Easy picnic side dish or appetizer that travels well?

Black bean and corn salad
Texas caviar
Relish tray
Cucumber and onion in vinegar, with tomato if you like

Jul 24, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Informal dinner challenges

I'll second the ideas of a taco bar or big mixed grill.

Another idea - meat lasagna, vegetable lasagna, and polenta layered with marinara sauce and vegetables, with or without meat or cheese depending on your needs.

Sides could be seasonal fruit and a relish tray.

Jul 24, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Too much cream cheese

Mashed potatoes, potato soup, broccoli soup, and tomato soup might be a use for some garlic and dill cream cheese.

Jul 20, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

new ideas for leftover chicken ideas

Sesame noodles
Asian chicken salad with ginger dressing and crunchy wonton or ramen noodles
Stir fry
Lo mein
Pot pie
Chicken and dumplings
Creamed chicken over biscuits, toast, or rice

Jul 17, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Looking for recipes using refried beans

Sometimes I stir a can into chili. Refried beans are good on a torta. The soup referenced earlier looks good. I think I'll try that myself.

Jul 17, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Family reunion food ideas on a very tight budget.

Texas caviar
Black bean and corn salad
Sliced watermelon
Corn on the cob, maybe cut in halves or thirds, with a few interesting serve yourself sprinkles of whatever you have on hand - lemon pepper, seasoning salt, cayenne, Cajun spice, Old Bay
Many soups are cheap, depending on what is in season and what you have on hand. is a good resource.

Jul 16, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

cinnamon raisin bread ends--ideas for how to use?

Make breadcrumbs, then use them in an apple brown betty, fruit crumble, streusel, or to stuff baked apples.

Okra happiness

I love all kinds of okra. Let me suggest - pickled okra.

Jul 13, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Is there a national chain that has happy face ice cream sundae cones?

Baskin Robbins

Jul 12, 2015
Tara57 in Chains

Accompaniments for smoked trout (individual picnic lunch)

Water crackers
Celery sticks
Tomato, onion, and cucumber salad, or maybe simply sliced tomatoes
Something with bubbles to cut through the rich trout - beer, sparkling wine, cider, or water

Jul 11, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

Baby shower menu help

You could try turkey with cranberry sauce or cranberry chutney.

Jul 06, 2015
Tara57 in Home Cooking

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
Tara57 in General Topics

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