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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.

Muffins

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
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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
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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
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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
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new ideas for leftover chicken ideas

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

Jul 17, 2015
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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.
Budgetbytes.com is a good resource.

Jul 16, 2015
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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
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Is there a national chain that has happy face ice cream sundae cones?

Friendly's
Baskin Robbins

Jul 12, 2015
Tara57 in Chains

Accompaniments for smoked trout (individual picnic lunch)

Water crackers
Pickles
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
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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
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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