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Bonnie's Buffalo Chicken Dip: Questions

Oh, this recipe sounds great! Only problem...I'm a vegetarian. Any suggestions on how to make a vegetarian version of this?

Feb 01, 2008
ctflowers in Home Cooking

Dinner Party - Vegetarian Options?

I'm a vegetarian, and I do get embarrassed if a host prepares a vegetarian dish just for me. I don't want anyone to go to that much trouble. That being said, I'm going to a dinner party tomorrow night (but each guest is bringing a dish, we planned this out beforehand), and I'm making a vegetarian chickpea curry dish with brown rice. I figure that I can eat this for my main course, and other guests who are not vegetarians can have it for a side dish. Hope this helps!

Feb 01, 2008
ctflowers in Home Cooking

Need One Great Snack For My Book Club

I host a monthly women's bookclub. We only have 3 members (so far), and each of us have been bringing a homemade snack...well, it's always much too much for the 3 of us to eat. So, we've decided that from now on, only one person will make a snack.

The book club meets after dinner. I'd love suggestions on what to make! The only stipulatioin is...it must be vegetarian (egg whites, milk are okay)

The first things I can think of are cookies, brownies, or something like that...but, I'd really like something a little different...doesn't necessarily have to be dessert either. Thanks!

Jan 28, 2008
ctflowers in Home Cooking

2008 New Recipe: Orange-Ginger Baked Tofu

Thanks for posting a vegetarian recipe, and by the way, this sounds great! I'm a new vegetarian (going on two months now), and I'm always looking for new tofu recipes.

Jan 28, 2008
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In Search Of Ground/Dried Spices in CT

I heard about Penzeys new store opening in West Hartford. It's supposed to open in March.

daikon, interchangeable for jicama? vice versa...

I think I'd substitute radishes for the daikon instead, if you're using it raw. Jicama is much milder and sweet, whereas radishes taste like daikon, at least they do to me!

Jan 25, 2008
ctflowers in Home Cooking

Zara's Cafe in Ellington, Ct.....quite good!

Question for those of you who have been to Zara's Cafe. Do they have any vegetarian dishes?

2 Hopewell in Glastonbury

Oh, the food sounds great! I'm a vegetarian, and it looks like there are actually some dishes I could eat & enjoy! Thanks for posting all the dishes.

How do you Fage?

I buy the plain 0% Fage, and love it...but, it's so expensive! The big tub (which is only 2 servings) costs over $4.00 at my local TJ's, and I eat this stuff everyday, so I'm trying to find a way to economize on it. Anyway, I usually just add a little Splenda and about 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla, then top it with fruit and/or granola.
By the way, TJ's brand of Pomegranite (greek style, 0% fat) yogurt is really, really good...it only comes in those tiny individual serving sizes though.

Jan 20, 2008
ctflowers in General Topics

2 Hopewell in Glastonbury

Anyone been to 2 Hopewell in Glastonbury, CT? How's the food, what type of food, and prices?

Anyone use Stevia for sweeting foods?

Ninafresa, where do you get the sweet leaf stevia brand?

Jan 17, 2008
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Anyone use Stevia for sweeting foods?

The agave that I have says "light". It has 4 grams of sugar in a teaspoon, and 15 calories. Since the bottle states that it's okay for diabetics, I assumed that it had fewer grams of sugar than "regular" (if there is such thing) agave.

Jan 17, 2008
ctflowers in Home Cooking

Top Fuji restaurant in Vernon, CT?

Has anyone tried this new Japanese steakhouse/restaurant? It's in Vernon, CT, right near The Shoppes At 30 (in the old Bickford's). Any feedback would be appreciated!

Anyone use Stevia for sweeting foods?

I don't use the agave (lite) syrup every day...I just used it in a recipe for homemade granola/oat type bars. I am not a sweet eater (usually). I usually only get sugar from whole fruits, like oranges or apples. I just wanted something to use when making a recipe that didn't contain much sugar.

Jan 14, 2008
ctflowers in Home Cooking

Anyone use Stevia for sweeting foods?

I've never heard of Sucanat. Thanks for the link, I'll have to check it out.

Jan 12, 2008
ctflowers in Home Cooking

Anyone use Stevia for sweeting foods?

The (lite) agave syrup that I bought states that it's pure agave...it was expensive, about $6.50 for a very small bottle.

Jan 12, 2008
ctflowers in Home Cooking

Anyone use Stevia for sweeting foods?

The (lite) agave that I have only has 15 calories (and 4 grams of sugar) per teaspoon.

Jan 12, 2008
ctflowers in Home Cooking

Anyone use Stevia for sweeting foods?

I guess I'll have to buy the Stevia to see if I like the taste or not. As far as the side effects people have posted..hmmm....interesting. I usually don't put any kind of sweetener (including sugar) in my food, unless I'm baking something sweet (which isn't often), or sometimes in a cup of tea. I did just buy a bottle of (lite) agave syrup, which I liked...but, I just read somewhere that most agave sold is not pure & that corn syrup is being added, because it's cheaper. How true this is, I have no idea. LOL...seems that everything has side effects, or isn't pure.

Jan 11, 2008
ctflowers in Home Cooking

Dinner Club Ideas

I'm in a dinner club...currently we have eight people (four couples) and we meet once a month. It got started, because we're all in a town political committee (that doesn't socialize much) and some of us felt we needed to have some sort of social events even though the group as a whole wasn't participating. We rotate who will "host" the dinner each month. Instead of having the host purchase all the groceries, we have a planning meeting prior to the dinner to decide what to cook. Each one of the couple's brings one dish to the dinner & we have lots of fun & great food. Because of food restrictions and picky eaters, planning sometimes takes a little time. LOL...I'm a vegetarian, but I can't eat cheese, and I don't eat any white flour products or sugar. My husband doesn't like tomatoes, broccolli, asparagus, spinach, etc. One person can't eat wheat..well, you get the picture. For our next dinner party, we're having: 1 meat dish (leaving it up to the person cooking it what to make), 1 vegetarian dish (I'm making a chickpea and Korn (brand) "chicken" curry with brown rice), a quiche, a vegetable medley (carrotts, peas, and mushrooms), salad, and a strawberry cheesecake pie for dessert. So, we haven't really come up with "theme's" for each dinner party, although I love the idea.

Jan 11, 2008
ctflowers in Not About Food

Japanese(new) restaurant in Vernon, CT

Has anyone tried the new Japanese restaurant in Vernon, CT? I forgot the name of it, but it's right next to the Lotus restaurant, where the old Bickfords used to be. If you've eaten there, is it good? Would appreciate any feedback.

In Search Of Ground/Dried Spices in CT

Tripster, I'm in Vernon, CT....so, all of the mention of places in Norwalk, Stratford, etc. are really much too far for me to drive. Sorry I forgot to mention in my original post the area of CT in which I live.

In Search Of Ground/Dried Spices in CT

Moskey, thank you so much for recommending The Spice Mill in Manchester, CT! I completely forgot about them, even though I drive by there all the time on my way to the Manchester post office! I live in Vernon, so I'd prefer somewhere nearby, and The Spice Mill is close. I'll have to go there sometime next week, and I'll let you know what I think.

Anyone use Stevia for sweeting foods?

I'd appreciate any feedback from those of you who use Stevia to sweeten your recipes and food. I've read on the internet that the white powdered kind is not ideal, and that the green crushed leaf or whole leaf kinds is "healthier" and better to use. Is this true?

Jan 11, 2008
ctflowers in Home Cooking

In Search Of Ground/Dried Spices in CT

Are there any stores where I can buy a wide variety of freshly ground/dried spices in Connecticut? The grocery stores are so expensive, and I'm sure that the usual brands in the grocery are not that fresh anyway. I can't find things like Tumeric, Chipote flakes, Cumin (whole) seeds, etc. at the grocery store anyway. I'm trying to avoid having to purchase them over the internet.

Any Vegetarian Restaurants In N.Central CT?

Thanks for the recommendation for China Pan...I'll have to try it. I assume it's Chinese food, right?

Was santa good this year??? cookbooks, cookbooks, cookbooks oh my!

I became a vegetarian almost two months ago, and my husband got me a vegan cookbook called Viva La Vegan. I haven't made any of the recipes yet, but they sound great.

Jan 04, 2008
ctflowers in Home Cooking

Any Vegetarian Restaurants In N.Central CT?

Does anyone know of any vegetarian restaurants in the Manchester or Vernon areas of CT? I'm looking for something closeby...Middletown, New Haven, etc. is not anywhere near me. Thanks!

cheese cloth

I'm making homemade raspberry liqueur, and was looking for cheesecloth to strain out the berries & seeds. I tried just using a coffee filter, and you simply can't squeeze it out without the paper filter tearing or bursting.

Dec 27, 2007
ctflowers in Home Cooking

cheese cloth

Speaking of cheesecloth, where do you buy it? I'm making homemade liqueur & need it for straining the berries. We don't have any "cooking" stores in my area, and I don't want to have to buy just cheesecloth off the internet. Would a craft store such as Michael's or Joann's have it?

Dec 26, 2007
ctflowers in Home Cooking

As A Chowhound, What Did You Get For Christmas?

I got a vegetarian cookbook, a glass jar of pistachios, and a bottle of wonderful aged (18 years) balsamic vinegar.

Dec 26, 2007
ctflowers in Not About Food