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what else can i make with pot roast cut?

Create shredded beef (machaca)for tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, etc...

Jan 24, 2015
Gail in Home Cooking

I need party food ideas for 50 people, including kids

I'd make a crockpot full of chili to go with any of the sandwiches or the taco bar. Serve in disposable small bowls and have shredded cheese, onions, crackers to sprinkle on top.

Jan 22, 2015
Gail in Home Cooking

Palm Springs Splurge Meal

Beach Chick, I totally agree with you! I have dined here many times and am *very* surprised to hear about Kat's experience. I looked at their site you posted and I'm wondering if they have gravitated to an emphasis on groups...after all that's where the big $$s are. If so, lunch might be a better option or inquire if they are hosting a party when you make your res.

Jan 20, 2015
Gail in California

Pat peeves as a guest at a dinner party?

When I offer to help clean up and open the dishwasher and it's full......of clean dishes.

Jan 17, 2015
Gail in Not About Food

Zen Wok, Fresno

Zen Wok (2) opened a month ago on Palm/Herndon. I haven't been to either, but the new one is really close to me. Has anyone been there? Appreciate your thoughts...

Jan 16, 2015
Gail in California

Winter brunch menu

El Dorado
2 pounds ground sirloin
16 oz bottled chunky salsa
1 cup sour cream (lo fat-0k)
1 cup cottage cheese (lo fat Ok)
1 small can green chilies, seeded & chopped
2 cups Jack cheese, grated
Corn chips
2 small cans/1 large sliced ripe olives
1 teaspoon oregano
Garlic salt
1 packet dry taco seasoning
1 can of corn, drained (I use a little less)
--In skillet, brown beef; add garlic salt, salsa, oregano, corn & dry taco seasoning..
-- Mix sour cream, cottage cheese & chilies in a separate bowl.
--Spray a 3 quart casserole with Pam or line with Release.
--Cover bottom of casserole with a layer of corn chips'
Spread 1/2 meat mixture on top of corn chips
Sprinkle 1/2 can of olives over meat mixture.
Spread 1/2 cottage cheese & sour cream mixture on top of meat mixture
--Sprinkle 1/2 of Jack cheese on top.
--Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until bubbly. Garnish with whole chips & olives. Let stand awhile

Mexican Lasagna
1-1/2 or 2 pounds ground sirloin
1 can (17 ounces) kernel corn, drained
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
1 cup picante sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 carton (16 ounces) low fat cottage cheese
2 eggs slightly beaten
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon oregano leaves, crushed
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
12 corn tortillas
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
--Brown meat & drain. Add corn, tomato sauce, picante sauce, chili powder & cumin. Simmer, stirring frequently for 5 minutes.
--Combine cottage cheese, eggs, Parmesan cheese, oregano & garlic salt; mix well. Spray with Pam a 13x9x2 baking dish. Arrange 6 tortillas on bottom & up sides, overlapping as necessary. Top with half the meat mixture. Spoon cottage cheese mixture over meat.
--Arrange remaining tortillas over cheese, overlapping as necessary. Top with remaining meat mixture.
--Bake at 375 degrees about 30 minutes. Remove from oven & sprinkle with Cheddar cheese. Let stand before serving.
--Top with additional salsa if desired.

Jan 13, 2015
Gail in Home Cooking

Carmel wineries intro

Since this is your first visit to Carmel Valley and its tasting rooms, you might be interested in a tour. It would give you a nice overview.


Jan 05, 2015
Gail in California

Which store in CA has Mancini's fried onions?

Just Google. You can buy them on the internet. Tried to include the sites, but had trouble posting them.

Dec 31, 2014
Gail in California

Caprese Salad

I love this salad. During the summer, I like to use different varieties/colors of tomatoes for an interesting contrast.

Dec 29, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking

canned potatoes - anyone cook with them?

Thanks greygarious, no need to ruin a dish just by dodging a bit of work. Think I had a moment of laziness there. Your points are valid.

Dec 29, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking

Winter brunch menu

I've done these...
Chicken quesadillas, salsa, guac to start
Mexican casserole (I have a fav), Chips, tortillas, butter,
more salsa and guac, salad
Flan, dulce de leche, Kahlua/ice cream

Beverages: Margaritas, beer, wine, Kahlua and coffee, fresh fruit punch

Also: Stuffed flank steak, scrambled eggs with chives, oven fried rosemary red potatoes, cheese toast or English muffins.

Beverages: Bloody Marys, Champagne or sparkling wine, soft drinks, coffee

It's all make-ahead except for the scrambled eggs and toast which just take minutes.

Dec 29, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking

canned potatoes - anyone cook with them?

To anyone who has used these...

Do you think they would work chopped into homemade New England clam chowder?

Dec 29, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking

Looking for help with winery recommendation Santa Ynez


What do you think of this plan for the OP since you know the area better than I do...
Leave the girls in Solvang to shop and have lunch, then the parents drive up to the Los Olivos area for tasting. Meet the girls at an appointed place and time in Solvang and continue on their way.

Dec 27, 2014
Gail in California

Christmas Eve Dinner for Two?

Clam chowder
Cracked crab (dips)
Warm sourdough w/ butter
Cole slaw

Pahlmeyer Chard

Dec 22, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking

any one know of a nice dinner party venue for 25-28 ppl under 600 bucks! [Sacramento area]

How many people?

Sorry tried to erase this. The original question didn't have the # of ppl when I answered.

Dec 17, 2014
Gail in California

Christmas Lunch Palm Desert, California

"Le Vallauris on the patio..
Make reservations now!"

Yes, ditto to Beach Chick's suggestion...love that place!

Dec 08, 2014
Gail in California

Turnips for Thanksgiving

Arrange on a crudité platter along with other raw veggies & dip. I like to cut them into half moons. Serve with your soup course.

Nov 25, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking

Dickey's BBQ

Anyone with an opinion of Dickey's outside of Texas? A franchise just opened in my CA city.

Nov 24, 2014
Gail in Chains

On the Topic of Finishing with Lemon Juice

I feel that red wine is far more affected than any white. At least that has been my experience, with the possible exception of artichokes which seem to taint both.

Nov 20, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking

Cooking for One: A Widow's Challenge

jpr, is it possible to get together with some "alone" friends, go to a movie and then out to eat together? If not, then I'd go to the movies alone, pick up some take-out from a favorite place and eat in front of the TV.
If you want to spend the day cooking, then; small turkey, short ribs, pot roast...something that will make your home smell nice and taste good with leftovers.

Nov 16, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking

9 year old girl's birthday party

Make your own tacos, guacamole, chips, etc. limeade freezes.

Nov 15, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking

Turkey breast roasting

May I open up your world a bit.


Unnecessary sarcasm noted...

Nov 03, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking

Turkey breast roasting

Puffin,that sounds like the best method. Mine have always been dry. I think a couple slices of bacon draped over the breast will help and add a pleasant flavor too.

Nov 03, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking


Internet explorer

Oct 06, 2014
Gail in Site Talk


Why do I, all of a sudden, have to sign in for each visit?

Oct 01, 2014
Gail in Site Talk


Patty, I seem to remember seeing abalone on the Sardine Factory menu. Have you been there recently?

Oct 01, 2014
Gail in California

earthquake themed chili cookoff ideas?

My Fault Chili
10 on the Richter Chili
Seismic Chili !
Chili Epicenter
Landslide Winner Chili

Sep 15, 2014
Gail in Not About Food

Orange Flower Water and Rose Water-How do you like to cook with these?

My grandmother mixed rosewater and glycerin to use as hand lotion.

Sep 04, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking

What to marinade my chicken in (Mexican recipe)

I cook 1/2 breasts of chicken (bone in, skin on) in chunked onion and celery. I sprinkle in a pkg of taco mix and simmer until chicken is falling apart. I drain all but a bit of the liquid, debone, "deskin" and shred chicken. Sprinkle another 1/2 pkg or so of taco mix and stir together. I let sit in fridge until I'm ready to put together tacos, enchiladas or tostados. I reheat gently.
I haven't checked, but I think the seasonings mentioned are in the mix pkgs.

Sep 04, 2014
Gail in Home Cooking

Central Coast Updates

Thanks, Melanie.
Scamming old people...a real class act!!!

Aug 27, 2014
Gail in California