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Basic Roasted Turkey

Sphan143, I know people who swear by their electric roasters. This recipe should work for you.

Nov 08, 2013
Toni6921 in Recipes

CHOW Product Reviews: The Best Turkey Roasting Pan

I have one of those old speckled roasting pans like my Mom had, and it works for me.

Nov 08, 2013
Toni6921 in Cookware

Hickory Smoked Spareribs

When I was growing up in Pittsburgh, my Dad purchased all of our meats from a butcher. He used to buy spareribs that were smoked like bacon. He wouldn't buy a whole slab. He usually purchased a half of slab for my Mom to use for seasoning beans and greens. They were also good in sauerkraut. I haven't seen spareribs like that in many, many, years.

Do people even cure ribs in a smokehouse anymore? I wish I could find some.

Sep 03, 2013
Toni6921 in Southeast

What to Do with Pork Neck Bones

I had forgotten about neckbones and sauerkraut. I do recall that sometimes we had Kielbasa with it, and it was totally awesome. There is a large Asian market close to me, and I will stop by and pick a large package. Meals like this remind me of Fall.

Sep 03, 2013
Toni6921 in Features

Cabbage and Carrot Herbed Slaw

Looks good, but I'll pass on the cilantro.

Apr 24, 2013
Toni6921 in Recipes

Dark vs. Milk: Let the Battle Begin

I use chocolate primarily for baking, and I prefer the dark bittersweet chocolate chips, because they are a nice counterpoint to a sweet cookie dough.

Dec 21, 2012
Toni6921 in General Topics

Waffle Iron recommendations

I just purchased one on Ebay that is brand new, still in the box. It was part of an estate sale. It's very similar to one that I loaned to a so-called friend who never returned it.

I prefer the conventional waffle iron as opposed to the Belgian waffle makers. It has the removable plates, that are so much easier to clean.

Dec 21, 2012
Toni6921 in Cookware

Just short of Silpat, is there any Silicone you like using

I love my silicone baking sheets that have metal sides, so I don't have to place them another metal pan. I also love my silicone spatulas.

Dec 21, 2012
Toni6921 in Cookware

Silicone Molds for Baking

I use my metal ones for muffins and breads. But I have baking sheets that I do use often when baking cookies. They're great because they cool quickly, and cookies don't spread. They do stain, so they don't look new, but that has nothing to do with how they perform.

Dec 21, 2012
Toni6921 in Cookware

Mushroom Seasoning? from C-Mart

I have used it in soups, sauces, and gravies and this stuff is fantastic!! I've been cooking since I was a child, and I have grandchildren, so I know my way around the kitchen.

I will never be without it in my pantry. It's the best flavor enhancer in my kitchen.

Dec 13, 2012
Toni6921 in General Topics

Argentine Chimichurri Sauce

I tasted Chimichurri for the first time more than thirty years ago, and it didn't have red pepper or cilantro. It was very delicious..memorable in fact. I'll never forget my reaction the first time I tasted it.

Sep 29, 2012
Toni6921 in Recipes

What did your Mom always have on hand, that you NEVER do?

Crisco and bacon grease were always around. I ate a lot more veal growing up because veal was cheap. Chicken was what we had sometimes for Sunday dinner. She had MSG, too, which I never buy.

Mar 12, 2012
Toni6921 in General Topics

Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

I remember bologna sandwiches and Koolaid, and buckwheat pancakes for breakfast. I hate buckwheat pancakes. Government cheese made the best grilled cheese sandwiches.

I still miss Grape and Cherry Koolaid with slices of lemon

Mar 12, 2012
Toni6921 in General Topics

The best sausage you ever had

The best sausage I ever had was homemade Kielbasa, that was made by the father-in-law of a friend from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Awesome, garlicy sausage that was the best I have ever eaten in my life!!!!

Mar 12, 2012
Toni6921 in General Topics

Do You Have A Butcher?

I don't have a butcher, but I found out recently that a meat market opened up two weeks ago in Washington, D.C., and I intend to check it out on a weekend very soon. There is an Amish market that is open Thur-Sat, and they do cut their own meats and make their own sausage. Their sausage is excellent. They cure about five different kinds of bacon, and they make their own turkey bacon. They are really crowded on Saturday mornings.

I do not expect any of my local grocery stores to do any butchering for me. Sure is different from where I grew up in Pittsburgh years ago.

Mar 12, 2012
Toni6921 in General Topics

POLL: Can you walk to an actual grocery store?

I've been retired for a number of years, and I do have to watch my finances. What I do like about CH, is that folks seem to come for all walks of life. I don't eat out as much as I used to, so I live vicariously through those who can afford to. My demographic is a black female, living in a suburb of Washington, D.C. Urban-Suburban would describe where I live.

I guess I never thought about liberal vice conservative, because I think the love of food is the common thread that joins us together. So many food sites are geared to the homecook, and I belong to some. But, sometimes I like to imagine myself outside of my own kitchen and dining some place like Per Se, or The French Laundry, or Europe, or Asia for that matter.

I just really love food, and I am interested in the experiences of others who have been to places that I'll never have the opportunity to visit. What I truly love about food, is that no one person will ever know all there is to know about it. I'm always challenging myself in my own kitchen, which keeps me sharp.

Mar 12, 2012
Toni6921 in General Topics

Best Supermarket In USA: your nominations

Wegmans and Whole Foods.

Mar 11, 2012
Toni6921 in General Topics

POLL: Can you walk to an actual grocery store?

I love a block and a half from an Aldi's, and a two minute drive from an International grocery store where I can get Asian, Caribbean, Latin ingredients, meats, fish, seafood, and produce.

Mar 11, 2012
Toni6921 in General Topics

Seriously Now -- Which countertop appliances do you leave out on your counter?

Just recently moved to a smaller house, and only have room for my coffeemaker and toaster. Stand mixer and food processor are stored in a cabinet under the sink.

Mar 11, 2012
Toni6921 in Cookware

Diners, Drive-ins, Dives, and Disgusting

AdamD, I couldn't agree with you more. I wish there was a neighborhood restaurant near me that served really good food. Would love to have a place to eat on Saturday or Sunday afternoons like some I've seen on the show.

Mar 06, 2012
Toni6921 in Food Media & News

Diners, Drive-ins, Dives, and Disgusting

I would watch Diners, Drive-ins and Dives if my brother was hosting the show. I like to see what folks are eating across the country. I get so sick and tired of the TGI Fridays, and other chain restaurants around the country. It's refreshing to see family-owned restaurants that have been doing business for generations, places where you can get a real home-cooked meal, cutting edge food being served at strip malls. I love the show, and GF is not the reason why I watch it.

Feb 06, 2012
Toni6921 in Food Media & News

Best and Worst Cooking Shows

His name was Justin Wilson, and I liked his show, too.

Feb 06, 2012
Toni6921 in Food Media & News

What Kind of Cooking Show Host Do You Prefer?

I learned a lot from Kylie Kwong. She made food the star, and she was in the background. I was hooked after watching her first show. I miss her series, and I never got bored looking at her re-runs because I still picked up something I missed.

If FN produced shows like hers, I might consider watching them again. I had enuf of their old standby chefs on FN, and had hoped that we would see a lot of more new faces on the Cooking Channel. It was discouraging to see them show up there, too. Gag me with a spoon!!!!!

Feb 05, 2012
Toni6921 in Food Media & News

Basic Italian Meatballs

Bake or fry. Period.

Feb 03, 2012
Toni6921 in Recipes

What do you do with canned salmon? Not salmon patties.

I pan fry bacon to render the fat, then saute garlic, peppers, and onions. After picking out the bones of the canned salmon, it add it to the sauteed veggies and heat through. I like it served over grits with hot biscuits for breakfast.

Jan 20, 2012
Toni6921 in Home Cooking

I know epi's doing it, but what are your 5 favorite kitchen things?

KitchenAid Stand Mixer, Bread Machine, Oxo Measuring Cups, Knives, Circulon 7.5 Quart Stock Pot...I really do love all my pots and pans, too.

Jan 14, 2012
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Seriously Now -- Which countertop appliances do you leave out on your counter?

Stand Mixer, Food Processor, Coffee Maker, Bread Machine

Jan 14, 2012
Toni6921 in Cookware

5 Kitchen Gadgets you can't live without???

My Farberware vegetable peeler, Cooks Knife, Bread Knife, Bread Machine (I have pain in my wrists and cannot knead bread dough), Cutting Boards

Jan 14, 2012
Toni6921 in Cookware

What is your "go to" meal when there is too much month left at the end of the paycheque - past or present

Salmon cakes and tuna fish sandwiches are pretty economical towards the end of the month. Kielbasa and sauerkraut with fried potatoes is another old standby.

And, of course, what's cheaper than a pot of beans. I like pintos, black beans, limas, black-eyed peas, or navy beans served over rice with a pan of cornbread.

I cook pork neckbones with stock, garlic, hot peppers and onions. Midway I'll add potatoes and carrots. Really good stuff. I make it when I'm not stretching the budget.

I go to an international market nearby, because their prices for fish are reasonable. Their fish is fresh and priced to move quickly, and they have more varieties than the local grocery stores.

The butcher takes turkey legs or wings, smoked or fresh, and slices them horizontally. He even does that with fresh pork hocks. That way I don't have to cook the whole piece, which I use it to flavor the stock and then add veggies to bulk it up. The smaller pieces cook quicker, too. Saves me money. I can get more meals out of one leg or wing and it saves me time, too.

Jan 12, 2012
Toni6921 in General Topics

Where does soup rank in your food favorites?

I would rank soup 4th. I love soup, and I do order soup in the Summer months, I always have soup when I'm having lunch or dinner in a Chinese restaurant. I make it throughout the Winter months. Asian soups are my favorite, Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese. I'm teaching myself to make Korean and Indian.

I like to incorporate lots of veggies in my homemade soups, and usually add noodles or barley

Jan 12, 2012
Toni6921 in General Topics