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Homemade jerky

My son is a hunter and I make venison jerky for him all the time, out of any cut I can get a decent slice out of (except the tenderloins)! I read a lot of recipes to compare when I started doing this and as the other posters have stated, you just want lean meat. We don't have a dehydrator so I do the oven method, set on the lowest temperature and start checking it at about 4 hours. I put it on racks on pans, not directly on the oven racks. Alton Brown has an excellent recipe.


Sep 03, 2014
Susan627 in Home Cooking

White peaches in freezer jam?

Any reason they can not be substituted for regular peaches in freezer jam and does anyone have any experience doing this? Thanks!

Aug 11, 2014
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Salting melon to increase sweetness

My father always salted his watermelon! I guess nowadays, instead of salting it you add it to salads with salty feta and olives. I do think there is something to the salt making it sweeter.

Jun 26, 2014
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Good Blueberry Muffin Recipe

I hate to sound like a food snob but don't usually cook very many recipes from Better Homes & Garden - these caught my eye and must say they are very good. You use fresh berries and blueberry jam - they are loaded with blueberrieness!


Jun 19, 2014
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Turkey Burger seasonings and moisteners

Martha Stewart's turkey burgers have changed my life - I almost prefer them to a regular burger now. I tweaked the recipe and add worcestershire, siracha and grated onion instead of spring onions. I use panko breadcrumbs and I also add more grated cheese, any kind I have on hand, but the gruyere is tasty! I think the cheese inside keeps them really moist. Here is the basic recipe.


Jun 15, 2014
Susan627 in Home Cooking

Looking for a recipe for Homemade Energy Bars to ship to Afghanistan

On my son's first deployment to Afghanistan, I sent him homemade granola bars often. When he got home, he broke it to me that any home-baked goods, no matter how well packed, just didn't survive. I know that is disappointing to hear, since it makes us feel so much better to know they are eating something homemade! On his last deployment, I sent a lot of trail mix I made and just packaged into small ziplocks. I think they like having stuff they can just grab and go with. I also made him a lot of jerky. They seem to like things high in protein, and they certainly need it! God bless your stepson.

Mar 25, 2014
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Is Anyone else on Pinterest? Let's follow each other!

This is a good idea!! Here is my link - I have several food related boards and always seem to be trying to clean them up. http://www.pinterest.com/srlh627/

Feb 25, 2014
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Yogurt Powder substitution?

I am making something called "Vanilla Bean Yogurt Panna Cotta" which I had for breakfast at a Hyatt resort. It is pretty decadent for breakfast and includes milk, cream sugar, gelatin, vanilla bean and a tablespoon of "yogurt powder", which I am having a hard time finding in a grocery store. I tried a health food store but they only have yogurt starter. I think the purpose of it is to add a little tang, so I'm wondering if anyone can think of a substitution if I can't get my hands on any before this weekend. Thanks!

Dec 19, 2013
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Tasty Tofu Recipes.

After several blah recipes using tofu, I now use this one. I usually double the sauce, add eggplant and shitake mushrooms and serve over rice, but it's good just the way it is written.


Oct 28, 2013
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Hayman Sweet Potatoes

I have been gifted with some Hayman's which I know are considered a real delicacy on the Eastern Shore. I have let them "cure" but now am wondering what the best way to use them is. There are very few recipes for them on the web and I'm just wondering if anyone has any experience with them.

Oct 08, 2013
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Ice cream made with Cuisinart ice cream maker

I have a different model but the same as the previous three posters have mentioned. It makes great ice cream! I don't know what the difference is between our and hers besides price but as has been stated, I make my base the day before (or 2) using it, and keep the canister in the freezer. If you don't have room for it, I'd chill it for at least 48 hours. Really, I just wanted to recommend Jeni's ice cream recipes. They are the best I've tried and I've tried everything! It is a somewhat unusual base with no eggs and uses cream cheese and cornstarch but it really works well with no freezer burn - ever. The roasted strawberry buttermilk is heaven, and I'm not even a strawberry ice cream fan! Also the buckeye. Just google it, her recipes are everywhere. Good luck!

Sep 17, 2013
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Your best salmon recipes

I really try to like fish, but....I do make this every couple of weeks. It is very fresh tasting with the lemon zest and a squeeze of lemon before serving.


Aug 26, 2013
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Your favorite ice cream recipes?

Another rec for Jeni's. I have been making custard based ice cream for years with great results. I tried her method recently and I doubt I will go back. The mouth-feel, flavors, and ease of making are great and the taste...phenomenal. I made the roasted strawberry and although I'm not a huge strawberry fan, found myself going in for bites of it all the time! Also the deepest, darkest chocolate or something like that and her Buckeye (peanut butter chocolate). If you can believe it, I kept a batch in the freezer for well over 2 weeks. Every day I tasted a little bit to see if it had started to crystalize and it never did. Never got the freezer burn taste either. I need to step away from my ice cream maker!!!!

Aug 11, 2013
Susan627 in Home Cooking

Need a Funny Cook Book for a gift...

+3. This is pretty funny!

Feb 20, 2013
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Other than in salads, how else do you use croutons?

Alton Brown calls for crutons (ground in the fp) in his meatloaf recipe. I love this recipe - it is very different from my old one!


Jan 20, 2013
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Basic Beef Jerky Recipe Wanted

My son is a hunter and we make venison jerky all the time using AB's recipe. We don't have a dehydrator so put on racks over sheet pans in the oven set on lowest setting for 5-6 hours.


Jan 13, 2013
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Lemond Curd Storage and Uses

I have made this recipe many, many times and it always turns out great! Lemon curd whipped into cream, what could be more decadent!


Jan 13, 2013
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Mac and Cheese: Ina v. Martha

Although I really like her recipes I have never made Ina's. Martha's however...heaven.

Dec 15, 2012
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Ghiradelli Brownie Mix - as is or alter recommendations?

I make them with browned butter. People always wonder what is in them! If I'm really going overboard, I make the pour-over-while-hot kind of chocolate frosting using browned butter in that too. Incredible!

Dec 12, 2012
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Main Dish Ideas needed for Oyster Roast

Most oyster roasts I've been to include bbq. Can you do some pulled pork? Also, brunswick stew is popular.

Nov 15, 2012
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Venison jerky - safe to send to Afghanistan?

Hi Gina. I did send jerky. As I recall I used the food-saver on it but it didn't create an air-tight seal as the jerky poked through. I got a little leery of sending stuff once the warm weather started and I don't think I sent any after May or so and then started again in the fall. Packages didn't take that long to get there but if he was out on patrol when the package arrived, it could be a 3 week turn-around, minimum. I sent homemade granola bars which he reported just lumped together (no matter how carefully I packed them) and also cookies that people made didn't fare too well, even though they were packed carefully. In the end, I found just buying his favorite pre-packaged stuff was the easiest and survived the shipping the best. God bless your husband and you and please thank him for his service.

Mar 10, 2012
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Rotisserie Chicken - want to make it at home - don't have rotisserie

Second the "sticky chicken". I love that you stick it in the oven and forget it for so long! It is very tasty.

Mar 02, 2012
Susan627 in Home Cooking

Arugula -- please share your favorite uses.

I love this stuff, too! I know it sounds weird, but I use it as a bed under pasta and then top with pasta sauce. It probably wouldn't work with a more delicate sauce, but for my basic, hearty meat sauce, it works. Keeps me from eating quite so much pasta and adds some good greens!

Mar 02, 2012
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Cooking from SLOW COOKER Cookbooks

Rella, I have the "deluxe" slow cooker which has a cast-aluminum, non-stick insert. I don't know if it is anodized. You can cook on top of the stove or broil in it. It is my third or fourth slow cooker and I have found it heats the most evenly/steadily of all the ones I have owned. It was not cheap but I got a very good deal so I went for it and have used it a lot.

Feb 01, 2012
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favourite arugula salad?

Oh, this is SO good!

Jan 31, 2012
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Cooking from SLOW COOKER Cookbooks

I have made this recipe twice that was (I guess) developed for an All-Clad slow cooker. I recently got an All-Clad but the first time used a regular slow-cooker. Both times, it was great! "Gourmet Pork and Beans" - http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe...

I also made the Beef Stroganoff from the Slow Cooker Revolution cookbook, mentioned above. It was a big hit!

Jan 31, 2012
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How to make granola that doesn't go stale quickly

I do not add any oil or fat to my recipe and use pretty much the same proportions of oats to sweetener as you do. I do bake it @ 325 for about 40 minutes though. If it is crispy/crunchy than maybe it doesn't go stale as fast? I have never had a problem with staleness, and have had some around for a very long time!

Jan 15, 2012
Susan627 in Home Cooking


Well I'll be brave and say I acutally LIKE Wolferman's. I also like Bay's, especially the whole grain. Last year I ordered some (I usually receive them as a gift). There was a big problem with the delivery and order fulfillment. This year I received as a gift again- the person who sent them to me had several orders placed with them since October. None were delivered before Christmas and most not until 2012! Their customer service department is non-existent! It was a huge mess. I don't see how they stay in business, for a company that exists mainly on mail-orders. There are a lot of other businesses out there that would like to sell you their product!

Jan 10, 2012
Susan627 in General Topics


The USO at the Norfolk airport is serving free Thanksgiving dinner to service members. You may want to call and make sure they haven't run out of food! Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for your service to our country.

Nov 24, 2011
Susan627 in Mid-Atlantic

Baking with candy corn; ideas?

You can definitely bake them!


I have made this many times. Satisfies all the salty/sweet/tart taste buds! (candy corn bark



Nov 19, 2011
Susan627 in Home Cooking