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Help! Turkey cooking way too fast.

Except when you have other time sensitive foods still cooking. My dry brined turkey looks as if it is going to be done before the chunked potatoes I put in the slow cooker to cook before mashing. Oh well, I'll think of something. And there is only the two of us today. Its a good day for trying new things. Potatoes in the slow cooker for mashing is the new thing I am trying. This is the second year I've dry brined the turkey.

2 minutes ago
sueatmo in Home Cooking

Things That Are Hard to Find in the Grocery Store

Yes, the refrigerated section. Which is where I searched for it to no avail, until I found some in the refrigerated section of WF. I like he fresh sort better for Reubens.

5 minutes ago
sueatmo in General Topics

Most useless/useful kitchen thing you've ever been given?

OK. Honestly I don't make salsa. I suppose I could though. Would it make hummus? I can't get my fp to get really smooth hummus. I think the blades are awesome too. I'll give it a try for something soon.

about 21 hours ago
sueatmo in Cookware

Most useless/useful kitchen thing you've ever been given?

There is only the two of us. You'd have to make a boatload of sauce to use the Ninja efficiently, I think. The blades don't go down to the bottom of the jar.

You know, I never did enjoy using a blender. Maybe that's why I have not been enthusiastic about the Ninja. I also find the blades scary.

1 day ago
sueatmo in Cookware

Most useless/useful kitchen thing you've ever been given?

I am sad to say the most useless thing I've been given recently is a tall Ninja blender. For the life of me, I can't figure out what to use it for. I don't make smoothies.

Nov 25, 2014
sueatmo in Cookware

Things That Are Hard to Find in the Grocery Store

Apparently in my little corner of the PNW no one makes Reubens. I go from pillar to post looking for fresh sauerkraut. Last year I found some at WF. This year, all I could find was this strong "fresh" "artisan made" stuff in glass jars. I suppose I could have found canned sauerkraut, but I don't like it as well as the stuff in pouches, which I used to find in refrigerated case near the smoked sausage. Here, it doesn't seem to exist.

Nov 25, 2014
sueatmo in General Topics

What are the cuisines that you know little about but want to try?

Interesting.

Nov 25, 2014
sueatmo in General Topics

What are the cuisines that you know little about but want to try?

I know nothing about Latin American food. What do they eat in Argentina? Brazil? Chile? I have little or no idea, but I think I would probably like it.

Nov 25, 2014
sueatmo in General Topics

All this talk about quality cookware . . .

I honestly think that some people think that the most expensive kitchen ware will make them better cooks. Or that the most expensive stuff is a better buy because it represents a lifetime of potential use. Not everyone wants gear as a status symbol, although I am sure plenty of people do.

Nov 18, 2014
sueatmo in Cookware

Help me choose a kettle

I own this. It works well.

Nov 17, 2014
sueatmo in Cookware

COMMERCIAL COOKWARE -- Which is best for home use?

I use a Sitram Profiserie chef's pan and I can vouch for it. It is very responsive on my induction burners. I haven't bought the saucepans, but I would. I have picked up discounted stainless at Home Goods, and I already had a couple of usable soup pots. If I were to buy another saucepan, I'd probably order the Sitram. The chef's pan is outstanding. I ordered mine from Amazon.

Nov 17, 2014
sueatmo in Cookware

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

I have discovered Genova yellowfin tuna, and it is wonderful! My fave by far.

Nov 16, 2014
sueatmo in General Topics

Cooking for One: A Widow's Challenge

If you are cooking for just you, then I'd say please yourself. Cook or do not cook, whichever pleases you. If you do cook, cook the menu that appeals to you, whether stir fry, or roast turkey. Maybe you just want a ham sandwich and a piece of pumpkin pie. Whatever it is, ask yourself, what do I want to eat, or what do I want to prepare?

I am cooking for just the two of us this year, and I am pleasing us. As it happens we want a simple turkey dinner. Mr. Seatmo often requests a pecan pie, but this year we have agreed that he will buy one for himself, since I really don't want that. At any rate, I'd say figure out what you want, and make it for yourself.

I hope you have a nice restful day.

Nov 16, 2014
sueatmo in Home Cooking
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All this talk about quality cookware . . .

At Home Goods today I saw pretty nice pans, including some AC, Anolon and the always there Caphalon. The latter does not ever interest me. I also saw a German pan or two, and a Mauviel s/pan. Also, I saw some CI enameled Dutch ovens, brands Le Creuset and a lot of Cuisinart CI DOs. The knives were meh. There was a lot of bakeware.

My score was a new tablecloth and 8 Japanese rice bowls to be used for ice cream and other soft desserts.

I didn't spend much time on the pots, even though there were many to look at. I had decided on the rice bowls pretty quick.

I love that store. If you need some new kitchen things, now might be a good time to have a look.

Nov 14, 2014
sueatmo in Cookware

All this talk about quality cookware . . .

Thanks, Duffy.

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Nov 13, 2014
sueatmo in Cookware

All this talk about quality cookware . . .

I think home cooks are interested in good pots and pans because so many offerings for us are so lame. Most of us don't go shopping in restaurant supply stores. If we did, we might come out of there with some good stuff. But we do shop in department and big box stores. Most of the offerings in those places are sub par. You have to spring for more expensive pots to have decent stuff.

I honestly think obsessing about the absolute best pot or pan is pointless. For the vast majority of us, even on Chowhound, just good enough is indeed good enough. That's why I have tuned in to so much of the talk here; I've learned so much! I cook every day, although I don't do really gourmet meals usually. But I like good ingredients cooked properly. And for me, just good enough is fine.

Unless you are advanced and dedicated, I doubt you need the very best. However, you might want the very best. That is another thing altogether. Wants vs needs--sometimes it so hard to discriminate between these two things.

Nov 11, 2014
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Need some interesting EASY chicken recipes

I bake bone in thighs over rice. You can use regular long grain rice mixed with wild rice and mushrooms, or you can partially cook brown rice, and add the chicken to that. I cook it in the oven with chicken broth. This is a go to dish I've been making for years. I usually skin the thighs, but you don't have to. Season up the things before baking.

Nov 11, 2014
sueatmo in Home Cooking

Christmas dinner - Not Turkey...

If I eat turkey for Thanksgiving, then I want something else for Christmas dinner. In the past, I've made ham, but it is hard to find a good ham. So many are over salted and/or over sweetened. I have decided to make lasagne. I will have family over, and I might have to do two versions, but I intend to do lasagne. Even though putting it together takes time, and you can vary the ingredients to suit yourself, the meal is pretty much complete with a good bread and salad. I haven't decided on dessert yet though. I will use whole wheat noodles, and I may may make a low carb version as well.

Nov 11, 2014
sueatmo in Home Cooking

The simplest applesauce

Agreed. And a small amount of spice intensifies the flavor. No need to sugar it up, unless you like really sweet applesauce.

Nov 11, 2014
sueatmo in Home Cooking

The simplest applesauce

I like cinnamon, nutmeg, and a little cider--with a drop of two of vanilla at the end. What spices often strike your fancy?

Nov 08, 2014
sueatmo in Home Cooking

The simplest applesauce

I like a texture, and the shredded pieces become a consistent texture. If I didn't have a shredding blade, I'd do it your way, no doubt.

Nov 08, 2014
sueatmo in Home Cooking

The simplest applesauce

Well, IMO, no it doesn't have to be homemade, but it is vastly better if it is. I like cooking it in the slow cooker because I think the flavor becomes so intense that way. Of course, adding cider and spices helps too. I will give McIntoshes a try too. I am seeing more vintage apples these days, and it was fun to use the Cox's Orange Pippins, which had a lovely flavor.

Nov 08, 2014
sueatmo in Home Cooking

All purpose non GMO oil for sauteeing

Years ago I read to avoid cottonseed oil because it is contaminated with pesticide residue. I suppose that is still true? I don't want cottonseed oil in my kitchen!

Nov 03, 2014
sueatmo in Home Cooking

Patterns for everyday and china dinnerware

Hey give us a link to the set, OK? I'd love to see your set.

Nov 03, 2014
sueatmo in Cookware

The simplest applesauce

I like all of these, even the simpler micro version! I micro a lot of things, but I haven't done apples.

I chose my title because it is for me the simplest sauce. And applesauce is sauce, isn't it? I certainly use it to accompany meat dishes, even if I don't cover the meat with it.

I remain surprised at how much a little spice intensifies the flavor of cooked apples.

Nov 03, 2014
sueatmo in Home Cooking

The simplest applesauce

I made applesauce in my slow cooker a couple or three decades ago, and I decided to do this again. For me, homemade applesauce is simple, and luscious. I first run unpeeled apple sections through the large shredding disc of my food processor. I place the shreds in the slow cooker with a little sherry, cider/apple juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and pepper. Then I cook a few hours. If I catch it just right, the sauce is a slight pinkish brown, and the flavors are intense. (Of course flavor nuance is dependent on the variety of apple I choose.) I add a few drops of vanilla right before I turn the cooker to low or off.

This is simple. It is so good. We like it warm. So far this fall I've made batches from Cox's Orange Pippin and Braeburn apples. The Pippens produced the best applesauce for flavor, but the Braeburns had the best texture. Do you make applesauce? What is your technique? How do you eat it? (Dessert? Side? Snack?)

I only use organic apples because much of the peel goes into the sauce.

Nov 01, 2014
sueatmo in Home Cooking

All purpose non GMO oil for sauteeing

http://www.soliofamily.com/products/

This is the canola oil I bought a year ago, and which I still use for most purposes. (see my last post dated Nov 3, 2013.) It explicitly states on the bottle and online that this canola is organic non gmo.

I am also experimenting with light olive oil, for cooking. I cannot imagine using good EVOO for sauteing. Why waste it in a cooking process which does not need its lovely flavor? And then, there is cost. Good EVOO is not cheap. I couldn't tell that the safflower oil worked any better than the canola at the high heat I use.

Nov 01, 2014
sueatmo in Home Cooking

how long have you had your......

We used our KA dishwasher from about 1999 until 2011. We also replaced with a Bosch. If the Kenmore in this house dies, I want to replace with a Bosch. Those are good dishwashers.

Nov 01, 2014
sueatmo in Cookware

how long have you had your......

Built in oven dates to 2002 and works fine; dishwasher was replaced several years ago by previous owner and it works fine; cooktop was replaced over a year ago for induction which works quite well; KA mixer was purchased about 14 years ago, and it works fine; KA food processor was purchased about 10 years ago and it works well; Cuisinart coffee maker is still making coffee 4 years later; Cuisinart countertop convection oven is about 5 years old and it performs well; micro came with the house and it is OK.

If you want and can afford it, why not give the old Cuisinart to someone who doesn't have a prayer of being able to afford it, and buy the new one for yourself?

Oct 27, 2014
sueatmo in Cookware

Slow-cooker recommendations needed

http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-PSC-3...

I have this unit, and have used it many times in the last 4 or 6 years. One of the first reviews on Amazon gives a pretty good summary of the four heat levels. I have never had anything burned in this cooker. I use it with confidence.

Another choice for you, is to buy an older off/on cooker. Those cookers from the 1970s or 1980s will cook at a slower temp. I have to tell you, I prefer this newer cooker to the old one I used to have.

Oct 26, 2014
sueatmo in Cookware