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When Did Thanksgiving Turn Into a Potluck?

I'm just asking my friends to bring appetizers, bread or dessert. They won't feel like they're completely mooching, and won't clash with my menu.

Nov 16, 2011
corileigh in Features

Calorie Count Information Works. On Smart People.

I worry that some people read these signs and think about how to get the MOST calories for the least money, and in that way it backfires.

Sep 08, 2011
corileigh in Features

New Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 2nd Quarter 2011 [old]

This has probably also been around for a while, but i recently tried the soy chorizo. Fried up some potatoes, and crumbled in the chorizo. Amazing flavor! Would be great in a breakfast burrito with eggs too.

Jun 22, 2011
corileigh in Chains

Mulled Apple Cider

We made this to stay warm on Halloween night. This recipe received rave reviews (I threw in the fruit of half an orange, along with the peel). Added some spiced rum. Very festive!

Nov 05, 2009
corileigh in Recipes

Angel Hair Pasta with Spicy Vodka Sauce

Thanks aidam and KW. I'm all for vodka -- I've studied Russian for 10 years and thus it's somewhat unavoidable!

Aug 07, 2009
corileigh in Recipes

Angel Hair Pasta with Spicy Vodka Sauce

Good advice, but a little late for me!! Nearly burned down the house when I poured in the vodka a tad too fast. Lesson learned, still turned out fine (the local whole foods had yellow and red grape tomatoes!). Left out the spice factor since I was cooking for sensitive palates and the SO was recovering from a stomach bug.

A question on the science of cooking with vodka...can anyone give a general explanation on the hows and whys?

Aug 07, 2009
corileigh in Recipes

30th birthday dinner before going to Second City

Thanks, we actually ended up going to Bistrot Zinc. Parfait!

Jun 11, 2009
corileigh in Chicago Area

Lithuanian yellow cake

It's called šakotis in Lithuanian. If not Brighton Beach, try some Greenpoint bakeries (it's called sękacz in Polish). Or try ordering from here: http://www.lietuvele.com/osc/index.ph...

Jun 08, 2009
corileigh in Manhattan

30th birthday dinner before going to Second City

BF's turning 30, and we're going out in his native Chicago (OK, he's from the North Shore) for dinner, then 8pm showing of Second City comedy. I am terrifyingly new to Chicago, and know nothing. We are fairly adventurous diners, but can't afford anything too pricey. There will be vegetarians in the group, too. Help?

Jun 08, 2009
corileigh in Chicago Area

Schweppes Russchian

A little digging and I found www.britsuperstore.com. It's still expensive, but the shipping is based on quantity rather than a flat 40 pounds. You're still probably looking at over $10 per bottle, but mightn't it just be worth it??

Jun 05, 2009
corileigh in Manhattan

Help with "Childhood Favorites" theme party menu

Sweet potato fries are a non-beige alternative. Grilled cheese is another kid-staple that can easily be made into an adult indulgence with the right cheeses and breads. Don't know how well it would go for make-ahead, but would probably pair decently with a gazpacho, rather than hot tomato soup (assuming I'm not the only one with this combo from childhood).

Jun 05, 2009
corileigh in Home Cooking

Escoffier sauce

My boyfriend's mom is going nuts finding a recipe. Carb Lover, the one from the cookbook you mention is different than the one posted below by Cristina. Has anyone tried either? Are they close to the store-bought stuff?

Jun 02, 2009
corileigh in Home Cooking

Too much prune butter

That's perfect! We have lots of dumpling wrappers in the freezer. Maybe I'll make a mix of pork dumplings and prune dumplings!

Mar 23, 2009
corileigh in Home Cooking

Too much prune butter

I'm a big pork fan, and the family will eat it. Will give it a try!

Mar 19, 2009
corileigh in Home Cooking

Too much prune butter

I made hamantaschen for the first time for my boyfriend and his family. The recipe was large, and I have way too much prune filling, which was made by cooking the prunes with lemon juice, water and sugar, then blended to a puree. Any suggestions on what else this prune butter could be used for?? Savory dishes would be quite welcome!

Mar 18, 2009
corileigh in Home Cooking

Bring Your Own Plastic Container

We save our delivery and take-out containers, which are usually plastic that's sturdy enough to wash. Saves us money on tupperware.

What happened to the aluminum foil swan?

Oct 13, 2008
corileigh in Features

Hearty soups for the cooler weather

I usually start with pre-cut stew beef and a couple quarts of salted water. Skim the foam, and let it cook while you chop the vegetables. I saute carrots and onions in butter for extra flavor (this is what my Russian host-mom taught me). Once the meat has been simmering, throw in 4 or 5 potatoes, 1/2-inch dice or so, and the cabbage (a whole head, cored and sliced about 1/4-inch thick). Season with bouquet garni, or just some whole peppercorns, and fresh parsley and dill. The final touch is a small can of tomato paste. Garnish with fresh dill and sour cream. Surprisingly flavorful, especially the next day.

Sep 29, 2008
corileigh in Home Cooking

Hearty soups for the cooler weather

My favorite hearty soups:

Minestrone (from chow: http://www.chow.com/recipes/11482
)Borscht
4-bean vegetarian chili
Russian-style cabbage soup

All of these work as meals (the minestrone goes great with a grilled cheese), or a filling first course.

Sep 28, 2008
corileigh in Home Cooking

Outta Luck Linguini

I make this all the time!

Mar 11, 2008
corileigh in Recipes

Grandma's Stuffed Cabbage Came Out Delish - Here's the Recipe

The Polish spelling is actually gołąbki, but the nasal a (ą) makes it sound like 'golompki'

Feb 25, 2008
corileigh in Home Cooking