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Informal dinner challenges

A brisket, baked beans and potato salad will cover everybody but your vegetarian/vegans, and all are the kinds of things it's actually harder to make a "small" quantity of. Let the beans be the main for the veggie folks, so have a nice green or fruit salad as an additional side for everybody.

Jul 24, 2015
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Perceptions in taste, not preferences

That was interesting.
Here is the link http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2...

Jul 24, 2015
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Perceptions in taste, not preferences

Think of the flavor you get from pepper, outside of just the "heat".

Jul 24, 2015
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Any other Country Crock users hate the new one? Any recs for an alternative?

Butter is actually a pretty good choice. Like many things dietary it turns out it is not nearly as "bad" as it once was claimed to be. It's all I use for cooking. For spreading on sandwich or toast or whatever my husband hates butter - having grown up on one or another brand of oleo. He likes Brummel and Brown, now.

Jul 24, 2015
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What is worth making from scratch to save money?

Then you have access to both Trader Joe's and Aldis. The former for really good deals on even some prepared "convenience" type things to keep in the freezer. The latter for basics like flour, sugar, milk, some produce.

Jul 24, 2015
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Easy picnic side dish or appetizer that travels well?

Scandinavian Salad - it's sort of a different take on the old 3-bean standby; canned veg in a sweet/sour dressing. There are a number of recipes out there, this one is typical
http://www.cooks.com/recipe/vf5g234q/...
What makes them good for picnics is they have to be made at least 24 hours ahead of time, and they keep very,very well.

For appetizer this Taco Pinwheel is great
http://www.food.com/recipe/mexican-ta...
We also have a friend who always brings steamed potstickers with a soy/garlic dipping sauce.

Jul 24, 2015
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Recipes with Tomato Soup as an ingredient?

My old Campbell's cook book has a Polish Cabbage Soup that might match your memory?
3/4 lb Lean pork, cubed
1 tb Butter
1 cn Beef broth
1 cn Tomato soup
2 cn Water
4 c Shredded cabbage (1 lb)
1/2 c Chopped onion
2 ts Salt
1/2 ts Paprika
ds Pepper
Sour cream

Brown pork in butter, add remaining ingredients except sour cream.
Cover; cook over low heat 30 minutes, stirring often. Serve with
spoonfuls of sour cream.

Jul 18, 2015
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Make-ahead meals for two weeks (vegetarian and meat-eating)

I go through this during a known crunch period of 4 to 6 weeks every year - although without the added challenge of separate meat/non-meat diets. Key is to see it coming, as you have; then plan menus ahead and have what you need on hand.

I start with preparing double of some things that freeze well so I can store them against the "hard times" that are coming. Casseroles, generally. Lasagna is a good one, and can easily be made with eggplant, and tasty enough a meat eater won't suffer for it. Enchiladas freeze well, too - make some cheese only, others with beef or chicken or shrimp. Don't know if you do eggs, but mini quiches also freeze and reheat pretty well, and can involve a whole gamut of meat and veg.

I have a chicken/turkey tetrazzini I love that might do quite well with vegetable broth and without the meat, and then serve a chicken breast on the side. Here's the recipe for that: http://recipes.food.com/search?q=turkey

I do grapple with the "two diets" when it comes to seafood, which I love and he hates. Usually that involves some sort of pasta in sauce that I can make up ahead, and then at the last minute I can add shrimp to half of it and diced cooked chicken to the other.

Soup and sammiches at least once a week. Say a hearty black bean or lentil, with a quickly assembled wrap or grilled cheese (your guy could have a slice or two of ham in/on his).

Jul 18, 2015
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Some biscuit making questions

This is the only recipe I use any more. No mess from rolling and cutting; just mix, drop and bake. It's also flexible if you don't have buttermilk on hand by just subbing with 1 T vinegar to 1 C milk, or 3/4 C sour cream and 1/4 C milk. I've also been told you can get a Red Lobster effect by adding 1/4 C cheddar and 1/8 t garlic powder but have never tried that.

Jul 18, 2015
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Moro cookbook recipe - 60 threads of saffron?

Sounds like a lot to me, too; but then there is this article:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddri...

Jul 09, 2015
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Italian Grocery Store/Market in Dallas?

Yes. Depending on when you were last there, they moved down the street from the original location several years ago.

What are some ingredients you don't like to use?

Miracle Whip is a store bought attempt at whatever mayo based dressing you might be familiar with. Take your Hellman's and add a bit of vinegar, a bit of sugar, and some mustard...

Jul 09, 2015
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Needed: typical recommendations, from a slightly different angle

Next time you take your mom to lunch, consider Eden cafe on Lovers Ln.
http://eden-dallas.com/
Excellent quiche - very good everything.

Good Food Near Belmont Hotel

An update for any later readers: Off Site Kitchen has left that location, and is now over in Trinity Groves also. Haven't been there yet but the "atmosphere" is bound to change, if only because there's more room.

BYOB options in Central and North Dallas?

Sevan G & G on lower Greenville
http://www.sevanggcafe.com/
Small, family owned, Mediterranean style menu. This is our "go to" dinner place if we are heading out to any performances in the Arts District downtown.

MoMo Italian Kitchen on Forest
http://momoitaliankitchen.com/
Another family owned spot, bit more upscale in atmosphere. Real Italian food.

New veggie side dish recipes, please!

Curry and cauliflower go very well together. Eitehr a cold dressing like this:
http://www.food.com/recipe/curry-dres...
or a creamy sauce like this one intended to serve on chicken
http://www.food.com/recipe/kip-met-ke...
or as seasoning for roast cauliflower
http://www.food.com/recipe/curry-roas...

Given the approved veggie list I'd think about a sort of ratatouille which could include any combo of eggplant, squash (I'd prefer zucchini or yellow squash to the spaghetti), 'shrooms, and roma tomatoes.

May 16, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

Hmm. Thanks for the heads up, on behalf of the tamale lover at our house. However, he complains about tamales that are "too big", so I'll have to see how TJs "measure up".

May 09, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

Yay for Saucy Scallops and Mushrooms. Frozen. Little scallops with peas and mushrooms in a mildly cheesy cream sauce. Zap in the microwave and serve on rice or pasta. With a salad it's a quick and easy meal, and beats the usual supermarket frozen entrees hands down.

Double Yay for Low Fat Cat Cookies for People. Both the Chocolate and Cinnamon ones are good, but the Chocolate ones are particularly addictive. I've even used them as a hostess gift.

May 09, 2015
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Heavy whipping cream substitute...

The Food Substitution Bible says, for 1 cup heavy cream (35 - 40% butterfat, compared to 30 - 36% in light whipping cream):
2/3 cup whole milk + 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
or
1 c double cream
or
1 c creme fraiche

It also suggests 2/3 cup evaporated milk, but I'd think the 1/3 cup less liquid and volume would not help the liquid ratio in your baking recipe. They seem to mostly be thinking in terms of sauces.

May 09, 2015
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how to measure raw meat? (salt pork)

NonnieMuss solved the problem of the moment, but going forward you might think about getting an inexpensive kitchen scale. Once I got one I wondered how on earth I survived without it. At least you had a starting point with the weight of the meat you bought, so the calculation could be made. The scale has saved my bacon more than once when I didn't know the starting weight of something. And it's a huge help on recipes that call for something like "2 potatoes". I mean, some are huge, others not so much. Knowing there are 3 medium potatoes in a pound tells me one large potato weighing about 10 - 11 ounces (16 ounces times .66) will do the trick for me.
(Oh, and how do I "know" there are 3 potatoes in a pound?
http://www.e-cookbooks.net/ingredeq.htm

May 09, 2015
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Does this recipe make sense?

If, as many note, (and as I presumed as well) the mashed potato base is pure potato, without butter or cream, and the added flour gives even more body; what is the consistency likely to be of the topping made with egg and sour cream, sprinkled with the other additives?

May 09, 2015
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Does this recipe make sense?

I'm looking at a recipe for "Baked Potato Squares". It starts with a base of left over mashed potatoes. It's topped with sour cream, chives, bacon bits and cheese. The question is about the egg. Recipe calls for it to be mixed with the sour cream and spread on top; I'm used to recipes that would mix the egg with the potatoes as a binder.
http://www.food.com/recipe/baked-pota...

May 08, 2015
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Please help me to learn to enjoy fish

Bottled salsa - you can get it mild, medium or spicy (guessing you'd opt for spicy). Spread about 1/2 cup over 1/2# fish filet, bake at 425 until fish is done (8 - 12 mins). This is also a great flavor boost with shrimp. Heat the salsa in a pan, toss the shrimp in and stir until shrimp are just done.

For an Indian twist:
http://australian.food.com/recipe/ind...

May 08, 2015
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Terra Cotta Bear and Brown Sugar

Had never heard of that bear - just Googled it. They are cute! But I've been keeping my brown sugar tightly sealed in a plastic bag in the freezer. It softens up in just a few minutes at room temp. and after I've measured out what I need I press the air out of the baggy and it goes back in the freezer til next time.

Oct 04, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014 [old]

Dorot frozen garlic cubes - YAY. Not exclusive to TJ, but the only place I've seen them in my area. As easy as bottled, but as good as fresh.

Are you a herb, spice and seasoning junkie?

No jars and bottles here, but lots and lots of herbs and spices. I'm blessed to have a nearby market that sells in bulk, so I can buy just a few teaspoons or tablespoons at a time; just enough for what I expect to need for a few weeks or a particular recipe so they are always fresh. I've also enjoyed being able to blend my own mixtures for taco seasoning, or curry powder, or Moroccan ras al hanout; and sometimes make up bottles as gifts, along with a recipe where they are used. Buying in the smaller amounts is also way cheaper per ounce than buying in bottles. I once price compared ground ginger from the bulk bar vs a jar from the grocery store. The bulk bar price was $4.99/pound, so it just cost me a few cents for the small quantity I needed. The grocery jar was the equivalent of $106/pound.

Aug 30, 2014
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Are you a herb, spice and seasoning junkie?

Check out Armenian Nutmeg Cake. There are sundry recipes out there, some more complicated than others. I made this one recently and it worked out well. http://www.food.com/recipe/armenian-n...

Aug 30, 2014
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"Why does it always have to be chocolate?"

You are not alone, although I'd about concluded I was; and at various pot-luck type gatherings have had to explain "Sorry, I know I'm a heathen, but I'm not terribly fond of chocolate" when someone is pressing some "death by..." or "better than..." concoction.

My preferred alternatives include Luxardo Maraschino liqueur on fresh fruit. It's especially good on fresh pears or peaches.

My go to cake is a sort of cobbler concoction, with apple/cinnamon or pear/ginger variants.
http://www.food.com/recipe/autumn-pea...

Jan 25, 2014
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food from the 60's

Fruit salad with Poppy Seed Dressing. (Google Helen Corbitt)

Jan 25, 2014
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"American" goulash -- what's your family's version?

Growing up, it was ground beef, onions, canned Veg-All mixed vegetables, tomato sauce, and spiciness from some worcestershire sauce or HP steak sauce - all served on noodles. In more modern "goulash debates" I've got a recipe from an old Lousiana cookbook (Pirates Pantry) that has a dish that involves ground beef, tomato juice, and uncooked spaghetti. It's titled as "Texas Hash", but my fellow Texas residents insist it has to be goulash, because Texas Hash invariably has rice.

Dec 01, 2012
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