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Your Family's Top 10 Favorite Meals

I use quinoa the same way as you seem to use oatmeal. It is good mixed with anything!

Sep 10, 2014
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Help! My beans don't cook evenly.

I, too, use my slow cooker on high for beans. With no pre-soaking (I am too lazy). I have perfect beans in three hours.

Feb 23, 2014
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ISO suggestions for home cooking during kitchen renovation

You definitely need a slow cooker and a rice cooker. Between the two of those I could easily produce a healthy yummy dinner every night for months and months. In fact, I do! Slow cookers get talked down a lot, but once you get the hang of them it is very easy to produce whatever kind of food you want, not just pulled chicken or stewed beef.

Jan 31, 2014
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Cooking Dried Beans in Rice Cooker?

I make my beans in the slow cooker all the time. No pre-soaking. Just beans and water at a 1:2 ratio for three hours on high. Perfect.

Jan 30, 2014
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Learning to cook - techniques rule!

That site is truly ironic. It is called no recipes, yet directly under the title is a link to.... Wait for it.... Recipes!

Jan 27, 2014
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A good pot of soup with store-bought stock?

This is my favorite type. I am also liking organic Better than bullion vegetable flavor lately.

Jan 27, 2014
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biryani gravy

Jan 26, 2014
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biryani gravy

I am currently growing a curry leaf tree. There was a discussion about the right plant in that coriander chicken thread that was active a few days ago. My plant started at 4 inches and 9 months later is just over a foot. I am excited to see how much it grows this spring. I have mine in a pot and brought it inside for the winter. I ordered mine online, I think from horizon herbs.

Jan 26, 2014
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organize recipes

I should have said to begin with! It is Text Grabber and translator. It isn't perfect, but makes adding recipes really easy!

Jan 25, 2014
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organize recipes

I just downloaded Evernote and think I am going to love it. I had recently saved recipes into entries on a Blogger blog, but found the search feature to be lacking.

I also bought a cheap (3.99) app that will capture the text from my cookbooks and magazines and convert it right into an Evernote note. I am super excited by this since I wanted to be able to edit in changes I make.

Jan 25, 2014
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Learning how to use a slow cooker

I cook almost anything and everything in my slow cooker. I have three toddlers and just don't have the ability to stand at the stove for 20-30 minutes just before dinner. It takes some time to learn your slow cooker and how long different meats or beans takes. Even chicken breasts can be done well in a slow cooker (and come out with the same consistency as baked chicken) if you cook it for the right time.

I have learned mainly by looking up recipes and the rest is trial and error. I also adapt a ton of baked or stove top recipes, usually all you have to do is add a bit of broth or wine.

Recent cooking fails?

I have tried several different recipes involving a protein and peanut butter in the crock pot and they have ALL been fails. I use my crock pot almost daily and this is the one combo I will never try again.

Jan 22, 2014
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What? Has anybody else ever heard of this?

I am in love. I will be making this as soon as possible.

Jan 21, 2014
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Mexican Oregano

I just did this and found someone selling the plants! Thank you!

http://www.mountainvalleygrowers.com/...

Jan 21, 2014
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What? Has anybody else ever heard of this?

I would love this recipe if you would share it!

Jan 21, 2014
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Mexican Oregano

I have learned the joy of Mexican Oregano. While the dried that I am currently using is fine, I would like to grow some to use fresh. The problem is that I have been looking for a year now, and cannot find any anywhere. (Local or online)

Does anyone have any leads for me to follow?

Thanks!

Jan 21, 2014
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Cumin-Coriander Chicken - outstanding!

I just had a panic that I have been lovingly growing the wrong kind of curry plant for almost a year! Luckily google shows me that I have the right one. It is just getting big enough for me to contemplate using a few leaves and I was going to be sad if I couldn't!

Jan 21, 2014
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Advice for overcooked steaks, please

Braising or slow cooking will add back in moisture and flavor.

Jan 11, 2014
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Advice for overcooked steaks, please

I would toss them in a slow cooker and make them into chili or with a bottle of beer, garlic, and chili powder. They will be yummy after you braise or slow cook them.

LEGUME SOUPS - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for January 2014

I am glad you guys are finding this useful! I have no idea where I got the idea to do this, but I know I read it somewhere on the internet. It has saved me so much times and makes cooking dried beans so much easier. I have three toddlers/preschoolers, so easy is a necessity for me.

Jan 10, 2014
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BBQ Beans Disaster ... a request for help ...

I make beans in the crock pot all the time. Almost daily. I never soak them at all.

In the morning I put the beans and water into the crock pot at a ration of 1:2. I put it on high for three hours. By the end of the three hours they are "al dente", just tender enough to eat.

Then, I add whatever ingredients the recipe I am making calls for. That is when I would add the ketchup, mustard, salt, pepper, etc. I find that the beans need some alone time with the water without anything else interfering. After I add the ingredients I would cook for another 3-4 hours, usually on high, sometimes on low, it doesn't usually make a difference to beans, depends on what I have added.

Hope that helps!

ETA: I also add a bit more water or broth with the other ingredients. They need to stay at least coated in liquid, though not covered, to stay tender.

Jan 09, 2014
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LEGUME SOUPS - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for January 2014

For this recipe I did two cups of black beans with four cups of water. (ETA: I made a half-recipe of the original, but kept the spices the same.)

I don't pre-soak and use any liquid remaining right into the recipe I am making. Pinto and black beans usually take 3 hours on high, white beans more like 2. Whatever I am making then requires a bit more salt/seasoning than the original recipe call for. Making dried beans in the slow cooker is super easy. I love the texture of dried beans now and can no longer eat canned.

LEGUME SOUPS - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for January 2014

I made black bean and sweet potato soup in my slow cooker today and my kids loved it! I started with dried black beans and water in the slow cooker for three hours. Then I sautéed the onions and garlic, Roasted the sweet potatoes, and added in coriander, cumin, and some fennel. Easy and yummy.

It was this fine cooking recipe:

http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/bl...

what to serve with chicken cacciatore?

That sounds wonderful.

Jan 08, 2014
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Left my lunch on the counter before work. Safe to eat?

I totally agree! I would eat it without hesitation.

Jan 08, 2014
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Oil in pasta water yes or no?

This is why I sometime add about a drop or two of oil to my water. It lets me not worry about boiling over while I am chasing my kids.

Jan 05, 2014
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What would you serve at a mustard tasting party?

I think that little lentil cakes you could put a bit of a mustard on and then eat in one bite would be great for tasting them.

Jan 04, 2014
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Demerara sugar hard as a rock. Gone online for ideas how to soften, so far nothing works.

In the future a brown sugar bear will keep this from happening.

http://www.amazon.com/54924-Brown-Sug...

ETA: I don't know why they now call it a bun warmer. It is the same product I have used for years. You soak it in water for 20 minutes, wipe it off, and store in with the sugar in a sealed container. The sugar will stay soft for months and months. If it starts to get hard, just resoak the bear.

Jan 04, 2014
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Switching from meat to veggie for dinner

This recipe was also a major hit with my family and my meat loving in-laws.

Pineapple and Black Bean Chili

1 cup dried pinto beans
1 cup dried black beans
2 cups water
1 tsp kosher salt

28 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
1 cup frozen corn
1 onion, diced
1 zucchini, diced
2-4 cloves garlic
2 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp Mexican oregano
1 can pineapple chunks with liquid
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine beans through salt in slow cooker. Cook on HIGH 3 hours.

Add the remaining ingredients and cook on LOW 4-6 hours.

Aug 29, 2013
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Switching from meat to veggie for dinner

Red Lentil and Barley Soup:

http://babyccinokids.com/blog/2011/07...

Lentil Minestrone

http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2012/...

Lentil Bolognese

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups lentils
3 cups veggie broth4 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced or chopped fine
2 carrots, diced finely
1 cup mushrooms, diced finely
28 oz can diced tomatoes
2 oz sundried tomato, chopped roughly
1 can tomato paste
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup red wine
2-3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp dried herbs of choice
Dash of red pepper flakes or squirt of Sriracha.

Directions:

Cook the garlic, salt, onion and carrot in the olive oil until they are very soft.

Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the lentils are tender (20-30 min). Using an immersion blender, blend the sauce until smooth.

Aug 29, 2013
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