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Roasting chickens... [Split from Addendum thread, SF board]

Yum. That first recipe looks great! I'm still debating. They were pretty pricey at my grocery at around 5$ a pound which wouldn't be to big a deal but I am cooking for my husbands family and they are about as non foodies as you can get. I usually end up cooking things for my own satisfaction. Boxed macaroni and cheese and dressing, powdered mashed potatoes, can corn and cranberry sauce they love.

Nov 20, 2013
hheath9h in Home Cooking

Oven browned potatoes

I tried a similar method to this that I found on these boards a while back except I used a baking sheet and they were so very good. I think I had searched how to speed up oven baking time for potatoes. I think a cast iron would make them even better.

Nov 19, 2013
hheath9h in Home Cooking

Nashville and Kentucky, November 2013: YUM!!

Glad you had a great trip with good food. Nashville is a great city and we have some good food!

Nov 19, 2013
hheath9h in Kentucky & Tennessee

The Mis-use of "Miss"

I always find it funny how every family is so different. No one way wrong or right. In my family it was always "yes ma'am". "Yes, mom" would land us in the hot seat as it was seen as being sarcastic.

Nov 19, 2013
hheath9h in Not About Food
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The Mis-use of "Miss"

In the south we mainly say ma'am. I am sorry for your loss but I am usually glad for people that are trying to be respectful, especially younger people who are usually the servers.

Nov 19, 2013
hheath9h in Not About Food
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Nashville Bachelor Party

Not sure if I you have already come to town, but City House and Rolf and Daughters are great, also as someone else mentioned Capitol Grille for a nice dinner. I have only had hits there. The Southern and Husk are two more great options. Loveless is good but far out just to eat. I like hot chicken but I would stay away from Prince's as well. Stay away from Logans... it is just a chain and isn't really special for your trip to town. Kayne is the trendy steakhouse in the Gulch area. I haven't gone yet but reports are good. I always like Sams in Hillsboro village for a sports bar atmosphere. Not very trendy, but have had good times over the years.

Nov 19, 2013
hheath9h in Kentucky & Tennessee

Chicken Marbella?

I finally made this dish. I grew up eating this at a restaurant in Nashville but it went by another name. I went by the original recipe except halved and i placed under the broiler for a few minutes to get a good caramel color. I served it with garlic mashed potatoes and glazed carrots because that is what I always ate with it. It was so good !

Nov 18, 2013
hheath9h in Home Cooking

What normally storebought items would you only ever make from scratch?

For me it just doesn't melt well at all, and it really is quick to grate.

Nov 18, 2013
hheath9h in General Topics

How best to cook a boneless pork prime rib roast?

What did you decide to do with this. My husband brought home a 6 lb center cut pork loin from costco. There are directions on the back on how to cut it yourself and the right side makes a boneless pork rib roast, the middle makes loin chops and the thinner right you cut into a boneless serloin roast. I just wasn't sure how to cook that por rib roast.

Nov 18, 2013
hheath9h in Home Cooking

Please share meat suggestions for Christmas

I like her cooking style and her recipes for me usually come out great.

Nov 17, 2013
hheath9h in Home Cooking

Roasting chickens... [Split from Addendum thread, SF board]

I am also thinking of capon. I have seen some at my supermarket. Does anyone have a good recipe? Do you roast as you do a regular chicken?

Nov 17, 2013
hheath9h in Home Cooking

perfect mashed potatoes

And I personally like texture in potatoes. I'm not a runny or completly smooth type of person. I just use an old fashioned masher.

Nov 17, 2013
hheath9h in Home Cooking

perfect mashed potatoes

I use almost whatever kind of potatoes I have and use about the amount of 4 medium potatoes. Unless they are red I peal the potatoes and depending on the size I quarter or half or leave whole but make all the same size. I add to a pot and cover with cold water about two inches over and boil. I add salt to the water and either add garlic with or roast some. I boil until they are fork tender , drain, then put back on stove for about 30 seconds to absorb water. I add about 4 T of butter and slightly mash, then add warmed heavy cream, half n half or milk while mashing just until the right consistency. I taste and add salt and pepper if needed but usually the salted water does the trick. I leave out the garlic or skins if cooking for husbands family.

Nov 17, 2013
hheath9h in Home Cooking

Please share meat suggestions for Christmas

I second the baked shrimp scampi and some type of beef such as prime rib. Yum.

Nov 17, 2013
hheath9h in Home Cooking

Please share meat suggestions for Christmas

I am doing prime rib again this year or maybe beef tenderloin. In the south, ham and turkey are traditional, and I will probably have that at a Christmas Eve get together. I rarely see goose, but think that is an interesting option. I would like to try a capon.

Nov 17, 2013
hheath9h in Home Cooking

Please share meat suggestions for Christmas

I really like Ina Garten's recipe.

Nov 17, 2013
hheath9h in Home Cooking

Your Thanksgiving 2013 Menus

What is your recipe TorontoJo? I have spatchcocked chickens in the past but not turkeys. Sorry if you posted elsewhere andni missed it.

Nov 17, 2013
hheath9h in Home Cooking

What normally storebought items would you only ever make from scratch?

Oh, and shredded cheese , vanilla extract, bottled lemon or lime, and bread crumbs.

Nov 12, 2013
hheath9h in General Topics

Your Thanksgiving 2013 Menus

Here is my menu.

Ina's Herb Roasted Turkey Breast x 2 or one larger turkey brined and roasted using her method or possibly spatchcocked? I do this method occasionally with roasted chicken but not sure about turkey.
Grandmother's dressing and gravy recipe
Homemade cranberry relish
Martha's mac and cheese
Ruth Chris sweet potatoes
Roasted Brussels sprouts
Pineapple cheese casserole- don't ask but it is delicious.
Possibly a salad of some type or "Asian" cole slaw
There will be other things that are always at our table... ham, deviled eggs, green bean with almonds, homemade yeast rolls and a pile of desserts that guest will bring. I'm from the south and no one comes empty handed. I love Thanksgiving and for me it kicks off the holiday season and all the great things that come with it. Also, I gave up after my first Thanksgiving hosting in trying to control everything that people brought and what they brought it on. I love using my beautiful serving dishes, crystal and silver, but I always have an family that brings food in on ugly dishes...oh well. :)

Nov 12, 2013
hheath9h in Home Cooking
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What normally storebought items would you only ever make from scratch?

I love to cook, but I love to cook when I have time. I don't enjoy working a 12-14 hour shift and coming home to make homemade everything just because. My husband does laugh because I do always "upgrade" my food. Fresh shaved Parmesan and ground pepper or a sprinkle of really good salt to finish can turn the boring frozen Macaroni Grille lasagna into a decent meal. I do usually make dressings, cakes/desserts, pie crust, pasta sauces, taco seasoning, stocks and pretty much everything from scratch. I always use Hellman's. We don't keep any kind of premade snack food really except for nuts/ cheeses. I do occasionally keep something frozen in case I did not plan ahead for quick dinners on the days I am working, but on days off we eat really well. The one premade/packaged food I usually have on hand is a package of ghirardelli brownie mix. I just prefer them to my scratch brownies, and I can upgrade them too by adding different good chocolate or mints ect...

Nov 12, 2013
hheath9h in General Topics
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Planning a trip to Nashville and Memphis over Thanksgiving... will everything be open?

Are you still coming to town? I love Nashville. Like someone else mentioned, I was surprised at some of your choices. For starters I would definitely check some of the boards on here for recs. I haven't been to all of your choices, but most I have and I would leave off Jacks and Fat Moe's for sure and probably a few others, but I know that you may want to hit the traditional touristy places. I'm not sure what will be open on T-day, but Capital Grille is wonderful. YUM. Most of your places are dives/tourist/meat and 3 type places which may be what you are wanting. Just so you know. There are just so many more great places, it just depends on the type of food you are wanting to eat. You may want to look at what you are going to do for the day and plan accordingly for food. I hope you have a wonderful trip! Please let us know what you decide.

Nov 11, 2013
hheath9h in Kentucky & Tennessee

Best Burger in Nashville?

Late to the convo, but these things change with time. I don't know if I have a best but I have ones that I like. I am just not too picky I guess. I like the Pharmacy, Bobbies, Gabby's, Burger Up, Cheeseburger Charlies (because I can top it with as much stuff as I like) and five guys. I have had good and not so good at the Pour House. I do NOT like the burger that is supposedly good at PM. It is an "Asian inspired" place and the burger is supposed to be great, but it and the place are just so so to me. I have never been to Rotiers or M.L. Rose. I am not a huge fan of burgers like Hardees, Fat Mos, or Red Robbin.

Nov 11, 2013
hheath9h in Kentucky & Tennessee

Places to Eat in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge Area of Tennessee

And that was the Brass Lantern not the Copper Kettle. Oops

Nov 11, 2013
hheath9h in Kentucky & Tennessee

Gatlinburg - three meals

I just posted in another thread, and I'm sure you have already taken your trip, but here are my we always go here meals. Have been going to each for years.

Breakfast- Pancake Pantry- get here early and don't be surprised of the line, but it moves fast. I always get buttermilk pancakes and bacon. I like to stick to the classics with my breakfast items but there are so many choices to choose from.
Lunch- The Old Mill- huge portions and each meal comes with fritters, soup, salad, green beans and mashed potatoes and dessert. I like the fried chicken and meatloaf. There are some cute shops around the store.
Dinner- The Peddler- Old school steakhouse with great views of the river and a gigantic salad bar. The peddler comes around with a cart of meats and can hand cut your meat selection.

Obviously you can't do all three of these in one day but they are each very good!

The Apple Barn is also good, and we sometimes hit this one up on the way home to Nashville.

Nov 11, 2013
hheath9h in Kentucky & Tennessee

Help - Nashville this weekend

I know I am late to the conversation, but I just wanted to add in case anyone is looking up information. TLF was right on the spot. There are many new Nashville choice;however, many are more trendy and have $20-30 entrees that really are not all that. Depending on which days, you can look up specials and this site has many listed. http://www.nashvilledowntown.com/play... Just to add to the list already in this thread,
also around East Nashville and the Pharmacy is Margot and Marche that are both very good for brunch. I enjoy Sams in Hillsboro village for a casual sports bar, there is a new place in the gulch called The Pub that offers "English" food and a beer card system that you refill your glasses as needed from the tap and it automatically runs a tab on your card they give you. There is also The Southern that is really good.

Nov 11, 2013
hheath9h in Kentucky & Tennessee

Places to Eat in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge Area of Tennessee

We usually are only in Gatlinburg for a weekend, and there are a few spots that I have been going to for as long as I can remember and are musts on each trip.
Breakfast- Pancake Pantry, even though it is touristy it is VERY good, better than the Nashville location. get here early and be prepared to wait in line outside although it moves quick. I always stick to the buttermilk pancakes, but they have a large selection of choices for those who like crepes, omelets, and different types of pancakes.
The Peddler- This is the old school type of steakhouse that has a huge salad bar and cuts your steak selection in front of you. It is right on the river and you can sit and enjoy the view.
The Old Mill- Huge old mill restaurant that serves up gigantic portions. Each meal comes with corn fritters, soup, salad, green beans, mashed potatoes and dessert. The fried chicken and meatloaf is great. They have a shop around the corner with a lot of relishes, dips, their soups, and corn meal for sale.
The Apple Barn- Another tradition for us.

Two of my FAVORITE places have closed over the years, but I wish they would return. The Burning Bush- Had a platter of pastries and fruit on each table for breakfast and they served a wonderful red slushy drink. Also the Copper Kettle, which I do not think is the same as the Nashville restaurant, as what made this place unique is that you could order a kettle of vegetable soup that came with an iron skillet of corn bread for really cheap. Was a great lunch spot for my mom, grandmother and I to share for something around $10.. Wish it was still there.

A lot of places have come and gone over the years, but these have remained staples to the town so we just usually stick with what we know is good.

Nov 11, 2013
hheath9h in Kentucky & Tennessee

Campfire Cooking

I just wanted to jump in on the conversation and say thank you to all of you hounds out there. While I hardly ever post, I almost always scour this site before attempting new recipes. Anyways, this past weekend my husband and I took a camping trip and for me dried food that you add water to just won't do! We were at a "primitive" campground... so not backpacking, but it is a tent only place and you do have to haul all your stuff from the parking area about a quarter mile or so down a trail to your site so we tried to be minimal on what we carried. My cooking equipment that I brought was an iron skillet, heavy duty foil, extra long grilling tongs and a knife. That being said here was our semi foodie adventure:
Fridays menu: Rib-eye steaks and baked potatoes. I marinated the steaks prebaked the potatoes at home, wrapped in foil and threw in the coals to reheat/crisp while cooking the steaks in my 100 year old iron skillet over the fire. Worked out great, as they were both done in about the same amount of time. For a midnight snack I did the boozy cheese so many have mentioned on here with some really good bread that I wrapped in foil and just heated for a few minutes on the fire. OH MY! I'm not sure if it makes a difference as to the alcohol... I used a really good bourbon in my husbands collection and you really couldn't taste it and I used more than the 1 T. I prepared the cheese at home as well and was able to just toss into the embers. Saturday for brunch I cooked bacon in our skillet and made bacon and tomato sandwiches with a basil mayo that I prepped at home (Ina Garten's recipe). We aren't big on breakfast so this worked for us. Saturday night I did foil "hobo" packets with really tiny red, gold, and purple potatoes, corn, onion an homemade smoked sausage from a local place. I tossed butter, garlic cloves and fresh seasoning in each and cooked for about an hour over the fire before putting them in the edge to get all caramelized and yummy. For dessert I did the banana boats that I kept reading about on here. I had brought some extras such as some yummy trail mix, and some hard cheeses and grapes to go with wine... but with all the other food this barely was touched. All in all I think the trip was very successful and even though we ate really well everything was very simple and required very little to do while at the site. I am so thankful to all of you who have taught me how to really cook both at home and out in the woods! I have come so far from someone who didn't even know how to boil water for pasta two years ago!

Oct 20, 2013
hheath9h in Home Cooking

Ghiradelli Brownie Mix - as is or alter recommendations?

I have wondered this too. I love this as well... I bake from scratch all the time , but sometimes you just need something fast and good and I honestly can not bake better from scratch!

Apr 13, 2013
hheath9h in Home Cooking

What's for dinner? #209 - "Spring is here. / The snow melts. / The earth is fresh. / The grass sprouts." [Old]

TN is lovely in the spring it is my favorite season...until the next season and then that becomes my favorite. :) I used Ina's Perfect Roast Chicken Recipe and I have great success with her recipes as well. Always simple but elegant ! I posted a picture of it from a time that I made it before.

Apr 13, 2013
hheath9h in Home Cooking

What's for dinner? #209 - "Spring is here. / The snow melts. / The earth is fresh. / The grass sprouts." [Old]

Oh and that was homemade vanilla ice cream not icing. Oops!

Apr 13, 2013
hheath9h in Home Cooking