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big big, fat, over-stuffed fridge/freezer!?!

Because he was a control freak. It's a long story.

big big, fat, over-stuffed fridge/freezer!?!

My ex and I had a huge freezer-on-top fridge back in the days when it was that or a side by side, which I didn't want.

Every summer we would buy 9 or 10 dozen ears of corn from the farm market out in the cornfields, cut it all off the cobs and bag it and freeze it. That corn filled up most of my freezer. The bags would slide out and land on my feet, which could be painful, and at the least, annoying. The worst part though, was that my ex wouldn't let anyone eat the corn till Christmas day, so we had no corn to eat all fall, then had to eat it all winter to get our freezer space back.

Now I eat corn whenever I want.

big big, fat, over-stuffed fridge/freezer!?!

DH and I have the same problem, so we have sworn off buying meat or fish until the freezer is empty, or nearly so.
We are both suckers for markdown meat. I had to tell myself, and hubby, too, that there will always be more meat on sale next week. We don't save anything by taking it home and storing it for a year.
We had talked several times about buying a small chest freezer. Once I really considered the price of the freezer and the electricity to run it, I realized that buying sale meat to fill it up would end up costing more than just buying it fresh when I needed it.

When my ex and I were young and were looking for our third house (after flipping two), I kept falling in love with every old house I looked at, got all excited about what I could do with this one or that one.... finally I read something about keeping your emotions out of the house hunt. There will always be another house out there, so don't stress about the one you like this week.

It's a long way to go to make a point, but the point is, there will always be another piece of meat next week. I don't need this one.

Seems like I am always buying ______________ when I grocery shop

Cheese, almond milk, English muffins, beans.

Boneless lamb ideas?

If you have a smoker, smoked lamb is delicious.

Chicken help!

The Mexican Chicken casserole is a pretty loose recipe... Layers of corn tortillas, refried beans, black beans, corn,shredded chicken or ground beef, Rotel with chilis, or salsa. I like to do a middle layer of white cheese and pepper jack, and a top layer of shredded cheddar with sliced black olives. Lots of cilantro. Serve with bowls of chopped jalapeno, cilantro, onion. Plus sour cream on the side.

Chicken help!

Chicken curry

Mexican Chicken casserole

Chicken Tetrazinni

What to make with Peach Amaretto Pecan Honey Butter?

I made a fruit dip with some of the Peach Amaretto Pecan Honey Butter. 4 oz cream cheese, 2 oz sour cream, and 2 oz PAP honey butter.

It was good! I would like it on banana bread, too.

Jun 16, 2015
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

What should I serve for sides with grilled butterflied leg of lamb?

Grilled mushrooms, sweet onions and asparagus would be wonderful with the lamb.

Jun 15, 2015
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how do couples handle dinner?

If I work later than my husband, he cooks. He does dishes no matter who cooks, just to be nice.
We both do the shopping together for the fun of it. We're empty nesters who both work part-time,so we aren't in such a rush these days to get dinner on the table.

We're both bargain hunters, so the freezer and pantry are usually stocked full of deals of-the-day. So dinner is generally a creation of what's on hand. Hubby has to use recipes, though. He's not allowed to wing it like I do.

how do couples handle dinner?

She's a keeper!

Soft Close Kitchen Cabinet Hinges

Colleen, if your hinges are BLUM, there may be a little white plastic clip that you can slide back and forth visible on the hinge. That should take care of it.

If not, contact the cabinet etc shop that you bought the cabinets from. These things often have a lifetime warranty.

Jun 12, 2015
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Desk meals!

They're good!

Desk meals!

Y'all have much more interesting snack drawers than mine!
I have a bag of spice drops that I picked up on vacation somewhere, a quarter bag of ginger wafers that I got in Hawaii in February, and the last part of a bag of salt-and-pepper pretzel crisps.

Think I need to up my game. I do eat lunch at my desk, but I bring that every day. The other stuff is just to tide me over if I have to work late.

What to make with Peach Amaretto Pecan Honey Butter?

http://www.the-honey-hole.com/Product...

This is the jar I have-lots o'honey butter

Jun 07, 2015
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What to make with Peach Amaretto Pecan Honey Butter?

I'd gladly share! It's a big jar! That's why I need these great suggestions.

Jun 07, 2015
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What to make with Peach Amaretto Pecan Honey Butter?

You knocked it out of the park with these two. I have various kinds of jam that I've canned the past couple years, and a few of the less favorite need to go in the tart recipe!

I do think the honey butter will work in the dulce de leche cake. It seems to be the right amount of sugar and fat.

Jun 07, 2015
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When it tastes like goat cheese, but isn't?

I can tell Parmesan from Pecorino Romano, and neither of those tastes like goat cheese. I love the former and hate the latter.
Adding Parmesan, lemon and pine nuts to ricotta does not make it taste like goat cheese.
I'm not buying that excuse, either.

What to make with Peach Amaretto Pecan Honey Butter?

I received a jar of Peach Amaretto Pecan Honey Butter as a gift. Even searching online, I can't find much to do with it other than topping baked goods or chicken.

I'd like to use it as an ingredient in something, preferably cookies or breads.

I can figure out a sweet potato casserole myself - I think that would be good.

Any recipes out there?

Jun 07, 2015
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How do you eat your grits?

I was served duck blood soup by a Polish woman, too. It was awful. Her family loved it, and she made it every Christmas.

How do you eat your grits?

BScorpionok75, I've lived in rural Georgia for 13 years, and have never seen nor heard of eating grits with cow's blood. It's all butter and cheese here.

Ideas to use up syrupy marmalade?

I'll try some of these! It would be an interesting way to expand my cooking repertoire.
There's some chicken in the freezer I can start with.

May 27, 2015
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Are you THE cook in your family?

I'm the more intuitive cook between hubby and me. As long as he stays with the recipe to the letter, he can make some pretty darn good meals. I can pull odds and ends out of the fridge and whip up a delicious dinner - problem with that is that it's a one-off meal. I hate to tell DH, "Glad you love it. Sorry you'll never have it
again! ".

Canned foods . I use them . Do you ?

I've got canned fruit, beans, tomato products, corn, chilis, water chestnuts, tomato soup, coconut milk and black olives (hubby can eat an entire can of those himself) .

Ideas to use up syrupy marmalade?

My three fruit marmalade didn't set up well, but tastes great. It's grapefruit, lemon and tangerine. I don't want to reprocess it, since I made it last winter and hoped it would set up. I've got three pints to do something with.
I wouldn't mind making a sweet and sour sauce with some, but need help with a recipe.
Any other ideas?

May 26, 2015
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What to do with a ton of peach jam?

pumpkinspice, that's the one I was going to post, too! (it's my recipe under my previous user name) They're delicious with peach jam.
I made these cookies with homemade lemon-fig preserves this weekend, and our guests loved them.

May 26, 2015
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Mac & Cheese: To bake or not to bake?

I prefer the flavor and texture of baked macaroni and cheese. Baking makes it a little firmer, and the flavor seems richer.

May 25, 2015
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Dutch Ovens: Round vs Oval, Wide vs Regular opening

I use my oval LC pretty often to make stock, but I only got it because the back burner on my smooth top range is oval. It has a round/single setting and oval/dual setting, and I wanted to take advantage of using the narrower oval pot for stock.

I've never tried it on the front burners that are round.

May 25, 2015
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How many slices of Eggplant Parmesan should feed 25 people?

SR44,
He didn't say the ballerina would eat less. He said adjustments would be made. It's all in what you read into it.

May 21, 2015
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Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here

Got some nice deals at a LeCreuset store in Yamassee, SC.
The 11 3/4" iron handled cast iron skillet in Dune Almond was $85, and the 12 2/3" Bistro flat griddle in Ocean was $65.

May 17, 2015
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