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Roasted pork. We have pounds leftover.

BBQ sandwiches

Fried rice

Brunswick stew

On a crispy iceberg salad with fresh garlic blue cheese dressing

Mexican tortilla casserole

Storing food processor blades... what do you do?

Not the neatest solution, but my discs are in a metal colander in the island, along with the hand mixer and the stick blender.

2 days ago
kitchengardengal in Cookware

Do you really like the look of stainless steel appliances?

DuffyH, I *am* a kitchen designer, you know. But I'm not gay. ☺

I only wish I could do window coverings as well as I do kitchens.

Dec 24, 2014
kitchengardengal in Cookware

Do you really like the look of stainless steel appliances?

I love the comment on here that stated her "gay decorator friends" said (in 2007) that stainless was passe.
Um, wrong. Hope they made better trend forecasts in the rest of their decorating business.
I'm not sure what being gay has to do with appliance choices either.

Dec 24, 2014
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Sides for Mincemeat Pie

What is that? I've never heard of a main dish mincemeat pie, only sweetened ones with beef and raisins and sugar.

Dec 22, 2014
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

Pear desserts

This pear custard pie is delicious.

Dec 21, 2014
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National Fruitcake Day

I make Alton Brown's Free Range Fruitcake every year. It is like gingerbread loaded with dried fruits. Heavenly.

This year, I didn't make any because I found a loaf from last year wrapped up in the back of the fridge in the garage a few days ago. So it is going on vacation with us tomorrow. I tried a slice. It's delicious.

The Dreaded Cheese Log - The Fruit Cake of Cheese!

I don't make cheese balls, but I make a killer fruit cake!
Actually, rather than a cheese ball, I'd make Pimento cheese or Reuben dip.

If I had a super duper recipe for a cheese ball, I'd try it!

What do you not order in restaurants...

My problem is, I can't afford restaurants that cook better than I do. So usually whatever I order is a bit disappointing. We don't do chains, we go to locally owned restaurants with real food.
I hope I don't sound like a snob. I'm old enough that I've made thousands of meals, and I have a pretty good idea of what I like.

Instructions for how to avoid reading threads page by page & viewing already read comments

Thank you!

Dec 21, 2014
kitchengardengal in Site Talk

Anyone Use a Vac Food Sealer

Have you added a second seal line to each package? I run the bag into the sealer about an inch from the first seal, and do it again. That took care of any leakage for me.

Dec 17, 2014
kitchengardengal in Cookware

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

And one more... Mustard! I made the best freakin' mustard on the planet.

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

Just a few faves for the year..
Blue cheese and cream scalloped potatoes

Tangy Basil Jelly

Jalapeño Pear Jelly

Pear custard pie

Cranberry sauce with orange marmalade

3 citrus marmalade

Leftover Ham - Need an app/dip/snack

Hame salad on crackers - as a few others have mentioned. I use the food processor to chop it pretty fine, add mayo, a bit of yellow mustard, pickle relish and ground pepper. It needs to sit in the fridge for at least half the day to develop the flavors. It's so good on white bread, too.

Little ham sandwiches - sliced ham and colby on potato rolls with a spread made of butter, yellow mustard and poppy seeds. Bake for a few minutes to melt the cheese, covered with foil to keep them from drying out.

Dec 12, 2014
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

Improving my Pie Filling

The fried pies we see in the South are made with a mixture of fresh and dried fruit that has been soaked. It gives it more body and flavor.

Dec 12, 2014
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

What's your go-to method for roasting a chicken?

I just put a bare naked chicken in a shallow pan, breast side down, place in an oven preheated to 375, and leave it there for a couple of hours.
I don't use any seasonings because I love the flavor of roast chicken, and don't want to taste herbs or lemons or anything but chicken. The skin on the back and thighs comes out crispy and delicious, and the breast stays moist down there cooking in a puddle of chicken drippings.

I get the oysters.

Help we have fruit flies...need extreme measures.

They could be drain flies or other species.
Here's a website.. I'm not endorsing it, as I'm not a pest control pro, but perhaps something here will help.

Do you like to hae a bedtime or late night snack?

We have dinner around 6, dessert about two hours later, and when I wake up at 3 am, I'm hungry again. So I'm out to the kitchen for a bowl of cereal.
I envy those who sleep all night! I'd be thinner and have a whole lot more energy if I had that skill.


My favorite is a cheese enchilada dish with plenty of cumin.
I love the aroma of cumin. There's nothing like it.

Dungeons & Dragons food theme/RPG session menu/food for geeks :)

Homemade Hot Pockets

Homemade Reese's Cups

Neon Lemon-lime jello shooters

Brownie bites with Fritos on top

Would you say your Thanksgiving this year is going to be a big deal . Or your just going to make it simple ?

It's kind of bass-ackwards, but I'm waiting to fix the Thanksgiving turkey/stuffing/gravy dinner at Christmas time, when we will be having Christmas with our two grown sons together for the first time in nine years. What with college, then jobs, Navy, life.. We're all over the country. We're all meeting in Indiana for the holidays.

Thanksgiving day, DH and I will be driving down to Ft Myers Beach FL, to spend the long weekend with an old friend at a rented condo on the beach.

I made stuffed peppers, Pimento cheese, ham salad, tuna macaroni salad, lentil soup, herb bread, raisin bread, basil jelly and jalapeno jelly for Brie . We've got ham, cranberry sauce and home grown sweet potatoes. We're taking assorted cheeses and fruit, I made banana bread and toll house bar cookies. I plan to dine out once, and eat at the condo the rest of the weekend.

This will be an adventure. We've never been to Ft Myers, so we'll be doing lots of sightseeing.

Best recipes for homemade Christmas gifts

My sister and I made Basil Jelly a few weeks ago to serve over Brie. That makes a pretty gift.

Nov 24, 2014
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

Ideas for serving smoked salmon

Smoked salmon makes a delicious quesadilla. A little cheese, a little cilantro, on a flour tortilla. Warm it up in a skillet and cut into wedges.

Nov 24, 2014
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

[UPDATE] Vote for Your Worst Food Trends for "Best (or in this case, worst) of 2014"

Red Velvet anything that's not real RV cake.

Cocktails that are in a martini glass that are called (....)tini, but are nothing like a martini.


Alton's Freerange Fruitcake brandy question...

I've made the Freerange Fruitcake for several years. I sub apple cider for the cup of rum in the batter. Before I wrap up each fruitcake, I brush the top with orange marmalade instead of the brandy spritz. It keeps it moist, and makes a pretty glaze on top.

Nov 23, 2014
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

Best Chowhound Tip Ever?

My son ordered me a big box of the decaf PGTips tea on Amazon this evening. What a nice man! 360 bags should last a while.

About Red Velvet Cake?? any good suggestion ? Need help?

I concur with chowser. Mom Mom's RV cake with boiled frosting is the real thing.

Nov 23, 2014
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

Rule #1...always...

Leave a pot holder on top of the lid you removed from the casserole dish after taking it out of a 350° oven. It takes a long time to cool off.

Leave two pot holders on the handles of the 9 x 12 Pyrex pan you just baked brownies in and removed from the oven.

Best way to store fruitcake?

I wrap mine tightly in foil, put it in a zip lock, and refrigerate.
I've got one left that I made last Thanksgiving weekend. I'll open it today and see if one year is too long!

What do you do with leftover seafood ?

Quesadillas or fish tacos.

Nov 23, 2014
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking