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How many slices of Eggplant Parmesan should feed 25 people?

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

about 23 hours ago
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

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
kitchengardengal in Cookware

How do you clean stone ground grits?

That's the way I do it, too. I just let the stuff float to the top. A coarse sieve might do it for you.

May 17, 2015
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

What do y'all do with dried pasta odds and ends?

I always cook the entire package, and use the rest in tuna macaroni salad, or soup, or for lunch served with butter and piles of shredded sharp cheddar (my favorite lunch).

May 14, 2015
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

Cheesecake with very little cream cheese?

Without cream cheese or ricotta, it wouldn't be a cheesecake..

That said, I had a really delicious yogurt tart at a restaurant this evening. A Google search might find one.

May 14, 2015
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

What's your absolute favorite/best apple dessert?

Absolutely Sour Cream Apple Pie. Cold straight from the fridge the next morning. It's heaven.

May 14, 2015
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

Best Salad Dressing You've Ever Had

My two favorites are homemade blue cheese with raw garlic, or a splash of olive oil with a bigger splash of Mission Fig Balsamic vinegar.

Pronunciation-checked at Penzey’s

Is it possible to use too much cumin?
(love that stuff!)

Limoncello curd ideas needed

I like the idea of folding into whipped cream.
I could do a trifle with lemon or vanilla cake in it.

Apr 23, 2015
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

What add-ins (if any) would your ideal cookie contain? Soft and chewy or crispy-crunchy?

I'll just come to your house, alkapal.

Limoncello curd ideas needed

My sister made some killer limoncello curd from some limoncello that she also made.
It's super delicious, and has quite a bit of an alcohol kick to it.

I know I can use it in between cake layers, and in tarts. I need to figure out some way to use it so that per serving, there's not enough to give one a buzz. I'm afraid tarts would be just too much.

Any ideas?

Apr 22, 2015
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

Best way to store liverwurst

Saturdays in the kitchen with my dad was liver wurst with a slice of Swiss cheese on Beefsteak rye. And sometimes a slice of onion.
Or we had sardine sandwiches. My three sisters never shared lunch with me and my father.

Halibut Scraps

Poach and flake the fish, mix with mashed potato, Old Bay Seasoning,an egg, salt and pepper, form into patties, coat with panko, pan fry in 1/4" oil.
Serve with spaghetti and red sauce.

What's your ??????????

Sunshine, do the cashiers even know what 'unlisted' means? Those of a certain age will, but the young 'uns...?

Cabbage Rolls anyone?

Absolutely, nuking the cabbage is the easiest way to do it. I core the cabbage, microwave for 5 minutes, peel off all the loose leaves and microwave it again.
My mother's recipe (her mother was Slovak) has just ground beef, onion, cooked rice, Parsley, egg and salt and pepper.
The sauce to cook the cabbage rolls in : saute one chopped onion in olive oil, add a tablespoon of sweet paprika, a can or two of tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Stack the rolls in the sauce in a Dutch oven and cook on medium low for about an hour. Serve with mashed potatoes.
I tried a different recipe once. Never again.

Apr 14, 2015
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

Leftover loin lamb chops -- suggestions?

My first thought was curry over basmati rice.
Coconut milk, curry, onions, sweet potatoes and lamb

Apr 08, 2015
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

What are some of your favorite limited-ingredient dishes?

Long pasta with sour cream, parmesiano and basil.

Cucumbers with onion, sour cream, dill, iceberg lettuce.

Baked sweet potato with butter and cinnamon.

Roasted Brussels sprouts with olive oil and herbed sea salt.

Florida jelly, jam, honey

Mayhaw jelly is a Florida specialty.

Your automobile as dining room!

A guy I used to work with was eating a hamburger while driving, had an accident at the intersection in front of work, bit right through his tongue, had a mess of stitches, sounded (and felt) like an idiot for weeks.
I'm not inclined to eat while driving.

Anyone else have an odd craving for bananas today? Just curious.

I hate to admit it, but I own one of these. Well, kind of. I picked it up at the reuse/recycle table at my Master Gardener meeting. It's in my garage cabinet.

I don't know if it really can slice a banana, but who cares?

Hand Made Pasta on Granite?

I use a mat like this on my granite tops. It's not shiny smooth like the stone.

Mar 30, 2015
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

Monthly grocery bill in metro Atlanta

If you're near a Kroger, their prices are always good. When our two sons still lived at home, we spent maybe $600 a month on groceries. We're in the West Metro Atlanta area.
$1200+ per month is awfully high to me.

Mar 22, 2015
kitchengardengal in Atlanta

good, quick, simple recipes to use a jar of mayo

Pimento Cheese

Grate 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese.
Mix with 1/4 cup chopped roasted red peppers.
Stir in 1/2 cup mayo, add up to another 1/4 cup mayo till the texture is creamy and slightly stiff. Let sit several hours and add more mayo if needed.

Serve on crackers or white bread, or in celery sticks

Garlic Blue Cheese dressing

Mix together:
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
2 Tbs cider vinegar
1 Tbs sugar
Dash of salt

Add in and mix well:
4 oz crumbled blue cheese
2 tsp grated fresh garlic

This dressing changes so dramatically in taste overnight, that we like to use some right away first, when the garlic has a kick. Then for our salad the next night, the blue cheese flavors dominate, and the garlic has settled down.

Your most cherished food memories...

When we went out to the Kahiki when I was a kid, I loved to tear apart the paper umbrellas to get to the little core of Chinese newspaper in the top.

While we were in Oahu a few weeks ago with my sister and brother in law , I told him about that. He'd never heard of it. So I unwound his little paper umbrella top, hoping that they still made them with Chinese newspaper after 50 some years.


Sodium amounts in corned beef brisket

I corn my own, and as the nature of the corning process is soaking the brisket in salt, I'd say that anyone on a strict low sodium diet would be advised to avoid corned beef.

The term 'corned' refers to 'corns', or grains of rock salt that are used.

One can cook brisket with the spices and no salt, but it won't be corned beef.

Your most cherished food memories...

My mother was pretty sophisticated in her choices of music. Lots of classical stuff, plus Herb Albert or other instrumentals.

It wasn't till I was in high school that I discovered she played the polka station on her bedroom radio when she got dressed for work in the morning. Her parents were Slovak and Polish, and she was first generation American. She kept that side of herself kind of close.

Ubiquitous pimiento cheese...Athens, Georgia

I love that there's a whole stick of butter in this simple recipe!

Hominy Grill "poaches" their shrimp in butter for this dish, too.

Mar 13, 2015
kitchengardengal in Southeast

Ubiquitous pimiento cheese...Athens, Georgia

Here's a shrimp and grits recipe from the Charleston Junior League 1950 cookbook. There are others, each referring to the grits as hominy, rather than hominy grits.

Mar 13, 2015
kitchengardengal in Southeast

Peanut Butter and. . .

Oh dear. I have all the ingredients at home. I am out of town till Sunday. Guess what I'm doing Sunday afternoon.

Your most cherished food memories...

Um, that *would* be a good way to keep one's clothing from smelling like Lange's Meat Market.

We have a daughter in Philadelphia. Where should I go for the kielbasa next time we're visiting?