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What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill?

The farmer's market had broccoli today. If you've never had broccoli fresh from the garden, you're missing a wonderful thing. It is a totally different flavor than the broccoli from the supermarket.
I picked up two heads, DH was feeling poorly and requested broccoli with cheese sauce for dinner. I had a couple of potatoes to use up, so I sliced them, fried them in bacon fat and served the cheese sauce on top of both the broccoli and the potatoes. Good dinner. No meat, cheesy and tasty. Perfect.

American South or Southwest Christmas appetizers or sides

I remember going to some kind of Christmas tea with my mother when I was little. They had plates of all kinds of cookies, and I popped a round one into my mouth. Oh my god, I didn't know what to do with that nasty thing! And why would someone make cookies that tasted so awful? It was a rum ball... how was I to know? I was the shyest, quietest little mouse you've ever seen, so I know I didn't say anything, but I think some moms noticed my distress. I think they were laughing and horrified at the same time.

I'd probably love one now, but I've never tried a rum ball since.

about 7 hours ago
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

7 thoughts for next growing season

Me, too. We loved our white eggplant this year, but we can only eat so much at a time. Succession planting would do the trick there.

We will definitely grow sweet potatoes again. Easy as pie, and one raised bed full of them lasts all winter. Our first crop of them two years ago were volunteers from the compost pile that rooted themselves into the adjoining raised bed that was full of herbs. When we started pulling the sweet potatoes out, some of them were almost the size of footballs. And they were delicious. This year I cured them in the laundry room for three weeks.

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

I agree with the OP. I am very much a woman, and not at all a guy.

Yes, I get that it's supposed to be all inclusive, but the word "guy" has always meant a male, in my experience. If one refers to "that guy over there", we don't look over there for a woman, we look for a man.

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

Because they really don't know what either of those words really mean.

American South or Southwest Christmas appetizers or sides

DH makes pickled grapes that are so good!
He uses red seedless grapes and apple cider vinegar... and I don't know what else. They're good with cheese.

What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill?

Y'all may think our dinner was a bit lowbrow, but it sure tasted good!
I had made chili with beans a few days ago, and wanted to finish it up, but not with rice or in a burrito. I got some frozen crinkle cut fries, baked them good and crispy, put a couple big spoonsful of chili on top with some shredded sharp cheddar and a big ol' blob of sour cream.
Crunchy, spicy, hot and cold.

Hi From Marssy, Chowhound CM

Welcome Marssy!

Love your radiant smile.

American South or Southwest Christmas appetizers or sides

Agreed, alkapal.

I copied the nutrition facts for Hellman's. There's not enough sugar to register on the sugar count or the carb count. I'd never heard that it was considered "sweet" before this thread.


Amount Per Serving
Calories 90
Calories From Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 1.5g 8%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.5g
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 90mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%
Iron 0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Nov 19, 2014
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

ISO of better Pizza Stone or tiles.

FoodieX2, it's cold cold cold out, so I ran the self clean cycle with the pizza stone in the oven while I gave the kitchen a good scrubbing today. I wish I had taken a before picture! It was brown and cruddy and slick, and now it's light tan stone. Wow!
This stone hasn't looked like this for over 15 years.

And my house is warm.

Nov 19, 2014
kitchengardengal in Cookware

So What Dishes do you top with a Runny Poached Egg?

Home fries, with onions, bell peppers, cheddar cheese and sour cream.

Nov 18, 2014
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

American South or Southwest Christmas appetizers or sides

Sunshine, I agree! Velveeta, mayo and canned pimentos sounds gross.
But that's not Pimento cheese. Mine is sharp cheddar, minced roasted red peppers and mayo. Let it sit for a day for the flavors to meld... wonderful!

Just like anything else, not everyone loves it. My 24 year old son wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole.

Nov 16, 2014
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

Red wine vinegar: Mengazzoli?

We got ours at the Capri Deli in Schenectady. It's the best red wine vinegar I have ever had, and at a good price.

Great subs there too, if you have a hankerin' for a road trip one day.

What's Cooking While It's Freezing?

I have to go try one of those Honeybaked ham bones. Thanks for the reminder. I bought a ham today, so I can make potato soup (and ham salad), but never thought about the bones at Honeybaked.

Today I've got a pot of lamb stew on the stove made with garam masala, dried fruits, carrots and sweet potatoes. I'll serve it over orzo.

It's cold here in Georgia, too, but we don't have the bone chilling winds that you have up around Chicago.

Nov 15, 2014
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

Quick! How clean is "clean" for a knife?

Pumpkin pie doesn't rise much at all. I go up to the pinched edge of the crust with it.

Nov 15, 2014
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

Grits Versus Polenta

Grits and polenta can be pretty much interchangeable in a shrimp and grits recipe. You may need to adjust your cooking time.

Most of the stone ground grits I've found here in Georgia are yellow. I usually keep a bag of white and one of yellow in the house.

Gluten free flour used for gravy?

Yes, you can use GF flour to thicken gravy. Just use your regular method.

Nov 15, 2014
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

Quick! How clean is "clean" for a knife?

It's probably done. If you stick a knife into uncooked pumpkin pie filling, it comes out with filling all around.
Sounds like you're there. Poke it... Does it feel firm?

Nov 15, 2014
kitchengardengal in Home Cooking

store bought premade pie dough

I can tell the difference. Mine has jaggety holes in it and looks like hell- but tastes great.
Rolled up refrigerated crust looks smooth and lovely, pinches nicely around the edges - and tastes great.
I'd rather spend my time and emotional health making a killer filling for the pie.

American South or Southwest Christmas appetizers or sides

True, but Duke's isn't available everywhere. I use it because I live in Georgia, but when I had Pimento cheese as a kid at my Grandma's house in Columbus, Ohio in the 60s, I'm sure it wasn't made with Duke's.
I loved that stuff, and I'd rather see it made with Hellman's than not at all.

During a kitchen renovation....

1)Dont worry about how dusty the entire house is. As of Monday, it's a construction zone, not a home.
2) Your entire family will survive if they don't get a homemade balanced meal every day. Live it up and eat whatever looks fun.
3) You will want new dishes and pots and pans to use in your spankin' new kitchen, so start shopping.
4) Take everything from your cabinets and box it up and put it in the garage, basement, back bedroom - anywhere that is not convenient to the kitchen. When the project is finished, bring each kitchen item back in only *as you need it*. Whatever is left downstairs, or in the garage after 6 to 12 months doesn't need to live in your kitchen. Keep it if you must, but don't waste precious cabinet space on items you rarely, if ever, use.
5) Take a vacation as soon as it's finished, then have a party to show off your new kitchen.

Coq au vin and low carb side?

Maybe some roasted carrots, Brussels sprouts and turnips?

During a kitchen renovation....

Gain. It's a lot harder to eat healthy when you're stressed. :-D

Do certain menu items put you off going to a restaurant?

Oh. I was thinking more like fried pickles and chicken fingers.
I'd go for a fried baloney sandwich, though.

For someplace nice, I'd go even if some of the choices weren't what I'd prefer. I just wouldn't order those.

Favourite type of rice?

Two favorites - Carolina Gold rice, and California brown basmati.
The brown basmati that I find I like so well has grains of green rice in it.

American South or Southwest Christmas appetizers or sides

Pimento cheese, of course! It's not a party in the South without Pimento cheese sandwiches on white bread.

3 ingredients - shredded sharp cheddar (not preshredded), Duke's or Hellman's mayo, and chopped roasted red peppers. Make it the day before to meld the flavors. Serve on gooey white bread cut into boats (triangles).

Flavours for Wild Boar

It's also delicious roasted with rosemary and garlic.

Need some advice about slow cookers?

MsBees, regardless of which size slow cooker you give them,include a footed glass cutting board if they have laminate countertops. These are made of pebbled glass, and have little rubber feet to make a quarter inch airspace. They will set the slow cooker right onto that glass board whenever it's in use.

Some slow cookers have overheated the laminate below them and started a fire. I've personally worked with at least a half dozen clients over the years that has this happen. Some got away with replacing the countertops only, others had to replace the wall cabinets above, as well.

Back to the size question. ..we have three slow cookers, and use them all. The largest and smallest are oval, and the medium one is round. I wouldn't give up any of them.

Nov 13, 2014
kitchengardengal in Cookware

Best/worst Thanksgiving ever...

Most of my Thanksgivings have been quiet, good food, just me, husband and/or kids, since we didn't have any relatives around.
2001 was the clinker. I had filed for divorce 3 weeks before. My ex was still living in the house and being very, in a word, unpleasant (he just wouldn't get the message that it was time for HIM to go bye-bye).
The turkey was in the oven, I'd prepped everything else, and the kids and I decided to go for a walk at a local park. I looked around for my favorite red leather gloves that my girlfriend had given me the previous Christmas (I loved those gloves!) Found the gloves, and the thumb was cut off clean, and laying on the floor.
Scared the crap out of me. Even my lawyer agreed that was a threat.
Long story short, the boys and I packed up and moved out that day, staying with kind friends (the red glove giver) for two weeks until the ex was safely in jail (more to it than the glove episode) and we could move back home.

Worst Thanksgiving ever? Best Thanksgiving ever.

If loving _________ is wrong, then I don't want to be right. (Fill in the blank.)

Nacho Cheese Doritos scooped into large curd cottage cheese.