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Nut-Free, Raw Stone Fruit-Free, "Healthy" Dessert

How about a pumpkin, mango, or other fruit mousse? I haven't tried this exact recipe, but just so you can get the idea, basically a fruit puree folded with dairy, gelatin, sugar, and spices: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Jul 06, 2011
fallingup in Home Cooking

What did Santa bring you?

I got a lot of nice kitchen swag! New pots and pans (favorite: nonstick griddle pan, the kind without ridges), lots of utensils (favorite: offset icing spatula), and bakeware (favorite: cake pans).

Dec 27, 2009
fallingup in Cookware

What can you not live without from Costco?

Agreed on the flax seed. Good texture and not too expensive.

Dec 27, 2009
fallingup in Chains

What can you not live without from Costco?

I've bought those mangoes before. I wish they weren't coated so heavily in sugar.

Dec 27, 2009
fallingup in Chains

Cook-out in Asheville

The shakes are fantastic. Here's an old list of flavors:

http://wes.tabulas.com/content/pages/...

My favorites have got to be banana pudding, strawberry cheesecake, and peanut butter cheesecake. Oreo and Oreo Mint are also very popular, but I'm not a fan of Oreos so I can't judge.

Dec 13, 2009
fallingup in Southeast

Cook-out in Asheville

It really depends on the location--I have not found any that have edible onion rings in the Raleigh-Durham area but their fries are always spot on.

Dec 13, 2009
fallingup in Southeast

Indian and Pakistani Cuisine: What Are the Salient Differences?

I would agree that Pakistani food is really a subset of Indian food--which is a hugely diverse set. The spices and ingredients in Indian and Pakistani food are the same, but the preparations vary widely. The kind of food you would find cooking in a South Indian home--dal, rasam, sambar, pachadi--is light years away from Pakistani kababs or the naans, curries, and meats that are served in Indian restaurants.

Dec 13, 2009
fallingup in General Topics

Are there foods you won't eat because you consider them too dangerous?

I don't eat anything with ground beef in it, ever, unless I know the cook or restaurant has ground the beef themselves. I have read too much about the meat industry to feel comfortable eating commercial ground beef.

I grew up in a beef-free household so I don't feel that I am missing out on anything. If I grew up on it and liked the stuff, then I would probably take the risk and have a hamburger or a lasagna at any old establishment. But since I don't care for it enough, I am happy to avoid it.

Dec 12, 2009
fallingup in General Topics

Good, but wondering if this is the best sushi in Durham/CH area?

I got a chirashi don at Cafe Zen and I think the fish was spoiled. It was not good. Their yakisoba is yummy though.

Dec 10, 2009
fallingup in Southeast

Can we sticky something titled "YOU MUST POST CITY OR REGION FIRST IN YOUR THREAD TITLE"

Excellent idea!

Dec 07, 2009
fallingup in Site Talk

Is there an ingredient you are sort of afraid to cook (with)?

I can cook nice things with bitter melon and I enjoy eating the end product, but preparing the bitter melon itself gives me the heebie jeebies. I hate cutting it up. Cutting off the bumps on the skin creeps me out.

Dec 06, 2009
fallingup in General Topics

Have you seen the Pioneer Woman Cookbook? What do you think?

I used to read her website religiously but got bored of it. The overt "branding" and marketing just got tiresome. I guess I was naive in thinking that the blog was just that of a bored country housewife, and that it would retain the same character it did when it started out. I don't blame Ree Drummond for having ambitions (the cookbook, television, etc.) but the commercial "selling the lifestyle" aspect is not what attracted me to the blog. And the recipes aren't good enough to keep me.

I would definitely recommend another blog for any people who are fans of the PW concept but who are looking for someone a little more "real" and frankly more creative: Chickens in the Road by Suzanne McMin. I don't have any relation to her, I just stumbled on the blog recently and she's fascinating. She's no millionaire or Martha Stewart wannabe but I like her recipes. She's older and wiser than Ree.

Nov 29, 2009
fallingup in Home Cooking

What is your favorite healthy snack?

-Edamame
-Apple with a piece of cheese
-Celery sticks, apple, or banana with peanut butter
-Plain yogurt with a little honey or agave
-Fruited yogurt or a light fruit smoothie with almond butter mixed in
-A small piece of dark chocolate or a few baking chips
-Wheat bread with a piece of string cheese melted on

Nov 23, 2009
fallingup in General Topics

What's New in Chapel Hill?

I love that place!

Feb 23, 2009
fallingup in General South Archive

What's New in Chapel Hill?

I didn't like Sugarland much. The cupcakes I tried were just not that tasty. It strikes me as a cutesy place. I much prefer Bull City Bakery in Durham--their spice and Red Velvet cupcakes are delicious.

Feb 23, 2009
fallingup in General South Archive

Sunday Brunch in Raleigh/Chapel Hill?

They have churros and chocolate at Watts? I'm so going! Thanks for the tip!

Feb 23, 2009
fallingup in Southeast

Sunday Brunch in Raleigh/Chapel Hill?

I'm looking to take someone to a nice Sunday brunch or lunch. I'd prefer a place that is close to North Raleigh OR close to Chapel Hill. Any ideas?

My favorite breakfast/brunch place is usually Finch's in Raleigh, but this time I'm looking for a place that's a little bit nicer. Budget is $50 for two.

Thanks!

Feb 21, 2009
fallingup in Southeast

Valentine's Day - Chapel Hill/Durham

I'm going to Papas Grille on Hillandale Rd. Really nice, upscale Greek place. Kind of expensive but worth it IMO.

Feb 13, 2009
fallingup in General South Archive

If Santa asks you what your want for your kitchen...

Things I wish I had, or I wish I had better version of:

-Silpat
-Cookie sheet
-Roasting pan
-Food processor
-Sandwich press/wafflemaker
-Digital food scale

Dec 29, 2008
fallingup in Not About Food

Heavy Cream...not so much?

Oh that's a great idea, I'll have to remember that one

Dec 29, 2008
fallingup in Home Cooking

Whole Coconut - What to do?

Coconut does freeze well. Also, if you dry it out, you can put it in the blender in chunks and make your own coconut flakes/powder. My mom always used to do this.

Dec 24, 2008
fallingup in Home Cooking

What to do with leftover buttermilk?

pancakes, raita, frosting/icing

Dec 24, 2008
fallingup in Home Cooking

mmm...marshmallows!

Wow, those sound lovely. Would you mind sharing the recipe?

Dec 24, 2008
fallingup in Home Cooking

OOatmealOatmeal Toppings

Dec 22, 2008
fallingup in General Topics

OOatmealOatmeal Toppings

There's an epic thread about oatmeal add-ins on this site already. Use the search tool. It has hundreds of ideas!!

Dec 22, 2008
fallingup in General Topics

Food you eat in the privacy of your own home? (WARNING: Potentially disgusting, feel free to not open if you are squeamish)

Agreed, no matter the size of the Caesar Salad in front of me, I always clean the plate.

Dec 22, 2008
fallingup in General Topics

Food you eat in the privacy of your own home? (WARNING: Potentially disgusting, feel free to not open if you are squeamish)

I agree, the crust pan baffles me. The crust is dry and crispy...the opposite of how a brownie ought to be!!!

Dec 22, 2008
fallingup in General Topics

Food you eat in the privacy of your own home? (WARNING: Potentially disgusting, feel free to not open if you are squeamish)

I peel off the "skin" (well, the casing) from my hot dogs too. Picked up the habit from my mom.

Dec 22, 2008
fallingup in General Topics

Food you eat in the privacy of your own home? (WARNING: Potentially disgusting, feel free to not open if you are squeamish)

I do the mushy cereal thing too. I pour the milk on the cereal, then stick the bowl in the fridge for 10-20 minutes until it gets good and mushy. Usually I drain out the milk too. And then I eat the mush. You're not alone!!

Dec 22, 2008
fallingup in General Topics

Food you eat in the privacy of your own home? (WARNING: Potentially disgusting, feel free to not open if you are squeamish)

I did the saltines thing with potato chips when I was a child. I've never, ever admitted that before. I think I also did it with black olives.

Dec 22, 2008
fallingup in General Topics