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Moussaka Recipe Needed

You could make the sauce using stock rather than milk, making this entirely a meat dish. Eggplant layer, meat layer, sauce layer. I think I might use lamb and a chicken stock. BTW I do not fry my eggplant for moussaka--- too much fat. I lay the strips out on a cookie sheet and slightly brown them in a hot oven. Also it's 'way less work.

about 14 hours ago
Querencia in Kosher

Portuguese Linguica vs Spanish Chorizo

I have always found the linguica sold in Cape Cod towns or down along the Massachusetts coast around New Bedford (many people there have Portugese ancestry) to have a distinctive anise flavor that I have never tasted in chorizo.

about 14 hours ago
Querencia in General Topics

Never buy a fast food breakfast sandwich again..........................

I put the English muffin in the toaster at the same time I put a beaten egg in my small no-stick skillet and sprinkle shredded cheese on it. I skip the ham, don't want it. The whole sandwich goes together fast and I don't have an extra appliance to find room for.

1 day ago
Querencia in Cookware

Tandoor Oven

Now that's very interesting. Nevertheless, supposing that I am an Indian person who does not have $750-800 for an oven and I just want to get my brother-in-law to come over and help me build one, how do I do it?

1 day ago
Querencia in Cookware

best way to bake a sweet potato in the oven

Does such a thing still exist as a coal furnace in a house? Probably not. When I was a child our furnace had a ledge inside where my mother used to bake potatoes and sweet potatoes. A lovely method.

1 day ago
Querencia in Home Cooking

Your favorite recipes using Trader Joe's products

I bake the Truffle Brownie Mix then as soon as it comes out of the oven I do this: In a saucepan put 1 cup sugar and 1/3 cup each of milk and butter. Bring to boil and boil 1 minute by the clock. Remove from burner. Dump in 1 cup chocolate chips, stir until they melt, then pour over the brownies. As it cools it sets up. Gilds the lily.

1 day ago
Querencia in Home Cooking

Adding cocoa powder and semi sweet chocolate chips to pound cake

There are plenty of recipes around for chocolate pound cake. Why not stick to one of them rather than try to modify a non-chocolate recipe? Why ask for trouble?

1 day ago
Querencia in Home Cooking

Feta + Asparagus

Feta cheese goes nicely with asparagus because it's a little salty and the asparagus is sweet. I put them together in a quiche made with 2/3 grated Swiss cheese and 1/3 crumble Feta.

2 days ago
Querencia in Cheese

What is your favorite store bought cookie ?

1) Anna's Ginger Thins 2) Peppridge Farm Milanos, Double Chocolate 3) Orange Jaffa Cakes

2 days ago
Querencia in General Topics

Breakfast Around The World

I think the best meal I ever had in my life was Sunday Brunch at "Les Filles du Roi", a now-defunct Montreal restaurant that featured Quebecois food---obviously intended to sustain a Canadian farmer in the wintertime---every delicious thing that could be done with pork, beans, and maple sugar, was. Would you believe ham and dumplings stewed in maple syrup? And tourtiere, and baked beans with chunks of bacon, and many things more, all of them wonderful.

2 days ago
Querencia in Food Quests

dinner selections near Palomar with 10 y.o.

Around the corner from the Palomar is Brazzaz, a Brazilian "rodizio" restaurant where they bring varieties of roast meats to your table again and again until you beg them to stop. This is preceded by a gorgeous salad bar and accompanied by a hot buffet. The regular cost is $48.50 but currently there is a $25- off coupon online, one per table, good until May 18. With two adults this brings the cost of the meal to $ 36---I don't know whether Brazzaz has a children's price but you could find out. For what they give you, $36 is a steal---see their website for pictures---and because the "method" is unusual it would be fun for your son---food is delivered on swords carried by gauchos (not the right nomenclature but you get the idea).

2 days ago
Querencia in Chicago Area

Recipe ideas for pregnant lady with high blood pressure

Re cheese: If you do find low-sodium cheese, it tastes like cardboard. Here is how you improve it: grind it up in the Cuisinart with garlic and enough beer to make a spread. This doesn't add any sodium but makes it edible.

Apr 18, 2014
Querencia in Home Cooking

Recipe ideas for pregnant lady with high blood pressure

I trust this is about avoiding salt. I cooked low-salt for a heart patient for over 20 years. 1) If you can get to a Trader Joe's they sell the single most useful product I know of for a low-salt diet, a low-sodium Organic Marinara Sauce. Name brands have 300-700 mgm per 1/2 cup but this one at TJ has 25 mg and it is delicious and very tomatoe-y---you can use it for dozens of things. 2) Lemon juice makes green vegetables good without salt. 3) You don't ordinarily eat salt on fresh fruit so use a lot of fresh fruit salads. 4) Beware of baking powder and baking soda as they add a lot of sodium. 5) If you long for gravy you can make a palatable substitute with low-sodium chicken stock (again, I found the TJ version to be good). 6) Sweet-and-sour seems to do pretty well without salt, for example a sweet-and-sour pineapple sauce to go with lean roast pork. 7) Avoid commercial preparations like poison---they are usually loaded with salt and other high-sodium stuff. Read labels a lot.

Apr 18, 2014
Querencia in Home Cooking

super budget meals

Alice, do you have any freezing space at all? You can make out like a bandit by saving small bits of leftovers. When you do fix meat, save even a little bit and freeze it in a little plastic sandwich bag. You can crumble up one sausage or one slice of bacon or a slice off your pork chop---later, combined with some pasta, beans, or potatoes you can make quite a nice meal with it. BTW you mentioned ethnic markets---they are super for bargain produce. At a Hispanic market, corn tortillas can cost as little as 20 cents a dozen---cook up some pinto beans and mash them, cut up a leaf of lettuce and a bit of onion or whatever you can rustle up, and put together a fine plate of tacos. One more thing---if you like hot oatmeal, it makes a cheap and filling breakfast---cook it in a pot and don't rely on the much more expensive instant variety.

Apr 15, 2014
Querencia in Home Cooking
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super budget meals

I think you can do it if you shop at low-price stores and take advantage of sale items and loss leaders and use meat as a condiment rather than the main event. Price differentials can be huge but you have to keep your eyes open for them wherever you happen to be. For example, during holiday seasons sweet potatoes in Chicago have been 19 cents lb.. Some markets have a huge discount coupon out for a ham during the holidays, and if you pro-rate down what you get from a ham (the last coupon ham I bought came to $5.65 for the whole thing), that's pennies per serving. Pasta and beans are always a bet. Summertime farmers' markets always have green peppers 5 for a dollar by August (and they freeze so nicely). At a big Italian market here last summer I saw eggplant for 29 cents lb.. Lately I have seen potatoes 99 cents for 5 lb. .Eggs are always cheap (and during Easter week are moreso). Little cans of tomato sauce can be 4 for a dollar. This week Roma tomatoes are $ 1. 49 lb in my neighborhood but I picked some up for 39 cents lb when I happened to be on the other side of town, why not. So, yes. Depending on what's on sale, and using meat that is part of something and not the main event, I would think that a casserole of scalloped potatoes with minimal pro-rated discounted ham, or one of pasta with tomato sauce and a very little of a leftover potroast, or halves of green pepper stuffed with a strata made of eggs and cheap white bread and milk, or a meal of French toast, might just about meet your criterion. Tricks are to move with the season, keep your eyes open, and use every bit of everything.

Apr 15, 2014
Querencia in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

What picnic---there's snow on the ground this morning in Chicago. In slow-cooker: chicken curry. A little flour mixed with curry powder, cumin, garlic powder, garam masala, and salt. Then an 8-oz can of tomato sauce and a quart of chicken stock. Boneless skinless breast cut into chunks. A bag of frozen peas. Two large onions. Half a sweet red pepper. No, not traditional method (frying spices etc). Convenient. Have other things going on today, culminating in picking up family member at airport. Hot dinner will be ready when we get home thanks to slow-cooker and Uncle Ben. And damn the snow.

Apr 15, 2014
Querencia in Home Cooking
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What to do with leftover slices of Granny Smith apples?

Wrap the apple slices in Crescent Roll dough. Lay them in a buttered baking dish, one that is not too shallow---pie plate won't do. Microwave 1 cup brown sugar with 1 stick butter and 1 teapsoon cinnamon just to melt and mix. Pour this over the apple dumplings (yes, that is what we are making). Then open a can of Mountain Dew and pour it over the dumplings to cover them. Bake at 350* for about an hour. The dumplings will take up the Mountain Dew, a sauce will form, and the tops will get crispy.

Apr 14, 2014
Querencia in Home Cooking
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I have an overabundance of boxed crackers, mostly wheat thins and the like

Unless all were bought yesterday for a party last night, chances are that an "overabundance" of crackers has been around for a while and is somewhat stale. I take my overabundances to the park to feed to the squirrels.

Apr 14, 2014
Querencia in Home Cooking
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PLEASE! A decent pancake mix?? [Moved from Home Cooking board]

I don't know whether it is still available but Cracker Barrel restaurants used to sell their house brand in their stores and it was very good. Does anyone have current information about this?

Apr 14, 2014
Querencia in General Topics

Why did my Pyrex baking dish explode?

We had a glass-top stove break. What did it was setting a hot wet lid direct on it so that a suction was set up and a big crack appeared the diagonal length of the cooktop. My husband (a scientist) and a neighbor (another scientist) stood there amazed looking at the damage and saying "Goddamn, I wouldn't have thought that was possible". Well, it is. We had to replace the cooktop. So when you set down a hot wet lid, lay it so it's over the edge of the cooktop so air can get up under it.

Apr 13, 2014
Querencia in Cookware

Why did my Pyrex baking dish explode?

First of all, I have been cooking for 65 years and have never heard that Pyrex baking dishes can go on stove burners, but maybe that's just me. Second, the Internet is full of threads about recently-made Pyrex exploding in the oven. Explanations have been given that the newer Pyrex is coming from China (where else?) and is being made with different chemicals than the older Pyrex. I don't know. All I can say is that every bit of my Pyrex is old crap from yard sales and I have never had a piece blow up.

Apr 13, 2014
Querencia in Cookware

Side dish suggestions

With sweet potatoes this is a really good vegetable dish: cook chopped frozen spinach. Drain. While it is hot, add salt, garlic powder, curry powder, and grated Parmesan cheese (the dry kind in the cylinder can is fine). The spices melt into the cheese and make almost a sauce.

Apr 13, 2014
Querencia in Home Cooking

What to do with leftover duck?

An Argentine recipe, Escabeche de Pato: Slice 2 onions thin and place in baking dish. Arrange on top of the onion the meat of a duck. Cover with 2 more onions sliced thin, 2 cloves garlic, 2 sweet red peppers sliced, 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, 1 stalk celery, 4 bay leaves, 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup white wine, 1 cup olive oil, 2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper. Optional: note card says "May also add tomato". Cover and bake very slowly for 2 hours. Serve cold.

Apr 12, 2014
Querencia in Home Cooking

Paying it forward

Once when we were eating in a local restaurant we noticed a neighbor was there and smiled and waved. When we went to pay our check we learned that he had paid ours. But we understood that he was doing this to thank us as his lover was dying at the time and I had been taking baked goods to them every week so they would have something nice to share with their many friends and guests. However I can see that if a total stranger paid your check it might be unnerving.

Apr 12, 2014
Querencia in Not About Food

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

TH frozen raspberries are the A#1 reason I go to TJ. I eat them on cereal all year. I just add them frozen to the cereal . They thaw within a minute and keep the milk nice and cold. In summer I add fresh other-berries but the frozen raspberries are standard routine.

Apr 12, 2014
Querencia in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

Take it to work at leave it by the coffee pot. People will eat anything at work.

Apr 12, 2014
Querencia in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

Now why did you have to remind us of those 500 gm chocolate bars. I buy one, break it into squares, put the squares in a cookie jar, and then can't walk past the jar without....

Apr 12, 2014
Querencia in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

They don't always have them but when they do, the little bitty miniature peanut butter cups are insanely wonderful in place of chocolate chips in cookies.

Apr 12, 2014
Querencia in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

ED Smith jam is not some weird brand that TJ found at the Dollar Store---it is a standard brand in Canada---I have brought it home with me many times, especially a variety called Midnight Berry (a berry mixture) that I haven't seen at TJ.

Apr 12, 2014
Querencia in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

That line of Indian entrees is very good and prices are so low that you can do several at a time and have a feast, not forgetting some Naan on the side.

Apr 12, 2014
Querencia in Chains
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