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What dessert to bring to in-laws for X-mas eve?

Your m-i-l sounds a lot like mine was. Not much pleased her, but if I could go back in time, I'd try this. Ask her what she would like for you to bring, or what her fav. desert is. This may seem like you are bowing to her, but what can it hurt to try? She still may not like what you make or bring, but then you'd know you tried your very best and you can deal with it from here on in. Their tastes may be very different from yours and they may not be at all adventurous when it comes to food,but you seem to be trying really hard to please them. Just ask her what she'd like-then she can't dislike what you bring---hopefully! Good luck!

Dec 11, 2011
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What's on your menu for labor day?

It's been so hot here in the midwest that I decided to do a shrimp boil for the Holiday this year. Now I find out that it's going to be a high of 67 here on Monday. We'll still be eating outdoors, but we will need a jacket! What are the rest of you cooking ? I'm wondering if the menus vary from area to area? Share please!

Sep 03, 2011
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What are you baking these days? August 2011, part 2 [Old]

That looks so great-I can't wait to make it! Thanks so much for sharing..

Aug 27, 2011
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cornmeal biscotti with dried cherries

They sound great-thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

Apr 04, 2011
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cornmeal biscotti with dried cherries

No, but that sounds wonderful. Care to share recipe or a link?

Apr 04, 2011
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cornmeal biscotti with dried cherries

My friend made these wonderful cornmeal biscotti which were only cooked once. This resulted in a very flaky buttery cookie which I like much better than the traditional twice baked ones. Does anyone else do this type of biscotti or have a recipe similar to this?

Apr 04, 2011
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Help me get rid of gritty asparagus

Yes, and if I remember correctly you live in the Bloomington area, which I'm sure has very different soil from where I was raised. I lived in the farm area of Northwest In. and the sandy soil there was used for the asparagus filelds. Once you got the sand out of it- it had wonderful flavor. Also in that area, it's pretty much always windy which doesn't help when the soil is sandy. I picked asparagus for 7 years when I was a kid. At that time they changed the school hours to accomodate so many of us that got up at 4, went into the fields and worked in the asparagus until 9 or so and then got cleaned up and went to school., I didn't eat asparagus until years later-wonder why?

May 30, 2010
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Help me get rid of gritty asparagus

It depends on where the asparagus comes from re if it's gritty. If the soil is sandy, you will have gritty asparagus. I grew up in Indiana, where lots of asparagus was grown and sent off to market. It was always sandy. It had to be washed in warm water, agitate very well, change the water at least 3-4 times until there wasn't any sand left in bottom of sink. If cooking in water, when asparagus is done, lift out with tongs and if there is any sand left, it will fall to bottom of pan. Hopefully this will work and help.

May 30, 2010
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What do you make for breakfast on Christmas morning?

We've been having croissants and a fruit salad for over 20 years for Christmas morning. This year I bought the Trader Joe bake-at-home chocolate ones and am really looking forward to trying them. Hope I can remember to take them out the nite before to let them rise overnite!

Dec 22, 2009
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Best Cranberry Recipes?

We love fresh cranberries and go out to the bogs every year and buy at least 5 pounds. I make lots of things with cranberries--cookies, muffins, Dories cake, sweet bread etc., but I have to say my fav. thing to make is cranberry vodka. If you start it now, you can have a cranberry bog for Christmas which is one of the best drinks to make with cranberry vodka.

Oct 25, 2009
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Best Way to Thaw Frozen Shrimp

I thaw my frozen shrimp in milk. If there is any fishy smell ( or taste) in the shrimp, this takes it out. After they are thawed, I rinse in cold water. Seems to work great for me.

Sep 08, 2009
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6lb bag of granny smith apples; all brown

I'd try to take them back too, but if you can't or don't get around to it, how about making some applesauce? If it makes too much, you can always freeze the leftovers.

Jun 27, 2009
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Cookbook recs slow cooker

Meatballs are great in the slow cooker, but what we like even better is Italian sausage. In a good pasta sauce or truthfully, just in a can of stewed tomatoes. I've done them by browning first and also when in a hurry, just put them in the pot and add the tomatoes. You don't need to add one other thing and the sausage comes out really wonderful. Cook for 6-8 hours and you have sausage for a great sandwich or pasta.

Apr 21, 2009
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new slow cooker

Do you think you could share that recipe? Appreciate it!

Mar 26, 2009
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Bunco Party Hors D'Oeuvres

I make a version of this too, but use dijon mustard,ham,cheese and grapes(which you cut in half.) The grapes sound strange but really add a great flavor to the turnovers.

Mar 22, 2009
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need a simple and delicious preparation for frozen Tilapia

I make a very simple topping for Tilapia and then bake it.. The topping has butter, mayo, lemon juice, lemon zest, grated onion, a bit of cayenne pepper ,fresh herbs and salt. It goes together very quickly, bakes for maybe 10-12 min. and is delicious. Fast, simple and easy. One tip is defrost the Tilapia in milk. Will post exact amounts if you'd like.

Nov 11, 2008
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Thanksgiving in Champaign, il.

We'll be going to Champaign area for thanksgiving this year and would like to find a great place to have our turkey day dinner. We have gone to Kennedy's in the past and were not at all impressed. Anyone know about a great place-not too far away, but we certainly are willing to drive a bit. Thanks in advance to all!

freezing milk?

My mom hates milk and only uses it for baking or cooking. Since she also hates to waste anything, she always freezes leftover milk. As long as you defrost it in the frig and freeze it in small amounts-such as in 1 cup containers-it will be just fine to cook or bake with. I've done this from time to time when I had a lot of extra milk. I have never just drank the frozen milk tho, so I don't know if it would be as good as fresh. However, it really is fine for cooking or baking with, just make sure you defrost in frig. Hope this helps you.

Nov 03, 2008
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Your best cranberry sauce recipe please

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/279786
Try Candy's recipe. I've made cranberry sauce for years and this is by far the best. Also very easy.

Nov 03, 2008
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Egg coffee, what's this?

My mother in law did this for years. She thought it made her coffee taste great and better than anyone elses. We all thought it was just bad coffee. I'd never do egg shells or eggs. I don't think it does a thing for improving the flavor of coffee-at least it didn't for her coffee. As far as making it clearer- well maybe but to me the flavor of coffee is what is the most important. Great fresh coffee beans and good water-simple but that is what makes the best coffee. I agree with you, I wouldn't want to waste my eggs on this method either. If you do try this, let us know what you think!

Oct 18, 2008
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Allergic to pectin? Smoothie recipe help!

Can he have sweetend soy milk? I make a very good smoothie with vanilla soy milk, yogurt (I use plain, but you could use a fruit yogurt) banana,strawberries etc.

Oct 15, 2008
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Better than bouillon?

It's a great product and for years I was able to find a low salt better than bouillon here in my area,. I can't find that anywhere anymore. I am now using the GFS version of soup base. I think it is every bit as good and is about the same price but is in a container that is twice the size, therefore much less expensive. If you have a GFS store (gordon food service) in your area, you mite like to give it a try too.

Oct 14, 2008
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Online recipes/websites you trust

I agree with epicurious as well. I prob. get most of my recipes from that site. I also use all recipes and sometimes food network as well. ATk is good, but the free recipes are limited. I like to use sites that are rated by readers, which will give tips and likes and dislikes of the recipe---and of course here.

Oct 06, 2008
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Fix my minestrone?

I just looked at the orginal recipe and see that it says salt and pepper. The first thing I'd do to try to fix a blah soup is to add salt and some fresh lemon juice. I think under-salted soup broths tend to taste very blah and am always surprised at what a difference the right amount of salt makes. The lemon juice will perk it up as well. I agree with the other posters re the meat or pasta. They would prob. detract from the lovely veggie flavors. Chicken broth or a combo of beef and chicken broth may help as well. Also the suggestion of using more fresh herbs will also add more flavor. Please let us know what you did and how it turned out.

Oct 02, 2008
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what was the best dish you made/ate this summer?

We did much of the same this summer. Lots and lots of great veggies just enhanced with great olive oil and balsamic and also sometimes grilled. We did grill some meats, chicken and fish as well, but the veggies really were the main event. I have gotten into many more salads this summer and the best were some new grains I discovered as well as rice salads. Easy summertime cooking with anything fresh being the star - either from my garden or the local produce stand.

Sep 15, 2008
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Scalloped potatoes

I had the best scalloped potatoes ever at a Thanksgiving buffet at a wonderful rest. one year. I've tried to duplicate them and have come pretty close. It's the basic recipe--thinly,evenly sliced potatoes, onions or shallots, cremeni mushrooms, cream, lots of S& P. a little nutmeg, and a mixture of gruyere and blue cheese. Layer everything, ending with cheese on top. When I make this, I serve some sort of meat with it, but we almost always just pig out on the potatoes. A great splurge!

Sep 13, 2008
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Plating mash?

My mother makes creamed leeks about the same as you do. It's wonderful. She does hard boil an egg and then grates that on top of the creamed leek for more color. It also adds a bit more flavor and texture as well. Your menu sounds great and I agree about the plating suggestions.

Sep 10, 2008
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Just have to share this recipe for Cowboy Candy...

Wear gloves. Years ago I did a lot of hot peppers without gloves and really suffered from it. I don't wear gloves when doing just 1 or 2 peppers, but you'll need quite a few for this. Better safe than sorry!

Sep 09, 2008
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twice fried method for FF/Pomme Frites

I would lay them out on a cut -up paper bag which you've put on a baking sheet. I find that when I put them on a paper towel they tend to really stick on the paper. A real pain to have to try to remove them plus they break apart then as well. The paper bag absorbs the oil, but they don't stick to it.

Sep 02, 2008
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Zucchini - salt and drain before cooking?

I salt(kosher) and then let it drain for about 30 min. Then put in towel and squeeze as much of the liquid out as possible. This will make your grated zucchini nice and crispy and also more flavorful when cooked. I don't add any more salt when cooking since it's already salted.

Sep 02, 2008
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