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Make Your Own Baby Food

I've been making baby food for my 7 month old for several weeks, it's really very easy. this is a little over the top, but for his cereals (rice, oat and barley) I have a great mr. coffee grinder that I just got at target, it has a removable cup that you can throw in the dishwasher. i grind the grains, then cook like cream of wheat . After it's cooled a bit I put it into a ziploc bag, cut the corner off and make "cookies" on a parchment lined sheet. Once those are frozen I throw them into a ziploc bag.

Mar 25, 2009
velvetjones in Features

Tomatoes Packed in Their Own Juices

I learned this from Alton Brown I think? Halve romas, sprinkle with salt pepper olive oil and garlic. put in a low oven until theyve lost some moisture (a few hours) then throw in the cuisinart. Pour that into 2 quart freezer bags and freeze flat. When you're ready to use it, it thaws almost instantly under running water, throw in a pan with some garilc, oill, fresh basil and a bit of the pasta water, toss in angel hair and top with parm. so much easier than canning.

Jul 28, 2008
velvetjones in Recipes

Common Appliances, Uncommon Uses

I've been meaning to try grilled cheese in my waffle iron, the brownies sound interesting. I'm also thinking french toast or a monte christo would be good candidates for this.

Also -- Major Grey's chutney is in most grocery stores near the other condiments, I'd think you could easily sub any spicy mango chutney.

May 22, 2008
velvetjones in Features

Dutch Baby Pancake

digkv : we made these all the time when we were kids, just throw it all in the blender. It's also important to make sure that your pan is hot enough. serve immediately.

We made them plain and topped with fresh nectarines, sour cream and brown sugar, a strange summer breakfast but DELICIOUS. I think you can do these in any old pan, too. though there's nothing like a cast iron skillet.

rmoskow: using bacon drippings in the pan is genius.

Apr 15, 2008
velvetjones in Recipes

MSP - The Strip Club

We were just there last night and it was marvelous. Service was great, but clearly they were working out some kinks, getting used to being there with each other but the staff is clearly happy to be there, enjoying what they do. If you like Town Talk you will LOVE the Strip Club. They do a perfect old fashioned; the beans and toast were phenomenal; the caesar salad comes with anchovies that will make you cry. We can't wait to go back.

Jan 26, 2008
velvetjones in General Midwest Archive

Is There a Difference Between Brown and White Eggs?

We get these local eggs -- Schultz organic free range eggs from owatonna MN. They're grade A, but the shells are very tough, very hard to crack which makes me think they're well-fed. They are so delicious and so fresh, and they are indeed brown. I think happy chickens make delicous eggs.

Jan 26, 2008
velvetjones in Features