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What is your weirdest kitchen experience?

I came out of the bedroom to make coffee one morning around 5 am. In my early morning stupor, I thought there was a broken hose hanging from the bottom of the dishwasher and eyed the cat, who had begun to swat at it, with suspicion. That is until I realized with utter horror that the "hose" was moving of its own volition. It proceeded to wriggle back up into the machine, away from the cat's paws. It was a snake. I have no idea how it got in except perhaps through a drain. Let's just say that I didn't use the dishwasher again for a while. Yikes!

Triple Malt Chocolate Cake

Apr 18, 2015
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Moist Carrot Cake Recipe

Apr 01, 2015
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Wasabi Deviled Eggs with Roe and Crispy Nori

Mar 28, 2015
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Rudest grocery checker remark

I live in a fairly small town. The other day while showing my ID for a bottle of wine, the clerk exclaimed that pretty soon she'll have my birthday memorized. Gee, thanks... Maybe you can stop carding me then at least.

garbanzo beans

We have really enjoyed this Ina Garten recipe for Tuscan Chickpea Dip. I've lost count of the number of times I've made it.

This stew recipe from the Skinnytaste blog was also good. If you're not familiar with Skinnytaste, please don't be put off by the name.

Mar 26, 2015
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What's wrong with raw onions?

Don't forget intense diarrhea.

Jan 05, 2015
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Best Blizzards

I have never had the pleasure of a Crispy Crunch, but from what I see online, it does appear similar. I find the Butterfinger, and from the looks of it your Canadian Crispy Crunch, to be perfect add-ins as they keep the Blizzard from becoming sickly sweet and don't harden to tooth-breaking extremes when mixed into ice cream. As much as I love candy bars with caramel, M&Ms, and Reese's Pieces, I've feared chipping a tooth at times when eating them this way.

Aug 26, 2014
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Adding dry pudding to pkg cake mix

This recipe sounds like the method you describe and the flavor should be easy to vary:

That said, I agree with mcsheridan and think the scratch recipe here sounds even better:

Aug 26, 2014
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Best Blizzards

I love the Butterfinger Blizzard. So very tasty.

New Orleans on Weight Watchers -- Unfortunate, but necessary, Help please!!

Someone may have offered this already; I didn't read every response but didn't find it in a quick search, but I had success in the same situation last summer during my honeymoon by eating mostly simply prepared seafood (as New Orleans is such a wonderful place for it). I remember that Commander's Palace offered a great light lunch meal that I really enjoyed. Now, I probably cancelled it out with the drinks and bread I also enjoyed, but a person with greater resilience than I would have great success with the three-course lunch they offered.

Jul 10, 2014
eatsbread in New Orleans

How often do you drink at lunch during the work week?

I am a high school teacher, and between that and my twenty-minute lunch period, you can probably imagine that no drinking happens during my lunch period. I'm lucky to chew everything! However, even on professional development days when there are no students present and I have the opportunity to go out to eat with my colleagues for a true lunch hour, I don't enjoy a drink. Perhaps it's just my part of the country (the Midwest), but I would feel out of place and frowned upon. On the other hand, I have never seen a group of people bring so much alcohol or drink so freely on work trips. Oh, the stories that would lend themselves to blackmail were I not also suspect! As you can probably tell, and as others have said of themselves, I make up for it once my work duties are done for the day and/or week.

Jul 10, 2014
eatsbread in Not About Food

What food or foods is your town known for ?

I currently live in Southeast Missouri. Our food is highly influenced by German immigrants, mostly Saxon Lutherans, so family and community functions see a lot of blatzkuchen (a thin, cinnamon-sugar pastry), cooked cheese, and kettle beef.

In Southern Illinois, where I grew up, pork burgers were popular and quite tasty. I haven't had a pork burger since I crossed the river, however.

Aug 31, 2013
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Your best stovetop chicken dishes?

I've had great success using the linked recipe for Chicken Ropa Vieja. It uses a combo of the slow cooker and the stovetop, but obviously it could all be done with only the stovetop. I make it almost once a week, and the family has yet to realize that it's "lighter." I hope it's helpful.

Chicken Ropa Vieja:

Jul 29, 2011
eatsbread in Home Cooking

Public Service Announcement: Kitchen Essentials

I don't see how the flour would do any good. It would only hold the heat of the burn to your hand rather than cool the burned area as ice water does.

Apr 09, 2011
eatsbread in Not About Food

Cooking for women in their 20 somethings

I think Isolda and others are on the right track with the idea of small bites that let people take as much or as little as they like. Along those lines, mini quiches are nice. Quiche is infinitely flexible when it comes to ingredients, so you can vary your recipe given the season, and it doesn't seem nearly as heavy as typical potluck fare. My little quiches always seem to go quickly at church potlucks.

Feb 14, 2011
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Help! Fundraising Nightmare! Cooking for High School kids!

I teach at a high school in the Midwest, and I agree with the pizza suggestions. Each day our cafeteria sells out of pizza before the last lunch period is over no matter what the other menu offerings are.

Popcorn and chocolate-covered pretzels will probably go over well.

In my experience, puppy chow is also a winner among high school students. If you aren't familiar with the recipe, it's all over the web. It's essentially Chex cereal drowned in chocolate and peanut butter and covered with powdered sugar. We sold it out of the school library at Christmas as part of a fundraiser, and you would have thought they had an addiction the way we went through it. Actually, you might consider a variety of bagged popcorn with mix-ins, as jcattles suggested, chocolate-covered pretzels, and puppy chow.

Feb 25, 2010
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Chain items that are addictive as crack

Other than the Red Lobster cheddar-garlic biscuits, I have an unhealthy love for the Butterfinger Blizzard at Dairy Queen, extra Butterfinger.

Feb 12, 2010
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Saltines, Soda Crackers, Whatever...

My mother bakes her soda crackers regularly to improve the taste and recharge stale packages. I tease her mercilessly, but I admit that it does work.

Feb 09, 2010
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Calories in Oats

You've noted that your Fiber One yields a larger serving in terms of volume, but have you measured the weight of the two cereals? This is going to give you a truer comparison. Also, there may also be a difference in the way the body treats the two cereals; I believe original Fiber One has an incredible amount of fiber, right? I don't have the knowledge to speak to this issue. I'm sure others are better sources of information on that front.

Which cereal keeps you feeling full and energized longer? That's the one I would choose. It's not like either is an unhealthful choice.

Feb 09, 2010
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favorite guilty snack food

Saltine crackers. I can't explain it, but if I open a sleeve, I continue eating until the sleeve is gone. Speaking of which, I have a box in the cabinet...

Feb 17, 2009
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Best Diet Recipe Websites?

Hi dwyld71,

I don't know how low calorie you want to go, but the web site includes recipes from Cooking Light, among other cooking magazines. You might find some "diet" food that suits your tastebuds there.

Jan 15, 2009
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$1 McDs doublecheeseburger vs. the $1.89 BK model

Well, if you're right, double cheeseburger fans may be in an uproar soon.

Aug 08, 2008
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doll cake

You might try searching for recipes on Recipezaar or Here's one I saw on Recipezaar:

Apr 06, 2008
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Auto trip-St. Louis to Carbondale,Illinois


Have you been to Ben's Diner in Tilden? It's across the street from Hunters Hideout. I've driven by, but never stopped. I heard their hash browns are good, but I don't necessarily trust my source.

IL suburbs of STL?

I second the 17th Street recommendation. I haven't been to the O'Fallon location, but their flagship in Murphysboro, IL has terrific ribs. Do check out STL.

Recipe using apricot jam?

The rugelach recipe in Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook calls for apricot jam, I believe. It's quite nice.

Feb 09, 2008
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