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Scaling recipes

Spices may not scale up because of surface area volume ratio. The surface area of a piece of meat increases by the square (where you apply the rub), as the volume increases by the cube. Maybe ? ☺️

Aug 15, 2015
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Help! Need ideas for 5 pounds of frozen ground white fish

Fish picadillo? Sauté onions. You ca old add chopped carrot and celery to the sauté. Then add spices-ground cumin, paprika, and ground pepper of your choice...I like cayenne and chipotle, s and p. Finally some chopped good tomatoes and then the fish. Taco filling, a lovely spoonful on a leaf of romaine, on a summer salad. Yum.

Aug 13, 2015
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Chick Peas - "Snack"

In India a snack with chick pease as the main ingredient is common and yummy. Chana chaat! Here is a recipe that has some of the spices that you could add when roasting. The wet ingredients could be added later, or a substitute that would withstand roasting could be found!

There are different varieties of chip pease as well, for example black chick peas. Smaller and maybe a bit more flavorful. Try finding them at a specialty store.

Jul 28, 2015
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Making dates taste better

Date shake! Pit a few (like a handful) add to your blender, ice cream, milk, voila!

Not low calorie, but my dad loved dates stuffed with frosting...eeeew.

Good luck and good labor!

Jun 30, 2015
jill kibler in Home Cooking

The Roasted Rosemary Chicken - So Easy, Yet So Hard !!

Chickens taste better in Europe, IMO.

ISO Budget-Conscious, Meat-Centric Meals for a Crowd

Have 2 recommendations and recipes- meat balls and Flemish carbonnade .

Bake meatballs at 350 for 12-15 min.... 3 lbs mixed ground meat or just ground beef, 6 T grated onion (makes a big difference to grate the onion), salt/pepper, 1/2 t allspice, 2 c bread crumbs, 6 T milk and 6 T cream, 2 cloves garlic minced, 1/2 t nutmeg, 2 eggs. Soak bread in milk and cream mixture until liquid is absorbed. Add meat, and all other ingredients to bread, blend with hands, shape into balls (this would make about 60-80) and place on cookie sheets with parchment. Bake and serve with pasta sauces or unsauced. Also excellent in sandwiches.

Do you have a crockpot? This one works great if you prep in the am and then leave it all day on the auto setting.
The prep is a bit time consuming because 4 lbs of meat takes awhile to brown.
Serve it with boiled potatoes, or even mashed!
4 lbs stewing meat beef is traditional. Season with salt and pepper, dredge with flour, brown in batches in hot skillet with a small bit of oil and/ or butter. Place directly in crockpot (or a Dutch oven) .slice 3 large onions and add these to the hot skillet to carmelize, add to crockpot. Deglaze the skillet with two bottles, 12 oz, Belgian beer (really any beer will do) and pour this over the meat in the crockpot. Add 2 to 3 sprigs of fresh thyme or 3/4 t dry and 2 bay leaves. Cook all day. If you don't have a crock pot, cook until meat is tender over low heat about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Right before serving add 2 T red currant jelly or brown sugar and 1 T of cider or red wine vinegar.


Jun 13, 2015
jill kibler in Home Cooking

'Salad' / cheat comfort foods

Just a salad addition or two.

Thinly sliced baguette, spread with honey, topped with a round of goat cheese and broiled. Added as a crouton. Yumm!

Also, grated carrots lightly tossed with vinegar and a bit of sugar! Ahh.

Jun 08, 2015
jill kibler in Home Cooking

What Are Your Favorite Summer Time Foods You Crave and Indulge?

I agree with OP , soft serve, also, root beer floats, and if they were available, Green River and 50/50 soda!

May 31, 2015
jill kibler in General Topics

Favorite cookbooks for parents and kids

My kids used Emril Legasse's There is a Chef in My Soup. Now that they are grown, we use the classics! LOL!

May 17, 2015
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Best 'Mexican' market in San Diego?

Our fav is Garcia's. Their tamales are wonderful as are there tortillas, and carnitas.

1365 E Main St
El Cajon, CA 92021
United States
Granite Hills

May 16, 2015
jill kibler in San Diego

Store Dumpling Filling?

Yes. If you make them tomorrow.

Apr 17, 2015
jill kibler in Home Cooking

QUICHE! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (April 2015)

Yes! Great choice!

2 things the Kiblers have learned that really help the quiche transform us....

Make extra pie crust and freeze it. Rolls out fast when thawed.

Grill extra veggies when the grill is hot. They freeze nicely and are glorious additions of flavor and texture to the basic quiche.

( to be really exceptional, use only cream in the custard.....I know, a third thing and over the top)!


Apr 05, 2015
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Food and Sociology Research Paper Topics

The development of the yin/yang of cooking and eating in the Chinese culture? Facinating research, and from my experience a strong driver of what gets put on the table,
When, and where!

Mar 22, 2015
jill kibler in General Topics

What to do with Trader Joes Pound Plus chocolate bar?

Hot chocolate. Chop up 2 lines, melt in milk, whisk well. Heat to you fav temp. Sip slowly!

Mar 04, 2015
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Question about wontons for Chinese Hot Pot

Hmmm. My many experiences with hot pot included no cooked food. All the ingredients are raw at the table, they are added to the boiling broth and cooked. The meat portions are very thinly sliced and cook in seconds. The wontons take longer but really they each have about a half tsp of meat in them anyway, but are also added raw. Have them thawed and in a bowl ready to be dropped in as people want.

One precaution we take is to have utensils devoted to the raw meat and wontons, and different utensils for the cooked yummies.

Feb 01, 2015
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Meatless Meals

French Onion Soup
Marcella Hazan's White bean soup, also her red sauce #3 are great. If you make the red sauce, you can use it in veg lasagna, or pizza.

Jan 15, 2015
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Petrino's Greek Restaurant, La Mesa Review

My family ate here for dinner last night. We had chicken shawarma, beef gyros, and Greek chicken, and a fattoush side salad. Both sandwiches were well prepared with cucumber, lettuce, tomato, and feta and were delicious. Sandwiches were served with either fries of salad, and a WONDERFUL tzaziki sauce that was very yogurty! Both sides were also good. 4-5 dollars. My husband, a good eater, ordered the Greek chicken plate. 8.99 for half a beautifully prepared chicken on a bed of yellow rice, a little salad, and pita. The chicken was marinaded and grilled to perfection. There was so much food, my husband needed help! The side salad fattoush was fresh, well balanced and delicious. We can't wait to return for felafel and the homemade yogurt desserts!

Jan 10, 2015
jill kibler in San Diego

The Word-Snobs can bite me!!!!

What are these people going to do?


Jan 04, 2015
jill kibler in Not About Food

White Bean soup ideas? (no ham, bacon)

Here is a recipe from Marcella Hazan for white bean soup that is basically white beans. It is delicious, simple (I rarely use dried beans for this, almost always canned), and flavorful. Using a meaty stock will make it more meaty flavored, but water works just fine.

Maybe this will foot the bill?

Jan 01, 2015
jill kibler in Home Cooking

What's your *favorite* restaurant in San Diego?

Moved back to San Diego recently, and our friends took us to a Lebanese place called Alfaron on El Cajon Blvd. Excellent flat breads-the Chicken Farouk is my fav. Salads and apps are great as well. Owners are friendly and helpful if you have questions about the food. There are good options for vegetarians and meat eaters alike.

I love to eat here because it is a welcoming place and the food is consistently good!

Dec 30, 2014
jill kibler in San Diego

Help me make a good veggie torta or quiche

I agree with another poster that flavorful cheese is important. Even goat cheese is good. I carmelize the onions and often use left over grilled veggies to add flavor. Finally, cream instead of milk, or half milk and half cream improves the texture and flavor of the custard.


Dec 29, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Christmas Dinner - What did You Cook?

My mom requested grilled stuff since it is warm and lovely. So, grilled veggies-asparagus , red bell peppers, onions, egg plant. Grilled lamb chops and pork chops. Lamb marinated with a mash of garlic and rosemary and pork coated with grilled lemon squeeze. Potatoes dauphinoise ala Craig Caliborn, and hermit cake for dessert. All made without salt as a guest has restricted salt intake, but it was not missed! Leftovers will go in quiche or lasagna....yum!

Dec 26, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Please share favorite recipe for an egg casserole/strata

We love this one, although we had not had access to poblano chilies in the past and substituted red bells. Also we usually add a few more corn tortillas, as we love their taste

Dec 23, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Cookies, Cakes, and Breads with honey

Here is a recipe for Certosino, a "keeping" cake from Bologna. I have used a similar recipe from the Splendid Table cookbook, and had rave reviews. The cake is not sweet, but dense and complicated. Enjoy.

Dec 21, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

So Far I've Made (from Thanksgiving leftovers):

Turkey enchiladas-used the stock to make the enchilada sauce. Filling was turkey bits ( I saved the big pieces for sandwiches), sour cream and a bit of cheddar.


Nov 29, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Who would you like to dine with?

Yes to David Sedaris, although we all may need the Heimlich because we would laugh so hard we would aspirate
the great food! LOL!

Jim Leff
Stephen J. Gould
Bill Bryson-hopefully he is off the candy bar diet
May West
Buster Keeton
Fred Astaire
Oliver Sachs
Barbara Kingsolver
Lauren Becall
Julie Powell
Elizabeth Gilbert

Aug 21, 2014
jill kibler in Not About Food

Dessert Italian Style

Will paraphrase (moderators say it is fine and that my memory of them taking them off is mistaken) if any or all sound good! The black rice cake is black because of espresso and chocolate!

Aug 02, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Another pronunciation discussion...Sriracha

I think Sriracha should be pronounced

SHREE racha because the Sri in some languages is an honorific prefix. I am not trying to be disrespectful to anyone out there who pronounces it differently, but sir racha seems right out.

What do you think?

Aug 02, 2014
jill kibler in General Topics

Dessert Italian Style

DiningDiva. I just bought "Marcella's Italian Kitchen' and I am looking at the recipes for desserts-some sound outstanding, but I cannot find them published online :(.

Examples-chocolate cake with raisins and pine nuts pg 303
Angle Hair noodles and almond pie pg 304
Riso Nero-black Rice Cake pg 310

If you have this book, great...if not, I am not sure what to do because moderators often take even my paraphrased recipes off. These recipes sound fantastic, different, and very Italian.

Aug 02, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Brunch for Two

Dim sum! Congee with addins like scallions, pickled vegetables, tofu, leftover meat, eggs. Delish and great when it is cold.

You can buy a variety of dumplings, breads, pancakes, etc. in the frozen food section of any good Asian market. Just mix up a couple of dipping sauces, steam and voila.

Also, hotpot is great when it is cold. You have a variety of raw veg, noodles, meat ( sliced very thin) that you add to the broth boiling on the table, and then fish them out and add them to sauces and eat. Yum!

Aug 02, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking