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I got a flask of beer, what to do?

Belgian Carbonnade. Recipes all over the place! Works well in the slow cooker. Delicious over homemade spaetzle! Yum!

Jun 29, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking
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Secrets to making great flour tortillas?

We have been making flour tortillas for years as we have lived far away from any semblance of quality Mexican food.

We use a solid vegetable shortening, not Crisco as it is too soft. Blend it into the flour with your fingers till crumbly, add warm water and knead until you get a smooth dough, separate into small balls, and let them rest for 10-20 min! Roll with a pin on a floured surface till very thin, into a hot pan ( we use cast iron )when bubbles form, flip once. Stack on a plate. They can be reheated.

Jun 21, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Do your friends invite you to dinner?

When I invite people over it is selfish. I want to cook for them and eat with them,. I don't want anything else.

Jun 04, 2014
jill kibler in Not About Food

A Non-Offensive Universally Acceptable Meal

Food from the subcontinent....dhal bat tarkari in Nepali. Rice, spicy lentils, and vegetable, pickle (achar), yoghurt. Gluten free, veg....but not vegan if you use ghee to cook, but using mustard oil would make it vegan as well!

May 14, 2014
jill kibler in General Topics

Best Gnocchi recipe?

I love pesto! And every once in awhile I make a very decadent cream sauce.....

Bacon chopped and fried crisp
Onion chopped fried with bacon
Tomato paste...about 2 tablespoons fried at then end of the bacon cooking, all in the same pan.
Then, 1 cup heavy cream....decadent!

May 11, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

What to do with prosciutto?

Similar to another post...a version of Tocino ala Bolognese.
Half boneless, skinless chicken breast pounded flat. One piece prosciutto on top, a slice of fontina or asiago next, and the a leaf or two of fresh sage, s and p. Roll and place in a baking dish. Pour some nice white wine over and bake at 350 degrees until done. I do a whole pan of these and then slice on salads or in sandwiches...yum. I have also grilled them with good results (when I did not have good white wine around).

May 02, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking
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Sugar Content of Milk! Really?

Don't forget, milk was designed by nature to supply the calf with energy and basic building blocks for growth. Those little cuties need a lot of energy!

Apr 30, 2014
jill kibler in General Topics
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Which one of these ricotta cheesecakes looks better

Molly Katzen has a crustless version in the 1977 Moosewood Cookbook. Very simple.

In a blender combine
4c ricotta
4 eggs
1 c buttermilk
1/2 c sugar or honey (or more)
2 tsps vanilla
Rind and juice of 1 lime or 1/2 lemon
1/4 t salt

Pour into butterd spring form pan. Bake 375,45min with a pan of water in the oven. Cool.

Apr 18, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Lovely lunch in Parma

We walked around for quite some time looking at menus, and decided on Osteria l'oca nera, villa Borghesi 3. Sits about 20. My husband and I split 3 types of pasta...gnocchi with four cheeses, ravioli stuffed with ricotta, chard, and pistachio sauce, and another pasta shape stuffed with pumpkin and anise with a red sauce. WOW. We did not get the torte frita, but it looked Fantastic. My daughter had a strawberry tiramisu with the tiniest wild strawberries with huge flavor. Other patrons were enjoying spaghetti with seafood, and cheese sampling plates.A good sized varied menu, wonderful service, affordable.

Apr 13, 2014
jill kibler in Italy

Pre-minced garlic and ginger?

I use a rocking garlic grater....can't get the photo...sorry. It is so fast, I never worry anymore. Frozen ginger is great, but the jarred stuff is ok in a pinch.

Apr 12, 2014
jill kibler in General Topics

Bacon flavors

Harissa
5 spice
Onion
Tamarind

Mar 19, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Need help- cooking beans with more than just water?

Onions are amazing when added in three additions, first chopped and raw when simmering, second sautéed until golden brown with spices of your choice , and just at the end raw again for a crunchy bite. When adding the sautéed dip a spoon into the beans and add them to the sauté pan so they bubble. Then dump them back into the bean pot. Garlic can be added into this process, but I don't prefer it to get brown so I add it at the very last minute of the sauté .

Mar 17, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Smoking Laws in Europe, So. America and Canada?

My observation-I have lived in Europe for 11 years-there is a higher percentage of smokers in Europe than North America, so the chances of being around them no matter the laws, rules, etc. is greater. Last night when driving home, I observed about four people in front of each restaurant or bar I passed smoking, usually at the front door of the establishment.

Mar 14, 2014
jill kibler in Not About Food

Using up an obscene amount of eggs - help!

Spaetzle this recipe is modified from Saveur 97 Nov.

4 cups flour
1T salt
Mix together in a large bowl and set aside
5eggs
1C milk
1/4 C water
Beat these and mix into the flour mixture ( you can add herbs like parsley to this mix if you like)

The mixture should be slightly thicker than pancake batter.
Drop the batter into a spaetzle machine or a Chinese strainer with holes the diameter of the tip of your pinky finger, into boiling salty water. Scoop out when they float, and dab each batch with a bit of butter.

This makes a large bowl of glorious noodles. We put every kind of sauce on them, but they are also great as left overs fried with onions and more eggs for breakfast. They also freeze very well.

Enjoy!

Mar 13, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking
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Favourite sweet pie??

Grape with two crusts....yummmmmmm!

Mar 12, 2014
jill kibler in General Topics
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Self Cater an Evening Fundraising Event

Grabable fruit might be a good bet......grapes cut into little bunches, sections of citrus, plums, strawberries.....

Mar 08, 2014
jill kibler in General Topics

Gourmet Music

Depends...cooking our old favs brings out the dancing music....Stones, B 52s, Madonna. When I'm alone...Loreena Mckinnett, Bill Joel. Concentration needed....Ella, Louis, or Jack White.

Mar 07, 2014
jill kibler in Not About Food

What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

Lemon squares yesterday, Samoa bars today...I adapted the Girl Scout Samoa recipe from this site into a bar because that is all the time I have...LOL!

Mar 01, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking
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Is "ash" a carcinogen?

Commonly used in cheese making. Here is a description for reasons for the use. Quite interesting....

http://www.dairyscience.info/forum/wh...

Feb 18, 2014
jill kibler in General Topics

Did anyone get any awesome chocolates for Valentines Day?

Yep! Our fav Witamer, from Brussels!

http://www.wittamer.com/en

Feb 16, 2014
jill kibler in General Topics

Waffles - What's Your Favorite Type??

Guafre Liegoise are my fav. Nothing on them, just their great, slightly doughy goodness with the crunchy little sugar chunks throughout.

Feb 09, 2014
jill kibler in General Topics

Is creamed chipped beef only liked by the people who were or are currently in the military?

It was the end of the month at our house...Midwest slightly past mid century. Budding beef in the package. We could stretch one package for all 5 of us! I remember hating to wash the dishes afterwards! Dad was in the navy for about 14 days...so probably not the influence.

Jan 22, 2014
jill kibler in General Topics

Smooth Sauces without Tomato and others

Enchilada sauce?

2T oil heated with 2T flour until the flour browns, to this add 1 1/2 C water or stock that 4T chili powder(i like New Mexico chili, but your fav will do) have been "dissolved" in. Stir and add 1/2 t salt and 1/4 t garlic powder. Cook to a bubbly boil for 5 min. More/less salt and other seasonings can be added, and more water/stock can be added if too think.....yummmmm!

Jan 18, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Give me your best not-too-fussy cake recipe, please

Never fails to be moist and delicious!

http://southernfood.about.com/od/choc...

Jan 11, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

LEGUME SOUPS - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for January 2014

Did not see this one posted. One of our family favs especially on a week night because it is soo quick and easy. We most often used canned beans, and water is a viable substitute for stock.

Having it tonight with grilled sammies!

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/mem...

Jan 09, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Need to avoid wasting beer...recipe ideas please

Only requires a cup, and it says stout, but we use all kinds of different beers, and we especially like the bitter types...

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/1...

Jan 05, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

The Great American Sunday Dinner

The K family has maintained this tradition on three continents so far. We grab up our friends and make it a feast whenever we can. It is a great excuse to try something new, or fall back on something that is everyone's fav, and the leftovers work during the busy work week!

Jan 03, 2014
jill kibler in General Topics

your favorite food movie..

Just watched this today for the first time.Bought it for an Xmas present! LOL! Lovely!

Dec 26, 2013
jill kibler in Not About Food

your favorite food movie..

Christmas in Conneticut...the scene where S.Z. Sakall serves appetizers from a buffet...the dialogue fits perfectly with the food !

Dec 25, 2013
jill kibler in Not About Food

Had any "First"s lately?

Made my first celeriac latkes inspired by a CHOW recipe. With horseradish and a smear of creme fraiche, yummmmmm!

Dec 24, 2013
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