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Empty Nesters: What do your kids/grandkids request when they visit?

I'm not an empty-nester, but rather the child who requests meals from my parents. I also choose the regular 'Tuesday night dinner' over special meals every time! My request from my mom is her most amazing spaghetti and meatballs or macaroni and cheese. From my dad it is his tacos, spaghetti and clam sauce, or anything Danish like traditional hot dogs or other items. I've made sure to watch my parents make these dishes over the years and write them down so that I can make them myself someday.

Mar 15, 2015
junglekitte in General Topics

Travelers: what unique ingredient should I buy as a souvenir and what recipe should I make with it?

Totally agree! I love collecting honey from my travels and am sad when a jar is empty! :D

Mar 15, 2015
junglekitte in General Topics
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Recipes for canned tuna other than salad or pasta - lower carb options

This is unbelievable. http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2007/08/...

I put it on a crostini and topped it with halved cherry tomatoes, capers, and black olives, but you could put it in a lettuce cup for low carb. :)

Feb 26, 2015
junglekitte in Home Cooking

syrian apricot paste

I'm glad my post was revived! I love it when people add on to posts! :) I also have that cookbook and like it very much!

Feb 26, 2015
junglekitte in Home Cooking

Carmelizing Onions in the Oven for Indian recipes

Definitely agree, Fatima! I think there is also confusion here for some between fried onions (for example what is on on top of biryani or the Middle Eastern mujaddara) and the onions used inside Indian dishes like the poster made: chole, keema, rajma, etc. Neither of those being "caramelized" onions, which are way too sweet for either of these preparations. Sorry it didn't work out though, kavikat! :)

Feb 03, 2015
junglekitte in Home Cooking

Do people really (and I mean "really") like Girl Scout Cookies?

These cookies taste like they're a $1/box when they actually cost $5!!! Not good at all.

Jan 26, 2015
junglekitte in General Topics

Carmelizing Onions in the Oven for Indian recipes

To me browned onions are different than caramelized. When I think of caramelized, I think of onions that are slowly caramelized so they're sweet and are, for example, for French onion soup or on top of a burger...

Carmelizing Onions in the Oven for Indian recipes

I agree with everyone else about not adding the garlic or ginger, but am curious what Indian recipes call for deeply caramelized onions?

Lemon thief

One time a neighbor asked if they could pick "A lemon" from our tree out front. I said yes. The next day I went out front and noticed ALL of the lemons were gone. The jerks didn't even leave ONE!!!

Jan 21, 2015
junglekitte in Gardening

Home Cooks - How do you minimize food waste?

What do you all freeze your items in? I use glad/ziplock freezer bags with grea success, but sometimes I don't want to store something in a bag. I've noticed certain containers I've used end up being cracked in the freezer and leaking. What are containers you've liked aside from a bag that freezes well?

Jan 13, 2015
junglekitte in Home Cooking

Home Cooks - How do you minimize food waste?

Some great ideas here!

Jan 13, 2015
junglekitte in Home Cooking

One Bag of Chickpea Flour, Five Ways to Use It - From Food52

Awww...well you could try these ladoos. They're one of the easier Indian sweets to do. :)

Jan 06, 2015
junglekitte in Home Cooking

Worst. Macarons. Ever!

I was taught the exact opposite. You want a skin on them before baking.

One Bag of Chickpea Flour, Five Ways to Use It - From Food52

Besan ladoo is delicious and easy. An Indian sweet made by toasting the flour in ghee and adding sugar, flavorings, and rolling it into balls. mmm

Jan 05, 2015
junglekitte in Home Cooking

What is the best Indian restaurant in LA?

Thanks for the rec. I haven't had eastern Indian food since I was in India. Look forward to having some here! :)

I forgot all about Rajdhani! I like it...but compared to the Gujarati food I've had at Gujarati friend's houses it definitely doesn't come close. ..still is a nice change of pace from the typical Punjabi cuisine. :)

Jan 02, 2015
junglekitte in Los Angeles Area

What is the best Indian restaurant in LA?

I agree with going to a gurdwara for great Punjabi food (particularly Vermont gurdwara's food). As far as restaurants go, I like India Restaurant in Artesia for Punjabi food. Great? I don't know...but definitely good! :)

For Gujarati food I highly suggest Surati Farsan. I love that place- especially their gol gappas, dhoklas, ragda patties, and well, many other items! Yum!!! Don't forget to take home a bag of their spicy cashews.

And mawa kulfi at Saffron spot down the street to top it all off! :)

Dec 30, 2014
junglekitte in Los Angeles Area

What is the best Indian restaurant in LA?

I like Nina's grocery store in Lake Forest. There is a small restaurant in the back where you can get take out from the food sitting open in the trays or you can order fresh food made to order. Many of those items are good. (If it counts, I am not Indian, but I have been to India three times!) ;) hehe We have liked their biryani, papri chaat, mutter paneer, gulab jamun, samosas, and a few others!

Dec 30, 2014
junglekitte in Los Angeles Area

Cookies, Cakes, and Breads with honey

Sounds like you over-baked it.:/

Dec 29, 2014
junglekitte in Home Cooking

Storing matzoh crack for 2 weeks: freeze or not?

I've frozen it for weeks (maybe even months) and it turned out great!

Dec 17, 2014
junglekitte in Home Cooking

Turmeric for health

I take a turmeric supplement from Gaia Herbs (supreme extra strength liquid) because when I tried an anti-inflammatory turmeric tonic recipe it was sooooo disgusting! I much prefer eating it in my Indian food, but you would have to eat a LOT of Indian food to equal 1T/day! Usually an entire Indian recipe (if it has any turmeric in it at all) has 1T for the whole recipe. Anyway, that's why I take the supplement and eat Indian food whenever I feel like it. :)
Here is the recipe for the tonic in case you dare to try it. Maybe you won't hate it as much as I did. :)

1 serving=

1 1/2 cup water
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 tsp. of turmeric, or thumb-sized portion of freshly grated turmeric
pinch of cinnamon
1 Tbsp. coconut nectar, or maple syrup
Mix and drink immediately.

Dec 12, 2014
junglekitte in General Topics

Is there such a thing as YUMMY fondant?

I agree, which is why I am asking if there is a homemade recipe that rolls like fondant, but somehow tastes better.

Dec 10, 2014
junglekitte in Home Cooking

Is there such a thing as YUMMY fondant?

I found beautiful sugar cookies online that are covered in fondant and stamped with rubber stamps. They're so adorable and I would love to recreate them, but have yet to taste any fondant that tasted any good. Royal icing wouldn't work with stamping so I'm wondering if there's a recipe for fondant that actually tastes great?

Dec 10, 2014
junglekitte in Home Cooking

Am I the only adult in America who doesn't like coffee?

I hate the taste of coffee also!

Nov 17, 2014
junglekitte in General Topics

Cut out Sugar Cookie Recipe

Do let us know your review. I'm also curious. :)

Nov 17, 2014
junglekitte in Home Cooking

Your Thanksgiving Menu for 2014

Yes. :) Two packets.

Nov 17, 2014
junglekitte in Home Cooking

Your Thanksgiving Menu for 2014

Sure! It's a good ol' mid-western kind of roll recipe from my brother's MIL. Everyone loves these.

Dinner Rolls

Dissolve together:
2 pkg yeast
¼ cup warm water
1 Tbsp Sugar

cream:
¾ cup sugar
1 cup shortening (not sure how it would turn out substituted)

add:
2 t salt
1 cup cold water
1 cup boiling water
2 eggs
6 cups flour

Cream the sugar and shortening together. Add boiling water to creamed sugar and shortening. Then add salt, cold water and eggs. Mix well – add yeast mixture, then flour, 2 cups at a time. DO NOT KNEAD. Let rise until double. Stir dough down and refrigerate unless using it right away. When ready, remove part you will use. Roll out to type of roll you want, let rise to double. Bake at 375 degrees till brown.

*this is a good addition and I do it with the butter inside the roll-- roll the dough out thin and then cut circles. Put a pat of butter on one side of the dough and then fold the other side over and stretch it out both directions a bit and set it in the pan. Others do the triangles and roll them up for the crescent shape. It's yummy with the melted butter in the center!

Nov 16, 2014
junglekitte in Home Cooking

ISO authentic recipe for rice kheer

This is the best kheer!!!! Funny video, but trust me that it's the best!! :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K5Qb...

Nov 13, 2014
junglekitte in Home Cooking

Parents of Adult Children: When should kids start picking up the check?

My parents would never let me pick up the check, but I can definitely cook a meal for them! :)

Nov 09, 2014
junglekitte in Not About Food

Your Thanksgiving Menu for 2014

My family likes the classics, but doesn't mind if I twist them a tiny bit. This is the usual menu though-

*Roasted brined turkey from Trader Joe's stuffed with my mom's southern cornbread/pecan/cranberry stuffing INSIDE the turkey (and some in the crockpot for the others who don't like that)
*Pan gravy
*Mashed root veg http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ty... (I leave out the rosemary

)

*Cranberry-Orange sauce http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ty...
*sauteed green beans in cream, onions, and toasted sliced almonds
*homemade butter rolls
Pecan Pie from The Best Recipe by Cook's Illustrated (simply THE best!
)Pumpkin Pie from the same.

Nov 09, 2014
junglekitte in Home Cooking

CHICKEN CURRY! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (November 2014)

This is an awesome curry. http://sinfullyspicy.com/2013/08/22/e...

Nov 09, 2014
junglekitte in Home Cooking