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Dessert for special date: cheesecake or chocolate mousse?

Mooooooooooouse!!!

Jan 05, 2010
Katballen in Home Cooking

Dessert for special date: cheesecake or chocolate mousse?

Plus, just think of all the things you can do with your date and the leftover fondue!

Jan 05, 2010
Katballen in Home Cooking

Light Recipes that you love?

Here are 504 "beef" recipes from Men's Health that are healthy and appeal to men. There are many other "guy" recipes besides beef too.

http://recipes.menshealth.com/RecipeS...

Jan 04, 2010
Katballen in Home Cooking

Dessert for special date: cheesecake or chocolate mousse?

I vote for chocolate mousse. I'd say more people would like chocolate mousse over cheesecake. When I worked in restaurants, chocolate cake or pie was more popular than cheesecake.

I've always found that guys like homemade chocolate chip cookies too. You could do a chocolate fondue with cheesecake bites for dipping, along with other things to dip such as marshmallows, cookies, vanilla wafers, fruit, etc. We did this for NYE and it was delish!

Jan 04, 2010
Katballen in Home Cooking

Uses for buttermilk? Reposted

Blue cheese salad dressing. Here is the recipe I made tonight with my leftover buttermilk. I liked the results very much; I will definitely make again. I substituted Gorgonzola in place of blue cheese.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Absolute...

Jan 03, 2010
Katballen in Home Cooking

Any uses for an unripe avocado?

door stop?

Jan 03, 2010
Katballen in Home Cooking

cooking/grocery shopping/MEAL PLANNING is a lifeskill I just do not seem to have. Advice on frugal(ish) HEALTHY options?

Great topic! Here is another post that I responded to with simple meal ideas: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/577921.

My suggestion is to learn to make 10 low cost, low calorie meals that you enjoy. That's it, you are done. No more stressing. Just rotate the dishes every week. You will be able to make them in your sleep and shop for ingredients with ease.

When I consider making a new recipe and I do not have the spices to make a dish, I don't make it and find another recipe. I hate spending on average $4.00 for a spice I may use only once or twice. Of course, there are some spices that I use every day and you will figure out what is good for you. (ie. cinnamon, cumin, etc.)

Jan 02, 2010
Katballen in Home Cooking

cooking/grocery shopping/MEAL PLANNING is a lifeskill I just do not seem to have. Advice on frugal(ish) HEALTHY options?

Wow! You put a lot of thought and time into this reply. How nice of you! Not only the OP will benefit from your reply but many others who read this.

Jan 02, 2010
Katballen in Home Cooking

Why add flour to cookies?

Thanks for the info!

Jan 01, 2010
Katballen in Home Cooking

Why add flour to cookies?

Thank you! Good point re "taste of home." I will make the PB cookies with flour.

Jan 01, 2010
Katballen in Home Cooking

Why add flour to cookies?

I want to make peanut butter cookies and I trying to decide which recipe to follow. One recipe has flour and one does not. Are there any benefits for using the recipe with flour? Will they last longer? I plan to send the cookies overseas to soldiers in Iraq.

Thank you in advance for your comments.

Jan 01, 2010
Katballen in Home Cooking

King Taco: what's in that sauce?!!?! [moved from Los Angeles board]

According to KT's website, the nutritional info is as follows:

serving size 7 (grams ?, hard to read on the website's chart)
calories 5
fat 0
sodium 70
total carbs 1

http://www.kingtaco.com/menu/burritos...

I doubt there is any oil, lard, etc, in the recipe since the calories from fat is zero.

The sodium content is very low. According to Answerfitness website: Two tablespoons of ready-to-serve, store-bought salsa contains 9 calories, 0 fat, 0 cholesterol, 198 milligrams of sodium, 2.1 grams of carbs, 0.5 grams of protein and 98 mg of potassium. Fresh salsa or pico de gallo will generally have less sodium.

Dec 31, 2009
Katballen in Home Cooking

Any suggestions for mellow NYE dinner/hangout in LA, OC or anywhere in between?

What do you consider affordable? Under $100, $50??

Dec 30, 2009
Katballen in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a few good recommendations for the San Diego area...

Cafe Sevilla is one of my fav' restaurants of all time. I still dream of the paella. Cafe Sevilla is located in the Gaslamp District. http://www.cafesevilla.com/locs/sanDi...

Dec 29, 2009
Katballen in San Diego

Please help a new mom who's new to cooking too

Congratulations!! I hope you enjoy cooking and not viewing it as a chore but an expression of love for your family. Here are some recipes that are very easy to make.

Slow-cooker beef & black bean chili (I have not tried this yet, but looks great and oh so easy)
http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/s...

Last-minute Lasagna
http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipe...

BBQ ribs (super simple and wonderful!
)http://allrecipes.com/recipe/simple-b...

Salsa chicken (2 ingredients-use meat for tacos, quesadillas, salads, sandwiches
)http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/cro...

Best of luck to you!

Dec 29, 2009
Katballen in Home Cooking

Birthday Cake Recipe ideas for severely allergic toddler, please?

Here is a link to cherry chip muffins (omit the nuts from the recipe) and decorate with sprinkles. There is also a cookbook at this website your friend may be interested in getting, it is called " Cooking for Food Allergies Everyday Gourmet".

http://www.familyallergycooking.com/r....

Here is another highly rated recipe for a chocolate cake: http://www.recipezaar.com/Egg-free-Mi.... I could not find a good frosting but you could just sprinkle powered sugar on the cake and decorate with rainbow sprinkles.

Sep 27, 2009
Katballen in Home Cooking

Top-5 Cooking Goals for 2009

Yes, SparkPeople is a great website to help lose weight, I'm on it but I never get any emails. You may need to set your mail controls. Lots of great recipes too.

Sep 25, 2009
Katballen in Home Cooking

So what's in your tuna sandwich?

cottage cheese dill rolls sound wonderful!

Sep 23, 2009
Katballen in Home Cooking

So what's in your tuna sandwich?

Thanks!

Sep 22, 2009
Katballen in Home Cooking

So what's in your tuna sandwich?

I used Starkist chunk light tuna in water. I have had better results with solid white albacore tuna. I always buy tuna in water to save calories but restaurant tuna sandwiches are so much better. They must use tuna in oil?

Thanks for asking.

Sep 22, 2009
Katballen in Home Cooking

Irvine...help!

Great timing, Orange County is having Restaurant Week extended through 9/26. Fantastic prices for lunch and dinners at upscale eateries, including many restaurants in Irvine.

Here is the link. http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek...

I can highly recommend Bistango, Daily Grill, Sage in Newport Beach, Mozambique - Laguna Beach. The other Irvine restaurants I have never been to so I cannot comment on them.

Enjoy!

Sep 22, 2009
Katballen in Los Angeles Area

So what's in your tuna sandwich?

Today my tuna sandwich contains tuna mixed with mayo and relish. I added lettuce, tomato, goat cheese, fresh basil, thin red onion slices and sliced avocado. I think I used the wrong kind of tuna though, I've had better sandwiches.

Sep 22, 2009
Katballen in Home Cooking

Christmas Brunch in Valley-ish area? HELP!

I'm looking for the same thing. So far I've found the following restaurants offering brunch:

Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills, brunch at lunch time only, appx $35 for adults.

94th Aero Squadron
818-994-7437
16320 Raymer Ave.
Van Nuys
They are open on Xmas until 7pm. They are having a buffet for $24.95 for adults. The last time we were there on a holiday there were no planes landing or taking off so do not expect much action.

The Odyessy Restaurant I pretty sure has a buffet with a great view.

I will update you if I find more places. So far, none of these interest us so our back up plan is El Toritos' (no buffet).

Dec 11, 2008
Katballen in Los Angeles Area