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We don't eat meat, they don't eat fish.....

I cook rice, either white or brown. I sautee onions, diced zucchini,button mushrooms and sometime red pepper. Cook til soft and not a lot of liquid in pan. Mix cooked veggies with rice, salt and pepper, lemon juice and feta. Mound filling in mushroom caps (I like to clean out the gills) and bake at 425 until done, usually about 20 - 25 minutes, depending on size. In summer I have done a version with summer corn and tomatoes. Lots of variations possible.

Dec 15, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

We don't eat meat, they don't eat fish.....

A vegetarian Shepard pie is nice. I also stuff big portabella mushroom caps with rice, veggies and feta. Serve with a salad and crusty bread.

Dec 15, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Eggnog - Love It or Leave It

It's all a matter of taste. I love good eggnog, depends on the brand. But I also love fruitcake so...

Dec 10, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

Homemade caramel question

Yes, I'm thinking a little cream added when melting will do the trick. Thanks!

Dec 09, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Homemade caramel question

I made caramel last Christmas and froze the leftovers. I took the 6-inch square of uncut caramel out of the freezer and it still tastes great, not grainy at all. I want to use it to make turtles this year but it's a bit firmer than I would like. If I melt it and add some liquid (water, milk, cream?) I'm hoping that when it sets up in the turtles it will be softer than it is now.

Does anyone have any experience with melting/reusing homemade caramel? I recall as a kid making caramel apples with the individually wrapped Kraft caramels and I think we added water when we melted them.

Dec 09, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

What would you do to fix the Food Network

I have to say, most of the time I have no idea what Damaris is saying. Between the accent and the fact that she sounds like she has marbles in her mouth it's too much work trying to figure out what she just said.

Dec 08, 2014
Jpan99 in Food Media & News

Small Christmas dinner help and suggestions

I agree with not wanting lamb and salmon together. Does someone not eat meat? I would only cook one main for three adults, pick something everyone eats and make your life easy. I certainly wouldn't want to eat salmon with lamb but that's me.

Dec 04, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

What's your favorite Pepperidge Farm cookie?

I love the Ginger Family cookies out for the holidays! So cute and so delicious.

Dec 04, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

Pie for Breakfast...

Made cherry pie for Thanksgiving, was perfect for breakfast the next morning!

Dec 02, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

Veggie Side Dish for non-traditional Turkey day?

Definitely something green. Asparagus would be good or a sauteed spinach with garlic.

Nov 24, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking
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Christmas Baking 2014

I'm sending a care package to some navy boys. Things that travel well and can be vacuum sealed including Hermits, Magic Bars and Brownies.

For the rest, spritz cookies in vanilla and chocolate. Then it's candy making, raspberry white chocolate bark, peanut butter cups, marshmallows (some dipped in chocolate), caramels, dark bark with apricots and pistachios and milk bark with pretzels and M&Ms.

Nov 24, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking
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Best recipes for homemade Christmas gifts

Me too, can't believe this is coming up again. Last year I was told by the phobics that even though my gifts are graciously accepted they are being thrown away and that I was living in the dream world if I thought people were eating them.

I don't live in a phobia world and most of the time the recipients eat them right in front of me because they can't wait to dig in.

I have thrown away some gifts not for fear of death by eating but because they were terrible. Some people just shouldn't bake!

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets - Burnt!

If they were charred in 10-15 minutes then it could be the fire if it were right under the cookie sheets. Even if your oven was much hotter than you thought, say 500, it would take longer than 10-15 minutes to char the bottom.

Also, do you have thin flimsy cookie sheets, or are they really dark colored? Flimsy can burn and dark pans cook things much faster.

Nov 24, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Are there any good veggie burgers to be found in chain burger joints? [in the Boston area]

I thought the veggie burger at b good was pretty good. You can get it made up in any of the styles they offer. I had the Adopted Luke made with mushrooms, caramelized onions, smoked gouda, bbq sauce. It was messy but good.

Nov 24, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

Individual pumpkin pies - baking time

Those look great! I hope you're bringing whipped cream too! What's pumpkin pie without whipped cream?!

Nov 24, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

What goodies to send to Navy personnel

Just want to send a follow up message since I did send the packages and recently heard that everything arrived safely. I sent some store bought goodies (crackers, pretzels, licorice, candy corn...) but also included three homemade items. Blondies, giant chocolate chip/M&M cookies and peanut brittle.

I cut the blondies in big squares and froze them, then vacuum sealed them while frozen. Same with the cookies, frozen first then vacuum sealed so as not to crush them in the process. Also vacuum sealed the brittle. I hear everything arrived about 2 weeks after they were mailed. I've heard from my friend that her son was impressed that the blondies tasted like they had just been baked! The guys were in heaven! So for a long journey it seems vacuum sealing is the way to go.

Dessert Question

You can easily just leave it off and not sub something else. Or you could spread a very thin layer of warmed jam, apricot would be a good choice.

Nov 11, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Where to buy bulk chocolate?

Yes Marty's. They have the big 11 pound blocks of Callebaut. Price is as good or better than what I've found online and no shipping!

Nov 08, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

Cha Yen Thai, Watertown

I grabbed an early dinner here tonight. Corn cakes, papaya salad and tofu with cashews. I picked up the order and was driving home and the aroma was killing me. I couldn't wait to dig in.

The corn cakes with peanut sauce were killer. I've never thought of corn in Thai cuisine but these were so addictive...and still hot and crunchy 15 minutes later!

I'm not a spice lover so the spicy cashew dish was just enough heat for me. I loved that it wasn't swimming in sauce but packed with well prepared, fresh vegetables and plenty of cashews.

The papaya salad was good but it wasn't listed as being spicy and I think a little spice would have perked it up. I will definitely be back for more. My only complaint is I wish there were more dining space. It really is just one table for four and two stools.

Oct 30, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

What besides meat and soups can I make in a slow cooker?

I've made Boston Baked Beans and they came out great. I've seen several dessert recipes, some looked better than others.

Oct 27, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Hot fudge sundae, what flavor ice cream?

Really? Lemon sherbet with hot fudge?

Oct 23, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

Hot fudge sundae, what flavor ice cream?

For me, it's all about the fudge so you need a neutral flavor, almost always vanilla or sweet cream. Never chocolate ice cream with hot fudge.

My brother would do peppermint stick ice cream with hot fudge and pistachio ice cream in a strawberry sundae. Yuk!

What are you favorite sundae flavor combos and why?

Oct 22, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

QUICK!!! Pizza question

I always use cornmeal, love it. And crust is crisp on the bottom, not soggy.

Oct 20, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking
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QUICK!!! Pizza question

It's in how you read it. I misunderstood the question as well. It reads like "out of these two options, which is better?" If you read fast you miss the punctuation! :-)

Oct 20, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

I had a membership just for one but that was mostly because of the great prices for contact lenses and glasses. Much cheaper even when you figure in the membership fee. Once I stopped wearing contacts I dropped my membership. I really can't use/store the jumbo sizes of foods. I now go to BJ's with my sister-in-law once or twice a year, usually around the holidays when I'm doing a lot of baking.

Oct 15, 2014
Jpan99 in Chains

Can I easily double or triple a peanut brittle recipe?

Thanks, I'll give a double batch a try next week.

Oct 09, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Can I easily double or triple a peanut brittle recipe?

I'm reading that if you even double a peanut brittle recipe it takes too long for the sugar to reach temp so it burns.

If I use a large pan I should think I could easily double a recipe. I've made a lot of candies (toffee, caramel, nougat etc.) but I've never made peanut brittle.

Oct 08, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Read the whole menu then decide or stop when you see something you want?

I used to read the whole menu. Now that I eat vegetarian I scan for the one or two options (if I'm lucky) that I can eat. Usually a salad and a pasta.

Oct 05, 2014
Jpan99 in Not About Food
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October 2014 Openings and Closings

Jake n Joes opens tonight in Waltham. Looks like a chain from The Chateau family.

http://www.jakenjoes.com/

Oct 02, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

PLEASE help me make this chocolate chip cookie

In case you haven't seen this, it shows the difference between baking soda and baking powder.

http://obsessedwithbaking.blogspot.co...

Oct 01, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking
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