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Which beans for ham and bean soup?

I love baby limas but they are getting hard to find in the stores nowadays.

Dec 20, 2012
CookinGal in Home Cooking

Best candy for office

When I worked I always had a candy dish. The favorites were coffee nips and Root Beer Barrels.

Dec 02, 2011
CookinGal in General Topics

Crock Pot Pork Butt Failure

I totally agree with you Sam. I never add liquid for a pork roast in the crock-pot. I also do country spareribs in the crock that turn out wonderful. Sometimes I brown and sometimes not, depends on how lazy I am that day. I use garlic, garlic and garlic, Herbes De Provence and kosher salt. Serve with mashed potatoes, gravy, a steamed side veggie and "must have" applesauce.

Jul 24, 2011
CookinGal in Home Cooking

What to do with a small smoked uncooked ham?

This is what I would do (JMHO). Since I like cloves, I would put some on all over top and sides, roast in oven until half way or so done, take out of oven and cut off top fat layer, reduse heat. Score in diamond pattern, put more cloves on and baste with your topping. I use jalapeno jelly on mine but a basic pineapple/brown sugar is always good too. The fat layer will help keep your meat moist and add a lot of flavor. You could always put in a crock pot too. Hope this helps.

Jul 23, 2011
CookinGal in Home Cooking

Question about marianding/ freezing

I like to use Yoshida gourmet sauce. It works really well on just about any kind of meat.

Jul 23, 2011
CookinGal in Home Cooking

Suggest a fruit pie, please

I like making Cherry pie with canned pie cherries. I use 2 cans of pie cherries for 1 pie with a full pie crust. It does look great with the lattice top too. Remember to get pie cherries, not pie filling. Wonderful with vanilla ice cream. This recipe is from my Grandmother who got the recipe from her mother so it's a oldie, like 100 years old or so....LOL.

Cherry Pie

2 16 oz cans pie cherries or 4 cups fresh
1/2 cup sugar or to taste

1/4 tsp salt
4 TBLS Flour (depending on how thick you want the juice you can add more)

Leave sit for 20 minutes to thicken.

Pour into prepared pie crust, dot with 2 tbls butter, top with top crust. Slit top crust.

Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes
Bake a addition 30 minutes at 350

May 22, 2010
CookinGal in Home Cooking

El Gaucho

I LOVED the original El Gauchos. The mink lined backs of the booths, the violins, the fantastic "Hunters Breakfast" was unreal! Table side to order omelets, pork chops, huge sausages, fillet Mignon, fried home potatoes, etc., followed by cheese & fresh fruit, thick cream, strawberries, melons, etc. you get the picture! It was so wonderful, I can't even remember everything there was to choose from. Dinner was always the same too, you were made to feel like a VIP! We used to go there a lot as my BIL was a entertainer so after his show we would all head to El Gauchos for the Hunters Breakfast. This became the favorite place to go after concerts, shows etc. For special occasions this was the top of my list along with my other favorite the Mirabeau Room. I can still taste the poached salmon smothered with fresh dungeness crab and then again smothered in a absolutely wonderful Bearnaise sauce.

I have eaten at the new one in Seattle also a couple of times and it really lacked the understated elegance of the original. It was large, open and loud. I really enjoyed the intimacy of the original place. The food, when I have been to the new one, was still wonderful and the service was great but I did miss the violins and the intimacy with "PERFECT" service of the original El Gauchos. Why do they always have to change something that is sooooo perfect.

Apr 12, 2008
CookinGal in Pacific Northwest

Do your friends invite you to dinner?

If someone doesn't have the means (financially or space) I understand that but it would be soooo nice if just once in a while they would call and say "I made pork chops for dinner, I'm bringing you over a plate for dinner. I would Love that! I have others for dinner alot and never get a invite. If they would just reciprocate in some way at least then I would know that they appreciate me having them for dinner. I always send home the majority of leftovers too, I ask them if they would like to take home a piece of lasagna, etc. and they always say YES my (3 adult) grandkids would love it (there go all the leftovers)! But I'll tell ya, it does get tiresome to clean the house, do the prep work, cook the meal, pay for the groceries, set a nice table, do the clean up and then have nothing left over for lunch.

Apr 11, 2008
CookinGal in Not About Food