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Suggest a soup (or side) for this menu.

celeriac soup or pureed celeriac

Dec 15, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

Venison Question

Thanks for all your suggestions. I can cook it as BB in the oven for a Long time - I am thinking 3 1/2 to 4 hours at 300* - does that sound about right?

Dec 12, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

Input on venison dish please!

I can't comment on the temperature question but I think that the cranberry sauce would be a better choice than the creamy mushroom sauce. The tartness of the cranberries will nicely offset the venison. I also suggest adding some crushed juniper berries to the brine. I find they add something special to the taste of venison.

Dec 11, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

Thanks Mom

I am sorry for your loss. I am sure that your Mom would be proud of you! It has been more than 30 holiday seasons since my Mom passed and I still miss her and remember with sadness and joy at this time of year.

Dec 11, 2014
Fiona in Not About Food

Venison Question

Thanks for your reply. I think that what I will do is cook it 2 days ahead of time so that if there is a problem I have time to regroup. The kind of dish I am anticipating making will benefit from waiting 48 hours to be eaten. Does that sound like a good plan?

Dec 09, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

Venison Question

Thanks to a kind hunter friend I have a venison roast in the freezer. The problem is that it has been there for 18 months (stupid me). I would like to use it to make a venison version of boeuf bourguignon over the holidays. Is this a wise move? It is well wrapped but I don't know what to look for to see if it is still good and it doesn't seem like a good idea to unwrap and thaw it much before I want to use it. Any opinions on this? Thanks in advance.

Dec 09, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

Christmas - Influenced by Thanksgiving or not

Like most responders the two are very different for me. Thanksgiving is the traditional menu and a sit down dinner. Christmas dinner I try to be more experimental and try new dishes every year. I used to serve beef tenderloin and goose but retirement income does not support that. Christmas dinner actually happens a couple of days after Christmas to accommodate various family required events and religious observances and so forth. Christmas dinner has more people (about 15 instead of 9 at Thanksgiving) and so is a buffet as my table is too small. Even though it is a buffet it is a more formal meal.

Dec 06, 2014
Fiona in General Topics

Crock Pot Recommendations Please

My daughter would like a 7 or 8 qt crock pot for Christmas and I have looked at reviews and all of the ones I saw god very mixed reviews. I have also done a search here and the information was all 5 years old. So - any recommendations (or warnings) would be very helpful. I would like to spend less than $100 if I can get something decent for that price.
Thanks in advance

Dec 05, 2014
Fiona in Cookware

Holiday IPA at Iron Hill

I just had dinner at the Iron Hill Brewery in Newark. Because IPAs are my favorite style of beer I ordered the Holiday IPA - it was orgasmically good.

Dec 05, 2014
Fiona in Mid-Atlantic

A question for bakers of boozy treats.

mcsheridan - I wonder why you want to bake with bourbon if you do not like it? I have had a lot of success using rum in place of bourbon in cookies and other deserts. I find that the taste of rum is more compatible with sweets. That being said I would use what ever brand is most economical for you. A tiny bottle of good bourbon would be cheaper than a larger bottle of cheap stuff. In the liquor stores in my state they generally have the airplane sized bottles for a decent price.

Dec 05, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

John Boos 30 x 23" cutting board - too big?

Only you know how you use a cutting board. I have several; the largest is about 20" by 30" and I use it only rarely but I keep it because when I do use it I NEED it for large pieces of meat. The ones I use daily are on the scale of 6" by 6". Think about what your habits are and whether you cook big turkeys and roasts or chop large quantities of vegetables. Based on your photo (which I assume is of the 24" x 18 " board) it looks like the larger board will just fit which is fine as long as you can keep the odd bits from sliding or bouncing off the edge. For me the biggest cleaning issue for boards is having to pick it up to get at the strays and it seems like that would be a pain with a tight fitting board. By the way - from your photo your kitchen looks lovely.

Dec 05, 2014
Fiona in Cookware

I'd like to, but I've never tried homemade . . .

I was intimidated by the idea of homemade pasta. I have had a machine for years that I inherited from my aunt and never used it. When I had my kitchen remodeled I decided it was now or never. It was dead easy. Go for it!

Dec 02, 2014
Fiona in General Topics

Best inexpensive dinner party main course for foodies?

That sounds lovely _ I think I will make it for the vegetarian entre at Christmas.

Best New Thanksgiving Dish

My favorite new thing was two things that are perhaps not new to anyone else. I made turnips and celery root mashed with lots of butter and black pepper - was gooood! In response to my grandson asking if there would be cookies I decided on the spur of the moment to make oatmeal butterscotch cookies. Finding I had no butterscotch chips I used dried cranberries and chopped pecans and spiced the batter with ginger and cinnamon. The cookies were a big hit with kids and grown ups. A double batch had disappeared by the end of the night.

Nov 28, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

Post your ideas for Thanksgiving sides/dishes and give and get feedback..

I have to say I agree about the chickpeas not adding anything. Pine nuts however are never amiss.

Nov 26, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

Would you say your Thanksgiving this year is going to be a big deal . Or your just going to make it simple ?

Simple for us. Just my daughters, their spouses, three grandchildren (all under 3years), ex-husband and his wife. Life has been too busy to get all extravagant. We will be having salmon rollups, ham rollups, and nibbles try with drinks. Then cauliflower/apple soup,turkey from a local farm, stuffing ( made with store bought croutons), mashed potatoes, mashed turnips and celery root, green beans, brussel spouts, cranberry sauce. I don't know what for dessert as ex-husband's wife is bringing it. Much time will be spent playing with grandkids and being grateful. We will use good dishes which my son-in-law will kindly wash. Life is good.

Nov 26, 2014
Fiona in General Topics

Gifts for a timid cook

I second the immersion blender.

Nov 06, 2014
Fiona in Cookware
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Hound Parents

Both my parents loved food and were pretty adventurous, especially for the time (late 40's and 50's). My mother was a very good cook and an excellent baker. My dad would only cook occasionally. He would make eggs that he called spooned eggs - cooked slowly in a cast iron pan spooning bacon fat over the top the whole time. He also cooked curried tripe often. I am happy that both my daughters are becoming very good cooks now that they have their own households and my grandchildren, although still toddlers, love spicy food.

Oct 31, 2014
Fiona in General Topics

Ideas for Baby Shower Dish

Thanks - Thai beef salad is what I will make. I appreciate your suggestions.

Oct 04, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

Ideas for Baby Shower Dish

Hello - My daughter has requested that I make a dish that has a Thai taste profile and includes beef and fresh vegetables. The dish can be served cold or I can keep it warm in a crock pot. The difficulty is that I have to do at least most of the prep the morning before the event - I will have about 30 minutes immediately before the event for final prep. Any ideas or suggestions will be helpful and appreciated. I do have a pretty good selection of Thai spices and sauces in my pantry.
Thank you for your help.

Oct 03, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

Looking for light and upbeat or soothing conversational cooking shows

I heartily second both of these recommendations!

Aug 18, 2014
Fiona in Food Media & News

putting up zucchini and summer squash

I have done this for years with good results.

Aug 09, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking
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Looking for Mom's Bread Pudding Recipe

That sounds close to what I am looking for. The recipes that I have tried have no "free" custard - all of the custard is absorbed by the bread. The way my mother made it the bread absorbed the custard but was also surrounded by custard.

Aug 02, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

Looking for Mom's Bread Pudding Recipe

As you can see I posted before I had my coffee - it should read: Looking for Mom's Bread Pudding Recipe.

Aug 02, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

Looking for Mom's Bread Pudding Recipe

Mom's bread pudding had a custard matrix along with the custard saturated bread chunks. I have not bee able to find her recipe. Can anyone help. I think that just adding more custard would just result in soggy bread.
Thanks

Aug 02, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

Must I boil split peas/lintels/beans/rice?

Based on my experience being the support person for my daughters when they hiked the AT, I second this approach. They won't last forever but should be good for months. Be sure to package them so they will stay dry.

Jul 28, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

Ocean City, MD?

I second the Shark on the Harbor. Though not on the beach the setting is nice with a view of the fishing harbor. Food is good and pretty reasonably priced. Crab cakes are VERY good.

What not to do at a farmers market

One thing that no one has mentioned is a "rule" from yard sale manners - don't come assuming that everyone can take credit cards and try to bring a stash of small bills. Every grower has some cash to make change but it can be wiped out pretty quickly.

Jul 10, 2014
Fiona in General Topics
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Advice for Greens & Ham Hocks

I wound up cooking them thusly - a bit of bacon fat in a heavy pan, sauteed s chopped onion, a chopped carrot, several cloves of garlic I added the red pepper flakes, ham hock and some chicken broth and cooked low for about an hour. Added the greens and cooked for another hour or maybe a little more. Let it cool took the remaining meat off the ham hock and the hammy greens are now in my frig. I did take a taste and they are really good. I think they will be excellent with barbequed ribs this weekend. I will make wither pasta or potato salad also. I have already stocked up on beer. Thanks for everyone's help and advise!

Jun 26, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking
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Advice for Greens & Ham Hocks

That is what I will do - I just checked the greens and they are still very fresh.

Jun 23, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking