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Timing for lentil quinoa salad

I am planning a brunch for next Monday and I am trying to prep as much ahead as I can. Do you think that if I make a lentil quinoa salad on Saturday morning it will keep int he frig and be good on Monday around noon?
Thanks

about 17 hours ago
Fiona in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

I think I did the last of the cold weather dinners this weekend. The weather called for a light springtime meal but instead I made duck ragu with homemade tagliatelle. It was very yummy. The only reason it is notable is because it was my first time making homemade pasta. I had wanted to for years but was too chicken. Silly me! It was dead simple to make and well worth having to clean up flour from all over the house.

Apr 14, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking
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Kitchen cabinets-quote that almost gave me a heart attack!

I did my kitchen last year. There are about 12 feet of lower cabinets with wood doors. Maybe 8 feet of upper cabinets. Two of the uppers are double sided with glass doors. Glass doors cost a fortune. The place where I got my cabinets (Just Cabinets) suggested that I order the two just prepped for glass, buy the glass at a big box store and have the contractor install the glass. That worked like a charm and saved about $1,200. that being said my Kraft Maid cabinets (without installation) cost $13,000 with minimal bells and whistles. The cabinets I chose are maple with white paint. The white finish did add to the cost.
Good luck!

Apr 12, 2014
Fiona in Cookware

kitchen flooring question--does anybody have experience with Vinacork?

I had my kitchen redone this past fall and I used cork backed linoleum. I chose it both for comfort and sustainability. I am very happy with the choice. The floor is comfortable to stand on and easy to maintain. Aesthetics also played a part in my choice - my house was build in 1895 and I wanted a bit of a retro look.

Apr 12, 2014
Fiona in Cookware
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Two Fat Ladies - now there is none

This is so sad - I loved to watch the show and now I watch the DVDs a few times each year. My favorite episode is the one where they eat bacon sandwiches on a bridge, The world is a drabber places with no Fat Ladies.

Apr 04, 2014
Fiona in Food Media & News
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Birthday cake of choice in France

My kids, now completely adult, still require birthday cake on their birthdays - chocolate layer cake with chocolate butter cream icing (made with butter). I agree with other posters - sheet cakes are for office parties. I am actually interested in more detail about what the customs are outside the US. I hope that others reply.

Mar 21, 2014
Fiona in France

Beefy Macaroni Casserole

This is really good! It is very hearty - great for wintery weather. It is now on the sort of regular list.

Feb 28, 2014
Fiona in Recipes

What's for Dinner #279- The Neverending Story Edition! [through Mar 3, 2014]

Tonight is out to my daughter's family for dinner. Tomorrow I am making lasagna to get BF and me through the weekend. I will also probably make some sort of soup to clean put the frig and because it will be snowing - can't have snow without soup.

Feb 28, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking
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Question for the ages

Only if I have one of my bags to put it in.

Feb 24, 2014
Fiona in Not About Food

How to cook 4 year old hens - and maybe a rooster

We are going to be thinning the egg flock soon to add more younger hens and we will want to cook the thinnees. Does anyone have recommendations on how to cook old hens so they are not tough? We also may be thinning a rooster as well.
Thanks in advance

Feb 24, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

Help- sink disposal tug of war!!

I am on a city sewer system but - in my recent kitchen remodel the contractor added a disposal and said that it would prevent clogs in the sink. I didn't used to have clogs (predisposal) but now I find the drain gets slow & I have to use the disposal. That being said I continue to compost and very little of anything goes down the drain. I caution against a disposal because it is mostly a pain in the ***.

Feb 15, 2014
Fiona in Cookware
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Snow's coming. What you gonna cook?

It is pea soup for me also (ham bone from New Years). I have plenty of booze, coffee, tea. I think I will get ice cream and corn chips before the snow starts.

Feb 12, 2014
Fiona in General Topics
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Cheese Straw Question

Dietary issues is my term. It is a complicated situation that I do not feel comfortable sharing.

Jan 31, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

Cheese Straw Question

One of my friends is insanely in love with cheese straws but has dietary issues. I have been looking for a recipe using olive (or any other) oil instead of butter. Does anyone have such a recipe?
Thanks in advance.

Jan 31, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

Has Anyone Been to the Fair Hill Lately?

I an sad also. I love the setting and the idea of the place - just not the execution.

Jan 28, 2014
Fiona in Mid-Atlantic

Has Anyone Been to the Fair Hill Lately?

I was sorry also - I had always enjoyed going there; it was reliable and convenient. I will probably go again sometime to see if the one night was an outlier but I won't trust it for a special occasion.

Jan 21, 2014
Fiona in Mid-Atlantic

Has Anyone Been to the Fair Hill Lately?

We went to the Farmhouse last winter for a birthday dinner and it was not good. For years it had been our go to special occasion restaurant but this night was a turn off. I truthfully cannot remember what I had but I do remember that it was only mediocre and my companion's veal steak was mostly gristle and tough. We shared bananas foster for dessert and it was awful! Also our waiter kept sitting down at one of the tables (the diners appeared to be friends of his) and we had to ask another passing waiter to get him for us when we needed anything. I agree on the others mentioned however - they are good.

Jan 20, 2014
Fiona in Mid-Atlantic

Has Anyone Been to the Fair Hill Lately?

Thanks Cindy - I appreciate your input. I think I will try it again sometime but not for the special occasion that I was thinking of. For a special dinner I want to go to a place where I am confident of a good time!

Jan 16, 2014
Fiona in Mid-Atlantic

SodaStream

I got one as a gift and I use it all the time. I find it very convenient. You just have to find the syrup flavors that you like.

Jan 15, 2014
Fiona in Cookware

Buffet lunch menu

Thank you all for your thoughtful replies. They were very helpful. The lunch came off well and even I enjoyed it. I think next year I will do the same sort of thing. Both I and my guests were very relaxed!
The menu turned out to be: roasted free range turkey, steamed shrimp and dipping sauce, vegetarian lasagna, homemade baked beans (vegan), bourbon sweet potatoes (vegan), braised brussel sprouts, homemade breads (white and corn), cranberry sauce, and pickle and other nibble tray. I could never have gotten my organized around this without your help!
Thanks again!

Jan 13, 2014
Fiona in Home Cooking

range vs. cooktop

I just did a major (as in gut and start over) kitchen remodel. My kitchen space is small (10' x10' wall to wall) so I got a mid-range gas range with one oven. Once a year I think I would appreciate 2 ovens but I just got through the holiday entertaining, including a dinner for 15, and I was happy with the performance of my kitchen and the range. The thing that makes the biggest difference for me is having a continuous grate on the top so I can slide pots from burner to burner as I need to. I also have 2 high power burners which I like, one low power burner which is great for simmering and keeping something warm. In total my range has five burners. If I had the space I would have gotten a bigger range with 6 burners but counter space took priority.
Good luck!

Jan 11, 2014
Fiona in Cookware

Has Anyone Been to the Fair Hill Lately?

Thanks for your reply. Perhaps we just caught them on a bad night. I will give it a try.

Jan 10, 2014
Fiona in Mid-Atlantic

Has Anyone Been to the Fair Hill Lately?

I went to the FHI several years ago and found it to be pretentious and uncomfortable but I have been thinking of trying again. At the time it seemed like all of the service was focused on large groups buying many bottles of wine. Everyone else seemed to be left to fend for themselves. Has anyone had any recent experience and, if so, how was the food and service?

Jan 09, 2014
Fiona in Mid-Atlantic

Buffet lunch menu

Great suggestions! Thank you very much!

Dec 14, 2013
Fiona in Home Cooking

Buffet lunch menu

I was thinking that the combination would be good as a pilaf style dish.

Dec 14, 2013
Fiona in Home Cooking

Buffet lunch menu

Good suggestions! Thank you. The orzo/quinoa combination in particular is helpful - I had not thought of that combination and it sounds like a good one.

Dec 14, 2013
Fiona in Home Cooking

Buffet lunch menu

Hi - this year instead of an elegant sit down dinner on Christmas I am planning a buffet lunch for 15 several days after Christmas and I am at a loss as to what to serve. I have never done a buffet before. In the mix of people are one who doesn't eat pork or shellfish, one with a red meat allergy, one vegan and one who doesn't eat meat but does eat fish. I don't expect any one dish to address all of the limitations but I would each to have something good things to eat. I would also like the general tone to be elegant. Every time I try to think about a menu my head explodes and it is getting very messy. Any inspiration/ideas out there?
Also any hints on how to make a buffet work well would also be appreciated.
Thanks

Dec 14, 2013
Fiona in Home Cooking

What went wrong with my cookies?

I think it could have been the butter. I had used butter from the same farm to make buttercream and the texture was odd - not unpleasant but odd. It seemed almost too fluffy. I will try again using the butter I usually use and see what happens. Thanks for all your replies.
I will also watch the cooking time very carefully.

Dec 10, 2013
Fiona in Home Cooking

What went wrong with my cookies?

The other day I made oatmeal chocolate cookies and they came out too dry. I used a silpat for the first time and I also used butter (salted) from a nearby farm. Is it likely the silpat or the butter?
Thanks

Dec 09, 2013
Fiona in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving Alternatives to Turkey?

My vote is for goose - possibly because I love goose! A goose will serve 4 to 6 people and leftover meat can dry out. You will have lots of fat which should be saved - it is marvelous added to oil for making french fries, great on roasted veggies and terrific on popcorn.

Nov 09, 2013
Fiona in Home Cooking