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QUICHE! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (April 2015)

Spinach, leeks, Emnetal, marjoram.
Potatoes, shallot, spinach, ham, Gruyere

about 14 hours ago
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Tips to cut grocery bill

Just two of us...we more than make up for the Costco fee with two bags of dog food and a block of cheese. Savings on coffee beans and prescriptions is a bonus. Not everything is a bargain there, of course; you have to know your grocery and drug store prices.

about 22 hours ago
gourmanda in General Topics
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What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy.

Pulling for you, JT!

Apr 17, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking
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Canning tomatoes and I don't have citric acid

As proper salsa recipe for canning will have more vinegar than what you would want for canning tomatoes or tomato sauce.

Apr 17, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy.

A good sandwich, indeed! Roasted red peppers make a good substitute when tomatoes aren't up to snuff.

Apr 17, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Kroger's response to my letter re: plumping meat:

I'm not being snarky, but what did you expect them to say? From your description it sounds like they offer two options-injected and non-injected. Neither provides a workable solution to you. Do you expect them to provide non-injected, lower priced meat just for you?

Apr 17, 2015
gourmanda in Chains

Vegetable gardens 2015

Find your local Boy Scout troop and have them do a service project. Also, some cities provide one time crews through Dept of Aging for older and even temporarily incapacited people...not commenting on your age in the least as I know you were in a bike accident. Just thinking out loud.

Apr 16, 2015
gourmanda in Gardening
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The "Food Babe" Blogger Is Full of Shit

Don't do it! See here for all of the dangers associated with it ;)

http://www.dhmo.org/facts.html

Tomatoes from seeds - grow light necessary?

I find proper hardening off to be the most challenging.

Apr 15, 2015
gourmanda in Gardening

Vegetable gardens 2015

Best of luck, JT! Glad you are out of the hospital and away from the d'john meals ;). Hopefully you can, at the least sit down and plant some herbs or greens in pots.

Apr 15, 2015
gourmanda in Gardening
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"Healthy-ish" vegan breakfast bars or similar

I'm looking for a new vegan recipe to take to events at our community garden. Many people are vegan so I like to accommodate that choice. I also like to accommodate the "comfort food" desires of some older gardeners. In the past I've taken vegan: blueberry streusel coffee cake; zucchini, banana or pumpkin muffins; wacky cake. All go over really well but I'm looking for something new that:
Isn't overly laden with fat or sugar or oil
Isn't "fussy" with special flours, chia seeds or coconut or orange anything, etc. Flax seed and unsweetened apple sauce are fine.
Ideally can be frozen and defrosted without complications.
Can feed about 20 people as a finger snack per recipe

Whatcha got?

Apr 15, 2015
gourmanda in Vegetarian & Vegan

Spreadable Sausage

I've never heard of Hinterland Brewery...you sure it was in Cleveland? I like to think I'm up on my local brewski's but haven't heard of that one.

When are you coming to our Hofbrauhaus???

Apr 15, 2015
gourmanda in General Topics

The D.I.Y. Tomato

Not sure why you are in such an uproar??? You had a positive result from your tomato kits, yee-ha. Someone else pointed out she found cheap plants at a discount store. No reason to be in a snit.

Apr 14, 2015
gourmanda in Gardening

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

I feel sorry for you. You live an extremely hurried life.

Apr 13, 2015
gourmanda in Not About Food

QUICHE! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (April 2015)

It's all good. Someday we'll have a quiche-off :)

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

You can usually reserve a toll pass/fast pass with a rental car.

Apr 13, 2015
gourmanda in Not About Food

QUICHE! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (April 2015)

My quiche doesn't remind me in the least of scrambled eggs. And, if you are blending the mixture then you will break up any "connective tissue".

Apr 13, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

QUICHE! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (April 2015)

You have never seen a recipe for pudding or custard that calls for straining the thickened mixture in the event the eggs have not been tempered properly and "scramble" after the mixture is thickened? I don't always do it, but I've never encountered a recipe that says to strain the eggs in the beginning. And never seen it called for with quiche.

Apr 13, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

I agree it would be so much nice to hand you the coins first. Yesterday was at HD and had my wallet out and the change part open waiting for the cashier to complete the transaction. She actually put the change right into the wallet and then handed me the bills...very helpful! It works there due to the checkout station set up.

Apr 13, 2015
gourmanda in Not About Food

QUICHE! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (April 2015)

I meant when they have been cooked in a pudding or custard. The final product is strained.

Apr 13, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Vegetable gardens 2015

We've got at least six weeks until we can think of planting tomatoes and peppers. Spinach is just starting to show itself; we're probably safe to put in Swiss chard seeds but another week or two for lettuce.

Apr 13, 2015
gourmanda in Gardening

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

You are giving away expensive services for free? Huh. Our library is funded by the community's income taxes.

Apr 13, 2015
gourmanda in Not About Food

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

Perhaps you could use the ten seconds to read the above?

Apr 13, 2015
gourmanda in Not About Food

QUICHE! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (April 2015)

I'm familiar with straining such things with cooked eggs, never raw.

Apr 13, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

QUICHE! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (April 2015)

What are you straining out of your egg and dairy mixture?

Apr 12, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Plug for the new Field Roast Burgers

Indeed. I suggest you follow that advice.

Apr 09, 2015
gourmanda in Vegetarian & Vegan

Plug for the new Field Roast Burgers

Researchers are finding that fat is not the enemy. Eating more calories than you need is the problem.

Apr 09, 2015
gourmanda in Vegetarian & Vegan

Replacing electric appliances with non-electric cookware

I'm curious why you won't be given housing with cookware? You are really expected to schlep your own?
In any event, you could probably make toast on the grill pan. French press for coffee.
FYI, voltage and plug adapter kits are small and inexpensive.

Apr 09, 2015
gourmanda in Cookware

Interesting scorecard for "organic" eggs

Are the scores based on voluntary reporting? What criteria did they use to choose the egg producers? For instance, they didn't include any family-run farms from Ohio or Michigan to name a few.

Apr 09, 2015
gourmanda in General Topics

Plug for the new Field Roast Burgers

No, you and HC were trying to make it about health. The OP was talking about a good tasting vegetarian burger replacement. But whatever. You go and be your version of healthy and I will be mine.

Apr 08, 2015
gourmanda in Vegetarian & Vegan