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Advice for new food gardeners

I over planted/over seeded spinach and onions. Having a hard time thinning. Plants need good air circulation to help fight off disease.

about 13 hours ago
gourmanda in Gardening

How many slices of Eggplant Parmesan should feed 25 people?

One. A lot of people don't care for eggplant in any form. Up the amount of spaghetti.

about 24 hours ago
gourmanda in Home Cooking

make ahead sandwiches

Pan bagnat

about 24 hours ago
gourmanda in Home Cooking
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Pollinating Tomato Plants

They work for me. I am partial to the Espoma brand. Can't make blanket statements when it comes to gardening.

May 21, 2015
gourmanda in Gardening

Vegetable gardens 2015

Besides trapping you could try Liquid Fence or dog fur.

May 21, 2015
gourmanda in Gardening

Vegetable gardens 2015

I hope you have good luck with your paprikas. We grew Alma last year and it was fairly tasteless. Our best sweet pepper wasChervena Chuskha. Super sweet. Especially roasted. Great to freeze.

May 21, 2015
gourmanda in Gardening
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Pollinating Tomato Plants

Good reminder to use an organic fertilizer on the tomato. They need to eat too!

May 21, 2015
gourmanda in Gardening

Advice for new food gardeners

I just stumbled on this site www.theyarden.com and thought I'd share her post for new food gardeners. Any other tips, tricks advice you want to share?

http://theyarden.com/advice-for-new-f...

May 21, 2015
gourmanda in Gardening

school wide cookout...dessert help

Rum cake.

Trying to problem solve a couple issues with berry sauces?

You don't even need to defrost...just put them in the sauce pan with a little water, some sugar and cook down. Buzz them with the immersion blender and strain. A little splash of lemon juice adds a perfect touch. Lavender is also a nice combo.

May 20, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #365: A Broad Abroad [Through May 23, 2015]

Great news on the leg!

Do these squatters ever cook for *you*?

Fake "Facebook header" ad on mobile, leads to free iPad/iPhone site

There wasn't a virus. The notice was intended to lure the OP into clicking "scan now" which would download malware to the phone.

May 20, 2015
gourmanda in Site Talk

Tired, and Bored With Meat, Poultry, and Fish - Uses For Veggie Fish Cakes

A.veggie fish cake makes no sense.
B.you bought this and have no idea what's in it?

May 20, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Good Indian in Cleveland?

Lakewood might be too far then. India Garden is good. Haven't tried their newer one called Namaste that serves Southern Indian.

May 19, 2015
gourmanda in Great Lakes

Good Indian in Cleveland?

How far is he willing to travel?

May 19, 2015
gourmanda in Great Lakes

What's for Dinner #365: A Broad Abroad [Through May 23, 2015]

I want that potato!

i am not planning to replace the dishwasher when it dies.

Funny story! And you are absolutely right about the Bosch being quiet.

May 18, 2015
gourmanda in Cookware

What's for Dinner #365: A Broad Abroad [Through May 23, 2015]

Last night was a fabulous swordfish dinner...the fish was shipped over night from Hawaii to our local grocery. Delish! Tonight is going to be "chicken" in a creamy garlic sauce over pasta; not sure on the sides. Wine, of course!
Next few days we plunge into the 50's and 60's. Wah :(

What's for Dinner #365: A Broad Abroad [Through May 23, 2015]

I'd love to see your lattice-topped pies! How you manage to house so many bodies is amazing.

May 18, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Just Say Thank You

Perhaps she found the recipe on her own or tweaked the one you sent such that she doesn't feel it is "your" recipe even though "they tasted exactly like mine". She could say thank you even if she didn't use the one you emailed (albeit unbidden). She could be busy, forgot you sent a recipe, absent minded...a whole lot of things.

Super thin frozen fish fillets

I think it's just the nature of the beast. You could try breading it and baking. Better to just get a different type of fish.

May 18, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

i am not planning to replace the dishwasher when it dies.

Two of us also. I'd say we run ours about every 3-4 days. Sometimes we run out of just glasses so I'm happy it has a half-load option. I used to hate unloading the DW but now that we have one with the third rack for silverware it's a breeze.

May 18, 2015
gourmanda in Cookware

New veggie side dish recipes, please!

You just never know, do you? I love spinach and chard and think kale in any iteration tastes like grass/weeds smell. Can't stand it.

New veggie side dish recipes, please!

The broccoli, spinach and cauliflower would all be good with a Mornay sauce--just vary the cheese. Spaghetti squash with sauteed onions and curry powder and a little bit of butter is good. Mushrooms sauteed in olive oil with shallots then mix in a little breadcrumbs and herbs. If he likes spinach he will likely like Swiss chard (but not the heavier greens like kale or collards). Broccoli or spinach souffle with a salad makes a light dinner. If he likes quiche then no reason not to make it with broccoli or cauliflower (also try the spinach with roasted red peppers). Fresh beets were a revelation to my DH you might give them a try.

May 15, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Appetizers for a Memorial Day BBQ for a crowd

This sounds interesting and tasty. So, sort of like a pate?

May 15, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Need inspiration for vegetarian, company-worthy dinner

The pastry is an interesting idea to play around with for an appetizer.

Appetizer suggestion? (Chicken enchiladas/main)

Guacamole; salsa and chips; from scratch onion dip. All easy to share and if you don't put out a ton of chips it won't be too filling.

May 15, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking
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Need inspiration for vegetarian, company-worthy dinner

For most people a great idea. For my fungus-hating husband not so much. Sigh.

May 15, 2015
gourmanda in Vegetarian & Vegan

Need inspiration for vegetarian, company-worthy dinner

I am at a loss. I do not want to serve any land-based animal dishes and the water-based animals that I like to eat are too expensive to entertain a group. If it were winter I would do something along the lines of lasagna or spaghetti but neither is calling to me on these 70-ish degree days. I need something that will be festive, appeal to both carnivores and vegetarians, not be too adventurous for my comfort-craving company and not break the bank. To further narrow the choices, no kale/collards/Brussels sprouts/amaranth need apply. I suppose a paella or risotto could fill the bill but, eh, BTDT. Is there any hope for me?

May 15, 2015
gourmanda in Vegetarian & Vegan

What's for Dinner #364 - the It's Time for Thundaboomahs! Edition [through May 17, 2015]

What a little lamb! Adorable! Whatcha gonna plant?

May 15, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking
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