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Need help with edible conference favor

I think your popcorn idea was great! Since it was good on the cost factor and made a nice presentation, what about making the popcorn a tradition with a different "flavor" each year. You could make your labels more elaborate and tie with an appropriate ribbon/string to carry out your flavor.

Rice crispy treats is a good idea too.

1 day ago
laredo in Home Cooking
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Frenched pork chops on the grill: need advice

Thanks to all.

They were a success. Maybe a lot of beginner's luck.

We pulled at 135 -140 degrees.

Yes, I noticed some pink along the bone and a few other pieces which I didn't let my mother see.

I was pleased and so relieved.

Many thanks!

Jan 26, 2015
laredo in Home Cooking
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Frenched pork chops on the grill: need advice

Thanks, firecooked, for your two cents!

No, not from Cook Pigs. Probably not that nice.

Jan 26, 2015
laredo in Home Cooking

Frenched pork chops on the grill: need advice

First time using a new grill.
I don't remember ever cooking pork chops on a grill.

I have some very pretty Frenched thick pork chops I am planning to grill tonight for guests. They weight at least 11 ounces and are an inch thick.

It will be an embarrassing and expensive mistake if I don't get them right! I am panicking.

All suggestions are very much appreciated.

Jan 26, 2015
laredo in Home Cooking

Single serving coffee maker

Which model, Raffles?

Jan 18, 2015
laredo in Cookware

Single serving coffee maker

Many thanks to all for your help and information.

I had *no* idea that there were so many options.

I am really considering the Clever Dripper for myself as my husband drinks a kind of coffee I can't have so I usually make tea, but often long for two cups of strong hot coffee.

I think Ariadanz has made some helpful points regarding the handicapped issues my mother deals with. The simplest is going to be the best for her so will try the Keurig mini or the basic model, if I can ID which is the basic. I think she will be able to fill the tank with a small bottle of water. Measuring and dealing with small pieces is just too much of a hassle.

Many thanks to all.

Jan 18, 2015
laredo in Cookware

Single serving coffee maker

Thanks for replying, chemical kinetics.

For availability of product reasons, I think we are limited to the Keurig.

I would really like to know if the "revised" mini is more satisfactory than the recalled one.

or...what model Keurig would be a reasonable alternative for a one-person household.

I think she would use it only for coffee or tea in the morning.

Thanks so much.

Jan 15, 2015
laredo in Cookware

Single serving coffee maker

My elderly mother wants a "keurig" type coffeemaker. The cup style might work for her as she doesn't have good hand coordination and the other style coffeemakers are too much of a hassle.

I have read reviews of the Keurig mini. They are generally bad. I do not know if they refer to the post-recall type.

I will be grateful for any information.

Jan 15, 2015
laredo in Cookware

Need suggestion for a ladies club dessert

Everything sounds good. Thanks for your replies!

I considered Bundt cakes (pound) but that entails slicing, plating, topping with fruit (or some such) and then whipped cream. I am hoping to cut out one of those steps. Plus it seems more work to make two cakes than two 9 x 13's.

If I could buy good cheesecakes, I would jump at that opportunity and then make a good sauce. I read that Cheesecake Factory had a 30th anniversary cheesecake with a chocolate cake layer that looked like it could work; but when I called Sam's, I was told they no longer carry it.

One idea I am now considering is Ree Drummond's Nantucket Pie. I made it last night in a 8" by 8" pan to see how it would cut and it does cut fine. I think I could double it for a 9" x 13" and make two. Would serve with whipped cream.

This is just a thought at this point. I do recommend the recipe: three of my favorite things: cranberries, almond flavoring, and pecans.

I really appreciate all your suggestions and will refer to this thread in the future.

Jan 11, 2015
laredo in Home Cooking

Need suggestion for a ladies club dessert

All good suggestions and thank you so much.

I should have mentioned that I will need to make three recipes, enough for about 30 servings.

The dessert will probably be served on a "snack tray" which will also have a cup of coffee on it, and probably a very small cookie or very small chocolate of some kind.

Jan 10, 2015
laredo in Home Cooking

Need suggestion for a ladies club dessert

Good question about the name! I think it goes by a number of names. I call it "(friend's name)'s recipe that has pudding and Cool Whip."

(Footnote: That friend gave the recipe to friend B who served it to another club before first friend had the chance to serve it to her club (many ladies are members of both clubs) which annoyed first friend. But friend B is so lovable the annoyance was short-lived. lol)

Re the banana split pie, I am wondering if it is easy to serve and doesn't melt?

Jan 10, 2015
laredo in Home Cooking

Need suggestion for a ladies club dessert

It is so kind of you to go to the trouble to post this recipe, TravelerJJim. I am very grateful.

It is indeed a really good recipe and fits all the requirements beautifully except for the fact that it is very popular where I live and I have already served it several times. Because it is delicious and easy, it has made the club rounds a lot.

You hit a home run except for that fact.

Thank you so much.

Any other suggestions?

Jan 10, 2015
laredo in Home Cooking

Need suggestion for a ladies club dessert

I am dessert hostess soon for a ladies club I have been a part of for decades. I have totally run out of ideas not to mention my superb caterer has moved. So I am on my own and no spring chicken. I could really use some help!

Specs:
Made in a 9 by 13 pan

Can be made the day before

Easily served

Won’t melt

Looks nice on a plate

Tarts are a good choice if my caterer were still here. I have done them a lot. Not an option now.

Thank you for your help!

Jan 10, 2015
laredo in Home Cooking

Help with a Southern Style Supper

I would also be very confused to be served turkey breast unless it was Thanksgiving with cornbread dressing!

This is really challenging without knowing which area of the south the friend is from.

There have been many great suggestions, but I am surprised no one has mentioned ambrosia: oranges and coconut (not any other additions, please!).

Jan 08, 2015
laredo in Home Cooking

Noval 1963 Vintage Port

Undoubtedly we bought it at Harrods. Had no idea at the time that it was an excellent vintage.

Thanks for your reply!

Jan 05, 2015
laredo in Wine

Noval 1963 Vintage Port

Thank you so very much for the detailed reply, zin.

The label does not say "Quinta do Noval." Simply "Noval 1963."

I bought it in London in 1983.

Jan 03, 2015
laredo in Wine

Noval 1963 Vintage Port

Can anyone tell me about this wine? I bought it many years ago. Know nothing about port.

The label is a plain white one. It reads:

Vintage Port

Noval 1963 (this is hand written)

Harrods Ltd, Knightsbridge SW1

Many thanks for your help.

Jan 03, 2015
laredo in Wine

Question re candied orange peel

That's what I don't have time to do! That's the problem. :)

Thank you for replying.

Dec 15, 2014
laredo in Home Cooking

Question re candied orange peel

Is it possible to freeze orange peel before candying it?

Thanks for your help.

Dec 15, 2014
laredo in Home Cooking

Freezing chess pie?

Many thanks to all.

As it turns out, I just ate the whole thing. Problem solved! Well, the pie problem. Now it's the weight problem! :)

Dec 07, 2014
laredo in Home Cooking

Recommendation for a lightweight 12" skillet please

WS was definitely out of my price point.

Unfortunately there is only a small cookware shop in my time and I haven't had skillet-shopping time when in a city. Have to depend on the internet.

Thank you, and thanks to all for your help.

Dec 05, 2014
laredo in Cookware

Recommendation for a lightweight 12" skillet please

I think my mother has this skillet!! Will look through her cabinet tomorrow.

Thank you for the idea!

Dec 05, 2014
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Recommendation for a lightweight 12" skillet please

I don't have a special material in mind. I am limited to what is available that I can lift in a big skillet.

I wore out the calphalon you cited. It's been a while since I had to discard it and did not remember the brand. It had been a gift. It is a candidate also.

The iron pan looks interesting but it is 9.5 inches wide and I need a larger one.

My only usable skillet is cast iron, 9.5 inches across the top, and weighs 4.8 pounds.

Thank you for your help!

Dec 05, 2014
laredo in Cookware

Recommendation for a lightweight 12" skillet please

This pan might work. Three pounds would be a good weight for me. Thank you for the recommendation.

Yes, thin material is not ideal, but I am short and don't have good arm strength.

Dec 05, 2014
laredo in Cookware

Recommendation for a lightweight 12" skillet please

Can anyone recommend a 12-inch, moderately priced, and lightweight skillet?

I looked at a few at WS and they were both far too heavy and too expensive as well.

Thanks!

Dec 05, 2014
laredo in Cookware

Freezing chess pie?

REally? Hmmm. Will give that some thought. Thank you!

Nov 29, 2014
laredo in Home Cooking

Freezing chess pie?

Thanks. I didn't think it would be possible. Just needed confirmation.

Nov 29, 2014
laredo in Home Cooking

Freezing chess pie?

I have almost an entire chess pie, a big one, leftover.

Any chance it could be frozen?

Thanks for your help!

Nov 29, 2014
laredo in Home Cooking

Stuffing/Dressing - Do you add egg?

I use three eggs to 26 cups of cornbread and breadcrumbs.

I'm not sure what "bound" means, but if it means the dressing can be cut in squares, I don't like it. I want mine to be "spoonable."

Nov 24, 2014
laredo in Home Cooking

Quick and festive BD cake to travel for nonagenarian

Many, many thanks to all for the excellent ideas. I look forward to trying many of them.

As it turned out, at a club meeting this afternoon, the hostesses presented my mother with a lovely Chantilly cake! We took it home and put it in the refrigerator and so....problem solved for a cake for tomorrow!

I removed the berry garnishes and bought some more strawberries for presentation tomorrow. Will take whipped cream and sliced berries, candles, and so forth.

Also made brownies for a "side sweet."

The surprise cake is a real blessing as I would just now be getting out the mixer and it has been a rather long day.

Again, I very much appreciate your ideas and assistance.

Nov 22, 2014
laredo in Home Cooking