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National Fruitcake Day

I love stollen, which is a European variation on fruitcake. A thick slice of stollen and fresh coffee is hard to beat for dessert.

1 day ago
Kelli2006 in General Topics

Cheapest Heat (as in chili preppers/hot sauces)?

Be very careful with Bhuts. They can be incendiary.

Id use 2-3 TBL of ground red pepper flakes. That should be hot enough for anyone who isn't a chili head.

Dec 18, 2014
Kelli2006 in General Topics

A tribute of sorts to A-1 steak sauce, perhaps the worst steak sauce ever.

I've never tried A-1 on a hot dog. I will try it the next time that I fire up the grill.

Dec 16, 2014
Kelli2006 in General Topics

Help with homemade pizza

Can you move the stone don lower in the oven?

Once the stone is ripping hot (preheated at 500° for 30 minutes) you might try to turn the oven down to 450°F when you put the pizza in.

I parbake the crust for 3-4 minutes and then apply the toppings.

Dec 16, 2014
Kelli2006 in Home Cooking

A tribute of sorts to A-1 steak sauce, perhaps the worst steak sauce ever.

I love blue cheese on a burger but I get the worst heartburn when I put blue cheese on a burger. I can eat habanero peppers w/o a problem but blue cheese on a burger has been bent over in agony. I still do it once or twice a year because it tastes so good.

Dec 16, 2014
Kelli2006 in General Topics

A tribute of sorts to A-1 steak sauce, perhaps the worst steak sauce ever.

I like A-1 and Dijon mustard on a grilled burger.

Dec 15, 2014
Kelli2006 in General Topics

Why do my brownies always turn out this way?

Gas ovens are very difficult for sweets. They are great for meats and savory items but baking breads and sweets in gas ovens is tough.

Dec 12, 2014
Kelli2006 in Home Cooking

Why do my brownies always turn out this way?

The temperature is 50°F too high.

Use a glass pan or cake strips around the outside of a metal pan will prevent the edges from getting hard.

I use an twin-wall insulated metal pan for brownies for this reason.

Dec 12, 2014
Kelli2006 in Home Cooking

Anything worth trying from Walmart in store Deli and/or bakery?

I've also been impressed with the Wal-Mart baguettes. Ive been less than impressed with their pastries.

Dec 02, 2014
Kelli2006 in Chains

Anyone Remember Red Barn (fast food chain)?

I also grew up in Ohio and I know of a couple of cities that had both a Red Barn and a Burger Chef.

Nov 27, 2014
Kelli2006 in Chains

Cooking turkey in a bag?

I made gravy from a brined turkey today and I thought that it was good. I had to add more chicken stock because there was only 2 cups or so of liquid from the bird.

I brined the turkey for 12 hours in salt, sugar and a little bit of pickling spice to add flavor. I thought that I overcooked it because it temped at 175° after 3 hours(it was only a 8 lb bone-in breast) but after resting for 30 minutes the meat was surprisingly moist but not salty. The use of the bag likely saved me from eating Styrofoam.

Nov 27, 2014
Kelli2006 in Home Cooking

Apple Pie Internal Temperature

I can only guess it is because of the amount of pectin and sugar apples.

Nov 27, 2014
Kelli2006 in Home Cooking

Looking for good mail order pepperoncini...

The seeds from Pepper Joes were the medium green pepperoncini. I thought that they were very good. Id grow them again because I'm a chili-head and they are great on pizza.

Nov 24, 2014
Kelli2006 in General Topics

Has anyone tried Beaumont Coffee at Aldi's?

I also noticed that. The flavor is not the same.

Many of the fresh vegetables are now on the verge of spoiling.

Nov 21, 2014
Kelli2006 in General Topics

Cooking turkey in a bag?

I have never found that to be the situation. If you find it to be too salty you can always add salt-free commercial chicken stock to thin out the turkey juices.

Nov 20, 2014
Kelli2006 in Home Cooking

Cooking turkey in a bag?

They get plenty brown, if given sufficient time. The bag gives protection against an overcooked dry bird so don't worry if it looks a bit pale when the internal temp turns 165°.

Nov 19, 2014
Kelli2006 in Home Cooking

Does anyone actually put stuffing inside the turkey anymore?

You're very correct. White meat from the breast of a turkey has all of the flavor and texture of packing peanuts. I like cooking for people but after smelling the meal and prepping it for the last 36 hours I am not very hungry for the dinner.

I thought about smoking the turkey this year but I was overruled by tradition, so I will roast 2 boneless but skin-on turkey breasts on a bed of stuffing and let the juices from the meat flavor the bread.

Sugar-free ketchup

I make my own because commercial tomato sauces are far too sweet.

Its a prefect use for a crock pot.

3+ cups of mirepoix, (2 cups of chopped onion and 1 cup of chopped celery. 1 small peeled and diced carrot.)
1 TBL of chopped garlic
3 28oz cans of diced tomato
2 cups of red wine
1 can of tomato paste.
2 tsp each of dried oregano, fennel seed, basil and thyme.
1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes
4-5 bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste.

Sauté the mirepoix and garlic in olive oil until translucent. Dump in the rest of the ingredients and cook on low for 4-5 hours. Puree w/ a stick blender and correct the seasoning.

Nov 16, 2014
Kelli2006 in General Topics

Will my pizza dough keep overnight?

I routinely make a double batch of dough. I bake the first pizza the next day and the 2nd pizza is kept in a sealed Rubbermaid container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

After a week you might need to add one TBL of more flour, but once it is back to room temp and risen for 1 more time it is perfect to bake with. I actually prefer the week old crust because it has more flavor.

Nov 09, 2014
Kelli2006 in Home Cooking

Suggestions for using Middle Eastern spice blends

I like to make a paste of zaatar and olive oil and rub it on chicken pieces before grilling it.

Nov 05, 2014
Kelli2006 in Home Cooking

Surprisingly simple ingredients you make, never buy

I used canola or corn oil for making mayo. I have peanut oil but that is for frying. Olive oil is too strongly flavored for making mayo.

I used the recipe from Good Eats.

Oct 30, 2014
Kelli2006 in Home Cooking

How to Cut Hard Squash

I use my 10" chefs knife and a wooden mallet to tap the spine of the knife. It cuts through a butternut squash in about 5 taps.

Oct 29, 2014
Kelli2006 in Features

Peanut Butter survey!

Done. You're welcome.

I prefer Planters PB that wasn't mentioned. It isn't as sweet as Smuckers, Jif or Skippy.

Oct 29, 2014
Kelli2006 in General Topics

Nice Restaurant near Rock and Roll HOF [Cleveland]

You can try the shoreway and then up MLK to University Circle. Carnegie and Chester are just as slow as Euclid, but they don't have the annoying middle bus lane that makes left turns almost impossible.

Oct 29, 2014
Kelli2006 in Great Lakes

Coming back to Detroit from Grand Rapids...

I've done that drive a few times when my daughter was going to college in GR and there isn't much out there that is memorable. Zingermans in AA is good, if a bit pricy for a deli. I'm not sure where in Detroit you are going, but I like middle eastern in Dearborn.

I don't remember anything in Lansing but chain restys.

Oct 29, 2014
Kelli2006 in Great Lakes

First Date Food?

Guys with no manners, cheap dates, picky eaters or guys who get drunk are deal breakers. I'm not impressed by dates who try to show off by reservations at fine dining places on the first date. Id rather try an ethnic place or even a hole in the wall place than Ruth Chris or Mortons.

@Beevod. Id like to be able to have a drink w/ dinner, but alcohol reacts badly with a medication that I am taking. My body has absolutely no tolerance for alcohol so even one drink and I am tipsy.

Oct 29, 2014
Kelli2006 in Not About Food

Cookie scoop that will work with hard, cold dough

I spray once at the start of the baking session.
Make certain to squeeze the scoop so you get oil under where the release bail sits or the dough will stick.

Oct 25, 2014
Kelli2006 in Cookware

Cookie scoop that will work with hard, cold dough

I spray the scoop, both the inside and outside of the disher bowl, with non-stick spray, wipe it around w/ a paper towel, and then spray it again. I guarantee that nothing will stick.

I have the OXO cookie scoops and I've never broken them.

The dough can be chilled but it can't be frozen. Cookies bake better when the dough it allowed to warm for an hour or so anyhow.

Oct 24, 2014
Kelli2006 in Cookware

Surprisingly simple ingredients you make, never buy

I've made wonton skins but I've never been brave enough to make my own hand pulled noodles, but I want to learn.

Oct 23, 2014
Kelli2006 in Home Cooking

Surprisingly simple ingredients you make, never buy

Please take the time to make your own caramel. Its a lot of fun and sugar is cheap so if you screw up a batch you're only out $1.00, maybe. Even if you do mess it up its usually very edible over ice cream or to dip cookies in.

I use the dry pan method but I wouldn't recommend that to a beginner.

Oct 23, 2014
Kelli2006 in Home Cooking
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