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Chocolate: What do you look for?

in freezer, pulled out some English toffee that I'd made-2 different kinds.1 w-white choco the other with dark. they both went over well, I was pleased.
broke 1 of each of 'em both up and crushed them into batter of "banana walnut coffee" cake. added a lot of moisture.

about 17 hours ago
iL Divo in General Topics

Master Chef 7/28

ennu, you're funny, you made me giggle

about 17 hours ago
iL Divo in Food Media & News
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Pico de gallo: deseed or not to deseed?

no

about 17 hours ago
iL Divo in Home Cooking

Do you like or dislike the new format ?

dislike

I don't like change.

not in my career
not in things I frequent
not in friendships
not in places I've gone to all my life
not in the country I grew up loving

Jul 27, 2014
iL Divo in Site Talk
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the Best Canned Tuna?

any idea where you get that Ricken?

whipped up tuna sandwiches to devour at the beach for today's lunch.
had stocked the MH with all familiar favorites.
tuna is always a desired sandwich around here, really hit the spot after boogie boarding and being smashed with waves.

Jul 25, 2014
iL Divo in General Topics

Glass jars - fess up!

then let me ask LaLa......how do you think it'd work on tar on feet and husbands' swimming trunks? the beaches in Santa Barbara are full of hidden pockets of slimy tar bits of goo. we got baby oil and petroleum jelly to try.

Jul 25, 2014
iL Divo in Not About Food

Glass jars - fess up!

looking in pantry for what future fun finds will be that I can use then plop in dishwasher are
anchovy jars
pimiento jars
Heinz ^^^^mayo/mustard/ ketchup jars
garlic jars
puréed ginger jars
fancy mushroom jars

Jul 18, 2014
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Glass jars - fess up!

I didn't know that and I thought maybe Snickers was making peanut butter now in some foreign country.
I won't be using my 4 new Kraft Peanut Butter jars as they're a bit large @ 5lbs each (I bought all I could tow) + they're plastic , dang > wish they were glass.

Jul 18, 2014
iL Divo in Not About Food

Food mill for raspberry jam recipe: necessary?

two weeks ago I saw that the kid was almost out of the strawberry jam I'd made for him-probably because booboosh was eating it every morning for breakfast on buttered toast. decided to make them another batch at their house but this time strawberry/raspberry/blueberry. no food mill there and we're not fond of seeds. they have a few sizes of sieves and it was easy enough to spatula it through with good results and minimal loss of useable pulp.

Jul 17, 2014
iL Divo in Home Cooking

Tomatoes 2014

all the plants are pulled by vendors at the local nursery stores now. only Home Depot had tomatoes plants but the ladies working there didn't even know that today. they are all in 2 GAL containers and are all Early Girls. $15 each, I had 3 in my cart. talked to the two ladies who were surprisingly knowledgeable about all things tomatoes and also about my nonproducing zukes/squash. they didn't likes the looks of the toms they had there and said they had blight so not a good idea to buy those. it's all they had.

the tomatoes that turned red today are cherry Roma tomatoes. was hoping they'd turn out to be full sized tomatoes as it's hard to make a tomato sandwich out of teeny cherry toms. guess it can be done though.

Jul 17, 2014
iL Divo in Gardening

Glass jars - fess up!

it seems that jars are precious to several.
like most others my emptied out jars go in to the dishwasher for their debut. never tire of great jars and the uses for them.

Jul 17, 2014
iL Divo in Not About Food

Tomatoes 2014

I think I'm more in the inches than feet :(

Jul 17, 2014
iL Divo in Gardening

Egg salad: how many eggs per sandwich?

gramma made her egg salad with all yolks no whites, salt no pepper smallest pinch dry mustard, small squeeze of lemon, mustard + a little mayo-best I ever had bar none

Jul 16, 2014
iL Divo in Home Cooking
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Egg salad: how many eggs per sandwich?

you're right depends on a few factors. size of bread, what goes inside salad, your appetite < how hungry you are.

I usually make a batch so 2 more can be made for later. 5-6 eggs depending on size covers 3 sandwiches.
I don't add fillers, tried a couple of times to mix egg salad with tuna salad because it was on a cooking show. just don't like it, don't wanna like it, it's not me so that's out.
eggs salt&pepper mayo that's it @ this household.

Jul 16, 2014
iL Divo in Home Cooking

When was the last time you cleaned your fridge?

BeachChick, hahahahahh, got your Virgo back.
that's hysterical since I must be married to your husband, the Virgo..............hahahahhahahahh
:)

Jul 14, 2014
iL Divo in General Topics
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Two Fat Ladies - now there is none

pretty girl

Jul 14, 2014
iL Divo in Food Media & News

Peaches! 7 Things to Make with Summer's Perfect Fruit

never had them but bet they'd be great

Jul 13, 2014
iL Divo in Features

OOPS!?! That wasn't PARCHMENT PAPER!!

heavy sigh............the box doesn't fit on the round dowels that make up the hanging device that is in the pantry. the rungs are meant to hold the innards of 4 commonly used wraps such as cling, foil, waxed paper and paper towels.
the cling I use is industrial sized box so it's omitted and in it's place I put the parchment paper. top rung is foil, next parchment, next waxed, bottom paper towels. I hope that helps with the confusion kseiv.....
my parchment is clearish white SAME as the waxed.

Jul 13, 2014
iL Divo in Cookware

What Grocery Store Sales or Bargains Have You Bought Recently?

the last time I made corned beef hash from scratch the house smelled wonderful, the effort at getting there was worthwhile and the outcome was simply divine.
what a fabulous treat that stuff is and sooooo much better making it from scratch

Jul 13, 2014
iL Divo in General Topics

What Grocery Store Sales or Bargains Have You Bought Recently?

straight out of the jar, hummmmm.
you 'do' have a problem
hahahahahaahh

Jul 13, 2014
iL Divo in General Topics

OOPS!?! That wasn't PARCHMENT PAPER!!

in my pantry they look exactly alike.
I have to feel them to know which one to use.
one is shinier than the other one.
when I've used WP instead of PP for cookies on a cookie sheet, all hasn't been lost but it's probably because I undercook my cookies on purpose.

Jul 12, 2014
iL Divo in Cookware

What Grocery Store Sales or Bargains Have You Bought Recently?

having an Elvis moment right now

Jul 12, 2014
iL Divo in General Topics

Tomatoes 2014

boy am I jealour gmm, that is gorgeous

Jul 12, 2014
iL Divo in Gardening

Tomatoes 2014

yes that may be the case coll. hope they get juicy for you though.

wonder if anyone uses their tomatoes in the still green stage for fried green tomatoes? love those things.

all I have going still is one big pot with plum tomatoes but still in the infant stage, biggest one being 3/4". long way to go.
I was hoping for big or better boy or giant tomatoes that I can use in the green stage.

Jul 12, 2014
iL Divo in Gardening

Tomatoes 2014

I hate that for you gmm

I know I feel the same way with my packaged seeds that didn't turn into squash at all but instead got great gorgeous squash blossoms only to all fall off or wilt off with no food growing. all of my plants that are food products or herbs are so slow to get going and the whole pot that got eaten eliminated my potential tomatoes too, very annoying and disheartening

Jul 12, 2014
iL Divo in Gardening

Which is the best vanilla ice cream?

"Which is the best vanilla ice cream?"
when in Texas, the favorite was Blue Bell

Jul 12, 2014
iL Divo in General Topics

Tomatoes 2014

I have so many tomato plants in pots and exactly 1 of them have flowers and fruits in small form so far. very disappointing-I feel your pain too ~
very discouraging indeed

Jul 11, 2014
iL Divo in Gardening
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What Grocery Store Sales or Bargains Have You Bought Recently?

totally agree-the idea of going to one place for all my needs (shopping-wise) doesn't even resonate with me. if "this" market has multi colored corn on the cob 10 for a dollar but my local neighborhood store has corn 3 for a dollar (even if I'm currently shopping in there now) you know I'll do a pilgrimage to Sinclair where they're a great deal and I'll buy 15 then freeze for the weekend when all the kids are here.
on another note, driving very far just for the experience of getting to a food place that I love because of never knowing what treasures you'll find there trumps bargain sales at my local store simply because I love a good adventure.

Jul 11, 2014
iL Divo in General Topics

What Grocery Store Sales or Bargains Have You Bought Recently?

I bought that one too coll cuz of the price-how bad could it be and we really liked it for my favorite Elvis crepes.

Jul 11, 2014
iL Divo in General Topics

guests not offering to do dishes, is it rude?

I never would accept help although it's offered and very kind for people to want to jump in and get it done-our thinking is retire to the patio or back yard and enjoy whoever remains as there's always tomorrow at which point I'll be fresh and sans guests

Jul 11, 2014
iL Divo in Not About Food