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Any great Candied Pecan recipes?

Sugared Pecans

1 LB (4 cups) pecan halves
1 egg white
1 TBS water
1 cup sugar
¾ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon

In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg white and water until fluffy. I usually prop the bowl at an angle to "puddle" the mixture….makes it easier to whip.

Leave the bowl propped and stir in the sugar, salt and cinnamon until mixed.

Using a rubber spatula, carefully fold in the pecans; folding until all are well-coated with the egg white mixture. Spread the pecans in a single layer on a parchment paper covered jelly roll pan. (I usually have to use 2 table knives.) Rubber spatula the residue and dribble onto the nuts.

Bake in a 200 oven for 45 - 60 minutes, turning (flipping) the nuts every 15 minutes. Separate any that stick together. Be sure the pecans are DRY. Cool thoroughly in a single layer before storing. IF YOU HAVE A CONVECTION OVEN: Be sure the nuts are in a single layer. Bake the nuts for 30 minutes then fold the parchment to the middle from all sides flipping the nuts. Be sure to separate the nuts and have wet side up and finish baking.

Tips: I use a plastic bowl just because it is easier to lift. I generally use a table knife to stir (lift and flip) the drying nuts. BE SURE TO KEEP THE HEAT LOW AND BE SURE THE NUTS END UP DRY TO THE TOUCH.

The parchment paper is worth its weight in GOLD. I usually use my nice clean broiler pan instead of a cookie sheet---you want big but shallow. The more you can spread out the pecans the faster they will dry.

I save the crumbly leftovers and use them as a topping for my banana muffins……just press on top before you bake the muffins. Mary Ellen

Aug 27, 2013
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Best lunch in Frederick, Md.?

Good heavens...just noticed the date on your request but I'll leave this posting since it's already typed.

We had a lovely breakfast (which I believe is served all day) at Family Meal. Our son enjoyed the corned beef hash and my husband had the strata casserole, tomatillo, cilantro, sausage, bacon. The rosemary homefries are even better than the duck fat fries.

A lunch at Family Meal included the heirloom carrot-beet salad horseradish, goat cheese, cider dressing which was wonderful as were the Brussel sprouts with bacon.

We have also recently enjoyed lunch at That Cuban Place. The Cuban sandwiches are good but I especially like the empanadas....even though they are simply a very spicy finely ground meat in a lovely pastry, I do believe my next lunch will just be 2 empanadas and a beer (or 2). I much prefer them to the guava-cheese pastries. My husband really liked the jerk chicken but I found it a bit salty.

City Buffet has recently converted to a Japanese/Korean/Chinese buffet. It's a small buffet but my son says they have an excellent miso soup. Very recently opened is Flaming....a MUCH larger Japanese/Chinese restaurant. While the selection is huge and certainly edible, it's not as flavorful as City Buffet to our tastes. They do have a hibachi grill and a large selection of American food as well as a salad bar, dessert bar and Hershey fudge cycles. Mary Ellen

Shaheen Indian Buffet Catonsville-ish

My husband and I have developed a liking for the "new" Indian buffet at 1111 North Rolling Road (just down from Double TT Diner) . They do a nice (small) buffet with plenty of meat items....as of 3/6/12 the weekday lunch buffet was $7.00 (drinking only ice water). They also have an Indian bakery counter on site. Worth a stop if you're in the area and it's not far from 695.

Does anyone know any good buffet in Frederick?

As is always the case, everyone's preferences differ but my husband and I always enjoy Tendo's (on the parking lot of the FSK mall). They do a nice lunch selection of sushi (and a larger one for dinner and on the weekends). You may also request your favorite. My husband likes the Mongolian grill (lots of selections). They have fresh seafood (extra for crab legs); decent usually Chinese buffet and the spicy chicken actually is spicy. My brother-in-law (the Chef) declares they use fresh quality products. Not upscale but serves our purposes.

I learned my lessons...

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May I ask at which restaurant you enjoyed the steak. My sister and her husband are in OBX this week and would love a recommendation. Mary Ellen

Nov 17, 2011
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Myrtle Beach Vacation recap

HotMelly

My husband an i absolutely agree with your assessment of Prosser's. We travel at least 3 times during our 2 weeks in NMB. Great fried chicken, greens, mac and cheese and Thursday is Oyster night.....at least as good if not better than any we've had in Calabash over the last 8 years. Every one we've taken with us agrees. We also enjoy the sushi at Mr. Fish and avoid ALL the other buffets. Have been to both Rios and Gaucho steak house and enjoyed both....if on a business expense card go to Rios; other wise go to Gaucho.

Oct 18, 2011
merg01 in Southeast

Chandler OK

I know it's late on Sunday night but we're visiting our son in Tulsa and my husband just told me he'd like to go to Chandler tomorrow....is it the Rt 66 museum? We'll need to do lunch or early dinner. Any thoughts you can share at this late hour? Mary Ellen

Oct 09, 2011
merg01 in Great Plains

95 corridor

We like the crab cakes at Olive Grove, 705 North Hammonds Ferry Road, Linthicum, MD 21090. G&M is a block up from Snyders...Olive Grove is another block past G&M.

$23 for a 2-large and lovely crab cake platter, all you can eat salad and bread sticks, baked potato and soggy veggies. The crab cakes even hold well and nuke the next day...and if you plan just right they occasionally have a buy one platter get one half off....which certainly makes it a nice if not gourmet dinner. I have never understood the lure of G&M....it was close to one of the worst crab cakes I've eaten but that may have been I was expecting so much more from all the local hype. Mary Ellen

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Olive Grove Restaurant
705 N Hammonds Ferry Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Baltimore fish market cole slaw recipe?

Our family swears by Marzetti's (from the shelf, not the cold storage). We're a thinly knife sliced then chopped cabbage, carrot, Marzetti's and celery seed family. Consistently good (unlike some of my creations.

Family foods I thought was normal

My family has always eaten Apple Banana Salad. The dressing is an equal mix of mayo and peanut butter (though I prefer a bit more PB). Then it's just diced apple and chunked banana. Mom sometimes added mandarin orange slices and Dad preferred chopped nuts in his (but only ever got a small bowl of nuts to had to his serving since the kids didn't like nuts). My 92-year-old father remembers his Mother making it when he was a kid. Not the most appetizing to look at but we always serve it with roast chicken or baked ham. My nephew likes the leftovers for breakfast.

Peanut butter on toast with sliced banana is still on my breakfast rotation. When we were kids Mom would squish the banana on but sliced is much more appetizing. Mary Ellen

Jun 06, 2011
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Family foods I thought was normal

I grew up eating Spam. Fried Spam and cheese on hamburger bun was the Thursday lunch at the elementary school I attended in PA. I believe it was in the days of government commodities. Still eat it now and then at home. We particularly like the hickory flavored Spam slow fried topped with cheddar on Martin's Potato Rolls. If I'm going to eat a soft white bun, I want Martin's. Mary Ellen

Jun 06, 2011
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Family foods I thought was normal

We take a supply of Rappa Scrapple to our son in Tulsa whenever we visit. Sliced, frozen then packaged it lasts a long time. Much easier to cook thawed overnight rather than trying to slice from a thawed pound package...not as crumbly. Allows for portion control. We love the new spicy version. Mary Ellen

Jun 06, 2011
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Family foods I thought was normal

Reminds me of my Mom's best friend. We kids loved to be invited to Friday night supper of fried thick sliced fried potato sandwiches with raw onion and mayo on white. Mary Ellen

Jun 06, 2011
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Family foods I thought was normal

Not here....though one of our most entertaining events was when my grandmother would lift her lower plate half way out of her mouth (using her tongue?) just to here the granddaughters giggle. Mary Ellen

Jun 06, 2011
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Family foods I thought was normal

Sat on the counter over night leftover pizza for breakfast...still one of my favorites. When our son once worked at a pizza place he would bring home any unsold pizza's. Since he was a late riser, he finally started to take the box to his room so there would be some left for him. Sadly, his bedroom door squeaked. Mary Ellen

Jun 06, 2011
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Family foods I thought was normal

Jello water instead of Kool Aid every summer. Don't know why and never gave it a thought. This was before the sugar free days so perhaps it was less expensive to make the already sweetened Jello. Mary Ellen

Jun 06, 2011
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Family foods I thought was normal

My parents enjoyed dried navy pea beans soaked, cooked and served over white bread...with fried potatoes and onions on the side. I don't recall any meat or seasoning cooked with them...just pepper added at the table. My dad always liked the leftovers cold with chopped raw onion and vinegar. There were always plenty of leftovers. None of the children ate any more of then than we were forced to eat. Mary Ellen

Jun 06, 2011
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Family foods I thought was normal

After 45 years living in Baltimore, my PA born father STILL complains every Thanksgiving about people eating sauerkraut with turkey. Sauerkraut belongs with the New Year's Day roast pork, mashed potatoes and applesauce. (kraut goes ON the potatoes). Mary Ellen

Jun 06, 2011
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Family foods I thought was normal

Rappa scrapple in MD. I especially like the new spicy version. I'm a thin and crispy girl; husband is more a thicker and soft center kind of guy. Mary Ellen

Jun 06, 2011
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Family foods I thought was normal

Creamed chipped beef on toast with fried potatoes and onions and canned peas. Always a dinner item. I'd never heard of it being served for breakfast until I was grown and eating at diners. Mary Ellen

Jun 06, 2011
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Wegmans in Frederick?

You were on the mark. Soft opening on Saturday, June 5. Grand Opening today. I understand the parking lot was full for the soft. Since we're retired and I have mobility issues, I'll wait until the crowds die down and go during the week.

Mary Ellen

Krusteaz multigrain pancake mix

Never mind. I belatedly thought to search the site. I really like the multigrain so I think we're going to try Red Mill's 10 grain if I can find it. I know most chows don't care for instant anything but I've tasted Quaker's Hearty Grain Apple and Almond and it's really quite nice for a quick breakfast though I make it with just a tad bit more water. It's got a strong grain (rye?) taste I believe. I lost my senses of taste and smell 2 years ago (and I'm a diabetic) so eating is a challenge. Luckily for me, my husband enjoys strongly seasoned foods. With enough seasoning I can get some taste. Indian is becoming one of our favorites.

May 31, 2011
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Store Bought BBQ Sauce Survey

We like Sweet Baby Ray's new chipolte flavor.

May 31, 2011
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Krusteaz multigrain pancake mix

We happened upon a Krusteaz multigrain pancake mix at Sam's Club in Myrtle Beach in February 2011. We absolutely love it....and as is pretty standard in our life, Krusteaz is no longer making it. Can anyone who has enjoyed the multigrain recommended a substitute.

I read somewhere that Coach's Oats pancake mix might be a good substitute but the company tells me it isn't stocked any further East than New Mexico.....which doesn't help this Frederick, MD girl at all.

Mary Ellen

May 30, 2011
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Scrapple...Who loves it?

We're a Rapa family here and we all love the Hot and Spicy when we can get it. We always take pounds of it to our son in Tulsa. It freezes nicely if you slice, freeze then package. If frozen whole, I find it gets crumbly.

May 26, 2011
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Wegmans in Frederick?

Our Frederick Wegman's is due to open at 7:00 a.m. June 5. Since we live EXTREMELY close by, we're hoping for the best as relates to traffic.

Neither my husband nor I have ever been to a Wegman's. Is there anything we should be sure not to miss...would you share your favorite find?

Mary Ellen

Fayetteville Indian Buffet

Sue Thanks for the recommendations. I generally agree re buffets, Rich wants to see it; poke it; etc., before he orders it. We vacation in Myrtle Beach a couple of times a year and now he wants to try the upscale Brazilian "buffet" so he can try 1 lamb chop and has a beef fall back plan if if the lamb doesn't work out for him. Mary Ellen

Nov 12, 2010
merg01 in Southeast

Fayetteville Indian Buffet

We frequently visit friends in Fayetteville. He's a fried chicken and NC barbeque kind of guy but has expressed an interest in trying Indian but thinks a buffet will give him a chance to try a variety of items to find some he'll like. This is quite a leap of faith for him. With Fort Bragg so close, I'm hoping there will be some Indian (and other ethnic) restaurants y'all could recommend.

Mary Ellen

Nov 11, 2010
merg01 in Southeast

Costco Brown Rice

I agree with your assessment of what Costco is now carring. We were able to find the REAL brown rice just twice....and a very nice fresh salsa with garlic only once.

Luckily we're in Maryland with a large Asian population with multiple LARGE Asian groceries...some selling things I'd prefer not to even think about. I was just hoping to find the one I KNOW I like.

We know neither our Sams Club nor the one in Tulsa carries the brown rice...we hauled a bag to our son in March. I was just hoping a Costco inbetween still carried it. We're able to get grits in the North Carolina Sams but not ours so apparently some items are regional. Thanks for the warning to check for bugs.

Nov 24, 2009
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Costco Brown Rice

My husband and I just converted to brown rice a year or so ago. He recalls that he bought our bags of rice from Costco...they were 16 pound plastic bags inside a woven bag...he believes. I'd transfered the rice to plastic buckets to keep in the refrigerator. You guessed it...we're almost out of our last bag of rice and we can't remember the brand.....and our Costco no longer carries it. I'm sure someone on this site mention they, too, got their favorite brown rice from Costco...and I remember noticing it was the brand we had just happened to have purchased.

Does anyone recognize the rice? I've tried searching the boards but couldn't find the reference. We'll be driving to Tulsa in December. We may be on a Costco mission to find it.

Nov 23, 2009
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