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Need help with edible conference favor

Pretzel rods dipped halfway in white or dark chocolate and sprinkled with your logo color sprinkles. These could be made in advance, and sealed in cello bags.

about 21 hours ago
critter101 in Home Cooking

Leftover Week

I have a freezer in my garage that is just about bursting. I have made a resolution to take a full inventory, and use up at least 50% of my food before replenishing. I keep a list next to the freezer, and subtract as I go. So far, so good - it's amazing what I have squirreled away in there.

Sturdy post office-ready cake or tart idea


Bread Pudding

I broke it into chunks, assembled it, and baked right away. My recipe is quite old and is custardy rather than bready. In other words, it's not a terribly dense product. I once tried cake donuts, but, for me, it was a failure. The doughnuts just crumbled in the egg mixture.

Dec 07, 2014
critter101 in Home Cooking

Bread Pudding

This time of year, I like to use pannetone.

Dec 07, 2014
critter101 in Home Cooking

Which pasta?

I like pappardelle.

What to serve with cheese ravioli xmas day?

Shaved fennel, red onions, and orange segments in a red wine vinegar and olive oil vinaigrette is wonderful and refreshing.

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets - Burnt!

Was the puff pastry warm when you baked the strudel? The dough should be chilled before putting the ready-to-bake dish into the oven.

Nov 24, 2014
critter101 in Home Cooking

Curl-your-toes Braised Red Cabbage

My grandmother used to use pieces of sour salt for her sweet and sour cabbage dishes. Haven't seen it available for a number of years. As I recall, it was made by Maneschewitz, and came in a small glass jar. The pieces were in varying sizes, and were irregularly shaped, like rock candy. EarlyBird's recipe is very similar to the one I make today, using cider vinegar.

Nov 24, 2014
critter101 in Home Cooking

Coffee Syrups - Where to buy?

Try Smart and Final

Quick and festive BD cake to travel for nonagenarian

How about Marion Cunningham's sour cream coffee cake, or Grammercy Tavern's gingerbread? Both recipes can be Googled, get great reviews, and should have no problem making the trip. Just garnish with powdered sugar, and some fresh flowers.

Nov 20, 2014
critter101 in Home Cooking

Is there a good "pork store" in LA?

You may be able to find what you're looking for at a Vallarta market. Google it for a location near you. The chain is Hispanic, and carries many cuts of meat not readily available at regular grocery stores.

Nov 17, 2014
critter101 in Los Angeles Area

How to clean the face of an oven thermometer?

Try making a paste with baking soda and water. Cover the glass face, and let sit for a while. Then scrub it a bit with a Scotchbrite sponge, and wipe clean. It worked great on the inside of my glass oven door.

Nov 16, 2014
critter101 in Cookware

Can I Save a Dry-As-Dust Pork Loin?

Added to fried rice

Famous food in names- add to the list

Albert "Cubby" Broccoli - film producer

Nov 10, 2014
critter101 in Not About Food

Do-it-yourself recipe kits to mail to family with a new baby?

Have a stroll through the aisles of your local Trader Joe's. They have so many packable options...dried fruit, nuts, trail mix, granola, boxed soups, rice, pasta, ethnic foods...the sky's the limit.

Nov 04, 2014
critter101 in Home Cooking

Suggestions for authentic Mexican dish to please 3rd grade class

How about Mexican hot chocolate? It's easy using Mexican chocolate discs sold in the Hispanic food section of most grocery stores. And kids love it. Just take it to school in a large thermos, and serve in small disposable hot cups. Couldn't be simpler. Check the website for a recipe from the Food Network:.

Oct 29, 2014
critter101 in Home Cooking

very nice apple cake

Thanks...like cinnamon sugar sprinkle suggestion.

Oct 28, 2014
critter101 in Home Cooking

very nice apple cake

I have two questions, please. What size pan did you use, and what type of apples? Thanks.

Oct 27, 2014
critter101 in Home Cooking

Something crispy for a main that I can make ahead

Potato pancakes

Oct 22, 2014
critter101 in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving suggestions? Vegetarian + make-ahead or low-fuss

Google "Gramercy Tavern Nuts". They get rave reviews, are vegetarian, and are totally transportable.

Covered Dish for a Pirate Party?

How about Pegleg Chicken, using drumsticks, served with Captan fordHook Lima Beans?

Sep 16, 2014
critter101 in Home Cooking

Topping for a Sweet Potato Loaf

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse makes a sweet potato casserole that has a very sweet topping. I'm sure you can adjust the sweetness to your liking. You can find the recipe on Google.

Sep 14, 2014
critter101 in Home Cooking

Cubed Duck Breast? Ideas

If you don't use it all for hash, try duck fried rice, or duck wontons.

Sep 12, 2014
critter101 in Home Cooking

A transportable meal for 45 teens?

Go to Chow Recipes and look for Hefty Lasagna Spinach and Cheese Rollups in Main Dishes. These look tasty, and easy to serve.

Sep 08, 2014
critter101 in Home Cooking

Easy (yet tasty) mid-week birthday dinner ideas

Or, if you can give up the homemade fried chicken idea, consider meatloaf. It's great with gravy and all the sides mentioned - mashed potatoes, potato salad, mac and cheese, green beans, biscuits and gravy. It can be prepped in advanced and baked off when needed. Simpler than frying anything. Take it easy, and have a wonderful birthday!

Sep 03, 2014
critter101 in Home Cooking

Salmon loaf!

If you do a Chowhound search for Jfood's salmon croquettes, you'll find a great recipe. I've only done the croquettes, which are excellent, but you may be able to convert it to a loaf. Patties for 100 sounds pretty labor intensive.

Sep 02, 2014
critter101 in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

It will be a delicious addition to my brunch menu. I like the freezing tip, as well. Thanks.

Sep 02, 2014
critter101 in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Care to share the apple pie bread recipe? Sounds perfect for a brunch I'm doing next month...thanks.

Mini Cheesecakes

Scroll down a bit, and check out BobbieSue's question about a six inch cheesecake. I think you'll find some good information there concerning your problem.

Aug 28, 2014
critter101 in Home Cooking