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Can you suggest easy dinners for a stressful month?

When I make dinner, I usually cook enough for two meals. Then I have that meal on night #1, and again on night #3. I follow that plan several nights a week, freeing up a lot of food prep hours. If I make soup, or a braise (something which benefits from sitting for a few days), I will serve it on night #1 and #4. Or, I will use the main ingredient as a component for another dish, thereby avoiding the utterance of, "leftovers again?".

1 day ago
critter101 in Home Cooking

What cooked veggie to add to this entree?

Sautéed broccoli with garlic, or carrots with brown sugar, or cubed butternut squash, or cauliflower. But personally, I'd go with rice, mixed with a very fine dice of onion, cilantro, and some lime juice.

Mar 23, 2015
critter101 in Home Cooking

Need help recalling restaurant (1978 photo).

My first thought was something in Toluca Lake.

Mar 13, 2015
critter101 in Los Angeles Area

Can I simply replace water with coffee in a recipe?

Google "Wacky Cake". It's even easier, and uses the same size pan. You can probably substitute coffee for the water in this recipe, as well.

Mar 04, 2015
critter101 in Home Cooking

Dessert when main course is waffles?

Sorbet with some simple shortbread cookie or biscotti. Or some lovely cheese and fresh fruit.

Feb 11, 2015
critter101 in Home Cooking

Breakfast and Lunch suggestions for a group of women

Sounds like an interesting method. What oven temp do you use?

Feb 08, 2015
critter101 in Home Cooking

Savory Dish Containing Chocolate?

See if this works...it's Mary Ann Esposito making caponata on YouTube

Video for maryann esposito's caponata▶ 11:58▶ 11:58
Aug 24, 2010 - Uploaded by Mary Ann Esposito
Ciao Italia 402-r0709 Caponata. ... Caponata. Mary Ann Esposito ... Receita de Caponata Siciliana, o tradicional refogado de berinjelas.

Feb 05, 2015
critter101 in Home Cooking

Savory Dish Containing Chocolate?

If you Google "Mary Ann Esposito Caponata"' you'll find her recipe for a wonderful Italian eggplant relish that uses a bit of cocoa. It's a sweet and sour dish (although I cut back a bit on the amount of sugar she calls for), and it's great at room temp, and served on sliced baguettes. There's even a video online of her making it. Just be aware that the number of eggplants she calls for are the young, smaller ones. I think I usually use two large for this recipe.

Feb 05, 2015
critter101 in Home Cooking

Frito's salad recipe?

Is it the one made with ground beef? If so, it's called taco salad with Fritos, and if you Google it, you'll find many recipes.

Feb 02, 2015
critter101 in Home Cooking

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.

Jan 31, 2015
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.