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Star-themed hors d'oeuvres

Small open-faced or regular tea sandwiches, done on thinly sliced sturdy bread, such as rye or pumpernickel. Cut the bread with star shaped cutter, top with smoked salmon, creme fraiche and dill sprig, or pate, or pesto chicken salad, or curried egg.

Jul 27, 2015
critter101 in Home Cooking

Best store bought mozzarella for caprese

I've been using Trader Joe's burrata for caprese lately. It's very creamy, so I just break it apart, and scatter it over the tomatoes, rustic style, with home grown basil...yum.

Jul 24, 2015
critter101 in General Topics

Informal dinner challenges

How about something made with rice noodles? Like a cold sesame/peanut noodle dish with slivered crunchy raw veggies (pea pods, carrots, peppers, red cabbage), served with cubed, grilled boneless breast of chicken on the side...fits all the requirements. You can also make some spring rolls with shrimp or just veggies. Lentil salads, cold rice salads, or a big platter of beautiful grilled vegetables, including thick slices of sweet potatoes. I generally nuke the potatoes, slice, baste with olive oil, dried oregano, s&p, and grill till warm and marked. Baked stuffed shells with ricotta and spinach are easy to serve for a crowd, but not vegan. Cheese enchiladas made with corn tortillas and a mild green sauce are tasty and veg friendly. I like to add fresh corn and sliced green onions into the filling. Serve Spanish rice and a fresh mango, pineapple salsa along side, and you have a complete meal. Enjoy the reunion!

Jul 24, 2015
critter101 in Home Cooking

A Vegan Antipasto Platter?

Oops, just noticed you wanted non-alcoholic drinks. Carrying on with the theme - Italian sparkling water with fresh lemon is refreshing.

A Vegan Antipasto Platter?

An Italian style grazing buffet with fried baby artichokes, marinated mushrooms, caponata, roasted red peppers, a salad of mixed baby heirloom tomatoes, white beans and fresh basil, a salad of shaved fennel, red onions, and oranges, good bread, all served with chilled prosecco.

Need help using up rabbit boudin blanc

You can make small croquettes and serve as an appetizer, make hash and top with poached eggs, or mix with some spinach and mushrooms to fill crepes.

Jul 16, 2015
critter101 in Home Cooking

Ricotta and cottage cheese free lasagna?

Check the Internet for a vegetable lasagna recipe. I use Barilla No Cook Lasagna Sheets and make a filling with sautéed zucchini, eggplant, garlic, mushrooms and spinach. It is bound with a beschamel sauce and grated Parmesan. I believe Barilla may have a similar recipe on their website. You can also make one with a red sauce.

Jul 09, 2015
critter101 in Home Cooking
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Will this work? Salmon pie with hot water crust

I like to make tasty mini salmon cakes (I use jfood's recipe for salmon croquettes, found here on the Home Cooking Board), and serve as sliders, on small buns. I generally serve them warm, but have also eaten them room temp with no problem. BTW, these are fine made with canned salmon.

Jul 06, 2015
critter101 in Home Cooking

What would you do if you dropped dinner on the floor?

Been there, done that. I threw everything away.

Jackie Olden recipes

I remember seeing the recipe at some time in the past. But the two Jackie Olden cookbooks I have don't contain it. Sorry. - hope someone uncovers it. Might be fun to whip them up for July 4th.

Jun 08, 2015
critter101 in Home Cooking

Need Book club dinner ideas

Ina Garten's Roasted Salmon Nicoise Platter

1960s cookery - Vincent Price

I have a copy of that cookbook, although I'm sure I never bought it. But it's a great volume, bound in leather, and full of pictures and restaurant menus from a bygone era.

Jun 02, 2015
critter101 in Home Cooking

Birthday Party planning - help needed with the menu

I second the taco caterer - less stress, less work. I'd keep the black bean dip, the chicken dip, and cheese and crackers. With the tacos, I might serve several salsas, including one made of fresh pineapple, mango, diced jalepeno peppers, red onion, green onion, red and green bell peppers, and dressed with fresh lime juice and cilantro. I'd serve beer with lime wedges and big pitchers of sangria with lemon, lime and orange slices. For a fabulous birthday toast, serve a tequila shooter. Sounds like a party to me!

May 05, 2015
critter101 in Home Cooking
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looking for healthy dessert recipes!

Parfaits, layered in a small wine glass. Make them with unsweetened non-fat Greek yogurt, and fresh berries. Add a little granola between layers for a bit of crunch.

Apr 24, 2015
critter101 in Home Cooking

Jeni's Ice Cream Recall

Jeni's Ice Cream is recalling all product and temporarily closing all stores due to listeria
http://theweek.com/speedreads/551425/...

Apr 23, 2015
critter101 in Food Media & News

Can I Freeze Potato-Leek Soup (non-dairy)?

Since you have a bit left over that you are planning to use tonight or tomorrow for the family, just take a small quantity and freeze it. Defrost in a few days, taste, and you'll have your solution. It only takes a mouthful or two to determine texture issues.

Apr 17, 2015
critter101 in Home Cooking
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Shishito Peppers

One thing that makes them even tastier is a dipping sauce served along side. I like a mix of soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, and a bit of rice vinegar. Season the sauce with some freshly grated ginger and finely chopped cilantro. I've just planted some in my garden and can hardly wait to harvest. I did buy some at Sprouts last week, and found them tasting a bit green and immature.

Apr 16, 2015
critter101 in Home Cooking

Vintage LA diners with great food

No one has mentioned Beeps, on the corner of Woodley and Sherman Way, in Van Nuys. It's been there since the '50s.

Throwing a party with no oven...suggestions?

How about a taco/burrito bar? You can make everything stovetop - chili meat or shredded beef/pork/chicken, Spanish rice, beans, grated cheeses, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, salsas, sour cream, guacamole, taco shells, flour and corn tortillas. The hot foods can be served in crock pots, the rest in bowls - simple and delicious.

Steaming--can you flavor things?

When I steam baby red jacket potatoes, I always add salt and a few dried bay leaves to the water. In my opinion, it " perfumes" the steam, and imparts a bit of flavor to the potatoes (which are then buttered and tossed with fresh chives and finely minced parsley).

Apr 11, 2015
critter101 in Home Cooking

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?".

Mar 29, 2015
critter101 in Home Cooking
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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
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtQsdoN4xJs
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
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