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Savory Pancakes: Home Cooking Dish of the Month (Nov. 2012)

I made waffles for dinner the other night with ham and sharp cheddar cheese. Yum!

Nov 18, 2012
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White Chicken Chili

This review is really close to the attempt I made to re-create my first time tasting white chicken chili at a chili cook-off a few years ago. I personally would add a cob or two worth of fresh grilled corn kernels to it. I will admit that I never thought of using bone-in chicken so the flavor of the bones seeps into the chili. With this recipe, I even got my kids to eat beans!

Oct 05, 2012
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Stupid easy recipes you really love

My new super-easy favorite has got to be slider cheeseburgers with chipotle mayo. Two chipotle peppers and a tablespoon of adobo in a cup of mayo, blend and yum! I swear I could spread that stuff on tree bark and dig in happily.

Matzo brie - a little onion, some matzo soaked in egg, squeezed out, pan fried and dig in! Maybe a little cottage cheese on the side. Mmmm...hungry.

Fresh baked bread with butter and honey. Add a cup of coffee and....best...breakfast...ever.

Dec 12, 2009
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Crust Shrunk - What Now?

I have yet to try this recipe but it's one of the only things I've seen Giada de Laurentis make that I really got excited about, it's a pear, gorgonzola, and proscuttio tart. Yum!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gi...

Aug 09, 2009
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Cilantro rice

Yay Chipotle! I have tried replicating the rice at home but always used dried cilatntro, just not the same. I'll definitely try it this way.

Aug 09, 2009
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White Chicken Chili Not Quite Right

Thanks for the link, horseshoe. Looks like he uses a roux. I definitely agree on the fresh cilantro and lime at the end, I also use some finely diced green onions.

Never thought of using the bean puree to thicken, that's a great idea. I think I'll make this for my co-workers next week. They're always a good test audience before I bring a recipe home (Soldiers will eat darn near anything).

Thanks!

Aug 09, 2009
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White Chicken Chili Not Quite Right

I had an opportunity to sample a variety of chilis at a local chili cook-off this past 4th of July (here in Frederick, MD) and my favorite was a fantastic white chicken chili with cilantro and lime squeezed on just before serving. It had a wonderful smooth mouthfeel and a creamy-but-not-in-a-dairy sort of consistency. Everyone in my family loved it and even my six-year old son ate the canellini beans.

Anyway, naturally being the chowhounder that I am, I decided to try and replicate it at home.

I took a few recipes from the interweb and intermingled them, basically braising some chicken thighs in stock, then adding carmelized onions, cannellini beans, cilantro, lime, cumin, salt, pepper, and some fresh corn. It came out tasting great, but it came out more like a soup then a thick, stewy chili. I've made it twice since, varying the amount of liquid, but it's still not right. I've made red chili many times and never had to add a roux or any sort of thickener.

I was watching past episodes of 'Good Eats' off of my DVR and noticed that AB uses crushed up tortilla chips to thicken his chili. I thought I'd put this out to the brain trust before I try it again. Any ideas?

Aug 08, 2009
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Grilled Pork Belly Meal - Korean Style (Samgyeopsal Gui )

Yum! Reminds me of the year I spent in Uijongbu with the Army. We'd eat this every Friday night. I may have to try and make it for my wife and kids.

May 21, 2009
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coconut macaroons

They are just fine without the chocolate and the hazelnuts on top, but I'm a sucker for chocolate.

May 20, 2009
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coconut macaroons

Try this one from Alton Brown:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/pa...

I've made them for two past Christmases, and they're always a hit. I don't bother with the macadamia nuts on top, but it doesn't matter, they are the pinnacle of awesomeness.

May 15, 2009
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what is the most useless gadget in your kitchen

I was thinking about how to cook bacon in the microwave without having to buy something like that, or the ASOTV one that hangs the bacon on a little perch-like thing. I just take a large plate, invert a bowl onto it(ensuring the bowl is smaller than the plate), then put the bacon on the bowl. The grease runs down the bowl onto the edge of the plate and you have crispy bacon.

May 12, 2009
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Campfire Beer Pancakes

Do you have to use beer? I don't drink a lot of alcohol, and while I do keep some wine in the house for cooking, I can't see buying even a 6-pack of beer for cooking pancakes. Any ideas for something more flavorful than water, maybe good-quality ginger ale?

May 12, 2009
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Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

Going on the snack food line, I had a friend in college who turned me on to putting the vinegary red pepper sauce (think Frank's Red Hot, not Tabasco) onto crunchy Cheetos. Douse them good, then add a squeeze of lemon. Wow. Adds a whole new level to a snacky staple.

May 02, 2009
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Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

vkmcgee, that last Twinkie-hot dog-Easy Cheez oddity was actually from the movie 'UHF' from the '80's starring Weird Al Yankovic. It's been at least a decade since I last saw that movie, and that concoction has always been haunting me, curious yet horrifying. Maybe one day I'll actually try it. Good to know your son is still alive. Cheers!

May 02, 2009
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Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

My mom used to serve me spaghetti and marinara sauce (from a jar, I imagine) with cottage cheese. I don't know where she got the idea, but for years that used to be the only way I would eat spaghetti. Now it seems horrifying to me, and I've never heard anyone else who had it either.

May 02, 2009
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Easy Kettle Corn

I tried adding the sugar in the pot with the kernels once to achieve the crunchy coating like FlyerFan, but it burned and caused a nasty, oily tar-like napalm to coat the popcorn (and my arms when I dumped it in the garbage) with. Yuck. What did I do wrong?

Apr 24, 2009
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How do you like your Matzoh Brie/Fried Matzoh?

My grandma always used to serve it just salted, with either applesauce or cottage cheese (not both at once, though). It seems strange to me now, but I like it anyway...

Mar 20, 2009
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Korean Pizza Recipe Ideas-Got Any?

Mmmm.....bulgogi with scallions....yum.

Maybe add some sliced raw garlic too?

For the sauce you could use red chili paste (sparingly)

Or just treat it like a foccacia and leave the sauce out. Great idea, though. Makes me nostalgic for some bulgogi and kimbab!

Mar 19, 2009
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This Will Get You Laid Mac' n Cheese

Best. Recipe. Title. Ever.

Seriously, though, I'm all about the cheez with a Z, but the best mac and cheese needs the Velveeta for the creaminess some good sharp Cheddar for the bite, and maybe some Jack for the stringiness. A half teaspoon of dijon mustard really brings it all together. Heck, you could even skip the macaroni and use it for a fondue!

Definitely sprinkle liberally with crisp bacon bits, or add some broccoli and chicken to trick the kids into eating their veggies.

If you're going for a date meal, follow up with chocolate-covered strawberries.

Mmmmm....hungry.

Mar 19, 2009
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