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Favorite Pioneer Woman Recipes

Thank you - will definitely back off the salt. Making them tomorrow.

Dec 30, 2012
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Favorite Pioneer Woman Recipes

Thank you - will look at Smitten Kitchen plus google recipes. The reason I wanted the Pioneer Woman recipe is that it had the chowhounders "seal of approval." : )

Dec 30, 2012
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Favorite Pioneer Woman Recipes

I went to the site and could not find the sour cream pancakes. I found a pancake recipe but there was no sour cream?? Thanks for any help locating the recipe.

Dec 29, 2012
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Christopher Kimball in the NYT Magazine

You are too funny - I laughed so hard my husband asked me what I was reading.

Oct 17, 2012
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Dehydrated cherry tomatoes - what to do?

They are a bit brittle, so think I will rehydrate. Good point that you can use them like raisins. I will make the frittata that topbanana suggested but wish I had some other recipes as I have a lot!

Oct 04, 2012
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Dehydrated cherry tomatoes - what to do?

topbanana - do you "rehydrate" them or just use as is?

Oct 03, 2012
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Dehydrated cherry tomatoes - what to do?

I was given a bag of "dehydrated" cherry tomatoes but have no idea of how to use them. Any ideas?

Oct 03, 2012
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Holiday Desserts

Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake on the Epicurious site [http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...] I read somewhere that it is their most requested recipe.

Sep 27, 2012
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What Do You Cook Best?

Brownies - have had men drop to their knees and propose after one of my brownies. ; ) [Funny thing is that I don't really like brownies all that much.] Great thread - really made me think about what I do well.

Sep 27, 2012
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What are you doing about rice?

Too funny! Now it's Trader Joe's peanut butter that is being recalled because of salmonella outbreaks in 28 states. May also have to move into a bunker but what foods do I stock?

Sep 23, 2012
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What are you doing about rice?

Here is a link to "hidden arsenic" at alarming levels in brown rice syrup: abcnews.go.com › Health Honestly, I have to stop reading this stuff!

Sep 22, 2012
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What are you doing about rice?

Tudor_rose [love that name] you are so right. I don't even like to think about it. I do the best I can but who knows??? I think it might be more serious for children???? It certainly would be easy to cut out rice cereal for babies just as a precaution till more is known.

Sep 22, 2012
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What are you doing about rice?

Thank you for the link - I had not seen that so it is helpful to know that rinsing does not help so will not bother to rinse it.

Sep 21, 2012
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Cooking lessons for a college student

Thanks cheesecake12, that is helpful as I knew nothing about nutritional yeast. I will tell him about it. Can you use it in, for example, omelets? Personally will go on eating the real stuff. : )

Sep 21, 2012
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What are you doing about rice?

Of course, you are both right but alas, can do nothing about the air and we have to eat. My husband ate rice almost every night as he loves rice so cutting back is reducing to a couple of times a week. Am mulling over my rice cooking method. Have discovered that he loves orzo even more than rice so will be substituting orzo or potatoes.

Sep 21, 2012
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What are you doing about rice?

That is my understanding also, it is rice from residual pesticides. I read that cooking rice in lots of water and then draining the water will reduce the amount of arsenic but I would like to see the science on that. I agree with JudiAu - I don't buy food produced in China. Canada has some of the highest food standards in the world but alas, they don't produce rice. For now, I think we will cut back on the rice till I see more information/research.

Sep 21, 2012
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What are you doing about rice?

The report on rice from Consumer Reports has led us to reduce the amount of rice we eat but we are still eating brown rice even though it is higher in arsenic than white rice. FDA recommendation is to eat a varied diet - helpful, no? What to do? What are you doing?

Sep 21, 2012
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Cooking lessons for a college student

Actually he looked into this and 75% of the cheeses in USA are made with rennet so now he refuses to eat cheeses except for cream cheese and other soft cheeses not made with rennet. I do think he would eat herbs and butter as he likes that kind of thing on pasta. Nutritional yeast is new to me???? Is it just for adding additional nutrition?

Sep 21, 2012
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Cooking lessons for a college student

Comment on wallop on back of head - too funny. I honestly feel like doing that sometimes. He just moved this year, into his "own" place with 3 other guys so no worry about dorm regulations. I think I will go with the pot [already purchased] with a pasta lesson; the teflon pan with some appropriate utensils, with a lesson on preparing all kinds of egg dishes [omelet, scrambled eggs, etc]; and the Victorinox chef's knife, cutting board and flat pan with a lesson on roasting vegetables and using a knife. Would like to get a cookbook too but that may have to be a Christmas present.

Sep 21, 2012
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Cooking lessons for a college student

Thanks - I too, was thinking the best knife would be the chef's knife. The cutting board would be good also as he would ruin the knife fairly quickly without it.

Sep 20, 2012
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Cooking lessons for a college student

I do think a good knife is basic and a great gift. What knife would you suggest as a starter knife? Paring knife? Or maybe a chef's knife? I love my santoku. There is a Victorinox paring knife on Amazon for a very good price. CI gives it a good review but I have no personal experience with it. I have some hesitation about giving him a really good knife as he lives with 3 other guys and knives have to be cared for and not thrown in a drawer with other stuff or put in the dishwasher, etc.

Sep 20, 2012
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What kind of dessert should I bring to an Ocktoberfest pot luck?

Ina Garten's Apple and Pear Crisp on the Food Network site. There is a video on the same site where Ina prepares the crisp. It is so-oo-o good. I make it in a 9x12 x 4 oblong pan and serve it with ice cream. The larger pan prevents it from running over in the oven which happened to me the first time I made it.

Sep 20, 2012
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Cooking lessons for a college student

Emme - The couscous is a good idea as I think he likes that but I am not sure about the polenta. He doesn't eat parmesan as that is not vegetarian because it contains rennet. [I discovered that 75% of cheeses in the USA contain rennet and the % is even higher for other countries. ] Hank - I know exactly what you are saying. In this young lad's case I would say it almost borders on an eating disorder as he will not eat so many things that vegetarians eat.

Sep 20, 2012
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boiling in a cast iron skillet

I do just as you do - brown meat, add water and seasoning, and simmer in my cast iron skillet. I sometimes add a can of tomatoes. Doesn't seem to bother pan at all but it isn't new and it is very well seasoned.

Sep 20, 2012
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Cooking lessons for a college student

APK-101 He doesn't eat beans but the sheet pan with roasted vegetables is a great idea. Hank Hanover - I would if I knew anyone who is a vegetarian who cooks!!! He has been eating boxed macaroni and cheese since school began.
I think I will get the Bittman's vegetarian cookbook out of the library and take a good look at it. Sheet pan does sound like the way to go - lesson would be easy for him.

Sep 19, 2012
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boiling in a cast iron skillet

I also cook taco meat in my cast iron pan but I am careful about tomatoes or other foods with a high acid content. Does your recipe use tomatoes in any form? Is your pan very well seasoned?

Sep 19, 2012
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Help with Christmas gift idea... Homemade Mustard and ???

A mustard spoon tied to jar with a nice ribbon and bow?

Sep 19, 2012
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Cooking lessons for a college student

Second thought on cookbook: Maybe a vegetarian soup cookbook as a starter to go with crockpot?

Sep 19, 2012
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Cooking lessons for a college student

Thanks for all the great ideas. I think a crockpot and a vegetarian cookbook is the way I will go. He does not know how to boil water so I think the Bittman might be overwhelming???? Maybe a child's vegetarian cookbook with pictures, if there is such a thing. : ) A crockpot vegetarian book might be good. He doesn't like beans : ( so I could use some ideas for vegetarian cooking in a crockpot.

Sep 19, 2012
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Cooking lessons for a college student

I am planning to give the following gift to a young man [junior at university] who is a vegetarian: a pasta pot with a cooking lesson on pasta, a teflon pan with a cooking lesson on eggs and ???? I thought a lesson on tofu might be good but I can't think of an appropriate gift to accompany lesson?? Or maybe a lesson on something else with the emphasis on easy as he does not know how to cook anything. I am not a vegetarian so am stumped.

Sep 18, 2012
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