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Honey Cookie Recipe, what do you guys think?

I've made the 'dough' (and I use that word loosely!) for this recipe, and am chilling it now to bake in the morning. It came out super wet and more like a thick batter than a cookie dough. I added a little extra flour but it's still so soft. the recipe calls for to roll it in balls but there is no way it would go into a ball shape at all.

here is the recipe:

1 1/3 cups oil
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup honey
4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups flour (Janet uses half AP and half white whole wheat)
Sparkly sugar or Turbinado sugar for rolling

any input?

Oct 02, 2012
ediecooks in Home Cooking

Does anyone have a good homemade twinkie filling or whoopie pie filling recipe?

I was going to suggest that exact recipe!

what about a basic buttercream, which to me tastes like the inside of an oreo? butter, powdered sugar, a little milk or water to get the consistency you prefer, and vanilla?

Jan 14, 2012
ediecooks in Home Cooking

doubling a cookie recipe, double baking soda too?

I recently made the very basic, usually reliable 'vanishing oatmeal cookie' recipe from the Quaker box. I had a glut of eggs and butter left from holiday baking so while I had the mess out, I decided to double the recipe, including doubling the baking soda.

the cookies came out with a weird sort of metallic tang to them! I am 1000% sure I used soda, not powder, and did everything right. my sister has noticed a similar occurrence when she doubles a pumpkin bread recipe that is also usually reliable and basic.

any thoughts? are you not supposed to double the b. soda in a case like this? is there some chart of proportions?

Jan 13, 2012
ediecooks in Home Cooking

What dessert to bring to in-laws for X-mas eve?

So bizarre to me to hear Italian Americans characterized as not being bakers! My family absolutely is. My mom makes home made cannoli, shells and all, and we have a struffoli day every december where we spend the day making it all from scratch. to the original poster, I do agree that a lot of what you've brought before is not what I would like, they are very 'american' desserts...except we do usually have a homemade buche de noel for christmas dessert, so that is one exception. at this point, do what I do when I go to my non-italian inlaws for thanksgiving....bring what YOU like to have. for me, I need an italian component to my meal, so i bring antipasto platters. If christmas eve means coconut cake to you, by all means bring it!

Dec 11, 2011
ediecooks in Home Cooking

Food Gift Giving - Other Than Sweets

this would have to be more of a time sensitive thing as far as when you make it and when you gift it, but last year I brought a tin of homemade cinnamon buns as a christmas eve hostess gift....they went right in her fridge for their slow overnight second rise and i had written out baking instructions. I also gave a small tin of a a pancetta/spinach strata (which is a savory overnight french toast. it was a huge hit and i have requests for it again this year.

Dec 08, 2011
ediecooks in Home Cooking

Authentic Italian Gravy

I haven't read the replies yet, but here is how we do it in my italian family.

you will need meat!
sausage (hot and/or sweet, whatever you prefer)
meatballs (ground beef, breadcrumbs, water, eggs, i do add grated parm to mine but my mom doesn't, and we all use progresso italian seasoned bread crumbs)
any other random meat, fatty and with a bone is can use a steak, some pork ribs or beef ribs, all work well. not chicken or any white meat.

heat olive oil in the bottom of a big pot, and brown the meats, a few at a time, not crowding them. as they are browned, put them on a plate to the side.

in the same oil/drippings, brown chopped onion and garlic but don't burn them!

add in tomatos....canned plum tomatoes, from italy!!!!! not pureed or chopped or anthing else. as you tip the can into the pot, stick your (clean!) hand into the can and squeeze the tomatoes to break them up. I usually use two big cans.

stir it all up, stir in one little can of tomato paste, add the meat and any drippings that fell onto the plate back in. bring to quick boil then simmer it for as long as you can.

we DO serve the meat that's in the sauce. the meatballs usually fall apart a bit. if you wnat some whole, then you shoudl bake those and add in at the end of cooking.

long simmer, low and slow, gives you a rich, dark sauce. i make a pretty mean gravy but man my mom has the touch and hers is INSANE

Oct 08, 2011
ediecooks in Home Cooking

Non-cake ideas for using up boxed cake mix?

I do cake mix cookies...there are a ton of recipes on, the one I use is 2 eggs and a melted stick of butter. choc cake mix w/choc chips added to it are actually quite good! but I do all sorts...vanilla w/sprinkles mixed in for "party cake" flavor, or any combo you would like/have on hand of cake mix with nuts, chips, etc

Sep 20, 2011
ediecooks in Home Cooking

Goodies to hand out??

I have a spiced nuts recipe that is sweet and spicy, I use mixed nuts in the big container from BJ's for it.

I would think truffles would be a challenge w/temp changes or humidity?

How about Peanut Brittle?

lmk if you want recipes!

Sep 20, 2011
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School Has Started!! Autumn Has Arrived! And I've Got 31 REALLY Hungry Guys to Cook For!

Adding...ooops...the final ingredient should be 2 cups of shredded cheese, which then makes the instructions below make more sense. recipe did not specify type, i usually have cheddar in the house, so that's what i've used.

Sep 12, 2011
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School Has Started!! Autumn Has Arrived! And I've Got 31 REALLY Hungry Guys to Cook For!

i forgot to put the instructions
Preheat oven to 325. Heat oil in large pan. Add onion and green pepper, and sauté until tender. Add chilies, beans, salsa, and seasonings. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer 10 minutes. Place unbaked pie shell in deep dish pie pan. Sprinkle 1/3 of the cheese mixture on bottom. Pour in 1/2 of the bean mixture. Top with 1/3 of cheese, and pour in rest of beans. Cover with remaining cheese and pie shell. Place into oven and bake 45 minutes, or until pie crust is golden brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving

Sep 09, 2011
ediecooks in Home Cooking

School Has Started!! Autumn Has Arrived! And I've Got 31 REALLY Hungry Guys to Cook For!

how about this? Vegetarian!

Black Bean Pie
1 tbsp olive oil
1 c onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 small can green chilies, diced
2 (15 oz) cans black beans, drained
1/2 c salsa
1 1/4 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
3/4 tsp salt or Adobo seasoning
2 pie shells, unbaked

PPL I know who have made it have used a cornmeal crust like a tamale, or polenta, or biscuits, even mashed potatoes instead of a pie crust

Sep 08, 2011
ediecooks in Home Cooking

Meatless Mondays

I have on deck Sarah Moultons recipe for falafel w/a shredded salad. i might even (depending on how my day goes!) make homemade pita!

the recipe is in her 'everyday family dinners' book. it's not online but i just checked her site and there is another recipe for a baked polenta that looks great! I would make that w/some hearty sauteed veggies, like a mix of mushrooms or broccoli rabe

Jan 07, 2011
ediecooks in Home Cooking

Swiss Mozarella spread: do you have a recipe?

there is a recipe that uses knorrs leek soup mix, swiss cheese, sour cream and mayo. combined and's delish! but it def has extra, non-white, herby/veggie bits hanging about!

Dec 17, 2010
ediecooks in Home Cooking

Halloween Potluck Help - must be EASY and kid-friendly

I find that there are many wonderful times in life to flex your cooking muscles and go outside the box, preparing a dish that is out of this world! outside party on halloween when most of the guests are going to made delusional by the vast amounts of candy is not one of those times!

make your life supremely easy by ordering a few pizzas to be delivered to you at the party for them to be cut into 16ths or 'party squares'

it's not chow-ish but i guarantee you they will go in a hot minute!

Oct 29, 2010
ediecooks in Home Cooking

Recipe for NYC bakery Sprinkle Cookie?

posting to save kids would love if it recreated those cookies!

Sep 26, 2010
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What to do with jar of fig jam?

get a wedge of blue cheese...or saga blue which is an unholy marriage of brie and blue, some nice crackers and almonds...cracker,cheese, dollop of jam, almond on top.....

so GOOD!

Birthday Cake Ideas!

do a recipe search here on chowhound...there's a recipe for a 'very berry butter cake' that i've made a few times for summer birthdays....use whatever berries you have, these days they are all so cheap that you can do a mixture. it's a great cake but i find it's best eaten the day you make it.

Jul 28, 2010
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Best bagels and/or coffee near Syosset

best bagels in syosset are at Bagel Master, across from the train station...believe it's Cold Spring Road.

second best, unless it's late night and they are hot (and you are drunk!) is the original Bagel Boss in the shopping center at corner of South Oyster Bay Road and Woodbury Road (this is technically woodbury bordering on plainview geographically but it's right adjacent to syosset)

Looking for dinner between Robert Moses beach and Nassau Coliseum

re the TOBAY lot, they stop checking for stickers at 4.00.

Dithering about what dinner to make for a family who needs it. Please help!?!?!

I've done the bring a meal thing for a family in a needy spot and the website they used had space where you signed up for what day you wanted to write in what you cooked, so the people signed up for the days around yours could see what the family had just eaten. there was also a spot for the family to write in their likes/dislikes.

one meal i did steamed broccoli, balsamic grilled chicken and mashed potatos, the other i did pulled pork, rolls, coleslaw and mac and cheese. both were well received!

Jul 06, 2010
ediecooks in Home Cooking

Looking for dinner between Robert Moses beach and Nassau Coliseum

head east on Ocean parkway to TOBAY beach parking lot, TOBAY is a bay/ocean beach for town of oyster bay residents, and in that parking lot there are two restaurants on the bay is Singletons, which is seafood/american and the newer one is the Salsa Shack....both are casual and if you are coming off the beach you can absolutely be in cover ups...outdoor seating w/a nice water view naturally!

says on their website there is limited parking for non-town residents....

Dinner for 4 in a 16" x 16" x 8" container

I make a pasta salad with some kind of twisty pasta (celentani it might be called?) but farfalle or orecchiete would work.....

in a big bowl combine chopped up feta, black olives, sundried tomatos, toss with baby spinach or arugula. when the pasta is cooked, drain it and toss it with all the other ingredients. dress with olive oil, salt and pepper and maybe some balsamic.

to make it more of a meal, add cooked cooled chicken breast to it. this kind of thing can be made with different cheeses/roasted peppers instead, etc.

it's my favorite kind of meal, all the stuff combined and can be eaten hot, cold or room temp.

Jun 09, 2010
ediecooks in Home Cooking

Ghirardelli vs cheaper cocoa powder

I haven't used ghirardelli but i have used the Penzeys chocolate powder in a few batches of chocolate cake and homemade oreos and i definitely think it's superior. it's MUCH darker than the hersheys powder, which is what i'd used previously. i have to say though that of all teh people i served the cake/cookies to, no one noticed the difference! and these are all people who are used to eating lots of homemade baked goods.

May 28, 2010
ediecooks in General Topics

The Best Chocolate Birthday cake?

I make the hersheys recipe ALOT, just made it last week in cupcakes for a 40th and made a double batch of it into mini cupcakes for a communion (150 mini cupcakes!)

it's a great recipe, loved by everyone who eats it. the one thing i change and it's been a HUGE improvement is i use the dutch process high-fat cocoa powder from Penzey's spices. I am lucky to have a penzeys store fairly close by but you could order it from them if you don't.

May 07, 2010
ediecooks in Home Cooking

quick question needed with lobster

I had already eaten one whole lobster that day, so just was not in the mood for another. i did pop it in the freezer and will use it on monday (would be sooner but am cooking for company tomorrow and going out on mothers day.)

i figure how BAD could lobster be:?

May 07, 2010
ediecooks in Home Cooking

quick question needed with lobster

I have two lobsters that my husband very nicely took all the meat out of for me, after they were steamed. he is away, i didn't eat them tonight (they were cooked yesterday)

I would like to freeze them and use them early next week to make a Lazy man's lobster casserole type that ok to do? or should I make them for dinner tomorrow night.

thanks so much!

May 06, 2010
ediecooks in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? [old]

HillJ, would you mind sharing your basic shortbread recipe? I am looking for one that i can dip into melted dark chocolate.

the next thing up for me is a try at homemade oreo cookies. making them for a superbowl party

Feb 01, 2010
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Cake transportation question

I would send the BC in a separate container, and have DD frost it herself. can be done with a butterknife, even a plastic one if needed! but you could send her with a small offset spatula to make it easier on her.

Nov 14, 2009
ediecooks in Home Cooking

Need ideas for Christmas dessert buffet

are you asking for recipes or how to display things to look pretty?

for display, I would get two large table clothes in the same color, a few sturdy boxes, maybe a cake stand or footed cake plate and one of those three tier racks you can put plates on. put the table cloth on, then arrange one or two boxes at either corner and drape the other cloth over them, covering them. use the height to make things look interesting, and arrange the other stuff on pretty platters, cake stand, etc. get some wintery looking greenery or flowers or beads/whatever at a craft store to fill in the bits and pieces. use clear plastic plates and cutlery and a solid color napkin (if you're using disposable)

Oct 07, 2009
ediecooks in Home Cooking

AWFUL Vegetable Soup -- Help

I never start with raw chicken, always roast it, use it for at least one meal, pull any other meat off it (if not using it in the soup, make chicken salad, or quesadilla's) and use the bones to make a stock.

for veggie soup i saute carrots/celery/onion in olive oil on a slow, low heat, then I add in any other veggies that i want in it, stir up together, add the broth and let simmer. i use my immersion blender to puree it a bit so it's thicker and chunky, and add a can of drained white beans after blending. of course season with S/P, herbs, etc.

Sep 27, 2009
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