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Chicken broth -- help!

I've found that if I add too much water to my pot while simmering will weaken my stock. I try to condense it as much as possible. I also use a salt substitute which gives the needed flavor without the sodium.

Jan 13, 2013
othervoice in Home Cooking

Hotel room picnic suggestions

I would do a chowder and kick it up a notch with some fresh bread. Maybe even a nice winter salad, spinach, mandarin oranges, glazed walnuts, cranberries. Make a fancy honey butter for the bread. All these can be done ahead and packed for easy fixing at the hotel. I've even brought a small crock pot with me. Possibilities are endless.

Jan 13, 2013
othervoice in Home Cooking

Salisbury steak

Growing up in the 60's Mom's classic Salisbury Steak was simply meatloaf made into patties and cooked in beef gravy with a little ketchup added to make it a little on the red side.
Swiss Steak was made with round steak and cooked for hours with onions, Then thickened with flour so it was like a gravy.

Jul 27, 2012
othervoice in Home Cooking

Date Nut Bread and Cream Cheese

This is almost the exxact same as the one my Mom used. Also, her signature dish during the holidays. Very dark, moist and so good warm with CC. The molasses, I believe was the key ingredient that most recipes leave out.

Jul 24, 2012
othervoice in General Topics

Which fast food chain has the most cultish (and maybe even divisive) following?

I've been begging JITB to move to the east coast, for years now. I miss them terribly. I lived in CA for 25 years, and two tacos and a chocolate cake at midnight were the best munchie food anywhere.!!!!!

Jul 01, 2012
othervoice in Chains

Which fast food chain has the most cultish (and maybe even divisive) following?

OK, ask any New Englander which "chain" they frequent the most and it will undoubtedly be Dunkin Donuts. I'm usually there at least once a day, everyday, sometimes twice. Not just your average coffee shop. Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. and the best coffee.

Jul 01, 2012
othervoice in Chains

Marinating Grilled Corn on the Cob for 1,000 People!

I'd do a corn tasting prior to the event with a few close friends. Ones that won't lie. I think it sounds great but I'd want to taste test before hand.

Jun 28, 2012
othervoice in Home Cooking

Quinoa salad or brown rice salad to take to the lake to be eaten the next day?

Yes, use the roasted peppers. I would also add fresh grilled corn, (or frozen if time constraints.)

Jun 28, 2012
othervoice in Home Cooking

Snows clam chowder tragedy

I'll agree with the Bumble Bee part. I couldn't believe it when I opened a can, (after a household member bought it by mistake). It was like paste. The flavor was like eating old, old fish. I haven't bought it in years. As for the Snow's Chowder, my Mother used it for a base for her fish chowder, especially during lent. It was the best. I'm glad I learned how to make a good seafood stock.

Jun 21, 2012
othervoice in General Topics

BBQ for 20 and my steaks are tough what to do?

I just about 20 minutes ago, finished having a wonderful sirloin tip dinner. I marinated them overnight in a teriyaki sauce, (off the shelf) and grilled rare. Practically melted in our mouths.
Do not overcook they will become tougher, but at rare to medium rare they were delicious.

Jun 03, 2012
othervoice in Home Cooking

Your Ultimate Sandwich

I love them all.....but absolute favorite:
RarRoastBeef
Sliced Tomato
Lettuce
Bacon (Smoked and Thick)
Creamy Horseradish Mayo
on Chibatta or sliced sourdough

and Welcome to all the NEWCOMERS!!!!

Jun 03, 2012
othervoice in General Topics

Good 4th of July dessert to serve with my menu?

Great idea, I just might have to steal it.

Jun 03, 2012
othervoice in Home Cooking

Good 4th of July dessert to serve with my menu?

I agree, with you, for sure I'd be hoping I had more than one party to go to......Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Ribs, Chicken, Even grilled veggies if your not into meat.

Jun 03, 2012
othervoice in Home Cooking

Good 4th of July dessert to serve with my menu?

As seen above but I take it one step further and make individual ones in little old fashioned glasses. (plastic) Everyone loves them and you don't have to worry about people digging into a large dessert and any sanitary conditions associated with it. They make a great presentation. Some I've done with cheesecake and others I've done with custard or bavarian cream, Easy step use vanilla pudding.

Jun 03, 2012
othervoice in Home Cooking

Looking for interesting cheeses to try

We do alot of different cheeses around here, but one I've found that even the kids love is Havarti with dill. I've never been a dill fan but this is delicious. Most supermarket's have it.

May 26, 2012
othervoice in Cheese

Make ahead meals for Elderly

Unless they're on sale, Walmart has them cheaper then most. Located where the viatmins are in the Pharmacy section.

May 26, 2012
othervoice in Home Cooking

Make ahead meals for Elderly

I feel your dilema, I too have the daunting task of preparing meals for an elderly gentleman that has "sugar" on the brain.
I always keep fresh fruit on hand so when the "sugar" attacks come he can grab one quick. I also do pancakes, ( multi-grain, fruit and nut, plain ) he loves them and the reheat great. Just for something different I served him chickend and rice quesidillas last night with just a little picodegallo, and low and behold he loved them. They weren't spice, but they were a little different then normal dinner. Sometimes we all like something different. Worse thing that could happen is they dump it in the trash and have a bowl of oatmeal.
Good luck with this, I know it is definately a challenge, but we all do what we can do!!!

May 26, 2012
othervoice in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner? #146 - Memorial Day Edition [old]

I'm attending a couple of BBQ's one Sunday and one on Monday. Everyone is joining in with a dish, so there's no telling what may show up. It's for sure pulled pork with homemade coleslaw, and chicken kabob's. Burgers and Dogs undoubtedly will be available. I'm doing my classic potato salad and Individual Red, White and Blue Trifles.

I also want to extend my gratitude to all who have served, past and present. Thank you all !!!

May 26, 2012
othervoice in Home Cooking

Homemade BBQ Sauce without using Sugar.

Thanks to all who replied. I appreciate the feedback and have some good ideas to play with. Happy Grilling everyone!!!

May 22, 2012
othervoice in Home Cooking

Help with a non-quiche book club dinner!!!

I would definately make a chicken salad, I add walnuts, and seedless red grapes, served on a bed of fresh romaine and add some additional fresh fruit. Maybe a loaf of sliced hot bread, or individual dinner rolls. Another favorite is to serve shooters of bloody mary's rimmed with ice cold shrimp. Everyone loves them!!! (Virgin or loaded)

May 22, 2012
othervoice in Home Cooking

Best Cooking Website & why you find it interesting

I have many, but the ones I've actually used recipes from the most are:
The Pioneer Woman
The Kitchen Witch
Both are icredibly talented women and not only cook well, but are very entertaining. Ree is an awesome photographer and her step by step photos of each recipe can transform an amature cook into a well accomplished one. Lyndsey is a great storyteller and very entertaining in her step by step videos.Love them both!!

May 18, 2012
othervoice in Food Media & News

Appetizers for a Memorial Day BBQ for a crowd

I make a 7 layer dip that everyone loves.
Refried beans or black beans, taco meat, sour cream, lettuce, tomatos, black olives, quacamole.
Grilled kilbasa served with a variety of mustards. (can be smoked sausages, brats, hot links, etc.)
Baby Hot Pockets, are easy and can be made ahead....I put chicken, cheese and BBQ sauce. (kids love these) If you use premade frozen biscuits or rolls it's quick and easy.

May 16, 2012
othervoice in Home Cooking

Summer Birthday Party for 40 Guests

I forgot to mention the additional drink.....since you seem to have an abundance of raspberries, how about a homemade raspberry tea. Quenches the thirst and would be great for all ages.

May 08, 2012
othervoice in Home Cooking

Summer Birthday Party for 40 Guests

The Trifle is an awesome idea. If you want to go on the light side, I've made them with store bought, Angel Food Cake, berries and custard layers, with whipped cream on the top. Very easy and well received.

I think I would go with plastic, being outside. Also the gazpacho would look great in little short plastic old fashioned glasses. Add a sprig of fresh cilantro on each to freshen them up. The shot glasses are a little too small IMO. It may just be me, I love Gazpacho! lol Have a great time, try to do as much as possible ahead, so you can enjoy yourself also.

May 08, 2012
othervoice in Home Cooking

The best garlic bread ever!

I've never been able to reproduce this one, but at the "Garlic Festival in the Garlic Capital of the World, Gilroy, CA" they take a whole loaf of Sourdough Bread, slice it length wise in fours and then completly submerge each piece in a whole pot of garlic butter. It was the best ever!!!!!

May 06, 2012
othervoice in Home Cooking

Ideas for "birthday breakfast" at work

egg scramble with sausage, peppers, onions, mushrooms, bacon bits, chopped ham. just about anything you can think of......cooked ahead and brought in a crockpot with fresh tortillas and shredded cheese, each person can prepare their own burrito. I've done this at a work situation and everyone loved it.

May 05, 2012
othervoice in Home Cooking

Finger lickin' good? [moved from General topics]

As long as you know where your fingers have been, and you want to lick them, then it's really noones business. I'm sure that Emily Post would not agree, but this is 2012 not 1960.

May 01, 2012
othervoice in Not About Food

Jarred pickles - what's best?

I love pickles, but I'm a true "Bread & Butter" pickle, lover.......Due to dietary restrictions, I've had to eliminate sugar from my diet......
Alas, Cains has come up with a sugar free B&B pickle and if you're like me and need a fix. try them.

May 01, 2012
othervoice in General Topics

What 20 dishes should I know how to make without a recipe?

This is a great list.
I use chicken stock in almost everything.

I love poached eggs, try the swirl method with a little vinegar added.

Everyone needs to make a good meat sauce. I use pork sausage and ground beef. Tomatoes, onion, bell peppers and mushrooms.

Rice of any kind isn't easy to master, but once you do, there are so many possibilities.

About creamy soups: being from NewEngland, if you can make a good Clam Chowder, you'll have many friends and people will love to come for dinner. I also make, Brocolli Cheddar soup, Corn chowder, Ham and potato soup. Basically any vegetable in a creamy soup works, just add, fish, chicken, scallops, shrimp. lobster....

I've tried making Asian stirfrys, many, many times. It's not as easy as it sounds, keep trying different combinations.

Beef Stroganoff will always impress most people. It's really easy!

A great cookie is always good, I've found the dough is the easy part, it's taking them out of the oven at the exact, correct moment. Test your oven, it's very important that the temperature be calibrated. My oven,which is only a couple of years old, is off by almost 7 degrees.

Definately, a good pasta dish, with cheese.

A great grilled steak. Medium Rare,

I could go on, but there's many already covered, just take it one day at a time.

May 01, 2012
othervoice in Home Cooking

bean/chicken skillet dinner needs name

I make this all the time, only I use ground beef, sirloin tips, or roast beef, instead of the chicken. I'm going to try it with chicken soon. I call it Bean and veggie bake. I bake it in the oven at 350 for 30 min. add the cheese and bake for another 10min or so, until cheese melts. (I also add onion.

May 01, 2012
othervoice in Home Cooking