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4.5 lb center cut boneless pork loin roast - what's the best way to cook it? HELP!

Hubby brought this home from the market and I have no idea how to cook it. Is this something that's best prepared low and slow? As many details as you can provide would be greatly appreciated - oven temp, cooking time, meat temp, seasonings, etc... THANKS!

Oct 21, 2009
GSDlove in Home Cooking

Killer Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe

This is seriously a Killer Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. You will not be disappointed!

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla

3 cups oats (not instant)
1 1/2 cups raisins (plumped in warm water, then squeeze out excess water)

Preheat oven to 350°. Whisk dry ingredients together; set aside. Combine wet ingredients with a hand mixer on low. To cream, increase speed to high and beat until fluffy and the color lightens. Stir the flour mixture into the creamed mixture just until no flour is visible. Add the oats and raisins; stir to incorporate. Fill cookie scoop with dough. (Use a #40 cookie scoop; it measures 2 tablespoon of dough) Press against side of bowl, pulling up to level dough. Drop 2-inches apart onto baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake 11-13 minutes (on center rack), until golden, but still moist beneath cracks on top. Remove from oven; let cookies sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Jun 08, 2009
GSDlove in Home Cooking

cake with sour cream

This is one of my favorites, it's a coffee cake:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar (divided use)
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Whisk together the flour, the baking powder, and a pinch of salt in a bowl, and in another bowl stir together the sour cream and the baking soda - after a few minutes, the sour cream will get puffy and foamy, so don't be alarmed. In a large bowl cream together the butter and 1 cup of the granulated sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy, add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, and beat in the vanilla. Stir in the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream mixture and stir the batter until it is combined well. Spread half of the batter into a buttered 10-inch round cake pan. In a small bowl stir together the remaining 1/3 cup granulated sugar, the brown sugar, and the cinnamon (I reuse the bowl used for the flour mixture) and sprinkle half of the cinnamon mixture over the batter. Carefully repeat with remaining batter and cinnamon mixture. Bake the cake in the middle of a preheated 350°F. oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean, transfer it to a rack, and let it cool. It's great like this, but sometimes I like to dress it up with a little drizzle of a simple icing made with powdered sugar and milk.

Jun 04, 2009
GSDlove in Home Cooking

Baker's Joy - do they sell it where you are?

I LOVE Baker's Joy spray, but I can't find it anywhere. Do they sell it in your neck of the woods, and if so, where do you live? I am in Southern California. TIA!

Jun 02, 2009
GSDlove in Home Cooking

Vanilla Butter & Nut extract

I am in South Orange County, California and looking for this extract, but haven't had any luck. Anyone out there know of any local stores that carry it? Thanks!

May 19, 2009
GSDlove in General Topics

To Rinse or Not to Rinse...Chicken

I always rinse and thoroughly inspect it to remove the hairs, quills and that weird yellow pebbly "skin" that's around the bone of the drumstick. There are also little things that look like blackheads and if you squeeze them, something pops out. I'd rather wash my sink after rinsing and removing all those things than eat them.

Oct 02, 2008
GSDlove in Home Cooking

Paper baking molds in OC?

Besides Sur la Table in Newport Beach, does anyone know where can I find those brown paper baking molds - the kind that have the gold Louis Vuitton type design on them. Thanks!

Sep 15, 2008
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Peach Sour Cream Coffee Cake?

Anyone out there have a T&T recipe they would be kind enough to share? TIA!

Jul 15, 2008
GSDlove in Home Cooking

Baltimore Peach Cake

Chocolatechipkt, would you please post the peach coffeecake recipe? I have a ton of peaches and that sounds like the perfect thing!

Jul 14, 2008
GSDlove in Home Cooking

Pineapple Upside Down Cake - without Cast Iron Skillet?

Thanks so much - it sounds fantastic!

Jul 08, 2008
GSDlove in Home Cooking

Hall of Fame Desserts?

Would you be so kind as to post the peach cake recipe? It sounds like something I need to make, now that it's getting to be peach season again. Thanks!

Jul 01, 2008
GSDlove in Home Cooking

Substitute for Marsala?

I would like to make this orzo tonight, but don't have Marsala and would prefer to not buy a bottle when this recipe only calls for a cup. Is there a suitable substitute? Thanks!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

Jun 30, 2008
GSDlove in Home Cooking

Pineapple Upside Down Cake - without Cast Iron Skillet?

Please post the recipe - the "old school" version looks divine!

Jun 26, 2008
GSDlove in Home Cooking

Favourite Bundt Pan Recipes

The Fresh Pear Cake on Allrecipes.com is wonderful. Even people who don't like pears love this cake. Every time I make it, I get asked for the recipe.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Fresh-Pe...

Jun 18, 2008
GSDlove in Home Cooking

Hokkaido Buffet in Newport

The reason we go to buffets is because of my dad. He's extremely frugal and extremely picky. He doesn't think anything is cooked unless it's completely overcooked (steak has to be brown all the way through and veggies have to be moosh or he'll refuse to eat because "it ain't cooked!") and he has a complete fit if the food is not to his liking, so we accommodate him. My mom has spoiled him for 40+ years and he'd rather eat at home than at a restaurant. When we all went to Outback years ago, he ordered the fish and would't eat it because it was too spicy, (he gulped water, made "hot" faces, etc...) so Mexican food is not an option. The other reason we go to buffets is because some of my teenage relatives are indecisive and it infuriates him that they can't decide what to order. Also, he always drinks water and it drives him nuts that they order extras, like soda. At a buffet, he doesn't have to witness the indecisiveness of ordering and since everything is included (drinks, salad, dessert) he is happy. Meals at Norm's also include the extras, so they're okay in his book.

May 14, 2008
GSDlove in Los Angeles Area

Hokkaido Buffet in Newport

Has anyone been here? Is it okay? I come from a family of non-foodies and whenever we get together, we have to go to a buffet, usually it's Hometown Buffet or sometimes an Asian-type buffet. This weekend we are meeting near my brother's place in Costa Mesa, and since there isn't a Hometown Buffet nearby, unless I can suggest an alternative, we'll be going to Norm's. I'd like to suggest Hokkaido, but only if it's decent.

May 14, 2008
GSDlove in Los Angeles Area

Two great frosting recipes needed please. Maybe a lemon cake too...?

Thank you SO much - I can't wait to try it.

Apr 30, 2008
GSDlove in Home Cooking

Two great frosting recipes needed please. Maybe a lemon cake too...?

Janniecooks, would you be so kind as to share the recipe? I have a supply of Meyer lemons and this cake sounds wonderful.

Apr 29, 2008
GSDlove in Home Cooking

What is your best and least fave NYT recipe?

Please post the Apple Cake recipe - I'd love to try it.

Apr 29, 2008
GSDlove in Home Cooking

I never eat _______ out because nobody makes it right but me.

Got it. This is gonna be fun!

Apr 24, 2008
GSDlove in Home Cooking

I never eat _______ out because nobody makes it right but me.

Thanks, I can't wait to try it! Once the rolls are in the pans, do they need to rise before going into the oven?

Apr 23, 2008
GSDlove in Home Cooking

I never eat _______ out because nobody makes it right but me.

Modthyrth, would you be so kind as to share your recipe? It sounds wonderful.

Apr 22, 2008
GSDlove in Home Cooking

Cupcake packaging?

Now I feel guilty you did this even though you were dead tired! Thank you so much for going out of your way for me - the picture is great. The pink box is perfect, unfortunately too pricy for bake sale/fund raiser purposes. I agree the other printed box, while very cute, might be too shallow. The clear one is perfect both in size and price. Since the bake sale is tomorrow and I'm in So Cal and those clear containers are in Calgary, I'm going to have to go with the parchment idea for now. I participate in bake sales regularly, so I will check around locally for those clear containers, but if I don't find any for sale, I'm going to have to take you up on your offer of getting them mailed from you. I'm going to try my local grocery store's deli/bakery section and a place called Smart & Final, and would welcome any other suggestions - I'm in South Orange County. Thanks again!

Apr 04, 2008
GSDlove in Home Cooking

Cupcake packaging?

OMG, thank you! I can't wait to see them.

Apr 04, 2008
GSDlove in Home Cooking

Cupcake packaging?

Sarah, are they like this?

Oops - my picture didn't attach. I'll try again.

Apr 04, 2008
GSDlove in Home Cooking

Cupcake packaging?

Can you tell me the name of the store where you saw the little boxes that were approx. $7 for $50?

Apr 03, 2008
GSDlove in Home Cooking

Cupcake packaging?

I am participating in a bake sale this weekend. I'm making a variety of items and thought I'd capitalize on the cupcake fad by making cupcakes as well (it's even Cupcake Week on Martha). My problem is, I don't want to hand an unwrapped/unpackaged cupcake to the customer. Does anyone have any clever ideas for cheap packaging that won't damage or make a mess of the frosting? TIA

Apr 03, 2008
GSDlove in Home Cooking

under-used treasure or garbage? what ingredient do you think people are wasting?

Don't throw out those root ends! Plant them in your garden or even in a pot and they will grow. When ever you need them, just cut them above the white part and the green tops keep growing back - you will never run out or have to buy them again.

Mar 07, 2008
GSDlove in Home Cooking

T&T Orahnjaca (Croatian Nut Roll) recipe?

MIross, I found an orehnjaca recipe on-line that was in Croatian and had a Croatian friend translate it for me. One thing stumped both of us, it was a measurement of a "dag." Do you know what that is? The dag measurement was used for raisins, sugar, and butter. Also, do you have an orehnjaca recipe that you'd like to share with me?

Feb 19, 2008
GSDlove in Home Cooking

NOT "Gourmet" Bread Pudding TNT Recipes

I've made this recipe to rave reviews: http://www.recipezaar.com/16136

along with this sauce, which is really good: http://www.recipezaar.com/71264

Feb 05, 2008
GSDlove in Home Cooking