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Thanksgiving 2011 Disaster Stories

Here is a decent substitute for evaporated milk. I've used it in a pinch.
* 2/3 cup non-fat dry milk
* 3/4 cup water

Nov 24, 2011
Hanky in Home Cooking

Making Vanilla Curd

LOL! I have started quite a discussion. I think you are all accurate when you say a true curd contains an acid of some sort. I was only going according to the jar I bought. The stuff is awesome. Here is a link to the product http://www.dickinsonsfamily.com/produ...
Thanks so much for all of the discussion.
Hank

Jul 26, 2011
Hanky in Home Cooking

Making Vanilla Curd

Babette, you might be on to something with the pastry cream. Ingredients on the jar are almost the same. I would just make it thicker. Thanks for the suggestion.

Soccermom13, here is the link I used for the grapefruit curd and it was awesome. http://www.goodlifeeats.com/2011/04/c...
Thanks for the replies.
Hank

Jul 24, 2011
Hanky in Home Cooking

Making Vanilla Curd

I have made meyer lemon and grapefruit curds and both are delicious. Now I'm on a mission to make vanilla curd after having gotten a jar at the grocery store. I made a batch this morning and it's very yellow. I'm sure because of the egg yolks but the stuff from the store is sort of white with the vanilla bean flecks. I like the looks of that one better. Mine tastes yummy though. Any ideas please?

Hank

Jul 24, 2011
Hanky in Home Cooking

Generally scorned products that are madly delicious -- in certain applications

This link will give you the recipe.
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/easy-key...

Jul 08, 2011
Hanky in Home Cooking

Help with CHOPPED type task!

Thanks so much for the kind comments everyone.I have 17 grandchildren. The oldest is 21 and the youngest is 4 months. These 2 live right across the street so they spend lots of time with me. They help Grandpa in the garden and are allowed to plant what they want. None of the grands are fussy eaters. I think it's because we have always let them help. None of my girls are fussy eaters either. If it didn't move too fast they ate it,lol.

Jun 19, 2011
Hanky in Home Cooking

Help with CHOPPED type task!

Thanks for all the suggestions everyone. Now her 7 yr. old brother wants to be included. I know what I'm doing for him. One of his favorite dishes is cucumbers and onions so I will put out a couple of the ingredients and see if he can figure out what to do with them. It;s always a fun time in the kitchen with them. My grandson says everything we make tastes good because we make it with love. I told him that I hope someday he marries someone who cooks with love. He paused for a bit and said "Grandma, I don't want to marry an old lady". Out of the mouths of babes.

Jun 18, 2011
Hanky in Home Cooking

Help with CHOPPED type task!

My granddaughter (10) loves the show Chopped. Today I gave her a task and she had to make something out of what I gave her. I gave her eggs,celery,and mayo. I allowed her to cheat a bit by googling her items and she made egg salad. Her brother and my husband were the judges. She was so proud.

She wants to do it again in a couple of weeks and I'm having trouble coming up with some simple things for her. Her knife skills aren't bad and she does use the stove with supervision.I want to keep it fairly simple for her. Any ideas out there please?
Thanks!
Hank

Jun 16, 2011
Hanky in Home Cooking

disgusting, I know, but.....I need a jello "salad" recipe....

This one is pretty and tastes pretty good. http://www.recipegirl.com/2007/08/03/...
Hank

May 31, 2011
Hanky in Home Cooking

Have You Ever Written a Cookbook for Your Family and, Maybe, for Friends?

I did a book for all 4 of my daughters for Christmas last year. I had many recipes,lots of pictures and stories. I used blurb.com and love how it turned out. Each book cost me $35.95. It's a hardcover book with a colorful dust jacket and 80 pages. My girls cried when they opened their presents. I am working on another one for them as I did this one in just a month and have much more to write for them.

Mar 06, 2011
Hanky in Home Cooking

Meyer lemons,again please!

I have about 2 dozen of them and am wondering if I can freeze the juice and use it later to make curd. Any responses will be appreciated.
Hank

Jan 22, 2011
Hanky in Home Cooking

Odd request....ISO 70's game show foods....

Go here: http://www.robinsweb.com/70s/70s_part... Lots of good ideas.
Hank

Dec 22, 2010
Hanky in Home Cooking

Recipe with egg nog as an ingredient?

I'm not an eggnog fan either but I have a daughter that is. Saw this recipe at AllRecipes and thinking about making them for her.
EggNog Cookies
Ingredients

* 1 1/4 cups white sugar
* 3/4 cup butter, softened
* 1/2 cup eggnog
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 2 egg yolks
* 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
2. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.
3. Cream sugar and butter until light. Add eggnog, vanilla, and egg yolks; beat at medium speed with mixer until smooth. Add flour mixture and beat at low speed until just combined. Do not overmix.
4. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet 1 inch apart. Sprinkle lightly with nutmeg. Bake 20 to 23 minutes until bottoms turn light brown.

Dec 11, 2010
Hanky in Home Cooking

Planning a baking Week-end

Thanks so much to both of you. I appreciate the responses.
Hank

Dec 11, 2010
Hanky in Home Cooking

Planning a baking Week-end

Wondering what will freeze well. Grandkids and I are making caramel tartlettes. They have melted chocolate and caramel in the center and are topped with pecans. Also doing thumbprint cookies with the Hershey's kiss in the middle,some dipped pretzels,almond roca, and not sure what else. I'm sure the thumbprints will freeze OK but what about the Caramel.?. Will it be gooey again after it thaws?
Thanks for any help. Oh, one more, the Mexican Wedding Cookies.
Hank

Dec 11, 2010
Hanky in Home Cooking

Easter cookies? Something springy? Help!

I just made Bird's Nest cookies for the grandkids Easter Baskets. Lots of different recipes. This is what I went with: 11-12 oz. butterscotch chips, melt in the microwave. Stir in 1 cup of creamy peanut butter until all is melted and well combined. Add 2 cups of mini marshmallows and 6 oz.ramen noodles.Stir to make sure all are evenly coated. Drop by spoonfuls on to parchment or waxed paper. Put 3 of the little candy eggs in the middle. Turned out so cute but took forever to harden. Think next time I will go with a bit less peanut butter. I did put them in the fridge to set up quicker.

Apr 03, 2010
Hanky in Home Cooking

canned potatoes - anyone cook with them?

I took this to mean ones that you can yourself. I can yukon golds and use them throughout the year. They are delicious.

Jan 15, 2010
Hanky in Home Cooking

Tradition and defying convention

We do traditional for Thanksgiving, then for Christmas we do a different ethnic meal. We have a large family so it's fun to see the different dishes that we get. Last year was Mexican, this year is German. Always fun.

Oct 11, 2009
Hanky in Home Cooking

Interesting way to use honey?

This isn't a cooking idea but we us honey for severe coughs and colds. 1 T.honey, 1/4 t. cinnamon, warm in the microwave, stir and drink. Stops an annoying cough and gives cold relief. My grandkids ask for it whenever they get a cold. I usually put a couple drops of water in b4 heating so it's a little thinner to drink.

Sep 25, 2009
Hanky in Home Cooking

Need a base for Condensed Cream Soup

This is what I use:
Cream-of-Whatever Soup Mix (Makes equivalent of 9 cans)

2 c powdered nonfat milk
3/4 c cornstarch
1/4 c instant chicken bouillon
2 tb dried onion flakes
1 ts basil leaves1 ts thyme leaves
1/2 ts pepper

To use in place of canned cream soups in casseroles or as a base for your own soups.
Much lower in fat and salt than the canned versions.
The trick is to have it made up ready to use! Combine all ingredients, mixing well.
Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

To substitute for one can of condensed soup:

Combine 1/3 cup of dry mix with
1 1/4 cups of cold water in a saucepan.
Cook and stir until thickened.
Add to casseroles as you would the canned product.

I didn't have the onion flakes so didn't add those but I cook with alot of onion so it made no difference. The taste is very good and I keep it in an airtight container.
Hope this helps you!
Hank

Sep 25, 2009
Hanky in Home Cooking

Finger Cookie Molds - Where to Buy?

Not sure if this is what you're looking for.www.scottcrewcandlesupply.com/store/a...

Jul 20, 2009
Hanky in Cookware

Help me have new new answers when husband complains that all we have are ingredients - and nothing to actually "eat"!

Boy can I relate to this! My husband can't go to bed without a snack, no matter when he eats or how much. I think it's just a habit. We've been married 43 years and he eats like a horse but has a teenagers metabolism. Never gains a pound. Luckily, his favorite bedtime snack is toast with peanut butter. He practically goes into a depression if we don't have that or milk.
Hank

Mar 31, 2009
Hanky in Home Cooking

Is this method safe to make dulce de leche?

No need to puncture the can. I do this all of the time and it works beautifully. Good luck! You'll love it.
Hank

Mar 25, 2009
Hanky in Home Cooking

a question for bakers (sugar)

I have been using Whey Low. We use both the white and brown and love it. Here is the website: www.wheylow.com .
Hank

Mar 23, 2009
Hanky in Home Cooking

Shout out for Miriam Reichl's Corned Beef Ham

I made this yesterday with colcannon and was it ever a hit. I used a flat as we prefer leaner cuts of meat. My husband is not a fan of corned beef but gorged himself on this and asked how soon we can have it again. This is the only way I'll ever make it again.
Thanks for the original posting.
Hank

Mar 18, 2009
Hanky in Home Cooking

Difference between ancho and chipotle chili powder

I'm planning to make a Mexican Tortilla Soup nd it calls for the ancho powder. Maybe I should just use fresh roasted poblanos instead?
Thanks!
Hank

Dec 28, 2008
Hanky in Home Cooking

Difference between ancho and chipotle chili powder

Thank you! I'll cut back and taste before adding more.
Hank

Dec 27, 2008
Hanky in Home Cooking

Difference between ancho and chipotle chili powder

I have a recipe that calls for ancho powder but I can't find any. I do have chipotle powder. Can I use it?
Thanks!
Han

Dec 27, 2008
Hanky in Home Cooking

save me from a food-sad Christmas

When my children were young, I decided to take over the family Christmas and give my Mother a well deserved rest. She had done the traditional thing for many years, now it was my turn. She was free to bring a dish of some sort but I figured she had earned the right to relax. I continued this until my daughters were married with children of their own. I then announced that if they wanted a big family gathering, it could be at one of their homes. They take turns now, each of us brings some sort of dish, and we enjoy the holiday.
Maybe your Mother is just tired and it's time for someone else to step up and take over.
I have 4 daughters and 16 grandchildren so it would be alot of work for one person.
Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2008
Hanky in Home Cooking

Tastespotting Recipe Website

Quite a few websites had problems today. I called friends and family, with different net providers, and they couldn't connect to them either. Tastespotting,google,and many others. They're back up now, thank goodness. I was lost for awhile, lol!
Hank

Nov 21, 2008
Hanky in Home Cooking