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need help to do fewer processed foods--

Yes, I do that a lot, and it works well.

Jul 01, 2013
Guenevere in Home Cooking

need help to do fewer processed foods--

They eat lunch meats, and I absolutely want those eliminated as much as possible.

Jul 01, 2013
Guenevere in Home Cooking

need help to do fewer processed foods--

love these ideas. thanks.

Jun 25, 2013
Guenevere in Home Cooking

need help to do fewer processed foods--

I love to cook, and do it during the weekend. but during the week, I have hungry kids to feed, stat:)

Jun 25, 2013
Guenevere in Home Cooking

need help to do fewer processed foods--

what kinds of meals do you plan for the 2 weeks?

Jun 25, 2013
Guenevere in Home Cooking

need help to do fewer processed foods--

Thank you all. many of these suggestions are very helpful. I agree that I need to get spouse on board. I asked (told) him that as of now, anything that he buys that is not in a virgin state should be talked about with me. We will see.

I think that getting the boys on board is also key, and the way that will happen is to have delicious meals at home. (Salade Nicoise last night, 10-year-old said "I love love this mom. also that potato soup thing." so we have a few dishes in rotations that work.) I am also being much clearer about rules for eating (i.e sweetened yogurt is not a snack for the evening, sit at the table and eat, fruit first for snacks, so on)

I think the lunches will be much better if we avoid processed meats (after reading the book, I am revved on how bad they are).

I used to make 10 lasagnas on a weekend and freeze them. Any other ideas for bulk freezer meals?
anyone know where to get freekah? Whole Foods, Sprouts-type places?

most of all thanks for the encouragement. I need it.

Jun 25, 2013
Guenevere in Home Cooking

need help to do fewer processed foods--

I buy a lot of fresh fruits and veggies, but my freezer is filled with Costco and trader joe's short cuts. On the weekends I make pickles and preserves, so I am not a total loss.

However, my husband has been steadily ramping up the processed chips, fruits and cookies because he is in charge of getting the kid's lunches ready.

The idea of having a bunch of whole grains, cooked, is a very good one, but. . . I need ways to fix them that my kids will like. A homemade vinaigrette + stuff. . . but what else?

We make salad nicoise about once a week. a potato/kale/kielbasa soup about once a week. take out chicken with homemade veggies once a week.

A reasonable goal to me would be one processed item per meal, at most. (when we get there, then we set higher goals). Also, better kids lunch ideas.

Jun 24, 2013
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need help to do fewer processed foods--

Just read --Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us-- (sick! sick! sick!). I realized that I have been letting processed foods take over our diet.

I need to start feeding my family fewer processed foods. I know the basic rules: eat the perimeter of the grocery store, whole grains, so on etc. etc. What I need is help to make the necessary changes.

I'm a working mom with 3 kids under the age of 10. Anyone have a list of good websites to help me make this happen, esp with the 6:00 rush (both of them, morning and night)?

Jun 24, 2013
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May 2011 COTM, PLENTY: Roots, Funny Onions

I made it and loved it. Loved it.

Apr 05, 2013
Guenevere in Home Cooking

Tucson, where to buy lamb shoulder?

Thanks in advance!

Apr 02, 2013
Guenevere in Southwest

Tucson, where to buy duck confit?

Does anyone know where I can buy duck confit in Tucson, and the approx price for 2-4 legs in fat? Thanks!

Apr 01, 2013
Guenevere in Southwest

Mexican pickled dried chiles, any recipes?

I did the same spanish searches, and also found nothing but I am guessing that the above-mentioned Diana Kennedy book will do the trick. Thanks everyone! I will report back after I get the book from library and try it. I suspect that it is those special 'Pasilla de Oaxaca' chiles.

Mar 26, 2013
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Mexican pickled dried chiles, any recipes?

Okay, I didn't have that book. I have some others of hers. Luckily, this book is at my library, so I just requested it. Thanks!

Mar 26, 2013
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Mexican pickled dried chiles, any recipes?

maybe that is it. My library doesn't have the book, but I see that it isn't too much on Amazon.

Mar 26, 2013
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Mexican pickled dried chiles, any recipes?

It's a lovely, dark winey one--with some extra spice. Maybe pasilla but I don't remember it having much kick. I I don't remember what they said it was. It definitely was different from the Verduras en vinagre. I looked at Diana Kennedy, but didn't see it, but I could have missed.

Mar 25, 2013
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Horchata

Thanks. I didn't realize that david L had a recipe for it. I will definitely try his version, as his recipes are always spot on.--although I see that isn't originally his recipe. My real problem every time has been texture. too chalky.

Mar 25, 2013
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Horchata

Again, me from Tucson. My children love Horchata, which is served at almost every restaurant here. I have tried making countless versions and have FAILED epically every time. Any foolproof horchata recipes out there?

Mar 25, 2013
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Got a whole pigs head. What can I do with its components and how do I disassemble it?

David Chang's Momofuku cookbook has a great step by step.

Mar 25, 2013
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what to serve with . . . bulgogi

it is great with homemade kimchi/rice/ optional bean paste wrapped in lettuce. I make Chang's kimchi several times a year and we love it.

http://www.koreanbeacon.com/2009/10/2...

Mar 25, 2013
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what to do with a citron?

I had great success candying it, freezing it, and then pulling it out to put in cakes. Fantastic in almond/orange cake.

Mar 25, 2013
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Mexican pickled dried chiles, any recipes?

At Teresa's Mosaic Cafe here in Tucson, they have a really nice pickled dried chile. It may be Oaxacan. My guy wants me to make it for him.

I looked all over Mexican recipes sites/ my mexican cookbooks, and so on, and this is the only one I found (and I am trying it, but I don't think it is the same):

http://johndlee.hubpages.com/hub/Mexi...

Anyone able to help me out here?

Anyone else

Mar 25, 2013
Guenevere in Home Cooking

food swap food-recipe ideas

One person I tried to swap couldn't really hide her look of disdain when I suggested a trade. Kind of funny, actually , if I hadn't felt a wee bit sensitive.

May 30, 2012
Guenevere in Home Cooking

food swap food-recipe ideas

I did kimchi and homemade flavored yogurts and biscotti. Lavash sounds good. and I do make my own vanilla, so I could package it. The most in demand were indian foods, which were, in fact amazing. It was fun, but I was just looking for more ideas

May 30, 2012
Guenevere in Home Cooking

black olives, how to brine-cure?

They grow on the tree both green and black. Green is unripe, I think.

May 30, 2012
Guenevere in Home Cooking

black olives, how to brine-cure?

very helpful. thanks very much.

May 29, 2012
Guenevere in Home Cooking

food swap food-recipe ideas

I'm not so interested in a rehash of what I brought than I am in ideas for what other people have brought that were well received, so that I would have some ideas for the future.

May 29, 2012
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Collard Green Wraps - Question

I just did the recipe from the NYT this week. It said to blanch for 2 minutes, then plunge into ice water. By the way, the recipe was great. I would tweek it a bit next time to add a bit more flavor to the rice. But the lemon and tomato paste marinade-topping was great. The collard greens caramelized beautifully.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/24/hea...

May 29, 2012
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black olives, how to brine-cure?

those of you who have successfully brine-cured black olives in the past, a few questions;
--when is the best time to harvest the olives?
--what is a good ratio for brine?
--if I'm getting moldy olives, does that mean my brine isn't strong enough?
--how long to do the brine?
--how large of a container to brine in?
--any cure to soggy texture?
--what is the best flavoring?

other tips?

May 29, 2012
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food swap food-recipe ideas

What have been some successful foods/recips at your food swaps? I just went to my first one, and my foods [which I thought were fabulous] were received with a "meh," I hoped y'all might have ideas for a more succesful swap.

May 29, 2012
Guenevere in Home Cooking

pomegranites in tucson?

We planted one last year but are waiting for the harvest. Last year we found some at costco for under a dollar each.

Nov 05, 2011
Guenevere in Southwest