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Preparing chicken breasts in advance?

Thanks, yes this is exactly the type of thing I had in mind! Had always wondered how long those were sitting around though.

Mar 23, 2014
swfood in Home Cooking

Preparing chicken breasts in advance?

Trying to get more meal prep done ahead of time (with two young kids the hour or so leading up to dinner is always hectic). Have a fairly good handle on many make ahead meals but am wondering how boneless chicken-breasts fare when prepared (but not baked) ahead of time--things along the lines of stuffed breasts, parmesan crusted etc. Would these be okay from taste (and food safety) if prepared earlier in the day or even a few days ahead? Would love to everything done and then just pop in the oven. TIA!

Mar 23, 2014
swfood in Home Cooking

cooking classes for young adults in RTP area

Perhaps 'Lil Chef in Raleigh (North Hills) though it may skew a little younger. Their website lists all of the classes, so might take a look there.

Mar 07, 2014
swfood in Southeast

Alphabet shaped pasta (or other fun shapes)?

Thanks to you both for the suggestions, will definitely check those sources out!

Dec 24, 2013
swfood in General Topics

Alphabet shaped pasta (or other fun shapes)?

Somehow started to think about the alphabet shaped pasta of my childhood and thought it would be fun to make for my young children. Started to look for it- couldn't find it at Trader Joe's and one local chain (Harris Teeter). Any tips on places that might sell? Did find a few links online but very overpriced. I'll continue to scour local markets but any thoughts would be appreciated.

Dec 24, 2013
swfood in General Topics

Raleigh: Christmas Eve?

We've always been happy with David's over on Hillsborough for Xmas eve. Great food, as always, and a festive, diverse vibe.

Dec 23, 2013
swfood in Southeast

Too late for repurposed Turkey leftovers?

Life got in the way the past few days/nights so I wasn't able to execute a couple of dishes using leftover turkey (soups/stews/chili) that I had been planning. Had been thinking of cooking 1-2 items having some freezing the rest.

Now that it is a full week after Thanksgiving I'm reading things that are leading me to believe it might be too late (even if the food is fully cooked again). Is this really the case?

Dec 05, 2013
swfood in Home Cooking

Make ahead turkey gravy...go all the way now or wait?

I decided to make some turkey gravy in advance, using turkey necks and other parts. The stock is simmering and I have (some) pan drippings from the roasted parts. I'm wondering if I should complete the gravy today or if I'll be better off holding off until a little later in the week. Any tips from those who usually do this?

Nov 24, 2013
swfood in Home Cooking

When do you think a recipe becomes your own?

At what stage of doctoring/altering/combining a recipe do you think it becomes your own? I'm thinking of things like soups where there are infinite ways of tweaking a fairly standard formula. Perhaps the first time you made the dish you followed a recipe but each time you changed a little bit more so that it doesn't resemble the original too much (except perhaps that they both have veggies and stock etc)...

Nov 24, 2013
swfood in Home Cooking

Prep ideas for sweet potatoes

Thanks! I remember seeing this a few years ago (back when I was doing a casserole). Maybe I'll make it on another ocassion. Question: Was it really hot?

Nov 23, 2013
swfood in Home Cooking

Prep ideas for sweet potatoes

Given the richness of the other dishes on Thanksgiving I was planning on serving baked sweet potatoes. I decided not to do a puree or casserole this year, want the (slight) firmness of the whole SP. As I fine tune, just thinking if anyone has any suggestions for bringing this up a notch. Or should I just go the tried and true route of some butter and a hint of brown sugar? TIA

Nov 23, 2013
swfood in Home Cooking

Guidelines for adjusting oven temp/cook times?

I am looking for some general guidelines for adjusting recipes if you need to cook a "secondary item" using a slightly higher/lower time specified. Find I run into this frequently if I have a roast in the oven but then want to add a side dish to cook alongside this. For example, if you have an oven at 350 and a recipe that says 375 any general guidance of how much time to add? TIA

Nov 23, 2013
swfood in Home Cooking

Eggplant Parm problems/tips

pretty much every recipes I've come across entails frying the slices first and then baking it layered with the other ingredients..

Nov 22, 2013
swfood in Home Cooking

Your best tried and true CANNED beans recipes, please

Two of my go to chickpea dishes are:
Roasted chickpeas just rinse, dry and season and roast for about 45 mins. Whole post on this on thekitchn.com. Joy of cooking also has recipe.

Sautéed with a light green (spinach, kale etc) along with sausage (especially kind without casings)

Nov 22, 2013
swfood in Home Cooking

Ideas for kid friendly, easy to make thanksgiving desert

Thanks for these great ides! So many options to try for Thanksgiving and beyond...

Nov 22, 2013
swfood in Home Cooking

Ideas for kid friendly, easy to make thanksgiving desert

Great suggestion!

Nov 22, 2013
swfood in Home Cooking

Cabbage recipes?

I recently used our CSA cabbage to make stuffed cabbage rolls, as I also had some chopped meat and other veggies needing to be put to use. So yummy (obviously not vegetarian) on a cool night. Makes many servings so used a lot to add to our freezer meal stash. I used the recipe in the joy of cooking as a guide.

Nov 21, 2013
swfood in Home Cooking

Ideas for kid friendly, easy to make thanksgiving desert

Would love some ideas on yummy but not complicated deserts for thanksgiving, even ones that gasp may have some store bought shortcuts. Our feast will be small, 4 adults and two little kids. We are chocolate lovers. Probably will involve my 3 yr old daughter in the prep of this dish so it needs to be simple (anytime I've tried more complicated baking with toddler "help" I get distracted and precision just isn't there). In addition to this dish will likely roast pears...would love to hear some favorites! Tia

Nov 21, 2013
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Thanksgiving shopping list necessary extras to have on hand

Planning on doing shopping for thanksgiving next day or two, in addition to the items from recipes/planned dishes any suggestions for extra ingredients to have on hand? For example, I always make sure to have buttermilk, oranges, all sorts of fresh herbs...anything else that you find gets good use once cooking is underway?

Nov 21, 2013
swfood in Home Cooking

Dinner recipes with smoked salmon?

yum! great ideas, thanks for the inspiration

Nov 12, 2013
swfood in Home Cooking

Dinner recipes with smoked salmon?

Needing inspiration for dinner tonight. We have an opened package of smoked salmon that I am thinking of using doing this.

Any good ideas? I know pasta is always an option...but trying to think beyond that. Salmon Croquettes,? (Never done with smoked salmon). Other? TIA!

Nov 12, 2013
swfood in Home Cooking

Places to eat near Asheboro, NC?

Thanks for the tips on what to possibly avoid. Any faves in SP/Pinehurst? Less worried as I know there are plenty of good options.

Nov 03, 2013
swfood in Southeast

Places to eat near Asheboro, NC?

Any recommendations for a good place to eat dinner in (or around) Asheboro, NC? We are planning on spending a weekend in Southern Pines and Asheboro and most likely will be in Asheboro at dinner time on a Saturday. Will be with our two little kids (who are good diners, so we don't have to stick to chains/fast casual) and would prefer some of the "better" options in the area. TIA

Nov 03, 2013
swfood in Southeast

Summer squash in slow cooker?

Thanks everyone for your help and confirming my concerns!

Jun 03, 2013
swfood in Home Cooking

Summer squash in slow cooker?

I am planning to use slow cooker to make a chicken, white bean and squash chili. Had made a version in the fall with butternut squash and it was fantastic, but I'm not sure if the summer squash is going to get too mushy being cooked (even on low) for such a long time. I typically use firmer root veggies when I use a slow cooker so am curious if anyone has success or tips. TIA!

Jun 02, 2013
swfood in Home Cooking

Reaheating lamb

I went out for an incredible dinner last night (tasting menu) by the time the 3rd course/main arrived the richness of the prior courses caught up with me. My lamb loin (presented where some was sliced, some wasn't) was delicious but I barely made a dent in it :(.

I now have some amazing leftovers to look forward to but what is the best way to reheat (pan/oven) etc? I ordered it rare, if that helps.

TIA

Jun 01, 2013
swfood in Home Cooking

Customizing Costco birthday cakes?

I've ordered birthday cakes from Costco in the past, really delicious and a great value. For my daughter's last birthday I was able to select colors I wanted on for the design without a problem. This time around I want to mix with the cake frosting combo--do the chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. On the order sheet they just have two options for cakes. Figure I'd check here before I call or go in. Thanks!

Mar 09, 2013
swfood in Chains

Freezing Turkey leftovers

Great, thanks! Now I don't feel the pressure for another cooking marathon.

Nov 25, 2012
swfood in Home Cooking

Costco and Trader Joes fresh-turkeys

Looking for feedback on how Costco and TJs turkeys came out this year.

For the past several years, we've been ordering our bird from the local Fresh Market, and it has been excellent. After I placed the order I noticed good options at TJs and Costco which are slightly more convenient for us so might want to do this next year. If I don't make a note of this for next year I'll probably just be on auto-pilot again.

Any thoughts from folks who did either this year or in the past?

Nov 25, 2012
swfood in Chains

Freezing Turkey leftovers

Trying to figure out my options for saving the remainder of T-day leftovers. We have 1-2 more meals using the straight leftovers and will still have plenty left (imagine enough to do 2+ different meals that contain turkey).

The problem is I am not sure I want to prepare (or eat) all of these right now.

Can I go ahead and just freeze some of the turkey pieces (legs/wings) on the bone and then thaw and cook as needed for pot-pies/enchiladas etc? Or am I better off taking the meat off the bone?

Additionally, if I freeze/thaw and then prepare at a later date can I then refreeze the final meal? I pretty much always plan on doing this with stews/soups/casseroles.

(FWIW, we started with a fresh turkey).

TIA!

Nov 25, 2012
swfood in Home Cooking