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Crock Pot Chicken?

I've made a whole chicken a few times, recipe was from 100 days of real food. Just a few spices--not even any liquid. It came out tasty but I think better to use in other things then on it's own (roasted chicken just tastes better IMO).

1 day ago
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Meals for Family Struggling with Illness

Ideas include hearty soups, chilis--one that is always on my list at this time for these situations is a chicken, butternut squash and bean chili.

Oct 13, 2014
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Brisket the night before-- best way to store?

Thanks everyone. The result so far is delicious despite a big goof on part, I'll admit I plowed ahead and the meat was fork tender falling off (probably didn't cool enough) so I just went ahead and sliced naturally (ahem...along the grain). Only in retrospect did I realize this is "wrong" but it tastes great--still I wish it was the normal brisket slices. Anyone else ever have a good that is still a good tasting one?

Sep 23, 2014
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Brisket the night before-- best way to store?

I just finished making a brisket for Rosh Hashannah tomorrow night. What is the best way to store/refrigerate it? I made it in a Le Creuset dutch oven and ideally would just like to keep it in the pot and place in the fridge but is there a "better" way (slice first, transfer to a pyrex dish etc). TIA!

Sep 23, 2014
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Favorite clean out fridge meals

Thanks everyone, great input!

Sep 09, 2014
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Easy home cooking?

Two of my favorites:

1) saute of garbanzo beans with spinach/kale (possibly sausage or another meat).

...Speaking of chickpeas, the flavor of roasted chickpeas--just a little salt and olive oil for about 35 minutes is amazing and serves as a great side.

2) Chicken, white bean and butternut squash chili--recipe came from Coastal Living about 2 years ago. If you use the pre-cubed squash this is very easy and satisfying. Also freezes beautifully

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

How is the taste with the thawed meat? I've never thought to do that with deli meat, but will certainly try if taste is not compromised?

Sep 08, 2014
swfood in Chains

Sharing recipes with friends?

I happily share. In many cases the meals that people love and requested were hardly state secrets--recent examples were something from a magazine, a popular food blog and Joy of Cooking. In your case, you should definitely take that as a sign of flattery and I'm sure whenever the dishes are served your are talked about.

Sep 08, 2014
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Favorite clean out fridge meals

What are your favorite ways to use leftover odds & ends, thinking along the lines of veggies or bits of protein? Last week we had a nice assortment of veggies that became a soup, I feel like this is the strategy I often take but if I want to be creative what are some other things I'm missing?

Sep 08, 2014
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Freezing soup question

Thanks everyone, makes me feel MUCH better. I love batch cooking soups and this thought (worry crossed my mind). I had either frozen with fresh stock or forgot that I "shouldn't."

Sep 08, 2014
swfood in Home Cooking

Irregardless cafe Raleigh

I'll also weigh in with an overall positive recent experience with Iregardless. Wouldn't add to my top 5 in Raleigh, but certainly worth another shot for those locals who eat out regularly. After going a few times about 5-6 years ago we had a long hiatus, probably due to newer/better options. Circumstances and trusted reviews brought us back this year and I was pleasantly surprised at the variety and quality of recent lunches/dinners.

Sep 08, 2014
swfood in Southeast

Freezing soup question

I made a large batch of veggie soup over the weekend and used previously frozen (and thawed) chicken stock. I know that you can't refreeze thawed food so am thinking that this probably falls into this category. Is this the case? TIA
FWIW, the stock had been made from a once frozen chicken.

Sep 08, 2014
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Evernote vs. Pepperplate?

This is great, thanks! I'm testing both out and will see which ends up working out better. My husband is a big fan of evernote so I might start to use it so we can share other types of lists for the household and this might get me to migrate over as well.

Aug 23, 2014
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Evernote vs. Pepperplate?

Thanks! After I got a few recipes in I did notice that it saved it all at once. I think the ones I started with were from publications that weren't compatible. So for now I figure if it's a 1 click process I'm saving to both sites and will play around. That's a great tip about menu planning and execution--I'll be sure to check that out.

Aug 23, 2014
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Evernote vs. Pepperplate?

I've started the project of digitizing a binder of paper recipes. I'm debating between committing to pepperplate or evernote. I've started by finding the digital version of recipes (when available). Right now, it seems like evernote is the winner as I just enter it and "save" whereas Peppertree appears to be a 3 step process (saving photo/title/text). Am I missing something? If not, seems like Evernote will be may way to go.

Some other factors:

I also have a fairly robust epicurious (digital) recipe box. Would one tool integrate this too?

Is one tool better at managing scanned pages (as I'll be doing this for handwritten/not available digitally)

Any tips from those who have used these tools would be GREATLY appreciated. TIA

Aug 23, 2014
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Pretzel salt?

I'm planning on making home made soft pretzels and the recipe calls for pretzel salt (for the topping)--haven't found it locally yet but am wondering how different it would be if I used kosher or another coarse salt. Any tips? TIA

Jul 23, 2014
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lunch in Raleigh 3 days next week

Great suggestions, a few others: Relish on creedmoor road is pretty good (leans more American) and just near the hotels around the mall. If you need a coffee bar or light breakfast nearby Sola is a good spot. The restaurants at marbles and museum of natural science are both good options and better then you might expect. You mention Coquette--- a great choice-- north hills has a lot of events for kids during the week (some might be a little young for your daughter) but worth looking into if you want it to coincide with your visit.

Jul 21, 2014
swfood in Southeast

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
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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
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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