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When you were starting out in the kitchen what did you make?

Popovers! On a daily basis. My family still talks about the mess. I started baking when I was seven or so, because I asked for an Easy-Bake Oven and my mom led me into the kitchen and pointed to her double oven.

When I was nine, my parents divorced and my mom went back to school and worked full time, so I started making the family dinners. Things like baked chicken and rice, pork chops, hamburger "stroganoff". I read the cookbooks we had (the enormous "Gourmet" double volume set, for example) and watched PBS on Saturday mornings for the cooking shows. I didn't know enough to be intimidated by any recipe so I just sailed right in to cooking.

But oh, those popovers!

about 16 hours ago
auburnselkie in Home Cooking
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Is Anyone else on Pinterest? Let's follow each other!

I am so late to this - I have a lot of catching up to do! And I think I need to use Pinterest more. But here's mine: www.pinterest.com/rachelhchaddock

1 day ago
auburnselkie in Home Cooking

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

Cardamom Chicken with Chickpea and Orange Couscous - page 185

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are rubbed with cardamom and garlic and cooked quickly in a skillet (the recipe calls for a grill pan but my cast iron worked just fine). Meanwhile, you make some couscous with chickpeas, golden raisins and scallions; orange juice and zest are stirred in after it cooks. While it's cooking, you make a yogurt sauce by stirring garlic, cumin, and olive oil into plain Greek yogurt (I even used fat free here because that's what I had).
Bottom line - this was super fast and easy and was great for a weeknight. The chicken had beautiful color, and I loved the yogurt sauce on it (it made enough so that I could use the leftover sauce on my way-too-spicy pork the following night). I already liked adding raisins to couscous, but the garbanzo beans and orange flavor was nice. I will definitely make this one again.

Jul 07, 2014
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July 2014 COTM Announcement: Congratulations Radically Simple

I ordered my copy! This will be my first COTM - I had intended to join in long ago, but things came up and I couldn't, in spite of having bought the book (in that case, it was "Homesick Texan"). Promise to do better this time. I really like the recipes I've seen reviewed here so far.

Jun 21, 2014
auburnselkie in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? October 2013 edition! [Through 11/2/13]

I have to try these! I'm always looking for bar cookie recipes. I've never heard of avalanche bars.

Oct 16, 2013
auburnselkie in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? October 2013 edition! [Through 11/2/13]

It's worth a try, for sure! :)

Oct 13, 2013
auburnselkie in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? October 2013 edition! [Through 11/2/13]

Oh, yum! Anything with pie crust is a-ok with me!

Oct 07, 2013
auburnselkie in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? October 2013 edition! [Through 11/2/13]

Yum! I may be able to move past blueberries and that sounds lovely. How do you make yours?

Oct 06, 2013
auburnselkie in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? October 2013 edition! [Through 11/2/13]

Oh thank you. It was fun humming the Imperial theme as we decorated them. I am raising a family of dorks!

Oct 06, 2013
auburnselkie in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? October 2013 edition! [Through 11/2/13]

I think they were a success - there were none left! His birthday party happens tomorrow and he's told me he wants a blueberry birthday cake...well, okay, then! I'd better get cracking! :)

Oct 04, 2013
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What are you baking these days? October 2013 edition! [Through 11/2/13]

Oh, thank you and I know that can happen. I just took them out of the oven and they are decidedly more purple than gray. I used about 3/4 cup of puree. And once I've gotten in the marshmallow filling, piped on the frosting, rolled the sides in purple glitter and then topped the whole thing with either a stormtrooper or a Darth Vader head...who is even looking at the cake at that point? ;-)

Oct 02, 2013
auburnselkie in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? October 2013 edition! [Through 11/2/13]

Well, we just finished the last of the spiced zucchini cupcakes with a lemon-ginger mousse filling and yogurt buttercream, which I really liked. My little boy turns five tomorrow (!) and he has requested blueberry cupcakes to take to school. I'm thinking about taking a vanilla cupcake recipe and folding in blueberry puree - he wants a marshmallow filling and I was thinking a cream cheese frosting, maybe with more blueberry puree, with fresh blueberries on top. I really need to get going on those!
On a non-cupcake front, I had butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips and cinnamon chips that I wanted to use up, so I folded all that into a blondie recipe, and they ended up tasting like cinnamon rolls! So of course I drizzled them with icing. Very sweet and rich, but they went over really well at the women's group for whom they were destined. :)
I'm so glad fall is finally here!

Oct 02, 2013
auburnselkie in Home Cooking

Need Cookie Suggestions

Heh - I have totally been wondering about that (the eggs baking into the dough). I will try it and let you know how it works out!

I love Ranger cookies - they aren't fancy but they are so satisfying. I've seen the version with coconut and cornflakes, but this is how my grandmother made them and I'm not messing with grandma!

May 28, 2012
auburnselkie in Home Cooking

Need Cookie Suggestions

These Ranger Cookies might fit the bill. I've made them many times and they use rice krispies, oats, and nuts, if you wanted (I don't because DH hated them). http://rosevillept.com/detail/137049....

Anne Burrell's molasses cookies are wonderful, but they turned out thin-ish and chewy (perfect for me, but maybe not what you were looking for?) http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/an...

Hope this helps - good luck!

May 28, 2012
auburnselkie in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #145 [old]

I had every intention tonight of being virtuous and having a cold noodle salad with lots of veggies, but boyzoma's salisbury steak sounded so wonderful I'm having that instead, served over blue cheese thyme soft polenta with a salad on the side. I can just be extra-virtuous tomorrow.

May 23, 2012
auburnselkie in Home Cooking

Best Recipes you have ever found on Chowhound Home Cooking board

jfood's Salmon Croquettes:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/560577

I absolutely love these.

May 23, 2012
auburnselkie in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #145 [old]

I never tire of them either, but I've been craving them lately especially since it's been so warm here. Still, it's going to be cold and wet this weekend, so I think I will take advantage of boyzoma's directions for Salisbury Steak as a last gray weather hurrah. Mostly in the summer we eat grilled lean meats, veggies, the aforementioned lettuce wraps, and salads, especially cold noodle ones.
Also, I bet the fig balsamic was wonderful. I definitely am going to try that.

May 22, 2012
auburnselkie in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #145 [old]

We're having chicken in lettuce wraps tonight. And Blueberry Boy Bait for dessert. And since I baked bread today I'll have to have at least one slice of that (with butter, naturally). And plenty of unsweetened iced tea (my whole family is from Alabama and not one of us cares for sweet tea. Philistines, the lot of us).

May 22, 2012
auburnselkie in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? May 2012 [old]

Yeah...Not too long ago I lived in a teeny tiny house with an itty bitty oven (none of my baking sheets even fit; I had to find smaller ones) which I believe had been there since the 60's. Never had a problem with it. Newish oven? Big problems.

May 22, 2012
auburnselkie in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? May 2012 [old]

Oh, thank you! I will definitely be making that.

May 22, 2012
auburnselkie in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? May 2012 [old]

See, I didn't know just what to say to that because I was afraid I'd say too much. Even without being a baker, I still use my oven all the time for cooking. Maybe he just doesn't know anyone who likes to cook.

May 22, 2012
auburnselkie in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? May 2012 [old]

Today, I've made Italian bread, molasses cookies, and am just about to start Blueberry Boy Bait for dessert tonight (we're having company and I wanted something easy). Tomorrow, Almond Joy cupcakes! My oven is finally working again so I am using it like there's no tomorrow.

Incidentally, and slightly off topic - what happened to the oven is the ignition coil went out. We just had it replaced a year and a half ago. The electrician looked at me and, perfectly seriously, commented, "You must bake a lot. You know, these ovens will work for years without a problem if you don't use them all the time."

Really???

May 22, 2012
auburnselkie in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? May 2012 [old]

That sounds lovely (both of them, I mean) - and I have a sister who would love the almond cake..Would you please share the recipe?

May 22, 2012
auburnselkie in Home Cooking

Things you want to bake

Ooh! I want to make that too! Saving to recipe box...

May 21, 2012
auburnselkie in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #145 [old]

We had hot dogs with mustard, chili, sauerkraut, and grilled onions. I'm not gonna lie - it may not be the fanciest dinner in the world, but it was absolutely satisfying!

May 21, 2012
auburnselkie in Home Cooking

"Least Favorite Vegetable" Poll

I don't love green peppers; neither am I a huge fan of crookneck squash. But I would eat either if they were served to me. I suspect I'd like crookneck squash if prepared differently than what I'm used to - my mom always cooked them to death, and it was like a watery yellow mush.
I do love brussel sprouts, cauliflower, lima beans, and many others that many people don't care for.

May 21, 2012
auburnselkie in General Topics

Things you want to bake

Oh, for me, too! It's one of those things that I know I can do it, I just have to start. Puff pastry, too. And on a much simpler note, smittenkitchen's Blueberry Boy Bait is on the agenda for tomorrow. My oven's been broken since Thursday (tragedy!) but the electrician is coming this afternoon. Thank goodness - I feel very insecure without an oven!

May 21, 2012
auburnselkie in Home Cooking

The Cookbook of the Month for June 2012 will be: The Homesick Texan Cookbook, by Lisa Fain

I just ordered mine! This will be the first COTM I've participated in, and I am very excited. I've read her blog every so often for awhile now, and I have to admit it, I do love this type of comfort food. We'll see if my jeans still love me after a month of "The Homesick Texan"!

May 21, 2012
auburnselkie in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? May 2012 [old]

And you've got me thinking about adding olives to my cheesy poufs! :)

May 18, 2012
auburnselkie in Home Cooking

Looking for cupcake cookbook

I'm sorry - I don't want you to feel ignored! I make a lot of cupcakes, but I don't have a cupcake-specific cookbook. I usually just convert a regular cake recipe. I hope someone else on these boards has a recommendation for you!

May 18, 2012
auburnselkie in Home Cooking