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Need Breakfast Ideas...

Others have mentioned baked oatmeal - this is the version I've been making for the last several months...

Mix:
2 C old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
2/3 to 3/4 C light brown sugar
2/3 to 3/4 C walnuts, pecans, or almonds
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Mix:
2 large eggs
2 C milk (skim is fine)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 to 4 T butter, melted

Add wet stuff to dry stuff.
Add 2 C fruit of your choice: peeled and diced apples, fresh or canned peaches or pears, or thawed frozen berries.
Pour into greased dish (11x7 or casserole) and bake for 40-45min at 325F.
(Original recipe here: http://www.onceuponachef.com/2014/03/...)

This makes 4 servings; I usually reheat single servings with some milk.

about 1 hour ago
truman in Home Cooking

Where to eat in Portsmouth, NH?

We did a quick overnight trip to Portsmouth this past weekend, and based on this thread, had dinner at the Portsmouth Brewery (great atmosphere, good beers, great nachos, but we just didn't care for the entrees we chose) and lunch at Bob's Clam Hut (fantastic haddockwich and fried whole clams). Thanks!

Potato Chip Sampler Packages

Try http://www.herrsstore.com/assnca.html to order a sampler of Herr's chips. I looked at the Frito-Lay website and it doesn't look like they offer direct online shopping though, so you may have more luck with the smaller companies.

Jul 23, 2015
truman in General Topics

What is it that really turns your stomach?

I'm right there with you on the runny eggs... my husband learned pretty early on that he would have to eat "dippy eggs" when I wasn't around.

Jul 22, 2015
truman in Not About Food
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Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2015

NAY also to the white peaches in Waltham, MA - we bought a box last week and they went from rocks to mush overnight. I skinned and sliced a bunch yesterday for peach cobbler. Too bad, as we loved the box of regular peaches we'd bought a few weeks earlier.

Jul 17, 2015
truman in Chains

Waltham fishmonger?

We are also new to Waltham, so not experts, but:

- the Star Market on Lexington Street at Trapelo Rd generally is nicer than that Market Basket, according to my DH.

- Wagon Wheel has fresh fish - haven't checked out the selection though. http://wagonwheelinc.com/ Their deli sandwiches are good!

Jul 17, 2015
truman in Greater Boston Area

Non-ketchup meatloaf recipes needed

This is our go-to recipe - the tomato products are in the (completely optional) sauce.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/fo...

Jul 16, 2015
truman in Home Cooking

How to make a really good beef stew

I agree that both searing and a good flavorful liquid (esp. with alcohol) are key. This is my go-to beef stew recipe, with modifications as noted below:
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
- skip the puff pastry part
- 1.5 C Guinness (the whole bottle
)- Better than Bouillon for the beef broth
- no peppercorns
- dried thyme rather than fresh
- add 3-4 parsnips and 3-4 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
- braise on the stove - usually in a big stockpot with plenty of room - for about 1.5-2 hours.

ETA: this looks pretty similar to foodieX2's recipe, so they may be based on the same original source? I don't like potatoes in my stew but parsnips are a nice addition.

Jul 10, 2015
truman in Home Cooking

Your favorite non-food-related items that get tons of use in the kitchen

I'd use it to tightly cover stinky dishes (eg a mise en place of freshly chopped raw onions) in the fridge, or the odd leftover left in a serving bowl. If the roll was wider, like 12-16", it would be great for covering pizza dough during a room-temperature rising. I don't know how well it would do in the freezer (wrapping meat, for instance), and I doubt the paraffin would hold up to heating...

And kcshiegkawa, I did see it on Amazon. I shouldn't be surprised at what you can get from Amazon these days. :)

Jul 10, 2015
truman in Not About Food

Your favorite non-food-related items that get tons of use in the kitchen

One thing I wish I had was Parafilm - those of you with science lab experience may recognize this as the stretchy stuff used to cover beakers/test tubes/etc. It's more stretchy and clingy than Glad's Press & Seal wrap, and seals more tightly. That stuff was awesome!

Jul 09, 2015
truman in Not About Food
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weird food combinations

Weird, but not embarrassing: I like a schmear of cream cheese on my corned beef sandwiches. Yeah, it's nowhere near kosher, but the tang of the cream cheese and the fatty salty beef... nom nom nom.

Jul 09, 2015
truman in General Topics

Best not expensive panini grill

I know I've posted this on other threads, but I love love love our Cuisinart Griddler with the additional waffle plates. $100 and $40 respectively, though who doesn't have a ton of Bed Bath and Beyond coupons laying around? https://www.cuisinart.com/products/gr...
It's great for panini, waffles, pancakes, waffled falafel, burgers, chicken, etc.... We are in temporary housing for the summer and this is the one appliance/cookware item I brought with us!!

Jul 01, 2015
truman in Cookware

Sorbet, ice cream, and other frosty treats

DS loves dark chocolate - I found this recipe online and we love it! Works great with 2% milk, haven't tried 1% or skim yet. The only downside is that it makes too much for our popsicle mold, so I froze the extra in just a regular plastic container and plan to eat it with a spoon when nobody's looking...

http://www.annies-eats.com/2014/07/08...

Jun 17, 2015
truman in Home Cooking

Griddler Deluxe by Cuisinart anyone?

We have a Griddler (not sure if deluxe or regular) and purchased the waffle plates as well. We've had surprisingly good success with the recipes for waffles that came with the instruction manuals, as well as http://www.willitwaffle.com/blog/2010... for waffled falafel. We also use it for burgers, grilled chicken, thick-sliced zucchini, and pancakes - no specific recipes. The only thing to keep in mind is that since it cooks from both the top and bottom plates, things cook faster than if they were on a grill or grill pan, so watch out for overcooked meats.

Jun 02, 2015
truman in Cookware

Lunch options between Danbury and Hartford

Great - thank you! I will report back...

May 29, 2015
truman in Southern New England

Lunch options between Danbury and Hartford

Anyone?

May 28, 2015
truman in Southern New England

Lunch options between Danbury and Hartford

In just a few short weeks, my family will be moving from the Philadelphia area to the Boston area. We're driving on a Saturday in June, and plan to stop somewhere between Danbury and Hartford, CT for lunch (we'll be driving along I-84). Since we will have our dog with us, a place with outdoor seating or somewhere we can picnic would be ideal. Any cuisine is fine - we're just hoping to avoid fast food. Thanks in advance!

May 26, 2015
truman in Southern New England

Core de Roma - West Chester

And... we tried to go last night for Mother's Day again. Surprise, a special menu that wasn't announced on their website or mentioned to DH when he called. Surprise, bad service - the host (owner?) just pointed to our table and let us seat ourselves, and the waiter was rude and vanished after taking our drink orders. After 20 minutes we put some cash on the table to cover our drinks and dish washing, and left. Never again.

May 11, 2015
truman in Philadelphia

Supermarket music

This was in Marlton, NJ...

May 05, 2015
truman in Not About Food

Supermarket music

Several years ago, when I was a sleep-deprived new mom, I was at our local Shop-Rite around 6:30am on a Sunday and found myself singing along to the 80s mix they had playing. Fortunately the store was pretty empty and I could boogie on down the cereal aisle with nobody watching.

Haddonfield

We moved away almost 3 years ago, but our go-to nice restaurant was Tre Famiglia. http://trefamiglia.com/

May 01, 2015
truman in New Jersey

The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

Well, yes, but when the egg with its runny yolk is supposed to be an integral part of the dish, I'd expect that the egg-less version would be somewhat disappointing. So I just move on and order something else.

Apr 24, 2015
truman in General Topics
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The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

I'm tired of the trend because it keeps me from eating things that otherwise sound delicious. I get grossed out by eggs where the yolks are separate from the whites, which means no fried eggs, poached eggs, sunny-side-up eggs, over-easy or over-hard eggs, etc. - whether they're on their own (as breakfast) or part of another dish. My eggs must be scrambled! but I don't think that would work very well on top of a pizza or burger...

Apr 24, 2015
truman in General Topics

LIGHT sides with ribs

What about cucumbers vinaigrette? I like the recipe from the Moosewood Low-Fat cookbook, posted here: https://books.google.com/books?id=Xh7... (then go to page 256). I use 2 seedless cucumbers, 1/4 C apple cider vinegar or white vinegar, 1 T sugar, 1/2 t salt, 1 t dried dill, and a dash of pepper.

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2015

Tried it this morning - good taste, and very smooth/creamy.

Apr 10, 2015
truman in Chains

"Great" Restaurant Names

There's a restaurant/bar in Malvern, PA called The Office. Excellent food! http://theofficebarandgrille.com/

Apr 08, 2015
truman in Not About Food

Need a great Falafel recipe

Surprisingly, waffled falafel (http://www.willitwaffle.com/blog/2010...) was pretty close to authentic in terms of lightness and crispiness without frying. The recipe calls for dried chickpeas to be soaked overnight and then ground - no bean cooking required.

We used the Cuisinart Griddler waffle plates, which aren't quite as deep as Belgian waffle plates.

Apr 07, 2015
truman in Home Cooking

polenta - home made

I've made this: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
... without the herbs, it's a good basic polenta-to-be-sliced recipe. It really does set in about 45 minutes. (The "fries" are also delicious!)

Apr 07, 2015
truman in Home Cooking

Tried and true Braised Brisket Recipe?

Grandma and Mom's version: red wine, ketchup, and seasoned salt. (About 1/3 C ketchup, then fill up the measuring cup to 1 1/2 C with wine and water; rub seasoned salt on both side of the brisket. Add a few sliced onions.)

Alternative version: beer, barbecue sauce, and barbecue seasoning - either purchased or something like what chicgail listed below - rubbed on the meat before liquid is added. (About 1/2 C bbq sauce and 1 bottle of beer - I don't like Guinness here, but most other drinkable beers have turned out well.)

Apr 07, 2015
truman in Home Cooking

Strong tongs with silicon grippy thingies

I am really happy with my $5 Ikea tongs... I've had them for about 10 years and have definitely gotten my money's worth! http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/pro...

Apr 02, 2015
truman in Cookware