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Title: What's cooking at your house?
Post by: Bucky on October 14, 2011, 07:21:25 PM
Last year there was a thread - "What's for the evening meal at your house?" - that was interesting to read.

Many times, I feel like my family is eating the same 'ole thing over and over at our house.  I would love to get some ideas for quick, nutritious meals to fix for my family.

With our hot, hot summer - I didn't use our oven very much for cooking meals.  Now that cooler temperatures are here, I'm going to be using the oven more.   :)

I'm also looking forward to using the crock pot.

This past week I made a meatloaf for dinner one night along with baked potatoes and green beans.  We haven't had that in quite a long time.  It was really good, if I say so myself.   ;)  As leftovers for lunch the next day - it was just as yummy.

So, what's cooking at your house?

Bucky
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Post by: Joe S. on October 14, 2011, 07:55:01 PM
Tonight Jan made poached eggs and hash browns with minced garlic and onions.
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Post by: Carebear on October 14, 2011, 09:01:07 PM
Sweet and sour pork, stir fried broccoli, spring rolls, rice, and the last of the homemade apple pie.  ;D
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Post by: irish on October 14, 2011, 10:00:14 PM
Folks, here we go again. Joe just brought up something that I ate a lot when I was a kid. Those poached eggs are so good with hashbrowns. They are also wonderful with corned beef hash.

Tonight we had homemade spaghetti sauce with browned hamburger---I don't make the meatballs cause we like it better this way. Hubby has to have a gluten free spaghetti and me the regular stuff so that takes longer and more fuss.

I also made cauliflower with cheese sauce as we needed a vegetable, We are now on the downway trail cause hubby is having colonoscopy on Monday. So, no vegies or anything much with fiber.

I enjoy hearing what people are eating cause I, too, just totally lost my desire to cook this summer and am having a hard time getting back into the habit. Time to cook some squash with my pork loin chops tomorrow nighth. I also make baked potatoes in the oven. I scrub them well, pour olive oil and coarse gound pepper over them. Wow, this is the best!!! I eat my potatoe skins plus my hubbies. Irish

Anybody have good stir fry recipes??
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Post by: Meld256 on October 14, 2011, 10:33:56 PM
I'll check my stir-fry recipes; they're here somewhere. 

Tonight was baked chicken, baked potato and green beans. 

 Our pregnant daughter has changed from the girl who ate a cheeseburger or pizza everyday a few years ago into Mrs. Healthy Cook.  8)  She called as I was fixing our dinner and said she was making baked chicken, mashed potatoes and fresh green beans.  Gee, do ya think we think alike?  ;)

 It's turned chilly tonight so think tomorrow is for making Baked Potato Soup.  The kind with some Velveeta in it, green onions and a bit of bacon crumbles on top.  Yummy...some french bread and a spinach salad and we're good to go!
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Post by: smallfry on October 15, 2011, 01:34:47 AM

Boring meat and 3 veg here.

But my favorite winter recipe is Lamb shanks and gremolata with lemon couscous.
Meld your dinner sounds great, I would come to your house but its a bit too far.I also can't remember the last time we had meatloaf.
Cheryl
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Post by: Meld256 on October 15, 2011, 04:25:55 AM
smallfry,

I don't know what gremolata is.  :-[ The lamb sounds lovely.

Is it the potato soup you'd like some of? Sorry, guess it wouldn't ship too well, but I'd invite you if you were coming through town.  ;)
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Post by: Joe S. on October 15, 2011, 06:52:02 AM
I have a love - hate relationship with this topic. I love to hear about all the foods but I hate not being able to sample.
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Post by: lighthouse33 on October 15, 2011, 08:16:31 AM
We are having a pizza created by a teenage boy who entered it into a contest and won.  Mind you, I'm not allowed to have pizza with my no fructose diet but one has to have some joy out of life.  It is the best pizza we've ever had and dad's favorite.  One of the things it has is the three different peppers cut up - red, green and yellow.
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Post by: Bucky on October 15, 2011, 09:50:56 AM
We are having a pizza created by a teenage boy who entered it into a contest and won.


Yum, I love pizza!

Today at a garage sale I bought for a cookbook for $1:  The Diabetic Four Ingredient Cookbook.  This cookbook looks brand new.  My husband is diabetic and eats all the wrong kinds of food.  I'm hoping to find some good recipes in there that will be more healthful for him and our family.  I told him to look through the cookbook and flag things that sounded good to him and I would try and make them.  With four ingredients - doesn't sound like too much could go wrong with that!   ;)

Bucky

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Post by: Pisces24 on October 15, 2011, 02:15:40 PM
If I can find a whole chicken that is not too big (they are on sale here now), I buy one, stuff it.  I use all the leftovers from it for stuff that week: Like chicken & noodles, etc. I usually can finish it off.   I'd like to get beef more often but it has gotten expensive. If I do get it, I usually stretch it out with beef and noodles which I make great!

I've gotten a taste for baby carrots this year so have been buying and freezing them to use later. I "try" to get stuff on sale and freeze it for later but it doesn't always work expecially since there is just me.

Like your cookbook. They usually call for a bunch of ingredients you are only going to use once and they it sits in the cupboard for the year useless. The only seasonings I buy at the store are: salt, pepper, bay leaves, sage, onion and rarely cinnamin. Not adventurous I guess.
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Post by: smallfry on October 15, 2011, 05:00:34 PM
Meld just Love potato soup.

The lamb shanks are really good they are done in red wine tomatoes garlic onions carrots potatoes rosemary and beef stock, The Gremolata on the top is made of flat parsley garlic capers and lemon zest. Its very tasty and its a weight watchers recipe.

No your right it wouldn't travel well :( you never know one day i might get over to your side of the world.
Cheryl
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Post by: Patze on October 16, 2011, 06:18:06 AM
Oh my, your meals sound so good!!!!  Anyone want to adopt me? ;) :D  Alas, last night, no din-din, just don't feel like making anything and not hungry.

And Bucky, I've seen that cookbook and let us know how it works out for the hubby.


Patze
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Post by: Narablueeyes on October 16, 2011, 06:46:47 AM
I started using www dot all recipes cot com.  I was in a HORRIBLE rut.  This site has tons of easy stuff as well as Gluten free recipes.  I can use the menu planner to plan for the week and it also makes a shopping let for me.  Ive made chicken chili, Stuffed cabbage rolls, this AWESOME salad called That Addicting Salad, And these AWESOME Chicken puffs.  Easy peasy recipes and it's all planned out for me. 
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Post by: lighthouse33 on October 16, 2011, 08:40:57 AM
I didn't know whether this is allowed, if it's not the mods can delete it.

PPP (3 PEPPERS AND PEPPERONI) PIZZA

One 12" prebaked pizza crust
1/2 cup Italian-flavored tomato sauce
2 cups sliced pepperoni
2 1/2 cups shredded, mozzarella, divided
1 medium red bell pepper, sliced
1 medium green bell pepper, sliced
1 medium yellow bell pepper, sliced

1. Preheat oven to 400F.
2. Place pizza crust on pan. Spread tomato sauce evenly over crust.
3. Arrange pepperoni slices over sauce. Top with 1 1/4 cups of the mozzarella.  Arrange sliced peppers over cheese. Top with remaining 1 1/4 cups mozzarella.  Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.  Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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Post by: Joe S. on October 16, 2011, 08:46:58 AM
      Bran Muffins
2 cups Kellogg’s All Bran) soak
2 cups boiling water         )
Cream 1 heaping cup Crisco & 2 cups sugar
Add 4 beaten eggs      5 c. flour
        1 qt. Buttermilk      5 tsp. Soda
            1 tsp. Salt
Then add bran mixture & buttermilk, then dry ingredients, plus 5 more cups of bran. It’s best if it stands before baking.  Keeps up to 3 weeks in refrigerator.  Bake at 375 degrees,
about 25 minutes.

Breakfast. Yum! So much fiber it is hard to be constipated.
Title: Re: What's cooking at your house?
Post by: Bucky on October 16, 2011, 12:32:01 PM
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Wow, that's a long time to bake a pizza especially if the crust is already prebaked.  Is that the correct time for baking?

Unfortunately, my boys wouldn't touch a pepper with a ten foot pole.   :(

Bucky
Title: Re: What's cooking at your house?
Post by: lighthouse33 on October 16, 2011, 01:15:33 PM
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Wow, that's a long time to bake a pizza especially if the crust is already prebaked.  Is that the correct time for baking?

Unfortunately, my boys wouldn't touch a pepper with a ten foot pole.   :(

Bucky

Yep, that is the correct time. 
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Post by: Sooki on October 16, 2011, 02:27:03 PM
A friend came over to help us clear blackberries and we took a break for lunch.  We had Cuban black bean soup, baked butternut squash, ceviche (shrimps, avos, and some more exotic fruits), cheese, homemade applesauce, and fresh peaches.  It's pretty cold here.  There's lots left over for the week.
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Post by: 4Kids on October 17, 2011, 09:58:33 AM
Last niht webhad ceasar baked chicken breasts with basmati rice and beets. Love beets!

Having hircht for dinner, kids having scrambled eggs.

Tonight is ham and scalloped potatoes with roasted Brussels sprouts.

I love to cook.
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Post by: Joe S. on October 17, 2011, 11:08:56 AM
If you like chocolate you will like this:

      Velveeta Fudge
(This is half of the original recipe)
Melt ½ pound Velveeta  and ½ pound margarine or butter,  stirring constantly
Add 2 lb. pwd. sugar (1 pkg.)  and  ½ cup cocoa
(I add about half of the pwd. sugar before adding cocoa)
Add 2 tsp. vanilla & 1 cup chopped nuts
Pour into greased 8 x 10 pan (or don’t fill 9 x 13 pan)  No beating.
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Post by: engy on October 17, 2011, 01:31:34 PM
A big pot of chili & cornbread tonight  :)
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Post by: Narablueeyes on October 17, 2011, 01:56:28 PM
If you like chocolate you will like this:

      Velveeta Fudge
(This is half of the original recipe)
Melt ½ pound Velveeta  and ½ pound margarine or butter,  stirring constantly
Add 2 lb. pwd. sugar (1 pkg.)  and  ½ cup cocoa
(I add about half of the pwd. sugar before adding cocoa)
Add 2 tsp. vanilla & 1 cup chopped nuts
Pour into greased 8 x 10 pan (or don’t fill 9 x 13 pan)  No beating.

Oh my...I'm trying to picture this but it's just not happening.  Do you eat it yourself?? 
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Post by: Joe S. on October 17, 2011, 02:28:00 PM
The fudge melts in you mouth. I have just a tiny sliver of a 1" square bar. My family and friend go back over and over it is soo good. I know that the thought of Velveeta sounds strange but it is "Oh so good"!

It looks and tastes like very rich fudge.
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Post by: A66eyroad on October 18, 2011, 06:59:36 AM
When my daughter was in high school we made a big batch of fudge for her to bring to teachers. It was super-soft and yummy. One teacher choked on a bit that slipped down his throat. He called it "Annie's Killer Fudge" after that.   ::)
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Post by: Joe S. on October 18, 2011, 08:25:29 AM
Here is my favorite cookie. My wife has never made them. Mom used to slice them just under a quarter inch thick to cook.

   Coconut Ice Box Cookies
½ c. margarine            ½ c. Crisco
1 c. white sugar                 1 c. brown sugar
2 eggs               1 tsp. vanilla
1-1/2 c. flour            1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
  Mix above ingredients. Grind fine ½ c. coconut  & ½ c. walnuts and add to above.  Then add 3 cups oatmeal.  Separate into 2 rolls.  Freeze. Slice and bake at 350 degrees.  One roll makes 2 cookie sheets (I only do one at a time)
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Post by: 4Kids on October 18, 2011, 11:20:27 AM
Toniht is pulled bbq pork sandwiches and broccoli and carrots.

Coconut icebox cookies sound wonderful!
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Post by: Cheryl on October 18, 2011, 12:50:58 PM
I'm loving reading the ideas and recipes.  It's pot roast night here, and it smells so yummy cooking...
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Post by: tomsmom on October 18, 2011, 02:52:00 PM
Gluten free spaghetti and meatballs for dinner tonight. 
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Post by: Narablueeyes on October 18, 2011, 03:03:28 PM
BBQ boneless pork ribs, tater salad, creamed corn and corn pones.
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Post by: Joe S. on October 18, 2011, 04:03:09 PM
Baked chicken, mashed potatoes, and leafy salad.
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Post by: engy on October 18, 2011, 04:41:23 PM
Cream of broccoli soup and a gf grilled cheese with pickles!
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Post by: Bucky on October 18, 2011, 05:02:11 PM
Yum . . . it all sounds so good . . . I'll be right over!   ;D

I was flipping through that new cookbook today and this sounded pretty good:

Apple Coleslaw  (my family won't eat it, but it sounds good)

2 Cups Cabbage (shredded)
2 Medium Apples (cored, diced)
1 Can (16 oz.) Crushed Pineapple (drained)
3/4 Cup Fat Free Mayonnaise

Combine above ingredients, cover and refrigerate 1 hour or more before serving.  8 Servings.

Serving Size:  3/4 cup
Calories:  60

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Post by: Carebear on October 18, 2011, 07:07:35 PM
I just baked four gluten free cherry pies with the sour cherries in the back yard!  ;D
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Post by: Narablueeyes on October 18, 2011, 07:35:29 PM
I just baked four gluten free cherry pies with the sour cherries in the back yard!  ;D

I'll be right over with the 'niller ice cream!!
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Post by: Patze on October 19, 2011, 07:10:09 PM
Oh my Bucky, that sounds SOOOO good!  Hummm, need to find something else to use other than pineapple as it kills my EOE.  Wonder of if I can substitute grapes or something similar?

Hey Carebear, wanna pass that recipe on to me?  Pretty please? :D ;D  Or adopt me?  I'm pretty flexible! ;) :)


Patze
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Post by: Meld256 on October 19, 2011, 07:35:43 PM
Bucky,

The coleslaw sounds great.  My MIL made one similar a few weeks ago; it was different but really good.

And no pineapple, Patze.  8)

1 small bag cabbage/coleslaw mix
1 diced large apple
1 cup golden raisins
2 teaspoons sliced green onions
1 cup of jarred coleslaw dressing  (jarred, is that right? Sounds like it was startled)  ;D   
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Post by: Carebear on October 19, 2011, 08:43:00 PM
Patze,

Thanks!  I didn't have a recipe so I just made it up.  The filling was cherries with their juice, sugar, almond flavouring, and a little corn starch.

Adopt you, eh... ;D ;D ;D

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Post by: lynnmarie219 on October 19, 2011, 09:18:01 PM
Oh my....you are all making me so hungry! Between working late and different schedules...I'm one who usually runs home and has something very simple...sandwich...cereal...left overs from the weekend...or something I picked up on my way home!

I know...not good!
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Post by: Patze on October 20, 2011, 05:07:20 AM
Goodness Meld, that sounds wonderful!  Need to put the ingredients on my shopping list for this weekend!

Now Lynnmarie, got to get you to eat better (its starting to sound like what I do at night! ;) :D).


Patze
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Post by: Joe S. on October 20, 2011, 06:18:23 AM
Brunch today: Jack Daniels BBQ pulled Chicken and Cheese sandwiches.
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Post by: Narablueeyes on October 20, 2011, 08:22:06 AM
Since it's my Friday, I'm in the mood for beignets tonight. So, I'm off to home to take a nap before I start the golden process.  Woohoo!!
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Post by: Joe S. on October 20, 2011, 08:43:04 AM
Friday? What are beignets?
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Post by: A66eyroad on October 20, 2011, 09:18:33 AM
NaraBlue, are you in New Orleans?
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Post by: arina83 on October 20, 2011, 09:38:52 AM
Having miso soup with baby bok choy and rice for lunch. Water with local apple cider and organic fruit punch to drink.
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Post by: Narablueeyes on October 20, 2011, 09:40:10 AM
Friday? What are beignets?

I work 4/10s so today is my Friday.  Beignets is French/Cajun for fried donut.  Sprinkled with powdered sugar and then drizzles with honey. 
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Post by: Narablueeyes on October 20, 2011, 09:42:01 AM
NaraBlue, are you in New Orleans?

I am from New Orleans but live elsewhere.  I order much of my Cajun cuisine online just so I don't have withdrawal symptoms!
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Post by: 4Kids on October 20, 2011, 11:15:29 AM
Hashbrown casserole (which my kids will hate  :P hashbrowns, mushroom soup, cheese, sour cream and some type of crumb with parmesagn on top), Polish sausage and peas, raw carrots, cucumbers, and possibly more broccoli or brussel sprouts. Need to use them up!

Lunch was borscht and the kids had leftover lasagna casserole from last night. DH and I got to go to Red Lobster for a date for Endless Shrimp, which I haven't had in forever  :-* Thankfully I have used up all the borscht, finally.

MMMM beignets.
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Post by: engy on October 20, 2011, 02:22:19 PM
Seriously, cherry pie????  MY FAVORITE  ;)

We are having ham & homemade noodles tonight. Wish I had a piece of pie...and a cup of strong organic coffee (miss my coffee).


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Post by: Meld256 on October 20, 2011, 04:31:29 PM
Homemade beef stew and a spinach salad.   ;)  It's suddenly turned fall here.  Lots of rain, breezy winds and in the 40's and 50's for daytime "highs". 

Brrr.... :P
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Post by: Patze on October 20, 2011, 06:17:41 PM
Oh my Narablueeyes, beignets??  Oh my, my mouth is trying to salivate!  Good stuff those beignets!  By the way, do you like yours with warm honey too?

Hey Meld, do you use Hungarian Paprika in your stew?



Patze
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Post by: Meld256 on October 20, 2011, 06:40:01 PM
Patze,

I'll say "yum" to a beignet, too. Haven't had one for years. Nara, we'll all be right over.  :D

No, don't think I've ever used Hungarian Paprika.  I'd be willing to try it because we love experimenting with spices.  Have some smoked paprika but that's best with any kind of grilled/BBQ.
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Post by: Narablueeyes on October 20, 2011, 06:44:03 PM
Oh my Narablueeyes, beignets??  Oh my, my mouth is trying to salivate!  Good stuff those beignets!  By the way, do you like yours with warm honey too?

Hey Meld, do you use Hungarian Paprika in your stew?



Patze

Honey is honey.  However, I keep mine in the cabinet next to the oven so it's never room temperature when I need it.  There was a catfish place over in north Texas that used to take raw biscuits and quarter them, fry them, and then dip them in regular sugar.  You'd get a batch of fried catfish, coleslaw, and those biscuits.  Mmmmmm...
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Post by: season on October 20, 2011, 08:46:47 PM
Homemade burgers with ground chuck piled high with grilled sweet peppers, onions and a slice of tomato.

Baked sweet potatoes with lots of cinnamon, butter, and honey.
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Post by: Carebear on October 20, 2011, 08:55:18 PM
Owww!  I have a tummy ache from all that cherry pie!   :P
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Post by: 4Kids on October 21, 2011, 10:58:23 AM
Rib roast, potatoes and vegetables. Possibly garlic toast.

I had mini quiche (ham,cheese, broccoli and mushroom) and water for lunch, kids had french toast.
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Post by: A66eyroad on October 21, 2011, 11:02:35 AM
I work 4/10s so today is my Friday. 
You work ten hours straight???
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Post by: Narablueeyes on October 21, 2011, 12:15:27 PM
I work 4/10s so today is my Friday. 
You work ten hours straight???

Technically yes but I do legal research and I'm at a computer all day.  I do take breaks and have an understanding boss.  Good friends at work too that help out.
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Post by: Narablueeyes on October 21, 2011, 12:18:39 PM
I work 4/10s so today is my Friday. 
You work ten hours straight???

Oh, I do work at home one day a week with the option of going to two, if need be.
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Post by: Scottietottie on October 22, 2011, 08:24:49 AM
Cooking tonight?  Fish pie.  Yum.  :)
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Post by: Narablueeyes on October 22, 2011, 08:54:13 AM
Cooking tonight?  Fish pie.  Yum.  :)

Um, I love fish but have never heard of fish pie.  how do you prepare it?
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Post by: Scottietottie on October 23, 2011, 06:35:57 AM
Peel and cook potatoes. Mash them
Hardboil a couple of eggs and peel them.
Cook some smoked fish and some white fish in milk. Drain (keep the milk) and roughly flake the fish.

Make a white sauce and put the flaked fish and chopped hard boiled eggs into it. Season to taste. Smoked fish is often quite salty but it's nice to add pepper.

Put into a casserole dish and smother the top with mashed potato. Oven bake until the potato browns on top.

Variations:  add lightly fried onions to the white sauce mix. Use prawns as well as fish. Use sweetcorn in the mix. Grate some cheese on top of the potato and let it melt in and brown up.

Yum. ( and it's easy to swallow because it's 'wet'.)
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Post by: Narablueeyes on October 23, 2011, 07:35:36 AM
Peel and cook potatoes. Mash them
Hardboil a couple of eggs and peel them.
Cook some smoked fish and some white fish in milk. Drain (keep the milk) and roughly flake the fish.

Make a white sauce and put the flaked fish and chopped hard boiled eggs into it. Season to taste. Smoked fish is often quite salty but it's nice to add pepper.

Put into a casserole dish and smother the top with mashed potato. Oven bake until the potato browns on top.

Variations:  add lightly fried onions to the white sauce mix. Use prawns as well as fish. Use sweetcorn in the mix. Grate some cheese on top of the potato and let it melt in and brown up.

Yum. ( and it's easy to swallow because it's 'wet'.)

AAHHHHHHH!!!!!  That's the same as my shepherds pie except you use fish and I use ground beef!!  I would've never thought to use fish!  I use ground beef plus any leftovers from the week and then top with potatoes.  I'm giving your fish pie a try!!
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Post by: Patze on October 23, 2011, 07:34:01 PM
Yummy Scottie, that sounds so gggggooooooooooooooodddddddd!!!!


Patze
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Post by: Bucky on October 23, 2011, 08:28:02 PM
I'll pass . . . I'm not crazy about fish.

Tonight I had vegetable soup.  Hit the spot.   ;D

Bucky
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Post by: Meld256 on October 23, 2011, 09:04:55 PM
Leftover homemade beef stew...tasty!  No energy to cook today.  :P
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Post by: Meld256 on October 24, 2011, 07:33:36 PM
Scottie, mashed potatoes are "mash" there, right?  You may have to give us a "bangers and mash" recipe.  ;)
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Post by: Joe S. on October 25, 2011, 07:41:02 AM
We have BritCon next September. How do you make Bangers and Mash? That is one of the dishes that our British guests have asked for. The other dish is bread pudding.
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Post by: Narablueeyes on October 25, 2011, 08:43:35 AM
Scottie, mashed potatoes are "mash" there, right?  You may have to give us a "bangers and mash" recipe.  ;)

Sausages and mashed potatoes with a rather rich onion gravy.  I've made this one before and it's a huge hit with me hubby!
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Post by: Joe S. on October 25, 2011, 04:18:08 PM
It sounds like the gravy is the key. Do you have a recipe for it? I'm a dumb man that does not know how to cook.
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Post by: Meld256 on October 27, 2011, 05:11:46 PM
Hey, Nara, you know what bangers and mash are!  ;) I just learned recently from our UK and Canadian friends here.  It sounds really good. 

We'll have to send you a recipe, Joe. So, Nara? The floor is yours.  ;D 8)
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Post by: Meld256 on October 27, 2011, 05:16:09 PM
I FINALLY got around to making the potato soup today, like I meant to about 2 weeks ago.  It's chilly and rainy here and it tasted great.  Yummy!
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Post by: Narablueeyes on October 28, 2011, 03:21:11 AM
Hey, Nara, you know what bangers and mash are!  ;) I just learned recently from our UK and Canadian friends here.  It sounds really good. 

We'll have to send you a recipe, Joe. So, Nara? The floor is yours.  ;D 8)

Joe and Melinda,

The secret is trying to cut calories!!  Sometimes I used kielbasa, sometimes chicken and apple sausage, Sometimes HOT sausage.  Depends on your tastes that day.  ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS REAL MASHED TATERS!!!  None of this boxed stuff unless you just don't have energy.  For the gravy, I use a beef broth mixed with milk and flour.  I saut? onions and then pour the beef broth in; mix the flour in cold milk to prevent clumping and get the onions and broth boiling.  Pour in milk and stir CONSTANTLY and lower flame to low medium.  Once it starts to thicken, turn fire off and keep stirring.  I like ti slice up the sausage before putting it on the taters and then add gravy on top - a lot of gravy.  This is a bowl meal for us.  You can try a plate but I think it works better in a bowl.
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Post by: Joe S. on October 28, 2011, 07:29:28 AM
Thanks for the recipe. I have added it to the file for the convention. Now I will let Jan figure out how to adjust it for 500 people.
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Post by: Narablueeyes on October 28, 2011, 09:18:46 AM
Thanks for the recipe. I have added it to the file for the convention. Now I will let Jan figure out how to adjust it for 500 people.

Just multiply everything by 1000!  BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!  That's a mighty courageous undertaking!!  Best of luck.
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Post by: Bucky on October 28, 2011, 10:06:31 AM
Lunch today:  Progresso Vegetable Classics - Minestrone, on sale at the store for 69c for a 19 oz. can!   Yum!!!

A fall day with the sun shining on our maple trees as they shimmer in the sunshine with the pretty reds.  Looking out the dining room window there is a mix of yellow (color was waaaay too bright for the eyes to highlight it in yellow on this forum  ;) ) and orange trees in the woods.  Ahhhhhh, fall - love it!   :D

Have a good weekend everyone!

Bucky
 
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Post by: A66eyroad on October 28, 2011, 10:25:08 AM
Lunch today: Leftovers!

1/2 baked potato
slice of pork roast, shredded
small handful of shredded cheddar
teaspoon of sour cream
barbecue sauce

Pop it in the microwave and voila!  Delicious!
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Post by: irish on October 29, 2011, 02:52:03 PM
Meld, We think alike. I made home made potato soup on Wednesday and it was so good. Had a the last of it for lunch today.

I make mine with boiled potatoes in a dutch oven--then I mash up half the potatoes with milk and butter til almost on the thin side. I cut up the rest of the potatoes and add to the potato base. I then add minced onions, slat and pepper, dill weed, parsley flakes,etc and whatever else I am in the mood for.

That day I had some cooked up bacon in the freezer and I cut it up in pieces and added it plus when the soup got warm I added the shredded cheddar cheese. I usually shred up a carrot and nuke it till done and then add that to the soup and later on add the frozen peas. I cook it on the stove in the dutch oven and cover it making sure to stir it often. Even on low the soup will want to come to a boil and need to prevent it from burning.

When it is almost done I will taste it and add some sugar which kicks it up a notch!!!! This is the gluten free way of making potato soup. I also have made cauliflower/broccoli soup this same way. Really is good and a much different flavor from the other potato soups.Irish ;D
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Post by: 4Kids on October 29, 2011, 04:00:27 PM
I am making a prime rib roast, mashed potatoes and broccoli and carrots.

Pretty much a classic lazy meal here...
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Post by: Patze on October 29, 2011, 09:53:32 PM
Wow 4Kids, that sounds so yummy!!!  :)


Patze
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Post by: 4Kids on October 30, 2011, 07:38:34 AM
It was really good! They have been selling rib roasts for dirt cheap around here and so we have been enjoying them often  8)
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Post by: Scottietottie on October 30, 2011, 08:09:12 AM
Tonight - homemade lentil soup and home made bread.  :)
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Post by: Meld256 on October 30, 2011, 11:52:18 AM
Mmnn...lentil soup, Scottie.  :D

Irish, I guess we do think alike. I love making potato soup a few times when it starts getting cold outside.
I boil potatoes and drain them; add some milk, chicken broth and half&half.  A chunk of Velveeta cheese and some canned cream of celery soup. Chop some green onions, and throw in some cooked bacon or the real bacon bits in a jar.
I keep some of the potato chunky, and then when serving, add a dollop of sour cream and more green onions. Maybe a bit of shredded cheddar.  It ain't low-cal, I'm sure, but it is soooo good.  :D 8)

A green salad and a piece of Italian or French bread and we're good to go.
I haven't cooked much in the last week, so today I'm working on some lasagna!

Our 23-yr.-old daughter is pregnant and had major morning sickness. I feel so badly for her. I never dealt with that.  She's given the cooking over to her husband because she can't stand to look at or smell food cooking.  Her sickness got so bad she couldn't keep anything down, and I was getting really concerned for her.

 At her ob/gyn appt. Thurs. they put her on promethazine, thank goodness.  She had gained 7 pounds from her 5 weeks-9 weeks appt. and now lost 10 pounds at her 13 weeks appt!  And she was thin to begin with. 
The first pill she took helped.  She's been trying to eat so healthy but she wanted pizza so bad and was able to eat some yesterday.  She said it was "awesome greasy goodness".  ;)  She's tried so hard to do everything right with her pregnancy; let's hope she can begin to get enough food and liquids in her again!
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Post by: Chickpea on October 30, 2011, 12:06:40 PM
Hi Joe and other 'bangers and mash' fans

I can't believe that people from the UK are asking for our national dishes of bangers & mash and bread pudding when they're visiting you!  Surely they want to try your food?  There are a few secrets for the perfect bangers and mash: 

make sure the sausages are well cooked so they're browned and maybe a little split open;

the gravy is best made with lots of fried onions which are sprinkled with flour.  Then you add beef stock with a little red wine, and simmer for a few minutes to thicken;

the mash should be made with floury old potatoes, boiled and then mashed while warm with butter and lots of black pepper. 

There are restaurants here in the UK that serve only bangers and mash with lots of varieties of sausages, gravy and mash.  Great food for teenagers!

Here tonight we're eating spankopita (spinach pie), potato and sweet potato bake, beetroot salad ... followed by apple and raspberry crumble with custard.  My daughter's home from college which explains the feast!

Loving this topic.

Chickpea

Title: Re: What's cooking at your house?
Post by: Joe S. on October 31, 2011, 07:56:12 AM
Jan made brand muffins with blue berries this morning... very good.
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Post by: irish on November 01, 2011, 09:23:49 PM
Joe, Just a quick note here concerning Jan. I take it that she is getting along ok following her surgery. At least I am assuming she feels pretty good if she is able to make home made muffins. Just hadn't heard much on her condition lately. Hope you are both doing well. Irish ;D
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Post by: engy on November 02, 2011, 03:11:10 AM
Steak fajitas last night. Made it out of flank steak. I also found a good tomato & zucchini casserole for our veggie but was so good we could have had it for our main course!

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Post by: Narablueeyes on November 02, 2011, 04:33:58 AM
Pecan encrusted talapia and long grain and wild rice.  Thick, moist fish filets that were sooooo good, didn't get much rice in my system they were so filling.  Tonight, jamaican jerk salmon. 
Title: Re: What's cooking at your house?
Post by: Joe S. on November 02, 2011, 06:35:03 AM
We just got a hard dumpling recipe from my cousin. I am hoping for chicken and dumplings. The fluffy dumplings that most make just do not taste right.
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Post by: A66eyroad on November 02, 2011, 06:51:55 AM
There's a girl in my office who's a fabulous cook. She makes us lunch -- for all of us! -- about three times a week.

Today she is making roasted pumpkin soup. Yum!
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Post by: Bucky on November 02, 2011, 07:40:11 AM
There's a girl in my office who's a fabulous cook. She makes us lunch -- for all of us! -- about three times a week.

WOW!  Do you guys pay her for lunch?  Maybe she should consider opening a small diner or a catering business!  She could hit up companies and take them lunch. 

I remember when I lived in Arizona back in 1980, there was what we called "roach coaches" that stopped at the business industrial park and you could go out and buy lunch from these trucks.  The companies didn't have vending machines or anything, so you either had to bring your lunch from home or venture out somewhere to pick up a bite.  This truck traveled to each company and stayed for something like 15-20 minutes and then moved on.

Isn't that how Katie Brown started out?  Selling curry out of her car?

Bucky



Title: Re: What's cooking at your house?
Post by: A66eyroad on November 02, 2011, 08:29:28 AM
She says she loves working here, and she's trying to help two of the girls lose weight. She cooks really healthy stuff, and is always looking online for recipes. Is this a great job or what?!?

I try to pay her $20 a week, but I sometimes forget.   :-[  She never asks for money, and I don't know whether anybody else pays her.

I remember the "roach coach" in the 70s when I was working in a factory during summer vacation. It was pretty good (compared to school cafeteria food!) but the regular employees complained about how awful it was.

I don't know about Katie Brown; I think I'll look her up on Google. I can't watch her --- her voice gets on my nerves.

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Post by: LizPetillo on November 02, 2011, 10:48:33 AM
today .. buffalo steaks.
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Post by: Narablueeyes on November 02, 2011, 08:07:51 PM
Tonight, "mess." I take leftovers and mix with pasta and either spaghetti sauce or cheese sauce. 
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Post by: Joe S. on November 02, 2011, 08:58:29 PM
Take and bake pizza with apple pies. I wanted chicken and dumplings.
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Post by: Cricket on November 06, 2011, 10:57:36 AM
Well today the kids and grandkids are coming over and I am making a broccoli and ham braid (Pampered Chef recipe) and some hash browns. 
Title: Re: What's cooking at your house?
Post by: Joe S. on November 06, 2011, 02:20:11 PM
I have been promised chicken in dumplings on Thursday for supper. Tonight is bread and water again. Maybe crackers, cheese and summer sausage if I am up to that.
Title: Re: What's cooking at your house?
Post by: Bucky on November 06, 2011, 02:57:38 PM
It sure would be nice, now and then, if my family would say, "what do YOU want US to fix for dinner tonight?" instead of the usual . . . . "what's for dinner?".  Sigh

Although, on the rare (very, very rare) occasion when they DO decide to "cook" - it usually involves getting a mass number of pots and pans and dishes out.  Of course, they never clean up the mess afterwards.   ::)  Sigh

A bowl of cereal sounds about right up my alley tonight.  Quick and simple.

Bucky
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Post by: Carebear on November 06, 2011, 03:31:18 PM
I'm with you, Bucky.

I could smell something cooking in the kitchen a while ago.  "Oh yeah!  Someone's making me supper!  How nice!"  Nope.  They cooked something for themselves.  Something with gluten that I can't eat.   >:(

So I'm making some pasta for me, myself, and I.  And for dessert, my homemade gluten free banana bread.
Title: Re: What's cooking at your house?
Post by: engy on November 06, 2011, 04:20:37 PM
It was such a sunny day we grilled steak with lots of mushooms & onion.  I made twice baked potatoes. Yum.  Carie
Title: Re: What's cooking at your house?
Post by: Joe S. on November 06, 2011, 05:27:18 PM
Bucky, Just ask them what they are cooking for dinner. When my wife asks that, I ask her where she wants to go. I do not cook.
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Post by: irish on November 06, 2011, 05:44:41 PM
Joe, You are toooo funny. Bread and water---that is probably what my hubby thinks I am cooking.g I have not felt good all summer and I lost my desire to cook about the same time. One day this summer he came in for lunch and there were no leftovers in the fridge and I hadn't made any lunch.

Sooo, the old standby was fixed again!!! Grilled cheese (on gluten free bread for him) and peach sauce. I thought it was just great on these hot summer days and we had that at least once a week all summer.

Tonight I cooked some venison chops for hubby. He didn't get a deer but the son did and the guys cut up 2 deer today. Hubby was given some meat for supper. I had a little frozen pizza and baked chicken for tomorrow night. We ill be gone to cities for hubbies pulmonology appt tomorrow. Maybe we will come home with an order for oxygen for him. I really am hoping!!!Irish ;D
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Post by: Meld256 on November 06, 2011, 08:06:26 PM
Made seafood fetticine and salad...yummm. :)

Joe, you are funny. Poor guy; bread and water.  You sound like my husband and his love for chicken and dumplings.  His grandmother made the very best!  It's sort of a tradition in SE Kentucky, I think.  Everyone's "mamaw" seems to make the best biscuits or the best chicken and dumplings.  I hope you get some dumplings by Thursday!
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Post by: Joe S. on November 07, 2011, 07:25:03 AM
I do not like the soft fluffy dumplings. I like the hard dumplings. It took forever to find the recipe. I found out that my cousin had it. (Moms recipes and legal papers disappeared when she died.)

I did have bread with jelly on it last night, 2 crackers a slice of cheese, and a cereal bowl of pop corn. While watching the blue ray edition of "Star Wars" chapter 5.
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Post by: A66eyroad on November 07, 2011, 07:27:02 AM
Last night ----- Breakfast for dinner!  I love pancakes with real butter, and honey instead of syrup.
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Post by: Carebear on November 07, 2011, 08:36:35 AM
I just love pancakes for supper! ;D
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Post by: 4Kids on November 07, 2011, 10:32:29 AM
I made borscht and potato soup yesterday (two different pots.) So we have several extra quarts to heat up in the fridge.

Tonight we are having lemon rosemary chicken, roasted yellow greek potatoes and broccoli. Sounds intensive but it all goes into the oven but the broccoli.

Joe I am Canadian (from the prairie) but we call those type of dumplings Klimps. My Mom would make them. Just flour and milk to a dough, and put on a piece of stewed chicken. That is a really easy meal, wish I could make you some. I love to cook, hate my tiny kitchen and no cupboards though. My family hates stewed chicken but it is so easy, nutrious and delicious.
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Post by: Joe S. on November 07, 2011, 03:09:24 PM
This is the recipe that I got from my cousin Suzy.

Hard dumplings
Mix together:
2 eggs
water equal to the 2 eggs
salt
pepper
1/2 tsp baking powder
 
Add flour until stiff and sticky
drop by tsp into boiling water
dumplings are done when they float and look white
 
"I avoided saying until it looks right but it was hard" (Suzy)
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Post by: irish on November 07, 2011, 10:12:57 PM
Joe, They don't have any shortening or oil in them so that is why they are hard. I bet they are good though.

I do cold cereal a lot at night and really like it. Also, anyone every do french toast with peanut butter and syrup with some cinnamon sprinkled over it?? Yummy!!!Irish
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Post by: Bonnie on November 08, 2011, 03:27:07 AM
Tonight I am making Cottage pie using a recipe from Scottish Slimmers - I am trying my best to loose a few pounds.  Last night my hubby cooked butternut squash risotto, and white chocolate bread and butter pudding.  I will have to be supergood for the rest of the week  ;D

I went grocery shopping at the weekend and bought lots of ingredients so that I can eat healthy food from the book for the rest of the week.
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Post by: Bucky on November 08, 2011, 05:59:55 AM
* Note to self . . . . don't read this thread when you're hungry!!!   ;)

Bonnie - I've never heard of white chocolate bread and butter pudding.  It sounds yummy!

OK - I'm hungry for breakfast . . . whose house can I come to??   ;D

Bucky
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Post by: Scottietottie on November 08, 2011, 09:19:16 AM
Tonight - smoked salmon steaks, brussel sprouts, carrots and new potatoes.
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Post by: 4Kids on November 08, 2011, 11:15:12 AM
Beef and broccoli stir fry w rice. I made cheese and onion monkey bread, and a carrot cake, and a couple of loaves of bread for the week for lunches for the kids and dh.

Now I have to clean up the mess  ??? :o
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Post by: irish on November 08, 2011, 10:11:13 PM
How do you make your cheese and onion monkey bread. Have eaten the regular monkey bread buty not heard of it made with cheese and onion. Irish ;D
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Post by: Carebear on November 09, 2011, 08:09:50 AM
Tonight I'm going out for supper.   ;D  Doesn't happen very often, so I am really looking forward to it.
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Post by: Bucky on November 09, 2011, 11:43:39 AM
Carebear - lucky you . . . enjoy!!   ;D

Bucky
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Post by: Cricket on November 09, 2011, 02:05:47 PM
Tonight a homemade chicken and gnocchi soup.  Hope it's good!                           
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Post by: Joe S. on November 09, 2011, 03:37:01 PM
White cheddar broccoli soup. I hope it is good.
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Post by: Meld256 on November 09, 2011, 07:30:38 PM
Hey, Carebear

Hope you enjoyed your dinner out! :)

I guess I'm in Thanksgiving dinner mode already. I put a small turkey breast in the crockpot today, make mashed potatoes, stuffing and a fruit salad. It was sooo good!

My daughter called and told me she made soupbeans and cornbread, and it was awesome.
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Post by: Carolina on November 10, 2011, 06:09:15 AM
Wow, I'm ready for a gastronomic tour of all the posters on this forum.

I used to love to cook, back in the day.

Now, not so much.

Eating, however, that's a whole NOTHER subject!

Hugs 

Elaine
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Post by: Narablueeyes on November 10, 2011, 07:20:44 AM
I'm making beignets for my sweet love tonight.  Don't know about dinner but he's definitely getting beignets for dessert.
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Post by: Meld256 on November 10, 2011, 07:44:11 PM
Aww, Nara.  Sweets for your sweetest...I know, that's corny but true.  ;)
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Post by: Joe S. on November 10, 2011, 09:50:59 PM
Jan made chicken and (hard) dumplings for supper. It was very good. I have left overs. Hooray!
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Post by: Narablueeyes on November 11, 2011, 04:54:33 AM
Aww, Nara.  Sweets for your sweetest...I know, that's corny but true.  ;)

I'm beyond corny sometimes when it comes to him.  He's the best thing that's ever happened to me.  For me.  He's beyond great.  At least to me.   :-*
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Post by: 4Kids on November 11, 2011, 01:03:11 PM
How do you make your cheese and onion monkey bread. Have eaten the regular monkey bread buty not heard of it made with cheese and onion. Irish ;D

There was a recipe on the king arthur website for cheese pull apart bread. I would post the link but i am on my phone. I added an onion souce blend and a bit of sauteed onion. I was the only one who loved it though.

Next week we are having roast beef sandwiches. Those are my favourite, like a roast beef dip.
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Post by: Meld256 on November 14, 2011, 12:14:33 AM
Nara,

So glad you have a wonderful guy there. I'm blessed with one of those guys, too.  ;)

Joe,
 I was just checking to see if you finally got those dumplings, and I see you did.  Yeah!! And leftovers, too?  That's great!

 Chicken and dumplings seem to be Thanksgiving tradition at my MIL's house.  Along with a few other time-consuming dishes like deviled eggs, waldorf salad and fresh cranberry salad.  Think I need to start resting up for it now!
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Post by: Joe S. on November 14, 2011, 05:57:58 AM
We had a pot luck BBQ on Saturday with some friends from college. I sat out in a T shirt because my body was so hot. The out side temp was in the upper 50's. I grilled about 40 pounds of beef so every one had left overs to take home. We had deviled eggs, potatoes, squash, and individual cheese cakes. Pure black cherry juice and Pepsi throwback were the predominant drinks.

My grand kids were here and they watched Cars 2 while having hot dogs instead of steaks or hamburger.
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Post by: engy on November 14, 2011, 01:28:21 PM
Chicken cordon bleu tonight  :)

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Post by: Bonnie on November 15, 2011, 08:46:44 AM
Bucky,

Sorry not been on for a wee while.  My husband made the bread and butter pudding with a custard that had melted white chocolate.

it was yummy.
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Post by: irish on November 16, 2011, 08:16:25 PM
Sorry, I have been going to give you the recipe for this great cheesecake and forgot. Imagine that!!

This is called CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE:

Makes on 9 inch cheese cake. I use a springform pan and it works great. If you don't have one check out the thrift shops.

CRUST

2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs--I used crushed cocoa pebbles as they are gluten free.
5 Tablespoons melted butter

FILLING

3 packages (8 oz) cream cheese room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
5 large eggs
2 ounces or squares semisweet chocolate-melted

FROSTING

6 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted--can use chocolate chips
1/2  cup sour cream

Mix the chocolate crumbs and melted butter till blended--press into springform pan

Preheat oven to 300 degrees

Beat the cream cheese, sugar and eggs at medium speed til smooth and fluffy. Spoon half of cream cheese mixture onto crust.

Stir the melted chocolate into remaining cream cheese mixture till well blended. Drizzle over the batter on the crust making swirls.

Bake cheese cake for 50 minutes and transfer pan to wire rack to cool

Transfer cheesecake to a serving plate, cover with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.

Uncover and carefully remove from pan

Make frosting by mixing together chocolate and sour cream Spread over the cheesecake. Chill brieifly til frosting is set.

The picture I have shows the cheesecake frosted on top and sides plus they piped around the edge with the frosting and it looks so great.

I have added vanilla to the cream cheese mixture to kick it up a notch. I have also sprinkled it with colored sugar like you do with the cut out cookies at Christmas. You can let your imagination run wild. I have wondered how a little rum, almond or coconut flavoring would work.

Just cut very small pieces as this is very, very rich and very good. Our 3 boys snitch little pieces all day at Christmas. By evening the cheesecake is usually pretty much gone. Enjoy Irish

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Post by: A66eyroad on November 17, 2011, 08:13:56 AM
Found what looks like a yummy and easy chicken and dumplin's recipe:  http://permanentposies.com/2011/11/best-chicken-and-dumplings-ever/ (http://permanentposies.com/2011/11/best-chicken-and-dumplings-ever/)
Title: Re: What's cooking at your house?
Post by: Joe S. on November 17, 2011, 08:37:13 AM
Too fluffy for me. The hard dumpling recipe was great.
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Post by: Scottietottie on November 17, 2011, 08:41:14 AM
Getting a 'carry out' tonight I think. I have a committee meeting to go to and hubby will be home late so I think we are going to meet up in the pub when my meeting is over and go to the Indian take-away next door to it.
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Post by: Narablueeyes on November 17, 2011, 12:44:15 PM
Good lord Irish, I'm in a diabetic coma just reading the recipe.  It sounds delish!!
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Post by: Bucky on November 17, 2011, 05:00:52 PM
Irish - thanks for the recipe for the cheesecake.  It sounds heavenly!   ;D

Last night I made a roast in the crockpot.  The house smelled soooo good while it was cooking.  It tasted just as good, if I say so myself. 

I always felt bad for my Mother - my Dad never complimented her on her cooking.  Never even a thank you for dinner, etc.  My husband and son are always telling me how good something tastes.  Our son will often tell me, "good job, Mom!".   ;D

Bucky
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Post by: irish on November 17, 2011, 09:17:30 PM
Bucky, I know what you mean about having hubby compliment a meal. I means a lot. Also, my hubby never complains about a meal ( and I have had some clunkers) but he will say "you don't need to make that again" which means "yuk"lol Irish

Nara, yes, the cheesecake is rich and sweet. Actually not as sweet as you would think due to the semi sweet chocolate which is little on the bitter side but really adds to the flavor. IRish
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Post by: Meld256 on November 18, 2011, 07:48:54 AM
Thanks, Irish, for that recipe.  I've made one similar and they are awesome!

I make a pumpkin cheesecake at Thanksgiving, which sounds a little strange to some, but is really good, too. I'll put the recipe here if anyone is interested.

Scottie, Indian take-out sounds good. Wish we had one around here. Our restaurant options don't have much diversity. (:  We are, after all, the birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken!
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Post by: 4Kids on November 18, 2011, 08:28:26 AM
It is blizzarding here like crazy. I am going to roast a chicken and make mashed potatoes and gravy and do some veggies.

If the day goes well (and the kids have shown they are not having a great day so far) we will make gingerbread men for the tree (which isn't up yet) and put up the tree. Possibly.  8)
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Post by: Narablueeyes on November 18, 2011, 08:28:46 AM
Thanks, Irish, for that recipe.  I've made one similar and they are awesome!

I make a pumpkin cheesecake at Thanksgiving, which sounds a little strange to some, but is really good, too. I'll put the recipe here if anyone is interested.

Scottie, Indian take-out sounds good. Wish we had one around here. Our restaurant options don't have much diversity. (:  We are, after all, the birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken!

Post it please!  My hubby LOVES pumpkin desserts!
Title: Re: What's cooking at your house?
Post by: Meld256 on November 21, 2011, 04:49:56 AM
Nara,

I'm catching up here.:)  The recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake:

CRUST:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup chopped pecans

FILLING:
3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1-1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt

TOPPING:
2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
12 to 16 pecan halves
Directions
In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Press into the bottom of a 9-in. springform pan; chill.

For filling, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in the pumpkin, spices and salt.
Pour into crust. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 350? for 50 minutes.

Meanwhile, for topping, combine the sour cream, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread over filling; return to the oven for 5 minutes. Cool on rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.
Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Garnish each slice with a pecan half. Refrigerate leftovers. 

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 230 calories, 15 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 70 mg cholesterol, 164 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Originally published as Pumpkin Cheesecake in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook , p29

This is fabulous! I brought one to my MIL's dinner a few years ago, and everyone turned up their noses until they tried a bite. Even the "cheesecake haters" loved it.  :D
It says to refrigerate leftovers; we never have any.
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Post by: Carebear on November 21, 2011, 07:59:14 PM
Spaghetti and meatballs - gluten-free.  It was delicious.  :)
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Post by: Narablueeyes on November 24, 2011, 04:12:15 PM
Thanks Meld!  I put it on my iPad for future use.
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Post by: Narablueeyes on November 24, 2011, 04:17:56 PM
I roasted a hen; made gravy from the drippings; massed potatoes; mushroom stuffing; cranberry/cherry/pomegranate sauce and punkin pie.  I'm officially stuffed and tired.  Hope you all had a good holiday.
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Post by: Meld256 on November 26, 2011, 01:36:18 PM
Nara,

Your dinner sounds like it was awesome.  ;)  Hope you'll try the cheesecake when you feel like doing it; it's really good.
I also hope you had a great Thanksgiving.  Ours was nice.  Big family gathering, some help cooking, and a nice time.
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Post by: irish on November 26, 2011, 01:47:16 PM
Meld, Wow, That recipe for the pumpkin cheese cake looks fantastic. I will have to make that for Christmas.

We have started ordering Pizza in for Christmas and it sure makes all the DIL's happy. This year I am going to make the gluten free pizza for son and hubby and I think I will bring that pumpkin cheese cake to top off the evening. So much for dieting. Irish ;D
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Post by: 4Kids on November 27, 2011, 07:27:10 AM
I made Pumpkin Pancakes for breakfast.

I would love some gluten free ideas ie. pizza crusts, and a cake for my SIL at New Year's if anyone has any. Thank you!
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Post by: A66eyroad on December 16, 2011, 09:56:26 AM
Today our office had our Christmas breakfast extravaganza! And OMG! There was a potato casserole with cheese and onions and lots of stuff with crushed potato chips on top. I had it for breakfast AND for lunch.

Cheryl, you should have been here!   :D
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Post by: Meld256 on December 16, 2011, 10:12:26 AM
Hey A66ey,

Cheryl? What about ME?  ;D  I could be there in a couple of hours.
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Post by: A66eyroad on December 16, 2011, 10:13:41 AM
Of, Meld, of course you! Jump in the car right now, my friend! There's still some left!
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Post by: Bucky on December 16, 2011, 01:24:42 PM
Hey . . . no fair playing favorites!!   ;)

Sounds yummy!

I was just sitting here at the computer and decided to get out my little (and I mean, little) pail of caramel corn we got at our company party this past Monday evening.  You know how something sounds sooooo good . . . . then it's not?!   ???  Well, that is the story in this case.  It was sticky, gooey and sticking to my teeth.  I look at the tag on it - "best if used by Feb 2011"  ::)  I threw the rest of it away.   :(

Bet there's lots of yummy food / desserts being laid out this next week. 

Bucky - who has no idea "what's cooking" at her house tonight!   :-\

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Post by: Carebear on December 16, 2011, 08:09:23 PM
Hi 4Kids,

I just read your post about gluten-free things for your sister-in-law.

Because you won't be preparing gluten free all the time, it may be simplest to buy cake mix and frozen gluten free pizza crust.  If you have a Save-on-Foods or Safeway in your town, they have a full list of all the gluten free products they carrying in their stores.  If these are not options then contact Kinnikinnick in Edmonton.  They ship all over North America.

It's so nice you are making some safe foods for her.  My in-laws are very inconsiderate and have never even attempted to learn about Celiac...never might Sjogren's.
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Post by: Bucky on December 17, 2011, 01:45:36 PM
What's cooking at my house tonight?  NOTHING!!  ;D  We're having my husbands side of the family Christmas tonight at his nieces house. So, we're all going out to eat beforehand.  Yay . . . I don't have to cook it, serve it, or clean up after (or pay for dinner either) - certain family members always pick the tab up for the group as part of their Christmas gift to us all.

Now the dilemma . . . what to have, what to have??   ;)

For dessert later - a Dairy Queen ice cream cake to celebrate our sons birthday tomorrow and a nieces birthday on Monday.

Bucky
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Post by: Carebear on December 17, 2011, 02:21:02 PM
I'm like you Bucky...going out for dinner tonight to celebrate my birthday with the family.  No DQ for me though.  I'm still watching my consummation these days, and feeling really good.  Enjoy your ice cream cake!  ;D
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Post by: Meld256 on December 17, 2011, 03:11:20 PM
Carebear,

Happy, happy Birthday!!  :D ;D I hope you have a great time celebrating!

Hope you have a good time, too, Bucky!  Happy Birthday to your son!! And to your neice!  :D ;D A night of no cooking or cleanup is always a good thing.
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Post by: Narablueeyes on December 17, 2011, 04:02:23 PM
We did Malibu fish tacos again.  SO FILLING!!
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Post by: Sylvia49 on December 17, 2011, 08:42:18 PM
"What's cooking...?"  Due to me being in bed with a flare - my husband!  It's called "ordering out," lol.

Sylvia49 ;)
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Post by: Bucky on December 17, 2011, 09:54:38 PM
Happy Birthday, Carebear!    ;D  (You should have added it to the December Birthday thread.)

Hope you enjoyed your dinner out.

Bucky
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Post by: susanep on December 18, 2011, 12:05:49 AM
My precious husband does most of the cooking, but for Christmas I will be baking a ham to take down to my parents where we will all be for dinner. My husband's birthday is also on Christmas Day.

I will be baking him a pineapple upside down cake this year. All previous years I would order him one to pick up. I always go out of my way to make the second half of Christmas Day just his birthday.

My son also has a birthday on Dec 21 so this is a busy month for me. My daughter in law's birthday is Jan 2 .

We go one day to my son's to celebrate his birthday, then my husband's on Christmas Day later in the Day, then my daughter in laws on her day.

I am glad mine is in the summer. lol....

susanep  :)
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Post by: Narablueeyes on December 18, 2011, 10:57:27 AM
I made my very first batch of snicker doodles.  Thought I had hit a wall cuz I didn't have any cream of tartar so I punted and used baking powder instead.  I'm so proud of myself!  They're actually edible!!   8)
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Post by: irish on December 18, 2011, 09:45:19 PM
CArebear, Here is a very good recipe for Gluten free banana bread. I have made it several times and I almost think it is better than the regular banana bread.

Also, I mix my GF flour myself and don't always follow the same mixture. This time I had a couple of pounds of sweet rice flour, 1/2 pound of brown rice flour, 1/2 pound tapioca flour and 1/2 pound of potato starch flour. I was out of the regular rice flour so I had to substitute--although sweet rice flour is really very good in just about anything. It makes a good cream sauce or gravy also.

GF Banana Bread---1 loaf----I double for 2 loaves and it works fine.

1 1/2 coup white sugar
1 stick butter/margarine just softened not melted
2 eggs
Mix well and beat some with a whisk to get the lumps out as well as you can.

1 1/2 tsp soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
Add this to the bove mixture and stir well

3 bananas--ripened if possible---mash well. I have used them when just very soft and worked well.

2 cups GF flour
1/3 cup sour milk--I add vinegar to make sour. About 1 tsp to the 1/3 cup

I add the flour 1 cup and half the milk and then the rest of the flour and milk and beat well each time. At the very end I add the bananas and stir to beat the band.

Bake in greased and floured 5 x 7 pan at 350 degrees for one hour. It may take longer as you have to make sure that it is really done on the top. Have to get it very brown to be down. I let it cool for about 15 minutes, bang the pans hard to make sure it is loose and invert it on al. foil. I then loosely cover with al. foil and it gets nice and moist as it cools. Enjoy.  Easy recipe. Irish
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Post by: Carebear on December 19, 2011, 08:02:55 AM
Thanks for the recipe, Irish.  I love banana bread and always look for uses for the overripe ones.   ;D
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Post by: Meld256 on December 20, 2011, 09:15:32 AM
Mnnnn...Nara.  Snickerdoodles!  You should be proud; bet they are yummy.  ;)

I got one little batch of gingerbread cookies baked.  Need to make some molasses cookies to take to my dear old Daddy this weekend.  He loves them and doesn't get much of that sort of thing at the retirement home.

He cracks me up. I was with him when he opened presents 2 years ago.  Mind you; he's now 95 and has dementia.  He got some books sent from my sister in Florida, and very nice clothes sent from my brother in Virginia. 

He barely looked at all that, and tore into a box of chocolates and cookies I'd brought him, like a 2-yr-old!  ;) 8)
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Post by: Narablueeyes on December 22, 2011, 03:25:14 PM
We're trying pirogie pizza.  Tomorrow, I'll be attempting Creme de menthe brownies.  Couldn't find any Andes so I'm trying Ghiradelli's dark chocolate mint squares. 

Thanks Meld.  I am and dang it if they aren't all gone!!
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Post by: smallfry on December 22, 2011, 06:33:51 PM
This is not for dinner but I made a Chocolate Sherry Cherry cake yesterday and it was the best.
We are having spare Ribs tonight.

Cheryl
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Post by: Joe S. on December 22, 2011, 06:37:30 PM
OOOOHHHHH!
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Post by: Scottietottie on December 22, 2011, 06:49:10 PM
What is a snickerdoodle??  ???
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Post by: Narablueeyes on December 22, 2011, 07:29:23 PM
Basically Scottie, it's a sugar cookie dipped in cinnamon sugar. 
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Post by: genko_b on December 22, 2011, 08:31:17 PM
We will be having a Christmas brunch buffet, ham as the centerpiece, plus a big green salad, biscuits, and fruit. We have so many sweets received from friends that we don't need another dessert! It's super simple to fix, and what most everyone likes to eat.

I don't eat meat, though, so I'll have a batch of homemade baked beans for myself. We found the very best beans at the farmer's market, called maya copa beans. Now I use them for anything that calls for dried beans.

And snickerdoodles are the best!

Genko
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Post by: Scottietottie on December 23, 2011, 06:13:36 AM
Thanks Nara!  :)
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Post by: Bucky on December 23, 2011, 09:00:43 AM
Genko -  your Christmas brunch sounds yummy . . . got room for three more?   :D

Actually, we're having ham too. 

Scottie - the next time you are in the states, you'll have to try a snickerdoodle cookie.   ;D

Bucky
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Post by: his angel on December 23, 2011, 09:02:46 PM
I got fast food from a loving family member who knew today was a low day. Tomorrow a community meal from our local Kiwanas (sp?) club and on Christmas Day I make the turkey (my special recipe) and my friends and family bring the rest of the food to a friends house for dinner together.
I usually cook as my honey cannot unless it is Top Ramen or steak. ;D I am teaching my kids to cook too. They make it fun and help not to think about the time and take my mind from my pain.
Happy Holidays everyone.
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Post by: Sylvia49 on December 23, 2011, 11:10:02 PM
MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE - AND MAY YOU HAVE A BLESSED NEW YEAR! ;)
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Post by: Meld256 on December 24, 2011, 04:49:19 AM
Someone might need to mail you some snickerdoodles across the pond,  Scottie.  ;)

What's cooking at my house is a big, old pot of mashed potatoes for the extended family gathering tonight.  I was "enlisted" to make them for the crowd of about 25!  Can you see the delight in my post?  *sarcasm*  Guess it's all good since that's the only thing.  :)
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Post by: Joe S. on December 24, 2011, 08:03:26 AM
Jan is baking buns and apple crisp. We purchased some precooked shrimp for supper. I have never been able to get into eating oysters or clam chowder. So with Lobster and King crab beyond our budget, I will enjoy my shrimp.
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Post by: Narablueeyes on December 24, 2011, 12:07:01 PM
I've got two loaves of banana bread made for the neighbors.  Chicken Marsala in one cast iron pot for tonight and a slow cook pot roast in the other.  I still have yet to make those Creme de menthe brownies but I'll get there...eventually...maybe...one of these days...probably...   ;D
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Post by: Ohiocat on December 24, 2011, 02:21:56 PM
i just had pizza for dinner.  Just seemed like the right thing for Christmas eve.
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Post by: Bucky on December 24, 2011, 04:47:24 PM
I made homemade pizza tonight.  There's leftovers too - guess what we're having to eat some time tomorrow?  (IF it makes it through the night without the boys getting into it!  ;))

Bucky
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Post by: Sylvia49 on December 24, 2011, 05:05:33 PM
The turkey is done! :)  Getting ready to go to a Christmas program... - actually feeling up to it...

 ;)
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Post by: stephL on December 25, 2011, 03:06:49 PM
Well Murphy's law, everything went wrong this week. I've been flaring badly and couldn't move much. Due to some car trouble, I didn't get the groceries needed for the special Christmas Dinner I had planned, and I was really depressed about it! Last night, I got a good nights sleep, when I woke, found myself in brighter spirits and my fatigue lifted a good bit. I looked in the pantry and devised a plan to improvise and work with what foods we have on hand. But then, oh no!! Oven not working!!! I thought I might use the crock pot, but later had an idea to put a small fryer chicken in the bread machine and use the bake only setting, wonders never cease, it fit inside the bread machine perfectly. I'm adding some mashed potatoes and gravy to the menu, and there are plenty of frozen veggies in the freezer. When chicken is done, I will bake a cake and if my energy continues, some cinnamon raisin bread. We have Jello and frozen strawberries so that takes care of dessert. It will be a late evening meal, but we're night owls anyway and this works for us. Merry Christmas everyone! :D
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Post by: Sylvia49 on December 25, 2011, 03:27:37 PM
Very creative! :)

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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Post by: Narablueeyes on December 25, 2011, 03:41:54 PM
Well Murphy's law, everything went wrong this week. I've been flaring badly and couldn't move much. Due to some car trouble, I didn't get the groceries needed for the special Christmas Dinner I had planned, and I was really depressed about it! Last night, I got a good nights sleep, when I woke, found myself in brighter spirits and my fatigue lifted a good bit. I looked in the pantry and devised a plan to improvise and work with what foods we have on hand. But then, oh no!! Oven not working!!! I thought I might use the crock pot, but later had an idea to put a small fryer chicken in the bread machine and use the bake only setting, wonders never cease, it fit inside the bread machine perfectly. I'm adding some mashed potatoes and gravy to the menu, and there are plenty of frozen veggies in the freezer. When chicken is done, I will bake a cake and if my energy continues, some cinnamon raisin bread. We have Jello and frozen strawberries so that takes care of dessert. It will be a late evening meal, but we're night owls anyway and this works for us. Merry Christmas everyone! :D

Aww steph, it sounds like it's going to end up okay.  These bread makers arent just for bread anymore, are they!!  I'll have to remember that one.  Enjoy!!
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Post by: Narablueeyes on December 25, 2011, 03:44:39 PM
The pot roast was a hit.  The asparagus...not so much.  Got a red velvet cake made.  Those brownies are just elusive. 
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Post by: Pisces24 on December 25, 2011, 05:22:02 PM
Yaaay! Officially over the stomch flu.  I got it Tuesday and was wondering if I could have Christmas dinner. Well Tummy has taken it ok as it as been over 6 hrs and no side effects. LOL  8) I have never been so thankful to be able to eat something.

I had stuffed chicken, baked potatoes, baked beans, hot rolls and I made my own mini choc cream pie with graham crackers, choc pudding and canned whipped cream the kind that squirts. The kitty crew had chicken too. Santa was good to me today.  :)
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Post by: Sylvia49 on December 26, 2011, 12:58:43 AM
Carl and I went out to dinner.  I had the chicken and dumplings, he had the turkey dinner (I don't care for turkey).  Great dinner!

Now I get to make turkey noodle soup from the carcase of the bird I made yesterday - that's a favorite, and of course, turkey sandwitches.  Gonna be busy today, and actually feel up to it - yea! :)

 ;)
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Post by: engy on December 28, 2011, 02:32:30 PM
I just made french onion soup. First time I've made it since going gluten free.  Warmed us all up.

I used GF stuffing cubes & Gruyere cheese.
Mmmmmmmmm.
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Post by: Carebear on December 28, 2011, 03:53:29 PM
We are still eating leftovers...ham, scalloped potatoes, and candied yams.  Yum.  :D
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Post by: Sylvia49 on December 28, 2011, 07:46:09 PM
Made turkey noodle soup!  But the noodles kept slurping up the broth, so had to keep adding water.  Turned out great.  Made a big batch, so was able to share with neighbors and put some in the freezer for later. :)

 ;)
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Post by: Chickpea on January 02, 2012, 04:12:08 AM
The 'children' - 30, 27 and 23 - plus friends and partners have been home over the holidays and they've done most of the cooking.  New Year's Eve they made a feast of Greek food:  moussaka, spanakopitta, tabbouleh, lemon potatoes, baked butter beans etc.  Whenever leftovers run out we make a batch of soup - I made a wonderful minestrone after Christmas - or a pasta dish.  Tuna pasta bake with leeks and cheese sauce is still a favourite.

How did you all manage to have enough bread, OJ, milk etc over the holidays?  However much we bought it was never enough.  Clementines too - the bowl is full and within minutes it's empty!

Happy new year to everyone - Chickpea
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Post by: Joe S. on January 04, 2012, 03:39:16 PM
A slice of bread, 3 cheese tomato sauce, Romona, co-jack, mozzarella 1 min in microwave and presto its a pizza for one. Other toppings if you want.
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Post by: Sylvia49 on January 04, 2012, 07:49:11 PM
Sounds yummy, Joe! :)

 ;)
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Post by: Bucky on February 18, 2012, 11:43:31 PM
Here it is the middle of February in Central IL and we grilled out yesterday!!!  First time ever in February!!

Mmmmmm, food off the grill tastes sooooo good!!

We had marinated boneless porkchops . . . yum!

Hubby decided to do some "extra" food for his lunch this week - so, he grilled some burgers too.  (Like it will make it until Monday . . ha!)

Only a little over four weeks until Spring is officially here . . yay . . . can't wait!!

Bucky
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Post by: A66eyroad on February 21, 2012, 01:36:06 PM
Every year my husband and I gather dandelions for our "spring tonic" of wild greens.  We take a five-gallon bucket around the yard and dig them out with our pocket knives (Well, his pocket knife. I'm the one with the bionic eye!)  Then we come in the house and clean the mud off, then boil them in a tiny bit of lightly salted water like spinach and serve with a pat of butter.

It's been so mild here in East Tennessee lately that we had our tonic early! It was YUM!   :D

Our next wild food will be tiger lily buds in May and June. They taste like a cross between green beans and asparagus.
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Post by: meow on February 21, 2012, 02:43:21 PM
Summer picnic food...hamburgers grilled, with potato salad and fresh green beans.
Spring is officially here.
 I went downstairs at 5:30 am, and in the creeping dawn, I heard birds singing. We have birds year-round in El Paso, but they only sing in the mornings in the spring and summer.
Winter is over :)
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Post by: Bucky on March 20, 2012, 01:32:33 PM
Yesterday, on the Dr. Oz show they had an interesting recipe for a cake.

Instead of adding eggs and oil to your cake mix, you ONLY add club soda.  I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds yummy.

Hungry Girl's Club Soda Chocolate Cake

1 box cake mix (I think you can use ANY flavor, they used chocolate)
1 (12 oz.) can Club Soda

Heat your oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13 pan w/nonstick spray.  Combine the dry cake mix and club soda until smooth.  Pour into pan and bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes.

Sounds so simple and reduces the fat in the cake. 

Bucky
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Post by: Bucky on June 26, 2012, 01:36:06 PM
Mmmmm . . . can you smell it??  I have a pot roast in the crock pot along with potatoes, carrots and onions.  It smells soooooo good!!  Hubby will be thrilled when he walks in the door from work and smells the wonderful aroma of this cooking.  Shortly before we eat, I'll have to put a pan of green beans on the stove as the boys won't eat carrots . . . sigh!  That's okay, more carrots for me!!   ;D

With the outdoor temperatures climbing this week into the high 90's, low 100's (UGH!!!), I don't like to heat up the oven and the house.  We have a grill, but it sits on the front porch (we don't have a deck or back patio  :'( ), and gets all the afternoon sun . . too hot to even grill outdoors.

So, I decided to just put everything into the crock pot and let it slowly cook for several hours and it doesn't heat up the house.  Yay!!

Now I bet you that my husband will say, "you know what would have made this meal really good?  Rolls!".  Tough beans, there are no rolls . . get over it!!  LOL

Looking back at some of the earlier recipes and comments in this thread, I had forgotten about the one I posted about the club soda cake - it still sounds good  ;), I'll have to try that! . . . but, not today.

What's cooking at YOUR house today?

Bucky
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Post by: irish on June 26, 2012, 10:01:52 PM
Not much is cooking at my house lately. I am in a real cooking funk. But, I did discover something that is really good.

I used the store chicken breasts and tried to figure out what to put on them to change the flavor. I decided to use the spaghetti sause in the jar--the garden vegetables one. I added some sugar and stirred some up. Started browning the chicken breasts in the dutch oven and added the sauce over the top. Turned them to brown the other side and added the rest of the sauce. Cooked this covered and turning often. Got so tender and flavor really soaked in.

I didn't use all the sauce so the next night I mixed some into my hamburger and mixed it well. Made patties and fried them . Darn if they weren't good. Nice and moist and gave the meat a whole different flavor. Made a good sandwich in bread. Irish
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Post by: MissyLouWho? on June 27, 2012, 06:35:45 AM
Irish that sounds good! 

If you like salsa, you can dump a jar of salsa on your chicken and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours.  Then when you are ready to bake them, the flavors will have soaked in.  I like to use a pan that just fits the chicken so the chicken cooks in a salsa 'stew'.  Otherwise it spreads out in the pan and dries out.  Bake them until done and then sprinkle with cheese (I like mozzarella and cheddar) and broil a few minutes.  Really good and really easy!

Tonight hubby is making lemon chicken.  The sauce alone is to die for!  Just give me a loaf of bread and a big bowl of the sauce and I am a happy full girl  ;D