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CallieGirl

Previously josdean. Had to switch names - long story.
I love cooking and baking. I am always tweeking recipes. My laptop is resident in my kitchen. I'm here to help, entertain but primarily learn.

  • Location: Pennsylvania
  • Favorite foods: Pastas
    Anything with a decadent sauce
    Honeycrisp apples
  • Last bite on earth: My friend's Bailey's Irish cream torte

Latest Comments

Great Corporate Food Gift?

The best corporate gift I ever received was from Honey Baked Ham. They also have smoked turkey, sides and desserts. I'm not sure about veggie and Kosher offerings. It was a great surprise to receive around the holidays and came in handy for quick meals and entertaining.

Do you cook well with others?

I didn't realize how obsessed I was about cooking alone until about 5 years ago preparing Thanksgiving dinner. My sweet Mom was cleaning up after me and driving me crazy by asking where this pot goes, do you put this knife in the dishwasher, etc. until I finally freaked. I scared the hell out of her when I screamed "Get Out!". Much apologizing on my part followed and I felt like a real bi*ch. Now I assign tasks that will keep everyone out of my way like setting the table.

Food Trivia Questions Needed

I was looking for calories per 100 grams.

Food Trivia Questions Needed

Great Questions! Here's one for which I don't have an answer. Apparently there is a raging debate about the fruit with the highest caloric content(not specifically from fat). I've seen avacado, tamarind, dates, coconut and durian. What say you?

Can you polish off a pint of ice cream in a sitting?

I totally can woof a pint in one sitting. Using a fork, I approach my pint with laser-like precision and carve a path around the edge of the container. I then start digging out any visible tasty morsels like cherries or chocolate chunks, working my way down in concentric circles like an archaeologist searching for ancient ruins. Before I know it, I hit rock bottom. Disappointed, I toss my empty receptacle away and begin planning my next expedition. Will it be Chunky Monkey? Cherry Garcia? Alas, I must wait until next month or risk falling away to a ton.

Protein for Bodybuilding

I am a dialysis patient and need to keep my protein levels up. I take LiquaCel (available without prescription at many pharmacies, like Target). Each 1 ounce liquid serving contains 16 grams of protein and 2.5 grams of arginine. It's available in three fruit flavors and is much more palatable than nasty protein shakes. I can't attest to its bodybuilding qualities, but at least it's not laden full of mystery ingredients that may or may not be desireable to you. My son is a bodybuilder and drinks 4 different 'potions' (as I call them) before lifting and yet more afterwards. I will follow up with him just in case this is what you're looking for and will report back.

Responses and reactions to your food...

Having thoroughly enjoyed the lentil soup at my college cafeteria, I decided to take a stab at it and served it for the first Thanksgiving dinner I hosted after my husband and I were married. I still have no clue what kind of lentils I grabbed, but the soup ended up jet black with bits of orange carrot incandescent floaters. My Mom, never one to mince words, said it looked like a newly-tarred highway with orange hazard cones. It tasted delicious, but after my Mom's comment, no one could bring themselves to eat the tar!

Cleaning a gas stove w/ pilot light

To clean the orifices, try an old fashioned tiny spiral brush that used to be used for combing eyebrows or cleaning electric razors. Works every time for my Mom.

Zucchini: To seed or not?

@ecca, let me know if the IQF process works. It would be great to have fried zucchini in December.

Calling All Hot Dog Lovers

Great ideas gang! I think this party will turn out pretty cool. I'm in Pittsburgh, so I have the motherload of fresh sausages at my fingertips. Hot dogs are a different story. I hate to revert to Nathans (not my favorite), but would appreciate any other suggestions.

I Succumbed to Stainless Steel. Now What?

I will be doing trial runs on all suggestions posted here. You guys have been great sharing. I'm trying not to have to clean this thing daily. I have a SS backsplash in 4x4 tiles throughout the kitchen, but they don't begin to show the smudges and grease as much as the the fridge does.

So........I will experiment with all of your suggestions. If anyone does a trial run on a product, let us know how it worked.

I Succumbed to Stainless Steel. Now What?

I will be doing trial runs on all suggestions posted here. You guys have been great sharing. I'm trying not to have to clean this thing daily. I have a SS backsplash in 4x4 tiles throughout the kitchen, but they don't begin to show the smudges and grease as much as the the fridge does.

So........I will experiment with all of your suggestions. If anyone does a trial run on a product, let us know how it worked.

What to do with an extra turkey?

I have several single senior citizens as neighbors. I roast my extra turkey and divide it up. Then I make turkey soup with the carcass and send that off as well. People forget sometimes that our seniors are truly struggling. No Social Security increase next year for them. They've worked hard all their lives, and some of them have even lost their pensions. They have survived wars and economic turmoil, yet they would never ask for charity. I find that single elderly people rarely cook nice meals for themselves. The smiles on their faces when I drop off their goodies makes my day! Consider donating to 'charities' right next door.

What do You Eat for Breakfast the Day After Thanksgiving?

Husband and son are in the restaurant business and have to be at work at 3am to feed the throngs of Black Friday shoppers. I, on the other hand, will be drinking hot chocolate with Baileys and leftover crescent rolls with bearnaise sauce. Yum!

Random thoughts on the day....

I don't like making Thanksgiving dinner in general because everyone in my family likes the good old, tried-and-true recipes. Last year I dared to put sausage in my stuffing. No one would eat it. BUT, this year takes the cake. I forgot to buy the gelatinous goop of cranberries in the can. I made a wonderful fresh cranberry compote to no avail. The atmosphere was not celebratory. You'd swear I shot their dog. Memo to self: Buy the goop tomorrow for next year's dinner.

Vanilla Ice Cream Without the Machine

I positively adore frozen custard! There's a place in Conneaut, PA (Hanks) that makes the most amazing soft serve frozen custard that I have ever tasted using 100 year old behemoth machines. Is your recipe more akin to frozen custard than ice cream? What would you tweek to make it more like frozen custard?

Beware Seriouseats.com Soliciting

I've been on Facebook for quite a while, but never got propositioned..;-)) I don't comment anywhere regarding my affiliation with seriouseats.
I'm sending all future emails to spam.

Cape May, NJ Beach Avenue

It's been awhile, (a LONG while), but we used to hit the Lobster House right over the bridge for happy hour. Not real cheap, but nice environment.

sloppy joe

Definitely tatertots. It's almost mandatory.

Restaurant Nicknames

Pizza Slut - Pizza Hut (oldie but goodie)
Pound-a -Rubber - Ponderosa
McSick - You all know this one

And my all-time favorite:

Lead Robster - Red Lobster (That's what my son called it when he was little.) In retrospect, it's accurate. They load you down with biscuits and bad seafood, then they rob you for it.

Hilariously Wrong Food on Television

@Paula - You might have a point, but the posters on this site also seem to be well-read. Glaring pronunciation errors are annoying across all lines. I personally cringed every time George Bush talked about "nucular" energy as opposed to "nuclear".

@sarar - "delicious BUT healthy"... Kind of sounds like she thinks the two are mutually exclusive. Delicious AND healthy sounds more like it.

Dog Food...Now I've seen everything

I just saw an add for cat food appetizers. What's next?

What is your worst cooking disaster?

I was making a massive amount of deviled eggs for a party. I wasn't wearing my glasses and grabbed the can of Old Bay instead of Coleman's dry mustard (both were in yellow cans). It actually wasn't horrible. In fact, my family now wants me to add a LITTLE Old Bay along with the dried mustard when making deviled eggs. A potential disaster came out ok in the end.

Anniversary Celebration ~ Dinner 3/27

Happy Anniversary Gator Pam! Today is our 28th anniversary, and we're headed to a casual Italian haunt tonight. Next week though, we're hitting a 5 course fixed price dinner with wine pairings at our favorite urban spot. It's a long, all night affair. This one was my pick. DH prefers a quicker paced meal. Unfortunately, no melting pot here. I'll have to check out the closest one to me. Happy eating (and smooching!).