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Preppy Food for a 50th Birthday?

Thanks so much for all of the great ideas. I pulled out the Silver Palate cookbook and served:
-beef bites with Roquefort dip,
-chicken salad on Town House crackers,
-shrimp cocktail,
-cheese straws,
-crudite & Alouette cheese
-cheese, meats and crackers
-G&T's, Madras, white wine, and, of course, Evian & Perrier
It was lots of fun and the food disappeared!

Preppy Food for a 50th Birthday?

Hey guys! Like totally rad ideas (or am I drifting too far into the 80's?) Thanks for all the great recipe ideas and tips!

What to Eat for Breakfast on Christmas Day

I can't believe that no one has mentioned Breakfast Casserole! So easy, and you can make it ahead. We always have that, cinnamon buns, OJ, and mimosas for the grownups. Although this year we're going to Mass Christmas Day instead of Christmas Eve, so maybe just OJ & coffee.

Man Vs. Food: Gluttony or just good TV?

@Mandyhello If you want to see Adam in person, come to the new, fancy "Wegmanesque" Giant Eagle Market Place in Upper Arlington on Thr 10/14. As for Alton Brown, I tired of him years ago and I don't like Welch's grape juice either.

Serious Reads: Empty Pleasures, by Carolyn de la Pena

And why, when products say "Now with less sugar!" do they always contain Splenda? How about just using less sugar?

No Oven Required: Tastykake-Inspired Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

I'm not sure you should try them. Tastykakes are not as good as they were when we were growing up, maybe because they have to ship them to places as far away as Dallas. We don't get them here in Ohio though, and when we go "home" to visit, my kids scarf them up!

'Graeter's Ice Cream: An Irresistible History,' a New Book by Robin Davis Heigel

Dry ice, which they will sell to customers for tailgating at the all-important OSU football games, and for Halloween spooky effects. I do have a Graeters within 3 minutes from my home - ooh the Coconut Chip! Love Jeni's Fig & Goat Cheese too...

School Lunches

Here in Columbus, OH we also have the disposable styrofoam trays and all the pre-packaged "snacks" - ugh! This year our elementary school has a rotating schedule that mostly consists of fried chicken options: chicken patty sandwich, chicken nuggets, chicken tenders. A salad is considered "a la carte". So, my kids pack almost every day.

My middle school daughter and her friend are considering basing their Girl School Silver Award on improving school lunches. As we all know here, it will be quite a battle!

Cook the Book: 'Forgotten Skills of Cooking'

Ok, we all know that Corned Beef & Cabbage is not Irish, but American, right? That said, we're having cottage pie, soda bread and a nice stout, plus green milk for the kids (must make my children relive some of my Irish-American childhood!)

Any ideas for meals for chemo patient and her family?

Thanks so much for your ideas, comments and suggestions!

I went with:
-Chicken noodle soup with Bremner Wafers
-Chocolate Amish Friendship Bread with
-Jeni's Salty Caramel Ice Cream (if you ever visit Columbus, you must try Jeni's)

What a wonderful community this is. Thoughts and prayers to those touched by cancer. Thanks for sharing your stories.

Cook the Book: Make it Fast, Cook it Slow

My Mr Coffee espresso machine. It only cost me $30 and makes me a delicious cappuccino every morning.

Cook the Book: 'Jamie's Food Revolution'

Risotto - really not that hard! You can mix in just about anything, including leftovers. A great way to decompress after work. Great way to get the kids involved too.

What's for dinner Christmas Eve?

@moibec: Forgot to order the oplatki, so we're missing that this year (thought I was ok with that 'til I read your post - boo hoo) but we will have mushrooms, keilbasa, poppy seed bread. My husband is Italian so we do a version of the Seven Fishes. Our friends are Japanese-American, so sushi will be one of the seven. Their daughter loves calamari. How great is America?

Win a Free Organic D'Artagnan Turkey

I have to go with the Classic Menu, because my poor husband only gets Brussels Sprouts once a year. I would score major points to use in upcoming Christmas spending!

Teen Foodies

You are not alone. Check out this article from Philadelphia Magazine Of course, it's a typically sarcastic Philly Mag article, but maybe you can make some connections. Good luck!

'Julie & Julia' (& Nora)

@justaneater: I did not like the book, either, but my tween girls are bugging me to see it. Seems like fun, but is there anything questionable for a 9 yr old to see?

Cook the Book: 'Canal House Cooking, Vol. 1'

Mom's cucumber salads: 1)cucumber, onion, oil, vinegar, garlic, sugar, salt & pepper or 2)cucumber, onion, mayo, vinegar, garlic, sugar, salt & pepper. Now my kids crave 'em too!

S.O.S. (...on a shingle): Way or No Way?

Way! I'm with bobcatsteph3 all the way. I miss the East Coast - I need a good diner now!

Cook the Book: 'The Great Wings Book'

Well, we tried homemade cheeseteaks, soft pretzels and macaroons on Sunday, but it didn't work!

Weekend DVD Giveaway: 'Bottle Shock'

Watching snowflakes fall-
Should I drink red, white or pink?
No, bubbly is best.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: D'Artagnan Boneless Heritage Ham

cheddar cheese, lettuce, yellow mustard, potato chips (yes, on the sandwich), all on Italian bread.