Cook Book n Bead

Just a home cook trying to learn more about good food and cooking it.

  • Location: Layton, Utah
  • Favorite foods: Pizza, Pasta, Ice Cream, Tex-Mex, Chinese, Salty snacks, etc etc, etc. and that is why I need to exercise more.

The Stuffing Waffle Croque Madame: The Ultimate Day-After-Thanksgiving Breakfast Sandwich

Cheese gravy? Oh man, this will be made Friday morning. Sounds delicious!

25 Sandwich Recipes We Love

Slide 14 has the same description & link as slide 13, but a different pick. Adding some of these to the lunch rotation. Thanks

Giveaway: Win a Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer

Grilled Stuffed Pork Tenderloin & red please ;)

Manner Matters: How To Dine Out With Kids

I agree with all the tips, and definitely need to limit the "screen time option" I think I go to that one too quickly. I would like to offer something that has worked for me with my nieces & nephews. Telling them beforehand what was expected of them and the consequences if they chose to disobey. (timeout, no dessert, etc) I found that telling them my expectations for their behavior helped them to be better behaved. Also use positive reinforcement during & after the meal.

Fried Chicken Prep - freezer question

@lemonfair - I knew mentioning chicken would get some talking going, I'll take what comes ;) I love the freezing with stir fry ingredients idea. Thanks also for your other tips - I will check into them all.

@ccbweb - great idea, I am more comfortable with that process I think.

Beets in lieu of red food coloring

Salsa Golf (Argentinean Ketchup)

Around my neck off the woods (Utah) we call Salsa Golf - Fry Sauce - add some pickle relish for a little extra flavor. Pass the fries please

Open Thread: What's Your Burger Breaking Point?

I think my breaking point is with @Dreizhen, non-bread buns are our for me. And while I enjoy variety & different levels of flavor too many ingredients makes me wary, 10 ingredients not counting the meat & bun - too much.

Roasted cherry tomatoes

Roasted salsa, bruschetta, depending on quantity - roasted tomato soup, mix with roasted veggies for a nice side, grilled chicken or fish topper.

Staff Picks: What's Your Recipe Deal-Breaker?

I think my biggest deal breakers on recipes are 1) too many or one time use ingredients and 2) recipes where I can tell I'm going to dirty every utensil, pan, dish in the kitchen. Also recipes that are forever long to make (not counting rest or rise period on bread)

One Armed Bandit

I make a casserole that might work well. Brown boneless, skinless chicken of choice (breast or thigh) with some sauteed onions & garlic. Add chicken broth and simmer til cooked through (I use a pressure cooker for moist chicken) set chicken aside & let cool. Meanwhile cook up some rice & parboil some cut veggies of choice (carrots, broccoli, spinach, squash) make a roux & thicken the chicken broth to a thick gravy consistency. Mix shredded chicken, rice, veggie, desired cheese, with a splash of lemon juice, and any herbs desired. Bake til warmed through. I add cheese to the top but a bread crumb top is also yummy, I also add some mayo to the mix for a nice flavor. Can be changed to taste - use cumin, cilantro, and some diced poblanos for a tex-mex take. Good luck and wishing you a speedy recovery.

Bake the Book: The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Book of Pie

I think I have to go with lemon (NO Meringue) or a fresh peach with a light glaze & vanilla ice cream on the side. Yummy

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Thermapen Thermometer

Turkey Porchetta or bread

Staff Picks: What's the Scariest Food You've Ever Eaten?

This post needs a warning label. Ugh, stomach is now churning. Better not read when eating lunch.

Still an interesting read guys, thanks!

Open Thread: What's One Food You Wish You Liked?

Bacon or mushrooms. Sooo many recipes use either as bases and i dislike the taste of both. :(

Nutrition Counts - where to find?

@magturd - Thanks! I forgot about the USDA, d'oh! I will check out your other suggestions also.

Favorite Kitchen/Food Smell...

Sauteing (sp?) onions, roasting chicken, baking cake or brownies, fresh cut peaches, baked bread, fresh salsa, and a nice roast slow cooking in the oven.

Chicken Cordon Bleu-

I make mine somewhat bland and boring due to my SO chronic disease. but these might help

1) link to a thread in Talk:

2) link to a recipe that the folks here did in the Cook the Book segment

And I would totally sub some proscuitto for the ham for a different flavor. good luck

Ask a Critic - Link not working

Yes - working fine. Thanks!

Your Experience of Time While Cooking

@Lorenzo - :) LOL! My kitchen time is great and wonderful unless nasty things like dishes, curious dogs, or hungry roomies intercede on my time. Otherwise my time goes way too fast but when done I've been cooking forever. Weird space time continuem (sp?) happening in my home.

What's with ice water after eating ice cream?

I also love ice water after ice cream. But I often want a glass of really cold milk too while/after eating ice cream.

Can you share a easy and quick dinner recipe?

@IndyGal - love How to Cook Without a Book and is a great reference when I'm stumped for dinner ideas. Didn't realize she had Meatless Meals version - will have to get that one. I also second the grilled cheese & salad ideas. Pick up a rotisserie chicken at your local grocery store and you have chicken for multiple meal options - tacos, salads, wraps, pasta, etc.

Anyone have any food or cooking debates/arguments lately?

Not cooking, but a debate about cleaning crops up in our home. Nice, expensive knives, non-stick pans, & wooden spoons are to be hand washed. Yes I know it takes more time and it does not make sense to you but it does to me and as I am the cook in the house - please do not stick my $80.00 chef knife in the dishwasher.

Know of any baking contests?

I'd suggest checking out products websites'. For example - King Arthur Flour, Pillsbury, C&H Sugar, etc they often have contests for recipes using their ingredients. Also the people over at Taste of Home are always looking for submissions for their magazine and website. Good luck on the job search & the baking front!

Raw avocado

I've heard you can place it in a paper bag overnight on the counter and that should speed the ripening process.

Fried Chicken Prep - freezer question

Hello all,
I'm trying to save some prep time & increase the chances of my eating at home instead of getting take out. I have taken to prepounding chicken breasts & freezing in single use packages with a marinade so it flavors while defrosting - my question is do you think I can do this with buttermilk for friend chicken?

Mission Beach, San Diego, Food Recommendations please

Hello all,

We are visiting 5 days in San Diego right before Christmas this year and was hoping I could get some recommendations for some yummy food. Staying in Mission Beach area, planning a trip to Sea World. Looking to visit Hillcrest area also. Looking to keep it in the $7-20/entree range for cost. Seafood okay, nothing too much out of box due to medical diet constraints. Breakfast lunch or dinner. Thanks in advance

Nutrition Counts - where to find?

Due to a recent medical diagnosis I find myself needing to drastically limit my carb intake. I have begun with trying to eliminate some of the empty carbs found in sodas, pre-made/processed food. But I would like to eliminate/reduce more in my food I make at home. Do you have any suggestions for a reputable website for nutrition info? I'm finding it hard to locate a place that shows me the carbs in a cup of rice, veggies, etc. I find lots showing the nutritional info of fully prepped meals at restaurants, etc. but I think I am going about the search wrong. Thanks in advance.

Ask a Critic - Link not working

I can not click through to the article from Ask a Critic re: a meal before a Nets game & the British restaurant options. Running Windows 7 & Firefox. It gives me a Page not Found (404) error. Clicked on two other stories and they work fine.

Indian cuisine novice - suggestions please

I am a complete novice when it comes to certain international cuisine offerings and I am trying to be a little more adventurous in my meals. I am hoping to explore the Indian cuisine area but was unsure of a way to test out the tastes without jumping in head first. Any suggestions for experiencing some tasty Indian cuisine for a novice at home cook?

I will warn you, I am not a fan (especially my stomach) of food that is spicy hot.


Turkey & brining question

My employer is kind enough every year to provide each employee a turkey for the thanksgiving holiday. I cook it every year and have always had good results but I am looking for great results and with all the talk over the last few years of brining I was going to give it a try this year. But I read somewhere that one should not brine a pre-frozen turkey, that there is already a mild brine solution on the bird. What are your guys thoughts on brining a pre-frozen, commercial processed bird.


Suggestions Wanted - Open House/Baby Shower

I have a bit of a conundrum and knew my fellow serious eaters might have some suggestions for me. I am hosting an open house baby shower for my Sis-in-law in a few weeks. The food plan must be revised as it has turned from an intimate 20 people to a group of possibly 70+. I am looking at the number of people, food prices, and my budget and crying. I need some suggestions for lower cost/high yield food. One friend suggested pasta salad, strawberry lemonade, and cookies. Any other ideas?

Invites have already gone out with a note that light refreshments would be served so I can't not offer some nibbles.


Where to Eat - Jackson, MS

My brother will be attending some training at the base in Jackson, Mississippi and I know the Serious Eats community could help me/him out with some recommendations:

Likes: BBQ, variety, chicken, some seafood


Dutch Oven Recipes Needed

I am going camping in a couple weeks and was looking for some recipes to cook in my dutch oven but when I do a search for recipes I get ones for a LeCruset/Oven type. I need ones for a dutch oven with charcoal briquettes. Any suggestions/Ideas