I eat a lot, five meals a day to be exact. I like to try new things, but I do tend to stay away from anything too crazy.

  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Favorite foods: Anything italian.

What is your "style" of cooking?

No Soup For You - Favorite Soups!

I've always been a big fan of N.E. Clam Chowder, but I rarely eat it. On a regular basis though I do love French Onion. Yum.

And of course, my mom's Chicken Noodle soup.

If only it weren't a million degrees outside.

Eating along I-87 -- Adirondacks

I actually made this trip a few weeks back to Montreal. I-87 is a VERY lonely road. Other than your standard fast food. There isn't much. Granted I didn't take any exits but there really doesn't seem to be much around there. Sorry this isn't very helpful. :\

a mouse in the house

I had mice in my apartment building recently. It's an old building so my guess is that they were around long before I was. We had them coming from a crack in the wall under the sink as well as from under our dishwasher. We've had our kitchen baited twice as well as the holes in the base board covered. We no longer have a problem but we have since had a dead mouse under the fridge (Not the best smell in the world...) and one under the kitchen table.

When I noticed there was a problem I put everything that was open (chips, snacks, etc.) in large plastic tupperware bins. Mice can chew through plastic and paper and if there is even the slightest opening they will find their way in. I watched a mouse get out of the storage closet next to the kitchen from under the door.

Just don't leave anything out on your counters, clean up spills when they happen, take out the trash as often as possible, and don't leave anything open in your pantry. Tupperware and storage bins will become your best friend. If there's a crumb on the floor somewhere, they will find it.

How many times a day do you eat?

Five full meals a day. I love food too much to stop.

Favorite Brand of Salad Dressing

I'm guilty of using ranch on anything but salads. It's far too delicious to be contained to just one food.

Lately i've been in love with Ken's Light Sweet Vidalia Onion. It's my favorite for spinach salads and any other kind I make. mmmmmm.

Italian Lemon Chicken Recipe

This may not be the traditional lemon chicken but this is the way I make my chicken "lemon-y"

Rub olive oil, fresh parsley, garlic, lemon zest, oregano (s&p too of course) on the outside of a breast. Pan sear until golden on both sides. Pour a little bit of chicken stock in the pan and add lemon slices, let that hang out and cook for about 15 minutes.

It's a tender and juicy breast with just a bit of lemon-tang. For added flavor you could marinade, but I usually don't have time for that.

Leftover Hot Cocoa Mix

In reference to the sugar snorting comments I have to say purple pixie sticks are the worst. Oh the bad decisions I made in elementary school.

Thank you for the truffle recipe it looks delicious. I'm going on a baking binge soon so the brownies will be a good treat as well.

Vegan cookbooks

Yeah I come with the benefit (and curse) of living very close to a whole foods so i'm hoping that locating most of the ingredients I don't have won't be too difficult. The "Veganomicon" sounds like it would be one of the better ones to start off with for me. Does anyone know of any books that are baking recipes? Thats something I would be interested in as a standalone book. I'm more of a baker than anything else.

Thanks for all your responses so far, they have been very helpful!

Freezing Advice: Fish/Meat

I buy most of my fish and meats from the fresh markets in town. I usually go about once a week. It's not always easy and practical for me to consume fish/meats fresh, so I want to start freezing more. What are the best ways to freeze and store fresh fish and meats. If it's consumed within a week or two, will there be any freezer burn? How should I go about wrapping it for storage?

Thanks :)

Leftover Hot Cocoa Mix

I managed to acquire too many boxes of hot cocoa mix this winter and now i'm stuck with it. Now that spring cleaning has arrived I don't want to let it sit around. I'm looking for ways to get some use out of it now that the cold season has passed.

What are some ways I can incorporate it into other dishes?
Does anyone have any favorite recipes or combinations they have tried?

Vegan cookbooks

Let me start off by saying I am by no means a vegan or a vegetarian. I eat meat and just about everything else. But I am looking to try something new and enhance my abilities in the kitchen.

I'm looking for a few good cookbooks to start off with. Just one or two will do for now. Any recommendations, recipes or tips anyone can offer will be much appreciated.

Thanks! :)

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