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Kaymad

  • Location: Fort Wayne, In
  • Favorite foods: Depends on the month.

Taste Test: The Best Frozen Puff Pastry

My Grandmother had an iron clad rule, one should never talk politics, religion or frozen puff pastry at the dinning room table.

Any love for soggy fries?

Not me, but you'd get along with my daughter. She tears off the crispy ends and eats the middle part of the fry only.

Perfect Quick-and-Easy French Toast

Instead of granulated sugar, I use brown sugar in the batter.

Cucumber-Tequila Cooler

We drank cucumber margarita's all last summer. Seems so strange, but they're so refreshing. We add a little triple sec.

Manner Matters: Crack Open That Bottle

I get aggravated when I bring a really nice wine for my host and they open "my" wine for all to enjoy. It's a gift to them to enjoy later and I often come out and tell them so!! If I'm asked to bring wine that's another thing entirely. I'm often asked to bring wine on thanksgiving for all of us. I always leave the remaining unopened bottles for my dad to enjoy.

How Do You Make Crispy Bacon?

Fry it until the fire alarm goes off. It works every time.

Cook the Book: 'Nom Nom Paleo' by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong

Vegetables and meat.

Vegan: Fried Green Plantains With Guacamole

Just had these for the first time in Puerto Rico and had to come home and try to make them. They are so ridiculously easy. I fried mine in canola oil.

Why I Took My European Boyfriend to a New Jersey Chinese Buffet

I thought this article was hilarious! I think it's interesting people say they overeat at buffets. I find I'm the exact opposite. To me, it seems eating such a variety of foods makes me feel full faster. One plate and I'm done.

Cold Weather Comfort Food

Soups have become my comfort food. My favorite is this beer cheddar soup from delish http://www.delish.com/recipefinder/beer-cheddar-soup-recipe-fw1111 I also like a corn chowder with chili's from the Pioneer woman.

Poll: Beets on Pizza, Way or No Way?

I've only ever had pickled beets which I love, but on pizza?? I don't think so, but I don't know how they taste without pickling them.

Help me with my picky eater!

I think some people are super tasters, their taste buds are more sensitive. I would suggest starting off with bland dishes if you cook anything new. Don't over salt and go light on the pepper and other seasonings. Maybe try a chicken and rice casserole, basically build on the things she already eats.

Weekend Baking Project: Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie

I live in Indiana and never liked the pie, it's to sweet. However my step dad loves it and he normally doesn't like desserts. Go figure.

Poll: What Do You Do With Your Crusts?

When we were young and poor we'd order a medium pizza. I'd have one slice than just eat the crust my husband would leave behind.

Alinea and 'Babygate:' Should Babies Be Allowed in Fine Dining?

I saw this and thought the chef seemed like a nice guy. If true about the babysitter, I can sympathize with the couple if they were going to lose money. However, one of the parents should have stepped out with the child. If that meant only one of them got to enjoy the meal, so be it.

Campfire Cooking

This is the site I learned all about dutch oven cooking from down to the number of coals to use. http://papadutch.home.comcast.net/~papadutch/dutch-oven-recipes.htm My favorite is the brisket that I make both camping and in the oven at home.

What Alcoholic Drinks Do You Hate?

Anything with Gin, I can sniff it out even if very little is used. I always think pine tree when I taste it.

Best day for cooking...what is in your oven?

My husbands black eyed peas with corn bread. He left out the pigs feet this year and I found it lacking. I shouldn't have to lack.

How do you make your Bleu Cheese Burgers?

I buy a blue cheese burger from The Fresh Market. The chunky blue cheese is already mixed into the burger. After it's grilled I grate more on the top for good measure.

dishwasher vs. hand-washing dishes?

My dishwasher leaked which led to an entirely gutted kitchen redo down to the sub flooring and part of the basement. Homeowners covered everything except for replacement of the appliance that caused the damage. I washed dishes by hand for a year including last thanksgiving and I have to tell you I got so sick of it! I finally gave in and bought a dishwasher and it is so much faster than washing by hand. Plus no more drying dishes on the counter and dish drainer taking up counter space.

Taquitoria is the Rare Gimmick That Gets it Right

That's my kind of place! I always get the taquitos at the local Mexican restaurant even though I have to order them off the appetizer menu in order to have them for dinner.

Poll: Eggs on Burgers: Way or No Way?

I just don't see the point. Yes to an egg sandwich, yes to a burger, but I don't get what combining the two does.

Open Thread: What's Your Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish?

It's between the stuffing and sweet potato casserole.

Serious Entertaining: Big Group, Small Oven on Thanksgiving

Looking back I wonder how I managed a full thanksgiving dinner for 16 people in a European size kitchen while stationed in Germany. The oven wouldn't even fit a full size cookie sheet. Maybe the trauma has caused me to block out the details? I honestly can't remember how I did it. At least people have options now such as grilling the turkey, something that wasn't common 20 years ago, or not that I ever heard of.

Why Have I Never Tried: Whatchamacallit?

I'd never had one until I was raiding my German neighbors fridge and saw she had a stack of the candy bars in there. I asked her about it and she said they're the best American candy bar. I'm not sure I'd go that far, but they are pretty darn good.

Is the big Green Egg really worth it?

Our neighbor has one. The man uses it at least 4 times a week, sometimes for both lunch and dinner. I like smoked food, but I think I'd get burned out after a while. He'd probably do it even more if he didn't travel so much.

My husband wants one so badly. For one thing, I'm the one who will end up having to come up with the recipes and figure out how to work it. I don't mind since I do all the grilling anyway, but these egg things start at 800.00! Is it really worth that kind of price? I was thinking about getting him one for Christmas, which will really be a present for myself.

The relative that should only be in charge of non edible items

My Aunt S isn't the best cook. Several years ago she brought a rolled pumpkin cake to thanksgiving. It was actually quite attractive and I felt bad that no one (having learned from experience) was eating it.

I don't eat dessert on thanksgiving, not a fan of pumpkin, but I decided to have a piece because it looked like she'd worked hard on the thing.. It was dry, maybe old tasting. As I was choking it down she said she had bought it off someone who had bought it off someone else. Who knows where it came from? Hopefully it wasn't sold out of the trunk of a car.

Have you been guilted into eating something you regretted or have a relative who should NOT cook?

Soup starter for thanksgiving. Yea or nay

I'm having eight people for thanksgiving. I want it to be a little different, maybe a few less side dishes then usual with more standouts.

I've kicked around the idea of serving soup as a first course, but I'm afraid everything else will cool off as we eat the soup...or should I let the guests eat the soup while I finish dishing up the main meal? How does everyone else do it or is it not worth the bother?

Save yourself from a real kitchen disaster!

It was just a year ago we remodeled our kitchen. Put in solid hardwood floors throughout the downstairs, installed granite and other things. Friday night went down to the basement and there was water dripping from one of the canned lights, the carpet was saturated.

Long story short, the dishwasher has been leaking for at least 6 months. It was seeping under the hardwood flooring so I never noticed water although I now have an answer for my ear infection and eye infection that wouldn't go away.

My entire kitchen has been stripped down to the subflooring and that probably even has to go. Everything, including the cabinets have been removed. They broke the granite when they were taking that out. The basement was taken down to the studs.

This could have been avoided if I'd had a moisture detector under my dishwasher. I had one in the Cabinet under my kitchen sink, a lot of good that did me! Since this has happened to me I've talked to several other people who have had dishwashers leak and cause damage, although maybe not to the extent mine caused. By the way, my dishwasher is only 3 years old.

You can get 3 of these battery operated detectors for something like 35 bucks online. That's just a little cheaper than a brand new kitchen!! This isn't an advertisement, I'm not personally benefiting from the sale of moisture detectors, but heck, I'd said something to one of the contractors about getting more of them and he'd never heard of them so I thought I'd let all of you know who love your kitchen, Unless of course you want a new kitchen!!

That doesn't go together!

My 22 year old daughter had sushi for lunch. To wash it down she chugged egg nog directly from the bottle. It made me a little nauseas watching her. Not just the drinking from the bottle part! Egg nog and sushi don't seem to go together in my opinion.

What foods and or beverages have you seen people pair that just don't seem to belong?

The Food Lab: How to Make a Chick-Fil-A Sandwich at Home

We've been hearing an awful lot about Chick-Fil-A—the Atlanta-based fried chicken sandwich fast food chain—in the news recently, and it's not been about how awesome their chicken sandwiches are, which is somewhat unfortunate, because those sandwiches are awesome. I decided to figure out how to make them at home. Here's how it's done. And yes, you can even make 'em on a Sunday. More

Grilled Chipotle-Rubbed Steaks with Lime Butter

Compound butter is one of the easiest, yet most impressive ways to make a meal more delicious. Even though it's nothing more than softened butter with herbs or spices or other flavorings whipped into it, somehow it achieves a level of refinement that comes across as very impressive (for a barbecue, having a couple varieties to slather on everything makes for a fantastic party). More

Kugelis

Anyone who grew up the Lithuanian parents or grandparents is probably familiar with this potato casserole. Similar to German kugel or potato babka from Belarus, it is a simple dish of grated potato, onions and bacon baked with eggs until crisp. More

Cakespy: Blondie-Topped Brownies

Blondies or brownies? It's a delicious dilemma: they're both bar cookie classics, one rich in brown sugar, the other redolent of chocolate. But why should you have to decide? Because they taste so much better when baked together, in layers. More

Nordstrom's Tomato Basil Soup

This is what my wife asked me to accomplish: a) Recreate the tomato soup from Nordstrom, and b) don't mess it up. In case you're not familiar with this soup, it's rather famous, ranked regularly on lists of Best Tomato Soup Ever, enjoying something of a cult following for those who love tomato soup. More

DIY Irish Cream

Irish cream is irresistible. It's creamy and sweet with just the right whiskey kick. The best part about making your own is that you're in control of the flavor. Feel free to play around a bit with the recipe. More

Smearcase

A soft, cakey "crust" encases a big ol' smear of gooey cream cheese-based custard filling; when sliced into squares, it's sort of like cheesecake condensed into a bar cookie form. More

Cook the Book: Boston Cream Pie

While Boston Cream Pie does in fact hail from Boston (from the Parker House Hotel to be exact) there are a few other inconsistencies to this dessert. You see, it is neither cream-filled or a pie and if we're getting technical. We should probably be calling it Boston Custard Cake since that's exactly what it is. But when you're met with a big slice of chocolate glazed vanilla cake filled with an eggy yellow custard, arguing semantics just seems kind of silly. More

Sunday Brunch: Blueberry Banana Muffins

Muffins are a classic that can either be an asset to any brunch table, or just a sweet distraction between other bites. These banana muffins are somewhere in between banana bread and an incredibly moist blueberry muffin. The combination of sweet mashed bananas and tart, bright blueberries make these muffins a hit at any brunch (or picnic) where a bit of sweetness is needed. Serve them with piping hot milk tea and some soft sweet butter. More

Cook the Book: Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies were worlds away from Chips Ahoy and remarkable different from the classic Toll House version that so many of us find synonymous with chocolate chip cookies. Their incredible depth of flavor might make you pause and think about the ingredients. For a humble chocolate chip cookie that's a pretty incredible feat. More