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Beets in lieu of red food coloring

My little sister absolutely loves red velvet. I am not into using artificial coloring if I do not have to. And we all know how kids get after it, crazzy!!!! I don't even think she will notice...at least that is the hope!

I love the idea of a little balsamic....I will def try that out!

thanks all for your feedback!

Stuffing-Flavored Potato Chips

has anyone tried this recipe??

Christmas Dram

YES! Jameson is always a great choice! try a pickle back! a shot of jameson then a shot of pickle juice1 yummmm

Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve

Everything sounds delicious!! I need to get my hands on some bottarga. I am going to go with the Halibut…..a nice seared halibut will be perfect. thank you all.

Thoughts on Sicilian Eggplant

Sooo many good eggplant recipes!!! cannot wait to make it! thanks everyone!

Fresh Ricotta in Five Minutes or Less

Is it okay to use the stove top as opposed to using micro???

Irish Stout Cheese!

hmmm i will look into that. I don't remember if it is Kerrygold, i don't think it is

Healthy Work Lunch Ideas

tuna, celery, tomatoes, celery & garlic salt (your discretion) olive oil and red wine vinegar....it's soo good! I also make more fulfilling salads...celery, carrot, chick peas, scallions, romaine, tomatoes a little asiago cheese with a light vinaigrette.

I have leftovers the majority of the week!

Crispy Shredded Hashbrowns?

Milk is a great idea, I can never get my hashbrowns right! Totally off subject but, i bread and then fry my chicken cutlets, put them in a baking dish, pour a little milk on it bake for 20...they are never dry and soooo delicious...thanks to the milk!!

Arugula..?!

I loveee everyones comments!! i just did a salad with parmesan chavings and a simple vinaigrette :)

What's for Dinner, Thursday March 24

everything sounds delicious! I am making Chicken Paprika with potatoes, and arugula salad!

bon appetit everyone ;)

New Le Creuset, now what to do with it...

you will soon forget about all your other pans! my boyfriend's mother got me one and a cast iron pan.....i don't know how i lived without them prior.

you can cook everything in there....i cook soups, my sauce and meatballs, EVERYTHING!

HAVE FUN :)

tricolor italian cookie..

thank you everyone!!! I will look at all of the links. She tried to order the cake from somewhere in Staten Island and it was 800 and they didn't guarantee when she got it that it would be in one piece!! so i am going to attempt it but doing the cake! :)))

Splurge-worthy ingredients

@mr.nick...so funny when you put it that way about splurging on a fungus!

I think I splurge when it comes to food..period. Olive Oil, meats, fish, lettuce/spinach etc. is a must. I just recently purchased white balsamic vinegar at a local Garlic Festival and it is so delicious! $13 for a small bottle...but so worth it :)

Food Burnout

That happens to me a lot. I tend to go with what I know the majority of the time...chicken cutlets, salad, roasted veggies, spaghetti bolognese, vegetable & chicken soups, spaghetti & meatballs. meatballs of which i love to cook because they get better each time! i always buy the magazines while i am waiting in line at the cashier. and each time i learn something new from those!

Beets in lieu of red food coloring

Hello all foodies!

I am looking to replace the red food coloring with beets in a red velvet cake! Has anyone done this before and have any recipes? I have searched everywhere online and could not seem to find one!

Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve

So I come from a Sicilian Family whose tradition each Christmas eve is ONLY fish....seven fishes! I have taken on the responsibility of preparing everything this year for the first time! I am out of ideas. I have the typical fried calamari, baked cod, octopus salad, linguine fra diavolo. Does anyone have any suggestions/traditions to share?!

Thoughts on Sicilian Eggplant

So I never knew this existed until this morning at my local farmers market! I decided to get one and experiment because I absolutely love eggplant!!!

Does anyone have any ideas, suggestions?

Normally I will fry the eggplant, or make eggplant parmigiana... the list goes on!

Irish Stout Cheese!

So i purchased this cheese (irish stout), which is so yummy & has a bit of a beer taste to it. A little too strong to eat alone. there is an irish bar down the street from me and they have the best Guiness mac and cheese....SO i am thinking that would be something similar. I am not a huge mac and cheese person but think it would def be delish. Any suggestions???

Mangia!! Meatballs!

I have been perfecting my meatballs over the past 2.5 years! I would love to know of any secrets anyone may have!

I am Sicilian and my cousin recently told me our great grandmother puts red wine in hers....interesting!

Arugula..?!

So I just purchased arugula for the first time...don't know much to do with it. I know you can eat it as a salad, or with pasta. good recipes much needed! :)

tricolor italian cookie..

Does anyone know a good recipe for the tricolore cookie?? I am Sicilian and so is my best friend and it's her baby shower (her first son)....and wants these cookies but as a cake! any recipe would be greatly appreciated!! :)