Due to a somewhat long and strange story, I'm about to come into a LOT of goat meat. While I've eaten quite a bit of lamb, I've never had mutton, let alone goat meat. I really have no idea how to cook it or what to expect. A little help?
My fiance (god that word bugs me lol) works out of town on the oil rigs during the week, for the most part. This week and next, he is here. Out on the rigs, he eats a LOT of convenience store food, so he has been inhaling veggies right and left since he got back (for a roughneck, he has a great palate, having worked in places like Jackie's Bistro in Evanston IL and Ruth's Chris in Chicago). I told him that this week for dinner, we would have salads every night to get some vegetables in his belly. He is very excited. I need some help - I do love nuts, cheeses, and dried fruit in salad, but it's usually just pine nuts and feta. What do you do for a main course salad?
Well, she did it again. I went to dinner at the future mother-in-law's last night, and this was the menu:
Ham - virtually unrecognizable. It was cooked until crispy, and sweet as candy (I think they glaze it with some sort of soda).
Chicken Enchiladas - also unrecognizable. There were no tortillas that I or the fiance could see. It was like a creamy undercooked chicken soup with a pile of industrial grade cheddar on top.
Whipped cream / Jello salad cake - Well, they are Mormons, and Mormons love Jello. All jokes aside, there is always some variation on the whipped cream and jello theme, usually with marshmallows also involved. Too rich and sweet for me.
Ramen and nut salad? - I don't know what else to call it. It's a salad made with Italian dressing, broken pieces of Ramen soup, and nuts. Has anyone else ever had this? What the hell is it?
Crescent rolls - Completely blackened on the outside and dough in the middle.
Potato Salad - In the deli container. This was the only somewhat edible thing on the menu.
Now, this was a dinner for 12 guests, including people visiting from out of the country. It would never occur to me to put any of this on my table. It's getting harder and harder to be polite and put anything cooked at this house in my mouth. Does anyone here have any places they avoid, restaurants or homes, because to them the food is completely inedible?
I just got some fresh Sea Bass - rare here in the Rockies. I would like to cook it tomorrow, does anyone want to suggest a (healthy-ish) menu?
For the past 2 1/2 years, due to poor health in the family and plain ole convenience, I lived with my mom and dad. After 10 years of independence, it took some getting used to! Now, last weekend, my fiance and I finally got our own place - it's fantastic! Now he can finally see all the cooking skills I've been bragging about.
Last night I made some grilled lemon garlic chicken and haricots verts amandine (which were so easy and yummy - butter, haricots, amaretto, and toasted almonds). Tonight he gets halibut with a pecan/shallot crust and new potatoes roasted with rosemary.
What are you all making for dinner this week? Got any great recipes I can try in my AWESOME new kitchen?
For some reason, for about the past week, I have been craving a turkey sandwich with olive cream cheese, which I used to get about 10 years ago or so at a place that closed not long after. This craving is so strong that I'm pretty sure I'm going to try to whip up some olive cream cheese this weekend. I might make a red onion & garlic or a bacon & chives cream cheese too. What are your favorite mix-ins for cream cheese, or favorite sandwich with cream cheese as an ingredient?
My family was recently gifted with a LOT of colossal shrimp - as in, about 8 to a pound! Any ideas on how to cook this giant of the sea?
My 30th birthday is on Sunday, and my fiance and I invited a bunch of friends and family to a local park for a barbecue to celebrate. We both love cooking and are going to be doing the grilling - any ideas for great sides or main dishes - pretty much anything? I've never had an "adult" party for myself, so help me out!
Anyone tried this instead of Fage? I like it because it is just as delicious (maybe moreso!), cheaper, and more available in my area. Anyone else?
A new little gourmet shop opened in my town, and they stock a little selection of Barefoot Contessa mixes. Has anyone tried these? Are they good?
My brother and sister-in-law took my nephew in for his checkup yesterday (he's almost 6), and the doctor said that he needs to eat healthier. He's not fat, barely even chubby, but he's very very picky. In the past, he'll really only eat certain preparations of chicken, pizza, or pancakes. Does anyone have any ideas on how to get him to eat other things, or ideas on healthy choices for those meals and snacks?
Last week a friend of mine gave me some buffalo steaks from a buffalo he shot. I was so excited, because I used to cook buffalo all the time when I lived in a town with a reliable buffalo vendor. I proceeded to make my two favorite buffalo dishes: Boeuf Bourgignonne (perfect with buffalo, I swear!) and a buffalo / snow pea stirfry. Have any of you tasted or cooked with buffalo? How do you use it?
A few years ago I went south with an ex for Christmas, where I first tried this delicious stuffing.
I would like to make some for my fam (well, mainly for my fiance and I, but I digress). I don't want to mess with my mom's really good sage and bacon stuffing, but I'm looking for good oyster stuffing recipes...
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