My family picked 18 quarts of strawberries a few weeks ago and I cleaned and cored them and then stuck them in the freezer. I have been looking for a strawberry pie or tart recipe (no rhubarb!), but they all seem to require fresh berries. Any suggestions on a recipe where frozen berries would work?
I planted too many cucumbers this year, and we just cannot keep up. I have made a couple batches of pickles with our pickling cucumbers. But, we still have a basket of about 15 large slicing cucumbers in our kitchen right now, with many more on the way. Any recipes/ideas for using these up?
My husband was a little overzealous when he made garlic mashed potatoes to go with last night's dinner. We have a huge amount leftover. Any interesting recipe ideas for using them up?
Because I was a vegetarian for many years, cooking meat is not my forte. Now that I eat (and love) meat, I tend to buy things that are more difficult to ruin (chicken thighs, ground beef/lamb) and steer clear of expensive cuts. But, I just bought a sirloin strip steak from a local farm and would like to do it justice. It's about a pound, and 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" thick. Any suggestions? Unfortunately, our grill is out of commission - so oven and stove top are the only options. (Thanks in advance!)
Yesterday I dug a huge pile of sweet spring parsnips from our garden. This is the first time I've grown them, and my husband is not a huge fan but I'd like to convince him of how delicious they can be. Any suggestions for interesting and delicious parsnip recipes?
I'm headed to an office potluck tomorrow, and I volunteered to bring turkey chili. The problem is, I actually have to travel 2.5 hours to get to the party (I work from home most days) and I'm not sure how to deal with keeping the food safe.
I thought I would just reheat the chili in my crockpot (which I have never used before) but the instructions say not to reheat food in it because it takes too long (is this true?).
So, would it be unsafe to heat the chili before leaving my house in the morning, and then wrap the pot in a bunch of towels to hold the heat in? The other option is to keep the chili cold for my drive, and then reheat it in small batches in our small office microwave. Either way, I would then keep it warm in the crockpot. Any suggestions?
I am hoping to make some caramel candies to send out with my holiday cookies this year. Problem is, I'd like to avoid corn syrup. Does anyone out there have a recipe for caramels that doesn't involve corn syrup? Is it even possible to make them without it?
Not too long ago, I ate a tomato-based fish soup at a favorite restaurant. It was a Spanish-style soup and I believe had some smoked paprika/and or saffron in it. Anyone have a good recipe for a soup along these lines?
I am going to a potluck party, and the theme is "French Picnic". I have been asked to bring some sort of hearty salad - all I can think of is a french lentil salad. Any thoughts/ideas/recipes for "french" picnic salads?
My husband and I received a bottle of 1998 Dom Perignon on our wedding day in September. Things have been a little busy since then, and I just realized that the bottle has just been sitting in our fridge for the past couple months. We would like to open it on our first anniversary, but I'm not sure how to store it until then. I've been told that the basement might be the best place, but can it go from the fridge to basement? I'm clearly a novice when it comes to champagne. any thoughts?
I feel winter coming on.... Last Christmas, I had mulled wine for the first time and it was delicious and warming. Anyone have a good recipe?
We just received a Fagor Duo 8-quart pressure cooker as a wedding present. I have never used a pressure cooker and I have only seen the old-school models in use - steaming, spitting, and rattling on the kitchen stove. But, I am excited to give this one a try. Do you use a pressure cooker? If so, what's your favorite thing to make with it??
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