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Homemade Soup Recipes

We call this soup "Greater than the sum of its parts soup"

Tortellini en brodo

Good chicken stock (homemade or we use Trader Joe's organic)
Frozen cheese tortellini
Fresh baby spinach

Heat the broth to boiling, add the tortellini. Cook until the tortellini float, add a few handfuls of spinach. Stir til spinach wilts. Serve, topping with grated parmesan.

What to do with Spiced Wine

Are you sure you don't like it? It may sound gross, and I would have agreed with you, but a couple of years ago, sitting outside by a fire (ok, the ambiance helped), I had some warm spiced wine and discovered it wasn't half bad....

What to make for dessert on Christmas?

That gingerbread trifle is excellent. Made it year before last to rave reviews.
I'm making roasted cardamom infused apricots from here, over vanilla ice cream.

What's for dinner Christmas Eve?

My uncle hosts and appetizer-palooza for Christmas Eve every year.
This year I'm taking garlic marinated sirloin bruschetta, faux cheese fondue, stuffed mushrooms and some sort of bacon appetizer (which I should really figure out soon).

Anyone enjoy eating at Sam's Club or Costco snack bar?

Was shopping there Friday night, after Christmas shopping all day and had a berry slushie, which was good, but the Polish Sausage was nasty.

What are YOU making for Christmas dinner? Why?

We've been making roast goose with my Mother-in-law's apple dressing for years, per husband's request (his family is all far away). This year were trying wine-braised cornish hens for something a little different.

Special Christmas dessert?

I can vouch for that gingerbread trifle... I made it year before last to rave reviews... think it's time to pull that recipe out again. I did make the gingerbread, but purchased the lemon curd. Thanks (again) @dbhorst.

Shipping Frozen Dinners?

Oooh! Excellent - I can use frozen gel packs - much easier than chasing around for dry ice. Thanks @dhorst!

Cranberry sauce can be good? Really? Show me how, please!

I make the back of the bag recipe, like lemonfair, but instead of adding Grand Marnier, I add a bit of chopped candied ginger. Like cranberry sauce with my turkey on Thanksgiving, but it's even better the next day on a turkey sandwich with cream cheese on whole wheat bread.

Mashed Potatoes made the day before?

I just read somewhere.. the Kitchn, maybe?? (so many Thanksgiving ideas, I can't keep them all straight...) Make your mashed potatoes early in the day, put them in a crockpot with a little milk and butter on the top, presumably to keep them from drying out on the top. Set crockpot to warm or low and you are good to go.

A Completely Crockpot Festive Meal

Made this with Christmas dinner last year to rave reviews:
Crockpot Creamed Spinach
Not that you'd want to eat that after dessert, mind you.

I need a vegan recipe or two for Thanksgiving

I usually make a risotto for my vegan brother in law. I'm the Easter hostess, so that one is usually asparagus/arugula/lemon, but I do make a very good pumpkin/spinach/sage risotto in the fall. I omit the cheese and amp up the herbs on either risotto. Use vegetable broth and you are good to go.

Wanted: elegant buffet food ideas

Maybe a risotto for a side?
Pumpkin risotto?

Slowcooker down and smell the roses!! Dinner Tuesday October 20th

Hot, open faced turkey sandwiches - are these Hot Browns?
Made with the gravy-less turkey the hubster grilled on Sunday and the "gravy out of thin air" recommendations from the fabulous SE'ers.
With leftover roasted fennel from last night.

What's your favorite crock-pot dish?

Chili for sure.

I also use the crockpot to make homemade stock. I freeze leftover chicken bones and when I have a bunch accumulated, throw them in the crockpot with carrot, celery, onion, salt, pepper and a bay leaf. Garlic if I remember. Pull out the chunks and put the pot in the fridge overnight to defat. Much easier than when I used to make a big huge stockpot full. And the crockpot keeps the pot from boiling, theoretically, keeping my stock clear.

Edible Gifts for the Holidays

I make sugared nuts, or as they are known in my family, "crack".

Your Clever SE Name

boring: just the old first and middle name

Bertolli-style dinner recipes?

The Kitchn is a food related blog-forum run by the folks at Apartment Therapy. Click on the hyperlink words "primer on how to do just that" in my post above and it will take you right to that post. (click on The Kitchn above to go to the current page).

Also, if you are too bleary-eyed in the morning to deal with getting the crockpot up and running, I've heard it suggested to put everything together in the crockpot at night before you go to bed and let it cook while you are sleeping. Stash it in the fridge and reheat when you come home. Also good for those of us who are gone for 10-12 hours and overcook stuff in the crockpot, while we are at work.

Freezing casseroles - you don't need a silicone pan. Just line a regular pan with foil, bake your casserole as usual, let cool (or freeze for even easier handling), remove from the original pan, wrap up the foil around the edges and slide into a ziploc bag. When you are ready to reheat, defoil (or not, your preference) and slide back into the original pan to reheat.

Help for a picky vegetarian?!

Risotto? It's what I make when my vegan brother in law comes over, and the carnivores usually dig in, too. What's not to like about rice, veg and cheese?

Libby's Pumpkin Shortage? Easy Steps to Make Your Own

Wow! This is the first I've heard of a pumpkin shortage.. will take necessary measures and stock up on Sugar pumpkins - with that easy technique. I've been snarfing up all kinds of pumpkin related goodies - whoopie pies, donuts, muffins, DQ Pumpkin Pie Blizzards - didn't even realize they were endangered.

Gravy out of thin air?

Swooning at the bacon grease addition! Thank you all for fixing my craving!
Alas, I have to wait until tomorrow night for my gravy fix. Salmon for dinner tonight. Can't have the same thing twice in a row!

Polenta appetizers?

I am sad to report that we were so tired on Saturday night, all we could do was muster the effort to top them with some fontina cheese and bake them. Sadly, those did not live up to your most excellent ideas. However, I have saved ALL of your ideas for future use, to redeem myself from this unfortunate polenta debacle. I have cornmeal and am not afraid to use it!


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