i had surgery on my wrist this past week, and in my pre-planning got all the ingredients to do a simple throw-together slow cooker batch of lentils, coconut milk, curry and squash or sweet potatoes. in my wisdom, I totally forgot about needing to cut up the squash/potatoes.. and in my defense i thought i'd have at least some use of this arm for steadying things (no such luck).
Is it possible to cook and mash the potatoes ahead of time so i can get them peeled, without the texture being awful? i'm guessing the squash is just not a possibility at all :(
I'm stove and oven-less for the near future because of a gas leak.. I had the brilliant idea to throw meatballs and sauce in the slow cooker, but managed to overlook the fact that I need to cook pasta as well. Any suggestions? Can I throw it in the slow cooker too? (Should have gone with the meal that needed rice.. at least that's doable in the microwave, as much as I don't prefer to cook it that way.)
I'm in the unlucky mess that got hit hard on Friday night and still has no power 60+ hours later, in 90+ degree heat. We saved some of our food on ice and some went into a friend's freezer, who ended up losing power but a full 18 hours after ours went out. Items in question:
a) a block of cheddar cheese- it's unopened (shrink-wrapped), stayed cool (though not cold) and looks fine.
b) chili and sauce, both with cooked meat, in an unopened freezer and still very frozen in the middle
c) coconut milk- same deal as the cheese
d) frozen veggies- now thawed :(
are any of these still safe? I don't want to take a big risk, but we've thrown out SO much food already that I'd love to save something.. and it would give us dinner for a night or two
I'm allergic to milk proteins, so I've gone almost totally ice cream-less for a few years because soy/almond/coconut milk ice creams are delicious but SO EXPENSIVE. I'd like to try to make my own, and figure it might be cost-effective in the long run. Does anyone have a recommendation for a fairly inexpensive (talking Amazon prices- there's many at about half off) machine that would work with non-dairy milk?
I apologize that I know there have been similar posts to this one recently, but I can't find them. Dear friends of mine's daughter had a pretty intense surgery yesterday, and I want to bring them a meal, but I'm clear out of ideas! They're not an "adventurous eating" family, so I need to stick with something classic. The only thing I can think of is baked ziti, but that makes me feel boring. One-dish is best (minus veggies, I can take a salad), and something that will transport across the city well. It needs to feed 2 adults and 4 other kids. I actually have a decent amount of free time right now, so if it takes some prep that's fine! (Also, bonus points for ideas of something special to take just for her that doesn't require chewing..)
A few friends have decided that since I'm a college graduate and haven't been drunk, they need to change that. We're having a party to do just that next weekend, and I'm hosting (logically, since I won't be able to drive). I'm looking for a couple simple things to serve (both food and drinks)!
The basic requirements:
- most need to be vegetarian
- I can't have too much dairy (it gives me migraines)
- it needs to be relatively inexpensive
- things that can be made fast or in advance are a huge plus, as I'll only have a couple of hours after work to get it all together
I've lived in Philly for 4 years, all of my college career, and somehow am completely lost as to where to go for a meal after graduation. I'm looking for somewhere nice, but not super expensive. (As in, mom is treating, but I don't want to feel badly about how much it's going to cost. And frankly, I'm looking more for somewhere I'll enjoy eating than for somewhere fancy). It will likely be an early dinner, with other grads and their families. I'm open to anywhere in the city, although preferably somewhere fairly accessible by subway. Any suggestions?
Here's a random one: I'm getting some pretty big news next week, and I promised I'd cook a few (5?) friends dinner in exchange for either celebrating the good news with me or being there for the bad news. I want to make something not too complicated, because I'll be working until a few hours before we eat, but it doesn't have to be super simple either. And possibly something comforting (in case of the bad) but not overly heavy (in case a good news dance party breaks out). I plan on using either shrimp or chicken as a protein. I can't do a gourmet meal, but price isn't a huge issue.
I recently purchased a great espresso machine at a thrift store, and didn't think the lack of instruction manual would be a problem.. until I tried to both steam milk and make espresso in one use. I can't seem to figure out how (or if it's possible to) brew espresso and steam milk at the same time, nor can I tell which I'm supposed to do first. I tried brewing espresso and then adding more water to steam the milk, but the water exploded out because of the heat and that option failed.
The machine is a Maxim, and doesn't look super old but I can't find a manual online anywhere. The best way I can describe the settings is this: on the left side there is a dial with four options- brew->off->one circular dot->4 circular dots with what looks like a milk wand coming out of the top one. So far, the only setting that produces espresso is "brew", and the two on the other side of off steam milk (I've noticed no difference between the two settings).
I feel like an idiot for not being able to work a simple machine, after working at a coffee shop and running a much more complicated one. Anyone have a similar machine?
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