So the other night hubby found Rock/Southern/Spiny Lobster tails on sale at Kroger and bought four which we broiled for dinner last night. I confessed that these were my very favorite and I would rather eat rock lobster any day over Maine lobster. This surprised him as Maine is far superior in his opinion. I know that Maine lobster is far superior in the opinion of many, if not most seafood lovers and I wonder what you all think. Which do you prefer?
Many of us have a Christmas dinner tradition Do you have a Christmas Eve tradition? Whether you do or not what are you having for the Eve dinner (unless of course that IS your big dinner)? I have no tradition so this year I decided to do homemade cream of mushroom soup (made with a variety of mushrooms) and some homemade crusty bread. Other years we've done pizza, Philly cheese, or just clean out the fridge leftovers. What say you SE'ers?
OK how annoying is that Intel ad that takes over the screen literally every time you click anything. You know what Intel? I'm now avoiding you like the plague!
I was assigned a sweet and sour chicken dish to bring to a pot luck on Tuesday. I am not a fan of sweet and sour anything and I don't have a recipe I feel confident about. Got recipes? Tips? I need your input. Thanks for your help.
As I think about Halloween approaching I wonder do any of you have a special meal you always prepare for Halloween? Some folks always get a pizza delivered. We always have chili. Is there something you always serve for Halloween either by design or by default.
This isn't one of those silly polls. A friend who does catering but doesn't bake has asked me to do some cake baking for her. We're not talking wedding or birthday cakes with fondant and intricate piping. These would be home style cakes; but what flavors to put on her menu? Have you got a favorite? Maybe a particular cake and frosting combo that would catch your eye. Help me come up with a few wonderful ideas. For example what would you think of a banana spice cake with peanut butter frosting?
What's up with the Blackberry ad that takes over the entire page as soon as I click any subject including clicking on the start talking button. It's not making me very fond of Blackberry.
Over the weekend there was a discussion of antipasto and wines which got me thinking. I'm a recovering alcoholic (12 years sober) and when I occasionally want a glass of wine I turn to the alcohol removed variety. Not shilling but Sutter Home has a nice selection. Hubby and I even celebrate our anniversaries with their Spumante. Has anyone else had any experience with NA wines and what did you think of the quality? I often bring a bottle of Merlot to parties as my personal drink and encounter a lot of curiosity; and when I share some I always get a favorable response. I'd love to hear how wine connoisseurs feel about these wines. Have you tried them? Would you dismiss them out of hand as being "illegitimate?" What say you SEers?
I'd like to make a cake this weekend and just feel at a loss as to what kind to make. I made a red velvet cake a couple of weeks ago and before that I made a carrot cake. Can you give me some suggestions? What's your favorite or what do you think would be especially good to celebrate Labor Day?
Had an interesting conversation with my ditsy SIL who was trying to describe to me a treat she had called a butter tart. Apparently it is a uniquely Canadian treat and I had never heard of it. So I turn to you SE'ers from Canada to enlighten me. This is like a custard in a small tart shell? It sounded wonderful and I would love to try a recipe. What can you tell me?
So last week I decided maybe I'd try making my own ground beef for burgers since what I can buy just doesn't taste at all like burgers used to when I was a kid. So I dug out the Kitchen Aid meat grinder attachment that I got for Christmas (I know - hanging head in shame).
We don't grind our meat at work and I had no frame of reference so I did a search here and found a thread from 2 years ago that had a suggestion for the mix as 50% chuck, 25% top sirloin, and 25% skirt. I bought the meat cut it in cubes, chilled it in the freezer and ground it. I made a test burger and OMG it was the best burger I've had since I left home more years ago than I want to admit to! How could I have waited so long? It was wonderful; it truly was. If you haven't tried this - you must - and if you have tried it what was your mix?
We bake cakes and potatoes and hams. But we roast turkey and beef and vegetables. Do you bake your chicken or roast it? Who decided that a ham is baked but a turkey is roasted? There is no difference is there? Or is there?
I'm making rye bread this weekend and I can't decide if I want it with or without seeds. I grew up eating seeded rye as a child in the Catskills because that's what my folks always had. As an adult I learned to like the unseeded rye. I haven't made rye bread in about 30 years but I kind of had a craving and bought some rye flour and now I can't decide. Before I flip a coin I thought I'd see if you guys had any thoughts. Which do you prefer - seeded or not?
I just finished baking a batch of my very favorite cranberry muffins. I love cranberry muffins and I eat one virtually every day. Problem is where do you buy fresh cranberries in June? Answer - you don't. You buy them from November 'til January or whenever the supply dries up. I buy a few bags of fresh cranberries every time I go shopping in November and December. I store the bags of cranberries in zipper bags and freeze. We have an extra upright freezer in our basement. Then I have fresh frozen cranberries for my muffins all year long. I like knowing I have that stash available. I can't be the only one who does something like this. Fess up- who else hoards food or ingredients?
You know the recipes you see on the side of the cream cheese package or oatmeal box. I recently saw a recipe on the side of a store brand cream cheese package and on a rainy day I tried it out of boredom. Blech! But many years ago I tried a recipe I found on an insert taped to the top of a Hershey's baking cocoa box. It was wonderful and I still make it often. It makes a small cake perfect for a small family - in my case just hubby and me. The recipe follows if you're interested. Has anyone else had good/bad experiences with these recipes or you don't bother with them?
Small, Quick, Chocolate Cake
Heat oven to 375
Makes one 9x9 square cake
1½ Cups Flour
¾ Cup sugar
¼ Cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 Cup water
1/3 Cup vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Spray a 9x9” pan with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Keeping vinegar separate, combine other wet ingredients and mix with the dry mixture until well mixed (about 2 minutes at medium speed on your electric mixer.)
Add vinegar last and mix well to blend. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 min or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached. Cool, and then top with favorite flavor of frosting.
Just wondering how much we all throw things together as opposed to looking up a recipe. I do most of my cooking on the fly except for certain baked goods that I don't make very often. Sometimes I'll go looking for ideas on something new to do with chicken say and then just use the idea but not follow the recipe. I wonder how many of you do the same.
I'm new to homemade pasta and I'm having a terrible time! I'm using my Kitchen Aid attachment and the recipe that came with the pasta maker. But the fettucini is coming out tough and rubbery. Do I need to roll it thinner? Is this one of those things where you have to be able to see through the dough? I'm using AP flour and whole eggs in my food processor. By the way this isn't my dinner, I'm just fooling around in the kitchen on my day off. Can someone with more experience advise me?
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