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jilli42

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  1. -Miso Soup -Pad Thai -Pasta Bolognese -Garlic Mashed Potatoes -Chicken Phuket -Pho
  2. I had a LOT of food for 10 people, including 2 kids. There were lots of requests for items from Christmas Eve parties past, so it was an eclectic mix of food. (I had pictures, but for some reason the color was off, everything had a weird yellow/green tint & I couldn't take the time to keep trying to get it right. Guests were too hungry, I think the kids may have rioted if I took any longer.. ) -Black Pepper Almonds (these are addictive) -Cheese & Crackers -Spiced Edamame -Veg. Plate w/ dill dip -Fruit Plate w/ Fluff dip (my 7 yr old requested it) -Spin/Art Dip w/ tortilla chip, red pepper & sugar snap pea dippers -Crab Dip w/ french bread -Bonnie's Buffalo Chicken Dip (really good) -Spring Rolls w/ spicy & reg dipping sauce -Shrimp Dumplings w/ spicy & reg dipping sauce -Steamed Shrimp w/ cocktail sauce -Nueskes Applewood Smoked Ham w/ potato rolls (only things not homemade) -Mac n Cheese -Caramelized Baked Chicken wings -Teriyaki Salmon Cakes (made from whole salmon, that was marinated & broiled before being flaked for the cakes) -"Cocktail" meatballs (chili sauce, ketchup, grape jelly & Crystal simmered in the crockpot for an hour or so. My mother requested them, but I love them too ! I did use homemade meatballs though. -Saltine Toffee (so very white trash cooking, but so very good) -Vanilla Cake w/ cream cheese icing -Cheesecake -Mimosas (moms idea) -Sparkling cider (for the kids) -Tequila Daquiris (hubby to be made this up; tequila, strawberry daquiri mix and Sprite, very good but it packs a punch that sneaks up on you.) That is a LOT of food, isn't it ? I was cooking for 2 days, but I enjoyed it. It may not have been the most gourmet food, but it was good, everyone had a good time and got to take a plate home. Happy New Year !!
  3. Still working on total organization.. I have notebooks with glued in recipes, tips & hints. The notebooks are organized simply by Tips, Appetizers, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert. I must have at least 4 of these. Recipes that aren't already in the notebooks are filed in the filing cabinet for future clip & paste sessions. I also have a folder in Word Perfect for Recipes, broken down into sub-folders. I scan some in, import/e-mail some and type others. I have MasterCook software, but find that more time consuming to enter recipes into, although easier to find recipes in. It came with 8 "cookbooks" worth of recipes also. I would like to keep most of my recipes on the computer to save space (but I have the same issue where if I want to use a recipe, I print it out) and just use the notebooks for hints & tips and non-traditional format recipes. However, that may take awhile to accomplish. It is a very time consuming process and sometimes I think that my hubby to be thinks I am a just a little crazy...but I think it is worth it.
  4. - Gourmet cookbook - Joy of Cooking (to replace my old one which somehow got lost in our last move) - $100 Trader Joe's gift card - 2 boxes of chocolates - various cookies, from various people - $50 gift certificate to Le Gourmet Chef And on the non-cooking end: lots of DVD's, a bunch of gift cards, stereo for my I-pod, perfume, lotions and a gorgeous ring ! I did not get the mandoline that I asked for though...
  5. My mother makes this every year, she loves it. It was banned from Thanksgiving this year, she lost the vote to her (Italian) husband, who hates the stuff with a passion. I eat it when she serves it and like it, pretty much. She used to get mad at me because I would eat all the french fried onions before she could make the casserole !! I am white, my soon to be hubby is black and the first time he had ever seen it or heard of it was our first Thanksgiving at my moms. He ate it and said it was ok, but didn't seem overly impressed. My kids love it, thanks Grammy !
  6. A mini shopping cart filled with 2 loaves of bread. A wicker basket that holds chips and other assorted goodies. A paper towel holder. Sometimes a rather large silver tabby, who likes to try to reach out and touch you if you are anywhere nearby. Dust !
  7. jilli42

    Dinner! 2005

    We had turkey fried rice last night. The last of the thanksgiving turkey (except for what little meat is frozen with the carcass for turkey soup/stock). Used leftover Thai jasmine rice which gave it a really nice flavor.
  8. Ketchup & chili sauce & grape jelly.
  9. jilli42

    Lunch! (2003-2012)

    Sharp cheddar cheese with mayo on white bread (has to be white bread) with jalapeno potato chips and a granny smith apple. Reminds me of summers at my grandparents farm.
  10. 12 year old son: Breakfast: scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, toast Lunch: peanut butter & jelly sandwiches with chips Dinner: pizza and maybe a salad Snacks: yogurt, chips, almonds, celery with peanut butter 7 year old daughter: Breakfast: eggs over easy with fresh ground pepper and wheat toast or mommy's breakfast sandwiches - sharp cheddar, turkey bacon, fried egg white on whole wheat english muffins. Lunch: fruit & yogurt or sushi & miso soup (she has been on a sushi kick lately) Dinner: salmon, "some kind" of rice, roasted asparagus or broccoli. cookie dough ice cream for dessert. In case we don't have any salmon (she actually said this, she was really thinking this through) roasted chicken, "small red" potatoes, carrots and onions. ('Cause we always have those) Snacks: cut up cucumbers, carrots, snow or sugar snap peas & red pepper strips with "dip", cheese & crackers, snickers, fruit You can tell who is more of a food lover here. She loves to help in the kitchen and is always willing to try anything I make. She loves to try different foods whenever we go out to eat. At least I have one person in the house who understands and one day will be able to empathize with the fact that I bought a $100 knife, because it was worth it, instead of looking at me like I was crazy and making the announcement that I "can't go to that cooking store alone anymore" This from the guy that is willing to shell out $600 for a gun that he will shoot maybe 6 times a year, I use my knife EVERYDAY.
  11. jilli42

    Dinner! 2005

    Made a gorgeous roasted chicken with carrots, potatoes & onions last night. However when I went to go get the camera, the kids had already started pulling the chicken apart and the "big kid" was eating all the crispy skin !! So no pictures, but we all know what roasted chicken looks like, right ??
  12. 1) Bangkok Kitchen - really good Thai food. Pad thai, chicken phuket, tiger cried, seafood noodle bowl, thai fried rice, red beef curry. Family meal, we shared all the dishes, eaten at the restaurant. 2) Bangkok Kitchen - went back the next day... Chicken phuket, deep sea (a spicy seafood stir fry) and tiger cried with the leftover pad thai from the night before. This was carryout, eaten at home while watching a DVD. No kids, no family, just us. 3) Subway - BMT on wheat w/lettuce, prov, onions, banana peppers, oil, vinegar & lots of pepper. Ate there and then finished my shopping.
  13. jilli42

    Lunch! (2003-2012)

    Whole wheat spaghetti with homemade tomato/basil sauce, garlic chicken sauasage, onions and peppers. Mixed green salad with carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, broccoli & balsamic/EVOO dressing. Very good. Very easy.
  14. I have learned so much here. First I was giddy with the fact that there ARE other people out there who understand my food & cooking obsession !!! - I get ideas for dinner from eGullet on the Dinner thread, I always scroll through if I am stuck for ideas or I visit Recipe Gullet. - I can travel secure in the fact that I WILL be able to find a good place to eat. - I have picked up new techniques and recipes. - I am learning more about wine in general and wine/food pairings. - I have come across some very interesting food websites and blogs via eGullet. - it gives me an opportunity to show off my creations ("Why are you taking pictures of the food..... ????????") to people who understand. - now I have a great distraction from work !!!! I love eGullet !!!!
  15. Could anyone recommend a good (not too expensive) bottle of red wine. I don't have a lo of wine experience so I am kind of lost in choosing one. Thanks !
  16. jilli42

    Dinner! 2005

    No, but I guess it did sound that way !!! Maybe I was influenced by all the commercials !!
  17. jilli42

    Dinner! 2005

    Shrimp & crab alfredo, served with stir fried chili/garlic brocc and bay biscuits. (Biscuits flavored with Old Bay, garlic & cheddar) Had sliced pineapple for dessert.
  18. I worked at Subway when I was 18. Only lasted about 6 months. Place was very clean & food safety was a priority. Pretty decent job, we got one free sandwich per shift & a discount if we came in while we were off. We used to make some weird sandwich combos for our meals. One guy made a steak & cheese with jalapenos, banana peppers, hot peppers, green peppers, onion, bacon, "hots" and ranch dressing. Sounds horrifying, tasted delicious. Another guy made an "everything" sub. Yep, one of every item we had in the store. I didn't try that, he didn't even it it all.... One of my favorites was chicken, bacon, provolone and BBQ sauce. Throw in the microwave to heat. Add lots of pepper & lettuce and consume. Very good. I still ask for it sometimes when I go to Subway. I used to see lots of employee theft there. One of the closing managers used to take lunchmeat, cheese & bread home at least once a week. Lots of people took lunch meat actually. I even saw someone take some of the mayo ! The only theft I was guilty of was sliding my friends a free sandwich every now & then.
  19. Potato bread or white bread dipped into gravy. Any kind of gravy. Last time I made fried pork chops and onions, I made some gravy to go with the chops. Hahaha, yeah right, it never made it that far. Me & my fiance finished off half a loaf of potato bread sopping up all the gravy. The kids were MAD 'cause we ate all the gravy But now whenever I make gravy they want some "gravy bread" too !
  20. Thanks, didn't think to do that !
  21. I just received quite a few crookneck squash from my co-worker. He has garden at home (lucky, can't wait to get a yard so I can have a garden too ! ) and is always bringing in different vegetables to share. So, I need interesting suggestions and/or recipes on how to cook them. I would hate to see them go to waste. I just don't buy or prepare them often, although I do enjoy eating them ! Thanks !
  22. Have you ever seen those "Faces of Death" movies ?? They show a monkey table being used. So, no, it is not an urban legend. I don't know where it was filmed, but they show them putting the monkey in the table and a bunch of businessman taking turns wacking the poor monkey in the head, with ball pean hammers, as it screamed. and it also showed them eating the brains directly from the skull. It was horrific.
  23. Beans (white, black, red, kidney, pinto, red beans in sauce) Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes and a few cans of Del Monte too. No salt added tomato sauce Glory Collards & Mixed Greens (love them), have also tried their butter beans & they weren't half bad. Coconut Milk Tuna Sardines Goya Pulpo in hot sauce (baby octopus; eaten on crackers picked up on this from my Puerto Rican ex) Baby Corn Chipotles in Adobo Sauerkraut (passable, but I sure do miss my grandmothers sauerkraut) Rotel Pineapple (in its own juice) And horror of horrors ( ) Spaghetti-O's (kids love em for a quick occasional lunch/dinner) and Campbells Chunky Baked Potato with Bacon soup. I love this stuff, although I do doctor it up a little and add some scallion, cheese, hot sauce & lots of pepper.
  24. Doesn't quite fit in with the fast food theme that seems to be going on, but I WISH they still made Jell-O Pudding pops. God they were good. My favorite was the chocolate vanilla swirl.
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