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  1. onrushpam

    Thanksgiving 2014

    I'm also trying unsuccessfully to track down a dinner roll recipe I found here on eGullet last year-- it was a no-knead recipe, had a bit of lemon zest in it. If that rings any bells, I'd be grateful for someone to point me the way to it. Is this the roll recipe? I saw it today and thought it looked interesting!
  2. onrushpam

    Pimento Cheese

    I, too, use Rachel's recipe when I need a bunch. In a pinch, the Palmetto brand sold down here is pretty good. But, the best of the best is Sweet Grass Dairy's house version, made with their Thomasville Tomme and piquillo peppers. If you want a real treat, pair your favorite pimento cheese with some fruit butter. My favorite is muscadine butter, but it can be hard to come by. Second favorite is peach butter, especially if it has pecans in it. Apple butter works, too. When I first served it to some visiting friends, they were skeptical. Then, we went to visit them and they served it that way, explaining to others, "I know it sounds weird, but you have to try it!" Edited to say, the SGD pimento cheese is available on their website.
  3. When I was a little girl (long, long ago), my favorite Grandma treat was her homemade bread, smeared with butter and sprinkled with sugar (white or brown), with a mug of hot tea or a cup of milk.
  4. What a score on the figs! Sadly, I just really don't like figs. When we moved to this place, there were several mature fig trees. We took them out to make room for our kennel building. Friends were horrified that we would do such a thing!
  5. Recipe for the bierocks, please?
  6. Could we have the recipe for the Summer Torte, please?
  7. Shelby, black walnuts are wonderful! They're just a real chore to get the nut meats out. We used to do it on a concrete sidewalk alongside the house (where it didn't matter too much that the concrete would get stained). We'd spread them out and bash them with a hammer, both to get the outside husks off and to crack the shells. Then, use a nutcracker (the plier-like kind) to crack them further and a nut pick to pry the meat out. If we had a lot of them, we could take them to the feed store and they'd hull/crack them in a machine. This was in Missouri. I'm guessing you could find someplace near you to do the same. I love black walnuts in brownies and banana bread!
  8. I got a set of two of the GreenLife ones for Christmas last year. I like them. But, I mostly use them for eggs and a few other tasks where I really want nonstick. I never use them over very high heat. Mine have soft handles so can only go in a low oven. I've never put them in the oven. They aren't expensive and they server the limited purpose I want them for.
  9. Yep. Like apple butter, but made with muscadines. Very dark and rich.
  10. I'll play, though yesterday's shop was boring: Lewis Produce: Sweet potatoes Yellow sweet corn A humongous green cabbage Was tempted to buy peaches, but remembered I still had a few Wanted butter beans, but they were out. Still had one bag in freezer. Wanted Muscadine butter, but they were out Publix: Milk Cream (Wanted Mexican crema, but they were out) Pork chops Chicken wings Whole chicken Carrots Shallots Celery Dark chocolate covered salted caramel gelato bars (impulse buy!) Rotel Bacon Earlier in the week: Avocado Romaine Flat bread
  11. When we had more than just a couple of items to wash, I used a Rubbermaid tub for the "wash cycle" and just did the rinse in the bar sink. Of course, it helped that I had a bit of counterspace beside the bar sink.
  12. Oh, just remembered... I did make use of disposable aluminium pans quite a bit to cook on the grill when we tired of straight grilled stuff. I made beans, pot roast, braised chicken and veg, etc. in foil pans on the grill. I even did a relatively successful pan of corn bread in my cast iron skillet on the grill.
  13. We were kitchenless for 4 months and had a set-up similar to yours, except we had a bit more storage space, a small counter top and a bar sink. We used the grill (and its side-burner) a lot. I grew tired of grilled veggies (something I never thought could happen). We only did take-out or ate out one or two nights each week, but when we did we often ordered enough Chinese or pizza or BBQ to make two meals. We also made use of some convenience foods (Stouffers lasagna/salad/garlic bread made frequent appearances). I grilled whole chickens or bought rotisserie and made chicken salad with the leftovers, leftover lamb went into gyros, etc. Basically, I tried to turn each meal I cooked or purchased into two. We live WAY out in the boonies, so calling for delivery wasn't an option. As Melissa said, the washing up was the most challenging part and we did use paper goods for some meals. But, it just felt so wasteful, I tried to minimize it. We kept breakfast simple (toast with peanut butter and honey was the most common). DH ate lunch at the hospital where he worked. I took frozen meals or ate lunch at the food court in my building most days. A few years later, we were without power for 11 days. Even with two generators, that was MUCH more challenging than the months without a kitchen, because we had no water and a kennel full of dogs to feed and clean up after! After that, we had our well pump wired to run off a generator, but have never needed to use it. Still, I'd much rather do without my ktichen than my hot showers and A/C!
  14. A very nice Wusthof chef's knife (chosen by my twin, so it perfectly fits my teensy hands). This was much-needed, since DH broke about 2 inches off the end of my previous favorite knife. A couple of ceramic non-stick skillets. THREE fish turners! (One from DH, one from sis and one from DD. I guess I hinted that I wanted one?) Oh, and I'm looking forward to watching Top Chef tonight on the new big-ass TV! :-)
  15. There's not a whole lot nearby the convention center, but you'll have access to easy public transportation. MARTA to Decatur for Cakes and Ale or Brickstore Pub. There are other good places in Decatur and it's a nice area to walk. MARTA or bus to Empire State South. I haven't been there, but it's high on my list of places to try.
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