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  1. Finally getting the Thanksgiving leftovers out of the freezer, I have a half (or close to it) of a cooked turkey breast (off the bone), gravy, and mushroom dressing/stuffing. Those will be good for tonight, kind of cool and windy today. Will likely make some roasted carrots (fresh) and creamed spinach (another freezer pack). I can actually see the bottom of one half of the drawer.
  2. BeeZee

    "Zuni Cafe" Cookbook by Judy Rogers

    @blue_dolphin, that looks very appealing, and my first thought was also that I bet there is a way to make it in to a starter by including something savory...crisped prosciutto bits would be perfect!
  3. Trader Joes used to sell frozen avocados, they were halves in vacuum sealed plastic. Pretty firm, they couldn’t package truly ripe ones, and not very flavorful. OK for garnish chopped up, but not ideal for guac. Since Shelby wants to possibly stuff and fry the halves, it might work OK.
  4. BeeZee

    Lunch 2019

    Prep for weekday lunches, extra firm tofu which I pressed for a couple of hours, brushed with hoisin thinned with a little balsamic, some powdered ginger, garlic, and black pepper mixed in. Baked for about a half hour at 400 degrees. I like my triangular soldiers!
  5. BeeZee

    Dinner 2019

    I only recently had canned tuna packed in oil, may have been Ortiz brand, and what I found interesting was that the tuna did not seem “oily”, just more moist, I guess. I almost always eat tuna plain, so that would have been noticeable. Although I think if I were making tuna/avocado salad I would probably be inclined to stick with water packed.
  6. BeeZee

    Lunch 2019

    Toasted wheat bagel, open face, with peanut butter and mixed berry preserves. Sometimes there is nothing better than PB&J.
  7. BeeZee

    Peeps: Marshmallowly Goodness

    I always thought that all Peeps were one flavor...sugar. Who knew?
  8. BeeZee


    Nope. Wouldn’t eat them. Wouldn’t open that plastic bag, either.
  9. Counter space which is convenient for prep...next to the sink. A garbage disposal, if you can. My neighborhood doesn’t allow them due to environmental issues, but I have had them previously and it is the one thing I curse daily in my kitchen.
  10. BeeZee

    Dinner 2019

    Well, we fell upon dinner and all that I have left is a photo of the leftovers. Chicken meatballs (finely chopped arugula is the green) with some interesting pasta given to us by my Sicilian BIL (Strozzapreti), sauced with vodka sauce (courtesy of TJ’s). Cooked spinach on the side, now kind of mixed in.
  11. BeeZee


    That is a great idea, your kids will love having your recipes...especially when they strike out on their own and want a “taste of home”.
  12. I made vegan chocolate avocado “ice cream” last year and it was really good, the avocado’s creaminess/fat enhanced the texture and honestly you didn’t actually taste avocado.
  13. I find that the deals for Prime members are pretty good. I was never a regular WF shopper to be able to judge overall price trends, however. For the odds and ends that I do buy there, I find the day to day pricing to be competitive vs my usual supermarket. The exception to that is when Shop Rite has a big sale, they will go lower than WF ever does.
  14. BeeZee

    THE BEST: NYC Pizza Favorites

    Since I grew up in NY and now live 5 minutes from Papa's in NJ (it is no longer in Trenton) I can confirm that it is a tasty tomato pie. But not a NY style pizza. Talking about pizza with NYers is like talking about BBQ with Southerners. Don't get us started.
  15. I read the article earlier today, the link showed up in something on my Twitter feed. Good for him, I hope he's able to continue with a sober life. My cousin is a Chef and had addiction issues when he was younger, he doesn't drink, and I always wonder how hard it is for him to stay sober in that environment. I think because he got sober before becoming a Chef it was not as difficult. Interesting how the staff at Joe Beef seem to be turning away from the "Viking" mentality as a by-product. Perhaps he unintentionally saved someone else from heading too far down the path, also.