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  1. Pierogi

    Food Songs

    "A Spoonful of Sugar" from "Mary Poppins"/"Saving Mr. Banks" "A Taste of Honey" by Herb Alpert (which was on the album "Whipped Cream..." cited above) "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" ("...buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks....") "Oh I Wish I Were An Oscar Mayer Weiner" (ok, that one's a stretch, since it's technically an ad, but still....iconic to those of us of a *certain* age in the US) "Saturday Night Fish Fry" Louis Jordon "(I Found My Thrill On) Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino I'm stopping now, but rest assured, I'll be tossing and turning all night coming up with more !
  2. Pierogi

    Food Songs

    Nilsson's "Coconut"....."Put 'de lime in 'de coconut, you drink 'em bot' up", etc. Booker T. and the MG's "Green Onions" "Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pandowdy" Lennon & McCartney's "Strawberry Fields" Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" Dizzy Gillespie's "Salt Peanuts" And who can forget the immortal "Popcorn" by Hot Butter (shout out if you're a child of the 70's.....) That's all off the top of my head.
  3. You are correct, Shel. They are, and I no longer buy Ortegas as a result.
  4. Oh my. You and me, both, Heidi. I *used* to think I was on top of what was going on with the LA trendoid restaurant scene, but I have to admit (ashamedly), that I've only heard of about half of these places, Nevertheless, I'd take any one, or all, of these dishes in a heartbeat, save maybe the one with the geoduck. I've heard those are......ummmmm.....chewy at best. I was particularly intrigued by the dish with the short ribs and the strawberry accent.
  5. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, thank goodness ! I was so bummed to see that the blogs had been officially suspended. This is welcome news for the New Year. Thanks for the good effort, Heidi.
  6. Wonderful report. Love these sorts of posts, they open my eyes to so many places I'll likely never see (but sure would love to). Those Israeli salads (tomatoes/cukes/onions) are always so pretty and sound so good and fresh and flavorful, but when I make them, they always disappoint. Wonder what I'm doing wrong,,,, Thanks again for sharing !
  7. Shopping day is tomorrow (Friday) for everything but the fish and desserts, so I'd damn well better be sure of the menus at this point ! Wiglia (Christmas Eve in Polish) Fish "Warsaw" salad (in lieu of the cucumbers in sour cream)....this is cukes, radishes and apples sliced on a mandolin, in a lemon juice/sour cream dressing Creamed mushrooms (the Poles LOVE mushrooms), made with both dried & fresh 'shrooms Noodles with poppy seeds, raisins and honey (another traditional Wiglia dish) Pierogies Dessert (tbd) Christmas Small rib roast with horseradish sauce Potatoes dauphenoise Pearl onion
  8. Tomorrow I'm doing my "not a fruitcake", which is a sweet bread with dates, candied cherries, nuts and chocolate chips. The recipe, which was my Mom's, calls it Bishop's Bread. Why, I have no clue. I always have to warn people that it's "not a fruitcake", since so many are put off by the the day-glo red and green cherries ! But it just isn't the same without them. I'll also make some cranberry-hot pepper jelly, which I found in Bon Appetit several years ago. Hot, tart and sweet. It's great as a condiment, and works really well over cream cheese as an appetizer. Cookies, of course....I th
  9. FWIW, about 8 years ago, when my RA got so bad, I too, couldn't knead dough, I started using my puny, 5-quart KA to make my pierogi dough, which is essentially an egg pasta, each year. Granted, it's a small batch of dough (2C flour, 2 eggs, appropriate water to bind), but it works great. And this is NOT one of the monster, mega-HP lift-bowl KAs, but as I said, a puny 4&1/2-5 quart tilt-head. It powers through it just fine. I don't run it too fast, and I do finish up the kneading by hand (as best I can), once it's come together nicely in the mixer. But I haven't noticed it laboring part
  10. Christmas Eve for us Poles is meatless, so whatever fish/seafood looks best in the store(s) when I shop will be the main.....pierogies (ahem), of course. For Christmas Eve, the potato/cheese and the sauerkraut/mushroom fillings. Boiled, and then sauteed in butter with onions until the butter browns....a green veg of some sort, probably asparagus if it still looks nice, or brussels sprouts. Possibly additional sauerkraut as a side.....sometimes I feel that, sometimes not, we'll se what develops. Cucumber salad (thin-sliced cukes in a sour cream/vinegar dressing, with chopped scallions, fres
  11. Andie, THAT is a great idea. I, too, have issues with sensitivity to cold.....
  12. Let me preface this by saying I haven't made a pilgrimage to TJs in several weeks, and, as notorious as they are for having products that are "here today, gone tomorrow", this may not still be available...... However. When last there, I found a delightful, scrumptious, delicious little delight in the goodie aisle called, IIRC, "Spicy Ginger Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting". I was happy to see it, because, at that point, all the sweets were all pumpkin, all the time, and I'm not a huge fan. This was a nice, warm, seasonal treat that was a great change from the pumpkin whatever. It's a loaf c
  13. Pierogi

    Glaze for Baked Ham

    Let me throw in my $0.02 for the mix of mustard and citrus. I use Dijon, orange marmalade, horseradish, brown sugar and orange juice. The recipe says to stud with cloves, but I feel that the clove overpowers everything else, so I don't. The horseradish is crucial, IMHO. Gives that back hit of a little something to enhance the Dijon. Only glaze I ever use now.
  14. I am obviously following this thread with great interest....as many of you know, I've had rheumatoid arthritis for almost 15 years now. Right at the moment, my hands are not a huge issues in terms of pain (other joints are happily picking up the slack in that regard), but they have been in the past, and the damage has been done and will be permanent. Because of the joint damage, like the others, I have limited grip strength. Since the RA has also affected my wrists, it's multiplied by that. The damage to my shoulders has also damaged the tendons in one shoulder, so the strength in that arm
  15. Nope. Not me, but I agree it's someone in California. Maybe Frog Princesse? Or Blue Dolphin? As I recall, she's on the Central Coast, around San Luis Obispo, I think. Shel B maybe?
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