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  1. I went to Chef and The Farmer in Jan 2015, it was delicious. I was on the end of a terrible flu-like illness but I dragged myself there because we made our reservation a couple months in advance. We did not see Vivian or her husband - they weren't around but we did see some of the other cast of characters from the show hard at work in the kitchen.
  2. It appears it a deal of the month. I snatched up that offer!
  3. Thank you! I love Catalina dressing.
  4. Shelby I need your okra recipe. It looks perfect! Please
  5. We called them salmon patties and I liked them ok. I think I like them more now. My dad also used to make patties with canned mackerel (maybe it was cheaper?). I was not a fan of the mackerel but at my house you ate what was put on the table. In the end I guess that served me well as I am not a picky eater and now have a taste for oily little fish (sardines). I haven't tried any mackerel lately.
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    Fruit salads

    Growing up my mom used to make an apple salad - apples, raisins, celery and pecans. She used a mayo and sugar dressing - with maybe a little vinegar to thin it out. Every now and then I get a craving for it but I only use tart crisp apples - my mom used red delicious which are my least fave.
  7. Here's what I did. I boiled the beets until tender and then the skins peel right off. (Beware pink hands). Then mix 1 cup white vinegar, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar, 2tsps salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Boil this and pour over beets in jar. Let cool and refrigerate.
  8. I had to respond to this. I live in the east coast and we also eat pork on new years day for moving forward. It is also bad luck to eat chicken on new years day because chickens scratch backwards..lol. Here in dutch country we eat our pork with sauerkraut and apples and a touch of brown sugar along side mashed potatoes with pork gravy. Sounds delicious!
  9. Pickles. Particularly bread and butter pickles.
  10. It is a strong suspicion (confirmed by my doc) that I have developed an ulcer. She advised me to modify my diet and its a foodie nightmare. She recommended no soda (I can deal with this although I do like a diet coke in restaurants), no alcohol, no coffee and no spicy foods. I'm a spicy food junkie so this is the one that is going to trip e up I'm sure. Anyone here deal with an ulcer? Advice, tips, etc? She did say that she was ok with me drinking sparkling water as long as it had only bubbles and water - no citric acid, etc.
  11. New Year's Day meal. Traditional southern foods (pork for moving forward into a new year, greens for prosperity and blackeyed peas for luck) and corn muffins (for tastiness).
  12. 1. Make fried chicken 2. Try to recreate my fathers BBQ sauce 3. Work on my Brunswick stew 4. Cook and eat at home more 5. Try more recipes from my collection of cookbooks
  13. Even though I like grits, oatmeal, polenta etc. I cannot stomach cream of wheat. Raspberries- beautiful berry looks delicious but there is something about the flavor I don't care for. Chitlins - ugh the smell alone. Very ripe bananas - my husband and I are a good pair, I eat them when they are too green and he eats them when they start to turn brown. Crunchy half cooked carrots - I either want them raw or cooked until soft. Red delicious apples - never had the pleasure of one right off the tree and I find them mushy and sickly sweet. Same for apple juice and ciders. I will eat but don't really enjoy scallops. Grape- nuts-- a bowl of little rocks. Yet the list of things I will eat can easily gross out my husband and friends! Food likes and dislikes are strange.
  14. My grandma always used stove top. She mixed it then made it into little patties and baked it. Me and my cousins never knew it wasn't her homemade recipe until we were well into adulthood.
  15. Tell us about your deviled eggs. (I'm so addicted I take them about 3 times a month to work for breakfast). I think that's a perfect Holiday bite. I'm a deviled egg purist. I've played around with all sorts of combinations, but I always go back to Hellman's mayo, French's mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Half have a pimento stuffed olive slice and the other half have an anchovy stuffed olive slice. Oh, and when I have it on hand--which is rare--salmon or trout roe is another favorite on top. That sounds delish. My old standby is mayo, mustard, horseradish, pickle relish and a little bit of juice with paprika sprinkled on top.
  16. State Fair 2012 round-up (NC): Fried Girl scout cookies - (Samoas/Caramel delites) - very sweet but very good. The coconut added a nice texture. Fried HoHo- pretty good. I only had 1 bite but my husband who loves hoho's thought it was delicious. Otherwise, didn't try anything exciting this year. The big thing was cinnamon rolls dipped in dough and fried, dipped in glaze and sprinkled with bacon bits. Unfortunately I ran into the girl scout cookies first and didn't have any room to try the cinnamon rolls (especially as my husband would not help me with the taste test). Anyone else been to a fair this year?
  17. I like them because they have a sweet sour flavor from the pickling and then the heat catches you on the tail end. I just read the wiki that they are processed for reduction of the seeds to more pleasant levels in the wiki. I think they have a nice zingy tangy note.
  18. My coworker kept giving me Peppadews to taste and now I'm addicted. Just bought a jar and have been eating them out of the jar. Also added them to my tuna sandwich. What do you use them for? I've been really into pickles and spicy pickled things lately
  19. Made a TJ's run yesterday. Went a little crazy as I hadn't been in a while. Picked up Chili Spiced Mango, Pita Chips with Cinnamon and Sugar (aka Crack), everything pretzel thins (my favorite with hummus), cheese and chile tamales, Butter chicken, Garlic Naan, Pork potstickers, Phyllo dough, Pistachios, green pea crisps and pumpkin granola. Plus the pumpkin pancake and waffle mix. And the Biscoff like cookie spread (which I haven't tried yet).
  20. I use my steamer all the time. Steamed dumplings, to "refresh" dried fruits (including raisins, cranberries & etc) that have gotten a bit dry and tough. I steam all kinds of vegetables. There are numerous steamed puddings, both sweet and savory, which turn out perfect in a steamer. Thanks Andie great ideas! Yum I hadn't considered dumplings.
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