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  1. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    This is highly embarrassing, but I used a GFS garlic biscuit mix and added cheese. I think the Red Lobster garlic mix is available for purchase, and the GFS stuff is similar. HTH
  2. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Keeping with the Get 'er done style of cooking of recent days.... Beef stew. Stew meat that I canned- from our cow; carrots- purple, orange and white Belgian- from the garden, potatoes- red and white from the garden...onions from my neighbor. Plus, garlic cheese biscuits.
  3. Worst Halloween candy

    My parents would go through our candy when we arrived home from trick or treating. They'd take any apples away from us. Why? Because some scum-of-the-earth demon spawn residents were putting razor blades in the apples and giving them to children on Halloween. Some of the candy, as well. Mom would scrutinize each piece to make sure it wasn't opened first. I had awesome parents. Always shared the chocolate with Daddy. =) @Alex Yes, Michigan is a great place, despite the candy corn. Loved the "...state shaped like a mitten. Or a hand reaching out for more candy corn." HAHAHA!
  4. Worst Halloween candy

    NECCO wafers..... Hate those things. They taste like bad Tums. All the other candy, I'm pretty cool with. And I don't hand it out. I turn the lights out, and eat it all.
  5. For as long as I can remember, sliced HB eggs have decorated the top of pretty much every potato salad made in this family. Spiraled over the top of the salad, sprinkled with paprika. Looks lovely. Hubby LOVES HB eggs crumbled all over his green salad. To him, the greens don't matter- lettuces, spinach-whatever. He loves the HB eggs. And it is such a cheap, easy way to incorporate protein into salads. (To me, they are a tasty avenue to consume large amounts of salt, which I sometimes enjoy.) I also appreciate the convenience factor. They can be made in advance, stored in the fridge (or pickled), and grabbed for a quick, filling snack. I label one egg carton with a large HARD BOILED sign, and leave that in the snack tray of the fridge. My 12 yo goes right for them, after school. Either salt and gobble, or makes egg salad.
  6. @minas6907 OMG! Such beautiful and amazing work! Love, Love LOVE it!!!! You're AMAZING!!!
  7. I just can't cook __________!

    Pie crusts here. I don't know how many times I've tried. My mother made them PERFECTLY. Roll the dough out in between two sheets of waxed paper. Hers were amazing, mine come out crappy. I use store bought, and dust the surface with powdered sugar to make it more edible. Heck, even for the pasties, I use store-bought crust! Pasty crust should be thinner, but, if I can't get it right in a pie, its definitely not going to work in a pasty. Its just not happening in this lifetime.
  8. Well, my days of artistic expression are on hold until I get more of the home interior done. So, until then, I am going with the get-er-done kind of baking. Friday, it was chocolate chip cookies. Today, it was apple pie.
  9. I hiked through the garden today, and located 21 pie pumpkins. Those are the ones that I can actually see. Others are hidden by weeds. The hubbard squash is a monster. There are 2 others around it....
  10. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Cashew Chicken with yellow squash from the garden....
  11. Pumpkin

    @andiesenji Thank you so much for posting that recipe!!!! Its good to know it can be used with other squashes, as I found an abnormally large Hubbard in my garden and was pondering what to do with it. The recipe sounds simply delicious! Thank you!
  12. Pumpkin

    I grow the New England Sugar Pie pumpkins (from heirloom seeds). They are lovely! I used to cook them, several at a time, scrape the pumpkin out, puree it, measure and put into ziplock bag in 2c portions, then freeze and use for pie or pumpkin bars. Now, with the wonderful pressure canner....I shall can it! With canning, its preferred to cut into chunks, raw, add water and a tad but of salt, top off with water, then pressure can. I am giddy about trying this!!!
  13. @kayb.... I found this online, in case you'd like your own private orchard. https://www.starkbros.com/products/fruit-trees/apple-trees/starkspur-arkansas-black-apple For the low, low price of $27.99.
  14. Back to the blessed apples again today. Made apple pie filling. Canned it in the waterbath canner. One exploded, 4 of the 5 others oozed but sealed anyway. The unsealed one got used in an experiment to test a Pinterest recipe hack. Pillsbury cinnamon "rolls" get smashed into muffin tin cells. Filled with apple pie filling, bake for 15 mins, then drizzle with the icing. Tested it out on the kids after school.... excellent use of pie filling. I'm going to leave more headspace for the next round of pie filling. That's all I can think of that would cause the oozing.
  15. Over the last two years....probably the enormous pressure canner (which I use quite a bit nowadays); and the miniature Rapala fillet knife. I had many more cool kitchen toys before the house fire. I've been slowly prioritizing things that I actually need, then get them when its affordable.