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  1. Ok, slice in to thin strips, cook in butter till it carmalizes a little, add some lemon and some lemon zest, a bit of sugar and salt. Taste, more seasoning if needed, chicken broth as needed to keep it moist. Try not to overlook.
  2. Wow, lady goes to Olive Garden, actually likes the food, and everybody looses their minds! I also enjoy some of the food at OG. We have many local places around us, some are good-some are great, most are very inconsistent. If the real chef is there- awesome! If not, I just wasted fifty bucks on crappy food and a "who gives a shit response". At least at OG you can talk to a manager, fix the problem, and still have a nice meal.
  3. Roast chestnuts in my oven without cutting an x in them first. Almost lost an eye.
  4. Top Ramen Oriental flavor- the only vegetarian option widely available. Tasty, salty, and probably very bad for you.
  5. Artichokes around S.CT are about two for 4 dollars. Huge and delicious although they take a long time to cook. Worth it though, just plan ahead.
  6. Parsnips. Roasted in the oven with evoo and sea salt. People tend to overlook this wonderful vegetable. Also excellent boiled and then mashed with butter, salt and pepper.
  7. Great site! Sounds like something everybody in the family would be able to enjoy. I wonder where someone could buy those cute iron pans? I'm definitely going to try and recreate some of those recipes at home until we can get there. Thanks.
  8. Great post. The Grandparent's on the floor with the babies- awesome. Hope you all feel better now!
  9. Can't wait to try all the new recipes. I bought all of the ingredients to the original recipe I posted but I'm waiting until everybody goes to bed before I make it. Shhhh- I don't want to share!
  10. Creamed onions used to mean defrosted boiling onions cooked in cream and dumped on the table like an after thought. I never ate them, never made them. This year my sister's creamed onion's were so simple and yet over the top, that we'll never have a holiday without them. Seriously simple recipe: fresh boiling onions, scallions, small regular onions- all pealed and whole- cook in a sauce pan with heavy cream, butter, fresh thyme, a little fresh nutmeg, and salt and pepper. Cook until cream is reduced and onions are tender. If I could have taken the pot and eaten them all by myself in the pantry I would have. Unfortunately there were too many people around. Is this an outdated dish or do people still make it?
  11. I almost blew up my sister's house at least three times. See, with a gas stove you need to click on the light button before turning it to the heat you need. If you don't, gas will just flow, without the flames, and it turns into a very dangerous kitchen. I have an electric stove at home and habits are habits. I'm just happy they didn't kick me out after the third time. I think I've got the hang of it now. Oh, and I almost burnt my sister's onion dish by mistakingly turning it up to high when I meant to turn it to low. It's amazing how a different stove can turn out to be so challenging!
  12. The rolls. We always forget the rolls. The pity is, we made them from scratch this year and stillforgot them.
  13. By the owner and chef at the Colorado Kitchen in D.C., Out of the Frying Pan, Gillian Clark. I loved this book for so many reasons. A single mom trying raise two little girls by herself has the guts and skill to open her own restaurant. Ms. Clark is honest about the challenges any parent deals with raising children. It's not easy and sometimes you feel over your head. I loved how the author used making and eating food almost a therapy to help herself and her girls get though the hardest times.
  14. Another food magazine addict here. This is my system: cut out the recipes I want as I read, stick them in a large zip lock bag, later organize them into photo albums ( the ones with just the single big page for photos) according to apps., veggies, baking, etc. Now I can just flip open to a recipe and the plastic protects it from stains or sticky cooking fingers. I also do the same thing with recipes that I download. It seems like a waste of time, not to mention paper, to go find a certain recipe I only use a few times a year and keep printing it out. I try to keep one of the albums in my car at all times so I can organize the recipes while waiting for appointments or during one of the kid's sport practices. If the recipe has a photo I try to include some or all it to remind my self why I wanted to make it in the first place.
  15. Toasted

    Latke Crisps

    Those sound yummy! Can't wait to try them.
  16. I checked out some of those menus and I wish our schools offered some of those vegetarian meals. In my daughter's school vegetarian means grilled cheese and fries.
  17. Tonight my 11 year old daughter and I made blueberry pies in some cute little tart pans I found. I haven't made pie dough in years so it was a learning experience for both of us. The pies are still cooling so we haven't tried them yet but they look pretty good.
  18. Get ready to throw up. Like most of us here on eG, I try to buy from the local markets and family chains. I want to help support the local businesses and keep them going. So, I sometimes shop at a grocery store even though it's more expensive then the Stop & Shop down the street. You know how they have all that take out food in plastic containers- ready to go for a quick dinner? Well, I witnessed the person packing the food licking her fingers after every item she put in. No gloves, fingers in mouth until they got too sticky and she rubbed them on her uniform. I asked to speak to the manager and his response was " I just got in, I'll look into it later". I sent a letter to the owner asking him to look into the situation but never got a response back. I still believe in supporting the local stores but I will never shop at that one again.
  19. Many of mine are dog eared and stained with chocolate. Not because I bring them in the kitchen, it's because I bring them into bed with me for good reading. Like many here, I don't actually cook from them, I just read them to get good ideas. And then I get hungry, very hungry and the chocolate comes out. So that's how I mess up my cookbooks. If anyone ever gets one from me that is actually clean, well, it's a good indication that I didn't like it enough to waste my nighttime chocolate.
  20. I hate cold butter. You can't spread it and it rips the bread. Hate. I have also noticed the stingy portions of butter. Why? Particularly when you know the cook is dumping in about a cup with each pasta order.
  21. Just got back from Plymouth Mass. with my little girl. At the Plimouth Plantation store you can find an authentic Boston Baked Bean Pot. It comes with recipes too. I'm sure the store is online if you want to check it out. I almost bought one but got too sucked into the lobster shaped lollypops.
  22. Last weekend we went to a local restaurant. It's really a lovely place. I noticed that one of the tables next to us had ordered the portabello torte. It looked awesome but tasted horrible. It wasn't cooked enough and I think the mushrooms even looked slimy-like they had been kept too long. Beautiful presentation but repulsive food.
  23. Toasted

    Broken Cheese Sauce

    I would let it cool a bit and then put it in the blender. It always seems to work with lumpy gravy. Good luck.
  24. I am definitely making this as soon as it stops raining! I'm thinking some toasted seseme oil with a little soy sauce and a bit of orange juice. Maybe a little honey. Stupid rain.
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