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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  Marinated Cucumber Salad
This is wonderful, and I used splenda instead of sugar
¼ cup hot water
? cup sugar
1 (8-ounce ) bottle Italian dressing
3 cucumbers, cut into ?-inch slices
1 medium-sized onion, cut into ½-inch slices - I used red onions
In a medium bowl, combine hot water, sugar, and Italian dressing. Add cucumbers and onions.
Mix well then cover and chill at least 2 hours before serving.

   July 13 at 21:25 EST .

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   Balogreene  I checked it before I hit share and it was right. It's 1/3 cup sugar, and cucumber cut into 1/8 inch slices. I used my spiralizer.
July 13 at 21:27 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  I got a spiralizer this week. This is my first recipe, I found it online, but, instead of buying new stuff, used what was in the house.
berries, maserated
ricotta with cinnamon and anise to taste
2 anjou pears spiraled (they recommend anjou or bartlett only )
layer, berries, ricotta, pears, berries.

   July 12 at 21:41 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  Cold Watermelon Soup
5 cups (1.5 pounds ) diced seedless watermelon, chilled
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chervil leaves
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 grams xanthan gum ( ½ teaspoon )
Chervil or shredded shiso leaves, for garnish

In a blender, puree the diced watermelon with the fresh lime juice, chervil leaves and extra-virgin olive oil until the mixture is very smooth. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a large bowl and strain the watermelon puree, pressing very lightly on the solids to extract the watermelon juice without pushing the pulp through.

Rinse out the blender and return the strained watermelon juice to it. With the blender on, add the xanthan gum and blend until slightly thickened, about 15 seconds. Transfer the watermelon soup to a pitcher and season with Tabasco and salt. Refrigerate until the soup is well-chilled, about 20 minutes. Serve the soup in bowls, garnished with chervil or shredded shiso leaves.

And a disclaimer, I don't do xanthan gum. Probably could have added pectin, but what is wrong with a soupy soup?
I also only blended it once, there are a few chunks of watermelon (I probably could have blended longer ), but, who cares?
Next, I can't get chervil in my grocery stores. I looked up equivalents, you can use tarragon, french parsley, or herbs de provence. I chose the tarragon, because it was available.

It is a good soup, I really liked it.

   July 6 at 18:47 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  Hayfever juice.
I don't know if it works, but it is good! I only have one question, in the beginning of the recipe they say blend, at the end they say juice. I did it in my Ninja (Sis's Ninja, but I like it. )

1 thumb size piece of ginger
½ unwaxed lemon, including its zest and skin
A 4cm wedge of pineapple
1 apple

Juice all the ingredients and pour over ice.
   July 6 at 18:39 EST .

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   Balogreene  OK so you blend, then you juice to get the roughage out. I refuse to use two sets of machinery to make one drink. I just added ginger ale to the blended stuff, and didn't juice it. Of course, I have a SodaStream to make the Ginger Ale.
July 15 at 22:44 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  Barbara is cooking again!

My sis bought a NuWave oven a few months ago (I forget if it was Gerty or Gram who asked about it, and when they did, I'd never heard of it. ) I like the contraption. It's infra-red, so it doesn't heat up the kitchen, you can do just about anything in it. Tonight I did hard boiled eggs. They recommend 9-11 minutes. It was so easy, so fast, and no heat whatsoever in the kitchen.

I think I might try drying some tarragon I had to get for a recipe, and hardly used any at all.
July 6 at 18:35 EST .

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   MeiDei  Would love to hear the pros & cons of the NuWave - sorely tempted to get one.
July 7 at 09:05 EST .

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   Balogreene  It cooks faster than a regular oven, does corn on the cob in like 10 minutes on it's shelf. My hard-boiled eggs didn't cook long enough for me, but close. It's easy to set the timer, It doesn't heat up the room, in fact, the plastic hood, and grill get hot, but on top of the hood, is the control lid, and it stays cool. When you take the lid and hood off, there is a place to prop it, so you don't put it down on any kitchen surface. It is easy to clean. Anything that works in the oven (except plastic handles ) will work in the NuWave.

Most things need to be turned over (except corn and eggs ). To make a pizza you have to buy a special silicone piece, you put over the face of the pizza, then put it in the oven, crust side up, until the crust is cooked. Then you flip it over (the piece comes with a flipper too ), and take the silicone lid off, and cook it a few minutes more until the toppings are done. I don't eat meat, but mom and sis say it does a really good job and even leaves grill marks. The fat drips into the bottom, but sis says that is easy to clean, as is the grill piece. Again, you cook it x time, flip it and cook x again.

What I like is if something cooks 10 minutes a side, you set the timer for 10 minutes, when it goes off, you simply lift the lid, flip the item, and the timer resets itself, so you press start, and it cooks the last 10 minutes.

Ours came with a cookbook, and a quick reference card, laminated. Sis got ours from QVC, so it came with several silicone pieces, like cupcake cups, gotta try that! I'm on my way to the website now, to see what else is available.

We have a crockpot, a pressure cooker, a microwave, the NuWave, and a real nice GE gas oven/stove. This summer, we are doing everything possible to not use the real oven.
July 7 at 17:10 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Pet Peeves  At the end of this fourth of July weekend, I will not mention the pet peeve of the neighbor who shot fireworks off until one in the morning, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

I will talk about our National Anthem. It is not a dirge, it is a song of celebration. Our flag was still waving after a vicious assault. And, when it was set to music, it was set to an English drinking song. I had the privilege of hearing a small band in a tavern, in Williamsburg VA. They sang the drinking song, then the Star Spangled Banner, all the verses. It was very moving. But, it sounded like a drinking song, it was lively and celebratory. Our flag is still waving, probably as tattered as the one in the Smithsonian, Francis Scott Key saw from the prison ship. But, it is still waving. We should be celebrating that fact, not singing a funeral dirge.

Off my soap box.
July 6 at 18:26 EST .

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   Safetydude  A standin' O for that comment !
July 7 at 19:40 EST .

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   Gerty  Ditto on that, Mr.Dude!
July 7 at 21:15 EST .

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   MeiDei  I think it's sung slower in stadiums because of the echo/bounce back makes for tv/audio confusion. Prefer the vocalizations (yodeling ) be eliminated.
July 7 at 22:24 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  I ate my rhubarb pickles plain, and they are both sour and liquoricey. A good pickle, but really pucker. Tonight, I ate an inch long pickle wrapped in fontina cheese. It really helps kill the sour! I of course need more fat than carbs, so this is good for me. It is also just good tasting.
July 4 at 19:02 EST .

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   Balogreene  And, next time I make the pickles, I will use Splenda or something instead of real sugar.
July 6 at 18:32 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  MeiDei: You recently posted coffee popsicles. I hate frozen, it makes my mouth hurt. But over the years, I bought two items that make really strong coffee, for iced coffee, or popsicles. Sadly, I can only find them at, where they are expensive.

you put in enough coffee grounds to make a 10 or 12 cup pot, pour about 2 cups of hot water over the grounds, then, fill with ice. Great iced coffee.

and this one, You put in like a pound of coffee, 9 cups of water, and it makes about 8 cups of liquer.

When it is done dripping (overnight? ), you can take a bit of the liquer and some milk, and have the best latte. Or make popsicles, or make iced coffee, or add enough water to make regular coffee. You just keep the jug in your fridge.

I did get the first from Starbucks for $30, but, I got the second from a New Orleans Company when I got some hickory coffee. I love them both.

I am a coffee freak, and I bought these about 5 years apart, so it didn't feel that expensive. Just want to say, good strong coffee for all those times you need it.
July 3 at 19:02 EST .

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   MeiDei  How interesting! Thanks for sharing. Sorry about the popsicles!
Your recipe for rhubarb sounds very similar to one I make using cranberries. A great sauce for turkey although we prefer it with baked ham - either hot or cold - but especially over leftover ham chunks reheated in microwave. My friend's husband likes his every way even puts it on his cream cheese bagels. I can this concoction & give as gifts at Christmas - repeat annual expectations from the recipients - they even return the jars! : )
July 4 at 09:35 EST .

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   MeiDei  Just remembered, my aunt & uncle owned a resort in the Pocono Mts. many years ago. She always added a few dashes of salt to the coffee grounds before brewing - said she learned that tip from a top chef in NYC - supposedly the salt removes the bitterness. Since I started adding cinnamon I forgot about the salt.
July 4 at 09:52 EST .

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   Balogreene  Swedish coffee is made in a big pot with eggs, coffee grounds and salt. They are boiled together. The eggs gather up the grounds, and help the coffee to stay clear. I always have to ask my mom the recipe, and she is currently on vacation, but, it is great coffee.
July 4 at 19:06 EST .

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   Gerty  Ladies--I myself do not enjoy coffee--it's a genetic thing. But I am surrounded by husband and family who live by the coffee bean.

Have you tried café granulate com panna? In Italy, my relatives enjoy iced espresso coffee with a bit of whipped cream on top. They tell me this is the best!
July 4 at 22:44 EST .

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   Balogreene  Gerty that sounds delicious, but, do you know how much espresso it would take? Especially an inveterate coffee drinker like me (it's a genetic thing, Scandies drink coffee day and night. ) But, it would be a great nightcap (I do decaf. ) I will have to try it, maybe tonight.
July 6 at 18:29 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  It was a sad day today. I went down to the laundry room to get a roll of paper towels, then came upstairs to wrap ice in said towels and try to cool off (95, and no air conditioning ). 15 minutes later, sister called and said shih tzu Ukiko was wondering why I locked her in the laundry room. Ukiko was so sad, it took an hour of love and a slice of pepperoni to placate her.

Then she got a walk and picked up the mail, so now it is a happy day.

Must be nice to have a pea-brain, and a total inability to hold a grudge.
July 2 at 18:31 EST .

   Balogreene  Followed by the best day ever. I have tried and tried to get sister to get fans, etc., to help with the heat. So today, we three went to the vet, then Bed Bath and Beyond to get Soda Stream refills, Home Depot to get fans and a new kitchen light fixture, then pick up my new contacts, and finally WalMart. I said if we got out of WalMart in time, I'd buy lunch at the Chicago Dawg House.

After hours of sitting in the air-conditioned car with whoever was not shopping, we got home with the "Chicago-style" hot dogs. First Uki and Kel went for a walk to get the mail, then we all went in, and Uki got her very own hotdog. What a day for a five-year old, who suddenly became an only dog, and who just survived a life-threatening disease.

And sis is happy with the new fans. We are all happy.
July 3 at 18:43 EST .

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   Gerty  Miss Balogreene, please forgive me if I do not understand. You and your close relatives are living in a 95 degree F. environment with no air conditioning? Please tell me I read this wrong.

I can only go by my own experience. I am exceptionally sensitive to heat---have been my entire life! As a child, going to the beach was a nightmare; but, I digress.

Once we have reached a certain age, it is unhealthy for us to endure excessive heat. 95F is excessive. Please try to get an air conditioner, if for no other reason, so that breathing will be easier.

Let me know how I can help. I have sisters too!
July 4 at 22:24 EST .

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   Balogreene  Gerty, yes we are. It was a conscious decision. It costs so much to get a new central air conditioner, we decided to not go any farther in debt. My sister is on disability, my mom on Social Security, and my company hasn't given raises for two years. I work outside the home three days a week, and mom is visiting one of my sisters for another month. I finally talked my sister into fans, and sleeping in the basement.

I suffered heat exhaustion several times while living in NYC with no air conditioning in the 90's, so am pretty sensitive. I deal with it by drinking a lot of water, taking cooling showers, and keeping ice on hand to rub down the extremities, and cool them. I guess we all think one summer isn't going to kill us.

We are using the huge electric savings, to save money, and will get a new unit of some kind in the fall or winter when it is much cheaper. If it gets bad, we will go to a Habitat for Humanity store and buy window units.

I have lots of healthy, cold meals (cottage cheese with rhubarb compote, couscous with veggies and fruit, salad, cheese and veggies, and for hot food, we have a NuWave oven, a crockpot, and a pressure cooker, not to mention the microwave ).

Don't feel sorry for us, we all used to live like this thirty or 40 years ago, and in big cities like NYC, many buildings are too old for air conditioning. I thought I would be the first to cave, but, we are all doing okay. You just have to have coping mechanisms.
July 5 at 19:29 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  Y'all do know rhubarb is a vegetable, don't you? Thus my recipes below count as a serving of both fruit and veg.
June 30 at 21:58 EST .

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