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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  Bettijo: Another for vegetarians thing is hummus. Right now, I'm thrilled with Spicy Red Pepper Hummus, in a pita, with onions, red and green peppers, and cucumber. Heaven! Hummus is also a great dip for veggies, pita chips, and pretzels. (Hummus is mashed chickpeas ).
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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  Bettijo: I found this recipe, just now. I must warn you it is not vegan, and like most dips (except hummus ) has dairy products:
Garlic and Chive dip with chips and Crudite
Ingredients
3 bulbs garlic
Coarse salt and ground pepper
¼ cup olive oil
1 cup sour cream
1 cup low-fat, plain Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons milk
? cup chopped fresh chives, plus more for topping
Sweet red peppers, cauliflower and broccoli, cut up, for serving
Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Using a serrated knife, slice off top quarter of garlic bulbs, exposing as many cloves as possible. Arrange garlic heads, cut side up, in an 8- or 9-inch square baking dish (make sure garlic heads sit flat ).
Season garlic with salt and pepper. Slowly pour oil over each bulb, letting it soak into and around cloves. Cover dish tightly with foil and roast until cloves are golden, completely soft, and begin to protrude slightly from skins, about 1 hour. Let stand until cool.
From the bottom up, squeeze each head to push out cloves (peel skins from any completely enclosed cloves ).
Transfer garlic and cooking oil to a food processor. Add sour cream, yogurt and milk; process until smooth.
Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in chives. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with more chives.
Serve with vegetable chips and assorted crudités.
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   Balogreene posted on Pet Peeves  I took this pet peeve into my own hands today. I work at home Monday and Friday. Today (Monday ), I decided to go shopping part way through the day. Three was not a good time to go, but, I soldiered on. Part way up the road there was a school zone, and a cop car. I slowed to as close to 25 as I could hold it. A black SUV came up in the left lane, unable to hold it at all. After the school zone she pulled in front of me with her Mary Kay information splashed all over her back window, and slowed down to 10 mph below the limit. I went where I was going, and when I left, noticed her car. I drove out, never seeing her, until she pulled into the space behind me at the grocery store. She must have gone pretty fast to get there right behind me, as I was the last one through two lights.
At the door to the grocery store I confronted her. Told her what she had done, cutting me off. How it had totally put me off anything to do with Mary Kay, cause she is an idiot. She said she hadn't realized she had done it. I said I was the Miata you cut off and forced to brake with your huge SUV. Then, you went slower than I was going when you pulled in front. She said "Thank you for calling attention, I will be more careful". I told her she was still an idiot, who shouldn't advertise as such.
November 17 at 20:49 EST .

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   Balogreene  I feel the same way about people with "fish", or "I am a Christian", or a company name on their vehicle. If you can't obey the law, don't advertise who you are.
November 17 at 20:52 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Coffee Klatch  lacta's post below is really a morality question. Come on Ldotters, what would you do? I wish, in all my travels, I had met a man as principled as lacta. Do you agree with his decisions? A lot of women seem to, what about the rest of you?
November 14 at 18:13 EST .

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   Gerty  I feel honored that Mr.Iacta chose to share his story and feelings with us. Everyone loves a story of romantic love!

However, I don't know if I would categorize it as a question of morality...more like maturity and reality.

Would really appreciate, like MissBalogreene, to hear other comments on this. I am also willing to expand on the questions of maturity and reality.
November 14 at 19:03 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  I must tell you good people, that I have lived , in many ways, what I call a "disqualifying life". Any good that I have done is due to both the grace and mercy of God. Only the mistakes have been mine.
November 14 at 20:58 EST .

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   MeiDei  "Any good that I have done is due to both the grace and mercy of God. Only the mistakes have been mine". Like the rest of us, Iacta, like the rest of us.
November 15 at 20:21 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Thanks Mei...truly.....P.S., you seem to have a knack for making me quite emotional ;- )...thanks.
November 16 at 01:14 EST .

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   MeiDei  We miss you on the Movie Wall, how about visiting.
November 16 at 14:47 EST .


   Hollyhock  I have not commented but so enjoyed your story. I feel as if I am eaves dropping on a private conversation. Lacta, you are an honorable man.
November 17 at 12:31 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Main Page The Lobby  I want to lighten this up a bit. I told a 35-year old co-worker "Happy Veteran's Day". He looked at me kinda funny, and I said, "well, I'm glad you're here for Veteran's Day, not Memorial Day." He said his wife bought him a t-shirt with that sentiment.
November 11 at 21:12 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Main Page The Lobby  Just a question. Am I the only one who noticed, absentee ballots don't count? Dan Bongino in MD, Ed Gillespie in VA, both admitted there weren't enough absentee ballots to make up their deficits. Now in Alaska, with the race "over", they will count the absentee ballots. Aren't they counted with the rest? Why not? Do Seniors who can't get out of their house, and vote absentee not count? Or Citizens working abroad? Or soldiers?
November 10 at 19:28 EST .

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   Hammock  That's one of the problems with absentee voting, your vote is counted last. It takes a lot of time to process absentee ballots. Another problem in my opinion is that the envelope has your signature on it, but there's no good way around that.
November 10 at 21:22 EST .

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   Bettijo  I live in Georgia, but I was in Illinois on November 4, so I voted absentee. Are you telling me that vote did not count?
November 12 at 07:59 EST .

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   Lonestar Jack  It all depends on who you vote for.
Some people get to vote many times if they vote for the left party.
Remember when some military ballots weren't counted in 2012.
November 16 at 08:19 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Coffee Klatch  And Happy Birthday Hagar, sorry I'm late.
October 27 at 17:14 EST .

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   Hagar  When your gift didn't show up in the mail Saturday, I knew you were too busy to give it a thought.
It's OK thank you
October 27 at 17:35 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Happy belated birthday Hagar. You had a rough summer hope you are healed up now.
October 27 at 18:33 EST .

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   FL Homeschool Mom  Happy birthday!
October 28 at 00:02 EST .

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   Ynaught  Belated birthday wishes, Hagar!
October 28 at 14:23 EST .

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   Gerty  Happy Birthday!
October 28 at 19:18 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Pet Peeves  A SunTrust Bank ad. Mom died after 53 years of marriage, poor dad, in that big house all alone. We have two kids and a small house, so I called SunTrust Bank, they gave me a loan, now we are building an addition so dad can move in.
Am I the only one who sees a problem with this. Why didn't they move into dad's "big" house. Or, why didn't they sell dad's house and use the money to add to theirs? Is everyone an idiot?
October 24 at 17:39 EST .

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   Gerty  Silly Miss Balogreen---those ads are for low-info guys! : )
October 25 at 14:51 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Answer to your last question,YES.
October 25 at 17:34 EST .

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   StarFire  Maybe they don't want to take the kids out of better schools where they live. Or maybe they don't want the longer commute to work from dad's house. Maybe they can rent out dad's place for more than the cost of the addition.

Lots of missing details.
October 28 at 17:06 EST .

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   Balogreene  Starfire, I agree. I live in the DC area, we are all feeling the Government/Military budget cuts, so many people I know have lost jobs, or gone part time. Taking a loan to move dad in with you seems drastic. My grandmother lived with us until just before she died. Our house has mom and dad's stuff, my stuff, my sister's stuff, and my gram's stuff. But the point is we did it. We are family.
October 30 at 19:45 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  “CHICKEN CURRY RICE | Kare Raisu from Japanese Cooking Made Simple
“For the chicken:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, quartered and sliced
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
2 medium potatoes, cut into bite-size cubes
2 medium carrots, sliced ¼-inch thick
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth

For the sauce:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon honey
“½ teaspoon garam masala

For the curry rice:
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 cups cooked white or brown Japonica rice (or any short grained rice, as they are easier for chopstick use ). I might use just plain old Uncle Ben's if I wasn't going to use chopsticks.

To make the chicken:
In a large pot over medium heat, heat the oil and add the onion. Sauté until the onion is golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Raise the heat to high and add the chicken. Brown the meat, then turn the heat back down to medium. Add the potatoes and carrots, and sauté for 5 minutes.
Pour the broth into the pan and bring it to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer until the meat and vegetables are fork tender, 30 to 50 minutes.

To make the sauce:
In a medium pot over medium heat, melt the butter and add the onion. Sauté until the onion is golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Add the ginger and garlic to the pan, and sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in the flour and curry powder.
Turn the heat up to medium high and slowly pour 3 cups of water into the pan, stirring constantly to prevent the sauce from forming lumps. Bring the sauce to a simmer and turn the heat down to medium. Cook, stirring often, until the sauce is smooth and creamy, 5 to 10 minutes. Add the honey and sprinkle in the garam masala. Stir to combine thoroughly.

To make the curry rice:
Stir the sauce into the chicken-and-vegetable mixture. Simmer for 10 minutes. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, and serve over the rice.

To save the curry for later, allow everything to cool completely and refrigerate the curry and rice in separate, tightly sealed containers.

I used Tofu cubes instead of Chicken, and Daikon radish instead of carrots (see below ).

Really good stuff. I bought the Garam Masala at an "International Food Mart", in the Indian section.

   October 19 at 20:51 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The Garam Masala is an acquired taste I should think. We have tried it but so far it is not a hit with us. And neither of us cares for curry, so that flavor is missing from our foods. Looks very nice and if the family enjoyed it, that's all the more better.
October 20 at 07:48 EST .

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   Balogreene  Bird, no one in my family, but me, likes curry. Which is why I made mine with tofu instead of chicken!
October 20 at 14:30 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Balo, you certainly have exotic tastes. What fun it must be to try such different dishes. I cook for my husband and son and both are picky.
October 20 at 19:59 EST .

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   Balogreene  Holly, oddly, I'm the picky eater in my family. Mostly, I don't like the taste of meat, so I try different cuisines, trying to find new and interesting flavors (that don't contain meat ). I also don't like a lot of "normal" vegetables, like broccoli, so, again, look for other things I will like.
October 20 at 20:55 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  I've said before, I really dislike carrots. There are somethings like broccoli, I dislike, and know why (texture ). Carrots, I just don't like the taste, I guess. So, I found this recipe, I like carrots!

“CARROTS SIMMERED IN SOY SAUCE AND SAKE | Kinpira Ninjin” from Japanese Cooking Made Easy, Salinas Press

“2 tablespoons sesame oil
4 medium carrots, julienned into matchsticks
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons mirin
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons Sake
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

In a medium skillet over medium heat, heat the sesame oil until it shimmers. Add the carrot strips and stir to coat them with the oil and brighten their color, about 30 seconds.
Add the sugar and stir to coat the carrots. While the sugar melts, quickly cook off the carrot juice, about 1 minute.
“Pour in the mirin and stir, then add the soy sauce and stir, then add the Sake and stir. Coat the carrots and continue to cook, stirring, until the liquid evaporates, about 1 minute. Transfer the carrots to a bowl, and let them cool to room temperature.
Serve the kinpira with the sesame seeds sprinkled on top.
To store, leave off the sesame seeds and refrigerate the kinpira in a tightly sealed container. It will keep for 3 or 4 days. When you’re ready to serve, sprinkle on the sesame seeds.”

I used Splenda Brown Sugar, for a richer taste. I honestly thought after all that cooking (15-30 minutes ) the carrots would be mushy, they weren't, they were still crispy (maybe that's a texture thing I didn't like about carrots ). They are really good, a ton of flavor.

I used pre-julienned carrots (time saver ), and all ingredients are easily available in my grocery store's Asian section. I had trouble finding things for the curry recipe, but, this one was easy.
October 19 at 20:31 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Balo, if you can find really big carrots, they are much sweeter than the skinny ones. It is highly likely the julienne carrots were made using the big carrots. Even the baby carrots sold in stores are made from the pieces that get broken off of larger carrots.

Glad you now like carrots, I love them but get carried away putting them in egg salad,cole slaw,and potato and macaroni salads. Hagar puts his foot down, he is not crazy about them in everything. I have found that since getting diabetes I cannot eat a raw carrot, even if I chew it very well, I cannot swallow it, it is too dry.
October 20 at 07:53 EST .

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