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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  The other day my boss brought me homemade Butternut Squash/Apple soup. Mom, Kel, and I each had a bit, as an appetizer. It was wonderful. Today, he brought me the recipe, because we all begged for it.

1 medium butternut squash (about 3 lbs ), peeled seeded and cut into 1½ inch chunks
1½ pounds Golden Delicious Apples, peeled cored, and chopped (or other apple, same consistency, not sweet )
3 medium shallots, peeled and quartered
¼ cup vegetable oil
Salt and pepper
4 cups broth
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
? teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ cup heavy cream


Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 450 degrees. Toss squash, apples, shallots, oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in large bowl, then arrange in single layers in large roasting pan.

Roast, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are golden brown and softened, about 45 minutes.

Add 1/2 cup broth to pan and scrape up any browned bits with wooden spoon. Return to oven and cook until liquid has reduced and vegetables are glazed, about 5 minutes.

Working in 2 batches, puree squash mixture and remaining broth in blender until smooth. Transfer pureed squash mixture to a large saucepan and stir in syrup, vinegar, nutmeg and cream. Bring soup to a simmer over medium-low heat, adding 1/4 cup water at a time as necessary to adjust consistency. Serve.

Soup can be refrigerated in airtight container for 3 days.

My boss said, use less oil, and roast for far less time.

When serving, add balsamic or apple cider vinegar, maybe sour cream. Something to brighten the flavor.
7 hours ago .

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   Balogreene posted on Pet Peeves  Drivers in Virginia! Today I was on Rte 123, waiting to turn onto Rte 1. Since I had the red light, I, and the guy next to me waited. Rte 1's light turned red, a car in it's left turn lane moved a little. Our lite turned green, the car on rte 1 moved more. The car next to me and I were not very fast on the uptake. The person with the EXTREME red light turned left, in front of us.
7 hours ago .

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   Balogreene posted on Coffee Klatch  Surf, I will be in OK in less than a week. Get in Saturday evening, go to a Driller's Minor League game Sunday, and have the rest of the week (Monday through Friday ) to meet with whoever wants to be there. I want to ride the boat on the canal, and we will meet at Bolero's. Choose what is best for you around work, et. al. and let me know.

Hey guys, here's their menu:
April 21 at 19:16 EST .

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   Balogreene  Of course, you can meet us for the Boat ride too. That is probably the day we are going to the Memorial.
April 21 at 19:17 EST .

   Balogreene posted on Recipes  EC, I sent you a few recipes, but totally fat free is hard. I also sent you a link to where i keep all of my recipes online. It is It is free.

Even though I don't eat much meat, I use full-fat milk, cottage cheese, cheese, etc. I can't imagine not using fat (butter ).

See if you find anything (yes, I have all my childhood meat recipes there too ).
April 12 at 19:58 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  Tonite, sausagetarian me smelled the turkey, scalloped potatoes,and asparagus, and decided to try Easter Dinner. Turkey is still turkey (I don't like it ). But, Miss Freya (cat ) came up, smelled the plate, and was terribly interested. I shredded some turkey into cat size pieces, she smelled it, and left. The rolled up tootsie roll wrapper made such a good kitty soccer ball, she just didn't want turkey.
April 5 at 22:43 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Main Page The Lobby  Surf. Contact me at or Either my sister or I will get back to you
April 4 at 22:41 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  It's been a long time since anyone posted Robin Benzle's recipes. ( ). I went through her recipes again tonight. She has some great recipes. All of you, look Robin up. I found appetizers, fish, and vegetables. Love "Paul Newman's favorite salad", but have to go through more recipes.
April 4 at 21:21 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  You can sign up for her Friday emails, receive a new recipe each week
April 5 at 11:52 EST .

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   Balogreene  I should do that, but, I get so many emails, and am such a picky eater, I'd almost rather go through the recipes my self.
April 5 at 22:53 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  For Bettijo:
Refrigerator Pickles
I have a new cookbook (I always get them for less than $2.00 from This one is Fermentation for beginners. )

Scrub the cucumbers.
Place the cucumbers in two 1-quart wide-mouth jars. Divide the mustard seeds, garlic, and dill evenly between the two jars.
Combine the water and salt and divide evenly between the two jars. Add more filtered water if necessary to completely cover the cucumbers. Cover the jars tightly and let ferment at room temperature in an area away from direct sunlight for about 3 days.
Store the dill pickles in covered containers in the refrigerator for up to 1 year.

Easy, better than store-bought
April 2 at 23:07 EST .

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   MeiDei  No vinegar???
April 3 at 18:32 EST .

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   Balogreene  No, it seems a lot of pickling recipes brine in just salt and water. I have a similar recipe for sauerkraut.
April 3 at 19:43 EST .

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   Bettijo  If a recipe calls for 8 oz egg substitute, can I substitute fresh egg? How much?
April 5 at 16:20 EST .

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   Balogreene  I can't give you much, but, 4 oz of substitute equals one egg (I think, read the box ). So, 8 oz would be 2 eggs?
April 5 at 22:59 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thx Balo, I do sauerkraut with just salt & water - natural fermentation method. Will try this one! Filtered water - do they mean Brita or of that type? How important vs. tap?
April 8 at 02:16 EST .

   BirdsNest  If you have tap water that is chorinated it would likely cause taste issues with the other ingredients.
April 10 at 07:32 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Sports  What is the World coming too? The Bleachers will not be open for the Cub's Opening "Night". There are two things wrong with that sentence!
March 31 at 20:49 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  Jack Daniels Cookbook: Stories and Kitchen Secrets from Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House.

What a book! Listen up, I got the book through, for $0.99. On Amazon, it is $18.99.

The book contains recipes from Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House (restaurant ) in Lynchburg TN. Maybe 20% have Jack Daniels in them. They are just good Southern Recipes. The book has the history of Jack Daniel's interspersed (the author is distantly related ), and quotes from customers (the Australian who asked for just one "grit" ). It is a wonderful book.

If you are into beef and pork, it has a ton of recipes. It also has a ton of recipes for someone like me. This week I am making Cheese Grits, Tomato Supper Pudding, Salmon Croquettes, and a Jack Daniels Bread pudding.

This book has pies, cakes, fruit, "congealed (gelatin ) salad, greens, ham, chicken, dumplings, appetizers, it is great. But, I have to say, I wouldn't pay $19 for it.
March 26 at 21:52 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Balo, sounds great. Never heard of Bookhub,but will check it out. Never heard from you about those Salad keepers I sent you. I added another kind in the box. Do you like them? Or not?
March 26 at 21:57 EST .

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   Balogreene  FS, I never got them, assumed you had changed your mind.

March 27 at 19:21 EST .

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   Bettijo  BookBub is great. I get an email everyday listing about 6 bargain books from Amazon. Some are free, I rarely pay over $.99 for any. I got the Jack Daniels cookbook, but have not looked at it yet. If you have a Kindle or an iPad, do subscribe to BookBub. My iPad is so full, I a trying to figure out how to delete books I have read and do not want to keep. Anybody know how? Thanks.
March 28 at 20:20 EST .

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   Balogreene  Bettijo, I only have cookbooks downloaded on my iPad. I have only audiobooks on my iPhone, and both on my MacBook Pro. I also have a Kindle, with the books I read on it.

My cheese grits bake, Sweet Tomato Supper Pudding, JD Bread Pudding, and Pantry Salmon cakes with Mustard Dressing are all great. Mom, Sis and I all loved them. Mom is now begging me for fried okra!
March 30 at 21:15 EST .

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   Balogreene  Bettijo, there is an option to delete from device. On a PC, I think it is a right-click, on my MacBook Pro, it is a two-fingered click, on my iPad and my Kindle it is press until a dialogue box appears.
April 3 at 19:47 EST .

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