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   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  Has anyone made a cake or bread with gluten free flour? I got a recipe for GF Banana Bundt Cake. Recipe calls for 6 ripe bananas. Made the cake. Beautiful. Nice crunch on outside. But I don' t know. I can' t taste the bananas. But the texture is wonky. Just short of crumbly. I will deliver the cake to a friend( minus the missing slice ) and get her to critique it. She wants to be GF. I was curious. No more.
January 14 at 19:52 EST .



   MeiDei  Just read this article, it seems different flours are good/bad depending on which use. Rice flour is popular & in most stores, don't know about the others.
"1. White Rice flour. This is what I use as my all-purpose gluten-free flour. I like it for dredging, thickening — really anytime I need a tablespoon or so of regular flour (like in this chocolate cake recipe ). It has a very mild taste and seems to play nicely with most foods. For the record, rice pasta is also not too shabby! Like most GF flours, rice flour has a different density than regular AP flour. If you want to use it interchangeably in a recipe, you should weigh it instead of measuring it cup for cup. I use rice flour as the base for my cornbread — no xanthum gum required! — and also for my fish and chip batter. These cornmeal cakes are also great. If cornmeal was a flour, I would put it in a tie for number one!

2. Millet flour. I have my mom to thank for introducing me to millet flour. It’s certainly not the most common, but I’ve found nothing better for getting a nice crispy coating on pan-fried meat or fish. My mom uses it all the time during the summer when she cooks up little vineyard sole with tartar sauce (try it with fried calamari too ). It also works great with any dish that calls for dredging like this chicken fricassee.

3. Chickpea flour. I recently became obsessed with Socca. It’s a simple Italian chickpea flour based pancake that seriously satisfies those bready cravings. I make it all the time as a side dish, where the bread basket would ordinarily be. Baked Falafel is another easy favorite and uses a couple tablespoons of the stuff.

4. Buckwheat flour. I admit, I don’t have tons of uses for buckwheat flour. But these savory buckwheat crepes are a breakfast go-to much in the way pancakes are for most people. You can serve anything you want inside of them, which makes them a great vehicle for leftovers. Here’s a great cake recipe from Smitten Kitchen and muffins from Yummly.

5. Masa Harina. Mexican is my favorite gluten-free cuisine, and masa harina is the base of a lot of dishes. Warning: masa is different from corn flour and should not be used interchangeably. You can make homemade corn tortillas. Or, my favorite sandwich bread alternative, arepas. It also is a nice thickener for chili if you don’t want too soupy consistency.

For more gluten-free ideas, visit Feed Me Phoebe"
If recipes above are of interest here is the original link:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/phoebe-lap
ine/gluten-free-flours_b_2999509.html
January 15 at 08:51 EST .




   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Yesterday since it was so warm and the ground was good and wet, I decided to spend some time pulling weed stalks out of the garden. Plus I needed the exercise. I spent a couple of hours clearing them out of a 50' square area. Two big piles to burn if it ever dries out. I still have weeds(dead ) to pull and add to the pile but I just needed to get the tall stuff pulled up. I would love to be ready for plowing by early Spring, but time will tell. It's a big area and that was just a drop in the bucket. I do have Swiss Chard coming up, it's about 4" tall. I should harvest some and eat it.
January 13 at 07:35 EST .



   MeiDei  Did the Swiss Chard reseed itself or did you plant it during the Fall?
January 14 at 02:01 EST .


   BirdsNest  I planted the remaining seeds I had. Just because. I pucked some of the leaves to eat in a salad. Not tender but still edible and delicious. Very dark green. As soon as the length of daylight gets to 10 hours I can look forward to the chard growing faster.
January 14 at 19:55 EST .




   BirdsNest posted on Recipes  I am making cabbage soup. A big pot of it to last several days. It is supposed to snow up to 12" here. The house smells great, wish it was ready to eat. The other day I made Italian Wedding Soup, which I love. Well, I decided to use Dollar Tree chicken broth, that was a big mistake. It smelled like wet dog and I could not eat it. The cats did not care. Last time I made it I used Progresso broth, bought it at the same place but only got 2 boxes. My mistake.
January 5 at 18:44 EST .

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   MeiDei  I used to make cabbage soup when needing to lose weight - now I need to gain at least 20#'s. There's a lg. cabbage in frig. needing 1/2 for naturally fermented sauerkraut & 1/2 for coleslaw. If we lose power this will take preference over cookie making ; )
January 7 at 13:54 EST .

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   BirdsNest  My cabbage soup was not as good as usual. I will likely feed it to the chickens.
January 8 at 09:03 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  MeiDei, so glad you posted needing to gain weight, seems every health email I get is to lose, I lost 50 # and look like a skeleton, see Oncologist tomorrow. I need to GAIN.
Seems the lymph nodes are enlarged, neck armpits and abdomen.
I eat as much as I can. If cabbage soup will help, I will try it.
January 8 at 10:52 EST .

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   MeiDei  NO! NO! NO! - EC - cabbage soup to LOSE weight!
Now I'm stressing & likely to get another mild shingles attack - lymph nodes, I had one under my arm removed along w/breast, no signs of the others enlarged but I will mention it to my oncologist. Have you had your thyroid checked (? ) if not do so as well. I gained a few #'s, to get up to 100, over the holidays just by eating more I.e. a 9" square pan of cornbread stuffing w/apples, raisins & moistened with apple cider [mostly all by myself] with every meal 'til it was gone + having 2nds of each meal if I could force myself - cook what you most like to eat and stay hydrated - a MUST! Good luck, my prayers go w/you.
January 8 at 13:30 EST .

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   MeiDei  EC - how did your appt. go?
January 14 at 14:22 EST .




   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  I have a bundle of "Garden Porn". It has been coming into my mailbox in droves. I have looked through some of it, but I am not jazzed yet. Last year was such a disappointment, in many ways.
January 5 at 18:36 EST .

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   MeiDei  I have no doubt your inspiration and "Can do" attitude will light up come balmier weather ; ) For now just keep cookin' and warm [smile].
January 11 at 14:25 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Still no Burpee catalog. Bet my post office put it in someone else's box. I ordered lots of seed last year. Wasted a lot if time and money as it turned out. Live and learn. Not sure how I am going to cope with seed starting this year. My space has shrunk. I had to bring parrots in the house so they could be warmer. Instead of heating 2 spaces now we are all cozy together. And loud. No more peace and quiet. But I am not stressed about whether they are safe and warm.
January 14 at 20:01 EST .


   MeiDei  Would winter sowing in milk jugs, ala Kevin Lee James, be something you could do? His method is outside the house.
IIRC he lists veggies best suited & time frames -
http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/2016/0
1/your-2016-winter-sowing-project/
January 15 at 07:51 EST .


   MeiDei  here's his latest about seed sowing in the snow
http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/2012/1
1/winter-sowing-101-6/
January 15 at 14:49 EST .




   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  Raw Beets Boost Heart Health

For example, raw beets have been shown to lower blood pressure by an average of four to five points in a matter of hours.1 This effect is due to the naturally occurring nitrates in beets, which are converted into nitric oxide in your body.2

Nitric oxide, in turn, helps to relax and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure. In fact, medicinally, nitrates are used to treat angina and congestive heart failure, and research shows a glass of beetroot juice has the same effect as prescription nitrates.

This is part of an article from Mercola.com. I could not figure out how to copy the link, it came to me in an e-mail about a month ago. I LOVE beets so this is good for me.
January 4 at 09:45 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  DH was using 'Superbeets' by Neogenics Labs, expensive and clotted in the containers, made a mess on the truck, we switched to Life extension Nitrovasc, alpha-lipoic acid and L-arginine caps.
January 4 at 15:23 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Priced fresh beets today $1.79 for 3 medium beets.
January 5 at 18:37 EST .

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   MeiDei  $2.99 for 3 med/small today at my go-to store - passed. Are they in short supply since the food icons are all getting on the beet juice wagon?
January 5 at 18:56 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  I am a big believer in Elderberries and their ability to ward off flu. Found this recipe today. I won't be making it into gummies but the syrup is good to have around this time of year.
https://wellnessmama.com/1888/elderberry-syrup/
January 4 at 08:05 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  we picked elderberries right off the bush, growing up, maybe that is why we were never sick.
January 4 at 15:28 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I have 3 big bushes but can never seem to get them picked when they are ready. I did one year and froze 10 bags. They were in a friends' freezer, which failed or someone pulled the plug and we lost all of the elderberries. Some friend. I tried not to be pizzed off but I surely was.
January 5 at 18:40 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Recipes  If you make these, you will hate me. They are SO GOOD. I gave most of them away but 4 still stayed with me.....and I ate all of them, not at one time but still.....so I have promised myself not to make them again until I am sure I have "homes" for all but one.
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/buttermilk-biscuit-cinnamon-r
olls/
January 2 at 18:37 EST .

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   MeiDei  Nearly 3/4# of butter for all 3 steps ... wow! Has to be good. My mind is racing, bet it would also be good w/mashed ripe bananas + walnut or pecan meal, or fig jam, or nutella or any non-runny jam. What have you started Bird? [smile].
January 8 at 13:20 EST .

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   BirdsNest  They are really good. I thought about putting fig jam inside but wanted to follow the recipe for the first try. I am not a fan of Nutella, maybe because Hagar did not like it. Now Cookie Butter...that is another thing altogether. Had some last night on celery sticks.
January 9 at 10:18 EST .

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   MeiDei  Cookie Butter is new to me .. what is it? Do you make it yourself? Have never broken the habit of "sampling" raw cookie dough, but I won't buy cookie dough ice cream - must have some restraint ; )
January 9 at 13:14 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Kind of like peanut butter but made with either Speculoos cookies or Biscoff cookies. WalMart has the Biscoff brand. Trader Joe's has their own brand made with Speculoos, it's quite good. I would not be spreading it on bread like a PB sandwich but it is delicious on celery and just by itself.
January 9 at 16:30 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Recipes  https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/easy-italian-christmas-coo
kies/b69063ac-577b-485d-976c-4a3f3eb3bf0e


Really good. Easy.
I added 2 T. anise seed and a drop of anise oil to the dough. And anise extract in place of vanilla in the icing.
These are very similar to the cookies my aunt made when I was a kid.
December 23 at 18:53 EST .

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   MeiDei  Have got to make a list & go to store for vanilla, orange & rum extracts - to my dismay yesterday I found only 1 peppermint extract and 4 unopened anise in cupboard ... this recipe begs me to try it! ; )
December 26 at 15:12 EST .

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   BirdsNest  It made a lot of cookies. I shared them with several folks. Even had some left over which is bad because I really likhem. I also found another recipe for Italian cookies using ingredients I already have. I thought the roll of sugar cookie dough was pricey at $4.99. But it saved a bit of time.
December 26 at 19:56 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I was in WalMart yesterday, they had a giant roll of sugar cookies for $2.09. I was just a tad bit miffed I had spent so much for the one I got at Food Lion. And it was smaller.
December 28 at 07:10 EST .

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   MeiDei  Oh, that's good to know, if I can find a close parking space I'll be sure to look for it there ... I have a few things that they carry I can't find elsewhere - better make a list separate for WalMart now.
December 28 at 13:41 EST .

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   MeiDei  Here the early birds got the cookie rolls - a friend checked it out for me, shelves stripped bare and not yet restocked; will look after the New Year.
December 29 at 12:15 EST .

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   MeiDei  Bought the family size roll the other day in reg. grocery store, didn't check price due to snow warning updates for more than a few inches. Read the receipt when I got home & then sorry I didn't get more - they were 2/$3.00 With luck we won't lose electricity (12" forecast ) & we'll have cookies galore. Surfed the website & found same for chocolate crinkles, will measure out the 16 oz. and use remainder for them ... one happy son coming up!
January 7 at 13:39 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Recipes  Yesterday I made Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup. It is fairly good. Instead of ground chicken for the tiny meatballs I used ground turkey. I did not have and could not find the pearl pasta around here
I used tiny shells. This afternoon I made a plain pound cake, chocolate crinkle cookies, and something called Caramel Heavenlies. I am beat. I have to be out early tomorrow morning to help my friend load the perishables into the coolers for her trip out of town for Christmas. She is excited to go.
December 19 at 21:51 EST .

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   BirdsNest  My friend is off for her trip....she was so thrilled. The pound cake I made was very good and I really loved making the chocolate crinkle cookies. Each cookie looks different. Today I will make something just not sure what.
December 20 at 08:01 EST .

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   MeiDei  I've been looking at chocolate crinkle cookie recipes to find a good easy one - if yours fits, would you share?
December 20 at 09:15 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Mine came from Food 52. Called Holiday Crinkle Cookies. I have not been able to get into the website. My phone is on its last hurrah as far as data transfer at least until I extend my service tomorrow. If you cannot get onto the site let me know here. My laptop is out of G's til tomorrow too. Simple recipe. Most important is to allow the dough 4 hrs in refrigerator. The dough is sticky but is coated with powdered sugar then placed on cookie sheet. I had powdered sugar everywhere!!
December 20 at 09:25 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Last night I mixed up dough for Red Velvet Peppermint Crinkles. Pit that in the refrigerator to chill. Then I made Pizzelles. That is a chore that takes time as only 2 cookies are cooked at a time in an iron. By the time I was done with those, I was DONE. I will bake the crinkle cookies later today.
I am sure others are baking....what are YOU doing in the kitchen?
December 21 at 07:23 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thanks Bird, got the cookie recipe and one for a Polish jam cookie - will be trying their nut butters too!
December 21 at 09:41 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Made the Red Velvet Crinkles....they are pretty good in spite of being made with a cake mix. I also want to make green ones, but another day. I am tired.
December 21 at 18:55 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Yesterday in the kitchen....2 Pumpkin Cakes with Cream Cheese Icing just on the top. German Chocolate Cake from scratch(cheaper to buy the $3.88 cake mix ) and one batch of Trisha Yearwood's Crack Candy with addition of pecans and coconut. And I put the icing on my multi coloured cake from below....jury still out on that one.Mixed up a batch of dough to make some cookies....cooling in refrigerator. I got done at 11pm and was bone tired. I ate pimento cheese with jalapenos on saltines for dinner. And a small cake I had some leftover batter from the German Choc cake that I baked in a piece of foil and snitched just enough of the pecan coconut icing to cover the top. I used to LOVE GC cake, but I was not impressed. Maybe just too tired to appreciate it. Two of the cakes and the crack candy are for a customer. Today I am baking 2 dz biscuits and 2 dz sweet potato biscuits for another friend. All with my "easy bake oven". That's what Hagar called my counter top oven.(I sure miss him ).
December 23 at 07:27 EST .

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   MeiDei  No surprise that you're tired, you are SO productive, especially using a counter top oven! Hagar must be smiling down murmuring w/admiration: "That's my gal".
December 23 at 10:54 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Cakes, candies, and biscuits delivered. Everyone wanted me to sit and chat and enjoy a cup of coffee. I had NO time. I had other things to try to get ready. Just finished the Italian cookies. I may be done for the night, I am tired and have had no real food today. I could heat the last bowl of Italian Wedding Soup or microwave a frozen turkey meal(or save that for Christmas Day ). Tomorrow I have 3 trays to prepare and deliver. These are to people who have been so good to me this past year. I will cut "that cake" tomorrow. Hope it is good enough to share!?
December 23 at 18:58 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The last of the Christmas baking marathon is done. Today Fig Cake(made with my fig preserves, using a Smith Island recipe ), Crack candy(so addictive! ), and Butterscotch haystacks(I am NOT impressed with them ). My house stinks of baked stuff. All of it is being gifted tomorrow. The Fig cake was the prettiest one I have ever baked....made several of them earlier this season. Oh and "that cake"...what a disappointment. Looks nothing like the one online, wonder how many they had to bake to get a pretty one. It wasn't the ugliest cake I ever made, but it came in a close second.
December 24 at 19:42 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Coffee Klatch  I was checking on some of my favorite blogs this morning and read this from ruralrevolution.com

a reader made the following comment: “Some time ago, I came to the realization that, living on a farm, a shortage is that there being no more to be had. A shortage in a city is that you do not have the money to buy more. This artificial view of reality is what makes the progressive possible. Progressives have a view of reality that starts somewhere in the middle and they do not believe in the existence of the beginning of that chain. Things come from nowhere, take no work to produce, and exist in quantities where there would be enough for everybody if wealth was evenly distributed.”
December 11 at 07:53 EST .

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   MeiDei  Good summation; can you imagine the under 35 crowd's reaction to a prolonged loss of electricity and phone service?
December 11 at 19:08 EST .

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