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Recipes



   BirdsNest  A good recipe site
www.cookingwithmaryandfriends.com
April 16 at 08:21 EST .

   1 person like this.



   MeiDei  Thanks, I got lost on the site and copied 9 recipes - now here's to the day I can find my elec. mixer - (my niece rearranged my kitchen last year when I was hospitalized ) and I'm at wit's end looking for some things. The pineapple-jalapeno jelly is a must - perfect to cover a roast chicken!
April 23 at 11:59 EST .

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   BirdsNest  My friend sent me the link at 11:30 one night. I was awake til 2am copying recipes. Let us know how the jalapeno pineapple jelly turns out.
April 23 at 13:19 EST .

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   BirdsNest  You wanna talk about lazy?? I bought some packaged, prepared mashed potatoes and added milk til it was theconsistency I wanted, microwaved it and enjoyed potato soup. Pureed, but still delicious. And ever so easy.
March 28 at 08:31 EST .

   5 people like this.



   BirdsNest  I forgot, I have fresh chives growing, I could have added them as a garnish. Next time.
March 28 at 08:34 EST .

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   StormCnter  I love potato soup in any form.
April 3 at 11:28 EST .

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   Linder  I make big pots of potato soup for weekends.....use a lot of diced onion with the diced potatoes....cook covered with water....and use most of that flavored water with the milk....thicken the water/milk mixture. My family and Grands groan with pleasure and I send containers of soup home with them. Have been adding home froxen corn for added flavor and to use up the corn. Potato soup is one of my favorite childhood memories.
April 4 at 18:34 EST .


   Linder  Guess I should add that butter, salt and pepper are very important ingredients. If I have celery, I use it. And, aren't microwave ovens wonderful for reheating leftover foods!!
April 4 at 18:45 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Oooh....homemade potato soup. The best. Have you ever made Potato Leek soup? Also very yummy. I used to cook lots of good things when Hagar was alive. Not so much anymore. About half of what I cook gets fed to either the chickens or the outside cats. My taste buds sometimes fail me. I made 2 soups during the winter that were quite good even eating them several days in a row ...Taco Soup and Lasagna Soup.
April 5 at 06:47 EST .




   StormCnter  I sometimes want to put together a lazy meal, particularly on weekends. But, my husband enjoys having something good to eat. It's too early for good-looking fresh green beans (we called them snap beans in my childhood ), so I resorted to doing something with a couple of cans of them, instead. It turned out to be very tasty.
Lazy Woman's Green Beans
A few slices of bacon (I used four )
2 cans green beans, drained
a small handful of diced onion (about 1/3 cup )
a glob of butter (a couple of teaspoons )
about 1/2 tsp of sugar or maybe a smidge more
a couple of cloves of minced garlic
2 cups of chicken broth

Cut the bacon into small pieces and fry them up
Drain the bacon grease off
Combine everything into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat
Cover the saucepan and simmer on low for 15 or 20 minutes until the beans are the consistency you like. Sprinkle with a little black pepper before serving.
March 18 at 07:41 EST .

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   Linder  Enjoyed reading your recipe....especially the somewhat inexact amounts...smidge, glob, handful, etc. I am 73 yrs old and can relate. BTW, your recipe is almost the same as I use to can green beans. We had some today for lunch and our 4 yr old grandson loved them...no better recommendation than that.
April 4 at 19:01 EST .




   StormCnter  ZZZ, in support of my contention that those on this wall are not necessarily experts but simply lovers and explorers of food, I offer the following. In my extended family, we love what we call Frito Enchiladas. They are not enchiladas, so I have no idea who came up with the name. First, heat up a can of Wolf brand chili (no beans ). On each plate pile a couple of handfuls of Fritos (the small size ), then a handful of chopped onion, then a half cup or so of cooked white rice, top with a good bit of the hot chili, then sprinkle a good bit of shredded cheddar cheese. Place in oven til heated through and cheese is melted, then top the whole thing with lettuce and tomatoes (as in a taco ). My father preferred a fried egg instead of the salad on top.
Now, no one in the wide world would consider that concoction to be anything but junk food, but I'll tell you, it's really good.
March 2 at 10:04 EST .

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   BirdsNest  That sounds delightful to me. I made some Taco soup that hit the spot. Topped it with crushed Fritos....delicious. I was in the mood for Taco flavor without the mess and ton of ingredients. The recipe called for crushed tomatoes which I did use but also added a can of petite diced fire roasted tomatoes. I have been using them in place of regular diced tomatoes- they add another level of flavor.
March 9 at 06:42 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I picked up a can of Wolf brand chili no beans. I was surprised to find it here. Can't wait to try it.
March 10 at 09:56 EST .

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   StormCnter  I hope you like it. Our whole family enjoys it from time to time.
March 11 at 05:50 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I DID like it. I bought another can to keep on hand.
March 28 at 08:32 EST .

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   Zzzghy  Don't have anything; I like coming here now and then because it's peaceful, you know? My anti-real-Texas-style chili girlfriend comes up with primo kitchen experiments all the time but you guys and gals are pros. You already know pretty much everything. I'm pretty good in there too but it would be like Peewee Herman vs. Aunt Bea. Better to lurk and learn.
February 27 at 13:20 EST .

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   StormCnter  No pro here, Zzzghy. And I love seeing tips and suggestions to use in the kitchen. Pass them on. I promise your offering will be welcome.
February 27 at 13:59 EST .

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   Zzzghy  We learned a primo little secret for perfect restaurant-style refried beans -- they're not that, of course; nobody is refrying beans -- what we learned is a few drops of soy sauce. Soy sauce. Bargain grocery store canned refried beans come alive with a short splash of soy sauce.
February 27 at 17:35 EST .

  4 people like this.



   StormCnter  That's interesting. It's amazing how some of the items on our own pantry shelves can bring zip to ordinary foods. We are big fans of Louisiana hot sauce (the red stuff ) to do that sort of thing, too.
March 1 at 05:33 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thank you ZZZ ... it's often used at our house when something salty is needed to add to a hot pot of whatever ... plain salt sprinkled over hot often makes the salt [in shaker] clump up, besides - a little soy adds color. I use Kikkoman only - it's the only soy sauce (at least in this area ) that is naturally fermented, the best type.
March 1 at 14:27 EST .

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   StormCnter  I had found a potato soup recipe on Facebook that looked good. I added, eliminated, revised it until we are happy with the result. This soup is very filling on these cold winter days.

YUKON GOLD POTATO SOUP
Serves 5 or 6

About 10 (est 2 lbs. )Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced
2 Tbsp Butter
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, diced (about a cup and a half )
3/4 cup diced celery
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 small can Rotel
2 to 3 cups chicken broth
3 cups milk (or substitute 2 cups half and half for 2 cups of the milk )
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (more for garnish )
Cooked bacon pieces for garnish
scallions sliced for garnish

In large pot, melt the butter and add the olive oil over medium heat.
Add the onion and celery. Over medium heat, stir until opaque.
Add the garlic and stir until fragrant.
Whisk in the flour and cook a minute or two.
Slowly drizzle in a cup of the broth, whisking constantly.
Add the rest of the broth and the milk (or half and half ), stirring constantly.
Add the Rotel.
Bring to a slight boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until potatoes are tender.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Not much is needed.
Stir in the cheese and stir until melted.
Serve immediately, garnishing with some bacon, cheese and/or scallions.
February 18 at 09:40 EST .

   8 people like this.




   BirdsNest  Does anyone have a good recipe for veggie burgers? I have one using chickpeas,but am worried the burgers will fall apart during frying.
January 29 at 07:06 EST .

   5 people like this.



   MeiDei  If your recipe doesn't call for flour and/or a beaten egg add some and test a small dollop in hot oil. If included in recipe increase the amount a little bit. If it seems the batter is too heavy add a touch of oil and a tbs of baking powder, in that order, let sit for several minutes to allow the baking soda do it's thing - good luck.
February 10 at 16:47 EST .

  5 people like this.





   BirdsNest  I made a delicious pot of chicken noodle soup. First time it has ever been good. Full of noodles. I used a.tsp.of ground tumeric for colour and it' s good for you.
January 1 at 19:43 EST .

   9 people like this.



   Jerico  Did you make your stock?
January 14 at 00:35 EST .

  6 people like this.



   BirdsNest  Yes. I cooked bone in, skin on chicken breasts. To me chicken with no bone or skin is tasteless.
January 29 at 07:02 EST .

  6 people like this.





   StormCnter  I stole a recipe from Facebook and made a "Taco Braid" yesterday. It's simple, quick and tasty. Using crescent dough (sheet version ) and a spicy taco filling with lots of cheese and after baking topping it with the usual taco stuff: lettuce/tomatoes/sour cream or guacamole if you like. The dish was a hit.
December 26 at 06:08 EST .

   7 people like this.



   MeiDei  I saw how the braid was done and one in the form of a wreath, both got the taste buds wanting either version.
December 26 at 15:16 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Yummmmm.
January 1 at 19:40 EST .

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   Zzzghy  My girlfriend and I had a one-on-one chili cookoff for Thanksgiving and I'm pretty sure I was hosed by the judging procedure. Why? because the five judges were all her fellow employees. I had nobody in the game. That, plus she's a real photographer and all I had was my crappy little phone camera and that didn't help. I admit my picture has an unintentionally Alpo-like riff, but hey -- it's chili. The taste-testing was allegedly "blind" but you know how that can go...

I went traditional Texas chili con carne from a recipe from Texas Monthly (pinched from the Chili Cookoff article from a couple months back ); with NO beans and options on the side. Judy went SoCal -- chili with beans -- and that didn't help either considering we live here. The only leveling requirement was the use of ground beef. They were both pretty good but I feel I am within my rights to throw a couple flags and demand a rematch. Like in Tejas.

   December 4 at 17:39 EST .

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   StormCnter  Zzz, I hereby declare you the hands-down winner! It's barbaric to put beans in good beef chili.
December 17 at 08:32 EST .

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   MeiDei  Oh Grief, I'm not only a Deplorable but now my friend knows me as Barbaric! Laughing here! It's the only way I can get beans into my son, 3 big bowlfuls at a time too. Maybe it's a regional thing as with Clam Chowder, there's Manhattan style with a tomato base and New England with a cream base.
December 23 at 13:59 EST .

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   StormCnter  Of course it's sort of a regional thing, although I think it's isolated to Texas. We take our beef seriously, Mei. And I'll pretend I don't know you put beans in Brett's chili because you have so many other fine qualities. ; )
December 24 at 17:00 EST .

  8 people like this.



   Zzzghy  Thank you Storm. Mine was the best chili; Judy beat me on local technical stuff.
January 3 at 18:13 EST .

  5 people like this.



   Jerico  I add black, pinto and red beans to my chili. Love it.
January 14 at 00:37 EST .

  6 people like this.



   Zzzghy  Agreed I'm sure, but that's not chili. It's three-bean soup with meat. It's all good, and local.
February 27 at 13:08 EST .

  4 people like this.



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