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   Balogreene  My tips for peeling Butternut Squash.
1. Use a drop cloth
2. Buy the stuff at the store that says "cut fresh in store today"

   About an hour ago .

   Balogreene  Sorry it's sideways!
About an hour ago .

   Balogreene  My first adventure into Tagines. You don't want to hear how I struggled with the Butternut Squash. But, the shallots, golden raisins, almonds, cilantro, and garlic went fine. I was doing that thing of preparing everything first, and putting it in bowls to just throw in when ready. Suddenly, the kitchen sink backed up. No Tagine tonite! \
Don't talk to me about Garbage Disposals. I love them. I have never backed one up in 63 years before tonight. I put a little down, grind it well, run the water for a while, and things always go well.

Needless to say, I had to quit without a kitchen sink. So, no tagine:(

   About an hour ago .

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   Balogreene  Maple-Balsamic Strawberry Salad.
Ingredients: Dressing
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, eyeball it
Salt and pepper, to taste
Base Ingredients
1 pint strawberries, sliced 4 to 5 cups
chopped romaine or mixed greens of any kind

To make the dressing, combine all of the dressing ingredients except the oil in a food processor or by hand if there are no solid chunks.
Slowly add the oil in small streams while mixing/ whisking until it has a creamy consistency. Divide the ingredients evenly among the mason jar/ s.
Layer them in order based on the ingredient list above in a mason jar starting with the dressing. Make sure the dressing does not touch the greens yet. Place the lid and close tightly. To Serve Shake the jar well to coat the ingredients with the dressing and enjoy! Note: This can be made up to 5 days ahead of time
Watson, Debbie (2014-08-31 ). 52 Delicious Weekly Salads On The Go (Kindle Locations 217-224 ). . Kindle Edition.

All (or most ) of the salads in this book are made in Mason Jars. So, you make it Sunday, put the jars in the fridge, grab a jar on the way to work, and voila, lunch! I love that idea.

   8 hours ago .

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   Surfhut  I don't remember who recommended - Thank You! I made her salad with roasted grapes and faro last week. It was outstanding. I love that she is (mostly ) using ingredients that are in season. For example, roasted grapes. It would never have occurred to me to roast grapes. They were deelish. Today, I'm going for the kale & quinoa patties.
   15 hours ago .

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   Balogreene  Thanks Surf, those both sound good.
9 hours ago .

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   Balogreene  I always thought grapes were for eating out of hand. Some of these other recipes are fantastic.
About an hour ago .

   Flaming Sword  If you have a Spiralizer, you might want to take a look.
Yesterday at 11:52 EST .

   Surfhut  I haven't bought any new kitchen toys for myself in a long time. A spiralizer and mandolin are on my list!
15 hours ago .

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   Balogreene  Last nite my sister treated me to kitchen porn. QVC's special of the day was the new kitchen-aid food processor, with all attachments, and a storage box for them for $200 with tax and shipping!

The big selling point for me is it's 13 Cups. I make and puree a lot of soup, and right now, I only have a 6 cup capacity. So, you puree some, put that aside, puree some more! 13 cups would be so much easier! Oh well, we don't have room, so I made her turn that right off, and put on something less tempting.
9 hours ago .

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   Flaming Sword  Balogreene You really had to tell me about this QVC special, didn't you? You just had to, right? You know what happened next, don't you?
6 hours ago .

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   Balogreene  I am thisclose to buying it!
About an hour ago .

   Balogreene  Between when I answered to you, signed on to QVC, and added it to my shopping cart, it is sold out. Oh poor me : )
About an hour ago .

   Balogreene  Våsterbotten Cheese Crisps with Fresh Pears
From my Everything Nordic Cookbook.
I made a lot of changes, I'll list after the recipe.

1 cup finely grated Våsterbotten cheese (or substitute Parmesan )
1 / 2 cup finely chopped walnuts 2 pears, cored, quartered, and very thinly sliced
1 (8.8-ounce ) package Snøfrisk cheese (or substitute a spreadable chèvre ) Walnut halves for garnish

Snøfrisk, a tangy, spreadable goat cheese from Norway, was launched by Tine SA, a large Norwegian dairy co-operative, during the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. Made from a superlative combination of 80 percent goat’s milk and 20 percent cow’s milk, it comes in a distinctive triangular box and is to ordinary chèvre what champagne is to grape juice.
1. Preheat oven to 350 ° F. In a small bowl, toss together the grated Våsterbotten cheese and chopped walnuts. Line a baking pan with a silicone mat or parchment paper, then carefully spoon 1 tablespoon mounds of the cheese mixture on the pan , separating each by 2– 3 inches. Press each mound slightly with the back of a large spoon to level out into an even thickness, about 1 / 8 thick.
2. Bake 5– 6 minutes, watching closely to prevent burning. Remove and transfer to cool on a cookie rack.
3. Once cheese crisps have cooled, top each one with a pear slice. Spread about 1 teaspoon of Snøfrisk on each appetizer and top with a walnut half.

I used Parmesan for the crisps.
Our Grocery store has re-arranged, and I couldn't find the chèvre. So, I made it a sweet, instead of a savory. I used ricotta, vanilla, and cinnamon on the top.

Even Mom liked it.

   Thursday at 20:33 EST .

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   Surfhut  Love this recipe. My Daddy was Norwegian. I have to buy the cookbook. Thanks for the tip!
Yesterday at 09:32 EST .

   Balogreene  Surf, I made Spring Nettle Soup, with spinach substitute, it seems so good, but, it needs more, just not quite right!

This cookbook has a recipe for Limpa Bread, I'll make it soon and let you know. Maternal grandmother was half Swedish, half Norwegian. Good Eats!
21 hours ago .

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   Escaped commieny  The newsletter arrived, lettuce, strawberries mentioned below 1/9. Their hydro plan can be used on your patio or deck. The FARM is a favorite for school kids.
I have no financial interest, just think it's neat.
January 14 at 14:20 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  BALO? what do you know about this, since you cook with Mediterranean recipes?
Black Cumin seeds, also known as Nigella Sativa — have been used to successfully heal the body — for over 3,300 years, since their first reported discovery in Egyptian Pharoah Tutankhamun’s tomb.

Part of the buttercup family, the seeds are dark, thin, and crescent-shaped when whole.

There have been reports of these “magical” seeds used throughout history in the Middle East, the Mediterranean and India. Regarded throughout the entire Middle East as one of the most powerful anti-carcinogenic herbs ever existing…
January 14 at 14:24 EST .

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   Balogreene  I know nothing about that. I know cumin (regular old fresh cumin is used in a tea to help reduce fevers ). The tea I make has cumin, cardamom (very expensive anymore ), and white pepper, plus some other ingredients I would have to look up. I learned to add the cumin (comino ) from Native American (generally Pueblo ) students when I was in NM.
January 14 at 20:24 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Darn, I figured, if anyone knew, you were the one, you have taught us so much, 'out side the box'.
January 20 at 15:14 EST .

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   Balogreene  I did some research. It is sworn as wonderful in places like Turkey. But under investigation for health benefits in other places.
January 20 at 21:33 EST .

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   Balogreene  Miso Cod: Made famous by the chef Nobu Matsuhisa, this black cod marinated in sweet miso becomes silky and buttery when cooked. It simply melts in your mouth! SERVES: 2 PREP: 10 MIN COOK: 25 MIN

INGREDIENTS 2 black cod (Gindara ) fillets (you can also use salmon, sea bass, etc. )
2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. sake
Chives for garnish (optional )

Miso Marinade
3 Tbsp. saikyo miso (or white miso )
1 1/2 Tbsp. mirin (if you use white miso, use 2 Tbsp. mirin instead )
1 1/2 Tbsp. sake

1. Sprinkle salt over the fillets and set aside for 30 minutes. This will help get rid of the fishy smell and remove excess moisture from the fish.
2. Wet a paper towel with sake and gently pat the fillets dry. Do not wash the fish.
3. Mix the marinade ingredients in a bowl and put half of mixture on the bottom of an air-tight container (with lid ). Place the fillets in the container and slather the fillets with the remaining mixture. Cover the lid and keep in the fridge to marinate for 2-3 days (at least overnight ).
4. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C ). Remove the marinade off the fillets completely with your fingers. Do not leave excess miso on the fish otherwise it’ll burn easily.
5. Place the fish skin side up on baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake the fish until the edges are browned and the fish is opaque, about 20-25 minutes. Do not flip the fish while baking.

It is wonderful! A delicate sake and miso flavor.
When I don't feel well, I make Miso Soup, it is just so soothing to me. I also love Japanese food, so have these ingredients on hand, else it might be expensive. The Sake makes a good marinade, or saute liquid, so we use it a lot. The Mirin is a vital ingredient in Japanese cooking.
January 13 at 22:59 EST .

   5 people like this.

   Balogreene  I did marinade it three days, and, thin though the filets were, it took 25 minutes for the browning to occur. it was tender, delicate, and flaky.
January 13 at 23:00 EST .

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   Surfhut  I have a SIL who's mother is from Beijing. I'm horribly sick with whatever's going around and must resort to this Chinese recipe. It is no fun, but it works.

Ingredients: soup, green tea, very hot bath, lots of blankets, sleep.

Put a cup of white rice, 3 cups of chicken broth, lots of onions and garlic and ginger in a big pot. Bring to a boil then simmer until the rice has fully bloomed and very soft. Breathe in the steam while it cooks. Eat a bowl of it.

Meanwhile, brew some green tea and draw a bath with the hottest water you can stand. Get in the bath and drink the tea while in the bath. Get out and wrap yourself in towels, robes, anything to keep the heat going. You will be sweating a lot during the process.

Get in bed and sleep. It isn't fun, but usually works like a charm.
January 13 at 10:06 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  My Mom made a gross concoction of boiled milk, a pat of butter, garlic and onions. Made us drink it but it burned out any cold or congestion.
January 13 at 13:03 EST .

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   Surfhut  I made a terrible mistake in the recipe. For one cup of white rice, add AT LEAST 3 cups of broth or water. Keep cooking until it gets the consistency you want, adding broth/water or not. I feel better now!

EC, my mom rubbed menthol on our noses and chests, fed us chicken soup and tortured us with sitting in front of the new invention called television.

A shot of whiskey with "healthy" lemon and honey sounds pretty good right now. But I seriously need to get well!
January 13 at 15:36 EST .

  6 people like this.

   Escaped commieny  well that buttered garlic and onion worked until I was old enough for Hot Toddies, the alcohol and honey works to break up the congestion, and if it takes a while, WHO CARES at that point, is that a pink elephant?
Surfie, have you added some zinc to your vit C ?
January 13 at 17:19 EST .

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   Balogreene  When I was in college, I got a terrible case of bronchitis. Mom made an appointment with the allergist (our regular doctor ), for a Saturday morning. I went home Friday night, and by Saturday was basically better. My Dr. asked what I did. We'd had a May birthday party, We bought a half-gallon of vodka, and orange juice, grapefruit juice, lemonade, and I forget what else. The Dr. told me Screwdrivers (or the equivalent ) are good. Citrus never hurt anyone, and vodka calms the cough so you can sleep, so you can heal! My mom was furious with him. But, it still works.
i've had sinusitis since Thanksgiving, just finishing my third round of antibiotics. I refuse to do more, besides, they make me so sick to my stomach! Living on yogurt and kefir. Get better Surf!
January 13 at 22:47 EST .

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   Surfhut  Are you better Balogreene? I'm back among the living but still taking it easy over this weekend. The weather will be a glorious 60 and sunny, so I want to get a ton of things done. But I know better and will take it easy this weekend.
January 17 at 08:21 EST .

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   BirdsNest  You all know I am all about "from scratch" but this is as good as you can get from a box....Hagar says they are divine, I still cannot taste or smell anything, but they were beautiful out of the oven and when the icing went on they were picture perfect. Our WalMart has the box for $1.98(Food Lion $2.49 ).
January 12 at 11:43 EST .

   15 people like this.

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