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   Escaped commieny  Three Connectors asked me about our Christmas Eve celebration, here goes:
The Polish Christmas Eve Meal is called the WIGILIA Feast (my version,
each eastern European county has their own traditional foods, but similar )
It usually has 12 or 13 dishes and begins after the first star is spotted.
It begins with the breaking of Oplatek, a transparent wafer similar to
a communion wafer. The Father breaks off a piece, dips it in honey and
it is passed around the table with everyone breaking off a piece and dipping
in honey.
This is a meatless meal.
Next is a warm soup, either beet Borscht, mushroom or almond.
The main dish is white fish, although one year, Mom used a lake
trout caught by my uncle at his lake.
The side dishes come from the field, orchard, and forest.
Sauerkraut (Kapusta ), potato, peas, beans and perogie (Varenyky ).
I take a short cut and use potato stuffed perogie and can
usually find sauerkraut stuffed perogies made by ladies at
the Russian church. Poppy seed is a must for peace and honey
for contentment. Another shortcut, I use Pillsburg cresent dough,
shape into little balls and after they are baked, roll them in honey
and poppy seed, my version of Bobalky. Wish I had some of Birdy's horseradish
to add grated beets (Cwikla ) I sauté cabbage with buttered noodles, but
technically, besides NO meat, there should be no dairy. With all the
perogies, prunes are also on the list! But you can include them in the
dried fruit compote.
Red Wine, although in the old country they use homemade vodka.
If you still have room, cookies, once a year I make Kolachy (Kulaczi ), the
delightful little, melt in your mouth, filled with sweet walnut paste, cookies.
WESOLYCH SWIAT (Merry Christmas )
About an hour ago .

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   Balogreene  I've recently learned to like hummus. When I lived in NY I stopped at different Delis, who didn't blend the chickpeas well, and put no additives (garlic, onion, etc ) in them. It was horrible. So, I bought some pre-made stuff, some pitas, and my own add-ins, it is great. I've also learned it's easy to make, and there are a million recipes on the web. All you need is chickpeas and tahini, plus your own flavor ingredients.

Put it in a pita, on melba toast, crackers, pita crisps, whatever. Protein, and veggies what could be better.
9 hours ago .

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   Hollyhock  Just made my first batch of stone ground mustard. It was sooo easy. I used regular mustard seeds. I t turned out pretty hot so I didn't need the tsp of horseradish. I know my SIL and my grand son will love it. Next time I will try to find a source for the lighter mustard seed which is supposed to be milder.
Tuesday at 19:10 EST .

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   MeiDei  Waiting for you to share where you got your seed to grind & how you did it - mortar & pestle or electric grinder, salt, water or any other additive.... the works : )
9 hours ago .


   Balogreene  I too have a recipe, and bought the seeds, just haven't tried it yet. Am so glad it was easy.
9 hours ago .




   BirdsNest  I think I am in a sugar coma....Pioneer Woman e-mailed a collection of sweet rolls...all kinds. I am weak.
Tuesday at 13:56 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Her orange marmalade rolls have my name written on them.
Tuesday at 19:01 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  I'm in the mood for a pineapple upside down cake. Haven't had one in years. But it's just me. Though I usually make cake from scratch, I always keep2-3 boxes of yellow or butter cake mix on hand for when I'm in a hurry. Anybody know before I open the box how much mix is in the average Duncan Hines cake mix box? I want to halve it. I just want one 8 inch cake, not two.
December 13 at 16:39 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I bought a Duncan Hines Classic Yellow to make a Dump Cake, it says 18.5 oz, so my guess would be to weight it to get half, the way it settles, I wouldn't trust a measuring cup. The trick will be the eggs, since it calls for 3 !
December 13 at 17:28 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Thanks, it's already in the oven(my version ). Close enough, it's 3 cups. Take the 3 eggs, add the amount of water for a full box, beat the heck out of it and dump half. Then my way, brown sugar and melted butter on the bottom, then pecan pieces, THEN the pineapple slices with the cute little cherries in the middle, then the cake batter. I've gotta play with everything. :- )
December 13 at 17:46 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  I have a scale but didn't want to bother screwing with it. It's a cake, not rocket surgery. :- ) I love that expression.
December 13 at 18:01 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Eating it now. Whoo-hoo, it's tasty.
December 13 at 18:40 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Made the Pioneer Woman dump cake this am for the DH, he has to have something sweet with his coffee. Thank goodness we have a split plan house. The guest room is set up like the Holiday Inn Express, I put the coffee maker, muffins, Clementine sweet, seedless, easy peel oranges in there because he can't shake the rhythm of getting up at 2 am. His computer is in there too. I have had two full nights of sleep in 18 days even though I am at the other end of the house.
FS, did you finish the cake ? Since you are in the bidness, can you get me a flight to your house for some cake and sleep ??????????
December 15 at 12:35 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Foodies, cooks and bakers do you have a favorite site you go to for recipes? My favorites of late are Key Ingredient, Pinterest, Tasty Kitchen and Mel's Kitchen. Do you have favorites?
December 12 at 09:49 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Proud Italian Cook, Brown Eyed Baker, Baker Chick, Leites Culinaria, Deep South Dish, Bake at 350, Baked by Rachel, Mister Meatball, Bakers Royale, The Italian Dish, Food 52. We have LOTS of favorites. We don't participate in Pinterest or any other social media. King Arthur Flour is a good one for baking.
December 12 at 18:41 EST .

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   Balogreene  I search for foods, nationalities, or methods. Though I belong to KeyIngredients, so go there often.
December 12 at 20:21 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Egullet
December 13 at 18:10 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I probably shouldn't admit this, my favorite place is Publix Supermarket. I have some holiday special recipes from the family that I carry on, but for day to day cooking, blah. For me cooking is work, the DH is another story, when home he loves to cook, having both grandma's and his mom in the home, he was brought up with the cooking gene. I get to chop, slice, dice and KP duty.
Tuesday at 19:41 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Good reading today. He he he.
December 11 at 19:46 EST .

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   Ynaught  I am planning on making an apple-walnut bread recipe in mini loaves as gifts for Christmas. The recipe calls for baking two 9 x 5 pans at 300 for 90 minutes. I expect I can get 4 to 6 mini loaf pans (3 x 5 ). Any ideas on how long they should cook and does the temp need to be adjusted?
December 11 at 11:10 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I think Flaming Sword is pretty much the "go-to" person for this but just from my perspective, the length of time would be less, but temperature wise, the same because of the many pans in the oven. I could be wrong. I use my "easy bake" oven- countertop oven. Just remember to rotate the pans halfway through the time.
December 11 at 15:11 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Ynaught, You can leave the temp the same but I'd check about every 5-8 minutes starting no later than 30 min. They'll be ruined and dried out if you overbake. I keep bamboo skewers for this task. At 300 I'd guess they they'll be ready at about 35 minutes,depending on the density of the batter. As soon as the skewer comes out clean from the middle, get them out of the oven.
December 13 at 08:02 EST .

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   Ynaught  Thanks, FS.
December 13 at 13:02 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Very welcome! And share that recipe. I do have a real timesaving hint that I'd always forget the first few times. Make a note of the time you put them in the oven. Make a note of the time they were ready. Then write that on your recipe card or in your cookbook.. 6 mini loaves-32 minutes,or whatever.. Then you can pretty much forget the constant checking in the future. It makes for some pretty scribbled up cookbooks, but hey, they're ours and we can mess them up if we want, right?
December 13 at 14:21 EST .

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   MeiDei  If you're using a box cake/bread etc. - call the toll free line listed & tell them what you want to accomplish - then write it down as FS said.
December 14 at 00:01 EST .

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   Balogreene  Linder: Here is the Magic Cookie Bars. I can't for the life of me remember what the 7th ingredient is. But, here goes, they are so good, and so easy:

½ cup butter or margarine, melted
1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
1 (14 ounce ) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels
1? cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped nuts
Directions
1.Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press into bottom of prepared pan. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture. Layer evenly with chocolate chips, coconut and nuts. Press down firmly with a fork.

2.Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Cut into bars or diamonds. Store covered at room temperature.
December 8 at 18:24 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Balo, the 7th layer is butterscotch chips.
December 8 at 20:31 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Yum....Question-what keeps it all from falling off once it is cooked?? Are the topping ingredients listed in order that they are placed on top of the crust?? Does it all melt together and become "one". My blood sugar just went up 100 points reading about it but I still want to make it!!!!!!
December 9 at 08:00 EST .

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   Balogreene  Holly, I thought that too, but, I can't imagine my great-grandmother having butterscotch chips 100 years ago.

Bird, yeah, that's the order you put it together, and everything just melts together and then semi-hardens when it cools. Good for a sugar rush every time!
December 10 at 09:54 EST .

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   MeiDei  350° oven? Maybe your grandmother used raisins or some candied fruit or ginger.
December 14 at 00:07 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  OK, call me screwy if you want.

I've been doing this for several months to see if it was a fluke. It was not.
And please forgive if I've already posted this.

Bananas go ripe too fast. Take plastic wrap. Cover the stem end where they all meet . Make the wrap thick ,5-6 wraps, and tight as possible. Reply back as to how much longer yours lasted. Twice as long, if not 3 times as long.

Try it and let us all know.
December 7 at 14:52 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I don't like bananas, Mom used to put them in our lunch.
So after the girls here posted all about Smoothies, I bought some. The recipes call for frozen, so I stuck them in the freezer,EVER try to peel a frozen banana ?
So I peel them and put them in baggies, and use frozen strawberries, either yogurt or cottage cheese, and disguise them with orange juice. ECK what a mess.
December 7 at 17:38 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Woman, you sure know how to do everything the hard way. I also do the banana and frozen strawberry smoothies.

Take the ripe bananas, add the berries,dump them in the blender, add a little milk. Freeze in the same size portion you would use for one smoothie. Put a frozen smoothie chunk in the blender and add any other extras you'd normally add. See? Or let a smoothie chunk defrost till mushy and just eat it with a spoon. I've been known to do that too.
December 7 at 18:35 EST .

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   BirdsNest  We don't buy many bananas, Hagar refuses to eat them and I am only supposed to eat 1/2 banana at a time. I usually buy one banana.
December 7 at 18:36 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  FS, of course I do it the hard way, if it was easy kids would do it. I wash our clothes on rocks in the creek,
'cource, one has to watch for 'gators, they will steal anything.
December 8 at 13:54 EST .

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   MeiDei  Now that's funny EC
December 12 at 21:44 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  EC, stop with the clothes washing in the creek. If I'm correct Obama has declared all creeks, streams, rivers and lakes as government property.You could go to jail for polluting if you use soap. Wash them in your toilet bowl. I don't think he's taken those yet.
December 13 at 14:42 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  OK gang.I posted on Dec. 7, when I got back from the grocery. I had 7 bananas that I wrapped as I said. They haven't been touched. They are now speckled and ripe. Time to use them as they are perfect. Dec 7 to Dec 13. Unwrapped, they always go from almost green(the way I buy them ) to rotten in 3-4 days max.
December 13 at 16:25 EST .

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