December 5, 2009 7:37 PM PST
Hmm... speaking of in the mood for cooking, what are some good easy, cheap candy recipes that don't have to be refrigerated and can travel well? I've got to take something to a party...
December 5, 2009 12:16 PM PST
I'm baking some lemon bars this afternoon. My mom used to make them every holiday season and I have NEVER baked them. I dont know why. I've traditionally been more about the chocolate. LOL! This year its been different. I've made a few batches of ginger cookies I've shared with friends and co-workers. Lemon bars I've had a craving for. And I've been thinking of the butterscotch "chinese" candy my mom used to make.
If the lemon bars turn out, I will of course post a photo. ;D Along with the recipe.
December 5, 2009 12:21 PM PST
That' it . . . I'm installing cabins and sending for you . . . I need an Alice!!
December 13, 2009 8:35 AM PST
Fish n'chips. I have met my match. I have never been able to fry fish well, preferring pan blackened or broiled. But I wanted to try my hand at frying fish. My mom uses a beer batter and gave me the recipe, but I may not have had the grease or oil hot enough. They turned out greasier than I would have liked. :-\ Or maybe I am just not accustomed to fried food anymore.
Or maybe I am using the wrong kind of fish. I had some grouper fillets but they were pretty thin.
If anyone has any suggestions on how to make a good fish n'chip style fish, please post. Oh yeah, I totally slipped the "chips" part today. Kinda disappointed in the fish part.
December 13, 2009 12:33 PM PST
Hmm... the best way I can think of to make fish and chips is to fly over to England and get them in a brown paper bag with a dash of vinegar thrown in. Yum!!
Today, I had a little time to shop at the grocery store, and was in a snacky mood. I bought salsa, french onion dip, cheese in a spray can, and a little jar of pineapple/cream cheese dip. The kids weren't here for lunch, so I completely enjoyed my dips and chips/crackers lunch without anything healthy or nutritious about it! ;D
Btw, I would use some sturdier fish, the grouper fillets were probably too thin. Also, check out the good eats website and see if Alton Brown has done fish and chips. He has a pretty good 'no nonsense' approach to cooking.
December 13, 2009 4:32 PM PST
Does fried catfish with fried potatoes count as fish n' chips?
December 14, 2009 5:13 PM PST
I just made Tuna Salad with macaroni and put chopped walnuts and dried cranberries in it. It was delicious! :D
December 14, 2009 6:05 PM PST
I couldn't grasp the tuna salad with macaroni part, and then I got really stumped on the walnuts and cranberries... :D
Cooked macaroni with tuna? Is that a typical way of making tuna salad?
December 15, 2009 6:39 AM PST
I've had it before many many times, but never thought about the cranberries and nuts. Sounds delicious. :D And I just may give it a try. I have everything here but the macaroni.
December 16, 2009 12:15 PM PST
I wanted to let you know that I DID make the macaroni salad above, didn't have any nuts but I minced up some matchstick carrots for some crunch. It is delicious! I would not have thought to add in the dried cranberries, and what a terrific flavor it gave this old standby! Really wonderful.
(thanks to you, I always have a bag of the dried cranberries in my cupboard!) :D
Thanks for such a great and inexpensive dish...and its pretty, too. :)
December 16, 2009 12:34 PM PST
I don't have any cranberries, but I bought some pitted prunes the other day. Think they'd do the trick? ;) :D
I've really got to get in the habit of keeping cranberries too! I wouldn't have thought of carrots either... did you have celery?
December 16, 2009 2:27 PM PST
Ginafish, not sure if pitted prunes will do, but I'm not a prune lover. :P I don't think they have a good texture. Dried cranberries, nuts, and even carrots have a good texture. Ginafish, you were kidding, right? :D
thartley, I'm so happy you tried the Tuna Macaroni Salad. It's one of our favorites when I'm in a hurry to make dinner. :D I don't always have fresh celery and we found it just as good without the celery.
December 16, 2009 2:34 PM PST
My celery was not fit for using in this sort of salad. A soup maybe, but even ice water didnt crisp it up, and the bits of carrot (very teeny tiny small) made for a good crunch. Plus, I used the sweet salad cubes instead of relish for texture. (My grandma always used the cubes in tuna salad.) :)
Ginafish- NO prunes! :D
December 19, 2009 10:48 AM PST
I just threw out my measuring spoon for 1/2tbls. I kept mixing it up with the one for 1/2tsp. That can be a problem when it comes to measuring stuff like, oh, baking soda. It can mean the difference between a cookie and a freakin muffin!
December 19, 2009 6:19 PM PST
:D You're right to ditch the 1/2 tbls. I've never had to use a 1/2 tbls. ever! I'm proud of you. :D
December 27, 2009 11:51 AM PST
I made chicken chili lastnight. Its purty good. :)
January 4, 2010 4:53 AM PST
I bought some Jiffy Pop popcorn yesterday and had to try to explain the concept to my daughter. She just said, "Wow, how old are you again?" LOL!
January 4, 2010 8:39 AM PST
LoL! I can hear the aluminum rubbing the stove and feel the patience it takes for that first pop. :D
January 4, 2010 3:17 PM PST
haha! I know! And I always thought they ended up looking like a space alien's brain when they were finished. I still think they do, with a helmet on. :D
January 27, 2010 4:45 PM PST
Chicken stirfry tonight. mmmmmm....
January 28, 2010 4:07 AM PST
I'm having leftover Spaghetti from lasts nights dinner. ;D My lunch won't be in the kitchen today, I'm eating out today! :D
January 28, 2010 4:59 AM PST
ooohhh, Where are you going for lunch? :) I'm sure dinner was great lastnight, with all the grandkids for added flavor! :D