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A place to talk about all your food and cooking desires. Post your recipes, tips and tricks or whatever you want as long as it applies to food/cooking in some way.

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  2. Maggie Mae

    Best Ever Homemade Fries!

    Correction: Step three requires baking soda to make the water alkaline.
  3. I made these last night and wanted to share. Of course, I didn't get a picture because I didn't decide to share until after they were gone. Step One: Infuse some oil (I like olive oil, but it has a lower smoke point than vegetable oil, so keep that in mind) with garlic, rosemary, and thyme. (Or whatever herbs you like. I think next time I do this I might try dill - we have a ton if it.) With the garlic, keep in mind that it burns, so you'll want to heat it and then remove from heat before you burn it. I use the jarred stuff, because I find that fresh garlic doesn't have enough pay off for the amount of work it requires. But If we lived in a place that garlic came from, I might change my mind on that. Put the infused oil aside away from heat. I don't know how much of anything I used. It was an experiment. Step two: (Or step 1A) chop up some potatoes. We used yukon gold that came in our coop produce box. I made them into wedges, just big enough to be dippable. Step three; Par boil those potatoes in water. This creates an outer layer. I can not stress this enough: Do NOT skip this step. You have to kind of guess how long, based on your potatoes and how thick you cut them. You want them to be softish on the outside and still undercooked - get a layer on the outside that will crisp up nicely. Drain, pat dry. Five minutes is probably long enough, but again, this depends on how you cut them and what kind of potato. Just check them every so often by poking them with a fork. Step Four: toss in the infused oil. Step Five: bake. 450F, 15-20 minutes. Again, just check them every so often to make sure they are done. Eat and enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce. Hopefully it's not Stephen's Fry Sauce, but if that's your thing, great!
  4. Maggie Mae

    Comfort Foods

    We all have some foods that we might be embarrassed about, but the nostalgia and other factors overrule our general sensibilities around these things. Here are some of mine. Kraft (Dinner) Mac & Cheese, no milk, add mustard. I don't eat this very often (maybe once every 5 years or so) but when I do, I'm instantly satisfied and have good memories of eating this with my childhood best friend and her little sister. I don't know. I love mustard but I'm not a big mac & cheese person, and in theory they shouldn't go together. scrambled eggs with feta - brings me back to college. For added calories, I like to serve this on toast with a slice of gyro meat. So bad for you and yet so good. homemade bread and butter pickles - my family used to eat these at my grandmother's house. I think you have to source the cucumber pickles from a very specific patch of dirt in rural Michigan. Mixed nuts in the shell, reminds me of my family and how we'd all fight over the good nutcracker (not the dolls). What are some of your favorite comfort foods?
  5. I am halfway through day 5 of eating clean, which for me (right now) is no added sugar/sweeteners, no overly processed foods, lots of produce (fruits raw and not juiced* and veg raw and cooked.) I've gone through some of my favorite recipes and found they were already clean (cream of asparagus soup for example) but am looking for suggestions of things that are yummy made with clean ingredients. My "coach" is my youngest who has been eating clean for a long time, but he doesn't like to cook so basically eats the same things every day and I would like to do this without giving up cooking. My focus is on eating to fuel my body and develop healthy eating habits, not focusing on the scale or appearance but on making good choices. Top of my list is a cream of tomato soup recipe I can make from scratch. Does anyone have one?
  6. I hated spaghetti for a while as a child. We had it fit one meal while camping. A bird stole a noodle from my plate. Everyone jokes that it looked like worms. I could not eat spaghetti for a few years. I was convinced that it had worms in it.
  7. Ugh, i hate Jello so much. And cool whip. Whipped cream does not make jello better, but it's still better than cool whip. There was aslo a jello pudding covered with cool whip. I don't understand my midwest family. I didn't understand it then and I don't understand their food choices now.
  8. Did anyone else grow up with that Weight Watchers dessert of jello mixed with cool whip? As a kid, I thought it was atrocious and my mom made it so often! Now as an adult, I actually kind of miss it. 😂
  9. School dinners were pretty interesting for us in the 90s/2000s. My primary school served us "cake and custard" which was a very soft, underbaked sponge cake covered in incredibly runny custard. There was also semolina which is just gross. High school wasn't much better once they "deskilled" the kitchen staff and we got microwaved meals instead of freshly cooked stuff. The worst one was the "curry" which tasted vaguely of washing up liquid and was incredibly runny. Supposedly this was a "healthier" meal than what we had before when the meals were cooked in the kitchen. We found out later that it's the same stuff they serve in care homes, it's deliberately "mushy" so that people with few teeth can still eat it. Please kill me before I get old, it was bad enough the first time round.
  10. I grew up with most of the meals mentioned in the original post. Goulash, for us, was the same as spaghetti but served with macaroni instead of spaghetti. 🤷‍♀️ My brother’s favorite meal was “Hash Burgers.” Open a can of corned beef, mix it with a bit of horseradish and ketchup, I think. Spread that deliciousness on a hamburger bun. Then add ONE HALF of a Kraft American cheese slice. Wrap each sandwich in foil and bake. The best part was the crispy bun...and the melted cheese, of course. My mom called sloppy joes “scrambled hamburger,” and I still love salmon patties and tuna casserole.
  11. Maggie Mae

    Beef Caldereta (Kaldereta)

    *** Careful to NOT burn the garlic *** The whole "don't burn the garlic thing is why I always do all of the chopping before starting. (I also clean as I go so I don't have a ton of dishes.) I can't believe I made a point to say "burn the garlic." Nooooo - do not burn the garlic. It will ruin everything.
  12. I hope this is OK. I don't know if we are supposed to keep all of our recipes to a mega thread or if we can post them individually. Okay. So Beef Caldereta is basically stew. It's a filipeno dish, but there's nothing too crazy about it**. **I know, picky eaters abound and there's a good portion of you who will NOPE right out when I say the word liver. Bear with me. First, you'll want to gather the ingredients and prep them. Get some potatos and cube them. If you use canned potatoes, don't add them until the end, with the bell pepper. Two large carrots - cubed. These should be somewhat large cubes 1-2 inches. Chop up an onion. Chop up 4 cloves of garlic two pounds or so of bottom round roast. You can buy the stew meat, but it's cheaper and more flavorful to just cut a bottom round yourself. Two cups tomato sauce (16 ounces, two small cans) Two tablespoons tomato paste Two cups water. Mince up ten or so thai chiles. We chop the ends off and stick them in this tiny food processor that I wanted to link for you but doesn't seem to exist anymore. 1/2 cup pitted green olives 1/2 cup Filipino liver spread (Or white people liver pate if you don't want to drive across town to the asian market.) 1/2 cup shredded cheese. I have "mexican blend" on hand 350+ days of the year so I use that. Cheddar is fine also. One Red and One Green bell pepper, cube those up. Okay, so once you've prepped everything, you have some options here. The carrots and potatos need to be browned first, and then removed from the heat. I usually use a separate pan for this. Then cook up the onions and garlic, being careful to burn the garlic, add the meat. I do this step in the pot that it will stay in. Once the beef is browned on the outside, you can add water, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and the chili peppers. Bring to a boil. If you have that foamy stuff from the connective tissue, skim that off the top. Add salt and pepper. Lower the heat. cover and set a timer for 90 minutes. Add the carrots, potatoes, and then cook until tender or you feel like you've done enough. Add the liver paste and shredded cheese and stir. The liver and cheese thicken the sauce and give it a bit of a complex flavor. If you aren't into liver, put like half a cup of peanut butter in, but skip the cheese. We like to add some ginger as well. A few minutes before you want to serve it, add the green peppers and olives and stir well. Serve with rice.
  13. I make this all the time! Except I add green peppers, oregano and basil, and celery seed. My mother always added cumin, but I don't. I make it with more meat than I used to, and less macaroni because of my diabetes, and sprinkle (okay, more than sprinkle!) shredded mozzarella on top, and walla! pure comfort food. I'm a child of the 60s, so I grew up on the aforementioned tuna casseroles, sloppy joes, spaghetti, meat loaf, and shit on a shingle. Never had navy beans with ketchup, though, @CTRLZero !
  14. Most of what is mentioned above showed up at one point or another in my household. Did anyone else have navy beans with ketchup? That was my mom's go-to, and I didn't realize navy beans could be served any other way for the longest time, lol!
  15. Yep! I have three versions of this in my repertoire....two are family favorites. And a little something from the 70's called "Spanish Rice." which in my house was white rice mixed with cans of diced tomatoes, hot dogs cut lengthwise laid over the top and that covered with sliced of American cheese. it is not Spanish, it is barely food, but now and again it's yummy. It is absolutely worthy of the Duggar table.
  16. it's this: https://www.thecountrycook.net/grandmas-goulash/ but without the Italian spices, because why would we use anything in the spice cabinet? We might run out!
  17. HerNameIsBuffy

    Deviled, Evil, or Picnic Eggs - Share!

    I just noticed the other day, in the Duggars forum, that Michelle calls them "yellow pocket angel eggs." The lengths these people will go to in order to avoid using the word devil ...he who must not be named, I guess. I use it in sloppy joes. So if you wonder who is buying the one small jar a year, that's me.
  18. Mulligan? I make this, kids love it still. It's one of my most Duggaresque recipes and if Jill were to post it FJers would tear her apart. (lots of people here call it goulash)
  19. Who else had hot dogs using a slice of sandwich bread as the bun?
  20. Sounds like we had a lot of similar things going on! I'd forgotten about the potato soup! My mom saved me from the liver and onions by refusing to allow liver or beef tongue to be cooked in her house. Didn't stop my dad and grandma trying to get me to try them at some weird west Michigan restaurant in an old train. Gag. I hated onions as a kid.
  21. I was born in the late 70’s. Breakfast: oatmeal made in the microwave, toast, scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, and as a teen cereal. (Usually oatmeal 5 days a week.) We had Kraft mac and cheese, homemade mac n cheese, baked chicken breasts, pasta salad, beef liver and onions, potato soup, hamburger soup (same as Maggie’s, but I loved it), hamburger meat and pasta (like homemade Hamburger Helper), taco salad, a lot of veggies from the garden, sandwiches made with deli meat and cheese, apples, green salads, and I’m drawing a blank on what else. Chili. Eta: spaghetti, pinto beans and cornbread, baked potatoes
  22. Well my mother doesn't really like any herbs and spices so everything was salted or doused in ketchup but that's about it. My dad loves spices but he is not from America so he would have a lot of non-typical foods like cow intestines or chicken feet. So I had to choose what I wanted to eat for dinner. Tough decisions. 😓
  23. How many of us had to suffer through the awful food of the pre-2000s? My family rarely went out to eat, and my mom always had salad and fresh foods around, which saved me from my dad's HORRID concoctions. Here's a list: tuna casserole "shit" on a shingle (i think it's supposed to be called "chipped beef on toast.") "goulash" (not Hungarian Goulash, which is really good. This was some sort of weird tomato sauce + noodles + ground beef) Sloppy Joes (ground beef, tomato sauce, served on hamburger buns) salmon patties (canned salmon, overcooked into a patty that was made with bread crumbs and dried out to the consistency of a hockey puck) "welsh" rarebit (this isn't so bad, other than he didn't add any sort of spices to the cheese sauce) beef stroganoff (egg noodles with ground beef and a can of mushroom soup) meat loaf meat loaf sandwiches meat loaf on noodles hamburger soup (greasy soup with bits of old hamburger and vegetables, overcooked and undersalted) Compared to my mom, who is also a bad cook, but her food was more like: iceberg lettuce with cucumbers and tomatoes (this was served before dinner every single night. sometimes my dad would sprinkle shredded cheese on it which was not my favorite) polish sausage and sauerkraut kielbasa brats liverwurst sandwiches homemade spaghetti sauce on spaghetti noodles meat loaf tacos (american style), fridays only, make your own fondue (my family loves fondues and has for as long as I can remember. One version that is wildly mocked is the one that is just a vat of hot oil sitting on the table with an extension cord, ready for anyone to trip over and cause a disaster, plus the plate of raw meats to be individually cooked in said bowl of hot oil) . This was a "special occasion" meal, so I guess we just really wanted to poison our friends and extended relatives. microwave "chips and cheese" (this was her idea of a "special snack." gag) And of course I had the usual stuff that was always around peanut butter sandwiches grilled cheese and campbell's tomato soup breakfast burritos w/homemade salsa from grandpa's special closet that also held rhubarb wine/moonshine and a seemingly endless supply of picked vegetables brats various soups and casseroles made from leftovers. We always had a side of veggies, which were often cooked in a casserole dish, covered with the old style of saran wrap, and microwaved if they were frozen, or chopped and served raw, or cooked in a pan on the stove if they were fresh. fortunately my grandparents had a lot of garden and we'd hit up roadside stands on the regular. Anyway, so my point is that things have changed so much that I'm really curious about what other people ate growing up! -
  24. Lisummer


    1)Open my new EdgeStar CWR263DZ 2)Choose there a good bottle of Spanish Wine 3)Use a decanter 4)Find my favorite glass for wine 5) Enjoy yourself and relax
  25. Lisummer

    Deviled, Evil, or Picnic Eggs - Share!

    I never use mayo, but I really like eggs with tuna!

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