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Old 02-24-2002, 09:13 AM   #1
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A "sort of" recipe challenge

Is there some dish that you absolutely love that you just want someone else to make so they too will know how good it is?

It can be a side dish, main dish, dessert - just something that you REALLY want someone else to try. I guess the only requirement would be the ingredients need to be something that everyone can get - i.e., no elephant, no camel, no kangaroo!!!!

Is anyone up for it - I'm going to post mine now. Just insert the name of your recipe in the subject line for easier browsing.

And I guess then someone needs to try it. Just say which one you are going to try and then post response.

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Old 02-24-2002, 09:21 AM   #2
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My Mother's Macaroni Salad

MOM'S MACARONI SALAD

8 oz. box elbow macaroni (cooked, drained, and cooled. This is one time I rinse the macaroni well or you have to double the dressing and entire salad is too dry. I also use the very small macaroni you can find in the Mexican section)

-sliced radishes, 4 or 5 large
-cucumber, cut long ways, seeds removed, and sliced
-1 yellow pepper, chopped
-1 tomato, chopped (do this ahead of time do let juices develop - this lends a great flavor to the salad)
-1 med-large carrot - ribbons or just sliced carrots
-2 hard boiled eggs, grated (a must for this salad)

DRESSING
1/2 cup Miracle Whip
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 TBS apple cider vinegar
1 TBS sugar
s & p to taste (heavy on the pepper)

Mix all dressing ingredients first. Add veggies to macaroni and then mix most of dressing with everything. Refrigerate for about 1 hour to let flavors blend. Not totally necessary but it does help. Right before serving mix rest of dressing in if too dry. The better you rinse your macaroni the less dressing you will need.

Serves 8-10

**Just a little note from me - my son likes this with just cucumbers and egg - I go heavy on tomatoes and cucumbers - the only requirement :) is that you use 1/2 mayo and 1/2 salad dressing - if you don't my mom will HAUNT you forever!!!!!!

This is sooooo good with grilled burgers - you won't ever make them again without this side dish!
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Old 02-24-2002, 04:30 PM   #3
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Sweet & Sour Chicken

This is my favorite recipe cause it is so easy and yet so good. I give this recipe to everyone and I have never had a bad reaction from anyone! I found it on Kathie Lee Gifford's website and she says it is something she and her sister make all the time. I love it .....
Sweet & Sour Chicken

Chicken parts (whatever you like, legs, thighs - I use boneless, skinless breasts cause they are easy to deal with)

1 8oz bottle of Russian Salad Dressing
1 8oz jar of Apricot Preserves
1 Pkg. Lipton Onion Soup Mix (dry)
Pour all of these ingredients together and mix well with spoon. Place desired chicken parts in 9x13 inch pan and pour mixture over each one of the parts. Cover with aluminum foil and bake @350 degrees for 1 hour. Remove cover and bake an additional half hour.
Serve with wild rice or white steamed rice.
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Old 02-24-2002, 05:26 PM   #4
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OK Carol, you're on......

I'll make your chicken, it will have to be next week though, hubby is going out of town, I'm kicking son out to stay with his Dad, I am eating nothing but sushi, drinking champagne, and taking bubble baths while they are gone!!!!!!

I'll make this next Sunday - BUT, you have to make my macaroni salad!!! And don't substitute or you know.....my mom will haunt you!!!
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Old 02-25-2002, 03:53 AM   #5
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Hey, I'm much more intrigued by the sushi and champagne diet....how the heck do you get to do this? Getting rid of a whole family is not easy to accomplish - good going!!
Okay, I'll undertake the challenge. I have vegetarian friends who will love this recipe. My "Blue Plate Mayo" loving family will have to make adjustments; but I'll stay within the realms of your Grandmother's judgement......I'll get back to you soon with the results! LOL, Carol
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Old 02-25-2002, 03:41 PM   #6
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hehe - it's the perfect diet in my opinion!!!!! A friend gave me a recipe one time that was similar - but instead of the apricots it was a can of whole berry cranberry sauce. I never made it because, let's face it, it does sound a little.....um......mmmmm....like it wouldn't be very good??? LOL - But, if you swear by it, I'll try it.

And, not my grandmother, but my mother - and not her judgement - HER LAW!!!!! LOL - let me know what you do different just so I can warn you if her "spirit" will show up!!! She was rather fiesty while here - can't imagine what powers she has now!!!:D

I just love that big cheesey grin smiley - can you tell????
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Old 07-30-2004, 12:31 AM   #7
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Try this. This is one of my families top ten favorites.



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Old 07-30-2004, 02:42 AM   #8
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Stuffed Green Chiles

The only way I can describe these is Heaven on Earth. I would eat these instead of cheesecake, instead of Hershey kisses, and instead of Tollhouse cookies, and I love them! These are served cold and go great with steak.

Stuffed Green Chiles

1 can (4 oz.) whole green chiles
1/4 pound shredded jack cheese
1 ripe avocado
1/2 cup cooking oil
1/2 cup vinegar
1 red onion (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste

Mash avocado with salt and pepper. Slit open chiles, remove seeds. Stuff each chile with avocado and cheese. Place stuffed chiles in deep (at least 3") dish. Mix oil and vinegar and pour over chiles. Top with onion slices, if desired.

Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours.
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Old 07-30-2004, 07:14 PM   #9
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My stuffed grape leaves but you need to be with me to show ya how. I went to CT from MI.....to share recipes and"other things" with someone on the net. It was fun until the last day. She did not want me to leave and went nuts. We made a crapload of stuffed grape leaves and she taught me how to make Coq Au Vin. Great stuff. I also showed her how to make Gumbo. To basd she got so drunk and ugly the last day. It sucked.
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Old 09-03-2004, 08:50 PM   #10
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Barbara, your stuffed green chiles sound amazing! Exactly something I would put on a plate, but not let anyone else touch!
I'm trying those soon - think the hubby will love them too. Thanks so much for sharing!

I wish I could try the mac salad, but alas, I'm the only one in the family that believes in mayo-laden salads. Grew up with them, adore them, but saldly, no one else does:(
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Citrus Scallops and Shrimp

I know I posted this before, but I absolutley love it!
Sauce

1 Habanero pepper
2 Jalapeno Peppers
One 16 oz can of Tomato puree
one 13 oz can of diced tomatoes.
One medium red onion
Two belle peppers
3 cloves of garlic
quater cup sugar
3/4 cups water
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes

You should make this earlier in the day and let it thicken. Put a medium-large saucpan on the stove with the to tomatoe products. Dice the habanero to a paste and add in. Score the 2 jalapeno peppers and place in on the surface so it is easy take out. While those are in finley dice the medium onion and dice a third of one of the peppers. Before adding thos remove the jalapenos. dice them for for heat or throw them away. Its up to you. Add the chopped ingredients. Finely dice the garlic and add it. heat up the water in a microwave and add sugar make sure the suggar is dissolved before adding it. Add the mixture and the peper flakes. let it boil down to the thickness of your choice.

Scallops

1 lb scallops
2 large lemons
2 largish limes

poke a fork into the eah of the scallops so there are four small wholes. Put them in a gallon bag with the juice of 2 lemons and the two limes. Add olive oil if wanted. Let marinade for an hour or so.

Shrimp

1 lb shrimp
2 large eggs
a medium bag of sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes (in the baking aisle)
Clean and de-vein all the shrimp. dip in egg them dip into coconut. let them dry before frying 2 minutes on each side at 295 to 325

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Grill the rest of the peppers and one large vadalia (sp) onion along with the scallops. serve with the spicy sauce and enjoy.
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Old 09-03-2004, 09:40 PM   #12
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jkath,

Let us know how you like them. I need to make some soon myself. It has been too long since I have had them!

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Old 09-03-2004, 10:13 PM   #13
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Creamed Chip Beef

2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons flour
2 cups of milk
1 4oz. pkg. chipped beef(chop it up)
Salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth and
heat until bubbly. Gradually stir in milk and continue stirring to keep
from getting lumpy. The mixture - which is white sauce - willl gradually
thicken. Add the chipped beef (separate the slices) and keep over low
heat about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper as desired. Serve over toast.
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I like a nice wine (red) and cheese (white). Disturb me and I shall tie your nose hairs!! :roll:
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Old 09-06-2004, 09:30 AM   #18
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POrk-Crown Rib Roats

I love both the sounds of the macaroni salad, and the stuffed green peppers. Happily, I won't have to share the peppers as I'm the only one in the house that likes them (and I like them a lot). Tha macaroni salad, alas, I am diabteic and stay away from pasta (except whole-wheat) and potatoes (a terrible thing since I used to love both macaroni and potato salad).

I'll report back on the stuffed peppers.

Here's my entry, Smoked Crown Pork Roast.

Crown Roast




Alright, you on the left, tell me how you're going to cook this dish. Remember, this is an elegant one, so it must be done right. What's that? You don't have a clue? Yes you do. You just need a bit of coaching.

The crown rib roast is the best tasting, most succulent piece of pork I have ever cooked, or eaten. It is beautiful to the eye, and to the mouth. This roast is made from the baby-back ribs. The ends are "frenched", that is, the small eye of meat, and the meat between the bones is removed from the bone end. That meat can then be used for sausage, or stuffing, or kabobs, etc. When purchasing the ribs, ask your butcher to leave the tenderloin attached. This will give you much more meat than ordinary baby-back ribs. Also, when the meat is formed into the classic Crown shape, the loin will act as a base to hold in the stuffing.
Most butchers will French the ribs for you upon request, though the butcher I went to didn't. After I found out how easy the process was, I was glad he didn't. I now have about three pounds of meat and bone with which to make a grand pot of baked beans, bean soup, and stir-fry (not all at once of course).

This roast is best when cooked in a smoky barbecue, though it is quite good roasted in the oven. Usually some kind of rub or marinade is used to treat and tenderize the meat starting the day before. Then while cooking, a glaze is brushed over the meat. The center is filled with fruits, farce meat, or stuffing after the crown roast is placed on the platter. Colorful vegetables placed around the roast complete the dish.
The following is just one way to prepare this elegant roast. You will undoubtedly find your own way to flavor your roast to perfection.

Ingredients:
Rack of Baby-Back Ribs with at least 16 bones. The chine bones should be removed.
3 cups Mandarin Orange slices
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Black Pepper, coarse grind
1/2 cup Sugar, or Sweetener
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 medium cooking Onion, diced
1 orange Bell Pepper
1 yellow Bell Pepper
1 Green Bell Pepper
2 whole Cooking Onions
1 cup Brown-Rice
2 cups Water
3 fresh Red Tomatoes, uncooked
5 whole Carrots
1 cup cold Water
1 bucket of water soaked hardwood (I use maple and white birch).

Prepare the meat by laying the ribs on a cutting board with the meaty side down. Slice the meat from between the bones until reaching the thick loin muscle. Cut the small eye of meat from the bone top as well. Turn the meat over and remove the strip of fat and connecting tissue lying over the top muscle. Then, fillet that muscle from the loin. You will end up with a long and slender muscle containing small bones. Trim the ends of the rib rack so that when it is stood and formed into the crown, the end ribs will be about 1/2 inch part. Reserve the trimmed meat and connecting tissue for later meals.

Place the rice and remaining water into a covered pot and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to simmer, add 1/2 tsp. salt, cover, and let cook for thirty minutes. Remove from the jeat and add a touch of garlic powder and the mandarin oranges. Dice one of the onions and mix into the rice. Cover refrigerate. This is your stuffing.

Mash two cups of the oranges in a glass or stainless steel bowl. Add one cup of water, 1/2 cup sugar or sweetener, the garlic, remaining diced onion, salt, water, and pepper. Put into a very large plastic bag along with the ribs. Remove all air so that the ribs are completely covered by the marinade. Place in the refrigeratorand let sit overnight.
Next day, remove the ribs from the marinade and place into a lightly greased, heavy, cast-iron frying pan with a metal handle. Pour the marinade into a w quart saucepot. Bring the marinade to a boil and set aside.

Bank the charcoal on either side of your grill, leaving a four-inch space between banks. Fire up the grill for indirect heat. Let sit until the charcoal is red hot. Stand the ribs on end, meat side down, and form the rack into a circle with the meat turned in. Tie the end bones together with butchers cotton string, and wrap the entire roast with a turn of string. Place into the cast-iron pan.

Put four or five chunks of hardwood on each charcoal pile. Place the grill in place, and center the rib pan between the charcoal piles. Cover the grill and close the vents halfway and let cook for 1 hour.

Remove the lid and brush the roast with marinade. Put aluminum foil hats on the bone ends. Replace the lid and baste every fifteen minutes for the next half hour. Check the meat thermometer. When it reads 150', remove and fill the inside with the rice/mandarine orange stuffing. Put the lid back on and cook for another twenty minutes.
Brush all veggies , including the onions (peel them first), with cooking oil and lightly salt. Remove the barbecue lid and arrange the veggies around the fire. Add more wood if needed. Brush the roast with the cooked marinade sauce. Cover and cook for ten minutes more.
Remove the roast and place on a large platter. Let sit for fifteen minutes.
Place the colorful Veggies artistically around the roast and remove the string. Set a beautiful table and impress everyone with cloth napkins. Charge each member of your household $5 per plate and grin. You know your kidding. But do they? Muahahahaha.
Remove the veggies and place in a suitable bowl.

This recipe is from my cookbook "You Can Be A Great Cook With Pork", hence the extra verbage. I wish I new how to insert a picture of the finished dish in this post. I will try to cut and paste. Hope it works.

This is not really a beginner recipe. But then again, it's apparent that I'm not posting to beginners :D .

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Old 09-06-2004, 09:47 AM   #19
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:D Let me add one too......

LETTUCE WRAPS

Flank steak marinated in a soy based marinade.
1 head bibb lettuce
Homemeade roasted garlic sour cream {roast 1 head garlic add to sm. container sour cream}
Minced scallions
sesame seeds


1... Cook meat to med/rare, allow to rest, slice thin against the grain

2... Seperate lettuce leaves{wash}, lay 2 slices of meat in each leaf.

3... Top with tbsp. sour cream, garnish with scallions and sesame seeds.

4... EAT AND ENJOY!!!






If you ask me REAL nice like :D I will give up my recipe for cream cheese stuffed mushrooms, but ya gotta ask real nice.
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If you ask me REAL nice like :D I will give up my recipe for cream cheese stuffed mushrooms, but ya gotta ask real nice.
Ooooooooooh! Please, please, please, pretty please????? I LOVE mushrooms, and I love cream cheese, and these sound great!!!!!

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