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Old 01-27-2006, 07:10 PM   #31
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How I have had success with pumpkin pies, is I fill up the pie shell, ( which was pre baked for about 10 minutes and cooled before filling) only 1/2 way full, then let it cook for about 5 minutes.. THEN I ladel in the other 1/2 of the mixed up pie filling... this double filling ensures a better bake, and eliminates curdling and seperation (Also before baking.. I let the filling without the eggs, rest for an hour so that the pumpkin is totally absorbed into the liquid mixture. then add the eggs. ) try this with butternut squash, Oh my gosh is it good!
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Old 01-27-2006, 08:12 PM   #32
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recently for me, yogurt. I love plain yogurt without the fruit and extra sugar. I saw an episode of Martha where she made it homemade. It looked so easy so I gave it a shot. Ok, disaster! It never set up. I tried twice. Since what I really prefer is Greek style yogurt, I just buy the organic stuff from a whole foods market. Now, if anyone can tell me how to pull off this homemade yogurt business without having to buy another machine, I am ALL EARS!!! Until then....just easier to buy it made!
I tried Greek style yogurt, I got strainer and some cheesecloth. But I forgot about it for a few days, and so it seemed a bit more sour to me than when I've bought it (in Iran).
But if you strain it for less time and don't leave it sitting in its water I'm sure it'd be fine. But if store bought isn't a problem, then stick with it.

I use canned pumpkin, but not with the seasonings. I have to alter it either way. Allspice, nutmeg, and vanilla are my best friends, and they never seem to have enough.
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Old 01-27-2006, 08:17 PM   #33
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Ok you guys have really got me stirred up now!

I've never tasted a commercial pasta sauce I liked and I refuse to buy them anymore, they all contain sugar...ick! I can make my own in about 30 minutes so I see no reason to. DH occasionally fouls up my pantry with a jar of Preggo or Ragu and it resides there until I travel somewhere without him and he uses the stuff.

I finally realized the reason we never eat canned beans is that I really don't care for the taste of those - love beans though - but they take so long on the stove top and then there's that pre-soaking thing that I never think to do beforehand so now that I have a Pressure Cooker I will happily go to bean heaven (though friends and family may not consider it that).

I watched someon make puff pastry from scratch and I don't think there's any way I would do that but I love puff pastry. I'm sure home-made is better than the frozen sheets I get - I'm thinking about trying to purchase it at a local Bakery.

For some things frozen spinach works much better than fresh but for just plain wilted spinach...yum yum yum fresh is best.

Canned pumpkin is just dandy with me - but pie crust - homemade is soooo much better. Not as pretty most times but homier. Besides you have all those yummy scraps to play with!

Canned soups to eat? - only in a major pinch - I've gotta be pretty darned sick to be unable to cook anything! I do cook with them but I know they're loaded with sodium. Some things that "Mama used to do" just aren't the same for DH.

On this I know I'm just plain ignorant. I love Mac and Cheese out of the box! I never experienced home made as a kid so the boxed ones just take me back to childhood! I'd love to be better educated there, though.

And here's a real shame - I love Swanson's Pot Pies. DH is enamored of Pepperidge Farms. I've never managed to make one from scratch that tasted as good. But I'm still trying! Must be double crust! This is a cry for help!

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Old 01-27-2006, 08:22 PM   #34
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Hey, Lindatooo, I have an incredible double crust chicken pot pie recipe that my whole family loves. It's in Southern living cookbook...I'll grab it and post it for you
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Old 01-27-2006, 08:33 PM   #35
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Jenny you are wonderful! Thank you in advance! Look out DH!
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Old 01-27-2006, 08:36 PM   #36
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ok, it's long but here goes...It's in The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook page 338
Double-Crust Chicken Pot Pie
6 skinned boned breast halves cut into 1 inch pieces
1 med onion chopped
2 T butter melted
1 stalk celery chopped
1 1/2 c frozen english peas and carrots (I use fresh chopped carrots)
1 c sliced fresh mushrooms (I leave out the shrooms)
1 c peeled chopped potato
1 c chicken broth
1/4 c dry white wine (not cooking wine, unless it's all you have)
1/2 t dried parsley flakes ( I use chopped fresh)
1/4 t fresh ground pepper
1 bay leaf
2 T cornstarch
2 T water
1 can cream of mushroom soup undiluted (sorry about the can soup!!)
1 c shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 sour cream
Pot pie pastry w/1 egg yolk and 1 T milk for brushing the pastry

1. Cook chicken and onion in butter in a large skillet over med high heat, stirring constantly til chicken browned and onion tender. stir in celery and next 8 ingredients. bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 min til veggies are tender. discard bay leaf.
2. Combine cornstarch and 2 T water, stirring til smooth. add to chicken mix. bring to a boil over med heat, stirring constantly. remove from heat, stir in soup, cheese and sour cream.
3. Roll half of pastry to 1/8 inch thickness. fit pastry into ungreased 2 quart casserole. spoon chicken mixture into casserole. roll remaining pastry and place over top of mixture. trim, seal and crimp edges. cut slits in pastry. combine milk and egg yolk and brush over pastry.
4. bake at 400 for 35 minutes or until golden brown.
Potpie pastry: 3 c all-purp flour, 1 t salt, 1 c shortening, cold water. combine flour and salt, cut in shortening w/pastry blender until mix is crumbly. sprinkle cold water 1 T at a time, stir w/a fork until dry ingredients are moistened. shape into a ball and chill.

Hope you enjoy!
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Old 01-27-2006, 08:44 PM   #37
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Thanks, Jenny, I cut and pasted and will try this next week!

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Old 01-27-2006, 08:46 PM   #38
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oh my goodness, this look soooooooooo good! copy and pasting this one to! Thank you for sharing Jenny!
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Old 02-10-2006, 02:39 PM   #39
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canned pumpkin all the way... I like alot of frozen veggies, like okra,and I would also have to say canned tomatoes, ans spaghetti sauce as well for me...
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Old 02-17-2006, 03:23 AM   #40
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As long as Mrs. Smith and EDWARDS makes pies I will never do a scratch one.

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