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Old 01-03-2011, 10:48 AM   #41
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Last month I made fudge for the first time. Believe it or not, I also made (and tasted) rice pudding for the first time. I used the "See's" fudge recipe my mom always used when I was a kid. Both turned out excellent! I also cooked with ground turkey for the first time and everything I've tried so far has turned out well.
I've been afraid to try anything new for the past couple weeks though because I've got morning sickness! Just walking into an unknown aisle at the grocery store makes me a little nervous at the moment.
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:57 AM   #42
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After many, many years of cooking I finally made a pimento cheese. Dh wanted some and couldn't find it in the store. Nothing hard about it but I think it needs a little more flavor and can't decide what the flavor is that is missing.
When I was a kid there was "pimento cheese" in a jar. It wasn't like the real deal, but had a flavor of it's own that I miss.

I make mine with the sharpest cheddar possible, and add Parmesan for extra bite.

Although most recipes say to drain the pimentos, I never do. I want all that flavor.

The last time I made it, I mixed in some softened cream cheese. It was probably the best batch I've ever made.
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:17 PM   #43
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Last month I made fudge for the first time. Believe it or not, I also made (and tasted) rice pudding for the first time. I used the "See's" fudge recipe my mom always used when I was a kid. Both turned out excellent! I also cooked with ground turkey for the first time and everything I've tried so far has turned out well.
I've been afraid to try anything new for the past couple weeks though because I've got morning sickness! Just walking into an unknown aisle at the grocery store makes me a little nervous at the moment.
I assume that you are having morning sickness for the typical reason. Congratulations and ice cream and pickles to you!
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:18 PM   #44
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I did use cream cheese in the cheese. Maybe the Parm would make the difference.
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:24 PM   #45
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I did use cream cheese in the cheese. Maybe the Parm would make the difference.
I wasn't satisfied with my Pimento cheese until I tried adding the Parm. It gives it that extra punch that makes it just right.
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:01 PM   #46
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Fish, if your recipe calls for yogurt in the marinade, be very careful about long-time marinading. A good, live yogurt can actually turn tender cuts of meat into ... mush. A few hours might be better than overnight.
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:56 PM   #47
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I've never been a fan of avocado - it's a texture thing - but I saw the Good Eats episode about it so I picked a few up from the store (they were on sale - yay!). I made the avocado butter from the episode, and also added chunks of avocado to some quasi-tortilla soup.

I made Mayirisa (Greek Easter soup) for the first time on Saturday using some leftover lamb roast - it was delicious!

Sometime this week I plan on making bagels, which I've never attempted.

Oh yes! And how can I forget the rice pudding - I kinda made it up as I went along combining a few recipes. It turned out great.
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:02 PM   #48
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I assume that you are having morning sickness for the typical reason. Congratulations and ice cream and pickles to you!
Ditto
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Old 01-03-2011, 05:50 PM   #49
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Last month I made fudge for the first time. Believe it or not, I also made (and tasted) rice pudding for the first time. I used the "See's" fudge recipe my mom always used when I was a kid. Both turned out excellent! I also cooked with ground turkey for the first time and everything I've tried so far has turned out well.
I've been afraid to try anything new for the past couple weeks though because I've got morning sickness! Just walking into an unknown aisle at the grocery store makes me a little nervous at the moment.
Gotta love that avatar of yours. Reminds me of one of my granddaughters. You and you SIL are doubling the number of my grand-kids this year. And to think, it was just two and a half years ago that I became a grandpa and was deemed officially old (that's what you are when you become a grandpa). But I still rule at hot hands. Sprout, you should have seen your cousin's hands after he challenged me and said those silly, silly words: "Uncle Bob, I hate to tell you this, but I don't hit like a girl. He regretted that statement. And yeh, that was Wes.

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Today I tried to match Campbells bean with bacon soup from scratch. And I scored HUGE...


...the 'something new' was that I tried Goodweed of the North's directions for my 1st Roux.

Someone had linked to it here...

Split Pea Soup So I went in and by complete serendipity discovered this wonderful application. Holy Cow, what a marvelous technique.

Knowing how to thicken up recipes instead of cooking them down changes everything for me.







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