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  1. Maelinde

    Dinner - Thursday, 5-28-15

    Did some fridge/pantry scavenging and decided upon this for dinner: Chicken Basil Sausage, Dreamfields Rotini pasta, Diced tomatoes of which I'll season and stew into a sauce, Italian cut Green Beans & Texas Toast. We're going to sit down and watch the Rangers/Red Sox game tonight on TV...
  2. Maelinde

    French Toast Advice needed

    Randy does the French Toast here, and he also uses butter in the pan over a medium heat. Comes out perfectly toasty each time. :yum: Around Christmas time he uses leftover Egg Nog as the base for it and Texas Toast for the bread. YUM (that is if there is any leftover...)
  3. Maelinde

    Fresh Tomato Salsa

    Same here. I prefer the taste & texture of using the whole tomato. If anyone prefers to skin/seed the tomato, feel free. The recipe was designed to be flexible to taste. :yum: A food processor or handy chopper make very quick and easy work, although I used to make it before I had either of...
  4. Maelinde

    Dinner Wednesday, 5-27-2015 ~ Hump-day Hungries

    Our plan is Top Sirloin on the indoor grill pan, deli style mac & cheese & sliced, sautéed tomatoes. Simple, yet delicious. :chef:
  5. Maelinde

    First big "Q" Weekend of the Year

    Cheryl, I sure wish we could! I know the California drought well as I was born and raised in San Diego. I'm sure hoping our drought in TX is over. All of our lakes are full and many over flood stage. I can't wait until we get that water pumped out of the backyard so that we can start...
  6. Maelinde

    Memorial Day

    Thank you to all who served! I just wanted to thank all DC members who have served in the military - USA and other countries, too. Your bravery is most appreciated. :smile:
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    Winner Winner What's for Dinner? May 26th

    We're making stuffed bell peppers tonight using orange bell peppers, ground beef, onion, tomatoes, & cheese. Also including a salad of spring greens and Vinaigrette dressing with fresh sliced tomatoes. :chef:
  8. Maelinde

    First big "Q" Weekend of the Year

    Couldn't do any Q'ing as we were totally rained out this weekend. We're in the area of the US getting way too much rain and flooding. We tried to go to the Renaissance Faire yesterday - and did for a couple of hours - but they evacuated us all just as the severe weather was starting. We're...
  9. Maelinde

    Fresh Tomato Salsa

    I've used canned in a pinch and they worked pretty well. I've even used dried cilantro in a pinch and people liked that one better. Plus the dried cilantro lasts longer. Cilantro is a totally optional ingredient. I love it, but I know folks who totally despise it. No worries. Big huge...
  10. Maelinde

    Fresh Tomato Salsa

    Every ingredient in the salsa is interchangeable, truth be told. If you can get some green tomatoes, it might be even tastier. Might want to add extra lime juice to get the citrus-y taste that the tomatillos bring to the party. I posted the Tapatio brand as that is our favorite, and some of...
  11. Maelinde

    What's your favorite vinegar?

    I currently have white wine, red wine, white distilled, malt, & apple cider vinegars. Need to get more balsamic & tarragon as I love those too. Each have their own uses. :smile:
  12. Maelinde

    Fresh Tomato Salsa

    I forgot - anyone here is free to repost this recipe as long as you give me the credit. Also, if you make any changes, please let me know as I'd love to try them. I knew someone who replaced all the tomato with pineapple and it was fantastic. The ingredient list was designed to be easily...
  13. Maelinde

    Fresh Tomato Salsa

    Friends, A few years back, Randy and I spent the better part of a weekend perfecting our fresh salsa. We never used a recipe before - just put the ingredients in to taste. Several of our friends wanted an actual recipe so that they could make it themselves. We thoroughly enjoyed eating the...
  14. Maelinde

    At what point can you claim a recipe as 'Your Own'?

    As a jewelry design and polymer clay artist, I've had the misfortune of someone copying my work. They didn't understand that my work held an intellectual copyright and blatantly copied my ideas and work. I had quit selling in a craft mall after that, as the "copier/thief" would have an exact...
  15. Maelinde

    Pork Loin Roast Tailor-Made for Maelinde

    Chief, Thank you! :smile: These recipes sound divine and delicious. :yum: I think Randy will appreciate them as well. No grilling outside for us right now, as our backyard is a tad bit flooded from all that rain we're getting in North Texas. Our Sci-Fi club's picnic has been rescheduled...
  16. Maelinde

    How do you cook your pork chops?

    Randy drinks cheap beer... I, however, do not. Love the Redd's Apple Ale, though. It is nice and slightly sweet as ales tend to be. That's how I tend to cook chops. Randy likes to marinate and grill them, and his are quite good. I prefer them in the pan on the stove with good beer or...
  17. Maelinde

    How do you cook your pork chops?

    I sure will! I do tend to prefer browning the chops first as well. I'm excited to try this next week. :chef: I love apple with pork, too. Something magical occurs when marrying apple & pork. :yum:
  18. Maelinde

    How do you cook your pork chops?

    I have some boneless pork sirloin chops in the freezer - plan on cooking them next week. Do you guys think that cooking them in some apple ale will work well? Randy thinks that simply using some apple juice and cheap beer would be a better choice, but we have some Redd's, so I was curious...
  19. Maelinde

    Tuesday menu-May 19th

    Tonight we are having Bratwurst with caramelized onions with sautéed fresh Campari tomato slices, and a salad of mixed greens with vinaigrette dressing. I've been craving Bratwurst for awhile now and I'm very excited. :yum:
  20. Maelinde

    The Best You Ever Had?

    Best Crepe Ever This is going to sound really odd, but the best crepe I've ever had was at the local Renaissance Faire! They make them fresh right in front of you and you get to pick the ingredients. I had diced ham, mushrooms, spinach, cheddar cheese & garlic mayo. It was DIVINE! We only...
  21. Maelinde

    Favorite Beer?

    I don't drink a lot of beer, but there are a few that I like. My current favorite is Sierra Nevada Porter, followed by Shiner Bock & Ziegen Bock. The latter two brewed in TX. When we first moved to TX, we tried Lone Star once. That was awful. :wacko: Randy loves Guinness and other dark...
  22. Maelinde

    ISO feedback/observations w/slow cookers

    I use my crock pot/ slow cooker frequently, especially when the weather turns warm. I make stews & soups, lamb shanks in beef broth, pulled pork, shredded beef for tacos, Wassail in the winter, and more than I can bring to mind right now. It is such a useful kitchen appliance for me. I...
  23. Maelinde

    Who are your favorite TV chefs?

    My favorite TV chefs would have to be Rick Bayless, Jaques Pepin, Martin Yan, and Lidia from Lidia's Kitchen. Can't forget Julia, either! All of those are on our local PBS affiliate KERA. I've learned much from I do like some of the Food Network chefs/shows. I really like "The Kitchen" on...
  24. Maelinde

    The Best You Ever Had?

    Best Shrimp Dish Ever I'm going to have to say that the best shrimp dish I've ever had is called the Camarones Carlos y Charlie's at Mariano's Mexican Restaurant in Arlington, TX. This is bacon wrapped, cheese stuffed shrimp with a crab meat dipping sauce. Definitely to die for! Haven't been...
  25. Maelinde

    How do you cook your pork chops?

    If you have access to a Penzey's, try the BBQ 3000. I use it on pulled pork, pork tenderloin, and pork chops all the time. It makes pork taste better than amazing. If you're not close to a Penzey's, you can go to and order it. I get it by the bag because we use it so much...
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