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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / What's on your shopping list every week?? on: August 13, 2008 10:58:02 AM
What's on your shopping list every week??      What's on your shopping list every week??  I'm getting into a rutt, again.
Here are my staples:
I check the local adds to see what meat is on sale, then decide which of the stores I will stop at that week. We have 4 grocery chains, I don't do more then 2 a week, more like 2 every 10 days or so.
I get stew meat, chicken breast or thights, maybe a turkey breast, chops if they are on a good sale, same with cube steak or steak tips or a roast.

then each week I buy: baby carrots, a mellon or two, juice to make flavored ice cubes & to make home made jello,  loaf of bread or sandwich wraps / tortillas. a bag or two of frozen veggies (usually one bag mixed then a bag of lima beans, or peas or green beans), granny smith apples. if i have been good a pint of ben & jerrys, sour cream, fresh berries if on sale, yogurt(large tub of plain low fat & a few small serves of flavored), skim milk, vanilla soy milk. fresh veggies.   bags of salad mix & baby spinaach.  1/3 pound or so of deli tureky or ham to top salads with.   sour dough pretzle nuggets.

staples I keep stocked up on: Extra virgin olive oil, spicees (sea salt in grinder, pepper in grinder, parm cheese in grinder, parsely flakes, garlic  minced in jar, whole garlic when onsale, Chinese 5 spice, cinnamon, ) white rice, brown rice, whole wheat pasta,   cereal (LOTS of cereal I mix a plain cereial (grape nuts, cheerios, rice crispies) with a sugar cereal (fruit loops, cinnamon toast crunch, cinnamon life.), also stock up on Special K red Berries, Special K Chocoalte if on sale.  butter (cut sticks in quarters & freeze in zipper bag), vinigar.  knox unfalv gelitin packets. canned tomaotes & tomatoe paste.  stewed tomaotes.  jars  & cans of picekles & oilives. chick peas.  lemons & limes if on sale or juice  or true lemon & true lime.   mustard, honey, hot sauce.   pop corn kernals.  tea bags  & herbal tea bags. (loving Lipson Pyramid Teas, get when On sale & with coupon.)

wow.  I guess I do keep alot more on hand then I thought... just hitting a rutt with my cooking....


2  COOKING / Dessert / cupcake decorating suggestions?? on: August 01, 2008 09:27:09 AM
I have to make cupcakes for a party... Hard to refuse a sweet faced 8 yr old boy asking for cupcakes right?

Well he wants chocolate cup cakes with chocolate frosting with something to look like grass... we are adding gummy earth worms to the top,,,,ugh  not crazy colored gummy worms  but brownish reddish gummy Earth Worms  yumm.

I was gonna do devils food cake  chocolate frostinhg then sprinkle with crushed oreos to look like dirt... no go,  he dosen't like oreos.   What??!!  kid dosen't like oreos??
So I said  what abt coconut tinted green for grass??  nope  he is allergic to coconut...
Mom allso asked that I not use sanding sugar  ....
What can I get to look like grass??? on top of chocolate frosting??
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Paemeal baccon?? Canadian baccon on: July 29, 2008 12:26:22 PM
What to do with it?? I have 1 2.5 kg pieceof slced PeaMeal Baccon in freezer...
Any suggestions??
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / looking for "tacks" with points on each end?? on: July 25, 2008 10:46:07 AM
these were in a kit for hanging pictures just a small tac but points at both ends ... any one know what they arecalled?? where to buy more??
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / White Trash cooking RedNeck recipies ?? on: May 25, 2008 10:20:07 AM
A friend of mine has a big theme party each summer. This time around it is red neck / white trash. There are usually 100+ people there & lots & lots of food. every one brings dishes to shre, so the dish doesn't have to feed 100 but be generous. I signed up for dessert & appitizer.

 LOL  I am going to do a huge platter of twinkies, red zinggers & the other twinkie like cake, the one with chocolte frosting. I will cut the cakes in half & arrange them beautifully on a big plastic $ tree platter.  For one of my dessert....

  The food is set up in a closed area with ac so heat & pests are not a conncern ...
What do you suggest for appitizers??
I think i'll try to do a few differnt fingers foods.

Maybe ham spred with cream cheese & wrapped around a pickel. Pop a couple toothpicks i there & cut into bite size pieces. Just to be an ass I'll also do a few cheese balls ( the chrunch cheetos type oes) with tooh picks as well.

What otehr white trash apps are good?? 


6  COOKING / Dessert / Redneck Cooking White trash recipies?? on: May 25, 2008 10:16:22 AM
A friend of mine has a big theme party each summer. This time around it is red neck / white trash. There are usually 100+ people there & lots & lots of food. every one brings dishes to shre, so the dish doesn't have to feed 100 but be generous. I signed up for dessert & appitizer.

My first thought was a couple differnt Jello Molds, but being red neck she is giving J-ello it's own catargory!! LOL  I am going to do a huge platter of twinkies, red zinggers & the other twinkie like cake, the one with chocolte frosting. I will cut the cakes in half & arrange them beautifully on a big plastic $ tree platter.
But I want to make a dessert too.  The food is set up in a closed area with ac so heat & pests are not a conncern ...

What do you suggest??  What is your fav white trash sweet??
7  New York / New York: West / Karma Knitting? Main Street Williamsville on: April 18, 2008 08:04:19 PM
I was on Main St in WIlliamsville & saw a store front... Karma Knitting
Looked interesting.
Actually what caught my eye first was the woman opening up the door. He was older with rather short very dark reddish-purpuley-burnagandy hair.  She had on a cool flowy top & was pushing a grocery cart (not like a "Tops Friendly Markets" cart, but one of those ones that looks like a hamper on wheels.) across the top of the cart was a large tree limb/perch with a green parrot on it.
I wish I had time to stop. I will be going back there.
I want to meet that lady.  Wink
THe store had some very intersting looking hand painted umbrellas it he windows too.
Anyone been therE?
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Jello shooters on: March 03, 2008 08:27:13 PM
I was searing for drink options for  an up comming party... Jello shos it think it will be.

We are going to choose 4 or 5 diffent ones & do those with some merinated fruit....
From doing searches here on crafster & on line here are some of my favs so far....

ANY TO ADD??   any to add??  ANY TO ADD ??
http://megan.scatterbrain.org/notmartha/tomake/jellofruit.html    make jello in citrus fruit peels, faux fruit.

From batgirl: I have started making it with tea in place of water. Today I made orange jello with hibiscus tea, and it was pretty tasty! I may try Earl Grey with lemon jello next! This is probably not the next culinary revolution, but I am looking forward to trying out new combinations! OK, it's not ice cream, but it's a nice, cool summer treat!

From imdee: I've heard of making jello with juice, but not tea.  I have some spiced tea that might be good in jello. 


From:   SammyB   Reminds me of making Jell-o shots in ice cube trays with lime Jell-o and Seagram's Lime Twist Gin.  Actually was pretty good.  I recommed it.  Grapefruit Twist Gin with anything is REALLY bad, though.

From this site:   http://www.myscienceproject.org/j-shot-3.html      Lime Jell-O:
Absolut Citron Crisp and lively citrus flavor.
Tequila Plain tequila and lime is the quick and dirty way to make a margarita shot.

Cherry Jell-O:
Amaretto An excellent combination, tastes like the syrup from a jar of maraschino cherries. Can be overly sweet if you add too much.
Peach schnapps Mild but flavorful, tastes like candy.
Crme de cacao This creates a chocolate/cherry flavor with more complexity than average. Too much of the liqueur tastes bitter.


Orange Jell-O:
Peach Schnapps Use for a Fuzzy Navel effect. Sweet and mellow flavor.
Tequila Tangy and spicy, the orange really smooths out the tequila.
Captain Morgans - Sweet and spicy, would be good for the holidays.
Amaretto Tastes like a creamsicle or Orange Julius.
Malibu Very smooth, pleasant coconut aftertaste.
Southern Comfort Sweet with a bit more alcoholic bite and edge than schnapps.

Lemon Jell-O:
Absolut Citron Tart and clean, like a lemondrop but not as sweet.

Watermelon Jell-O:
Sour Apple Schnapps Fantastic flavor, tastes exactly like a Jolly Rancher candy.
Tequila Complex, tangy flavor, has a bite to it.
Midori Sweet, more of a generic melon flavor.

Strawberry Jell-O:
Peach Schnapps Sweet and candylike.
White rum The quick and dirty strawberry daiquiri.
Tequila Peppery, tangy, not overly sweet.
Sour Apple Schnapps The schnapps enhances the berry flavor for a sweet/tart effect.
Midori Fruity, tastes a bit like bubblegum.

Peach Jell-O:
Malibu Very smooth, alcohol flavor almost unnoticeable.
Captain Morgans Tastes like peach pie, a little spicy.
Southern Comfort Sweet, with a mild bourbon flavor.
Peach Schnapps Very, very sweet and very peachy.
Sour Apple Schnapps Tastes like Sweetarts.

Raspberry Jell-O:
Peach Schnapps Fruity, sweet, tastes like red Twizzlers.
Midori Very sweet, fruity, tastes like bubble gum.

Berry Blue Jell-O:
Honestly, we couldnt find anything that tasted good with the blue Jell-O. Maybe because its a terrible flavor to begin with. Absolut Kurant might work. One reader suggested 99 Berries liqueur.

A couple of readers suggested pineapple Jell-O and Malibu, for a pina colada effect, but we were unable to find pineapple Jell-O


ming:  my husband and i have made sapphire gin and tonic jello shots on limes. basically buy regular gelatin, melt it down with the mixture of gin and tonic water, and refrigerate it until it's ready. then we cut them into squares and placed them on sliced limes. they're a kind of "sophisticated" take on jello shots. big hit at the party though 

girly pirate:  i've made jello shooters with fresh strawberries in them and a little lime juice with tequila.  doing them out of frozen sugar-rimmed glasses was like the ultimate margarita.  so good.


dogswife:  My daughter and I just made about 300 jello shooters for karaoke night at her bar. They are really easy to do. We used 2 small packages of watermelon jello and 2 cups watermelon pucker up booze for each recipe. You boil 2 cups of water and dissolve the jello and then mix in the booze and pour into 1oz cups. You get about 50 of the 1oz cups per recipe. We also used peach jello and peach schnapps and grape jello and grape pucker up schnapps. The flavors are unlimited. We've used bahama mama, vanilla vodka and orange jello, just wander thru the booze isle and come up with all kinds of mixtures. We had a blast.

From this stie:   http://www.kegworks.com/company/jello-shot-recipes   (msny moretoo)

Squirm Shots     2 cups vodka     3 cups water     3 (3 oz) packages Jello    Gummy worms
Bring water to a boil and remove from heat. Dissolve the Jello in boiling water, stirring at least 2 minutes until gelatin is dissolved. Stir in ice-cold water and vodka. Pour mixture into shot glasses or paper cups. Before they get firm, add a gummy worm to each glass. Let set in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.




 KEYWORDS for search purposes: Jello, Jell-o, shots, shooters,
9  COOKING / Dessert / Baking frenzy: Leprechan chowder, Leprechan pie & soft cookies OH MY! on: February 28, 2008 09:02:33 AM
I couldn't sleep last night. After doing some research I went on a dessert frenzy. (they have all since been distributed to family, neighbors & friends, spread the calories around...)

I made a fast and easy carrot cake (origal recipe was on Kraft. I didn't add the jello.) http://www.kraftfoods.com/kf/recipes/recipedetail.htm?recipe_id=108283&e=email   

I added abt 2 1/4 cups finely shredded carrot. 1 cup peacans & used a mix of golden rasins & dried cranberries (thank you $Tree)


I also made a pudding pie (Leprechan Pie)...it turned out incredible. (Had to do a test run, I am going to make these for St. Patricks Day)

For the crust I used this recipe as a basis...     
http://www.kraftfoods.com/kf/recipes/recipedetail.htm?recipe_id=108697&e=email

I used shortbread rather than nilla wafers for the crust. The crust is awesome.
For the filling I mixed 2 packages of Pistashio Pudding with 1/2 the amount of milk suggested on the package.
I poured half of this into the pie. then mixed the remaining half with 2 cups cool whip & poured that on top of the pudding.

NOTE: My neighbor just called me, Her daughters had some of the pie after lunch, they said it would be even better with chocolate in it. (they are 3 & 5 I guess they haven't figured out that alomst EVERYTHING is better with chocolate in it!!) Next time I think I'll chop up a couple 3 Muskateer Bars (or a handfull of milk chocolate chips) & sprinkle over the crust as soon as it comes out of oven. I think they would melt a bit so they can be spread evenly on th ebottom.


I am also making Leprechan Chowder for my neices & nephews. I am using small gladware type containers & green plastic mini spoons (like the ones that come with an invividual serivng ice cream cup. Like Hoodies or Skippy Cups.)
http://www.craftsayings.com/projects/holidays/st_patrick/leprechaun_chowder/index.shtml



... A note on soft cookies.
We found this out by mistake when making Valentine's Day Cookies.
We used the Pillbury Rolls of gingerbread cookie dough (I didn't even know thy made Gingerbread flavor. They were due to expire like a week later, $ Tree had them on sale two rolls for $1!!)
We baked them, but needed to cool them quickly so we let them sit till the pan was cool enough to handle then slid the whole pan in the freeezer for about 10 mins. The cookies stayed moist for days. I don't know if this is just whith that typle of dough  or all cookies???!! 
10  COOKING / Dessert / No bake Cheese Cake on: February 22, 2008 08:41:13 AM
I make this pretty often, I love it becaue you can change it up so many diff ways ...
Here is the basic recipe:
2 pkg.  (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened ( I usually use low fat, not fat free)
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups  thawed COOL WHIP ( I usually use light)
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla     
BEAT cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gently stir in whipped topping.
This will fill a 9 inch pie crust  or double will fill a 9 by 13 pan.

Now for the fun part....  SO many ways to change up & add toppings.

Add almost any flavor extract in place of vanilla.
add citrus zest  or chopped fruit in the batter  or arrange slices of fruit on top.
Chop a couple of your favorite candy bars & and sprinkle over top  OR nuke them & stir till smooth then drizzle over top.
use any of the  diff flavored cool whips in place of reg cool whip. ( inow they make vanilla & chocolte not sure what else)

What's you fav flavor for cheese cake??

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