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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: how do you make mushrooms appetizing? on: March 03, 2010 03:18:58 PM
I am not a huge mushroom fan either - my husband however is, so I've put some work into finding ways to cook them that can be enjoyable for both of us.

One of my favorites is to cook sliced portabellas in butter - Earth Balance works too- over low heat in a skillet, until they are cooked down and quite soft, with the addition of some salt and pepper, and sometimes some fresh garlic.  This gives them a great flavor, and the texture isn't bad.  This works with other mushroom varieties pretty well, portabellos are just my favorite. 

I use this same method with portabellos and button mushrooms, sometimes adding an onion to cook down with them, add some additional butter once they are cooked down, some fresh herbs, garlic and parmesan cheese to make a sauce for pasta. 

I have been a vegetarian for a long time, and I like most vegetables, but have never had the love for mushrooms that many of my fellow veggies do.   
2  COOKING / Dessert / Re: My Most Favorite Cookie Recipie! Cake Cookies! on: February 10, 2010 12:17:25 PM
I use a much simpler recipe, sometimes mix in extra ingredients (chocolate cake mix with chopped andes mints, or chocolate chips and pecans, for example).  My favorites (and the ones that get the rave reviews) are lemon, strawberry or butter pecan(which, sadly, I am no longer able to find locally).  I've tried all different flavors and brands of cake mix, and all have turned out well.

The recipe:
Mix 1 box cake mix, 1/3 c oil and 2 eggs (or 3 egg whites if using white cake).  Roll into 1 inch balls, then flatten with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar.  Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes (I stick closer to 8 minutes, I like them really soft). 

I know the lemon sounds weird, but just try it - totally delicious, and totally easy.  These are my go-to cookies when cookies are needed and I don't really have the time to bake (school bake sales, kids lunches). 
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Kingston Bug on: March 24, 2009 03:57:36 PM
Wow.  Growing up those things scared the daylights out of me - I am usually not afraid of bugs, but those things give me the creeps.  I haven't seen one in years - I don't think we have them where I live now.  Your painting is very realistic, sent a shiver down my spine seeing it on the main page. 

As for house centipede stories, one fell in my hair once when I was lying on the floor in our living room watching TV.  Another lept into the shower while I was showering, and I jumped out screaming - my mom came running in, thinking something terrible had happened.  My husband always tries to find them when we are at my parents' house, so he can torture me with them.
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: How hard can it be to teach 3rd, 4rd, and 5th graders amigurumi?? on: February 22, 2009 08:42:26 PM
It might be tough for the younger ones, motor-skills wise. My younger son is in 3rd grade (8 years old), and I have been trying to teach him to crochet for a few months.  Even chain stitch has proved very difficult and frustrating, and more than one of our trials have ended up with him in tears.  My older son is in 5th grade (10 years old), and has much better fine motor skills than his brother.  He had a difficult time with chain stitch at first, but caught on after a few days of trying.  But he has not gotten proficient enough to do single crochet yet.

Both of them are very motivated and want to do it (they see all the cute stuff mom is making, and want to get in on the action), it has just proved very difficult for them.  I was around 8 when I started to learn, and I caught on fairly quickly.

I think its worth a try, but definitely have a backup plan for those that struggle with it, or something you can switch the whole group to if it proves too difficult.

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: the Gir Hat on: February 12, 2009 10:04:47 AM
Oh.  My god.  That is awesome.

I have to make one of these for my son.  I think he would never take it off!
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Does anyone have any good Vegetarian/Vegan diabetic recipes? on: June 13, 2008 10:40:41 PM
My mother was diagnosed with diabetes about a year ago.  Her Dr encouraged her to follow a high protein, low-carb diet.  However, she had been a vegetarian for almost 10 years, and that wasn't going to fly for her.  She did her own research, and has been following Dr Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes.  Dr. Barnard has a whole different idea about how diabetes works than the traditional view, and therefore a different way to go about controlling it.  My mom has been able to go off the drugs they put her on in the beginning, and keep her diabetes well under control.  The diet takes dedication, especially in the beginning.  It is very low fat, completely vegan.  You are limited on how much carbs like bread, pasta, etc you eat, but not on veggies or the like.  Like vegetarianism, it is a change in lifestyle more than a diet".  My mom has been on the diet for almost a year, and she is doing great - she is healthier than she has been in a long time, has lost some weight, and now that she's been doing it for awhile, has no problem following the diet consistently.  The only difficulty she has is in eating out, especially when she's not close to home and doesn't know the local places.

There is a growing body of research that a low-fat, vegan diet can control, and possibly even reverse diabetes. 

Over the next few years, I plan to transition myself and my family into a similar diet - diabetes runs heavily in my family, and while I have been a veg since high school and am very healthy, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. 

Re: the apples with PB mentioned by Bela-Kiss.  Proteins and fats take longer than carbs to digest - eating protein with your carbs slows down the digestion process, preventing a blood sugar spike, and making you feel full for longer. (ok, its a little more complicated than that, but that's the gist of it). 
7  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Tofu Marinades? on: June 13, 2008 10:13:34 PM
On of my family's favorites is pineapple juice, teriyaki sauce and brown sugar. I've only ever made this on the grill, and it turns out great.  Usually serve it with grilled pineapple.  Yum Yum Yum

8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: what to put in wontons on: September 05, 2004 08:48:25 AM
MMMM wontons.

I know you said no cabbage but I make yummy veggie ones with shredded cabbage, carrot, cilantro, green onions, garlic and ginger, a little teriyaki sauce.  I pan fry mine instead of deep frying, a lot less fat-put a couple Tbsp of oil in a nonstick pan, fry em until the bottom browns, then throw in a couple Tbsp of water, and put the lid on the pan(so the top steams). 

I also make yummy veggie wonton soup.  Cook up  half a pack of frozen chopped spinach(thawed and drained), come chopped water chestnuts, green onions, ginger and garlic in some oil, season to taste, fill and fold the wontons.  Then cook em in some veggie broth with carrots and green onions.  I usually make a double batch of these and freeze half, it makes a quick dinner later.

If anyone wants the real recipes with measurements and stuff, let me know and I'll post em.

I also make dessert ones with cherry or apple pie filling in em.

All this is making me hungry.  I think we're having an all wonton dinner tonight...
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