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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: New Vegetarian on: December 31, 2004 12:12:00 PM
I put this in another post but add here too, because it is just too good not to share.

Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. After I got this cookbook and used it, I sold the rest back to the book store.

It has a lot of recipes that appeal to meat eaters, if you like to entertain and that's nice, but the best part about it is that many of the recipes need only a few ingredients, often stuff you have already: olive oil, eggs, garlic, etc.

For example, in my neck of the woods we get an organic box of produce delivered to us weekly. We never know what we're going to get, but no matter what it is, I know Ms. Madison has a recipe, and I can make it without going to the store.

The other great thing is that she gives a lot of great suggestions on how to modify the recipes to suit your needs. So like say you've got a bunch of different vegetables, there may not be a specific recipe using all of them, but she shows you how to roast them, braise them, steam them and make any kind of delicious sauce to put over them. And it's all delicious!

There's also desserts and breads and stuff you may never have heard of like roulades and galettes, which sound fancy, but are easy to make and a hit with everyone. I guess that's why it's called: Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Apple Cider on: December 31, 2004 11:54:48 AM
Apple cider gets even better with brandy in it. I'm serious!
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Stale Old Corn Chips: ooo la la...delish! on: December 31, 2004 11:53:22 AM
I got this general idea from Deborah Madison's cookbook Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone - really the only vegetarian cookbook anyone needs. I'm serious!

So today, I tried the these migas-style eggs for breakfast:

In a bowl, I covered some leftover stale corn chips (about a 1/2 cup) with soy milk. Added four beaten eggs and let them all soak together while I sauteed some other left over green pepper and veggie sausage. When the pepper was soft and the sausage browned I added the eggs and scrambled.

Served with a little grated pepper jack on top and couple dashes of Tapatio, and the old man was satisfied!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Airplanes & Knitting - Do they mix? on: December 01, 2004 06:23:12 AM
I just got back from two different trips out of town via planes and got a huge amount of knitting done - I really recommend circular needles on planes (particularly the Denise set, since those are made to get by the security checks) - simply b/c they don't take up nearly as much space in your lap and don't poke the people sitting next to you. I usually put the ball of yarn in a bag that I place at my feet, and pull the yarn up from there. I hope you get loads of knitting done on your trip! I really find that it makes the time go faster and I feel very productive at the end of my journey...

The Denise set sounds like a wise purchase. Any suggestions on small circular needle projects... maybe some things that would make good christmas presents... I've used dpn's but never circulars.

Thank you for your knowledge.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Airplanes & Knitting - Do they mix? on: November 30, 2004 08:37:30 PM
Hey gang,

Does anyone know of any kind of knitting needles that can be taken on a plane? Like maybe some kind of soft circular? What about crochet hooks?

Or do any of you have other suggestions on how to enjoy fiber arts at 3,000 feet?

Leaving on a jet plane,

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Need simple scarf pattern! on: November 28, 2004 04:19:48 PM
You could also do a seed stitch so each row alternates purl-knit-purl vertically as well as horizontally. It make a nice subtle texture.

Row 1
p1 k1 p1 k1....

p1 k1 p1 k1....

repeat until desire length

or a basket stitch which is basically the same type of alternating deal except it's in pairs like -  p2 k2 p2 k2...

You can jazz up a simple stitch with a nice tweedy or variegated yarn too. Really the key is an outstanding yarn. Just don't skimp at Wal-Mart!

7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Hubbard Squash - A YELLOW ALERT on: November 20, 2004 10:57:58 AM
You can put a big, sturdy cleaver in it and whack the cleaver with a rubber mallet (surely you have a rubber mallet?). I think I saw this technique on "Good Eats."

Thanks for the suggestions. I really like the cleaver + rubber mallet technique. Of course I have neither, but I love squash so... it will be a worthy investment. But just so I can justify it... what other kinds of things can you do with a cleaver and a rubber mallet?

Also, I've left the squash out in the garden since they ripened in September. Is this okay storage? I was thinking they're the type of thing you can keep for a while, and I figure it's nice and chilly out there. I'm not sure I could fit even one onto a refrigerator shelf.  What do you think?

Best regards,

8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Hubbard Squash - A YELLOW ALERT on: November 19, 2004 02:36:39 PM
Ummm it's these hubbard squashes, see. I have about 5 of them in my garden, and they're each about the size of a big turkey. Now, I've heard that these hubbards have some of the sweetest flesh and taste even better than pumpkin in pies, however having cooked squash before, I know they can be a real tough mother: impossible to peel and impossible to cut. How do I deal with squash of this girth?!

These are the solutions I've come up with so far:
1) Hacksaw
2) Sledge hammer and splitter
3) Drop it off the roof onto the side walk

These solutions seem awfully extreme, don't you think? Does anyone have a more rational way?

Thank you for your Christian charity,

9  COOKING / Dessert / Re: RED ALERT! Need Impressive Holiday Dessert Recipe! on: November 19, 2004 02:23:13 PM
WEll, here's what looks like the Nov. 2003 Cook's Illustrated spiced pumpkin cheesecake (it's a very long diary-style description of mayking it).  Is this what you were looking for?


Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You're saved my bacon!

It is a wonderful, though time intensive, recipe and I encourage all of you to give it a try this holiday season. (Twenty pants-less people can't be wrong.) I don't even like cheesecake, but this one? This one is a miracle.

God Bless You,

10  COOKING / Dessert / RED ALERT! Need Impressive Holiday Dessert Recipe! on: November 17, 2004 09:03:47 PM
Cripes! I've lost my pumpkin cheesecake recipe from Cook's Illustrated magazine, and Thanksgiving is BEARING DOWN upon us.

I desperatley need a solution--- a dessert recipe that is so impressive, guests will gorge themselves with seconds and thirds and fourths until they have to take their pants off they're so fat and delighted.

Does anyone have any suggestions that can accomplish this?
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