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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Peacock Costume needs some problem solving! on: September 05, 2008 11:56:37 AM
Since you are doing a stylized peacock costume, why not make a standing collar of peacock feathers... you know... one of those huge ones they are always throwing out on project runway. You could have the feathers come up from you shoulders and the back of your neck.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Just realized I haven't posted here in a while (dresses) on: September 05, 2008 11:51:54 AM
I really love you in the navy eyelet dress. Very cute.
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Tried and True on: March 02, 2008 03:58:55 PM
Anyone have any tried and true recipes that they would be willing to share? You know, the ones that ALWAYS turn out perfectly -- the ones that people always want the recipe for -- or the ones that are your family favorite!

One of mine follows:

Southwestern Chicken Soup

49 1/2 ounces chicken broth, 1 can; reduced sodium
14 1/2 ounces diced tomatoes, 1 can
14 1/2 ounces tomatoes, 1 can; diced
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2" pieces
1 large onion, chopped
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, minced
4 ounces green chiles, 1 can; chopped
1 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cups frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
4 ounces tortilla chips
4 oz reduced fat cheddar cheese, 1 cup (or mexican blend)

In large saucepan, combine first twelve ingredients. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hr. Add corn, cool 10 minutes longer. Top each serving with tortilla chips, sprinkle with cheese.

Yields: 8 servings.

I store my recipes in Mastercook, so I can even give yout he nutrition info:

Per Serving: 273 Calories; 7g Fat (23.4% calories from fat); 24g Protein; 30g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 36mg Cholesterol; 772mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain(Starch); 2 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 1 Fat.

This recipe is delish and soooooo easy!

4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Favorite "Weird" Food? on: March 02, 2008 03:49:57 PM
My favorite "weird food" would have to be my Nanny's chocolate gravy. Mmmmmmm. (It's basically a chocolate sauce, that is made with flour and cocoa.) My grandma passed away, but I still have the recipe and it reminds me of her soooooo much, whenever I taste it!
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Rice add ins? on: March 02, 2008 03:47:17 PM
Are you a vegetarian or no?
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Southern Cooking on: March 02, 2008 03:44:37 PM
As a true Southerner, I suggest making sun tea. My mom makes it and although I will drink some other tea, I never like it as much. If it isn't sunny at home, I don't even let her make tea on the stove. I don't know if anyone else makes it this way, but it is so so much better.
My mother used to make it when we were little, but now, she only does it when the notion strikes her.  I'm the only person I know who doesn't like it, but it is rather popular around here, too.

I think the reason sun tea is better, to many people, is that a lot of people overcook their tea. Best way to avoid this, and get the taste of sun tea (without having it sit in the sun all day) is to heat the water, turn it off and THEN add your tea bags. Boiling the tea bags will give you a more bitter tea.
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: No Knead Bread on: March 02, 2008 12:19:31 AM
Cook's Illustrated has podcast, which I subscribe to. (It's free, if anyone is interested.) Anywho -- they were reviewing this recipe and they basically said that, while it is good, it could be improved. You can find their improvments here. I am planning to try their version. I recommend checking out the podcast, if you have ITunes, because it explains why they made the changes that they did make. (Their version DOES have to be kneaded, but only about 12 quick kneads.) It's supposedly much more flavorful though.

8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Interesting sushi roll on: March 02, 2008 12:13:45 AM
In Hawaii, they have Spam sushi. Talk about odd. But we lived there for three years, and I have to tell you that Hawaii loves all things Spam!  Cheesy
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: help? what sorts of candies/foods are unique to the US? on: March 02, 2008 12:00:21 AM
My local grocery store sells Pineapple Fanta, here in Texas, USA. I think we probably have it around here because of our large hispanic population. We get a lot of tropical flavors because of their influence. Also, you can get Kindereggs here, but they are usually in the German specialty section of stores. (We have a huge German population in Texas too.)

One of my favorite candies is Maple Nut Goodies. They are one of those old-fashioned candies that are sold in bags. They usually hang on hooks in the candy aisle, instead of being in boxes. Are those available outside of the States? How about Almond Roca? I know that was VERY popular in Washington state, when we lived there. Anyone outside of the U.S. had it?
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Mochi? on: March 01, 2008 10:24:57 AM
While this is obviously NOT what you are looking for... I wanted to share a link that's somewhat related. In Hawaii, a popular dish is Poi Mochi. An interesting combination of Hawaiian and Asian foods:


They are delicious. (Though I rarely eat them because they are deep fried.)
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