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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: can someone explain American food to an Aussie?? on: June 21, 2006 02:03:38 PM
to the tennessee girl: about the biscuits w/ chocolate gravy, you didn't by chance call it something weird like "chocolate to eat" did you?  my grandma made that sometimes growing up and they always called it by some weird, somewhat obvious sounding name.  i think it was "chocolate-to-eat" , but i can't remember.
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: can someone explain American food to an Aussie?? on: May 10, 2006 07:42:19 PM
actually, coriander can refer to both the seed and the leaf.  whether a recipe calls for 'coriander', 'coriander seed', 'ground coriander', or 'cilantro' has more to do with the type of cuisine.  'cilantro' is the spanish word and that's why it's usually the one used in mexican or tex-mex recipes, whereas coriander is the english word and is found in indian recipes. 
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: can someone explain American food to an Aussie?? on: May 09, 2006 10:54:41 PM
this board answers so many questions...about my mother.  she grew up in nashville, but i was raised in ohio.  some of my mother's eating behaviour's that i failed to adopt:  the karo syrup on pancakes, sorgum molasses (sp?), copious amounts of butter on everything, salt on everything (including fresh tomatos eaten like an apple), catfish, leftover thanksgiving sandwichies consisting only of turkey, white bread, loads of butter, salt, and pepper.  some of the foods that i'm hooked on:  biscuits (of course), collard greens (although i make my own vegetarian version that's actually pretty good), molasses cookies, pecan pie, fried ocra, and more.  i also thought that tea was naturally sweet for a long time.  i never even thought i liked iced tea until i discovered that you could have it unsweetened. 
4  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Re: Thinking about moving to Portland on: October 31, 2005 01:15:29 PM
My advice would be to make sure you know exactly how much Americorps is going to help you with housing and if you have money saved up/ parents that can help if or when money gets tight.  I hate to be the voice of doom, but I did Americorps Vista for a year in Columbus, OH and money was extremely tight.  If my parents had not been willing to help me buy groceries a few times, I just wouldn't have had food.  Of course, you will probably be eliigible for food stamps.  But the reason my warning is so strong is that, I recently moved to Portland and my rent here is almost twice as much, despite the fact that I live in a modest apartment with roommates.  While Americorps claims to adjust living allowances according to cost of living, there adjustments do not always hit the mark.  For example, my living allowance in Columbus was about $20 more per month than a friend who was working in the rural southeastern Appalachian part of the state, where rents and such are dramatically cheaper.  So now, that I have that out of the way.  If you do have back up money or your program is going to really help you with housing, then, Portland is definitely a great place to be.  I love it out here.  I hope this makes sense.  Sorry.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Unconditional CD Swap on: October 30, 2005 11:37:56 AM
I've been so busy!  I got a great CD in the mail earlier this week from Oh sweetie.  Thanks so much.  I played it at work and everybody loved it.  Here's the playlist:

Ain't no room for banjo in the suburbs

1. shutterbug/ arlo
2. tightly/ neko case
3. indian summer/ pdero the lion
4. once around the block/ badly drawn boy
5. family tree/ ben kweller
6. cause = time/ broken social scene
7. heart is there/ the pillows
8. lodestar/ sarah hormer
9. sould meets body/ death cab for cutie
10. the littlest birds/ the be good tanyas
11. turning over/ danbern
12. throw some dirt on me/ rae spoon
13. miss being mrs./ loretta lynn
14. when the day is short/ martha wainwright
15. sunken-eyed girl/ mike doughty
16. carrion/ british sea power
17. speak slow/ tegan and sara
18. funtimes baby/ rip slyme
19. the twilight/ cut copy

Thanks so much!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: kitty scarf on: October 04, 2005 11:10:43 PM
your cat is adorable and i think a larger version of that would look very nice on a person.
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Unconditional CD swap (October) on: October 02, 2005 01:22:43 PM
NAME:  terin
PREFERED FORMAT: normal or mp3

Black Heart Procession
Talking Heads
Bob Dylan
Belle & Sebastion

rock, post-punk, indie or whatever you want to call themSonic Youth/Breeders/Fugazi/My Bloody Valentine/Les Savy Fav/Dinosaur Jr./Guided by Voices/Throwing Muses/Fiery Furnaces/Arcade Fire/The Books/The Smiths/Talking Heads/Patti Smith/David Bowie/Jimi Hendrix/Velvet Underground/Beck, etc.

old country & bluesLucinda Williams/Johnny Cash/Patsy Cline/Otis Redding/Muddy Waters, etc.

crazy jazzAlbert Ayler/John Coltraine/Vandermark 5, etc.

hip-hopA Tribe Called Quest/the Roots/Pharcyde/Blackaliscious/Outkast/RJD2/De La Soul, etc.

any of the above.  i'm a little slow to catch on to the new stuff these days, so if you can catch me up to speed, great!

8  COOKING / Dessert / Re: I need a good carrot Cake Recipe on: October 01, 2005 02:12:45 PM
Okay.  I'll give you one more to choose from.  This recipe is from The Grit Restaurant Cookbook, The Grit being a fantastic restaurant in Athens, Georgia.  I made this for a friend's birthday and it turned out great.

3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons freshly ground cinnamon
1-1/2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
Genourous pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
Pinch of freshly ground clove
6 beaten eggs, at room temperature
3 cups sugar
2 cups vegetable oil
4 cups shredded carrots
1-1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 generous cup dried sweetened cranberries

To prepare cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 3 (9-inch) round cake pans, dust with flour, and line bottom with parchment or wax paper.
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and clove in a large bowl.  Thoroughly mix eggs, sugar, and vegetable oil and stir together with flour mixture until fully combined.  Add carrots, walnuts, and cranberries and stir until fully combined.  Divide batter evenly into prepared pans.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes or just until a knife or toothpick inserted in the center of layers comes out clean.  Remove from oven, cool 15 to 20 minutes on a wire rack, and remove from pans.  Allow layers to cool completely before icing.

2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, slightly softened and cut into small pieces)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
4 cups powdered confectioners' sugar, sifted
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth.  Add butter and beat until smooth, creamy, and fully combined.  Add powedered confectioners' sugar and vanilla extract and beat slowly until sugar is incorporated.  Continue to beat util consistency is extremely smooth and fluffy.

Icing the Cake:
Frost between layers, and top and sides of cake.  Sprinkle lighly with crushed walnuts on top.

Note: This dark-colored cake has a large crumb which sometimes comes loose and can show through the white icing.  It may be useful to apply a crumb coating-- a very thin initial coating of icing to trap crumbs.  After applying, place cake in the freezer for a few minutes to solidify crumb coat and proceed with a clean, crumb-free spatula to decorate cake with remaining icing.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: 6 way indie rock CD swap on: September 16, 2005 10:44:15 AM
i'm interested.
10  Ohio / Ohio: Southwest / Re: Dayton Area Craft/Thrifting on: August 10, 2005 06:52:52 PM
Creepy Jesus: My friends are now referring to it as the "Solid as a Rock Jesus"

holy crap!  i saw it and it is real and i will never be the same.  i drove by that church a million times when i was younger and always though the church itself was a tad rediculous.  well, i live in columbus now (and generally avoid that stretch of I-75, because I-71 is my direct route to Cincy)

last month, i happened to be headed back towards dayton with my mom and i was in such shock that it took me a few minutes to remember this board that i read a while back.

while creepy jesus and solid as a rock jesus are both catchy, according to my mother, his official name is "touchdown jesus"
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