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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Your favourite sandwiches on: March 20, 2008 10:22:56 AM
This is the ultimate PMS sandwich. I found it in my Cooking Light magazine and fell in love. It is basically a grilled cheese with tomato and pickles with a little dijonaise spread inside. They suggest Hawaiian sweet bread, but I use sourdough.


Also, a sweet favorite is almond butter and Nutella on dense whole grain bread. If you are really daring and want to try a breakfast sandwich, try two waffles with almond or peanut butter and Nutella spread between.
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Real Comfort Food - Fav When Sick on: January 23, 2008 04:07:18 PM
Mmmm. Matzo Ball Soup. Lots of yummy broth and the matzo balls are so comforting to me. I agree on the yucky, salty canned chicken soup. All I can think of right now is those nasty thick noodles and pieces of what are supposed to  be chicken, but I was never sure.
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Lettuce Wrap Ideas? on: January 23, 2008 04:02:41 PM
I also love bulgogi! I bet it would be good to make the sauce and steam some of the veggies in the microwave and use the already cooked chicken? I am a big fan of rotisserie chickens that you can buy at the supermarket. They are so versatile and if you don't have an oven, that part is done. You can make all sorts of chicken salad and reheat it with many different types of sauces and wrap in the lettuce. FYI, I love to wrap in butter lettuce, it seems to be the best for that job.
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Water- improving taste without adding sugar? on: January 23, 2008 03:59:19 PM
I live in a very dry climate and need to drink a lot of water each day, or I get headaches and extremely dry skin. My favorite thing to do is to by fresh mint and and bruise a few leaves and stick it in my water. There is absolutely nothing wrong with trying to get plenty of water, it is great for your skin and much better than drinks with artificial sweeteners (they give me headaches also). I do also drink herbal teas at work often which is a nice change and still basically water.
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: HELP! anyone have a good, sugar/caffeine-free chai recipe??? on: January 23, 2008 03:23:26 PM
If you are looking for an instant chai, try this recipe. It's not a bad alternative to the stuff you buy at the coffee shop which are mostly instant anyway. Few places brew their own chai. You can substitute for the sugar and I know Lipton makes a decaf instant tea.

1 cup  nonfat dry milk
1 cup plain coffemate creamer
1 cup vanilla coffemate creamer (or generic brand)
2 1/2    cups white sugar (or what ever equivalent of artificial sweetener)
1 1/2    cups Decaf unsweetened instant tea
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
Mix it all together and use however many tbs. you like with hot water.

For all of you Caffeinated Chai lovers out there, I am 100% absolutely addicted to a the Indian Spice tea from Harney and Sons (a small tea maker near where I grew up). It is out of this world with a little honey and milk.
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Any ideas for meals with fish that aren't so fishy!? on: January 23, 2008 03:15:06 PM
One of my favorite tilapia dishes is a piccata version. I just dip the tilapia in flour (seasoned with salt and pepper), shake it off really well and cook in a pan sprayed with olive oil spray for a couple of minutes on each side. Take the fish out, add a little bit of lemon juice and white wine to scrape the bits off the bottom. Reduce to 1/2, add the fish back and with some capers and warm up a bit. If you are looking for a more rich sauce, add a tiny bit of butter, but not diet friendly. You can do this with cod also or any mild white fish.

I also love poached salmon. Very good for you an hardly any fat! It always sounds blah, but trust me it is a great, healthy food.
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: food ideas for children's church party? on: January 04, 2008 03:10:58 PM
When I was a kid, I was obsessed with these weird cupcake cones. They are always a hit with kids. It's not very gourmet, but cheap and pretty darn easy.

All you do is make your favorite box cake mix fill up some kid cones half way or a little bit more with the batter and set them standing up inside muffin tins so they don't fall over. Bake for 20-30 minutes and frost when cool.

I have to admit, even though I have turned into quick a foodie as I get older, I secretly crave these.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: How to store recipes on: January 04, 2008 03:02:05 PM
My Mom and I also get tons of cooking magazines and have no place to store them. In the past we have cut out the recipes we like and bought the old style photo album paper (you know the kind where the entire 8.5x11 sheet has the sticky stuff on it). We would then categorize the recipes, beef, chicken, pasta, appetizer... and stick them on the paper. This is harder now because those sheets are really hard to find. We have also just glued these recipes to sheets of paper and put them in 3-ring binders. I also have MasterCook recipe Software.

I am always looking for ways to organize, yes, Type A personality. So I am excited to see other ideas. Wink
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can you help me find a pattern??? on: December 20, 2007 03:25:22 PM
I just finished Palindrome with Noro Kureyon, it was super easy and it looks great. Maybe if I get around to taking a pic I'll post it.
10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Slouch-a-long! on: March 14, 2007 02:30:35 PM
As far as buying dpn's: Check out joann.com.  I buy a lot of needles from them because they are always having some type of sale or promotion.  Right now they have 50% off of any single item and often they have free shipping promotions.  Or you could check out ebay.

I just started sea urchin for my sister last night using hot pink and dark brown as my two yarns rather than doubling one color.  We'll see how it turns out!
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