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Fallic40 53M
3214 posts
1/28/2006 12:03 pm
Daily Specials

If only it was as easy to banish hunger by rubbing the belly as it is to masturbate. ~Diogenes the Cynic

It is a well advertised fact in my posts that I love food. I enjoy the taste and the texture. I enjoy the way the food looks on the plate. I have plain white plates to show off the colors. Above all else, I love the act of cooking. It relaxes me while other ways have failed.

But what about all of the people who come to visit here? What is your take on food? Do you enjoy eating? Do you enjoy eating well? What is eating well? Is it a late-night, post-coital run to McDonalds? Is it licking poached cherries out of the navel of a female soccer player? Is it paying out hundreds of dollars to sit at “the” table and be observed eating “the” appropriate food cooked by “the” chef du jour? After all, food is life.

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1) Do you own at least one cookbook? Do you ever cut recipes out of magazines? Do you still have Granny’s Cookbook to refer too?

2) Do you use them? Let me re-phrase that. Do you cook recipes from them rather than use them as coasters, opportune conversational pieces, or impromptu spider snuffers like that copy of The Complete Shakespeare you own?

3) What is the best appetizer you cook? How do you make it? Please do not include purchasing Chicken McNuggets as an appetizer ‒ unless you include the honey mustard dipping sauce.

4) What is your favorite main dish ingredient? How do you like to prepare it? If it is a meat, would you still cook it if you had to catch and kill it?

5) What is your favorite vegetable? What vegetable do you hate (and no, Tennismaiden, your ex-husband does not count)? What is the best way you fix it? Do you grow your favorite vegetable?

6) Do you enjoy dessert? Do you save it as a special treat for every once in a while? Are you sweet or sour? (I know Saf is sweet, but she is more of a sour or savoury person in her dessert choices.)

7) Where did you have the best meal of your life? Was it the food, the location, the ambience or the company? Why do you remember it so well?

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Please,suggest one thing that I should try to cook for myself. I am always looking for new ideas and foods to try.

Tell me what you eat, I'll tell you who you are. Anthelme Brillat-Savarin


yagottalikit 49F
583 posts
1/28/2006 7:02 pm

Do you own at least one cookbook? yesDo you ever cut recipes out of magazines? yes Do you still have Granny’s Cookbook to refer too? ummmm.....nope not granny's she was a modern working woman...executive, even.

2) Do you use them? Let me re-phrase that. Do you cook recipes from them rather than use them as coasters, opportune conversational pieces, or impromptu spider snuffers like that copy of The Complete Shakespeare you own? yes, I don't always follow the recipe exactly. I, generally, try to follow it once and then improvise on future efforts.

3) What is the best appetizer you cook? How do you make it? Please do not include purchasing Chicken McNuggets as an appetizer ‒ unless you include the honey mustard dipping sauce. The one that receives the most compliments is a bean dip I make. The ingredients are so basic (almost shameful) and it LOOKS DISGUSTING...I think that's one reason it get raves....it's not expected to be so yummy! Brown 1 lb ground beef. In a double broiler (or slow cooker, if need be) melt 8 oz velveeta cheese. Add 1 reg can refried beans (15 oz or so), 1 can cheddar cheese soup, 1 small can diced green chili's. stir till blended. Add ground beef. cook until heated thoroughly. Add salsa to taste.
Serve with tortilla chips! I often use more than a pound of beef for a meatier dip!


4) What is your favorite main dish ingredient? How do you like to prepare it? If it is a meat, would you still cook it if you had to catch and kill it? Dang, this one's too tough to answer...but, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to do the catch and kill thing, Unless, of course, it's a matter of survival.

5) What is your favorite vegetable (and no, Tennismaiden, your ex-husband does not count)? What is the best way you fix it? Do you grow your favorite vegetable? I'm beginning to realize the word "favorite" causes quite a mess in my mind....hmmm..there are so many. Ok. If I have to choose one it would have to be onion. (This is a considered a veggie, right?) Mainly because I use onion in EVERYTHING! So, perhaps sauteed in REAL butter, is best. Nope I tend to kill veggies...need a greener thumb

6) Do you enjoy dessert? Do you save it as a special treat for every once in a while? Are you sweet or sour? (I know Saf is sweet, but she is more or a sour person in her dessert choices.) Dessert is not a regular occasion for me, I will have a bowl of ice cream, frequently. But, dessert is usually a special thing. Sweets are good. I'm trying to figure out what sour would include. Lemony or even "fruity" desserts are usually not for me. Cheesecake! Not too sweet, though.

7) Where did you have the best meal of your life? Was it the food, the location, the ambience or the company? Why do you remember it so well? Oh my. Couldn't begin to answer this one!

Try cooking Lobster Tacos. And when you do, give me the freakin recipe. I miss my Lobster Tacos from my San Diego days! Yum! I have no idea how the sauce is made.

Yagotta get it soft and wet so we can kick/stick it


angelofmercy5 58F
17881 posts
1/29/2006 9:46 am

1) Do you own at least one cookbook? Do you ever cut recipes out of magazines? Do you still have Granny’s Cookbook to refer too? I have a sunroom full of cookbooks...antigues..cake decorating...and so on. I have granny's recipes....but I don't need them....they are in my mind. But they are written down for the day my mind fails me. lol

2) Do you use them? Let me re-phrase that. Do you cook recipes from them rather than use them as coasters, opportune conversational pieces, or impromptu spider snuffers like that copy of The Complete Shakespeare you own? Yes, I use them. I read them like novels actually. I could spend hours looking at them. But, often they are used as inspiration rather than exact recipes.

3) What is the best appetizer you cook? How do you make it? Please do not include purchasing Chicken McNuggets as an appetizer ‒ unless you include the honey mustard dipping sauce. I think my favorite appetizer I cook is a hot artichoke dip, with foccacia bread to dip.

4) What is your favorite main dish ingredient? How do you like to prepare it? If it is a meat, would you still cook it if you had to catch and kill it? This is hard...probably chicken....and Japanese dishes are a favorite. But NO! If I had to kill it, I couldn't eat it. My Dad brought Bambi home once....after that he gave them away because we all cried for days.

5) What is your favorite vegetable? What vegetable do you hate (and no, Tennismaiden, your ex-husband does not count)? What is the best way you fix it? Do you grow your favorite vegetable? This is hard too..I love fresh green beans..fresh tomatos. I do not like raw onion....cooked is great..but raw I hate. And I have a black thumb when it comes to gardening, but my husband grows some great tomatos.

6) Do you enjoy dessert? Do you save it as a special treat for every once in a while? Are you sweet or sour? (I know Saf is sweet, but she is more of a sour or savoury person in her dessert choices.) I love dessert....but I rarely eat it. As a cake decorator, I make them and they take them...its best for me. But chocolate...really good chocolate...almost orgasmic. So I indulge in a piece once in awhile.

7) Where did you have the best meal of your life? Was it the food, the location, the ambience or the company? Why do you remember it so well? Sam's by the Sea, in Okinawa Japan. They made a curry soup there in huge cast iron pots hanging in an open fire that was to die for.

Thanks for this post. It was fun.


Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
1/29/2006 4:05 pm

Lips, this is a recipe that I will try out on my youngest daughter next weekend when she is over. This is right up her alley in terms of what she likes to eat.

I love Greek food. There are several really good Greek restaurants here that I go to regularly. I even played football for a team sponsored by one of the restaurants so I could get free Greek food, beer and ouzo after games.


_Safira 53F
11260 posts
1/29/2006 4:12 pm

1) Do you own at least one cookbook? Do you ever cut recipes out of magazines? Do you still have Granny’s Cookbook to refer too?

Yes. Yes. No ... Arsenic & Old Lace is in a reprinting stage.

2) Do you use them? Let me re-phrase that. Do you cook recipes from them rather than use them as coasters, opportune conversational pieces, or impromptu spider snuffers like that copy of The Complete Shakespeare you own?

I use the Shakespeare more than the cookbooks, but I do use them.

3) What is the best appetizer you cook? How do you make it? Please do not include purchasing Chicken McNuggets as an appetizer ‒ unless you include the honey mustard dipping sauce.

Hummus. I make a mean hummus. All of the accoutrements go along with it, except Chicken McNuggets and Sweet-N-Sour dipping sauce.

4) What is your favorite main dish ingredient? How do you like to prepare it? If it is a meat, would you still cook it if you had to catch and kill it?

Grilled Salmon w/ Roasted Red Pepper and Corn Relish. Yes.

5) What is your favorite vegetable? What vegetable do you hate (and no, Tennismaiden, your ex-husband does not count)? What is the best way you fix it? Do you grow your favorite vegetable?

Brussel Sprouts. Braised in a light reduction. I love all vegetables, even the dreaded rutabaga. I do not have a garden at this time.

6) Do you enjoy dessert? Do you save it as a special treat for every once in a while? Are you sweet or sour? (I know Saf is sweet, but she is more of a sour or savoury person in her dessert choices.)

You know me well. And I sent you my favorite dessert. It is marvelous and quite the party favor. People are like dogs in heat when I make it.

7) Where did you have the best meal of your life? Was it the food, the location, the ambience or the company? Why do you remember it so well?

Oh my gosh! There are too many from which to choose, seriously. Any one of the numerous times I have eaten at Sea Catch, my favorite restaurant in Georgetown, has been a wonderful experience ... for the food, company, ambience (the "hat trick" of dining). The times friends and I have cooked together ... or they have cooked for me and I have cleaned ... fun times, happy times. It's always a "full senses" experience with me. Teaching my sons to cook and the meals we share are amazing, too. I can't choose!

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Nutty-Good Butternut Squash Soup

Soup made with butternut squash is so good that you barely need other ingredients. This will work with acorn squash, too.

What Goes In:

One tablespoon olive oil
About two cups vegetable stock or water
One winter squash
One medium onion
One-half teaspoon salt (possibly more to taste)
One-half teaspoon black pepper
One teaspoon curry powder (Or make your own out of equal parts of ground cumin, turmeric, and coriander.)
A healthy dash ground cayenne

What Goes On:

Cube the squash to get it ready for the pot. Sauté the onions in olive oil until they're translucent. Add the salt, pepper, curry powder, and cayenne, and cook the mixture for another minute or so. Then add the squash, and enough vegetable stock or water to barely cover the cubes. Cook until the squash is soft, and then you can either puree it in a blender or just mash it with a fork. If you want a creamy soup, add a cup or two of unflavored soy milk.

Come to think of it, I bet it would work with pumpkin as well. Yum!

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impish_pixie 54F
6867 posts
1/29/2006 5:06 pm

) Do you own at least one cookbook? Do you ever cut recipes out of magazines? Do you still have Granny’s Cookbook to refer too?
** Own several, Compulsively, My greatest treasure

2) Do you use them? Let me re-phrase that. Do you cook recipes from them rather than use them as coasters, opportune conversational pieces, or impromptu spider snuffers like that copy of The Complete Shakespeare you own?
** Use Mom/Granny's all the time. The bought one do tend to gather dust. Trying hard to re-discover my joy in cooking.

3) What is the best appetizer you cook? How do you make it? Please do not include purchasing Chicken McNuggets as an appetizer ‒ unless you include the honey mustard dipping sauce.
**Hmmm...Stuffed Mushrooms Heads. Clean & de-stem baby bella schrooms. Mix cream cheese, fresh cilantro, finely, finely chopped veggies (your choice)all together, fill the shroom heads, crumble ritz crackers sprayed with butter over the top, cook at 300 for 15 mins. Fast, easy, & quite yummy.

4) What is your favorite main dish ingredient? How do you like to prepare it? If it is a meat, would you still cook it if you had to catch and kill it?
**Shish-k-bobs. The secret is in buying "Tri-Meat" (ask your butcher), mariande it in a soy based juice, throw on onions, green peppers, pineapple, grill perfectly. Would I still cook it if I had to kill it? You read my story on that...so you know...NOPE..sure wouldn't.

5) What is your favorite vegetable? What vegetable do you hate (and no, Tennismaiden, your ex-husband does not count)? What is the best way you fix it? Do you grow your favorite vegetable?
**Tomato! Oh God...is there anything more perfect than a tomato? When I owned my house and had a yard I grew my babies - tried growing in a potted container but it just didn't work. There is no BESt way to prepare a tomato....anyway you eat it is perfect. Veggie I hate? hmmm - cauliflower. eck...

6) Do you enjoy dessert? Do you save it as a special treat for every once in a while? Are you sweet or sour? (I know Saf is sweet, but she is more of a sour or savoury person in her dessert choices.)
***Chocolate...anything with chocolate. Bring me chocolate I will follow you anywhere. Everyone knows that good chocolate is to be enjoyed like a fine wine. First you must smell it, taste it, open your senses to it, accept it, let it melt into you, swallow it. (Wow...I think I just had an orgasm.... )

7) Where did you have the best meal of your life? Was it the food, the location, the ambience or the company? Why do you remember it so well?
**I haven't had it yet...waiting for you to cook it for me.

I make mistakes, I am out of control & at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best. ~Marilyn


Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
1/29/2006 5:32 pm

yagottalikit, just the concept of a lobster taco sounds fantastic. What kind of sauce was it: spicy, creamy?

And you like ice cream. Being a serious athlete for many years, I was very superstitious and would always have mint chocolate chip ice cream about two hours before every game.


Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
1/29/2006 5:39 pm

angelofmercy, thank you so much for stopping by. Hopefully you will be stopping by quite often.

I too have my granny's cookbook. She was from Ireland and was a fantastic cook. Her best recipe is her steak and kidney pie - which I have made. She also made a fantastic fruit cake (nothing like the traditional Christmas fruit cakes) and soda bread.

I was left the cookbook as both my mum and my sister are cooking deficient (to put it kindly). I have added about 60 pages to it over the last 15 years. I will need to get two copies made soon as both of my daughters covet it.


southrnpeach333 50F

1/29/2006 6:14 pm

I love a good beef cake. I know how to cook them just right.


rm_titsandtires 51M/41F
3656 posts
1/29/2006 6:51 pm

I've got to say... I make some pretty killer fajitas. I have one place and one place only I get my skirt steak from. I mail order the seasonings from Texas. I have one brand of tortillas I use. And my lovely wife is the only person I now who can carmelize the peppers the way she does. I also make my own guacamole. Too good.

As for cook books... I don't use them. The wife uses recipes to the letter when baking. Other than that, we both pretty much wing-it. And we rarely make the same thing twice.

We're in Portland, I'll have to let you know the next time I make fajitas. You can bring the Corona and lime.

tires


Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
1/29/2006 7:54 pm

imp, if you really want to try something incredible, then find some of the gourmet chocolate that has chili powder in it.


redlipsprincess
(Princess Lips)
51F

1/29/2006 10:26 pm

1) Do you own at least one cookbook?
several

Do you ever cut recipes out of magazines?
yes

Do you still have Granny’s Cookbook to refer too?

yes

2) Do you use them?
yes

3) What is the best appetizer you cook?

hmmm so many...

4) What is your favorite main dish ingredient?
chicken

How do you like to prepare it?
saute

If it is a meat, would you still cook it if you had to catch and kill it?

NOPE lol

5) What is your favorite vegetable?

broccolli

What vegetable do you hate

NONE

What is the best way you fix it?
stir fry in garlic and oil, cook it el dente

Do you grow your favorite vegetable?

YES

6) Do you enjoy dessert?
YES

Do you save it as a special treat for every once in a while?

YES

Are you sweet or sour?
SWEET

7) Where did you have the best meal of your life?

Resteraunt

Was it the food, the location, the ambience or the company?
All of the above

TTFN


yagottalikit 49F
583 posts
1/30/2006 10:41 am

The sauce was creamy. I haven't been able to find a recipe. I'm pretty sure the sauce was sour-cream based, I'd say it resembled a cucumber suace. (Hell, it might have been just that!)

Yagotta get it soft and wet so we can kick/stick it


papyrina 50F
21133 posts
1/30/2006 12:11 pm

1) Do you own at least one cookbook? far too manyDo you ever cut recipes out of magazines?has files full of them Do you still have Granny’s Cookbook to refer too? has the times instead lol

2) Do you use them? yes,but not oftenLet me re-phrase that. Do you cook recipes from them rather than use them as coasters, opportune conversational pieces, or impromptu spider snuffers like that copy of The Complete Shakespeare you own? pages stick together

3) What is the best appetizer you cook? rarely cook appetisers ,i prefer a cold dishHow do you make it? with my handsPlease do not include purchasing Chicken McNuggets as an appetizer ‒ unless you include the honey mustard dipping sauce. frozen food eecckk

4) What is your favorite main dish ingredient?beef filet How do you like to prepare it? any shape or form always goodIf it is a meat, would you still cook it if you had to catch and kill it? no

5) What is your favorite vegetable? broccoliWhat vegetable do you hate (and no, Tennismaiden, your ex-husband does not count)?sproats What is the best way you fix it? getly steamed does meDo you grow your favorite vegetable? nope too hot

6) Do you enjoy dessert? i do Do you save it as a special treat for every once in a while?yes Are you sweet or sour?soraf is sweet, but she is more of a sour or savoury person in her dessert choices.)

7) Where did you have the best meal of your life? Was it the food, the location, the ambience or the company? Why do you remember it so well? nothing stands out


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Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
1/30/2006 7:02 pm

hi tires, baking does require exact measurments. Coronas sound good with those fajitas or maybe even some tequila.


Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
1/30/2006 7:10 pm

saf, thanks for the soup recipe. I have several containers of apple and parsnip soup in the freezer right now.

I also love brussel sprouts but my daughters detest them and refer to them as fart bombs. I just found out that parboiling the brussels before I roast them takes care of that issue.


Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
1/30/2006 7:14 pm

redlips, what do you prepare with the chicked, I love sauteed chicken.

Broccoli is my favourite vegetable and I have gotten both of my daughters to love it as well. They love it tossed in olive oil, seasoned and roasted in the oven for 15 minutes. I add some chopped walnuts when it comes out and a dressing of two teaspoons of dijon mustard and two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. My daughters squabble over who gets to finish this dish.


Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
1/30/2006 7:17 pm

papy, do you cook english meals or greek meals? Did you grow up like I did, with a mother who boilded all vegetables until they were a tasteless grey/green mush? WW2 haute cuisine is how I refer to it.

I loved steamed veggies, but I am roasting them more and more now.


Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
1/30/2006 7:18 pm

southernpeach, and how do you do that - knead gently and toss slowly?


Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
1/30/2006 7:34 pm

In the spirit of fairness, I will answer all of my own questions.

1) Do you own at least one cookbook? Do you ever cut recipes out of magazines? Do you still have Granny’s Cookbook to refer too?
I have a book shelf full of cookbooks. I cut recipes out of magazines and newpapers all the time and I have a binder that they all go into. My granny's cook book is one of my prized possessions, it is probably 90 years old now.


2) Do you use them? Let me re-phrase that. Do you cook recipes from them rather than use them as coasters, opportune conversational pieces, or impromptu spider snuffers like that copy of The Complete Shakespeare you own?
I constantly refer to my cookbooks and binders. My girls are always perusing them too, looking for things they want me to make for them.

3) What is the best appetizer you cook? How do you make it? Please do not include purchasing Chicken McNuggets as an appetizer ‒ unless you include the honey mustard dipping sauce.
I make a white bean dip with cannelini beans, olive oil, garlic and cumin that is served with pita bread.

4) What is your favorite main dish ingredient? How do you like to prepare it? If it is a meat, would you still cook it if you had to catch and kill it?
My favourite ingredient is salmon or steelhead, but I am pretty hot on any seafood. I love salmon roasted with a little white wine sprinkled on it. I grew up in a farming area of england so raising animals for food has no bad connotations for me, plus I hunt every year.

5) What is your favorite vegetable? What vegetable do you hate (and no, Tennismaiden, your ex-husband does not count)? What is the best way you fix it? Do you grow your favorite vegetable?
My favourite veggie is broccoli. It is best served oven roasted (see my reply to redlips for the details). However asparagus, when it is in season is a very close second to broccoli. I love a freshly made cream of asparagus soup. I cannot handle rutabagas or beets. I have terrible flashbacks to english school lunches. If I had a house, then I would have a veggie and herb garden. I do grow fresh herbs on my patio.

6) Do you enjoy dessert? Do you save it as a special treat for every once in a while? Are you sweet or sour? (I know Saf is sweet, but she is more of a sour or savoury person in her dessert choices.)
I do like dessert, although I do not eat it too often. I like sour desserts such as lemon meringue pie or lemon custard the best. I also love a piece of cheese and a glass of wine as dessert too.

7) Where did you have the best meal of your life? Was it the food, the location, the ambience or the company? Why do you remember it so well?
The best meal of my life was cooked over a campfire in the coastal mountains west of Portland. My youngest daughter and I cooked her first salmon over a campfire on the river bank.


carebearluv2 41F

1/30/2006 8:54 pm

I have recently discovered the pleasure of cooking..

1) Do you own at least one cookbook? Do you ever cut recipes out of magazines? Do you still have Granny’s Cookbook to refer too? I do own one, a Martha Stewart cookbook. I also clip them out of magazines, get daily emails with recipes and have grandma's cookbook.

2) Do you use them? Let me re-phrase that. Do you cook recipes from them rather than use them as coasters, opportune conversational pieces, or impromptu spider snuffers like that copy of The Complete Shakespeare you own? I would be more inclined to use Shakespeare as a coaster than my cookbooks. Yes, I do use them.

3) What is the best appetizer you cook? How do you make it? Please do not include purchasing Chicken McNuggets as an appetizer ‒ unless you include the honey mustard dipping sauce.

I havent ventured much into the appetizer realm. My favorite appetizer is Spinach/Artichoke Dip.

4) What is your favorite main dish ingredient? How do you like to prepare it? If it is a meat, would you still cook it if you had to catch and kill it? A hearty tomato sauce and garlic. I love italian food. If I had to catch meat, I would not eat it.

5) What is your favorite vegetable? What vegetable do you hate (and no, Tennismaiden, your ex-husband does not count)? What is the best way you fix it? Do you grow your favorite vegetable? Good ol' corn is my favorite. Broccoli is my least favorite. I don't even like the smell of it! I do not have a vegetable garden.

6) Do you enjoy dessert? Do you save it as a special treat for every once in a while? Are you sweet or sour? (I know Saf is sweet, but she is more of a sour or savoury person in her dessert choices.)

I am sweet. Love desserts and eat them way too often!

7) Where did you have the best meal of your life? Was it the food, the location, the ambience or the company? Why do you remember it so well? Still have yet to find the best meal of my life but I am trying!


redlipsprincess
(Princess Lips)
51F

1/31/2006 12:06 am

I forgot to leave you a dish...
was hoping u were coming for dinner

hmmm



chicken marsla

chicken scampi

chicken with olives and broccolli in wine butter sause or olio

love rabe too
mmm
blanch it quick
saute with olive oil glraic onions
mmm

*hungry now* thanks lol

TTFN


rm_hinkawaza 52M
371 posts
1/31/2006 8:34 am

1) Do you own at least one cookbook? Do you ever cut recipes out of magazines? Do you still have Granny’s Cookbook to refer too? Yes, a slightly off-beat one called Daddio-Patio. I have before, but usually don't. Granny never used a cookbook, that I saw.

2) Do you use them? Let me re-phrase that. Do you cook recipes from them rather than use them as coasters, opportune conversational pieces, or impromptu spider snuffers like that copy of The Complete Shakespeare you own? Yes, on occasion, but I do the improv alot.

3) What is the best appetizer you cook? How do you make it? Please do not include purchasing Chicken McNuggets as an appetizer ‒ unless you include the honey mustard dipping sauce. Now that you ask that, I don't think I have ever made an actual appetizer! I have made pinwheels, guacamole and other dips, stuffed celery...wait...I did make nachos for a party one time, used white corn tortilla chips, extra sharp cheddar, monterrey jack, refried black beans, shredded brisket, and my homemade sweat factory salsa (recipe subject to change due to availability of ingredients) made of roma tomatoes (crushed and most of the juice drained off), 1015, Vidalia or Walla Walla onions, serrano peppers, cilantro, garlic, oregano, very coarsely cracked peppercorns, salt, gold bell pepper, and (optionally) chile pequins (fresh from bush) or habanero dependending on who will be eating it, all items hand ground in a mocajete (a Mexican stone mortar & pestle), mmmm mmmmmm, gonna have to make a batch now! All items are added entirely to taste, so have fun with it!

4) What is your favorite main dish ingredient? How do you like to prepare it? If it is a meat, would you still cook it if you had to catch and kill it? BEEF!!! I love to grill steaks, my specialty, melt in your mouth tender and dripping with juices (even if it is not rare)! For grilling I only use two seasonings on steaks, cracked pepper and thyme, the exception being, occasionally, sugar for a nice sugar-crusted steak! And yes, having done it with other meats I have prepared, it would not be a problem (well, except for the whole weight thing, that could be a bit of a bitch).

5) What is your favorite vegetable? What vegetable do you hate (and no, Tennismaiden, your ex-husband does not count)? What is the best way you fix it? Do you grow your favorite vegetable? Well, I don't know if this counts or not, but mushrooms! I love to take whole portabellos, turn them stem up on a grill (seeing a pattern here yet?), place two to three pats of butter in the cap, pour merlot into the cap and grill till the mushrooms are dark brown, place on a plate whole or slice thin on a serving platter for a buffet style dinner. I thouroughly detest beets!

6) Do you enjoy dessert? Do you save it as a special treat for every once in a while? Are you sweet or sour? (I know Saf is sweet, but she is more of a sour or savoury person in her dessert choices.) I love dessert! I have ice cream fairly often, but a good prepared dessert less often. I am mostly sweet, but every once in a while I like sour.

7) Where did you have the best meal of your life? Was it the food, the location, the ambience or the company? Why do you remember it so well? So far (this is one of those questions that can and will change throughout the course of your life), it is the night I met Yagottalikit! We had sushi at one of the local upscale sushi restaurants, the sushi was perfect, and the company was more than I could have ever hoped for, so the evening was perfect! We have had some other memorable meals since, but that night will always be one of the tops of the list, always!


Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
1/31/2006 4:27 pm

carebearluv, you were the first person to talk about italian food. I love to make various sauces and one of my favourite ingredients to use in the sauce is vodka.


Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
1/31/2006 4:29 pm

redlips, chicken marsala is soooooooooo good. I actually prefer shrimp scampi to chicken scampi - I usually serve it with couscous


rm_lucytart 50F
590 posts
2/1/2006 12:15 am

1) Do you own at least one cookbook? Do you ever cut recipes out of magazines? Do you still have Granny’s Cookbook to refer too?
Yup, yup, yup. I've even got Granny to call, if I don't understand something, and to come visit and cook with me.

2) Do you use them? Let me re-phrase that. Do you cook recipes from them rather than use them as coasters, opportune conversational pieces, or impromptu spider snuffers like that copy of The Complete Shakespeare you own?
Of course!! Especially Granny's!

3) What is the best appetizer you cook? How do you make it? Please do not include purchasing Chicken McNuggets as an appetizer ‒ unless you include the honey mustard dipping sauce.
The simplist one is cream cheese and hot pepper jam, but I love scallops with water chestnut wrapped in bacon, or stuffed mushrooms, or a serious guacamole layer dip.

4) What is your favorite main dish ingredient? How do you like to prepare it? If it is a meat, would you still cook it if you had to catch and kill it?
I guess it's gotta be chicken. And no, I don't think I could bring myself to kill it, much less pluck it. Granny did, but... not me.

5) What is your favorite vegetable? What vegetable do you hate (and no, Tennismaiden, your ex-husband does not count)? What is the best way you fix it? Do you grow your favorite vegetable?
Cucumber (cold) and pretty much anything hot, except brussel sprouts. Steamed, baked with seasoning, anything with cheese (throwback from my childhood), yea, Velveeta, melted.

6) Do you enjoy dessert? Do you save it as a special treat for every once in a while? Are you sweet or sour? (I know Saf is sweet, but she is more of a sour or savoury person in her dessert choices.)
Of course! It's a special treat, and a small one, at that. A bite of seasoned nuts, a taste of chocolate, a smidgen of cheesecake. Not too much - I hate to feel stuffed after a meal.

7) Where did you have the best meal of your life? Was it the food, the location, the ambience or the company? Why do you remember it so well?
In the Carribean, on the side of an island, where you waded and stepped right in the "window" to the bar. The food was good, the drinks were sweet and cool, the company was phenomonal. The company. The location. The ambience. I think the food is the part I least remember...

A dish: how about wild salmon, marinated in soy vey, and done on the grill. Seasoned veggies, cut into chunks and grilled beside the salmon. Maybe a slice of rich garlic bread, to add some carbs.


Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
2/2/2006 6:08 pm

lucytart, you are so lucky to have a granny to cook with. I learned a lot of my cooking skills from my granny but she passed away when I was 18. Salmon is my favourite thing to cook, and I marinate it all the time.


Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
2/10/2006 12:42 pm

nbtnt, thanks for the recipe. Now that we have some spring-like weather here in Oregon it might be a good recipe to try.

My favourite way to have broccoli is tossed in olive oil, seasoned and roasted in the oven for 15 minutes. I make a mustard vinagarette with dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar and toss the broccoli with it.


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