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Re: Swiss Steak--Blast from the Past 1960s?

In Kitchen & Food Talk 1413821341.23

Swiss Steak was one of the first recipes I learned to make. I babysat a lot when I was a teenager, and I got recipes from some of the families I sat for. Swiss Steak was one of those. DH has always loved it. It can be a challenge finding round steak in the groceries these days. I was excited when I found that our Super Target carries it. Continue Reading

 

Re: Pumpkin chili?

In Kitchen & Food Talk 1413761809.44

We love this Turkey Pumpkin Chili recipe from Whole Foods. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/turkey-pumpkin-chili You can play around with this basic recipe, depending on how spicy you like your chili and what type of beans you prefer. We like black beans. I often bump up the chili powder. And I like to use chicken broth rather than water. For thicker chili, use less water or broth. Equally good made with lean ground beef instead of turkey. Continue Reading

 

Re: those of you who get your spices through the mail

In Kitchen & Food Talk 1413761526.177

Penzey's is terrific. All of our spices come from them. We're lucky that we have a Penzey's shop now (for years we didn't and I ordered from the catalogue or online). I love their customer service. I think their prices are very reasonable. I'm surprised they don't charge more, considering the freshness and quality of their spices. Continue Reading

 

Re: Le Creuset

In Kitchen & Food Talk 1413734792.86

It's a matter of preference. I'd much rather have beautiful, sturdy cookware than a piece of jewelry. I think we all have categories where we want "the best" and others where we'll settle for something inexpensive - or have no interest at all. Continue Reading

 

Re: Thanksgiving stuffing/dressing ideas

In Recipe Swap 1413734322.33

My favorite is Apricot, Almond and Apple Bread Stuffing, from the Frog Commissary Cookbook. The recipe is posted here: http://www.recipelink.com/msgbrd/board_31/2001/OCT/6676.html I use a sturdy white bread, Pepperidge Farm Country White or something of that sort. Any firm (not mushy) type of apple will work; I prefer Golden Delicious. Continue Reading

 

Re: I think I need a steamer...

In Fashion Talk 1413505431.203

Here's the My Little Steamer at HSN: http://www.hsn.com/products/joy-mangano-900w-my-little-steamer-and-designer-bag/7440325?variant=7440326 I do my steaming in the bathroom. There's an electric outlet, a faucet for filling up the steamer, and a counter to sit the steamer on. I hang up what I want to steam on a hanger on the shower rod (it needs to be a hanger with a twistable top, so I can turn the item so it's facing me). Then steam away. Continue Reading

 

Re: I think I need a steamer...

In Fashion Talk 1413489429.283

On 10/16/2014 piperbay said: Years ago I bought the Rowenta steamer but now I find myself using the My Little Steamer all the time since it's so convenient. This is a very good point! The Little Steamer takes about 2 minutes to set up and get hot. And it's easy to store. Plus, it's inexpensive. Mine cost $20 on sale (I think it's regularly $30). The big standing steamers are expensive, take up a lot of room (for storage), and can be a hassle to set up. Continue Reading

 

Re: I think I need a steamer...

In Fashion Talk 1413488467.777

I have My Little Steamer from HSN. Love it! I think it works very well on most clothing. It's great for tops that have embellishment. Also velvet, velveteen, corduroy - anything with a "nap." It's good for things too bulky to iron. For knits, it works great. It's also great for delicate materials and blends. I don't think there's any material you can't steam. They're great for travel, and for weddings (all those fancy materials), graduation gowns, band uniforms, etc. You also can steam things like draperies (while they're hanging). I will mention one exception IMO. I get better results with a... Continue Reading

 

Re: Oct 14 Today is also NATIONAL DESSERT DAY What's your favorite dessert??

In Kitchen & Food Talk 1413373495.323

Blackberry cobbler. With Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream. Continue Reading

 

Re: Tell me about your favorite zip-front vest

In Fashion Talk 1413369435.343

Talbot's Faux Fur Zip Vest (black or brown) Talbot's Quilted Striped Vest Talbot's Snap Front Quilted Vest (6 colors). Continue Reading

 
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